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RSF asks Angola president to “go to the next level”

first_img February 17, 2021 Find out more September 27, 2018 RSF asks Angola president to “go to the next level” RSF_en Angola is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The justice system also sent an encouraging signal in June when it acquitted the journalist Rafael Marques of “offending a sovereign institution” by covering a former attorney general’s alleged involvement in an illegal land purchase. In a statement at the time, RSF hailed the court’s ruling that Marques had exercised his “obligation to inform with complete objectivity.” to go further Help by sharing this information For the first time in nearly 40 years, Angola’s journalists were able to put direct questions to their president when Lourenço gave a press conference on 8 January and, in a bid to emphasize the difference with his authoritarian predecessor, Eduardo dos Santos, he told his audience of around 100 journalists that “we defend freedom of expression and freedom of the press” and added that “we don’t just defend [these freedoms], we promote them too.” Since then, access to state-held information has indeed improved and state media now sometimes report opposition views. “There are now opinion pieces by opposition politicians in Jornal de Angola, the big state-owned daily,” said Candido Teixeira, the secretary-general of the Angolan Union of Journalists. AngolaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News “The improvement in access to state-held information and the justice system’s recognition of the key role that journalists play in society represent significant progress for Angola,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The government must now quickly move to the next level. Only a complete overhaul of the repressive media legislation will enable Angola’s journalists and media to exercise their right to inform without fear of judicial retaliation.” Angolan President Joao Lourenco speaks during a meeting with Portugal’s prime minister in Luanda on September 18, 2018. JOAO DE FATIMA / AFP Crackdown on reporters covering Luanda demonstration Cyber-attacks against Angolan news site and reporter center_img Since taking office exactly a year ago, on 26 September 2017, Angola’s President Joao Lourenço has kept only part of his promise to defend and promote press freedom. Access to state-held information has increased, but Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the failure to remove the legislative restraints on the media and journalists. Finally, the media landscape will not be able to develop and diversify without a reduction in the exorbitant media start-up charges. Under the broadcast law, an outlay of 735,000 euros is needed to create a national radio station and more than 2.3 million euros are needed to create a TV channel. October 28, 2020 Find out more October 9, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News News Follow the news on Angola Receive email alerts AngolaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment But the “promotion” of press freedom has yet to be translated into revision of a series of media laws that the previous government enacted in 2017. The new government had nonetheless promised to open a debate “as soon as possible” about decriminalizing media offences. As things stand, defamation or “insulting” a person by means of published word or image is punishable by six months in prison. The social communication ministry also has the power to oversee the editorial policies of media outlets and to impose sanctions on them. Angolan police unleash dog on reporter covering protestlast_img read more

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Lawyer for several journalists and cyberdissidents harassed and facing a professional ban

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News to go further News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China A few days before he received notice of the ban, Justice Department officials in Shanghai, eastern China, searched his offices, on 23 February 2005, and seized his computer and lawyer’s licence.”This case shows very well that the Chinese government has no desire to respect the rule of law. By banning Guo Guoting from following his profession, the authorities are also denying journalists and cyberdissidents of their fundamental right to be defended,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to Justice Minister, Zhang Fusen.The lawyer told Reporters Without Borders that the seizing of his computer and his licence was a form of “theft”. He had been warned that the ban would last one year. A hearing will take place in Shanghai on 4 March to confirm the ban.He said the decision followed pressure from Beijing to prevent him from defending journalist Shi Tao, whose trial in Changsha for “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” is to be held behind closed doors on 7 March. Despite this, Guo Guoting was still planning to attend court with a colleague. ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at the treatment of a brave lawyer, who defends journalists and dissidents facing heavy prison sentences, after the Justice department in Shanghai, eastern China, searched Guo Guoding’s office on 23 February and seized his computer and lawyer’s licence. A few days later he was banned from practising his profession. Guo Guoting, also known as Thomas Guo, said the Shi Tao case was based on a poorly defined law on state secrets. The interpretation of and concept of so-called secrets was very vague so it was easy for the authorities to apply this law to journalists expressing themselves too freely.Guo Guoting is one of very few Chinese lawyers prepared to defend journalists and cyberdissidents. He recently took on the cases of dissident journalist Yang Tianshui, just released after a month in prison in Hangzhou in the southeast, and of cyberdissident Huang Jinqiu, sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2004. Guo Guoding recently brought to international attention the fact that Huang Jinqiu was tortured to prevent him from bringing an appeal before the supreme court. Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage after courageous lawyer Guo Guoting, who has defended several journalists and cyberdissidents facing harsh prison sentences, was warned he is to be banned from practising law. Help by sharing this information News Organisation News March 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lawyer for several journalists and cyberdissidents harassed and facing a professional ban Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Public meeting set to discuss rural transportation needs

first_img Twitter By admin – April 25, 2018 Previous articleFamily science nightNext articleDPS identifies man killed in Sunday wreck admin WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting in Fort Stockton to gather input from residents on rural transportation needs.The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Rooney Park Small Community Hall on Highway 285 in Fort Stockton.The public meeting will gather input from the public to help the Odessa District develop the 2019-2022 Rural Transportation Improvement Program, which is the mechanism used by TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to fund projects for the next four years, a TxDOT news release stated. It includes all federally funded projects.For those who can’t attend the meeting, three exhibits will be available for review 15 days before and after the meeting. The exhibits are online at https://tinyurl.com/y9nkm9fy. The exhibits will also be available at the following locations:Andrews Maintenance Office, 1000 S. Main, Andrews.McCamey Maintenance Office, 830 W. Fifth Street, McCamey.Monahans Maintenance Office, 3411 S. Stockton, Monahans.Odessa District Office, 3901 E. Highway 80, Odessa.Pecos Maintenance Office, 197 South Frontage Road IH-20 West, Pecos.Sanderson Maintenance Office, 53 N. US Highway 285 Sanderson.Written comments may be submitted to Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Robert Ornelas, P.E., 3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, Texas, 79761 or by email at [email protected] 15-day public comment period to submit written comments will close at the Odessa District Office at 5 p.m. May 25.The Odessa District includes Andrews, Crane, Ector, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler counties.More Information Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Facebook Twitter Public meeting set to discuss rural transportation needs WhatsApp Texas Department of Transportation.last_img read more

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W. Va. educators strike for second day to make sure loathed education bill is a ‘dead deal’

first_imgIldo Frazao/iStock(CHARLESTON, W. Va.) — Nearly a year after they went on strike and inspired educators nationwide to do the same, West Virginia teachers wielded their power again and this time politicians were quick to listen.Just hours after West Virginia teachers went on strike for the second time in a year, the state House of Delegates voted 53-45 to indefinitely table an omnibus education bill the educators saw as retaliation for the job action they took last February.But while Senate Bill 451 — loathed by teachers because it proposed establishing the state’s first charter schools and funds for private school vouchers — appeared dead, the state’s three biggest teachers’ unions said the strike would continue for a second day to “make sure this is a dead deal.”“We believe that there is still a minute opportunity for something to happen,” Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, said at a news conference at the state capital building in Charleston Tuesday night.Despite calls from Gov. Jim Justice and Steven Paine, the West Virginia superintendent of schools, for teachers to go back to work on Wednesday, the teachers’ unions instructed educators to return to the state capital building instead to make sure the state Senate leadership knows they mean business.“We cannot trust the leadership in the Senate,” Fred Albert, president of West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, said at the news conference. “We are staying out one more day to ensure that this is a dead bill.”With little warning and a lot of anger, Mountain State teachers went on strike Tuesday, prompting school administrators in 54 of 55 counties to cancel classes for more than 200,000 students.The strike was called Monday evening in protest of state Senate Bill 451, which seeks to overhaul education.The state Senate sent the bill back to the House of Delegates Monday with amendments to allow the establishment of charter schools in the state. The bill also provides public money to fund vouchers called “education savings accounts” for parents who home-school their children or send them to private school.The House of Delegates voted to put the bill it on the back burner just hours after teachers went on strike.“The Senate can amend it into another education bill. We can’t take anything for granted,” Jennifer Wood, spokeswoman for the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, told ABC News. “There is a history with the Senate leadership. Teachers don’t feel like they argue in good faith.”Despite the bill including raises for teachers, Albert said educators were “left no other choice” but to go on strike to stop the erosion of public education in the state.Randi Weingarten, president of the nationwide American Federation of Teachers, posted a message on Twitter Tuesday saying the Republican-dominated West Virginia Senate “is keen to destroy public schools & retaliate against its teachers.”Lee, the West Virginia Education Association president, said the Senate bill was rammed through and sent back to the House of Delegates with little to no input from teachers.“It appears that they are more interested in listening to the outside interests than they are the educators across West Virginia,” Lee said at news conference Monday.State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson County, said the bill has “great provisions” in it, including additional 5 percent pay hikes on top of 5 percent raises teachers won after striking nine days last year. The bill also creates a $250 tax credit for teachers on the purchase of classroom supplies or other educational materials.He said the bill’s goal is “getting our education system out of the doldrums.”“Why would anyone want to stand in the status quo and stay in the past?” Carmichael said.Last year’s West Virginia teachers’ strike, which started on Feb. 22, was followed by strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona and most recently Los Angeles and Denver.West Virginia has no comprehensive collective bargaining statutes, meaning public school budgets are set by state legislatures and not local school boards like in California and Colorado.In states like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky, strikes by teachers are considered illegal and educators risk being fired for participating in them. Because teachers in those states have shown statewide solidarity in their job actions, state government leaders have had little choice but to bargain.“What’s happened in all these places is over the course of the last 10 to 15 years is that people have tried to make good schools and students front and center have gotten demeaned, disparaged, called names, schools have been divested,” Weingarten told ABC News in an interview last week. “And so what has happened … is a sense of possibility that when you join together you can indeed be stronger together, but you have to join together on a mission that the community really adopts.”The West Virginia strike comes ahead of one being planned by Oakland, California, teachers on Thursday.The Oakland public school teachers’ contract expired in July 2017. The union and the Oakland Unified School District began bargaining on a new contract in December 2016, but after 30 negotiating sessions encompassing 200 hours of bargaining, an impasse was declared on May 18, 2018. Both sides agreed to mediation but that failed to break the stalemate.As part of the negotiations, an arbitrator was assigned to do a fact-finding report. The report showed an 18.7 percent annual turnover rate for teachers in the school district.To stem the tide of teachers exiting the Oakland Unified School District, which has more than 37,000 students, the union is asking for a 12 percent raise over three years, smaller class sizes and more support staff. The school district has offered a 5 percent raise over three years, retroactive to 2017.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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