Archive for May 2nd, 2017

02/05/2017

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

Human Wrongs Watch

By Daniela Pastrana*

MEXICO CITY, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito covered drug trafficking issues in a region of the southern state of Guerrero where criminal groups are extremely powerful.

Mexican photographer Rubén Espinosa places a plaque in honour of Regina Martínez, on Apr. 28, 2015, in the central square of Xalapa, the capital of the southern state of Veracruz, to commemorate the third anniversary of the journalist’s murder. On July 2015, Espinosa was also killed. Credit: Roger López/IPS

Mexican photographer Rubén Espinosa places a plaque in honour of Regina Martínez, on Apr. 28, 2015, in the central square of Xalapa, the capital of the southern state of Veracruz, to commemorate the third anniversary of the journalist’s murder. On July 2015, Espinosa was also killed. Credit: Roger López/IPS

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02/05/2017

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire Appeals to President Trump for Peace Leadership

Human Wrongs Watch

By Peace PeopleTRANSCEND Media Service

1 May 2017 – Mairead Maguire, who visited the women’s peace movements of North and South Korea last year with 30 international women from around the world, made the following appeal to President Trump and the U.S. administration:

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“The people of North and South Korea want peace and they want a peace treaty.  They do not want their country to be bombed or their government to bomb others. 

“Having visited both North and South Korea last year and walked with thousands and thousands of Korean women, North and South, I am convinced that peace is possible and what is needed is the political will of all parties to the conflict to dialogue and for negotiations to move from a Korean armistice to a Korean Peace Treaty.

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02/05/2017

Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Abused by Authorities and Corporations

Human Wrongs Watch

The rights of indigenous peoples are being abused by authorities and corporations that want access to their land and the resources – such as petrol – that l beneath it, the United Nations expert on the issue on 1 May 2017 said on the sidelines of the 2017 session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, currently under way in New York.

Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

02/05/2017

‘Fake News’ is not Journalism…

Human Wrongs Watch

By Irina Bokov*

PARIS, May 1 2017 (IPS) – Would you trust your news from any source? How are we able to ensure that ‘fake’(d) news does not overtake the flow of information?

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Irina Bokova. © Yulian Donov

Journalism plays a vital role for society, bringing verifiable news and informed comment to the public.

Every day, the news provides a basis for dialogue and debate, and to make informed decisions on the issues that affect us.

It helps us build our identity and, as global citizens, better understand the world around us; it contributes to meaningful changes towards a better future.

Today, however, news producers face many challenges. In-depth and fact-checked news is being overshadowed by shared media content that is all too often far from this standard. On social media in particular, collecting clicks and being first reign supreme over properly verified news and comment.

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02/05/2017

Trolling of Women Journalists Threatens Free Press

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NEW DELHI, May 1 2017 (IPS) – “It’s not what you say that prompts it—it’s the fact that you are saying it,” says Mary Beard, a Cambridge University classics professor about online trolling. “If you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It is the many ways that men have silenced outspoken women since the days of the ancients.”

Shammi Haque, a Dhaka blogger known as a courageous advocate for free expression and secularism, received death and rape threats. Credit: Center for Inquiry

Shammi Haque, a Dhaka blogger known as a courageous advocate for free expression and secularism, received death and rape threats. Credit: Center for Inquiry

Women professionals in many countries across Asia and the Pacific have increased their number in the newsrooms, according to a study, but they still represent only three out of ten news staff.

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02/05/2017

“World Domestic Politics”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung* 

1 May 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Weltinnenpolitik, was the brilliant formula minted in 1963 by Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker; nuclear physicist with a dubious career in the Nazi period, philosopher, peace activist, and believing Christian.

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Johan Galtung

The world seen as one polity, one political unit.  Not in terms of two levels, the world and the states–canonized as members of the UN–with domestic policies, and “foreign” policies.

“World domestic politics” calls for a world with neither states nor regions but the world as the polity. With LAs, local authorities, but basically with 7 billion+ humans, endowed with human rights and democracy.

A single shiny word, making many think and speak differently. Akin to all formulas giving rise to a number of problematic questions; one more proof of how fruitful this formula was and is.

Thus, how can that one world polity organize political, cultural, military and economic power?  Brief, preliminary answers:

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