Two bloggers banned from criticising politician accused of embezzlement

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more November 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers banned from criticising politician accused of embezzlement to go further Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News Two bloggers in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso, economist Adriana Vandoni and lawyer Enock Cavalcanti, were ordered by judge Pedro Sakamoto on 10 November to withdraw all comments from their blogs (www.prosaepolitica.com.br and paginadoenock.com.br) that were “offensive” to José Riva, the president of the Mato Grosso legislative assembly.The judge also told them they could be fined up to 1,000 reais (390 euros) a day if they posted any new criticism of Riva.Riva is nonetheless a politician who is worthy of comment. The head of a major financial empire and regarded as one of the most powerful people in the state, he is currently the target of more than 100 lawsuits for alleged embezzlement and 17 other actions for alleged criminal association.“This is a serious violation of free expression as the two bloggers just voiced their opinions, which is not a crime,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Preventive censorship violates the principles of the 1988 democratic constitution. We urge the federal authorities to take a position on this matter and to put a stop to such unacceptable forms of harassment by politicians, even those that support the government.”This kind of censorship above all affects cities in the interior of the country, where there are fewer and less powerful newspapers and where the Internet is one of the few public arenas where people can express their views freely, or at least try to. Court censorship is an effective method of financial pressure, as it is costly for defendants to hire a lawyer in order to appeal. Time passes and the censorship remains.This case recalls the preventive censorship to which the O Estado de São Paulo daily has been subject since 31 July, when it was forbidden to publish any reports about alleged corruption cases involving Fernando Sarney, a businessman who is the son of former President José Sarney, the current senate speaker.In a press release on 5 October, Reporters Without Borders condemned the case’s transfer to a court in Maranhão state, whose governor is Fernando Sarney’s sister. This preventive censorship measure has been in force for 118 days without anyone in the government making any comment about it. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img BrazilAmericas Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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FDA claims progress on food protection plan

first_imgJul 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years. The agency has conducted “incident command system” training courses and has developed a farm investigation course, which was held in February, for federal, state, and international investigators. FDA food protection plan 6-month summary See also: “Implementing the strategic approaches outlined in the plan is essential if we are to enhance our ability to respond and intervene in foodborne outbreaks,” said FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, in a press release today. “But there is much more that needs to be done. We are hopeful that Congress will support these efforts by providing the proposed new authorities that we requested in the Food Protection Plan.” Also, the FDA is seeking feedback on a variety of food safety proposals, including outreach activities and pet-food labeling and safety standards. Other prevention areas the FDA plans to address include modifying food safety guidelines for leafy greens and melons, updating Good Agricultural Practices, issuing a final rule on Salmonella enteritidis contamination of shell eggs, and modernizing Good Manufacturing Practices for human food. In 2007, the FDA launched a Tomato Safety Initiative to explore problems associated with Salmonella contamination in tomatoes. The agency said it has completed its review of growing areas in Virginia and central Florida and is now analyzing the information so that it can report its findings. The agency plans to hire and train at least 161 new full-time food inspectors. Also, it is seeking feedback on a plan to allow third-party certification programs to ensure that imported food meets FDA requirements. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for mandatory recall power” The agency said it has made progress with China and Vietnam on food and import safety issues and has also reached out to India and Jordan. It has also met with a host of other countries on rapid response and other food safety issues. Among technical accomplishments, the FDA said it has developed an assay to gauge the stability of two bioterrorism agents in high-risk foods and has published a study on the microbiological load of bagged, ready-to-eat produce. Intervention initiativesThe FDA said it has beefed up inspections at a facility that produces low-acid canned foods (LACF), because of concerns about botulism. The measure resulted in a recall after inspectors found viable Clostridium botulinum spores. In view of the findings, the agency said it is considering targeting more LACF facilities.. Also, the FDA has asked states to apply for funding to establish rapid response teams. Six states will receive cooperative agreements for this purpose in 2008, and three more will receive them in the 2009 fiscal year.center_img The 8-page report, available on the FDA’s Web site, covers a wide range of action items, from efforts to solicit stakeholder comments to research on how to assess produce contamination risks. Progress assessments are grouped under prevention, intervention, and response sections. In each category the FDA also lists steps it plans in the future. Jul 2 FDA press release Yesterday during the FDA’s update on the Salmonella outbreak investigation, David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods, said many producers and distributors still use paper records, which have slowed the trace-back investigation. He told reporters that electronic records would enhance traceability. Some lawmakers have charged that the FDA has been too slow in implementing the food safety plan. For their part, FDA officials have said Congress has failed to grant the FDA authorities it has requested in the plan, such as the ability to require food recalls. Based on President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, the FDA said it would conduct 327 more state contract food inspections than were completed this year and that its regulatory affairs office will conduct an additional 20,000 food import field exams. The status report comes as the FDA is fielding criticism over its handling of the investigation of a massive Salmonella outbreak thought to be linked to fresh tomatoes or some other ingredient commonly served in combination with tomatoes. When the FDA released its food protection plan in November, it emphasized that the strategy reflects a risk-based approach to improving safety. The new report says the FDA has established a risk-based steering committee to ensure that the plan adheres to that approach. Ramping up response capacityAcknowledging that better trace-back capabilities are needed to speed responses to foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA said it has initiated discussions with industry and other stakeholders on current traceability models and how to identify beset practices for the process. “There have been changes in both the food industry and in the science of food safety that indicate a need for modernization,” the report says. Prevention plans move forwardThe FDA said it is working with state and local partners to develop a strategy for implementing the food safety plan and that a 50-state meeting will be held in St Louis from Aug 12 to 14 to collaborate and plan future food safety initiatives. On the technical front, the FDA said it has developed a rapid detection system, using flow cytometry, to identify Escherichia coli and Salmonella in food and that the system is already being used in poultry processing facilities. FDA microbiologists trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Salmonella reference laboratory on a new molecular method, purchased for many of the FDA’s labs, for rapidly identifying Salmonella strains. Jul 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source”last_img read more

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No. 4 Syracuse field hockey avoids upset with 3 2nd-half goals in win over Bucknell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 After trailing 2-1 to unranked Bucknell (4-6, 1-1 Patriot League) at the half, No. 4 Syracuse (10-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) surged back with three second-half goals to secure a 4-3 victory in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday. SU junior back Lies Lagerweij led the charge for SU with two goals in the second frame.Although the Orange narrowly avoided an upset, it dominated play, outshooting the Bison 20-8. Syracuse goalie Regan Spencer had a quiet day, registering two saves. Bucknell goalie Emily Finn came up with 11 saves to thwart the Orange.Syracuse started the game slow, allowing a goal off a Bucknell corner 3:54 into the first half. The Orange tied the game at one with 48 seconds left in the opening half when Serra Degnan picked up a loose ball following an Emma Lamison shot. But 17 seconds later, Bucknell answered with a rebound goal of its own to head into halftime with a 2-1 lead.Lamison got Syracuse on the right track to start the second half with a blast from the top right to tie the game at two. From there, Lagerweij paced Syracuse with two key goals late.Bucknell found the back of the net in the closing seconds of a half again when it converted on a corner with 24 seconds left in the game. But Syracuse was able to hold on to get the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will next host No. 3 Duke (9-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) on Friday at 5 p.m. Commentslast_img read more

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