Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped

first_img May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina reporter held for past year on trumped-up firearms charge February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Philippine journalist Maria Ressa (right) arrives for a press conference after being convicted on June 15, 2020 of cyber libel and sentenced to prison. The plaintiff, controversial businessman Wilfredo Keng (left), withdrew his complaint on June 1, 2021, rendering the State’s case against Ressa futile (photos : Maria Tan – Ted Aljibe / AFP). Help by sharing this information News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Judge Andres Soriano of the Manila Regional Trial Court dismissed the case ‘with prejudice’ today after the plaintiff – controversial businessman Wilfredo Keng – withdrew his complaint, rendering the State’s case against Maria Ressa futile.In petitioning the court to withdraw his claim, Keng’s legal team stated: “Upon careful reflection, the private complainant has decided to redirect his focus towards helping out with the pandemic, instead of being preoccupied with the prosecution of this case.”The HTL Coalition welcomes this pivot and strongly urges President Duterte and his administration to follow suit and drop all eight remaining cases and charges against Ressa that are still being prosecuted by the State.“The Duterte government should end its campaign of harassment and persecution against Maria Ressa and Rappler immediately and cease prosecuting the journalist and her news outlet for their public interest journalism,” the HTL Steering Committee said.Ressa was sentenced to a maximum of six years in jail in June 2020 after being convicted on a trumped-up ‘cyberlibel’ charge prosecuted by the State. That case was based on a complaint made by Wilfredo Keng in connection with Rappler’s reporting on his business activities. Ressa is in the process of appealing that conviction.The State began prosecuting a second criminal cyberlibel charge against Ressa in late 2020 based on Keng’s second complaint. That complaint – the one that has just been dismissed – pertained to a tweet Ressa posted containing two screen grabs of another news outlet’s coverage of Keng’s activities. Ressa still faces the prospect of decades in jail associated with the lingering suite of cases and charges against her.The Philippines is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.Contact #HoldTheLine Steering Committee Members for further details: Julie Posetti ([email protected]); Rebecca Vincent ([email protected]); Rob Mahoney ([email protected]). Note: The #HoldTheLine Coalition currently comprises 80 organisations. This statement is issued by the #HoldTheLine Steering Committee but it does not necessarily reflect the position of all or any individual Coalition members or organisations. News News Receive email alertscenter_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment News to go further June 1, 2021 Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Follow the news on Philippines Reporters Without Borders (RSF), as part of the #HoldTheLine (HTL) Coalition, welcomes a Manila court’s decision to dismiss the second criminal cyberlibel charge brought against celebrated American-Filipino journalist Maria Ressa but demands the immediate withdrawal of all other charges and cases filed against Ressa and her news website Rappler. February 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img

Realtor group partners with West Texas Food Bank

first_img Pinterest Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: And the band played onNext articlePERRYMAN: Keeping the Texas economy on track admin By admin – March 18, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Local News WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitter Collin Sewell talks about new businesses that will be coming to Parks Legado in 2019. The West Texas Food Bank is partnering with Sims & Guess, Realtors through the months of March and April, with $20 being donated to the food bank for every house sold by Realtors from Sims & Guess, the West Texas Food Bank announced Friday.Since the food bank can provide four meals with every dollar donated, each donation would bring about 80 meals for area neighbors in need, the West Texas Food Bank said in its release.“With the price of oil shooting back up, and the influx of new residents to the Permian Basin, we could not be more excited to partner with Sims & Guess who is finding homes for all these people,” said Libby Campbell, the West Texas Food Bank’s executive director, via the release. “The donation for every home sold will serve as a reminder to all those finding themselves in new homes that there are others less fortunate in our community, and the very act of purchasing a new home will help get our neighbors fed.”The food bank also announced the total donation will be presented at a food drive at the Sims & Guess building on May 12. Realtor group partners with West Texas Food Banklast_img

Stakes rise in Tangen case as power shifts to finance minister

first_imgStakes rose dramatically today in Oslo as politicians thrashed out a response to the highly-controversial appointment of hedge fund billionaire Nicolai Tangen as the next head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund.According to late-afternoon news reports in Norway, the cross-party Finance Committee is now asking Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner to ensure that Norges Bank eliminates all risk of conflicts of interest if Tangen is to take over as head of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – as he is on track to do on 1 September.Early today, a legal clarification apparently overturned the Finance Minister’s assumption that he could not intervene in the central bank’s decision on who to install as chief executive officer of the central bank arm which runs the GPFG, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).Sanner said his department had asked the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s Legislation Department on Wednesday for a statement on the legal right to instruct the executive board of Norges Bank on the appointment of NBIM’s CEO. He published the main points from the summary he had received this morning, beginning: “The Central Bank Act § 2-13 probably entails certain restrictions on the Ministry’s right to instruct Norges Bank in the appointment of the general manager of NBIM.“However, there are good indications that the Central Bank Act § 2-13 does not generally preclude the possibility of instructing Norges Bank’s executive board when appointing the general manager of NBIM.”Sanner said the ministry had had limited time to familiarise itself with the statement.Having quizzed Øystein Olsen, Norges Bank’s governor and chair of its executive board, and Julie Brodtkorb, the leader of Norges Bank’s supervisory council 11 days ago, the parliamentary Finance Committee met this afternoon to hammer out a joint statement on the multiple problems that surround Tangen’s appointment, which by late afternoon had been agreed but not yet published.Sanner has said that if the statement was made public this afternoon, he would request a meeting with Norges Bank’s executive board today.The legal opinion from the Legislation Department made public today is at odds with a legal opinion the ministry received on Tuesday from the private law firm Arntzen de Besche, which held that Sanner could not intervene in the appointment.The leader of the Finance Committee, Labour Party member of parliament Hadia Tajik, commented earlier on today’s opinion from the Legislation Department, saying:“They state what several of us have been saying all along – that the Finance Minister can have contact with Norges Bank about the appointment,” she told Norwegian news service E24.A spokesman for Tajik confirmed the comments to IPE.“The law department is a respected legal environment. Now they have suggested that there is the option to give general instructions. We need to draw up the terms for this,” she said.Tajik said it was unfortunate that there had been uncertainty about this, with the ministry having contributed to this lack of clarity.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img