RSF Appoints Rebecca Vincent Director of its New London Bureau

first_img United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Activities in the field Freedom of expression September 27, 2016 – Updated on September 30, 2016 RSF Appoints Rebecca Vincent Director of its New London Bureau News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is pleased to announce the opening of its London bureau, along with the appointment of Rebecca Vincent to serve as its Director. With supervision from RSF headquarters in Paris, the London bureau will work in close cooperation with other like-minded partner organisations to extend RSF’s reach and efficacy throughout the journalistic anglo-sphere, the UK, and the Commonwealth. Receive email alerts Home to the world’s largest and oldest broadcaster and many other world-renowned press organisations, the London bureau will serve as a strategic platform for exercising influence and action on the many fronts in which RSF is engaged: advocacy on behalf of press rights; generation of awareness behind specific campaigns, missions or actions; provision of assistance and legal aid to journalists; and education and training on cyber-security.The London bureau will join RSF’s other international bureaus in Washington D.C., Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, and Tunis, along with its International Sections in Vienna, Helsinki, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, and Geneva, its Paris headquarters, and its wide network of correspondents in 130 countries, to more effectively defend the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world.RSF has recruited Rebecca Vincent, an acclaimed human rights activist, writer and former diplomat. Ms Vincent brings to RSF more than 11 years of experience in the human rights field, having started as a Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department, and including other noteworthy engagements such as work for ARTICLE 19. Most recently, Ms Vincent has worked as Coordinator of the Sport for Rights Campaign. She is an active writer, contributor and commentator for various news, research and social media outlets.“Ms Vincent is an individual who has made a difference, having worked tirelessly on a wide range of human rights and freedom of expression missions. We are fortunate to have secured her commitment and are pleased that she has joined RSF’s global team”, says Christophe Deloire, Secretary General / Reporters Without Borders.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is a Paris based non-profit organisation that defends the freedom to be informed and to inform others throughout the world. Today, 30 years since inception, Reporters Without Borders has the experience and on-the-ground support to defend freedom of information on a global scale.Press Contact: Caroline Pastorelli, [email protected], +331 44 83 84 56 Follow the news on United Kingdom August 31, 2016 Find out more to go further United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Activities in the field Freedom of expression News Organisation RSF urges British parliament to amend “Snoopers’ Charter”last_img read more

Floodgates open

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsFloodgates openBy admin – November 26, 2009 1025 Twitter Previous articleIBEC to formally withdraw from pay agreementNext articleNews briefs admincenter_img LIMERICK and Clare was put on full alert this week after the river Shannon burst its banks.With confirmation from the ESB that heightened water levels in Lough Derg are likely to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen, the mayor and city manager, have given an assurance that an emergency plan is in place for any eventuality.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meantime families who were evacuated from Corbally to the Jury’s Inn are still uncertain when they will be able to return to their homes.“We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children by sending them off to school,” said one resident. The father of three, one of 20 families evacuated from their homes on Monday, when the rising waters of the Shannon threatened their safety,  has no idea when they will be able to return.The families have a clear view from the hotel windows of the swollen river.“We hear there are fears of very high tides next week, so nobody knows how soon we will be able to go back, but meantime the hotel staff are terrific, even making school lunches for the children to take with them”.Another resident said that while she is “dying to get home,” feels fortunate compared to people in other parts of the country. “No water got into our homes but it was decided to evacuate as our houses in Riverbrook and those in Hampstead,  were deemed vulnerable. The seriousness of the situation hit home when the the Civil Defence arrived at 9pm and the families were taken out of Shannon Banks by police escort”.The consensus among the evacuated Corbally residents is that local councillor, Pascal Fitzgerald, should be nominated for a Person of the Year Award.“He did Trojan work – was working with the services day and night – he never went home”. Meanwhile Cllr Denis McCarthy is confident that although the water is rising in the Mill Road and the Red Path areas of Corbally, “the situation is holding and the area is well fortified by sandbags”.While the city’s other vulnerable locations of Clancy Strand, Sir Harry’s Mall and King’s Island have benefited from fortified walls and the installation of tide flex pipes, there is concern that high tides expected next week, combined with south-westerly winds and heavy rainfall, could pose the most serious challenge to-date.“We will be able to handle anything coming our way this week but next week poses a problem. If Parteen leaves water down the old channel from UL into the Shannon Banks, then we’d have a serious situation- Clare County Council will have to build a wall along the side of the river at Shannon Banks, as with global warming, the water levels will continue to rise,” commented Cllr John Gilligan.Deputy Jan O’Sullivan is calling for the construction of a protective barrier for the river side of Shannon Banks.Mayor Kevin Kiely said he has been given the strongest assurance from the city manager, Tom Mackey that he and his staff, have “everything in place, in terms of a plan to deal with any emergency that may arise”.The ESB has now confirmed  that with water levels in Lough Derg now at an all time high, the discharge of water from Parteen Weir is being increased, “The total rate of water discharge from Parteen is not expected to exceed the rate set on Monday, but it is expected to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen Weir by an estimated three inches, as it is discharging into an already flooded area.”The pedestrian walkways along the Canal are closed and members of the public are advised not to use them until further notice. Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more