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

Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools


first_img Previous articleVELO3D ernennt Jon Porter zum Lead Expansion of Commercial Operations für EuropaNext articleJEOL : Lancement du nouveau chromatographe en phase gazeuse – spectromètre de masse à temps de vol JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha – l’ultime GC-MS aux performances supérieures, facile à utiliser Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp TAGS  Local NewsUS News Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Joe Biden is promising a majority of elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, restating his goal after his administration came under fire when aides said schools would be considered open if they held in-person learning just one day a week. Biden’s comments, during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, marked his clearest statement yet on school reopenings. Biden had pledged in December to reopen “the majority of our schools” in his first 100 days but has since faced increasing questions about how he would define and achieve that goal, with school districts operating under a patchwork of different virtual and in-person learning arrangements nationwide. “I said open a majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be open in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,” Biden said. He said comments by White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this month that one day a week of in-person learning would meet his goal were “a mistake in the communication.” Asked when the nation would see kindergarten through eighth grades back to in-person learning five days a week, Biden said, “We’ll be close to that at the end of the first 100 days.” He said he expected many schools would push to stay open through the summer, but suggested reopening would take longer for high schools due to a higher risk of contagion among older students. The town hall touched on a range of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, from protections for small businesses to the administration’s vaccination plans. Biden said that by the end of July there would be 600 million doses of the vaccine available, enough to vaccinate every American. But with many of his answers, he sought to emphasize the need for funding to achieve his goals. The town hall was aimed at selling his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package directly to the American people, part of an effort designed in part to put pressure on Republican lawmakers and refocus Congress on speedy passage of the bill now that his predecessor’s impeachment trial is behind him. Biden underscored how much he wants to move beyond Donald Trump on Tuesday night, repeatedly refusing to talk about the former president and saying at one point, “I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump.” “For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump. For the next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people,” he said, to applause from the audience. During the town hall, Biden also offered a flavor of the moderate stance that helped win him purple states like Wisconsin in 2020. He resisted a questioner’s request for his administration to embrace the progressive goal of forgiving $50,000 in student loan debt, reiterating his commitment to forgiving just $10,000. He suggested one of the ways to improve policing was to provide more funding to police departments, running counter to calls from some progressives to defund the police. He also said he was optimistic about passing legislation to study police reforms. He also weighed in on the immigration bill his administration is expected to unveil this week. Biden affirmed that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is essential for any bill he’ll support, but also suggested he’d be open to a piecemeal approach to immigration reform rather than a comprehensive bill, if necessary. “There’s things I would do by itself, but not at the expense of saying I’m never going to do the other,” he said. Biden seemed to revel in his first opportunity for extended interaction with ordinary Americans since the inauguration. Comforting a second-grader who hasn’t been able to go school and was worried about getting the virus, Biden told the girl that children are less likely to get infected, adding, “I wouldn’t worry about it, baby, I promise you.” He also offered an intimate description of living in the White House, expressing his discomfort with being tended to by staff. With about a month of White House living under his belt, Biden joked that he wakes up in the morning, looks at his wife, Jill, and asks, “Where the hell are we?” Biden stressed that his massive virus aid bill already has broad public support, and noted some analysts have argued in favor of significant government spending to help boost the economy. “Now is the time we should be spending,” Biden said. The House is expected to vote on the measure next week. Biden landed on a slick, snow-covered tarmac to below-freezing weather about 90 minutes before the evening program. He took questions from a small audience of Democrats, Republicans and independents invited for a small, socially distant gathering at the historic Pabst Theater. Biden’s trip to Wisconsin, a political battleground state he narrowly won last November, comes as coronavirus infection rates and deaths are falling after the nation endured the two deadliest months so far of the pandemic. The White House is also reporting an increase in the administration of vaccines throughout the country after a slow start. But Biden has stressed that the nation still has a long road ahead as thousands of Americans die each day in the worst U.S. public health crisis in a century. The virus has killed more than 485,000, and newly emerging variants are complicating the response effort. The Biden administration is trying to get enough Americans vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity” and allow life to return to a semblance of normalcy. But it’s unclear when the vaccination will be widely accessible to Americans. Biden’s team hopes funding provided in the coronavirus aid bill will help accelerate vaccination production and distribution. His team also argues that the federal government must keep open the spigot of government relief to help people who are suffering economically and to get the country back to pre-pandemic employment levels. But many GOP lawmakers continue to bristle at the price tag of a package that calls for sending $1,400 checks to most Americans as well as assistance for businesses, schools and homeowners and renters.center_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Mitch Marner throws block party to preserve Maple Leafs’ Game 3 win


first_imgLaying everything on the line!Two huge blocks by @Marner93 in the dying seconds. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/RRbdK4rsmq— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2019Entering Monday’s tilt on their home ice, the Maple Leafs needed a top-shelf effort from everyone on the roster. Not only is Toronto without Nazem Kadri, who was suspended for the remainder of the series after he cross-checked Jake DeBrusk, but the organization wants to avoid back-to-back first-round exits at the hands of the Bruins.The game started well as rookie Trevor Moore opened the scoring in the second period. Later in the frame, Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the postseason, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. Exactly two minutes later, Andreas Johnsson scored Toronto’s third goal of the period, which turned out to be the difference.NHL PLAYOFFS 2019: Auston Matthews continues Game 3 domination for Maple LeafsYet, all of those guys could not help but praise Marner’s two crucial blocks, part of a career-high five-block night.“I got fired up, I think I jumped six feet in the air,” Moore said postgame of Marner’s heroics. “I didn’t know it was possible to block two shots like that and be okay. I was happy he’s alright, that was awesome.”Matthews, who netted his sixth career postseason goal, felt Marner inspired the rest of the team. Mitch Marner gave every inch of his body to ensure the Maple Leafs left Air Canada Centre Monday with a 2-1 series lead.As the Bruins tried to tie Monday’s game in the final seconds, Marner stopped two David Pastrnak goal attempts to preserve a 3-2 win. Pastrnak’s first attempt hit the Maple Leafs winger in the back of the leg, knocking him to the ice; Marner then used his chest to block a second attempt as time expired. “Those last two blocks were huge for us,” Matthews said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, when you see a guy like him sacrifice their body, it just motivates everybody on the bench and with the time winding down, that was huge.”Marner has been a major part of the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 series lead; he scored two goals in the team’s 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1. When the series resumes on Thursday evening, head coach Mike Babcock noted that the extra effort that Marner showed will be a necessity as his team aims for a 3-1 series lead.”That’s what you’ve got to do to win,” Babcock said. “Ideally, all those things are contagious. When you see your teammate do something like that, you’re more likely to do it yourself. I think everyone, team-building, they talk about team-building. To me, that’s team-building. That’s just laying it on the line when you need to and it makes everyone else around you better. Good for him and good for us.”last_img read more