New telecoms bill threatens freedom of information

first_imgNews Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas April 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New telecoms bill threatens freedom of information April 28, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexicocenter_img On 24 March, the Mexican government introduced a telecommunications bill in the Senate that is intended to supplement existing federal telecoms legislation in force since 1995. It is officially designed to restore the balance of power between the giants in the market and the small players.However, the draft has aroused strong reactions because of its provisions that would give the government the right to monitor media content. Senators are due to start considering the proposals later today. Some parts of the bill could favour media diversity while others would allow the creation of a media surveillance system by the government. President Enrique Pena Nieto has said he wants to boost diversity. The market is currently ruled by two telecoms giants, America Movil, owned by telephone mogul Carlos Slim, and Televisa, the country’s main TV broadcaster.One of the trickiest issues in the bill is a proposal to downgrade the Federal Telecommunications Institute, which has so far been independent. The draft aims to bring it closer to the government. It would also give the government the right to oversee media content “in priority cases, exceptionally and in emergencies”. Several articles would give the government the unprecedented right to intervene in communications traffic, such as blocking telecoms signals in places or during events regarded as “critical for public security”. “Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the danger to the fundamental ban on censorship guaranteed by article seven of the Mexican constitution,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the organization’s Americas desk. “The principle of editorial neutrality guaranteed under the constitution should not be ignored in the new bill. The organization is particularly worried that the government will have the right under article 197 to block access to content, applications or services regarded as endangering national security. This article’s lack of precision leaves the door open for prior censorship. Where do you draw the line between an attack on national security and a news story in the public interest?” The bill also contains discriminatory elements. The new licensing system provides for commercial licences for 20 to 30 years and 10 to 20 years for government and public franchises. Community radio stations, which fall into the latter category, will suffer the discrimination of shorter-duration licences, which must be renewed more frequently. Slideshow: CEIEG. Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports News to go further Organisation last_img read more

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Mayor says September will be “Jobs Month” in Derry

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Mayor of Derry is launching an initiative in the city to get a better understanding of what’s being done in the city in terms of job creation and developing the local skills base.Cllr Brenda Stevenson is to meet with a number of agencies to ensure that information is shared in relation to the work they are doing.The Mayor says important contacts are being made abroad in various initiatives, and she wants to ensure Derry is ready to benefit………… Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Mayor says September will be “Jobs Month” in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – September 4, 2014 center_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleAn Taisce to expand pilot initiative promoting walking to schoolNext articleIBEC North West calls for investment and tax breaks in pre-budget submission News Highland News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Water Summit.

first_imgThe Upper Suwannee River Water Summit, hosted by the Upper Suwannee Watershed Initiative, will be Dec. 14 in Tifton, Ga. The summit is intended to inform residents and elected officials about water quantity and quality issues in southwest Georgia.Many rivers in south Georgia face water shortages and high pollution levels. Gov. Roy Barnes has called on the state legislature to make water issues a top priority on its 2001 agenda. In the coming year, decisions will be made that will affect all Georgians and their access to our watershed.South Georgia River BasinsAt the summit, people in the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, Little and Suwannee river basins will meet with those working on the water issues that affect them. They will become involved in developing solutions to the region’s water problems.The summit will be at the Rural Development Center on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The program will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday and run until 4 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included in the $25 registration fee. To sign up, or to get more information, call the RDC conference office at (912) 386-3416.last_img read more

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STAG Nations CUP KO Football – Den Amstel and Northern Rangers advance after match day 3

first_img…Tucville ground to host day 4 double-header today;DAY four rivalry in the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship is set for the Tucville ground this evening when three City sides and one from the East Bank will be showcasing their skills.The opening match at 18:00hrs will see East Bank’s number two side, Herstelling Raiders matching skills with Santos for the third available spot in the quarter-finals;the first two having been decided last evening at the #5 ground, West Coast Berbice.Tonight’s feature match is an all Georgetown affair between Western Tigers and Flamingo who had defeated Mahaicony Thunders in the first match of the tournament, thanks to the best goal of the championship so far which came off the boot of elder statesman, Shem Porter.Porter will be relishing the chance to lead his side to another win but will surely know that coming up against the Tigers is not easy and they will have to bring the A+ game to the field in order to create a huge upset.Dwayne Ali will be leading Western’s quest to move one step closer to the championship match as all the other teams will be harbouring similar thoughts.In results from match day 3 which was contested at the Leonora Track and Field Facility on Friday evening last, home team Den Amstel eased to a 4-2 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors while City side Northern Rangers pummeled West Dem’s Young Achievers, 7-0.Both Den Amstel and Northern Rangers have eased into the round-of-16 which kicked off last night in Berbice.Den Amstel was led to the win compliments of double strikes each from Gavin Graham (27, 71min) and Kevaughn Ward (31, 72min). The Warriors was able to draw level on account of goals from Oliver Denny (44min) and Collin Messiah (48min) but the home team pulled away again and never looked back.Northern Rangers was large and in charge from the first whistle against an ordinary looking Young Achievers side which is based in Pouderoyen on the West Bank.Steven Sankar led the Rangers with a brace (3min, 55min) whilst there was one apiece for Telfon Daley (23min), Devon Caesar (46min), Stephon Reynolds (57min), Colin Clark (60min) and Sunil Logan (83min).Wednesday,the penultimate day of the round-of-16,will see teams battling again at the Leonora Track and Field Facility where Pouderoyen (West Dem.) tackle Mahaica Determinators (East Dem.) in the first match at 18:00hrs to be followed by a showdown between Uitvlugt Warriors, the best side in the West side,and Northern Rangers.Final day round-of-16 play will be hosted at the Diamond Community Centre ground, East Bank Demerara where the East Bank flagship team, Grove Hi Tech battle Berbice’s New Amsterdam United.The supporting match brings together Ann’s Grove and Den Amstel from 18:00hrs.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer hoping to honor seniors in weekend series

first_imgDarcy Riley and the UW defense will face tough tests as Michigan and Michigan State come to the McClimon complex this weekend.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, winning this weekend’s games versus Michigan State and Michigan would be the perfect way to honor two people who have helped bring their program to new heights – Taryn Francel and Darcy Riley, this year’s seniors.While Sunday’s match-up against Michigan is the official senior day, the team hopes to post victories to honor the senior class in both their home games at the McClimon Complex this weekend – starting with their Friday night game versus Michigan State.Such a sentiment of honoring the seniors was certainly not lost with Coach Paula Wilkins, who hid no emotion when expressing how much the senior class has meant to not only her, but also the program.“They probably don’t know how much they mean to me,” Wilkins said. “In terms of what they’ve done and what I’ve asked them to do, they really started to shift themselves both on and off the field to change the culture. The little things in practice, the little things on the road and just the nature of the team and how they support each other really comes from the two of them. As I always tell my players, ‘they are the program,’ and Darcy and Taryn really did build the program to the next point. They might not show up in the stats as much, but what they’ve done for the program will always be remembered.”On the pitch though, the second-place Badgers (7-4-4, 4-1-2) will need to be fully prepared this weekend. In a conference that seemingly has no weak teams, the Spartans and the Wolverines will continue that trend of strong opponents as they both bring talented squads to Madison.The Badgers’ Friday opponent, Michigan State (9-3-2, 3-1-1), sports not only a fantastic record, but also two of the conferences top three point-getters in junior Laura Heyboer (22 points) and sophomore Olivia Stander (18).For Coach Wilkins, stopping the talented Michigan State attack will be tough, but it’s certainly a task that her side will be up for if they stick to their defensive principles.“We’re going to have to be really focused on being aware of where they are and making sure we have good cover with what they do,” Wilkins said. “Because they can be dangerous, and Laura (Heyboer) is a great player and scorer. And Olivia (Standor) is coming on as a young player and being a threat. At the end of the day, it’s going to come down to good defending and good group defending as a team.”After splitting their two games last weekend with a 1-0 loss at Ohio State and a 3-2 win at Penn State, the Badgers are doing their best to not let the past weekend’s mix of emotions affect this weekend’s games or their outlook on the rest of the season.As junior captain Laurie Nosbusch pointed out, however, it’s tough not to be encouraged by how the team bounced back with a thrilling victory against Penn State on Sunday. The win was a true display of the team’s character and grit and an especially encouraging sign moving forward. “It was a great thing to see because I think it speaks a lot to our team character in taking a loss that was very disappointing and meant a lot to our season,” Nosbusch said. “It lightened our hopes of winning the Big Ten trophy but to be able to bounce back and be able to bring fire against such a great team was amazing.”That same character and intensity is exactly what the Badgers will need this weekend at the McClimon Complex. Not only for their Friday game against Michigan State, but also for their Sunday game against the Big Ten’s other Michigan foe, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan (7-2-4, 2-1-2) presents another formidable Big Ten opponent as they come into town with a solid attack lead by powerful freshman forward Nkem Ezurine.The Badgers should be more than excited for Sunday’s game since, although it is not the senior’s final home game, it will be the perfect opportunity to honor them – both on and off the pitch. For Nosbusch, just like many of her fellow teammates, the biggest priority will be doing all they can to extend the seniors’ careers.“Right now, we’re trying to keep them around as long as possible and we need to keep winning to do so.”last_img read more

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