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New wave of fines for Belarusian journalists

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first_img Receive email alerts Credit SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP News The latest victims include Kastus Zhukouski, who was fined 1,150 roubles (510 euros) on 11 July on a charge of working for a foreign media outlet without accreditation with the ministry of foreign affairs.This was the 26th fine to be imposed on a journalist since the start of the year under article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Offences, which penalizes the “illegal production and/or distribution of media content.” Combined, the 26 fines amount to 19,849 roubles (9,000 euros).The most frequent targets have been journalists working for Belsat TV, a satellite TV channel that covers Belarus from a base in neighbouring Poland. Zhukouski is one of 12 Belsat TV journalists who have been fined under this article since the start of the year.Belsat TV has had to operate from outside the country since 2007. It has repeatedly tried with out success to open a bureau in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. As a result, its correspondents in Belarus have to work without accreditation.“The sole aim of this new campaign of intimidation is to step up the existing pressure on independent journalists in Belarus,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The European Union must remind President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime that respect for media freedom is an essential condition for rapprochement between Minsk and Brussels. Minsk must stop denying the facts. Its officials claim that the country enjoys media pluralism. It is time to turn this claim into reality.”Crackdown despite official denialsIn an opening address to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session in Minsk on 5 July, President Lukashenko said, “Belarus’ mass media space develops vigorously” and likened the “alleged infringement of mass media freedom in Belarus” to a “cliché from the old arsenal.”The reality is very different. Amid major anti-government protests, the persecution of independent journalists and media has intensified in recent months, and more than 100 journalists and bloggers were arrested in March. Police raided one of Belsat TV’s unofficial bureaux in Minsk on 31 March, seizing equipment. The TV station’s journalists thought the raid was designed above all to prevent coverage of the protests.Economic pressureThis year’s wave of fines follows a relative let-up in 2016. In addition to the 26 fines for “working without accreditation,” there have been at least 13 other abusive fines on charges of “hooliganism,” “participating in an unauthorized demonstration” or “resisting the police.” In most cases, the size of the fine is more than the journalist’s monthly earnings.So far this year, Belsat TV jounrnalists have accumulated nearly 7,900 euros in fines and more than 30 days in detention. This economic pressure is all the more worrying after the Polish government’s announcement in May that it plans to cut more than two-thirds of Belsat TV’s funding.According to the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), an RSF partner, there have been at least 147 violations of journalists’ rights in Belarus since the start of the year. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a campaign of intimidation of independent journalists in Belarus, in which the victims are being fined for working for media outlets based outside the country, and calls on the government to put a stop to this judicial harassment. News Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation RSF_en center_img to go further News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” July 14, 2017 New wave of fines for Belarusian journalists “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_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

Berger urges Cordray to delay HMDA rule

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first_img continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday urged CFPB Director Richard Cordray to approve a one-year delay of the effective date of its 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule.Berger emphasized the importance of giving credit unions more time to implement the new provisions, and he urged that the effective date be delayed to Jan. 1, 2019.“The Bureau’s pending proposal to ‘fix’ various issues within the HMDA Final Rule is a step in the right direction,” Berger wrote in a letter to Cordray. “Credit unions appreciate measures taken by regulators intended to correct errors and offer additional clarifications … That being said, no amount of 11th hour tinkering with technical amendments can offset the tremendous burden being hoisted upon credit unions and their vendors as a result of the Final Rule.”“As we continue to inch toward the fixed effective date, NAFCU has heard increasing levels of concern from credit unions and their vendors over preparations for the Final Rule,” Berger added. “In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new HMDA requirements, it is critical that credit unions and their vendors are provided enough time to ensure they are adequately prepared before the ultimate effective date.” 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more