Hundreds of journalists protest at appointments of new media bosses

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News News RSF_en More than 300 journalists and civil society members demonstrated yesterday outside the government headquarters in the Tunis Casbah to condemn police violence and call for the recognition of freedom of expression as a basic right.The demonstration, in response to an appeal by the Tunisian journalists’ union, was also aimed at protesting against the recent appointment of new bosses of state media outlets.A counter-demonstration was organized by supporters of the Islamist party Ennahda, which supports the actions of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali’s government.“At a time when the Ennahda party is accusing the media of being out of step with the aspirations of the people, we wonder about the real reasons for these appointments,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The links those chosen for key posts have with the former Ben Ali regime do not favour a break with the old media set-up that was in thrall to political authorities and casts doubt on the present leadership’s commitment to taking control of these media organizations.“During the Ben Ali era, the authorities never openly intervened in the appointment of editors and news directors. “The audio-visual communication authority HAICA, whose creation was provided for in a decree promulgated on 2 November, should be responsible for nominating candidates to head public media organizations to the prime minister. In this case, the prime minister appointed the media bosses himself on the pretext that the posts were vacant.“However, in a statement issued three days ago, Hamadi Jebali, undertook not to make any decisions affecting the media without consulting the parties concerned.“Yesterday, a delegation from the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) met the prime minister, as well as Abderrazak Kilani, minister in charge of relations with the Constituent Assembly, and Ridha Kazdaghli, the prime minister’s head of communications.“The president of the SNJT, Nejiba Hamrouni, described the appointments as “anarchic”. Kamel Laabidi, head of the National Committee of Information and Communication Reform (INRIC), regretted that he was not consulted about the appointments. The committee, set up after Tunisia’s revolution, expressed “surprise at the appointments announced.”The prime minister said there was a need for urgency since several top posts, such as the heads of the state news agency TAP, the state newspaper publishing arm SNIPE and the Tunisian National Television establishment, were vacant and this explained the need to move quickly on new management appointments. He gave an assurance that those of editors and news directors would be cancelled and, in future, these posts will be filled by elections among media staff. The fact remains that among the bosses recently appointed, there are figures from the previous regime, such as Mohamed Néjib Ouerghi, who served as editor and publisher of the newspaper Le Renouveau, organ of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party from 2003 to 2010, then as head of the TAP news agency from 2010 until his appointment last week as president and chief executive of the new publishing arm SNIPE and director of its newspapers La Presse and Essahafa.Mohamed Taïeb Youssefi, who worked as a government adviser from 1990 until he was promoted to head the prime minister’s office last February, was named president and chief executive of the TAP news agency. The agency’s journalists organized a sit-in yesterday in front of its offices in protest against his appointment.Adnene Khedr, former head of the main television station, was appointed president and chief executive of the Tunisian Television Establishment. Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 12, 2019 Find out morecenter_img News to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more January 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hundreds of journalists protest at appointments of new media bosses Organisation Follow the news on Tunisialast_img read more

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Wellington 16-18 year old State tournament to start Friday at Sellers Park

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 264 weeks ago And the girls are playing at Worden Park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2015 Kansas Babe Ruth League, 16-18 year old State Tournament will be held at Wellington’s Sellers Park.The tournament will consist of eight teams including: Riverton, Arma, Hesston, Lyons, Liberal, Walnut Ark Valley, Parsons and Wellington.The opening ceremonies will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday.There is a picnic at Knight of Columbus at 6 p.m. with the boys watching the Wellington Heat game thereafter.Pool play begins on Friday, July 17 and will proceed to Sunday, July 19. There will be a championship bracket involving the top two teams from each pool. Full bracket can be found here: Pool A will consist of Arma, Riverton, Liberal and Walnut Ark Valley. Pool B will be Hesston, Lyons (regional host), Parsons and Wellington.Wellington will be hosting Parsons at 8 p.m. on Friday, Lyons at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and Hesston at 3 p.m.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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U14 Selects enjoy taste of Kootenay South Gold

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe roundball season is in full swing and so is the Nelson U14 Selects.The Reps blasted Kootenay South 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the U14 Boys Division at the KSYSA 16th Annual Boys Tournament Sunday at Mozzochi Park in Fruitvale.Micah May scored three times and James Miller added a pair to lead the Reps to the convincing victory.Dunavan Morris-Jansen scored the final tally for Nelson.“In the close games we maintained most of the possession but we just couldn’t finish and even when we were down our boys just kept at it,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.“Their perseverance paid off, they didn’t quit. Once they found the net you could just see the confidence build.”The Selects opened the tournament by rallying back to edge Kootenay South 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Spencer Szabo tied the game on a penalty kick. Kootenay South restored the lead before May pulled the team even again. Nicholas Wethal notched the game winner with just minutes to play.In the afternoon game, the Reps blasted Creston 9-0. James Miller scored three times for Nelson with the remaining goals going to May, Szabo, Keaton Roch and Sam Woodward.Sunday, Nelson advanced to the final by edging Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-1. Once again the Selects needed to comeback after being down 1-0.But goals from Morris-Jansen and Tucker Anderson, followed up by an insurance marker by Dylan Bennett, allowed the Selects to pull out the victory.“This was a very important weekend for (the players),” Szabo explained. “The boys have grown and are now, truly, a ‘team’. I couldn’t be happier for them.”Despite scoring more than 20 goals, Szabo was impressed by the strong play of the defensive line.“Much of the credit goes to our fullbacks,” he said. “Johnny Johnson, Theo Bakas and Nick Wethal were a force back there and (goalkeeper) Harrison Giles made some terrific saves.“That guy is a walking Tide commercial.”The Reps have a week off before traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a rep tournament during the May long weekend.  [email protected]last_img read more

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Rockets blast off on Kootenay Wildcats, pound home side in weekend series

first_imgHome ice advantage could not stop the offensive surge of the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.Thompson-Okanagan flexed its offensive muscles to dump the Kootenay Wildcats in a pair of B.C. Female Midget AAA League action Saturday and Sunday in Nelson.The Rockets opened the two-game set by blasting Kootenay 9-0 at the Civic Centre Arena.
Sunday, the Wildcats held the Rockets to a handful of goals, but could only score once in a 5-1 setback.The only bright spot on the one-sided weekend was a third period goal by Shea Weighill of Nakusp.The goal snapped a five-period goal-less streak for the Cats.The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-6 on the season. Kootenay sits fourth in the five-team league, six points behind league leading Fraser Valley Phantom.The Rockets are second at 4-1-1, one point behind the Phantom.Vancouver Fusion is third.Prince George Cougars are winless in six games.The Cats are idle until the November 12 when the team travels to Pitt Meadows to face the league leading Phantom in the first game of a two-game [email protected]last_img read more

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U14 Selects pitch shutout en route to Kootenay Zone Playdown title

first_imgIt’s an age-old adage that defence wins championships.The Nelson Selects are well onto their way for a great performance at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Kelowna after pitching a shutout in four games en route to the Kootenay Zone U14 Girl’s Playdown title Sunday in Creston.Nelson defeated Creston, Kootenay South (KSYSA), Cranbrook (KEYSA), and Columbia Valley (CV) and finished with a perfect record of 4-0 and a big goosegg in the goals allowed category.”We’re very proud of the team’s performance at the 2012 playdowns,” said coaches Paul Burkart and Pat Perkins.”The squad controlled play during most of their games, and rock solid defending by defensive backs Kyra Burkart, Maya Mierau, Merissa Dawson, Kali Horner and Emma Gregorich with keeper Haley Cooke earned an impressive tournament shutout.” The Reps opened with a narrow 1-0 decision over Kootenay South on a cold, rainy Saturday morning.Brownwyn Sutherland scored the only goal of the game by converting a rebound from the Kootenay South keeper. Nelson then got the offence in gear Saturday afternoon against the hot Creston side, scoring an easy 8-0 win.Darian Voisard opened up the scoring with less than two minutes played, followed by two goals from Naomi Perkins and a single from Lakpa Dietz to make the tally 4 – 0 at the half. VVoisard was unstoppable in the second half adding three more goals while Camille Gebhart added a single. Sunday morning the Nelson Selects faced the squad from Cranbrook and controlled play for most of the game.Despite many quality scoring opportunities, Nelson was unable to convert until Camille Gebhart opened up the scoring with an impressive strike from outside the penalty area.Gebhart added a single in the second half. In the final game of the tourney, Voisard, Dietz, Emily Graeme and Merissa Dawson, on a successful penalty kick, scored to give Nelson a 4 – 0 win over Columbia Valley.The Selects now advance to the Provincial B Cup July 5-8 in the Central Okanagan City.last_img read more

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Leafs stop Bruins 6-2 to increase lead in Murdoch Division to four points

first_imgThe 8-3-1-2 Storm open the three-game road trip Friday in Chase against the Heat.Saturday’s game is the 11th of the month for Nelson, which is 7-3 in October with one game remaining.The contest against the Storm concludes a six games in nine day stretch for the Leafs.Grand Forks is back at home Friday hosting Beaver Valley before travelling to Creston Saturday to meet the Thunder Cats.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs traded center Matti Jmaeff to Creston in exchange for defenceman Kyle Wilkinson. In 10 games with the Thunder Cats the Prince George native had 3 assists. Jmaeff, who came to the Leafs last season from the Cats, had seven points for Nelson since returning from Junior A. Wilkinson turns 18 Tuesday. The Nelson Leafs increased its lead in the Murdoch Division to four points by stopping the Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.The win was the fourth straight for the Leafs, all against Murdoch Division opponents.Dustin Reimer, Bryce Nielsen, Carsen Willans, Damin Devlin, Colton Schell and Blake Arcuri scored for the Leafs.Nelson, 10-5-1-0, held period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.Nelson returns home Saturday to meet the Kamloops Storm at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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ECLIPSE CHAMP FINEST CITY TAKES ON STREAKING VALE DORI IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2017)–Fresh off a rousing 3 ¾ length win going seven furlongs, reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter Finest City will stretch out to a mile and one eighth as she takes on streaking Vale Dori in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita.The prestigious Santa Margarita, to be run for the 80th time, has attracted a field of eight older fillies and mares, including the Art Sherman-trained Show Stealer, who has faced Vale Dori in her last three starts, finishing second in both the Grade II La Canada Stakes on Jan. 14 and the Grade II Santa Maria on Feb. 11. FINEST CITY: An upset winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back her on Nov. 5, trainer Ian Kruljac’s star pupil was a facile winner of the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes going seven furlongs over a wet fast track on Jan. 21 in her 5-year-old debut.  A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of City Zip, Finest City has routed twice on turf, giving a good account of herself on both occasions, when second in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes at a 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 4, and a close fourth in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 16.  Although Mike Smith has ridden her to victory in her last two races, he’ll be out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, so Tyler Baze will have the Santa Margarita assignment.  Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City is 15-5-4-2 and has earnings of $1,045,594.                 VALE DORI:  Trained by Bob Baffert and at the peak of her powers, this 5-year-old Argentine-bred mare seeks her fifth win in a row and her fourth consecutive graded stakes victory, with her most recent a 1 ¾ length score in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria over a wet fast surface on Feb. 11.  Odds-on in six of her seven Southern California starts for Baffert, she likes to press the early pace or take her rivals gate to wire.  Ridden by Mike Smith in her last three starts, she’ll be handled by Rafael Bejarano on Saturday.  A Group I winner at age three in Argentina, she’ll be seeking her first Grade I win in the United States.  Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, Vale Dori is 12-7-3-1 overall with earnings of $694,943. SHOW STEALER: Owned and bred by CHRB Commissioner, George Krikorian, this consistent 5-year-old mare by Eskendereya was clearly second best to Vale Dori in both the La Canada and Santa Maria Stakes under Tyler Baze.  With Baze opting to ride Finest City, Kent Desormeaux will try his hand for the first time on Saturday.  Should a hot pace develop, Show Stealer will hope to be on the move late as she seeks her first stakes win under the ever-patient Desormeaux.  With an overall mark of 21-3-4-3, she has earnings of $257,180. THE GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PSTcenter_img Autumn Flower–Martin Pedroza–120Vale Dori–Rafael Bejarano–122Finest City–Tyler Baze–120Show Stealer–Kent Desormeaux–120Lady Tapit–Mario Gutierrez–120Perfect Pic–Santiago Gonzalez–120Wild At Heart–Flavien Prat–120Estrechada–Stewart Elliott–120 KRULJAC’S FINEST CITY STRETCHING OUT OFF BIG WIN IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA, WHILE BAFFERT’S VALE DORI EYES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE GRADED STAKES VICTORY & FIFTH OVERALL WIN IN A ROW First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 a.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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