US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers?

first_imgFor the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News July 30, 2018 US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers? The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.  “Under an administration that has been openly hostile to journalists and media outlets, and given indications that the Justice Department may consider media subpoenas in leak investigations, RSF is worried that journalists and media outlets won’t be spared as these investigations will most likely continue to intensify,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “Without whistleblowers, journalists would be unable to report on issues of immense public interest. In many ways, whistleblowing is the lifeblood of investigative journalism and of the free press our democracy relies on.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Paul J. Richards / AFP News United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information As the current administration’s crackdown on leaks continues to intensify, journalists are often under fire for using unnamed sources—the president has been vocal in his frustrations to this extent—and it is becoming increasingly risky to both disclose and publish classified information. Since President Donald Trump took office, two whistleblowers—former NSA contractor Reality Winner and FBI agent Terry Albury—have already pleaded guilty to violating the Espionage Act, legislation adopted during World War I to prosecute individuals who shared government secrets with enemies of the United States. In August 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed in a briefing to take a stand against anyone who leaks classified government information, and suggested the Justice Department may pursue legal action against media outlets and journalists who publish such information. In the months leading up to that briefing, the Justice Department tripled the number of leak investigations it was pursuing.  April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News These concerns became all the more relevant in June when the Justice Department secretly seized New York Times reporter Ali Watkins’ phone and email records in connection with an investigation into classified information leaks at the United States Senate. This is the first known case of a reporter’s records being seized under the Trump administration, though it was a tactic employed by former President Barack Obama as well. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on United States News That the Justice Department would consider prosecuting journalists and news outlets for merely publishing classified information rang alarms in the media community. While prosecuting whistleblowers became all too common under President Barack Obama—whose administration prosecuted more whistleblowers than any previous administration combined—the former conceded that attempts to pursue legal action against publishers would be detrimental to press freedom. Organisation To commemorate National Whistleblower Day (July 30), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Trump administration that journalists should not be pursued in leak investigations, which are already being used as tools to censor information of immense public interest. last_img read more

IFA: Donegal Creameries deal good news for farmers

first_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Donegal farmers have given a warm welcome the the news that Donegal Creameries has agreed the sale of its milk market to Connacht Gold.The deal, which includes Donegal Creameries Retail business, is worth 13.5 million euro to the company but could rise to almost 21 million depending on how the business performs.Pj McMonagle is the head of the Irish Farmers Association in Donegal – he says the deal is good news for his members:[podcast][/podcast] IFA: Donegal Creameries deal good news for farmers Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Newsx Adverts Google+ Google+ Facebook Previous article75 year-old Castlederg man completes his 32nd Dublin City MarathonNext articlePolice appeal after teenage girl is assaulted in Derry News Highland Twitter By News Highland – November 1, 2011 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

Tenure-Track Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor (several posts)

first_imgHKUMed is now seeking exceptional candidates in the followingdisciplines to join its ranks:Anaesthesiology/ Clinical Oncology/ Community Medicine / DiagnosticRadiology/ Emergency Medicine/ Family Medicine and Primary Care/Medicine/ Microbiology/ Obstetrics and Gynaecology/ Ophthalmology/Orthopaedics and Traumatology/ Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine/Pathology/ Psychiatry/ SurgeryApplications are invited for appointments as Tenure-TrackClinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor (severalposts) within the LKS Faculty of Medicine (Ref.: 502971), tocommence as soon as possible, on a four-year fixed-term basis, withthe possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before theexpiry of a second four-year fixed-term contract. Exceptionallyoutstanding candidate may be considered for appointment on tenureterms.Applicants should possess a medical qualification registrable withthe Medical Council of Hong Kong, with the attainment of the statusas Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine or equivalent. Theyshould display strong clinical acumen and skills in the relevantspecialty, with demonstrated experience in teaching medicalstudents, interns and trainees. Proven capacity to initiate andcontribute to basic, clinical and/or translational research isessential. It is also advantageous to have a higher academicqualification (e.g. MD, MS, PhD).Appointees shall be mapped to the relevant departments with astrategic role to play in growing the clinical services. They shallalso focus on the education of medical students, postgraduateteaching and supervision, as well as academic research. They may beassigned to discharge duties at hospital(s) and clinic(s)affiliated with HKU Health System.Those with less qualifications and experiences may be consideredfor appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor. There will beopportunities for academic growth, career development andmentorship, with protected time for educational and clinicalresearch activities, depending on the appointees’ interests andaccomplishments. Applicants who have responded to the previousadvertisement (Ref.: 501783) need not re-apply.Information about respective Departments and Schools can beobtained at highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income. The appointments will attract a contract-end gratuityand University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme,totalling up to 15% of basic salary. A start-up package that iscommensurate with the needs and experience of the appointee will beprovided. A monthly cash allowance will be offered to thesuccessful candidates. Housing benefits will also be provided asapplicable.The University only accepts online application for the above posts.Applicants should apply online with (a) an executive summarydescribing their most outstanding accomplishments andqualifications; (b) an up-to-date C.V. highlighting their bestpublications in recent years; and (c) a 1-page description of theirfuture research and career plan.Review of applications will start as soon as possible and continueuntil July 3, 2021 , or until the posts are filled,whichever is earlier.Advertised: Jan 4, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: Jul 3, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

USC quarterback JT Daniels transfers, team announces

first_imgUSC may be down a quarterback heading into the 2020 season.JT Daniels, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 16 overall prospect in the class of 2018, has entered the transfer portal, the team annonced on Thursday. USC QB JT Daniels has put his name in the transfer portal.Here is @USCCoachHelton’s statement:— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) April 16, 2020MORE: Will coronavirus cancel college football in 2020?Daniels started in 11 games as a freshman in 2018, completing 216 of 363 passes (59.5 percent) for 2,672 yards and 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He was hurt in the first game of the 2019 season, however, tearing his ACL and meniscus in the second quarter of a 31-23 win over Fresno State. He finished the game and the season completing 25 of 34 passes for 215 yards, a touchdown and an interception.That opened the door for backup Kedon Slovis — a three-star pro-style quarterback in the class of 2019 — to gain control of the offense. He started the remainder of USC’s 12 games, completing 282 of 392 passes for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.last_img read more