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

Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Affidavit On Steps Being Taken For OTT Regulation

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Seeks Centre’s Affidavit On Steps Being Taken For OTT Regulation LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Feb 2021 2:42 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government to inform what it proposes to do to regulate Over the Top(OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar etc.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India asked the Union Ministry to file reply to the PIL filed by Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha seeking the establishment of an autonomous body to regulate online…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government to inform what it proposes to do to regulate Over the Top(OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar etc.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India asked the Union Ministry to file reply to the PIL filed by Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha seeking the establishment of an autonomous body to regulate online streaming apps.When the matter was taken on Tuesday, the bench was initially inclined to ask the petitioner to withdraw the petition and approach the Ministry with a representation. The bench proposed to do this under the impression that the Centre has finalized its steps to regulate OTT platforms.When the bench asked the Centre about the steps taken by it, the Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain replied that the measures are under “contemplation” and were “yet to be finalized”.”We cannot accept mere contemplation. Everybody contemplates”, the CJI replied in a lighter vein.The bench posted the petition after two weeks, instead of disposing it, and asked the Centre to file a reply affidavit on the steps being taken for OTT regulation.Last week, another bench of the Supreme Court had issued notice on a petition filed by the Centre seeking transfer of cases relating to OTT regulation pending in various High Courts to the SC.Recently, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, told the Rajya Sabha that OTT guidelines are almost ready and will be notified soon.Meanwhile, the OTT players came out with a code of conduct that will form the basis for self-regulation of content. OTT giants like Netlflix and Prime Video have landed in controversies following complaints that series like ‘Leila’, ‘Paatal Lok’ etc, were showing Indian culture and the Central Government in poor light. Few months ago, an FIR was registered in Madhya Pradesh against Netfilix officials on the allegation that a kissing scene of the series ‘The Suitable Boy’ inside a temple offended religious sentiments.Last month, the Supreme Court issued notice on a PIL seeking to ban ‘Mirzapur 2’, which is being streamed on Prime Video, on the ground that it was showing Uttar Pradesh in bad light. Also, few weeks back, the Supreme Court refused interim protection from arrest to the makers and actors of ‘Taandav series’ and the creative head of Prime Video in multiple FIRs registered against them in several states alleging that the show hurt Hindu religious sentiments. The top court orally remarked that an actor cannot play a role hurting religious sentiments.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Mishawaka PD looking for missing teenager

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Mishawaka Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for missing 16-year-old boy.Police say Ayden Jones left his home Saturday night and has not returned. Jones is five feet, eight inches tall and weighs 160 lbs. He has blue eyes and blonde hair.Anyone with information is asked to call the Mishawaka Police. By Tommie Lee – April 20, 2020 0 609 Twitter Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleDonation made to the Women’s Care Center in ElkhartNext articleMonday Indiana numbers released for COVID-19 cases Tommie Lee Mishawaka PD looking for missing teenager WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

President Mahama to meet Black Queens on Sunday

first_imgPresident of Ghana John Dramani Mahama will meet the Black Queens team with their management on Sunday.The meeting, slated at the Flag Staff House, follows the side’s gold winning feat at this year’s All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville.It would be recalled that the President, before ordering the Sports Ministry to pay each player 5000 dollars after their standoff with the Ministry over delays in honouring of their qualification and winning bonuses, had promised to make this meeting a reality.He had said the meeting will see both parties discuss their outstanding bonuses.The President had made this pledge while he was at the UN General Assembly last month.The Black Queens dominated national headlines when they decided not leave their M-Plaza Hotel base until they were paid all their outstanding bonuses and prize money. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Snow hampers corn harvest

first_imgDES MOINES — Rain and snow continued to keep farmers from finishing up the corn harvest.The latest USDA report shows 92 percent of the corn has now been harvested. That is six percent more than last week. The report shows the northeast and south-central districts had more than 15 percent of their crop left to be harvested while all others had 10 percent or less remaining.The harvest is 11 days behind normal and it is the latest corn harvest since 2009.last_img

GTT prepaid data customers can now roam at home rates

first_imgThe data roaming experience of GTT customers has been enhanced with the ability to access and use mobile data at the same attractive rates charged at home.In other words, prepaid customers will be able to data roam like if they are at home. The service is available in the Caribbean, the USA, Canada, Panama and Suriname.The service went into effect on February 3, 2018, and can be experienced on all Cable & Wireless/LIME Networks in the Caribbean and Panama, on bmobile in Trinidad, and Telesur in Suriname. For the USA, the partner network is ATT, and in Canada, customers can use either Bell or Telus.GTT’s data roaming rates are extremely competitive and provide the added advantage of allowing customers to pay on demand. This feature places control in the customers’ hands as they are able to control how much they spend.To enable roaming access, customers must select the network partners and dial *100*9#.The recent launch is phase one of a proposed extensive project to remove barriers and make the roaming service more user friendly and accessible for all customers. Subsequent phases will see an expansion in the territories in which prepaid customers can access data roaming as well as improved rates for post-paid customers.Customers are encouraged to log on to for more details.last_img read more