Jimmy Johns comes to University Strip

first_imgJoey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Twitter Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Previous articlePantherFest to host a 2,000 foot slip-and-slide in downtown Fort WorthNext articleTanglewood neighborhood avoids re-zoning Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Joey McReynolds + posts Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Linkedin Facebook The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Twitter printDavid Cabellero, owner of the new Jimmy Johns, said that while they don’t have an exact date due to construction, the goal is to open in the beginning of July.There are already six Jimmy Johns locations in Fort Worth according to jimmyjohns.com.With the influx of orders Jimmy Johns has gotten from the TCU campus, Cabellero said it was a good idea to bring Jimmy Johns to the campus.“We wanted to be apart of the community,” Cabellero said. “We wanted to better service the customers.”Jimmy Johns will take Frog Bucks and Campus Cash, Cabellero said. They will also deliver to students and residents close by.“TCU has a great reputation,” Cabellero said.Brady Coggins, a junior finance and real estate major, said, “I always wished they delivered to my house but never could because I was out of range. I’m happy that they are on campus now.Cabellero said that they will begin the hiring process in about two weeks and that they will hire both students and locals of Fort Worth.This is the first Jimmy Johns that Cabellero has franchised. All new franchisees participate in a 7-week training program according to jimmyjohns.com.Jimmy Johns requires people who seek to franchise their company to have a net worth of at least $300,000 along with $80,000 in non-borrowed personal resources according to jimmyjohns.com.The average net profit from operations is $270,355 according to jimmyjohns.com. These figures are averages from 15 affiliate owned restaurants that opened before January 1, 2010.Jimmy Johns was founded in 1983 and currently has over 2000 stores open according to jimmyjohns.com. Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

Fort Worth Independent School District establishes leadership academies

first_imgereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter JROTC cadets work concessions at TCU football games Twitter W.P. McLean 6th Grade Center updates health curriculum Linkedin ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature W.P. McLean Middle School welcomes new principal ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ + posts ReddIt ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ ReddIt ereardon Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Facebook Previous articleNew SGA program draws attention to faculty, staff daily effortsNext articleSuspected gas leak near UCC lot causes bad smell ereardon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) is implementing leadership development academies this school year to strengthen administrative skills within the district.Five types of leadership academies will take place at the District Professional Development Center (PDC), including the District Leader Academy, New Principal Academy, Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy, Aspiring Principal Academy and Model Principals’ Academy, according to the W.P. McLean Sixth Grade Center website.The leadership academies were created to train administrators who are new to the district. Administrators involved in the academies will meet once a month throughout the school year.Miguel Del Toro, assistant principal of R.L. Paschal High School, began at Paschal in August and is part of the New Assistant Principal Academy.Del Toro said that the new leadership academies are a good addition to the district for administrators.“Teachers of course get tons of opportunities to build their repertoire and to build capacity as far as their content or classroom management or pedagogy in general,” Del Toro said. “Districts are now finding the advantage of training and equipping their administrators with programs such as the leadership academies.”Del Toro said that we are in a new era of education where there is a change in paradigm for administrative roles.“It’s about being academic leaders, instructional leaders, helping our teachers improve and build their craft,” Del Toro said.The academies have gained positive response from aspiring educators studying at Texas Christian University.Taylor White, a senior math education major at TCU, said she would be interested in participating in a leadership development academy in the future.“Having the opportunity to grow within the district compels me because my end goal as an education major is to one day be principal,” White said. “It’s good for the district to grow from within because teachers who have been in FWISD for years know what needs to be improved and what changes need to be made.” Facebook Paschal High School gains new assistant principal Linkedinlast_img read more

Westcliff Elementary teacher named Lockheed Martin chair for teaching excellence in elementary science

first_imgTCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices TCU 360 Staff Twitter TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Facebook Previous articleWomen’s basketball wins season opener, 72-58Next articleBane erupts to give men’s basketball dominant victory over Tennessee Tech, 100-63 TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970scenter_img Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. printA Westcliff Elementary School teacher has been named the Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Science. Mitchell said she enjoys teaching science because it allows her to be creative when creating lessons. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Mitchell)Jennifer Mitchell, who was Westcliff’s teacher of the year last year, was awarded the title and a $5,000 honorarium last month. She will be formally recognized at a luncheon this week. The Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence program, modeled after the university-level chair program, recognizes outstanding classroom teachers, according to the Fort Worth ISD website.The school’s principal, Sara Gillaspie, encouraged Mitchell to apply for the award.“She’s just an incredible teacher — she’s one of a kind,” Gillaspie said. “We have a lot of incredible teachers here, but Jennifer Mitchell just has a different way of connecting with kids.”The application process, which included multiple essays, a teaching demonstration and an interview, offered Mitchell a chance to talk about her teaching philosophy, which she said is made of two parts.“There’s an academic side and a personal side,” Mitchell said. “It’s really important to hone my craft as an educator so I can understand what they’re going to need to know for the state tests. But the bigger part of my teaching philosophy is I want them to walk out of my classroom knowing  how to be good people.”Mitchell’s personal teaching style is part of what makes her an excellent teacher, Gillaspie said.“We’ve had kids with real trauma, and she healed them in a way,” Gillaspie said. “She counsels them, she involves them in things and finds special ways to touch every kid and gives them opportunities to change the course of their lives.”Mitchell said she tries to empower her students by helping them realize that they have control over their own success.“It doesn’t matter where you come from; it’s what you do with what you’ve got,” she said. “If you come here, every single person is given the same opportunity. I will never be impressed with how smart you are, but I will always be impressed with how hard you work.” Mitchell, who majored in interior design at Texas State University, said she never expected to become a teacher. She was working as an interior designer when the housing market collapsed, and she decided to reinvent her career and start teaching. “I swore I’d never be a teacher,” she said. “I feel like I’ve found my niche, whether that was intentional or not.”For Mitchell, the most rewarding part of being a teacher is seeing her students learn to believe in themselves.“It’s almost addicting to be there with the kids and get to see their progress,” she said.Besides teaching three rotations of science, Mitchell also sponsors many of Westcliff Elementary’s after-school clubs. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Mitchell)Staff and students at Westcliff gathered in the school’s gymnasium to surprise Mitchell with the award. After the presentation, Mitchell and her students paraded around the school with a student-made banner.“Everyone on our campus feels that she’s so deserving and is the perfect person to be highlighted for excellence in teaching,” Gillaspie said. “Our campus is super proud to have her all the time.” + posts ReddIt Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Pantone: Color of the year 2020 TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Five Horned Frogs selected in 2018 MLB draft

first_imgFacebook Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Facebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Twitter + posts printLuken Baker/ Photo by Sharon EllianThe TCU baseball team saw five players selected in the 2018 MLB draft, including a second-round selection of junior first basemen Luken Baker by the St. Louis Cardinals.Bakers selection at 75th overall was the eighth highest a player has been drafted during head coach Jim Schlossnagles 15-year tenure in Fort Worth. The junior has some of the best power in the draft and was selected despite suffering two season-ending injuries in each of the past two years.Durbin Feltman/ Photo by Sharon EllmanOn the second day of the draft, All-American closer Durbin Feltman was selected in the third round by the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Sean Wymer was selected in the fourth round by the Toronto Blue Jays.Sean Wymer/ Photo by Sharon Ellman Feltman is tied for the all-time saves record at TCU and averaged an impressive 2.03 ERA over the course of his career.Similar to former TCU reliever Brandon Finnegan, who played in the College World Series and the MLB World Series in the same season, Feltman has the chance to be called up to the big leagues and make his professional debut in the same calendar year in which he pitched for the Horned Frogs. Many players toil for years in the minor leagues after getting drafted and the fact that Feltman has been rumored to have big league potential so soon is a sign of his talent as a reliever.“Everybody wants to make it to the big leagues as fast as possible. I feel like I have a pretty good shot at it,” Feltman said in a Boston Globe Article. “If the Red Sox decide to push me up and challenge me, I’m always ready for the challenge.”The control of his fastball, as well as a dominating slider, could prove an asset to the Red Sox as they make a playoff push later this fall.The selections of Baker, Feltman, and Wymer in the first four rounds marked the second time TCU has had three players selected in the first four rounds.Jared Janczak/ Photo by Sharon EllmanOn the final day of the draft, starting pitcher Jared Janczak was selected in the 32nd round of the draft by the Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Josh Watson was selected in the 35th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.Josh Watson/ Photo by Sharon EllmanJanczak had an injury-riddled 2018 but was an All-American in 2017 and finished his career with a 17-7 record in 30 starts and a 2.56 ERA.Watson started every single game of his three-year career, finishing as a .274 career hitter and a two-time All-Big 12 performer. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin ReddIt Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald Durbin Feltman returned from injury to make his first appearance since April 27. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Previous articleConstruction set to begin on Amon G. Carter Stadium expansionNext articleThe Skiff: Orientation Edition Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Twitter Linkedin Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

No. 2 Rifle tops UTEP in season opener

first_img‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs TCU Rifle team photographed in Fort Worth, Texas on August 25, 2017. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman) Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates + posts Twitter printTCU Rifle team photographed in Fort Worth, Texas on August 25, 2017. Photo by Sharon EllmanThe TCU women’s rifle team opened the season with the highest score in the NCAA this season, helping them to defeat the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) at home.The Frogs fired an air rifle score of 2,381, the fourth-highest score in program history, along with a smallbore score of 2,327. Senior Rachel Garner tied for the fourth-best mark in TCU history with her air rifle score of 599. Her score was one point shy of a perfect score and a career high for the senior. Junior Casey Lutz followed Garner with a 597 in air rifle. Sophomore Elizabeth Marsh and first-year Kristen Hemphill rounded out the top four overall scores with scores of 594 and 591.Garner also led the field in smallbore with her mark of 587. Marsh and Hemphill fired a 582 and 580, respectively, to follow Garner’s lead in the smallbore and Lutz shot a 578 to round out the team score of 2,327.TCU turned in the top four aggregate scorers with Garner’s mark of 1,186 leading the way. Hemphill finished fourth in her first collegiate match with a mark of 1,171. The Horned Frogs will travel to Navy Saturday for their next meet. Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Twitter Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Facebook ReddIt Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Actions have consequencesNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Preseason Hot Takes Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Olivia Wales Lessons of perseverancelast_img read more

Women’s basketball tops Cincinnati​ to advance to WNIT semifinals

first_imgColin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Facebook ReddIt Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Twittercenter_img First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall ReddIt Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleFort Worth holds its first transgender day of visibility observanceNext articleMen’s tennis opens Big 12 play with win over Texas Tech, 5-2 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printSenior Amy Okonkwo had her second-straight double-double in the victory for TCU. Photo by Heesoo YangTCU women’s basketball held Cincinnati to just one made field goal in the last 14:39 to defeat the Bearcats 69-55 and advance to the WNIT semifinals for the second-consecutive season.“They could’ve pouted.  They could’ve gotten in their feelings,” head coach Raegan Pebley said of her team after they were left out of the NCAA tournament. “Instead, they just really really locked in on each other.”The stark defensive play came after TCU went down 50-46 with 4:39 left in the third quarter. The Horned Frogs dominated from there and would only allow the Bearcats to score five points for the rest of the game. TCU came out of the gate swinging, responding to Cincinnati’s opening layup with an 11-0 run. Guard Lauren Heard led this early spark with five points of her own during the span.“One of the strong messages we had about Cincinnati was that they were going to try and be the aggressor,” Pebley said. “We had to work really hard to continue to own the steering wheel.”The Horned Frogs continued their success through the first half of the period, going up by as much as 10 at one point. The Bearcats did not back down, though, as guard Antoinette Miller led them on an 11-4 run to cut TCU’s lead to just three at the end of the quarter.Miller, a member of the All-AAC Second Team this season, poured in 14 points in the first ten minutes alone.The second quarter turned into a fight, as both teams stayed aggressive and traded punches deep into the period. Although the Horned Frogs were using their size advantage to dominate the boards, the Bearcats were utilizing the fast break to stay in the game. With 5:44 left in the half, Cincinnati crawled within one, 27-26, but they were never able to take the lead from there.  TCU retook a commanding 38-29 lead through team basketball, spouting off an 11-3 run that featured scoring from five different Horned Frogs. After scoring a career-high 36 points in TCU’s round 3 win over Arkansas, forward Amy Okonkwo continued her dominant postseason play by scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds for the Horned Frogs in the first half alone.The Horned Frogs had dominated defensively in the first two periods, holding the Bearcats to just 37.5 percent from the field as a team.  Limar’i Thomas, Cincinnati’s second leading scorer and a member of the All-AAC First Team, had gone 0-2 with zero points in the first half.The Bearcats were clearly unfazed by their deficit, as they opened the second half on an 13-3 run to go up three, 44-41, with 6:23 left in the third.  “Tonight, I thought, obviously, they came out in the second half and went on a pretty impressive run,” Pebley said. “We just had to lock on in just our defense and their tendencies and just get more focused.”After Cincinnati took their biggest lead of the game at 50-46 with 4:39 left to play in the fourth quarter, TCU finished the period on a 10-0 run to take a 56-50 lead into the final quarter.The Horned Frogs would cruise from there, continuing to dominate defensively.  The Bearcats made just one field goal in the last 14:39 of the game, scoring only five points on 7 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.The Horned Frogs were excellent defensively late in the game, holding the Bearcats to just five points in the fourth quarter. Photo by Heesoo Yang“It came from just really being locked in on thatdefensive end and then caring for the ball on the offensive end,” Pebley said.The five points scored by Cincinnati were the fewestallowed in the fourth quarter by the Horned Frogs all season.Okonkwo finished with a double-double for the second-straight game, scoring 20 points and bringing down a game-high 13 rebounds.  The scoring total moves her into sole possession of 10th on TCU’s all-time scoring list, with 1,302 points in her career.“I just go out there and play hard no matter what game it is,” Okonkwo said. “I just try to show up for my team every single game.”Joining Okonkwo in the double-double category, Jordan Moore finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds of her own.  Center Jordan Moore scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to join Okonkwo with a double-double. Photo by Heesoo Yang“These seniors [Okonkwo and Moore] have led us really well with a focused sense of urgency,” Pebley said. The victory improves TCU’s record to 24-10, as the HornedFrogs reach the 24-win mark for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.In the semifinals, TCU will face the winner of Arizona versus Wyoming on Wednesday, April 3. Time and location are to be determined. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Colin Post Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award last_img read more

The Leap 10/1/19

first_imgReddIt The Leap 2/4/20 Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Linkedin Twitter Twitter Facebook ReddIt Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ The Leap 2/11/20 Previous articleLighter, faster, stronger: How Trevon Moehrig has become a top Big 12 safetyNext articleWhat we’re reading: Verdict in Guyger case, Zuckerberg audio comments leaked Brittany Kasko RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap 2/18/20 + posts center_img Brittany Kasko Brittany is the Executive Producer of The Leap for TCU360. She is a journalism major and criminal justice minor from Mansfield, Texas. In her free time, Brittany enjoys exercising and catching up on pop culture. Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ Facebook Brittany Kaskohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brittany-kasko/ printTCU’s unscripted, pop culture talk show about lifestyle updates, gossip conversations, and today’s hot topics. The LEAP 10/22/20 Linkedin The Leap 3/3/20 TCU News Now 8/26/20 TCU News Now 4/24/20last_img read more

Welcome TCU Class of 2025

first_imgReddIt A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Linkedin Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ ReddIt printWELCOME CLASS OF 2025The Frog Fountain (TCU Facebook)The Frog Fountain (TCU Facebook)The next four years will be full of many firsts, successes, failures and growth. The TCU community will be there to help you along the way. Starting out is exciting and overwhelming. Here’s some background on what makes TCU special and some important tips for first-year students. Welcome home Horned Frogs.Table of ContentsClick to readClick to readClick to readClick to readClick to readClick to readClick to readClick to readTCU is home to many time-honored traditions that bring the TCU community together. Learn about all the most popular traditions and TCU’s long history. Plus, see what the Campus Commons have to offer students.Navigating how to achieve academic success can be difficult for many first year students. Here is a guide to all things academic resources, recommended first-year student classes, becoming a leader on campus and finding job opportunities on-campus. The first-year experience is kicked off with Frog Camp and Frog’s First. See how these programs plan on revamping this summer and fall. Plus some tips on adjusting to dorm-life and eating healthy on-campus. TCU students have the unique opportunity of living in the middle of the fifth largest city in Texas. Discover student’s top places to eat and workout around the city of Fort Worth. And the Fort Worth Zoo is adding some exciting attractions. This guide shares it all. TCU Student MediaExecutive Editor: JD Pells Edited & Designed by: Haeven Gibbons & Lonyae CoulterStaff Writers: Lindsey Bakonyi, Ryann Booth, Lonyae Coulter, Abigail Hoffacker, Kiaya Johnson, Skye Moreno, Ariel Wallace, Frances Wetherbee, Mia YartoDirector of Student Media: Jean Brown Director of Digital Media: Holly RusakTopBuilt with Shorthand TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Newest student organization hopes to provide a space for minority students interested in law Twitter First-year experience at TCU TCU Theatre looks forward to second-weekend performances of Children of Eden Haeven Gibbons Wear worthy: One Fort Worth boutique aims to empower human trafficking victims Lonyae Coulterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lonyae-coulter/ NewsThe Skiff: Digital IssuesWelcome TCU Class of 2025By Haeven Gibbons and Lonyae Coulter – June 3, 2021 704 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution First-year experience at TCU Lonyae Coulterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lonyae-coulter/ Life in Fort Worth Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Lonyae Coulter Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting + posts Twitter Frogs First organizers look forward to bringing back revamped program in the fall RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleA fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxesNext articleTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Haeven Gibbons and Lonyae Coulter Lonyae Coulterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lonyae-coulter/ Facebook Facebook Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Lonyae Coulterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lonyae-coulter/last_img read more

Switzerland: Journalist convicted for demonstrating voting system flaw

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” December 6, 2016 Switzerland: Journalist convicted for demonstrating voting system flaw SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Protecting media freedom and free speech when regulating digital platforms November 11, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Swiss court’s decision to convict a journalist who reported in March 2015 that he voted twice in an election in order to demonstrate that the electronic voting system was flawed.Joël Boissard, who works for Switzerland’s RTS broadcaster, was able to vote twice by Internet in the March 2015 federal and cantonal elections because he was sent two sets of voting documents, firstly as a Swiss resident in France and then as a resident of Geneva, to which he returned at the start of 2015.After managing to vote twice, Boissard immediately contacted the authorities and asked them to explain this anomaly. Three weeks later he learned that the authorities had reported him to the prosecutor’s office in Geneva.A court finally convicted him on 1 November of this year on a criminal charge of electoral fraud and gave him a suspended sentence – a fine.Boissard is amazed by the court’s decision because it takes no account of the fact that he acted not with intent to commit fraud but solely to draw attention to a matter of public interest.According to his lawyer, Jamil Soussi, the European Court of Human Rights has in the past ruled in favour of journalists who broke the law solely because it was the only way to draw attention to serious problems.In this case, Boissard used the only way possible to confirm that the electronic voting system was flawed.Boissard and RTS have appealed to the Federal Criminal Court on the grounds that his conviction constitutes a grave violation of media freedom. The court is due to hold a public hearing on the case in January.RSF’s also regards Boissard’s criminal conviction as an extraordinary attack on the media’s freedom and duty to inform the public.Switzerland is ranked 7th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press FreedomIndex. Follow the news on Switzerland Electronic vote / AFP Receive email alerts News Reports News SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment Organisation June 26, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal News April 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Constitutional progress that awaits implementation

first_img December 26, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Although article 31 on freedom expression, article 32 on access to information, and article 127 on the Broadcasting Communication Agency are not entirely satisfactory, they represent a significant advance.“We hail the realization of one of the leading goals of the 2011 popular uprising,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The completion of the constitutional process that began after the October 2011 elections marks a turning point for Tunisia. “Ben Ali’s departure opened the way for media pluralism but the repressive laws inherited from the old regime were maintained. Freedom of information is now enshrined in the constitution. This is crucial for democracy in Tunisia but it is not enough.”Reporters Without Borders legal committee coordinator Prisca Orsonneau added: “If article 31 of the constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression is to be fully respected, as Tunisia’s international obligations require, legislators, judicial officials, security forces and other leading actors must act in concert with the constant aim of respecting and ensuring respect for the principle of freedom of information.”The utmost vigilance is needed to ensure implementation of the constitution’s principles. In early December, Reporters Without Borders pointed out the inadequacies of the draft being discussed.Thereafter, few amendments were adopted to improve or clarify the wording of the articles on freedom of information, except article 125, which was amended to restrict the powers of the broadcast media regulator. Amendments reintroducing a ban on blasphemy (article 6) and the addition of the concept of “public morals” (article 49) are also worrying as both could restrict freedom of expression.After following the voting article by article, Reporters Without Borders stresses the following points:- Article 6, on religion, guarantees freedom of conscience.The state’s neutrality is not enshrined in the constitution as finally adopted, which proclaims the role of the state as “guardian of religion” and “protector of the sacred.” An amendment to this article adopted on 23 January, just before the end of the debates, reintroduced a ban on attacks on the “sacred,” a concept that is not defined.Reporters Without Borders regards the ban on blasphemy (attacks on the sacred) as a restriction of freedom of expression that is unacceptable under international standards now in force and regrets this amendment’s adoption, as it opens the way to legislation criminalizing the expression of opinions in speech or writing that could be construed as attacks on religious beliefs.The fact that the criminalization of blasphemy had been dropped from previous drafts was hailed as a major advance. The crime of apostasy, which was also included at an emotional moment, has no place in a constitution.- Article 20 gives international treaties “sub-constitutional” and “supra-legislative” status.Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed and disturbed by the adoption of this provision, which sets the constitution above Tunisia’s international obligations and which therefore allows the latter to be dismissed. Despite previous criticism of this article, it was not changed.- Article 31 on freedom of expression says: “The freedoms of opinion, thought expression, information and publication are guaranteed. These freedoms may not be subjected to prior control.”The wording is positive as far as it goes, but Reporters Without Borders regrets that it does not define freedom of expression at greater length and that no provision was adopted to reinforce it. Freedom of expression should have been guaranteed not just as a fundamental right but also as the basis of other rights.This article does not say, for example, that freedom of expression is guaranteed for everyone, regardless of status, age or nationality, regardless of borders, and for every form and medium of expression. It does not mention Internet communications and does not guarantee media independence or the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.- Article 32 on access to information is not subject to any specific restrictions other than those envisaged in article 49. Its adoption is extremely positive. Reporters Without Borders urges to Tunisia to create a special body to handle access to information issues, in order to realize what this article promises.- Article 49 says: “The law determines the modalities regarding the rights and freedoms guaranteed in this constitution and the conditions for exercising them, without endangering their essence. These methods of control are established only as a result of the needs of a democratic civilian state, or to protect the rights of others, or for reasons of public security, national defence, public health or public morals, and with respect for proportionality and the need for these controls. The courts ensure that rights and freedoms are protected against any violation. An amendment may not affect the human rights and freedoms guaranteed in this constitution.”The balance introduced into article 49 at the request of many NGOs is a major advance. The addition of “respect for proportionality and (…) need” is positive. This article did not however include the need for legislative precision, stipulated by the UN Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for interpreting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (General Comment No. 34, paragraph 25).It is also worrying that “public morals” are included in the interests that need protecting and could therefore restrict freedoms. Although their protection is given as possible grounds for restrictions in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the lack of any reference to the covenant is disturbing. The inclusion of “public morals” is particularly dangerous in the current context, as it opens the way to restriction of freedom of expression in the name of a concept that is vague and easily exploited. – Article 127 on the Broadcasting Communication Agency was amended as Reporters Without Borders had hoped. It says that the agency’s members must be “independent, impartial, qualified and upright.” The agency’s responsibilities are limited to the broadcast media, not all the media, as originally envisaged.The article says the agency should be guided by the principles of “respect for freedom of expression and information” and guaranteeing “media plurality and integrity.” The regulatory powers it is given should enable it to fully play the role of media referee.Despite its flaws, the new constitution establishes promising foundations and commits future generations to safeguarding freedoms. Protecting human rights and guaranteeing freedom of expression need to be priorities for Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa’s government and the one that follows after the next elections.Photo: ReutersSlideshow: tunisiefocus Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Receive email alerts News After debates held in a spirit of consensus, Tunisia’s national constituent assembly has approved a new constitution that tries to protect the democratic rights to freedom of expression and information. It was adopted by 200 votes for, 12 against and 4 abstentions on 26 January. 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