Open letter to president, parliament and supreme court calling for repeal of legal hangover from military regime

first_img Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil RSF_en BrazilAmericas News Organisation Help by sharing this information Mr. Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, President of the Federal Republic of BrazilMs. Dilma Roussef, Minister of the PresidencyMr. Renan Calheiros, President of the SenateMr. Jader Barbalho, President of the Chamber of Deputies Commission for Science, Technology, Communication and ComputingMr. Nelson Jobim, President of the Federal Supreme CourtDear Madam, Dear Sirs,Reporters Without Borders has learned with concern of the plight of Lúcio Flávio Pinto, the founder and editor of the bimonthly Jornal Pessoal, based in Belém, in the northern state of Pará, who is currently the target of 18 lawsuits, ten of them for libel, as a result of covering such sensitive issues as drug trafficking, Amazonian deforestation and local corruption. He has also been threatened and physically attacked. Obliged to stay at home and organise his defence, he will be unable to attend a ceremony in New York at the end of the month at which he is to receive a prize. Worse still, he faces up to three years in prison if two existing convictions are confirmed on appeal. He was convicted under the press law of 9 February 1967, the law under which all the other actions have been brought against him.Mr. Pinto is not the only journalist to have been assailed under this law. José de Arimatéia Azevedo, the manager of the Portal AZ website in Teresina (in the northeastern state of Piauí), was arrested on 26 October 2005 and held for 48 hours for “insult and libel” and “pressure on the course of a judicial procedure.” Alvanir Ferreira Avelino of the daily newspaper Dois Estados, was arrested on 29 August 2003 in Rio de Janeiro state and sentenced to 10 and a half months in an open prison as a result of libel actions. He served a similar sentence in 2001 for a “crime of opinion.”It is time to finish with this iniquitous law which, although rarely applied, is nonetheless incorporated into the Brazilian federal constitution and continues to weigh heavily on free expression as a whole and press freedom in particular.Is it normal for a law inherited from military rule (the military regime of 1964-1985) to be still in force in a democracy after all this time? The situation is all the more absurd as Brazil, like almost all the countries in the Americas, signed the Declaration of Chapultepec of 11 March 1994 on free expression, which was dawn up by the Inter-American Press Association. Among other things, this declaration recognises that it is the role of the press to challenge the government, but the 1967 law does not let the Brazilian press perform this role.The incompatibility of the 1967 law with current laws, case history and treaties is not the only issue. The danger lies in the letter of the law itself, which gives often elastic definitions of press offences and makes them punishable by prison sentences.Article 14, for example, says that “war propaganda, procedures to subvert the political and social order, or race or class prejudice” are punishable by one to four years in prison. Hunting down “subversion” is the prerogative of repressive regimes. And should editorials be likened these days to propaganda?Article 17 envisages a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine equivalent to one to 20 times the minimum salary for “offending public decency and moral standards.” What are the current limits of “public decency” and “moral standards” ?Similar penalties are stipulated for “slander” (article 20), “defamation” (article 21) and “insult” (articles 22) and even “defamation and insult of the memory of the dead” (articles 24). These offence are treated as “crimes.” Article 23 increases the penalties by a third if any of the offences mentioned in articles 20-22 is committed against: – the president of the republic, the president of the federal senate, the president of the chamber of deputies, the judges of the federal supreme court, foreign heads of state or government or their diplomatic representatives.- a public official, in his or her official capacity.- an entity or authority that perform the role of a state authority.This article is not just contrary to the Declaration of Chapultepec, it also constitutes a serious negation of the news media’s role to criticise the authorities and offers an easy way of silencing journalists, especially those working for local newspapers. The 1967 law is all the more unfair as it is used against “small” media which generally have few resources. Furthermore, and paradoxically, it is used above all in the state courts and very little at the federal court level.All of these reasons should lead you now to repeal the press law of 9 February 1967, of which higher court of justice president Edson Vidigal has on several occasions said it has been “implicitly rendered invalid by the 1988 constitution.”We hope a broad democratic debate followed by a parliamentary vote will achieve this goal.Sincerely,Reporters Without Borders BrazilAmericas Lúcio Flávio Pinto (photo), the editor of the bimonthly Jornal Pessoal in Belém, in the northern state of Pará, is currently the target of 18 lawsuits under the 1967 press law. In an open letter to the president, parliament and judiciary, Reporters Without Borders calls for the repeal of this iniquitous law that is a hangover from the (1964-1985) military dictatorship. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America November 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to president, parliament and supreme court calling for repeal of legal hangover from military regime to go further Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

Twists and turns to Rathcahill farm dispute

first_imgPrint On July 29, Daniel Doherty was sent to Limerick Prison after failing to obey a court order handed down in March, 2010, stating that he was to remove his cattle from the land and vacate the adjacent dwellings. Failing to do so, Eamon Roche, administrator for the deceased brothers who died without leaving a will, initiated court proceedings to have the order upheld and acted upon.Doherty was arrested under warrant and brought before Judge Carroll Moran at Limerick Circuit Court, to seek resolution.On August 5, the farmer was asked repeatedly if he would vacate the lands and expressing that he did not wish to “go against Mattie’s wishes”, said he would not, and that he intended staying there with his 15 head of dry stock and single milking cow. Judge Carroll Moran said he was left with no option but to hold Doherty in contempt of court and sent him to Limerick Prison until he was willing to purge his contempt. Barrister Emmett O’Brien, sought the assistance of the court to have the cattle removed from the land but he noted that the Roche family were unwilling to do this without the assistance of the gardai, as tensions were running high between the two parties.Last week, Doherty remained in prison and his cattle were removed, despite barricades and obstructions placed in front of the farmyard entrance. With reports of men in balaclavas watching on as the gardai secured the farm to allow the removal of the cattle, the tale of the Rathcahill farm was to take several more twists in the days that followed.Tracked to a farm some six miles away, the cattle were escorted by gardai off the disputed lands and the matter was thought to have been somewhat resolved.However, just 24 hours later, solicitor for the Roche family, Michael O’Donnell, said that five cattle were back on the land, something that seemed quite mysterious to him given the six mile distance between the two farmsteads. The prolonged dispute, dating back to 2004, took yet another twist the next day as solicitor for the Roche family, Michael O’Donnell, confirmed to the Limerick Post, that the five returned cattle were removed again. “This will go on for some time I think, this is not the end to the matter,” he noted. “Daniel remains in prison and he looks set to stay there for some time to come,” added the Rathkeale- based solicitor.Daniel Doherty has always protested his rights to the land after he argued that he assisted the two bachelor brothers on the farm land. Email Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsTwists and turns to Rathcahill farm disputeBy admin – August 21, 2011 1101 Twitter Linkedin “DANNY’S not for turning,” said John Cussen, the solicitor who formerly represented a county Limerick farmer involved in a dispute over land near Templeglantine, when describing the steadfast position of Daniel Doherty, the 40-year-old farmer who refuses to obey a court order to vacate a 40-acre farm holding owned by two deceased bachelor brothers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleCity centre awash with colourNext articleAll star cast at Flannerys admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Getting to grips with online HR developments

first_img Comments are closed. This week’s Softworld Human Resources & Payroll Exhibition will unveilmore clever technology for online HRMore than 40 HR products will be introduced at this week’s Softworld HumanResources and Payroll Exhibition. Like last year, the e-recruit zone willprovide a home to some innovative technologies. Among the exhibitors arePeoplesoft, RebusHR, OneClick HR and Computers In Personnel which willdemonstrate its new range of Ciphr HR solutions. Product highlights Core Computer Consultants will unveil Core Business Intelligence –intended to improve decision-making by giving HR professionals the ability to createad-hoc, management and forecast reports based on department data. Cara Information Technology will introduce: Cara-Online Payslip,which enables employees to access, view and print payslips via theintranet/Internet. Intellect will showcase its entire HR portfolio, but will focus onstrategic data management and its RDBMS system. Total Managed Delivery will demonstrate its TMD/Service Request,which can raise, track and solve incidents within the workplace – from logginga PC fault to ordering stationary items. FSI UK’s latest HR Oasis Workflow programme contains 15 workflowprocesses ranging from self-certification, time and attendance, salary reviewmanagement, employee self-service to holiday requests. I-Grasp will reveal Global Successor – for complete end-to-endrecruitment. McGuffie Brunton will display the latest version of its Equator HRmanagement system which includes payroll, time and attendance, shopfloor datacapture and access control modules. Softworks Computing will introduce TouchWise, a touch screen time andattendance system, which allows employees to deal with their time andattendance levels. Selven’s Team Spirit Web-enabled browser provides access to payroll,personnel or time and attendance, while Team Spirit E-learning offers aflexible approach to online learning. Grampian Software will demonstrate its Absence Module, RecruitmentModule and Training module as well as integrated time and attendance and P11Dsystems. Totaljobs.com will launch its redesigned site. Day one/6 FebruaryBreakfast Briefings – BB109-09.45amSelecting the right HR and payroll system for your organisation– Determining your requirements– Common mistakes – how to avoid them!– A look at the latest market trends– How to ensure you select the right system for maximum ROISteve Foster, director, KPMG consultingMasterclass – MC1a10-11.00amNegotiating a software package with your suppliers – strategies for success– The key questions you should be asking– Maintenance – what to expect and what must be included– Ensuring a proper support service is provided– Negotiating a reasonable price – cost versus long-termbenefitsMark Grice, management consultant PricewaterhouseCoopersMasterclass – MC2a11.30-12.30pmCase Study: e-Recruitment – streamlining the recruitment process– Why e-recruitment?– Review of the recruitment process before implementation andafter– Supplier selection– Testing & piloting– The implementation process– Lessons learntJackie Weston, resourcing manager, KPMGMasterclass – MC3a1-2pmReview of recent and upcoming payroll legislative changes– Changes in the taxing of company cars– Statutory mileage rates for 2002– Proposed changes in maternity and parental leave rights,including changes in payment of statutory maternity pay– Changes in tax credits– Internet filing of payroll year-end returnsAdrian Hobbs, payroll author, Gee PublishingMasterclass – MC4a2.30-3.30pmOutsourcing and integrating HR and payroll– Integrating systems for consistent information– Combining your HR and payroll needs– ASPs – maintaining control, removing responsibility– Increasing the value of the HR and payroll contribution toyour organisationGraham Russell, principle consultant, KPMG consultingDay two/7 FebruaryBreakfast briefings – BB209-09.45amSelecting the right software system for your HR and payroll functions– Defining your organisation’s needs– Researching the various packages on offer– Making the most of your time at Softworld– The key questions to askDeirdre Hardy, HR consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopersMasterclass – MC1b10-11amEmployee self-service – redressing the balance between employee and employer– How much information should be provided online?– Saving time and money – taking HR into a strategic role– Changing perceptions; incentivising your staff– Integrating ESS and HR systemsMary Sue Rogers, partner, PricewaterhouseCoopersMasterclass – MC2b11.30-12.30pmCase Study – The experience and the lessons of the PwC globalimplementation of HRMS across 14 countries and 100,000 employees– Project overview– Implementation changes– Impact of the HRMS system on the business– Future technology opportunitiesRon Collard, partner, HR consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopersMasterclass – MC3b1-2pmCase Study: Implementing a web-enabled HR and payroll function across theorganisation– Automating and integrating business functions– Increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness– How these issues were planned, managed and put into effect toensure the project was a successSarah O’Brien, project manager, Pret A MangerMasterclass – MC4b2.30-3.30pmUsing technology to develop and manage pay and benefits packages– Benchmarking salaries against industry averages– Gaining fast access to up-to-date pay data– Endorsing your reputation as a competitive employer– Taking advantage of the latest on-line technology– Making a real impact on the bottom lineRichard Crofts, principle consultant, Cubiks, a PA Group Company Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. 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Syracuse football to play Wake Forest at noon on Oct. 18

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) and Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2) will play at noon in Winston Salem, North Carolina on Oct. 18, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced in an email release Monday. The conference also announced that the game will be aired on regional sports networks.The Orange and Demon Deacons most recently met on Nov. 2 last season with Syracuse winning 13-0 in the Carrier Dome.Before the matchup, Syracuse will host No. 1 Florida State in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Wake Forest will have a bye week before the game and is coming off a 43-3 loss to the Seminoles. Comments Published on October 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img