Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) Q32015 Presentation

first_imgEquity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug)  2015 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial conglomerate offering banking products and solutions to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises in Uganda through its subsidiary company, Equity Bank Uganda Ltd (EBUL). Its product offering ranges from savings and current accounts and fixed deposit accounts to social institutional accounts, credit products, treasury, trade finance and bank guarantee services. EBUL offers solutions for Internet banking, money transfers, merchant acquiring, point of sale and mobile banking services. Equity Bank Uganda Limited was formerly known as Uganda Microfinance Limited and changed its name to Equity Bank Uganda Ltd in 2008 when the microfinance institution was purchased by Equity Bank Limited. The financial conglomerate operates in six countries in the African Great Lakes Region, including subsidiary banks in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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The Six Nations changes nothing heading into the World Cup

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Six Nations changes nothing heading into the World CupWhen euphoria fades and pints ease to normal speed in Cardiff, the realisation will come that this was not a great Six Nations. Great in script, sure. Not so for its enduring quality.Drama this Six Nations had in spades. From England’s savagely physical upset on opening weekend to Wales’ comeback in Paris and Scotland’s scarcely-believable revival at Twickenham, unpredictability gripped us all. For passion and atmosphere, the Six Nations has no peer.In the end Wales are worthy champions – their shut-out of Ireland at the heaving Principality Stadium more dominant than anyone expected. But when you sit back and consider Wales finished with the joint lowest number of tries, the least metres made, fewest breaks, fewest carries and the worst lineout stats, it is hardly cause to alarm southern hemisphere nations.Related: The Six Nations team of the tournamentPut it this way, the All Blacks won’t be trembling with fear.Still the same: The All Blacks scoring last season (Getty Images)The purpose here is not to rile or incite, merely offer measured perspective. Over the past four years, since the failure of the north to reach the World Cup semi-finals, the Home Nations have turned the cart around.No repeat, lopsided final four should be expected come November.England and Ireland have both enjoyed recent periods of dominance. Ireland’s culminated in their unrivalled 2018 season in which they captured the Grand Slam and stunned the All Blacks in Dublin for the first time.In this World Cup cycle, we’ve seen the rugby landscape shift more frequently than tectonic plates.England went from conquering mountaineers to cliff divers, Eddie Jones’ ambulance slowly winding its way back as mental demons and leadership concerns blockade the path.No more are Test rugby’s seismic movements more evident, though, than in where Ireland now sits – some four months on from their seemingly unstoppable former selves.Shambolic: France did not impress in the Six Nations (Getty Images)Who predicted such a regression? Can rocked confidence be regained in the next six months, as ghosts of ’07 loom?Other than their final match Wales, too, admit they did not perform at their peak in this Six Nations. Against France, England, Scotland they produced one poor half. And in Rome, after making mass changes, they were poor throughout.Forty average minutes is more than enough to send anyone packing from the World Cup.That Wales’ crowning championship was largely punctuated by supreme defence, ball retention and, on the whole, attacking conservatism, speaks to the contrasting styles the World Cup could feature. The Six Nations had bucket-loads of drama but won’t frighten the southern giants, writes Liam Napier Related: Six Nations final round talking pointsWith Japan, for the most part at least, expected to provide hard and fast tracks, shifts in tactics may be required. Wales can’t expect to hold the best opposition to 13 points per game in Japan.Elsewhere, France are as shambolic as ever. Italy are stuck in the recurring melancholy of mediocrity.Scotland, at full-strength, threatens to surprise if the magician that is Finn Russell can gain a decent platform to launch. With one intercept try and two silky assists, his was a second-half masterclass at Twickenham.Last year proved the All Blacks a far from infallible. Defeats to the Springboks in Wellington and Ireland in Dublin – coupled with great escapes at Twickenham and Loftus – hinted at vulnerability.From then until now, though, little has changed for them.Masterclass: Finn Russell stunned against England (Getty Images)The Six Nations more cemented theories than delivered a proclamation of anything radically new. The All Blacks know their most pressing challenge remains finding a way around favoured rush defensive systems that tend to leave the last man unmarked – these troubling them since the 2017 Lions tour.Strategies to overcome this area will be a continual focus and may not be revealed until Japan. Nailing this aspect will be the World Cup’s central battleground.The All Blacks know the challenge the northern hemisphere’s huge forwards present in attempting to find ways to disrupt ball placement and force turnovers. Nothing new there, either.Related: The Crusaders consider a name changeThey also know the threat presented by probing, attacking kicks – the kind England and Wales employed throughout this tournament. That’s exactly why the All Blacks trialled several back three combinations last year.The point is the Six Nations should be celebrated in isolation.The World Cup, though, is another beast entirely.The All Blacks, Springboks, Pumas and, yes, even the Wallabies will come prepared. On neutral turf, don’t discount the south.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Declaración del Obispo Presidente acerca de la Carta Pastoral y…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Posted Nov 12, 2018 Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 12 de noviembre de 2018El Obispo Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal Michael Curry ha emitido la siguiente declaración:He leído el reciente comunicado del obispo Bill Love de la diócesis de Albany y soy consciente del profundo dolor que existe desde todas las perspectivas de los asuntos que aborda. Al respecto, he estado y continuaré manteniendo un diálogo con el obispo Love sobre este tema. Junto con otros líderes de la Iglesia Episcopal, me encuentro evaluando las implicaciones de dicho comunicado y tomaré pronto las determinaciones que correspondan a las acciones apropiadas.Nosotros estamos comprometidos con el principio de un acceso pleno e igualitario, además de la inclusión en todos los sacramentos para todos aquellos hijos de Dios bautizados, incluyendo a nuestros hermanos LGBTQ. Tal como nos lo recuerda San Pablo en Gálatas 3: “por la fe en Cristo Jesús todos ustedes son hijos de Dios, ya que, al unirse a Cristo en el bautismo, han quedado revestidos de Cristo. Ya no importa el ser judío o griego, esclavo o libre, hombre o mujer; porque unidos a Cristo Jesús, todos ustedes son uno solo”.Como miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo (1 Corintios 12), también estamos comprometidos a respetar la conciencia de aquellos que poseen opiniones que discrepan de las políticas oficiales de la Iglesia Episcopal con respecto al sacramento del matrimonio. Es preciso señalar que los cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal les otorgan autoridad a todos los miembros del clero para rehusarse a oficiar una ceremonia de matrimonio por razones de conciencia, y la Resolución B012 de la 79.ª Convención General no cambia este hecho.En todo lo que nos concierne a aquellos de nosotros que hemos hecho los votos de obedecer la doctrina, la disciplina y la adoración en la Iglesia Episcopal, debemos actuar de tal manera que nuestras acciones sean un reflejo y preserven el discernimiento y las decisiones de la Convención General de la Iglesia.Pido que todos en la Iglesia oremos en estos momentos mientras seguimos adelante.Reverendísimo Michael CurryPrimado y Obispo Presidente Declaración del Obispo Presidente acerca de la Carta Pastoral y la Directiva Pastoral del obispo Love del 10 de noviembre Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Orange County Clerk opens Self Help Center in Apopka

first_img The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Orange County Clerk of Courts opened its Self Help Center in Apopka on Tuesday, with an official ribbon cutting.The Clerk’s Self Help Center is designed to provide legal assistance to Orange County citizens who do not have a private attorney, make it closer to Apopka residents, and easier to navigate the process.The Self Help Center will provide the following:Family Law (excluding injunctions)Child Custody/SupportDivorcePaternitySmall ClaimsResidential Evictionsand more“The Self Help Center has been one of my biggest priorities because I know that many people in our community need affordable legal assistance which gives them better access to justice,” said Orange County Clerk of the Court Tiffany Moore Russell. “The downtown courthouse can be intimidating, and some people just say ‘I’m not going to deal with it’. And 80% of our society is never going to be able to afford an attorney. So the hope for this center is to help those individuals navigate our justice system with ease and affordability.”At the Apopka location, Self Help services are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Self Help Center assists with Family Law, Small Claims, and Residential Evictions. Services include attorney consultations, form completion assistance, and notary and copy services.Attorney consultations are available and may be scheduled in 15-minute sessions, for up to 1 hour per day, per person. The cost for an attorney consultation is $1 per minute. To schedule an appointment, go to our website at www.myorangeclerk.com where appointments can be made directly online.Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer was pleased that Orange County recognized the need for these services in Apopka.“Apopka is the second largest city in Orange County. More than 50,000 residents live here. And Apopka is also the second fastest growing city in Orange/Osceola (Counties) and when the Wekiva Parkway opens we will surely become the fastest. So the need for this type of Center is clear.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here TAGSOrange County Clerk of Courts Previous article407 extension? That’s not necessarily your neighbor callingNext articleApopka police arrest six in prostitution sting Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Mason Residence / Tectonic Design

first_imgCopyHouses•Mooresville, United States Projects Architects: Tectonic Design Photographs Photographs:  Jordan RickardText description provided by the architects. The Mason residence is a modern reinterpretation of the single family home. One a conceptual level, the house is based on the concept of a jewelry box. Warm wood exteriors open up to a softer sublet clean interior with jewel like lighting fixtures. The project was based on the European courtyard concept to introduce passive cooling to a climate with very warm summers and mild winters. The vertical windows as well as the vertical fins and overhangs produce the shading required to keep the interior spaces bright and cool in the summer time. Save this picture!© Jordan RickardRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERWood-based panels in House in IsmaningSofasB&B ItaliaSofa – AyanaWoodTechnowoodSiding Façade System in Ottomare SuitesThe interior courtyard featuring a water feature and pool create evaporative cooling which reduces or eliminates the need for air conditioning in the summer months. High end modern energy efficient light fixtures, warm stone tiles and wood colors help to create a space with modern clean lines and warm hues. Views into horse pastures and the countryside help to create a contemporary serene space for the homeowners.Save this picture!© Jordan RickardProject gallerySee allShow less”Random” Project: A101 Urban Block Competition / za bor architectsArticlesAD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part VIArticles Share “COPY” Mason Residence / Tectonic Design United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/123540/mason-residence-tectonic-design Clipboard “COPY” Houses Mason Residence / Tectonic DesignSave this projectSaveMason Residence / Tectonic Design Save this picture!© Jordan Rickard+ 22 Share CopyAbout this officeTectonic DesignOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasWoodHousesMooresville3D ModelingUnited StatesPublished on March 31, 2011Cite: “Mason Residence / Tectonic Design” 31 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?梅森住宅 / Tectonic Design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 ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/123540/mason-residence-tectonic-design Clipboardlast_img read more

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Outdoor and sports brand seeks charity partners

first_img Howard Lake | 15 March 2018 | News Outdoor and sports brand seeks charity partners AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis68 Tagged with: charity of the year corporate  156 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis68 Pentland BrandsPentland Brands owns Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre and Red or Dead. Karina O’Gorman, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Pentland Brands, said: “At the heart of our business is the belief that we have a responsibility to play our part in being a force for good and using our brands to make a positive impact in the communities where we operate. We’re excited about reviewing the applications and seeing the great work that people are doing across the UK and globally.”She added: “We’ll be looking for projects that demonstrate a measurable impact and are sustainable beyond the period of Pentland funding.”If your charity is shortlisted it will be invited to the Pentland Brands office in London in May to pitch to an employee panel.Applications details are available from Pentland Brands. Applications should be submitted by 20 April 2018. Global sports and outdoor fashion brands company Pentland Brands is inviting applications for its next corporate charity partners.It is looking for applications from charities with projects focused on two areas:1. Inspiring people to get active2. Empowering disadvantaged communitiesIn particular it is looking to support initiatives that focus on the UK, or on Pentlands’ key sourcing markets, namly Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.The project proposal should be between £10,000 – £50,000 and last from one to three years.Pentland’s current charity partners include British Red Cross, United Purpose and World Wildlife Fund. In addition it donates excess stock to charities through In Kind Direct.  155 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

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Ban on weekly newspaper criticised

first_img News Receive email alerts YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders today deplored an “illegal” government ban on the weekly newspaper Al-Wasat for allegedly carrying news that “undermined national unity, stirred up religious divisions and damaged relations with neighbouring countries” and called for it to be lifted at once. Editor Jamal Amer was cleared by a court two weeks ago after the information ministry accused him of harming relations with Saudi Arabia in a series of articles but the ministry then cancelled the paper’s publication licence on 5 April. The government had no right to ban the paper without a court order, the press freedom organisation said. Amer, who told Reporters Without Borders the ministry was not respecting a court decision, was banned for life in 2000 from working as a journalist for supposedly harming relations with Saudi Arabia. He was also kidnapped by soldiers in 2005 and held for several hours. No serious official investigation of this incident has been been made.The press freedom situation in Yemen is reviewed in the latest Reporters Without Borders worldwide annual press freedom report.See also:24.08.2005 – Newspaper editor kidnapped and beaten by gunment in presidential guard car 23.02.2000 – Journalist banned from writing for life Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosionscenter_img News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 26, 2021 Find out more April 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ban on weekly newspaper criticised News February 11, 2021 Find out more News Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Will the Russian Internet soon be under complete control?

first_img May 21, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Related documents Последний вздох Pунета?PDF – 128.17 KB Organisation RSF_en April 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Will the Russian Internet soon be under complete control? Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianA package of bills meant to reinforce the fight against terrorism is to go before the Russian parliament for second reading today. They include a telecommunications bill that was much changed in committee on 15 April. If it is adopted in its present form, blogs and social networks with more than 3,000 visits a day will be subject to requirements similar to news media and will have to register with Roskomnadzor, the communications oversight agency.“Including an Internet bill in an anti-terrorism package speaks volumes about the Duma’s repressive, law-and-order approach to legislation,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Like previous reforms, this bill’s sole aim is to increase control over online content. At a time when independent media are facing an unprecedented offensive, this is likely to reduce the space for free debate even further. The long list of new prohibitions offers many new possibilities for censoring bloggers when most problems could be solved under existing legislation. “A new level is reached with the enlistment of social networks and blog platforms in the surveillance of Internet users. This is contrary to the principle of free expression guaranteed by the Russian constitution and to the recommendations of UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue. We urge parliamentarians to reject this bill on second reading.”More duties, and one new rightThe bill defines the term “blogger” for the first time as “a person who posts open information on a personal page” that gets at least 3,000 visits a day. It covers not only blogs but also microblogs and social networks.Bloggers (as defined) are reminded of a long list of prohibitions that already apply to all citizens: that it is forbidden to use a blog to carry out crimes, to disseminate information involving a state secret, to disseminate content of an extremist nature, and so on.But the bill also imposes obligations on them that approach those of journalists. They will be required to confirm the accuracy of the information they post, to respect the electoral law and to refrain from using swearwords. Using blogs and social networks to “hide or falsify information of general interest” or bring a citizen or group into disrepute will be forbidden. Such vaguely-worded bans are open to every kind of interpretation.Bloggers (as defined) will also be held responsible for the comments posted on their page and will be required to withdraw any inaccurate content without delay. The only compensation for these requirements will be the right to make money from hosting ads.Identifying bloggers, tracking Internet usersAll blogs and accounts receiving more than 3,000 visits a day will henceforth be required to carry the author’s surname, initials and email address so that they can be sent complaints. And they will have to register with Roskomnadzor, which is left to devise its own method for counting visits.When Roskomnadzor decides a site should be added to the register, it will ask the site’s host to identify its author. Failure to provide the requested information within three days could lead to a fine of 10,000 to 50,000 rubles (200 to 1,000 euros) if the host is a person, and 50,000 to 300,000 rubles (1,000 to 6,100 euros) if the host is a company. Repeated failure could result in a fine of 500,000 rubles (more than 10,000 euros) or suspension of the host’s activity for a month.“Organizers of the dissemination of information” – a new concept designating blog platforms and social networks – will be obliged to store the history of their users’ activities for six months and make it available to the authorities if asked. However, as the well-known blogger and Internet expert Anton Nosik asks, what happens if big Internet companies that are based abroad, like Facebook and Twitter, fail to comply with these requirements? He is convinced that the Russian authorities will not hesitate to block Twitter and Facebook in Russia.“This will be the first step towards achieving the goal of this draconian legislation, restricting uncontrolled communications and criticism of the authorities,” he told the BBC’s Russian service, which referred to the recent Turkish precedent.Endless series of repressive billsRussia has been tightening its freedom of expression and information legislation month by month since 2012. In December 2013, the Duma passed a law under which the authorities do not need to refer to the courts before blocking websites calling for unauthorized demonstrations. The authorities soon took advantage of the new provision, blocking access to three leading opposition websites in March 2014. It is now proposed that “disseminating false information about banks” should be added to the list of grounds for such website blocking.A bill banning negative content about Second World War veterans, the armed forces and the authority of the state was introduced in parliament last month. Yet another bill extending “foreign agent” status to media that get more than 25 percent of their funding from foreign entities is under study.Even the most eccentric initiatives can no longer be dismissed. The parliamentarian Vladimir Fedotkin has announced his intention to register a bill on 23 April that would establish hotlines that members of the public could call to report “illegal or harmful” content they have spotted on online media.———Последний вздох Рунета? 18 апреля 2014-го года Государственная Дума рассмотрит во втором чтении законы, которые должны усилить борьбу против терроризма. Среди них законопроект о телекоммуникациях, который 15-го апреля значительно дополнил Комитет Госдумы по информационной политике. Если текст одобрят в таком виде, блоги и страницы в социальных сетях, посещаемые более трех тысяч раз в день, подвергнутся обязанностям, схожими со СМИ. Кроме того, орган контроля в сфере коммуникаций (Роскомнадзор) занесет их в специальный реестр. «Тот факт, что законы об интернете рассматриваются вместе с пакетом антитеррористических актов, очевидным образом свидетельствует об авторитарном подходе Госдумы. Этот текст – логическое продолжение предыдущих реформ, и он призван усилить контроль властей за онлайн-информацией. В то время, как независимые медиа подвергаются небывалым преследованиям, свободное пространство дебатов рискует в очередной раз уменьшиться», – заявляет Йоханн Бир, глава отдела Восточной Европы и Средней Азии «Репортеров без границ».«Вереница новых запретов, навязываемых блогерам, дает все больше возможностей их цензурировать в будущем, в то время как существующее законодательство уже позволяет регулировать основные проблемы. Слежка за интернет-пользователями все развивается, на этот раз через использование социальных сетей и блог-платформ. Эти положения противоречат принципу свободы слова, гарантированную российской Конституцией, и рекомендации специального докладчика ООН Франка Ля Рю. Мы призываем депутатов отвергнуть этот текст во втором чтении». Обязанностей значительно больше, чем правЗаконопроект впервые определяет понятие «блогер», которое понимается как «лицо, размещающее открытую информацию на персональной странице», если «суточная аудитория доступа к такому сайту (странице) составляет более трех тысяч посещений». Сюда попадают блоги, а также микроблоги и социальные сети. Блогерам, определенным таким образом, напоминают длинный список запретов, которым уже подвергаются все граждане: запрещается использовать блог для совершения преступлений, распространять информацию, которая относится к гостайне или имеет экстремистскую направленность, и т.д. Кроме того, законопроект им вменяет обязанности, схожие с обязанностями журналистов: они должны проверять достоверность публикуемой информации, соблюдать закон о выборах, избегать матерных выражений. Блоги и социальные сети не должны быть использованы «в целях сокрытия или фальсификации общественно значимых сведений» или чтобы дискредитировать гражданина или группу людей. Подобные неопределенные формулировки могут быть интерпретированы как угодно. «Блогеры» (согласно закону) будут, кроме прочего, ответственны за комментарии, которые публикуются на их странице. Они будут обязаны удалять всю неточную информацию. В качестве единственной компенсации подобных мер у них появится право получать доходы за рекламу, размещенную на их странице. Идентифицировать блогеров, преследовать интернет-пользователейЛюбой блог, посещаемость которого превышает 3000 визитов в день, должен будет содержать фамилию, инициалы и имейл-адрес своего автора, чтобы ему можно было отправлять жалобы. Такие сайты будут обязательно внесены в реестр Роскомнадзора. Законопроект дает контролирующему органу возможность самостоятельно утвердить методику для определения посещаемости ресурсов. Если, по мнению Роскомнадзора, сайт должен быть внесен в реестр, тот обращается с хостинг-провайдеру, чтобы идентифицировать автора и информировать его об этом. Если хостинг-провайдер в трехдневный срок не предоставит запрошенную информацию, ему грозит штраф от 10-50 тысяч рублей для граждан до 50-300 тысяч рублей для юрлиц. Если нарушение повторится, последует штраф на полмиллиона рублей или приостановка деятельности хостинг-провайдера на месяц. «Организатор распространения информации» – новое понятие, которое определяет блог-платформы и социальные сети. Они должны будут в течение шести месяцев сохранять всю историю действий их пользователей и предоставлять ее властям по требованию. В то же время, как подчеркивает известный интернет-эксперт и блогер Антон Носик, большинство интернет-гигантов, таких как Фейсбук и Твиттер, базируются за границей: что случится, если они не подчинятся этим требованиям? Блогер уверен, что российские власти, не сомневаясь, заблокируют Твиттер и Фейсбук в стране. «… Это первые и предварительные шаги для достижения той цели, на которую работает цензурное законодательство – ограничить неподконтрольное общение людей и критику властей», – заявил Антон Носик русской службе «Би-Би-Си», которая напоминает о недавнем прецеденте в Турции. Бесконечный каскад недемократических законовНачатое еще в 2012-ом году ужесточение российского законодательства, связанного со свободой информации, все продолжается. В конце декабря 2013-го года Госдума приняла закон, позволяющий без судебного решения блокировать веб-сайты, призывающие к участию в несанкционированных митингах. Такой возможностью без замедления воспользовались власти, которые в марте 2014-го года заблокировали доступ к трем основным оппозиционным веб-сайтам. Сейчас обсуждается возможность добавить «распространение заведомо недостоверной информации о банках» в число причин, оправдывающих подобные блокады. Также в марте российский Парламент зарегистрировал текст, направленный на запрет распространения негативной информации по поводу ветеранов Великой Отечественной войны, армии и государственной власти. Другой законопроект предлагает расширить понятие «иностранный агент» на СМИ, которые получают более 25% своего финансирования от иностранных юрлиц. В этом контексте даже самые эксцентричные инициативы не заставляют улыбаться: депутат Владимир Федоткин объявил о своем намерении 23-го апреля зарегистрировать законопроект, который откроет телефонные горячие линии. По ним граждане смогут сообщаться о «противоправном и вредоносном» контенте, найденном в онлайн-медиа. (Photo: Wikipedia) News News Follow the news on Russia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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“Unacceptable” allegations against Al-Jazeera by defence minister

first_img Receive email alerts News News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en December 28, 2020 Find out more News November 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Unacceptable” allegations against Al-Jazeera by defence minister News Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out morecenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Follow the news on Iraq Comments by Iraqi defence minister Hazem Shaalan in a interview for an Arabic-language newspaper accusing the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera of being a “terrorist TV station” were “unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said today.Noting that it has often criticised the Iraqi interim government’s decision more than three months ago to close Al-Jazeera’s bureaux, Reporters Without Borders said: “The authorities have a right to disapprove of this station’s editorial choices, but recourse to a ban and verbal threats hark back to the past and violate the promises to establish a democracy in Iraq.”In an interview published on 23 November in the daily Asharq Al-Awsat, Shaalan accused the pan-Arab TV news station of continuing to operate “secretly, in violation of the law” in Iraq. “Al-Jazeera is a terrorist TV station,” he said. “That is clear, and we say it openly and without hesitation, Al-Jazeera is a terrorist TV station.”The minister threatened: “May God curse all those who terrorise Iraqi citizens and Iraq’s children, whether they are journalists or others. The day will come when we deal with Al-Jazeera in other ways than with words.”Shaalan’s “irresponsible” allegations and the “incredibly bellicose tone” of his remarks exceed all limits, Reporters Without Borders said. “They are very alarming because they unfortunately indicate a growing hostility on the part of the authorities towards the media.”The press freedom organisation noted that, before the the US and Iraqi forces began their offensive against the Sunni rebel city of Fallujah on 8 November, the authorities instructed the media to present the government’s position and banned “patriotic” treatment of the “murderers and criminals.” Media were threatened with unspecified “sanctions” if they did not comply.Shaalan alleged in the interview that Omar Hadid, “a terrorist… with links to Al-Qaeda,” was the brother of Al-Jazeera’s bureau chief in Iraq, Hamed Hadid, to whom “he sent videos showing the beheading of citizens in Fallujah.”This has been denied by Al-Jazeera, which said its Baghdad bureau chief “affirms that he has no family ties with the alleged Omar Hadid.” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Hong Kong: 21 years after the handover, a wave of independent media seek to preserve press freedom

first_img News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News to go further June 29, 2018 – Updated on June 30, 2018 Hong Kong: 21 years after the handover, a wave of independent media seek to preserve press freedom Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation July 1 marks the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to People’s Republic of China (PRC). The former British colony, which has embraced decades of freedom of speech, has been suffering from China’s growing media interferences: purchase of the daily newspapers South China Morning Post, Ming Pao Weekly, TVB and partial holding of i-cable; pressure from media owners; advertising budgets blackmail, etc. From ranking 18th at the creation of the RSF Press Freedom Index in 2002, the special administrative region is now 70th out of 180 countries and territories evaluated.In its last report, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) notes that both the level of public trust in the press has reached an all time low and a new generation of online media outlets has developed with activist names such as Hong Kong Free Press, Citizen News, FactWire, Stand News, etc. After years of struggle, these independent media have recently obtained government recognition of their right to attend official events, a sign of their growing popularity.”Hong Kongers are well aware that a free press is their best protection against the risk of abuse by their government and the Chinese authorities,” said Cédric Alviani, director of Reporters Without Borders East Asia bureau. “We salute the courage of these media, who cultivate the values of journalism despite a difficult context and demonstrate their determination to resist censorship and propaganda.”Media born in turmoilA first wave of independent media emerged when pro-democracy journalists were fired due to pressure from Beijing in 2004, less than a year after a half-a-million-people demonstration where nearly one in ten adults saw the national security law as Beijing’s effort to remotely control the media. The second wave of new media emerged in 2014 during the wake of a pro-democracy movement called the “Umbrella Movement” and its repression that left more than two thousand wounded including about thirty journalists.The movement was in response to this wave of violence and the general pro-Beijing tone of the mainstream media. It was that local journalist, Tom Grundy, launched the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) news site in 2015. The following year an equivalent site in Chinese, Citizen News, was created by a number of veteran journalists. Two years prior to its creation, Kevin Lau, a former editor of Ming Pao was recovering from a stabbing attack in retaliation for his journalistic activities, when the project was born.The added value of independent media resides in the ability to give a voice to the voiceless. And in just a few years from its creation, Citizen News earned a reputation for great editorial independence; last month Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu published an explosive interview with Liu Xia, widow of the Nobel Prize of peace Liu Xiaobo, who is held under house arrest in China without a charge for a crime or offense.Back to the basics of journalismTo differentiate itself from traditional media and gain the trust of their readers, the new media in Hong Kong has the ambition to return to the fundamentals of journalism, exemplified in HKFP’s mission to “report the facts without fear, favor or interference.” The quest for transparency goes through adopting a code of ethics and hiring an external auditor to publish a detailed account report.The preservation of editorial independence generally involves legally becoming an association, which makes a future hostile takeover impossible and reduces the risk of pressure. House News, which had to close in 2014 following government harassment and anonymous threats against its founder and his family, reopened six months later under the name of Stand News, as a nonprofit run by a group of journalists.A non-profit model allows independent media to free itself from the constraints of a for-profit organization and the need to satisfy shareholder compensation, so it can devote all of its revenues to the production of information and maintenance for a modest office. In its 2016 report, HKFP indicated that 86% of its budget is allocated to staff costs, mainly journalists.Participatory financingAs major advertisers prefer to keep a low profile, independent media have based their business model on reader’s donations and monthly subscriptions. Inmedia, a current website launched in 2004, has set an example by refusing advertisements and basing its financial model on purely the generosity of its readers. Ten years later, HKFP and FactWire were inspired by this model; their fundraising was facilitated by the emergence of crowdfunding platforms like FringeBacker, a site dedicated to charitable projects, artistic and publishing works in Hong Kong.Hong Kong Free Press has managed to raise 600,000 Hong Kong dollars (64,000 euros) to finance its start-up in 2015. Followed by other ambitious fundraisers the following year, FactWire, Citizen News and Inmedia have also managed to reap significant sums of 3 to 5 million Hong Kong dollars each (300 to 500,000 euros) as a result of crowdfunding sites. The financial viability seems to reside in having a modest team size. An office of a dozen people is already a significant cost for a young media given the high cost of living in the city.The 90-employee website Initium Media, which bases its free model on advertising revenue, nearly encountered bankruptcy in April 2017. As a result, it had to reduce its workforce by two-thirds and switch to subscription plans to ensure a balanced budget. FactWire, the site known for its quality journalism investigations, has also faced financial problems that question its survival to the end of the year.A future still uncertainIf the new media have found their audience, their future is far from assured. With the development of the online information market, they run the risk of being drowned in a mass of pro-Beijing media outlets. The site HK01, launched at the wave of creation of citizen media in 2016 but owned by the China-linked investment company Nan Hai Corp, is criticized for the complacency of some of its articles to local authorities and the Beijing regime.Although the violence against journalists has declined in recent years, the independent media are still vulnerable and are often the subject of phone calls and anonymous threats. Following an insistent threat in July 2016, Factwire moved from its premises. Last year during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, a reporter from Inmedia was attacked by a stranger during a pro-democracy demonstration. HKFP has also received anonymous threatening letters that became in increasingly aggressive, and eventually had to be handled by the police.These independent media, in the end, are at the mercy of an expeditious intervention by Beijing, which can at any time put an end to their activities. In 2015, by kidnapping five collaborators of an independent publishing house, the Chinese authorities had shown that they were not afraid to strike outside their jurisdiction. One of the publishers, Gui Minhai, is still detained in China. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison More than two decades after the handover, in a context of growing Chinese censorship, Hong Kongers are turning to a new generation of websites and independent information that focus on reviving journalism ethics. last_img read more

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