The beginning of the twenty-first century has seen a resurgence of terrorist attacks on a scale previously unimaginable. In response, the Council of Europe has examined key areas in which it could contribute to the international community’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and identified the protection of witnesses and collaborators of justice as one of its priorities.
In order to combat terrorism, states often rely on the testimony of people who are closely connected to terrorist groups and who are more vulnerable than others to the use of intimidation against them or against people close to them. This may endanger the success of prosecutions often based on long and complicated investigations. Strengthening international co-operation in this field is also a useful means to ensure the protection of those persons whose protection would prove difficult on a merely national basis, given the conditions in the country where they are located.
The Council of Europe has extensive experience in this area, based on existing European conventions and other standards.
This publication contains the recently adopted standards in this field as well as a survey of national laws and practice in Council of Europe member and observer states together with an analytical report.
Read the KingCast 14 Jan 2011 piece showing how pathetic the Boston Herald really is when it comes to Defamation over the years, this one is a grand total of $330K for Dr. Mark Reilly, and the next one, Daniel Lynch v. News Group Boston, 1 Mass. L. Rep (1993) is ...unspecified, but probably settled handsomely......Howie Carr got popped for slamming some unsuspecting sap for having the WRONG NAME, what a tool. Yet the Herald did not fire this bigoted idiot.
Read the TOUCH 106.1 FM blog piece: http://touchfmboston.blogspot.com/2009/12/will-boston-herald-and-jessica-van-sack.html
To learn more about a man who was the darling of Massachusetts Law Enforcement and media (Chronicle video here) for his video series “Voices from Behind the Wall," until he started speaking out about violence and racism in the prison itself, at which point he became social and political pariah. He went from being a celebrated proponent of social responsibility to being unceremoniously placed in the hole immediately after he spoke out. Joanna Miranova is Co-Director, Programs and Operations for PressPassTV, and she publishes "Coming off the ropes" which contains crucial information. Meanwhile State Representative Gloria Fox has been a proponent for change in the prison system for years, funny how they would come under fire isn't it. Darrell Jones is incarcerated for a murder conviction and proclaims his innocence. While TOUCH 106.1 Boston blog has covered wrongful convictions in the past -- see the Harrington v. Richter U.S. Supreme Court post highlighting Boston and NH DA abuses -- the issue here is a manifest injustice that is more readily transparent and proved: The Boston Herald appears to have unlawfully accessed CORI records and lied about an alleged sexual tryst between Darrell Jones and Joanna Miranova. To wit: "State Rep. Gloria L. Fox is under state scrutiny for allegedly sneaking a murderer’s girlfriend - previously bagged for engaging in “sexual acts” with the killer con - into a state prison in Bridgewater, the Herald has learned. As Davis tells it, Marinova drove Fox to the pen, never mentioning she and Jones had been bagged for prohibited “sexual acts” in the visiting room months earlier." But Fox and the woman were bagged by a vigilant guard who recognized the “aide” as Jones’ girlfriend - a woman previously written up for engaging in prohibited “sexual acts” in the visitor room with Jones. Subsequently, many major media like Channel 7 and Fox 25 repeated the Defamatory comments. The problem is that none of that is true. Ms. Marinova claims the Weekly Dig, the Phoenix and Boston Globe properly railed against the Herald and Van Sack. And note that the alleged sexual conduct happened back in November 2008 but was not even important until State Rep. Fox came snooping around to discuss conditions in May, 2009 -- half a year later! First of all, contrary to the ahem... naked assertions by Ms. Van Sack, there were no charges ever filed against Ms. Marinova. Second, the charges against Darrell Jones were dismissed. Third, the Herald has never run any retractions or corrections. Mr. Jones and Ms. Miranova have released the official report as thumbnailed here, and note the conclusion: DISMISSED.