Interior minister says “no excuse” for threats to journalists over Corsica ferry dispute

first_img Receive email alerts October 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior minister says “no excuse” for threats to journalists over Corsica ferry dispute Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has written to Reporters Without Borders saying there is “no excuse” for the threats that have been made against journalists over the dispute about the Corsican ferry company SNCM.Sarkozy wrote to Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard yesterday after Ménard voiced concern about this issue in a meeting on 20 October with Sarkozy’s chief of staff, Claude Gueant, and his press and communication adviser, Franck Louvrier.“There is no excuse for such actions,” Sarkozy said in his letter. “No cause, no political or labour struggle can possibly justify this type of individual behaviour. Such acts should be treated for what they are. First and foremost, they are criminal acts that are punishable under the law.”The full text of the letter follows:Dear Secretary-General,In your letter of 19 October, you expressed to me your fears and your more general concerns about the threats and even acts of violence of which some of your fellow journalists have recently been the victims.Your outrage is entirely legitimate and I share it fully, as a citizen, obviously, but also and above all as a government minister.The interior minister is clearly responsible for maintaining public order and security but it is too often forgotten that he is also the minister for civil rights and that it is his job to ensure on a daily basis that French citizens can enjoy such key civil rights as personal security, freedom of movement and press freedom.Let me tell you that, in my view, press freedom belongs to a special category of primary freedoms, ones that are so fundamental that they can be considered as part of the very foundation of our democratic society and as primordial conditions for its progress and for the personal development of each of its members.There can be no freedom of the press without freedom for the journalist. It is an obvious fact that can be overlooked: the quality and independence of a newspaper, and indeed all news media in general, is chiefly a function of the quality and independence of those who produce it.It is therefore the state’s duty to protect journalists against any intimidation attempts and or acts of violence to which they could be exposed in the course of their work. In a country like ours, with our traditions, it is unacceptable that journalists may be harassed or threatened on account of their views. Nothing and one should be able to prevent them from freely transmitting the information they have acquired or the opinions they hold.Let me assure you, Secretary-General, that whenever freedom of the press and communication is the target of attacks or pressure, I will be at your side. And you may immediately count on the full cooperation of all those who come under the authority of my ministry in the adoption of all appropriate measures in response to the facts described in your letter.There is no excuse for such actions. No cause, no political or labour struggle can possibly justify this type of individual behaviour. Such acts should be treated for what they are. First and foremost, they are criminal acts that are punishable under the law.Sincerely, Nicolas Sarkozy June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Robert Ménard spoke to interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s chief of staff on 20 October about the threats and violence that several journalists in Corsica have suffered as result of their coverage of the dispute over the SNCM ferry company. In a written reply to Reporters Without Borders yesterday, Sarkozy said: “There can be no freedom of the press without freedom for the journalist.” News Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on France News May 10, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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Oireachtas committee to hold hearing into N2-A5 improvements

first_img By News Highland – January 14, 2011 Oireachtas committee to hold hearing into N2-A5 improvements Previous articleMc Hugh wants new A&E unit to open immediatelyNext articleDonegal projects being judged at BT Young Scientests Exhibition News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Google+ The Oireachtas Transport Committee is to hold a publicv hearing into some of the proposed improvements on the N2 – A5, including the Slane bypass and the government’s promise to co-fund the A5 section between Ballygawley and Derry.The hearing is taking place at the behest of Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Joe Costello, who sought the hearing after meeting a number of campaigners with concerns about the road this week.Letterkenny Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle has already successfully proposed the council here make positive submissions to local enquiries, and he says, that should be extended to this latest hearing……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/germc1pm.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Facebook Twitter Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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