On This Day in History: Congress Chooses a Flag

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From The History ChannelOn this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”The national flag, which became known as the “stars and stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the flag, which consisted of a circle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General George Washington. Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend.With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence, new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In 1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 original stripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. As instructed by Congress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.To read more on this story or review videos, go here. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSContinental CongressHistory Channel Previous articleJim Turner suspended over remarks on Pulse ShootingNext articleHelping Kids Cope with Tragedy Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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Poland’s independent media harassed in run-up to presidential election

first_img PolandEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Poland is ranked 62nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. TVN, a commercial TV channel owned by the US media group Discovery, has meanwhile been targeted by an aggressive smear campaign. The public TV broadcaster TVP, known for its close relationship with the government, attacked TVN’s main news programme every day from 14 to 18 April, accusing it of lacking professionalism or of having links with the pre-1989 Communist intelligence agencies. The attacks were clearly designed to undermine the credibility of TVN – which is critical of the government – in the run-up to the election, in which President Duda is seeking another term. “The unjustified pressions against independent media on the pretext of combatting the coronavirus pandemic or supposed links with the former Communist regime are unacceptable,” said Pavol Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk. “The attacks are all the more reprehensible for taking place in the pre-electoral period when citizens need reliable information in order to decide how to vote.” Organisation News Two journalists have been accused of violating sanitary rules while covering anti-government gatherings. In another case, the private television channel TVN has been a target of repeated attacks. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) asks the Polish authorities not to abuse the sanitary crisis to sabotage the work of independent media as they report on the electoral campaign. When another journalist, the freelance reporter Włodzimierz Ciejka, filmed an anti-government protest on 28 March, he was detained at a police station for two hours on the grounds that he had violated a Covid-19 lockdown ban on public gatherings. JANEK SKARZYNSKI / AFP Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Follow the news on Poland May 7, 2020 Poland’s independent media harassed in run-up to presidential election May 10, 2021 Find out more to go further June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Two journalists are subjected to judicial proceedings for covering anti-government protests. One is Wojciech Jakub Atys, a photographer with the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, who has been summoned to appear in court for covering a protest outside PiS leader Jarosław Kaczynski’s Warsaw home on 29 March. He is facing a possible fine of up to 60,000 zlotys (approximately 13,000 euros) for allegedly failing to observe social distancing rules by gathering in a public place with other persons. In fact, only a handful of people attended the protest, called to oppose electoral law changes allowing voters to cast their ballots by post because of the pandemic. PolandEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Intensity of attacks against Poland’s independent media is growing in the run-up to the presidential elections that the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) and President Andrzej Duda insisted, until yesterday, on holding on 10 May despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News A video-reporter with the independent OKO.press news site, whose name has not been given by the portal, is currently subjected to a similar judicial harassment. For going to cover a planned protest outside Kaczynski’s home on 10 April that eventually did not take place, she is facing a possible 13,000 euro fine on two absurd charges – failure to respect social distancing and organising a public gathering. RSF_en last_img read more

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