Slovenia: Trump’s disciple attacks journalists and introduces a systemic change

first_img Follow the news on Slovenia Not just verbal attacks SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Council of EuropeCorruptionCovid19ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media At the same time, the Prime Minister has used the coronavirus pandemic to settle scores with Blaž Zgaga, an investigative reporter and RSF’s correspondent in Slovenia, who has in the past investigated alleged corruption cases involving Janša. News Slovenia is ranked 32nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. He has singled out RTV ever since his return to the Prime Minister’s Office, accusing it of “spreading lies” and of being “overpaid,” thereby threatening the continuation of its state funding. His anger has been fuelled by the fact that journalists questioned a proposed salary hike for government ministers. In the days following discussion of this proposal, a pro-government weekly branded several of the journalists as “terrorists” and an official government letter accused RTV of having been “directly run by the former communist structures”. News Inspired by the U.S. President and backed by Hungarian oligarchs’ media investments, the Slovenian government wages hate campaigns against critical journalists, while attempting to tighten the control over the public television. Given the threats, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) asks for guarantees of the safety of journalists and of independence of the public broadcaster. May 26, 2020 Slovenia: Trump’s disciple attacks journalists and introduces a systemic change When RSF and six other press freedom organisations decided to share their concern in writing in April with European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová, a pro-government media outlet attributed their initiative to a “side-effect of cocaine”. In her reply to the NGOs, Jourová nonetheless said politicians should respond to criticism “with facts, not attacks” and warned against “violence online which can translate into violence offline.” Organisation The decision is a windfall for Janša who clearly sees attacks on journalists as part of his political strategy. In a declaration published on the government website on 11 May, he attributed Trump’s 2016 election victory “above all to his rapid, understandable reactions on Twitter which prevented more serious manipulation by hostile media.” Although Janša denied wanting to wage a “war against the media,” he attacked RTV, likening it to the Communist Party of the former Yugoslavia. “Worn-out prostitutes for 30 or 35 euros”, “liars” and “fake news” are the insults that Prime Minister Janez Janša has addressed to both Slovenian and foreign journalists criticising his action, openly embracing Donald Trump’s communication strategy. Šetinc Pašek, the journalist who brought the defamation suit, has also been ordered to pay Janša’s legal fees. By taking this decision, the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent and sent a chilling message to all Slovenian media that are critical of the government. Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Council of EuropeCorruptionCovid19ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Ever since Zgaga filed a freedom of information request with the Covid-19 crisis unit in mid-March, he has been harassed on social media and by the Demokracija weekly and Nova24 TV – media controlled by the SDS and funded by Hungarian oligarchs close to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The long and violent hate campaign against Zgaga, to which Janša has contributed by accusing him of being a “liar”, has led to online death threats against the journalist. Rafael Buschmann, a Der Spiegel reporter who defended Zgaga, was the target of a similar smear campaign triggered by Janša’s sarcastic tweet – “We know you”. Nemanja Rujević, a member of the Serbian bureau of Deutsche Welle, which awarded a prize to Zgaga, was attacked on social media. The letter about Zgaga that RSF and six international partners sent to the Slovenian interior minister was described by Janša as “fake news”. Receive email alerts Jure Makovec / AFP RSF_en The Supreme Court ruled that the tweet came under the category of “highly protected political expression” and that freedom of expression prevailed over protection against defamation. But Janša has every leeway to attack journalists now that he knows he is under the protection of the Slovenian courts. In a decision taken in February and announced on 6 May, Slovenia’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling which had condemned him for defamation of journalists. Back in 2016, as an opposition politician, he labeled two journalists of the public broadcaster, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV), Eugenija Carl and Mojca Šetinc Pašek, as “worn-out prostitutes for 30 or 35 euros”. Returning to the position of Prime Minister in mid-March for the third time in a long career, Slovenia’s most powerful politician has launched a systemic change in the country’s media landscape, as currently shown by the attempt to take the control of the public broadcaster. With his far-right SDS party, he has orchestrated smear campaigns against his enemies, using the pro-government media funded by oligarchs faithful to his European mentor, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. to go further News Following the insults, RTV crews were threatened in the street and their vehicles damaged at least on two occasions, most recently on 25 May. Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia News “It’s time for Janez Janša to stop behaving like the Trump of Central Europe and start embodying European values, especially as Slovenia prepares to take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2021,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans Desk. “Instead of stoking hatred and trying to control the public media, the government should guarantee journalists’ physical safety and RTV’s independence.” May 21, 2021 Find out more The government replaced three of the RTV Oversight Board’s members on 16 April although their terms had not expired. An attempt to replace two other members of the Board, which is supposed to guarantee the broadcaster’s independence, was blocked on 20 April by a parliamentary committee, which said it was illegal because the government is empowered to name only four of its members. The ruling party has also reshuffled the RTV Programme Council, which oversees its editorial line and chooses its director-general. June 2, 2021 Find out more March 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Fifa World Cup Fifa World Cup 2018: Ronaldo in need of Portugal supporting cast to perform

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Moscow: Cristiano Ronaldo’s off-night against Iran nearly cost Portugal their World Cup dream and underlined the stark need for his team-mates to contribute more in support of the Real Madrid superstar.Ronaldo carried Portugal through their first two group games, hitting a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain before netting the winner in a gritty 1-0 victory over Morocco.That left the European champions requiring just a point from their clash with Carlos Queiroz’s Iran in Saransk, but an uncharacteristic display from Ronaldo had them sweating over a place in the last 16.The five-time world player of the year missed a penalty that would have given Portugal a 2-0 lead, Ronaldo was then perhaps fortunate to receive just yellow after an elbow on Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji.A disputed Iran penalty set up a tense final few minutes for Portugal, who only advanced to the knockout rounds after Mehdi Taremi fired a last-gasp chance into the side netting.Qualification was, at last, assured, albeit with an upcoming tie against Uruguay rather than hosts Russia, but Ronaldo was far from impressed.Read | FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Uruguay vs Russia: Rampant La Celeste win by three goals, top Group A”I understand, it’s normal. The best players in the world face that when there isn’t an opportunity to really make it happen,” said Portugal boss Fernando Santos.”That hurts a lot more to them than to other players. They always want to win. They want to be the best and refuse to fail, and when they fail they get very upset.”Santos attempted to relieve some of the burden on Ronaldo by aligning Andre Silva alongside the Portugal captain in an attack, with Ricardo Quaresma also handed his first World Cup start.While Quaresma rewarded his coach with a stunning opening goal just before half-time, Silva offered little as Ronaldo found himself isolated and his opportunities limited.Goncalo Guedes and Bernardo Silva were dropped after failing to shine in the opening two games, but yesterday’s performance showed Portugal are still scrambling to find the dynamic that best supports Ronaldo.”There were lots of misplaced passes, the tempo was slow after the first 15 minutes,” Santos said in the wake of the Morocco match.”Our team is strong but we must progress. We must do better than that.” Next up for Portugal is a Uruguay team, marshalled by the rugged centre-back pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, that has yet to concede in Russia.Read | Champions Trophy Hockey 2018: Clinical India crush Pakistan 4-0 in CT opener”We have our weapons and we must try to make the most of them,” Santos said on Monday.Gelson Martins, the talented young winger who made a 30-minute appearance off the bench against Morocco, is another option who could be called upon going forward.The question is not if Portugal has the weapons but whether they can be assembled in a way that plays to Ronaldo’s strengths at his fourth and likely final World Cup. last_img read more

Two Tipp men in Munster side

first_imgThe Cahir man lines out in the back row with the returning Robin Copeland and captain CJ Stander for the Pool 4 clash – he also played from the start in the Pro 12 victory over Ulster last weekend.There’s also good news for the province with the availability after injury of Clonmel’s Dave Foley, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway.Murray re-joins Ian Keatley in the half backs with Simon Zebo and Earls returning to the left and right wings respectively, while Rory Scannell and Francis Saili again form the midfield pairing.last_img

Drunk fan sneaks into Doug Pederson’s news conference, asks question, gets ejected

first_imgThe result left the door wide open for the Eagles to advance to the playoffs and as Pederson tried to reflect on the performance, there was a surprise visitor.Some #Eagles fan snuck into Doug Pederson’s press conference and Doug had to kick him out 😂#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/vhiwYXQpoe— Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) December 23, 2019As Pederson spoke to reporters, the Eagles boss noticed an uncredentialed person had made their way into the conference.The fan managed to ask a question about Eli Manning and the Giants – Philadelphia’s next opponents. He asked: “Doug, meeting Eli next weekend, what do you think?”Pederson replied, “Who is this? Is he with the media? Is he credentialed?” The spectator was then escorted out of the room.”This will be on SportsCenter,” Pederson joked as the news conference resumed.The Eagles (8-7) are away to the Giants (4-11) in New York on December 29. A fan was ejected from Doug Pederson’s news conference following the Philadelphia Eagles’ crucial NFL win over rivals the Dallas Cowboys.The Eagles seized control of the NFC East thanks to a 17-9 victory against the Cowboys in Philadelphia on Sunday. Philadelphia at least temporarily denied Dallas a second successive NFC East title, with the Eagles needing to win their final regular-season game against the New York Giants to clinch the division.last_img read more

Broward Man in Wheelchair Struck by Lightning, More Storms Likely Today

first_imgDangerous lightning has struck another South Florida resident.A wheelchair-bound Broward man was hit by lightning yesterday in Pompano Beach in Leisureville on West Golf Boulevard.The 38-year-old was found unconscious and taken to the hospital in critical condition.The storm also brought flooding to the area, and more storms are expected today and throughout the week.last_img