Draft laws mooted on defamation and phone-tapping. Journalist confidentiality menaced

first_img January 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Draft laws mooted on defamation and phone-tapping. Journalist confidentiality menaced BulgariaEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out morecenter_img BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom March 10, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bulgaria RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders says today that it is worried by proposals put forward by members of the ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) to reform the law relating to defamation. The press freedom body also notes an alarming explosion in the amount of telephone- tapping carried out in Bulgaria and the absence of respect for the legal framework of procedures by Bulgarian bodies and in particular the police and prosecuting authorities.At the start of this year Krasimir Velchev, the vice-president of the CERB parliamentary group, said he wanted to see a new law adopted on defamation, saying he thought that sanctions envisaged by the existing legislation were “absurd.”“We need new legislation by virtue of which any citizen, and not just politicians, can exercise their rights,” he said.“You cannot spit on institutions and people with impunity. You cannot have a strong state if everyone can libel and slander everyone.”Under the legislation in force defamation is punishable by fines ranging from 1,500 euros to 3,000 euros, and from 2,500 euros to 7,500 euros if it appears in the press. “We call on members of parliament of the majority not to modify the existing legislation relating to defamation “Reporters Without Borders said.“The decriminalization of press offences should be absolutely encouraged, especially in member states of the European Union, which should necessarily set an example.“A possible toughening of the sanctions in respect of defamation could only constitute a major step backwards as far as press freedom in Bulgaria is concerned. We are keeping a close eye on t developments in this key area.”The press freedom body also condemns the huge increase in phone intercepts in Bulgaria. The Sofia prosecution service says that requests for telephone taps has almost doubled in the space of a year, from 1,459 in 2009 to 2,214 in 2010.In major cities such as Plovdiv in the south or Shumen in the northeast the increases have been respectively 500 % and 67 %. In early January Prime Minister Boyko Borisov acknowledged that the phones of senior government officials were periodically tapped as part of the campaign against corruption. He justified the practice in the name of transparency.In this context Kalin Georgiev, the head of the Bulgarian police saw fit to say that he did not see any problem in listening into journalists’ calls. He said there were “rubbish and bandits” among representatives of the press.“We are amazed by the statements and attitudes of Mr. Georgiev, which demonstrate how little progress has been made by the Bulgarian police in this field since 2008,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We remind the head of the police that under the law phone tapping can only be carried out as a last resort and in the context of serious crimes or attacks on national security. The agreement of the prosecuting authorities remains essential.”The press freedom body added that it feared that routine phone tapping, as had happened in the past, could extend to journalists and restrict the right to confidentiality of discussions. “The freedom given to the police services in the matter is as unacceptable as it is worrying,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Mr. Georgiev’s statements must be followed up. We call on the interior minister to impose the necessary sanctions or run the risk of encouraging a dangerous laxity among all the services.” In 2010 Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm about the upsurge in requests from the interior ministry for details of mobile phone bills and access to information exchanged by Internet users.In a report published in 2008 the organization also condemned the illegal phone tapping of several journalists by the national security agency (DANS), the Bulgarian secret services. At the time Bulgaria was governed by the GERB’s present political opponents. Receive email alertslast_img read more

Mayor leads National Day of Commemoration in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement The Fianna Fáil leader of Limerick City and County Council Cllr Michael Collins celebrates with his mother Peggy after being elected as the seventh Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, held at LImerick Racecourse.Pic. Brian ArthurMAYOR of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins has led a ceremony of remembrance in Merchant’s Quay as part of the National Day Commemoration.A much-reduced ceremony, due to Covid-19 took place this morning [Sunday 12 July] in the courtyard of the headquarters of Limerick City and County Council, attended by representatives from the Council, Defence Forces, and members of Various Veteran associations, remembering those who have lost their lives while serving abroad or who have served their country overseas.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleMuireann O’Connell in Limerick with Virgin Media after lockdownNext articleFAI Announce Return Dates for Airtricity Underage League Meghann Scully WhatsApp Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twittercenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsMayor leads National Day of Commemoration in LimerickBy Meghann Scully – July 13, 2020 127 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Brazil: Armed Forces Will Conduct Enormous Military Exercise in the Amazon

first_imgBy Dialogo May 23, 2011 According to the ministry, Joint Operation Amazonia 2011 aims to “improve the training of the three branches in order to act in a coordinated and effective manner in conventional conflicts in a jungle environment,” and will additionally provide the impetus for “civic-social” actions with the area’s population. Starting on 23 May, the Brazilian Army, Air Force, and Navy will conduct an enormous joint exercise in the Amazon region, mobilizing around 4,500 men for operations simulating war in the jungle, the Defense Ministry announced. The exercises will be held in an area “of approximately 800,000 square kilometers,” the ministry announced, from the city of Manaos to Yauarete, on the border with Colombia, and encompassing important Brazilian cities situated along the major Amazonian rivers. “This is a significant operation, the largest in recent years, and will include activity and simulations by the three branches of the armed forces, with a meaningful number of personnel, with a unified central command,” a Defense Ministry spokesperson told AFP. The exercises will begin on 23 May, and operations are expected to conclude only on 3 June. According to the ministry, Brazil will still organize similar operations this year in other regions of the country, especially in border areas. The ministry spokesperson indicated to AFP that Navy hospital ships and Army mobile clinics are expected to participate in order to bring medical and dental care to the inhabitants of isolated regions in the jungle.last_img read more

CMA CGM to Set Up Its Own Start-Up Incubator

first_img CMA CGM resumes calls to Beirut CMA CGM takes delivery of world’s largest LNG-powered vessel View post tag: start-up Digital naming ceremony held for CMA CGM’s 23,000 TEU behemoth Categories: List of related news articles Posted: about 1 month ago Posted: 20 days ago Posted: 5 days ago Related news French container shipping company CMA CGM is planning to create its own start-up incubator in Marseilles, and to attract start-ups from around the world, Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of CMA CGM, announced at the Salon des Entrepreneurs trade fair in Marseilles.“With this project, CMA CGM wishes to play a leading role not only in the economic development of the territory but also in the development of start-ups. “The incubator complements the group’s digital ecosystem to accelerate its transformation and benefit from the best in the world, in the interests of our customers, the society, and the territory,” Saadé said.CMA CGM said that the project complements its various initiatives, including support for the Carburateur, the incubator for the northern districts of Marseilles, along with partnerships with Aix Marseille French Tech, a digital innovation player, The Camp, a campus bringing together companies, start-ups, teachers and researchers, and Infosys, a global IT company, to accelerate the transformation of its information system.This also complements the initiatives implemented through the corporate ventures fund, CMA CGM Ventures, the company added. View post tag: CMA CGM Posted: 5 days ago As the operational situation in the Port of Beirut is now back to normal again, French shipping maj… CMA CGM boosts profitability despite volume slowdown Categories:center_img Vessels Posted: 5 days ago Share this article Posted: 20 days ago Vessels During the second quarter of this year, French container shipping major CMA CGM improved profitabili… Business & Finance French shipping group CMA CGM has taken the delivery of its first 23,000 TEU containership, the worl… A first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony was held today for the 23,000 TEU CMA CGM Jacques Saade,… Categories: Operations & Maintenance Posted: about 1 month ago Categories: Posted: 5 days agolast_img read more