Reporters Without Borders repeats call for new version of anti-terrorism law

first_img News Follow the news on Belarus News RSF_en Organisation November 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders repeats call for new version of anti-terrorism law May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Reporters Without Borders expressed satisfaction today at President Vladimir Putin’s veto of an amended anti-terrorist law severely restricting press freedom and called on parliamentary leaders to produce a new version “that cannot be used to make new attacks on press freedom.” “The amended law’s very general terms suggest that the censorship in recent years of the war in Chechnya will be stepped up,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, in a letter to Sergei Mironov, president of the upper house of parliament, and Gennady Seleznev, president of the lower house (the Duma), who were asked by Putin to jointly revise the law after he vetoed it on 25 November.”As it stands, journalists are banned from reporting about ‘extremist activities,'” Ménard said. “This wording, along with other prohibitions, needs to be urgently defined.” The amended anti-terrorist law, approved on third reading by the Duma on 1 November, bans the media from putting out news that “hinders an anti-terrorist operation or endangers people’s life and health” or “serves as propaganda or justification for extremist activities, including statements by people seeking to stop an anti-terrorist operation or promote or justify opposition to it.” The law also bars journalists from reporting on the production of arms, ammunition and explosives.Several Russian media have been punished for their coverage of the recent hostage-taking episode in Moscow. On 25 October, information minister Mikhail Lessin ordered the closure of the regional TV station Moskovia for “violating the anti-terrorist and press laws.” He also threatened to shut down the Internet website of the radio station Moscow Echo for posting an interview with the kidnappers.On 2 November, the offices of the weekly Versia were also searched by FSB secret police on the eve of its running an article about the role of the special security forces in ending the hostage-taking.Foreign media have also been attacked for their coverage of the Chechnya war and Russian “anti-terrorist operations.” On 20 November, Russian security agents seized film shot by the Norwegian public TV station NRK about Chechen refugees. On 13 November, the authorities wrote to Fritz Pleitgen, head of the German public TV station ARD, calling German media coverage of the Moscow hostage-taking “shocking, totally unacceptable and disgraceful for a public institution” and hinted they might not cooperate with ARD in future. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Soroptimists Host 5th Annual ‘Live Your Dream’ Luncheon

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. center column 4 Soroptimists Host 5th Annual ‘Live Your Dream’ Luncheon From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, March 27, 2015 | 4:57 pm Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff From left: Gerald Phillips, Field Representative of Assembly Member Chris Holden; Rita Hadjimonoukian, Field Deputy of County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, LYD award winner Sarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad; VRA award winner Taylore Thomas; Ruby award winner Reverend Dr. Donna Byrns; and Viola Van, Field Representative, 27th Dist. Congresswoman Judy Chu.From left: VRA award winner Taylore Thomas, LYD award winner Sarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad, and Ruby award winner Reverend Dr. Donna Byrns with gifts from HazelsBagz.“I want to be a voice for women who are victims of domestic violence.” These were the words of Sarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad, the recipient of the “Live Your Dream” award from the Altadena-Pasadena chapter of Soroptimist International at a luncheon held recently at the Women’s City Club in Pasadena.The “Live Your Dream” honor represents Soroptimist International’s signature award, and is given to a woman who is overcoming personal difficulties and is improving her life through education and skills training. Since 1972, the LYD award – formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Award – has disbursed over $15 million worldwide and has assisted thousands of women to reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. Altadena-Pasadena Soroptimists also honored Taylore Thomas with the Violet Richardson Award (named after Soroptimists’ first president), an honor given to a young woman between the ages of 14 – 18 who has improved her community through her volunteer efforts. And finally, Reverend Dr. Donna Byrns was given the Ruby Award for improving the lives of women and girls through her professional and volunteer work.From left: Ruby award winner Reverend Dr. Donna Byrns; Sarah’s son; LYD award winner Sarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad; and VRA award winner Taylore Thomas with commendations from L.A. County.Ruby Award winner Reverend Dr. Donna Byrns is a retired minister who is currently Director of Friends Indeed, an organization that’s dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and at-risk individuals in greater Pasadena. Very active in the peace movement, Dr. Byrns organized the Pasadena Interfaith Walk for Peace and Shoe Drive in 2012, whereby over 3000 pairs of shoes were distributed to 12 local charities. She is now creating “My Buddy’s Place,” a project that will gather and distribute clothing to those in need, including women and children. When accepting her award, she stated, “Uniting Pasadena is our goal.”Violet Richardson Award winner Taylore Thomas volunteered with the Gamma Lambda Xinos Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa for most of her high school years. This organization is focused on empowering high school age African-American girls and helping them succeed in life. With her sorority chapter, Taylore assisted with Union Station’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, among other projects. As a volunteer at the recent Martin Luther King Program in Pasadena, Taylore met with Pasadena community leaders and club members who presented awards to local students for art pieces that represented King’s objectives. In a written statement, Taylore acknowledged that her involvement with these projects “has not only improved my city, but has alsoSarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad receives the Live Your Dream award from Soroptimist member Marilyn Stalder-Burke.made me a more well-rounded and conscientious individual.”Sarah Elizabeth Nichols Abdus-Samad, the recipient of the “Live Your Dream” Award, is a mother of two sons, eight and ten years old. She’s a survivor of domestic violence who left her abusive husband, and is now a single parent who provides for herself and her children with no financial support from her former spouse. “One of the reasons I’m here is that during this tumultuous time in my life, I went to Women at Work, where I got the application [to apply for the LYD award],” she commented. She began attending an Interior Design program at Cal State University, Northridge in 2008, but withdrew a year later to get therapy for her youngest son, who wasn’t able to speak. Her older son also had some academic challenges, but now both have overcome obstacles and are doing much better, she reported. In 2013, she returned to CSUN to work towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, and said that her goal is to do design work for the underprivileged. Sarah concluded, “I’ve gained stronger faith and hope for the future.”Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and around the world. For more information, visit www.soroptimist.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more