New cases of media censorship in Algeria

first_img RSF_en April 27, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New cases of media censorship in Algeria Receive email alerts News News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News News Organisation April 29, 2021 Find out more AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is worried about the latest cases of censorship in Algeria, where the authorities obtained the suspension of a popular satirical TV programme, accusing it of “repeated excesses” and “attacking state symbols,” and briefly arrested a cartoonist for “defaming and attacking the president.” Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria The suspension of “Weekend,” a satirical programme broadcast by El Djazaira TV on Friday evenings, has triggered outrage on social networks.One of its journalists, Abdou Semmar, who is also the editor of Algérie-Focus, said the programme enraged the authorities by referring on 17 April to the Parisian apartments of several Algerian ministers and Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal’s daughter.The programme was nonetheless just based on information in “Paris-Algiers, a passionate history,” a book by French journalists Marie-Christine Tabet and Christophe Dubois about the relationship between Algerian and French politicians. In the programme, Semmar questioned the wealth of Algeria’s leaders as reflected in their Parisian apartments, the addresses of which he revealed.The government’s reactions were immediate and included an irate phone call from the prime minister. The Broadcasting Regulatory Authority summoned Weekend producer Karim Kardache the next day and gave him a verbal warning. It then issued a public statement accusing the programme of “sarcasm and mocking people including state symbols” and of breaches of professional ethics punishable under media and broadcasting laws.Calls from the communication ministry maintained pressure on the programme’s staff, who include the journalist Mustapha Kessaci and the comedian Merouane Boudiab. The TV station’s management was asked to change its form and content and fire Semmar. The staff decided to resign from the programme after preparing a final episode broadcast on 24 April.“We firmly condemn the censoring of this programme,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “Journalists have a duty to criticize, question and comment on government decisions and practices, in order to encourage a public debate on issues that concern the entire population. “We call for this programme’s immediate reinstatement and an end to the harassment of journalists who are just doing their job in the name of freedom of information and expression.”Asked by Reporters Without Borders about the programme’s suspension, Dubois said it was “typical of the way this government operates with the media.” While writing the book, Dubois tried unsuccessfully for more than a year to get a visa to go to Algeria to interview its leaders and civil society activists.Journalists and activists are preparing to stage a demonstration on 1 May in support of the programme and to condemn censorship and repeated pressure on the media.Cartoonist arrestedPolice arrested the cartoonist Tahar Dhejiche in El Oued province (600 km southeast of the capital) on 20 April after he posted cartoons on Facebook about the problems associated with the use of fracking to extract gas from shale. One of the cartoons was deemed to have insulted President Bouteflika by portraying him inside an hourglass that was collapsing under the sand of In Salah. The residents of this region have been protesting about shale gas exploration and production.“We condemn this latest attempt to silence those who speak out in Algeria and we remind the authorities that cartoons are an essential part of freedom of expression and information.”Dhejiche’s cartoons are well known for criticizing the government and supporting the opponents of shale gas production. His arrest recalls that of Djamel Ghanem, a cartoonist who was facing 18 months in prison on the same charge under article 144b of the criminal code, which penalizes insulting the president. He avoided this fate thanks to a national and international campaign.Algeria is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algerialast_img read more

Demonstrators continue to target the media

first_img News News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further At least four fresh attacks have been reported against journalists or the media since 2 March, two of which targeted pro-government media. Reporters Without Borders speaks out against climate of extremism. In all, about twenty attacks have been perpetrated against the presssince 27 February, the first day of opposition-organised demonstrations. Organisation March 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstrators continue to target the media Receive email alerts August 25, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas Help by sharing this information At least four fresh attacks have been reported against journalists or the media since 2 March, two of which targeted pro-government media.”Whoever was responsible, these latest attacks are unacceptable,” said Reporters Without Borders. “It is time to end this climate of extremism towards the media and that exists also within the media.” The international press freedom organisation once again urged the authorities to open investigations into these press freedom violations and for those responsible to be punished. The Venezuelan journalists’ organisation “Los del Medio” says that 25 journalists or media have been targeted since 27 February, the first day of opposition-organised demonstrations.Cameraman for the privately-owned Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) Carlos Colmenares was shot in the ankle while covering opposition demonstrations against the government in Caracas on 3 March. It was not known where the shot came from. The area had appeared relatively calm just before the shot was fired, bystanders said.On the same day, soldiers forced Rafael Delgado, picture editor of the daily El Tiempo, that circulates in north-eastern Puerto La Cruz to erase photos he had just taken of a military security operation. The officer, who ordered him to wipe them, had threatened to take him to the barracks if he refused to co-operate.Violent opposition demonstrators bombarded the main offices of public television Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) with a variety of missiles on 2 March. Its chairman Vladimir Villegas told a press conference the following day that company premises and staff had been come under repeated attacks and threats since 29 February. Overnight on 2-3 March demonstrators besieged the studios, hurling Molotov cocktails, stones and other objects at the building, preventing staff from coming in or out until far into the night.Barricades had been erected at each end of the street and several witnesses reported hearing shots, but without knowing where they came from.On 2 March, Adda Pérez and Victor Yépez, of community radio Máxima FM, broadcasting in Ciudad Ojeda, in western Zuila state were attacked by around 30 opposition supporters as they arrived at the home of one of them.Yépez, who got out of the car to negotiate with the group of demonstrators that were blocking their path, was struck by one of them. Their vehicle was then stoned. Yépez said the attack was prompted by the fact they were journalists working for community media that the demonstrators accused them of being pro-government.The Venezuelan opposition called on its supporters to take to the streets on 27 February after the national electoral council (CNE) questioned the validity of more than a million signatures that it had collected to press for a referendum on the resignation of President Hugo Chávez.Read the former press release : “A dozen journalists assaulted and injured” January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Woodstock Reveals 50th Anniversary Lineup: Dead & Company, David Crosby, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, More

first_imgThe rumors are true! On Tuesday evening, Michael Lang, one of the co-founders of the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, confirmed the lineup for the 50th-anniversary event set to take place over three days at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York on August 16th-18th. Previous reports stated that artists including Dead & Company, Santana, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Chance The Rapper could possibly perform at the 2019 festival, which was confirmed during an event Electric Lady Studios in New York City on Tuesday.[Photo: Andrew O’Brien]Artists scheduled to perform on day one of the festival on August 16th include The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifter, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Dorothy, Larkin Poe, and more.The second day of the event on August 17th will feature performances from Dead & Company, Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Greta Van Fleet, Portugal. The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, David Crosby and Friends, Dawes, Margo Price, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Jade Bird, Country Joe McDonald, Emily King, Soccer Mommy, Taylor Bennett, Amy Helm, and more.The third and final day on August 18th will see artists including Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Halsey, Cage The Elephant, Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae, Young The Giant, Courtney Barnett, Common, Vince Staples, Judah and The Lion, Earl Sweatshirt, Boygenius (the indie rock supergroup comprised of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus), Reignwolf, The Zombies, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Cherry Glazerr, Marcus King Band, and many more.Common, John Fogerty, and HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein were all on hand at Tuesday’s lineup unveiling event. Fans can reference the event’s official poster below for the full lineup shared on Thursday.last_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Words matter!

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: Details When I was little, we had a game at school each week that would add one new word to our vocabulary. It didn’t have to have 12 letters in it. It just had to be something new. We didn’t have Cousin Google so we had to look through a dictionary and on Friday we presented this new word, the meaning and had to use it in a sentence. Sort of like a pre-test for a spelling bee. We never knew if anyone else had the same word or if would be seen as smart or if we chose a word that was just too simple.  When I was the Senior Director of Training for an insurance company, we had a different version of this game. We gave a trainer a word that they had to use during a training but couldn’t tell any of the attendees what it meant…they simply had to use it. You can just imagine the confusion on some of the faces when a random word was used…correctly or not. Whether you are in elementary school, in business or in your real-life setting, you need to be aware of the words you use because words can be powerful, and words matter. Words do matter in every situation.  If you are what you eat, then are you what you say as well? Let’s think about our children and if you don’t have children, think about yourself as a child.  If you are told how incredibly amazing and intelligent you are, you would feel great and after a while you would start to believe it.  Now let’s flip the switch. Imagine being told you are stupid and will never amount to anything because you are a loser. Flash forward a short while later and where might this scenario take this child? Even think about something so harmless as you’re too little to do that or you aren’t tall old enough or even you are not ready to learn that.  Every single word that we hear can tear us down or build us up.  So which camp will you choose to be a part of?Have you ever heard the story about Thomas Edison and his school days? There are many versions of the story but this one will show you a great example of how words are powerful and really do matter:One day, as a small child, Thomas Edison came home from school and gave a paper to his mother. He said to her “Mom, my teacher gave this paper to me and told me only you are to read it. What does it say?”Her eyes welled with tears as she read the letter out loud to her child… “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good enough teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”Many years after Edison’s mother had died, he became one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through a closet and he found the folded letter that his old teacher wrote his Mother that day. He opened it…The message written on the letter was “Your son is mentally deficient. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.” Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary:“Thomas A. Edison was a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the Century.”Do you see what happened versus what could have happened?  It’s the combination of the words, how we use them and how our minds wrap themselves around them. Whether you say things out loud or have them running through your head, we can make the choice whether to take the positive or negative path.  Our words do matter.Let’s see some ways to use words in a powerful and positive way. Practice Compliments-This is something I do every single day.  I give someone that I don’t know a compliment. You will never know what you have done for that person that day, in that moment. Don’t give the compliment and wait for one in return. You might get one or you might not. The point is giving one will make you both feel great.  Practice positive affirmations-I know this sounds weird to do but remember, you are the one that is listening to that self-chatter.  Instead of thinking this dress makes me look fat, how about thinking how great this color is on you or how confident this makes you feel. Instead of thinking you are not smart enough to do the presentation, change it to that you are going to share some incredible information with your colleagues that can help them with their jobs.  It’s a change in your mindset and a rewind of the tapes in your head. If you can’t come up with anything positive immediately, make a list of positive quotes and put them all around you and practice saying them out loud. You’ll get the hang of it…and your mind will be waiting to hear them. Think before you speak-We all come into situations that can change our attitudes in a blink.  Before you say something and react to that, think, breathe and decide how you can respond without being so reactive. Don’t think for one minute I am saying to ignore what is said.  I’m saying to think carefully about what the message is you want to convey and do it professionally and intelligently. This is where learning new words can come in handy. If you have done something that is wrong, learn to apologize.  Own your mistake and understand how your words may have made a negative impact on someone or something.  Don’t say you are sorry for the weather or something you have no control over. That is a different conversation for later.  Apologizing when you mean it is very powerful and again…words matter. Remember what you are grateful for.  We all have so many things to be thankful for…and not only in November, our Thanksgiving month.  I’ve noticed that people have forgotten how to say thank you. Two tiny little words that when said, can mean the world to someone else. Change your mindset, change your world.  How about doing that for someone else?As Dave Hedges said, “The words you speak are powerful. They can mend a broken heart and help repair a shattered mind. They can also destroy a person’s confidence and make people feel worthless.  Choose your words carefully.”last_img read more

World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme poverty

first_imgMalpass said the bank anticipates a five percent contraction in the world economy this year, with severe effects on the poorest countries.”Our estimate is that up to 60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty, erasing all the progress made in poverty alleviation in the past three years, and our forecasts indicate a deep recession,” Malpass said.Nearly five million people have been infected by the virus around the world, and more than 300,000 have died since it first appeared in China in late 2019.So far, the World Bank has spent $5.5 billion to shore up beleaguered health systems, economies and social services in poor countries. The head of the World Bank warned Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis threatens to push some 60 million people into extreme poverty, wiping out the gains made over the past three years.The global lending institution is already financing aid programs in 100 countries, under its commitment to spend $160 billion over the next 15 months, bank president David Malpass said.”That’s home to 70 percent of the world’s population. This represents a significant milestone,” Malpass told a conference call. Topics :center_img But Malpass stressed that the World Bank’s efforts alone were insufficient, and urged donor nations to step up bilateral aid to poorer countries to ensure a durable recovery.He said restoring the flow of remittance payments and tourism — key sources of income for developing countries — would be “critical steps in the reopening.”A year-long moratorium on debt payments by less developed countries — called for by the G-20 in mid-April — has gained growing acceptance, he noted.According to Malpass, 14 countries have agreed to such a suspension of debt payments, another 23 are expected to request it, and 17 were giving it serious consideration.”That’s a very welcome and very fast response and positive response to the G-20 countries’ commitment,” he said.last_img read more