Follow the news on Italy September 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison for press law violation in EU founding member News to go further RSF_en Leggere in ItalianoReporters Without Borders denounces as outrageous the sentencing of an Italian journalist to 14 months in prison on a libel conviction.The 5th chamber of the Cassation Court upheld on 26 September the sentence of Alessandro Sallusti, for having authorized the publication of a February, 2007 article in the daily Libero, concerning an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl. Signed under a pseudonym, the article was deemed libelous in regard to a judge in Turin.Sallusti was the newspaper’s editor. At the time of the latest judicial decision he was editor in chief of Il Giornale (a daily owned by a brother of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi). He resigned following the court action. However, the Milan prosecutor’s office then suspended the sentence.“Suspending the sentence is by no means sufficient,” Reporters Without Borders said in its response. “Whatever the nature of the article, the simple fact that a journalist can be sent to prison for violating press law is unacceptable.” That action violates Italy’s constitution, the press freedom organization said, as well as international conventions that Italy has ratified. These include the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “The European Court of Human Rights has ruled consistently that press law violations must be sanctioned by limited and proportionate penalties. Imprisonment is prohibited, due to its intimidating effect on journalists,” the press freedom organization said.The effects of the Sallusti case have international repercussions, the organization added. “What credibility can the European Union have in requiring that countries applying for membership or associate status follow European press freedom standards, when a founding state tramples on them?,” the organization said. It demanded judicial withdrawal of the sentence. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union ItalyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out more (Picture: Il Giornale) ItalyEurope – Central Asia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Organisation News December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more
NewsMinister Ryan announces “substantial increase” of 70% in funding for environmental NGOsBy Sarah Carr – February 23, 2021 85 Email Photo by bardia Hashemirad on Unsplash THE Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, has announced that funding for environmental NGOs will see a 70% increase of €704,000 on the 2020 budget. The Irish Environmental Network (IEN) is to receive a total of €1,764,000 to support their “critical work” in Ireland’s fight against climate change.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have worked closely with the IEN members for many years and I have met them on a number of occasions since I became Minister. “I am very aware of the financial challenges the sector has faced over the last number of years and how the Covid 19 pandemic has impacted on these organisations. Their role in how we address the climate and biodiversity challenges we face has never been more crucial.” Minister Ryan explained. This substantial increase in supports to the @IrishEnvNet couldn’t be more timely. They play a crucial role in the fight against climate change. I’ve worked with the IEN members for many years & will continue to listen, learn, & collaborate with our eNGOs in my role as Minister. pic.twitter.com/gF3yteBCQ3— Eamon Ryan (@EamonRyan) January 21, 2021The Irish Environmental Network, established in 2002, is composed of over 30 environmental NGOs and over 35,000 volunteers whose aim is to support “the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability”. Amongst its members are the likes of BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Seed Savers Association and Irish Wildlife Trust.The IEN operates in a national and international capacity. The funding it receives through Local Government and Community helps to support the implementation of environmental policies on a national and multinational scale. The network also provides its members with training in areas such as communication, fundraising and governance helping its member organisations to expand their reach.“I am very aware of the critical work carried out by the member organisations of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN). These national environmental NGOs are active on a broad range of environmental issues, including wildlife conservation, biodiversity and climate change.“Therefore I am pleased to be able to deliver this substantial increase in their financial supports so that they can continue to build on their great work. I do this in recognition of the significant contribution they continue to make to Ireland’s fight against climate change.” said Minister Ryan. Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Print Previous articleTreaty United Fixtures Announced For 2021 First Division SeasonNext article21 Year-Old Limerick Winger Will Fitzgerald Signs For Derry City Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of a little British rock band you might have heard of by the name of Led Zeppelin. The band would go on to become one of the most popular acts of their era, and continue to influence new generations of artists to this day.When Led Zeppelin broke up on December 4th, 1980, it was a direct result of the tragic death of their remarkable drummer, John Bonham, though growing tensions between band members and their respective egos had been slowly building for years prior. The band’s living members (guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, and bassist/0rganist John Paul Jones) have continued to make music with various projects, but Led Zeppelin has remained largely dormant since then, aside from a handful of shows like Live Aid 1985, their ill-fated reunion show in 1988, and the one-off Celebration Day show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2017 with the late Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, filling in on drums.However, with the band’s 50th anniversary on the horizon, many fans have speculated about how they might acknowledge this meaningful milestone. Now, a new interview with Jimmy Page conducted by the Academy of Achievement has once again stoked the embers of speculation about LZ50. In the video interview, Page states, “There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard,” before adding that, “next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”The prospect of new, unreleased Zeppelin material for the band’s 50th anniversary is surely exciting. However, despite wide speculation by fans, recent statements from Plant have seemed to indicate that he does not plan to reunite with Page and company onstage to commemorate the anniversary. As he told he told The Daily Telegraph this past Fall, following the release of his new solo record, Carry Fire, “You can’t ever really go back It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”So for now, fans can get excited for some new Zeppelin material to commemorate the band’s 50th, and keep their fingers crossed that a live reunion might still be in the cards. Never say never…Watch Jimmy Page’s full video interview with the Academy of Achievement below via the Academy of Achievement YouTube page:[h/t – Billboard]
THE selection panel of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has handed West Indies Under-19 player Bhaskar Yadram and all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford their maiden senior call-up to the national lineup, for this weekend’s clash against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League Four-day, starting tomorrow at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Also making a return to the squad are middle-order batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and all-rounder Steven Jacobs. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who was in the West Indies T20 training squad when the last round was played, also returns to the squad.The five players replace opener Shimron Hetmyer, all-rounder Raymon Reifer, fast bowler Keon Joseph and batsman Vishaul Singh after they were called up as part of the West Indies Cricket Board’s President’s XI to face Pakistan in a three-day warm-up game this weekend in Jamaica. Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is unavailable for this round.Bhaskar YadramMeanwhile, the Jaguars are now the heavy favourites to win a hat-trick of titles after maintaining their lead at the top of the standings despite sitting out the ninth round of matches.The two-time defending champions have remained four points ahead of closest challengers Barbados Pride, who suffered a stunning 130-run defeat to perennial arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days at Kensington Oval last weekend.Jaguars are 109.8 points with Pride still second on 105.2.In that final round, Jaguars clash with a rejuvenated Windward Islands Volcanoes who have now won their last two games on the trot, to move up to fourth on 92.8 points.Jamaica Scorpions, meanwhile, saw their title chances slip in the last round when they produced a limp performance against Volcanoes to lose by eight wickets in Kingstown.They lie third on 98.6 points with a difficult assignment against Pride in the final round.Red Force, who started the last round bottom in the standings, revived themselves with a resounding victory over Pride and are now fifth on 82 points.They clash with Hurricanes at Warner Park, with their opponents now last on 66.4 points.The squad reads: Assad Fudadin, Rajendra Chandrika, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Leon Johnson (captain), Bhaskar Yadram, Keemo Paul, Anthony Bramble, Romario Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul (vice-captain), Gudakesh Motie, Clinton Pestano, Steven Jacobs and Sherfane Rutherford.