Journalist given jail sentence for press offence for the first time since fall of communism

first_imgIn articles published on 15 November 2001, the two Magyar Demokrata journalists claimed that Mecs, who played an active role in the 1956 revolution against the communist regime, had denounced to the authorities four revolutionaries who were sentenced to death and hanged on the basis of his evidence. Mecs was sentenced to death himself in 1957 for plotting against the state. He was amnestied in 1963. The court said that the journalists had seriously damaged the politician’s reputation. RSF_en HungaryEurope – Central Asia Organisation February 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air A journalist has been sentenced to a jail term for a press offence for the first time since the fall of communism in 1990.Andras Bencsik, editor-in-chief of the weekly Magyar Demokrata was sentenced on 21 January to ten months in prison for libelling Liberal Democrat deputy Imre Mecs. Another journalist from the same newspaper, Laszlo Attila Bertok, was sentenced to eight months in prison, but suspended. Both journalists are planning to appeal against their sentences within the next few days. “We do not dispute the fact that journalists can be punished for writing defamatory articles. Nevertheless under international standards, prison terms should never be imposed for press offences, even if the sentences are suspended”, Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to the Justice Minister Peter Barandy. “We strongly hope that the prison sentences will be reduced to fines on appeal. We also ask you to propose urgent reform of your defamation legislation, when your country becomes a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004, so that the courts can no longer hand down such sentences,” the international press freedom organisation added News Help by sharing this information News January 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist given jail sentence for press offence for the first time since fall of communism News May 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Hungary HungaryEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honor

first_imgRobert M. Ervin, a former president of The Florida Bar, recently received The Florida Bar Foundation 2003 Medal of Honor for a lawyer for his dedication to improving the administration of justice and as a leader in fostering programs and institutions that continue today to advance the interests of the public and the legal profession.Lois Thacker Graessle was also honored with a Foundation Medal of Honor for her “lifetime of selfless volunteer service in the pursuit of justice.”The awards were presented at the Foundation’s 27th annual reception and dinner in Orlando in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Ervin, admitted to practice in 1947, demonstrated his commitment to serving the poor early in his career as chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Tallahassee Bar Association at a time when pro bono service by lawyers received little emphasis. Among his many posts since then are president of the Tallahassee Bar, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. He served for a quarter century as a member of the ABA House of Delegates and shaped the leadership of that association in many ways. He chaired the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and later served as deputy chair of the special committee that implemented the ABA’s Standards of Criminal Justice. He then turned his efforts to securing adoption of the ABA’s Code of Judicial Conduct. As Florida Bar president, he was the driving force in establishing a permanent home for the bench and bar of Florida through creation of The Florida Bar Headquarters in Tallahassee, and he shepherded creation of the Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund, a then revolutionary and controversial program.A director in the early days of The Florida Bar Foundation, Ervin was its first fellow.“Soft spoken and gentle, he is a brilliant strategist, an academic, a formidable advocate, a trusted counselor to clients, and a wise mentor to aspiring lawyers,” said William Thompson, Jr., the Foundation’s immediate past president. “In service to the public, the law and our system of justice, Robert Ervin typifies the highest ideals of the legal profession.”Lois Thacker Graessle, the only woman in her University of Florida College of Law graduating class of 1941, has been honored as one of Florida’s First 150 Women Lawyers.“But, the gender discrimination pervasive at the time prevented her from becoming a practicing lawyer,” Thompson said. “Instead, after she raised her five children, she plunged into volunteer work in the turbulent era for societal change of the 1960s and quickly became a visible community leader.”Thompson said advocating for those least able to protect themselves, Graessle has put issues on the table for public debate that few others dared to raise. As chair of the Jacksonville Mayor’s Child and Youth Care Study, her committed effort led to significant improvements in how her community responded to the needs of its disadvantaged and troubled youth and particularly racial minorities and the poor. Personally involved in implementing the study’s recommendations, she worked with her church to establish its first ever child care center and helped establish two emergency shelters for abused children. A co-founder of Hospice of Northeast Florida, Graessle successfully challenged the hospital lobby to ensure passage of legislation permitting the terminally ill to receive hospice care in their own homes.“More than once, she used her respected position in the Jacksonville community to safeguard legal aid’s effectiveness as an advocate for the poor when city leaders threatened its credibility and funding in retaliation for advocating unpopular causes,” Thompson said. “A feminist, a liberal and a philosopher, she persists in her mission today, renewing her call that the community focus its energies to meet the challenge of making life more equitable for all its citizens.” Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honor Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honorcenter_img August 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

School Bus Hair Pulling Led to Shooting, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged gunman has been arrested for allegedly shooting a North Amityville man because the suspect believed that the victim’s grandson pulled the suspect’s daughters hair this week, Suffolk County police said.Anthony Franklin, 28, of Amityville, was charged Wednesday with assault.“Franklin was upset that his 6-year-old daughter had her hair pulled by another student on the bus ride to school,” police said in a news release. “Franklin went over to the residence of the boy he believed was involved on the bus.”Police said the suspect shot Wilson McWilliams twice after confronting the victim inside the victim’s Albany Avenue home and then fled the scene shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.McWilliams was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was in stable condition.Franklin will to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

In tourism 75% drop in turnover, 25% write-off of liabilities

first_imgUntil the price increase, the flat tourist tax in the D class was HRK 150,00, in the C class HRK 210,00, in the B class HRK 255,00 and in the A class HRK 300,00 per bed. With the increase in price in 2020, the lowest tourist tax becomes the one that has been the highest so far. From the beginning of this year until the last weekend in June, not a single tourist overnight stay was realized in a good part of the accommodation capacities. This means that the largest minimum increase in the tourist tax will now be 5 kn per night, ie it will increase from 5 kn in the “D” class to a single, minimum 10 kn. That is a 100% increase. The total increase in the tourist tax from 2018 to 2020 will be 125%. As far as family accommodation is concerned, the income tax is forgiven at the level of 25% of the total indebtedness, although the deficit of physical turnover is already greater than 70%. And while the income tax has mostly remained at the level of 2019, so the reduction can be viewed as a 25% write-off, with the tourist tax is not the same case. According to the same data source, the situation at the hotel is not much better. Out of a total of 1.171 hotels, some traffic was realized only at 622 hotels, ie in 50% of facilities. Traffic in hostels is even scarcer. Out of 355 registered hostels, traffic was recorded in only 21% of them, ie in 78 facilities. Benefits come payable In a total of 33,4% of households, some, albeit minimal, number of overnight stays was recorded. Of course, the total number of overnight stays compared to last year is lower than this percentage. This means that the price increase for D class is double. Thus, by reducing the fee due to extraordinary circumstances in 2020, accommodation capacities in D class will reach the level of 2019. Since the tourist classes have been abolished, the tourist tax has risen in price for all types of accommodation facilities of the former B, C and D classes. In addition, the period of the highest fee has been extended since 1.4. to 30.9. unlike the previous “peak” which lasted from 1.7. to 31.8. 50% of the accommodation capacity is not yet operational Big price increase before small reduction.Let us remind you: the sojourn tax for 2019 has been increased from 8 to 10 kn in the main season and from 6 to 8 kn in the pre- and post-season in “A” class, in “B” class from 7 to 9 and 5 to 7 kn, in “C” class from 5,5 to 7 and 4 to 5 kn and in “D” class from 4,5 to 5 and 3 to 4 kn. As a rule, this is an increase of about 25%.center_img Thus, according to eVisitor data, as many as 67% of households did not have the opportunity to host tourists, ie out of a total of 107.633 households, at least one overnight stay was recorded in 35.958 households. For which day we will enter July and the main tourist season, the benefits that have been postponed as well as those that are “timed” for the main season are not due. The situation is similar with the tourist membership fee, with a much higher price increase. Principle – raise prices and give a discount  The current average turnover of tourist traffic is at the level of 25-28% compared to last year at the same time. Due to all the above, we can conclude that measures to help accommodation in households and family farms would be felt only if the principle of equal percentage reduction of liabilities was applied, as well as the percentage drop in turnover. The highest possible amount is again twice the stated increase in the double room as early as 1.4. amounts to almost 6 euros, or 40,00 kn for the highest increase, or 3 euros or 20 kn for keeping the lowest amount. So far, that percentage is between 70 and 75% in physical traffic and 80-85% in financial traffic. Nedo Pinezic, www.nedopinezic.comlast_img read more

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Arsenal, Atletico Madrid talks deadlock on Partey deal

first_imgArsenal and Atletico Madrid are locked in stalemate talks for midfielder Thomas Partey, reports Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. It is claimed that the Gunners are only willing to €25m alongside including one of their players in a part-exchange deal, but Atleti will not be drawn into any negotiations and will only sell if the midfielder’s €50m release clause is activated. Loading… Advertisement Read Also: Willian to agree new Chelsea deal this weekThe midfielder played a starring role for Atleti in their Champions League triumph over Liverpool and has generally impressed this season.Partey has made 183 first-team appearances for Diego Simeone’s side – 46 of which have arrived this season – and the club are now keen to extend his deal in the Spanish capital.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo It follows a report in from The Athletic’s David Ornstein four weeks ago that claimed the North London club had ‘intensified their interest’ in signing the Ghanaian midfielder. That was followed up by a report in Diario AS that claimed the Premier League side were even willing to triple Partey’s current wage packet in order to lure him to the English capital.last_img read more

FB : Doing his part: Nassib carries offense early in season without reliable running game

first_img Published on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 The four check-down passes embodied Ryan Nassib’s improvement. On Syracuse’s opening drive against Southern California, Nassib continually dumped the ball off to running back Antwon Bailey as a last resort when receivers were covered downfield.Four times on the 12-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in a field goal, Bailey acted as an escape valve. He turned possible sacks into positive yards, including chunks of 20 and 14 that sliced into the Trojans’ defense.‘I think he threw to Antwon three or four times on that drive and that was his last read,’ said Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. ‘So he went all the way around the horn and trusted Antwon and got it to him. He’s done a lot better at just believing in the progression and believing in the system.’Nassib’s belief in the system — combined with hours of film study — has transformed his game through the first quarter of the 2011 season. The inconsistency of a year ago has vanished, leaving a polished passer who is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the nation. His drastic improvements have kept the Orange (2-1, 0-0 Big East) afloat so far this year, as the running game, led by Bailey, has fluctuated between decent at best and ineffective at worst.Saturday, Syracuse welcomes a Toledo (1-2, 0-0 MAC) team to the Carrier Dome that presents a similar 4-4 defensive scheme as Rhode Island. With a slew of defenders around the line of scrimmage, the Orange might need a heavy dose of Nassib throwing the ball to avoid a two-game losing streak (noon, Big East Network).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHackett attributed Nassib’s elevated game to his increased comfort level as the SU quarterback. During the course of his career at Syracuse, Nassib was forced to learn three different offensive systems — something that would slow the growth of any quarterback.But 2011 marks the first time in his career he is playing within the same scheme and playbook for consecutive seasons.‘When he goes back there, he knows exactly what he’s got to do,’ Hackett said. ‘He understands his drop, he understands where his No. 1 is, he understands where his No. 2 is — and that really helps him. Last year, it was a new system and his third system he’s ever had.’As a result, he has more than carried the SU offense through three games. His 726 passing yards constitute less than 74 percent of the yards gained by the Orange this season. And against Rhode Island, his passing yards accounted for an unreal 89.9 percent of Syracuse’s offensive total.But the whole product is a horribly imbalanced Syracuse offense. For a team led by a head coach in Doug Marrone and an offensive line coach in Greg Adkins, who pride themselves on smashmouth football, this year’s SU attack seems foreign.The Orange has thrown 103 passes so far in 2011, compared to just 76 rushing attempts. Marrone attributes the imbalance to having to play from behind against Wake Forest and USC.This meant Nassib had to throw the ball more frequently.‘If you throw the ball and lose, you should have run it. And if you run the ball and lose, you should have thrown it,’ Marrone said in a teleconference Wednesday. ‘I hate to say that and our goal as coaches is to be balanced, but at the end of the day, I think it’s the same thing. We’re trying to win football games any way we can.’Saturday could require another heavy dose of Nassib against Toledo. The Rockets defense loads the box with at least eight defenders on every play, which makes running the ball extremely difficult.The Orange players and coaches are expecting pressure from Toledo, meaning Nassib will have to get the ball out of his hands quickly and accurately — one of his strengths this season.Nassib’s completion percentage has skyrocketed from a less-than-mediocre 56.4 percent in 2010 to an impressive 72.5 percent this year. That’s good enough for ninth-best in the country among Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.‘From the mistakes I made last year, I’m making a lot less of them now,’ Nassib said. ‘That film from last year, it’s really hard for me to watch because I left a lot out there.’Syracuse players and coaches hope previous experience against the uncommon 4-4 defense is something that will help them Saturday.They’ve studied game tape from Rhode Island extensively, trying to find ways to pick apart the high-pressure scheme they saw against the Rams.Nassib was nearly perfect against Rhode Island, throwing for 318 yards and three touchdowns. But the offense was completely one-dimensional.Though it’s not ideal, Adkins says the team simply has to take what the defense gives it and hope to exploit it.‘Rhode Island basically forced us to throw the football with the looks that they gave us,’ Adkins said. ‘They pretty much took us out of all the run game. You’ve got to do what’s asked and what the defense gives you. And, unfortunately, it’s been a little more of the throwing aspect that we’ve had to do.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Olivier Giroud booed by France supporters, vows to ‘bounce back’

first_imgOlivier Giroud says he has the strength of character to “bounce back” after being booed by his own fans during France’s friendly game against Serbia.The Arsenal striker missed a number of good chances in France’s 2-1 victory in Bordeaux and was booed at half-time by Les Bleus fans, as well as when he was substituted for Karim Benzema after 62 minutes.Giroud has only scored once this season for his club, an acrobatic effort against Crystal Palace, but insists he will quickly get over the abuse he suffered at the hands of France’s demanding supporters.”As a striker, what you got used to on a daily basis, it is to be applauded when you score goals,” said Giroud. “When the opposite happens, it’s difficult. Everybody gets criticised at one point.”That’s not the first and surely not the last time it happens. I have the mental strength to bounce back. Now I am going to focus on working. I am everything but worried about that. I will bounce back.”Tonight I wasn’t very efficient. It is like it is. I cannot focus too much on it. I have to think about the victory of the team and the good form we are currently experiencing. “I am going first, to enjoy our victory and then obviously I will have to correct a few things.” France manager Didier Deschamps defended Giroud’s performance and said Benzema, who was linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, could have had the same kind of wasteful performance.“He also helped during the game,” Deschamps said of Giroud’s contribution. “He got unlucky on a few chances because the goalkeeper made a great save. He got three clear opportunities.“Obviously he knows about it. He’s the first to be sad about his lack of efficiency. But it happens sometimes. If it’s not Olivier, it might be Karim [Benzema]. The performance of the entire team remains of a great level.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Rockets to file protest of Spurs loss, citing James Harden dunk, per reports

first_imgThe Rockets aren’t ready to accept their defeat to the Spurs on Tuesday night, during which referees erroneously ruled Houston star James Harden missed a dunk despite the ball going through the net.According to multiple reports from Houston media Thursday, the Rockets will file a protest with the league on the grounds the call was a “misapplication of rules” and claim that officials didn’t allow the team to challenge the call. MORE: Five insane stats from James Harden’s startReferee James Capers, who was the crew chief for Tuesday’s contest, confirmed to reporters after the game that the officials missed the call, but he added that Houston coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t request a review of the play until after the 30-second window teams have to challenge a call had closed. The would-be dunk occurred with 7:50 remaining in regulation and the Rockets leading 102-89. San Antonio erased a six-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime, and a Harden offensive foul with less than a second left in the second overtime sealed Houston’s loss.NBA teams filed fewer than 35 protests between 1952 and 2014, according to USA Today, and just three were upheld. No teams have won a protest in the past five seasons.This is not the first time the Rockets have gone to the league office with complaints about officiating. It was reported during the offseason that the organization submitted a memo to the NBA “auditing” referees’ work during the 2018 playoffs, a move that was widely mocked.last_img read more

Italy dump Spain to set up epic Euro 2016 clash

first_imgSaving graceHowever, the Manchester United stopper more than made amends when he turned Pelle’s bullet header wide on eight minutes.Emanuele Giaccherini’s acrobatic effort was then turned onto the post by De Gea, albeit referee Cuneyt Cakir had already blown for a foul as Italy continued to dominate the early exchanges.It took Spain 28 minutes to even have an effort on goal as Iniesta’s weak shot was straight at Buffon.Antonio Conte’s side finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes before half-time when Spain captain Sergio Ramos unncessarily dived in on Pelle to concede a free-kick on the edge of the box.Eder’s powerful effort was parried by De Gea only as far as Giaccherini and he nudged the ball into Chiellini’s path to bundle home.Only a De Gea wonder save to tip a fiercely dipping drive from Giaccherini over kept Spain in the game before half-time.Spain coach Vicente del Bosque introduced the more physical presence of 35-year-old striker Aritz Aduriz for Nolito at the break.And it nearly paid dividends straight away as Alvaro Morata — kept quiet in the first 45 minutes by former Juventus teammates Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci — headed a golden chance straight at Buffon.De Gea was called upon once more to block from Eder when the Brazilian-born Inter Milan forward burst clear on goal with the chance to double Italy’s advantage.Another Italy counter-attack then caused chaos in the Spanish defence as Mattia de Sciglio’s low cross ricocheted around the box before being cleared.Aduriz swept the ball wide and Ramos headed over from a corner as Italy began to settle on their one-goal lead in the final quarter.Iniesta’s rasping volley was tipped over by Buffon, before Pique’s long-range effort stung the palms of the 38-year-old.However, with Aduriz having to be replaced by Pedro Rodriguez due to a head knock, Spain didn’t have a recognised striker in their search for an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.Italy comfortably held on and Pelle doubled the lead with his poacher’s strike in the first minute of injury time.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP |Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scored as Italy exacted revenge for their Euro 2012 final hammering by dumping Spain out of Euro 2016 with a deserved 2-0 last 16 win on Monday.The landmark victory set up an epic Italy-Germany quarter final. Chiellini forced home the first goal from close range after goalkeeper David de Gea could only parry Eder’s fiercely struck free-kick. Pelle volleyed in a deflected cross in injury time to complete Spain’s heartbreak.Outgoing Italian manager Antonio Conte danced along the Stade de France touchline to celebrate while his players credited his tactics for the win.“Mr. Conte is so important as a coach because he can implement a gameplan and he becomes more important with every match,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci.“This process which started two years ago has been essential.”After crashing out of the World Cup in the first round, Vicente del Bosque’s team have now failed to get to the Euro quarter finals.“We have to accept the disappointment. They were more clinical than us when it mattered and got the better of us,” playmaker Andres Iniesta told Spanish television.A series of De Gea saves kept Spain in the game, but their quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Euro title peetered out as Gianluigi Buffon saved from Iniesta and Gerard Pique late on to set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with Germany on Saturday in Bordeaux.Spain had lost just one of their previous 11 meetings with Italy, including a 4-0 win in the Euro 2012 final. But the Azzurri were by far the better side in the opening 45 minutes and could have been more than one goal up at the break.De Gea had been much-criticised for his performance as Spain’s 15-game unbeaten in the Euros came to an end on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat to Croatia which cost them top spot in Group D.last_img read more