State broadcaster suspends political discussion programmes ahead of regional elections

first_img ItalyEurope – Central Asia to go further On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by a decision by the board of governors of the state-owned broadcaster RAI to suspend all political discussion programmes on its three TV stations during the one-month run-up to regional elections scheduled for 28 and 29 March. The reason given was the difficulty of ensuring “equality of treatment.”“This move is doubly intolerable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Firstly, an election campaign is under way and Italy’s citizens have more need than ever for political information, especially programmes about the various contending parties, so that they can cast an informed vote. Secondly it is above all the job of state broadcasters such as RAI to provide this information.”It is extraordinary that RAI should be backing away from the obligation to provide the detailed political information that viewers appreciate by temporarily suspending its current affairs programmes prior to the elections.The ability of a country’s public broadcast media to allocate air-time fairly to the various political parties is a key indicator of its democratic credentials. RAI’s inability to do this – acknowledged in the decision taken by the board of governors – is utterly incomprehensible in a democracy such as Italy, which was one of the European Union’s founders.The decision, taken on 1 March, seems to have been politically influenced, especially as polls show support for Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition falling and various political scandals would normally give rise to closer scrutiny and more detailed reporting during an election campaign.There is still time for RAI’s governors to reverse this decision and fulfil their obligation to inform the public, as the journalists employed by RAI’s three TV stations are demanding.More than a thousand people protested against the decision outside RAI’s headquarters in Rome on 2 March in response to a call from the National Union of Italian Journalists (FNSI) and the state TV unions. Reporters Without Borders representatives took part in the demonstration. December 2, 2020 Find out more News News November 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Italycenter_img November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive March 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State broadcaster suspends political discussion programmes ahead of regional elections ItalyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News Organisation last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Plays Four Sets Of Music At Horning’s Hideout, On This Day In 2001 [Full Audio]

first_imgThere’s something magical about the words Horning’s Hideout to fans of The String Cheese Incident. Nestled in the hills of North Plains, OR, the storied grounds have played host to many String Cheese runs throughout the years. The events are often transformative, with musicians and fans coming together to create transcendental experiences.That was certainly the case on a beautiful Saturday, eighteen years ago today, when the Horning’s venue hosted String Cheese Incident for a three-night run. The 2001 Horning’s Hideout run came to a peak on the second night, when Cheese played a total of four sets throughout the day. Starting early in the day, the band played two full sets with big improvisational jam sessions before treating fans to a famed “Ritual Set.” The set included an hour-long jam session that weaved through “Rivertrance” and “Land’s End Reprise,” though it focused heavily on the jamming!Related: Kyle Hollingsworth Talks The String Cheese Incident’s 25th Anniversary [Interview]As if that weren’t enough, the band returned for a fourth set, late-night style. This time, SCI recruited members of The Motet to help out, as well as bassist Tye North. Vocalist Jans Ingber lent his voice to “Use Me” and “Lean On Me” in that final set, bringing this performance to a grand finale.Check out the full audio recording from the night, as taped by John Hart and Gordon K, and a full setlist below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: John Hart]Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Horning’s Hideout, North Plains, OR – 8/11/01Set 1: Cedar Laurels, Joyful Sound > Jam¹ > Remington Ride, Latinissmo, Bigger Isn’t Better > Jam > SmileSet 2: Shakin’ the Tree > Jam > Tom Thumb’s Blues, Turn This Around, Dudley’s Kitchen, Outside Inside, Don’t Say > Jam > RolloverSet 3: (Ritual Set): Rivertrance¹, Jams > Land’s End RepriseSet 4: Round the Wheel, Miss Brown’s Teahouse² > The Chicken > Drums > Chamber Maid, Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother, Use Me, Blackberry Blossom³, Lean On MeNotesTye North took over on bass midway through Miss Brown’s and played the rest of the set. Entire set also with members of The Motet: Mike Tiernan (guitar), Greg Raymond (keyboards), Scott Messersmith and Dave Watts (percussion), Matt Spencer (bass), and Jans Ingber (vocals on Use Me and Lean on Me).¹ with Wheel Hoss teases.² unfinished.³ with Is This Love teases.[Originally published 8/11/17]last_img read more

O’Neill: McGeady can shine

first_img Press Association The 28-year-old Everton winger turned in an impressive first-half display in Sunday evening’s 2-1 friendly defeat by Turkey at the Aviva Stadium. McGeady, who has not played as much football as he would have liked since his January switch from Spartak Moscow, was withdrawn halfway through the second half as his influence waned, but O’Neill is confident there is more to come from a player he knows well from their time together at Celtic. He said: “Aiden has not played much football in the last six months. I don’t want to be an apologist for him – I think I have said this here before – I am a big fan of his in terms of ability. “He created some beautiful moments for us, but can go for a 10 or 15-minute spell not in the game. “Sometimes that’s not his fault; sometimes it is, and those are the type of things that I think if he can iron out, he will be an asset to us in all aspects of the game.” It was McGeady who created what might have been a pivotal moment in the game when he played Shane Long in behind defender Omer Toprak, who appeared to upend the striker inside the box. However, French referee Ruddy Buquet thought differently, and Turkey took full advantage as chances went begging for the home side, establishing a 2-0 lead through goals from Ahmet Ilhan Ozek and substitute Osman Tarik Camdal either side of half-time. Jonathan Walters sparked a late flurry when he pulled one back with 12 minutes remaining, but although fellow substitute Daryl Murphy headed straight at keeper Onur Recep Kivrak, there was to be no way back. The defeat was Ireland’s second in as many games at the Aviva Stadium with Serbia having triumphed by the same score in March, and O’Neill admitted their failings have to be addressed quickly if they are to succeed in their mission to qualify for the finals of Euro 2016. He said: “That’s two games now. I don’t want to come in with the same message, please. Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is convinced Aiden McGeady can become a major asset on the international stage. “We created some really great chances in the match and I know it’s a friendly game, but we have been beaten and we would have gained more confidence from winning the match. “I actually thought that we created a lot of chances in the game and I genuinely don’t know how we lost the match. “A combination of things – probably poor finishing, some great saves by the goalkeeper too – but we should have had the game out of sight by half-time.” last_img read more