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Spain urged to repeal gag law, complete state TV and radio reform, and stop obstructing reporters

first_img Organisation News Follow the news on Spain February 27, 2020 Spain urged to repeal gag law, complete state TV and radio reform, and stop obstructing reporters Receive email alerts Similarly, reform of the state radio and TV broadcaster RTVE continues to be blocked by an improbable parliamentary deadlock. Approved in 2017 by a coalition of parties opposed to the then Rajoy government, it abolishes the government’s control over the appointment of RTVE’s president and management, who would instead be chosen by “public competition.”Although the law has been passed, its implementation is blocked by a series of conflicts between parliamentary groups about how the public competition is organized. RTVE’s destiny meanwhile remains in limbo.“This deadlock must be resolved so that RTVE can finally be provided with competent and transparent management entities in order to deal with the many challenges that are pending, challenges it cannot currently address because of this abnormal situation,” Armada said. RSF_en Curbs on journalistic freedom in a draconian law restricting the right to protest and the media’s right to cover protests, dubbed the “gag law” because of the severity of its provisions, are still in effect although the Sánchez government has said it wants to repeal it.Fines totally nearly 4 million euros have been imposed under this law since 2015 on citizens, including reporters and photographers, often just because they took or published photos of police officers – sanctions that are all the more arbitrary for being imposed by the police without reference to a judge.“RSF has condemned the ‘gag law’ ever since it was submitted to parliament by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government,” said Alfonso Armada, RSF Spain’s president. We will continue to denounce it until it is repealed, because it violates the freedom to inform, and we call on this government not to introduce similar provisions in a new law.” SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Help by sharing this information News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Spain is currently ranked 29th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. As Spain’s new coalition government – formed by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left-wing party Podemos – begins implementing its first measures, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on it to urgently address years-old threats to press freedom in Spain. News RSF also condemns the restrictions that the Sánchez government has imposed on media coverage of its speeches and press conferences. For example, only photographers were allowed to attend the announcement on 30 December that PSOE and Podemos had reached a coalition agreement. Reporters were confined to an adjoining room when the announcement was made. Pedro Sánchez, Pablo Iglesias Turrión / DR December 2, 2020 Find out more SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Despite repeated protests by media and journalists’ associations, Sánchez again refused to talk to the media during a visit by Argentine President Alberto Fernández on 4 February when, as before, only photographers were given access to the official events.“This government, which claims to be very committed to defending freedoms, must set an example by respecting the freedom to inform,” Armada added. “This contempt for journalists’ work must stop.” June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more A similar restriction was previously imposed at a press conference given by the prime minister in November, when reporters were allowed to ask only two questions. In response, one of the reporters protested on behalf of all of his colleagues as the press conference was being broadcast live.last_img read more

After 40 years, owners make decision to downsize from home

first_img89 Annandale Street, Keperra.The Reddiclisses have done some renovations to the property, starting in 1983. “We started to put a major extension on the house years ago and we have done several other little things like install built-in wardrobes,” Mr Reddiclisse said.“We have a large amount of storage under the house, extensive gardens and paving and have a carport on the side.“We have also painted inside and out.” 89 Annandale Street, Keperra. 89 Annandale Street, Keperra.Margaret and Ray Reddiclisse have lived at their Keperra home for almost 40 years and have made the decision to downsize.The couple have enjoyed living in their four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 89 Annandale St and have described it as a “very good family home”.“Our family is growing up and we have six grandchildren now,” Mr Reddiclisse said.“They are all in school now, so we are not really needing such a large house anymore.” 89 Annandale Street, Keperra.Mr Reddiclisse said the home would best suit a family with a couple of children.“There is a beautiful outlook at the back of the house,” he said,“It’s a very nice, quiet area.”Spread over two levels with not one but two internal staircases, large banks of windows allow natural light and breezes to flow throughout. Harcourts Solutions agent Christine McKay said the property was 11km from the CBD.“Keperra offers a mixture of character post-war homes and spacious modern homes,” she said. 89 Annandale Street, Keperra.Mr Reddiclisse said it was time to look at alternative accommodation.“We are hoping to stay on the northside where our family are,” he said. “We are probably looking at downsizing. This one is a two-level property.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019last_img read more