Journalist sentenced to three months in prison for defamation

first_img The Warsaw Supreme Court has upheld a three-month prison sentence for defamation against Andrzej Marek. The verdict runs contrary to the recommendations of the UN and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that press offences should not be punished by jail terms. News PolandEurope – Central Asia Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns RSF_en News Warsaw’s Supreme Court on 22 June upheld a three-month prison sentence against Andrzej Marek, editor of local weekly Wiesci Polickie, for libelling a local official.”There can be no justification in a democracy for the imprisonment of a journalist for defamation,” said Reporters Without Borders, in a letter to President Aleksander Kwasniewski.”This sentence runs contrary to the recommendations of the UN and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), that press offences should never be punished with prison sentences.””As a last resort, we urge you to pardon the journalist and to undertake urgent reform of your legislation to bring it in line with European standards,” it added.Marek was sentenced in November 2002 then, on appeal in November 2003, to a prison sentence that was suspended on condition that he made a public apology to the complainant. On 6 February 2004, Judge Marcin Jedrzejewski sentenced Marek to three months in prison for refusing to apologise.In an article headlined “Promotion of scheming”, that appeared in February 2001, the journalist said he suspected Piotr Misilo, at the time head of communications for Police town hall and spokesman for the local authority, of using his position to promote the advertising agency that he owned.In it’s 22 June verdict, the Warsaw Supreme Court decided that Marek’s accusations against Misilo were unfounded.A court in Szczecin, north-western Poland on 23 March suspended the start of the sentence for six months because the journalist’s wife was undergoing a high-risk pregnancy.After 4 March, Reporters Without Borders had urged President Kwasniewski to grant Marek a pardon. On 11 March the ombudsman Andrzej Zoll made an official request to the supreme court for an appeal. The head of state then told the press that he was minded to begin the pardon procedure, but not before the supreme court had given its verdict. January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU PolandEurope – Central Asia June 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to three months in prison for defamation News Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more News With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland to go further Follow the news on Poland June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Pinnick to Open FIFA MA Elite Programme in Abuja

first_img President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, will  today declare open this year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Programme for Nigerian referees, assessors and physical fitness trainers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This year’s programme will run between July 3rd and 8th 2017. Last year, more than 230 Nigerian referees, instructors and assessors were involved in the elite programme, which took place 16th – 20th May 2016, also in Abuja. Head of the NFF Referees Unit and Secretary of the NFF Referees Committee, Mallam Sani Zubair reconfirmed at the weekend that all arrangements have been concluded for the international programme that will this year, involve Nigeria’s 29 men and women FIFA referees, 15 elite National referees, all National referee assessors, all National physical fitness instructors and non –FIFA women referees. Zubair also stated that the team of three FIFA instructors would be led by the Regional Development Officer, Carlos Manuel Neves Henrique, and will include Felix Onias Tangawarima from Zimbabwe (referee instructor) and Tracy Sophia Lovell (physical instructor). The FIFA instructors will be supported by nine highly-respected Nigerian instructors Calistus Chukwujekwu, Felicia Okonji, Mohammed Adebayo Ameenu and Faith Irabor (technical), as well as Abraham Zakowi, Bola Abidoye, Emmanuel Edikin Imiere, Bola Sekiteri and Stella Eloji (physical). The programme will take place at the National Stadium Complex, Abuja with theoretical classes inside the Media Centre of the complex. Day 1: Physical Fitness Test; Laws of the Game; Google Test; Formation of Working Groups & Allocation of Clips Day 2: Practical Training Recovery; Power Point Presentation on Offside; Clips Discussion and Analysis; Tactical Fouls; Positioning and Movement/Reading the Game Day 3: Practical Training Instant Feedback; Clip Discussion &Analysis on Handball; Analysis on Penalty Area Incidents; Presentation on Integrity; Video Test (incorporating all areas) Day 4: Practical Training Instant Feedback; Discussion on Tactical Fouls; Qualities of a Match Official; Presentation By Physical Instructor; Discussion on Clips from Referees Day 5: Video Test; Discussion Forum and Course Evaluation; Course Conclusion; Closing Ceremony/Certificate PresentationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels 2018 spring training primer: Bullpen

first_imgMOVES THEY COULD MAKEGreg Holland is the only experienced closer left on the free agent market, coming off a season in which he had 41 saves for the Rockies. General Manager Billy Eppler’s success in getting quality relievers for nothing would seem to indicate that he’s not going to spend big money for any reliever, though. Expect Eppler to be looking for values as spring training approaches. The Angels also need one or two relievers with options. As their staff stands at the moment, Middleton is the only reliever with options who is expected to make the team. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster by looking at different position groups. Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the bullpen:2017 RECAPThe Angels’ bullpen outperformed expectations, posting a 3.92 ERA, which was good for fifth in the American League. They did this thanks mostly to a group of pitchers who came out of nowhere to have outstanding seasons. Bud Norris (19 saves), Blake Parker (2.54 ERA), Yusmeiro Petit (2.76) and David Hernandez (2.23 ERA before a trade) were arguably the four best relievers, and the Angels acquired all four for essentially nothing. Keynan Middleton (3.86) also came up for his big league debut and at times looked like a long-term piece of the late-inning bullpen mix.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWNorris and Petit left as free agents and Hernandez was traded midseason, leaving Parker as the best returning reliever. The closer when the season ended last year, Parker looks to be first in line for that job heading into 2018. Cam Bedrosian, who looked like a closer-in-waiting a year ago, missed most of 2017 with a groin injury, but the Angels hope if he’s healthy he can return to his 2016 form. The Angels still have Middleton and lefty Jose Alvarez, who had his third straight season with an ERA under 4.00. Late in the season the Angels acquired Noe Ramirez and Blake Wood on waivers, and they each made an impression in limited action, mostly because of high strikeout rates. JC Ramirez could also find himself in the bullpen mix, particularly as a multi-inning reliever, if he’s not in the rotation. To that mix they’ve added Jim Johnson (trade with Braves). Johnson, a former All-Star who had back-to-back 50-save seasons with the Orioles, was effective as recently as 2016. The Angels believe they’ve uncovered some ideas to help him regain his form after a 5.56 ERA in 2017.THE NEXT LAYEREduardo Paredes made his major league debut last year, showing the stuff and durability to potentially become a Petit-like multi-inning reliever. The Angels also believe Felix Pena (trade with Cubs) could work into that role. Dayan Diaz, who the Angels claimed on waivers from the Astros in September 2017, has a career 2.41 ERA in the minors. All three of them have options, so they are each likely to shuttle between the majors and minors this season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more