RSF urges Donald Trump to respect press freedom in the presidency

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more News November 9, 2016 – Updated on November 15, 2016 RSF urges Donald Trump to respect press freedom in the presidency Organisation to go further As Donald Trump is set to assume the U.S. presidency in January, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to ensure respect for press freedom in the White House. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expression United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists WomenFreedom of expression Throughout the campaign period leading up to the U.S. election on November 8, President-elect Trump made a number of worrying moves against the press. He threatened to sue newspapers for publishing stories that are “purposely negative”, pledging to reform U.S. libel laws so that “when the New York Times or the Washington Post writes a hit piece, we can sue them.”Trump later revoked The Washington Post’s press credentials, stating “based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” Trump also insulted and bullied reporters who portrayed him negatively or asked him tough questions, and refused to participate in a republican debate because FoxNews refused to remove its reporter Megyn Kelly as a moderator.“Trump’s actions to restrict the free press during his presidential campaign have sent a worrying signal about his intentions in the presidency,” said Christophe Deloire, RSF Secretary-General. “As president, we call on him to ensure respect for press freedom and free speech under the First Amendment. The press must be able to carry out its work without fear of reprisal from a hostile White House.”Moves to restrict the press during the presidential campaign are part of an overall alarming trend of curtailing press freedom in the United States. Since 2013, the U.S. ranking on RSF’s World Press Freedom Index has fallen by 14 points. It is now ranked 41 out of 180 countries. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistscenter_img Donald Trump, elected President of the United States / AFP News Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: BioNTech vaccine will likely work on UK variant, company says

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 77.2 million people worldwide and killed over 1.6 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 22, 5:10 amBioNTech vaccine will likely work on UK variant, company’s CEO saysBioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin is confident that the pharmaceutical company’s coronavirus vaccine will work against the new U.K. variant of the virus.“We don’t know at the moment if our vaccine is also able to provide protection against this new variant,” Sahin told a news conference Tuesday, after the vaccine was approved for use in the European Union. “But scientifically, it is highly likely that the immune response by this vaccine also can deal with the new virus variants.”He explained that the proteins on the U.K. variant are 99% the same as the ones on the original strain, so BioNTech has “scientific confidence” that its vaccine will be effective on the variant as well.Still, more studies need to be done.“But we will know it only if the experiment is done and we will need about two weeks from now to get the data,” Sahin said. “The likelihood that our vaccine works … is relatively high.”Dec 22, 1:45 amOver 60 arrested at superspreader events in LA CountyLos Angeles officials arrested over 60 people involved in underground parties over the weekend. In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the parties were considered superspreader events, as they violated COVID-19 health protocols.Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to an underground party event in Los Angeles and found two people shot. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the LASD.  Then, at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to another underground party in Compton, where they arrested 67 people: 61 adults and six juveniles. One firearm was recovered.  A third underground party, located in Los Angeles, was shut down by the LAPD after a shooting took place. “Sheriff Alex Villanueva has made it clear he will seek out and take law enforcement action against all underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County, who fall under the Health Orders of the County’s Department of Public Health,” the LASD said in their statement. “The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.”Dec 22, 1:09 amBiden applauds COVID relief package but says more work is neededPresident-elect Joe Biden has applauded the COVID-19 relief bill passed Monday by the House and Senate. In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Biden voiced his approval of the package, but warned that Congress still has more work to do in the new year. “I applaud this relief package, but our work is far from over. Starting in the new year, Congress will need to immediately get to work on support for our COVID-19 plan. My message to everyone out there struggling right now: help is on the way,” he tweeted.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Judge Denies Nouman Raja New Trial, Sentencing Next Week

first_imgFormer Palm Beach Gardens Police officer Nouman Raja is set to be sentenced next week for killing Corey Jones.A Palm Beach County judge rejected his latest request for a new trial on Tuesday.Raja’s attorneys argued the guilty verdict is “contrary to the law or the weight of the evidence.”Raja also claimed the court gave erroneous instructions to the jury which found him guilty of manslaughter while armed with a firearm and attempted first degree murder.The former officer faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 25.last_img

Attacks on journalists in Haiti condemned

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Haitian government has condemned the “targeted” attacks on journalists both in the private and public sector with Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin also condemning the verbal and physical pressure, intimidation and attacks on all press workers.Both Lapin and Eddy Jackson Alexis, the Secretary of State for Communication, were critical of the attacks that led to the death of a=t least one journalist and attacks on radio and television stations in the country as demonstrators continued to call for the resignation of President Jovel Moise over allegations of embezzlement.Lapin said that while recognizing the right of everyone to demonstrate peacefully, he was denouncing the verbal and physical pressure, intimidation and attacks on all press workers in particular and the general public and “expresses his solidarity with the journalists who are victims, and encourages actors to work for stability and lasting peace in society”.He said the protests were by groups of citizens “who have publicly stated their position and produced their demands.“The exercise of this constitutional right was well regarded by the Primature who instructed the competent authorities to make the best arrangements for the management of crowd movements,” he said, adding that the Haitian National Police deserve praise for its professional behavior.“Unfortunately, burrs could not be avoided and tainted the day that ended with the death of two people and destruction of material property,’ Lapin said, adding “the Primature deplores the deaths that occurred in this circumstance and offers its sincere condolences to the parents of the victims. The death of a man is too much.“It should be recalled that the right to protest is guaranteed by the Constitution, which imposes on the authorities the duty to protect life and property,’ Prime Minister Lapin noted.In his statement, Alexis said that he was condemning the attacks against journalists and the media workers both in the public and private sectors.“The targeted attack on Radio Télé Ginen (RTG) where three vehicles of the station were set on fire and windshields of several others stationed in front of the media building broken this Monday, June 10, 2019,” he said, expressing “solidarity with Radio Télé Ginen but also with journalists, Martine Denis Chandler, Richardson Jourdan of the RTNH, Lesly Dorcin of newspaper Le Nouvelliste, who were also victims of separate incidents on Friday 7 and Sunday June 9.”Police confirmed that Rospide Pétion, who worked for Radio Sans Fin, was shot to death in the capital on Monday night.The Secretary of State said he wanted to reiterate that “intolerance and any attack on the freedom to inform cannot be tolerated in any form in a democratic society.”The protesters are demanding the removal of President Moise from office over allegations of mis-use of funds associated with the PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.last_img read more

Canyon speeders crackdown coming

first_imgA crash last month on Mulholland Drive in which two motorcyclists were seriously injured by two street racers underscores the need for increased patrols, officials said. “We want everyone to enjoy the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains, but do it in a safe manner,” said CHP Capt. Steve Badilla. [email protected] (818) 713-3329 Responding to residents’ complaints about speeding motorists, law-enforcement officials announced Thursday they are cracking down on illegal racing and reckless driving through the Santa Monica Mountains. Officers from the California Highway Patrol’s West Valley Station and the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will be deployed as part of Operation Safe Canyons. “When these guys are speeding and driving reckless, they’re not obeying jurisdictions,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said in explaining the collaboration. Funding comes from a federal grant and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more