Bill to decriminalise press law violations submitted to parliament

first_img News News RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more January 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill to decriminalise press law violations submitted to parliament Help by sharing this information ArgentinaAmericas Follow the news on Argentina to go furthercenter_img News In October 1999, the Argentine government had given its commitment to the IACHR and PERIODISTAS to decriminalise press law violations. This was to be made possible by making the civil and penal codes conform to the principles on the protection of freedom of expression as established in the country’s constitution and in international human rights treaties signed by Argentina. Though it has been on the Senate’s agenda since 1999, the bill was not examined within the assigned two-year time limit. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites News ArgentinaAmericas According to information collected by RSF, on 27 December 2001, former Argentine president Saá signed a bill, originally proposed by the Argentine press freedom organisation PERIODISTAS, to decriminalise press law violations. The bill was sent to both houses, which must both approve it. It stipulates that press law violations will henceforth only be subject to civil, rather than criminal, proceedings. It also provides for the incorporation into Argentine jurisprudence of the principle of “real malice”, as defined by the United States Supreme Court (“New York Times vs. Sullivan” case, 1964). This notion establishes that a plaintiff must establish proof that a news item distributed by a journalist was false and was published with full knowledge of the facts. The U.S. Supreme Court’s writ also recognises that freedom of information takes precedence over the defence of civil servants’ honour. Finally, the bill incorporates the Campillay doctrine into Argentine legislation, which establishes that the exact reproduction of a news item, duly accompanied by a reference to the original source, does not make the journalist who reports the story responsible for its accuracy, and is therefore not punishable under the law. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world In a letter to Senate Speaker Juan Carlos Maqueda and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Eduardo Oscar Camaño, RSF asked them to include in their agenda the approval of a bill to decriminalise press law violations, in order to ensure that the bill is adopted into law as soon as possible. To come into effect, the text, signed by former president Rodríguez Saá, must be voted on in parliament. “The Argentine authorities are being presented with the opportunity to make their country the first Latin-American nation to decriminalise press law violations,” underlined RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “As such, Argentina would respect its international press freedom commitments,” he added. According to Article 10 of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (IACHR) Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, “the protection of a person’s reputation should only be guaranteed through civil sanctions”. RSF also addressed the leaders of parliamentary groups, asking them to approve the bill. December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Three quarters of Irish childcare facilities in breach of regulations last year

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Google+ Pinterest Previous articleHuge variations in house vacancy rates between Donegal and DublinNext article80% of Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or fewer News Highland HSE inspection reports show that three quarters of childcare facilities were in breach of regulations last year.The reports which were obtained by Prime Time investigates reveal almost half of creches breached regulations on adult/child ratios and staff background checks, while over 40 percent failed to provide a safe environment for children.The HSE report also expresses grave concern at what it described as a “culture of light touch regulation” and a “dangerous over-emphasis on the business interests of childcare providers at the expense of the care of children.”Last nights documentary also included disturbing footage obtained by an undercover reporter showing children being flung onto mattresses, manhandled, shouted and cursed at and strapped into chairs for hours at time.Dr Caitriona O’Toole, Child Psychologist from NUI Maynooth, said the footage of a very young girl being forcefed is deeply disturbing:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/08rsca1.mp3[/podcast] News Facebook Google+center_img Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Three quarters of Irish childcare facilities in breach of regulations last year By News Highland – May 29, 2013 Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored WhatsApplast_img read more

HIQA report calls Dungloe Community Hospital a fire hazard

first_imgNews HIQA report calls Dungloe Community Hospital a fire hazard A public nursing home with 41 elderly residents and 20 duty staff has been branded a fire hazard reports The Irish Independent.According to today’s Irish Independent, a HIQA report found that Dungloe Community Hospital failed to provide the necessary levels of safety to protect residents and staff.Safety concerns at the nursing home, which is run by the Health Service Executive, included doors which failed to form a complete seal when closed.The newly published report followed the first independent inspection of the home by inspectors from the Health Information and quality authority last October.The report noted a high standard of medical, nursing and other healthcare needs.But it also found that conditions were so cramped that residents had to live in communal “ward-like” rooms.They were unable to see visitors in private and these arrangements were not appropriate for the provision of people in long-term care.On the plus side, the residents described the centre as “homely”, staff had an interest and commitment to their care and they were able to get up and go to bed when they chose.In reply to an action plan set out by the inspectors, the HSE said the fire doors would be replaced this month and that it was committed to providing private facilities for residents to meet with visitors.Meanwhile, Donegal South-West, Fine Gael Deputy, Dinny McGinley, says the safety of patients and staff at Dungloe District Hospital must be addressed.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/dinny.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Facebook Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder center_img Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Previous articleBoy drowns after fleeing from police in DerryNext articleSheep farmers welcome annoucement that €54 million will be allocated to the sector News Highland By News Highland – April 8, 2010 WhatsApp Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+last_img read more