Criminal code amendments pose threat to press freedom

first_img VenezuelaAmericas March 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Criminal code amendments pose threat to press freedom January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information August 25, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the increased penalties for press offences in amendments to Venezuela’s criminal code that took effect on 16 March, saying they represented “a big step backwards” for press freedom.”Five of the 38 amended articles directly threaten press freedom,” the organization said. “Instead of moving towards the decriminalization advocated by the United Nations, these amendments step up the prison sentences for some press offences. The Venezuelan authorities are running counter to the general tendency to liberalize press laws.”Reporters Without Borders also pointed out that the heavy penalties envisaged for such poorly defined offences as “insult” or the need to “protect honour” would encourage journalists to censor themselves when criticising the authorities for fear of being punished.The press freedom organization said other legislation affecting the press has also become tougher in recent months. In July, the supreme court ratified a law under which a person can be imprisoned for working as a journalist without having a journalism degree or belonging to an association of journalists. Broadcast media found guilty of breaking a law on content that was promulgated on 8 December risk heavy fines or losing their licences.”In view of the confrontation between the government and the leading privately-owned news media, we fear that the government could use these new laws to try to silence its critics,” Reporters Without Borders said.The amendments to 17 of the criminal code’s articles were approved by the national assembly on second reading on 9 December. The amendments to 21 other articles had already been adopted on the first reading on 2 December. President Hugo Chávez delayed promulgating the reform to allow time for corrections to several provisions that were deemed to be unconstitutional. After parliament approved these corrections, the so-called “partial reform of the criminal code” took effect on 16 March and was published in the official gazette on 17 March.The new version of article 148 of the criminal code makes insulting the president punishable by six to 30 months in prison. Article 149 says that, if another state representative is insulted, the punishment is a half to two thirds of that in 148, depending on the rank of the person insulted.The new article 297A stipulates that the dissemination of inaccurate news by means of print media, radio, telephone or e-mail with the aim of “causing panic” is punishable by two to five years in prison.Article 444 on defamation says any individual making comments that could “expose another person to contempt or public hatred” is subject to a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine. Until now, the criminal code provided for no more than 18 months in prison for this kind of offence. If the offence is committed in a public manner, the prison sentence can be as much as four years and the fine can be doubled. The article refers explicitly to press reports.Article 446 on the protection of honour has the same provisions. An insult, which previously was punishable by a maximum of eight days in prison, can now result in a sentence of six months to a year in prison. The penalty is one to two years in prison if the offence is committed by means of the press.The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion clearly and formally stated in January 2000 that “the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.” Furthermore, article 11 of the Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in October 2000 says: “Public officials are subject to greater scrutiny by society. Laws that penalize offensive expressions directed at public officials restrict freedom of expression and the right to information.” VenezuelaAmericas News to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about amendments to Venezuela’s criminal code that increase the penalties for press offences. The amendments, which was promulgated by President Hugo Chávez on 16 March, violate international standards on free expression New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News News Follow the news on Venezuela Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

International community must step up pressure on Syrian regime

first_imgNews SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more August 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International community must step up pressure on Syrian regimecenter_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders expresses its support for the call that UNHuman Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay is expected to make today duringa closed session of the UN Security Council for the creation of aninternational criminal tribunal to examine Syria’s grave violations ofinternational humanitarian law.The press freedom organization urges the international community tokeep up the pressure on the Syrian regime and President BasharAl-Assad, who recently spoke of “the end of military operations.” Wehave little confidence in this kind of announcement, given the erraticstatements we have come to expect from the regime in the past.Reporters Without Borders also points out that the end of the militaryoperations does not necessarily mean the end of repression.Reporters Without Borders reiterates the urgency of the need to sendinternational observers to Syria. This is indispensable in order toestablish the truth about all the acts of violence that have beentaking place there in recent months.The organization also stresses the primordial role that journalists,both local and foreign, are playing in producing independentlyreported news and information about the events in Syria, especiallythe serious human rights violations. We demand respect for the media’sright to move about the country freely. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Senator Mac Lochlainn rejects claim that implementing National Broadband Plan will be less than…

first_img Senator Mac Lochlainn rejects claim that implementing National Broadband Plan will be less than two years Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has rejected a claim by Acting Minister Joe Mc Hugh that the delay in implementing the National Broadband Plan will be less than two years.Last week, it emerged there would be delays in the procurement and tendering progess that would delay the programme.MInister Mc Hugh last week moved to ease concern about the Department of Communication’s statement, but Senator Mac Lochlainn says it is clear that the delay will be substantial, and that’s unacceptable: Padraig MacLochlainn who narrowly lost out on a seat Facebook Google+ Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – May 2, 2016 Previous articleKillybegs Coastguard launch full search and rescue operation following initial reports of missing fishermanNext articleSister Claire Crockett laid to rest in Derry this afternoon admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Life history strategy of Lepraria borealis at an Antarctic inland site, Coal Nunatak

first_imgCoal Nunatak is an ice-free inland nunatak located on southern Alexander Island, adjacent to the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Situated close to the Antarctic continent, it is characterized by harsh environmental conditions. Macroscopic colonization is restricted to micro-niches offering suitable conditions for a small number of lichens and mosses. The extreme environmental conditions place particular pressures on colonizers. Lepraria borealis is the dominant crustose lichen species present on Coal Nunatak, and shows distinctive features in its life history strategy, in particular expressing unusually low selectivity of the mycobiont towards potential photobionts. To assess selectivity, we measured algal DNA sequence polymorphism in a region of 480–660 bp of the nuclear internal transcribed spacer region of ribosomal DNA. We identified three different photobiont species, belonging to two different genera. We interpret this strategy as being advantageous in facilitating the colonization and community dominance of L. borealis under the isolation and extreme environmental conditions of Coal Nunatak.last_img read more

Gun Control Starts at Homeby Michael Reagan

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganPresident Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.Nothing new there.I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep protective tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum could be coming as early as next week.I’m referring to the tougher gun control laws the president publicly floated on Wednesday during an unscripted discussion with bipartisan lawmakers in the White House.Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than a lifelong friend of the National Rifle Association, the president suggested three steps he thinks would help to prevent future mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla.He proposed raising the age limit to buy assault-type weapons like the AR-15 to 21, making background checks tougher on, 9all, 9gun buyers and taking guns away from people with mental problems.In the real world, where there are more than 300 million guns floating around the United States, Trump’s first two actions will do nothing but burden law-abiding gun owners.The president’s third idea – taking someone’s guns away for mental-health reasons and making them go to court to get them back – is especially outrageous.Forget the serious constitutional concerns about taking law-abiding citizens’ guns and doing the due process, 9,9later.Does Mr. Trump have any clue,9 how impossible it would be to determine who was truly crazy and dangerous and needed to have his or her guns seized?Does he realize the dangerous road his idea would send us down?“Hello 911? The guy next store is cutting his lawn sideways. He’s really crazy. You better come and take his guns away.”And my Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks the president is mentally ill.Do you say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, someone says you’re crazy? You have to give us your guns.”Trump’s gun control ideas are not worth the breath he spent on them.The most obvious reason the Parkland school tragedy happened was that the FBI and the local police screwed up – despite multiple warnings.A less obvious reason the shooter was not stopped before he could take 17 innocent lives was the “parental” failure of his mother and the family he lived with after she died last year.Those adults knew he was mentally ill, angry and dangerous, yet they did little to get him the help he needed.Few parents agree to have their kids treated for being mentally ill because it reflects poorly on them. Fewer still will turn their own kids into the police.But talk about bad parenting skills.The couple the teenage killer was living with at the time of the shooting knew he had a bunch of guns and did nothing to get them out their house.They locked his weapons in a safe, but the shooter easily made a spare key for himself. Apparently, the,9e couple,9 never met a teenager before.Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with, 9the, 9common sense that all parents should employ.A good friend of mine, a hunter who owns several, 9guns, was having trouble with one of his kids and had to put him on Ritalin.After the boy had an out-of-control moment, the father took every one of his guns out of the house and gave them to a friend to keep for him.If you have a kid you think is mentally ill, and you have guns in your house, you shouldn’t look to the government to solve the problem.You should, 9solve it, 9yourself. Remove the guns from, 9the, 9house. Don’t put them in a safe. Get them out.If we are not going to take responsibility for being good parents when it comes to guns, don’t be surprised when Donald Trump or the government takes that responsibility away from us.FOOTNOTE: The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

First Sections of Decking Arrive on Boardwalk Reconstruction Project

first_imgThe Ocean City Boardwalk reconstruction project between Plaza Place and Eighth Street continues to take advantage of good weather to make good progress.The section between Plymouth Place and Seventh Street remains to be completed.Pilings and stringers are now in place across about half the project area (between Eighth Street and Plymouth Place) and a couple sections of pre-constructed decking are on site.The work is expected to be complete by mid-March, but with all sections of boardwalk decking already constructed off-site, the work possibly could be complete before then.The project is the third phase of a multiyear effort to rebuild the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street. Walters Marine Construction of Ocean View has a $1,888,347 contract to do the job.Boardwalk cyclists and pedestrians have been detoured around the construction area since October. With pilings and substructure in place between Eighth Street and Plymouth Place on Saturday (Jan. 9) and sections of decking waiting to be installed, the boardwalk reconstruction project appears to be on schedule.last_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary welcomes new UN Special Envoy for Yemen

first_imgFor journalists Further information Media enquiries I welcome the appointment of Martin Griffiths to the role of UN Special Envoy for Yemen. Mr Griffiths brings a wealth of experience from several high profile UN positions in the region, and is a leading expert on international mediation and conflict resolution. I would like to thank Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed for his dedication in the role of UN Special Envoy since April 2015, working to facilitate a credible peace process in Yemen. The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to help bring to Yemen the peace, stability and security that all Yemenis deserve. This can only be reached through an inclusive political settlement. Mr Griffiths and his team will be central to achieving progress and I call upon all parties to engage with the UN process in good faith. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Notes to editors:The UK strongly supports the work of the UN in Yemen. We support the efforts to reboot a UN peace process as a matter of urgency. By the end of the financial year 2017/18, we will have provided £1.68 million to the UN Special Envoy’s office to bolster the UN’s capacity to facilitate the peace process. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Lantmännen foodservice brand makes retail debut

first_imgLantmännen Unibake has taken its Americana foodservice brand into the retail market for the first time.With retail bread supply under pressure, and the foodservice market under almost total lockdown, the business has launched a selection of frozen Americana products into Tesco.The retailer will be listing the packs of eight five-inch soft Americana Floured Baps and six Deli Rolls online and in stores across the country.Made by Lantmännen Unibake at its bakeries in Milton Keynes, they are produced using an American sponge and dough method, designed to give a distinctive flavour and texture. All Americana foodservice products are supplied frozen and pre-sliced.“It’s great to see the Americana brand make the transition from foodservice to frozen food retail in response to the Covid-19 lockdown,” said Lantmännen Unibake marketing and innovation director Peter Drew.He added that businesses needed to work together at this time, and that it was testament to the teams at Lantmännen Unibake and Tesco that they had turned the launch around so quickly.“The current climate means we are having to adapt quickly to changes and we are committed to supporting our customers however we can. This includes making rapid adjustments to our product to ensure it is available where and when it is needed most.”Britain’s largest bakers have fought to keep supermarket shelves stocked since March, with some removing niche SKUs from ranges to maximise capacity for core lines.last_img read more

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Full Audio Of moe.’s Three Set New Year’s Celebration Has Surfaced [Listen]

first_imgBeloved jam band moe. decided to take their diehard fanbase out to a new location for New Year’s Eve, ultimately settling on The Wilma in Missoula, MT to ring in 2016. The intimate two night run kicked off with a great opening show, but moe. took things to the next level for three full sets of magic on New Year’s.moe. largely stuck to their original music for the performance, opening with “Meat > Timmy Tucker” to get the party started. They did work in a tune from their recent Quentin Tarantino-themed Halloween, bringing out the beloved instrumental “Battle Without Honor or Humanity.” That song kicked off an awesome second set which saw the band bounce between “Four,” “Rebubula,” and “Yodelittle.”The third set saw more of the band’s original music, including “Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Meat” before the big countdown. The show concluded with a “Brent Black” followed by the conclusion of “Meat” – so it’s safe to say this show wasn’t for the vegetarians. They returned for an encore that included “Stranger Than Fiction” before a sweet tribute to Leonard Cohen in the form of “Hallelujah.”You can steam the full show below, courtesy of taper marcus.Setlist: moe. | The Wilma | Missoula, MT | 12/31/16Set One1. Meat >2. Timmy Tucker3. Gone4. Jazz Wank >5. Spine of a Dog >6. BusterSet Two1. Crowd2. Battle Without Honor or Humanity3. Four >4. Rebubula >5. Yodelittle >6. Four >7. RebubulaSet Three1. Tubing the River Styx >2. The Pit >3. Meat4. Countdown5. Auld Lang Syne >6. Brent Black >7. MeatEncore1. Crowd2. Alnouncements3. Stranger Than Fiction4. HallelujahAll photos by Paul Citone, see the full gallery below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more