Open letter to Igor Kolomoyskyi about UNIAN news agency

first_img to go further RSF_en Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Help by sharing this information News News News Organisation May 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Igor Kolomoyskyi about UNIAN news agency News To Mr. Igor KolomoyskyiPresidentGlavred Media Holding29 Saksahanskoho StrKyiv, UkraineDear Mr. Kolomoyskyi,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to express its disquiet about allegations of censorship within UNIAN, the news agency you own.We have no intention of meddling in UNIAN’s labour disputes or editorial policies, but we feel the need to share with you our concern about a number of issues that go beyond UNIAN and affect freedom of information in general in Ukraine. Oleksander Kharchenko’s removal from his position as UNIAN editor in chief on 15 May was hard to understand. At first, no explanation was given. Then it was attributed to purely commercial issues unrelated to the responsibilities defined in his job description. In various communiqués and statements, UNIAN’s employees said they saw his removal as an attempt by the management to take control of editorial decision-making. In support of this claim, they cited several dispatches and articles that were blocked or challenged because of criticism of the authorities.We hail the efforts that have been made to reach a negotiated solution and Kharchenko’s reinstatement in a non-subordinate position is a positive development. But long-term structural solutions are needed to recover the trust of both the editorial staff and the public. Editorial independence can never be taken for granted, even within the most distinguished media and whatever the intentions of their owners.We therefore support the talks that are under way with a view to creating an editorial board within UNIAN, one that will define its editorial policies in a concrete and transparent manner, with the aim of protecting it from any external political or commercial influence. We very much hope that these talks reach a successful conclusion.It is to your credit that UNIAN is a leading news agency, one recognised for the forthright quality of its reporting. It would be very regrettable if internal dissent ended up depriving the media and public of this essential news outlet. We would therefore like to receive assurances from you that Glavred is determined to safeguard freedom of information within the group and that no pressure on UNIAN’s editorial staff will be tolerated.Preserving UNIAN’s independence will be seen by the public and by your Ukrainian and international partners as evidence of respect for freedom of expression and of confident management.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our letter and we will continue to follow the situation closely.Sincerely, Olivier Basille, Director of Reporters Without Borders Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Follow the news on Ukraine February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Urgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone disease

first_imgLinkedin NewsCommunityUrgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone diseaseBy Bernie English – February 24, 2020 2738 Previous articleCrack cocaine supermarkets causing chaosNext articleWeekend Siamsa le jazz piano quartet Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Jer and Jackie with their children Noah and FayeA YOUNG Limerick family who has been struck by the tragedy of motor neurone disease are set to benefit from an online appeal to restore a 300-year-old house.Jer Spillane (39) was diagnosed with the incurable disease last November and already he has lost the use of his hands and arms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Married to Jackie, they have two children, Noah (7) and Faye (4) and with carpenter Jer now out of work and Jackie facing the prospect of giving up her SNA job in a school to be his carer, the family is facing financial ruin.Jackie is originally from Kilbehenny in County Limerick and the couple are trying to restore an old family farmhouse there in preparation for Jer’s inevitable deteriorationClose family friend, Jennifer O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post why she and others have started a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.“The family has been renting a house for the last ten years but there is no downstairs bathroom and the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair, which Jer is going to need sooner or later.“There is no question but he will be in a chair but we’re hoping that it will not be before they can do up the Kilbehenny house to cater for his needs.“There’s no heating system in the house. It’s 300 years old and it’s not suitable for a wheelchair but it is a place they can call home.“The cost of doing it up to a standard that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair has been estimated at €150,000. They don’t have money and they can’t get any kind of loan or mortgage because Jer now has no income and Jackie will have to give up her job in time,” Jennifer explained.Nor can the family avail of any of the disability grants for renovations as they would have to have owned the house for a year.The family has already endured huge bereavements, losing three of their parents and Jer’s only sister who died in a drowning tragedy.“They are such a lovely close family who have suffered so much already. This is heartbreaking. They’re devoted to each other and their children,” said Jennifer.“This disease shouldn’t happen to anyone and certainly not to such lovely people”.In the first three days of the campaign, almost €18,000 was raised from generous donors.“We’ve been blown away by the response and we’re so moved by people’s generosity. But every euro counts and we have a long way to go. This is a heartfelt plea to give them a home where Jer can make the best of his life with his family.”See Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Letterkenny Gardai investigate alleged assault of woman

first_img Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault of a female which occurred at Speers Lane, Letterkenny.The alleged assault occurred in the early hours of this (Sunday morning.The scene was cordoned off as part of an investigation which Gardai say is ongoing.There are no further details available at present. By News Highland – August 20, 2017 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMalin take first Championship win – Full Time Report & ReactionNext articleAppeal for information after shots are fired at house News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Letterkenny Gardai investigate alleged assault of woman Twitterlast_img read more

Raila calls for sobriety, warns leaders spreading hate

first_imgODM party leader Raila Odinga has called on the police and other relevant authorities to reign on politicians preaching division and incitement.Speaking after a meeting with Maa community leaders from Kajiado, Raila made a strong appeal to Kenyans to stand for one united country and against those preaching war and issuing threats to fellow Kenyans.His remarks come in the wake of the arrest and subsequent arraignment in Court of Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno who is facing criminal charges of hate speech.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi is also on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission watch list after the MP made unsavory remarks towards President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Sudi has been on the receiving end from a majority of elected leaders who have termed his remarks as retrogressive and uncalled for.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauRaila said, “This Country deserves peace and unity now more than ever, beating drums of wars will not work.”He said that together with the President they have the interest of the marginalized communities like the Maa at heart especially in revenue allocation.“We have gone to war before because of politics no one should try to take this Country back to war because of politics.” He said.Also Read  Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateRaila said he hopes that in the not so distant future, the Country will open up and pave way for wider political consultations ahead of 2022.He said they have agreed that there is need to move with speed to conclude th process of BBI.last_img read more

Date for George Arthur funeral announced

first_imgThe funeral service for the late George Arthur, former Black Stars has been scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2015. George Arthur, former Ghana Black Stars and Asante Kotoko Football Club (FC) player died whiles playing draught in the afternoon under a tree with his friends.The late Arthur who also played for the Brong-Ahafo (BA) United FC before Asante Kotoko, became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Brong Ahafo club before proceeding to coach the women’s national football team.His son, George Arthur Jr. tells Adom Sports the funeral will on September 5.“I remember my father when he was dropped from the 1994 nations cup squad and the next day he was flown to join his colleagues in camp.”” I am inviting the entire GFA, Tony Yeboah and Coach Kwesi Appiah to come and mourn with us on September 5.”  The funeral will be held at his villa in Sunyani with the service starting at 8am prompt. –last_img read more