Help by sharing this information News Organisation RSF_en October 16, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Directive on Trade Secrets – amend it or reject it! Proposed by the European Commission in 2013, the draft directive on Trade Secrets is currently the subject of “trilogue” discussions between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament, and is due to be adopted soon. The directive’s aim is to harmonize protection against industrial espionage and unfair competition throughout the EU. Its impact could be devastating for investigative journalism or could even eliminate it altogether. Journalists could be prosecuted for using or being in possession of information deemed to be a “trade secret” even when their intention was to satisfy the public’s right to be informed.The organizations signing this appeal urge the European institutions to address the following flaws in the proposed directive, with the aim of making an exception for journalists who use or who are in possession of a trade secret in connection with their journalistic work.- Do not settle for vague guaranteesThe Commission, Parliament and Council are currently discussing three different drafts of the proposed directive. With the aim of protecting freedom of expression and information, the Parliament has introduced some general safeguards that are missing from the other drafts. The Parliament’s version says: “Member States shall respect freedom of the press and the media (…) in order to ensure that the Directive does not restrict journalistic works, in particular with regard to investigation, protection of sources, and the right of the public to be informed.” It also says that the directive “shall not affect the freedom and pluralism of the media as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.”These additions, on which there is not even a consensus among the three EU institutions, are insufficient. None of the drafts includes specific provisions capable of ensuring that journalists are fully able to use their freedom of expression and information and safeguarding the public’s right to be informed. Only an explicit exception for journalists in connection with their work is capable of guaranteeing the public’s right to be informed.- Include an exception for the exercise of journalismIn all three drafts, the acquisition, use or disclosure of a trade secret is prohibited unless for the purpose of “a legitimate use of the right to freedom of expression and information.” The concept of “legitimate use” of a fundamental right is disturbing. In principle, the use of a freedom is legitimate except in case of strictly defined exceptions. This wording creates a legal uncertainty for journalists. In the event of non-compliance, the proposed directive envisages “damages appropriate to the actual prejudice suffered”, which could potentially be astronomic. As result, this uncertainty would have a chilling effect on journalists. It would deter them from using these freedoms and would lead to self-censorship. We therefore request that the directive should make an exception for “the use by journalists of the right to freedom of expression and information in connection with their journalistic activity.”- Allow acquisition by journalists for information purposesThe proposed directive would not only prohibit the use and disclosure of a “trade secret” but also its mere “acquisition.” Even unauthorized access and copying of a trade secret would be unlawful, regardless of how it is used or whether it is disclosed. This constitutes a grave threat to the work of journalists, which consists precisely in accessing information in the interest of the public’s right to know, without necessarily asking for the trade secret holder’s consent.To safeguard the ability of journalists to research and investigate, the mere acquisition of a trade secret should not be prohibited as long as it is acquired as part of a journalistic activity and in the absence of proof to the contrary. A proposed European Union directive on Trade Secrets that is currently being discussed by the EU’s institutions poses a grave danger to investigative journalism. Five organizations – Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA), the European Magazine Media Association (EMMA) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – call on the EU institutions to amend the proposed directive so that it does not deal a fatal blow to investigative coverage of the business and corporate world. If proper safeguards for investigative journalism are not incorporated into the proposed directive, it should be rejected outright.
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News UpdatesReliance Of Both ‘Security Of The State’ And ‘Maintenance Of Public Order’ Which Are Distinct Concepts Reflect Non-Application Of Mind By The Detaining Authority : J&K HC Monisha Purwar7 Sep 2020 7:00 AMShare This – xThe Srinagar Bench of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court quashed a detention order detaining Fayaz Ahmed Mir of Pulwama under Section 8(a) of the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. The order was assailed by the father of the detenu Ab. Rashid Mir who pleaded that the grounds of detention mentioned in the detention order had no nexus to the detenu and that there had been…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 Srinagar Bench of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court quashed a detention order detaining Fayaz Ahmed Mir of Pulwama under Section 8(a) of the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978. The order was assailed by the father of the detenu Ab. Rashid Mir who pleaded that the grounds of detention mentioned in the detention order had no nexus to the detenu and that there had been no application of mind by the Detaining Authority in detaining him. He referred the Court to the twin activities mentioned in the detention order namely “Maintenance of Public Order” and “the Security of the State” as proof of non-application of mind by the Authorities. He also claimed that the Detaining Authority had not prepared the grounds of detention itself which is a pre-requisite for passing any order of detention but had only relied on the police dossier. He also informed the Court that the Detaining Authority had not furnished copies of the relevant material (that had been relied on to pass the order) to the detenu and that the same had prevented the detenu from making an effective representation. The order of detention of the detenu dated 08 August 2019 stated that “I am satisfied that with a view to prevent Shri Fayaz Ahmad Mir @ Chota Geelani S/o Ab. Rashid Mir R/o Pahoo Tehsil Kakapora district Pulwama form acting in a a menner, prejudicial to the Security of the State, it is necessary to detain the said person under the provisions of J&K Public Safety Act” In its last paragraph, the order also stated that “Therefore, in order to prevent you from indulging in the activities, which hare detrimental to the maintenance of public order, it is necessary to detain you by invoking the provisions of J&K Public safety Act, 1978” The Bench comprising of Justice Sindhu Sharma on perusal of the above order concluded that reliance of both the expressions ‘Security of the State’ and ‘Maintenance of Public Order’ which are distinct concepts reflect the total non-application of mind by the Detaining Authority. The Court relied on its ruling in G. M. Shah v. State of Jammu and Kashmir of 1980 which had considered a similar issue reiterating the following excerpt from the judgment “the Act defines the expressions “acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the State” and “acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order” separately. An order of detention made either on the basis that the detaining authority is satisfied that the person against whom the order is being made is acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the State or on the basis that he is satisfied that such person is acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order but which is attempted to be supported by placing reliance on both the bases in the grounds furnished to the detenu has to be held to be an illegal one vide decisions of this Court in Bhupal Chandra Ghosh v. Arif Ali & Ors. and Satya Brata Ghose v. Arif Ali & Ors. Furthermore, the Court stated that the facts and circumstances of the case reveal that the allegation that relevant material had not been furnished to the detenu is also true. It stated that the detenu was given a mere copy of the order of detention and grounds of detention without being provided the dossier, FIR and other relevant material. The Court stated that such a lapse by the Detaining Authority has prevented the detenu from making an effective representation as mandated under Article 22(5) of the Constitution of India as well as under Section 13 of the J&K Public Safety Act and the impugned order being vitiated on this account cannot be sustained. It therefore quashed the detention order and directed the respondents to release the detenu from its custody, provided that he is not required in any other case.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Story
Obtained by ABC NewsBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Indiana prosecutors on Friday charged two white men who were filmed allegedly assaulting a Black man on July 4.Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox are facing battery, confinement and intimidation charges for their alleged roles in an attack on Vauhxx Rush Booker at Lake Monroe, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office.Booker, 36, an activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, and other witnesses filmed the encounter in which Purdy, Cox and other men were seen pinning Booker to a tree and pulling his arm. Booker said he heard the men say they were going to get a noose and that they shouted racial slurs.Local police and the FBI are investigating. A representative for the Monroe County prosecutor’s office said the suspects had not been arrested as of early Friday afternoon.“This is not a happy moment. It’s a necessary moment,” Booker said in a Zoom news conference Friday afternoon. “We have a legal system and what I want now is our neighbors to decide the fate of these individuals.”An attorney representing Purdy couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. It’s unclear whether Cox has an attorney at this time.Booker revealed on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 that morning and is currently under home quarantine. He said he took the test on Wednesday after his doctor advised him to do. Booker’s attorney, Katherine Liell, said she reached out to Purdy’s attorney to inform him of her client’s positive test.Booker said a group of white men confronted him as he was walking with a friend to a Fourth of July event at the lake, blocking his path to the beach.Booker said in a Facebook post that he and a friend “decided to just walk back and attempt to simply have a conversation” with the group, but that group members “quickly became aggressive,” and when Booker and his friend walked away “two of them jumped me from behind.”Booker has called the assault an attempted lynching and said some of his hair was pulled out.A group of bystanders came to Booker’s aid and filmed some of the incident while pleading with the group to release him. The group of white men are seen cursing at the bystanders. Booker and the bystanders called the police and showed them the videos, but no one was immediately taken into custody.Booker posted his video and recounted the incident on Facebook. Over the last two weeks, investigators have questioned several witnesses and collected more video, according to police reports.Purdy’s attorney, David Hennessy, contended at a news conference earlier this week that Booker started the incident and threw punches at his client. Hennessy contended Booker “race baited” his client.Liell said her client attempted to fight back after the group started the fight.Booker told reporters he’s determined to seek justice and begin the healing process.“We’ve seen a lot of mudslinging and name-calling,” he said, “and I would like for us to take a moment to think about our shared humanity.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Facebook Previous articlePart of Indiana Dunes National Park has been closedNext articlePublic masses to return May 23-24 for Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Tommie Lee Google+ Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/Community Foundation of Elkhart County & United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties) A huge grant will offer coronavirus economic relief through the United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange counties.ABC 57 reports the $1.5 million grant will be used to support working families who have been impacted by the virus. It’s a partnership between the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways.The grant will also benefit established response efforts like the COVID-19 Community Response Fund in Elkhart County, and LaGrange County’s Good Samaritan Fund. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – May 6, 2020 0 243 Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp United Way grant will help COVID-19 victims in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties
Pinterest Thousands of I&M customers without power after effects from Tropical Depression Cristobal IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Previous articleReport: Elkhart County saw 350% increase in COVID-19 cases in MayNext articleMichigan releases statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map, includes 300+ locations Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) More than 13,000 Indiana Michigan Power customers lost electricity on Tuesday, June 9 as rain and, strong winds from Tropical Depression Cristobal made way through Michiana.I&M crews responded to the strong, frequent winds gusts that moved across Indiana Michigan Power’s service territory.As of 10 p.m., I&M had restored power to more than two-thirds of the total customers who lost service. Approximately 4,000 customers remained without power.Given the high winds, accompanied by heavy rainfall at times, please pay attention to several safety precautions:Downed power lines. Stay away from any downed wires and report them to I&M. Youcan call 800-311-4634, report on our app or website, or call 911.Trees could fall or drop limbs at any moment, please look up.Standing water could hide debris or even downed wires.Roads will likely be wet, slick and covered with debris.Traffic lights may not be functioning. Please use caution and be mindful of firstresponders and utility workers on the roadways.Crews will be following all CDC guidelines on physical distancing and we urge thegeneral public not to approach our crews.Indiana Outages: South Bend/Elkhart area: 2,500Michigan Outages: Benton Harbor area: 890, Buchanan area: 300, Three Rivers area: 235Follow Indiana Michigan Power Outages hereFor Severe Weather Text Alerts from 95.3 MNC, text WEATHER to 45364Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast Twitter Twitter Google+ By Jon Zimney – June 10, 2020 0 819 WhatsApp Google+
Earlier this week, we spoke to James Downes, our Head of Product, about the importance of customer insight.As part of our newly-launched transformation programme, James is heavily involved with transforming our customer-facing digital products and services. We want anybody that uses our services to take part in our latest survey. Companies, directors, secretaries, accountants – all those that file documents to Companies House. Our survey has been running for almost 3 months. We’ve received over 30,000 responses so far, which is great. But, we still need more. Over to you.Our survey closes on 7 August, so there’s still time for you to take part. It’ll only take you 10 minutes to complete, and you’ll have the chance to enter a free prize draw to win an iPad Pro. Take part in our opinion survey. Transformation can mean different things to different organisations. But, for us, it can be summarised using our vision of ‘brilliant people, brilliant systems and brilliant services’.So, what does this really mean and what do we want to achieve?As the UK’s registry of limited companies, we’re responsible for incorporating and dissolving limited companies, registering company information and making that information available to the public. The fundamentals of what we do are not going to change. But, how we do it will change as part of the transformation programme.Our digital products range from filing services, where customers can incorporate and dissolve their companies, right through to the other end of the product spectrum – where customers can view company information by using one of our search tools.James said: The results will give us the information we need to improve our products and services, and help shape our future development.He adds: James explains: The important thing for us is that we develop brilliant digital products and services and that we develop and maintain a great reputation for all our services, our processes and our people. But, to do this, we need input from our customers and stakeholders. Listen to the podcast. We also want to hear from people that use our products and services to consume information. And, of course, we want to hear from our stakeholders. We have a lot of people who have a ‘stake’ in what we do here at Companies House. Formation agents, big accountancy firms, trade press, government, for example. It’s important that they have a say in any future direction we may take. So, we would very much like to hear from them too. Basically, if you have contact with Companies House – we want to hear from you.
Nicola Reid of JB Christie Bakers in Airdrie has been announced as the winner of the 2015 James Allan Memorial Competition. Held annually in memory of craft baker James Allan, this is the second time that the award for young bakers has been presented, and it was hosted at Macphie’s Test Bakery Department in Glenbervie.As part of the process, hopefuls are supplied with fermented products – they choose one and make a batch of eight. The candidates then provide a specification for their chosen product. From the eight produced, they select three for the judges to score. Each candidate is also required to finish a batch of products in the quantities shown against listed items. They must bring this product with them.Technical challengeAlan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “It sounds technical and it is. The James Allan Memorial Trophy really is a skills test designed to push young professionals and to encourage them to challenge themselves and set the standard for others in the industry. Nicola is a worthy winner and we hope she enjoys the year ahead as our champion.”As well as her trophy, Nicola won a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Macphie of Glenbervie, where they create a variety of baking ingredients.Clarke added: “Nicola will have a fantastic, one-off opportunity to work with a great team.”
Tesco bakery chief Gordon Gafa has revealed the retailer’s future plans for its in-store bakeries.The plans, which Gafa discussed at the British Society of Baking’s Spring Conference late last month, consist of a three-pronged approach – simplification, innovation and collaboration.“These are the three priorities that we are looking to arm our business with this year,” Gafa said, noting they come three years into a five-year turnaround plan for the business, which has already radically transformed its bakery offer.This included significant investment in new product development, particularly speciality breads, new merchandising plans and a redesign. It also focused on customer engagement through activities such as sampling, increasing staff presence in bakeries and employing business-wide bakery coaches.As a result, in-store bakery sales are up 4.1% like-for-like compared to a year ago. Total bakery value rose 1.8% over the 2017/18 financial year with volume up 2.6%. And, Tesco won Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards in 2017.“Customers tell us we do overcomplicate their shopping trip and we could make it far easier,” he said of the first prong – simplification. “In in-store bakery, in particular, we need to be far simpler.“Sometimes by lobbing in a lot of range you can stifle the faster sellers. By simplifying what we do, across Tesco, and in-store bakery is a priority.”When asked by British Baker whether this would result in range rationalisation, Gafa said it would depend on what customers were looking for from an in-store bakery range.“We’d been doing a lot of development that was maybe too much around flavour extensions and range extensions – not real innovation really. It just becomes more noise in the fixture,” he added.Instead, Tesco’s focus will be on a handful of trends including bakery on-the-go as well as reducing salt and sugar. Tesco has already made some progress on this within bakery. For example, it rolled out a new recipe for its own-label doughnut lines to cut sugar.Tesco will also focus more on collaboration. Part of the retailer’s big six KPIs is to build trusted partnerships, as well as how it works with customers and its colleagues. In short, how it collaborates with different parties across its business and supply chain.“There is no way I am going to deliver my sales and profits metrics if I’m not collaborating with colleagues, wherever they may be, any suppliers and obviously truly understanding customers,” Gafa added.