Time for firm measures to protect reporters against police violence in France

first_img News FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityCitizen-journalistsViolence After French President Emmanuel Macron asked his government for “clear proposals for improving police conduct”, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to finally take firm measures to protect journalists against police violence. June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 10, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2020 Time for firm measures to protect reporters against police violence in France June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation ISA HARSIN / AFP / POOL Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img The past few years have been marked by cases of serious police violence against journalists, which RSF has repeatedly raised with the government and taken to court. After several announcements by the President of the Republic and the Interior Minister that have not been followed by action, strong government measures are long overdue.The President’s request to his Prime Minister on 7 June to “accelerate” proposals for “improving police conduct” is welcome and nees to lead to a complete overhaul of police methods and tactics. Reminding the government of the 10 proposals it submitted to the Interior Minister in June 2019, RSF calls for an overhaul of police training and techniques for policing protests and for the creation of mechanisms for improving relations between police and reporters on the ground.“After spending four years tallying and denouncing cases of police violence against journalists, appealing to the authorities, taking cases to court and drafting proposals, we call on the government to finally adopt concrete and bold measures to end these violations of press freedom and the right to information in France,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said.Police violence against journalists increased not only during last year’s “Yellow Vest” protests but also from 2016 to 2018 during the nighttime “Nuit Debout” demonstrations and the protests against Labour Law reform. While on duty covering the protests and the demands expressed, journalists were repeatedly insulted and beaten by police which fired flashball rounds or stingball grenades at them.In 2017, RSF asked the French Ombudsman to investigate ten cases of journalists who had been subjected to unwarranted violence by the security forces while covering the “Nuit Debout” demonstrations and protests against the Labour Law reform in 2016 and 2017. RSF then raised these issues with the French President who promised RSF’s Secretary General in a meeting in May 2019 that “action will be taken” to address police violence against reporters at protests.At a meeting the following month, RSF submitted its ten proposals to the Interior Minister, who promised to study them, and an RSF delegation participated in a discussion at the Interior Ministry in November 2019 on a new approach to policing protests which is still awaited.Finally, in December 2019, RSF filed a joint complaint at the public prosecutor’s office in Paris with 13 journalists who were the victims of police violence while covering “Yellow Vest” protests between November 2018 and May 2019.RSF’s Deloire added: “We deplore the fact that the 2019 report by the National Police Inspectorate General, published on 8 June 2020, referred to an increase in ‘deliberate violence’ by the police but did not mention the violence against reporters in the field. This omission suggests that the authorities are trying to deny the facts or the importance of the abuses that have taken place.”France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Follow the news on France “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityCitizen-journalistsViolence Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en News to go furtherlast_img read more

Barbara Wade Schuler

first_imgBarbaraWade Schuler, 76, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away February 21, 2017.Barbara was born March 6, 1940 in Dunnville, KY, daughter of the late G. B. Wade and Frances WadeBarbara attended elementary school in Casey County and graduated from Berea Foundation High School. She was the Co-Owner and Office Manager of WSCH Radio for 33 years. Barbara was also Co-Founder of John Schuler Tours where she worked as an office administrator. Barbara served as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, where she was also active in the Stephens Ministries. In the past she volunteered as a “Pink Lady” for the Dearborn County Hospital Auxiliary. In Barbara’s free time she enjoyed her plants and flowers in the yard, but most of all, she loved spending time with her husband and many cherished pets, including Squirt and Sidney.Surviving is her loving husband of 52 years, John W. Schuler; brothers, Jerry (Caroline) Wade of Russell Springs, KY, Iva (Jewel) Wade of Windsor, KY, Milton (Brenda) Wade of Dunnville, KY, Castle Wade of Russell Springs, KY, Phillip Wade of Russell Springs, KY; sister, Wilma Wade of Lexington, KY; and special friend, Tina Buckhave.She was preceded in death by her parents G. B. and Frances Wade.Friends will be received Saturday, February 25, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Rd., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 4:00PM immediately following visitation with Pastor Bill Secrest officiating.Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Aurora, P.A.W.S. or Dearborn County Home Health and Hospice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Spurs shed ‘soft touch’ image as Pochettino leaves his mark

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham have been derided as a soft touch for decades, but the sight of Eden Hazard being hounded into submission showed Mauricio Pochettino’s side are finally shedding their nice-guy image.The perception of Tottenham as entertaining but ultimately flawed under-achievers has haunted a succession of managers at the north London club.But Pochettino has worked tirelessly to imbue his squad with a more ruthless streak and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg suggested his efforts have not been in vain.Tangible evidence of Tottenham’s new-found steely side could be seen in the way Hazard trudged wearily down the Wembley tunnel at full-time.In a bid to subdue Chelsea’s influential playmaker, Hazard was subjected to 90 minutes of intense tackling from Tottenham, who fouled the Belgian seven times — more than any other team this season.While Tottenham were aggressive in their approach, it was hardly the work of a group of hatchet men intent on kicking an opponent into submission.Pochettino wanted Hazard to realise nothing would come easily for him, that Tottenham players would be hassling him at every turn.It was the kind of shrewd game-plan that teams from Pochettino’s native Argentina have often used successfully and it worked to perfection against Chelsea.Hazard, already hampered by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s decision to use him as a centre forward, found it difficult to find the space to flourish as Tottenham crowded him out time and again.The Spurs boss would not go into detail when asked about his team’s treatment of Hazard, but he did acknowledge he was the man to stop. “He has unbelievable quality. He was involved in the game a lot,” Pochettino said.“It is so difficult to stop him. We are talking about a player on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”– Glory game –Such a smart yet cynical approach would, in the past, have been anathema to a club raised on the legendary Danny Blanchflower’s famous claim that “the game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish”.Yet Pochettino has no qualms about his desire to make Tottenham more streetwise.“If you think about how we can improve our squad, it’s not only about adding quality players, but sometimes you need to be a little bit naughty,” Pochettino said this week.“We are so nice and in that game we showed that we can be a little naughty.”While Harry Kane, whose penalty winner made him Tottenham’s fourth highest all-time scorer, remains Pochettino’s most valuable asset, it was the tenacity of a well-drilled defence that emerged as the key to victory against Chelsea.With Tottenham searching for their first trophy since 2008, maintaining that hard-nosed style will be essential if Pochettino is at last to win the first silverware of his managerial career.There have been too many moments in Pochettino’s reign when Tottenham have shrunk in the spotlight.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more