RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more News Europe – Central AsiaFranceBelgiumGermanyAustriaSpainPortugalNetherlandsIrelandDenmarkFinlandSwedenLuxembourgMaltaItalyCyprusPolandBulgariaRomaniaHungarySlovakiaSloveniaCzech RepublicEstoniaLithuaniaLatviaCroatiaGreece Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation RSF_en Image: Council of Europe * This paper was authored by an expert working group composed of dr. Linda Maria Ravo, expert consultant to the Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Lead Author and Principal Investigator), dr. Justin Borg-Barthet, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Private International Law, University of Aberdeen (Co-Investigator) and Prof. dr. Xandra Kramer, professor at Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam and at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University (Co-Investigator). The authors are thankful to specialist practitioners and scholars who acted as peer reviewers of the text. The usual disclaimer applies.** The initiative was financially supported by Article 19, the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the European Federation of Journalists, Free Press Unlimited, Greenpeace European Unit, the International Press Institute, NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Pen International and Reporters Without Borders.  “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central AsiaFranceBelgiumGermanyAustriaSpainPortugalNetherlandsIrelandDenmarkFinlandSwedenLuxembourgMaltaItalyCyprusPolandBulgariaRomaniaHungarySlovakiaSloveniaCzech RepublicEstoniaLithuaniaLatviaCroatiaGreece Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Ahead of the European Democracy Action Plan, RSF and 60 partners have published a model anti-SLAPP directive to push for EU rules to protect journalists and public watchdogs from abusive lawsuits. center_img News Related documents anti-slapp_model_directive_paper_final.pdfPDF – 331.34 KB This paper was drafted* at the initiative of a coalition of non-governmental organisations from across Europe that have been working together over the past years to raise awareness and urge policy makers to protect public watchdogs such as journalists, rights defenders, activists and whistleblowers from Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)**. SLAPP suits are a form of legal harassment. Pursued by law firms on behalf of powerful individuals and organisations who seek to avoid public scrutiny, their aim is to drain the target’s financial and psychological resources and chill critical voices to the detriment of public participation. Currently, no EU country has enacted targeted rules that specifically shield against SLAPP suits. EU-wide rules providing for strong and consistent protection against SLAPP suits would mark a crucial step forward towards ending this abusive practice in EU Member States and serve as a benchmark for countries in the rest of Europe and beyond. Together with other legislative and non-legislative measures, it would contribute to secure a safer environment for public watchdogs and public participation in the EU.This is why civil society has engaged a wide range of experts including academics, lawyers, practitioners, SLAPP targets and policy and advocacy specialists, to look into the value added, the feasibility and the key components of possible EU anti-SLAPP legislation. This paper is the result of this collaborative work: a model EU anti-SLAPP law proposing a set of rules which, if in place, would make sure that in each EU country SLAPPs are dismissed at an early stage of proceedings, SLAPP litigants pay for abusing the law and the courts, and SLAPP targets are given means and assistance to defend themselves.As democracy and the rule of law come increasingly under pressure in a number of EU countries, this paper supports the call on EU policymakers by the undersigned organisations to urgently put forward an EU anti-SLAPP Directive to protect public watchdogs that help hold the powerful to account and keep the democratic debate alive. SignatoriesARTICLE 19Articolo21, liberi diAssociation of European Journalists (AEJ)Association of European Journalists (AEJ- Belgium)Associazione Stampa RomanaBulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC)Centre for Peace StudiesCivil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties)Civil Rights DefendersCivil Society EuropeCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)The Daphne Caruana Galizia FoundationD.i.Re Donne in rete contro la violenza, Italy (network of women’s crisis centres)Earth League International (ELI)EUobserverEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Civic ForumEuropean Environmental Bureau (EEB)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersForum Trentino per la Pace e i Diritti UmaniFNSI, Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana (The Union of Italian Journalists)Free Press Unlimited (FPU)Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)Greenpeace EU UnitGovernment Accountability ProjectGuardian News and Media LimitedHuman Rights CentreHuman Rights Centre “Antonio Papisca”, University of Padova, ItalyHuman Rights House Foundation (HRHF)Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU)Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC)IFEXILGA-Europe (European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)Index on CensorshipInternational Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)Justice and Environment (J&E)Legal Human AcademyMedia DefenceMedia Diversity Institute (MDI)Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR)Mighty EarthNGO Shipbreaking PlatformOMCT (World Organisation Against Torture), within the framework of theObservatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersOrganized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)Ossigeno per l’informazioneOživeníPEN InternationalPištaljkaPlatform for Independent Journalism (P24)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Rights International Spain (RIS)Sindacato Cronisti Romani (Regional Journalists’ Union, Italy)Sindacato Giornalisti del Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Regional Journalists’ Union, Italy)South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd (United Kingdom)The Good LobbyTowarzystwo Dziennikarskie, Poland (Society of Journalists)Transparency International EUUmweltinstitut MünchenUNESCO Chair “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace”, University of PadovaWhistleblowing International Network News December 2, 2020 RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News to go further Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Stamp out slum landlords!

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Stamp out slum landlords! previous nextHousing MarketStamp out slum landlords!The Negotiator20th August 20160778 Views A new report from Multi-Let UK, an HMO investment and management company, states that 70 per cent of HMO investors want the authorities to crack down on HMO landlords who are abusing the law; 52 per cent want local councils to make more inspections to identify HMOs that are not up to standard and 73 per cent believe that slum landlords are giving HMOs a poor reputation.Findings from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), show that private landlords are taking £5.6bn in rent on homes that ‘don’t meet legal standards’ and 740,000 families are living in homes that present a severe threat to the occupants’ health; while Shelter says that 250,000 people live in accommodation that is unfit for human habitation, or where the landlord exploits or harasses them.Figures from the Residential Landlords Association show that 2,006 landlords were convicted between 2007-2015, with the average fine standing at £1,500. Daniel Hill, MD of Multi- Let UK said, “In many areas there are HMO landlords providing poor quality accommodation which fails to meet the statutory requirements, putting tenants’ wellbeing and potentially lives at risk.“The good news is that the majority of HMO landlords are taking a proactive approach and there is a lot of support available from specialist management firms that will relieve the burden of managing multiple occupancy properties.”HMO landlords Multi-Let UK report slum housing slum landlords August 20, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Hoop Dreams

first_imgMy mom was right. After age 40, things begin to shift. My waistbands feel a bit tighter, and my c-section scar seems to bulge out a little more than usual. I don’t feel quite as comfortable running in just a jog bra and shorts—a conservative singlet seems more appropriate. Although running is great for maintaining overall fitness, the fact is, it doesn’t do much for the belly area.I guess I could cut down on my daily ice cream intake, but that doesn’t feel like a great option. Of course there are the various attempts I have made at core strengthening exercises—doing yoga at sunrise, practicing Pilates in front of the TV at night, even squeezing in two minutes of push-ups and crunches in between meetings at work. My husband is a dedicated practitioner of core work: every evening he comes home from work and heads straight down to the basement to knock it out. Me, I’m not so disciplined. If I’m going to do core exercises, I want immediate results. If that’s not possible, it had better at least be fun.Given my resistance to any sort of formal core work, imagine my excitement when my friend Barbara invited me to a beginner’s hula hoop class. I checked out the website, which promised that hooping would “tone and strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and develop core strength.” One of the testimonials described hooping as “a fun way to lose weight, get in shape and feel good about yourself, all while you are having fun!” Okay, I thought, I’m not the most coordinated kid on the block, but I’ll give it a try.When we arrived at the studio, we were immediately greeted by dozens of beautiful, brightly colored hoops. It was obvious that these weren’t the hoops of our childhood. There were weighted hoops, glow-in-the-dark hoops with LED lights, and hoops filled with water. Before getting to take any for a test spin, however, we learned a bit about the history and culture of hooping. That’s right—it’s not called hula hooping any more. The activity—part sport, part dance—that has been around for thousands of years (Egyptians made hoops out of grapevines 3,000 years ago) and became a pop craze in the United States in the late 50s has evolved into much more. It is now a culture, brought back in the mid-90s by The String Cheese Incident. Hoping to get more people dancing at their shows, members of the jam band threw dozens of hoops into the crowd at the Telluride Music Festival, igniting a movement that is now present at festivals and shows across the country.From the looks of our teacher, professional hooper Melanie MacNeil, Barb and I were in for more than an exercise class. Decked out in bright shimmering clothing that revealed elaborate tattoos underneath, she moved with a dancer’s grace. Melanie began by teaching us beginner’s moves, the spinning hoops and swaying hips that we remembered from childhood. Nothing to it, I thought, especially using Mel’s custom-made, adult-sized hoops. Just when I was thinking I had conquered the hoop, however, she upped the ante and added more complex movements. Hooping with our eyes closed. Hooping while walking. Hooping on one leg. Putting our arms inside the hoop and easing the hoop up to our necks. How was it that she made it all look so easy, so fluid? We were supposed to holler or make a silly noise every time our hoop hit the ground, and soon yelling and laughter overshadowed the funky music accompanying our dance.After an hour of hooping, we were all sweaty, tired, and exhilarated. It was easy to understand how this child’s toy could also be a workout tool. The circular motion of hooping gets all of your core muscles working, including muscles in your abdomen, back, pelvis, and hips. Even my arms were burning. Still, the feeling was different than that you get from a typical gym workout. Maybe it was the music, maybe the moves, the likes of which one NPR commentator described as, “sexy, gymnastic, and mystical”—whatever it was, I felt relaxed and young again.Professional hoopers like Melanie know full well about the emotional and spiritual aspects of hooping. For her, viewing hooping as a fitness routine would be like Tiger Woods describing golf as his hobby. Melanie’s passion for hooping has been a journey that has allowed her to follow her heart’s work of promoting movement as a mode to physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In addition to the physical benefits, she talks about how hooping “creates a mind-body awareness, increases personal empowerment and inward focus, breaks down the ego, and opens channels of energy.” How many exercise programs do all this?Now, armed with my custom-made glittery pink and black hoop, I can be seen practicing my moves in the yard nearly every afternoon. My abs are sore, my hips and legs are bruised from the hoop banging against them (yes, it’s possible to spin the hoop on your legs; no, that’s not what I was trying to do). My daughter says I’m embarrassing myself in front of the entire neighborhood, but I don’t care—it’s fun. Will I develop abs of steel? Maybe. Will I develop into a hooping goddess like Melanie, with flowing, mystical moves? Probably not. But I will have fun as I try. •Melanie MacNeil teaches hoop classes in Asheville and performs across the Southeast: www.ashevillehoops.com.last_img read more

QLD leads nation as expert urges more people to get rich slow

first_img 1. Sunshine Coast QLD He said most people did not shop, work or school in the Queensland capital’s CBD and outliers were increasingly important.“This is a very good time for people to be getting into the market compared to 12 months ago when things were flat. Twelve months later, we start the year with a whole new ballgame, people are a lot more confident, there’s evidence of markets rising, tax cuts are being put into the system, it’s easier to get loans, the whole atmosphere has changed.”The report found that over $20 billion in major infrastructure projects and private investment were recently completed, under construction or in the planning pipeline in the Sunshine Coast area, while work on the new 53ha Maroochydore CBD was underway.It said the Moreton Bay region was one of the highest-growth LGAs in Australia, because of high levels of infrastructure spending and attractive housing affordability.“This is attracting interstate migrants, first-home buyers and investors to the area, driving strong demand for housing.” National Top 10 Best Buys 2020: How to push through Brisbane’s goat’s cheese curtain 2. Badgerys Creek Precinct NSW3. City of Marion SA4. Bendigo VIC 5. Moreton Bay Region QLD More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“The Sunshine Coast came out on top. Property markets arise out of what’s happening in the local economy. There are extraordinary things happening on the ground,” he said.Prices ranged from up-market Noosa and Sunshine Beach to cheaper areas like Nambour, which were also on the train line.” Mr “The other option for younger buyers starting out in their 20-somethings was apartments at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, and Caloundra. It’s very much gentrified in recent years.”Mr Ryder said Moreton Bay LGA was a very affordable lifestyle precinct, with a rail link and “good basic infrastructure”.“The game changer for that is the university campus, the Brisbane campus being in Petrie and it’s pretty much finished stage 1 for the 2020 university year. So when you’ve got a university campus coming into your area, it creates so much demand for rentals from students. It’s that extra element coming in to the market. It’s got what we call good real estate bones.” Stunning waterways in the top end of the Sunshine Coast region at Noosa North Shore.It beat the likes of Badgerys Creek Creek in western Sydney, where the NSW’s capital’s second international airport was planned, and was also ahead of Marion in South Australia, a place which has emerged as Australia’s tech capital.Brisbane’s Moreton Bay council region also made the top 10 cut, listed in fifth place nationally as one of the best places to buy this year for future capital growth.Report author Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the locations were the “top places for good buying in 2020 for future growth, taking a medium (three to five years) to long term view (10 years plus)”.Mr Ryder said buys like those were good for “sensible investors” who accumulate rather than buy and sell all the time. MORE: Coast units high on investor demand listcenter_img 20-75 Noosa River Drive, Noosa North Shore, is 24.69ha of residential Land that’s on the market for $2.95m.“They buy good properties and just hold on to them. That’s the secret to creating wealth. The most successful investors are those who just build their portfolio and keep adding to it, that’s the way to create substantial wealth in property investment.”Mr Ryder said “if you’re 95 years old perhaps that’s too late”, but those in their 20s would be able to retire at 50 with such a portfolio. It’s never too late. We’re living longer than before.” The stunning Mooloolaba Beach attracts holiday makers and new residents alike. Picture: John McCutcheon/Sunshine Coast Daily.A Queensland location has been named the best place in Australia to buy property to get rich slow, a strategy more investors are considering now that money is cheap.The National Top 10 Best Buys 2020 report named the Sunshine Coast as the best place in the country for capital gains wins for medium to long term investors. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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CA braces for aftershocks of 7.1 earthquake

first_imgCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom is requesting federal assistance after Friday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.Newsom has placed California’s Office of Emergency Services on its highest alert.OES Director Mark Ghilarducci told reporters they have significant reports of fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks near the epicenter just outside Ridgecrest in Southern California.No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.Emergency officials are bracing for strong aftershocks.The White House says President Trump is being kept up-to-date on the latest 7.1quake by several teams as he and the First Lady vacation at Trump’s Bedminister golf course in New Jersey.Related content:New 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Southern Californialast_img