A study by the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review argues that Spanish media, led by El Pais, have mirrored the biased policies of politicians involved in the secessionist drama. An October 2017 review by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) claims that Spanish daily El Pais, TVE and other major Spanish, and Catalan, media outlets have failed to retain their impartiality during their coverage of the Catalan crisis. In October, employees of Spain's public-funded TVE television broadcaster called for the resignation of their director. The TV station's reporters argued that the coverage of violent clashes between Catalans who went to the polls on October 1st to vote on independence and Spanish police had been "an embarrassment" and "unbalanced." TVE employees began a campaign on twitter with the hashtag #verguenza (shame). Staff apparently waved sheets of paper enscribed with the word in the faces of their senior producers, reported Al Jazeera. Reporters Without … [Read more...] about Analysis: Has the Catalan crisis highlighted partisanship in Spanish media?
Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon announced the budget agreement on Thursday. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix Denmark’s centre-left government and its two left-wing support parties came to agreement on the nation’s 2015 budget on Thursday. After bits and pieces of the budget proposal, which was originally released in August, were put in place over the past few weeks, Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon presented what he called a “solidarity budget”. “The agreement strengthens our welfare and our community in Denmark in a long line of areas. At the same time, it is economically responsible and creates more jobs and growth,” Corydon said at a press conference. Here are some of the highlights of Denmark’s 2015 budget: Development aid and asylum After negotiations with the Socialist People’s Party (SF) and the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), both of which were also vocal critics of the proposal, the government … [Read more...] about Denmark’s 2015 budget released: See highlights
Greenpeace activists dressed as lobbyists draw a trojan horse through the streets of Vienna. Photo: APA Greenpeace introduced a four-meter tall trojan horse to the streets of Vienna on Friday, to highlight the dangers they say are hidden in the proposed trade agreements between the EU, USA, Canada and Singapore. "We have serious concerns, especially because of the environmental standards and the special right to sue of corporations," said Greenpeace spokesman Florian Schweitzer. "The Trojan Horse drawn by lobbyists should symbolize the dangers that entails in this Agreement and in particular the lawsuit capabilities of corporations," said Schweitzer, shortly before the midnight ride protest march in front of the headquarters of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ). "Outwardly, the agreements are about investment protection, but hidden inside are special rules over the right to sue that can cause environmental legislation to be annulled in the future", said the … [Read more...] about Trojan horse highlights Greenpeace concerns
New French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Kenyo Tribouillard/AFP France's new prime minister has family roots in Switzerland — although he remains discreet about them, Swiss media reports. Manuel Valls was named France’s PM on Monday night by French President François Hollande in a bid to breathe new life into a governing Socialist party that lost significant support in countrywide municipal elections the previous day. The Swiss ATS news agency highlighted in a report on Tuesday the fact that Valls, 52, while born in Barcelona in 1962, is the son of a Swiss woman, Luisangela Galfetti, from Ticino, and Catalan artist Xavier Valls. Valls’ origins drew some attention in Switzerland in 2012 when he became France’s interior minister. But now he is heading the French government, his background is falling under greater scrutiny. "The last time I saw him, I was 15 years old," his cousin Michele Galfetti, a Swiss television journalist recalled, … [Read more...] about Reports highlight French PM’s Swiss origins
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Secretary Generalof the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Lim Jock Hoi (Photo: VNA) The PM highlighted the increasing role of the ASEAN chief and ASEAN Secretariat in promoting regional connectivity and ensuring harmony among nations. He said he hopes in the coming time, the ASEAN Secretariat will further promote its function of researching and proposing policies which serve as a basis for member countries’ consultation. The ASEAN Secretariat also needs to step up supervision and coordination of the implementation of the grouping’s agreements, he said, stressing the principle of consensus. The PM underlined the ASEAN Secretariat’s tasks of strengthening solidarity among member countries, and maintaining the central role in an open, transparent and rules-based regional architecture based on respect for the interests of each other. The PM affirmed Vietnam will do its best to contribute to the bloc’s … [Read more...] about PM highlights ASEAN chief’s role in promoting regional connectivity