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New prevention of criminality law poses threat to citizen reporting

first_imgNews News Receive email alerts FranceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further Follow the news on France News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a new French law on the prevention of criminality following its approval by the constitutional council on 3 March. “The sections of this law supposedly dealing with ‘happy slapping’ in fact have a much broader scope, and posting videos online showing violence against people could now be banned, even if it were the police who were carrying out the violence,” the organisation said.”We make no assumptions about the government’s intentions and we recognise the need to prevent the spread of ‘happy slapping,’ but this law introduces a dangerous distinction between professional journalists, allowed to disseminate images of violence, and ordinary citizens, who could be jailed for the same thing,” Reporters Without Borders continued.”It is particularly regrettable that the law would forbid the online distribution of images showing acts of violence by the security forces,” the press freedom organisation added.The law on the prevention of criminality, which was adopted on 13 February, was referred to the constitutional council by the socialist group in parliament. The referral did not specifically concern the section dealing with ‘happy slapping.’The law provides for sentences of up to five years in prison and fines of 75,000 euros for disseminating images concerning the offences listed in 222-1 to 222-14-1 and 222-23 to 222-31 of the criminal code. These offences range from acts of serious violence (“torture” and “acts of barbarity”) to ordinary physical attacks. Article 222-13 concerns violence “committed by an agent of the state in the exercise of his duties.”The law specifies that the ban “is not applicable when the recording or dissemination is the result of the normal exercise of a profession whose purpose is to inform the public or if it is carried out with the aim of serving as judicial evidence.”‘Happy slapping’ is a physical attack on a person carried out with the aim of obtaining a video recording of the attack, which is then circulated by mobile phone or posted on the Internet.Reporters Without Borders points out that all Internet users are now in a position to participate in the creation and dissemination of information. They are often the “recorders” of an event, especially thanks to mobile phones with photo and video capability, and can disseminate their own content online.These “citizen journalists” can play a role in monitoring the activities of the authorities throughout the world. In Egypt, for example, bloggers recently revealed a series of scandals involving the security services and showed, by means of video recordings made clandestinely in detention centres, that torture is still regularly practised in Egypt.In the field of human rights, it is them and not professional journalists who have been responsible for the most reliable reports and information – the information that has most upset the government. Reporters Without Borders thinks it would be shocking if this kind of activity, which constitutes a safeguard against abuses of authority, were to be criminalized in a democratic country.—————–Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders, and read our weekly blog review at www.rsfblog.org June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a new French law on the prevention of criminality following its approval by the constitutional council on 3 March. “The sections of this law supposedly dealing with ‘happy slapping’ in fact have a much broader scope, and posting videos online showing violence against people could now be banned, even if it were the police who were carrying out the violence,” the organisation said. March 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New prevention of criminality law poses threat to citizen reporting Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Confirmed – Green support for abortion-up-to-birth for disabilities

first_imgThe Leading Edge 18 September 2014In the months since they launched their abortion policy, the NZ Green Party have been adamant in their public assertions that their new policy will not legalise abortion-up-to-birth for persons with disabilities – but new developments now cast serious doubts on the validity of those claims.The original wording of the policy when it was launched was (emphasis added):“…the Green Party will… allow terminations after 20 weeks gestation only when the woman would otherwise face serious permanent injury to her health, or in the case of severe fetal abnormalities (as is current practice).”Anyone with even just a basic awareness of these issues was immediately able to see the major problem with this part of the policy – the term ‘severe fetal abnormalities’ is a highly subjective term that is often used to describe various disabilities, meaning that the policy would result in abortion-up-to-birh for persons with disabilities as long as they were described as ‘fetal abnormalities’.One of the Green Party architects of their abortion bill immediately tried to reassure the public that what they really meant was “unsurvivable conditions” which are “incompatible with life.”But despite this reassurance that there was nothing wrong, the wording of the policy was speedily changed (a clear indication that, regardless of their public claims, the Greens knew full well that their policy would result in abortion-up-to-birth on the grounds of disability).That statement in the policy was subsequently changed to:“… the Green Party will… Allow terminations after 20 weeks only according to current practice.”(What is immediately obvious about this statement is the complete lack of the terms ‘severe lethal anomalies’, or ‘unsurvivable conditions incompatible with life’ – despite the fact that the Greens publicly claimed that this was what the intention of that section of the policy was supposed to be.)As mentioned yesterday, the new wording still doesn’t actually resolve this issue.But things have just got even murkier, because yesterday I was alerted to an official statement from Green MP Jan Logie, that was published on the Green Party website on Saturday 9 August, in which she states the following (emphasis added):“The Green Party’s policy would allow terminations after 20 weeks gestation only when the woman would otherwise face serious permanent injury to her health or in the case of severe fetal abnormalities“This statement was issued exactly two months after the Green Party abortion policy was announced, and more than a month after it was supposedly changed, yet it contains the exact same wording (about fetal abnormalities) from the original version of the policy that other Green spokespeople have been claiming is no longer Green Party policy.This indicates that the Greens haven’t actually changed their stance at all, and are still actively trying to usher in a policy that will legalise abortion-up-to-birth for persons with disabilities.http://theleadingedgeblog.com/new-developments-indicate-definite-green-support-for-abortion-up-to-birth-for-disabilities/last_img read more

Tyson Fury shows off bulked-up physique ahead of Wilder rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury looks set to weigh in at his heaviest since his comeback win over Sefer Seferi when he takes on Deontay Wilder later this month. The former heavyweight wold champion has promised to KO his American rival after being denied victory by the judges in their first meeting in 2018. And he showed off his 19-stone frame as he posed for promotional photos ahead of the Las Vegas clash on February 22. Fury claimed in the caption that he will weigh 270lb in a fortnight, a stone heavier than he did for the first fight, and heavier than he has been since he scaled 276lb before beating Seferi in 2018. The giant Traveller was dropped twice by Wilder in Los Angeles but still looked to have done enough to win before the ringside judges scored the fight a draw. Fury has since ditched trainer Ben Davison for SugarHill Steward in the belief the nephew of the late, great Emanuel Steward, can help him stop the unbeaten champion. “They had to rob a man who had been out of the ring for three years and they still couldn’t beat him,” said Fury. “I’m not coming here for a points decision, I’ve had too many of them – nine of them – I’m coming here for a knockout, I’ve had 21 of them and from the heart that’s what I’m looking to do. “This is why I employed Sugar Hill. If I didn’t want a knockout, I wouldn’t have hired a Kronk trainer. If I didn’t want a knockout, I’d have kept Ben Davison and working on that herky-jerky style.” Fury, meanwhile, has admitted to having doubts about changing his trainer – but now believes it was the correct decision. “To train with someone and feel like an absolute novice is exciting,” he told BT Sport. “Me and SugarHill have not worked together for a long time and even before I only had a week with the guy. “Everything is different; I feel like I’m learning again, before we were polishing stuff I did good and it was a winning formula. “Now we’re working on stuff I don’t do so well and that’s new to me, and that’s the challenge. “I thought if there is anyone who is going to be a good heavyweight trainer it’s SugarHill and I believe the switch is a good thing. “I wasn’t so sure at the beginning, you never know what you’re going to get with a new trainer and your whole team is separated, but after three weeks together I knew it was going to be a fantastic choice.”Tags: Ben DavisonDeontay WilderSefer SeferiSugarhill StewardTyson Furylast_img read more

Cricket News 3rd ODI preview – Shikhar Dhawan the key, India eye series win vs West Indies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Virat Kohli scored his 42nd century in ODIs in previous match.India last lost an ODI series to West Indies in 2006.The first match of the three-match series was abandoned in Guyana. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan would be desperate for a big knock after four consecutive failures as India eye another series victory when they clash with the West Indies in the third and final ODI at Port of Spain on Wednesday. With scores of 1, 23, 3 in the Twenty series and single-digit score of 2 in the second ODI, Dhawan’s comeback post injury has been far from ideal. Troubled by in-coming deliveries, twice Dhawan lost his wicket to pacer Sheldon Cottrell.  Since Dhawan is not part of the Test squad, the Delhi left-hander would like to finish the Caribbean assignment on a high. West Indies, on the other hand, would be desperate to save the series with a win. But for that to happen, West Indies’ batting unit will have to take more responsibility. It’s time talents like Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran rise up to the occasion for West Indies cricket to thrive. The match at the Queen’s Park Oval could see the final international match for Chris Gayle in the Caribbean. Windies would be hoping to give the Universe Boss a potentially fitting farewell by squaring the series.Team CombinationIndia Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the key in India’s win and Virat Kohli will be happy with the way Shreyas Iyer batted. The ODI offers Rishabh Pant one more chance to showcase his batting prowess while the team might be tempted to replace Khaleel Ahmed or Mohammed Shami with Navdeep SainiProbable XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed/Navdeep SainiWest IndiesWest Indies might not tinker with their combination much. With the game in Guyana being abandoned after just 13 overs, West Indies might not want to make any changes. They will be hoping that Chris Gayle will fire on his 300th ODI and there will be an added bonus of breaking Brian Lara’s record of most runs for West Indies and that too on his home ground.Probable XI: Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar RoachWho will win? The Indian cricket team know how to win the big moments as compared to the West Indies team. Be it in the bowling or batting, India hold an edge against the Windies.Weather and PitchThe chances of rain for the third ODI is 30 percent at Port of Spain. The forecast for the second ODI was 10 percent and even that resulted in a delay of more than one hour. Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Port of Spain Trinidad at 07:00 pm IST local.last_img read more

The Latest: French Open to start selling tickets for fans

first_imgThe French Tennis Federation has written on Twitter that tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 16. The FFT did not give more information as to how many fans will be allowed at Roland Garros for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24. It then got postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic and then pushed back another week.The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans.___West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has mixed with his squad again in Manchester after passing his latest test for the coronavirus. July 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French Open will be held with fans when it starts in September. The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day.The club says more than 26,000 strawberries that would have been used for Wimbledon are being prepared by staff for delivery.Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.”Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday.The link between Wimbledon and strawberries is muddy but the main theory has to do with timing. Strawberry season in Britain just happens to coincide with the tennis tournament. Associated Press Simmons returned from his father-in-law’s funeral last week and had been self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford.He had been watching the team’s intrasquad match from his balcony but was allowed to interact with his players after passing a third consecutive virus test.The first test against England starts on Wednesday.___The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London.center_img The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.___Swiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia.The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury. Cream is optional.___Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus.The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic.His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade.” The Latest: French Open to start selling tickets for fans The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine.St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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