UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety

first_img February 23, 2017 – Updated on February 24, 2017 UN Secretary General pledges to take action on journalist safety Protecting journalistsInternational bodies ImpunityViolenceUnited Nations News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists. Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists. David Callaway, board nominee for president of the World Editor’s Forum, part of WAN-IFRA, an early supporter of the campaign, also attended the meeting.“On behalf of RSF, I welcome Secretary General Guterres’ strong personal commitment to the safety of journalists and a free and independent press, said Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary General. The UNSG believes that these issues are fundamental to democracy and human rights and has pledged to take action. We are counting on him to make the UN more efficient so that journalists can be better protected.” “As journalists around the world are increasingly under attack physically and verbally it is encouraging and gratifying to have this kind of support from the Secretary General, said Joel Simon, CPJ’s Executive Director. We look forward to working with him to move this commitment forward.” The goal of the #ProtectJournalists campaign is to establish a concrete mechanism that enforces international law and thereby finally reduces the number of journalists killed every year in the course of their work.Statistics show that despite various UN resolutions related to safety of journalists and combating impunity, there have been few concrete results on the ground. In fact, the past five years have been the deadliest on record for journalists, with hundreds of journalists killed and many more attacked simply for doing their jobs. RSF reported that 78 journalists were killed in the year 2016 alone and impunity remains the norm, with full justice in only three percent of journalist murders in the past decade, according to CPJ research. Murder is the ultimate form of censorship, and when a journalist is killed the right to information for the broader public is also imperiled. The world’s major problems, from environmental issues to extremist violence, cannot be resolved without the work of journalists. A worldwide coalition of NGOs, media outlets, journalists and prominent public figures are supporting RSF’s initiative for the creation of a Journalist Protector. CPJ, the Associated Press, WAN-IFRA, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Bangkok Post, and the Brazilian Center for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) are just a few of the more than 120 organizations that have joined the coalition to date. This week several coalition members, such as the James W. Foley Foundation, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, and the Pakistan Press Foundation, sent letters to Secretary General Guterres echoing the call for the appointment of a Special Representative. Protecting journalistsInternational bodies ImpunityViolenceUnited Nations RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Boston Court Pasadena Announces 2020 Spring Bonus Series

first_imgMusic Boston Court Pasadena Announces 2020 Spring Bonus Series Featuring the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical (1994) Passion Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 12:04 pm More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe 122 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Make a comment Top of the News HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Boston Court Pasadena announces a 2020 Spring Series, celebrating the birthdays of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Stephen Sondheim, and William Shakespeare. As Boston Court Pasadena moves to a fall-to-fall programming schedule, this Spring “Bonus” Series acts as a bridge to a full 2020-2021 Season.To celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, Artistic Director Michael Michetti will direct a rare production of Sondheim’s Tony Award-Winning Best Musical and perhaps his most ravishing and personal work, Passion March 5-April 19, 2020.Passion, first produced in 1994, is based on Ettore Scola’s brooding neo-romantic movie Passione d’Amore (1981), which in turn was based on Fosca, an 1869 Italian novel by Iginio Tarchetti. Passion tells the story of Giorgio, a handsome young army captain in 1860’s Italy, who finds himself torn between Clara, his beautiful young lover, and Fosca, the unbeautiful, sickly woman who challenges his notion of what love is. With an achingly beautiful score, Passion delves into the mystifying tangle of desire, obsession, lust and madness that comprise love.Passion is supported, in part, by the David Lee Foundation. Passion is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.comMusic The John Walz, Andrew Sords, and Timothy Durkovic TrioFEB 21, 8PMStyle: ClassicalThis glorious trio will play an all-Beethoven concert highlighting some of the composer’s best works, including the Spring Sonata, Cell Sonata No.2, Epic Trios, and the Archduke Trio.Delirium MusicumMAR 7, 8PMStyle: New MusicDelirium Musicum is a vibrant self-conducted string ensemble of 13 musicians that tackles a daring repertoire. This concert will showcase the winners of their 2019 Call for Scores, among other pieces, bringing together masters of the past with the up-and-coming new generation of composers.John Nelson’s Ode to SondheimMAR 22, 8PMStyle: Jazz/PopL.A. native and jazz pianist, Josh Nelson, and vocalist friends come to Boston Court to pay tribute to the great composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim with musical theatre and jazz variations alike.Mark Robson Honors BeethovenAPR 3, 8PMStyle: ClassicalRenowned pianist Mark Robson pays tribute to the monument of Beethoven’s piano literature by playing the Diabelli Variations.Amanda McBroom Lady Macbeth Sings the BluesAPR 25, 8PMStyle: CabaretOften called “the greatest cabaret performer of her generation,” Golden Globe winner and Grammy-nominated singer Amanda McBroom returns to Boston Court to celebrate the Bard, performing her own contemporary songs of Shakespeare’s heroines backed by a fabulous trio.About Boston Court PasadenaBoston Court Pasadena is a nonprofit arts center primarily dedicated to new and original work by living artists. Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson and Founding Producing Director Eileen T’Kaye, Boston Court features a state-of-the-art, intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 80-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for Boston Court’s season of bold, adventurous theatre and its eclectic, diverse music series. Boston Court is also the home of an annual new play reading festival, an Emerging Artists Series, as well as Art Upfront, a rotating visual arts program.Over the past 16 years, Boston Court has changed the Los Angeles theatre landscape, and has come to be known nationally as one of the go-to places for innovation and new work, producing 63 theatre productions, including 35 world premieres, eight second productions, and many West Coast premieres, as well as new translations, adaptations, radically re-envisioned classics, 14 new play festivals, and more. Boston Court frequently incubates and develops new works that become subsequent full productions in their mainstage seasons. Boston Court has also electrified the local music landscape with the rich diversity of its offerings, and has produced over 300 concerts. Known for its brilliant classical music, its barrier-breaking new music, and its eclectic jazz and popular music offerings, Boston Court is a place where stellar established musicians innovate by working on new forms. BCP is equally committed to emerging artists, both by going into the public schools, and by supporting emerging talent with its prestigious Emerging Artists Series. BCP has also presented dozens of eclectic art exhibits. The organization has been honored numerous times, including Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Association, and Stage Raw Awards, as well as being a two-time recipient of the prestigious National Theatre Company Award from the American Theatre Wing.Key funding is provided to BCP by The Ahmanson Foundation, The Amphion Foundation, the Z. Clark Branson Foundation, the Colburn Foundation, the Peter Glenville Foundation, the Kohl Family Foundation, The Lazy L Foundation, the David Lee Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Pasadena Arts & Cultural Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the Pasadena Community Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.For more information about Boston Court Pasadena Visit BostonCourtPasadena.org or call (626) 683-6801. Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more