News June 7, 2021 Find out more MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeJudicial harassment Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović Organisation MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeJudicial harassment to go further News News RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information January 18, 2017 RSF urges Montenegrin court to drop charges against reporter Follow the news on Montenegro Jovo Martinovic / DR March 30, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Montenegrin authorities to abandon the proceedings against Jovo Martinovic, an investigative reporter whose trial on a charge of supporting a drug trafficking ring will continue tomorrow in the capital, Podgorica.A specialist in covering organized crime for such leading international media as The Economist, Financial Times and the CAPA press agency, Martinovic is facing a possible 10-year jail sentence. Held for 15 months, he was finally freed provisionally the day after the third hearing in trial, held on 4 January. Martinovic was arrested on 22 October 2015 along with 17 suspected members of a drug trafficking network known as the “Pink Panthers.” He has insisted on his innocence ever since his arrest, claiming that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter.“The main defendant in this drug trafficking trial, a former Pink Panthers member, pleaded guilty on the first day and told the judge that Jovo Martinovic was innocent,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkans desk. “We urge the court to now drop all charges against this journalist and to end the proceeding against him.”Montenegro is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more
December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” June 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat to close 47 radio and TV stations, protests against repressive law February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Iraq to go further Receive email alerts News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Read in Arabic / بالعربية Help by sharing this information Tension between authorities and media have peaked this month with a decision by the Communications and Media Commission (CMC) – still pending implementation – to close 47 radio and TV stations on the grounds they lack official permits, and with demonstrations by journalists calling for the repeal of the Law on Journalists’ Rights, which parliament adopted in August 2011 and which is widely regarded as violating the rights it claims to defend. Disturbing decision by panel of questionable independenceReporters Without Borders is alarmed by the CMC’s decision, which triggered such an outcry that the interior ministry has given the radio and TV stations concerned 45 days from 25 June to comply with regulations.The CMC took its decision more than a month ago but it was only revealed on 23 June by the Journalism Freedoms Observatory (JFO), which obtained documentary evidence of the plan. It concerns both local and foreign TV stations such as the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Monte Carlo, Radio Sawa, Al-Baghdadia TV and Al-Sharqiya News.Many journalists and some politicians have criticized the decision as an attempt to gag the media, pointing out that the head of the CMC is appointed by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and that many of the targeted media are noted either for the non-partisan nature of their Iraqi coverage or, in some cases such as Al-Baghdadia and Al-Sharqiya, for their frequent criticism of the Iraqi government.Iraq is currently experiencing a major political crisis with the prime minister facing mounting opposition. He is often accused of authoritarianism, nepotism and corruption.Despite the political crisis, the CMC insists that its decision is not politically motivated and is aimed solely at getting the targeted radio and TV stations to pay their licence dues. The CMC has also pointed out that it published an announcement in all the newspapers last February inviting media without a licence to apply for one within two months.“But only a small number applied, and 39 media outlets preferred not to come and not to apply the law,” CMC board member Salem Mashkur told Agence France-Presse.The BBC and Voice of America say their employees are not currently encountering any problems with the authorities, and that they are in the process of working with the CMC to renew their licences. Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language station funded by the United States, said it was very surprised to learn that it was on the CMC list and insists that it already has a valid licence.According to Reuters, some of the listed media have no bureau in Iraq and therefore would not need an Iraqi licence. One of the radio stations, Sawt Al-Iraq, is listed twice, once as not having a licence and once has having had its licence suspended by the CMC.Reporters Without Borders urges the CMC to ensure that the fees required for licences are reasonable. According to the online newspaper Elaph, the fees demanded last year by the CMC ranged from 180,000 to 1.5 million dollars (145,000 to 1.1 million euros). The exorbitant size of the fees could explain why some media are not paying, especially as they already have to assign a significant part of their budget to protecting their employees and installations because of the frequency of violence against the media.The CMC was founded in 2004 by the US-led coalition authorities. Meant to be a fully independent, non-profit regulatory body, it has often been criticized for its lack of independence since the coalition handed over to an Iraqi government. It has also been criticized for demanding exorbitant fees from some media and for decisions that pose a serious threat to media freedom.Protests against the Law on Journalists’ RightsReporters Without Borders voices its support for Iraqi journalists in their determination to get the Law on Journalists’ Rights repealed and to voice their discontent with a government that seems increasingly bent on stifling freedom of information. Originally called the Law on the Protection of Journalists and adopted by parliament on 9 August 2011, the Law on Journalists’ rights in fact represents a major step backwards for the rights of media workers.The campaign for its repeal is being led by the Iraqi Journalists’ Rights Defence Association. More than 700 journalists signed an appeal to supreme court president Madhat Al-Mahmud (registered as petition No. 34 on 26 April, according to uragency.net) to overturn the law on the grounds that it violates articles 13, 14, 38 and 46 of the constitution and international conventions ratified by Iraq, including article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Reporters Without Borders commented in September 2011 that the new law “does nothing to improve the current situation for the media and even represents an additional danger for media freedom and freedom of information.”Its detractors are describing it as a major setback to the media freedom and freedom of information achieved after Saddam Hussein’s removal in 2003. Many people have been staging street demonstrations to protest against the law and the Maliki government’s policy. The most recent protest was in Baghdad on 20 June. 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FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Puerto Rican Catholic priest pleads guilty to child exploitation by: – August 25, 2014 ISRAEL BERRÍOS BERRÍOS, 58, WAS ARRESTED AT HIS RESIDENCE ON MAY 13 (CREDIT: FACEBOOK)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Monday August 25, 2014, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a suspended Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges for taking a minor on a cruise with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct.Israel Berrios-Berrios who pleaded guilty in court on Thursday was arrested on May 13 at his residence in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, following an indictment that charged him with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.Prosecutors charged that Berrios-Berrios transported a 15-year-old male minor to Miami, Florida, where they took a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.“While on the cruise, Berrios-Berrios engaged in lewd acts with the minor,” prosecutors claimed.Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan, said “the arrest and guilty plea of this man are especially disturbing, given the position of trust he occupied.Since 2003 more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children in the United States including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children.Caribbean Media Corpporation Share Sharing is caring! 377 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet
By Brendan McDermidLANSING, Mich. (Reuters) – A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to “go to hell” for his crimes.Thomas Brennan, a youth gymnastics coach, confronted Nassar in a Michigan courtroom on the second day of a sentencing hearing for the former doctor, who pleaded guilty in November to multiple counts of sexual assault.“For the record, go to hell,” Brennan said, glowering at Nassar.Brennan’s outburst came as he stood next to one of Nassar’s victims, Gwen Anderson, as she recounted the molestation she suffered at the hands of Nassar.At one point during Anderson’s tearful testimony, Brennan barked at Nassar, “look at her”.Nassar has sat through the proceedings with his head bowed, not making eye contact with the victims. He apologised for his crimes at the November hearing, local media reported.Brennan told Ingham County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina that he sent more than 100 girls to Nassar, whom he once considered a mentor.“The guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom,” he said.More than 100 victims are providing victim-impact statements during the four-day hearing, prosecutors said.The judge has addressed each victim and repeatedly said she will make certain Nassar gets a lengthy prison sentence. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence.“He will die there,” Aquilina told one victim on Wednesday. “The next judge he faces will be God.” Aquilina is set to impose sentence today.Nassar is already serving a 60-year prison term after pleading guilty in July to child pornography charges in federal court.A mother of a one-time U.S. Gymnastics team member, Maggie Nichols, who tried to qualify to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, also criticised Nasser on Wednesday.“A real doctor never sees a child alone,” said Gina Nichols, who said she is a registered nurse and whose husband is a doctor. “You’re a serial child molester – a paedophile.”Nichols also criticised USA Gymnastics for not properly vetting Nassar, who served as the team’s physician through four Olympic Games.Olympic gold medallists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles have gone public in recent months, saying they were assaulted by Nassar while undergoing treatment.