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Courts curb press coverage of elections on eve of second round

first_img Reporters Without Borders is worried by recent court rulings requested by candidates that have curbed press coverage of the election campaign two days before the second round on 29 October. The organisation says the electoral law is incompatible with appropriate press coverage of the campaign. News Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information October 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Courts curb press coverage of elections on eve of second round News Receive email alerts On the eve of the second round of Brazil’s general elections on 29 October, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about recent judicial rulings curbing press coverage of the campaign. On 19 October, the federal Superior Electoral Court (TSE) fined CBN radio for “electoral propaganda” and ordered it to censor its website. On 25 October, the Regional Electoral Court (TRE) in the southern state of Paraná banned the media from reporting on a police raid at the request of a gubernatorial candidate.“These judicial decisions reflect a very strange idea of the role of the press, which is obviously supposed to be a forum for political debate but which also entitled to take a position,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By banning all propaganda during election campaigns, the electoral law seems to be out of tune with media coverage of politics.”The press freedom organisation added: “A media’s editorial position often entails a preference for a particular candidate, but the TSE’s ruling exaggeratedly assumes that every reader or listener will follow it. This attributes much more power to the press than it in fact has. As for the ruling issued by the Paraná TRE at the request of gubernatorial candidate Osmar Dias, it does not really serve his electoral interests. Does he think he will be protected by preventive censorship? This kind of censorship belongs to the past.”The TSE fined CBN 10,000 dollars on 19 October after one of its commentators, Arnaldo Jabor, expressed an opinion that was deemed overly favourable to opposition presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin. Acting in response to a complaint by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s reelection campaign, the TSE also ordered CBN to withdraw the comment from its website, ruling that it had violated an electoral law ban on all propaganda during the election campaign (which officially began on 1 July).In response to Dias’ complaint, the Paraná TRE fine the Hora H News website on 25 October for publishing information about the seizure by the police of a trunk full of banknotes from a hotel in the state capital of Curitiba two days earlier. Judge Renato Lopes de Paiva ruled that the report was liable to “prejudice” Dias, who is tipped by the polls to lose.Citing “judicial confidentiality,” the judge rounded off his ruling with a ban on all media coverage of the police raid. Journalists’ unions have contested the ruling, claiming that it violates the federal constitutional right of access to information.last_img read more

4 hurt in explosion at Los Angeles-area industrial park

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — An explosion at an industrial park near Los Angeles has injured four people, three of them critically. Authorities say it happened in a Santa Clarita neighborhood at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. The blast left three men with severe burns and they were taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. A fourth man later walked into the hospital for treatment. The blast was initially reported as being on a movie set. The region has been used for filming but none was taking place at the time. The explosion sparked a small brushfire that was quickly contained.last_img read more

Reed Says Extra Unemployment Funds Deter Workers From Returning To Jobs

first_imgPhoto: piqsels / pxfuelWASHINGTON — The extra $600 in unemployment benefits has become a reason for people not to return to work, according to Congressman Tom Reed, who said some benefits must continue, but not at the expense of crippling small businesses.Reed discussed the various aspects of the latest COVID-19 relief package during a conference call Tuesday.“How I see it is, if you were in a home and you lost a job, obviously you were making a wage before you lost your home,” Reed said. “The $600 provided more money than you were making when you were working.”Paying people more in unemployment than in wages hurts small businesses because people are reluctant to return to work when they can make more income staying home. Congressman Tom Reed. Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now. 05/12/20.“It’s just become a real barrier to get people back to work and that hurts small businesses. It hurts everyone,” Reed said.The latest package offers $200 in additional unemployment, which is a starting point for negotiations, Reed explained.Reed said he remains confident a package agreement can be on President’s Trumps desk in the next seven to 10 days.“They’re moving in a positive direction now in the Senate,” he said. “I’m still very confident that we’re going to get this taken care of.”The three main tenants Reed wants to see are stable unemployment benefits based on a percentage of income, incentives for people to return to work, direct aid to local municipalities and child care funding, he said.The problem, as Reed sees it, is the way bills are done now includes waiting to the last minute, “running up to the cliff” and then reaching an agreement.“If I was in charge, running the trains, I wouldn’t run it this way. I’d have us all sit in a room and not leave until it’s done,” he said.“The smaller local governments are the ones that are really the priority of this package,” he said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traditional Leaders Vow to Curtail Customary Practices

first_imgTraditional chiefs in Liberia have vowed to curtail their age old practices which are among the main causes of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.The chiefs from the fifteen counties made the pledge recently in Gbarnga, Bong County during a ceremony marking the ongoing cross border Ebola sensitization of the Mano River bordering countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.The cross border initiative is being implemented by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) with sponsorship from the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF).LCP, in partnership with UNICEF, on Monday held a one-day stakeholders and traditional leaders’ forum in support of Ebola prevention in the bordering counties of Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount.On behalf of the three counties, Chief of Lofa LCP County, Musa Kamara welcomed the initiative by the , describing it as wonderful.“We will stop bathing dead bodies, eating bush meat, put a stop to Poro and Sande activities until Ebola can go,” Chief Musa pledged.The traditional leader said with the level of education being provided by the LCP to people in the counties that border Guinea and Sierra Leone, the total eradication of the virus from the region would be achieved.Chief Musa, who hails from one of the hardest hit counties, Lofa,  stressed the need to cast out the virus by engaging the people and putting aside all of the traditional practices. He asserted that the right message to fight the virus came late, saying, “The virus killed most of our people before we got the right message to fight it.”The chiefs called on NGOs to provide more support and training, which will empower them to keep up the fight.“As chiefs we will make sure Ebola goes forever and we will celebrate the country’s July 26 Independence in good health,” said Chief Musa.Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson Arzoequoi, stated that the health team in Liberia at the start of the outbreak made a mistake by not providing the right information to the public.If the right information had been provided to the people as it is being done currently, he said, the virus would not have killed the number of people it did.He thanked the people of Bong County for following the guidelines given them by the county health team and disclosed that Bong County has been free of Ebola since December 21 of 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manitoba NDP appoints 2 women to lead probe into sex harassment misconduct

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba NDP has appointed two women as commissioners to investigate reports of sexual harassment and misconduct from staff and elected officials.Kemlin Nembhard is a former provincial government civil servant with a history of working with community organizations.Sandra DeLaronde is co-chairwoman of the Coalition for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and executive director of the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Institute.The party says they are to identify problems and make recommendations for the NDP to build a workplace where everyone feels safe and respected.Earlier this month several women said that Stan Struthers, an NDP cabinet minister from 2003 to 2014, tickled them, groped them or made sexual remarks.Former NDP premier Greg Selinger apologized, but said he never witnessed inappropriate behaviour.Selinger plans to resign his legislature seat on March 7.“The commission is tasked with investigating the experiences of staff and elected officials who were subject to sexual harassment and misconduct,” the party said in a release Tuesday.The NDP says the Commission to Establish a Safe and Respectful Political Environment will conclude its work by the end of April and submit an interim report to the NDP convention in May.People with concerns can contact the commission via a confidential email at [email protected]last_img read more

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