RSF supports journalists’ refusal to “kneel” before government

first_img News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? The media accuse the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of putting political pressure on journalists, while Prime Aleksandar Vucic has described the protests as an “attempt to destabilize” Serbia and has called for parliamentary elections in April, two years ahead of schedule.According to the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (NUNS), journalists in the northern city of Pancevo are “obliged” to join the SNS to keep their jobs. Journalists told RSF that the level of political pressure on the Serbian media has intensified in recent months. They are often the targets of smear campaigns or are accused by the government of being “mercenaries in the pay of foreign powers.”“Insulted, badly paid and fired,” journalists chanted during the demonstrations held at midday yesterday and the previous evening. The protests against the decline in conditions for journalists began in early December, after an incident involving defence minister Bratislav Gasic and a woman journalist with B92 TV.“I like these female journalists who kneel down so easily,” Gasic told Zlatija Nabovic, when she knelt to avoid getting into a camera’s field of vision during a news conference. His sexist comment sparked an outcry.The NUNS immediate demanded Gasic’s resignation. The prime minister promised at the time to fire him but has not kept his promise. His dismissal, if it did materialize, would anyway have to be approved by parliament and this could not take place before March, adding to the frustration.But the defence minister’s removal is just one of the demands of the movement, called “Journalists don’t kneel.” The protesters are also calling for an investigation into the illegal surveillance of journalists, ordered by interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, and they want culture and information minister Ivan Tasovac held to account.“The Serbian government seems to have a problem accepting that the time is long past when the authorities could use the media as propaganda tools,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk in Brussels.“Before trying to join the European Union, Serbia must get in step with European standards on media freedom. We can only support this protest movement by Serbia journalists’ and their refusal to get down on their knees.”Yesterday’s protests were staged by press photographers, who were only somewhat mollified by parliament’s rejection of a bill submitted by the ruling party last week. The bill said: “Every routinely made photograph, which appears and is taken in electronic form, regardless of whether it is the true original creation of an author, will cease to enjoy protection as the creation of an author”. Follow the news on Serbia News SerbiaEurope – Central Asia SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says July 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News January 27, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF supports journalists’ refusal to “kneel” before government to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Serbian authorities to heed the legitimate demands of the country’s journalists, hundreds of whom have taken to the streets in the capital and a dozen other towns in the past two days to denounce the “deterioration” in media freedom. Four similar protests have been held in the past two months. Serbia is ranked 67th out of 180 countries in the 2015 (Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.->xxx->http://index.rsf.org/#!/)Photo : ©Nihad Ibrahimkadic/Anadolu Agency. June 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Woman dies after being struck by a car in Carndonagh

first_imgNews Woman dies after being struck by a car in Carndonagh Previous articlePolice in Derry make appeal following serious assaultNext articleArranmore Islanders and part of the Rosses enter 2nd week with no Eircom service News Highland By News Highland – December 31, 2013 Twitter Pinterest A woman has died after being struck by a car in Churchtown, Carndonagh.The woman, who was close to her home and in her 70’s, was struck by the vehicle at 5.40pm yesterday (Monday) evening.She was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where she died from her injuries just before midnight.There was one vehicle involved, which remained at the scene.The driver of the car, a man in his 40’s, was not injured.The area has been sealed off while forensic collision investigators carry out an examination. Google+ Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more