Two Italian journalists attacked for asking questions

first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts A simple question about the pay that former parliamentarians receive proved dangerous for Daniele Lupo, a reporter with the commercial TV channel La7. Mario Landolfi, who was communications minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s government in 2005 and 2006, responded to the question on 19 April by slapping Lupo in the face. Landolfi subsequently apologized during a TV broadcast but did not explain his behaviour.Showing an embarrassing photo proved dangerous for Giorgio Mottola, a reporter for “Report,” a current affairs programme on the public TV channel Rai 3. Mottola showed a sheet of paper with a photo of allegedly illegal construction projects in Ostia, a coastal resort near Rome, on 19 April to the head of Federbalneari, the national association of resort companies, and pressed him for a comment. The businessman finally responded by crumpling the sheet of paper against Mottola’s face.“These acts of aggression are a disturbing reminder of how the climate of hostility and contempt towards journalists in more and more European countries dangerously facilitates the passage from words to action, said RSF. Responding with violence to ordinary questions from journalists is simply unacceptable and unworthy of politicians and businessmen in a democratic country. We call on the Italian authorities to react quickly in order not to allow this kind of attack to go unpunished, as it would just encourage more violence of the same kind.” Ranked 52nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Italy is one of the European Union’s most dangerous countries for the media. Covering a mafia network or a criminal gang exposes reporters to often deadly risks. Help by sharing this information April 24, 2018 – Updated on April 25, 2018 Two Italian journalists attacked for asking questions RSF_en Screenshot from “Non e l’Arena” on TV channel La7 RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable behaviour of an Italian businessman and a former government minister who, in separate incidents last week, reacted violently to embarrassing questions from reporters. RSF calls for a response from the Italian authorities. Follow the news on Italy On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabiacenter_img to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence News November 23, 2020 Find out more News News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence last_img read more

Commentary: Flynn And The Force Trump Can’t Resist

first_imgDecember 2, 2017 By John INDIANAPOLIS – This is how a dam crumbles. A crack widens to a hole, which then becomes a break and then the accumulating pressure brings the whole thing down.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comThis seems to be what’s happening within President Donald Trump’s White House now.The steady, unrelenting pressure brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the ties of the Trump campaign and administration ties with Russia already has produced several cracks – the Paul Manafort indictment, the George Papadopoulos plea bargain – in the president’s stonewall.But the negotiated guilty plea of lying to the FBI by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn means at least one crack has widened into a hole and maybe even a break.Flynn was in serious trouble. Mueller had many avenues to prosecute Flynn, several of which could have led to serious prison time for both Flynn and his family. The plea bargain on the smallest of the charges facing Flynn in exchange for cooperating with the special counsel means Flynn likely won’t spend any time behind bars and his family will be left alone.The only way Flynn could have wiggled out from under that weight was by trading something – something big.About the only thing he had to offer that Mueller might want is the president himself.Perhaps this explains the president’s erratic behavior since word first broke that Flynn’s defense team had stopped cooperating with the White House’s lawyers.Trump’s attorneys have done their best to minimize the impact of that development. After months of praising and defending Flynn, they have pivoted and said the guilty plea for lying demonstrates he can’t be trusted – an obvious attempt to try to discredit damaging testimony from the man before he even delivers it.That is what lawyers are supposed to do. They’re supposed to protect their client.What they cannot do is protect Trump from himself.The news that Flynn had flipped seemed to unhinge the president.Since it first broke, he’s waded, unnecessarily, into the quagmire enveloping former NBC “Today” host Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct – and thus renewed calls that the accusations Trump has harassed and assaulted women be investigated. He’s suggested that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape isn’t real – even though he acknowledged it and apologized for it just a year ago. And he has tried to raise again the thoroughly discredited claim that former President Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen.If all that weren’t enough, he also has gone out of his way to undercut and embarrass his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, while the United States attempts to deal with a potential nuclear threat in North Korea.The president’s actions are those of a man who is unbalanced.Or desperate.This president’s pattern when he is under assault or stress is unvarying. He tries to find a way to go on the counter-attack, either by demeaning or discrediting his opponents or critics. If he can’t do that, Trump creates one diversion or conjures up one smoke screen after another to distract people from what’s going on.He does this because it is the only way he knows to meet a challenge.But it isn’t likely to work in this situation.Robert Mueller is everything Donald Trump is not – disciplined rather than impulsive, self-contained instead of needy, and determined rather than self-pitying.Some months ago, I talked with Peter Rusthoven, former associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan, a onetime Republican U.S. Senate candidate and a veteran of some savage Washington wars.Rusthoven said the intelligence and the investigatory communities in the federal government were the two forces that savvy political figures never wanted to alienate – and that Trump had angered them both. Rusthoven predicted the president would learn this lesson to his regret, because both communities moved like powerful rivers, always forward, with a drive that just never lets up.That’s another way of saying that the dam protecting the president is under immense pressure and about to crumble.That’s when Donald Trump’s real education will begin.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Martin Keown tells Mikel Arteta to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy even if he stays

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are scheduled to return to Premier League action on June 17 against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a real concern for Arsenal, recently with [Mesut] Ozil, they lost [Aaron] Ramsey, they lost [Alexis] Sanchez,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘First of all I like the core beliefs of Hasenhuttl, you can hear what he’s saying about Hojbjerg and I think that’s where it needs to come from Arteta.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We’re hearing now that, unlike [Unai] Emery who wasn’t involved apparently in the Ramsey situation, him leaving, he’s getting involved.‘I think the message needs to be to the player ‘look, we can’t have you captaining the club if there’s uncertainty around your contract’, in the last year of his contract, that can’t be allowed to happen.’MORE: Orkun Kokcu responds to Arsenal transfer speculation with cryptic Instagram messageMORE: Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Kieran Tierney to Leicester City transfer speculation Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took over as Arsenal captain from Granit Xhaka earlier this season (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has implored Mikel Arteta to consider stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy should he decide to remain at the club without signing a new deal. The Gabon international’s future remains the subject of intense speculation with a host of Europe’s heavyweight clubs monitoring the situation of a player who has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract.Arteta remains desperate to keep hold of the 30-year-old who is on course to win a second successive Premier League Golden Boot Award, but Arsenal’s precarious financial position means the club could be forced to listen to offers for their prize asset this summer. AdvertisementAdvertisementSouthampton are in similar predicament with their current skipper, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is close to entering the last year of his contract. ADVERTISEMENTSaints boss Ralf Hassenhuttl has warned the Denmark international he will lose the armband unless he commits his future to the south coast club and Keown would like Arteta to take a similar stance with Aubameyang. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Martin Keown tells Mikel Arteta to strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy even if he stays Commentlast_img read more

Clifton Beach luxury home took four years to create

first_imgOutdoor patio“There is a real sense of style and five-star luxury as you walk through the home, and out onto the large hardwood deck overlooking the lush tropical gardens, neat lawns, private stream, mature trees, bar and lagoon swimming pool with waterfall,” said Mr Thorpe.“The large double storey shed, accessed by a private road is perfect for the additional car, boat or caravan storage, and can be easily converted into a studio apartment, for Airbnb holiday rental.“This modern and contemporary home has been cleverly designed to work with the natural surroundings, creating shade and capturing the sea breezes which promote comfortable and cool tropical living conditions all year round.” Sean Thorpe 0431 052 490 Clifton Beach The living and dining roomAdding to the sense of space and privacy are two separate living areas, perfect for a large family to live easily.A Eurochef kitchen with black granite benchtops offers top quality appliances which will ensure the home entertainer or family chef is kept content and inspired to create.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe master suite comes with a walk-in robe, bathroom, spa and balcony overlooking tropical gardens.A separate office and study can be converted into a space to run a home business and the movie theatre-style media room with a built-in surround-sound system will make for nights in so comfortable and entertaining, you may never leave home again. BEACH, rainforest, luxury — this home on Cairns’ northern beaches has it all.Elite Real Estate Services has listed 34-36 Thrush Tce at Clifton Beach, a sprawling four-bedroom, two-bathroom executive-style residence with room for four vehicles in the large garage.Agent Sean Thorpe said it took the current owner four years to create the modern, manicured home, working closely with architects and designers. 34-36 Thrush Terrace Bathrooms 2 Bedrooms 4 Garage 4 Taylor Foster 0439 985 318 Elite Real Estate Services — Cairns Land 0.47 ha Gorgeous bathroom.The home also comes with ducted airconditioning, louvred windows, and fans throughout. There are automated gates at the entrance to the property, an intercom system and security cameras.last_img read more

Panthers put down Wildcats

first_imgIsaac Puzz, despite playing on an injured ankle, lead the way once again for the Panthers with a game-high 27 points off of a perfect 8-8 shooting night including 17 points in the opening half of Thursday night’s 79-29 beat down of the visiting Ferndale Wildcats, at McKinleyville High.Puzz carried a slow-to-start Panthers offense for the first few minutes of Thursday’s contest as his two 3-pointers to open the game were the home team’s only points through the first five minutes of the opening …last_img read more

Ramón Laureano bat, arm back Aaron Brooks’ gem in A’s win over Red Sox

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Ramón Laureano sensed his breakout was coming after a quiet slump through the A’s first six games of the season.He announced his presence in the seventh game.The A’s center fielder provided a reminder about the type of arm he possesses in the second inning of Monday’s 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Laureano fired a seed from center to home plate to nail Xander Bogaerts trying to score from second base on a …last_img read more

Bad show for Oakland Athletics in Wrigley Field matinee

first_imgCHICAGO — A’s pitchers served up three home runs, one a grand slam against Homer Bailey, in a 10-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.The Cubs took two wins in three games and have now won five of six from the A’s since 2016.A’s right-handed starter Homer Bailey (9-8) worked 4 2/3 innings and was responsible for seven earned runs in his fifth start since joining Oakland last month. Bailey served up a grand slam to Ian Happ in the fourth innning.Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana …last_img read more

Hubble Telescope Can Now Drink in All States

first_imgYesterday, the Hubble Space Telescope reached its 21st birthday. Given the initial problems with its lens, the project to watch our universe from outside of the confines of atmosphere has proven pretty successful. (Just goes to show, neither person nor telescope need be defined by youthful screw-ups.)To celebrate this milestone, NASA has found a particularly lovely pair of galaxies to photograph. Known by the mellifluous appellation of Arp 273, it consists of UGC 1813, on top, and UGC 1810, the one below, whose gravity has shaped the stars of its sister galaxy into the shape of a pinkish rose. From NASA’s press release: “The newly released Hubble image shows a large spiral galaxy, known as UGC 1810, with a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewel-like points across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light.”NASA Administrator Charles Bolden commemorated the anniversary: “For 21 years, Hubble has profoundly changed our view of the universe, allowing us to see deep into the past while opening our eyes to the majesty and wonders around us. I was privileged to pilot space shuttle Discovery as it deployed Hubble. After all this time, new Hubble images still inspire awe and are a testament to the extraordinary work of the many people behind the world’s most famous observatory.”If the Hubble’s done nothing else, it has reminded us, repeatedly, of the beauty and the wonder of the universe. Photo and video via Hubblesite A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#science#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Steve Smith reaches 6000 Test runs, 2nd joint fastest with Gary Sobers

first_imgThere’s no stopping Steve Smith at the moment. His record breaking run continues to roll on year after year.Smith ended Day 2 of fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground unbeaten on 44 to help Australia reach 193/2 at the close of day’s place. The hosts still trail England by 153 runs.En route his 44 not out on Friday, the Sydney dasher became the second joint fastest to reach 6000 runs in Test cricket in terms of innings taken. Smith took 111 innings to achieve the feat — same as West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers. Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman tops the list with just 68 innings to his name. England’s Walter Hammond is third with 114 innings.WATCHSmith now has 6018 runs from 61 matches at the close of second day’s play.Smith has been in sensational form in 2017 and ended the year as the top-scorer in whites with 1305 runs from 11 matches at an average of 76.76. Cheteshwar Pujara is second with 1140 runs from 11 games while South Africa’s Dean Elgar was third with 1128 from 12 Tests.A special milestone for Aussie skipper @stevesmith49!Fastest to 6,000 Test runs:Sir Don (68 innings)Smith (111)Sobers (111)#Ashes (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018At the start of the year, runs flowed from his bat but not something to write home about. But that all changed when Australia toured India, as Smith changed gears. Smith led from the front with a fighting ton in Pune and came back strongly with a 178 not out at Indore after the whole DRS drama in Bengaluru. In the following Test at Dharamsala, Smith hit another hundred (111) and finished the series with 499 runs — the most in the four-match series. Australia lost the series 2-1 but Smith’s calibre was there for everyone to see.advertisementSmith had a very average tour of Bangladesh according to his standards when the time came, he arrived as well.The 28-year-old started the Ashes with an unbeaten 141 to set the tone for the series and he didn’t look back since then. Passion, aggression and career-best double ton (239) allowed Australia regain the urn from England at Perth, with two games to go in Melbourne and Sydney. He also became the first Aussie captain to hit a double ton in 24 years.England came back strongly at the MCG and riding on Alastair Cook’s unbetaen 244, the visitors did put the hosts in some trouble. But a little bit of rain and a resolute Australian captain made sure they don’t fall apart. Smith played a 275-ball knock of 102 not out to guide Australia to safety. In the process, he became the third quickest batsman to reach 23 Test tons, having achieved the feat in 110 innings, after Bradman (59) and Sunil Gavaskar (109).ICC Test player rankings update: Steve Smith is hunting Bradman: #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 31, 2017Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who himself is one of the greatest ever to have played the game, said after Smith’s brilliant ton in Brisbane that he is as good as the legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis if not better.”These guys (Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis) have scored 15,000 and 13,000 runs, but they played in 150-plus Tests, Tendulkar 200 Tests, to achieve what they achieved. Smith is nearly halfway there in just over 50 Test matches,” Ponting said to ABC Grandstand on Sunday.Smith, who ended 2017 with a ton will look to start the year with another ton and show the Englishmen, who is the boss Down Under.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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