Belgian bill threatens investigative journalism

first_img RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more This view is shared by the General Association of Belgian Professional Journalists (AGJPB-AVBB), which wrote to Reynders on 14 August voicing concern about the bill’s impact on freedom of expression. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Organisation BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionWhistleblowers News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive The government has said the bill would be amended before being resubmitted to the cabinet and parliament. August 20, 2019 Belgian bill threatens investigative journalism Didier Reynders, foreign affairs and defence minister / AFP Proposed by Didier Reynders, Belgium’s minister for foreign affairs and defence, the bill was hardly noticed when it was approved by the cabinet in early May. As it stands, it makes no exceptions although not everyone would face the same penalty. Under article 22 of the bill, journalists could be fined up to 5,000 euros while whistleblowers would face a possible five-year jail term. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Belgian authorities to exempt journalists andwhistleblowers acting in the public interest from a proposed law under which divulgingclassified information would be punishable by up to five years in prison. December 2, 2020 Find out more In an opinion issued in late June, Belgium’s Council of State warned that the bill’s broad wording could violate jurisprudence on the right to information stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights. “In its current form, this bill could criminalize investigative journalism and threaten the Belgian public’s right to information,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The government must restore a balance between press freedom and the protection of classified information or else Belgium’s ranking in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index could be affected.” to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU BelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionWhistleblowers June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belgium News Receive email alerts News Belgium is ranked ninth out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Newslast_img read more

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Benitez believes in Lampard’s fitness

first_imgRafael Benitez believes Frank Lampard is capable of playing at the highest level up to and including the World Cup. Press Association Lampard, who is 35 in June, has scored nine goals in his last 14 matches for Chelsea to move within four of Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202. He also netted the decisive strike in England’s 2-1 defeat of Brazil – his 27th international goal in his 94th appearance. Benitez believes David Luiz, who captained Brazil at Wembley, moving into midfield has given Lampard the opportunity to influence games in attack. “When he (Lampard) has a holding midfielder it’s easier for him to go forward,” Benitez added. “David Luiz can give you balance in the middle. He understands the role. “He knows Lampard and Ramires are players who like to go forward, so to have a player like Luiz who can stay in the middle is important for him and also for the centre-backs because they are more protected. “His quality in possession is really good. He’s a player that can see the game and pass the ball with pace. “He can still improve his shooting – but he is doing well.” center_img The 34-year-old’s future is clouded in uncertainty, with contradictory reports over whether Chelsea are prepared to offer him a contract to extend his 12-year stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season. Benitez would not be drawn on Lampard’s Chelsea future, but, asked if the midfielder could feature for England in Brazil in 2014, the interim Blues boss said: “Yes, I think so. He is a good professional. If he has no injuries he can still play at a good level.” last_img read more

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B&H Junior Basketball Representation in Group With Spain, Italy and China

first_imgThe B&H junior basketball representation will participate at the informal World Championship in Germany in April.This tournament, titled “Albert Schweizer” will be held from 19 to 26 April. 16 representations will participate and the B&H representation is part of group D, together with the teams of Spain, Italy and China.England, Sweden, Argentina and Serbia are in the A group. Japan, Slovenia, Turkey and Germany are in the B group, while USA, Ukraine, France and Chile are in the C group.The first game of the B&H team is scheduled for 19 April against Spain (16:30), and a day later B&H will play against Italy (14:00). B&H junior basketball players in the last round will play against China.The two best qualified teams of every group will continue the competition in the quarterfinals.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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