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Côte d’Ivoire - Newspaper editor jailed on charge of insulting president

Reporters Without Borders - do, 30/07/2015 - 14:24

Newspaper editor Joseph Gnanhoua Titi was released yesterday after an investigating judge dismissed the charges against him. Reporters Without Borders is relieved by this decision but deplores the fact that he was held for six days in complete violation of Côte d'Ivoire's press law.

Reporters Without Borders is surprised and dismayed to learn that an opposition newspaper editor was placed in pre-trial detention yesterday in Abidjan, although media offences have been decriminalized in Côte d'Ivoire. Joseph Gnanhoua Titi, the publisher and editor of Aujourd'hui, a daily that supports former President Laurent Gbagbo, is being held in Abidjan's main prison, known as the Maca, on charges of publishing false news and insulting President Alassane Ouattara.

He is charged in connection with an article on 21 July claiming that a report prepared by the French foreign intelligence agency, the DSGE, accused President Ouattara of embezzling development aid, money laundering and illegal asset transfers. No evidence for the authenticity of this claim has been produced. “We call on the Ivorian authorities to respect their own laws and to release Joseph Gnanhoua Titi at once,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.

“As media offences have been decriminalized in Côte d'Ivoire, journalists should not be jailed regardless of what they say in their articles. Legal recourse is available if what they publish is regarded as abusive or defamatory.

The day before his arrest, Titi was questioned for more than eight hours at the headquarters of the gendarmerie's department of investigations at prosecutor-general Richard Christophe Adou's request.

Article 68 of Côte d'Ivoire's press law says: “The penalty of imprisonment is excluded for press offences.” Article 74 on insulting the president, which was cited by the prosecutor, provides for judicial proceedings but not for pre-trial detention.

And only the National Press Council (CNP) – the entity that oversees and regulates the media – is empowered to impose sanctions on journalists when the press law is violated.

This is the second time that opposition journalists have been jailed for insulting Ouattara since he became president. Three Notre Voie journalists – publisher César Etou, assistant editor Didier Dépri and chief political correspondent Boga Sivori – were arrested in November 2011 and were held for 13 days before being tried and acquitted.

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De archieven van de oorlogspaus (4): zwart op wit

Apache.be - do, 30/07/2015 - 13:17
Oorlogspaus Pius XII spreekt tot de verbeelding. Was hij een halve nazi of toch een soort Vaticaanse Schindler? Nu de geruchten over de opening van de fameuze oorlogsarchieven aanzwellen, buigt Vaticaanwatcher Bart Lebie zich over de mythische documenten. Waarom duurt het zo lang? Wie trekt, wie duwt en waarom?
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Côte d’Ivoire - New translation: Un directeur de publication en prison

Reporters Without Borders - do, 30/07/2015 - 13:07

Le directeur de publication du quotidien d'opposition Aujourd'hui a été placée en détention. Une mesure qui inquiète Reporters sans frontières (RSF) alors que les délits de presse sont dépénalisés en Côte d'Ivoire.

RSF a appris avec surprise et consternation le placement en détention préventive à la Maison d'arrêt et de correction d'Abidjan (Maca) pour "offense au chef de l'Etat" et « fausses nouvelles", le 29 juillet 2015, de Joseph Gnanhoua Titi, rédacteur en chef et directeur de publication du quotidien Aujourd'hui, proche de l'ancien président Laurent Gbagbo. Son arrestation fait suite à la publication, le 21 juillet 2015, d'un rapport attribué à la DSGE française, dont l'authenticité n'a pas été prouvée, et qui accusait le président Alassane Ouattara de transfert illicite de fonds, de blanchiment et de détournement de l'aide au développement.

“Nous demandons aux autorités ivoiriennes de respecter leurs propres lois et de libérer immédiatement Joseph Gnanhoua Titi, réagit Cléa Kahn-Sriber, responsable du bureau Afrique. Les délits de presse sont dépénalisés en Côte d'Ivoire, un journaliste n'a donc pas à être jeté en prison quels que soient les propos de ses articles. Si ses publications sont considérées comme outrancières ou diffamatoires, des recours légaux sont possibles”

La veille, Joseph Titi avait été entendu pendant plus de huit heures à la Brigade de recherche de la gendarmerie sur saisine du procureur de la République Richard Christophe Adou, pour « enquête judiciaire » .

La loi ivoirienne sur la presse stipule que « la peine d'emprisonnement est exclue pour les délits de presse” (article 68). Même l'article 74 sur l'offense au président de la République, utilisé par le procureur ne prévoit pas non plus de détention préventive, mais seulement des poursuites judiciaires.

Seul le Conseil national de la presse (CNP), organe de régulation et de gestion de la presse, est habilité à sanctionner les journalistes en cas d'infraction.

Depuis l'accession du président Alassane Ouattara au pouvoir, c'est la deuxième fois que des journalistes d'opposition sont emprisonnés pour « offense au chef de l'Etat». En novembre 2011, César Etou, directeur de publication, Didier Dépri, le secrétaire général de la rédaction et Boga Sivori, chef du service politique, avaient été emprisonnés pendant 13 jours avant d'être jugés et déclarés non coupables.

La Côte d'Ivoire occuppe la 86 place sur 180 dans l'édition 2015 du Classement de RSF sur la liberté de la presse.

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Die man daar met al die armen

Henk Blanken's Blog - do, 30/07/2015 - 13:04
In Relevant, het kwartaaltijdschrift van de NVVE – de Nederlandse euthanasievereniging -, verscheen deze maand de tweede van vier columns die ik schrijf over parkinson, dementie en de dilemma’s rond euthanasie. `
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Angola - Police surround opposition radio station, arrest reporter

Reporters Without Borders - do, 30/07/2015 - 12:18

Armed police surrounded Luanda-based opposition radio station Radio Despertar yesterday morning while one of its journalists, Gonçalves Vieira, was arrested after going to cover preparations for a peaceful protest against “arbitrary detention and political persecution in Angola.”

Viera had time to send his colleagues a message saying the police had arrested him and were taking him somewhere. They finally let him go after holding him for two hours.

“We condemn such attempts to intimidate journalists, which are designed to prevent them from doing their work,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Africa desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “Vieira was just doing his job by covering the preparations for this demonstration. Regardless of what the police claimed later, the demonstration was announced in advance and received authorization.”

Radio Despertar deputy manager Queiros Anastasios Chiluvia, who is on RSF's list of “100 Information Heroes,” told Reporters Without Borders that uniformed and plainclothes police took up position around the radio station at 10 a.m. and remained there all day.

He said the aim of the operation was to intimidate the station's journalists and prevent them covering the demonstration, which was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. He said the operation worked as the station's journalists were too scared to go out while they police were there.

Funded by the main opposition party, UNITA, Radio Despertar was previously subjected to intimidation last year, when Chiluvia was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.

On 23 July, Nelson Sul de Angola, a reporter for Deutsche Welle and Semanário Angolese, was arrested and his camera was confiscated as he was photographing the facade of Calomboloca prison, where 15 young activists have been held since their arrest on 20 June at the end of a meeting about governance for allegedly “intending to disturb public order and safety.”

None of these activists has been formally charged and their detention has been condemned by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations.

Angola is ranked 123rd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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Top Gear-maten maken nieuwe autoserie voor Amazon

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 12:03
Voormalige Top Gear-presentatoren Jeremy Clarkson, James May en Richard Hammond hebben met webgigant Amazon een contract getekend voor een nog naamloze autoserie, die in 2016 exclusief online te zien moet zijn via Amazons eigen videodienst. Het zou…
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Egypte verdaagt Al Jazeera-zaak opnieuw

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 11:04
Er wordt vandaag toch geen eindoordeel geveld in de zaak tegen de drie journalisten die in Egypte van hulp aan een terroristische organisatie worden beschuldigd.…
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9 things to know about Jim Gilmore

Public Integrity - do, 30/07/2015 - 11:00

Long odds aren’t keeping Republican Jim Gilmore out of the 2016 presidential race.

The former Virginia governor, who has already made multiple visits to the crucial early-voting state of New Hampshire, is expected to officially announce his candidacy today after filing his official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday afternoon.

Several other current or former governors have already waded into the crowded Republican race — including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who are both expected to wield well-funded campaign war chests.

But for now, Gilmore is resolved to find a place in the field: "I bring to the table experience that others don't have," he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch earlier this month.

Gilmore’s resume certainly boasts some credentials that differentiate him from his rivals.

A former U.S. Army intelligence officer, Gilmore led the Gilmore Commission, a congressional panel that advised both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush about the country’s ability to respond to domestic terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. He also served as Virginia’s governor during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Since December 2009, Gilmore has served as the president and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Virginia.

Here’s more about Gilmore’s financial and political past:

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, as well as the Center for Responsive Politics, Federal Election Commission, GilmoreGlobalGroup.com, Internal Revenue Service, Virginia Department of Elections and Washington Post.

Image sources: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Charlie Neibergall/AP, Michael Vadon/Flickr

   

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Russia - Russian opposition journalist could be extradited from Cyprus

Reporters Without Borders - do, 30/07/2015 - 10:34

Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in Russian

Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Andrey Nekrasov, a young Russian opposition journalist who was arrested at Larnaca airport in Cyprus at Russia's behest on 15 July and who faces a possible 15-year jail sentence if extradited to Russia.

Nekrasov fled his home town in the Russian Urals in March to escape imminent imprisonment in connection with his journalism and activism but the long arm of the Russian criminal justice system has caught up with him abroad.

Transferred to Nicosia prison following his arrest, he is due to appear in court on 13 August, when a judge will begin considering Russia's extradition request. Nekrasov has requested asylum and has been on hunger strike since 22 July.

“The legal proceedings against Andrey Nekrasov are typical of the harassment of outspoken journalists in the Russian regions,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.

“There is no doubt that this journalist will be denied the right to due process if extradited. We urge the Cypriot authorities not to become the accomplices of Russian despotism and instead to release Nekrasov without delay and to examine his asylum request".

Nekrasov is from Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurt Republic, where he is known for his investigative coverage of local government corruption. He began doing investigative journalism at the weekly Den' in 2008 and took over as editor of the opposition newspaper Izhevski Nabliudatel' three years later.

After Izhevski Nabliudatel' folded in 2012, because it was denied advertising despite its relative popularity, Nekrasov continued his journalistic activities on his blogs. He also got involved in local grass-roots campaigns, including a protest movement against evictions and a campaign to defend the rights of workers at the Izhmash factory. His attempts to get into liberal party politics were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the authorities were constantly hounding him because of these activities. It was because of pressure from the Federal Security Service (FSB) that he was forced to leave his job with Den' in 2009. It was only in 2012 that a court finally quashed the three-year suspended sentence he had received on a trumped-up charge.

But the harassment continued. The CEO of the Izhmash factory filed a complaint accusing him of blackmail and extortion in 2013, at a time when he was writing about the demands of its workers. He was initially questioned as a witness, but the FSB had him placed in police custody and tried to extract a confession. It is as a result of these charges that he is facing up to 15 years in prison.

In February of this year, he was fined 30,000 roubles (450 euros) on a criminal defamation charge for linking a local official in the ruling United Russia party to a person of the same name with assets in the United States.

Fearing that this conviction would be used as an aggravating circumstance in the other case, Nekrasov fled the county the following month. In April, the Udmurt supreme court upheld a court order to place Nekrasov in pre-trial detention for failing to report to the judicial authorities.

In Russia, which is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, at least two local journalists are currently detained for criticising municipal or regional officials.

Российскому оппозиционному журналисту Андрею Некрасову грозит экстрадиция

15 июля 2015 года по указанию российских властей на Кипре был арестован российский оппозиционный журналист Андрей Некрасов. Если его выдадут России, ему грозит до 15 лет тюремного заключения. « Репортеры без границ » призывают власти Кипра его немедленно освободить.

Даже находясь заграницей журналист и активист Андрей Некрасов подвергается преследованию со стороны российских властей. Будучи вынужденным покинуть свою страну в марте 2015 года во избежание непременного ареста, он был задержан 15 июля в аэропорту города Ларнака, на Кипре. Он был переведен в тюрьму Никозии и должен предстать 13 августа перед судом, который начнет рассматривать вопрос о его экстрадиции в Россию. Молодой человек подал документы на получение убежища и 22 июля объявил голодовку.

« Преследование Андрея Некрасова является классическим примером преследований критикующих российские региональные власти журналистов », - заявил руководитель отдела Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии « Репортеров без границ » Йоханн Бир. « Однозначно то, что судебное рассмотрение будет пристрастным, в случае экстрадиции. Мы призываем власти Кипра не вступать в заговор с российскими властями для проведения репрессий, немедленно освободить Андрея Некрасова и рассмотреть его прошение предоставить убежище. »

В своем родном городе Ижевске, в Удмуртии (Урал), журналист известен своими расследованиями коррупционных схем с участием местных чиновников. Он стал заниматься журналистскими расследованиями в 2008 году с еженедельным изданием « День » затем тремя годами позже возглавил оппозиционное издание « Ижевский наблюдатель ». Вопреки существенному успеху, издание было лишено рекламодателей и вынуждено прекратить существование в 2012 году. Андрей Некрасов продолжал публиковать свои статьи в своих блогах. Все эти годы он параллельно принимал участие в различных социальных движениях : выступал против экспроприации жителей Ижевска, отстаивал социальные права рабочих завода « Ижмаш ». Все его попытки заняться политикой в либеральных партиях были пресечены.

Однако данная деятельность вызвала многочисленные угрозы со стороны властей. Под давлением ФСБ он был вынужден покинуть свою должность в издательстве « День » в 2009 году. Только в 2012 году было отменено его первое условное трехлетнее наказание, вынесенное судом по сфабрикованному делу. Но преследования продолжились: в 2013 году Андрея Некрасова обвинил в « шантаже » и « вымогательстве » президент завода « Ижмаш » тогда, когда он опубликовал в своих статьях требования рабочих. Хотя журналист проходил изначально по делу в качестве свидетеля, он был задержан ФСБ и подвергся давлению с целью получить признание своей вины. Теперь ему угрожает 15 лет тюрьмы.

В феврале 2015 года он получил штраф в 30 000 рублей за « клевету » за то, что провел параллель между одним местным руководителем партии большинства « Единая Россия » и состоятельным однофамильцем в США. Опасаясь, что это наказание может быть рассмотрено в качестве отягчающего обстоятельства, журналист покинул страну на следующий же месяц. И как в воду глядел: в апреле Верховный суд Удмуртии подтвердил решение о том, чтобы посадить Андрея Некрасова в СИЗО по причине неявки в суд.

Россия занимает 152-ое место из 180 в Мировом Индексе свободы прессы 2015, составленном « Репортерами без границ ». По крайней мере двое местных журналистов сидят в настоящее время в тюрьме за критику городских или региональных властей.

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Partij van Poetin wil zware straf op ‘anti-Russische propaganda’

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 10:12
Russische parlementariërs uit de ‘Verenigd Rusland’-fractie, de partij van president Poetin, hebben een voorstel ingediend voor een wet die zware straffen stelt op ‘anti-Russische propaganda’, meldt de Volkskrant. Volgens het…
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ClipShare: For researching UK newspaper archives

Journalism.co.uk - do, 30/07/2015 - 10:09
The database covers stories UK titles have published in print over the last decade and online since 2010
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Fusie Axel Springer / ProSiebenSat.1 van de baan

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 09:23
De Duitse mediabedrijven Axel Springer en ProSiebenSat.1 zien af van een fusie, maar gaan wel samen investeren in startups waar beide bedrijven van kunnen profiteren. Woordvoerders van beide mediagiganten bevestigden tegenover Der Spiegel dat er, los…
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Personeel Guardian US stapt in vakbond

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 09:17
Opnieuw kiezen werknemers van een digitale uitgave in de Verenigde Staten ervoor om zich in een vakbond te verenigen. Na uitgave Salon en Gawker zal het personeel van de Amerikaanse editie van The Guardian straks onder de New Media Guild verenigd zijn.…
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Aanklacht tegen Rolling Stone; hoofdredacteur Dana vertrekt

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 30/07/2015 - 09:14
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Taking a Lunch Break…

10000 words - wo, 29/07/2015 - 23:00
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Cosby Mocked by Hometown Newspaper

10000 words - wo, 29/07/2015 - 21:50
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