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

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine seeks to fill 3

first_imgJob Description:The Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland, Schoolof Medicine seeks to recruit 3 additional board certified/eligibledermatologists to our faculty. The positions available are asfollows:(1) General Medical Dermatology: The successful candidate will joinour Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland Schoolof Medicine and provide patient care and education within ourresidency training program. The ideal candidate will have a stronginterest both in practicing and teaching general dermatology, andin developing a subspecialty focus in dermatology. Particular areasof subspecialty interest include inpatient consultativedermatology, complex medical dermatology, and/or dermatology ofskin of color. A commitment to resident education isnecessary.(2) Oncologic Dermatology: This position is for a dermatologistwith an interest in developing a clinical research program incutaneous oncology or the interface between dermatology and acutecancer care and/or leading clinical trials in cutaneous oncology.Protected time will be available to develop research interests.Candidates with active Federal research funding will be consideredfor the Shapiro Endowed Professorship in Dermatology.(3) Chief of VA Dermatology: a dual-appointment, full-time facultyposition is available for the position of Chief of VA Dermatology,VA Maryland Health Care System. This position, to include a 7/8thsVA commitment with a faculty appointment at the University ofMaryland School of Medicine, will be based at the Baltimore VAMC.This position includes the opportunity to lead a diverse staff ofdermatologists, to guide resident education at the Baltimore VAMC,and to develop a research program supported by VA’s Office ofResearch & Development.Qualifications :The Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland Schoolof Medicine seeks to fill 3 additional academic dermatologistpositions.Expected rank is Assistant Professor or higher, however, rankand tenure status is dependent on candidate’s qualifications. Acomprehensive benefits package is provided.The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity,Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, individuals withdisabilities and protected Veterans are encouraged toapply.Direct Contact Information:Candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a brief statementof interest to either Thomas J. Hornyak, MD PhD, Chair, Departmentof Dermatology, at [email protected], or Betsy Satosky, Academic/Residency Program Coordinator,Department of Dermatology, at [email protected]last_img read more

Brazilian Massa Calls For Improvements In Car Safety

first_imgBy Dialogo September 09, 2009 Brazilian Formula One racecar driver Felipe Massa, who suffered a serious accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, affirmed that he wants to return to racing with Ferrari next year and called for improvements in car safety in declarations to the British press. “We have to make improvements. I’m not saying that it’s necessary to cover (the cockpit) completely. But perhaps there are other things that can be done to prevent a tire colliding with your head,” affirmed the 28-year-old, who believes that in the future it will be necessary to modify the safety regulations. Massa wants to prevent accidents like his or like the one that killed English Formula Two racecar driver Henry Surtees in July, when a tire struck him on the head. “Right now I’m well. The only problem is that I need an operation for a bone in my skull that they had to take out because it was completely damaged,” the racecar driver explained to the Guardian newspaper, speaking from São Paulo. “A normal person can live with this without any problem. But for a racecar driver, if you have an accident and you have this problem, it’s very difficult to recover,” he added. The Brazilian suffered a serious accident in July, during the running of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. When he was going at 250 kilometers an hour, he was struck by a spring that had come off the Brawn driven by his compatriot Rubens Barrichello and suffered severe head injuries. Despite his firm determination to return to Formula One, Felipe Massa is aware of how lucky he was to survive the accident. “On the one hand, I had very bad luck, because the spring hit me in the head,” he said. “But on the other hand, I was very lucky; all the doctors have told me so. If the spring had hit me a millimeter more toward the right, I could have lost my sight,” the racecar driver admitted.last_img read more