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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Children going back to school homeless

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter TAGSAlan Jacqueseducationhomelessness Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Print Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge According to Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane, the figures for the city are especially stark THE rise in rents in the city and county as seen in the recent Daft.ie report coupled with a shortage of housing is a major concern for Focus Ireland, with Limerick children severely impacted.According to Focus Ireland Limerick manager Ger Spillane, the figures for the city are especially starkwith a one-bed apartment now renting at €678 per month — a near 14 per cent rise in 12 months. Available one-bed apartments in the county area have also risen remarkably, at 8.8 per cent year-on-year or up to €478 per month.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Focus Ireland warned that the nearly 3,000 children who are homeless nationally are becoming the invisible victims of the rental crisis as many have been forced into homelessness due to rising rents or through buy-to-let properties being repossessed.The charity said the situation is bleak for 1,800 schoolchildren who are homeless as they prepare to return to school while living in emergency accommodation.“Up to 1,800 children are preparing to return to primary or secondary school and many are from families forced into homelessness by the rental crisis. This situation is really impacting on them as children and on their education. It is fundamentally wrong this is being allowed to happen,” Mr Spillane commented.Focus Ireland believe the Government review of Rebuilding Ireland must include immediate action to ease the rental crisis and to get more vacant homes back into the housing stock.“Our frontline staff here in Limerick are still dealing with people who have become homeless from the rental sector as rents have been hiked up and they can’t afford them. There needs to a much wider range of Government actions taken to protect tenants and keep them in their homes,” he insists.The latest Daft report shows that rents are at an all-time high, while the number of homes available to rent remains at the lowest level on record. Mr Spillane said the situation will not greatly improve without an increase in the number of rental properties available on the market.Read more news stories in the Limerick Post News section. Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Previous articleLimerick winners at Pure M AwardsNext articleCouncillors urged to review Limerick greenway Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsCommunityPoliticsChildren going back to school homelessBy Alan Jacques – August 31, 2017 1304 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launchedlast_img read more

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Good for Mike Pence wanting to protect his marriage

first_imgNational Review 30 March 2017Family First Comment: The media and the left are in an uproar because the Vice President made a decision years ago never to place himself in a compromising situation or place of temptation in order to protect his marriage. “If you read the Post’s story in full, you’ll see that Mike Pence believes that, in Karen, he has a great thing going. For knowing himself well enough to avoid screwing that good thing up, he should be praised by the culture, not mocked and maligned. There’s a decency at play there. There’s a humility, too. Good for the vice-president. He’s made his vows, and he’s sure as hell gonna keep ‘em.”Good for him!#protectmarriagewww.protectmarriage.org.nzTwo days ago, the Washington Post ran a fascinating profile on Mr. and Mrs Mike Pence, once sentence from which has inspired both outrage and mockery:In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either. If themore pointed among the reactions are to be believed, this rule suggests that Pence is a religious weirdo, an enemy of women, a reactionary, or a closet pervert — or perhaps all of the above. Were I to sum up the responses in a single word, that word would be “yuck.”And I can’t for the life of me figure out why. For a start, I cannot imagine being critical of or caustic toward the private decisions that any couple makes in order to strengthen their marriage. If there is any over-zealotry at play here, it is in support of the Pences’ most sacred promises to each other. Have we really reached the point at which that’s abominable?Moreover, I suspect that we are really arguing over degrees, not absolutes. Among the arguments that I’ve seen leveled against Pence are that he “doesn’t trust himself”; that he “doesn’t trust women”; that he must be some sort of sex-addict; that he sees all females as “temptresses” or “sirens”; and that he erroneously regards himself as an “adonis.” “Why,” some have inquired, “does Pence seem to believe that having dinner with a woman will lead inexorably to sex?” None of these critiques makes sense to me. Suppose that instead of saying that he “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife,” Pence had said that he never lets a woman who is not his wife into his hotel rooms. Would that imply that he thinks he’s irresistible? Or that he can’t control himself? Or that he thinks that women are innately nymphomaniacal? Or, alternatively, would it suggest that he wants to avoid giving off the wrong impression – either to other women or to the press — and that he is aware of human nature and the way in which temptation works? I’d argue that the latter is the case, and that by avoiding one-on-one dinners and eschewing drinking when alone, he is merely drawing the line a little closer than would others (and would I).READ MORE: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/446282/mike-pence-wants-protect-his-marriage-good-himKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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