Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion

first_imgNews August 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Controversial bill would restrict freedom of opinion PeruAmericas PeruAmericas (Photo: AFP) Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Peru China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting News February 10, 2017 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Reporters Without Borders urges legislators to reject a government bill submitted to parliament yesterday that would toughen the provisions regulating the publication of corrections and retractions in the media and would increase the penalties for violators. The bill applies to all kinds of media, including online media.“This bill, which is still pending examination, is both questionable and inopportune,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would hold the media systematically responsible before the civil courts, not only for the facts they report but also for the views that are expressed through them, often by outside contributors, and which they do not necessarily share.”The press freedom organisation added: “The bodes ill for the future of public debate and comes at a time when media critical of the government are being subjected to a great deal of pressure. The adoption of this law would exacerbate an already unfavourable situation.”Presented to parliament by Mercedes Cabanillas, a former interior minister who now chairs parliament’s constitutional commission, proposed law 2971/2008-CR aims to guarantee “the right to a correction for anyone affected by inaccurate or insulting statements in the print, broadcast or electronic media.”It would apply not only to the allegation of facts deemed to be defamatory, but also to opinions. Writing in the daily La República, human rights lawyer Alejandro Godoy noted that President Alan García recently complained about the criticism he was receiving in many blogs. The bill stipulates that if a correction to a contentious statement is demanded within seven days, the correction must be printed, posted or broadcast within the following three days, instead of ten days as the law currently stands.The National Association of Journalists (ANP) has reacted angrily to the controversial bill, saying it “reinforces a tacit desire by the political class to silence all forms of journalistic criticism and opinion by means of legislative changes.” The ANP statement mentions two media in Amazonas department that have been targeted by the authorities since an outbreak of indigenous unrest in June.One, Radio Oriente, is under constant surveillance. The other a radio station called La Voz de Bagua Grande, was closed down in an entirely illegal manner. Reporters Without Borders has urged the government to allow it to reopen but it requests have received no answer. News News to go furtherlast_img read more

Credit unions celebrate Miracle Jeans Day Sept. 13

first_img continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union employees are invited to donate $5 and wear jeans Sept. 13 as part of the annual Miracle Jeans Day to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.The annual Credit Unions for Kids Miracle Jeans Day event encourages credit union employees to donate $5 for the opportunity to wear jeans to work that day.Credit unions can order free paper icons and stickers so their members can participate as well. Proceeds are donated the credit union’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. To register, visit cu4kids.org/mjd.Last year, more than 300 credit unions “went casual for kids,” raising thousands of dollars for their local CMN Hospitals. More than 100 credit unions from 40 states have already pledged their support for the 2017 Miracle Jeans Day event.last_img read more

Arsenal fans mock Jesse Lingard after Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat to Wolves

first_imgArsenal fans mock Jesse Lingard after Manchester United’s FA Cup defeat to Wolves PLAY Did Lingard dance tonight ?— EHAB (@EJAfc) March 16, 2019 Video Settings Read More Raul Jimenez scored in Wolves’ 2-1 win against Manchester United (Getty Images) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Full Screen Where’s LINGARD now!Where’s your wanky dance now!You little #Prick 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— Joseph Farrugia (@josephfarrugia7) March 16, 2019 Read More Skip Ad Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 Mar 2019 10:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link819Shares About Connatix V67539 More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors 1/1 Read More Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Advertisement Arsenal fans took pleasure in Jesse Lingard’s struggled against Wolves (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal fans were quick to fire digs at Jesse Lingard after Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup by Wolves on Saturday evening.Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota put Wolves two in front before Marcus Rashford scored a consolation goal for United in the final stages of extra time.Lingard struggled to make an impact at Molineux and was substituted late on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempted to salvage the quarter-final tie.The England international angered Arsenal fans in the fourth round of the FA Cup after he moonwalked on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium during United’s 3-1 win against the Gunners in January.ADVERTISEMENT / Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Moonwalk on that Lingard you twat— Nanda (@JulianNanda2000) March 16, 2019 Top articles Read More SPONSORED Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost back-to-back games with United for the first time (Getty Images)And Arsenal fans didn’t forget Lingard dancing on their home turf as United were sent crashing out of the FA Cup. Comment 1 min. story Advertisementlast_img read more

​Netherlands, Denmark first class in Melbourne Mercer pensions index

first_img35Turkey42.2Dn/a 16Malaysia60.6C+58.5 27Indonesia52.2C53.1 36Argentina39.5D39.2 1Netherlands81A80.3 16US60.6C+58.8 26South Africa52.6C52.7 15Hong Kong61.9C+56 24Spain54.7C54.4 13Germany66.1B66.8 37Thailand39.4Dn/a 27Italy52.2C52.8 2Denmark80.3A80.2 10Chile68.7B69.3 6Norway71.2B71.5 7Singapore70.8B70.4 14UK64.4C+62.5 21Poland57.4C54.3 19Peru58.5C62.4 31Japan48.3D48.2 The Dutch pension system has retained its crown as the world’s best in the latest annual Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI), even improving the already high score it was assigned last year.Denmark came second in the 2019 assessment from the consultancy’s Melbourne branch, with both countries maintaining their 2018 positions of first and second, respectively. The countries were the only two to have pension systems make Mercer’s A category, for which qualification requires a “first class and robust retirement income system that delivers good benefits, is sustainable and has a high level of integrity”.The Netherlands scored 81.0 in this year’s edition of the index, up from 80.3 in 2018, with Denmark improving too but by a narrower 0.1 of a point, rising to 80.3 from 80.2.center_img Commenting on the results, the Dutch Pension Fund Federation said a strong point for the Netherlands was the country’s combination of state pension and supplementary pension, with the state pension age also shifting with increasing life expectancy.“According to the study, the Netherlands could score even higher by reducing household debt and increasing labour market participation among the elderly as life expectancy rises,” the association said.Publication of the 2019 Melbourne Mercer ranking comes as Dutch pension stakeholders negotiate the details of a new system due to come into effect in 2022 and underfunded pension funds face the prospect of having to make pension cuts. Meanwhile in Denmark, Karina Ransby, deputy director of lobby group Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD), said: “It is really nice that Denmark’s pension system again this year gets the A grade together with the Netherlands as the only two countries.”The association had expected Denmark to reach the top again this year, she said, but noted that the Netherlands had once again taken the very top position.There had been major improvements in the Danish pension system in recent years, she said.“When the latest changes have been allowed to unfold, we expect it to be reflected more in Mercer’s annual assessment of Denmark”Karina Ransby, deputy director of Insurance & Pension Denmark“When the latest changes have been allowed to unfold, we expect it to be reflected more in Mercer’s annual assessment of Denmark,” said Ransby.European pension systems appearing in the Global Pensions Index’s next categories (B+ and B) are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Ireland Switzerland and Germany. A system making this grade is judged to have “a sound structure, with many good features, but has some areas for improvement that differentiates it from an A-grade system”. UK still in C grade territoryThe UK improved its score to 64.4 in 2019 from 62.5, but this was 0.6 of a point shy of pulling it out of the C+ and C categories. The description for countries falling within this bracket is: “A system that has some good features, but also has major risks and/or shortcomings that should be addressed. Without these improvements, its efficacy and/or long-term sustainability can be questioned.”Benoit Hudon, head of wealth, Mercer UK, said: “The UK retirement system’s strong score for integrity needs to be matched by improving adequacy, in other words what people actually receive in retirement.”He said a lack of understanding of what they will receive and of what they will actually need in retirement has led to a gap in retirement savings for many UK employees.“This begs the question as to whether employers should play a greater role, both in educating and supporting their workforce,” Hudon said.Internationally, Mercer said its research showed that a strong correlation existed between the levels of pension assets and net household debt, with growth in household debt in developed and growth economies paired with the growth in assets held by pension funds.It said the report was the first international study of its kind to document the tendency for spending to increase with rising wealth in relation to pension assets.“The MMGPI’s data suggests as pension assets increase, individuals feel wealthier and therefore are likely to borrow more,” the firm said.The Melbourne Mercer index is supported by Australia’s Victoria government and is a collaborative project between the Monash Centre for Financial Studies – part of Monash University in Melbourne – and Mercer. It can be found here.Full rankings 25Austria53.9C54 22Saudi Arabia57.1C58.9 8New Zealand70.1B68.5 23Brazil55.9C56.5 12Switzerland66.7B67.6 18France60.2C+60.7 11Ireland67.3B66.8 4Finland73.6B74.5 3Australia75.3B+72.6 29Korea49.8D47.3 20Colombia58.4C62.6 30China48.7D46.2 5Sweden72.3B72.5 9Canada69.2B68 34Philippines43.7Dn/a  Country 2019 score and grade 2018 score 32India45.8D44.6 33Mexico45.3D45.3last_img read more