In an attack on free expression, insult and libel to be recriminalised in Romania

first_img Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor November 23, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 20, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In an attack on free expression, insult and libel to be recriminalised in Romania RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Follow the news on Romania RomaniaEurope – Central Asia The following is a joint statement, led by ActiveWatch – IFEX’s member in Romania, signed by over 30 IFEX members and partners to the Prime Minister of Romania and other officials:16 December 2013H. E. Victor PontaPrime Minister of RomaniaOffice of the Social Democratic Party of RomaniaSos. Kiseleff, nr.10, Sector 1Bucharest, RomaniaCC: Valeriu Zgonea, Head of the Chamber of DeputiesCrin Antonescu, Head of the SenateYour Excellency,We the undersigned 36 organisations, members and partners of IFEX, express our deep concern that the Romanian Parliament voted to recriminalise insult and libel as part of a wider amendment of the Penal Code, thus undoing the progress made by Romania during the last eight years to legally protect the right to freedom of expression. Criminalisation of insult and libel is a serious attack on this right, as it works to intimidate voices who criticise the structures of power in society and expose corruption, abuse and other wrongdoings.These proposed changes may not take effect if Romanian President Traian Basescu vetoes them, as he has promised to do. In this case, the law will return to Parliament where it will be subject to a new voting procedure. We urge the President to follow through on his commitments, and ask Romanian authorities to do everything in their power to prevent these amendments from becoming law.In 2006, the Parliament repealed offenses of insult and libel, a decision that was overruled in 2007 and 2013 by the Constitutional Court. However, Parliament voted on 10 December 2013 to reintroduce insult and libel to the Criminal Code.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) congratulated Romania after insult and libel were decriminalised. This initial decriminalisation also improved the rating of the country in international human rights rankings, such as that of Reporters Without Borders.In 2011, a bill (Pl-x 680/2011) was proposed to repeal a single article, Article 74/1. Under suspicious circumstances, this bill was radically changed the night before being adopted by the Chamber of Deputies during the plenum of 10 December 2013 (International Human Rights Day) by introducing, among other provisions, the offenses of libel and insult.This decision, taken without any public consultation, rendered useless ten years of efforts to decriminalise insult and libel. It removes Romania from the list of democracies who reject the idea that a person can be imprisoned for her/his words.We remind politicians that decisions of the Constitutional Court which are referenced as a pretext to introduce the offenses of insult and libel in the Criminal Code must comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the jurisprudence of the ECHR – which have the force of law in Romania. Imposing an obligation for defamation to be criminally sanctioned is not supported by any article of the ECHR or by any judgment by the European Court of Human Rights.On the other hand, due to the haste with which the amendments to the Criminal Code were adopted, another obsolete article was passed, namely Article 207, or burden of proof. This article is in clear contradiction with ECHR jurisprudence, demanding those who make a statement to prove the absolute truth of the facts narrated – proof that is impossible in many situations, especially regarding journalistic investigations in sensitive or complex cases. According to the jurisprudence of the ECHR, (see the case Dalban v. Romania for example), those who make a statement, even false or exaggerated, cannot be penalised in any way if they prove the existence of a reasonable factual basis for their statement.It is imperative that Articles 205-207, which recriminalise insult and libel, be removed from the Criminal Code. The current form of the law is a serious assault on press freedom and freedom of expression in general.Signed,ActiveWatch – Media Monitoring AgencyAlbanian Media InstituteArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association of Independent Electronic MediaBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Independent Journalism – RomaniaCenter for Media Freedom and ResponsibilityCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCentro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información PúblicaFoundation for Press Freedom – FLIPFreedom ForumFreedom HouseGlobe International CenterHuman Rights Network for Journalists – UgandaIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationInstitute of Mass InformationInstituto Prensa y Sociedad de VenezuelaInternational Press InstituteInternational Publishers AssociationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaMedia Rights AgendaMedia WatchPacific Islands News AssociationPakistan Press FoundationPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADAPEN InternationalReporters Without BordersWorld Association of Newspapers and News PublishersAssociation for the Defense of Human Rights in Romania – the Helsinki CommitteeAssociation for Technology and Internet to go further News December 2, 2020 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

Sean poised for finish and place in history books

first_imgLinkedin Print Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSean poised for finish and place in history booksBy admin – April 29, 2010 718 Facebookcenter_img Twitter Previous articleGardai won’t be corrupted – NoonanNext articleSpain plays host to repeat of ‘05 and ‘06 as Munster battle Biarritz admin Email SPEAKING to the Limerick Post and with just 180 miles to the finish of his epic solo rowing voyage across the Atlantic, Limerick’s Sean McGowan is poised to be the first Irish man to complete the mammoth task of rowing the ocean.Emotional, but still able to draw on the huge support that has followed him, Sean told this journalist just what it was like as land and the finish line loomed. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It has been much harder than I thought, my body is wrecked and mentally I am reaching the end. I’ve been away from my family for too long but I have come so far, I have to keep going. Big waves crash over the boat in my face constantly and it is like a washing machine here at times.”The “highlight” of each day comes when his wife, Lorraine, sends messages of support to his satellite phone from those that know and even those that don’t know Sean. “Lorraine would type out the messages and send them by text to the sat phone and when I was feeling low I could read them in the morning and the evening. People I don’t even know were sending messages and my brothers have been great keeping the campaign going to raise money for  the charity. That has kept me going.” Battling a swirling current that has kept him perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Sean notes the milestones that he must reach in order to make history. “The magic number is 59 degrees 26 minutes and when I hit that I will have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and after that it’s like threading a needle to the finish line as i have a tricky route in to follow. I am aiming to be finished by Monday but this Thursday I’m hoping to cross that magic line and make history.|. But his finish is not without danger and Sean is only too well aware of that. “Two boats have already had to be rescued after running aground on reefs. I’m still in the middle of the ocean and can see nothing but water. I’m not there yet.”With over 115 days rowing at sea, Sean will have one day to ready his boat to be shipped home when he finishes in English Harbour in Antigua. “Tuesday and Wednesday, all going well, I will get the boat ready to ship home and then I hope to land in Shannon next Friday. I will miss my daughter’s confirmation, but Lorraine will be there to support her. This has been so hard for them and I really can’t wait to get home to them”.Earlier this week, Mayor Kevin Kiely told  a meeting of the city council that everyone in the city is rooting for Sean McGowan and that he will be inviting him into City Hall to a special reception when he returns to Limerick.Click the tracking image on the right to follow the final stages of Sean’s epic journey and click his profile picture on top to send messages of support to his facebook page. last_img read more

Priority is to have a decent society with decent public services

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsPoliticsPriority is to have a decent society with decent public servicesBy Alan Jacques – February 3, 2020 114 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Email WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Twitter Facebookcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOn the Nail for poetryNext articleLimerick set to become film production hub Alan Jacques Linkedin TAGSFianna FáilGE2020Limerick City and CountyNewspolitics Advertisement Print Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has said that Limerick and Clare are being consistently left behind in terms of resources by MABS in the North Munster region IF FIANNA Fáil is elected to Government, its priority will be to have a decent society with decent public services.That’s according to the party’s spokesman on Employment Affairs and Social Protection Willie O’Dea who says that a Fianna Fáil Government would also raise the State Pension by €25.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick City TD said, “Our priority is to have a decent society with decent public services. We have a progressive Finance Plan, which seeks to end the crisis in housing and the crisis in health.” Fianna Fáil will deliver for older people. A key priority for us in government will be to ensure that older people have the income and resources that they require to live full and independent lives.”“We will increase the State pension by €25 over the lifetime of the next government. We will protect the Free Travel Scheme; allocate an additional €20million to Housing Adaptation Grants and provide an additional €5million home care hours over the next five years.“Fianna Fáil will also ensure that those who are 65 but not yet entitled to a State pension will not have to sign on the dole. We will provide a transition payment, defer the increase in the State pension age and establish a Commission on Pensions to examine this issue.”Deputy O’Dea also dipped into his party’s shopping list to promise a change in direction on Housing with a return to days of home ownership.“We will return to building public housing. We will build 50,000 more affordable homes and 50,000 more social homes. We will increase the Help to Buy Scheme to help First Time Buyers. We will introduce a savers scheme that gives First Time Buyers a helping hand of €10,000 towards their deposit.”And he says that Fianna Fáil have big plans to tackle the Health Service.“A lack of resources in our Health Service is failing our most vulnerable particularly in the Mid-West with the A&E crisis at UHL. We in Fianna Fáil will add five million more Homecare Support hours, hire up to 1000 new consultants and hire 4000 new nurses and double the NTPF to €200m.”And that’s not all.In relation to childcare, Deputy O’Dea claims Fianna Fáil would increase State support to take some of the financial pressure off and ease the worries of mothers and fathers by quadrupling the weekly subsidy for every child under three in a crèche from €20 to €80.“Under Fianna Fáil, we will introduce a new €2000 per year tax credit for workers whose child is being minded by a registered child minder – equivalent to €166 per month and extend the successful ECCE scheme, introduced originally by Fianna Fáil for three to five-year-olds by two weeks per year to 40 weeks. We would also increase maternity and paternity leave to a total of 34 weeks – to be shared at the discretion of parents,” he concluded.last_img read more

BI to remain standby buyer for Indonesia’s government bonds in 2021

first_imgThe government has projected the budget deficit to reach Rp 971.2 trillion, or 5.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), in 2021 as the government looks to continue its stimulus spending to support economic recovery. The government plans to issue more sovereign debt papers (SBN), global bonds, retail bonds and sharia-compliant bonds to fund the deficit.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Aug. 14 that the government would continue to work with the central bank and allow it to buy government bonds directly at auctions as a standby buyer.Perry assured that the central bank would have the capacity to be the standby buyer next year because it had only bought a total of Rp 42.96 trillion (US$2.91 billion) in government bonds from the market since April.“The figure is only a small fraction of the total amount of government bonds issued to the market,” he said. Bank Indonesia (BI) has expressed its commitment to continue its role as a standby buyer for government bonds until 2021 to help fund the state budget deficit during the pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank would continue its role as a non-competitive bidder in government bond auctions next year, while assuring that it would have the capacity to do so.“We will only bid when the market is not capable of absorbing [the bonds]. We will have further discussion with the Finance Minister on the market capacity and the government funding strategy,” he said during a livestreamed press briefing. Data from the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management office show that the government issued a total of Rp 630.5 trillion in government bonds in the first half of this year, or 41.2 percent of the total gross issuance in 2020, Kontan reported.Read also: Government to offer $62.3b in bonds in H2 to finance coronavirus fightPerry also announced that the central bank’s board of governors had decided to maintain its benchmark interest rate — the seven-day reverse repo rate — at 4 percent after lowering it four times this year by a total of 100 basis points (bps).  Lending and deposit facility rates were also kept at 3.25 and 4.75 percent, respectively.“The decision is consistent with maintaining external stability amid low inflation that is expected to persist until the end of the year,” he said, adding that BI expected inflation to fall at around 2 percent this year.BI is also committed to continuing its quantitative easing by providing liquidity for banks by lowering the average primary reserve requirement (GWM), and for the government by being a standby buyer and participating in bond private placement.In a burden-sharing scheme agreement with the government, the central bank has purchased the government bonds through a private offering. The one-off policy that was only agreed for this year was aimed to help finance the widening budget deficit that was caused by the government’s COVID-19 response.“So far, we’ve bought Rp 82.1 trillion worth of government bonds through private placement,” he said.Read also: Bank Indonesia buys $5.6b in govt bonds in burden-sharing schemeMirae Asset Sekuritas economist Anthony Kevin lauded the government’s decision to allow BI continue its role as standby buyer as it could help to improve market confidence in government funding next year.He also said BI’s call to maintain the rate at 4 percent was the “correct call” despite wide-open room for another round of policy rate cuts.“I believe BI should refrain from [lowering rates] to maintain the interest rate differential in order to keep the rupiah on the appreciation path against the US dollar,” he said.He also added that the high trade balance surplus, low inflation and narrowing current account deficit could also help strengthen the rupiah against the greenback to Rp 14,400 per US dollar by the end of the year.The rupiah closed at Rp 14,770 per US dollar on Wednesday, 0.4 percent stronger than the day before. However, it has depreciated more than 1 percent over the past month.Trimegah Sekuritas economist Fakhrul Fulvian said the central bank’s decision to maintain rates would help to appreciate the rupiah since fears over huge monetary expansion could hamper recovery of the currency.Although he agreed that BI would receive a positive response from the market for its plan to continue as a standby buyer, he said it would ultimately depend on the central bank’s exit strategy from the burden to support the government.“It’s very important for BI to communicate to the market on its exit strategy once the economy recovers from the crisis,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Thirty technical officials take exam as SA Junior Championships preparations continue

first_imgSOME thirty officials yesterday participated in an exam to become certified athletics technical officials, as part of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) preparations for next month’s hosting of the South American Junior Championships, at the National Track and Field Centre from June 3 – 4.The AAG had earlier this month been advised that around 80 technical officials would be needed to carry out a smooth hosting of the Championships. With less than half that number of technical officials currently present in Guyana, the AAG was hard pressed to start training to get more officials.The training was administered by International Technical Official (ITO), Giovanni Cardona of Columbia, keeping true to his promise to return to Guyana to conduct the training, after visiting earlier this month.During that visit,Cardona had met with AAG executives and officials of the body’s technical committee, and visited the NTFC.It was Cardona who pegged the necessary number at 80. Commenting on the training, some of the participants noted that Cardona was making it very easy to learn all the necessaries.“He covered a lot within the time, but we understand it. He did pretty well with his explaining and carrying over his points and breaking it down for us,” remarked a participant. “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here. They’ve balanced it out pretty well with the theory, in the class, and the practical.”With athletes from over 10 countries expected to take part in the Championships, this will be the first time that an international event of such magnitude would be held in Guyana.The South American Junior Championships is a biennial event at which junior athletes (Under-20) from all across South America participate in athletic events. The last Championships which was held in Ecuador,involved 245 athletes from 11 nations.last_img read more