Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) 2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLinkage Assurance Plc is a non-life insurance business in Nigeria licensed to underwrite numerous insurance classes including business, marine and motor insurance. Business insurance classes include automobiles, property, general accident, liability group, compulsory insurances, oil and gas, marine and aviation and engineering. Retail and direct insurance includes motor plans, estate insurance plans, citadel shield plans, shop comprehensive plans and event insurance. Linkage Assurance Plc merged with Central Insurance Company Limited in 2007 as part of the recapitilisation and consolidation reforms of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Linkage Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sonny Bill Williams is pretty good at it. So, too, Glasgow’s Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa. What are we talking about? Offloading.These two players are known for looking to keep their hands free in the tackle so they can offload to a support runner. It keeps the ball alive and often catches defences out because they might expect the ball-carrier to go to ground and recycle.So how do you do it? The video above shows mini rugby players demonstrating the skill – and the key is to do it at the right time. Making a risky offload is not always the best option. You might be able to get around the defender with nifty footwork or a hand-off. Or going to ground to set up a ruck might be a better choice if the defence has your support player covered. But if you are held in the tackle and can get your hands free to offload to a team-mate in space, do it.Make sure you keep the ball in both hands to keep the defender guessing as to whether you’ll pass and the support runner should time his run to catch the opposition off-guard, ideally cutting into the space left by the defender. This is just one of a series of videos Rugby World has put together to show mini rugby players how to perform various skills, from the switch to the two-on-one. The aim is to help improve players’ all-round game.Every month Rugby World magazine features a ‘How To’ guide on a specific technique and a fun game to use in training that will keep the players entertained and help develop skills like the teamwork, communication, support play and evasive running.Click here for the latest subscription offers and information on how you can download the digital edition of Rugby World can be found here. Learn how to keep the ball alive
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Church teams in both dioceses are providing pastoral care and conducting needs assessments in areas where people lost homes and belongings to the floods, and church facilities are acting as ministry bases for outreach efforts. Episcopal Relief & Development support will assist affected households with gas, groceries and repair supplies, as well as storage for salvaged belongings and temporary housing for evacuees.“The dioceses of Texas and West Texas were able to convene teams quickly to identify community needs and see how churches can be of unique help,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President for Programs. “Right now, response planning is focused on low-income households that are uninsured or underinsured, as well as people with disabilities who might need extra assistance as they recover from the storm. Church networks help ensure that vulnerable neighbors are included and cared for.”The extensive flooding began and worsened over May 24-26, with some areas receiving up to 20 inches of rain. In Texas, 27 people died as a result of the storm, and 10 people were still reported to be missing as of May 31. Thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged, and roads and bridges have been washed out.One of the most heavily impacted areas was along the Blanco river, which runs through the towns of Wimberley and San Marcos, about halfway between San Antonio and Austin in the Diocese of West Texas. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley and St. Mark’s in San Marcos have mobilized Flood Response Committees to conduct needs assessments and distribute gift cards for gas, food and emergency supplies.Wimberley is the town where eight people went missing after the river-front vacation home they were staying in was swept away. Five were members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi.In Houston, The Ven. Russ Oechsel, archdeacon for the Diocese of Texas, led the diocese’s Spiritual and Emotional Care team through the streets of the Meyerland neighborhood, where there was significant damage to homes. The group of trained lay and ordained volunteers distributed cold water and gift cards for repair supplies, and listened to residents’ storm experiences. They also offered information about how to connect to local and national disaster recovery resources and services.Oechsel is also Texas’ Diocesan Disaster Coordinator and a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Partners in Response team, which accompanies churches in disaster-impacted communities as they discern their role in the recovery process. Oechsel and fellow Partners in Response member Deacon Elaine Clements, from the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, are assisting the dioceses of Texas and West Texas at this time.“We are still very early in the disaster cycle, where folks are ripping out carpet and drywall or just trying to figure out what to do – depending if they own or rent their home, whether they had insurance or not, if they have somewhere close-by where they can stay while they sort things out,” Oechsel said. “Getting out into the neighborhood to provide pastoral care and gift cards for food and supplies also helps churches connect with people who may need help toward long-term recovery. We will start to know in the coming weeks where those longer-term needs are and how we can help.”Elsewhere in the region, the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is responding to two waves of severe storms on May 6 and May 10 that brought tornadoes and flooding to the area. In Texas, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lindale (Diocese of Texas) is assisting in Van, 10 miles west, where a tornado and subsequent flood on May 10 destroyed a significant number of homes; Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas to develop a response plan. The organization has also been in contact with the Episcopal dioceses of Arkansas and Louisiana following the storms.For more information about Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program, visit the organization’s website. To enable Episcopal Relief & Development to respond to disasters in the United States, please donate to the US Disaster Response Fund. 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[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Nigeria has praised police and government officials after their successful rescue of three teenage schoolgirls who had been kidnapped from their church-run boarding school in Lagos.The three girls were taken from their dormitory at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary in the village of Agunfoye-Lugbusi in Ikorodu, Lagos. The school is jointly run by three Nigerian dioceses: Lagos, Lagos West and Lagos Mainland.The Lagos State Police have confirmed that the girls are safe and well and are being cared for in an un-named hospital in Lagos.“You know that the girls would have gone through a lot of trauma. However, the girls are hale and healthy,” police spokeswoman Dolapo Badmos told the Daily Trust newspaper. “We want to keep them away from public glare for now. We shall make our findings known to the press later.“We are all excited. The school authority is excited; the victim’s parents are all excited. We are happy that the girls were not harmed.”It is not known whether any ransom was paid to secure the release of the girls. The Daily Trust reports that the kidnappers had first asked for N100 million Nigerian Naira (approximately £354,000) for each girl; reducing this to N20 million and then N10 million.The Vanguard newspaper reports that the girls were rescued in Imota, on the outskirts of Ikorodu last Friday – six days after their abduction in “an act that outraged the nation.” The Vanguard says that news of the girls’ release “provoked spontaneous jubilation in their school.”“Three suspects were arrested, one was actively involved, two others are conspirators, who one way or the other aided the kidnapping,” the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, told journalists. “With respect to the state of the girls, they are very well, they are very stable and immediate medical attention was given to them by police medical team.” He said that the girls had not been molested.He continued: “Someone had mentioned ransom. It is unfortunate that we keep on mentioning ransom. When you talk of ransom in cases like this, you are glorifying that. We shouldn’t be talking of that again in this country because if you are talking of ransom, you are telling others that kidnapping is viable and they can be going and kidnapping people to collect money.“I want to also say that what was employed in rescuing the girls is more of application of intelligence policing using the platform of technology, partnering with members of the community, pressures on the kidnappers and with that pressure they found out that there was no way for them again to keep these girls and that was what led to the success in saving the girls.”The Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, was fulsome in his praise for the security forces. Speaking to journalists after making a “thank you” visit to the police headquarters, he said that the officers had “performed exceptionally well.”He said that he was “very, very devastated” on hearing the news of the girls’ kidnapping. Concerns that the “young women [were] out in the cold, day and night” prevented him from sleeping. “When we got the news that they have been rescued we bounced back,” he said.Archbishop Okoh said that security at the school had been tightened with additional physical security measures and the employment of additional security guards; and the church was working “more closely with the police and other security agencies” to further improve security. 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Finestre Villas / CC Arquitectos ArchDaily Architects: CC Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Finestre Villas / CC ArquitectosSave this projectSaveFinestre Villas / CC Arquitectos Photographs “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178733/finestre-villas-cc-arquitectos Clipboard Mexico Photographs: Yoshihiro Koitani Text description provided by the architects. Finestre Villas is a multiple beach housing project with 8 units, where the villas are developed from 500 to 1000 square meters of construction. The project uproots a ridge in the Mexican Pacific coast in Guerrero, its volume is based on the topographic setting on the site. As a premise, the development seeks to leverage the existing vegetation and implementing new, creating an architecture based on integrating context and tree structures of the site. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniEnveloping spaces in white prisms, the wooden interiors stay sheltered from the exterior, while staying introverted and integrated to context. Due to the importance of vegetation and visual environment of the area, the interiors blend at all times with the latter elements. Facing the ocean, the spaces are oriented to seek shelter from the sun, in a sober and quiet atmosphere, with the idea of letting the natural environment surrounding the site be the main character. Text provided by CC Arquitectos.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniProject gallerySee allShow less’The Last Lath’ Architectural CartoonsArticlesEduardo Souto de Moura – Competitions 1979 – 2010 ExhibitionArticlesProject locationAddress:Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Yoshihiro Koitani+ 14 Share Area: 9700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHousing•Mexico Year: 2011 Housing ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178733/finestre-villas-cc-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeCC ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingMexicoPublished on October 26, 2011Cite: “Finestre Villas / CC Arquitectos” 26 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Area: 75 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2019 South Korea Mixed Use Architecture Manufacturers: AutoDesk, posco, DIA, Hansol Home Deco, Hyundai L&C, KELIM Ceramics Company Limited, REHAU Window, Stuc-O-flex, Trimble Navigation CopyAbout this officeArchitecture Studio YEINOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesOfficesGangneungOn FacebookSouth KoreaPublished on May 15, 2020Cite: “Hae-mut-je House and Office / Architecture Studio YEIN” 15 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
USDA Invests in Research to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Renewable Energy Facebook Twitter Home Energy USDA Invests in Research to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Renewable Energy SHARE Facebook Twitter USDA has awarded nearly 10-million dollars to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations to research the use of insect-killed trees as a sustainable bioenergy feedstock. The consortium is led by Colorado State University. Provided under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – the award is part of USDA’s effort to develop modern solutions for climate challenges in agriculture and natural resources management. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notes infestations of pine and spruce bark beetles have impacted over 42-million acres of U.S. forests since 1996. He says a changing climate threatens to expand the threat from bark beetle on our forest lands. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 6, 2013 According to Vilsack – this innovative research will help take the biomass that results from bark beetle infestation and create clean, renewable energy that holds potential for job creation and promises a cleaner future for America. Noting the funding for this research is provided by a 2008 Farm Bill program – Vilsack reiterated the critical need for passage of a new food, farm and jobs bill that adequately invests in groundbreaking agricultural research.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleWhiteshire Hamroc Plans Indiana ExpansionNext articleMF Global Customers Recovering Everything Lost Gary Truitt
Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 12, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. FARMERS & RANCHERS ALLIANCE® NAMES WINNERS Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA®) announced the winners of its second class of the Faces of Farming and Ranching program, after a nationwide search was concluded to help put real faces on agriculture for American consumers. Erin Brenneman (Iowa), Darrell Glaser (Texas), Jay Hill (N.M.), Thomas Titus (Ill.) and Carla Wardin (Mich.) were all named program winners. The class will be active participants in the national dialogue about food production to set the record straight. These farmers and ranchers will share their personal stories and experiences through consumer-facing public appearances, events, media interviews and social media. “I could not be more impressed with this year’s new Faces of Farming and Ranching,” said Nancy Kavazanjian, chairperson of USFRA and a Wisconsin farmer director with the United Soybean Board. “The first Faces of Farming and Ranching had a positive impact on consumers across the country and we are sure this new class also will see success as they connect with consumers and share their stories about how food gets from their farm or ranch to our plates. So many outstanding farmers and ranchers stepped forward and offered to be a consumer Face for USFRA. We are overwhelmed with amount of individuals who are willing to be a representative of the nation’s agricultural community.”Dedicated farmers and ranchers from across the nation submitted applications. This is the second time USFRA has sought farmers and ranchers to speak on behalf of the industry in this capacity.Consumers, farmers and ranchers were asked to vote online for whom they believed best represented agriculture across the country. These votes were factored into the final decision to determine the Faces of Farming and Ranching. In addition to the public vote, a panel of judges interviewed and evaluated the finalists to help determine the winners of Faces of Farming and Ranching. These farmers and ranchers will share their stories on a national stage through media interviews, consumer-facing public appearances and events. For more information on the Faces of Farming & Ranching program, visit www.fooddialogues.com/Faces. Follow the conversation online at @USFRA #FoodD. To request interviews or photos of this year’s winners, contact Joanna Schroeder on behalf of USFRA, at 636-751-5725 or [email protected] # # #Meet the new Faces of Farming & Ranching Erin Brenneman (IA)Erin Brenneman lives in Wellman, Iowa and is part of the Brenneman Pork, Inc. team. The farm operation is a family farrow to finish operation that consists of just over 20,000 sows over three sites – the main home in Southeast Iowa and two sow farms in Missouri. The operation was started by her husband’s parents, Rob and Char Brenneman in 1981 with a few sows outside and today nearly all of their children and spouses work full time for the operation with nearly 700,000 pigs each year going to market. She and her family also farm 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans each year. “I am excited to be a Face of Farming and Ranching because I know I will be able to help share agriculture’s story from a unique perspective of being a city-raised girl. I feel that I am able to connect and see eye to eye with many consumers who may be confused about where their food comes from because I have lived on that side of the unknown. Becoming a Face of Farming and Ranching will open so many more opportunities to show a much broader audience how wonderful farming is and our true passion for it.”“I hope that in the next two years I am able to relate to everyday consumers and encourage people to seek out farmers with their questions on farming rather than a quick Google search. I hope to become a solid and honest reference that people can find and relate well to when looking for the story of where their food comes from.”“I am excited to continue to help farmers and ranchers get their story out and reach as many people as we can with our positive message and our unique passion for what we do. I am also excited to interact with more people with honest questions about our quest to help feed the growing population and the exciting things we are doing in agriculture to achieve that. We need to help the consumer see that modern, progressive agriculture is not something that we need to be scared of, but rather embrace. Education and positive stories of our day to day operations is the only way we are going to achieve understanding.”Darrell Glaser (TX)Darrell Glaser lives in Rogers, Texas on the Bar G Ranch with his wife, Shannon, his four sons and his mother. The farm and ranch consists of 500 acres of owned land and 250 acres of leased pasture. They run an integrated contract turkey brooding operation and a commercial and purebred cow calf operations. They brood nearly 600,000 turkeys each year and maintain a cow herd that includes 200 mother cows. The farm was started by Darrell’s grandfather 80 years ago and has been in constant production ever since. When Darrell took over the farm he added two contract turkey brooding houses to help diversify their operation and converted their row crop land to improved pastures and in 1996 added two additional turkey brooding houses. “I am honored to be chosen as one of the Faces of Farming and Ranching. It is very exciting to be able to share the story of farming and ranching with others. I feel it is very important for those of us involved in production agriculture to help educate others about what we do on a daily basis on our farms and ranches.” “During the next two years I would like to help consumers understand the important role the American farmer and rancher play in feeding our country. I look forward to telling the story of production agriculture and helping people understand that farmers and ranchers are good stewards of our land. Many of us are 3rd, 4th or 5th generation producers.” “As a Face of Farming and Ranching I look forward to interacting with those who may not understand what goes into producing their food supply. Consumers are becoming more concerned about where their food comes from and how it is handled. I feel as an industry it our responsibility to help answer these questions in a factual and professional manner.” Jay Hill (NM)Jay Hill’s father established Hill Farms in 1969 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Today the family now farms between 500-700 acres. They use double rotation and oftentimes triple rotation, which gives the farm upwards of 1,000-2,000 acres of annual crop production. Today Jay focuses on the farm’s vegetable production and they produce between 15-18 million pounds of onions between May and July with the onions being sold in all 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico. Hill Farms also produces corn, wheat, pinto beans, alfalfa, lettuce, pecans and world famous green chile. “What excites me the most about the opportunity to share my story is the opportunity to travel around our great nation listening consumers that have true questions and concerns about how I produce my product. And in turn, answering those questions that help bridge the gap between the farm and their fork. “I pray that the next two years help provide me with the tools I need to continue educating others about the responsible practices of the American farmer.” “I look forward to meeting with people from coast to coast talking about what I love the most — farming and ranching. I am ready to listen, travel and do my part to educate those who are interested in where their food comes from.” Thomas Titus (IL)Thomas Titus’ family established Tri Pork in March of 1962 with 240 acres where grain and livestock were produced by one family. Today the farm supports four families, three full-time employee families and two part-time employees with hopes of bringing back the sixth generation to the farm. The farm consists of 1,550 acres of corn, soybeans and hay along with a 750 sow farrow-to-finish facility, 45 head cow/calf herd along with 15 chickens and 20 goats. Thomas primarily focuses on the operation’s pork business where they market 12,000 pigs annually to Farmland Foods. In addition, the farm has 50 sows in the herd for show pig production, sale and exhibition to allow his children the opportunity to engage in 4-H and FFA.“Becoming a Face of Farming and Ranching is very exciting for our farm family. Every farm has a unique and diverse story and being able to share the story of our multi-generational, diversified farm is something we are extremely passionate about. By sharing our story we hope to begin to reconnect with our consumers outside of our local area and help provide reassurance that growing a safe, secure and wholesome product for their family and ours is top priority.” “As each generation walks through the aisles of the grocery store beginning to question how their food is being produced, as a Face of Farming and Ranching I want to be that connection back to the family farm, the man in the seat of the tractor to help answer their questions and reassure our consumers that environmental sustainability and animal welfare are our very top concerns. At the same time, inspiring that next generation of Agvocate in not only my own children, but reaching out to youth on a larger scale to share the importance of telling each and every unique farms story.” “As a Face of Farming and Ranching I’m most looking forward to being able to make a greater impact with those that are making the food purchasing decisions and bridging that gap between the millennial and the meat counter. As consumers only become further removed from their agricultural roots telling agricultures great story is very important not only for our farm today, but most importantly the next generation of farmers.” Carla Wardin (MI)Carla Wardin is a sixth-generation dairy farmer in St. John’s, Michigan. Her family’s farm, the Evergreen Dairy, recently expanded its herd to 400 cows. Seven years ago, she and her husband Kris left their corporate jobs in Connecticut and moved back to the land where her great-great-great grandparents started farming in 1879. Today the family now lives in the 135-year old house where her great-grandma was born. They are renovating the barn her great-grandpa built where he used to mile cows by hand. Today, Evergreen Dairy graze cattle on the same fields as Carla’s ancestors and still practice natural bull breeding. In addition, the family grows crops for their feed and have 850 acres of corn, alfalfa, sudax and triticale. They also calve seasonally so their cows give birth in the summer. “I love that this program exists, because how can people know a farmer if they never have a chance to meet one? I love the idea that I can represent farmers and talk with consumers about our industry, lifestyle, and current food-related issues.”“When we came back to the farm seven years ago, there weren’t a ton of farmers online – they were busy outside! Now thanks to the ubiquity of smart phones, farmers are finding it much easier to share what goes on daily on our farms. I hope to encourage that trend, spark meaningful conversations, and help all of us reach consumers in a way that wasn’t possible just a short time ago.” “I’m most looking forward to having direct contact with people who are eager to discuss modern farming. I love meeting new people, I love talking about agriculture, and I’m incredibly excited to engage people nationwide. If you have a question, come to me! I’ll do my best to answer it. And if I don’t know the answer, I bet I know a farmer who does!” About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of more than 80 farmer – and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture. 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to go further MalawiAfrica Help by sharing this information March 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Mutharika about his threats to journalists October 10, 2012 Find out more News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Receive email alerts News May 24, 2019 Find out more Secretary-General MalawiAfrica Reporters Without Borders wrote to Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika today condemning the “appalling climate” for the news media following a statement from the president’s office directly accusing and threatening certain media and journalists.The organization points out that Malawi registered the biggest fall of any country in a single year – 67 places – in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, plunging from 79th in 2010 to 146th in the index published in January. This is the letter:President Bingu wa Mutharika Office of the President Lilongwe, MalawiSubject: Situation of journalists and freedom of information in MalawiThe Nation, Weekend Nation, Nation on Sunday and Fuko).The head of the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has been receiving threats from unidentified persons since 12 March, two days after MISA issued an official reaction to the statement by the president’s office.We would like to point out to you that the barely-veiled threats that are being made, targeting certain media in particular, will have the effect of poisoning still further the climate of mutual mistrust that exists between the various parties.This type of reaction is not the responsible behaviour one expects from a government’s most senior officials, who have a duty to protect the freedom of expression that the constitution guarantees for all citizens, including journalists. It jeopardizes pluralism and creates a climate of fear that encourages self-censorship.We also think it was inappropriate for the statement by the president’s office to invoke Section 3 (2) of the Flag, Emblems and Names Act. It is normal that journalists sometimes ask annoying questions. They do it to get a debate going. This should not be confused with a desire to destabilize the government. The terms used in Section 3 (2) are vague and could lead to misuse of a law adopted in 1967 and now incompatible with the 1995 constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression (Section 35) and media freedom (Section 36).Certain media have recently taken to referring to you as the “Big Kahuna” but many journalists have pointed out that this term is not in any way insulting or demeaning and therefore offers no grounds for the wave of angry reactions.Reporters Without Borders reminds you that if members of the government want to defend themselves against criticism, they have every right to do so in a variety of ways, including submitting a complaint to professional bodies such as the Media Council of Malawi.We therefore deplore these recent developments and we urge you to respect freedom of expression and media freedom in Malawi. We call for an end to the threats against journalists, whether by officials or individuals, and for the implementation of policies that ensure the safety of media personnel and respect for their work.We trust that you will appreciate the importance of our appeal.Sincerely, Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi February 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News Follow the news on Malawi In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume RSF_en
June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment May 10, 2021 Find out more News December 7, 2017 RSF says no to “tribunal for journalists,” yes to possible press council “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the recent verbal attacks on journalists by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the left-wing “La France Insoumise” (Unbowed France) party, and says a debate about journalistic ethics needs a climate of serenity. Ever since he appeared on the France 2 TV programme “L’Emission Politique” on 30 November, Mélenchon has been flaying the TV channel and accusing it of setting a “media trap” for him.On his blog “L’Ere du Peuple” (The People’s Era), Mélenchon has proposed creating “a professional tribunal that can be used (…) against liars, cheats and swindlers,” and has asked the French people sign a petition for the creation of a “council for ethics in journalism.”“The creation of a press council to which all citizens could turn and which would be able to take decisions on possible breaches of media ethics is an interesting idea,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “But media-bashing and denigration clearly cannot serve as the basis for a calmly-conducted, proper debate about the media. We deplore the violence of certain comments.”RSF points out that France’s laws already provide mechanisms for getting the courts to punish media offences. Journalists can, for example, be prosecuted for insult or defamation. Anyone named or identified in an article or a programme has the legal right of reply or correction. The courts can also punish the deliberate dissemination of false news liable to disturb the peace.The Bloche Law, which recently complemented the Law of 29 July 1881 on press freedom, provides for the creation of ethics committees within news organizations and makes the Higher Council for Broadcasting (CSA) responsible for guaranteeing “the honesty, independence and pluralism of news and supporting programmes.”To get breaches of media ethics punished or corrected, members of the public can ask the CSA to put a TV channel on formal notice to comply with the requirements of honesty, independence and pluralism.In 2013, the culture and communication ministry commissioned a report on the possible creation of an entity to oversee ethical standards in the provision of news and information in France. Entitled “Self-regulation in news reporting: how to embody ethics,” it surveyed the views of media professionals and associations concerned about news media ethics in France.France is ranked 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation Follow the news on France