Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

first_img By Andy Eubank – Apr 1, 2014 Facebook Twitter SHARE Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week Home Indiana Agriculture News Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 6th-13th by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.Earth Team is the agency’s volunteer workforce, and nationally, in fiscal year 2013, more than 22,000 people donated 330,084 hours of service to NRCS worth approximately $7.3 million. “Volunteers work closely with our staff, and they play an important role in our state’s conservation work,” said Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist.   Indiana was sixth in the nation for the number of volunteer hours reported, with more 1,920 volunteers contributing 17,725 hours.  These volunteers played a vital role in assisting Indiana NRCS and our partners with our critical conservation work. “We are grateful for the help, but we also recognize much more conservation work needs to be done,” Hardisty said.Earth Team is a program that partners volunteers with NRCS employees. It was created in 1985 and offers many opportunities to individuals 14 and older who are interested in volunteering to improve the nation’s natural resources. Earth Team volunteers help NRCS conservationists provide private landowners and others a range of services from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects.Earth Team Volunteers allow NRCS to stretch available resources and help put additional conservation practices on the ground. Volunteer efforts help improve land and wildlife habitat and contribute to cleaner water and air for everyone.To learn more about the program visit Indiana’s Earth Team Volunteer webpage. Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA’s McCarthy Stands Up for Proposed Biofuel Target CutsNext articleAmerican Ethanol to Plant Trees and put Green in Spring Andy Eubank SHARElast_img read more

Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce

first_img SHARE Previous articleBayer to Sell Liberty Crop Protection to Gain Monsanto Takeover ApprovalNext articleJune USDA Farmer Survey Begins Soon Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – May 8, 2017 Recent heavy rains across much of the state have resulted in widespread ponding and flooding in fields. This creates challenges for farmers growing produce for fresh consumption because of the potential for the introduction of contaminants into growing areas. With proper management, however, many of the risks introduced by flooding can be mitigated.“Growers who have water-covered fields should first determine if it is the result of pooling or flooding,” said Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension food safety educator. “Pooled water, generally more common than flooding, accumulates in lower areas of the field or between rows, especially if raised beds are used. Flooding originates from an uncontrollable source such as a river or creek.”Pooled water can cause damage to crops but generally carries less risk for microbial contamination than flood water, Monroe said. When dealing with pooled water, growers should consider whether or not the water is contacting the edible portion of the crop, how long the water was pooled, previous soil amendments, and whether or not the pooled water has resulted in increased wildlife activity in or near the affected area.According to Amanda Deering, clinical assistant professor with Purdue Extension, fields that have experienced flooding present growers with difficult management choices.“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers food contacted by flood water to be adulterated and not fit for human consumption,” Deering said. “Due to microbial and other concerns, produce cannot be harvested and sold into the public food supply once it contacts flood water.”In cases where flooding occurs in or near the crop but does not contact the edible portion of the crop, FDA guidance states that growers should, “Evaluate on a case-by-case basis for the likelihood of contamination.”Produce growers who experience flooding in their fields should first document the extent of the flooding with photos, flags, or other markers. This will ensure that the flooded area remains defined after flood waters have receded. Growers should also remember that flood water may contain chemical contaminants, in addition to human pathogens.“If at all possible, flooded fields should be planted with agronomic crops this season,” said Monroe. “However, on smaller and non-diversified farms that may not be a viable option.”If it becomes necessary to plant produce in flooded fields, growers should leave fields undisturbed as long as possible. Research performed at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in 2015 indicated that leaving fields undisturbed might be the best way to encourage die-off of flood-deposited bacteria on soil surfaces.“At a minimum, fields should be allowed to dry thoroughly and should receive several days of intense sunlight before any tillage operations take place,” Deering said. “This may mean changing planting plans so that previously flooded fields are reserved for late crops.” Growers should also consider using flooded fields for produce that is seldom consumed raw, such as pumpkins or sweet corn. These commodities are generally cooked prior to consumption, which introduces a kill step and significantly reduces microbe populations.Growers should also pay close attention to water sources, as they can become contaminated by flood water. Wells used to supply water for production or post-harvest should be tested for generic E. coli prior to use. While microbial risks are often the focus when dealing with flooded fields, growers should remember that flood water may contain other contaminants.  Always seek technical advice before investing in tests for non-microbial contaminants.In cases where only part of a field is flooded, growers should take steps to minimize cross-contamination into the rest of the field.“Growers should leave a buffer zone of at least 30 feet between the flooded and non-flooded parts of the field,” Monroe advised. Other tactics to avoid cross-contamination include avoiding travel through flooded field sections to access non-flooded sections, using equipment in non-flooded areas prior to flooded areas, thoroughly cleaning equipment after use in flooded areas, and using boots and gloves while working in flooded areas.Produce growers who have additional questions concerning management of fields following a flood should contact Monroe at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center at 812- 886-0198 or Deering in the Department of Food Science SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

USCA Requesting USDA Help in Assisting Cattle Producers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USCA Requesting USDA Help in Assisting Cattle Producers SHARE USCA Requesting USDA Help in Assisting Cattle ProducersThe fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has been extremely difficult for the cattle markets. The April contract has lost more than $10 in a week, causing even more stress on the industry.In an effort to help stop the consistent losses in the cattle markets, the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association is calling upon the USDA for their help to assist cattle producers. According to Lia Biondo, policy and outreach director of USCA, their first request is to restore the U.S. cattle market during the COVID-19 outbreak.“What we’re specifically asking for is for [Secretary Sonny Perdue] to use his authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation to develop and implement some sort of needed program that will help U.S. cattle producers make it through this difficult time period,” said Biondo.USCA is also asking Secretary Perdue to ensure that contingency plans are in place at meat processing facilities. That means keeping their doors open if an employee were to contract the coronavirus.“Send that employee home, obviously, but make sure that there are contingency plans in place to ensure that the packing plants are operational,” said Biondo. “We’ve got food flying off the shelves across the U.S. We’re going to need a little bit of additional regulatory flexibility and additional financial assistance to continue supplying the nation with a wholesome, abundant supply of food.”Biondo says USCA’s third request is for USDA to take a closer eye on cattle markets to prevent anti-competitive buying practices.“Making sure we’ve got that market oversight to help line out the cattle markets right now, which are having a difficult time in the wake of the coronavirus,” she said.Without these additional programs, Biondo thinks there will be producers going out of business in the long term because cattle producers have been hit with many years of continued losses.“It’s not that the coronavirus is the reason for the market low, but it’s one of the reasons and it’s been the reason that has culminated all of these other low price years,” said Biondo.In a statement to the cattle industry on Monday, USDA wrote that its agencies are committed to ensuring the health and safety of its employees and providing timely services to keep the food supply flowing. USCA Requesting USDA Help in Assisting Cattle Producers Facebook Twitter By Ashley Davenport – Mar 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNew Tools for Profitability in Volatile TimesNext articleA Request to USDA for Assist for Cattle Producers and New Tools for Profitability in Volatile Times on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Ashley Davenportlast_img read more

TCU faculty discuss Campus Carry at open forum

first_imgTCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless + posts Adam Kelley TCU students react to an increase in drug violations ReddIt Adam is a senior writing major, journalism and religion double minor. He covers crime and public safety for TCU360. TCU implements new writing contest Bridging the divide: TCU promotes dialogue between Christianity and Islam printIn the first open forum on Senate Bill 11, more commonly referred to as “Campus Carry”, staff and faculty on both sides of the issue stressed that safety is their number one priority.Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, people with Concealed Holder Licenses may be allowed to carry their concealed handguns on campus. As a private institution, TCU can choose to opt out of the bill.But before that decision can be made, the university community is discussing the issue.About 30 TCU faculty and staff members attended a lunchtime forum in Smith Entrepreneurs Hall, a to anonymously voice their opinions.“One concern is suicide,” a faculty member from the College of Education said. “It is the second leading cause of death among college aged people. Having a gun available just makes it much more likely that they’ll be successful.”A faculty member from the Mathematics Department questioned the need for weapons, asking, “What is it that we’re trying to prevent?”He said that he thought allowing guns on campus was a terrible risk.Another faculty member who has a Concealed Holder License said that CHL holders tend to go beyond the minimum training.“When you look at the figures, CHL holders are actually better trained than the average police officer,” the faculty member said. “These are not people who are out there waving a gun around saying ‘who do I shoot next?’ It just doesn’t happen.”The discussion went back and forth with the room split on opinion.“If we tell kids they can’t carry guns on campus, that’s not going to stop them from carrying guns,” one Campus Carry advocate said.Regardless of position, all of those gathered said they wanted to know what they could do to make sure that TCU is the safest place possible.A faculty member from the Music Department said the focus should be on student safety and asked how the campus could focus on other safety issues besides gun control.Alternative safety precautions that were discussed included the addition of panic buttons in offices, altering doors to lock from the inside, and equipping Froggie Five-0 or other shuttle services with GPS so that students don’t have to stand outside waiting.As of now the university still does not have an official position on this issue. Another forum will be held at noon on Sept. 29 in the Beck-Geren Conference Room in the Brown-Lupton University Union.Chancellor Boschini is expected to make a decision sometime in the next month. The board of trustees will then vote on his recommendation at the board’s November meeting after TCU community members have voiced their opinions.Students can send their own opinions about Campus Carry to [email protected] until Oct. 29. TCU students speak out on civil rights issues Adam Kelley Adam Kelley Adam Kelley Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Previous articlePatterson: TCU secondary must improve for Texas TechNext articleClass of 2018 celebrates new school year with Second Year Pinning Adam Kelley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Adam Kelley Linkedin Twitter Linkedin Facebook TCU Faculty Senate discusses Campus Carry legislation. Twitter ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Facebooklast_img read more

Man impersonates dead deputy to scam money from residents

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Twitter Linkedin + posts Kristen Weaver printWhen Nina Martin received a call from an unknown Cleburne number telling her she had missed jury duty, her first feeling was panic.“I thought I had screwed up,” she said.Martin said she received a message from a deputy at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. He asked her for money to pay off a fine for missing an appearance in court.Martin, a TCU dance professor, had been away for nine months on ‎sabbatical. She said she figured that because of her changing addresses she had simply missed the notification from the jury and that she was at fault.“I was gone for nine months, so somewhere in my mind I was thinking I had messed up,” Martin said.The man on the phone told Martin that there was a system for residents who had missed their jury duty to buy Visa cards from Kroger as a “bond card.” He told Martin to load $1,496 on two cards.Martin went to Kroger with the intent of buying the cards. She said she was stopped by a worker at the store who told her she was being scammed.“I went back to my office and called a [Fort Worth] sheriff and they said that the name of [the man who called] had been buried that week.”That person, Executive Chief Deputy Alan Dennis, had his memorial service on Wednesday. He died at age 54 from an “aggressive” form of cancer.“I was at his funeral 48 hours ago,” said Terry Grisham, the Media and Public Relations officer at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. “He was a personal friend of mine and we’re grieving. We feel almost like a co-victim.”Grisham said that cases like this are very common. He added that last year another officer in their department died and his name had been used for a similar scam.“People need to know: We never collect fines over the telephone,” Grisham said. “There’s nothing about it that’s authentic; it’s wrong on every level.”Grisham said there are variations of the scam but that it happens constantly. He said some scammers will tell their victims to meet them outside of the sheriff’s office to collect the money in order to help them out by “avoiding parking.”“I would give anything if someone would just tell us to arrest whoever is showing up outside the sheriff’s department,” Grisham said.Martin said she had picked up on multiple red flags from the calls, but she didn’t pay much attention to them before attempting to buy the two Visa cards.“I live a very complicated life,” she said. “Things definitely can fall through the cracks.”Grisham said that anyone who receives a similar call or request from someone who says they are a police officer or sheriff should always reach out to the department first.“This is a common scam,” Grisham said. “They sit there and do hundreds and hundreds of these every day. The victims are just endless.”Martin said that most of all she was thankful that she realized it was a scam before it was too late.Grisham added that people should always be aware of scams and use common sense if something doesn’t feel right.“I don’t know how you can teach common sense,” Grisham said. “The criminals would all be out of business.” Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Facebook Kristen Weaver Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ Previous articleResidents find furrier Valentines to loveNext articleFrogs fall in season opener 5-3 Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Facebook Kristen Weaver Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt TAGSFort Worth PoliceScam Kristen Weaver read more

‘Let’s DOC About It’ sparked conversations about race relations and diversity

first_imgTaylor Boser Twitter ReddIt Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent printDisciples on Campus provided students with the opportunity to discuss race relations and diversity Monday night.During “Let’s DOC About It,” students sat at tables in front of Jarvis Hall asking questions such as what does diversity mean to you, how comfortable do you feel on campus and what do you think TCU can do to better its commitment to diversity?“Talking to somebody that has different beliefs than your own and is different than yours can either help you learn more about yourself in that you solidify your own beliefs or you have a new perspective that changes yours and challenges it,” said Josh Jackson, a senior religion and history double major.The two-hour event provided students with a space to talk about topics not part of the typical conversation.Kelsey Cobbs, president of Disciples on Campus, said she enjoyed getting to hear different perspectives on diversity.“I think that it is definitely a wonderful opportunity to educate young leaders to think more critically about the people that they get to engage with and get involved with,” said Cobbs. “With that in mind, people will be able to act more ethically so that they can make decisions for themselves and for the communities around them that will do the most good.”Fiyori Kidane, junior sociology and religion major, hopes this event was able to resemble TCU’s mission statement of striving to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.“I think that an event like this is actually able to show students and make students live in the mission statement now instead of just seeing what it could be like in the future,” said Kidane. “We have lots of students from so many different backgrounds who can actually be able to show you right now that we are diverse.” Majority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care Taylor Boser Taylor Boser Linkedin + posts Taylor Boser Twitter Counseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Previous articleTop 5 Movies of 2017Next articleWalsh named to Second Team All-Big 12 Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taylor Boser TAGSDisciples on Campusdiversity Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Panhellenic women plan service trip to Nepal next year

first_imgFacebook Corinne Hildebrandt Linkedin Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandt Parking lot closures cause new problems for students Linkedin Photo courtesy of Martha Cavazos World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printAlthough the students haven’t been selected, TCU Panhellenic will be traveling to Nepal to help build a school next January.Every two years, Panhellenic joins with the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation to work in underdeveloped communities. Next year, 16 sorority women will live with host families in Kathmandu, Nepal, while building the school. Sarah Sullivan, TCU Vice President of Service and Philanthropy for the Panhellenic Executive Board, said she is excited to share her passion for education with the people of Nepal. “I’m hoping that it really just gives them hope for a future,” Sullivan said. “I hope that they’ll utilize what we’re giving and be able to get the most out of it so that it will help them strive for bigger and better things.”Nepal will be TCU Panhellenic’s second trek. Previously, a group of women traveled to Nicaragua in 2016.Meredith Kuykendall, a junior political science major, went on the trek to Nicaragua her freshman year after hearing about the trip through Greek Life. Kuykendall said she was grateful for the opportunity to be involved despite the hard work because of the impact of the group’s efforts. “Usually, we would get straight to work–  shoveling, carrying bricks, laying foundation, walking up and down a really steep incline,” Kuykendall said. “It was a lot of heavy work, so by lunchtime, you were drenched.”The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, started by Ginny Carroll, is an organization designed to remove the barriers to education and promote the significance of education in young girls. Circle of Sisterhood Venngage InfographicsCircle of Sisterhood is teaming up with Build On, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building schools in developing countries, to supply the women with the necessary supplies and resources to build the school. Other preparations include vaccines for the participants and a semester of various training to help the women understand the cultures of Nepal, Sullivan said.TCU Panhellenic is working to fund the cost of supplies for the school as well as food and flights for each of the participants. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for the upcoming trek, TCU Panhellenic is hosting a “Circle of Sisterhood Week” April 9-13. The week consists of fundraising opportunities such as a profit share event Wednesday and the Spring Fair Friday. Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentinacenter_img Corinne Hildebrandt Facebook ReddIt Twitter What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Corinne Hildebrandt TAGSphilanthropysorority + posts Previous articleModel pushes for female empowerment through new book: ‘Healthy is the New Skinny’Next articleWomen’s basketball falls to Indiana in WNIT semifinals Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Episode 211 – NBA Conference Finals Set

first_img Previous articleTCU announces modified spring break, condensed semester to reduce travelNext articleTCU fashion students adjust to a fashion industry changed by COVID-19 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Facebook Twitter TAGSblanket coverageeastern conference finalsjack wallacenba playoffsnoah parkerpodcast TCU News Now 4/28/2021 ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Twitter Jack Wallace printJack and Noah do a quick rundown of Game 7 between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, as well as a look at the Miami Heat starting to dominate the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. We finish with a preview of the Western Conference Finals, where the Los Angeles Lakers await the Nuggets. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Instagram and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Twitter for more updates! + posts Jack Wallace Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Westlast_img read more

Who owns the Media in Mongolia?

first_img Help by sharing this information December 8, 2016 Who owns the Media in Mongolia? MongoliaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure October 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more The results are now available online in Mongolian and English on the MOM Mongolia website and provide transparency about who controls Mongolian news media: “The MOM project clearly shows that transparency obligations for media owners are deficient in Mongolia”, said Munkhmandakh Myagmar, Executive Director of the Press Institute of Mongolia. ”But transparency of ownership structures is the basis for the credibility of the information the public can get. All media outlets should be accountable to their audience, to ensure plurality of content and to serve the interests of Mongolian people.” President of the Board of Reporters Without Borders Germany, Michael Rediske, adds: “MOM results show, that 89 % of the media in Mongolia is not actively transparent about its owners. And for almost half of media companies data on their ownership and finance structure is completely unavailable. This is a worrying sign for the East Asian country. “ Consequently, with insufficient laws to prevent political control over media ownership, Mongolia’s media market is penetrated by political affiliations. The high rate of 74 % of media outlets having political affiliations can endanger not only the freedom and plurality of information of citizens, but also opens doors to manipulate information in this important market. Media is different from any other industry. It presents facts and views that are then subjects of public debates, which in turn shape public opinion. So a high influence of the political world on media and journalists can damage democratic processes and the development of a pluralistic society as a whole.The ownership of a media outlet can be disguised too easily by legal means. Also, in Mongolia there are no regulatory safeguards in place to prevent media concentration and monopolies. Even if media freedom is guaranteed by law, it is not fully implemented. All licensing and registration authorities belong to the government. And the entire State advertisement budget, essential for financing media outlets, is distributed without any rules and regulations.MOM research and interviews with media outlets, media companies and journalists also reveal that journalists face mounting pressures. “When media are used as political or economic instruments by their owners, it puts them in the position of serving the owner’s interests rather than the public”, Munkhmandakh said. These dependencies can also prevent journalists from being neutral and open doors to self-censorship. In addition, Mongolian journalists are generally overworked and underpaid. So it is very common that reporters depend on an extra income and put their profession on sale, producing “Paid Content” as outlined in MOM features “Politics & Friends” and “Big Business & Washed News” on the MOM website. The results also highlight corruption as the biggest problem between politics, business and the media in Mongolia. As a result, editorial independence is limited. “Media laws need to be amended and properly implemented to ensure that professional journalism is really working as the fourth pillar of democracy,” said Rediske. Munkhmandakh added: “Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel with a new generation of journalists and media owners.” “Trust is the currency of media,” she said. “How could journalists and the media check the people in power when they themselves are owned and financed by party people in power ?“Today’s press conference was followed by a panel discussion on the results of MOM Mongolia and the next steps forward, including an Expert input on the topic of “Media Literacy” by Ljiljana Zurovac, Executive Director of the Press Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina. ****The Media Ownership Monitor Mongolia was carried out by Reporters Without Borders in partnership with the Press Institute of Mongolia between September and December 2016. The project studied the legal environment, media concentration and ownership structures of the country’s 39 most popular national media outlets.The Press Institute of Mongolia (PIM) is a well-established non-governmental organization which has been working towards the development of a professional and independent media in Mongolia since its establishment in 1996. Based in Ulaanbaatar, PIM focuses its activities on media training, media research and the provision of information services for the public and media. PIMs research team has implemented more than 70 short and long term research projects on media related issues in Mongolia.MOM is an international project launched by the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It has been carried out in eight countries worldwide, including Turkey, Tunisia, Colombia and Cambodia. It applies a generic methodology for all countries as it looks at ownership and media concentration of the most relevant audio-visual, print and online outlets, which are selected based on audience share. The Project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).Media Contact: Reporters Without Borders GermanyUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink, media relations [email protected] Tel.: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55Media Contact: Press Institute of Mongolia, Ms. Gunjidmaa Gongor, Head of ResearchMobile: 8800 87 87Email: [email protected] News Organisation Mongolia: RSF calls for media reform to tackle corruption MongoliaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure center_img to go further News UN human rights review on Mongolia: RSF urges members to join its call for press freedom reforms Follow the news on Mongolia Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom December 8, 2016 – Only one out of ten Mongolian media outlets is actively transparent about its ownership. A majority of them has political affiliations through their founders and / or owners. This limits the important role of media to act as an independent watchdog for democracy. These are some of the main findings of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research and advocacy project carried out in Mongolia by the Press Institute of Mongolia and Reporters Without Borders over the past three months and presented in Ulaanbaatar today. Campaigns Screenshot : News June 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Newspaper editor badly beaten in an attack that could be linked to his work

first_img News RSF_en Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today called on the Czech authorities to take firm action in response to a violent attack on Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, on 17 January.Nemecek, 30, was sprayed with pepper gas and then kicked and punched in the head by two men men after leaving a shop near his home in Prague. His assailants said nothing and took nothing from him. He was hospitalised with injuries to his head and face, but his condition was not critical. The police have said they are investigating.”The authorities must react with the utmost firmness to this act of violence, which could constitute a direct attack on press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to interior minister Stanislav Gross.”We call on you to ensure that all appropriate resources are deployed to identify and punish those responsible and, at this early stage of the investigation, to not rule out the possibility that the attack was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” the organisation added.Marek Svehla, the weekly’s deputy editor, told Reporters Without Borders: “The attack was obviously prepared, it was obviously against the newspaper.” He said it could have been prompted by several articles that have been published since the start of January about a criminal gang operating in Most and Litvinov, in the north of Bohemia, and the failure of the police to take action.A journalist with the weekly, who did not want to be identified, received a telephone call yesterday from a gang member threatening to attack him if he wrote an article. Svehla voiced scepticism about the ability of the local police to deal with these gangs and said he would like the case to be assigned to a special unit that combats organised crime.The newspaper has also published investigative reports on such sensitive issues as a neo-Nazi group’s racist behaviour towards the Roma in the eastern region of Ostrava, arms trafficking and the privatisation of coals mines in northern Bohemia. Tomas Nemecek, the editor of the weekly Respekt, was the victim of a violent attack on 17 January. His newspaper has written about such sensitive issues as organised crime gangs, neo-Nazi groups and arms trafficking. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia to go further Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Follow the news on Czech Republic Receive email alerts January 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor badly beaten in an attack that could be linked to his work News News Organisation Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 21, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more