RSF decries “contempt” cases against journalists by international courts

first_img Help by sharing this information “Contempt” charges are supposed to be used by international tribunals to punish such actions as bribing witnesses, giving false evidence and, more generally, conduct liable to “obstruct, prejudice or abuse the administration of justice.”However, journalists have been prosecuted for “disclosing information relating to proceedings in knowing violation of an order of a chamber” and “undermining public confidence in the tribunal’s ability to protect the confidentiality of information about (…) witnesses.”RSF calls on international courts to stop bringing “contempt” charges against journalists who have simply shed light on the way they operate. Protecting the administration of justice is legitimate but it must be weighed against the public’s right to information. RSF points out that these courts are required to respect international standards, including those governing freedom of expression and information.Florence Hartmann is a French journalist who used to work for Le Monde and who was the spokesperson of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague from 2000 to 2006. She went on to write a book entitled “Paix et Châtiment,” published in 2007, that contained revelations about two of the ICTY’s confidential decisions.In 2009, the ICTY initiated a prosecution against Hartmann that led to her being sentenced in 2011 to pay a fine of 7,000 euros. The sentence was later converted to seven days in prison. On the basis of an international warrant issued by the ICTY, she was arrested in The Hague on 24 March in order to serve her sentence in the place used to hold international criminals.Her crime was to have published information in full knowledge of its confidential nature and to have revealed facts that could discourage other states from cooperating with the tribunal. For this, she was convicted of “contempt” and “interfering with the administration of justice.”The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has been prosecuting journalists since 2014 on charges of contempt of court, obstructing justice and, in particular, “undermining public confidence in the tribunal’s ability to protect the confidentiality of information about witnesses.” In a series of reports, they succeeded in contacting protected witnesses and thereby exposed flaws in its system of protection.The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda prosecuted journalists on contempt charges in 2002 because that had revealed that a key trial witness was suspected of having participated in the 1994 genocide, thereby undermining the credibility of the prosecutor’s case.These prosecutions set dangerous precedents for all journalists because they penalized legitimate criticism, not obstruction of justice. It is not the job of journalists to assist the “administration of justice.” On the contrary, it is their duty to shed light on the way the internationally created system of justice functions and, possibly, malfunctions. The European Court of Human Right has repeatedly stressed the public interest in media coverage of court cases.The reasoning used by international courts in these cases often results in their justifying denial of the media’s right to cover what they do. This is the same as saying an entire segment of their activities must be kept secret from the public. But how are you to trust a court to establish the truth about war crimes and genocide if at the same time it is bent on concealing information about how it works?Imposing jail terms on journalists who do research and then reveal information of interest to the general public is a grave violation of media freedom. It is unacceptable that international courts – courts that, until now, are the highest expression of international law, courts tasked with punishing the most serious crimes and rendering international justice – convict journalists who expose their flaws. This flouts all international standards on freedom of expression. International bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited Nations Organisation International bodies Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited Nations Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the tendency of international tribunals to bring charges of “contempt of court” or “interfering with the administration of justice” against journalists who have done nothing more than disclose confidential information about their flawed decisions. Journalist Florence Hartmann’s case is the latest example. News March 31, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 RSF decries “contempt” cases against journalists by international courts RSF_en last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 15

first_imgLanotte will make district best it can beI support Patricia Lanotte for election to the Niskayuna school board and ask the district’s voters to join me in voting for Pat on May 21.As a financial analyst, Pat understands budgets inside and out. She knows that a school board must track expenditures throughout the school year to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent appropriately for the education of our students.Pat understands the need for long-range planning. The educational and mental-health issues every school district faces are ongoing and require a multi-year vision with community input. How else can any community overcome the overwhelming obstacles that schools and families grapple with daily?Pat knows the issues and articulates pertinent questions and appropriate, sensible solutions. With her experience in business, in the military and as a former Niskayuna school board member, Pat has already made positive contributions to our district. She keeps the focus on serving all students.She’s committed to providing sufficient teaching and support staffing in our schools so that no child is overlooked or under-served. As Pat says, “It is my belief that as a community, we are no stronger than our most vulnerable child.” The Constitution is not racist documentChristopher Ognibene’s May 5 letter notes that Frederick Douglass once described the Constitution as “wicked” for its supposed racism. But he ignores the fact that Douglass later took quite a different view.In a July 5, 1852, oration, Douglass said that, in the Constitution, “there is neither warrant, license, nor sanction of the hateful thing [slavery]; but, interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the Constitution is a glorious liberty document…” He continued, “Take the Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.”That it took our country so long to get from 1789 to emancipation is a grievous wrong, but it does not indict the Constitution itself.The letter also perpetuates a common misunderstanding about the Constitution’s three-fifths clause.The purpose of this clause, while on its face hateful, was to prevent slave-holding states from claiming slaves as full persons, which would only have increased those states’ population numbers and thus their number of seats in the House of Representatives. The three-fifths compromise was devised to reduce the representation, and thus the power, of the pro-slavery faction.Jessica Hornik EvansAlplausMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census That name is fascism.Anthony J. SantoRotterdam With your support, Patricia Lanotte will work tirelessly on behalf of the community to help make our schools the best they can be.Please vote on Tuesday, May 21, at Niskayuna High School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.Stephanie SchechterNiskayuna Greatness achieved by correcting courseThere are many slogans being bandied around in America today. Among the emptiest is “Make America Great Again.”Were we great when women were denied suffrage? When Jim Crow laws and less blatant forms of discrimination were common across the country? When American citizens of Japanese descent were interred in concentration camps during World War II?Did it make us great when our use of Agent Orange poisoned many Vietnamese and American soldiers and the environment of southeast Asia? The same can be asked about land mines, which are still causing death and injury in that area. Are we proud that we have used torture in defiance of the Geneva Accords?Do we look with pride at our destruction of Iraq and our justifying it with claims of non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction while looking the other way at the atrocities perpetrated by our friends, the Saudis? Tully has experience to address needsHaving worked with Kim Tully on Rosendale Elementary’s PTO board and parented with her on the sidelines of t-ball games and at publishing parties in classrooms, I have come to know her as the exact person the Niskayuna school district needs on its Board of Education.Kim has worked collaboratively with members of the PTO, community organizations and athletic groups, with the sole goal of bettering the lives of Niskayuna’s children. She unwaveringly supports opportunities that enhance students’ experiences in our schools, and she’s an advocate for strong academics, reliable mental health services and enrichment for all who attend school here.Kim’s already substantial work in our community will allow her to serve with a clear understanding of where our district thrives and where it can improve, and Kim is someone willing to take on what faces Niskayuna school district in its future.I think the absolute best leaders for our schools are educators themselves. As a certified teacher and director of educational advisement at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Kim will be able to address the district’s needs, challenges and goals in a way that sees all sides of an issue — certainly a unique perspective in this year’s election.It is for these and so many more reasons that I will be voting for Kim Tully to represent all of us on Niskayuna’s Board of Education.Jessica LaFexNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIsrael should honor Holocaust victimsAs I write this, it is Yom HaShoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. People of all countries around the world, especially Israel, have been advocating messages of tolerance, humanity and the overall theme of “never again.” Nothing that I disagree with.But as they advocate these messages, Israel directly contradicts itself with its treatment of Palestinians. Putting aside for now the details of Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestine, in the present conflict, thousands of Palestinians (not Hamas fighters, but citizens, including children) have been killed by the Israeli government in bombings on the Gaza Strip in schools, hospitals, houses, etc. or being shot by soldiers of the IDF.So many of those not killed have been maimed, especially by IDF snipers, which according to the diagnosis of doctors in Gaza was done intentionally.And as we speak, Palestinian children as young as 12 are being held in Israeli military detention centers for small crimes like throwing stones. And some Israeli politicians have called for a genocide of the Palestinians.I wish Israel would practice what it preaches to the world on Yom HaShoah. Its treatment of Palestinian civilians is a heinous insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust 70 years ago. And the idea that criticizing Israel for these war crimes is anti-Semitic is not only absurd, but also cheapens the charge of antisemitism. As a letter written by Holocaust survivors in response to the 2014 Gaza bombings said: “Never again must mean never again for anyone.”Matt OillGlenville Does it make us great to have a president who alienates long-standing allies, praises dictators and actually said he “fell in love” with one of the most cruel and absolute dictators in history?I hope the questions are rhetorical. True greatness lies in recognizing past errors and correcting course.To pursue greatness means seeking solutions to the problems that face not only our citizens, but the world’s citizens.National wealth should be used to provide a decent education, health care and child care for all Americans.Our relations with other nations must be governed by cooperation with those who share our values and goals. Greatness is a set of goals worth striving toward and includes grappling with climate change, eliminating nuclear weapons, insuring human rights and dignity for all, and preserving as much of our natural environment as possible.It will never be achieved by pandering to wealthy elites or shouts about “walls” to keep the “others” out.These tactics have a history as ugly as their name.last_img read more

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Police in pursuit of four men linked to armed robbery at Marigot Credit Union

first_img Share Tweet Kenth Matthew.The police department is in pursuit of four men who fled the scene of a robbery at the Marigot Credit Union on Friday.Police public relations officer Kenth Matthew confirmed to Dominica Vibes News that police officers while on patrol in the Marigot area on Friday 9th March, 2012 about 2:15 pm “came upon an armed robbery which was in progress” at the financial institution.According to Matthew; police officers were “immediately greeted with aggression and there was an exchange of gun fire” between the officers and the robbers.As a result of this gun fire exchange, one of the robbers was shot and is receiving treatment at the Hospital under police guard however, Matthew did not wish to confirm what part of the body the robber was shot or the extent of his injuries. The police vehicle was also damaged during that gun fire exchange.The police are in pursuit of the four other men who fled the scene and left behind a Suzuki Escudo jeep registration number TJ 105 which was stolen from two Canadian citizens at Batibou Beach in Hamstead about 1:30 pm on that same day.The robbers also left “some firearm and ammunition as well as a sum of money which is believed to be part of the loot from the credit union”.Meanwhile Matthew also reported that earlier that day about 1:30 pm, five armed masked men dressed in black and military type camouflage clothing robbed two Canadian citizens; 39 year old Marinko Gared and his 32 year old wife Dayalye Gared, at gun point of 1 HTC Smart phone, 1 LG mobile phone, 1 digital audio zoom H3 recorder a total value of US$950.00 and US $150.00 cash at Batibou Beach in Hamstead.The robbers tied the Canadians hands and feet and fled the scene with their rented Suzuki jeep registration number TJ 105” owned by Road Runner Rental.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! LocalNews Police in pursuit of four men linked to armed robbery at Marigot Credit Union by: – March 10, 2012center_img Share Share 23 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Fenton hearing resumes on Thursday

first_img Press Association The 49-year-old is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines found by state inspectors at his County Tipperary yard in January 2012. At a hearing last month, Fenton’s legal team were given four weeks to file submissions on issues they claim to have found on summonses detailing the prosecution. The case of leading Irish trainer Philip Fenton for alleged possession of steroids is due to be heard in court on Thursday.center_img The case is listed for mention at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on Thursday morning, where the submissions are expected to be discussed. Judge Terence Finn, who heard the case when it was before the court last month, said they would be examined to see whether they affect the district court’s jurisdiction ahead of any trial. The case against Fenton was brought about by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine following an inspection of his yard on January 18, 2012. The trainer faces eight charges in relation to alleged possession of Nitrotain and Ilium Stanabolic and prescription medicines including Engemycin 10%, Neomycin Penicillin, Marbocyl 10%. If a trial goes ahead on the charges, the court has been told that 12 to 15 witnesses are expected to be called, including one from France. No plea has been entered. Fenton failed to strike with any of his runners at the Cheltenham Festival last week, with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Last Instalment unseating his rider in the Gold Cup and subsequently retired. Dunguib also bowed out after breaking down when pulled up in the Coral Cup. Fellow owner Barry Connell opted not run either of his Festival contenders, The Tullow Tank and Volvalien, due to uncertainty over the case. last_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: Safety Devon Clarke reflects on the 2nd chance he didn’t think he’d get

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 LB Taylor Riggins decommits ‘due to coaching changes’Syracuse football recruiting roundup: Sean Riley and Devon Clarke pledge to SU, Lindsey Scott decommits and moreSyracuse football recruiting: Quarterback Lindsey Scott’s decommitment makes him 9th player to leave 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: 2016 athlete Sean Riley flips from Arizona to SyracuseSyracuse football hires Asil Mulbah as director of recruiting Clarke, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound safety from Osceola (Florida) High School, is ranked with three stars and as the 84th best safety in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Clarke also has offers from Massachusetts, Purdue and South Florida.While being recruited by former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer’s staff, Clarke tried setting up an unofficial visit to SU, but he didn’t have enough money to pay for the plane ticket, Clarke said. Regardless, he had an offer and tweeted that he was committing to the Orange. But former Syracuse tight ends and tackles coach Jake Moreland told him he’d have to visit the school before his commitment would be honored.“It motivated me a lot,” Clarke said of his commitment being turned down. “It motivated me to put in work on the field, off the field, in the weight room and stuff like that so I can show them what they would be missing out on the upcoming season.”Clarke said he tried setting one up with the old staff but it didn’t work out. But Syracuse remained as one of his top choices all along. And his official visit (official visits are paid for by the school), which was only set up in the past two weeks, confirmed what he wanted.“The visit was amazing,” Clarke said. “It was better than what I thought it was (going to be).”He was impressed by the Carrier Dome and the privacy of South Campus apartments. Clarke said the players felt like a family and his host, cornerback Corey Winfield, started giving him a breakdown of Syracuse’s new Tampa-2 defense.Before the coaching change, Clarke was recruited by Monroe when he was at Bowling Green. With the coaching change at Syracuse, Clarke was able to go to the school he wanted and Monroe was able to get the player he wanted.“I was happy I got that second chance because even when they had turned me down, I still loved Syracuse and I still wanted to go there, but I just didn’t think it was going to happen again, that I would get another opportunity.” Comments Devon Clarke headed to the Sheraton lobby for dinner with the Syracuse coaching staff and other players on their official visits.His main recruiter, secondary coach Nick Monroe, was there and so was head coach Dino Babers. Monroe called Clarke over and started whispering something to him.Clarke thought it would be bad news. He had flashbacks to when his commitment to SU was rejected over the summer. He feared Monroe telling him there were no more spots left for a defensive back.“I was like he totally can’t be doing that,” Clarke said. “I thought I was being let down.”But he wasn’t. Monroe whispered to Clarke that he was offering him a scholarship. After talking to his grandma, Clarke accepted the offer and joined Syracuse’s 2016 recruiting class within about 20 minutes. It was the conclusion of a tumultuous recruitment that included his verbal to SU being turned down in July and several weeks without hearing from the Orange’s new coaching staff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut regardless of what already happened, he chose the school he wanted most throughout the entire process on Sunday.“It was a real easy decision,” Clarke said. “Real easy.”MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse football recruiting roundup: Sean Riley and Devon Clarke pledge to SU, Lindsey Scott decommits and moreSyracuse football recruiting: 2016 LB Taylor Riggins decommits ‘due to coaching changes’Syracuse football recruiting: Quarterback Lindsey Scott’s decommitment makes him 9th player to leave 2016 class Published on January 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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