Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom

first_imgNews RSF_en At a news conference in Rome the previous day with Viva Zapatero director Sabina Guzzanti, Julliard had called on Berlusconi to put a stop to his attacks and lawsuits against the press and voiced his support for the media that have been targeted by the Italian leader.“Berlusconi is on the verge of being added to our list of Predators of Press Freedom,” Julliard announced. “This would be a first for a European leader. We are also about to release the latest version of our press freedom index and Italy has every chance of being ranked last among the European Union member countries.”Berlusconi has been stepping up his harassment of the media and his attacks on press freedom in recent weeks. He has brought a 1-million-euro libel action against the newspaper La Repubblica because it has been pressing him for two months to respond to questions about his private life, in particular his relationships with a teenage girl and female escorts who say they have attended parties at his villas in Rome and Sardinia. At the same time, the daily L’Unità is being sued for 3 million euros over its coverage of alleged corruption in connection with receptions organised for the prime minister. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Follow the news on Italy November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unioncenter_img to go further News ItalyEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation More than 100,000 people attended a rally in support of press freedom in Rome on 3 October at which journalists, unionists and well-known performers took it in turns to address the crowd and condemn Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s grip on the media. Gomorra author Roberto Saviano, who went with a police guard because of mafia threats to this life, stressed the importance of an independent press that is free to investigate any subject.Among those invited to take the microphone was Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, who said the rally was “the biggest demonstration in defence of press freedom ever held in the world” and warned that Berlusconi was very close to being added to the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom.Accompanied by Domenico Affinito, the vice-president of the Reporters Without Borders Italian section, he urged the Italian people to “join forces to defend your right of access to freely-reported news” and to “demand that the European Union prevent Mr. Berlusconi from continuing to behave as he is with impunity.” News Not content with trying to impose a positive and upbeat coverage of his activities on the state-owned media and the media owned by his Mediaset press empire, Berlusconi is now trying to dictate the coverage of the independent Italian media and international media. Lawsuits have been brought against the Spanish daily El País over photos of one of his parties and against the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur over a report headlined “Sex, power and lies” about the Russian mafia’s alleged infiltration into the leadership of the Italian government.Berlusconi is also considering suits against Rupert Murdoch’s English-language newspapers, which could add to the conflict of interests arising from the fact that he is Italy’s premier and a media magnate at the same time.At the initiative of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Niccolò Rinaldi, an Italian MEP affiliated to this group, the European Parliament has scheduled a debate about freedom of the press and information in Italy for its 7 October plenary session. MEPs from the leading political groups intend to use the debate to make it clear that the situation in Italy is of concern to the entire union. It could result in a draft resolution that would be put to a vote at the plenary session in Strasbourg on 19-22 October. October 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom ItalyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Irwin & Sons back in profit

first_imgNorthern Ireland-based bakery Irwin & Sons returned to profit in 2016 after reporting a loss the previous year.The business made a profit of £117,386 in the year ended 3 April 2016 – versus a £128,574 loss in 2015 – and bosses have said they expect the bakery to continue to improve its financial performance.Turnover increased fractionally from £29.7m in 2015 to £29.8m in the latest financial year, while gross margin increased by one percentage point to 29%.“The year delivered an improvement in results on the prior year,” stated the business in its strategic report, adding that this was against a background of “very competitive” trading conditions, particularly in the supermarket sector.“The directors have every expectation that the action in place will continue to deliver improved financial performance and lead to sales and profit growth over the coming year,” it added.Recent activity by the business – which sells under brands including Irwin’s, Howell’s and Rankin Selection – has included the launch of a new range of low-sugar products aimed at families.Irwins added that the directors considered the business “well positioned to develop its core brands, and new product development continues to support these”.last_img read more

UK highlights mammoth task for pensions in independent Scotland

first_imgIt said an independent Scotland would need to set up its own arrangement, and in doing so, establish how it would fund the body given the potential insufficiency of a levy structure in the smaller Scottish DB industry.This has long been an issue in Ireland, a market of similar size, where it was deemed unfeasible to create a protection fund due to the lack of resource available.The DWP also highlighted that an independent Scotland would need to fund a new regulator and regime, as well as decide whether to fund this through taxation or by a levy on participating schemes.The government said Scotland’s desire to join the European Union would also subject it to the IORP Directive and its stringent requirements on cross-border scheme funding, which would encompass a large number of schemes and likely lead to further closures.The UK government said an independent Scotland, in copying auto-enrolment, would face complications in funding the creation of a compliance regime and undergo the strenuous difficulties the UK did in setting up the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).The state-backed master trust was created and funded by a government loan, after lengthy negotiations with the European Commission, over state funding for a company operating in a private market.The paper argues that Scotland would have to decide how to create an equivalent, an aim promised by the Scottish government, as well as conclude how to transfer Scottish members currently saving in NEST.In conclusion, the paper said an independent government would need to decide on its approach to funding regulations and risk-sharing among savers, schemes, employers and the government.It will also need to ensure that cross-border provisions do not create barriers to trading and business, including the fact that Scotland accounts for 24% of the workforce in the UK life and pensions industry.The DWP said the independent government would need to ensure it has the appropriate regulatory and protection regime in place to allow defined contribution members to invest.It said that, without such measures and a sound structure to fund state pensions, members could be fearful of means testing in future.In response to the paper, Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC the report was another example of scaremongering from the UK government.“It is plucking figures out of thin air to try and tell people in Scotland ‘you can’t do it’,” she said. The UK government has published its views on how an independent Scotland would need to set up its own pensions system in a damning 111-page report.The Department for Work & Pensions’ (DWP) paper sets out in lengthy detail the decisions, and costs, an independent government would need to tackle.It covers the costs and complications of setting up a new regulatory infrastructure and the difficulties of setting up safe cross-border provisions, mimicking auto-enrolment, creating a new protection fund for defined benefit (DB) pensions and accounting for its share of public service pensions – to the tune of £100bn (€122bn).The report crushes previous suggestions from the Scottish government that it could remain in the current Pension Protection Fund (PPF) through a cooperation agreement.last_img read more

Dominica police recovers body in Macoucherie River

first_img Tweet LocalNews Dominica police recovers body in Macoucherie River by: – January 24, 2012 Share 21 Views   no discussions Photo credit: newson6.comPublic Relations Officer of the Dominica Police Force, Sergeant Kenth Matthew has confirmed that a search party has recovered the body of an adult male in the Macoucherie River. According to Sergeant Matthew’s report a search party including police officers and villages discovered the body of Emmanuel Shillingford of St. Joseph on Monday afternoon.“About 9:45am on Monday 23rd January, 2012 a search party which was made up of villagers and siblings of Emmanuel Shillingford, an adult male of St. Joseph in his fifties, found his lifeless body face down between two stones in the Macoucherie River about a half mile to the end of the Macoucherie main road. There were some abrasions on various parts of his body. Subsequently about 2:45pm a doctor at the Princess Margaret Hospital pronounced him dead.”Sergeant Matthew also reported that based on information received from Shillingford’s relative it was customary for him to remain on his farm for about 3 to 4 days. “Family members indicated that on the morning of Monday 16th January, 2012 Emmanuel went to his garden which is located about 2 miles beyond where his body was found and that no one had seen him till his body was found on Monday 23rd January, 2012. Also it was customary for him to remain on his holding for 3 to 4 days but on this occasion he had not returned home within the customary time.”The body of Emmanuel Shillingford has been secured at the Princess Margaret Hospital Mortuary pending a post mortem investigation and a Coroner’s Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Baseball Youth Night

first_imgThe Batesville Baseball Youth League Night at The Plex will take on place on May 16th at 5:30 pm. The Varsity Batesville Bulldogs will be taking on the visiting South Dearborn Knights at Plex Field #1.Some players from the youth league will be throwing out the first pitch and being introduced with our varsity players! We will be raffling off Batesville Baseball t-shirts, hats, and signed baseballs in between innings and also have them for sale.At the end of the game, the Bulldog Varsity players will be signing autographs for youth league players and giving away complimentary game calendars.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more