EU advised to save money by scrapping “cynical” aid programme

first_img Follow the news on Tunisia Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Reporters Without Borders said it was “amazed” by the “cynicism” of a 2.15 million euro European Union programme to support the Tunisian media and called on EU Commission President Romano Prodi to scrap it. Reporters Without Borders today urged the European Union to scrap a programme of support for the Tunisian news media, worth about 2,15 million euros, which is officially described as being designed to “strengthen the press as part of improving ties between the media and civil society in Tunisia.”In a letter to European Commission president Romano Prodi, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said the organisation was amazed by “such political cant and cynicism,” which gave the impression that those who conceived the programme knew nothing about the Tunisian media.All the media in Tunisia – press, radio and television – are subject to the whim of President Ben Ali and follow his orders, the organisation stressed in its letter. A close watch is kept on the Internet. Hundreds of websites cannot be accessed from Internet cafes. The dozen or so Internet service providers are controlled by the government or its associates. Journalists who try to express dissenting views are constantly harassed, silenced, forced into exile or just give up trying to work as journalists. Two journalist are currently languishing in prison.”No one who knows anything about the fate of freedom under Ben Ali’s rule will be amused by this so-called programme of support for the media,” Ménard said in the letter. “But does this mean nothing can be done to help Tunisian journalists? Not at all. On the contrary, for years the European Union helped Reporters Without Borders come to the aid of Ben Ali’s victims, whose names – such as Taoufik Ben Brick, Sihem Bensedrine and Zouhair Yahyaoui – are as a result well known.”Brussels used to have the decency, or the courage, to distinguish between Tunisia and the Tunisian regime, between the country’s successes and the turpitude of a ruling family that has the country in its grip, Ménard said. “Will we soon have to talk in the past tense of Europe’s boldness, which made it the best defender of Tunisia’s democrats? Will we have to resign ourselves to seeing the EU fall in with Jacques Chirac and his defence of the ‘democrat’ Bel Ali? It looks as though we will.”The only one honourable way out is to scrap this programme, Ménard concluded. “No one will find fault with that in these times of budgetary austerity. For once, saving money and moral imperative coincide.”An alternative way to help the Tunisian media, one that excludes the regime’s propaganda mouthpieces, has already been proposed to European bodies by Reporters Without Borders. This would be to help the few newspapers and TV stations that try to circulate alternative news from outside of Tunisia. News to go further February 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU advised to save money by scrapping “cynical” aid programme Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News November 12, 2019 Find out more Organisation News News RSF_en December 26, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Jordan’s dream comes true

first_img#HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Email TAGSfeaturedJordan PerezMusic LimerickShare a Dream Foundationspinal muscular atrophy type II Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Linkedin NewsJordan’s dream comes trueBy Guest Writer – August 16, 2013 670 Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsAppcenter_img Jordan and the Shaggy Angels team.A DREAM came true for little Jordan Perez (5) when he received a welcome fit for a soccer superstar this week.The Manchester United fan, who suffers from the rare genetic disorder – spinal muscular atrophy type II –  travelled by Garda escort as the guest of honour at this year’s Jeff Power Soccer Tournament  in Portland Park.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The day was organised by the Castletroy-based Share a Dream Foundation, which has been making dreams come true for hundreds of sick and disabled children for 22 years.Jordan’s mum, Sinead from Sixmilebridge said the day was amazing. “We travelled in the back of the police car and they had the sirens going. When we got to the pitch everyone clapped as he got out of the car and he gave a pep talk to the winning team and lead them on to the pitch. He kept saying afterwards ‘They won because I told them to’. I cannot thank Share a Dream enough for giving us these memories”.Jordan attended the event with his mum, dad Hulio, big brother Ryan (8) and new-born baby sister Zoe. The family also had a VIP lunch in the Clarion Hotel where Jordan met with Mr World Kamal Ibrahaim.The little lad – who is attending Sixmilebridge National School –  had a particularly difficult time when he suffered a cardiac arrest in May of last year and remained in hospital for two months.His Mom said: “Jordan was diagnosed when he was ten months old and doctors gave him a matter of months. But he proved them wrong. Even through all the harrowing hospital visits, all the grinding daily physio and the things his condition denies him, he loves life and is never sad. He is amazing and Share a Dream have been remarkable”For more information see and RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Previous articleHonours for JFK and Brian BorúNext articleFoy Vance finds hope in a hard place Guest Writer Facebooklast_img read more

Your Southern Garden

first_imgLearn about everything from pitcher plants to recycling tires on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves July 16 at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Pitcher plants are beautiful and fascinating to watch because they eat insects instead of plant food. Linda Walker will then show how she propagates hundreds of coleus plants at Callaway Gardens. Garden raconteur Felder Rushing will show Reeves how he converts truck tires into planters, using a sharp knife and a well-placed knee.”Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF/IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.Watch “Your Southern Garden” on select public TV stations in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Check local listings for details.last_img read more

Suffolk Starts Offering Translations at County Offices

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Legis.-elect Monica Martinez speaks at a Brentwood forum held by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table and New York Communties for Change on Wednesday, Nov. 12 2013. (Long Island Civic Engagement Table).Suffolk County will begin making language assistance services available at its offices Thursday to accommodate the estimated more than 100,000 eastern Long Island residents with limited-English proficiency (LEP) when they need government services.County Executive Steve Bellone signed last year an executive order mandating free translation and interpretation services in all county offices for anyone who speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, French Creole and Polish.“I can’t promise perfection, but I can promise that you’ll have all the tools,” Assistant Deputy County Executive Luis Montes said Wednesday in Spanish to a crowd of nearly 100 at a community meeting in Brentwood.The meeting was organized by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York, three nonprofit advocacy groups that termed the move the first new pro-immigrant policy in recent memory as well as the only one of its kind in suburban New York.Advocates also noted that the policy is a welcome change after the recent five-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero’s slaying by a group of teenagers in Patchogue—one of several high-profile hate crimes that drew international headlines.“Now, instead of turning the immigrants into something they’re not, we’re working with the community,” said Daniel Altschuler of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table.Several people at the meeting shared their experiences in which language barriers made it difficult or impossible to receive help from police, health care and social service providers.Marcia Estrada recalled how she once waited three hours for a translator to help her file a police report, but she had to leave the station house before one arrived.“I had to take care of my child,” Estrada said in Spanish. “They said they were going to send an officer, but they never arrived.”Before the new policy and in response to such criticisms, Suffolk police in recent years have set up phone lines that allow police to contact translators by phone if one is not available to assist LEP residents.The new policy also codifies that anyone seeking services at county government offices will not be asked about their immigration status—a question that can have a chilling effect in the immigrant community.“Even my parents have to this day,” Legis.-elect Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) said in Spanish, “when they go to get services…I have to go with them.”For more information about the program, the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition will be hosting a conference, “Navigating a Roadmap for Language Access: Celebrating Our Successes, Addressing Our Challenges,” from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Touro College in Central Islip. Tickets are $30.last_img read more