2016 World Press Freedom Index: a “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom

first_img Condemning abusesReports and statistics Organisation April 13, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 2016 World Press Freedom Index: a “deep and disturbing” decline in media freedom The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Ever since the 2013 index, Reporters Without Borders has been calculating indicators of the overall level of media freedom violations in each of the world’s regions and worldwide. The higher the figure, the worse the situation. The global indicator has gone from 3719 points last year to 3857 points this year, a 3.71% deterioration. The decline since 2013 is 13.6%. The many reasons for this decline in freedom of information include the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of governments in countries such as Turkey and Egypt, tighter government control of state-owned media, even in some European countries such as Poland, and security situations that have become more and more fraught, in Libya and Burundi, for example, or that are completely disastrous, as in Yemen. The survival of independent news coverage is becoming increasingly precarious in both the state and privately-owned media because of the threat from ideologies, especially religious ideologies, that are hostile to media freedom, and from large-scale propaganda machines. Throughout the world, “oligarchs” are buying up media outlets and are exercising pressure that compounds the pressure already coming from governments. All of the Index’s indicators show a decline from 2013 to 2016. This is especially the case for infrastructure. Some governments do not hesitate to suspend access to the Internet or even to destroy the premises, broadcast equipment or printing presses of media outlets they dislike. The infrastructure indicator fell 16% from 2013 to 2016. The legislative framework has registered an equally marked decline. Many laws have been adopted penalizing journalists on such spurious charges as “insulting the president,” “blasphemy” or “supporting terrorism.” Growing self-censorship is the knock-on effect of this alarming situation. The “media environment and self-censorship” indicator has fallen by more than 10% from 2013 to 2016. Every continent has seen its score decline. The Americas have plunged 20.5%, above all as a result of the impact of physical attacks and murders targeting journalists in Mexico and Central America. Europe and the Balkans declined 6.5%, above all because of the growing influence of extremist movements and ultraconservative governments. The Central Asia/Eastern Europe region’s already bad score deteriorated by 5% as a result of the increasingly glacial environment for media freedom and free speech in countries with authoritarian regimes. Published by Reporters Without Borders annually since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses. See the 2016 World Press Freedom Index on the RSF.org website from 20 April onwards. RSF_en The 2016 edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will publish on 20 April, shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels. Reports Condemning abusesReports and statistics Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Plea Seeks AG’s Consent To Initiate Contempt Against Rajdeep Sardesai Over His Tweets About Prashant Bhushan Case

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Seeks AG’s Consent To Initiate Contempt Against Rajdeep Sardesai Over His Tweets About Prashant Bhushan Case Nilashish Chaudhary10 Sep 2020 6:12 AMShare This – xAn application has been placed before Attorney General KK Venugopal seeking consent for the initiation of contempt proceedings against Consulting Editor of the India Today Group, Rajdeep Sardesai.The petition for initiation of contempt proceedings claims that Sardesai has willingly disrespected the Supreme Court and attempted to defame the institution through a series of statements made…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn application has been placed before Attorney General KK Venugopal seeking consent for the initiation of contempt proceedings against Consulting Editor of the India Today Group, Rajdeep Sardesai.The petition for initiation of contempt proceedings claims that Sardesai has willingly disrespected the Supreme Court and attempted to defame the institution through a series of statements made on Twitter. Alleging that the well-known TV anchor intentionally made derogatory and scandalous statements, the petitioner has sought for initiation of contempt proceedings against him “for willful and deliberate disobedience of the orders/judgment” passed by the Supreme Court. The petitioner, Aastha Khurana, a 20 year old resident female of Panipat, Haryana, has pointed out several tweets of Sardesai to claim that he has shown no respect towards the Supreme Court and gone on to question the credibility of sitting as well as former Judges. In support of her claims, the petitioner places reliance on the most recent tweet from 31.08.2020, wherein Sardesai had remarked saying “Clearly, court looking to wriggle out of an embarrassment of its own making”, in the context of the Re. 1 fine imposed on Prashant Bhushan in his contempt case. Pointing out other comments by the senior journalist’s with regard to Prashant Bhushan’s case, the petitioner contends that he “tried to spread feeling of no confidence on the Hon’ble Court amongst public and even stated the apology by the Hon’ble Court for its recent judgments.” Another tweet from 14.08.2020 has also been highlighted wherein it is stated that Sardesai compared the judgment in Prashant Bhushan’s case to Habeas Corpus petitions of those detained in Kashmir. Further reference is made to a tweet which was posted on 23.07.2020 and allegedly cast aspersions on (Retd.) Justice Arun Mishra. Though the tweet was later deleted, elaborates the petition, it received “huge media publicity” and “questioned the fairness” of the Court. Having further alluded to Sardesai’s comments regarding former and present Judges, the petitioner submits that these kind of statements pose a big threat to the Judiciary. “Such attacks on this Hon’ble Court is not a freedom of speech and expression, but it has done purposely in order to defame and disrespect the image of the Court”, contends the petitioner. She goes on to submit that Sardesai is a “well known personally and various people take his statement as true and correct, therefore his statement on the top judicial body of his country indicates a threat to the society, which will lead to no trust on the judiciary and the justice will never deliver to the people because they will look at this Hon’ble Court with a questionable eyes and all the respect of this prestigious institution will vanish.” Furthermore, she adds that his tweets are in the public domain and are accessible globally, which could lead to giving the Apex Court a poor image abroad as well. When a criminal contempt petition is filed by a private individual, the consent of the Attorney General (or Solicitor General) is required before the Top Court can consider the matter. Therefore, as per Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act read with Rule 3 of Rules to Regulate Proceedings for Contempt of Supreme Court, an application has been placed before KK Venugopal. Last month, the Attorney General had declined sanction for a petition seeking to initiate contempt against actor Swara Bhaskar over her remarks against Ayodhya judgment, observing that the comments did not amount to attack on the judiciary. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Van Drew Captures Congressional Race, Desiderio Wins Freeholder

first_imgPolitical insiders say Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew may be going over to the GOP side in days to come. By Donald Wittkowski and Maddy VitaleDemocrat Jeff Van Drew defeated Republican Seth Grossman to win the hotly contested 2nd Congressional District race that pitted a moderate against a staunch conservative who aligned himself with President Donald Trump.In another key race, Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, a Republican, easily outdistanced his Democratic challenger Jeremiah Schenerman, 63 percent to 37 percent, to capture his sixth term on the board that oversees county government.“It’s a great victory,” said Desiderio, who also serves as mayor of Sea Isle City. “I’m very humbled by the support I received across our county, especially in my home of Sea Isle City. I look forward to continuing my work for all residents of Cape May County – Republicans, Democrats and undeclared. I work for the people and have never forgot this.”In New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race, Democrat Bob Menendez won his third term, beating back Republican candidate Bob Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive.Republican Seth Grossman speaks to reporters while awaiting election results to come in at his campaign headquarters.Meanwhile, Van Drew, 65, a state senator from Cape May County, appeared before his jubilant supporters at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to claim victory. Moments before, he was introduced by the announcer as “Congressman-elect Van Drew.”“I just wanted to come down and tell you, we won,” Van Drew exclaimed as the crowd erupted in cheers in a ballroom at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.Unofficial results show that Van Drew had 125,755 votes to 110,491 for Grossman.Van Drew called the race a “flashpoint” election that featured two opponents with dramatically different political views. Van Drew cast himself as a moderate, while Grossman, 69, touted his conservative credentials and support for Trump.With the retirement of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, the popular Republican who has represented South Jersey since 1995, the 2nd Congressional District was seen as a key battleground race for the midterm elections. Van Drew supporters erupt in applause at Democratic Election Night headquarters at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.Van Drew, a veteran lawmaker who has served in both New Jersey’s Assembly and Senate, becomes the first Democrat to represent the district since former Rep. Bill Hughes, who served from 1975 to 1994.“I want to be a very, very, very, very good congressman,” Van Drew told the crowd at Democratic headquarters.The 2nd Congressional District encompasses a vast swath of territory in the southern part of the state – eight counties and 92 towns. It includes the Jersey Shore towns, the Delaware Bay and some of the state’s most rural communities. Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties make up the core areas, with parts of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties also included in the district.Addressing his supporters, Van Drew portrayed himself as a champion of South Jersey who is willing to fight the Washington establishment for his constituents. He criticized Washington’s rancorous partisan politics, suggesting that a resolution should be passed that would require all members of Congress to “behave like normal human beings.”“Washington, as we know, is dysfunctional,” he said.Van Drew receives congratulations from Sea Isle City attorney Beverly McCall, while her husband, Frank McCall, looks on.Giving a glimpse of his agenda as a new congressman, he vowed to fight a proposal by the Trump administration to open up the New Jersey coast for offshore drilling of gas and oil. Political leaders along the Jersey Shore have been united in their opposition to the Trump plan, warning of the possibility of an oil spill that could be catastrophic to tourism and the environment.Van Drew also called for more affordable healthcare, including coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. He also pledged to fight for better healthcare and social services for the nation’s veterans.He also stressed the need to protect South Jersey’s economy, particularly the small businesses sprinkled throughout the district.In contrast to the celebratory atmosphere Tuesday night at Van Drew’s gathering, the mood was somber at the Republican headquarters in the Linwood Country Club.Grossman concedes defeat at GOP headquarters at the Linwood Country Club.When it came time for Grossman to concede, he said, “I’d like to thank the 1,200 people who raised money for my campaign. We really got the message out. The organization was great and, who knows, we can always come back. We really had a heck of a ride for the last eight months.”Earlier, Grossman spoke to the media when it appeared clear the tide would go in favor of Van Drew.“I’m disappointed,” he said of not being able to get enough votes to capture the seat.He said while his campaign message was strong, he wasn’t so sure the effort of getting the vote out was there.Despite doing well in some counties and winning some communities, Grossman reflected back to his time when he ran for another office.“As one who got elected freeholder by one vote, you either win or lose,” he said.Grossman supporters appear somber when it became evident Van Drew was the winner.He also commented about the Washington Post declaring Van Drew the winner after Grossman captured the Republican primary in June. “The ordinary citizen is who kept me in the race when others wrote me off,” he said.Atlantic County Republic Chairman Keith Davis told the crowd that Grossman was a “guy who wasn’t supposed to win,” referring to the surprise primary victory.“This Atlantic County organization stood by him. He ran tirelessly,” Davis said.Grossman called himself the “most consistently conservative” of all the candidates. The former Atlantic City councilman and former Atlantic County freeholder has practiced law since 1975. He is also well known as a newspaper columnist and guest host on local talk radio.During his campaign, he blamed illegal immigrants for putting a strain on New Jersey and the nation’s welfare system, schools and police departments. He also criticized the Obamacare health system.last_img read more

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