France: RSF denounces use of concealment of professional secrecy accusation and calls for its removal

first_img Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment Willy Le Devin, the deputy head of Libération’s investigation unit, was questioned by the National Police General Inspectorate (IGPN) on 6 November in a preliminary enquiry into a suspected “concealment of breach of professional secrecy” that the Paris prosecutor’s office is conducting at interior minister Gérald Darmanin’s request.RSF has long condemned the use of charges of concealment against journalists (concealment of breach of professional secrecy, concealment for breach of investigation secrecy). In cases where documents covered by professional secrecy are published, these offences pose a legal risk to journalists who publish information of public interest. Furthermore, investigations into breaches of professional secrecy or of the investigation process cannot constitute a justification for violating the principle of confidentiality of sources.Under article 2 of France’s 1881 press law, the police can also invoke an “overriding requirement in the public interest” as grounds for opening an investigation with the aim of identifying a journalist’s source. This far too broad exception should not be invoked in this case, for example, to peel Willy Le Devin’s fadettes. RSF has always criticized the use of these conveniently broad and fuzzy grounds, and their use in this case would be disproportionate.“The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is an essential element of press freedom, and subjecting journalists to investigations with the aim of identifying their sources should not be possible,” said RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire. “Accusing journalists of concealing a crime is also unacceptable because it poses an illegitimate legal risk. We reiterate our call for the removal of this offence for journalists. RSF cautions the authorities against prosecuting Willy Le Devin because it would constitute a serious violation of the right to inform.”Le Devin was questioned about an article published on 17 October, the day after the decapitation of Samuel Paty, a teacher at Bois-d’Aulne middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in Yvelines department, who had shown his students Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a class on freedom of expression in early October.Le Devin’s story quoted from an internal Yvelines police intelligence memo dated 12 October showing that the police had been following the controversy within the local community about Paty’s class.France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en November 18, 2020 France: RSF denounces use of concealment of professional secrecy accusation and calls for its removal RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News IGPN logo (source: Stéphane de Sakutin/AFP). Receive email alertscenter_img June 4, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further Follow the news on France News News Following a Libération journalist’s hearing by police in connection with a local police intelligence leak, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the repeal of the offence of “concealment of breach of professional secrecy” and demands guarantees that the confidentiality of sources will not be undermined. May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

‘Unreasonable’ To Make Payment Of Tuition Fee Optional: HP HC Directs State Govt To Revisit Policy on Payment Of Fees To Private Schools [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates’Unreasonable’ To Make Payment Of Tuition Fee Optional: HP HC Directs State Govt To Revisit Policy on Payment Of Fees To Private Schools [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Aug 2020 3:39 AMShare This – xThe Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday set aside a Government Order inasmuch as it made payment of tuition fee by the parents “optional”. The Division Bench comprising Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Jyotsna Rewal Dua set aside two conditions in GO dated May 27 that (i) restricted private schools from depriving any student from online classes for non-payment of tuition fee and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Himachal Pradesh High Court on Monday set aside a Government Order inasmuch as it made payment of tuition fee by the parents “optional”. The Division Bench comprising Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Jyotsna Rewal Dua set aside two conditions in GO dated May 27 that (i) restricted private schools from depriving any student from online classes for non-payment of tuition fee and (ii) precluded them from charging fine for or striking of a student’s name for non-payment of fees. “In case, the privately managed schools cannot authoritatively charge even the ‘tuition fee’ then it is beyond comprehension as to how they will pay the monthly salary/emoluments to not only their teaching but non-teaching staff as well. It cannot be assumed that private schools have unending supply of reserve funds with them,” the bench observed. The Court held that expecting the schools to neither stop payment of monthly salary nor reduce the existing total emoluments being paid to their teaching and non-teaching staff but at the same time permitting the schools to collect only the tuition fee, that too on monthly basis without authorizing them to compulsorily realize even this tuition fee is an “unreasonable restriction”. It ordered, “Private schools henceforth are allowed to charge monthly tuition fees and are authorized to enforce collection of the same. The past tuition fees due towards the private schools are also permitted to be realized by them without charging any fine/late fees after giving two months notice.” However, the Bench clarified that the competent authority of the schools shall examine the genuine representation of a parent regarding his/her inability to pay the tuition fee due to financial issues arising out of the lockdown. The same will have to be decided ‘sympathetically’ within one week. The Court further observed that the commercial scenario at present is different from what prevailed a few months ago, amid the lockdown. It therefore directed the State Government to revisit and re-examine all the conditions imposed by it upon private schools, and issue a fresh order within four weeks. Particularly, the Court has asked the Government to consider whether it would be logical to prevent the schools from charging any other fee, apart from tutiton fees, given that the schools continue to bear infrastructural expenses. This direction was made was after the private schools argued that apart from tuition fees, they are also entitled to collect the transport charges. “The transport charges cover not only the maintenance and fuel of vehicles but also cover the insurance payments, loan installments, taxes, salaries of transport staff,” the Petitioner argued. It was further submitted that annual charges levied by the schools amongst others cover repayment of loans taken for building infrastructure of the school, for carrying out further improvements in setting up online educational facilities, payment to software hosts, proposed sanitization of premises on reopening etc. The matter is now listed for compliance on October 5, 2020. Case Details: Case Title: Independent Schools Association v. State of HP & Anr. Case No.: CWP No. 2202/2020 Quorum: Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

The Bayonne Jewish Women’s Circle invites you to a Challah Bake!

first_imgUnite with our community in making challah together, a special mitzvah for Jewish women. We will craft the dough from scratch and learn various braiding techniques. Each woman will garnish their own challah with a variety of gourmet ingredients. The bake will be on May 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Chabad of Bayonne, 11 E. 42nd St. The event is free of charge when you reserve your spot.last_img