Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists

first_img Follow the news on Tunisia Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” After seven foreign media outlets were denied access to the joint press conference that the Tunisian and Turkish presidents gave in the presidential palace in Tunis yesterday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Tunisian president’s office that it has a duty to treat journalists responsibly and to respect press freedom. November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia’s new president urged to consolidate press freedom gains News October 25, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters from Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra, Al-Arabiya, Al-Mayadeen, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Reuters and SIPAUSA were refused entry to Carthage Palace for the press conference that Tunisia’s President Kais Saied and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave yesterday.Presidential guards confiscated the professional cards of journalists from the Al-Araby TV channel.Rachida Ennaifer, the presidential adviser in charge of information and communication, said only a small number of reporters were admitted to the press conference because of the sudden nature of President Erdogan’s visit and the extensive security measures that had to be taken at short notice.“The grounds given by the Tunisian president’s office are completely specious,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “The discrimination between media outlets, the lack of transparency and the random announcements about the presidential activities violated press freedom, one of the Tunisian revolution’s most solid achievements. We urge the president’s office to establish a clear strategy for handling journalists and ensuring that all media outlets have access to information.”Ever since Saied’s installation as Tunisia’s president in October, Tunisian and foreign journalists have noted an amateurish approach to press relations and increasing mistrust towards journalists on the part of presidential aides. When President Saied visited the central city of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution, on 17 December, journalists were physically attacked by members of the presidential guard while the president and members of his staff looked on without reacting.Since the Ben Ali regime’s fall in 2011, Tunisia has engaged in an overhaul of the country’s media sector with the aim of enabling media outlets and journalists to fully play their democratic role.Tunisia joined some 30 other countries in September in encouraging access to freely-reported, independent, pluralistic and reliable news and information in the digital age by signing the Information and Democracy Partnership, an initiative launched by RSF.Although much remains to be done, Tunisia’s commitment to press freedom since the revolution has borne fruit and its ranking inRSF’s World Press Freedom Index has gone from 164th in 2011 to 72nd in 2019. to go further Organisation December 26, 2019 Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News November 12, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence last_img read more

City may still be open to cars

first_imgNewsBreaking newsCity may still be open to carsBy Bernie English – September 4, 2016 638 Email WhatsApp Advertisement Stabbing in city leads to arrest Facebook Linkedin Previous articleSoccer: Limerick reach 100-goal mark as Mulhall hits hat-trickNext articlenew plans for horses outside Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Cannonball RETRO road-trip is coming to Limerick Housing units were proposed for Limerick Opera Centre sitecenter_img Limerick Post Show | Cannonball comes to Limerick LIMERICK’S city centre may now not be pedestrianised as part of a €9 million facelift with council officials saying that no decision has yet been taken on what form the revamp will take or whether the city will have a car free future.Local Green Party spokesperson Brian Haugh has dismissed Independent City Councillor John Gilligan’s call for the local authority to invest in car parks before agreeing to move ahead with the remodelling of O’Connell Street. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The proposed pedestrianisation of O’Connell Street from William Street to Roches Street will bring huge benefits to the city centre, making it a more pleasant and safer place for people living, working and shopping in the city,” Mr Haugh said.“One need only look at the success of similar works on Thomas Street to see how transformative this project could be. If we truly want to enhance the city centre as a destination rather than a three lane throughway then we really need to create a streetscape where people can relax and mingle in a pleasant environment.“If we truly want to compete on a national and international stage for tourism and large multinational companies, this is exactly the type of forward thinking and visionary project we need to be focuses on.”He said that claims that pedestrianisation would lead to a shortage of parking in the city centre “seems to ignore the large number of multi-story car parks already located in close proximity to the city centre, some of which even offer parking at rates cheaper than on-street parking.  These are far from full and could easily absorb the roughly 25 on-street parking spaces that would be lost between William Street and Roches Street,” he explained.The Green Party spokesman said that the city needs to “be investing in upgrading its public transport and cycling infrastructure so that people living in the city and suburbs don’t need to bring their cars into town”.Traffic management will be under the microscope as well as the pedestrianisation proposal and calls have been made for various solutions, including more cycle access and more public transport options.The overall refurbishment project starts at Denmark Street Junction and stretches up to Barrington Street.It’s hoped that when the final design is agreed, work will start early next year and the city centre will have a new look within 18 [email protected] Call for pedestrianisation of Catherine Street Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Public opinion gridlocked over new city traffic measures TAGSCarsCity Centrepedestrianisation last_img read more

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first_imgMadrid says Mariano is in “perfect health condition” and is following health protocols. He is confined at his home. The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title. Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Chicago White Sox could be without manager Rick Renteria for a doubleheader in Cleveland. The 58-year-old Renteria woke up Monday with “a slight cough and nasal congestion” and will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. The club did not say if he was being tested for the coronavirus. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCER-REAL MADRIDReal Madrid forward Mariano tests positiveMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement comes as the team returns to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB: YANKEES-PHILLIESSource says Yankees-Phillies game postponed againPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game is being postponed for the second straight day. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision. The Phillies were waiting for complete results from their COVID-19 tests following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a weekend series in Philadelphia. The Yankees are scheduled to host the Phillies on Wednesday and Thursday.Major League Baseball has already postponed a second scheduled game between Miami and Baltimore after more than a dozen Marlins players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the club to lock down in Philadelphia. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the soonest the Marlins could resume their schedule is Wednesday, when they are set to play in Baltimore. MARLINS-VIRUS-FAUCI HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros face the visiting Dodgers for the first time since a Major League Baseball investigation determined the Astros illegally stole signs during their run to a championship in 2017, when they beat Los Angeles in the World Series. During spring training, several Dodgers players had harsh things to say about the Astros. All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler starts for Los Angeles against Framber Valdez in the opener of a two-game series.MLB-WHITE SOX_RENTERIAWhite Sox may be without manager for doubleheader Update on the latest sports Fauci: Outbreak could threaten seasonWASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, but he doesn’t believe games needs to stop now.Fauci made his comments on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and the team has been stranded in Philadelphia, raising questions about MLB’s attempts to conduct a season. MLB-DODGERS-ASTROSDodgers may still hold grudge as they visit Astros July 28, 2020last_img read more