Sweden: Right to information must prevail in trial for filming ferry wreck

first_imgNews RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more Shipwreck Victims Memorial (photo: AFP/Raigo Pajula). June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan SwedenFinlandEstoniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment SwedenFinlandEstoniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the right to information should prevail in the case of a Swedish documentary filmmaker charged with “violating a burial site” for filming the underwater wreck of a ferry containing the remains of hundreds of people who died when it sank in 1994. center_img to go further News Organisation News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says October 12, 2020 – Updated on February 9, 2021 Sweden: Right to information must prevail in trial for filming ferry wreck Update: On 8 February 2021, the Gothenburg court ruled that Henrik Evertsson and Linus Andersson were not guilty of “violating a burial site” when filming the M/S Estonia shipwreck.Henrik Evertsson, the co-director of a new documentary series entitled “Estonia: the Discovery that Changes Everything,” and a member of his crew, camera operator Linus Andersson, are facing the possibility of two-year jail sentences in an unprecedented trial due to begin in Göteborg in January.The series, which Discovery Networks began broadcasting on 28 September, examines the circumstances in which the ferry, the MS Estonia, sank in international waters in the Baltic Sea while on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm on 28 September 1994. A total of 852 people, mostly from Sweden, Estonia and Finland, died in what was the worst maritime disaster since the Titanic.The filmmakers’ underwater camera discovered a 4-metre hole in the side of the ferry’s hull that casts doubt on the official version whereby it sank because of a flaw in its bow door. The documentary includes interviews with the families of victims who also voice doubts about the findings that an international commission issued in 1997.The hole in the side of the hull was filmed by a remote-controlled camera operated by Andersson that was attached to an underwater vehicle. During the underwater filming, which was supervised by the Finnish coastguard, the remote vehicle and its attached camera never went inside the wreck, which was officially declared to be a burial site under an agreement between Sweden, Finland and Estonia in 1995.“The documentary made by Henrik Evertsson and his crew is a response to the request of many of the victims’ families to continue investigating the causes of the shipwreck and find out what really happened on that terrible night in September 1994,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s EU and Balkans desk. “We ask the prosecutor and court to ensure that the fundamental right to information prevails. This journalist acted in the public interest.”RSF Sweden president Erik Halkjaer said Evertsson had shown the vital role that journalism can play in informing the authorities. “Regardless of the origin of the hole in the wreck that this series revealed, this documentary has led the Swedish, Finnish and Estonian governments to regard the discovery as extremely important, to the point of opening new inquiries,” Halkjaer said.Sweden is ranked 4th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mc Conalogue urges government to facilitate fuel smuggling bill

first_img Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous article“Ruaille Buaille” catchup – 17/03/15Next articleUUP and DUP agree electoral strategy for four Westminister constituencies News Highland WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp A Donegal TD is urging the government to facilitate the passage of a Fianna Fail bill calling for the establishment of a cross-border, multi-agency taskforce to tackle illegal fuel.Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says the bill, which has been moved by former minister Brendan Smith, has the potential to seriously curtail fuel smuggling north and south of the border.He says this criminal activity results in losses of around €260m every year to the Irish exchequer, impacts on the environment, damages cars and strengthens dissident gangs.Deputy Mc Conalogue says the government should facilitate the swift passage of this bill………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/charlfuelbill.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – March 18, 2015 Facebook Mc Conalogue urges government to facilitate fuel smuggling bill Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

How A Politician Procured 10,000 Vials Of Remdesivir From Delhi When Capital Is In Crisis? Bombay High Court Asks

first_imgNews UpdatesHow A Politician Procured 10,000 Vials Of Remdesivir From Delhi When Capital Is In Crisis? Bombay High Court Asks Sharmeen Hakim27 April 2021 2:51 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday questioned the Centre about private individuals procuring anti-viral drug, Remdesivir, directly from the manufacturer and distributing it, when companies are expected to provide stocks directly to the Centre. The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was referring to the petition filed by four agriculturists before the Aurangabad Bench seeking an FIR against Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil, BJP Member of Parliament from the Ahmednagar Constituency for the alleged unauthorized procurement and distribution of 10, 000 Remdesivir injections. “There is a news report that a politician bought and distributed 10,000 vials to Ahmednagar from Delhi by a chartered plane? How is this possible? Delhi itself is in crisis. Doesn’t this amount to private distribution by the person?” the observed, adding, that there is a need to increase surveillance. When the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh tried to say that it was merely a news report, the bench remarked that it was not just media reports, the politician himself had posted about the procurement on social media. The court said it was aware that the Aurangabad bench was already seized of the but sought a response from the ASG, observing that they would be forced to take action if more manufacturers are found providing drugs to private individuals. “If we find other instances where private manufacturers are giving Remdisivir directly to individuals we may pass an injunction order against such manufacturers.” The bench orally sought details of the incident. The Court was hearing two PILs, on the improper management of the covid-19 crisis in Maharashtra. The first petition is filed by advocate Sneha Marjari, represented by advocates Simil Purohit and Arshil Shah, and the second by Nilesh Navlakha, represented by advocate Rajesh Inamdar. During the last hearing, the bench had passed several directions regarding the availability of Remdesivir injection, oxygen, and bed availability and asked the State and Centre to file their responses by May 4. However, the bench took up the matter, on Tuesday, to assess if these directions had been complied with. On Tuesday, the bench asked the State if a nodal officer was appointed for the distribution of Remdesivir. When the State responded that it was yet to be done, the court observed. “Order was passed on April 27, we work beyond midnight to get it uploaded. How long does it take to provide a nodal agent and a 24/7 number?” Crematoriums When the court was informed that several gas crematoriums were not functional, they asked the State Government to order all district collectors to ensure effective dead-body management and give details about the steps taken to improve the condition of crematoriums. “Why don’t you take steps to make all gas crematoriums operational? “- J Kulkarni said, he added that the crematorium in Walkeshwar was not working. It can’t be that people are kept waiting for cremation, for this you will also have to seek the position of the mortuaries, the bench further observed. Call 1916 To check if ICU beds were available, the Court asked Advocate Purohit to call the BMC’s helpline number and check. Purohit called the number and was directed to contact the war room, which sought further details of the patient to be admitted. Advocate Arshil Shah then pointed out a social media tweet to highlight the lack of availability of ICU beds. The bench will now hear the matter on Thursday. TagsBombay High Court Remdesivir Central Government Chief Justice Dipankar Datta Justice GS Kulkarni Next Storylast_img read more