France: RSF defends French journalists against verbal and physical violence

first_img February 13, 2017 – Updated on February 14, 2017 France: RSF defends French journalists against verbal and physical violence Receive email alerts Political rally near Poitiers on 9 February, 2017 / AFP Organisation News RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on France Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about mounting verbal and physical violence against journalists by politicians and members of the public in recent weeks in France and reminds all concerned that the right to conduct investigative reporting must be respected.The Republicans party candidate François Fillon and some of his allies and supporters have verbally attacked and jeered journalists at campaign meetings ever since the Canard Enchaîné newspaper and the France 2 “Envoyé Spécial” TV programme reported that Fillon’s wife was paid a great deal for allegedly fictitious work.During a Fillon campaign meeting in Poitiers on 9 February, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin got the crowd to boo journalists at length. A few minutes later, Fillon himself lambasted the media and blamed them for his waning electoral fortunes.The verbal attacks by politicians have fuelled the anger that party activists are showing towards journalists. During another Fillon campaign meeting, an activist likened the reporting of Hugo Clément, a journalist with the TMC news programme “Quotidien,” to the Nazis taking Jews to Auschwitz.“RSF firmly condemns these attacks on journalist, who must be free to do their job without any threats or constraints, especially during an election period,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU desk.“This sickening and pernicious climate poses a danger to media freedom, especially when encouraged by senior politicians, who are thereby sending a barely veiled message that any member of the public can attack the media with impunity.”Paul Larrouturou, another “Quotidien” journalist, was forcibly ejected from an event in Paris 12 days ago by members of the security service used by the National Front when he put an awkward question to the party’s presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen.Journalists stonedRSF also condemns acts of violence against journalists during the past weekend in Bobigny. Troublemakers smashed RTL and Europe 1 vehicles during clashes with police at a demonstration on Saturday in support of a young black man who accuses the police of anally raping him with a baton during an identity check.The next day, a journalist with the BFM TV 24-hour news channel was attacked in Argenteuil.RSF points out that journalists have an essential role to play as eyewitnesses in the field, helping to ensure fair and impartial coverage of events.France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press FreedomIndex. FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence News FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ballyporeen stay up

first_imgTwo first half goals one from the penalty spot by Conor Sweeney and the other from Rian O Callaghan helped Ballyporeen defeat Moycarkey 2-16 to 0-8 in the senior football relegation play off last night. The result means Ballyporeen stay up while Moycarkey and Moyne Templetuohy will be back intermediate for 2016.In Ladies football Cappawhite take on West Clare gGaels in Shannon today at 5pm in the Munster Plate.last_img

2019 African Games Day 4: Abeiku Jackson makes 50m butterfly final

first_imgGhanaian swimmer, Abeiku Jackson, has qualified for the final of the 50m men’s butterfly in the ongoing Games in Morocco.He qualified in a time of 24.62 seconds in the 3rd heat on Thursday morning. He came second behind Ali Khalafalla of Egypt who had a time of 25.25 seconds.His compatriot, Niklas Yeboah, however, missed the final after he recorded a time of 25.41 seconds in the fourth heat.Jackson will compete in the final which is slated for Thursday evening.last_img

Nowitzki ”super excited” about Germany generation for China 2019

first_img Nowitzki, who is expected to retire after the current NBA campaign – having spent all 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks – went on to say he’s enjoyed how Rodl has taken charge of the team during the Qualifiers.”It’s been fun observing the positive development,” said Nowitzki, who played at two World Cups (2002 and 2006).”IF EVERYBODY IS HEALTHY, THEN THE GERMAN FEDERATION HAS ASSEMBLED A GREAT YOUNG GROUP. WITH DANIEL THEIS, WITH MAXI (KLEBER), WITH DENNIS (SCHRODER) – THAT IS A SUPER EXCITING GENERATION.”- NowitzkiThe 2.13m (7ft) big man has high hopes the team will perform well in China.”The guys have to fight through it and see how the tournament goes. I definitely believe the team has enough weapons,” said Nowitzki, who last played for the national team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.The main weapon, according to Nowitzki, will be the Oklahoma City Thunder star Schroder.”Especially if Dennis plays a super tournament, then everything is possible,” he said. “If everybody is healthy, then the DBB (German Basketball Federation) has assembled a great young group. With Daniel Theis, with Maxi (Kleber), with Dennis (Schroder) – that is a super exciting generation,” the 40-year-old said. Nowitzki, who helped Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup in 2002, says Germany could definitely use a healthy Paul Zipser as well. The former Chicago Bulls forward made his comeback for the national side in last month’s final window of the Qualifiers, scoring 15 points to go with 4 rebounds in 15 minutes against Israel. However, a foot injury forced him to sit out the final game at home against Greece.”Hopefully Paul Zipser is fit again soon too,” Nowitzki said.center_img German veteran star Dirk Nowitzki is “super excited” about the country’s current generation that is headed to China for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and believes the team has a chance to reach the Quarter-Finals.Nowitzki told the German language BIG magazine he followed Germany’s campaign during the European Qualifiers and expects big things from the side coached by Henrik Rodl. Nowitzki hopes Germany can perform well enough to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Games and experience the Olympics, something he did in 2008, when he was Germany’s flag-bearer in Beijing. “It would be a really great thing and an important step also for the federation to qualify for the Olympics,” Nowitzki noted. “Hopefully the guys play a great World Cup and fulfil this dream.”The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify directly 7 teams to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the 16 next best classified teams at the World Cup will get the chance of qualifying through one of the 4 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.last_img read more