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Death threats and attacks on freedom of expression intensify in Tunisia

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” March 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats and attacks on freedom of expression intensify in Tunisia November 11, 2020 Find out more News Signed, (Tunis, 4 March 2013) – The following is an open letter to the authorities in Tunisia, initiated by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Norwegian PEN, PEN International WiPC and Index on Censorship and signed by 20 other IFEX members:Death threats and attacks on freedom of expression intensify in TunisiaDeath threats, physical attacks, an emergence of hate speech and accusations of official censorship of critical media have escalated the perilous situation for freedom of expression in Tunisia. As the political crisis deepens following the assassination of outspoken left-wing political leader Chokri Belaïd, and the resignation on Tuesday 26 February of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, attacks against journalists and writers have intensified.The undersigned members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) call on the Tunisian government to condemn such attacks, guarantee the safety of journalists, writers and media workers reporting on the on-going crisis, and implement legislation available to them that better protects freedom of expression.Death ThreatsTunisia has witnessed an unprecedented campaign of death threats against journalists, writers and media workers critical of the ruling Ennahda Party and its handling of recent events.Most disturbingly, a ‘death list’ of names of prominent writers and journalists who supposedly “antagonise Islam” is said to be in circulation, with writer and journalist Naziha Rjiba one of those to have received anonymous telephone death threats. It is widely believed the League for Protecting the Revolution – said to have close ties with the Ennahda Party – issued the list. Rjiba received a call shortly after the assassination of Belaïd in which she was warned to be silent or else “she would be next.”On 11 February, journalists Nawfel El Ouertani and Haitham El Mekki from Radio Mosaique FM had their lives threatened for their coverage of Belaïd’s funeral. The station had already been the recipient of threats and had applied to the Ministry of Interior for protection.Veteran journalist and former head of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), Neji Bghouri, has received a number of death threats via email and mobile phone. The latest incident occurred on 14 February when a member of the League for Protecting the Revolution reportedly shouted, “soon, you’ll be killed.” Najiba Hamrouni, current head of the SNJT, has also reported receiving death threats from unknown callers who accuse her of defaming the Ennahda Party and “insulting Islam”.The undersigned IFEX members are seriously alarmed by these developments and call on the Tunisian authorities to urgently provide those targeted with a safe environment in which to carry out their work. They also call on authorities to fully investigate those responsible for issuing such threats so as to deter a climate of impunity in the country.Attacks on Freedom of Expression EscalateThe undersigned IFEX members consider the 22 January decision by deputy leader of the National Constitutional Assembly, Mehrezia Labidi, to ban journalists from working inside the Assembly as a deliberate attempt to deny access to information, and call on the authorities to recall the decision.Harassment and physical attacks are also on the rise. On 24 January police interrogated Al-Shorouk journalist, Mouna Bouazizi, following a complaint by a local official over her coverage of events in the city of Qarjani. Bouazizi has been repeatedly harassed and prevented from carrying out her work.Reports suggest that security forces have deliberately targeted journalists covering the fallout from the assassination of Belaïd. On 7 February, police in Gafsa City attacked Tunisia Africa News Agency journalist, Farida al-Mabrouki as she covered clashes with protesters. In a similar incident, Shraz Al-Khunaisi, a journalist with Internet TV channel Tunis Al-Ikhbariya, was also attacked and dragged to the ground by police.Another journalist for the same channel, Ahmad Akkouni, was hit by a rubber bullet while covering clashes between police and protesters in Tunis. The following day, police officers physically attacked Tarek Al-Ghorani, a photographer and staff member with the Tunis Centre for the Freedom of Press, as he took pictures at Belaïd’s funeral.In addition, rapper and playwright Mohamed Amine Al-Hamzaoui required hospital treatment following a severe assault by up to five police officers that took place as he participated in the funeral. Al-Hamzaoui is known for songs criticising police attacks on protesters.Hate speechEvidence is emerging that the media are being subjected to a deliberate campaign of hate speech during prayer ceremonies and in political discourses. Prayer leaders in several mosques across Tunisia have blamed journalists and writers for either “insulting Islam” or “hindering the work of the Ennahda Party”, while journalists criticised by politicians have reportedly been the victims of reprisal attacks.During the 15 February rally held in support of the Ennahda Party in Tunis, widespread anti-media rhetoric was heard from speakers and marchers alike. Shouts of “shameless media” accompanied physical attacks against journalists covering the event. A prevalence of graffiti slogans stating “Journalists are liars” and “Journalists are hypocrites” can also be seen on the streets of the capital.Broadcast woesThe independence of the broadcast media has been called further into question following the unplanned proliferation of new radio stations and TV channels across the country, many of which are owned by pro-government, Ennahda Party supporters.The government has also been accused of silencing a number of emerging independent radio stations by withdrawing frequencies under the pretext of unpaid license fees. On 12 February, Oxygen Radio Bizerte was shut down for 24 hours, a move seen by Tunisian human rights groups as political interference aimed at silencing critical voices.The undersigned IFEX members repeat calls for the Tunisian authorities to appoint an independent body that has the power to organise the audio-visual licensing system fairly and without political bias.Legislative stallingDespite public statements on 10 December 2012 announcing the adoption of long-overdue legislation, and with it the establishment of the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communications (HAICA), the undersigned IFEX members note little change regarding the implementation of the government’s media laws, particularly in respect to decrees 115 and 116 concerning media freedom.As a crucial step in guaranteeing the safety of journalists, the undersigned IFEX members again call on the Tunisian authorities to implement these decrees as a matter of urgency. For the independence of the media to be assured, wider consultation should also be sought from civil society and journalist organisations to supply HAICA with a broader more legitimate mandate for change. December 26, 2019 Find out more News World Association of Newspapers and News PublishersIndex on CensorshipNorwegian PENWriters in Prison Committee, PEN InternationalBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Media Studies & Peace BuildingCommittee to Protect JournalistsFreedom ForumFundamedios – Andean Foundation for Media Observation & StudyI’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel – INTERIM MEMBERIndependent Journalism CenterInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationInternational Press InstituteInternational Publishers AssociationMaharat FoundationMedia Rights AgendaNational Union of Somali JournalistsPacific Islands News AssociationPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADAPublic Association “Journalists”Reporters Without BordersWorld Press Freedom Committee to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 12, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News Newslast_img read more

Limerick Community College through to All Ireland Drama Final

first_imgTwitter Facebook Previous article#BREAKING CAB raids at Limerick and Dublin homesNext articleTargeted crackdown on Limerick dumping blackspots Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie SING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with showcase performance Limerick students win trip to Brussels hosted by MEP Kelly Three Limerick students honoured to present their project in Dublin TAGSBriery gapDancing at LughnasaThomond Community CollegeTransition Year Linkedin Thomond Community College to hold its annual Multicultural Day Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsLimerick Community College through to All Ireland Drama FinalBy Staff Reporter – February 23, 2018 1155 Thomond Community College Transition Year Drama Students.Thomond Community College’s transition year drama group have successfully qualified for the All Ireland Final of the Briery Gap drama festival 2018.The final will be held in Mullingar on the 3rd of March where the group will be showcasing their talents in a performance of Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.The play centres around the five Mundy sisters (Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rosie, and Christina), all unmarried, who live in a cottage outside of Ballybeg. All the drama takes place in the sisters’ cottage or in the yard just outside, with events from town and beyond being reported either as they happen or as reminiscence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The oldest, Kate played by Merit Admadasun, is a school teacher, the only one with a well-paid job. Agnes (Katie O’Connor) and Rose (Aisha Garba) knit gloves to be sold in town, thereby earning a little extra money for the household. They also help Maggie (Saoirse O’Sullivan) to keep house. Maggie and Christina (Temera Odhomor) have no income at all. Michael (Sadbh O’Riordan) is seven years old and plays in and around the cottage. All is quiet in the Mundy household until their uncle Father Jack (Tommy Kerrigan) arrives home from the missionaries in Uganda and Gerry Evans (Sage Kaya) seeks Christina’s hand in marriage.The play is directed by their teacher, Aidan O’Connell who said “It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group and I’m extremely proud of their achievement so far. The group is elated at their accomplishment and are rehearsing harder than ever in preparation for the final”More local news here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick GAA stalwarts drive enthusiasm for Bus Éireann competition Email WhatsApp Advertisement Limerick event bridges gap between education and employmentlast_img read more

Adjunct Professor of Commercial Music

first_imgPosting DetailsPosting NumberA00243PClassification TitlePosition TypeAdjunct FacultyDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleAdjunct Professor of Commercial MusicDoes this position require driving?NoContactContact Phone ExtContact EmailJob Summary/Basic FunctionAssist in teaching online undergraduate applied lesson courses inthe BS in Commercial Music degree:CMUS 151 Commercial Applied Music ICMUS 152 Commercial Applied Music IICMUS 251 Commercial Applied Music IIICMUS 252 Commercial Applied Music IVMinimum QualificationsMaster’s degree in Music, Commercial Music, Music Performance, orrelated field.Ability to work as part of a team.Preferred QualificationsDoctoral degree in Music, Commercial Music, Music Performance, orrelated field and 5 or more years of professional experience inmusic industry.Work Hours15 – 18 hoursPosting Date07/22/2020Special Instructions for ApplicantsPlease include a recent resume and/or CVQuicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/28262Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscriptsCurriculum VitaePastoral Reference LetterAcademic/Professional Reference Letter 1Teaching PhilosophyOptional DocumentsCareer Advancement Form (For Current LU Employees ONLY)Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more