Sustained crackdown on independent reporting in Morocco

first_img Help by sharing this information Media freedom has been in retreat in the past few months in Morocco, as the kingdom’s authorities have cracked down on journalists and three government bills that could improve the legislative environment for the media have stalled in parliament. Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News News News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more March 5, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sustained crackdown on independent reporting in Morocco Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists to go further Officials have above all been putting pressure on the press to ensure that “sensitive” subjects are not covered in a free and independent manner.One of the most spectacular examples of this crackdown was the deportation on 16 February of French journalists Jean-Louis Perez and Pierre Chautard, who were doing a report for France 3 on the economic and social situation in Morocco four years after the “Moroccan Spring.”Before seizing their video recordings and putting them on a flight to Paris, the authorities “arrested” them at the headquarters of Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH), one of the country’s leading human rights NGOs, which the interior ministry has accused of “undermining the actions of the security forces.” This operation was carried by about 20 police officers and representatives of the Rabat wilaya (regional government), who injured an activist as they stormed into the AMDH’s headquarters.In a release following the raid, Reporters Without Borders condemned this disgraceful act of censorship and urged the authorities to return the confiscated video material.In January, a France 24 crew was prevented from filming a programme in the series “Hadith Al Awassim” (Debated in Capital Cities) in an auditorium it had rented in Rabat. Accompanied by police officers, an interior ministry official arrived and ordered the journalists to cut short the filming of the programme (entitled “Can we laugh about everything?”). He also confiscated the video footage they had recorded, returning it the next day after viewing it.Without giving any explanation, the authorities prevented an international conference on investigative journalism from being held in a Rabat hotel on 22 January on the initiative of Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Journalists and experts from Morocco, France, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and other countries, as well as Moroccan communication minister Mustapha El Khalfi, were to have taken part but, on the eve of the conference, the interior ministry gave the hotel’s management verbal instructions to prevent it from taking place.As a result, the organizers had to change the venue and hold the conference at the AMDH’s headquarters without the minister.Sahrawi journalist Mahmod Al-Lhaissan was released provisionally on 25 February, eight months after his arrest in El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara (a territory controlled by Morocco since 1975) but is still facing trial on charges of participating in an “armed gathering,” obstructing a public thoroughfare, attacking officials while they were on duty, and damaging public property.Lhaissan is a reporter for a TV station operated by the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi pro-independence movement backed by Algeria. According to local NGOs, he was arrested because of his coverage of Sahrawi demonstrations after an Algeria-Germany World Cup match on 30 June that quickly took on a pro-independence character. His coverage drew attention to the force used by the Moroccan police to disperse demonstrators.Meanwhile, the three media reform bills – on “press and publishing,” the “status of professional journalists” and the “National Press Council” – that the communication ministry unveiled on 18 October have yet to be adopted by parliament.In its comments on the reform package in November, Reporters Without Borders noted that the abolition of prison sentences for most media offences (but not insulting the king or religion or “endangering” territorial integrity) was one of its most innovative aspects.But journalists fear that disproportionate and exorbitant fines will replace prison terms, and are calling for changes to the legislative package.“The provisions on the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and defamation proceedings are a big step forward but they need to be tightened and reinforced in order to constitute effective guarantees,” Reporters Without Borders said. June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Are you a mentor?

first_img 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     At every workshop I do with experienced credit union leaders I ask for a show of hands, “Are you currently mentoring someone?”The results are surprising––and somewhat disheartening! In a room with 50 participants, the average response is about 2 to 3 hands. I also ask aspiring CU leaders if they have a mentor; the response is about the same. Year after year, workshop after workshop the results are woefully consistent.I usually ask the question after showing a slide citing a Stanford University Study. This study revealed the most pressing professional development needs identified by leaders today. Here’s what’s on the slide:
“Another critical area of development for CEOs was mentoring skills––developing internal talent.”ANOTHER critical area? I lose my mind every time I show this slide…Another?What is more important than developing the people you serve, particularly in the area of leadership? Put another way––how much can you accomplish by yourself?No leader operates as a lone wolf. In fact, the very definition of “leadership” rests on your ability to coordinate, inspire and provide guidance to other people. Your effectiveness as a leader depends entirely on your capacity to cultivate the talents and abilities of the people you serve and your ability to inspire their best efforts.Your power as a leader, that is your ability to get things done grows in direct proportion to how much you empower others. And there is no method more powerful in developing new talent than mentoring.In my “8 STRATEGIES for EFFECTIVE LEADERS,” number 7 is: “Be a dedicated teacher, coach, and mentor.” That’s what the idea of THE SENSEI LEADER is all about. The word “Sensei” is used in the martial arts world to designate a teacher. The most effective leaders are those who understand that leadership is sharing. You share leadership by teaching––helping others develop. The most direct way to help an aspiring leader develop is by serving as a mentor.One argument I hear is that no individual leader, especially the CEO, can possibly commit the time required for effective mentoring to everyone in the organization.First of all, please note that I do not ask how many people you’re mentoring––I simply ask if you’re mentoring anyone! I fully acknowledge that mentoring is an intimate process. I cannot imagine anyone capable of mentoring more than one or two people effectively at any one time––unless mentoring is your full-time job.Mentoring is a very personal relationship. You should choose someone who you feel would benefit from your interest and wisdom, and someone who will be responsive to your personal and professional style.For most leaders, the most important person you should be mentoring is your potential successor!Now believe me, when we discuss this in workshops there are any number of reasons someone might be hesitant to groom a replacement. These reasons are understandable, but they are shortsighted. I’d go one step further to say that unless you’re grooming your replacement, you’re simply not doing your job.In a good culture, the type of culture I find in most CUs, there should be no worries. Training your replacement should not constitute a threat to your position. If you’re an effective leader in a strong organization, they’re not going to move you out––they’re going to move you up!Training the next leader assures that you can explore new opportunities knowing you’re leaving your organization, your department or your team in good hands.So how to find someone you can mentor…It’s not complicated.First of all, someone may be looking for YOU!Who is asking the most questions?Who seems most engaged and most interested in what you’re doing?Who has expressed the most interest in advancement?Who is acting before they’re asked? Demonstrating positive autonomy?Who is taking the most advantage of training opportunities?Who most embodies your vision and sense of purpose?Who shows the most character, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skill?Of course, you must still weigh professional competency. Knowledge in one’s domain is crucial for leadership, however, bear in mind that it is far easier to bring someone up to speed in technical areas than in character development or soft skills.Finally, be sure this is someone you trust. You will be sharing your knowledge, wisdom, and experience on a deep level. You certainly do not want to enter a mentoring relationship with someone who will abuse your trust and confidence.Once you identify someone you truly feel you can help, then simply ask. You don’t need to be intrusive or patronizing, just express your recognition of their potential and offer to share what you can to help them reach their goals.Tom Peters wrote:“Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.”That’s what it’s all about. Mr. Peters most definitely understands the meaning of “Sensei!”center_img Vision: To promote … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Jakarta to closely monitor COVID-19 transmission as PSBB end date draws near

first_imgAnies vowed to closely monitor the positivity rate during the final days of the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period, which ends on Aug. 27.It is the second time Anies has warned the public to exercise extra caution since Jakarta began relaxing restrictions on June 4.He first issued a warning on July 12, hinting at a reinstatement of stricter PSBB measures after the city recorded its highest number of daily cases.The COVID-19 positivity rate – the percentage of those tested who are found to be infected – in the city over the past three weeks is 8.9 percent, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said, above the 5 percent threshold set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for relaxing restrictions. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is once again considering pulling the emergency brake to stop the gradual reopening of the economy as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar in the capital city.The city recorded 565 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 31,162 with 9,047 active cases and 1,046 deaths. On Tuesday, Jakarta recorded 505 new COVID-19 cases. It has now reclaimed the status as the country’s epicenter of virus transmission, passing East Java, which had recorded 28,551 cases as of Tuesday.“I advise all residents to continue to wear a mask at all times. If you have any ailments, please report it to us and we will conduct a medical test,” Anies said on Monday. “About the emergency brake and so forth, we will monitor [the situation] for a few days ahead.” Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said restrictions could be reimposed if cases continued to soar and the city’s positivity rate reached above 10 percent, among other indicators.”There are a lot of indicators. For example, if the [positivity] rate is substandard, an emergency brake policy may be enacted […] A positivity rate above 5 percent is alarming, while above 10 percent is considered dangerous,” he said on Monday.But Riza said transmission was still manageable, pointing to the 1.09 reproduction number, a measure of many new infections each case generates. Jakarta’s reproduction number has remained stable at between 0.9 and 1.13 since the beginning of the outbreak.Read also: Indonesia’s R0, explainedRiza also said the city’s health facilities remained adequate to accommodate new patients, although occupancy rates were recorded at 65 percent for isolation beds and 67 percent for intensive care beds last Thursday.The city health agency previously said the figure indicated a “very critical condition”, as more than half of the bed capacity was used on a daily basis.Experts see Jakarta as being caught between a rock and a hard place: removing restrictions may restart the economy, but will also put public health at stake.The city experienced its worst economic growth in the past decade during the second quarter of this year, down 8.22 percent from the same period last year, the latest report from the Jakarta Statistics Agency show. As businesses have suffered, so have people’s incomes, with Jakarta’s household expenditure recording negative 5.23 percent year-on-year growth that could see it “longer be an economic driver in Jakarta”, the report stated.Anies previously said that to keep the economy running, the city must first and foremost curb the outbreak to help consumer spending recover.“[Curbing the spread of COVID-19] is key to restarting the economy. Unless we strive to contain the outbreak seriously, efforts to get the economy up and running will always face obstacles,” Anies said in a virtual meeting with media leaders last week.Anies also said the pandemic could drag on in the capital if COVID-19 testing disparities between Jakarta and its surrounding cities persisted, describing the transmission as a ping pong ball that could bounce all over the place if people did not protect themselves.Read also: Testing disparity looms over Greater Jakarta’s efforts to break chain of transmissionIndonesian Public Health Expert Association (IAKMI) chairman Ede Surya Darmawan said public health was a responsibility shared by neighboring local administrations, as well as the central government. He expected greater intervention to come from the central government if local administrations failed to control transmission.Should Jakarta decide to return to the strict PSBB measures, the city and the central government must first resolve the problems that have hindered the distribution of social aid, such as poor targeting.“If [Jakarta] decides to pull the brake now, I fear the [authorities] will be unprepared. They need to prepare while continuing to improve testing and tracing,” Ede said.Some 2.4 million Jakarta households financially impacted by the pandemic and have now registered as social aid recipients. The number of recipient households accounts for more than half the total number of households in the city.University of Indonesia epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko urged the city to reimpose stricter restrictions in Jakarta’s COVID-19 red zones and high risk areas.On Sunday, three out of Jakarta’s five municipalities were classified as red zones.“Too many people have underestimated [the disease] and ignored their safety. But the responsibility to enforce health protocols and improve discipline among people lies in the hands of the city administration,” Tri said.center_img Topics :last_img read more