International media organisations call for an end to attacks on the press

first_img NepalAsia – Pacific News News News Receive email alerts Members of the ‘International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission to Nepal’ have been closely monitoring the developments in Nepal since the process of restoring democracy and press freedoms began in April 2006. The International Mission welcomes the enactment of the Right to Information Act and steps to protect the rights of journalists under the Working Journalists Act. In addition, we commend those Nepali journalists and media and freedom of expression organisations that have continuously advocated for legislative reform and defended press freedoms.At the same time, the International Mission remains highly concerned about the continuing violence against journalists and the media in Nepal, including by groups affiliated with the former combatant parties in the conflict. According to information provided by Nepali sources, there have been over 116 incidents of attempts to prevent journalists from doing their job of informing the people between 1 January and 31 July 2007 alone. These incidents include arrests, attacks on media companies, abduction of journalists, threats and harassment and obstructions to the free flow of information, including disruptions in the production processes. It is disturbing that the same media which played a leading role in the restoration of democracy a year ago have now become the target of attacks from various groups. A free and fairly elected Constituent Assembly remains the next vital step in Nepal’s peace process. The Constituent Assembly, for which elections are currently scheduled for November, will have a mandate to adopt a new Constitution which will define the structure of the State. Such a process depends on increased and informed debate in which the positions of all stakeholders are heard, and this will only be possible if there is a free, independent and pluralistic media able to inform the public without fear of retribution. The lack of such a plural and unobstructed media environment throughout the country, and specifically in those areas affected by conflict, could jeopardise a free and fair outcome to the elections.We therefore call on all stakeholders, including the Government and specifically the Ministry of Information, the political parties and affiliated groups throughout Nepal, the numerous active interest groups and the Nepali people in general to work collectively to build an environment that enables the media to report on the elections effectively and safely free from intimidation or attack. RSF_en August 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International media organisations call for an end to attacks on the press Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage June 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Members of the International Mission include:ARTICLE 19Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)FreeVoiceInternational Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)International News Safety Institute (INSI)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)World Association of Newspapers (WAN)World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

New fire engine officially handed over to Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade

first_img New fire engine officially handed over to Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade Twitter Previous articleCasey only presidential candidate to have all expenses reimbursedNext articleNI and Ulster Half Marathon Championships to return to Waterside News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebookcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A new €450K Fire Engine has been officially handed over today to Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade todayElected representatives, Council officials, members of the Fire Brigade along with family, friends and members of the community came along to mark the official handing over of the new state of the art Fire Engine to Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan.The new Class B fire engine which costs €450k replaces the 1998 Volvo fire engine which was previously based at Gaoth Dobhair Fire Station and according to Chief Fire Officer, Joseph McTaggart “will enhance the ability of Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade to deliver the operational fire service to the community it serves”.Speaking at today’s event Cllr. Crossan commended the Fire Brigade in Gaoth Dobhair for their dedication and commitment to their service saying, “we are proud of our Fire Service and of your commitment to excellence in all that you do and it gives me great pleasure to hand over this new state of the art appliance which will ensure that you are well equipped to respond to any callout”.This new fire engine, which is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under its 2018 – 2020 Fire Service Fleet Renewal Programme, is based on the latest Scania P320 chassis and has an integrated crew cab providing seating for up to eight fire-fighters. It comes with an integrated water tank coupled with an on-board Godiva Prima main pump which is capable of pumping out 3,000l of water per minute at an average pressure of 10 bar.It comes equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS), a 1,200l/min portable pump, a number of multi-stage ladders, a number of hoses, nozzles and a front-mounted electric winch.Supplied by Sídheán Teoranta of An Spidéal, Co. Galway, this new appliance is also equipped with the most up-to-date emergency lighting and high-visibility markings to ensure better safety for fire-fighters and for members of the public while the fire engine is responding to and attending at an incident.Station Officer Eoin Gillespie was the Master of Ceremony at todays event which included an address from Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development, IS and Emergency Services in Donegal County Council as well as a joint blessing from Rev Liz Fitzgerald, Church of Ireland and An tAthair O’Baoil, RC.The new fire engine will have an operational life span of approximately 20 years and it is anticipated that it will respond to approximately 45 calls per annum in the Gaoth Dobhair Fire Station Ground Area. These calls varying from small chimney fires up to the more serious building fires and road traffic collisions. By News Highland – July 24, 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Roosevelt House Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old man died and two others were wounded in a Roosevelt house fire early Friday morning, authorities said.Nassau County police and firefighters responded to the blaze on Debevoise Avenue, where they found the victim dead on the second floor at 2:20 a.m., officials said. His identity was not immediately available.Two others jumped from the second floor to escape. They suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.More than 100 firefighters responded to help the Roosevelt Fire Department extinguish the flames, including North Merrick, Baldwin, South Hempstead, Uniondale, Merrick, Freeport and North Bellmore.The Red Cross responded to assist the 10 residents that were left homeless.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire, which preliminarily appears to be non-suspicious and caused by an overloaded electrical connection.last_img read more

Local mother and her twin brothers killed days after attempting to get a restraining order

first_imgA West Palm Beach mother and her twin brothers were found dead just eight days after a judge denied the woman a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and would be killer.The incident occurred Wednesday around 10 p.m. on Cole Street, just north of Belvedere and North Military Trail.  Authorities responded to the scene to find 40-year-old Yasnai Moliner Yera and her two twin brothers dead inside of a home while Yera’s boyfriend and the father of her two-year-old son 41-year-old Yuniel Martinez De La Cotera, was standing next to a vehicle in the street. While several people are blaming the judge for not issuing a restraining order, a local domestic violence advocate spoke to our news partners at CBS12 and explained that even though Yera wrote a letter to the judge explaining that her ex-boyfriend was “emotionally and mentally abusing me,” it was not enough to gain a restraining order.“She is talking about him taking their money and him taking the car and him threatening to take the house and of course, for a lot of victims, those are immediate emergency type things. But they don’t meet the legal definition of domestic violence. There is nothing in here about whether he has threatened her life, threatened to harm her or that he actually did physically,” said Dr. Mary Cauthen, YWCA Chief Program Officer.Dr. Cauthen continued saying that under Florida law, a judge can only issue a restraining order if the victim can show they have been physically abused or are receiving threats of physical violence.While the judge did not immediately issue a restraining order to Yera, she was scheduled for a hearing about the case that was supposed to take place this week.Yuneil Martinez De La Cotera Leon is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on three counts of first degree murder.last_img read more

A new study looking at the implementation of the E

first_imgA new study looking at the implementation of the European Commission’s Audiovisual Media Services directive has revealed that video-on-demand revenues in the European Union are growing, but currently account for less than 1% of total TV revenues.
The report, which covers the period to end-2011 also shows that overall TV sector revenues of about €77 billion have been flat since a similar study in 2008. Ad revenues have decreased and there is a heavier reliance of public funding, while pay TV continues to be the growth driver in the sector, according to the report.
It adds that Europe’s five largest TV markets still generate 70% of all revenue and Germany and the UK are by far the largest TV markets. The incumbent channels in the main markets also account for over 90% of all commissioning spend although only about 56% of gross industry revenue. Overall programming spend has grown little if at all since 2008, the report says.The wider economic outlook means the way that content makers operate has changed in recent years. “The global softening of the economy in recent years has affected broadcaster margins with a knock-on effect on the independent production sector,” the report authors note. “Independent producers have become increasingly reliant on secondary and ancillary revenues to drive profits, with commission spending by broadcasters generally only covering the production cost for the producer.”Separately, the European Commission is to launch a public consultation on connected TV, EC vice-president and digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes (pictured) has said.Presenting the new report on the application of the directive, which pointed to the need for further EC guidance on internet-connected TV, Kroes said that the Commission would launch a public consultation in the second half of this year.Kroes revealed at the Cable Congress event in Brussels earlier this year that the EC would publish a policy paper on connected TV. The EC will also update its guidance on TV advertising next year.last_img read more