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Is freedom of information a collateral victim of Ebola virus?

first_img On 7 August, Liberia’s supreme court ruled in favour of a petition filed by the Press Union of Liberia and ordered the reopening of the National Chronicle newspaper “with immediate effect.” Reporters Without Borders hails this decision, which comes nearly a year after the authorities closed the newspaper.————————— RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Reports News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News Help by sharing this information June 12, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further LiberiaAfrica RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists LiberiaAfrica Follow the news on Liberia September 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is freedom of information a collateral victim of Ebola virus? December 16, 2020 Find out more News As the Ebola virus continues to spread in Liberia, the authorities have reinforced their control over the national media in the past three weeks although the free flow of news and information is essential to controlling this public health crisis.Will freedom of information be one of the Ebola epidemic’s collateral victims? The Press Union of Liberia wrote to justice minister Christiana Tah on 4 September voicing alarm about the recent violations of freedom of information.The national newspapers have been repeatedly obstructed since the start of the Ebola outbreak. The investigative daily FrontPage Africa was ordered to turn off its generator. The police questioned the editors of Women Voices. A curfew has prevented reporters from going out at night. And the National Chronicle has been closed for the past three weeks.The Press Union of Liberia’s letter to the justice minister stressed that journalists wanted to help combat the Ebola epidemic and deplored the fact the media’s role in this national crisis was being restricted and blocked.“We support the Press Union of Liberia’s response to these disturbing developments,” Reporters Without Borders assistant research director Virginie Dangles said. “Such media freedom violations are unacceptable. Liberia’s public health crisis must not be used as a pretext for cracking down on the media. On the contrary, the media need to be involved as much as possible, to provide the population with constant information about the state of the epidemic, the government’s response and the preventive measures being adopted.”The police went to FrontPage Africa’s headquarters on 1 September and ordered it to turn off its generator on the grounds that it was causing pollution. This made it impossible to produce and print the newspaper. Nearby companies were nonetheless allowed to continue using their generators.FrontPage Africa was previously closed for months, from August to November 2013, and its editor, Rodney Sieh, was detained.Police questioned Women Voices editor Helen G. Nah on 30 August about a story in the previous day’s issue headlined “Police accused of Ebola money corruption: junior officers crying foul of unfair distribution of operation money.” Although no charge was brought against her, she was interrogated for several hours.The ability to do investigative reporting has been considerably reduced for the past several weeks. When proclaiming a state of emergency at the start of August, President Elaine Johnson Sirleaf warned that certain rights, including media rights, would be curtailed. A curfew was then imposed on 19 August, preventing everyone, including journalists, from going out after 9 pm.On 14 August, five days before the introduction of the curfew, police raided the National Chronicle, broke down its front door, released teargas inside, seized two computers and arrested news editor Emmanuel Mensah, computer technician Emmanuel Logan and copy editor Philibert S. Browne. Roughed up at the time of their arrest, the three journalists were later released.The newspaper, which has been closed ever since the raid, had recently published a series of articles critical of the president’s son Fumba Sirleaf, who heads the National Security Agency.The day that the National Chronicle was closed down, information minister Lewis Brown had asked journalists to restrict their coverage.“We are in a state of emergency,” he said. “We’re beginning to see all sorts of reports as if we are in normal times. Please, please, if you cannot help us, don’t hurt us. That’s the last warning you will ever hear from me.”Liberia is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo: Christiana Tah, justice minister of Liberia) November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Trusted Traveller scheme to replace air rage?

first_img TAGSair rageairportsecurityShannon Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsTrusted Traveller scheme to replace air rage?By Bernie English – January 12, 2016 872 WhatsApp Print New high-end jobs for Shannon THE KIND of air-rage that can be sparked in security queues could soon be avoided at Shannon and other European airports, if the European Commission acts on an undertaking to operate security checks through a ‘trusted traveller’ scheme.Under the scheme, passengers can volunteer their information for expedited screening, with random selection to allow for some unpredictability. They would not have to remove jackets, belts, laptops and liquids from cabin luggage, thus streamlining waiting queues.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has welcomed the commitment by the European Commission to use new screening technologies and apply risk-based security checks.“This is not about reducing security. It’s about using technology and new methods to make security a less cumbersome prospect. Airport security now accounts for 35 per cent of airports operating costs. Rather than a “one size fits all” solution based on reacting to a specific security incident, Europe should move towards a risk-based security system, where low risk passengers are identified and given expedited checkpoint screening.“Modern technology should mean that we are gone beyond the stage where we are asking 90-year-old women to remove their belts, shoes and wallets to walk through an old-fashioned metal detector.“There is little value in making someone queue for 30 minutes to take a half empty bottle of shampoo from them. We must have a realistic approach to what and who actually presents a risk to air travel” she said.center_img Advertisement Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Linkedin Twitter Email Previous articleLawlor new Network presidentNext article#WATCH Minister encourages INTO teachers to negotiate issues Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Only re-integration will solve Shannon Airport crisis Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19last_img read more

Home in “thriving” suburb appeals to local buyers

first_img63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.A five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Redbank Plains has sold for $400,000 with the drawcard the overall size of the home. Ray White – Redbank Plains selling agent Adam Vasiliou said the new owners, owner-occupiers, may look at adding a shed on the property, at 63 Goondoola St.The home, on a 1028sq m block of land, is close to shops, transport, schools and day care facilities.The two-storey home features a carpeted internal staircase leading to a living area with cathedral ceilings. There is a huge fully covered upper deck area for entertaining and great side access to the rear of the property.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Two of the five bedrooms are located downstairs. One has a walk-in wardrobe.Plenty of storage under the stairwell is available.Mr Vasiliou said the Redbank Plains real estate market was thriving at the moment.“The infrastructure is definitely providing the boost,” he said.“Affordability wise it is helping not only the owner-occupier but also the interstate investor. “We are seeing genuine growth in this section across the board,” he said.last_img read more

Romney slip generates reactions

first_imgJust miles from campus, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made national news Monday after characterizing President Barack Obama’s supporters as believing they are “victims” who are dependent on government benefits.The Romney campaign spent much of its Tuesday defending his comments, which were recorded at a private fundraiser in Los Angeles and released by the news organization Mother Jones.“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” Romney said in the video. “That, that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what … These are people who pay no income tax.”Almost immediately after Mother Jones posted the story, his remarks were picked up on Twitter accounts and posted to Facebook pages, including those of many students.Hyehyun Bahng, a sophomore majoring in biology, said she felt that the implications of Romney’s 47 percent comment could hurt his electoral chances.“I definitely think it can negatively affect him because people often turn these little mistakes into something bigger,” Bahng said. “In the case of presidents, people don’t want them to make little mistakes because they could turn into a big problem if the candidate was talking to ambassadors or powerful people.”According to presidential politics veteran Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics,   the Romney campaign’s response to his remarks will determine the speech’s affect on the election.“Romney is going to need to spend some time in the very short term explaining the point he was trying to make,” Schnur said. “The degree to which he is successful with that explanation is going to determine how much this impacts the campaign going forward.”Presidential gaffes are nothing new. Ironically, Schnur said, Mitt Romney’s father, Michigan governor George Romney, made one of the most notable gaffes in modern political history during his 1968 presidential bid.“He was talking about the Vietnam war and talking about how he had been ‘brainwashed’ by generals when he was there,” Schnur said. “The point he was trying to make was that he had been given an unduly optimistic report by generals, but because he used the term ‘brainwashed,’ it caused such a backlash that he was ultimately forced to withdraw from the campaign.”The simple fact of the mistake, not necessarily what is said alone, can be the problem, other students said.“The mistake Romney made last night within itself is not a problem, but I think the fact that people pick it up and talk about it makes it a bigger deal,” said Ronell Firouz, a senior majoring in business administration. “The way the media compounds upon it can have an effect on his candidacy.”Santiago Fernandez, a junior majoring in environmental studies, agreed that the media portrayal of gaffes can be the primary factor in determining voters’ responses.“The 47 percent commment could throw him off, depending on how the media will portray it to voters,” Fernandez said. “I don’t think the people he is trying to get on his side will appreciate it.”When covering gaffes, however, the media typically focuses on the opposing candidate’s response, Schnur said, citing Romney’s 47 percent gaffe as well as remarks from Obama earlier in the campaign about businessmen receiving help in creating companies.“Whether it is Obama and businesses, or Romney and the 47 percent, the media reports on what the candidate said,” Schnur said. “But it’s not until the other side goes after it hard that the coverage tends to saturate.”last_img read more