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RSF Report: The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Malta’s deteriorating press freedom climate

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first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more MaltaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence Receive email alerts Related documents rapport_2019_v4.pdfPDF – 5.25 MB RSF_en Chapter One outlines the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, background on her courageous investigative journalism, and implications for the safety of journalists and press freedom across Europe. Chapter Two examines the flawed police investigation that followed, and where things currently stand. Chapter Three explores the magisterial inquiry and police interference that has risked compromising it. Chapter Four describes the broader state of press freedom and journalism in Malta, including extensive online trolling, a continued dehumanization campaign, and threats against the press. Chapter Five outlines key reactions and findings of international bodies, and Chapter Six delves into the crucial and urgent need for a public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s assassination. News News Organisation At the end of the report, RSF and The Shift have set out a series of recommendations to the Maltese authorities and the international community to ensure full justice is carried out. Crucially, a fully independent and impartial public inquiry must be established without further delay – a step which will require greater political pressure from international organisations such as the Council of Europe, as well as countries with strong bilateral relations with Malta, including the United Kingdom. On 16 October 2017, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated by a car bomb that detonated near her home in Bidnija, Malta – an act that was previously unthinkable in an EU state. Caruana Galizia was the country’s most prominent journalist, known for her courageous investigative reporting exposing official corruption in Malta and beyond, including her reporting on the Panama Papers. RSF and The Shift have co-authored this report to examine the circumstances surrounding Caruana Galizia’s assassination, the flawed investigation that followed, the international reaction to date, and the next steps urgently needed to ensure full justice is carried out without further delay. This report has been developed under a project funded by the Justice for Journalists Foundation. February 24, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Follow the news on Malta October 14, 2019 – Updated on October 15, 2019 RSF Report: The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Malta’s deteriorating press freedom climate News Help by sharing this information MaltaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF and The Shift remain committed to the pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia until every person involved in the planning and carrying out of this heinous attack – including the masterminds – are brought to justice. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Read the report A full two years on, there has still been no justice for this heinous assassination, which has shed light on broader systemic failings with regard to Malta’s press freedom climate, rule of law, and democratic checks and balances. Over the course of two years, Malta has experienced one of the world’s sharpest declines on Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF’s) World Press Freedom Index, falling 30 places to a current ranking of 77thout of 180 countries. Journalists continuing to pursue public interest investigative reporting in Malta remain at great risk, and citizen journalists and activists who remain vigilant in the campaign for justice are subjected to pressure and abuse. Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia to go furtherlast_img read more

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A call for reducing fluoride levels in drinking water

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first_img Read Full Story Controversy over fluoride levels in drinking water in Massachusetts has made headlines in recent months as Cambridge, Gloucester, Newburyport, and other towns in Massachusetts relook at the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water to reduce dental caries (cavities). Some of the controversy between scientists, dental professionals, anti-fluoride activists, town officials, and others in Massachusetts and across the U.S. might be reduced if the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal for lowering fluoride levels in U.S. drinking water was finalized, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher.“I know that [the Department of] Health and Human Services in Washington has recommended that [U.S. communities] decrease the level of fluoride in water from 1.0 part per million to 0.7 parts per million. I think we ought to do that right away,” Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health, said on WBUR’s Radio Boston on February 5, 2015.Close to 75% of the U.S. population receives drinking water containing 0.7-1.2 parts per million (ppm) fluoride to prevent tooth decay, levels that were based on recommendations from the federal government made more than four decades ago. The decision to add fluoride to a water supply is made by local or state governments.last_img read more

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World’s 1st Converted FLNG Vessel Named

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first_imgKeppel Shipyard, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, hosted a naming ceremony on July 2 for the world’s first converted Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG.The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo and is about to be delivered to its owner following three years of conversion work at Keppel.“By combining our expertise from a variety of complex offshore conversion projects and our capabilities in executing LNG-related EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects, we are able to offer innovative and reliable floating liquefaction solutions to meet the growing midstream needs of the LNG industry,“ Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M said.“Compared to newbuilds, converted FLNGVs are significantly more cost-effective and faster to market, without compromising safety and processing capabilities. With the experience gained from this first FLNGV conversion project, we are in a unique position to provide customers with reliable end-to-end solutions for the EPC and commissioning of FLNGV as well as FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) conversions.”Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 m3. Sponsons were added on both sides of the hull to house the topside equipment comprising of pre-treatment systems, four PRICO® single mixed refrigerant liquefaction trains, boil-off gas compression and offloading equipment. The Hilli Episeyo is designed for a liquefaction capacity of about 2.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum.“Being at its final leg towards completion, Hilli Episeyo represents a game changer in the LNG industry with its fast track, low cost project execution. The development of this FLNGV positions us as forerunners in providing offshore liquefaction solutions to meet the growing demand for liquefied natural gas,” Oscar Spieler, CEO of Golar LNG said.With the global push towards cleaner energy, demand for natural gas is expected to increase significantly. FLNGV solutions enable operators to overcome the geographic, technical and economic limitations of developing natural gas resources located in marginal fields while FSRUs help reach consumers in remote areas.Upon its completion, the FLNGV will be put in operation offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA, and will be the first FLNGV project in Africa.Video Courtesy: Youtube/Anbu Lovelast_img read more

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants more bravery after Norwich draw

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first_img Despite Danny Ings’ first goal for the club after coming on at half-time the Reds could not hang on to their advantage with Russell Martin equalising after a mistake by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, as the Norwich man made a mockery of spending the morning with his wife who gave birth to their third child in Norfolk It was a second successive poor performance at home after the 3-0 defeat to West Ham and with this game signalling the start of four Anfield games in 11 days Rodgers knows they have to start making their home advantage count. “We have got these four games here to get our performance level to where we want them to be,” he said. “Anfield is it is a real special place to play. You have to have courage and bravery to play here. “There is a great history but embrace it. You have to play positive football. “There was a feeling of anxiety when I came in. We made it a fortress. Now we are having to build it again. “I am disappointed and frustrated with the result but I thought the second half there were more signs of fluency and creativity. “We were a bit static when we had the ball in decent positions, the movement in front of the ball wasn’t what we would like. “Second half we freed ourselves up. Danny Ings came on and was outstanding, his ability running in behind was there to see. “It was important to get the first goal, we did, but lost our concentration for their goal. Press Association “We lost concentration and Russell Martin hooks it in so that shouldn’t happen.” On the positive front Daniel Sturridge returned after more than five months out after a hip operation while the displays of Ings and wing-back Alberto Moreno, making his first start of the season, were encouraging. Much has been pinned on the significance of Sturridge’s comeback but Rodgers cautioned expecting too much, too soon. “He is a way off full fitness. His presence and stature will give us something. It is about building his fitness. There is no pressure on him to do that,” he added. Norwich boss Alex Neil was happy with the result, which could have been even better had Mignolet not redeemed himself somewhat with a good save from Matt Jarvis. “I am pleased. Not just with the result, I thought the performance was good,” he said. “We were brave, tried to put our foot on the ball. You need to ride your luck and rely on your goalkeeper, who made some great saves but we could have nicked it at the end when Matt Jarvis had his chance. “I thought we deserved a draw.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side have to play with more bravery at home after another Anfield disappointment. last_img read more

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78-year-old man arrested after fatally shooting a woman

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first_imgA 78-year-old man is now facing murder charges after he fatally shot a 74-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself.The incident was reported around 8:30 am at a home in the 6800 block of Fairway Lakes Drive.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported that when officials arrived at the home, the victim was already dead of an apparent gunshot wound.The suspect Morris Samit, suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound and was then taken to a hospital for treatment. Upon his release, Samit was then transported to a local jail where he was charged with homicide.While the victim’s family is aware of the incident, authorities are unable to publicly release her name because the family signed a form preventing the release of certain details in the case.last_img

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