Croatian authorities take no action on death threat to journalists

first_imgJournalists are often the targets of attacks in Croatia that usually go unpunished. When Index published an article by reporter Vojislav Mazzocco on 2 June about war veterans minister Tome Medved’s efforts to get his son hired, Medved immediately called Mazzocco on his personal number and proposed a fight in which Mazzocco would have to “fear arousing the soldier that I was.” Receive email alerts News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet RSF_en Organisation August 17, 2018 Croatian authorities take no action on death threat to journalists The website’s editor, Neven Barković, filed a complaint about the message but the prosecutor’s office in Split finally announced on 3 August that it will take no action because of “attenuating circumstances” – the fact that Perković-Tabak had drunk too much at the time – and because he is a “decorated Croatian veteran.” CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Croatian prosecutors not to prosecute a war veteran who called for a website’s journalists to be killed. The decision is like giving a blank cheque to those who threaten the press, RSF said. News News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU After the respected news website Index.hr published an article criticizing the defence minister on 31 May, Croatian war veteran Stipe Perković-Tabak posted this unambiguous message on the website’s Facebook page under his own name: “These Index journalists should be killed. They criticize anything Croatian. How long will this go on?” Follow the news on Croatia Croatia is ranked 69th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. “Being a war hero does not put you beyond the law,” RSF said. “This decision is all the more regrettable and dangerous because it amounts to giving a blank cheque to those who threaten and attack journalists. The authorities should clearly condemn such practices and put an end to the extremely unhealthy climate of impunity prevailing in Croatia, which poses a real threat to media personnel.” News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Newspaper editor re-arrested just two days after he was released

first_img Organisation La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says Receive email alerts August 4, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en June 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor re-arrested just two days after he was released News Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked Reporters Without Borders has protested against the re-arrest of newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah on 5 June, just two days after his release, and has called on the authorities to set him free at once. The editor of the newspaper Le Renouveau and head of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD), Farah is the subject of several libel suits by the armed forces.”Although he was put back in custody for a different matter from the one for which he was released, we are outraged by this utterly unjustified decision,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to state prosecutor Djama Souleiman Ali.”Farah was just exercising his right to inform the public, a right guaranteed by several international treaties ratified by the Republic of Djibouti,” Ménard saidHe referred in his letter to the opinion of Stéphane Zerbib, an international lawyer engaged by Reporters Without Borders to defend Farah because no lawyer in Djibouti was willing. Zerbib said Farah’s re-arrest was all the more unjustified as Gen. Zakaria Cheik Ibrahim, the army chief of staff had offered to withdraw his lawsuit in return for a letter of apology. Farah declined, but if he could have avoided prosecution by means of a mere apology, imprisonment seemed even more disproportionate to the wrong Gen. Zakaria claimed to have suffered.Ménard also reminded the state prosecutor that the United Nations condemns imprisonment for the peaceful expression of an opinion and views it as a serious violation of human rights.On 28 May, the appeal court reduced the sentence that had been passed on 7 April in one of Gen. Zakaria’s libel suits against Farah, over an article on 6 March accusing the army high command of carrying out politically-motivated dismissals. But it passed what is still a very heavy sentence for a press crime, namely a four-month suspended prison sentence and 500,000 Djibouti francs (2,417 euros) in damages. The original sentence was a six-month suspended prison sentence, a fine of 200,000 Djibouti francs (1,000 euros) and 2 million Djibouti francs (10,000 euros) in damages. Le Renouveau criticised the army again on 17 April, accusing it of lacking “neutrality” and saying it “should be apolitical.” As a result, Farah was arrested three days later but he requested a provisional release and this was finally granted by the investigating judge on 3 June. The prosecutor appealed against the release, obtaining an order for Farah’s re-arrest. This was carried out on the morning of 5 June by criminal investigation and special affairs police who detained him at his mother’s home, where he had just passed the night. They took him to Gabode prison where he had been held before in appalling conditions.Farah has also been prosecuted for “undermining the army’s morale” as a result of a complaint by another general and the defence ministry. His appeal against the six-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 200,000 Djibouti francs in this case has not yet been heard.He was detained several times in the past few years. In most cases, he was prosecuted for press offences and sentenced to prison terms or fines. to go further July 17, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Djibouti DjiboutiAfrica News December 9, 2020 Find out more Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City DjiboutiAfrica Reporters Without Borders has protested against the re-arrest of newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah on 5 June, just two days after his release, and has called on the authorities to set him free at once. The editor of the newspaper Le Renouveau and head of the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD), Farah is the subject of several libel suits by the armed forces. Newslast_img read more

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‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her go

first_imgEmail Twitter Previous articleStrong element of organised crime in sex industryNext articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs saved admin WhatsApp Linkedin “I was called in and told I was being suspended from the nursing home for the comfort of the client,” she told the Limerick Post.Ms Barry contacted Employment Rights Officer, Frank McDonald, who said: “I told the company they couldn’t suspend her when she had done nothing wrong. Besides which, they had followed no procedure, no warnings of any kind. When I told them that the suspension was illegal, they said they had used the wrong words, that she was actually being laid off”. The company offered a number of alternative hours but, “there was no way I could do them without getting childcare which I couldn’t afford and there were too few hours.”Ms Barry and Mr McDonald asked the company to take part in an hearing with a rights commissioner, but they declined.‘They are entitled to do that so we are considering gong to the Labour Court,” Mr McDonald said.In the meantime, the laid-off worker says “I want justice. I’ve lost my job because I did the right thing and now I’m at the loss of my wages. I want people to know this has happened,” she said.After the Limerick Post first printed her story in May, this newspaper was contacted by an officer of the National Employment Rights Authority, who was in turn put in contact with the whistleblower.A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of Ms Barry’s claims, and are dealing with the matter through the appropriate mechanisms”.Lisa Barry protesting outside Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd, John’s Gate, with from left; Frank McDonnell, Limerck Resource Centre, her daughter Ali, partner Damion Mansfield and Cormac Ronan. Facebook NewsLocal News‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her goBy admin – July 26, 2012 1167 A CONTRACT cleaner who claims she lost her job because she reported an incident of elder abuse, staged a protest outside her former employer’s office this week. Lisa Barry claims she was effectively fired after reporting an alleged incident in which a staff member at a Limerick nursing home caught an 80-year old woman by the arm and threw her into a chair, as reported in the Limerick Post in May. The lone parent has not worked since she lost her job with the city-centre based Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd. earlier this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Printlast_img read more

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ING Investment Management poaches convertible bond team from rival

first_imgHans Stoter, the asset manager’s CIO, said he expected to focus on yield, low volatility and limited downside risk in the current investment climate.“Convertible bonds fit very well within this environment and provide an excellent complementary strategy to our product suite,” he added.Stoter praised Saber and Van Ingen as “seasoned investment experts”.Saber has nearly 30 years’ experience in the convertible bond market, launching APG’s corporate opportunity strategy fund.He has also worked at HSBC Investment Bank as its global head of convertible bonds and was head of European convertible bonds at Schroder Securities.For his part, Van Ingen spent six years at APG working on the corporate opportunity strategy fund launched by Saber, but also as a hedge fund portfolio manager in APG’s New York office.Both will be based in London. ING Investment Management has poached the team in charge of a rival convertible bond vehicle, growing its range of funds.Tarek Saber, whose move to ING IM was confirmed last week, will be joined at the asset manager by Jasper van Ingen.Both joined previous employer Avoca in 2011 from Dutch civil service scheme APG.They joined ING IM in November – Saber as investment team manager for convertible bonds, Van Ingen as senior portfolio manager for convertible bonds.last_img read more

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Beckham confirms Man Utd third kit for 2020/21

first_img Many fans on social media lambasted the kit after previous leaks.Advertisement Loading… Manchester United legend, David Beckham, has modeled the club’s new controversial third kit. Adidas has teased the alternate kit, which has black and white stripes and a rather unique design. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible BeautyWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999, posted a picture on his Instagram account modelling the kit. read also:​Man Utd hoping to secure three more signings He was only wearing the shirt, but the full kit is said to come with similar striped shorts. Adidas will be hoping the kit is a hit with fans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Browne wants Powell’s high level of maturity to be emulated

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne has praised the form which has led to the return of Kieran Powell to West Indies colours and says he hopes the left-hander’s exemplary attitude can be an inspiration to other players across the region.Powell returned from a self-imposed two-year break to plunder 513 runs in the recently concluded Regional Super50, and force his way into the 15-man squad selected for England’s three-match One-Day International tour of the Caribbean.In particular, Browne pointed to Powell’s high level of maturity which he said had been long in coming but welcomed at this stage.“We had lots of opportunities for players to put up their hands and young Powell has displayed a level of maturity that was expected for a long, long time from him,” Browne said in an interview on CBC Radio’s Mid-Wicket show here.This is the Powell we were expecting to see and I’m sure people right across the Caribbean who know the young man were expecting to see this level of maturity a few years back. But he is here now, has really put up his hand, he’s said ‘look, I’m ready for international cricket again’.“He’s hungry and we’re very, very pleased. We hope that other players would see how Powell has set about presenting himself for selection and take a leaf or two out of his book.”Identified as a long-term solution to the Windies opening woes, Powell had played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals when he abruptly quit international cricket in the 2014, without any real explanation.He then tried his hand at American baseball before finally returning to first class competition towards the end of last season, playing in a couple of games for Leeward Islands Hurricanes.The 26-year-old made a powerful statement during this year’s Super50, carving out three centuries and two half-centuries, to emerge as the leading batsman.Browne said while a decision was yet to be made where Powell would fit in at the top of the order, his ability, along with that of fellow young players like Evin Lewis and Kraigg Brathwaite, would be added value for the one-day squad.“We tried a few things in Zimbabwe … we have a new coach in now and we have a camp coming up and all of that (batting lineup) will be determined within that time frame,” the former Test wicketkeeper pointed out.“But it’s a good place to be in to have young Powell coming off some 500 runs, Evin who’s just coming off his (maiden) ODI hundred and Kraigg Brathwaite who consistently has performed at the regional levelm so we’re in a good space here.”He added: “I think that is the good thing about our cricket – we’re now seeing signs that we have guys who are coming behind that will keep selection pressure on the guys who are in the team and I think that is a tremendous feat for us here in the Caribbean.“We are now seeing players who are hungry for cricket, who want to play cricket and enough can’t be said about how our young players are shaping up.”The ODI series against England runs from March 3 to 9.last_img read more

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