U.N. secretary-general commits to defending press freedom

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first_imgNews RSF_en Press freedom, particularly free expression online, will be a priority for newly re-elected U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. chief pledged today in a meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.The heads of both organizations said they were encouraged by statements made by the secretary-general in support of press freedom during the upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa.”The uprisings in the Middle East have demonstrated that people all over the world are hungry for information and cherish their ability to communicate with one another,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “This is a basic human aspiration grounded in international law.”The organizations asked Ban, who at the beginning of his first term pledged to support journalists working in dangerous conditions, to use his new mandate to expand support for press freedom everywhere. Ban assured the delegation that addressing individual cases of press violations is a priority.”The Internet, as a space for the free flow of information and ideas, is inextricably linked to free speech and the development of our societies,” said Simon. “U.N. member states have a responsibility to their citizens to keep it free.” In 2010, more than half of imprisoned journalists were working online, according to CPJ statistics. The delegation asked the secretary-general to build on his message issued on World Press Freedom Day in May by addressing cyber-attacks, censorship laws, and restriction of the Internet through regulation or the use of state power.”We urged the secretary-general to strongly defend the journalists and bloggers currently detained or harassed in countries such as Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and Libya,” said Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-Francois Julliard. “We asked him to do whatever he can to stop the repression and protect all those who want to use their right of free expression. We raised the crucial need to protect free speech online, reminding him that one Internet user out of three in the world does not have access to a free Web.”CPJ and RSF welcomed the appointment of a special rapporteur for human rights in Iran and asked for the secretary-general’s assistance in the case of two French journalists who were kidnapped over a year ago in Afghanistan. June 24, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 U.N. secretary-general commits to defending press freedomcenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more


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first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler yesterday shared additional thoughts on the draft “Financial CHOICE Act” with its author, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, emphasizing the need for a positive regulatory environment for credit unions.Thaler prefaced his comments with an overview of the elements NAFCU believes are necessary for such an environment. Among these, he noted, are the ability to pursue healthy fields of membership that are not limited by outdated laws or regulatory red tape; capital requirements that are appropriate to risk and not “one size fits all”; and an independent federal regulator that can address the challenges of the industry.Thaler thanked Chairman Hensarling for his leadership on providing relief to credit unions and expressed NAFCU’s strong support for the proposed repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin amendment. He also noted the association’s support for many of the regulatory relief measures found in the discussion draft.NAFCU’s support for CFPB reforms was noted, as Thaler reiterated that NAFCU was the only credit union trade association to oppose subjecting credit unions to CFPB authority under Dodd-Frank, and the association maintains that CFPB has the authority – and should be using that authority – to exempt credit unions from regulations aimed at bad actors. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more