first_img Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Julie Majerczak for Reporters without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and six other press freedom organisations urge the European Commission to do everything in its power to guarantee the safety of the investigative journalist Blaž Zgaga and to ensure that death threats and attacks against him are treated with the utmost seriousness by the Slovenian authorities. Blaz zgaga, photo: Tomislav Čuveljak List of signatories to go further SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityInternetViolence Vice-President Věra Jourová -International Press Institute (IPI) Yours sincerely, -Free Press Unlimited (FPU) Unfortunately, this attack was not isolated, as SDS-owned weekly magazine Demokracija joined the smear campaign against Mr. Zgaga by publishing the same article and targeting him simply for doing his job as a journalist. Even more concerning are the death threats he is now receiving from anonymous internet users, calling for him to «literally be shot! ».  -Index onCensorship On behalf of the undersigned organisations, I’m writing to draw your attention to the case of Blaž Zgaga, a respected investigative journalist and Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Slovenia. Dear Vice-President Jourová,  RSF_en -European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) News May 21, 2021 Find out more Mr. Zgaga is a respected investigative journalist, who has worked for Slovenia’s main newspapers and whose articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Observer and The Globe among other renowned publications. He is a member of the prestigious International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and his work has been recognised, including with a New York Press Club Award for Journalism. We fear for his life after supporters of the Slovenian government declared him an enemy of the State.  Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media On 23 March 2020, we wrote a letter to the Slovenian Minister of the Interior to urge him to guarantee Mr Zgaga’s safety, but it remains unanswered. This is why we now turn to you. We call on you to remind the Slovenian government that freedom of expression and information are fundamental European values and should be respected.  SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityInternetViolence We urge you to do everything in your power to guarantee Mr. Zgaga’s safety and to ensure the death threats and attacks against him are treated with the utmost seriousness by the Slovenian authorities. News News -Reporters without Borders (RSF) 1040 Brussels European Commission  News Brussels, 17 April 2020 April 20, 2020 Seven organisations call on the European Commission to guarantee the safety of Slovenian investigative journalist Zgaga The public broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVS) has also been facing verbal and physical threats. In late March, Mr. Iztok Mori, the head of the Velenje municipal administration verbally attacked RTVS journalists. The Prime Minister himself has gone after the public media outlet on several occasions, accusing it of spreading lies about the government, and issuing a veiled threat over its funding after he called the broadcaster’s teams “overpaid” on Twitter. On 31 March, following Mr. Janša’s tweet, an unknown perpetrator threatened an RTVS news team and damaged their vehicle; another RTVS team was verbally assaulted the next day while recording a street interview in Maribor.  The Prime Minister also called the Slovenian News Agency (STA) a  « fan of fake news » after the agency  published our letter.  Organisation Rue de la Loi 200 Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Instead of a standard response, his request was met with a troubling retweet, by the official account of the Crisis Headquarters, of an anonymous tweet which asserted that Mr. Zgaga was one of « 4 patients who escaped from quarantine »; and were suffering from « a Covid-Marx/Lenin virus »; — a transparent allusion to his history of criticizing the far-right ruling party, Slovenska demokratska stranka (SDS). It is for all these reasons that RSF is joined by the six organisations below in asking that you put pressure on the Slovenian government. Mr. Zgaga has received death threats following a freedom of information request made to the Secretary-General of the Government regarding the operations and structure of the newly-founded Crisis Headquarters of the Republic of Slovenia (Krizni štab Republike Slovenije), which is in charge of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to this defamatory attack, the SDS-owned media outlet Nova24TV initiated a smear campaign against the journalist, with an article depicting him as a « ‘pseudo-’ journalist of the deep state […] fearful of losing [his] privileges ». Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts -Article 19 Dear Commissioner Reynders,  Follow the news on Slovenia June 2, 2021 Find out more I remain at your disposal for any further information and look forward to hearing from you. Commissioner Didier Reynders Despite the unprecedented context in which Slovenia and other countries currently find themselves, the Covid-19 crisis shouldn’t be an excuse to prevent journalists from doing their job. Journalistic reporting is vital for our societies, especially at this time, in the midst of a health crisis where false information spreads very quickly. Slovenian authorities have a responsibility to protect the press, to ensure journalists are able to report independently, as well as to guarantee free and open access to information. -European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Worryingly, Mr. Zgaga is not the only journalist who has been threatened since Prime Minister Janša took office earlier this year. In March, after she tweeted a joke about the Prime Minister, Klara Širovnik, a journalist with the national daily Večer, was targeted by Nova24TV in an article published online. She subsequently received a tremendous number of anonymous threats, including many rape threats.  March 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgYou’re here to learn about the software and systems I use to keep this blog running. I’m ready to share them with you. We will discuss the platform, social media tools, and more.What? You don’t have a blog or other learning portal for members to access? For the sake of your social and search presence, get started today!Since that’s part of what my company educates on, I’m here to help!Scheduled PostsEvery so often, typically on Tuesdays, a new post appears (Updated for 2020!). You get a notification, e-mail, tweet, or some other thing, which directs you here. And I am super appreciative that you visit.Even if it’s just to see if your name is mentioned. Sarah, Steve, Phil, David, Dianne, Ashley, Qui-Gon…are you a winner? There’s always next time.No matter what moved you to action, you are here now. Yet what made this post appear? Was I sitting on a device debating when to press Post? Well, yes, I do that, but not in this case.I use the post scheduler to keep a consistent flow of content, even if I happen to be busy at that time. I’m sure you never find yourself suddenly occupied when other obligations are waiting…Whatever platform you use, it supports scheduled posts. At one point, I had over a year of content scheduled on this blog. That’s back when I was really good at writing and prioritizing. It was also a bit crazy.The Guts of the SystemWhat’s it like behind the curtains, down the rabbit’s hole, outside the Matrix? To be honest, it’s pretty similar to the world you inhabit.I just have mad hatters, agents with equally mad martial arts skills, and a reasonably unhappy (did you think I’d say “mad”?) wizard who is not a wizard at all.Whew, how many references did I even make there? No time to count, we’ve got to talk about the blog platform!To start, Credit Union geek is built using WordPress. More than half the internet uses this platform, and to no big surprise. It’s easy to craft to your needs, quickly, easily, and without a lot of technical knowledge.Security ConcernsBecause WordPress is so widespread, security fixes are released within hours. With a strong password (Article updated for 2020!), a WordPress site is as safe as one could expect online.I also use an extension called WordFence, which blocks suspicious activity and also visitors who are likely up to no good. That’s just the surface of its functionality, and I’d at least look at it and similar products before launching.Sharing Content, or, Ensuring You Know It ExistsFor sharing, I take a few paths. My goal is to be where you are. If that’s this site, great. Only I cannot expect all of you to come here daily! No one’s stopping you.However, to get proper reach, I’ve got to go social!TwitterThe most common is Twitter. When on my computer, I use the Tweetdeck web-app. On my iPad and iPhone, I use Twitterrific. I can follow trending topics (Yes, updated for 2020!), schedule posts, and see all my interactions on one screen.But what if you’re not on Twitter? Or, even if you are, it’s easy to miss a few posts. In case you didn’t notice, a lot of people use it. And some of them post far too much (often while saying far too little).Thus, Twitter isn’t my only outreach medium.LinkedInI also share all my posts on LinkedIn using their Article platform. To inform people of their existence, I sometimes post on a variety of credit union-focused LinkedIn groups.Unfortunately, activity on those groups fell over the years. After watching posts get 0 engagements over the course of months, I pulled away as well. The groups were great, so if you’re ready to come back, I am, too!I see this platform as my main area for interaction. Despite not liking their mobile app at all, I’ve put it back in my phone so I can check notifications and comment on related industry posts.Do you use LinkedIn, and, if so, for what purposes? (If it’s for finding another job, just say, “Waffle recipes” in the comments. It’ll be our little secret.)FacebookOccasionally, I’ll share on Facebook to friends and family. Since this is business-related content, most don’t care. So it’s less common than all other mediums.E-mailOf course, readers can easily subscribe and receive new posts by e-mail. Are you? Because it’s the best way to get your dose of Geek.Software PlatformsI’ve tried a lot of software over the years. Some don’t exist anymore. Others evolved to a point of being more frustration than productive. A few are new entrants I consider carefully.ActiveCampaign – E-mail & TrackingFor e-mail campaign efforts, I use our company’s CRM platform: ActiveCampaign. These managed messages inform readers of my speaking availability (I’m way cooler in person) or new posts.It’s also a great way to let people know about full rewrite updates like those you see mentioned in this post. Plus, chances are, you weren’t reading back in 2014. Yet I’ve got some good stuff to surface from then!ActiveCampaign gives me the flexibility to set up automations based on recipient activity, track open rates, and much more. We’re still learning what it can do, but the team seems receptive to suggestions.Buffer – Social Media ManagementWith my priorities leaning towards our company’s Learning Library, I’ve been lax on use of this system. What is Buffer?In a few words, it’s a single service to manage all your social media activity. Schedule posts, watch engagement, and much more. It works on desktop and mobile just as easily.I really like how it lets you set up a bunch of posts, then have it automatically post them on a schedule you define ahead of time. They’ll even suggest best times for engagement on each service.To explain: I can have Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn connected to Buffer. Each has their own posts ready, abiding to individual schedules. It’s all your social activity, on one screen. Pretty cool, right?Audio PostsWhen the mood strikes me, I’ll make an audio post. Why not video, you ask? Because the lighting and layout of my office isn’t ideal. I’ve tried. The audio is the better solution right now.Making recorded content isn’t a huge challenge. I use AirPods for microphones because they’re just fabulous. I record into Quicktime, then export as a high-quality m4a file. That’s it!Web Apps – Everything ElseTo be honest, for most activities, I just use the website. Twitter posts? Tweetdeck, since it’s Twitter as it should be (without all the extra garbage).LinkedIn? The website. It’s not great, but there’s no easier way to browse my feed to find relatable content.Content creation? I used to use Evernote, but transitioned to Google Drive/Docs in the last year. When copying from the latter, it retains formatting in WordPress best. Plus, I can get to it/edit on any device.At the end of the day, my goal is to not be tied to any one device. If I need to do something and all that’s available is my phone, it should work. It’s not ideal, but doable.What’s Your Process?I speak to a lot of credit union marketing and social media folks (Cleaned up for 2020!). They each have their own process for engaging members. I hope this post can help you decide on the best tools for your task.On your system, you may want things like chatbots to help serve members. Internally, different data analytics (Updated for 2020!) can assist in better engaging opportunities.Just remember, tools are only as good as their user. I await the AI platform which writes, formats, hosts, and publicizes creative insights into the credit union industry.Of course, then I won’t be the Credit Union Geek anymore. Unless that has already happened… 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThree wins in a row will not only earn Wisconsin a Big Ten Tournament Championship, but also virtually guarantee a highly coveted No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. For the Badgers to be successful in Chicago, they will need to take care of the following five things:1. Take advantage of fatigueMichigan State, Wisconsin’s first opponent, will be playing on about 24 hours rest after a tougher-than-expected battle with Northwestern. The Badgers should be able to wear down the Spartans on both sides of the ball and move on to the second round.2. Be the #2 seedThe Badgers enter the tournament with history on their side. Four of the last five tournament champions finished the regular season second in the conference. The only non-No. 2 seed to win the tournament since 2002? 2005 national runner-up, Illinois.3. Sub wiselyWisconsin is one of the deepest teams in the Big Ten. Effective use of reserves should keep the Badgers fresh for three games in three days.4. Use the POYEarlier this week, Alando Tucker was named conference Player of the Year. If the Badgers are going to be Big Ten Tournament champions, they will have to get Tucker the ball as often as possible within the confines of the offense.5. Be physicalThe Big Ten conference is known for its tough defense and physical play. This contact and intensity gets taken up a notch during the postseason, particularly since this year a number of teams still have some work to do to improve their NCAA tournament résumés. The Badgers must be prepared to match their opponents’ strength.last_img read more