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Appeal to stop harassment of independent media

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first_img to go further News Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en center_img Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says January 30, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal to stop harassment of independent media June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders today denounced the government’s harassment of independent media and appealed to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe to get the authorities to stop violating international press freedom standards.”More than 30 formal complaints were made against the independent media last year, mostly by government employees,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Harassment of the media is just not acceptable from the rulers of a country that has pledged to European bodies to do everything it can to respect press freedom.”He called on Freimut Duve, the OSCE’s press freedom representative, and Council of Europe secretary-general, Walter Schwimmer, to get the authorities to keep their promises and respect freedom of the press.Several journalists and human rights activists staged a hunger strike in Azerbaijan from 22 to 28 January to protest against judicial harassment of the independent daily Yeni Musavat and to draw international attention to press freedom violations.Rauf Arifoglu, the paper’s editor, launched the protest by denouncing the 13 lawsuits against the media started in recent months by the authorities, who had demanded closure of his paper and threatened his journalists. He said the paper had been given three fines totalling 100,000 euros.Other participants in the hunger strike were Yadigar Mamedli, president of the Democratic Journalists’ League, Mahman Aliyev, head of the Turan news agency, Ganimat Zahidov, president of the Azad Soz Journalists’ Union, Azer Hasret, secretary-general of Azerbaijan Journalists’ Confederation, Zahid Gazanfaroglu, of Yeni Musavat, Zohrab Ismayil, publisher of the daily Azadlig, Asif Marazli, editor of the weekly Tazadlar, Mohammed Arsoy, a member of the Azad Soz Journalists’ Union and Sanan Hasanoglu, editor of Compatriot, a magazine for Azerbaijanis abroad.The authorities also shut down on 28 January a newsstand outside Baku University belonging to the Gaya distribution company that sold opposition magazines not available from state-owned newsstands. City officials said the kiosk’s removal was part of urban embellishment, but a nearby kiosk owned by the government was left in place. Baku now has only a dozen Gaya newsstands out of an original 20.Several hundred journalists demonstrated in the streets of Baku on 12 December last to denounce the renewed pressure on the independent media and in early December, the Council of Editors asked the OSCE and the Council of Europe to intervene. News Organisation last_img read more

Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste

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first_imgAdvertisement IRISH people are in danger of underestimating their own ability to speak their native language, according to research carried about by a Mary Immaculate College (MIC) researcher. Previous articleMunster’s Gavin Coombes Called Into Ireland CampNext articleCall for innovative ideas to make Limerick city ‘energy positive’ Meghann Scully TAGSGaeilgeIrishKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMary Immaculate College Indeed, the same study suggests that lack of confidence in the cúpla focal could be linked to an absence of quality feedback in school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shane Barry, an Applied Linguistics doctoral student at MIC has drawn the conclusion based on his interviews with current civil servants who were asked to rate their own Irish language proficiency.In his study, he asked participants to evaluate their own ability to speak Irish in a current conversational setting. The research found that 60% of respondents would generally downplay their own abilities but would answer more favourably to specific questions, such as their ability to order a cup of coffee in a Gaeltacht area.Barry suggests that those who claim to have low Irish self-efficacy have generally experienced a ‘lethal combination’ of experiencing poor performances and a lack of feedback during school.Barry explains that the Official Languages Act of 2003, which requires public bodies within the Irish state to provide services through both Irish and English, served as the inspiration behind the study.“A recent official report where sixteen Government departments were surveyed, of which there are over 21,000 employees, revealed that only 2.62% of staff are recognised as having a competence in the Irish language – or in other words, capable of interacting with the public through Irish when required.“The most important implication emerging from my research is that these misaligned self-efficacy beliefs are a more accurate predictor of performance than actual ability when it comes to the Irish language.“There appears to be a much larger number of civil servants, and generally the wider population, that are completely misrepresenting their Irish knowledge by declaring themselves as non-speakers of Irish. This results in a general withdrawal from using the language with a belief that the Irish language is ‘gone forever’ or ‘forgotten’.“This research is unique in that it is the first study to investigate Irish language self-efficacy beliefs, or perceptions, in current civil servants. What is striking is how those that have studied Irish in school, even to a high standard, are so quick to declare themselves as non-speakers, despite contrary evidence.“The findings in this research suggest that the Irish population possesses a knowledge of Irish language that is often unacknowledged or dismissed due to negative experiences from our school days.“What may be needed, not just for the population in general, but for the civil service in performing its obligations under the Official Languages Act, is a form of refresher training to unlock this knowledge and build people’s self-efficacy beliefs in their Irish language abilities.“By doing this, we may finally change our emotive relationship with the Irish language to a more positive one, where hearing our native language on the street or in shops could become less of a surprise to us.”Shane Barry is a departmental assistant and current PhD student in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The full paper, ‘Irish language self-efficacy beliefs and the Official Languages Act 2003’, appears in the 2020 edition of Teanga, and is free to access at https://journal.iraal.ie/index.php/teanga/article/view/213 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Emailcenter_img Linkedin LimerickNewsIs fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla clisteBy Meghann Scully – February 3, 2021 451 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Delhi High Court Issues Notice On Prashant Bhushan’s Plea For Quashing Of Defamation Case By Director, Indiabulls Venture Capital

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first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Issues Notice On Prashant Bhushan’s Plea For Quashing Of Defamation Case By Director, Indiabulls Venture Capital Shreya Agarwal1 Feb 2021 10:28 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has issued notice on a quashing petition by Sr. Adv. Prashant Bhushan against a defamation case filed against him by the Director of Indiabulls Venture Capital Management Pvt Ltd.Bhushan has also sought quashing of the summons issued to him in the criminal case which alleges that “he has made defamatory statements regarding the functioning of Indiabulls group, its…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has issued notice on a quashing petition by Sr. Adv. Prashant Bhushan against a defamation case filed against him by the Director of Indiabulls Venture Capital Management Pvt Ltd.Bhushan has also sought quashing of the summons issued to him in the criminal case which alleges that “he has made defamatory statements regarding the functioning of Indiabulls group, its promoters, officials and directors, etc vide social media sites namely, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.”Indiabulls Venture Capital is a part of the Indiabulls Group of companies, a subsidiary of Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IBHFL) and its director has alleged in his case against Bhushan that his “defamatory statements” on various social media platforms have caused substantial damage to the goodwill and reputation of Indiabulls group as well of its promoters, directors and officials.Arguing against the maintainability of the defamation case, Bhushan has submitted that the Director, who is merely an “employee” of IBHFL does not qualify as an aggrieved person under S.199 CrPC, and that no assertion has been made by the Director that he was personally defamed, and therefore has no locus to file the case.The criminal case was lodged against Bhushan on a Tweet dated 14.09.2019, wherein Bhushan stated: “Strange that Red Notices are issued against scamsters after they flee country. Mallya’s notice was downgraded to allow him to flee. None of them have been brought back. Similar story likely to unfold with promoters of lndiabulls who siphoned off 1000s Crs.”In his quashing plea, he has submitted that the tweet was infact “made in public interest in order to alert the authorities into the irregularities and illegalities being committed by promoters of IBHFL. The purpose of the said tweet was to alert the authorities against a possible loss to the exchequer of thousands of crores of Rupees that IBHFL/ its promoters have borrowed from public banks and institutions.” The same being an exception to the offence of defamation under Section 499, Bhushan has claimed he must be protected.Next Storylast_img read more

Ronaldo under attack for controversial birthday party gathering

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first_img Loading… A video that shows Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating the birthday of his niece Alicia, alongside other family members, has sparked controversy during the coronavirus crisis. The Juventus forward is currently in Portugal, where there is a state of emergency and where citizens are obliged to stay at home and maintain social distancing. However, the clip shows at least 18 people – including Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, who suffered a stroke on March 3 – gathered in a house. The video was shared on social media and received criticism. “When the family is in quarantine, you can celebrate your birthday well,” wrote the niece as she explained the situation.Advertisement Read Also: Rooney decides Messi vs Ronaldo debate over who is better Ronaldo arrived in Portugal, along with his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children, on March 9, after Serie A was suspended. It remains unclear when he will return to Turin. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more