Reporters Without Borders in Rome as Berlusconi gets closer to being declared a “Predator”


first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union October 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Rome as Berlusconi gets closer to being declared a “Predator” RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive At a news conference today in Rome with Viva Zapatero director Sabina Guzzanti, Reporters Without Borders called on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to put a stop to his attacks and lawsuits against the press and voiced its support for the media the Italian leader has targeted.“Berlusconi is on the verge of being added to our list of Predators of Press Freedom,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “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.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.“The European Union must clearly repudiate the abuses currently taking place in Italy and in other member countries,” Julliard said today. “We hope that the next EU summit on 29-30 October will be used to issue a reminder to everyone that Europe must be a space that is free of all press freedom violations.”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. The European Parliament’s 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.Julliard and the Italian section of Reporters Without Borders will attend a demonstration in defence of press freedom tomorrow in Rome. The press freedom organisation urges journalists and all citizens to come and express their support for media freedom and independence. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts (Picture Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images) ItalyEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Italy Leggere in Italiano : Italia – Basta Cosi’ : Silvio Berlusconi si avvicina alla lista dei predatori della libertà di stampa Organisation Related documents Basta_cosi_-2.pdfPDF – 194.56 KB ItalyEurope – Central Asia to go further November 23, 2020 Find out more News News News November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Minister promises hospital beds


first_imgTwitter Advertisement Simon Harris: “Who can do the most? It’s You and it’s your family” Linkedin Simon Harris “We need to do better at social distancing” TAGShospital bedsMaria ByrneSeanadSimon Harris Simon Harris: “Let’s be kind to each other this weekend” Previous articleSemi finals of Dell VEX Robotics takes place in Limerick todayNext articleLimerick service centre expected to deal with more than €400 million transactions in 2018 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email Simon Harris: “It’s up to all of us. Let’s do this” center_img Call to keep Limerick maternity hospital building in public ownership Print Simon Harris: “It’s tough but it is life saving” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NewsHealthMinister promises hospital bedsBy Bernie English – February 1, 2018 1859 Minister Simon HarrisHealth Minister Simon Harris has said he will increase hospital bed capacity in Limerick. The Mister was responding to calls in the Seanad to speed up the opening of beds in St John’s in the city.Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne, for Limerick City has urged the Minister to ensure that the replacement 90 bedroom units for St John’s Hospital Limerick be expedited, alongside the 96 acute bedroom units in the University Hospital Limerick.Speaking during the statements on Emergency Department waiting times in the Seanad, Senator Byrne stated: “I am urging you as Minister for Health to ensure the replacement 90 bedroom units for St John’s Hospital Limerick be expedited alongside the 96 acute bedroom units in the University Hospital LimerickSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up More about health here. Facebooklast_img read more