April 19, 2021 – Updated on April 22, 2021 French justice minister urged to let reporters be embedded with police News Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News RSF_en Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti. (THOMAS SAMSON / AFP) FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression Dupond-Moretti says the bill, which he presented to the cabinet on 14 April, aims to make the justice system more visible so that the public understands it better and trusts it more. One of its proposed measures, which has received a great deal of media attention, is for TV cameras to be allowed into the courtroom when it serves the “public interest”.But there has been no mention of allowing journalists to do reporting while embedded with the police and judiciary, although RSF thinks this is extremely important. RSF calls for the inclusion of an article allowing certain aspects of police and judicial investigations to be filmed and televised as long the safety, privacy and presumption of innocence of the persons concerned and the confidentiality of the investigations is respected.De facto banReporters are currently banned from attending judicial searches or interrogations. The court of cassation (France’s highest appeal court) ruled in January 2019 that the presence of an outsider, “even if to describe what takes place with the aim of a informing the public,” constitutes a violation of the judicial investigation’s confidentiality and therefore nullifies the entire judicial procedure.The effect of this ruling is to make it impossible for journalists to be embedded with police during their investigations and to broadcast the video footage required for this kind of reporting.Address an inconsistency“Justice minister, your ‘Trust in the judiciary’ bill lacks an article that allows journalists to work,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Legislators must create the conditions that make the right to information compatible with the rights protecting the person. You have said you want to ‘bring the justice system into people’s living rooms,’ but it would be inconsistent to propose changes allowing trials to be filmed and broadcast but not investigations. To make the justice system accessible and understandable, you must also show what is happening behind the scenes before the court hearings. The journalistic interest in this is undeniable but there is also and above all a democratic interest.”Prior to the 2019 ruling, journalist Catherine Boullay spent three months embedded with a Paris police station for a report entitled “The complaints office” that was broadcast in the “Special Envoy” slot on France Télévisions in 2018. “The filming was carried out in such a way as to respect all those involved and to guarantee their anonymity,” Boullay said. “It helped millions of TV viewers to understand the work of the police and justice system. This educational approach is essential for understanding the society in which we live. And it proves that journalists can work constructively with state institutions. It would be a great pity if this were no longer possible.”The presence of journalists at police and judicial investigations must be subject to the consent of the protagonists. Respect for the safety, privacy and presumption of innocence of the suspect or person being prosecuted is essential.Consistent with ECHR jurisprudenceRSF’s proposal is consistent with decisions taken by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The court has stressed “the importance of the media’s role in the area of criminal justice” and has ruled that “the public have a legitimate interest in the provision and availability of information regarding criminal proceedings.” It has also said on several occasions that journalists’ freedom of expression “is subject to the proviso that they act in good faith in order to provide accurate and reliable information in accordance with the tenets of responsible journalism.” RSF shares this vision of responsible journalism and thinks its proposal accords with this need.France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story June 4, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Freedom of expression Since French justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti says one of the chief aims of his newly-unveiled “Trust in the judiciary” bill is to make the judicial system more visible, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to include an article enabling reporters to be embedded with the police and judiciary. News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more
Facebook Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSupport gathers for Garda sub-office in WestburyBy admin – July 28, 2010 621 Twitter Previous articleAll haircuts are not created equalNext articleHSE tell court no place for teenager admin Linkedin A GARDA superintendent has come out in favour of setting up a Garda sub office in Westbury.Superintendent Frank O’Brien of Henry Street Station, said he would not be against locating an office for a specific period of time in the Corbally housing estate. The superintendent, who was speaking at a Joint Policing Committee meeting in Clonlara Community Centre, has jurisdiction for policy matters in South-’East Clare.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Noting that as a rural station, Ardnacrusha Garda Station has limited opening hours, he said that during any eight hour shift the gardai has just one quarter of its overall complement on duty, which also has to cope with deploying resources for court work for a number of days.“We have to prioritise our resources and sometimes a garda patrol car does not come to an area in an hour or two because frequently gardai are attending a more serious incident, such as a robbery, serious assault or even murder. Incidents are prioritised in terms of how serious they are”.Responding to Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald’s complaints about late night drinking by young people along the river banks close to Shannon Banks and his request that a garda sub office be located in the area, Supt O’Brien said:“People drinking in a public place is a serious concern and I would be willing to arrange a meeting with councillors to see how we can progress these issues”.The late night drinking in their area is a source of genuine concern to the residents, Cllr Fitzgerald said.“They are being woken up by youths who aren’t supposed to be drinking in public places. Some of the residents telephoned Ardnacrusha garda and there was no one in the station, and while we know that the garda in Ardnacrusha are doing their best, the fact is that they don’t have the required manpower.“It took two hours before a patrol car came out to the scene. I have called for a community garda to be stationed in a sub-office in the Westbury area because it’s not good enough that when Ardnacrusha gardaí are called to an incident in Limerick city, we are left without cover.“I have got phone calls from residents at 11pm looking for me to do something but I’m a councillor not a garda. I have though, tabled a motion in Clare County Council calling for the banning of drinking in public places,” he added.Senior executive officer, Michael McNamara, pointed out that the bylaws banned drinking in towns but didn’t cover locations in South-East Clare.Two years ago, the issue of having a garda sub office opened locally led Tony Hayes, who runs Westbury Stores, to lodge a planning application seeking permission to demolish an existing garage and barber shop in order to construct three commercial units, one of which would be a sub-office for a community garda.Mr Hayes had hoped the permanent presence of a community based garda within easy access of residents living in Westbury, Shannon Banks and Carrig Meade would be hugely beneficial for the local community.However, he had to withdraw the application after Clare County Council stated his plans represented “significant overdevelopment” of the site.Following Supt O’Brien’s recent comments, however, Cllr Fitzgerald is hopeful for a positive outcome in relation to a garda sub office being opened in Westbury in the not too distant future. Advertisement Print
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the season with another lopsided 12-0 victory over the host Rushville Lady Lions.Batesville scored early and often during the first half taking an 11-0 lead into halftime. Scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in the first half were Georgia Gratz (3), Carlie Werner (2), Denise Davalos, Hailey Mohr, Lauren Gutzwiller, Ashlyn Czerniak, Ellie Cassidy, and an own goal to round out the scoring.In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs focused on possession and only attempted 1 shot which resulted in a goal from distance by Chloe Saler. Batesville’s defense recording their second shutout of the season. The outstanding defensive effort was led by Cassidy, Abbey Prickel, Lily Meyer, Olive Cerniglia, and Ellie Waechter in goal.The Lady Bulldogs are back in action next Thursday as they host the Greensburg Lady Pirates.Box Score. Scoring Stats. Gratz – 3 goals, 3 assists; Werner – 2 goals, 3 assists; Davalos – 1 goal; Gutzwiller – 1 goal; Czerniak – 1 goal, 1 assist; Cassidy – 1 goal; Mohr – 1 goal, 1 assist; Saler – 1 goal; GK Stats; Waechter – 2 saves; Wonnell – 2 saves.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.