Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak

first_img Follow the news on Slovakia to go further February 22, 2019 Call for justice and accountability of state authorities on the anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak RSF_en It is imperative that all relevant state authorities take effective and consistent action to counter the lack of safety for journalists across Europe. In addition, in January 2019 the Slovak ruling party proposed a bill, which would amend the Press Act to reintroduce a “right of reply”. If passed, this provision would contribute to an increasingly hostile environment for the free press by providing politicians who are the subject of critical news with the means to censor unwanted criticism. We call on the Slovak parliament to reject this bill. Moreover, the Government of the Slovak Republic must not undermine trust in public institutions, including the now to be newly composed Constitutional Court. It is its duty to uphold the rule of law. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) News Ossigeno per l’informazione We seek justice for Ján Kuciak’s killing. We will keep pressuring until the perpetrators are found and duly convicted according to European standards. Organisation News People attend a protest named “For a Decent Slovakia” on the first anniversary of the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova on February 21, 2019 in Bratislava Index on Censorship We need answers to the following questions: We ask the Slovak authorities to carefully consider the resolution, approved by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on 19. February 2019, that includes a call on the Government of Slovakia to ensure the safety of journalists. When journalists report threats against them, the state is obliged to protect their life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. We are concerned that to date there has been no adequate investigation of possible state breaches in its protective obligation. SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence However, a few months before he was killed, Kuciak reported threats against his person to the police. He published a post on his Facebook timeline on 20 October 2017 describing the absence of police actions after he had officially reported a threat by the businessman Marián Kočner. “It’s 44 days since I filed a threat … and the case probably doesn’t even have a particular cop [named in the case]”, his post reads. Since February 2018, we have closely monitored press and media freedom in Slovakia. We welcome the arrests of suspects who have now been charged in connection with Kuciak’s and Kušnírová’s murder. Article19 Association of European Journalists (AEJ) European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) The killing of Kuciak and Kušnírová shocked the European public and has had a chilling effect on other journalists. In an environment of intimidation, threats, political interference and impunity, investigative journalists have to fear for their lives to fulfil their work and report on corruption and other threats to democracy. The value of independent journalism and free media should not be put into question. Anti-media rhetoric from those in high office is unacceptable, all the more so after the assassination of Ján Kuciak. Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” February 4, 2021 Find out more Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT) On behalf of the undersigned media freedom organisations, representing thousands of journalists and human rights activists across Europe, we urge the Slovak authorities to immediately start examining state responsibility in the failure to prevent the assassination of Ján Kuciak. News PEN International SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeJudicial harassmentViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Receive email alerts RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Signed June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more (ii) which steps, if any, they took to protect Kuciak from that threat; South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) Tomorrow marks a full year since Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were murdered in Slovakia. Kuciak was investigating cross-border corruption and links between powerful people and various mafia networks. (i) whether Slovakia knew, or ought to have known, of a present and immediate threat to his life; Help by sharing this information (iii) and what will be done to protect Slovak journalists in the future.last_img read more

My big break

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. My big breakOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Mark Sherburn has been at Canon (UK) for 10 years and is currently generalmanager of personnel. Prior to Canon, on leaving university, he joined Asda asa retail manager, before moving into the HR department. He then worked forLewisham Council as head of training and development for Leisure Services. Herehe talks about his biggest break in HR “My most important HR career move to date was taking on the role ofgeneral manager for training and development at Canon, after working asnational sales manager on indirect sales products. My experience as a salesmanager meant I brought with me a much wider perspective of the organisation. Switching functions also gave me the energy and desire to achieve newtargets, while having the proven ability to support the sharp-end needs of thedepartment. “Working closely with my European colleagues has had a huge impactprofessionally – enabling me to really stretch myself while working alongsidedifferent nationalities. The role has also given me a solid grounding in a widerange of training and development disciplines such as management development,sales, IT and product training. “Through this role I developed a far more strategic impact on theorganisation as I was able to closely liaise at director level, and identifiedkey areas that could be improved. But more than anything the position enabled me to establish myself as thesenior representative of the training and development department, and gave methe chance to influence the company, which is something I value greatly.” last_img read more

Reminder: Bar fees now due

first_imgReminder: Bar fees now due July 1, 2001 Regular News Reminder: Bar fees now due Florida Bar members should now have received their annual membership fee statement, containing the first fee increase since the 1990-91 fiscal year. The annual fees $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members are payable July 1 and become late after August 15. Members will receive one of two statements, depending on whether they are active or inactive members. Bar finance director Allen Martin said the statements have changed little from last year. This year, members will also have the option to complete their annual fee statement and pay their fees online via the Bar’s website at Members have an option to make a voluntary contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children campaign and the Supreme Court Historical Society. They can use the fee statement to join one of the Bar’s many sections or the Out-of-State Practitioners Division. “Members should be aware that the fee statements are two-sided and must be completed both front and back and be mailed along with their payment to cover their fees and sections joined,” Martin said. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a $50 late fee (up from $25 a year ago). Members who do not pay by September 30 will be deemed delinquent. The delinquency may be cleared by petitioning the Bar, paying the fees, the late fee, and a $150 reinstatement fee. Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, members delinquent for five years will lose their Bar membership on October 1. To be reinstated, those members must meet all the requirements of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Expanded Programs The Supreme Court approved the higher annual fees after hearing oral arguments, during which Bar officials reported on some of the changes and new programs that have occurred since the previous dues increase. Among those changes: • The Bar greatly expanded its unlicensed practice of law operations, including adding a UPL counsel to each of the Bar’s branch offices. • The Bar’s Center for Professionalism was created, along with the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, to offer courses and materials and conduct other activities to promote the highest standard of conduct by lawyers. • The Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Division, while continuing to be a national leader in grievance issues, implemented new programs, including grievance mediation and the recent Attorney-Client Assistance Program, designed to resolve minor disputes before they become full-fledged discipline cases. • The Bar has worked in several ways to keep up with technological changes and help Bar members adapt. Perhaps the most visible is the Bar’s website, FLABAR online (, which opened in 1996. Aside from public and member information about the Bar, it now allows members to go online and change their membership information and, for the first time with the 2001-02 budget year, to pay annual membership fees electronically. Members can also sign up for CLE courses via the Bar’s website, and some courses can even be taken online. Reflecting the electronic revolution, the Bar Journal directory issue now allows members to list e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers, as well as regular telephone numbers. The past decade has also seen an explosive growth in Bar membership. In June 1990, the Bar had 45,825 active members and 976 inactive members, or a total of 46,801. June 2001, membership had grown to 62,579 active members and 6,433 inactive members, or a total of 69,012. That’s a 47.5-percent increase.last_img read more

Students protest anti-LGBTQ group

first_imgJames Witmer, a graduate student studying social work, applauded the diversity of the crowd.  “There were no problems, no arrest,” Assistant Chief David Carlisle said. “DPS loosely monitored the situation, as did LAPD, but there was no law enforcement action taken or necessary.” More than 50 students and faculty protested an off-campus Westboro Baptist Church demonstration along Exposition Boulevard and Vermont Avenue Monday. Protesters wore rainbow-colored attire and carried signs that read “Love not hate” and “God loves.”  In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC recognized the church’s First Amendment rights but criticized its message.  Another longtime church member,  Sam’s mother Shirley Phelps-Roper, emphasized the urgency of the protest to help save the souls of students. Natalie Lee, a senior majoring in music industry, emphasized the importance of demonstrating LGBTQ pride to the surrounding community.  “And so, what should we do?” Phelps-Roper said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “If we don’t warn you, your blood will be on our hands at The Judgment.”  “That’s where things are being taught: in the churches, in the schools … and it’s been wholly given over to sodomy, to fornication, to adultery,” said in an interview to the Daily Trojan Sam Phelps-Roper, an elder at the church. All of those things have become normalized, starting in the schools, starting in the churches, and it’s shameful.” Across the street from the church protest, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress and OUTreach co-sponsored a counter-protest in collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center.  Vargas, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, said that the counter-protest empowered people whose home environments were less welcoming of LGBTQ identities and who found a community at USC. Two Department of Public Safety officers were present at the counter-protest to ensure students’ safety. “USC has zero tolerance for discrimination and bigotry of any kind,” the statement read. “Every member of the Trojan Family is treasured. We value inclusion and equity for all.”  “It’s so great to see everyone who is of the LGBTQ community come together for something that we all need to stand up for,” Vargas said. Maria Eberhart, Beatrice Gao, Mia Ross and Ignacio Ventura-Maqueda Jr. contributed to this report. Participating in the protest felt personal for many students. Amelia Horney, a freshman majoring in composition, said the demonstration allowed her to better express her identity.center_img “It’s really important to promote positivity, because the Westboro Baptist Church is such a hateful group that’s trying to spread negativity,” King said. “We just want to be there to support the groups that they’re trying to marginalize.”  QuASA Executive Director Steven Vargas, led protesters in chants of “Love trumps hate” and “Homophobia has got to go,” as the group chanted gospel parodies of popular LGBTQ-positive songs like “Same Love” by rapper Macklemore and “Girls Like Girls” by gay musician Hayley Kiyoko, replacing lyrics with Bible verses and slurs targeting the community.  The LGBT Resource Center held a safe space at the Student Union to provide a place to congregate for students who felt threatened by the protest. “We are accepting of everybody, no matter what your intersectionality is and your culture and who you identify with,” Witmer said. “We’re here to stay, and we accept every culture and every individual that there is.” “I’ve felt extremely invisible because of what I look like; I’m a femme lesbian and people think that I look like I’m straight,” Horney said. “I want to make sure that everyone else feels like no matter where they’re from, no matter what they look like, [they] can feel safe to be their most authentic self.” Steven Vargas, executive director of the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, led protesters in chants of “Love trumps hate” and “Homophobia has to go” at Exposition Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. (Emily Sagen | Daily Trojan) “We’re on the streets of L.A., and all of these people are passing by on their morning commutes and everything, and I think it’s important for them to see as well that we are here, we are queer,” Lee said. “We exist, and there’s power in numbers.” Vargas said he was impressed by the student turnout.  “When we’re in our own hometown or wherever we grew up in, it’s just us, and we’re alone,” Vargas said. “Being able to stand up [to] this type of hate that we’ve lived with our entire lives together as a community is very powerful.”  Westboro Baptist, a group from Kansas known for its rallying against the LGBTQ community, picketed the Oscars Sunday near the Dolby Theater and stayed in Los Angeles through Monday to preach their message at USC and other schools in the area including UCLA, Alexander Hamilton High School and Manual Arts High School. The six church members who were not allowed to protest on campus, chose to protest the “sinful” behaviors of USC students.  Kaitlyn King, a junior majoring in international relations, said she came to the protest to protect marginalized groups. “We offered the physical space but also the communal area where people are able to come together and just be with each other and know that no matter what, they are loved, they are cared for and that they matter,” said Blaise Guerriero, the graduate assistant of the LGBT Resource Center. Onlookers expressed support for the counter-protest, honking car horns and waving at the crowd of students. last_img read more