Six leading dailies bring out issues with blank front pages in protest against proposed press law reform

first_img February 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Slovakia RSF_en Organisation SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia News December 2, 2020 Find out more SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News March 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six leading dailies bring out issues with blank front pages in protest against proposed press law reform Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive In a protest against a controversial bill to reform a 1966 press law, Slovakia’s six leading daily newspapers yesterday brought out issues with nothing on the front page except seven articles from the bill that have been dubbed the “seven capital sins.”The six newspapers were highlighting their concern about the lack of any significant response to calls for changes to the draft law, which was submitted to parliament at the end of 2007 and is due to be resubmitted for a vote next week.Despite the intervention of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and unanimous condemnation by the media and journalists, the bill still provides for direct culture ministry control over media coverage of a range of subjects considered sensitive, as well as automatic right of response for anyone who, rightly or wrongly, thinks they have been defamed or insulted.“We very much hope that Prime Minister Robert Fico will keep the promises he made on 4 February, when he said he would take account of the observations made by the major international organisations,” Reporters Without Borders said.“When it joined the European Union, Slovakia undertook to comply with democratic standards, especially as regards press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders added. “A bill that would limit the editorial freedom of the news media by subjecting them to official criteria arbitrarily imposed by the government is unacceptable and must be withdrawn.”The OSCE welcomed the initial changes made by the government but insisted that the bill continued to pose a serious threat to the editorial autonomy of the news media. “It is a great pity that the recommendations proposed on the right of response were not taken into consideration,” said Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE’s representative on freedom of the media. “As things stand, this law would still not satisfy respect for Slovakia’s undertakings to the OSCE as regards protection of press freedom.”The government has a big enough majority to get the proposed press law passed, but it needs the opposition’s votes to ratify the European Union’s new Lisbon treaty, and the opposition has pledged to block ratification if the government does not make the necessary changes to the press law.last_img read more

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Syracuse upperclassmen look for revenge against top-flight Northwestern

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Senior defender Natalie Glanell is worried she might have trouble falling asleep on Saturday night. That’s understandable considering Syracuse is playing Northwestern on Sunday, a team that has given the senior class nightmares during the past three seasons.The two squads have met four times in that span, including the 2012 national title game. And the Wildcats clawed their way to victory on each occasion. “It’s been a tight game, but we always come out on the wrong side,” SU senior attack Alyssa Murray said. “This year, we’re ready to come out with a good, strong win.”That will be the goal this weekend as Murray, Glanell and their fellow upperclassmen have one more chance to lead No. 3 Syracuse (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) past the pesky No. 7 Wildcats (4-2, 2-1 American Lacrosse) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s seniors have contributed an all facets on the team’s current two-game winning streak. Murray and Katie Webster paced the offense with a combined seven goals and four assists, while defenders Glanell, Kasey Mock and Liz Harbeson helped the defense force 38 turnovers.Alyssa Costantino has also shined with eight saves between the pipes.And with one of the most anticipated games of the year up next, Glanell said it would take similar efforts from every senior for the Orange to get the revenge it so desperately wants.“You can compare it as much as you want to the other seasons,” Glanell said, “but it’s going to come down to how we come out on Sunday. It’s going to be different than every other time we’ve played them.”The Class of 2014 can find a small confidence boost from the fact that three of its duels with NU were decided by two goals or fewer, including one in overtime. Still, that’s not enough to erase the frustration from a quartet of setbacks.None has stung more than the championship game loss. After jumping out to a two-goal lead, the Orange surrendered a three-goal outburst at the end of the first half and never recovered. Although Murray will never forget how lucky she was to play in the national final, she said the upperclassmen on the team are still haunted by the 8-6 defeat.“Getting to play in the national championship, but not getting the win was really a horrible feeling in your stomach,” Murray said “It just gives you a little extra drive, especially when you’re playing the team that made you get that feeling in your stomach two years ago.”Adding to the significance of the game is Murray’s familiarity with a number of names on the Northwestern roster. Murray played with NU attack Christina Esposito at West Babylon (N.Y.) Senior High School and has also built acquaintances with Kara Mupo and leading goal-scorer Alyssa Leonard.“It’s good to play people that you know,” Murray said. “It’s really competitive, and you just want those bragging rights.”Syracuse head coach Gary Gait pinpointed winning draw controls as a key to beat the Wildcats. Senior Kirkland Locey and teammate Kailah Kempney struggled in the circle against Maryland on March 10, and Gait said lost opportunities doomed his squad that evening.“We didn’t get to the 50 percent and missed four or five more possessions,” Gait said. “We’ve got to compete in those areas and win those battles.”Glanell said the determining factor will be the Orange’s chemistry and that if all players communicate with one another and do their jobs, the fifth time should be the charm for the seniors. “When everyone’s on the same page, we kill it. We crush it,” Glanell said. “We come out on top when we’re working together, and that’s what it’s all about.” Comments Published on March 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected]last_img read more

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Changes completed on second floor of Leavey Library

first_imgLeavey Library recently completed renovations of its second-floor information commons. The revamped facilities have been open to students since the start of the semester last Monday.The renovations, funded by the Office of the Provost, took place over the course of the summer.Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC Libraries, said that it was imperative that renovations be completed before the beginning of the fall semester.Some major highlights of the renovation are the new carpeting, paint and furniture that mirror the new decor of the first floor and basement. The first floor and basement were the first portion of Leavey to receive renovations back in 2014.Students have already been responding favorably to the renovations that have taken place.Rachel Hutson, a junior majoring in theatre, said that she is glad to see the availability of Mac computers, printers, space and bright lighting that accompany the newly painted walls.“It seems like the lighting is a lot nicer … It is bright in here,” Hutson said. “I like the way it is organized. It is not stuffy but really open.”Students can now look forward to more study seats on the second floor as seat numbers increased from 206 to 310 seats. The additional seats at Leavey arose from the shrinking of computer desk sizes from the past.“With today’s technology, we don’t need furniture that big,” Quinlan said.Quinlan mentioned that when Leavey opened in the 1990s, its computers were much larger and needed more room to accommodate. Today’s desktop computer, however, takes up less space, and Leavey is thus able to accommodate more desks and seats.Increasing capacity and facilities was a major focus of the renovations. USC Libraries has purchased more printers, scanners and copiers for the various floors in order to handle the increase in students.Study rooms have also increased capacity. Two specific group study rooms on the second floor are able to accommodate up to 14 students each.In terms of technology, Leavey has installed 76 upgraded Windows and Mac desktop computers that run productivity, statistical and design software. There is also now increased access to electrical outlets for laptop users.Quinlan expressed her satisfaction with student efficiency as it relates to the new layout of the second floor.“There’s more space, more chairs, more capacity and especially more variety of space so that it’s not just a study desk or cubicle and there’s more ways to rearrange the furniture to support what the students are trying to do,” Quinlan said.The renovations are in response to USG advocating renovation of the Leavey interiors. USC Libraries conducted surveys asking students if they believe Leavey Library should be renovated and how it could better suit students’ academic needs.Hugh McHarg, associate dean for programs and planning at USC Libraries, said that it was clear from students’ surveys that the library needed more study spaces.“The Academic Affairs Committee of USG got very interested in working with us to update Leavey Library so that it could better support the scholarly activities of our students,” Quinlan said. “They were very interested in making progress in how the space was arranged so that it could more fully encourage students to study in groups.”The second floor renovations are the second major facelift project undertaken at Leavey Library. The first renovation project took place last summer and involved upgrading the basement, first levels and the front terrace.USC Libraries plans on continuing renovations of Leavey Library next summer with the third floor.last_img read more

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