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RSF unveils “shadow report” on press freedom in Eritrea

first_img EritreaAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsInternational bodies PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUNESCO RSF_en Reports Follow the news on Eritrea Organisation Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? RSF at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul (Gambia) on 7 April 2016 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accuses the Eritrean government of a complete denial of reality in its first-ever report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and announces that it has submitted an alternative “shadow report” with a much darker assessment of the state of press freedom in Eritrea. April 14, 2021 Find out more The government’s “initial national report” covering the period from 1999 to 2016 has to be seen to be believed. It says: “The fundamental principle in the National Charter, Eritrea’s Constitution of 1997 and the national codes and proclamations is that citizens have the right for lawful expression and opinion without interference.”The Eritrean government will present this report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 28 and 30 April during the Commission’s 62nd ordinary session in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.RSF’s shadow report, which was written by its Swedish section and was sent to the Commission, emphasizes the gulf between the situation described by the Eritrean authorities and the reality on the ground.“While the Eritrean government’s report is a first, it nonetheless constitutes a complete denial of reality,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Freedom of expression and information is non-existent in Issayas Afeworki’s dictatorship, which is still Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest jailer of journalists. Seventeen years after Eritrea shut down all independent media outlets, it is time to free the many journalists who are detained arbitrarily.”Is Dawit Isaak still alive? Isaak is a Swedish-Eritrean journalist who co-founded the newspaper Setit and was awarded UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2017. Like many other Eritrean journalists, he has been detained for the past 17 years without ever being brought before a court, charged or tried. He has had no access to lawyer and his family has had no news of him since 2005. He was arrested on 18 September 2001 along with ten other politicians and journalists who were openly questioning the regime’s increasingly authoritarian tendencies. When asked by Radio France Internationale about “political prisoners” in an interview in 2016, Eritrea’s foreign minister said “all of them are alive” and that they would be tried “when the government decides.”Eritrea continues to be ranked second from last, 179th out of 180 countries, in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. A handful of foreign reporters were allowed access to the capital, Asmara, under close escort on 2016 but only Radio Erena, a Paris-based radio station run by four Eritrean exile journalists, is able to provide independently reported news and information about Eritrea.Read our shadow report about press freedom in Eritrea here Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Related documents shadow_report_eritrea_reporters_without_borders_2018.pdfPDF – 78.31 KB Reports News October 27, 2020 Find out more to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision April 27, 2018 – Updated on July 12, 2018 RSF unveils “shadow report” on press freedom in Eritrea EritreaAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsInternational bodies PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUNESCO News Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak caselast_img read more

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Case adjourned pending directions of DPP

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCase adjourned pending directions of DPPBy admin – October 4, 2011 941 WhatsApp A CONVICTED gang rapist has been granted bail at Limerick District Court after he was arrested and charged with an assault on a woman, as well as breaches of the public order act. 24-year-old Dean Barry with an address at Garryglass Avenue was arrested after gardai were called to a disturbance on Vartry Avenue, Raheen. Barry was found at the scene to be involved with a number of others as part of a verbal dispute. Gardai told Limerick District Court that he was seen shouting and roaring at people in the vicinity shortly after 9.30pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the course of their initial investigation, gardai gave evidence that Barry was seen striking out at a female and punching her in the face. He was said to have been very abusive and highly intoxicated.Judge Eamon O’Brien heard that the accused man was arrested and charged with the offences and held to appear before court on September 29 last.Dean Barry has 47 previous convictions, including the gang rape of a woman in Cratloe while her boyfriend was locked in the car booth.Judge Eamon O’Brien consented to bail after no objection was made by the State and he was ordered to sign on, stay away from the alleged injured party and the area.Ted McCarthy solicitor was assigned as legal aid for the accused and the matter was adjourned until November 24 next for the directions of the DPP to be furnished to the court. Advertisement Print Emailcenter_img Facebook Twitter Previous article32-year-old man charged with Purcell murderNext articleLynxs deal launchpad for global cargo hub admin Linkedinlast_img read more

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Brexit would bring ‘massive disruption’ – Investment Association

first_imgNone of the trade associations are taking an overarching position on the matter, or at least have not yet reached a conclusion, according to their representatives, but they are instead focused on helping their members understand the implications of a potential ‘Brexit’.Król, for example, said the AIMA would be neutral because of wide-ranging views among its members.Sears emphasised that the majority of the UK fund management industry’s business was in service provision rather than the manufacture and distribution of products, such as UCITS funds.He said continued service provision in the EU in the event of an exit would require showing “equivalence” of rules.To the extent that regulation controls access to a given market, being subject to that regulation without the same means of influencing it would be “less than optimal”, he said.Sears was perhaps most direct in his assessment of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project being steered by financial services commissioner Jonathan Hill, saying the shift from a focus on de-risking to growth and productivity was encouraging and that a CMU with these priorities would be “a major opportunity for our industry”.He said it would reflect the embracing of greater market finance, and the contribution of the asset management industry to economic growth as asset allocators.Representing the hedge fund industry association AIMA, Król was also positive about the CMU, saying strong capital markets had a positive effect on growth, and promoted transparency and discipline among companies using the capital markets.The CMU, he said, has the “potential to deliver huge benefits to the UK and the EU”.He stressed the popularity of UCITS funds among institutional investors, and warned against the risk of financial services regulation becoming less open and thereby making it more expensive to run UCITS funds.On the topic of the post-crisis regulation introduced by the EU, Sears said the benefits of the regulation continued to outweigh the burdens, citing the ability to “passport”.And “to the extent they are burdens”, these are also being looked at by the cumulative impact review of EU legislation the Commission has launched, added Sears.He also appeared to caution against seeing regulatory compliance demands as only stemming from the EU, noting that the UK has in some matters gone further than the EU and that it “has ensured that it has intervened where necessary”.Król said London held “a unique magic” for the hedge fund industry but that it was difficult to pin down how much of this was linked to having access to the EU market or to the UK domestic regulatory framework.UK prime minister David Cameron has promised an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU by the end of 2017 and is reportedly targeting a vote in June subject to a deal on new terms of membership for the UK being agreed at a European Council meeting next month.Sears became interim head of the IA in October, replacing Daniel Godfrey, who stepped down after reports that large IA members were planning to leave the association. Exiting the European Union (EU) would bring “massive disruption” to the UK asset management industry, Guy Sears, interim chief executive at The Investment Association, told a Treasury committee hearing on the economic and financial costs and benefits of UK membership of the EU today.Sears was joined on the witness panel by John Barrass, deputy chief executive at the Wealth Management Association, and Jiří Król, deputy chief executive at The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).The panellists were asked for their views on a range of aspects, such as the accountability and transparency of EU rule-making, the cost of compliance and the appropriateness of the EU’s post-financial crisis regulation.Sears, after apologising for an initial “equivocal” response to questioning about whether it would be better to be in or outside the EU, said there would be “massive” disruption to the UK investment management industry if the UK were to leave the union.last_img read more

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Power outage

first_imgThe Power lost to the previously winless Tulsa Talons 45-22. Maybe Pittsburgh was under the incorrect assumption that Tulsa had to still be licking their wounds after a 69-20 drubbing at the hands of the Arizona Rattlers. Instead it appeared that Tulsa was licking their chops at the prospect of facing the “new kids” on the block. This game was a “turnover fest” for Pittsburgh. The Power ended the game with five turnovers. In the land of midget or any other football league, amateur or professional, it is very difficult to win if your team commits five turnovers. Power Head Coach Chris Siegfried put it this way, “There’s not many teams you can turn the ball over to five times and win in this league. Well coach I am in complete agreement with you. Although Morelli threw his first AFL touchdown pass, he still appeared to be a bit “skittish” in the pocket. Morelli does not seem to be the short or long term answer for the Power at QB. The “bye” week for the Power will not be a time to relax. They have to get their offense at least semi-healthy until starting quarterback Bernard Morris is healthy because as we all should know at least by now; in the NFL defense wins championships, in the AFL offense will more than likely win the Holy Grail.Lip serviceThere was a schoolmate who I despised. He really got on my last nerve. I was a tad bit apprehensive about fighting this boy. Don’t ask me why, I had never seen him fight but this was just a vibe that I had. However, I mustered up enough nerve to challenge this “cat” and I lost the fight. A few months later, we rumbled again and I lost that contest as well. I am not a dodo bird. There was not going to be a third fight because I was not going to lose three successive battles to him or any other person.Take the Pitt men’s’ basketball team led by Head Coach Jamie Dixon. For the second year in a row, Dixon’s group of six foot plus couch potatoes were getting their snacks ready in preparation to view the NCAA championship game between Butler and the University of Connecticut. Some people are again describing Butler’s ascension as a storybook scenario. Last year Butler may have composed a “storybook” but this year the small school has published a “textbook.” Butler is writing a new manual; the title is “How to beat the Big Boys.” How could Butler’s head Coach Brad Stevens not have won coach of the year?Dixon may have won the coach of the year award but Stevens is winning the big games. See, the coach of the year award has been in a few glaring cases awarded as a result of the politics of who you know as opposed to what is actually happening on the court. Butler is 10-1 in their last 11 NCAA tournament appearances. Butler does not mind getting grimy and sweaty doing all of the little things to make life a bed of roses for themselves a bed of nails for their opponents. Hey get this; Butler has an approximate student population of less than 4437 students. The University of Pittsburgh on the other hand has over 27,000 students.The Pitt “ZOO” student body fan club has approximately 1400 members. That number is just 79 students shy of equaling one-third of the total student population of Butler.How can such a small school win the big games? Well in my opinion, humility, tenacity and great coaching. Your squad has to be totally and genuinely humble.Not the artificial humility displayed on the press conference podium after another predictable loss but a strong and truly gracious humility. Secondly, when no one expects your team to do much of anything, then your players have to have and display the tenacity of a school of piranhas.The game plan must be just as tenacious and fearless as the players on the court. A game plan cannot be tailored on how to badger and work certain officials. Trying to manipulate the psyches of certain officials so that calls will go your way takes the focus away from you strategizing so that the game will go your way. We should be so lucky to have the Butler “ambiance” and attitude at Pitt.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) Hey, just when I was flexing my muscles when it came to the Pittsburgh Power, reality stepped in and won over imagination. The reality is that this is a “rookie” franchise with a lot of growing to do. First of all let’s discuss the position of quarterback. The loss of the mobility and ability of starting QB Bernard Morris who is currently on injured reserve was evident as 2nd team QB Kevin McCabe struggled mightily and was eventually yanked for 3rd stringer Anthony Morelli, the former Penn State star who for all intents and purposes was even worse. McCabe, who is known for his accurate passing but not his mobility, did not display the precision that is normally his calling card.last_img read more