Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism

first_imgNews News May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned about recent legislation’s impact on freedom of information in Belarus. A law on “combatting extremism” that took effect in 2007 has opened the way to new forms of censorship and self-censorship that are restricting the media’s already very limited freedom even more.“Either by means of convictions or, more indirectly, by imposing a climate of mistrust leading to self-censorship, the Belarusian authorities are achieving their goal of suppressing critical journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We point out that freedom of information is a fundamental right and that governments must guarantee it and ensure that it is respected. We urge the Belarusian authorities to reconsider their attitude towards independent media.”At the end of last month, the printing company Karandash refused an order from the local office of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the grounds that it was an “extremist” news organization, although there was nothing controversial about the subject of the order.As part of the celebration of a national holiday, RFE/RL wanted Karandash to print maps of a Minsk cemetery showing the locations of the graves of leading figures in Belarusian history. Karandash nonetheless suspected that the maps were designed to promote anti-government unrest.The case confirms the success of the measures taken by the government with the aim promoting mistrust and fear about independent journalism. The charge of extremism has often been used in recent years with serious consequences for media and publishing houses.The conviction of the organizers of the Belarus Press Photo competition and the publisher of its books of photos is a particularly striking example. On 18 April, a district court in Ashmyany, in the western region of Hrodna, ruled that a book containing the 2011 prizewinning photos was “extremist.”As a result, the court ordered 41 copies of the book destroyed and imposed fines of 217,500 roubles (20 euros) on the competition’s organizers – photographers Yulya Darashkevich and Vadim Zamirovski – and on the photographer who won the top prize, Alexander Vasyukovich.And finally, the Lohvinau Publishing House, which produced the 2011 Belarus Press Photo book of photos, was stripped of its licence by the judicial authorities at the information ministry’s request on October.The law on “combatting extremism,” which the House of Representatives passed on 14 December 2006 and President Alexander Lukashenko signed into law just three weeks later, on 4 January 2007, makes no bones about the fact that it is meant to be used for political and authoritarian ends.Organizing, preparing and carrying out activities that belittle the country’s honour and dignity, and activities inciting hooliganism and vandalism for political or ideological motives, are all defined as “extremist” by article 1 of the law.Articles 11 and 12 empower the prosecutor general to suspend activities he regards as extremist and then ask the supreme court to recognize their extremist nature, ban them and close the offices of the organization responsible. Article 14 bans the media from disseminating extremist material and provides for its destruction. All these articles have provided the authorities with a legislative weapon that they can use to pursue their goal of suppressing independent journalism with greater effect. to go further Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says (Photo : Belarusian Association of Journalists) November 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Law on “extremism” criminalizes independent journalism News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Millennials are not taking over…

first_img“The organizations ahead of the curve get to write the rules of the game,” said speaker, author and consultant Jamie Notter during the opening general session, “When Millennials Take Over: What it Takes to Attract the Future of your Members and Employees,” at CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange early this year.Despite what Notter’s session title suggests, millennials are not, in fact, taking over. But they are strongly aligned with the future direction of business. So, he says, if you want to be the one writing the rules of the game, you need to build the “millennial mantra” into the core of your credit union’s culture. You need to be:Digital: This piece is user-focused, meaning your technology needs to meet the needs of your members and your employees. It must be customizable, innovative and constantly improving. Clear: Transparency is the key here. No more closed-door meetings and bringing people in only as needed. Making things visible increases the quality of decisions being made in the organization. The more information people see, the better the decisions being made. continue reading » 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

M’gladbach denies Leverkusen win in 13 matches

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Bayer Leverkusen came from a goal down to snatch a 1-1 draw at Schalke on Sunday as they held on to fourth place in the Bundesliga with three games left and stayed on track for a Champions League spot.The draw lifted them to 57 points, one ahead of fifth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach, while Schalke set a club record by failing to win for the 13th consecutive league game. The Royal Blues worked hard and earned a penalty in the 51st minute, which captain Daniel Caligiuri coolly converted.Yet they dropped back instantly and allowed Leverkusen far too much space at the Veltins-Arena.The visitors’ persistent pressure paid off in the 81st minute when Schalke defender Juan Miranda, under pressure, turned a Wendell cutback into his own net.Leverkusen should have scored again through Lucas Alario and Charles Aranguiz as Schalke, in ninth place, ran out of steam.The draw has left David Wagner’s side in ninth position in the league, having not won a single game since they beat Borussia Monchengladbach on January 17. Bayern Munich can clinch the title on Tuesday with a win at Werder Bremen. Borussia Dortmund are in second place, seven points behind on 66 points.Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia MornchengladbachBundesligaChampions LeagueSchalke 04last_img read more

Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines To April 30th

first_img(Washington, DC) — Americans could be self-isolating at home until May according the President’s latest coronavirus update on Sunday evening.The White House’s social distance recommendations are being extended through April 30th. President Trump said the peak of coronavirus deaths could hit in the next two weeks. He previously hoped that the country would be re-opened for business by Easter, April 12th. However, now he predicted that the country will be getting back on track by June 1st.Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could be up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S.which currently has the most confirmed cases in the world. Currenty there are 141,812 confirmed cases and 2,475 deaths in the U.S. Keep track here.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added that the number of cases will go into the millions. On a more positive note, Dr. Fauci said there’s a window of opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19 in parts of the country that don’t have that many cases yet.last_img read more

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston…

first_imgFacebook118Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United way of Thurston County and Community Foundation of South Puget SoundCommunity Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) have partnered to establish the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. Together, UWTC and the Community Foundation will gather data to identify emerging needs, as well as gaps in existing services, and work to rapidly mobilize and deploy resources to the people who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Thurston County.The Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund will provide funds to assist the most disproportionately impacted individuals and families, as well as certain organizations in our community who are serving those populations.UWTC and the Community Foundation will be working closely with local governments, public health and emergency management officials, and community leaders to be nimble in our response and to be able to quickly adapt to evolving needs throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis.“This fund will allow us to provide support for the people in our region who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak,” said Mindie Reule, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. “And our partnership with United Way of Thurston County demonstrates the collaborative, unified response that is needed at this time.”“In order for our community to successfully navigate the potentially devastating impacts of COVID-19, strong partnerships are absolutely essential,” said Chris Wells, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County. “This collaboration between the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston County will enable us to move quickly and strategically to serve the people who are most vulnerable in this crisis.”UWTC and the Community Foundation are accepting donations to the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. Donations can be made online at and corporate gifts can also be made in person or by mail at either United Way of Thurston County, located at 3525 7th Ave SW Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98502, or the Community Foundation at 212 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501.Please direct all media inquiries to: Chris Wells, Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County: (352) 316-0666, [email protected] OR Mindie Reule, President and CEO, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound: (206) 818-7472.last_img read more