Call for major amendments to new criminal code that threatens press freedom

first_img News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders says it shares the concerns of Turkish journalists over a new criminal code to come into force on 1st June some articles of which represent a serious threat to press freedom despite several amendments. Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Several articles of the new code are particularly perilous. Article 305 which punishes acts that go against “fundamental national interests” by prison sentences of three to ten years, threatens journalists and the right of the public to be informed. Any claim to do with the “Armenian genocide” or “withdrawal of Turkish armed forces in Cyprus” would be considered as against “fundamental national interests”. Dozens of journalists have been imprisoned in the past for having simply expressed their opinion on this type of subject. Turkish deputies did nevertheless agree to remove paragraph 2 of the article which set out a 50 % increase in sentences if the offence was committed via the press.Article 301 that is to replace 159 has been used in the past to severely punish any criticism of parliament, the justice system or the security forces. It will be termed in future “Humiliation of Turkish identity, the Republic, state institutions and bodies”. It will allow wide scope for interpretation and threaten anyone criticising Turkish identity, the state or parliament with a prison sentence of six months to three years. Any person who attacks the government, justice system or the security forces moreover faces six months to two years in prison.Article 285 threatens with four and half years in prison anyone “violating the confidentiality of an investigation”. This could be a serious threat to the right of journalists to protect their sources.Article 277 punishes anyone trying to “sway the justice system” with two to four years in prison and potentially puts in danger journalists covering court proceedings.Under Article 267 of the new code, defamation in the press with the aim of exposing someone to a judicial investigation is liable to a one to four-year prison sentence.Article 216, formerly 312, punishes with one to three years in prison “deliberate incitement of a section of the population to hatred and hostility through discrimination on the basis of race, region or membership of a religious group, against another section of the population” that causes “a clear and direct danger to the public” (paragraph 1).”Humiliation of a section of the population due to social, religious, sexual or regional differences” is liable to a sentence of six months to one year in prison (paragraph 2). “Overt humiliation of a person because of their religious principles is liable to six months to one year in prison if the offence threatens social peace” (Paragraph 3). This “humiliation”, a very vague legal concept, capable of being interpreted very widely by jurisprudence, directly threatens freedom of expression both for journalists and for the general public.This is not an exhaustive list. Turkish journalists and press freedom organisations see parliamentary amendments drawn up ahead of 1st June to the version of the code as it was to have been applied on 1st April, as very inadequate. They consider that only six of the 20 problematic points have been revised Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. to go further Newscenter_img May 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for major amendments to new criminal code that threatens press freedom News Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Reporters Without Borders said it shared the concerns of Turkish journalists over threats to press freedom from a new criminal law that still needed major amendments before coming into force on 1st June..Despite revisions voted by parliament after it was adjourned on 31 March 2005 following strong media protests, the organisation repeated its call for the removal of prison sentences for press offences.”Far from bringing Turkish law into line with European law on freedom of expression, some articles of the code on the contrary would facilitate arbitrary legal action against journalists and entailing a climate of self-censorship damaging to press freedom”, it said. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Receive email alertslast_img read more

Guest blog: ‘You might not like it, but RoPA is good for us all’

first_imgThe inevitable election of Boris has understandably stolen the spotlight of late and many of my industry peers will be intrigued to see how his plans for the housing market pan out.A lesser reported – at least for those working outside of property – but equally significant development in the marketplace was the set of recommendations laid out by the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA) report.First thing’s first: we can all agree that regulation is a force for good and we’ve been saying that for a long time. Honesty, integrity and a strict code of conduct must be at the core of any good industry. Ours is generally better than many in that sense. It has high expectations of itself when it comes to standards and procedure, despite what the media-charged public opinion says.Introducing licenses might go some way in changing that perception. Consumers have a right to feel confident that they are being serviced within a strict moral and legal framework. After all, you wouldn’t employ an unlicensed accountant, would you? We’re also dealing with similar levels of responsibility in what we do.The creation of a new regulator will take the lion’s share of the debate – especially on the funding side.Why should I pay to right the wrongs of a rogue few, many will say.It comes at a time when the market is stretched and bottom lines are under pressure. What does that mean for the independent? Whilst I have unwavering faith in its future, there is a strong case for additional government support when you account for further costs in compliance and training.Nonetheless, agents will be pleased that the RoPA has recognised it’s enforcement that’s the real issue when it comes to regulation. By no stretch of the imagination is our industry light on laws and codes of practice that govern us.Enforcement falls shortIt’s just that Trading Standards and other enforcers often fall short when it comes to taking meaningful action. This means the small minority of rogue agents are able to get away with their malpractice that is used to tarnish our whole industry.Our industry is generally one of decent and honest people. Hard workers who want to learn, too. Hunters is totally committed to training and has been running its own training academy since 2006, with a vocational HVQ launched in 2014.One of our industry’s greatest strengths is its role in social mobility, offering employment and training opportunities to all walks of life, so the Level 3 requirement sets an important professional benchmark and is a worthy reminder that you don’t need to go to college or university to excel in a professional career.Landlords had enoughThe reduced discussion of landlords interested me. What does it mean for them? Maybe the RoPA has recognised that they have been through enough as it is! All jokes aside, the report claims the new procedures may be extended to landlords once it’s settled in with agents. Many will wonder why the delay? Safeguarding a level playing field is important and regulating half an industry seems as logical as regulating half a factory!There are questions that need to be answered and the proposals will be met with varying degrees of enthusiasm. But one thing is clear: if done properly, it will only improve what is already an industry of good people.Read more about how to prepare for Ropa. Regulation of Property Agents Working Group Ropa Glynis Frew Hunters 2019-07-30Nigel LewisOne commentDavid Jabbari | Solicitor | Founder and CEO of Muve | [email protected] |, Muve Muve 30th July 2019 at 10:28 amI think RoPA was unfairly negative about the standard of estate agents, eg paragraph 13: “Trust in property agents remains low: for example, only 30% of respondents to an annual survey conducted in 2018 by the market research company Ipsos Mori agreed with the statement that they trusted ‘estate agents’ to tell the truth: this was less than half of the 62% who trust ‘the average person on the street’.” The problem with regulation – as we know in the legal sector – is it all depends on the regulatory body as to whether it ends up being a lot of useless bureaucracy that will only serve to line the pockets of those providing compulsory training and CPD. We are lucky to have a choice of regulator in conveyancing which is why we chose the specialist CLC over the heavily bureaucratic SRA. Muve is committed to helping our estate agent clients navigate regulatory changes and train their people. Just as we provide ID and AML services as part of our conveyancing partnerships with agents, we see this RoPA compliance as a natural extension of this. David Jabbari, CEO Muve ([email protected]).Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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Greggs adds to meal deals

first_imgGreggs said it had received lots of customer requests for more sandwiches to be included in its Meal Deal offer, so has extended its range. Consumers can now purchase selected sandwiches with any crisps and any cold drink for £2.99.Varieties in Greggs’ new sandwich range include: limited-edition chargrilled chicken with spicy arrabbiata sauce; a new recipe classic chicken salad; classic BLT with sweetcure bacon; tuna mayonnaise and cucumber; and free-range egg mayonnaise with cracked black pepper.last_img read more

NYSEG prepares over 1,100 employees for Tropical Storm Isaias

first_imgThe company says over 1,100 NYSE employees are ready to assist in power restoration efforts. NYSEG says it is also coordinating with state and local emergency management teams. (WBNG) — NYSEG says its preparing its storm response for the possibility of power outages prompted by Tropical Storm Isaias. The company asks its customers to maintain a distance of six feet from NYSEG employees if they need to assist due to COVID-19. NYSEG says its customers should have their phones fully charged and batter-operated flashlights on hand in preparation for any storm. For the more up to date information on power outages, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map by clicking here. To see how Isaias will impact our area, click here. Isaias is expected to travel up along the east coast of the country and bring heavy rains and wind Tuesday.last_img read more