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Hong Kong government must end its attack on public media independence

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first_img June 30, 2020 Hong Kong government must end its attack on public media independence June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Hong Kong government to end its attack on the editorial independence of public broadcasting group RTHK, which is essential to ensuring media plurality in a landscape of dwindling press freedom. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassment News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img to go further News News June 7, 2021 Find out more PHOTO: RTHK On June 10th, the Chairman of the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Board of Advisors, which is appointed by the Hong Kong government, publicly demanded the channel to broadcast a propaganda series he insisted would help Hong Kongers to form a “correct understanding” of the widely criticized National Security Law. That very same afternoon, the decision to broadcast the show was confirmed by an RTHK spokesperson, in a blow to the public group’s strong reputation of independence, and likely a result of strong political pressures. The Board of Advisors has already sparked controversy through its announcement on May 21st for the formation of a “working group” that would monitor the governance and editorial principles of RTHK, to which neither management nor staff representatives were invited to join.”The existence of an independent public audiovisual media network is essential to ensure Hong Kong residents are being provided with unbiased information, particularly as press freedom is rapidly deteriorating under Beijing’s political and economic pressure,” says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head. “Chief Executive Carrie Lam would do better ensuring the restoration of press freedom enshrined in Article 27 of the Basic Law in Hong Kong, rather than meddling in the independent editorial choices of RTHK.” According to a survey carried out by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, RTHK remains the most trustworthy media in the eyes of Hong Kongers. Recently, the group came under pressure from the authorities after its broadcast of the satirical show Headliner which poked fun at the police and has since been taken off-air, and in its broadcast of an embarrassing interview in its show The Pulse, in which a representative of the World Health Organization fumbles to answer questions from a journalist on the topic of Taiwan’s exclusion from global health talks.The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong has fallen from 18th place in 2002, to 80th place in this year’s RSF Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China stagnates at the bottom of the index in 177th place out of a total of 180 countries. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation last_img read more

Educate Together Model favoured by Cllr Shortt

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsEducate Together Model favoured by Cllr ShorttBy admin – July 12, 2011 672 WhatsApp Advertisement COUNCILLOR Tom Shortt favours the use of the Educate Together model of school patronage.He was responding to a call from the Diocese of Limerick for professionals to take up vacant positions on school boards.At present just two schools in Limerick use the Educate Together model, but Cllr Shortt holds the view there is room for growth.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have believed for over 25 years that the Educate Together model of patronage of primary schools is the more realistic and appropriate model which acknowledges and accommodates changes in Irish society.“The model recognises diversity with regard to religious belief as no one religion is promoted in the classroom. In essence, there is freedom of religion for families. Children can attend denominational instruction after normal school hours”.The Labour councillor said professionals are needed on school boards, with religious domination of education on the wane.Cllr Shortt, an art teacher at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, has served on the board of management of the multi-denominational Limerick School’s Project.“It is a huge responsibility. You may not see the Board of Management, but it is very much how a school operates”.He has been an increase in social capital in recent times, and the call made by the Diocese of Limerick, he added, would appeal to people.“There is an enormous amount of voluntary work involved in running a school.“The expertise of a professional, like a solicitor or an accountant, would be of major benefit.“Should schools be moving towards a more multi-denominational ethos? Should the ethos of schools be re-examined? These are questions we need to look at.“I think it’s a refection of the times we live, and opens up the broader issue of governance of schools.“This shows a changing climate in the country and we need to recognise that religious practices are changing”. He favours the multi-denominational format.“I was very involved in getting the multi-denominational movement off the ground in Limerick.“Many are advancing the Educate Together project at the moment”.According to him, the Educate Together model offers a lot.“This experience prepares children to participate in the modern Ireland which is both pluralist and multi cultural, and is a practical way of teaching them to respect people of other religious and cultural backgrounds as equals.“It also encourages greater democracy with greater parental responsibility and involvement in the running of the school. The seats on the boards are filled entirely by parents and teachers. In my opinion, parents should consider this model”. Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Previous articleTina’s fundraising heads to €1m markNext articleArchitect – peopled streets draw people in admin Facebooklast_img read more