RSF supports journalist fired by Bulgaria’s national radio

first_img News Organisation Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Bulgaria’s state-owned national radio broadcaster to reinstate Lili Marinkova, a leading journalist who was wrongfully dismissed without warning last month, and condemns the harassment of journalists by the country’s politicians. RSF reiterates its support for Marinkova, one of Bulgaria National Radio’s most famous and outspoken journalists. Last month RSF signed a petition launched by other well-known journalists, who called for her reinstatement because they regarded her dismissal as politically-motivated. A formal request for her reinstatement has been submitted to the national radio broadcaster’s board of governors, which is due to take a decision in the next few days. The radio broadcaster’s management said Marinkova, 62, was let go because she had reached retirement age. But her dismissal coincided with Alexander Velev’s appointment by the Electronic Media Council, a regulatory body, as the broadcaster’s new boss. It is clear that Marinkova, who never minces her words or handles politicians with kid gloves, was deliberately taken off the airwaves ahead of upcoming elections. In one of her last broadcasts, she talked about the origins of Delyan Peevski, a legislator, leading cigaratte manufacturer and media tycoon who is described in RSF’s new report about oligarchs (read the report). “We cannot tolerate such an obvious act of censorship,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “Marinkova’s departure was not prompted by any fall in her programme’s ratings or any other objective criteria. This was a blatant act of censorship and must be redressed by the radio broadcaster’s management without delay.” At the start of this month, culture minister Vezhdi Rashidov tried to intimidate a journalist. After state TV presenter Georgi Angelov interviewed a sculptor critical of the minister, Rashidov said Angelov should be “less ironical about the government” and should “remember who pays his salary.” The Association of European Journalists reacted immediately, accusing the minister of pressuring and blackmailing Angelov. A demonstration was held in Sofia on 7 July to demand the departure of Rashidov, who finally issued an apology. Atanas Chobanos, one of the joint editors of the Bulgarian news website Bivol.bg, commented: “Marinkova’s dismissal and the ‘Sunday 150’ programme’s removal, and the culture minister’s attack on a state TV journalist are symptoms of the political authorities’ same illness, which has resulted in Bulgaria being ranked last in media freedom in the European Union.” Bulgaria is ranked 113th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en July 22, 2016 RSF supports journalist fired by Bulgaria’s national radio March 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bulgaria Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive February 11, 2021 Find out more Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News News Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Crédit: Nadezhda Chipeva to go further BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gaddafi calls for release of all detained journalists

first_img News November 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gaddafi calls for release of all detained journalists Reporters Without Borders welcomes last night’s report on state television that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has given instructions for the release of all the journalists held in a wave of arrests since 3 November (http://en.rsf.org/libye-wave-of-arrests-of-journalists-who-08-11-2010,38776.html).Issued on the eve of a periodic review of Libya’s record by the United Nations Human Rights Council, the orders for their release unfortunately reflect Col. Gaddafi’s desire to stay in power while normalising political relations with Libya’s economic partners rather than any consideration for freedom of expression.Reporters Without Borders hopes that the announcement is quickly followed by the release of all the detained journalists.————09/11/2010Blow against freedom of expressionWave of arrests of journalists who urged return of opposition figuresReporters Without Borders today strongly condemned a wave of arrests by Libya’s secret services of around 30 journalists that began on 5 November 2010.The roundup followed the publication of an editorial in the daily Oea and the news agency Libyan Press calling for opponents and former comrades-in-arms of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the 1969 revolution living in exile abroad, to return to the country and take an active role in politics.The worldwide press freedom organisation condemned the arrests and called for the immediate release of the journalists, saying that it was the reaction of a draconian state, deaf to the need for protecting human rights and democratic freedoms. It demonstrated that the regime was determined to be intractable in relation to freedom of expression.The two media belong to the media foundation al-Ghad, owned by Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Colonel Gaddafi. The director of the foundation, Mr Dogha, who lives in London, was warned that he would be arrested if he returned to the country. Oea was banned from appearing on 3 November 2010, when the people’s public committee (the government) ordered the national printers to shelve printing the weekly. Websites Libya al-Yom and the Libyan League for Human Rights run by opponents of the regime living abroad, were shut down on the same day. Another website, al-Manara Lili’lem was hacked into and made inaccessible, on 4 November 2010. It is now up and running again and covering current news event. Around ten journalists were arrested in the capital, Tripoli, overnight on 5-6 November. Fresh arrests continued elsewhere in the country in the following days. To date, around 28 journalists are being detained at al-Sika prison in the capital. Among them are an Egyptian and a Tunisian journalist, both women. The arrests have taken place against a background of rising tension in Libya between reformers and conservatives. Top ranking members of the Revolutionary Council recently called for violence against supporters of what they called “a reformist tsunami in the country”. The UN Human Rights Council is tomorrow due to carry out its Universal Periodic Review of Libya. Reporters Without Borders has contributed to this review by releasing its own assessment of the state of press freedom in Libya (see: http://en.rsf.org/libye-reporters-without-borders-08-11-2010,38768.html). Libya is ranked 160th out of 178 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index for 2010. June 24, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Libya News Receive email alerts Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more to go further On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul LibyaMiddle East – North Africa December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

The Wind in the Willows

first_imgPimms, punting and plays – what more could you ask for from summertime in Oxford? This year’s Trinity Lawns Play combines children’s classic and Tarantino as The Trinity Players bring the legendary Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole to life in their beautifully crafted production of The Wind in the Willows. With a central cast that bristles with charm and charisma, the massive shoes of these much-loved characters are capably filled by the likes of Tom Mendelsohn as a capricious but lovable Toad, Aled Roberts as a buttoned- up Ratty, and Charlie Morrison, whose portrayal of the world-weary carthorse from Wolverhampton is bound to raise a smile. Kenneth Graeme’s 1908 novel is known to us all, but Bennett’s play brings to the surface less obvious facets of the original work, as his irony fuses with the original text. While embracing the innocent humour and iconic status of the original novel and its characters, director Hannah Eastwood has emphasised the more sinister aspects of the play to add a menacing undertone to this otherwise benign tale. The evil undertone could, in the hands of a less capable director, collapse into a farcical pantomime, but the malicious energy of Lucy Colter (Chief Weasel) and her bunch of rodent ruffians is carefully staged, providing the necessary foil to the homely antics of Toad and his gang. Add to this the complications of a Mole-Rat- Badger love triangle, and the stage is set for crises both public and personal which add an extra dimension to this classic tale. For those of us who are less interested in the finer dramatic nuances, this is well worth seeing if only for the interesting set. Set designer Mike Ward cleverly recreates riverbank life with a set styled as the contents of an enormous school bag, incorporating a huge textbook and an inkstained handkerchief which unwinds to become the river. It is striking and effective, complementing the picturesque Trinity verdure. Like the best plays, what makes this production engaging is that everyone seems to be having a good time. In its endearing simplicity, this production is the perfect antidote to exam stress.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Consumer watch

first_imgI don’t often go into bakeries. I usually just shop in Sainsbury’s for cost and convenience.I don’t even shop at the Sainsbury’s in-store bakery, as I would think that these products would be more expensive.I’m quite predictable with the bread that I buy and usually just get Best of Both or bread with seeds. This makes good sandwiches, which I take to work about three times a week. My favourite is brown bread with cold baked beans – strange I know.The only time I buy ready-made sandwiches is when I’m in town, shopping for clothes. I like to buy them from Boots, Marks & Spencer or, if I’m with friends, it’s a treat to sit down and enjoy a sandwich in a coffee shop.I eat healthily, but occasionally I buy packaged brownies and jam-filled doughnuts. Because of the calorie content, I hardly ever buy pies, pasties and cakes, although, on a recent weekend away with the girls, I had fish pie, spinach and cheese pie and a big slab of chocolate cake. I’ll have to get myself to the gym after all that!When I go on holiday to Cornwall, I will eat Cornish pasties, as it’s a tradition which started in my childhood.I like to eat healthy foods most of the time and that’s why I don’t go into bakeries that often, as I don’t associate them with health. I think of them as selling cream cakes, sausage rolls, pies – all sorts of naughty and indulgent things like that.Laura Clark,Wimbledonlast_img read more

Lawyers needed to serve children

first_img December 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers needed to serve children Associate Editor “A tired but persistent child advocate attorney” is how Andrea L. Moore signed her letter to the president of The Florida Bar.Her message was a plea to Florida’s lawyers to consider yet another way to pitch in and help President Miles McGrane’s children’s initiative: become a surrogate parent for a foster child.No, not a foster parent. This is not about food, clothing, and shelter. It’s about making sure children’s educational needs are being met. A surrogate parent is trained and appointed by each school board to represent children who may have emotional problems or physical or learning disabilities. The surrogate parent protects the child’s due process rights in the special education decision-making process, under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).“I know all school districts in Florida are having trouble finding enough surrogates, leaving them vulnerable to legal action and/or to complaints to the Office of Civil Rights. I also know that many attorneys are active in the schools and with their own children,” Moore wrote to McGrane.“This would not be much of a stretch for those lawyer parents. And it would be a great service to the children.”Moore knows this firsthand, as both a parent, a family law lawyer, and a volunteer advocate for children, as well as serving as secretary to Florida’s Children First!In an interview, Moore said: “I’ve done a lot of pro bono work in this area. What I’ve learned is that too many kids in foster care had no one watching over their educational needs.”When she first started working in this area, Moore found that a significant number of foster children were not enrolled in school the first day, though Broward County has tackled that problem with great success. National data showed that foster children, on average, are two to three years behind in school.“How are these kids going to survive foster care if they’re not in school?” Moore asks.Add in the problem of foster children moving around and changing schools.“When children transfer schools, they lose four to six months of educational progress,” Moore said, adding that often records are not transferred in a timely manner.Statistics found on the ABA’s Center of Children and the Law Web site — www.abanet.org/child/home.html — reveal that students with learning disabilities drop out of high school at twice the rate of nondisabled peers. Among children in the delinquency system tested for learning disabilities, 50 percent were found to have undetected disabilities. Within three to five years out of high school, 30 percent of adolescents with learning disabilities will be arrested.Even if foster children stay out of trouble with the law, if they don’t graduate from high school, Moore said, the chances are greater they will end up homeless and jobless.“With a surrogate parent and a good educational plan, foster children can survive not just foster care but go out and have a future,” Moore said. “If they are successful in school, they can be successful in other areas. There are a lot of ways for lawyers to help these kids. Not every lawyer is going to be comfortable taking a dependency case. But this is another option, another avenue where a lot of parents will feel comfortable.”Gerry Glynn, executive director of Florida’s Children First!, thinks Moore has a great idea inviting lawyers to volunteer their time in this way to help children.“One of the fears lawyers have about special education is that it is a very technical area of the law,” Glynn said. “While I agree with that, however, IDEA was written to empower parents to be able to participate in assuring every child gets an opportunity to an education. This law was written for parents with no legal training. I think lawyers are more than capable.”Glynn added that foster parents may be prohibited from acting as a surrogate parent under IDEA, and “can only fill that role after a substantial relationship with a child.”As Moore said, “One of the issues is that both state and federal laws require surrogate parents not to have a conflict, so they can’t be employed by the state.“Children respond when they know an adult is interested in their education. All this requires is a little bit of time, a little bit of common sense,” Moore said. “Frankly it helped me that I had raised a child and she has gone through the education system. Probably my best training was being a parent.”The school boards are also supposed to provide training, though some do better than others.“Really, what a surrogate parent does is access existing services,” Moore said. Typically, that involves meetings similar to informal mediation, she said, where an individual education plan is developed.“In the lawyer’s world, it’s like a contract. The child is supposed to make progress based on that plan,” Moore said.If there is a disagreement about the plan, there are due process procedures spelled out, including mediation. If that fails, there is the right to an administrative hearing.If a lawyer is interested in volunteering as a surrogate parent, the first step, Moore and Glynn agree, is to contact your local school board and ask for the surrogate parent program or whomever is in charge of exceptional children education.Glynn said Florida’s Children First! is a resource of information for lawyers who may be interested in this volunteer work. For more information, call him at (407) 275-3805 or visit the Web site at www.floridaschildrenfirst.orgThe ABA Web site listed above is another resource. Lawyers needed to serve childrenlast_img read more

Second straight for Schmidt at Shawano

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis.  (July 11) – A big crowd turned out in support of the Shawano Speedway’s fifth edition of Racing for a Reason.Jamie Schmidt made it two in a row in the IMCA Modifieds. Travis Van Straten ran his win streak to eight in a row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Lucas Lamberies won his third of the year in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Schmidt was dominant in winning last week’s Modified feature and he backed it up this week. He went three wide through turns three and four and raced from sixth to the lead on the opening lap and led the entire 20-lap race.Jerry Wilinski moved from 10th to finish second. Marcus Yarie started 15th and finished third.Luke Uttecht and Steven Stewart enjoyed brief stints at the front of the Stock Car field before Van Straten took over on lap four. Van Straten quickly built up a big lead en route to his eighth win in a row and ninth local win overall this season. Runner-up was Dan Michonski and third was Shawn Wagner.Lamberies took the lead on lap seven of the Northern SportMod headliner and held off Tracy Wassen­berg for his latest win. Jordan Bartz was third.last_img read more

Airport slammed for ordering security dog shot

first_imgOfficials at New Zealand’s Auckland Airport are facing a barrage of criticism after they ordered police to shoot a trainee aviation security dog that escaped onto the tarmac.The dog, a 10-month-old bearded collie-German short-haired pointer cross called Grizz,  escaped early Friday morning and was causing delays at the airport when airport staff issued the kill order.The incident has sparked international news coverage as well as angry criticism from animal rights groups and the public about why the dog was not tranquilised rather killed.  Some passengers said they would have been happy to see their flight delayed if the dog could have been saved.The shooting came after officials had tried for more than three hours to capture Grizz, who was not on the runway when he was shot.  By that time, about 16 international and domestic flights had been delayed.The dog was being trained to detect bombs and was just six months away from graduating. It was not known what spooked him.A spokesman for New Zelaand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec), Mike Richards, told the New Zealand Herald:  “All efforts to capture the dog were exhausted and the airport company had no option but to request police to shoot the dog.””The handler and Avsec are naturally upset but do understand there were no other options, in the very difficult circumstances.’’Avsec said Grizz was being loaded into the back of wagon about  4:30am when he escaped and ran on to the secure airside part of the airport through an open gate. He did not have a permanent handler so was less responsive and all efforts to recover him failed, it said.“All of Auckland’s Avsec off duty dog handlers were called in and there was a massive effort to locate and retrieve him,’’ an Avsec statement said. “The fact that the incident took place very early in the morning did not help as it was pitch black for the first two hours and he could not be found.“When he was located he would not let anyone near him and kept sprinting across the runways. We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work. The area is too vast and too open to try and use mobile fencing.“In these difficult circumstances the Airport’s Emergency Operations Centre team decided to have the dog destroyed. Avsec and the handler and members of the Explosive Detector Dog Unit are naturally quite shaken but understand the reasons for the decision.”last_img read more

New M&G journalism centre

first_imgThe new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.last_img read more

Mr Price Pro Ballito confirmed until 2014

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The top 96 surfers in the worldFeaturing only the top 96 surfers in the world, South African competitors must be rated within the top 96 in order to earn their place in the prestigious event. Scheduled at the season’s critical halfway mark, the increase in available equal ninth-place finishes (from four to eight), as well as ratings points (1 034 to 1 300 for an equal 17th and 3 120 to 3 320 for equal fifth), will give surfers more opportunity to climb the ASP One World rankings ladder. “ASP Africa is both honored and proud to be associated with an event like the Mr Price Pro Ballito,” ASP Africa operations manager Colin Fitch said. SAinfo reporter 2011 ASP World Tour rookie and Mr Price Pro Ballito runner-up John John Florence secured the first official entry. The Hawaiian standout performer is hoping he can return home with the spoils in 2012 after his barrel riding ability resulted in a number of perfect scores last year. “I really enjoyed the waves in Ballito,” Florence said. “They’re a lot like the barrels at Backdoor (the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii). It’s big and round and maybe a little bit faster and longer, but I felt really comfortable in that kind of surf, so I’m really looking forward to surfing in Ballito again.” The Mr Price Pro Ballito will host the world’s finest surfers in the wave-rich South African holiday town through 2014, thanks to a three-year deal inked between KwaDukuza municipality and world surfing’s governing body, ASP International. 22 February 2012 With a number of refinements to the ASP Prime Tour in 2012, the event could prove critical for surfers hoping to cement their place among the world’s top 34 surfers in 2013. ‘Perfect surf’“Based on the fact that we had more than seven days of perfect surf that was never under three metres in 2011, I am convinced that we will see many more of the world’s top surfers fighting for a place in this year’s 96 man field.” ‘Flawless’Defending champion, Californinan Patrick Gudauskas, shared similar sentiments after his victory last year. “This is definitely the best event I’ve ever competed in,” he said, “and maybe the best one I’ve ever watched. It has been flawless for a whole week and we’re all psyched to be surfing in Ballito.” ASP Tour veteran and multiple national champion Greg Emslie from East London leads the way for the six wildcard entries yet to be announced. Leading the local field are elite ASP World Tour campaigners Jordy Smith, the 2010 Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion, and Travis Logie, who finished runner-up to Australian Chris Davidson in the 2009 edition of the event. Since its move from Durban, the R1.9-million ASP Prime event has grown from strength to strength at its Ballito home about 40 kilometres north of Durban, and proved a popular venue with both surfers and spectators thanks to the unprecedented surf enjoyed during the event’s window over the past three years.last_img read more

Andy Rodefer, Aug. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the heat and the dry weather the crops have improved some. The first of this last week we had an inch and a half rain then we got another half inch two days ago. The rain on the soybeans has really pushed them along. There are a lot of blooms and a lot of pod fill going on right now. We flew some fungicide on some of our better corn fields to prevent more northern corn leaf blight problems. We don’t know what the yield potential will be on some of our other fields with water damage so we are backing off with inputs on those right now.I feel pretty good about our early-planted corn. Some fields I didn’t think would yield 50 or 100 bushels per acre but I am feeling better about it. I think yields will be all over the board as we go across them with the combine, but I think they will be better than I anticipated a couple months back.Pollination went pretty well for the most part. Corn has greened up and it looks a lot better. The fields have evened up a little too, but those problems out there have not gone away either.Beans look pretty good. We just got done spraying all of our bean acres with insecticide and fungicide. There is not a lot of height with the beans, but height doesn’t necessarily lead to yield in beans. They are branching out sideways and with the recent rains I think the yield potential for beans is a lot better than people anticipated.I am worried going into harvest about the root system in the corn. That is a concern with disease pressure and if we get wet weather and wind this fall.We are getting ready for a field day on our farm on Aug. 25 for Golden Harvest corn and NK soybeans. I want to invite anyone interested to come out.last_img read more