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Italian journalist in Paris would be jailed for press crimes if he returns home

first_img to go further November 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian journalist in Paris would be jailed for press crimes if he returns home Organisation Reporters Without Borders today protested against a sentence of two and a half years in prison for libel imposed by a Naples court on journalist Raffaele Jannuzzi. On 20 November, the judicial authorities refused to grant the 74-year-old journalist “semi-liberty” or convert his prison sentence to one of confinement to residence.”Sentencing journalists to prison terms for press crimes is contrary to United Nations standards and is unworthy of a democracy,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to justice minister Roberto Castelli, calling for an urgent reform of Italian law on press crimes. “Prison sentences must be abolished in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations human rights committee and the special rapporteur on the promotion and protectionof the right to freedom of opinion and expression”, Ménard said.Jannuzi has been a senator for the Forza Italia party since May 2001 but his parliamentary immunity does not protect him in this case, in which he has been convicted as editor of the daily newspaper Il Giornale di Napoli for articles published between 1987 and 1993, in particular, articles criticising judicial officials in charge of combatting the mafia. Jannuzzi himself wrote many investigative pieces on the mafia and defended television presenter Enzo Tortora, convicted in 1983 of colluding with the mafia on the basis of the statements of mafia members cooperating with the authorities.Jannuzzi is currently in Paris to attend a session of the Council of Europe and would be imprisoned on his return to Italy. He told Reporters Without Borders that he intends to remain in Paris until the end of the council’s parliamentary work on 16 December. Thereafter, he said he would return to Italy when the Italian authorities recognize the immunity he enjoys as a member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union.Another Italian journalist, Stefano Surace, was arrested and jailed in Italy on 24 December 2001, without being retried, for old press crimes dating back more than 30 years. In the 1960s, when he edited the nonconformist newspaper Le Ore and was well known for his reports on prison conditions, Surace was convicted in absentia and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment for “libel” and “obscene publications.” After being allowed to serve his sentence in the form of confinement to residence, Surace skipped the country and returned to live in France, where he has resided for the part 25 years. RSF_en ItalyEurope – Central Asia November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Italycenter_img News November 23, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News News Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

A correspondent for the satellite TV station El Hiwar Ettounsi released

first_img Fahem Boukadous, a correspondent for the satellite TV station El Hiwar Ettounsi, was released after 189 days in detention. Arrested in July 2010, he had been serving a four-year jail sentence for allegedly participating in protests in the Gafsa mining region in 2008. January 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A correspondent for the satellite TV station El Hiwar Ettounsi released Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img News Organisation last_img read more

Time has come to evolve or die

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Time has come to evolve or dieOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today When a Getty Images recruitment advert shunned IPD qualifications last year,a full-blown HR debate was triggered. Here, Getty’s HR director Ralph TriberespondsWhen we at Getty Images placed the recruitment advert for HR people”with teeth” we had no idea that it would cause such a stir.The strange thing is that while there appears to be some heated discussionon the issue of HR qualifications versus business acumen, when you look moreclosely at the debate, the two elements look more closely aligned than onemight imagine. Pity that things got a little bogged down in semantics, then,but it is a small price to pay for the richness of dialogue.The simple position that we hold, along it seems with just about everybodyelse out there, is that in order to be truly effective as a function,specialist HR skills need to be aligned behind specific business challenges,rather than ahead of them. Developing best practice for its own sake looks veryfetching on paper, but really is not very helpful.Sorry if this way of thinking comes across as divisive, defensive orcontroversial, but from experience this is what makes the difference betweensuccess or failure for HR teams supporting organisations where the luxury ofincremental change is the exception rather than the rule.We should be united in a common cause – professional development that placesas much emphasis on understanding and applying: consultancy skills; projectmanagement; relationship management, technological innovation and pragmaticbusiness savvy; as it does on pure HR theory.But are HR qualifications really necessary to prove our credibility? I amnot convinced. I am IPD-qualified, but the people who have taught me most abouthow to build HR credibility during my career did not have IPD qualifications.They were just great managers who fully understood the relationship betweenpeople and business success. As a profession we take “predictive validity” very seriously – soshow me the predictive validity of the current IPD qualification. I am notsaying that it is a bad thing, I am just saying that it might be meaningless onits own as a predictor of commercially measured success in the job. On a similar note, we are currently rushing towards “Chartered”status for the HR profession. But again, what will this really do for us? Myfear is that it will actually undermine our credibility rather than build it.The general business community may lift its eyebrows in contempt if itperceives this as a beleaguered profession creating an artificial barrier toentry in order to survive in the 21st Century. The best way forward is surely to embrace diversity, and what it canpotentially do for the HR function, by encouraging the best people from anydiscipline to join us – if new blood helps us innovate, I am all for it. Let’sface it, effective and impressive human resources management is generally aboutapplying common sense, sensitive, creative, people based solutions in acommercial context. Human resources management will never become extinct as a concept – it hasbecome far too important. Much of what HR people do, however, is betteroutsourced or automated these days, and many of the traditional models andtheories we work to are losing pace in a world that moves faster every day. As the world diversifies any single “best practice” fits fewer andfewer situations. And as we stand together at the dawn of a new millennium, thetime has come to evolve or die. • Ralph Tribe is HR director at Getty Images Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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