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Hungary : RSF appalled by leading Hungarian daily’s closure

first_img Follow the news on Hungary Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned for pluralism in Hungary after the leading opposition daily Népszabadság was closed by its owners, who cited financial reasons. It is said that it could be sold to one of the country’s richest oligarchs, an ally of the prime minister. Founded 60 years ago when the Soviet yoke was lifted, Népszabadság was on sale on newsstands as usual on the morning of 8 October. But when staff arrived at the newspaper the same morning to start preparing the Monday issue, they were denied entry to their offices, their phones were disconnected and access to the website was paralyzed. The owners, the Austrian group Mediaworks, said it had to close the newspaper because sales have been falling steadily since it bought the daily in 2014 although it is still has the biggest print run of any Hungarian newspaper. But its journalists insist that the financial situation is just a pretext and that its closure is above all politically motivated. Some point out that the closure came just days after the newspaper covered corruption scandals allegedly implicating politicians close to the prime minister. And it had been planning to run a story yesterday on lavish spending by the communication minister. Opposition parties and members of the newspaper’s staff accuse the ruling Fidesz party of trying to gag media outlets that do not support the government. “We condemn the Hungarian government’s grip on many of the country’s media, which Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to use to his benefit,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkans desk. “This newspaper’s acquisition by an oligarch who supports Orban, if it happens, would just confirm the prime minister’s growing domination of the Hungarian media. After seizing control of the state broadcaster and turning it into a propaganda tool since his return to power in 2010, Orban now has his sights on the privately-owned media, some of which have already been bought by pro-government oligarchs.” Democracy has been in steady retreat since Fidesz won the 2010 election and Hungary is ranked 67th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 48 places in just five years. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Demonstrators support daily Nepszabadsag in Budapest on October 8, 2016 / AFP June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News to go further HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure News HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure February 10, 2021 Find out more October 11, 2016 Hungary : RSF appalled by leading Hungarian daily’s closure May 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site News Receive email alerts Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air News Help by sharing this information last_img read more


Digital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual…

first_imgNewsCommunityDigital map aims to help communities in coming weeks through ‘virtual meitheal’By Staff Reporter – March 17, 2020 607 Linkedin Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions WhatsApp Advertisement Print What is the Virtual Meitheal?Many years ago, communities in Ireland came together to help their neighbours physically – to save hay, to foot turf, whatever.This time, we need to limit our gathering in person. But we can still work together.This mapping initiative will use new technologies to allow us to help each other.We are relying on everyone to get involved where they can.Mapping LimerickReinventing Fintan Walsh’s (Limerick Leader) great GE2020 map tool, we now have his #selfisolationhelp map for Limerick.If you need help, to find an open pharmacy, to get someone to delivery you food, or you’ve run of gas for your heat and need someone to help, use the map to find the right help or volunteer nearby.People have been letting us know already that they are available to help or are already actively doing so. We are starting to map them all.Look and see if your neighbourhood is light on volunteers and put your hand up (virtually) to come on board and we can let others know you can help.You can access the map here.Email us on [email protected], follow @liveablelimk or any of our partners and we’ll try and make the connection.#FlattenTheCurve Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport TAGS#LiveableLimerickCommunityCoronavirusCovid 19News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region PEOPLE of Limerick have come together in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to help those who may be in need over the coming weeks with the launch of a ‘virtual meitheal’ map.A spokesperson for the LiveableLimerick group who helped put the idea into action said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented our society with an unprecedented challenge.  But make no mistake, we will get through this Limerick and recover quickly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The coming days and weeks will require every one of us to help play our part to protect lives. It is as simple as that. We are in this together and stronger as one community.“Limerick has the Edge that is needed to take the right steps over the coming weeks. Limerick has the Embrace that is needed to show solidarity and support to all.“Lots of people are out there wanting to help and many need help. We want now to help join the dots.“Together, we have teamed up to make ours and your individual efforts most efficient.“We are creating our own Limerick virtual Meitheal and mapping it all in one place – www.limerick.live.The Limerick Leader, Liveable Limerick, Limerick Chamber, Limerick Post, Limerick Leader, Team Limerick Cleanup and Limerick Tidy Towns and the students of University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate are already on board. You can be too.” ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Facebook Twitter Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleUL Hospitals Group to curtail outpatient radiologyNext articleTaoiseach adresses COVID-19 pandemic in Ministerial Broadcast Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more


Swans style appealed to Fernandez

first_img The 25-year-old passed a medical earlier this week, and is expected to be in Swansea’s squad for their league game against Burnley at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, when manager Garry Monk will look to build on last weekend’s 2-1 win at Manchester United. Fernandez’s arrival at Swansea from Napoli will bolster Monk’s centre-back options, which currently include captain Ashley Williams, Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley. “I t has alwa ys been my dream to play in the Premier League – it is the best in the world – and I’m grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity,” Fernandez told the club’s official website. “I asked Michu and Jordi Amat about the club. I obviously trained with Michu at Napoli, and while I was on loan at Getafe (in 2013) I played with (former Swansea loan player) Alvaro Vazquez. He is very good friends with Jordi, so I’ve spoken to them too. “Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All I’ve heard are good things about Swansea.” Fernandez has won 26 caps for Argentina, including making four appearances at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer. He made his international debut against Ecuador three years ago, while his first World Cup finals appearance came during the 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro. He joined Napoli in 2011 from Estudiantes for around £2.5million, helping them land the Coppa Italia last season during a campaign when they also finished third in Serie A. Argentina defender Federico Fernandez says he can identify with Swansea’s style after agreeing a four-year deal to join the Barclays Premier League club. Fernandez additionally featured in Napoli’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns, although he was not involved in either leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Swansea. “I can identify myself with the Swansea style. I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too,” Fernandez added. “I was impressed last weekend with the team’s performance and result against Manchester United. “It was a very intelligent performance. The team really took its opportunities, and it was a fantastic start to the season. “I just can’t wait to start training and playing games.” Press Association Fernandez also revealed he had received a number of recommendations about the Welsh club, including one by Spanish striker Michu, who is currently on loan at Napoli from Swansea. The Swans stated on their website that Fernandez has signed for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance. last_img read more


Egyptian Giants Al Ahly Sack Coach

first_imgEight-times African champions Al Ahly have sacked their coach Patrice Carteron after he fell just short of winning them a ninth crown.The Cairo giants were beaten over two legs in the 2018 final by Tunisia’s Esperance.His final game in charge saw the team go out of the Arab Champions Cup in the early rounds, to a team from the UAE. Carteron had only been appointed in June, after the sacking of previous coach Hossam El Badry.El Badry lost his job after an earlier shock in the 2018 Champions League – a group phase defeat by Uganda’s KCCA.Carteron, who won the competition when he was coach of TP Mazembe, was expressly appointed because of his former success.Ahly have an intense schedule to complete over the rest of the domestic season because of their multiple continental and regional involvements.They have played only six matches in the Egyptian Premier League – that is nine fewer than some teams – and lie in last place, 18 points behind their great local rivals Zamalek, who are top.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more