Journalists’ unions still protest at dangers in anti-racism law

first_img News News Receive email alerts News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News BoliviaAmericas to go further BoliviaAmericas February 1, 2018 Find out morecenter_img November 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists’ unions still protest at dangers in anti-racism law RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 18, 2016 Find out more Bolivian journalists’ union today completed collecting signatures for a major petition urging parliament to amend a new law against racism and all forms of discrimination enacted on 8 October because of the threat it poses to news media.Two articles in the new legislation (number 045) have created suspicion and concern within the profession. By 7 November 2010 the petition had already attracted some 700,000 signatures, the organisers said.The government has stepped up consultation with civil society to regulate the law but most professional bodies decided not to take part. A media observatory has been specially created to follow any complaints made against journalists or media under the new law.Reporters Without Borders has never objected to the general principle of a law which is justified by the recent political context. Nevertheless, we have suggested amendments to remedy any ambiguity in its application, particularly under Article 16 by which a media could be banned for “authorising or publishing racist and discriminatory ideas”. We proposed that this punishment should be applied to “media that explicitly defend racism and discrimination”. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has expressed the same view. Government talks set up on regulating the law are in themselves positive. Unfortunately, we find that the new legislation is already been applied without its controversial wording first being clarified. Our fears are being confirmed with cases currently under way. A badly drawn up and badly applied law could fail in its purpose and end up losing all legitimacy. A first case, reported in Potosí, in south-western Bolivia involves proceedings launched by the former secretary of the peasants’ federation against José Luis Apacani, the presenter of the TV programme “El Variadito” on privately-owned Canal 33. During the live broadcast, a spectator called the plaintiff “llama face” (a racist term used against the indigenous people of Altiplano). The channel’s managers decided to take the programme off air. “It was a case of negligence on the part of the journalist. We told him not to take telephone calls but he disobeyed”, they said.This case illustrates the problems created by the terms of the law on the responsibility of media. In this case, Canal 33 and it presenter did not call for racism, even if the comments of a viewer were reprehensible. The legal confusion could end in self-censorship.In a second case, local councillors in Oruro region announced they were bringing a complaint against the daily La Patria, which in an article on 9 September, referred to them as “concejiles” (little councillors) instead of “concejales”, a term that they considered to be “discriminatory”. In this case the offence seems to have even shakier grounds and also raises the problem of retroactivity of a law, which should normally only be applied to cases following its promulgation. (Photo : La Prensa) Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Follow the news on Bolivia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

East Northport Church Donation Box Thief Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this suspect?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who stole money from a church donation box in East Northport three weeks ago.The thief entered St. Anthony’s Church on Cheshire Place and stole a donation box at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, according to Second Precinct Crime Section officers investigating the case.The suspect is described as a white man with a thin-to-medium build and gray hair. He was wearing a red shirt. Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect in the hopes that someone will recognize him.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Local CPA gives tips to prepare for tax season

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTax season is right around the corner and now is a good time to start preparing. Bernie Lamp, Certified Public Accountant and partner at Straley, Lamp and Kraenzlein says the first thing taxpayers should do is be knowledgeable on tax laws and requirements.“I think just being aware what their situation is and aware of what the tax laws are. There are still some credits that are available especially in the area of tuition they can take advantage of.”Lamp says, since an increase in the standard deduction rate in 2018, using itemized deductions has not been as common. But for those who are close to exceeding the standard mark, $20,000 for singles and $40,000 for joint filers, now is a good time to consider the best ways to surpass the threshold. This may include paying property taxes by the end of the year, making charitable contributions, or selling investments at a loss to balance out with gains for the year. Lamp says,“Make sure you are taking advantage of some of those tax law provisions that became effective in 2018. We’re not seeing any new, significant changes in 2019. We’re going to have a presidential election in 2020 and we don’t know what’s going to happen at that point.”Lamp says now is also a good time to look over records, ensuring you have not underpaid in taxes up until this point in the year. Most importantly, familiarizing yourself with recent changes will keep you from a headache in the long run.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: cpa, Lamp, Lamp and Kraenzlein, Straley, tax, tax season, taxesContinue ReadingPrevious Geminids meteor shower to peak this weekendNext MSP vehicles outfitted with updated cameras, better sounds and visualslast_img read more

Bullish Blatter likens himself to ‘punching ball’ – and quotes Nelson Mandela as he confirms appeal

first_imgSepp Blatter responded to his eight-year ban in a press conference during which he confirmed he would appeal – and criticised the decision.In a rambling statement during which he quoted the late Nelson Mandela, he said that the decision was not a good one for him or for FIFA.He concluded the statement by telling the room: “I’ll be back.”He claimed from the start that the media had been informed of his ban before he had.He went on to apologise – but only for being “a punching ball”, adding that he was sorry for FIFA and for football as a whole.“I am sorry – I am sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball,” he said. “I am sorry that as president of FIFA I am a punching ball. I am sorry for football. I am sorry for the 400-plus Fifa members. I’m sorry. I am sorry about how I am treated in this world of humanitarian qualities.” Reporters also observed that he was still wearing his FIFA pin on the lapel of his jacket.He confirmed that he would be appealing the ban, saying: “I will fight for me and I will fight for FIFA,” and questioning the reasons for the decision.He added: “This ethics committee has no right to go against the president of FIFA.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more