Newspaper heavily fined for libel

first_img Help by sharing this information News Newspaper heavily fined for libel May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus June 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -Government persists in judicial hounding of independent press18 May 2005Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern about persistent government hounding of the independent press through the courts.The country’s leading independent newspaper, the Minsk-based Narodnaya Volya, selling 30,000 copies five times weekly, received a warning from the justice ministry on 16 May for “publishing false reports”, in violation of Article 32 of the media law. On the same day, the newspaper learned that workers at the state-owned company Belaruskalii had laid complaints for libel for having printed their names in a 23 April article headlined, “Such is the people’s will”.The article listed 300 Belaruskalii workers who had signed a letter backing the foundation of an opposition movement “The People’s Will”. Five workers denied signing and claimed the equivalent of around 18,200 euros damages from the paper.One of the workers suing the newspaper, Syarhey Katovich, admitted in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty having come under pressure from the company’s management, as had his four colleagues. “You know, I nearly lost my job”, he said. News Reporters Without Borders said it was concerned about the latest case and condemned the exploitation of the media law to silence dissident voices. “”A country under the rule of law should ensure a separation of powers. President Alexander Lukashenko is fully justifying his place on our list of press freedom “predators”, it added.Narodnaya Volya received the list of signatories in favour of the creation of “The People’s Will” directly from the movement’s co-ordinator. After receiving a letter from Belaruskalii’s management, the newspaper published a retraction of the list in its 14 May edition, to avoid legal trouble.The paper’s editor, Yosif Syaredzich, told Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent that the “information ministry has played the role of examining magistrate, prosecutor and judge. Under the media law, anyone brining a case against a newspaper must first ask for a correction to be published and if necessary, apologies as well. In this case, the information ministry immediately sent a warning without first informing the editor of the basis of the complaints or the date of the decision.”The newspaper had received a previous warning on 13 April, for carrying an appeal from the “Defenders of the homeland”, a group that was not registered with the authorities, in its 31 March edition.Narodnaya Volya is also facing a complaint lodged on 5 April by Syarhey Gaidukevich, leader of the Belarus Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), who is claiming the equivalent of 73,000 euros damages against the newspaper for having suggested that the LDP cooperated with the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and received financial backing from him. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation Narodnaya Volya, the country’s main independent newspaper, was fined 7,000 euros on 9 June by a Minsk court after publishing a petition in favour ofthe opposition party “The People’s Will” on 23 April that included the names of six people, some of them residents of the town of Klyotsk and others working for the firm Belaruskaliy, in Soligorsk, who denied havingsigned it. The verdict was delivered by judges Vera Tupik and Tatyana Zhyklovskaya, of the city’s Leninsky court. The paper had tried to avoid legal proceedings by publishing an apology on 14 May. RSF_en to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Committee to seek clarity on Property Tax deadline

first_imgEmail Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended NewsCommittee to seek clarity on Property Tax deadlineBy Staff Reporter – November 4, 2013 537 TAGSfeaturedfull-imageproperty tax Twitter Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebookcenter_img Shannondoc operating but only by appointment RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Previous articleMother to face trial on child endangerment chargesNext articleDublin men ordered out of Limerick following burglary charges Staff Reporter Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL WhatsApp Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, including Limerick’s Kieran O’Donnell are to focus on property tax deadline issues with Revenue Commissioners at a meeting to be held later this week.Earlier, Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan said that he was meeting Revenue Commissioners Chairman Josephine Feehily before she is due to come before the the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on Thursday next.Thursday’s meeting is to discuss issues around the property tax deadline and payment options and Minister Noonan said that he was seeking to discuss the issue with the Revenue chief ahead of thatCommittee Chairman Ciarán Lynch said: “There has been much confusion and concern in relation to letters sent to households for next year’s property tax with ambiguity around the various payment options offered and deadline for payment. Our meeting with the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners is a chance for the Committee to discuss the structure, timing and operation of the scheme. The purpose of the meeting is to deal with any ambiguity and concerns in regards to the payment of the local property tax and, in some circumstances, to establish how the issue of how premature payments is dealt with and how payments will be made when they are actually due“We will also raise the issue of Revenue’s customer service on the issue – particularly how concerns are not related to the issue of compliancy, but an issue of good customer service, in which people who wish to pay the tax are finding that they are making the payment before its due date.” First Irish death from Coronavirus last_img read more

Press release: World Wildlife Day: A helping hand to turtles and mangroves

first_imgFauna & Flora International has been working to protect marine turtles in Nicaragua for 15 years and a key part of that work has been ensuring local communities are central to conservation initiatives.The most recent project received £385,617 from the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative in 2017 and has been achieving significant success for young turtle hatchlings.Joanna Elliott, Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships, Fauna & Flora International said: World Wildlife Day is a rallying reminder of the foundational importance of our planet’s biodiversity to all life on Earth. Wildlife underpins all life, and its loss imperils our own future. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the mangrove forests of the tropical Indian and Pacific oceans. These so-called blue forests protect shorelines, absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, and form the foundation of fisheries and marine ecosystems that underpin coastal economies for hundreds of millions of people. Defra’s work is on the frontline of efforts to reverse mangrove loss – innovating scalable approaches to conservation that deliver meaningful benefits to people and nature. Projects like these are illustrative of the ‘win-win’ approach encouraging sustainable livelihoods whilst conserving some of the world’s iconic and endangered species and landscapes, which benefits us all. Government-funded projects to protect the world’s turtles and mangroves have been praised by the Environment Minister on World Wildlife Day.Today (Sunday 3 March) marks United Nations World Wildlife Day. The theme for this year is ‘Life below water: for people and planet’.One of the key animals whose plight is being highlighted is the turtle, targeted for their eggs, meat and shells. Turtles have also suffered from habitat loss due to construction on coastlines.The UK Government’s Darwin Initiative has supported the work of Fauna & Flora International to help these important sea creatures. One such project to protect leatherback and hawksbill turtles in Nicaragua has achieved a significant reduction in the illegal harvesting of their eggs.Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: In Nicaragua we have worked with our community partners to bring about a 95% reduction in the number of turtle eggs that are illegally harvested and ensured more than 190,000 leatherback and hawksbill hatchlings have begun their ocean lives that otherwise would have been lost. Support from the Darwin Initiative has been critical in helping us find a solution that has not only benefitted biodiversity but also directly improved the lives and livelihoods of local people through jobs and business opportunities in tourism and related sectors.center_img World Wildlife Day is a chance to celebrate the wonderful individuals and organisations in coastal communities around the globe who are dedicated to protecting our flora and fauna. I am pleased to see this successful work to protect turtles in Nicaragua. The Darwin Initiative is critical in supporting this type of international conservation project. The UK is also a global leader in providing support and finance to help coastal communities protect and enhance vital resources, such as mangroves. This overseas support is critical to delivering on our ambition to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. A video of the project helping turtles in Nicaragua is available to view here.2019 marks the Government’s Year of Green Action, a year-long drive to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.The Darwin Initiative is a grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment around the globe. These projects reflect the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan commitments to protect the marine environment, to secure the benefits of biodiversity for the poorest communities and to help prevent the extinction of species.Blue ForestsIn 2016, the UK Government funded the establishment of the ‘Blue Forests’ initiative run by British organisation Blue Ventures. The aim of the project is to reduce deforestation of mangroves habitat, create new sustainable livelihoods, support community health and women’s empowerment and increase climate resilience in coastal communities.This initiative has been funded through the UK’s International Climate Finance programme and plays a crucial role in addressing the global challenge of Climate Change.So far, Blue Ventures has worked with over 6,000 coastal people, empowering local management of 160,000 hectares (ha) of mangrove forests at six different sites across three countries, and partner villages have replanted 652,000 mangrove trees.Dr Alasdair Harris, Executive Director, Blue Ventures Conservation, said:last_img read more