New threats to journalists’ sources

first_img February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia November 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New threats to journalists’ sources Organisation Receive email alerts Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the Northern Territory police for secretly accessing the telephone records of Darwin-based reporter Justin O’Brien in an attempt to identify a confidential source, and for threatening legal action against him.The press freedom organization expresses its full support for O’Brien and his newspaper, the Northern Territory News, and shares his concern that the police had access to sources and materials beyond the particular items targeted.The police launched their investigation in an attempt identify O’Brien’s source for a Northern Territory News report about a police raid on the home of Darwin mayor Graeme Sawyer. Police in the state of Victoria admitted a similar intrusion into Herald Sun journalists’ phone records in September.Reporters Without Borders said it was ironic that the police were behaving in this manner at the very time that the Australian parliament was moving to amend the Evidence Act so as to offer journalists some protection for the confidentiality of their sources.“We reject this sort of police infringement into media freedom in democracies such as Australia,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Journalists perform an important Fourth Estate role in society and find their role compromised if confidential sources are intimidated by such actions.”“I am not going to be revealing my source,” O’Brien told Reporters Without Borders. “I am willing to take the stand and say I will not reveal my source. I haven’t committed an offence and they have accessed my phone records to try to find out my sources. There is no guarantee of the length of time they have been looking back.”O’Brien said he had done several stories relating to immigration detention centres and other matters with confidential sources used as contacts.Northern Territory News deputy editor Matt Cunningham said the newspaper planned to file a complaint about the police actions with the Northern Territory ombudsman.Reporters Without Borders is especially alarmed by comments made by Northern Territory police commissioner John McRoberts to ABC Radio on 9 November, when he implied that the reporter might have committed an offence simply by receiving information from a police whistleblower.“Such comments appear to be a classic case of ‘shooting the messenger’, which is all the more disturbing when it comes from a senior police officer,” Julliard said. The organization calls on all the state and territory governments in Australia to implement similar protection for journalists’ confidential sources to that proposed at the national level.Links to the Northern Territory News reports: http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/05/192081_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/04/191921_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/09/192831_ntnews.htmlhttp://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/08/192461_ntnews.htmlLink to ABC report: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/09/3061220.htm?section=justinLink to the Herald Sun incident: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/spy-force-exposed/story-e6frf7… AustraliaAsia – Pacific News to go further Follow the news on Australia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Home repossessions to increase next year Limerick senator told

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR COURT proceedings by mortgage providers PTSB to repossess family homes will increase next year, Limerick Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell has been informed.At Tuesday’s hearing of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Senator O’Donnell questioned PTSB asset management director Shane O’Sullivan on the number of repossession cases the company has before the courts and how likely that number is to increase.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr O’Sullivan said that legal proceedings are only initiated when there is no engagement by a customer and, in most cases, €8,000 legal costs will be added to the borrower’s account.“Do you find that to be fair or reasonable?, Senator O’Donnell questioned.“It is the industry practice”, Mr O’Sullivan responded.He said that up to 50 per cent of distressed customers were not engaging with the bank and 40 per cent only engaged with them after they were brought to court.“We are looking to retain our customers and get the best solution for them but we do foresee the number of repossession cases increasing,” he told Senator O’Donnell.Mr O’Sullivan confirmed that the bank had thousands of demand letters out to customers as well as a similar amount of legal letters “currently live” with distressed customers.Earlier, PTSB chief executive John Masding said that they currently had 441 repossessed homes for sale on its asset books.PTSB is to provide figures on its legal costs after committee chairman John McGuinness said that he was “shocked by the arrogance of a bank who would try to beat the customers they wronged in the higher courts”. Linkedin Previous articleLimerick’s Georgian Society rings out Christmas FestivitiesNext articleSend abroad a hamper of favourite foodstuffs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKieran O’DonnelllimerickPTSB Twitter NewsHome repossessions to increase next year Limerick senator toldBy Staff Reporter – November 29, 2016 671 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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