Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.bw): Securing of 78.08% Offer Acceptance by SCIL from SCL shareholders

first_imgSeed Co International Limited (SCIL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2021 circular For more information about Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.bw)  2021 circular Company ProfileSeed Co International Limited is one of the leading certified seed companies authorized to market seed varieties developed by itself, government and other associated seed breeders in its markets. From years of intensive investment in R&D, the Company is involved in the breeding, multiplication and distribution of mainly hybrid seed varieties. Seed Co International Limited is primarily listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img

Sonny Bill Williams scores on Top 14 debut

first_imgWednesday Aug 27, 2008 Sonny Bill Williams scores on Top 14 debut Coming off the bench, controversial Toulon signing Sonny Bill Williams scored on his debut in the Top 14 as Tana Umaga’s newcomers recovered from a half-time deficit to beat Clermont 22-16 last night. Williams hadn’t been on for more than a few minutes, so his first touch of the ball in the French championship was a good one. It was the first of three tries on the night for Toulon, as the home side went on to record a famous win, after not being in the top flight for two years. They couldn’t have asked for a better start to their 2008/2009 campaign, and with coach Umaga, All Black veteran Jerry Collins, young gun league superstar Sonny Bill Williams, and a whole host of home-grown and foreign talent, they’ll be looking to integrate experience with youth as they march on towards what they’re hoping will be a successful season. Their nightmare first half last night changed with Williams’ try, as he got the ball rolling towards an impressive victory. The try itself was fairly soft, but Williams showed good pace to get away, with it being a a pretty big moment for Toulon, Sonny Bill, and of course those in the NRL, who were no doubt watching on with interest. The off-field issues with Williams have now been settled, with him supposedly having paid out a fixed amount as part of the settlement. He is also not allowed to play for another NRL club until the end of the 2012 season, when his contract was originally meant to end. Well try our best to bring you other Top 14 action as the season gets into full swing. If the first night is anything to go by, we’re in for a cracking few months.Time: 02:03ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Lifeimi Mafi finishes nice Munster team try vs Ulster

first_imgSunday Jan 2, 2011 Lifeimi Mafi finishes nice Munster team try vs Ulster Munster scored three late tries to make the final score of 35-10 look comfortable as they picked up a bonus point win over Ulster in the Magners League at Thomond Park last night. Lifeimi Mafi finished off an exciting end to the game, so that try is featured.Tries were scored by Denis Hurley, Tommy ODonnell, Barry Murphy, and center Mafi, while Thomas Anderson scored for Ulster, with Paddy Wallace kicking the rest of their points.Ulster were very much in the game, with a halftime lead, but the introduction of some big guys meant that the hosts were able to turn the screws and take control in the second half.Munster went eight points clear with the win, but there was a sour note as hooker Jerry Flannery, who had just made a comeback from injury, limped off late in the game. He will undergo an MRI scan on his injured calf muscle, which will determine whether he will be out for a lengthy period or not.You can see him pull up in the build up to this great try as Paul Warwick sprinted down the left wing after a turnover allowed Munster to have a crack at the bonus point. Some excellent interplay resulted in Mafi getting on the end of it to pick up their fourth try. It’s been a busy weekend in the Magners League, Aviva Premiership, and French Top 14. If you’ve spotted anything you think should be featured here on the site, please submit a video, or send in details via email.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Diamante House / Marsino Arquitectura

first_imgCopyHouses•Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/221759/diamante-house-marsino-arquitectos-asociados Clipboard Diamante House / Marsino ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveDiamante House / Marsino Arquitectura Projects Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/221759/diamante-house-marsino-arquitectos-asociados Clipboard ArchDaily Photographs:  Jorge Marsino y Mariaines BuzzoniText description provided by the architects. Placed on top of a hill with views of the Paraná River’s west cliffs, this house for a mature couple returning to their birthplace, has the main programatic arrangement conditions of:Compactness, in order to reduce distance between areas of the house.Spatial Zoning to carefully manage room-by-room energy consumption. Flexibility, to allow the visit of the adult children, who make extensive use of the house posibilities. Save this picture!© Jorge Marsino y Mariaines BuzzoniRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesThe very simple ‘T’ shape floor plan defines server and served spaces, giving priority to open views towards the river for the more noteworthy spaces, such as the living-dining room, the studio and the bedrooms. The roof accomplishes beyond its main function of covering the programatic spatial arrangement. It defines and generates an array of external in-between spaces, connected to the interior in order to give protection against the rigours of weather. This would be the case of the entrance patio, the living-room terrace and the open corridor facing the river. Save this picture!© Jorge Marsino y Mariaines BuzzoniThe roof as well presents a technological development, which is reflected to the interior ceiling of the house, allowing on one hand a graded control of the interior spaces, with more height for gathering spaces and less height for the private ones. On the other hand, a skylight is open as a result of this process, sunlighting the entrance space. Save this picture!© Jorge Marsino y Mariaines BuzzoniFloor and roof are connected through brick-wall-shades placed between the interior and the landscape, screening the spaces and adding them qualities. The resulting effect, together with the covered semi-exterior spaces, is of an added depth which dissolves the house boundaries and lightens the apparent volume. Save this picture!1st floor planThe house adapts to its surroundings by taking shapes and textures of the rural context: the country house, the shed, the stable, using as well an already known and proved building system, with a knowledgeable traditional brickwork handcraft.Save this picture!© Jorge Marsino y Mariaines BuzzoniProject gallerySee allShow lessSaint-Michel Soccer Center / Côté Leahy Cardas ArchitectsArticlesVideo: 1920s New YorkArticles Share Diamante House / Marsino Arquitectura “COPY” Architects: Marsino Arquitectura Photographs “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMarsino ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesArgentinaPublished on April 02, 2012Cite: “Diamante House / Marsino Arquitectura” 02 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardBedsFlorenseBed – UpholsteredSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMeSkylightsLAMILUXRooflight F100 CircularWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in TransportationSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureMetal PanelsRHEINZINKSeam Systems – Flatlock TilesSofasMenuDining Bench – EaveTablesArtisanCoffee Table – BloopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Diamante住宅 / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Save this picture!© Jorge Marsino y Mariaines Buzzoni+ 29 Sharelast_img read more

TLC Lottery launches ‘play as you pay’ scheme to businesses

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 October 2005 | News Tagged with: Events Gaming More than 60 causes now benefit from TLC following its decision to launch the first open door policy in the UK earlier this year. With almost 16,000 weekly players, it has already raised more than £1.7m for groups like Macmillan Cancer Relief, Alzheimer’s Society, Barnardos and Little Hearts Matter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img TLC Lottery, one of Britain’s biggest charity lotteries, is launching a ‘play as you pay’ scheme to companies, with the public support of the Director General of the CBI.In a speech to more than 100 business and union leaders, Sir Digby Jones will endorse TLC’s plans to encourage companies and their employees to take part in the weekly lottery through regular, small donations.The scheme is the first of its type in Britain, giving players choice about which charities benefit from much of the money raised. Advertisement TLC Lottery launches ‘play as you pay’ scheme to businesses  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Six ways charities made the most of Giving Tuesday 2014

first_imgAsking for time and donated skills also featured: Howard Lake | 2 December 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 https://twitter.com/annekielypr/status/539832503058825216Advertising agency Mindshare is closing for the day so its staff can give 1,000 hours of time to help small charities with their communications challenges.4. Showcase a corporate partnershipIf you have a major funding or partnership announcement, make it coincide with Giving Tuesday. That’s what pet insurer Animal Friends Insurance based in Wiltshire did, by pledging £120,000 to some of the most deprived animal charities in Britain “to celebrate #GivingTuesday”. The donation will be distributed amongst animal welfare charities.The Government has also chosen today to announce an additional £2m funding for the Community First Endowment Match Challenge Fund.Plenty of companies ran campaigns in which they offered to donate a small amount every time its hashtag was tweeted: The BHF also transformed its website’s home page for Giving Tuesday: 4. And after Giving Tuesday comes #ThankYouWednesday, according to Madeleine Sugden in #GivingTuesday – the first year of UK activity. Tagged with: Giving Tuesday 6. Link your ask to Giving TuesdayOr ask (or expect!) other partners to do so. Here is National Geographic reminding its readers on Giving Tuesday that it supports animal wildlife nonprofits: Of course, regular tax-effective methods of giving are worth promoting too: The Big Give‘s annual matched giving Christmas campaign has run at this time of year for several years.Shopping and fundraising site Give as You Live is giving increased charity donations at major stores. Brands offering deals include Topshop, John Lewis, M&S, Debenhams, Toys R Us, Currys and PCWorld and L’Occitane. Up to 4% of the purchase price will be donated to charity when shopping through Give As You Live.2. Tell your supporters what to expectBritish Heart Foundation prepared its supporters for this new campaign with a video message.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6i859i68UQ[/youtube]center_img Some charities launched their Christmas appeal on Giving Tuesday.Smile Train launched Dreaming of Midnight, an interactive giving experience that tells the story of a Mexican New Year’s Eve celebration through the eyes of Camila, a child with an unrepaired cleft. On a computer screen or mobile device, viewers can follow Camila on a whimsical view of traditions and party decorations, accompanied by a lulling storybook narration.Twinkling hot spots throughout the video (which will appear on social media) can be clicked to make a donation between $5 and $1,000. Hot spots reveal how donations of set amounts can support a patient’s cleft treatment, whether it be surgical equipment or a patient’s full hospital stay.Others simply linked a direct fundraising ask to #GivingTuesday: 3. Partner with local businessesLepra, based in Colchester, partnered with local businesses to raise funds on the day. The North Hill Hotel offered to make a donation for every Colchester Pudding sold on Giving Tuesday.I bought two – the other was for my companion, thereby introducing a whole new approach to matched funding. 5. Thank your supportersMarie Curie is using Giving Tuesday to say thank you to its supporters:Philadelphia Zoo took the same opportunity: Other initiatives on Giving Tuesday1. Of course, the Prime Minister David Cameron MP endorsed Giving Tuesday itself, but he and the entire Cabinet have now also become Dementia Friends, part of a nationwide initiative run by Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and understanding of dementia.2. The FSI published a guide for small charities to making the most of Giving Tuesday, with ideas for fundraising activities.3. The Charity Commission published advice on safe giving on #GivingTuesday:[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVPALcw8X4Y[/youtube] Six ways charities made the most of Giving Tuesday 2014  70 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Today is the UK’s first Giving Tuesday, a cross-charity campaign to urge the public to do at least one good deed today to help the nation’s charities, large and small. There is a vast amount of activity underway today in this novel campaign which is designed to contrast with the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzies. Here are a few highlights.1. Make the most of matched giving opportunitiesThere are lots of charities and giving platforms promoting matched giving campaigns on Giving Tuesday. For example, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all gifts made to the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign on the day, up to $200,000. For four hours it will even double-match them (8am – 12 midday ET).In its Triple Tenner Tuesday campaign, Localgiving.com offered to triple the value of 1,000 donations of £10 made on Giving Tuesday on its site, which handles donations for small and local charities.Microsoft YouthSpark is matching donations to youth programmes made on Globalgiving.co.uk on Giving Tuesday: About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. 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Government decides on big increase in range of documents to be classified

first_img NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Reporters Without Borders is worried by the Nepalese government’s decision on 15 January to drastically increase the range of official documents that are classified – a decision that had been delayed by appeals to the supreme court. The press freedom organization also condemns the many cases of violence against journalists that have taken place since the start of the year.“Access to official documents is essential for freedom of information, which is a key component of democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to reverse this decision. How can the media cover the policies pursued by the government and its leaders if the necessary documents are not accessible?“We support the journalists who have demonstrated against this increase in the classification of information and we now await the supreme court’s decision on the petitions it has received opposing the measure. We will continue to follow this issue closely.”The government issued directives to ministries and civil servants listing 140 categories of information that should not be given to news media, civil society organizations or members of the public. This was drastic increase on the 2007 Right to Information Act, which listed only five categories, above all those concerning royal powers. The new categories include political party financing, development projects, parliamentary decisions and governmental decisions.Reporters wore black armbands in protest against the measure while covering a visit by the prime minister to a festival in the eastern district of Dhankuta on 29 January. The festival’s organizers told the journalists to remove the armbands or leave. After being escorted out of the festival, they were detained by the police and prevented from reentering for four hours. Some were roughed up.Two petitions have been filed before the supreme court by a lawyers’ association objecting to the measures on the grounds of their harm to the public interest.The court began reviewing the petitions on 31 January and is due to continue until 5 February, by when it should have heard all the various parties to the dispute. The court issued a stay order today temporarily halting implementation, while the office of the prime minister and cabinet issued a new directive instructing ministries to delay putting the new classifications into effect.Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai also met with the Federation of Nepali Journalists today, promising them that the decision would not be put into effect and that all concerned parties would henceforth be consulted about classification decisions.Meanwhile there has been no let-up in violence against journalists since the start of the year, with political parties often being blamed.In one of the latest cases, Abadesh Kumar Jha, a reporter for Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post, was threatened on 29 January by Laxman Thapa, the head of the security committee in the eastern district of Morang, after Jha wrote about the protection that Thapa had given to a company involved in a counterfeiting case.Nepali Congress party member Murali Kumal threatened Naveen Raj Kuikel of the Khabar Daily on 24 January in the eastern district of Lamjung over an editorial that had appeared in the newspaper. Kumal threatened to break Kuikel’s hands and burn the paper.Rupakot Community Radio editor in chief Surya Tamang was threatened by an unidentified individual on 23 January in the eastern district of Khatang simply because he was a journalist.Ram Sharan Kharel, the editor of the weekly Rashtrachakra, was accosted in Kabhrepalanchok district on 21 January by a group of teachers who threatened to beat him for publishing a story about alleged irregularities in the management of their school. One of the newspaper’s reporters, Kamal Prasad Kharel, was also threatened.Byline Weekly reporter Himal Rai was attacked and beaten in Barahachhetra, in the eastern district Sunsari, on 15 January as he was returning from a religious festivity that he had covered. His inebriated attacker, Binod Limbu, said: “You are the man to write news.” The police arrested Limbu after watching the attack without intervening.Setimadi Daily editor Dambar Bahadur Adhikari and Madiseti Prabaha editor Omkar Acharya were accosted and roughed up on 4 January in the western district of Tanahu by assistant district chief Rajendra Prasad Ghimire, who was inebriated. The two journalists had just covered a case of alleged financial irregularities in the distribution of medicine for elephantiasis.Unidentified gang members beat Bheri FM reporter Tirtha Jaisee on 3 January in the west-central city of Nepalgunj. A suspect was arrested the next day. Newspapers have also been targeted. Students burned copies of the daily Nagarik in the western district of Palpa on 25 January because it had not run any article supporting the general strike against a hike in the price of petroleum products and was therefore deemed to oppose the strike. The students also threatened to burn other papers that did not give their protest enough support. Student and youth leaders of various political parties, including the ruling party, burned the car of Rajendra Dahal, the editor the monthly Shikshak, on 20 January while demonstrating for the same reason.Members of organizations linked to political parties based in the Madhesh region burned copies of Kantipur Daily in various cities including Kathmandu on 22 January because it had published an article which, in their view, sullied their region’s image and offending the feelings of Madheshi.A Nepal Samacharpatra Daily vehicle that was distributing copies in the Kathmandu valley was attacked and vandalized on 17 January by demonstrators, who roughed up the driver.Nepal is ranked 106th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Organisation News February 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government decides on big increase in range of documents to be classified Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage May 17, 2019 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Nepal Receive email alerts News News June 8, 2020 Find out more Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill NepalAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Kazakh presidency of OSCE deplored

first_img Organisation Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal November 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kazakh presidency of OSCE deplored KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kazakhstan News January 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Kazakhstan would be the first former Soviet republic to head the OSCE. Most of the European countries, including Germany and France, supported Kazakhstan’s candidacy, arguing that it embarked on serious democratic reforms this year. Britain and the United States did not express the same degree of support because they think its democratic record is deplorable.Reelected with 91 per cent of the vote, President Nursultan Nazarbayev is an autocrat. Political pluralism is non-existent. Kazakhstan’s failure to meet international standards were yet again highlighted in an OSCE report in August. to go further October 30, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 5, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe at a ministerial-level meeting in Madrid yesterday that Kazakhstan will take over the OSCE’s rotating presidency in 2010. Oil-rich Kazakhstan was ranked 125th out of 169 countries in this year’s Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. “A country where press freedom stops as soon as the president or ruling party is called into question is not an appropriate choice to preside the OSCE, an organisation that defends democratic values,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are disturbed by the thought of a Kazakh presidency as it could undermine the work of an organisation whose work until now has earned a great deal of respect.”Cases of journalists being harassed are common in Kazakhstan. There has been no let-up in the pressure on government opponents and journalists in recent month. Blockage of opposition websites, obstruction of the printing and distribution of independent newspapers and confiscation of newspaper issues critical of the government were among the free speech violations noted by the OSCE last year.Abusive use is often made of the laws governing media activity, and opposition access to the press is limited. Journalists are subjected to violence, intimidation and abuse of authority. The editor of an opposition weekly, Batyrkhan Darimbet, died on 2 August in very suspicious circumstances and may have been killed because of articles criticising the authorities. Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary electionslast_img read more

Asia

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom to go further Receive email alerts In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Asia still has the biggest representation in the 10 countries at the bottom of the ranking. Most of them are dictatorships, but they also for the first time include Sri Lanka (165th), which has an elected government and where the press faces violence that is only too often organised by the state.At the other end of the spectrum, New Zealand (7th), Australia (28th) and Japan (29th) – countries where democracy is deeply anchored – are in the top 30. New Zealand is one of the only two non-European countries in the top 20, the other being Canada (13th).Some young democracies have advanced significantly in the past year. Maldives (104th) now has a flourishing independent press. The same goes for Bhutan (74th), where the first privately-owned news media are gradually establishing a distinct identity for themselves.Afghanistan (156th), on the other hand, has fallen in the ranking because of violence, not only by the Taliban and the warlords’ henchmen but also by government representatives. Burma’s position was already bad and now is worse (170th). The crackdown launched after the September 2007 protests never ended: dozens of journalists have been arrested or threatened, while the military censorship is relentless. In Southeast Asia, Cambodia (126th) got a bad score as a result of a journalist’s murder that was probably instigated by a police officer, and the fact that control of the media was stepped up for the parliamentary elections. Vietnam (168th) fell six places as a result of a crackdown on the liberal media for being too probing in its reporting on corruption.Major political changes took place in Pakistan (152nd) and Nepal (138th) but their effects on press freedom have not yet been felt. Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s departure as Pakistan’s president should benefit the press but the war with the Taliban is an even more serious problem for journalists.The low ranking accorded to the United States outside of its own territory (119th) is due in part to the US military’s abuses in Afghanistan where a fixer for a Canadian TV network was arbitrarily detained for several months without any form of trial.China (167th) continues to have a low ranking despite the efforts of many news media to elude the straightjacket of censorship and police controls. The number of arrests and cases of news surveillance and control by the political police and Propaganda Department is still very high and prevents the new Asian power from achieving any significant improvement. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en News June 10, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News October 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Asia Asia – Pacific Asia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Government closes three radio stations and one TV station for “inciting revolt”

first_imgNews Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says Reporters Without Borders today condemned the closure of three radio stations and a TV station for one month for “inciting civil disobedience and revolt,” which was announced on the evening of 11 February just hours after officials forcibly closed and sealed the premises of all four privately-owned media citing “tax reasons.””Instead of dialogue, President Faure Gnassimbé’s government has preferred to use repression in order to silence headstrong media,” the press freedom organization said. “We are very disappointed at this manoeuvring by the authorities, who first spoke of tax problems before closing these media arbitrarily because of their programme content.”Reporters Without Borders said it was regrettable that the High Council for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), which is supposed to monitor and protect the media, had assisted in this political manoeuvre. “If the Togolese government refuses to let the media relay any other viewpoint than its own, we can only express mounting anxiety.”Radio Nana FM, Radio Nostalgie, Radio Kanal FM and TV7 were closed as a result of an order issued by the Lomé lower court in response to a request by HAAC president Georges Agbodjan. The court order said the decision was taken “because of the emergency and exceptional circumstances,” referring to the unrest in Togo since President Gnassingbé Eyadéma’s death on 5 February and the subsequent takeover by his son, Faure Eyadéma.The HAAC request accused the four stations of continuing to broadcast communiques appealing to the public to take part in demonstrations “despite formal notices that they should not contribute to the calls for civil disobedience, violence and racial hate.” It also accused them of “providing media coverage of these illegal demonstrations” and of broadcasting news that causes “a breach of the peace.”A few hours before the court order was issued, a bailiff had gone and closed the premises of all four media on the alleged grounds that they were overdue with payments of installation and operational taxes for amounts ranging from 1,250,000 to 4,000,000 CFA francs (1,893 to 6,058 euros).Nana FM manager Peter Dogbé told Reporters Without Borders he had paid 1,450,000 CFA francs (2,196 euros) by cheque for 2004 and had made a down payment of 150,000 CFA francs (227 euros) for 2005 on the afternoon of 11 February. “At around 8:45 p.m., when I was at home, I learned that a bailiff went to the radio station to demand overdue payments for 2001 and 2002. By the time I arrived at the office, the bailiff had already sealed the premises.”The authorities demanded payment of 2,500,000 CFA francs (3,786 euros) in cash from Kanal FM manager Modeste Mesavusu-Ekué. “The situation is the same for everyone, so I don’t understand why we are the only ones who are being made to pay up,” he said.Policemen who were dispatched to Radio Nostalgie on the afternoon of 11 February found a group of listeners who had come to defend the station. The police used tear gas to disperse them and the station was closed later in the evening, after the court order had been issued. Those in charge of TV7 could not be reached, but TV7 has not been broadcasting since the evening of 11 February either.The Union of Free Radio and TV Stations of Togo (URATEL) is due to meet in the coming days. Local sources said a one-day radio strike may be organised in protest. RSF_en to go further February 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government closes three radio stations and one TV station for “inciting revolt” Organisation September 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the closure of three radio stations and a TV station for one month for “inciting civil disobedience and revolt” on the evening of 11 February. “Instead of dialogue, President Faure Gnassimbé’s government has preferred to use repression in order to silence headstrong media,” the press freedom organization said. Receive email alerts News TogoAfrica TogoAfrica News March 11, 2021 Find out more Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures News Follow the news on Togo March 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more