“Could the crisis help media freedom in Greece ?”

first_img News September 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Could the crisis help media freedom in Greece ?” GreeceEurope – Central Asia Open publication – Free publishing – More greece The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom RSF_en News Photo credits : Thomas Lacobi June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Greece GreeceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU April 29, 2021 Find out more Reports to go further Related documents Download the report (greek)PDF – 393.32 KBDownload the report (english)PDF – 5.44 MB Reporters Without Borders visited Athens from 27 July to 3 August to investigate in a report the recent decline in media freedom in Greece, a country that continues to worry its European partners. Greece has fallen three years in a row in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, from 31st in 2008 to 70th in 2010, level with its neighbour Bulgaria. The fall has been due to practices that are both surprising and unacceptable in a European Union member.The economic and financial crisis has contributed to this decline and has above all highlighted the weaknesses of Greece’s media and its almost mafia-like practices. Owned by a few big businessmen and shipping-line owners, most of the media companies are nowadays threatened with collapse, which would set of a wave of dismissals in a profession already suffering from poor pay and conditions.The blogosphere offers a freer space for expression and a temporary antidote to the self-censorship that is becoming more and more widespread in the traditional media. But the Internet does not offer an economically viable alternative that could help reverse the disastrous practices that have taken hold in the past two decades.Against the backdrop of street violence, a very deep crisis of confidence has developed between the media and public. Seen either as louts or well-off brats, journalists are often identified with the now despised political class. Many now fear physical violence and some use protection. The targets of smear campaigns that mix sarcastic slogans with death threats, journalists now think twice about going out on to the streets to report. Stelios Kouloglou, long the symbol of investigative journalism, is now the victim of a defamatory poster campaign. His crime? Laying off staff at his Web TV station because it ran into financial problems.Although less exposed than their Greek colleagues, foreign reporters based in Greece recognize that they face problems that are unusual in a European Union member. But they prefer to be discreet on the subject because, like their Greek colleagues, they fear the possibility of reprisals or violence.The impact of the crisis has radicalized a sector of the population, which expresses its anger and frustration in increasingly violent demonstrations. Photographers and cameramen are more and more at risk as they encounter situations akin to civil war in the course of trying to cover the activities of these grass-roots movements. Caught between the violence of the extremist movements and the violence of anti-riot police who show little respect for their professional status, photographers are paying a high price for the coverage they give us.No journalists were upbeat about the consequences of the austerity plans and cuts, but Reporters Without Borders found that most of the ones it interviewed regarded the economic crisis as a chance for the media to break with the patronage system that has prevailed since the 1980s. Could the crisis help advance the cause of media freedom in Greece? News February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Golan Heights correspondent freed on competing three-year jail sentence

——03.08.2010 – Review board refuses to commute Syrian journalist’s jail sentence Follow the news on Israel The Israeli high court rejected two appeals in the case on 10 June – one by the attorney general and one by Farhat’s lawyer. News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more The Golan Heights correspondent of Syrian public television and the national daily Al Watan, Farhat was arrested at his home in the Golan Heights town of Buq’ata on 30 July 2007 after covering a peaceful demonstration there by Israeli activists calling on Israel and Syria to seek peace. “This has become a political case between Israel and Syria, two countries that have been at war for years, and involves issues that go far beyond Farhat the individual,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist should not be made to pay for the hostilities between two countries, and in particular, their dispute over the Golan Heights, annexed by Israel in 1981.” News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders regrets that the Israeli authorities have rejected a request for Syrian journalist Atta Farhat’s sentence to be commuted. The Golan Heights-based journalist’s lawyers submitted the request at the end of June.Held since July 2007 and serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “communicating with a hostile country,” Farhat appeared before a judicial review board on 1 July. Under Israeli law, a prisoner can be granted early release after serving two thirds of his sentence.Giving its reasons for rejecting the request, the board said Farhat was first jailed in 2002 and was detained several times since then.——–1st July 2009 – Golan Heights-based Syrian journalist asks panel to commute three-year sentenceReporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the Israeli authorities to be lenient with Syrian journalist Atta Farhat, who is serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “communicating with a hostile country.” Detained for nearly two years, he is due to appear today before a judicial review board that could commute his sentence. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Golan Heights correspondent freed on competing three-year jail sentence IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Farhat’s trial began behind closed doors on 2 March 2008 amid a court-ordered gag on any reporting about the case. After many hearings, he was finally sentenced on 1 February 2009 to three years in prison and a fine of 25,000 shekels (4,500 euros). He was also given an additional, suspended three-year prison sentence. News to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 3, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has learned that Atta Farhat, the Golan Heights correspondent of Syrian public television and the Syrian national daily Al Watani, was released on 2 August on completing a three-year jail sentence.Arrested at his home in the Golan Heights town of Buqata on 30 July 2007 after covering a peaceful demonstration calling on Israel and Syria to seek peace, he was convicted of “communicating with a hostile country.” Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the judicial review board to approve his request for his sentence to be commuted. It is unworthy of a democratic country such as Israel to make someone spend three years in prison for photographing a peaceful demonstration.” Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en Organisation read more

11th Annual Pasadena Artwalk Call to Artists

first_img Business News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a commentcenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News More Cool Stuff The Playhouse District Association is inviting artists to submit artwork for the 11th annual Pasadena ARTWalk. The Pasadena ARTWalk will take place on Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Playhouse District.All artists are welcome to apply to exhibit in the Pasadena ARTWalk. Artists submitting work must fall in one of the following categories:• Drawing• Mixed media• New media• Painting• Photography• SculptureApplications can be submitted electronically on the Playhouse website at www.playhousedistrict.org/artwalk. Artists work will be juried. The Playhouse District is offering a “Best in Show” prize of $500 for a single artwork submitted by the artist as part of their application. Instructions for the “Best in Show” prize can be found in the submission instructions.Submission DeadlinesEarly bird submission: June 24, 2016Deadline for submission: July 29, 2016Notification date: August 19, 2016The Pasadena ARTWalk is San Gabriel Valley’s largest urban art fair. This year’s Pasadena ARTWalk features over 75 participating visual artists in a festival atmosphere, free museum admission, hands-on activities, entertainment, a self guided walking tour and a lot more. Yearly, the event draws over 5,000 attendees. The Pasadena ARTWalk is produced by the Playhouse District Association.For more information on how to participate in this year’s Pasadena ARTWalk, visit www.playhousedistrict.org/artwalk or call (626) 744-0340. Community News 11th Annual Pasadena Artwalk Call to Artists From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 12:42 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse falls to No. 5 Duke, 60-44

first_img Published on February 24, 2018 at 11:55 pm Contact Alexandra: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (18-11, 7-9 Atlantic Coast) made as many shots (17) as it had turnovers (17) on Saturday and in turn couldn’t keep pace with No. 5 Duke (24-5, 12-4), and lost 60-44. Syracuse’s big three of Frank Howard, Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett failed to ever get it going, and once Paschal Chukwu fouled out, Syracuse’s fate seemed sealed. Commentslast_img

Sports Federations threatens to sue Sports Ministry

first_imgThe lesser-financed sporting federations are threatening to drag the Sports Ministry to the human rights court for what they describe as unfair treatment to them. Joy Sports understands the federations are unhappy with the Ministry’s concentration on football and for that matter the Black Stars.Over the years individuals within the federations have resorted to funding activities from their own pockets. This practice, according to most of them must and the only way out is to sue the Sports Ministry. Nii Lantey Vanderpuaye, who is Sports Minister ,tells Joy Sports he has asked the associations to calm down.“I have tried to talk to the presidents of the federations involved, to let them understand, to have trust in me that my issuance is with them, that I will try as hard as possible to try and support each and every other sport and discipline… I pledge to make sure that happens,” he said “The budget was in before I was in ministry. Unfortunately for me we also have been found to have committed mistakes that were committed in the past.”But instead of dwelling on the past, he seems to want to be moving forward and fixing this gap. He never mentioned how he was going to solve these problems, but that we should trust in him to fix them.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

24 days agoGonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.” last_img read more

Panama Canal Cheniere Working to Increase LNG Transits

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal Authority is working towards increasing the number of LNG vessels that can transit the Neopanamax locks in a day.The canal is bolstering its capacity amid the anticipated growth of natural gas exports from the United States, which is likely to increase LNG transits by 50 percent by September, according to Cheniere Energy.Representatives of the U.S. LNG exporter and the Panama Canal Authority, led by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, met this week to discuss the waterway’s growing LNG vessel segment and opportunities for future growth.Cheniere has become the largest LNG user of the canal with 62 transits made in 2017.“The Panama Canal and the LNG industry are, together, going through a learning curve. Cheniere is confident in the Panama Canal’s capabilities to adapt in addressing the needs of the growing LNG sector. The success of the Panama Canal is essential to the satisfaction of Cheniere’s customers and to the LNG industry as a whole,” Eric Bensaude, Managing Director, Commercial Operations and Asset Optimization for Cheniere, said.When the expanded canal was inaugurated in June 2016, it opened the waterway up to 90 percent of the global LNG fleet and allowed LNG producers in the United States to ship natural gas to Asia for the first time.Since then, the canal’s Neopanamax locks have transited more than 280 LNG vessels, and industry experts expect traffic to continue to rise steadily, according to the canal’s authority.“The meetings with Cheniere allowed us to hear about customers’ experience transiting the Neopanamax locks first-hand, and to collaborate on ways we can continue meeting this growing demand from the LNG industry,” Administrator Quijano said.In line with current levels of traffic, the Panama Canal offers one reservation slot per day for LNG vessels.However, two fully loaded vessels have transited the canal in a day when necessary and, according to Panama Canal’s Authority, two-LNG-transit days have become ever more frequent amid traffic scheduling optimization.“The Panama Canal is also offering more flexibility for LNG bookings so exporters can opt for the Canal route even if that was not the original plan. As expectations for growing LNG shipments materialize, the Panama Canal is already working towards significantly increasing the number of LNG vessels that can transit the Neopanamax locks in a day,” the canal authority said.last_img read more

Global trade tensions fuel St Lawrence seaway shipments as grain demand soars

first_imgMONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway saw its highest cargo numbers since 2007 last year, propelled by a spike in grain shipments and global tariff wars that worked in Canada’s favour.The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. says traffic hit 40.9 million tonnes in 2018, a seven per cent year-over-year increase.Grain made up close to one-third of all tonnage on the 60-year-old waterway, rising 20 per cent from 2017.Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, says trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries worked to the advantage of Canadian exporters.A Chinese tariff on U.S. soybeans and European counter-tariffs on U.S. corn spurred more shipments from Canada, which enjoyed a strong corn crop last year.Burrows also says early snowfalls fuelled more road salt shipments, while infrastructure demand across the eastern part of the continent yielded higher volumes of other dry goods such as gravel and cement.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Resident doctors ratify agreement under provincial mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that members of the Resident Doctors of B.C. and the Health Employers Association of B.C. have ratified an agreement under the Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.According to the Government, the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.Nearly 1,350 resident doctors working for publicly funded health-care employers in B.C.’s hospitals and public health facilities are represented by RDBC. The agreement includes a three-year term, general wage increases of two percent in each year, and a collaborative approach to addressing workload that will support greater engagement with resident doctors, with the intention of retaining them in B.C. when they complete their programs.To learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C., you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Fort St John and District Kennel Clubs Dog Show takes place this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club is hosting their annual Dog Show this weekend May 18 to the 20 at the District of Taylor Ice Centre.Each year, the annual event is held on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and features six All Breed Championship shows, showcasing 175 dogs from all over Canada.The first round of judging takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, for Hounds, with the last round of judging taking place at 2:55 p.m. on Monday, May 20, for Non-Sporting Dogs. This year’s confirmed judges include Honey Glendinning (BC); Michelle Scott (ON); Carmen Haller (BC); Grant Townsend (BC); Terry Gains (BC); Jocelyn Gagne (ON).Along with a ribbon competition, cash prizes are also available, with a chance to earn points under the Canadian Kennel Club’s Championship Show Program.The Dog Show judging schedule can be found here.The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show is taking place this Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 18 to 20, at the District Ice Centre.For more information, you can visit Dogshow.ca.last_img read more