President-elect urged to help defuse tension, threats to media freedom

first_img October 11, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti June 11, 2019 Find out more Another journalist murdered in Haiti News to go further Organisation November 14, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti April 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President-elect urged to help defuse tension, threats to media freedom RSF_en center_img News Receive email alerts News Four journalists have been summoned to give evidence today in the criminal defamation action that Pradel Henriquez, the director-general of state-owned Télévision Nationale d’Haïti (TNH), brought against two of the five journalists he recently fired on questionable grounds. The hearing was postponed for a week at the last moment because of the death of a lawyer. The dismissed journalists have meanwhile filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Unit accusing Pradel Henriquez of questionable practices as TNH director-general.The four journalists – Valery Numa and Maxime Hilaire of Radio Vision 2000 and Jean Monard Metellus and Marc Joël of Radio Caraïbes FM – interviewed the TNH journalists about their dismissal. The summons, which threatens them with unspecified sanctions if they fail to appear, was announced by Henriquez’s lawyer on 16 April.A three-member special commission that was appointed by the culture and communication ministry on 15 April meanwhile has until 2 May to decide the fate of the five journalists who were fired – Jacques Innocent, Guemsly Saint-Preux, Stéphane Cadet, Josias Pierre and former editor in chief Eddy Jackson Alexis. Only the last two are being sued by Henriquez.The TNH management accused the five journalists of putting their political preferences before their professional duties, while the journalists accused TNH of biased coverage or even outright propaganda in favour of candidate Michel Martelly during the second round of the presidential election, in which Martelly beat former first lady Mirlande Manigat. They were fired shortly after a courtesy visit to TNH by the president-elect.“Equal air-time during an election campaign is a key democratic principle, especially for a national public broadcaster,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The TNH management must explain its actions and reinstate those journalists who just raised a matter of public interest. The tone of the summonses issued to the four radio reporters says a lot about the appalling climate cause by these very political dismissals.“The journalists who have been summoned as witnesses were just doing their job when they covered this story. They do not have to justify what they did before any court. Using journalists as witnesses in an attempt to convict colleagues in a defamation case constitutes a serious attack on the profession’s unity.“We hope that the ministry’s commission meets its deadline – it has just a few days left – and makes appropriate recommendations in this matter even if it cannot usurp the role of the courts. There is a great deal of post-electoral tension and the president-elect needs to speak out before his inauguration on 14 May. The victor by a broad margin, Michel Martelly must promise to guarantee pluralism, civil liberties and basic constitutional principles. By helping to defuse this case, he could calm things down and ease the transfer of power.”Torched radio stationAn initiative of this kind by the president-elect is all the more urgent as the announcement of the results of the legislative elections has triggered a new wave of violence in which some media and journalists are being targeted, as they were after the first round of the presidential election.Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack on Radio Tèt Ansanm, a community radio station in the town of Carice (in the department of Nord-Est), on 21 April. The attack is being blamed on supporters of former INITE parliamentarian Jean Berthold Bastien, who was beaten by rival candidate Fanèse Laguerre. An investigation must be carried out at once and those responsible must be punished,The press freedom organization is awaiting a detailed evaluation of the damage to the radio station with a view to helping to rebuild and reequip it. Help by sharing this information News Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice HaïtiAmericas HaïtiAmericas last_img read more

Margot’s family home snapped up by early buyer

first_imgSarie Kessler and daughter Margot Robbie attend the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards in March in Santa Monica, California. Picture: Rich Fury/Getty ImagesACADEMY Award nominee Margot Robbie’s mum’s home on the Gold Coast will not go to auction this Saturday as planned after the property was put under contract. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: Robbie’s mum takes her Gold Coast home to auction Inside the home. Holl­ywood superstar Margot Robbie’s mother Sarie Kessler’S Gold Coast house has gone under contract.Robbie has made regular visits to the Southport family home in between film projects.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe film star has previously described her mother as “the sweetest person on Earth” and even took her to the 80th Annual Academy Awards. At the time Ms Kessler described the birthday as the “best one ever”.“It was an amazing thing (that Margot did) but I don’t want to say anything more about it,” she said at the time.“However, I was really disappointed it ended up on social media as it was a personal present.”The home boasts hinterland and Surfers skyline views and a pool.“This renovated family home is perfectly positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac and offers open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms all flowing out onto a sheltered alfresco area, surrounded by lush tropical gardens,” the listing had stated.center_img While a Ray White spokesperson confirmed the Southport home owned by her mother Sarie Kessler was under contract, they could not disclose the price until the sale went unconditional. According to CoreLogic data, Ms Kessler purchased the property in 2007 for $488,500 for the four-bedroom home. In 2014, Robbie paid off her mother’s entire mortgage as a gift for her 60th birthday. CoreLogic revealed Mina Place as a tightly held street, with the last sale being 9 Mina Place in 2012 for $490,000.Prior to that there were two sales in 2007, including Ms Kessler’s and 8 Mina Place for $600,000.last_img read more

Jim Boeheim addresses his role in failing to follow Syracuse’s own drug policy

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ The NCAA cited Syracuse University for failing to follow its own drug policy. And while the NCAA doesn’t have its own policy and doesn’t force universities to have their own, it does require that they follow them if they have them.SU did not, allowing players to practice and play after one or more failed drug tests, contrary to the school’s policy, according to the NCAA report. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was personally responsible for not calling parents after players failed drug tests, as SU’s policy stated he was supposed to, according to the NCAA report. On Thursday, Boeheim took responsibility for the violations but said he didn’t craft or administer the policy and that he didn’t know that not following the school’s own policy was equivalent to an NCAA violation.“I had one part,” he said when asked how he differentiated between administering the policy and failing to call parents. “I didn’t administer who played or who couldn’t play or who practiced or who couldn’t practice. The drug policy, and I took responsibility for that and I do now, no one knew that if you have a policy and you don’t follow it exactly step by step, it’s the same as violating an NCAA rule. No coach in the country would have known that.”Boeheim said not calling parents was a matter of trust. He said four players were one-time offenders that never tested positive again after he told them he would tell their parents the next time.The head coach also said there were some instances where calling parents would not have been helpful.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s drug policy was implemented in 2000 and remained largely unchanged until 2009, according to the NCAA report. That original policy stated that first offenders would be ineligible until Boeheim spoke with their parents, second offenders would be removed from the team until a counselor told the team doctor the player was no longer using the substance and third offenders would ineligible and have their financial aid withdrawn at the end of the semester, according to the NCAA report.A 2004 amendment added a one-time grace period after the third offense and a 2008 change allowed Daryl Gross to intervene if he thought the grace period wasn’t long enough.Gross knew Boeheim wasn’t calling parents, Boeheim said. The SU head coach also said the positive tests were only for one substance. He pointed out that in daily compliance meetings he was never told about the strictness of the NCAA rules on team’s following their own drug policies.“To me the crucial part of the drug testing program is do you let someone practice or play when they shouldn’t have,” he said. “I never made that call. I was told what to do. If I’m told not to do something, that, a press conference, I don’t do it. Because I work for people.” Commentslast_img read more