June 12, 2020 Find out more May 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Electoral law change not enough, concern about draft broadcasting law February 1, 2018 Find out more Organisation News to go further November 18, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment Article 82 of the electoral law, which contained controversial provisions affecting the media, was modified at the request of President Evo Morales before he promulgated it on 27 May, but the changes did not go far enough and the article needs further revision.Under the original version of the article, candidates in the elections that choose judges to head four special national courts were banned from giving interviews to the media and from expressing their views in the media or in public forums. The amended version lifts the ban on the candidates but still bans the media from publishing their views. These posts are due to be elected for the first time on 16 October.“President Morales took the right decision when he requested a revision of Article 82 in an attempt to end the controversy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Unfortunately, the controversy continues. It is contradictory to allow the candidates to express themselves freely while continuing to ban the media from publishing or broadcasting any opinion pieces about the candidates or giving the candidates space to express their views or present their programmes.“This means that candidates for senior judicial posts will have the right to speak in the media but the media will not have the right to allow them to speak. Such a contradiction is unsustainable. It also violates the Bolivian constitution and Inter-American jurisprudence, which rule out any form of blanket censorship.”The government has asked the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to resolve the outstanding issues when it drafts regulations implementing the electoral law, but this is not a satisfactory solution either.“It is the Electoral Tribunal’s job to oversee polling and vote counting,” Reporters Without Borders added. “It would be exceeding its role if it started setting rules for media coverage during the campaign preceding the elections, especially as it is one of the state institutions involved in the elections. It would be acting as judge and plaintiff at the same time. Another modification of Article 82 is the simplest and fairest solution. There is still time.”Government broadcasting via “cadena” Parliament is now considering a draft telecommunications law that will above all regulate the allocation of broadcast frequencies to radio and TV stations. But one of its clauses would allow the government to force all the broadcast media to form a network, known in nearby Venezuela as a “cadena,” to carry presidential speeches live.Reporters Without Borders usually supports any legislation, such as Argentina’s SCA law, that will result in a fairly apportioned media landscape and corrects excessive concentration of ownership. But we firmly oppose inappropriate use of government messages to disrupt media programming in what is, at bottom, a veiled form of censorship.“Cadenas” are dangerous if their content, duration and frequency are not strictly regulated. Such regulation is lacking in Ecuador, where public announcements, known as “cadenas,” apply to all radio and TV stations during the week. Presidential speeches, known in Ecuador as “enlaces,” are broadcast on Saturdays and the media can choose whether or not to carry them.In Venezuela, the term “cadena” is used for the long and frequent presidential speeches that all of the over-the-air TV stations and some cable TV stations are obliged to carry live. This monopolizing of the airwaves has just served to exacerbate the media war and polarization in Venezuela.Reporters Without Borders is of the view that presidential addresses should not be carried on more than one – state-owned – TV station, while obligatory broadcasting of government messages should in accordance with the nature and importance of each message. There is even less justification for a system of “cadenas” if fair and pluralist broadcasting legislation is adopted that grants equal status to the three categories of media – state-owned, privately-owned and community. RSF_en News BoliviaAmericas Follow the news on Bolivia Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts BoliviaAmericas Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile News News
Derby Green in Derby, Vermont, is a small, 23 bed nursing home with a big, positive reputation that grows with every passing year. And that reputation recently grew again on May 17th when the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (D.A.I.L) awarded the home with it eighth Quality Award since the department first awarded the honor in 1999. No other nursing home in the state has earned this prestigious award so many times.On August 25 Lisa Bolhman, the director of Derby Green, accepted a check for $11,476.91 from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living as a result of the long-term care home earning its eighth Quality Award. Left to right: Claudio Fort, President and CEO of North Country Hospital; Kathy Austin, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors; Fran Keeler, the director of Licensing and Protection; Lisa Bohlman; Susan Wehry, the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; Paula Ducharme, RN, the Director of Nursing at Derby Green; Bill Perkett, Vice President of Hurman Resources at North Country; and Andre Bissonnette, Vice President of Finance at North Country.‘It is quite an honor to win this award for the last 5 years in a row and a total of 8 times since the award has been given,’ Lisa Bohlman said. ‘This award is not easily achieved and it takes work to continue to receive it each year. We could not have won this award without the dedication and commitment of each person in each department here at Derby Green.’ Bohlman is the administrator of the home which is located on Route 5 in Derby.The recent honor was bestowed upon Derby Green at the Gold Star Conference held at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The award was given by Susan Wehry, the commissioner of DAIL, and Fran Keeler, the director of the Division of Licensing and Protection. Bohlman and Paula Ducharme R.N., the director of director of nursing services at Derby Green, accepted the award. Then on August 25 Susan Wehry and Fran Keeler traveled to the long-term care home in Derby to award them a check for $11,476.91 for their dedication to patient care.Also at the conference Derby Green, which employs 29 workers, was honored with the Gold Star Employer Award. This program is implemented through DAIL and the Vermont Health Care Association. To earn this honor, Derby Green proved it had implemented ‘best practices’ for retention and recruitment of employees. Derby Green was awarded this honor every year between 2005 and 2011.I am so proud of my staff and the quality care they give to each of our residents each day throughout the year,’ Bohlman said. ‘Working at a nursing home is not for everyone, it takes someone who genuinely cares for the residents.
The Croatian National Tourist Board is organizing the second continuation of the well-received promotional campaign “Visit Slavonia, Share Slavonia”. It is a promotion focused on blogs and social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so Slavonia, its tourist sites, customs and delicacies will be experienced by world-famous bloggers and influencers from Germany, Poland, Great Britain, France, Macedonia from September 3 to 8. and Croatia, while two bloggers come from Australia and Japan. Slavonian tourist boards and the Zagreb Tourist Board, where influencers began their stay in Croatia, are participating in the project.”After a great campaign in which promotional posts related to Slavonia were seen and followed on a daily basis by more than a million fans around the world, we decided to bring popular influencers and bloggers to our Slavonia in those parts that were not included in the first part of the campaign. . In this way, we bring the Croatian continental offer closer to the world, especially Slavonia, which has great potential for the development of year-round tourism.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the quality promotion of the continental tourist offer will continue, especially in the pre- and post-season periods. The entire project will be implemented on social media under the hashtag #VisitSlavonia and #ShareSlavonia, and the entire trip and stay of the blogger in Slavonia will be broadcast live on the social networks of the CNTB. “An additional promotional significance of the project lies in the fact that all bloggers, in addition to travel topics, specialize in other topics such as eno-gastronomy, culture, fashion or photography.. ”They conclude from the CNTB.More about the program and bloggers In the program “Visit Slavonia, Share Slavonia” je Sophia Giesecke, sanjarica, globetrotterica, designer and blogger. He is originally from China and Vietnam, and her second home is New York where she studied fashion design, and one of her bosses was the world-famous designer Alexander Wang. Her blog is widely read around the world, she is an inspiration to young girls and imposes new trends in travel and fashion. He is coming to Slavonia again Wojciech Tylus from Poland, who together with his wife edits the blog CroLove, which is completely dedicated to Croatia and which receives more than 150.000 visits on a weekly basis. The authors of the blog also have a large number of fans on social networks where they promote the best of Croatia, which they consider their second home, and perhaps a future permanent address. From France a couple arrives Arthur i Clear, who edit a very popular blog Les Droners they are also very active on the social network Instagram. These likeable Frenchmen for their blog and love of travel say it has become their way of life. In creating attractive photos and videos, the drone is also used Japanese blogger Yuya Matsuo, who has been to Croatia several times. So far, he has toured 27 European countries, loves photography, and shares his work with more than 300.000 fans who follow him on social media and his blog simply called Yuya Matsuo. The travel program started yesterday at Zagreb where bloggers, accompanied by a guide, got acquainted with the history and sights of the Croatian capital. A five-day stay in Slavonia begins today at Virovitica-Podravina County where the program includes a tour of the Papuk Nature Park and the Jankovec picnic area and a trip to the Visitor Center “Dravska priča” in Noskovačka Dubrava. A bicycle tour along the EuroVelo 13 route and a visit to the Rupnica site, the first geological natural monument in Croatia, are also planned. The program of the second day of stay in Slavonia includes a visit and a tour Požega-Slavonia County, where bloggers will have the opportunity to see the camp Duboka, which is located on the edge of the Papuk Nature Park in Velika. A tour of the Kutjevo winery with wine tasting, a tour of Požega with an expert tourist guide and a visit to the tourist attraction Corn Labyrinth, which is located in Viškovci, halfway between Pleternica and Požega, are also planned. During the third day of their stay in Slavonia, the blogging team will visit Brod-Posavina County, where they will enjoy various activities such as horseback riding on the Ramarin ranch, wine tasting as part of the Opođa Peasant Household, and a tour of the Brod Fortress, the eco-ethno village of Stara Kapela, as well as the significant landscape of Gajno. The program also includes a tour Osijek-Baranja County, ie the town of Đakovo, a visit to the State Stud Farm Đakovo and the site around Lake Borovik. During the blogger’s stay in Vukovar-Srijem County an expert tour and acquaintance with the rich history of Vinkovci and Županja, driving eco-vehicles through Kunjevci, and participation in this year’s Vinkovci Autumns are planned.