Government closes last independent TV station while parliament restricts election coverage

first_img May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News June 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government closes last independent TV station while parliament restricts election coverage May 28, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern about the government’s permanent closure of the main independent TV news station, TVS, and the Duma’s approval on 18 June of amendments to the electoral code that will severely restrict election campaign coverage. BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says The amendments to the electoral code that were adopted by the Duma on 18June were approved by the Council of the Federation on 25 June. They must besigned by President Putin before they can take effect._______Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the government’s permanent closure of the main independent TV news station, TVS, and the Duma’s approval on 18 June of amendments to the electoral code that will severely restrict election campaign coverage.The organisation feared these measures would seriously threaten the diversity and freedom of news coverage, especially in the legislative elections in December 2003 and the presidential elections in March 2004. It therefore called on the Russian Federation’s Council to reject the electoral law amendments when it considers them on 25 June, and it called on the information ministry to explain the closure of a national TV station that was readier than any other to criticise the authorities.The information ministry cited a “management and financial crisis” when it stopped TVS’s broadcasts on 22 June and replaced them with a sports channel. The ministry said “a decision was necessary to protect viewers’ interests and to take account of the legal aspects.” Created on 1 June 2002 in the wake of the controversial liquidation of the independent television channel TV6, TVS was run by a consortium of businessmen who had pledged to ensure that it remained independent. Its staff consisted mainly of former TV6 and NTV employees who lost their jobs in a government-orchestrated takeover by the energy giant Gazprom. Since the start of June, the station had been progressively disconnected from the Moscow-region cable network as a result of its shareholders’ refusal to pay a debt of 8 million dollars in a dispute over a share buyout. A businessman close to the Kremlin, Oleg Deripaska, bought 90 per cent of the shares on 6 June. The station’s journalists, some of who have not been paid for three months, accused shareholders of letting TVS die by not paying its salaries and bills. The amendments passed by the Duma on 18 June on third reading were proposed by the president of the central electoral commission, Alexandre Veshnyakov, as a way to stop politicians commissioning articles that praise certain candidates and denigrate others. The amendments allow the closure of news media that violate the electoral code twice and they ban “electoral propaganda” during the campaign. However, the term “electoral propaganda” is not clearly defined and could be construed as referring to any article mentioning a candidate. This would drastically curtail press coverage during election campaigns and could result in many news media being closed. last_img read more

New City Facility Honored for Sustainable Design and Technology

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  40 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The City Green New City Facility Honored for Sustainable Design and Technology Pasadena Water and Power’s new field operations building has been recognized with a 2011 Sustainable Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 4:43 pm Make a comment Herbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Water and Power’s new field operations building has been recognized with a 2011 Sustainable Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter.The award, received in the category of Innovation in Design – Technology, is the fourth honor bestowed on the sustainably designed building, which opened this year at the City Yards, 245 W. Mountain St.The 31,400-square-foot, two-story building provides a substantially more modern work environment for Pasadena Water and Power employees who previously worked in an antiquated 1930s-era building that was deficient in the areas of heating, cooling, ventilation, fire, life safety and accessibility.The new building saves resources and money by including the following features and accomplishments:* 44 percent increase in water efficiency* 44 percent of power from green sources* 26 percent reduction in site water runoff, and increased soil water retention through the use of permeable concrete paving* Recycled and sustainable building materials, including non-toxic paints, flooring and work station and office/restroom countertops made from recycled milk cartons* 100 percent use of green cleaning products* Green roof-plant materials to reduce heat gain and save energy* Recycling of 97 percent of construction waste* Increased daylight for 97 percent of building occupantsFor its environmental merits, the building also has achieved LEED Gold certification, making it an example of the best green building practices as established by the U.S. Green Building Council.“The Field Operations Building is an example of how the city of Pasadena and our municipal utility are maintaining a high level of commitment to environmental stewardship while doing the right thing by our citizens,” said Mayor Bill Bogaard. “This project exceeds the LEED Silver level certification requirement in our city’s Green Building Ordinance and for that we all can be proud.”The City of Pasadena achieved LEED Gold certification for the seismic upgrade of Pasadena City Hall, completed in 2007, and the renovated Pasadena Convention Center project received LEED Gold certification in 2010.Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, praised the project.“Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of government agencies in that effort, the city of Pasadena demonstrates its leadership through LEED Gold certification of the Pasadena Water and Power Field Operations Building,” he said.The new facility also represents the city’s commitment to superior safety standards. Designed to meet all current seismic safety codes, it features a modern water quality lab and high-tech training and conference rooms.“The investments made in the building will pay off for Pasadena in the form of reduced utility costs and a safer, more efficient working environment,” said Shari Thomas, PWP’s assistant general manager of finance.The project has received three other awards: the 2011 award for excellence in structural engineering for new construction from the National Council of Structural Engineers Association and two architectural accolades from the Pasadena and Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.The project was planned and built through a collaboration of city staff from PWP and the Public Works, Fire and Planning departments. The Pasadena firm of Gonzalez Goodale Architects headed the design efforts.“From conception to design to execution, this building is truly inspired,” said Steve Wright, assistant city engineer in the Public Works Department. “We are so proud to have contributed to a project that makes a real difference in everyday working conditions at Pasadena Water and Power while doing right by the environment.”For more information, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/publicaffairs/ Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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