Journalists protest attacks on press freedom

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders called on the Belarus authorities today to stop their systematic destruction of the country’s independent media as the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) staged a one-day protest to focus attention on independent newspapers forced to close. Reporters Without Borders called on the Belarus authorities today to stop their systematic destruction of the country’s independent media and said it was very worried about the worsening press freedom situation. The call came as the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) staged a one-day protest to focus attention on independent newspapers forced to close. “Privately-owned newspapers in Belarus have been under threat this year as never before,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “At least 10 have been suspended, prevented from printing copies or been refused official registration. The authorities have been extremely cunning about bureaucratic harassment and have used absurd legal manoeuvres to stop the appearance of papers that refuse to carry the propaganda of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.”They are especially hard on those who have supported the Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta, the country’s biggest circulation independent daily, suspended in May, by printing its articles in their own pages,” Ménard said.The authorities have also targeted media support organisations such as IREX/Promedia and Internews, depriving many papers of vital computer resources and documentation. The BAJ protest included a round-table debate, the award of a prize and a photo exhibition. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus September 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists protest attacks on press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

360-Degree Security in Latin America

first_imgBy Dialogo May 13, 2010 Good approach and good contributions. “A just peace includes not only civil and political rights – it must encompass economic security and opportunity,” President Barack Obama said when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The world’s most important political leaders are conscious of the need to integrate their policies on human rights, sustainable development, and security. This is not a matter of caprice, since country-risk analysts award their ratings after making a 360-degree evaluation that takes into account the factors mentioned above. The modern conception of the state demands that strong economic growth be accompanied by respect for human rights and by comprehensive environmental protection, exploiting natural resources with the necessary environmental-impact studies. It is for this reason that we should remember that security is a consequence of living conditions that are both prosperous and in equilibrium with prudent use of the earth. A broader concept of security is provided by the United Nations (UN), which defines it as “protecting fundamental freedoms and protecting people from threats.” We find another definition composed by the Ministerial Meeting of the Human Security Network in 1999, where it was said that security is “a humane world where people can live in security and dignity, free from poverty and despair.” All these definitions coincide in a single objective: offering wellbeing to communities, a mission that has been assigned to the police forces of the different countries around the world. In this panorama, international cooperation among police intelligence units plays a fundamental role. From an economic perspective, we should recognize that behind each business started in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are people of flesh and blood who at some point in their lives had the brilliant idea of undertaking a productive project. These entrepreneurs put their faith in institutions, pay their taxes as required by law, and only expect from the state in return that it guarantee the security necessary for the harmonious development of their work and that of their collaborators. The developed world sees in the Latin American countries and in the Caribbean the perfect opportunity for investment. These are prosperous nations, full of natural resources, with hardworking people and with strategic geographical locations that make them unique. In this way, ordinary people benefit from foreign direct investment (FDI), which creates jobs, progress, and wellbeing. These countries today rely on the support of the Latin American and Caribbean Police Intelligence Community (CLACIP), an organization interested in the common good of the region, which it supports with knowledge transfer and cooperation, focusing its activities on the exchange of information for police purposes. At the same time, quietly, it works in favor of regional tranquility. CLACIP will soon mark five years of continuous work in the region, during which time Colombia has provided its Permanent Executive Secretariat. This community seeks, principally, to confront the various manifestations of crime in the hemisphere, enabling the exchange of experiences, strategies, and forecasts for the fight against transnational crime and strengthening intelligence alliances in a framework of cooperation and integration. The leadership of the Executive Directorate and the Permanent Executive Secretariat has enabled progress in the creation of effective channels of communication, through which the ongoing interchange of information takes place in accordance with the principles of effectiveness, opportunity, and security. As was said above, economic and financial security and citizen safety are difficult to separate, since a significant portion of decisions to invest are based on statistics, as well as on perceptions of reality on the ground. Developed countries are conscious of this, like Italy, which invited CLACIP to the Fourth National Conference on Italy, Latin America, and the Caribbean held in Milan on 2 and 3 December 2009. The Colombian National Police participated actively in this event with the presentation “A Regional and Transatlantic Cooperation Alliance for Popular Stability and Development,” given by Col. Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, CLACIP Permanent Executive Secretary and Director of Colombian National Police Intelligence, following an introduction by Maribel Cervantes, CLACIP Executive Director 2009-2011 and Intelligence Director of the Mexican Ministry of Public Security, who opened the panel “Drug Trafficking and Security Policies in Their Transnational Aspects.” The mentioned presentation addressed drug trafficking as a principal element generating insecurity in the continent. In a constructive spirit, the presentation laid out what we consider ought to be done in order to obtain our shared objective: contributing to building and sustaining hemispheric security with a view toward guaranteeing human security. It is only by fighting against this plague that Latin American countries can ensure the flow of FDI, which contributes so much to popular development. Even if the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) estimates that FDI will have fallen 37 percent at the end of 2009, compared to the figures for 2008, this is a phenomenon experienced in all developing countries due to the world economic crisis. The Fourth National Conference on Italy, Latin America, and the Caribbean was an event of the first rank that brought together the most elite organizations working for popular economic development, and where prominent figures like Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, World Bank Vice President Pamela Cox, and foreign ministers and finance ministers from various countries, among others, attended as presenters. The purpose of the event was to share and discuss everything that has been done in Italy to make Latin America one of the priorities of Italian foreign policy, in accordance with the administration’s program. The meeting also served to sketch the possible outlines of actions to be taken in the future. The event was organized by the regional government of Lombardy, the Monza Brianza chamber of commerce, the Milan mayor’s office, and the Italian foreign ministry. CLACIP’s invitation to the event highlights the importance of this intelligence community for the development of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. One of the discussion panels in which CLACIP actively participated was titled precisely “European Union – Latin America: Roads to Integration,” with Swedish Foreign Ministry General Director for the Countries of the Americas Maria Cristina Lundqvist, Spanish State Secretary for Latin America Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Italian Minister for Grace and Justice Angelino Alfano, and Italian National Antimafia Prosecutor Pietro Grasso as participants. After a meeting as important as the one held in Milan, Italy, to which we were invited, we police in the region who are working for cross-border security should cooperate even more, so that all these good intentions for integral community development can be effectively put into practice. It is for this reason that the Police Intelligence Directorate, in its capacity as CLACIP Permanent Executive Secretariat, and in the name of the Executive Directorate of this community, extends an invitation to all members of police intelligence organizations and services in this hemisphere so that day by day we can unite around the aim of working for a secure and prosperous Latin America and Caribbean, as our peoples deserve.last_img read more

Start your job search now for a successful 2018

first_imgCulture/atmosphere Geographic location Benefits and other perksUpdate your résumé.  Contact a trusted recruiter to begin your search. Compile your career “wish list.” Include preferences such as: Job role and dutiescenter_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kim Kreps Kim Kreps, VP & Executive Search Director, is often asked for her insight on pressing issues and industry trends.  Find out how today’s workforce is evolving when it comes to … Web: www.jmfa.com Details If you made a New Year’s resolution in 2017 to make a job or career change, odds are you’re still with your current employer.The reason New Year’s resolutions have such a low success rate, according to University of Scranton professor of psychology Dr. John Norcross, is because most of us aren’t ready for big changes.One of the biggest changes you can make in life is to change your place of employment. Your career not only affects your income and ability to live a certain lifestyle. It also affects your health (an energy-zapping job can leave you grabbing unhealthy, processed foods or skipping the gym), your home life (long hours can mean less time with family), and your leisure (weekends spent catching up on emails instead of enjoying hobbies).  With so much riding on how and where you work, making sure you’re highly satisfied in your career should be at the top of your to-do list. But waiting until the new year will cost you — there are so many reasons to get started in your job search TODAY. The jobs are there.According to an Accounting Principals survey of more than 500 human resources or hiring managers, 94% recommend job seekers continue their job search through the end of the year. We wholeheartedly agree with this. Most people think that hiring managers want to wait until the new fiscal year to fill open positions, or that they’re on vacation for much of December, but this just isn’t true. It’s rather typical to see a steady stream of job openings throughout the year, without any significant dip in November and December.In the fourth quarter, many companies meet to evaluate progress on current goals as well as to strategize for the upcoming year. Achieving bigger goals often requires adding additional talent to the team, and a company that plans well (read: a company you want to work for) will want to hit the ground running in 2018 with its team already in place.By getting all of your ducks in a row and contacting companies or recruiters now, you’ll be in prime position to have interviews underway before the new year begins — and, conveniently, at a time when your current workload may be lighter and days off are often easier to schedule. You’ll beat the rush.While other passive job seekers are “just trying to make it through the holidays,” you’ll be able to stand out better in the smaller pool of candidates if you start your job search now. You’ll also have a much better chance to snag those aforementioned open positions, with fewer candidates to contend with. And, even if you don’t find the perfect fit before January 1, you’ll still be more familiar to recruiters than those who submitted their resumes after the first of the year.You can time it to your benefit.While bonuses are typically paid between December and February, you don’t have to wait until the check clears the bank to start your search. Remember, hiring doesn’t happen overnight. By starting your job search now, you have time to complete the interview process and secure a new job that begins after you receive any expected bonuses. Also, if you know you definitely want to work for a different company, have better work-life balance, be in a higher role or relocate, the edge you get from staying ahead of the competition may be worth more than any bonus you may receive.There’s no risk.When you work with a solid recruiting firm, there’s nothing to lose. Typically, job seekers do not pay for these recruiting services, but they do reap the benefits of the recruiter’s expertise, connections within the financial industry and ability to make mutually beneficial matches between employers and candidates.Be sure to look for a team that operates with integrity and keeps all information, documents, and conversations confidential. Your resume or name should never be shared with an organization without first discussing the position with you and getting your permission to proceed. There should also be confidentiality agreements throughout the entire process so you feel comfortable that there is the utmost discretion in place.Whether you apply directly with an organization or work with an experienced recruiting firm, getting ahead of the pack and seizing opportunities always makes sense. Use this simple checklist to help you to begin your job search TODAY. CHECKLIST FOR JOB SEEKERS Size of organizationlast_img read more