23 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 February 2011 | News Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis After several years in which the Ireland Funds have not been open for grant applications, the organisation is once again inviting applications from charities in Ireland and Northern Ireland.The Ireland Funds is the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programmes of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.Just before Christmas the Worldwide Ireland Funds announced the launch of the Promising Ireland Campaign, a fundraising initiative with a goal of raising $100 million among its global network on four continents by 2013.The Ireland Funds say that projects funded under this round may be considered for further funding.According to the organisation’s website: “The objective of the grant round is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. When a project has proven its capacity, often on the back of a grant round gift, the Funds may bring it to the attention of individual donors for consideration. This policy determines the number and size of awards.”Projects seeking larger grant amounts (over €25,000) will not be processed through this grant round, according to the organisation. Such proposals will be considered on an individual basis for possible presentation to donors. There is no minimum grant but the average is €7,000.The new grants round opened on 1 February and will close on 31 March 2011. Applicants will be notified in June 2011. Applications will be considered under the Ireland Funds’ four themes.www.irlfunds.org Ireland Funds invites grant applications About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more In recent years Cumhuriyet has published many stories that have embarrassed the authorities and it has become one of the spearheads of Turkey’s independent media, which are being subjected to more harassment than ever. Because of its role, it was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015. Atalay’s provisional detention was extended today until the next hearing, to be held from 24 to 27 April. The only defendant not to have been released provisionally, he has already spent more than 500 days in prison. The court mentioned the possibility that he might try to flee although he returned to Turkey of his own volition and made himself available to judges when he learned that his colleagues had been arrested in October 2016. Organisation At today’s hearing, the prosecutor asked the court to convict 13 of the 18 defendants of “assisting a terrorist organization,” a charge that carries a maximum jail term of 15 years. They include well-known investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, editorial writer Kadri Gürsel, editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and managing director Akın Atalay. The Cumhuriyet newspaper trial’s prosecutor requested sentences of up to 15 years in prison today for 13 of the newspaper’s journalists and managers. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial as a “sinister farce” and urges as many people as possible to turn out in support of the journalists at the next hearing, at which the court is expected to issue verdicts. April 28, 2021 Find out more The judicial authorities accuse Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers of carrying out a “radical change of editorial line” in order to support the goals of what are regarded in Turkey as three “terrorist organizations”: the movement led by the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and a small far-left group known as the DHKP/C. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Yasin Akgül / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize In fact, the ideologies of these three organizations could not be more disparate and all three were constantly criticized by the newspaper. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Follow the news on Turkey News March 16, 2018 – Updated on March 19, 2018 Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial “Like the rest of the trial that we have been observing for the past eight months, today’s summing-up by the prosecutor criminalizes journalism,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News The prosecutor also called for Cumhuriyet accountant Emre İper to be convicted of “terrorist propaganda” on the basis of his tweets, for the acquittal of three of the defendants (Turhan Günay, Günseli Özaltay and Bülent Yener), for the withdrawal of the “abuse of authority” charges against the newspaper’s managers, and for the cases against Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, who are now living abroad, to be handled separately. RSF_en RSF_EECA to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor “The heavy sentences requested by the prosecutor are based on a politicized and conspiracy-theorist interpretation of media work. More than ever, we demand the acquittal of Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers, and we urge as many people as possible to come to the next hearing in a show of solidarity.”
News Organisation RSF_en May 31, 2021 Find out more News News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture to go further RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government censors issue warnings to two opposition party newspapers Information minister Kyaw Hsan promised more media freedom during a conference last week in Rangoon, but the Burmese authorities continue to keep the media on a short leash and still try to intimidate media they regard as too outspoken.Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the Burma Media Association, condemn the warnings that have been issued by the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD), the government’s media oversight agency, in response to published content deemed to have been “not in accord” with its policy.Myint Naing, the publisher of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party newspaper Toetakyay, was summoned for questioning by the PSRD on 23 March. Before that, Ohn Kyaing, the publisher of the National League for Democracy newspaper D-Wave, was summoned for printing a satirical cartoon about the PSRD that was seen as over-critical.“We are worried by the signs of increasing tension on the part of the PSRD and its attempts to reestablish control of the media, especially the opposition media, in the run-up to legislative elections,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This contrasts with what Maj. Tint Swe, the head of the PSRD, said last October, namely that the agency should be disbanded. The authorities should carry out their declared intention of allowing more media freedom. We condemn their double language, the way they say one thing and do another.”Toetakyay publisher Myint Naing was summoned before Maj. Tint Swe on 23 March because of an article in the 29 February issue headlined “From a Green Military Uniform Government to a Yellow-Skirt Democracy” that commented ironically about the vaunted transition from a military government to a civilian one.According to the exile publication Mizzima News, which Reporters Without Borders contacted, Tint Swe objected to the phrase “military ogre Ne Win” in particular and to passages he regarded as “obscene” and “not in accord with the policy of the PSRD,” and he made Myint Naing sign a pledge that the newspaper would in future take more care with the language it used.D-Wave publisher Ohn Kyaing was summoned before the PSRD on 7 February over a cartoon by Tha Lain Ma in the previous day’s issue showing a newspaper labelled “Freedom of Press” that was prevented from taking off into the “Democratic Sky” by a chain labelled “Press Scrutiny.” The opposition National League for Democracy began publishing D-Wave on 16 January.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association meanwhile note that a libel suit against Modern Weekly has been abandoned and that a hearing in another libel suit against The Voice has been postponed.Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) reported yesterday that the lawsuit against Modern Weekly and one of its reporters, Thet Su Aung, over an article criticising road repairs in the Mandalay area was withdrawn by the construction ministry engineer who brought it. Modern Weekly representative Kyaw Yin Myint told DVB he welcomed the move and saw it as a sign that the government wanted to improve relations with the media.The hearing in the libel suit that the mining ministry brought against the weekly The Voice was due to have held on 22 March. It was postponed without any new date being set. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more