November 23, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Prime Minister Juha Sipila / AFP Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts News RSF_en December 3, 2016 RSF condemns Finnish premier’s harassment of state TV journalists December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News to go further There is a crisis at the top in Finland, the country that has been ranked first for the past five years in the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).Prime Minister Juha Sipila has been forced to recognize that he pressured two journalists at public TV broadcaster YLE not to run stories accusing him of a conflict of interests.The Finnish weekly Suomen Kuvalehti revealed on 25 November that Sipila sent around 20 emails to the two YLE journalists trying to dissuade them from publishing documents about government investment in a mining company in which his family has a 5% share.One of the recipients, YLE’s chief editor, is said to have yielded to the pressure while a talk show host who wanted to defy the ban was reportedly threatened with dismissal.Asked to explain his emails, the prime minister said he had “reacted emotionally” but denied trying to influence YLE’s editorial decisions.“We deplore the existence of such practices in a country seen as a model of respect for media freedom,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkan’s desk. “These grave allegations suggest that the prime minister overlooks this public service broadcaster’s independence and allows himself to apply pressure, which is completely unacceptable.”Finland is ranked 1st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more FinlandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure News Follow the news on Finland Help by sharing this information FinlandEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive
Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — On day four of jury deliberations in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial, the jury will hear a read-back of Annabella Sciorra’s full testimony — one of the most powerful and affecting accounts of the trial — leading to some speculation on where the jury stands in reaching a verdict. On Thursday, the jury sent a note to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke, requesting the court read to them the cross-examination and everything after Sciorra’s testimony.Sciorra described in wrenching detail in the courtroom on Jan. 23 about the night nearly 30 years ago that she alleges the disgraced Hollywood producer violently raped her at her apartment. Her allegation is not one of those being considered as a charge in this trial, but, rather, is one of four women’s testimonies made in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.Weinstein has been charged with five counts of sexual assault related-crimes including predatory sexual assault and rape in the first degree, stemming from two women’s allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were consensual.While the jury’s request could signal they are still stuck on the first charge, it may indicate they’re working through the witnesses, and not the counts, a veteran law enforcement official following the trial closely told ABC News. The jury’s action could also mean they are trying to convince a holdout juror or two to come to a majority decision, according to the official.The jury is expected to spend most the day in deliberation, and with the judge ending court at 3 p.m., it appears unlikely they will return a verdict Friday. If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.