June 2, 2021 Find out more News August 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Conservative government reasserts control over state broadcaster News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso SpainEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Spain to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SpainEurope – Central Asia (Picture: France Info) Receive email alerts News December 2, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned to see that several journalists with a reputation for being critical of the ruling Popular Party (PP) have been removed from the state-owned broadcaster RTVE, which consists of five TV stations and five radio stations.”All the movement of personnel under way within RTVE seems to confirm the worst fears of a reassertion of political control that were voiced when the method of appointing its directors was changed in June. It is sad to see the state media again being turned into a political battlefield at the expense of the public’s right to diverse and balanced news and information.”RTVE is abruptly turning its back on the progress achieved in recent years as regards independence from the government, progress that had been reflected in increased viewing figures.” Ana Pastor, the well-known host of TVE’s morning programme “Desayunos,” was fired on 4 August although the number of its viewers, around 5 million, was very high of that time of day. According to TVE, she left because she turned down a management proposal that she should switch to an evening programme.But Pastor said she was offered no concrete alternative and was told to “wait a few months.” On her Twitter account, she said she was “fired for doing journalism.” Pastor is known for her uncompromising interviews and for responding when PP accused TVE of a left-wing “bias.” Pastor’s ouster is one of a series of such moves since June involving RTVE staff critical of the tough austerity policies being pursued by conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government. The first to go were several people in senior management positions. They were recently followed by Alicia Montano, the director of the current affairs programme “Informe Semanal,” and Canal 24 Horas journalist Xabier Fortes.The head of news at TVE, Fran Llorente, was accused of “political bias” and replaced in June by Julio Somoano, the former head of the local TV station Telemadrid, although nearly 70 per cent of the staff expressed their opposition to Somoano in vote of no-confidence.All these personnel changes have taken place since Leopoldo González-Echenique, a senior official in a previous PP administration headed by José María Aznar, took over as RTVE’s chairman in June, becoming the first person to be appointed to the post since a change in the method of naming the heads of state radio and TV stations was adopted on 20 April.Previously, two thirds of the members of parliament had to approve the appointment of RTVE’s chairman, but now only a simple majority is required. This gives PP a lot of leeway. The government said the change was needed to end the paralysis at RTVE since July 2011, in which RTVE’s chairmen were rotated every two months because PP and its main rival, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), could not reach an agreement.”The state broadcaster has to be able to function in a sustainable manner but guaranteeing its independence of the government is no less crucial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The politicization of RTVE currently under way must stop at once and a new reform must be adopted in order to eliminate any suspicions about the independence of those in charge.”Such issues are far from being a matter of concern in just Spain. Several other members of the European Union, including Slovenia, Portugal and France, need to rise to this challenge.” Organisation
Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Masks 4All IrelandNext articleNew Music: Bleeding Heart Pigeons release second album Meghann Scully Advertisement Facebook Linkedin NewsCan A 4 Day Week Boost Our Recovery In The New Normal?By Meghann Scully – May 21, 2020 410 WhatsApp Twitter Print AS businesses across Ireland tentatively look to open their doors and adhere to new restrictions, the consensus is that innovative solutions are required to increase the confidence of everyone operating in a public space.With a number of companies successfully adopting a work from home strategy, thoughts now turn to what work patterns will look like in the future.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A recent survey from Irish Jobs highlighted that 44% of people working at home are working longer hours than the regular working day, with longer days contributing to extra stress and a reduced amount of personal time.Sedentary behaviour, such as prolonged desk work, has long been linked to depression, obesity, and other health issues.One Irish company, ICE Group, believe the pandemic is providing us with an opportunity to rethink what our work schedule should be, and also assist in the economic recovery of the tourism sector.Having successfully implemented a Four Day Week initiative in 2019, they have been spearheading the conversation about strategically moving towards a more flexible work pattern ever since.“It was clear very early on in our trial of the Four Day Week that this was the way forward for our business” said Margaret Cox, Director of ICE Group, who operate the Pitman Training Centre in Limerick City. “Our staff are much more focussed, energised, and happy in their roles, which gave us real confidence that we could manage the new challenges this pandemic has presented.”Operating on either Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday work schedules, the teams in ICE Group managed to increase their client contact hours while reducing the working time of their staff. This has led to an increase in staff looking to upskill, as their Three Day Weekend includes a ‘Genius Day’ for education, travel, or just time to focus on themselves.The environmental impact of a shortened working week is clear to see, with a 20% reduction in travel immediately with one day less travelling to the office.As international holidays will be limited for some time, staff working a four day week will be best placed to take advantage of the sights on the island of Ireland, boosting the ailing tourism economy by taking breaks in popular destinations as they begin to reopen.With hundreds of thousands of workers receiving government supports and businesses struggling to find a way back to profitability, now is the time for those companies that can innovate with their schedules to join the 4 Day Week conversation and protect the health of their employees by promoting self-improvement. Email
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of 59-year-old inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility who was found dead Sunday in his cell.The Iowa Department of Corrections said in a news release Tuesday that it has requested the state’s Division of Criminal Investigations to look into the death of Thomas Andrew Daleske. The state medical examiner is also conducting an autopsy.Both agencies are working with the Webster County attorney on any pending criminal charges. the corrections department said.Daleske had been serving a 45-year maximum sentence for multiple charges related to sexual abuse of a child from Warren County. His prison term began in October 2000.