Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air

first_img Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s announcement by the High Independent Authority for Broadcasting Communication (HAICA) of measures to accelerate the allocation of broadcast licences. TV stations created since the revolution will now be able to legalize their status.HAICA’s announcement came three days after Attounissiya TV suddenly stopped broadcasting on the evening of 6 July as a result of a dispute between the owner of its broadcast frequency and the company responsible for producing its programmes.“The abrupt suspension of broadcasting by Attounissiya TV forced HAICA to react quickly to an institutional block we have long been criticizing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “HAICA has proposed a solution that reconciles freedom of information and respect for the law, demonstrating a concern to preserve media pluralism during the transition to democracy.”One of the parties to the contract dispute at Attounissiya TV is Cactus Prod, the production company, whose owner, Sami Fehri, is currently in prison. He launched the station in October 2011. The other is Slim Riahi, a Tunisian politician and businessman who recently bought Rainbow Media Tunisia and who controls the satellite frequency that Attounissiya TV has been using.Cactus Prod’s lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, has filed three complaints against Riahi, accusing him of breaking a contract without warning, using the station’s logo, and making baseless accusations of fraud and embezzlement.The station has meanwhile found a stopgap solution that will allow it to resume broadcasting in the short term. Tahar Ben Hassine, the head of another station, Al Hiwar Ettounsi, has promised to let Attounissiya TV use his frequency to broadcast special Ramadan programmes until assigned a new frequency.Attounissiya TV never received a response to the request for a licence that it filed in 2001, when a regulatory body called the National Body for Information and Communication Reform (INRIC) was functioning. It was unable to renew its request in 2012 in the absence of any regulatory authority, so it chose to circumvent the legal obstacles by broadcasting by satellite on Nilesat.Legally, Attounissiya TV is now no more than an empty shell. The logo is owned by Fehri’s brother, who registered it with the National Institute for Standardization and Intellectual Property (INNORPI). But Riahi has adopted it and wants to continue using it for the programmes broadcast on his frequency. Legalization now possibleAlthough Attounissiya TV does not have a licence, the companies that produce its programmes are legal. The state acquired 51 per cent of the shares in Cactus Prod after its majority shareholder, Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of deposed President Zine Ben-Ali, fled the country. It is currently under judicial control.In yesterday’s communiqué, HAICA asked Cactus Prod to provide it with copies of its financial records for 2011 and 2012, its contracts with other production companies, and a statement of its editorial policies.HAICA has decided that all broadcasting companies with no licence can legalize their status by submitting an application containing copies of their accounts, sources of funding, technical and logistical acquisitions, editorial policies, programming, staffing details and the owner’s name.They have been given 30 days to submit their applications. Legal proceedings for “illegal transmission” will be brought against those that fail to comply.“The concern for fairness evident in HAICA’s announcement is encouraging,” Reporters Without Borders added. “To continue in this way, the regulator should quickly draft clear terms of reference for broadcast licence applicants.” Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation July 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air News December 26, 2019 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

Systematic use of torture by security services

first_img Receive email alerts News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News March 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the Syrian regime’s appalling repressive methods, which continue unchanged while the world’s media turns its attention from Syria to the battle for Tripoli.The famous cartoonist Ali Ferzat’s torture while abducted for several hours today in Damascus and the woman journalist Hanadi Zahlout’s torture while in detention are typical of the way the regime treats those who challenge its propaganda and express views different from its own.Ferzat was subjected to several hours of hell after being abducted by masked members of the security services at around 4:30 a.m. in Omeyyades Square, in the city centre, as he drove home from his office. His captors broke his left hand, which he uses to draw, and burned his body with lit cigarettes. He was finally dumped at the side of a road near the airport with a bag over his head. Some of his drawings and other personal effects were confiscated. He is currently in Al-Razi Hospital. Organisation August 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Systematic use of torture by security services RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Aged 60, Ferzat has been very critical of President Bashar Al-Assad and his government ever since the start of the protests in March. “In 2003, his inspiration and the insolence of his drawings led the Syrian authorities to ban his satirical magazine Al Domari, which they had permitted a few years earlier,” former diplomat Ignace Leverrier wrote in his Le Monde blog today.It has emerged that freelance journalist Hanadi Zahlout has been tortured since her arrest on 25 July. She continues to be detained.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Myriam Haddad, a journalist with the magazine Mouqarabat who was kidnapped from the Havana Café in central Damascus on 11 August, was released on 23 August. The press freedom organization was not surprised to also learn that all the Internet cafés have installed software that spy on their clients’ online activities. At the same time, telephone communications are now almost always cut as soon as the army enters a city. March 12, 2021 Find out more Related documents _.farzat.zipZIP – 79.07 KB Follow the news on Syria to go further Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Plantu’s drawing Help by sharing this information Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Details of government’s employer refund scheme to be announced this coming…

first_imgEmail Twitter Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusinessCoronavirusCovid 19Newspolitics Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Print DETAILS for the government’s employer refund scheme which allows employers to pay a worker €203 and receive a State refund are due to be announced in the coming week.Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, provided an update on Friday on developments regarding the scheme which allows the employer to pay the worker €203 and receive the refund due to having to temporarily lay off staff as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Doherty said having worked with the Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation, and the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, they have agreed “employers engaged with the scheme should be allowed to top up the payment by the State”“This will further strengthen the viability of the scheme and ensure that many employers can provide some additional income above the basic social welfare payment for their workers,” said the Fine Gael Minister.Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell said the adjustment to the fund mad “absolute sense”:“This adjustment to the employers’ refund scheme makes absolute sense. It ensures employers can pay a higher payment to employees than the basic rate of €203, whilst still allowing the employer to reclaim the €203 refund per week from Government.“In these emergency times, we need to continue to introduce and refine support measures in support of businesses and employees to adapt to the evolving situation.”Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said every business is “of value to our economy” and believes this scheme will support them “in tackling the challenges they currently face”.Minister Humphreys said, “There are also some firms that are especially important right now and we will ensure that everything is done to protect and sustain their operations.“The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, together with Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and the other state agencies, will also continue to support companies in every way they can.“I especially welcome the response from Minister Doherty on the Covid-19 Employer Refund Scheme, which will be a great relief to those employers who are so supportive of their employees in these difficult and challenging times.” BusinessNewsDetails of government’s employer refund scheme to be announced this coming weekBy Cian Reinhardt – March 21, 2020 377 center_img Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Linkedin ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Facebook Previous articleSimon Harris: “Let’s be kind to each other this weekend”Next articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 6 | Socio-economics of the coronavirus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Advertisement WhatsApplast_img read more

Barry hopeful of England recall

first_img The 32-year-old last featured for the national team in May 2012 and although he went to Euro 2012 he did not play a single game. Barry has had a good start to his season-long loan from Manchester City and he knows if he can maintain that it may attract Hodgson’s attention. “It’s something that I definitely wouldn’t be turning down at the moment,” he said. “I joined Everton to play regular football and that’s still my main target, to get my form going. “If an England call comes with that, then fantastic, but it’s certainly at the back of my mind.” Barry recently became the 10th player to reach 500 Premier League appearances and plans to carry on as long as possible. “I’ve always said that I want to play as long as possible and as long as my body and legs allow me to do so,” he told evertontv. “At the moment I’m feeling good and really fit, and I’m hopeful I can play for a number of years. “But I’ve always took one season at a time and this season I’m looking at keeping a good run of form going and helping Everton climb the table to see where it gets us.” Midfielder Gareth Barry has not given up on an England recall and hopes a good run for Everton could propel him back into Roy Hodgson’s thinking.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen had high blood pressure in Colorado

first_imgThe great mystery surrounding Kenley Jansen and the Rocky Mountain fever has been solved and the closer was back and ready to perform again for the Dodgers Thursday.Jansen, who underwent a procedure in 2012 to correct an atrial fibrillation condition, was not available during the Dodgers’ loss to Colorado in Denver on Wednesday. He reported a headache, an upset stomach and tests revealed his blood pressure had elevated. He underwent an electrocardiogram and had fluids replaced with an IV.When the Dodgers returned home in time to open a four-game series with St. Louis on Thursday, Jansen was cleared by doctors.• Related: L.A. bats go quiet against Cardinals in 7-1 loss Mattingly said he merely didn’t want to intrude on Jansen’s personal issues.“I wasn’t angry,” Mattingly said. “I didn’t know about it until the fifth inning. That didn’t bother me as far as that situation. It works a lot of times like that, a guy might have something going on through the course of the game we’re not going to be able to use this guy.“I don’t think you’re angry, really. We just lost a tough game. Nothing to be mad at Kenley about. I don’t know, I get taken back a little bit by the fact sometimes you all think you’re entitled to every little bit of information that sometimes could be related to family, could be related to other things. “It’s his situation that we’re talking about and you’ve always got to respect that situation.”Jansen said that the next time the Dodgers visit Colorado, the medical staff will devise a strategy to deal with the effects of the altitude.Owie for HowieSecond baseman Howie Kendrick was held out of Thursday’s series opener because of stiffness in his knee. that resulted from a slide into third base in Colorado. Jansen said when the symptoms first hit him, he was concerned because of his history.“I knew something wasn’t quite right,” Jansen said. “Even if you did the ablation surgery, if your blood pressure is high it can cause a-fib . . . especially with the high elevation; it’s not smart. I wanted to go out there. That’s why I was frustrated yesterday.”What caused the biggest stir was that Jansen did not meet with the media after the game and Manager Don Mattingly was short with reporters when addressing the situation.“I didn’t feel like talking about myself at the time,” Jansen said. “When they started the IV, I had all these memories of all the stuff that happened like ‘Here we go again.’ ”• Dodgers TV: Charter to start carrying games June 7center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more