RSF indignant over non-renewal of press cards

first_imgNews On January 14, a number of heads of offices of foreign media – the press agencies AFP, AP, Reuters, the US television channels ABC, CBS and NBC, European television channels France 2, TF1, ARD, ZDF, RAI, etc. – signed a statement in which they protested against the refusal by the Israeli authorities to renew the press cards of their Palestinian staff members. According to Daniel Seaman, head of the Government Press Office, the problem of press accreditation is under examination. Without press cards, Palestinian journalists are at the mercy of the Israeli security forces, who may decide to refuse to let them into Jerusalem if they so wish. Some of the international media, such as France 2, have been obliged to call on teams from France to make reports in the Occupied Territories. According to the head of a press agency based in Jerusalem, press cards are being allocated “in a more less arbitrary fashion”. Although most of Palestinian journalists have been informed that they will have to wait, some have been turned down flat. For example, Awad Awad, a Palestinian photographer with the Agence France-Presse, who had a press card since 1993 was informed that he would not get the renewal. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Reporters sans frontières is indignant over the non-renewal by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) of press cards for Palestinian journalists working for the international media. Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists January 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF indignant over non-renewal of press cards Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without Borders – RSF) is indignant over the non-renewal by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) of press cards for Palestinian journalists working for the international media. Help by sharing this information According to information obtained by RSF, with some exceptions, the Government Press Office has not renewed press cards for Palestinians (journalists and others working in the media) working for the international media since the beginning of the year. This decision, which affects journalists living in the Occupied Territories who work in Jerusalem as well as those who both live and work in the Occupied Territories, is said to be for “reasons of security”. In addition, with the pretext of safeguarding employment in Israel, the authorities are refusing to renew press cards for technicians from foreign television stations, insisting that foreign television companies could easily employ Israelis. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Follow the news on Israel Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of the organization, expressed his consternation: “This measure constitutes discrimination. No more, no less. It is not only the Palestinian media being targeted here, but also the international media, who will simply no longer be able to carry out their work as usual. We demand that the Israeli authorities go back on this decision rapidly so that Palestinian reporters can do their jobs in normal conditions. We need reporters in the Occupied Territories in order to find out what is happening there”, he added. News RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa June 3, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Senator Paul Gavan stresses the need to repeal the eighth.

first_img119 Limerick women had abortions in UK last year Facebook Twitter Previous articleArmed robbery and Limerick pensioner hit with crutchNext articleLimerick concern over National Management Forum funding. Staff Reporter Payments system failing Limerick tenants Limerick politicians knock on doors but not for themselves Limerick TD welcomes passing of Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies WhatsApp Email Printcenter_img Limerick GPs will not turn women away Advertisement Linkedin TAGSabortionRepeal the Eighth AmendmentRhone MahonySeanadSenator Paul Gavan Senator Paul Gavan.Speaking in the Seanad Wednesday evening, Seantor Paul Gavan spoke of his experience on the 8th Amendment committee and the need for the 8th amendment to be repealed.Senator Gavan said: “We must repeal the 8th amendment from our constitution. It constitutes an unacceptable clinical risk for women across Ireland. The current situation whereby a woman can only have an abortion if she is otherwise going to die, is simply not tenable in any society that is serious about protecting and respecting the lives of women.“The Eighth amendment committee was informed by Professor Arulkumaran, President of the International College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, that risk with regard to the life of the mother is something which can escalate in minutes or in hours.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Doctors are being mandated by the law to wait until the very moment in which someone’s illness turns from a risk to their health to a risk to their life. This goes against all other aspects of best medical healthcare.“For these reasons I fully support the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment, and also for terminations when the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk, and where there is a Fatal Foetal Abnormality.“In 2018, surely it’s time to trust women. We also have to face reality. Ireland is not an Abortion Free country. Women in Ireland have abortions all the time. Ten women per day, each day travel for terminations. The vast majority of these women receive no aftercare when they return home.“We also know that 1800 abortion pills were supplied to Irish women over the internet by one provider alone in 2016. To put those figures into context, it’s estimated that about 12% of Irish women of reproductive age have had an abortion. These are the people that the State has failed and continues to fail he continued.“It is time for the Irish people to have their say on the matter. The referendum will not be easy. There are a lot of challenging conversations that need to be had; it will take courage and real leadership. I truly hope that he does not falter in the same manner that Garret Fitzgerald did in 1983, with a half-hearted support for the Repeal campaign. The women of Ireland deserve better, they must not be failed again.” he concluded.More news and social issues here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fine Gael on the missing list in Limerick NewsSocietySenator Paul Gavan stresses the need to repeal the eighth.By Staff Reporter – January 18, 2018 2073 last_img read more

Smear scandal sparks electoral reform debate

first_imgReforms have been proposed to the voting system for the Professor of Poetry post at Oxford in an attempt to increase accessibility and voter participation. However, there have been criticisms that public scrutiny will discourage potential candidates.Under the new proposals it will be possible to vote online as well as in person, with the election held over a longer period of time. It is hoped that this will increase accessibility. Previously it was difficult for the electorate who live away from Oxford to vote, as voting was only possible in person in Oxford, on a single day. The reforms will apply from the next election, due to take place in mid-2010, with the winner to take on the post from that autumn.The vote is open to all Oxford graduates as members of Oxford University’s Convocation. Of around 300,000 potential voters in May’s election, less than 500 turned out to vote.The news comes after the last election in May, contended by Derek Walcott, Ruth Padel and Arvind Mehrotra, ended in farce.Walcott, a Nobel laureate, withdrew, claiming the election had “degenerated into a low and degrading attempt at character assassination”, after details of sexual harassment allegations made against him decades earlier were sent anonymously to academics in Oxford.Padel won the subsequent vote over Mehrotra, but later admitted previously sending emails related to the allegations to two journalists, and, although denying any association with the mailshot, resigned.The deputy chair of the English Faculty board, Seamus Perry, lauded the proposed reforms as a solution to this non-participation, saying, “It is good news that the election will be so much more accessible to the large community of graduates of the university that have the chance to vote for Oxford’s professor of poetry.”However, in light of May’s scandal, the campaign tactics and media attention associated with popular elections has led to some criticism of such a system, the problems of which are likely only to be exacerbated by further accessibility and voter participation.Judith Palmer, director of the Poetry Society, claimed the position’s “showbiz aspect” discourages “many excellent poets”, and that the changes “will probably increase the number… ruling themselves out.”One such poet is Clive James. He has admitted that the Professorship “is the only job I want”, but says that he would “rather throw himself off a cliff” than stand for election. James cites problems with the election process far before the Padel-Walcott debacle.Pedro Ferreira, Ruth Padel’s campaigner during the last election said, “if there is to be an election to decide who gets the post, then being able to vote online is a great idea”, but added that he was “not at all sure that elections are the best way to award the professorship“, admitting “there are problems” with such a system.The new proposals are still subject to approval by Oxford University’s Congregation of academic and administrative staff, and are due to be considered early in the new year.last_img read more

COR dissolves, transfers some members to Senate

first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR), a diverse advisory group to student body president Pat McCormick, focused its discussions this semester on three primary goals outlined by McCormick in his “State of the Student Union” address. “The first pillar is uniting the Student Union to make it a more effective advocate, the second, delivering on constituent services and … [third,] dramatically extending student government’s ability to work on issues of consequence,” McCormick said. This semester was the group’s last as the COR’s last and most significant topic of debate resulted in its consolidation with the Student Senate. “There was something of a contradiction in COR,” McCormick said. “There was the sense that these members of the Student Union should advise the president on student policy and programming. But while we allow them to advise on policy, there was no architecture within student government to let them engage in policy terms.” McCormick said the group’s debates focused on how to expand representativeness in student government. “We tried to think through whether there might be a way to accomplish two objectives,” he said. “First, to cut through the red tape in student government that had increasingly come to be extraneous to the work of the Student Union itself, and secondly, to see whether there might be a way in doing so to unite the Student Union once and for all.” Following several months of revisions to the constitution led by COR member and Internal Affairs chair Ben Noe, the Council debated the merger for two weeks before holding a trial meeting with Senate. The senators approved the reform at that meeting last week. Before the merger, the Council did also address the second pillar, which McCormick refers to as “issues of convenience.” Council debate resulted in clarifying policies regarding student use of local taxi services, McCormick said. “We were excited to have the opportunity to discuss taxi reform and to get people’s feedback on transportation in general,” he said. “Providing more effective transportation to and from campus is routine, but important.” McCormick said the group’s conversations often centered on enhancing school spirit, and Notre Dame leprechaun Mike George even attended one meeting. “I extended that invitation [to George] in order to bring stakeholders together to talk about focusing on both student safety and school spirit,” he said. “We used COR to talk about stadium modernization and things like canned music.” McCormick said the group was helpful in his efforts to gauge student sentiment on the controversial game day updates. “COR serves as a sounding board to get a feel about where students stand,” he said. The Council’s final area of focus this semester, McCormick said, were “issues of consequence” relating to both University and external policy matters. “We talked about the education Forum, to discuss what worked in past years and how the Forum can be improved,” he said. “We talked about immigration reform in COR before Cardinal Mahoney came to speak at Senate, where we had the opportunity to bring in ideas from COR.” One of the most tangible results of dialogue in COR, McCormick said, was the passage of a comprehensive sustainability strategy by the University. “We had the chance to talk about sustainability, which contributed to my own approach toward working for a sustainability strategy at Senate, which resulted in our fourth resolution,” he said. “That was followed up with a report to the Board of Trustees, and now we have, for the first time in Notre Dame history, a public commitment to sustainability.” McCormick said the group’s greatest purpose this semester was to advance students’ role in policy change. “[The representatives] embody why the argument is so important, that students can be part of the project of building a Notre Dame consistent with the size of our hopes for the University,” he said.last_img read more