Parliament cancels creation of information ombudsman

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned a parliamentary vote on 21 December that overwhelmingly overturned a plan to create an ombudsman for news and information.With just one dissenting vote, parliament amended its constitutional law, adopted in 2005 on the advice of the Council of Europe, with the effect of cancelling the creation of both an ombudsman and of an institution with the role of addressing issues relating to public access to information.As a result of neither of them seeing the light of day, the job will go to an existing mediator, responsible for protecting the rights of citizens, Elmira Suleymanova. The amendments, examined by the parliamentary committee for legislative policy, state construction and human rights were initiated by President Ilham Aliyev. The Azerbaijan authorities therefore flew in the face of the Council of Europe’s recommendations. The amendments will reduce the Azerbaijan people’s right of access to information, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. The turnaround on the part of the authorities also represents a serious backward step in the protection of the rights of media and journalists that are already largely being flouted. They simply abolish the body responsible for mediating between journalists and the authorities, to avoid resort to the courts, as recommended by the Council of Europe. This means that current ombudswoman, Elmira Suleymanova, will have to defend both the rights of citizens and the rights of journalists. Some members of parliament pointed out that this expansion of her powers could complicate her already heavy workload, or more seriously still destroy the spirit of the 2005 law, turning it into an empty shell. The detractors of the information ombudsman argued that its creation could mean splitting up the roles of the different ombudsman. Elmira Suleymanova illustrated this point with the example of Sweden which originally had nine ombudsmen but now has no more than four. Such a mandate however appears to be too important to be filled by a single person. All the more so since the question of the rights of citizens is very different from that of access to information and the rights of journalists.Moreover, the current ombudswoman has pro-government leanings, which is incompatible with the Council of Europe recommendations. These call on member states to ensure that the ombudsman has complete independence, sufficient financial means and equipment, access to information required for the job, presentation of an annual progress report to parliament, and as far as possible for his or her decisions to be applied. As in any constitutional law, the application of the amendment will require a second vote in six months time. Reporters Without Borders urges the Council of Europe and member governments to call on Azerbaijani members of parliament to vote against it. Follow the news on Azerbaijan News Receive email alerts Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Organisation center_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further January 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament cancels creation of information ombudsman April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Calls for better communication between the OPW and gardai

first_img Pinterest Calls for better communication between the OPW and gardai Twitter Previous articleMajor jump in Donegal car salesNext articleCouncillor not giving up on Greencastle Harbour project News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th It is claimed there is a breakdown in communication between the Gardai and the Office of Public Works in relation to the provision of a new garda station in Carndonagh.From today gardai will operate from the County Council’s Public Services Centre in the town between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.This is to facilitate the refurbishment of the town’s garda station at a cost of 175 thousand euro.Senator Cecilia Keaveney says that money is being wasted and would have been better spent on a new station – however she says it is not clear if the OPW or the Gardai made the decision: Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – March 1, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Newsx Adverts Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young make progress with rehab

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”Though he has deferred to the Lakers’ training staff on how quickly both players will advance their workload, Walton observed on Friday whether Russell and Young favored their injuries while running, whether they hesitated before stopping on cuts and whether they could change directions. Walton reported that both Russell and Young “looked good.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Tarik Black will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Although Walton said Black informed him that “he’s better,” Black has not started any on-court work yet. Jose Calderon is also out for the next two to four weeks. That leaves Walton with another starting lineup to consider as the Lakers try to end a four-game losing streak. He said he does not plan to replicate the same starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to Houston that featured Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas. Other than keeping Mozgov and Randle in the lineup, Walton said he and his staff will narrow various options that will include Deng, Clarkson, Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Metta World Peace.center_img LOS ANGELES>> The injury report stayed the same as the Lakers gear up for yet another game without their starting backcourt. But Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young showed some progress by participating in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting. Though Russell (left knee) and Young (right leg) are still sidelined for when the Lakers (10-14) host the Phoenix Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, both players could complete a full contact practice on Saturday.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.last_img read more