Experts say “crimes against freedom of expression” should have special status

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s joint declaration by four international experts calling on governments to treat “crimes against freedom of expression” as a special category under criminal law and thereby provide journalists and other news providers with better protection.The joint call was issued by the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe representative on freedom of the media, the Organization of American States special rapporteur on freedom of expression and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information.It came just five days after both Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, issued separate reports calling for greater efforts to protect journalists.“These four experts have issued their joint call for crimes against freedom of expression to be assigned a special status under criminal law, with specific penalties, because they recognize the role that freedom of information plays in society, whether the information providers are professional journalists, citizen journalists or netizens,” Reporters Without Borders said.“This joint declaration also testifies to the concern these experts feel for the safety of news providers and their awareness of the urgency of the situation. It stresses that governments have an obligation to investigate these crimes, to protect the victims and ensure that they have access to justice.”Reporters Without Borders hopes that the joint declaration and the two reports will encourage state and non-state actors to adopt concrete measures to protect journalists and to combat impunity for those responsible for acts of violence against them.“These experts have paved the way,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now it is up to governments to implement their recommendations and give them binding force as soon as possible.”A total of 29 professional journalists and at least 12 citizen journalists have been killed since the start of 2012 because of their commitment to providing news and information. Dozens of journalists have also been forced to flee abroad to escape harassment, violence, threats of arbitrary arrest or death. A total of 80 journalists fled into exile in 2011. Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img June 26, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Experts say “crimes against freedom of expression” should have special status Newslast_img read more


first_imgOne of the essentials in the home landscape (which used to be called the yard back when we swept it clean with a brush broom) is the wheelbarrow (which is now given the euphemistic term, yard cart). The first wheelbarrow I remember using was long-handled with a flat bed and a piece of wood at the front just to keep things from sliding off. The wood was cypress and weathered gray. It had a metal wheel with spokes and probably would have made lots of noise for us children if we’d had concrete to run it over. It served us well for carrying gardening supplies. It hauled fertilizers, tools, plants and even us kids at times when it was empty and Daddy would give us a lift.A Fantastic Machine When I think back on those early gardening days, I remember the hoes, because I became so well-acquainted with them. And I remember the small wheel plow, which I was too small to reach. And I can recall the rakes and harvesting baskets. But the wheelbarrow seemed a fantastic machine. Now that I’m older (though not necessarily grown-up) and putting to practice the gardening principles I learned from my father, I bought my wife a wheelbarrow. Yes, guys, there are women out there who want gardening tools and truckloads of compost instead of fancy things. I bought her a large, plastic wheelbarrow. Now wait just a minute — I’m not a big fan of plastic, but this is not one of your flimsy ones. It was a sturdy, heavy-duty, green one with an inflatable tire that rolls quite well. Bricks, Plants and Children The wheelbarrow she has and lets me use will hold quite a lot of material. It has doubled many times in moving timber, bricks, rocks and especially those plants that are never quite satisfied where they were planted (referred to as wheeled plants). It also makes a great place for potting plants, mixing soils and screening compost. The wheelbarrow has seen 17 seasons come and go and doesn’t look nearly the worse for wear as I, the gardener, do. There have been replacements. It now has the third set of handles. And the tire has been fixed several times. But it hasn’t a bit of rust and no dents, either. It has ridden several children, too. Good tools become a part of the family.last_img read more

Ola Aina returning to the Premier League

first_img He’s been linked with West Ham United—who may not even be in the Premier League next season—while Everton already have Djibril Sidibe and Lucas Digne in full-back roles, two of the more competent wide defenders in the division. read also:Everton, West Ham intensify bid for Ola Aina Perhaps Aina could be a versatile back-up option at Goodison Park, or a replacement for ageing pair Seamus Coleman or Leighton Baines, but is that really a forward step? FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsAmazing Bridal Looks From Around The World Ola Aina will likely come back to the Premier League, but rumours of an imminent return to England appear wide of the mark. The full-back only just signed permanently with Torino last summer following a campaign on loan, and he needs a measure of stability in order to realise his potential.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Titans to retire Steve McNair, Eddie George uniform numbers

first_imgThe team also held a ceremony at Saint Thomas Sports Park after minicamp on Wednesday, which George was in attendance for, according to the Tennessean .Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! #Salute27The #Titans will retire Eddie George’s No. 27.— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 12, 2019The #Titans will retire Steve McNair’s No. 9. #Retire9— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 12, 2019“Steve and Eddie will be forever linked as two of the driving forces for our team in the late 90’s and early 2000’s,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a release. Related News “They were the heart and soul of the team and each made the other a better player and ultimately led to a great deal of team success. Their statistics will forever live in our record books, but their play and sacrifice is what our fans will always remember. For that and all that they have done for our team, the number 9 and 27 will be retired with the all-time franchise greats.”McNair and George join Jim Norton, Elvin Bethea, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Warren Moon in having their numbers retired by the franchise. Jadeveon Clowney still not close on a deal with Texans Bears waive Chris Blewitt, leaving number of kickers at 2center_img Steve McNair and Eddie George defined an era in Tennessee as teammates from 1996-2003, and now the duo will go down in the team’s history.The Titans on Wednesday announced they will retire their respective No. 9 and No. 27 jerseys in a ceremony during the team’s Sept. 15 home opener against the Colts. McNair was selected by the then-Houston Oilers with the third overall pick of the 1995 draft and amassed the most wins of any quarterback in the team’s history over his 11-year career. He also had a brief stint with the Ravens before retiring in 2008. The All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection was shot to death in Nashville in July 2009 at the age of 36.George, 45, was the 14th overall pick out of Ohio State the following year after winning the Heisman Trophy and went on to become the franchise’s all-time leader in career rushing yards. The All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection is also the only running back in NFL history to have 300 or more carries for eight straight seasons. George retired in 2004 after spending the final season of his career with the Cowboys.last_img read more

GOP lawmakers poised to change Judicial Nominating Commission membership

first_imgDES MOINES — A GOP proposal on the legislature’s agenda this month would change who selects half the members of the commission that sends the governor nominees for vacant judgeships. Vanderbilt University professor Brian Fitzpatrick spoke recently at a Des Moines event organized by the Iowa Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.“Lawyers are no less political than anyone else when they are on these judicial selection bodies,” Fitzgerald said.Today half of the members of the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission are lawyers elected to the commission by other lawyers. Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, says fewer than one out of five Iowa attorneys votes in the elections for commission members.“We’re talking about a system that I believe is not representative of the people because you’ve got 18.45 percent of this attorney group placing these folks on the commission,” Holt says, “and I don’t think that is the way we need to do it.”Holt is leading House consideration of the GOP’s plan to have the top four legislative leaders from both parties appoint half the Judicial Nominating Commission members. Representative Mary Wolfe, a Democrat from Clinton who is an attorney, opposes the move.“If we switch to this plan, the people of Iowa are going to have to walk into courtrooms, knowing that we are putting politics first,” Wolfe says.The legislators made their comments this weekend during an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program.last_img read more