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

Creative talent recognised at Limerick Institute of Technology

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list TAGSachievementawardfilmlifestyleLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyNews Award Winner, Mirian Gonzalez pictured with Cian Reinhardt.BROADCAST and film production students and staff at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) put the full range of their talents on show at the LSAD Film & Media Showcase 19 in the Millenium Theatre on Thursday last.The day-long showcase celebrated the ingenuity, creativity, and intriguing work created by the students, before an awards ceremony capped off the evening.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The award for Best Documentary Film went to Mirian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film ‘Frank’s Ashes’.The LIT student said, “I read ‘Angela’s Ashes’ book when I was 15-years-old and in one way, I never forgot its story. When I visited ‘The Frank McCourt Museum’ last summer,  I discovered that they had no documentary about him and I was determined that his story had to be told.”Award winners on the evening:Winner of the Smarter Travel Campus Awards in Multimedia Video presented by Sadbh Hanley of Smarter travel Limerick went to Mark Bergin, Edward Hannon, & Ruth Barnes for their short “Counting Steps” This was a national competition coordinated by Sharon Daly of transport Ireland. A cleverly conceived short advert directly relatable and superbly executed. The judges on the Smarter Travel educating panel were extremely impresses by the quality and professional standard of the winning film.Winner of the award for Art Direction – Selected & presented by Michelle Brassil of Troy Studios went to Amerson Fortuanto for his film “Out of time”. The award was collected on the night by fellow “Out of time” production crew members & actors Saoirse O Connor & Eoin Leen. The film also picked up the Award for Cinematography from Shane Serano of Crude Media. An outstanding film created with great detail and beautiful cinematic accuracy. A first year student of Creative broadcast & Film Production, Amerson is a DOP to watch out for in the future.The Winner of the award for Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Róisín Buckley of Piquant Media went to Sean Ó Donoghue for his film “IV” specifically for his excellent use of VFX in live action.The winner of the award for best Documentary film – Selected & presented by Cian Reinhard of The Limerick Post went to Marian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film “Franks Ashes”. A superbly presented piece of factual film making based on the working life of Frank McCourt.Winner of the best Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented by Louise Cantillon of Spin South West went to Mark Bergin for his Radio Drama “Quota”, a skilfully mixed, beautifully layered audio drama which we will hopefully hear across our airways very soon.Winner of the best Original Script – Selected & presented by Diarmuid McIntire of the HearSay International Audio Festival went to Nathan Campion for his film “Psychlical”, a wonderfully scripted exploration into the art of storytelling.Finally, the Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Seb Moore went to Fiona Galvin and Adam Littlewood for their film “Caesar”, a deeply moving and touching tale of the beauty of friendship and reaching out in the face of the conformity. Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Advertisement Print EntertainmentFilmLifestyleNewsCreative talent recognised at Limerick Institute of TechnologyBy Staff Reporter – April 18, 2019 1361 Previous articleArmed response unit operating in BrureeNext articlePrima Volta live / DJ gig and a new essential compilation Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

The story of tourism – How to create and convey an experience

first_imgEncouraged by another seemingly successful tourist season in Croatia, the Student Section of the Croatian Public Relations Association, with the support of the Edward Bernays College of Communication Management, launched an education called The Story of Tourism.The education is intended for students of all higher education institutions in Croatia, and especially for students of tourism and communications. The aim of the Story is to present the latest trends in tourism, show the importance of education in this area and bring together ways to successfully brand a tourist destination. The Story of Tourism will be held from 18 to 20 September at Bernays.The story of tourism is thematically related to the way of communicating in tourism and creating emotion through various activities. It is divided into six lectures and three interactive workshops held by renowned lecturers and renowned experts, during which participants will have the opportunity to learn how to create an experience in tourism, discover the importance of media in promoting and branding a tourist destination and try yourself as creators about a particular destination. “As many experts point out, and as much as we have had the opportunity to learn during our studies, tourism needs constant innovation and creative communication, which public relations and various communication activities can provide. It is much more than beach, sea and sun. What we all bring with us from the trip is that well-known indelible experience, and it was precisely the ways of creating that experience and emotion in tourism that were our main guidelines during the creation of the PRiče program.. ”Said Ivan Biošić, head of the Student Section of HUOJ.The project was also supported by Edward Bernays College of Communication Management, which this summer presented its own, tourism studies, which are related to the concept of new economies, follow modern trends and are designed to teach students creativity, branding, communication, new management concept. and the economy of experience.You can check out more about the event at www.pricaoturizmu.com.hrlast_img read more