As things stand, politicians only have an automatic right of reply when “false or mendacious” claims have been published about them. But the bill now before the Slovak parliament would grant them this right whenever they felt that their honour or reputation had been harmed, regardless of the accuracy of the facts. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is a concerned about a proposed amendment to Slovakia’s media law that would make it easier for Slovak politicians to demand a right of reply in the media, even when the facts at issue were proven and verified. RSF fears that this could jeopardize the freedom to inform “But allowing politicians to systematically demand a right of reply whenever they feel slighted, even when the facts are proven and verified, opens the way to abuses. Because this right could be abused, we urge Slovakia’s parliamentarians to revise the bill so that it does not obstruct the freedom to inform at time when the media are revealing information about Ján Kuciak’s murder that could affect certain politicians.” Declaring “a war” on journalists, Fico announced the creation of a Smer-SD legal team tasked with monitoring the media. Forced to resign as prime minister after investigative reporter Ján Kuciak’s murder a year ago, Fico has long been in the habit of attacking the media and is notorious for referring to reporters as “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and “idiotic hyenas.” March 29, 2019 Slovak press law change would dangerously expand politicians’ “right of reply” RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive to go further SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” Under the proposed amendment that parliament is due to begin debating in May, media outlets that refuse to publish a politician’s response could be ordered to pay damages of up to 5,000 euros. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information News News AFP RSF_en SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment After the shock caused by Kuciak’s murder, some moderation was expected from the political class in their treatment of the news media and journalists. But nothing has been done in the past year to improve the environment for the media and strengthen protection for press freedom in Slovakia, currently ranked 27th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. News “When media outlets publish allegations about politicians, it is legitimate for the politicians to have a right of reply, in order to defend themselves,” said Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “You are an enormous danger to the Slovak Republic’s democratic development,” former Prime Minister Robert Fico, the Smer-SD party’s boss, told journalists on 21 March, going so far as to threaten to sue Beata Balogová, the editor of the serious daily SME. Follow the news on Slovakia February 4, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more The amendment has been proposed by the ruling Smer-SD party, which wants to provide politicians with an effective tool for defending themselves against what it calls “media terror.” Organisation
Syracuse will compete in the EA Sports Maui Invitational in 2013. The Orange is among the eight-team field announced in a tournament press release Monday.SU won its only two previous appearances in the highly competitive early-season tournament in 1990 and 1998.The 2013 field also includes Arkansas, Baylor, California, Gonzaga, Dayton, Minnesota and host Division-II Chaminade. The eight teams announced Monday are a part of the Championship Round of the tournament. Four more teams will play in the opening and regional games as part of the tournament, too. Those schools will be announced at a later date, according to the tournament release.The games will be played at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii. The tournament is often held in late November.The 2013 tournament will be the 30th in the event’s history. In addition to Syracuse, Dayton and Gonzaga both won the Maui Invitational in 2003 and 2009, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]
Mario Balotelli’s lawyers are preparing to present their case after taking the Manchester City striker’s appeal against a club fine to a Premier League tribunal.Balotelli has exercised his right to take his fight to a league panel after failing to overturn the sanction through City’s internal appeals process.Press Association Sport understands City imposed a fine of two weeks’ wages – a figure reported to be around £340,000 — on the Italy international last season for on-field indiscipline.Neither City nor the Premier League have commented on what is regarded as a private matter but it is understood a hearing will take place tomorrow at an undisclosed location in London. It is unknown whether Balotelli, who will be represented a team of Italian lawyers, will make a personal appearance.A whole day has been set aside for the hearing and it is unlikely a verdict will be reached on the day as the panel will need time to deliberate. Balotelli, 22, missed 11 competitive matches through suspension last season as a result of three red cards — one the previous campaign — and one retrospective punishment.That was also in a season in which he courted controversy for numerous off-field matters. News of the fine emerged this week and has fuelled further speculation that the player could leave the Etihad Stadium in the January transfer window. Balotelli’s form this season has generally been under scrutiny having scored just one goal in the Premier League. He was also omitted from the squad by manager Roberto Mancini, for the second time in just over a month, for Saturday’s victory at Newcastle. Mancini also voiced fears the player’s talent could go to waste after an ineffectual performance in the derby loss to Manchester United nine days ago.
Clemens Westerhof has been dreaming lately. And from far away Holland, his home, the man who turned Nigeria’s football around spoke of his dreams yesterday in a telephone chat.“I sleep and in the middle of the night I wake up. They ask me what is the matter and Isay I have just dreamt of Nigeria doing well in the World Cup in Brazil.”Clemens WesterhofStephen Keshi, the Eagles coach was captain of Nigeria when Westerhof was the manager. Nigeria placed 5th in the FIFA ranking after USA ’94 World Cup which followed the Nations Cup victory in Tunisia. A television house is doing a documentary on what transformed Nigeria’s football and has invited Westerhof to Nigeria this April to speak on how he did it. Interestingly, May 3 is Westerhof’s birthday and he will be in Nigeria to celebrate it.“Westerhof could make you play like Pele,” Keshi said of the Dutch in his media chat last week. The Dutch was known for inspiring players and high discipline. And these virtues, he said, Keshi must imbibe in the current team for them to excel in Brazil.Westerhof commended Keshi, advised on selection and said “Nigeria can be among the last four in the World Cup and the time for this is now. I dream that this is Nigeria’s time and I want Keshi to make the team a family so that they can play for each other on and off the field, make discipline high so that nobody loses his head, make good preparation and select well. If it goes like this, Nigeria will be among the last four, I tell you.”He watched Nigeria’s friendly match against Mexico in Atlanta and said this of the Eagles:“You have fantastic goalkeepers. And I tell you, Nigeria have many players in Europe. Not all of them are known to Nigerians but there are many good ones. Keshi can do better than I did. He should. And he can. Nigeria can be among the last four.You have many good players but they are silent. Ike Uche is good but he must be a team player. And the boy in Newcastle (Shola Ameobi) can be made strong and made to play behind the central attacker. Emenike is strong. You must have a strong left footer like Amunike or Friday Elaho. You can make the players very fit, very strong and Oyibo is in trouble, I tell you. Then you ensure there’s strong discipline. I dream every time about Nigeria. The time for Nigeria is now and I know that Keshi can do it. At Tunisia ’94 I told the government the cup is coming to Nigeria. And in Tunisia the foreign media came and I told them the cup is ours. I allowed the players to take a stroll and the media came to me and said what have you done to your players. They are very confident and already walking like champions.I told them I made them believe so and that the cup is ours. Keshi must do same in Brazil. When we reached the final I called Amuneke and told him, listen, you will be the joker tomorrow. Are you ready to play? He said “yes, coach, I play with my heart out.I told him you play tomorrow but don’t tell anybody yet. The final was his first match and he scored the two goals that gave us the cup. Sometimes you surprise everybody. How is the Federation President?I wish Nigeria well in Brazil.”