News May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go further Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more February 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wave of attempts to intimidate independent media in run-up to presidential election Help by sharing this information News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by attempts to intimidate independent national media in recent days in Russia.“Whether the result of a change in strategy by the Kremlin or simultaneous initiatives by zealous subordinates, these manoeuvres must stop at once,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The warning shot fired across radio Echo of Moscow’s bows by its leading shareholder is the latest in a series of moves to reorganize independent media in the past few months.“Like the ridiculous charge of being ‘in the pay of foreigners,’ this devious behaviour above all reflects a growing alarm within the government and its allies about the sizeable opposition movement they are facing for the first time in the run-up to the 4 March presidential election. It also reflects an unacceptable contempt for journalists and belief that they can be easily silenced.”The online television station Dozhd TV yesterday received a fax from the Moscow prosecutor’s office asking it to provide detailed information about “the station’s funding for its coverage of the mass demonstrations from 10 to 24 December,” in which large marches were staged throughout the country in protest against alleged electoral fraud.The query was prompted by a request filed in late December by Robert Shlegel, a parliamentary representative of the ruling United Russia party and a former spokesman for the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi, who told the media he regarded Dozhd TV as an “information sponsor” of the opposition demonstrations. It was important to verify claims that the demonstrations and the coverage of them been financed “from abroad,” Shlegel said.Dozhd TV owner Natalya Sindeyeva announced that the station’s lawyers were preparing to respond to the request from the prosecutor’s office. She added that the station’s running costs were covered by her own resources, funds provided by her husband and what it earned from advertising.Two days earlier, Echo of Moscow, one of Russia’s leading independent broadcast media, announced that its board of directors is to be disbanded on the insistence of its majority shareholder, Gazprom, the partly state-owned natural gas company that is a close Kremlin ally. Acquired by Gazprom in 2001, like the popular TV station NTV, Echo of Moscow had managed until now to maintain its independence.Defending its request for changes in the board of directors, Gazprom-Media said it was motivated by a desire to “streamline” the management of its holdings and by the “increased attention being paid to the radio station by various sides.” One can only wonder at the request’s timing – just weeks before a presidential election and just one month after Vladimir Putin accused the station of “pouring shit over me from morning till evening.”This is the point made by the station’s journalists in a 14 February statement claiming that they were the victims of political pressure. “We understand that Gazprom-Media has been unable to react to criticism about the station from Russia’s highest officials,” they said.Reporters Without Borders said today: “We urge Gazprom-Media to explain why an overhaul of the station’s board of directors is so urgent. The wave of changes in media positions two months after the dismissal of Kommersant-Vlast’s editor in chief is just reinforcing the impression of a generalized attempt to get journalists to toe the line.”In the reshuffle of Echo of Moscow’s board scheduled for 29 March, Gazprom will get five of the nine seats instead of the four it has now. The newsroom’s current representatives, including editor in chief Alexei Venediktov and two “independent directors,” are to stand down. The journalists have already chosen their replacements and insist that the station’s editorial policy will not change. The newsroom’s staff is not being changed either.Gazprom-Media has not responded to offers from Dozhd TV owner Sindeyeva and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov to buy its 66 per cent stake in Echo of Moscow. In the past, the company had repeatedly turned down similar offers from the station’s journalists.The accusations against Dozhd TV have much in common with Prime Minister Putin’s claim that the anti-government protesters were incited by the US State Department. One of the targets of a series of cyber-attacks on independents news websites on the eve of last December’s parliamentary elections, Dozhd TV already had to defend its coverage of the protests on 5 and 6 December to the Federal Supervisory Agency for Communications (Roskomnadzor).After closely examining recordings of the station’s coverage, the agency concluded that they contained nothing amiss.Putin is United Russia’s candidate in the presidential election being held on 4 March. If he wins, he will recover the position he already held from 2000 to 2008.
On trialOn 5 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The Health and Safety Executive has begun a six-month trial of new stressmanagement standards, prior to their introduction next year. Nic Paton gets theinside track from Innogy, one of the 24 organisations involved in the pilotUtility company Innogy was all too happy to help pilot the new draft stressmanagement standards developed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as ithas been working unilaterally on something similar for the best part of a year.The company is the name behind Npower, well-known to households around thecountry who see its name on their gas, electricity, insurance and phone bills.Originally one half of National Power, it demerged in 2000 and operates andmanages coal, oil and gas-fired power stations around the country. Claire Forty, Innogy’s senior occupational health nurse, who is leading thestress management pilot, is keen to emphasise that stress is not a particularproblem within the organisation. But ensuring people are less stressed, and somore productive and contented in their work, is a business issue that topmanagement has been happy to embrace. “We recognised the need for a risk assessment for stress some time ago,so we started to look at various methods and to pilot our own form of it. Weformally launched it in October last year, before the HSE standards came out.We are piloting the standards, but not their process,” she explains. What Innogy learns from the pilot scheme will be fed back to the HSE, aswill the lessons picked up from the other 24 organisations piloting thestandards. This information, plus feedback from the wider community, willultimately lead to the publication of the standards some time in the next 12months. Where Innogy’s process differs from the HSE’s, is that rather than using apaper questionnaire in two phases, Innogy has decided to pilot a single onlinestress management tool. So far, the process has been piloted among 500 staff and nine managers. It starts with a half-hour presentation by an OH nurse on stress awareness.This is followed by a half-day training session for the managers, which isaimed at helping them to identify when stress is manifesting itself and whatthe causes, such as home or work pressures, might be. The course also gives tips on how to conduct a stress-based risk assessment,covering areas such as appropriate interventions, what sort of reasonableadjustments managers might be expected to make, and so on. The managers go back and brief their staff, who fill in a shortinternet-based questionnaire. A minimum of 10 people must do the questionnaireat any one time to ensure there is enough of a sample to retain anonymity. “A big part of it is that people will be more willing to fill in thequestionnaire if they know they are not going to be identified,” explainsForty. “From this information we can identify areas where there may be aproblem. Managers then get together with their staff and hold focus groupdiscussions to look at what can be done together,” she says. “Once we have held the focus group discussion, the idea is that weleave it for a minimum of three months, then repeat the online tool to see ifactions taken have worked,” Forty says. As yet, the survey has just been done and results are still being analysed.But the anecdotal evidence is that simply airing the issue and looking atpossible solutions is already proving useful. “We have had very few peoplewho have not liked it, or who have found it difficult. The feedback has beenvery good,” she says. Where the HSE standards will come in particularly useful, Forty believes, isin setting a benchmark against which firms can judge how they are doing. Thestandards take as a base the estimate that around 20 per cent of employees arelikely to be very or extremely stressed at any one time. To meet the standards,at least 85 per cent of employees will need to be satisfied with the demandsput on them, the level of control they have and the support on offer. And atleast 65 per cent will need to indicate they are satisfied when it comes to howwork relationships and change are managed. “Risk assessment has been around for a long time. Everyone knows aboutit, but for stress it is very difficult. It is very hard to measure becausethere is often so little to go on,” says Forty. “These standards give HR a starting point. If it works, we’ll belooking to roll it out across the company,” she adds. www.hse.gov.ukThe innogy questionnaireInnogy’s questionnaire is dividedinto six sections, with questions linked to a scoring system, and looks at thefollowing areas:Culture The make-up of the organisation’s culture andhow it approaches work-related stressDemands What is an employee’s workload, and how much arethey exposed to physical hazards? Control How much say does a person have in the way theydo their work?Relationships What are your workplace relationshipslike, are there any issues of bullying and harassment? Role Whether the individual understands their rolewithin the organisation and whether the organisation ensures they do not haveconflicting rolesSupport What training is available and what factors areunique to the individual, what support is there from peers and line management?Key facts– Innogy employs some 12,000-14,000staff, headquartered in Swindon. It was bought last year by German utilitycompany RWE– The HR department is led by director Joerg Tiemann, andemploys 25 staff with a further 12 looking after a number of other departments.Npower has its own HR department– There are OH nurses located at all Innogy sites and powerstations around the country, and five based in Swindon. Two OH nurses areleading the stress management programme Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article