Reporters Without Borders in Berlin presents new desk “Help for Journalists in Need“

first_img With the newly created desk “Help for Journalists in Need” the German section of Reporters without Borders (RWB) can now systematically offer help and support to persecuted media professionals. The organisation, which works to protect press freedom and freedom of speech, is reacting to the high number of journalists in danger and those who have had to flee their home countries. “These people depend on help“, said Jean-François Julliard, the General Secretary of the organisation at the press conference in Berlin on the 19th of February. Legal assistance in case of persecution, financial aid, organising safe accomodations in severely threatening situations as well as help for those trying to escape are the main goals of the new area of work for Alexandra Tryjanowski, the lawyer in charge.At the opening event of the new office of RWB in Berlin, General Secretary Julliard pointed out the high number of refugees working in media worldwide and strongly criticised the European Unions´ visa policy for political refugees. “Many journalists and online activists risk their lives trying to illegally enter countries because it is practically impossible for refugees to gain an entry visa for a European country.” The states of the European Union have to stand up to their responsibilities and immediately and unburocratically help persecuted media professionals, bloggers and human rights activists”, demanded RWB General Secretary. It is the only way for these people to find enough protection. It would be cynical to publicly show solidarity with the people in Iran, who are marching in the streets for freedom or report about their protests, but then at the same time abandon those who are targets of political prosecution for publishing independent information.The visa policy of the European Union determines that only those people already located on European ground can apply for asylum. The efforts to secure the “fortress Europe” and the unwritten law of “not giving refuge to foreigners outside of Europe” does not give those persons concerned any other alternative. They need to choose between remaining in often precarious situations in neighbouring countries or taking on the dangers of illegally crossing the border to Europe.Granting visas in emergency cases is both essential and possible, which can be seen with the current Iran situation: “France has generously handed out emergency visas to journalists who had to flee from Iran during the critical situation there. Other European countries have followed suit – Germany however did not”, Julliard criticised. Since the end of October RWB has been urging the German government to issue humanitarian visas for emergency situations. No decision has been made on that matter so far.This dubious policy forces many journalists and activists to remain in neighbouring countries such as Yemen, Sudan, Iraq or Turkey for several months or even years. They often have no source of income, are still a target of their former persecuters and are additionally harrassed by the local authorities of the countries where they are seeking refuge. Supporting these people by providing them with accomodation or financing medical care is only one aspect of the RWB’s emergeny assistance for many years. An assistance desk was additionally set up in 2006 at the organisation´s headquarters in Paris to support journalists facing imminent danger.Establishing the new department within the German section has been made possible by the “Roland Berger Award for Human Dignity” 2009. RWB was awarded the prize by the Roland Berger Foundation last year for the efforts taken to protect press freedom and journalists living in danger. “Reporters without Borders has made it their duty to document offences against press freedom and to support journalists in need”, said Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roland Berger Foundation. “Awarding this organisation with this prize should encourage us all to protect press freedom and freedom of speech and as active citizens put them to good use.”Alexandra Tryjanowski, who is responsible for the new department for “migration law, refugee work and emergeny assistance“, can build upon the help for media professionals that RWB has been providing since 1994. “Now we can provide help and support directly here in Berlin by having access to a gradually growing professional and cross-linked structure. The support we can provide is more effective and gets there faster”, said Tryjanowski, who wants to put emphasis on providing local help: “Journalists who are assaulted or subjected to unjustified criminal proceedings because of any critical statements they make as a part of their job must know they are not alone. At the same time our work must also set an example to all those who disregard press freedom and freedom of speech.” RSF_en Organisation News February 19, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Berlin presents new desk “Help for Journalists in Need“ European Union must abandon restrictive granting of visas for victims of political persecution Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Best practices for keeping mobile data safe

first_img continue reading » As technology becomes more and more a part of personal and work life, it’s important to take precautions to protect stored data. If your employees use a smartphone or other mobile device for work, follow these guidelines to protect business information.ConnectTurn off Bluetooth and auto-pairing when they aren’t being used.Use updated Wi-Fi protected access or a virtual personal network, and never share your phone’s hotspot service set identifier with others.Install mobile device management tools that allow the data and security controls to be controlled remotely. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Lawrence Doherty, age 79

first_imgLawrence Doherty, age 79 of Cincinnati, OH passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.   Born December 28, 1936 in Cincinnati, he was the son of the late Lawrence & Ella (McAlpin) Doherty.Lawrence is survived by his children Sue Balzer (Joe) of Cincinnati, OH, Larry Doherty (Celeste) of Brookville, IN, Bob Doherty (Peggy) of Batesville, IN, Dennis Doherty of Brookville, IN, Tim Doherty of Glendale, IN and Jack Doherty of Iowa. He will also be missed by his 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and his brother Patrick Doherty of Cincinnati, OH.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Madeleine Doherty, daughter Kathy Doherty and 2 grandchildren.A Celebration of Larry’s life will be held at the St. Bernard Eagles, 4815 Tower Ave., St. Bernard, OH 45217 on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 11am – 2pm. Online condolences at www.jkmfuneralhome.comlast_img

Angels facing roster crunch as Justin Upton nears return

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Justin Upton moves closer to his return to the Angels lineup, a potential difficult decision comes closer for General Manager Billy Eppler and his staff.Both Brian Goodwin and Cesar Puello have performed well in left field in Upton’s absence. Both are also out of options.“We are obviously aware that’s on the horizon, but we haven’t made a decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.Goodwin and Puello both said they are trying not to think about it. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros So far he’s worked out there for five days. How quickly could he be ready to play first in a game?“I’m not going to put a time frame on it,” infield coach Mike Gallego said, “but I’ll tell you right now, half the battle of playing a position you are not comfortable with is having no fear of doing it and wanting to do it. This guy has no fear. The last four days it’s like ‘When can we go out there again?’ He definitely wants to do it and he has no fear. … It’s looked better than I was ever expecting.”Even if Puello could play first, it still doesn’t completely clear up the positional puzzle. Puello and Albert Pujols are both right-handed hitters, so so it’s unclear when Puello would play first. Justin Bour and Jared Walsh both fit better as platoon-partners with Pujols because they hit left-handed.Another alternative would be to keep both Goodwin and Puello, instead of Wilfredo Tovar. If the Angels did that, they would have only three infielders for second, third and shortstop. They played with a roster like that for a short time last month. But both David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella have been scratched just before game time because of injuries in the last week, which highlights the need for an infielder like Tovar.In any case, something is going to have to happen soon. Upton was scheduled to play nine innings for the second night in a row for Class-A Inland Empire on Friday night. He had hits in his first three at-bats, including a homer. He could be activated as soon as Monday, in Toronto.Without Upton, the Angels have produced a .709 OPS out of left field, which ranks 25th in the majors. As much as Goodwin and Puello have softened the blow of losing Upton, the Angels still figure to be better off with Upton.“It’s great to get him back,” Goodwin said. “He’s somebody that’s a prime piece in the organization. Getting him back, we’ll be close to getting this thing turned around.”ALSOLa Stella was scratched from Friday’s lineup about an hour before first pitch because of left forearm tightness. La Stella said he didn’t think he was anything serious and he would be day to day. …Related Articles “Everybody has done pretty much what they can do up to this point,” Goodwin said. “Now it’s on the team. The pressure is on the team. When you do your job to the best of your ability and you have a little success here and there, and you open up eyes, ultimately it takes the pressure off you and puts it on them. Now it’s something for them to deal with. I won’t spend any time on it.”Although Puello has performed exceptionally lately, getting plenty of playing time as the Angels have faced a string of left-handed pitchers, Goodwin still holds several advantages.The Angels had Puello in the organization when Upton was hurt just before Opening Day, and the team still felt the need to go get Goodwin instead of just handing the job to Puello, so that’s an indication of how they valued the two players.Goodwin hits left-handed and Puello hits right-handed. Goodwin, who has hit .286 with a .791 OPS, also can play center field, which makes him more useful as a fourth outfielder.Puello has hit .400 with a 1.200 OPS, although in just 40 plate appearances. The Angels are trying to see if he could have some positional versatility, by teaching him to play first base. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trevor Cahill, who is out with a back injury, played catch for the second day in a row. He is eligible to come off the injured list, but he’s not scheduled to pitch at least through the four games in Toronto next week. …Alex Meyer, who has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, recently had a setback and has stopped throwing again, Ausmus said. …The Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship parade will be Monday morning at 10, local time, just hours before the Angels open their series against the Blue Jays.UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 1-1, 4.35 ERA) at Rays (RHP Charlie Morton, 8-0, 2.10 ERA), Saturday, 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more