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first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has reported a 5.9% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter of its financial year, though noted that performance in the period was impacted by a number of factors.While revenue for the three months ended March 31 was up from £5.1m (€5.9m/$6.7m) in the prior year to £5.4m, this represented a 15.6% decline from the second quarter of the current financial year. The supplier only released figures on revenue, staking and customer numbers in its trading update, meaning there was no update on its bottom-line performance.As Nektan mentioned in its results for six months ended December 31, 2018, this was down to factors such as seasonality, tighter UK regulations around player marketing and verifications and a delay in its Swedish operating licence being granted.These issues impacted its core white label operation, with B2C net gaming revenue down 17.7% year-on-year and flat sequentially at £5.1m. First time depositors were down 12.2% from the prior year at 31,914, and down from the 36,328 reported in Q2, while customer stakes fell 1.0% from FY2018 to £141m, a 16.0% month-on-month drop.A further 10 white label clients were signed up during the quarter, with 152 sites currently live.Despite the B2C division’s struggles, Nektan’s board said that it expects to see an improvement in trading in the final quarter of its financial year.“As reported in our interim results announcement on 25 March 2019, whilst the headlines revenue figures are slightly down on Q2, our growing portfolio of partners means that we do not expect a repeat of what was a quiet period by historical standards,” the supplier’s chief executive Lucy Buckley said.While B2C struggled, Nektan’s nascent B2B arm reported another record quarter of growth, albeit from a low base. B2B revenue was up 322% year-on-year to £0.4m, a 75% quarter-on-quarter improvement.The supplier currently has 10 B2B partners live, and distribution deals signed with seven additional partners, including Bede Gaming. All of these are set to launch over the three months ended June 30, 2018. It has also struck a platform and content distribution deal with Addison Global’s MoPlay brand, with Nektan noted that the division was growing rapidly as a result of its integration speed and breadth of premium third party content it offers.The range of content across both B2B and B2C division has continued to increase, with 834 games available by the end of Q3, up from 750 in Q2, from 38 games providers.“Q3 has been another record quarter of growth for our rapidly emerging B2B business. We continue to see strong demand for our award-winning casino technology as evidenced by the signing of 7 significant B2B partners during Q3 FY19,” Buckley said. “Having achieved EBITDA break-even in H1 of this financial year, a key achievement for Nektan, we remain on track to be break-even in FY19.”Nektan’s US subsidiary Respin LLC soft-launched its Class II and III mobile on-premises product with a major, unnamed, operator at one of its properties in California, with a deal also struck with another venue in the state.The division is currently in the process of being sold, with an unnamed investor working towards acquiring a majority stake in Respin. Email Address Regions: Asia Europe US Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has reported a 5.9% year-on-year increase in revenue for the third quarter of its financial year, though noted that performance in the period was impacted by a number of factors. 5th April 2019 | By contenteditor “Developments on the sale of our majority stake in the US division Respin are progressing and we expect to conclude this shortly and before 30 April 2019,” Buckely said. “This transaction will mean us maintaining a material stake in the emerging US market while removing the cash burn of this business.“As a result of that deal, the other inter-conditional transactions, namely the fund raising and CLN conversion, are due to complete as well, putting Nektan in a very strong position to capitalise on our global growth prospects.”center_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Slots Table games Casino & games Nektan expects Q4 improvement after Q3 struggleslast_img read more


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first_img Topics: Finance Sports betting Tech & innovation Horse racing Kambi benefits from US expansion in H1 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Finance Email Address Regions: Europe US Nordics Sweden New York Pennsylvania Sports betting solutions provider Kambi has reported a 25.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first six months of 2019, with the business boosted by its customers launching in Pennsylvania’s online wagering market. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting solutions provider Kambi has reported a 25.3% year-on-year increase in revenue for the first six months of 2019, with the business boosted by its customers launching in Pennsylvania’s online wagering market.Revenue grew to €42.6m (£38.0m/$47.5m), aided by a trio of launches in the regulated Pennsyvlania market in the three months ended June 30, 2019.Having processed the first legal online bet in New Jersey in the prior year, Kambi achieved the same feat in the neighbouring state, with Rush Street’s PlaySugarHouse.com site.Kambi also supplied the sports betting technology for the second and third brands to launch in the market, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment’s Parx Casino and Rush Street’s BetRivers.com.“It was during Q2 last year that the US Supreme Court decided to repeal the country’s federal sports betting ban, a judgment I said at the time would create significant business opportunities for Kambi,” the supplier’s chief executive Kristian Nylén said. “Looking back over the past 12 months, I’m proud to say we’ve built a robust US-facing business with a fantastic portfolio of partners, and I continue to have great confidence in our future prospects.“As the number of regulated states steadily increases over the coming years, so too will the number of attractive opportunities,” he continued. “The fact Kambi has proven its ability to deliver in the US, coupled with our ongoing US investments in people and products, puts us in a good position to convert the best of these opportunities.”It also supported William Hill’s launch in the regulated Swedish market, after the operator rebranded the Redbet.se site, acquired through its purchase of MRG Group, in late April. According to Kambi’s Turnover Index, operator turnover was up 26% year-on-year.The second quarter also saw Kambi strike a long-term supply agreement with igaming startup BetWarrior, which aims to launch in Latin American and European markets. A roll-out is expected before the end of 2019.Finally, the supplier expanded its partnership with Bulgarian operator National Lottery JSC, to continue powering its 7777.bg site and launch in the Moldovan market.Over the six months to June 30, personnel expenses rose 32.8% to €16.9m, with the supplier’s headcount increasing to 771 full-time employees. Amortisation expenses climbed 12.9% to €4.6m, with other operating expenses growing to €16.0m.This left an operating profit of €5.1m, up 17.2% year-on-year. After investment income of €19,000 and finance costs of €306,000, Kambi posted a pre-tax profit of €4.9m.Once income tax of €1.3m was paid, profit for the first half stood at €3.6m, up 11.2%. After a currency translation adjustment of €749,000 was factored in, income stood at €2.8m, up 4.3% year-on-year.For the second quarter of the year, revenue was up 22.7% at €21.6m. After increased staff costs (€8.6m), amortisation (€2.4m) and other operating expenses (€8.1m), operating profit was up 4.5% at €2.5m. Profit for the quarter was down 4.6% year-on-year, as a result of higher finance costs, of €149,000, and income tax of €813,000.After a €659,000 foreign exchange loss, comprehensive income for the quarter was €921,000, down 30.8% year-on-year.Following the end of the quarter, Kambi agreed an extension of its existing partnership with Rank Group, which will see it continue to power the operator’s Grosvenor Casino-branded sportsbook, and expand into the Spanish market via the Enracha brand. It has also revised its contract with Stanleybet in Romania, shifting the deal to an online-only agreement after cancelling a bespoke platform development for the retail offering.Kambi also achieved another US first, processing the first legal land-based bet in New York State, for its partner Rush Street’s Rivers Casino property in Schenectady.“This remains an exciting time for Kambi and I look forward to seeing what the second half of the year,” Nylén said. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino 24th July 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more


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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. The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund has announced further grants of £3m to Aids-related charities. Recipients include the Healthy Gay Living Centre, Southall Black Sisters, the Ann Craft Trust, and Leicestershire Aids Support Services’ Women’s Health in Prostitution project. Read Diana Memorial Fund announces grant winners by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian. Princess Diana Memorial Fund grants £3m Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 December 2000 | News read more


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first_imgIn Socialnomics, Erik Qualman offers a fascinating look at the impact of social media on business to reveal what the future holds and how businesses can best take advantage of it. He explores how social media is changing the way businesses produce, market, and sell products; how it eliminates inefficient marketing tactics and middlemen; and how businesses are connecting directly with their customers through popular social media platforms.Social media will continue to change the way businesses market products and how consumers and businesses interact with each other. If you′re a marketer or business owner, the big question is whether you′ll keep up with those changes. Socialnomics is an essential resource for anyone who wants to understand the implications of social media, and how to tap its power to increase sales, cut marketing costs, and communicate directly with consumers. Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. [amzn_product_post]Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are fundamentally changing the way businesses and consumers behave, connecting hundreds of millions of people to each other via instant communication. This is a massive socio–economic shift that is fundamentally changing the way consumers and companies communicate and interact with each other.Welcome to the world of Socialnomics—where consumers and the societies they create online have a profound influence on our economy and the businesses that operate within it. Online word of mouth and the powerful influence of peer groups have already made many traditional marketing strategies obsolete. Today′s best businesses and marketers are learning to profitably navigate this new landscape.Brands can now be strengthened or destroyed by the use of social media. Advertising is less effective at influencing consumers than are the opinions of their peers, making direct–to–consumer marketing messages less valuable each day. But savvy companies are using online networking sites as massive focus groups and as an efficient means of communication with consumers. If social media isn′t a part of your business strategy, you′ve already fallen behind the curve—and your competition. Advertisement Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Businesslast_img read more


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first_imgDesde las entrañas del imperio, las y los miembros del Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero enviamos un fuerte abrazo solidario al pueblo borincano que enfrenta en estos momentos las devastadoras consecuencias del poderoso huracán María.Este huracán, el más potente y peligroso desde que el huracán San Felipe de categoría 5 en la escala Saffir-Simpson en el Atlántico ocasionara 300 muertes a su paso en el 1928, llega al archipiélago en las peores circunstancias políticas y sociales en la historia de esa nación.Hemos visto con mucho dolor las escenas de inundaciones y catástrofes ocurridas apenas a unos días tras el paso del huracán Irma. Vecindarios enteros bajo agua, peligrosos cables del tendido eléctrico caídos poniendo en peligro la vida de quien toque las aguas electrificadas, edificios con ventanas y puertas rotas, techos volados, e innumerables destrozos que aún no se han podido cuantificar por la falta de comunicación existente.La falta de servicio eléctrico con la consecuente repercusión en todas las áreas que dependen de ese crucial servicio para su mantenimiento, como el agua y la refrigeración de alimentos y ambiente tan importantes en una tierra subtropical donde las temperaturas han sobrepasado los 90 grados Fahrenheit en los últimos días.Abrazamos y nos solidarizamos con toda y todo boricua que fuera de fronteras físicas, compone esa nación, separados solo por la crueldad del proceso colonizador del imperio. Compartimos la angustia de esas familias que intentan saber de la situación de sus seres queridos en el archipiélago pero que por la falta de comunicación viven con esa atormentada espera de noticias.Esta desgracia se ha visto aumentada por los procesos de privatización de algunos sectores como la comunicación tan esencial en estos momentos. Las privatizaciones nunca benefician al pueblo; todo lo contrario. Un ejemplo es la telefonía, que en manos ahora de la empresa Claro, solo depende del servicio eléctrico para su funcionamiento, quedando por tanto el pueblo incomunicado. Esto contrasta con la Telefónica de Puerto Rico que cuando estaba en manos del estado contaba además con generadores de emergencia que demostraron durante el huracán Hugo, que la comunicación podía mantenerse sin el servicio eléctrico.Desde acá ayudaremos en todo lo que podamos para aliviar la enorme carga impuesta por la naturaleza y por la mano de los criminales en Wall Street y de los gobiernos, tanto el de Puerto Rico en connivencia con la criminal Junta de Control Fiscal impuesta ilegítimamente por el Congreso estadounidense, como por el actual residente fascista en la Casa Blanca.Nuestro más fuerte abrazo solidario para el pueblo puertorriqueño.Desde el imperio cruel y asesino,Berta Joubert-Ceci y Teresa Gutiérrez,Por el Comité Nacional del Partido Workers World-Mundo ObreroFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printFor the second year in a row, the TCU Men’s Tennis team is walking away atop the Big 12 Conference.The No. 9 Horned Frogs defeated the No. 4 Baylor Bears 4-1 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas Wednesday night, clinching their second Big 12 title in as many seasons and extending their win streak to 11 straight matches.“This is a tough place to play and a lot of things have to happen,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “You have to compete really hard, be really tough mentally, be resilient and you need the support to be able to win such a big match here. For that, I am really proud of our players. They deserve this.”The Frogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the pairs of Cameron Norrie and Trevor Johnson, and No. 34 Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder, recorded respective 6-2 and 6-4 wins. The Frogs extended their lead to 3-0 after No. 27 Alex Rybakov defeated Baylor’s Johannes Schretter 6-2, 6-0 in singles and Johnson defeated Constantin Franzen 6-3, 7-6 in dual match play.“For Rybakov to get off the court against a guy that hasn’t hardly lost all year was great for us,” Roditi said. “Trevor Johnson winning that tiebreaker and getting us to three put them in a really tough spot.”Baylor got a point back with a three-set win, but Norrie, ranked No. 2 in the nation, sealed the deal for the Frogs by recording three aces in a win over No. 13 Juan Benitez .“I couldn’t be happier and I couldn’t be prouder,” Roditi said. “This is for all the Frog fans out there that put up with us for the last few years and allowed us to get to this level. I am really proud of our guys and our fans and our program.”Having improved to 16-4, 4-0 on the season, the Frogs will wrap up their schedule on Saturday when they play host to No. 7 Texas at the Friedman Tennis Center. Match time is set for 1 p.m. CST. Facebook Previous articleThe Skiff: April 20, 2017Next articleTCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Linkedin Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Linkedin Women’s golf takes home sixth-place finish at Clover Cup Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/center_img + posts Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Twitter Dean Straka ReddIt The TCU Men’s Tennis team celebrates after clinching back-to-back Big 12 titles with a 4-1 win over Baylor on April 19, 2017 (GOFROGS.com) Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Twitter TAGSgame wonsport in name last_img read more


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first_img News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Egypt to go further News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Numerous obstacles have been thrown up to media coverage of constitutional reform, the organisation said in a letter to President Hosni Mubarak, questioning him on four key points : His supporters’ violent assaults on women journalists ; bans on coverage of some political events and arrests ; unequal access to state media for opposition parties ; and decriminalisation of press offences and continued detention of a journalist. May 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt’s electoral year EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Help by sharing this information February 6, 2021 Find out more We consider these methods to be attempts at intimidation, to prevent journalists from covering news connected with the referendum, as well as the vote itself. We remind you that these journalists are not participants in the political debate under way and their work consists of covering events to report news of public interest. Dear Mr President,Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation, wishes to draw your attention to numerous violations of the rights of journalists perpetrated in your country since the announcement of the holding of a referendum on amending the Constitution.We consider that many obstacles have been put in the way of media coverage of events linked to the referendum. The organisation wishes to question you on four points that point to the fact that press freedom in Egypt has been seriously compromised:1. We have first of all been particularly shocked by violent physical assaults on several women journalists, committed by members of your party under the noses of secret services members. Nawal Ali, of the opposition newspaper Al-Guil on 25 May accused members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of assaulting her in front of the journalists’ union where she was attending an English course. They surrounded her, manhandled her before tearing her clothes, sexually molesting her and throwing her to the ground. They also stole her mobile phone, jewellery and money in her bag. Ali and the journalists’ union both made an official complaint after this attack.The same day, during demonstrations in the capital, several journalists, including a British employee of the daily Los Angeles Times, were attacked. She was molested and harassed by a crowd of your supporters who threw her to the ground, kicked her in the stomach and back before running way.According to concordant sources, two women working for French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and US news agency Associated Press (AP) were victims of the same type of attacks. An eyewitness said that plain clothes police officers, who apparently surrounded demonstrators from the opposition movement Kefaya to cut them off and beat them, went directly for the AP journalist, pulling her hair and sexually molesting her.We strongly condemn these squalid assaults, unworthy of a democracy and contrary to the Arab Charter on Human Rights. We urge the Egyptian authorities to do their utmost to find and put on trial those who attacked these women, as the law demands.Yehia Qallach, Secretary General of the journalists’ union has described this “unprecedented behaviour as unacceptable and inexcusable.” He said, “It has been a shock for everyone. No-one with a minimum of a conscience could accept such behaviour. What is worrying is that this is becoming a growing tendency towards women, particularly journalists and lawyers. It is a black period for free expression in Egypt. While we continue to have a long wait for the decriminalisation of press offences, the situation is only worsening.”2. Next we would like to draw your attention to bans imposed on many journalists preventing them from covering political events and the arrests that followed.According to Hussein Abd al Ghany, bureau chief of the Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera in Cairo, nine members of his staff were arrested on 13 May. First to be arrested were two journalists and a cameraman who were preparing to film an extraordinary meeting of the magistrates’ senior council which they had permission to broadcast live.At the same time, two cameramen, a sound engineer and a technician were arrested outside a building while covering demonstrations both by members of the NPD supporters of the Kefaya movement.Hussein Abd al Ghany went to the spot to assist them, with journalist Samir Omar and a cameraman. Police firmly pushed him back before arresting the other two and taking them to the security services building in Cairo. According to the al-Jazeera bureau chief “it is a big step backwards for the freedom of journalists to do their job in Egypt”.On 23 May a team of four people from German public television ARD, were filming a demonstration organised by the Kefaya movement, in the southern suburbs of Cairo. Police officers stopped them, pointing their guns at them. They held them there for four hours, accusing them of having distributed and stuck up anti-government posters. The driver was separated from the others and beaten. The cameraman, Obeida Habashi, said that it was “a very humiliating experience” and that they had been “treated like a gang of criminals”.Two al-Jazeera journalists were given the same kind of treatment on 25 May, when they were in the process of covering demonstrations in Cairo. Journalist Lina Ghadban and a cameraman were surrounded by pro-government demonstrators who jostled them and tried to prevent the young woman from leaving. Her cameraman was taken to a police post where he was held for three hours.The same day, a large number of journalists, particularly photographers and cameramen, were prevented from approaching or entering polling stations, on the pretext that they did not have interior ministry accreditation. Their cards issued by the press centre, that issues accreditation to journalists, should have been enough to secure them access. News Receive email alerts 3. The third point on which we would like to question you relates to unequal access of opposition parties to state media.During the debates organised these last few months about the referendum, we have found that the opposition parties have only been allowed very little air time on public media, although they represent almost all the country’s mass news outlets.Under international democratic standards, we think that all political parties should have equal access to public media so that the people are informed in a balanced way.It seems incomprehensible that the Egyptian state, after having for the first time adopted a universal suffrage system of election for the president, should not allow different candidates to express themselves fairly during the presidential election due in September.4. Finally we ask you to modify the press code and to release journalist Abd al-Munim Gamal al Din Abd al Munim, imprisoned for more than ten years.In February 2004, you promised to modify the 1996 press law and to abolish prison sentences for press offences. Nothing concrete has been done to put this apparent act of window dressing into effect. You renewed your promise at the end of 2004, and five months have passed without you fulfilling this promise.Moreover, a state of emergency dating from 1981 forces journalists to seek permission virtually systematically and prevents them from working freely. You will understand that in our eyes, as long as Egypt does not fall in line with standards promoted by the UN, particularly in decriminalising press offences, it cannot call itself respectful of press freedom.On 21 February 1993, Abd al-Munim Gamal al Din Abd al Munim, of the pro-Islamist bi-weekly al-Shaab, organ of the Workers Party (Hizb al-Amal), was arrested at his home by state security intelligence agents. He was tried and acquitted in two successive cases but since October 1993 has been under an unlimited custody order.With presidential elections due in September and parliamentary elections in November, we call on you to take into consideration these numerous obstacles to press freedom that are unacceptable in a democracy, act therefore to improve the situation in your country and to prove to the international community your willingness to make progress in favour of free expression and human rights.Yours sincerely,Robert Ménard,Secretary-General February 1, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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first_img RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 to go further Judicial harassment Shubham Mani Tripathi was shot six times, three of them in the head, on 19 June 2020 (SMT / Facebook). IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestCorruptionEnvironmentImpunityPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence June 10, 2021 Find out more When they don’t fall victim to physical violence, Uttar Pradesh journalists who try to do their job are often the targets of judicial harassment orchestrated by the state government headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, an unwavering supporter of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his Hindu nationalist policies. Such was the experience of Supriya Sharma, the executive editor of the Scroll.in news website, and her chief editor, Naresh Fernandes, on 18 June, when the Uttar Pradesh police registered a complaint against them over a story about the coronavirus lockdown’s impact in remote villages in Varanasi, the district that Modi represents in the federal parliament. The two journalists are facing up to five years in prison on the four charges registered by the police. Kampu Mail local bureau chief Ritesh Shukla mentioned the name of Divya Awasthi, a local businesswoman involved in land transactions, as did the reporter’s uncle, Dhirendra Mani Tripathi. The NewsClick website quoted him as saying: “There is some government land that Divya Awasthi wanted to take possession of. [Shubham] exposed the matter and [said] she could not do that (…) Her goons had attacked Shubham at his house last year after he exposed her and now have killed him.” In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media “In this region of northern India, the links between sand mafia bosses and local police chiefs mean that, when journalists are murdered in connection with their reporting, the police investigation is almost always closed without further action. The vicious cycle of impunity needs to be broken by means of legislation guaranteeing journalists’ safety.” In 2016 alone, two journalists, Karun Misra of the Jansandesh Times and Ranjan Rajdev of the Hindustan Daily, were killed by gunmen on motorcycles in separate attacks after covering such illegal mining. In June 2015, the journalist Jagendra Singh died from the severe burns he sustained when set on fire during a police search of his home. He had been investigating a local government minister’s links to organized crime and illegal mining. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Uttar Pradesh state, in northern India, to appoint an independent team to investigate the shocking murder of Shubham Mani Tripathi, a newspaper reporter who recently said he feared being killed, and to bring the instigators to justice. Dangerous state The journalist Haider Khan was badly beaten and dragged behind a motorcycle for 100 metres the same month after writing about dubious land expropriations. In October of that year, men on a motorcycle fatally shot journalist Hemant Kumar Yadav in the chest in reprisal for his reporting. In all of these cases, the police investigations drew a blank and the instigators remain unpunished. RSF_en center_img Siddharth Varadarajan, the editor of The Wire, another independent website, is meanwhile being investigated as a result of a complaint filed on 1 April over an allegedly “fake news” report that the state’s chief minister attended an enormous religious gathering two days after the imposition of a nationwide lockdown. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on India News India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts June 22, 2020 India: Uttar Pradesh reporter gunned down for covering sand mafia April 27, 2021 Find out more India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh is also one of the most dangerous regions for journalists, especially those who try to cover the sand mafia, the name given in India to those who illegally mine sand from riverbeds for sale to the construction industry. News News Organisation March 3, 2021 Find out more A local correspondent for the Kampu Mail, a Hindi-language daily, Shubham Mani Tripathi died on the spot when he was shot six times, three of them in the head, on 19 June in Unnao, a suburb of Lucknow, the state capital. In a recent Facebook post, he said he feared he could be killed because of his investigations into land expropriations of questionable legality linked to illegal sand mining. “We call on the Uttar Pradesh authorities to appoint an independent investigation to shed all possible light on Shubham Tripathi’s horrific murder,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestCorruptionEnvironmentImpunityPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence last_img read more


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first_img to go further News The head of the investigations committee of the prosecutor-general’s office yesterday said the suspected killer of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya is believed to be in western Europe and that “official requests for judicial cooperation have been sent to several countries.”“Revealing where Politkovskaya’s killer is probably living could jeopardise the investigation and enable him to escape capture,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There have been leaks of this kind throughout the investigation.”Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov told Echo of Moscow radio that his newspaper is going to request a judicial investigation into the leaks. “I find it hard to understand why the murderer’s place of residence has been revealed,” he said. “Each leak gives the murderer another chance to hide.” News The investigations committee of the public prosecutor’s office announced today that it has concluded the investigation into the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya and has charged three men with her killing. It also said charges have been dropped against former Chechen local government official Shamil Burayev, who had been arrested on suspicion of being one of the masterminds.“We regret the premature conclusion of the investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would be outrageous if the investigators did not go any further, as they still have not identified who gave the orders for the murder. We call for assurances that the investigation will resume after these three initial suspects have been tried.”The three men charged with participating in the murder are Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail Makhmudov and Ibrahim Makhmudov. A former lieutenant-colonel in the Federal Security Service (FSB), Pavel Ryaguzov, has been charged with abuse of authority and extortion in connection with the case.Politkovskaya family lawyer Anna Stavitskaya said the authorities had been in a rush to close the case. “There are no grounds for concluding the investigation as the persons really involved have not been found,” she said. “I do no understand why the case is being brought to trial already.”Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitri Muratov said that he did not think the investigation had been finished and that he was still waiting for the mastermind to be identified.The Politkovskaya family and the accused will be able to have access to the case file from tomorrow. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Help by sharing this information “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Follow the news on Belarus Newscenter_img Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more 18.06 – Prosecutors announce completion of Politkovskaya murder investigation May 28, 2021 Find out more July 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor says Politkovskaya killer is in western Europe RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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first_imgAdvertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook TAGSBritish AmbassadorbusinesslimerickLimerick 2030potentialRobin Barnettstrategy Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live BusinessNewsLimerickBritish ambassador looks to Limerick for future investmentBy Staff Reporter – March 28, 2018 2049 center_img Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR British Ambassador to Ireland Robin BarnettLIMERICK’S potential and the chance to build partnerships, collaborations and strong relationships with the UK is of great interest to firms looking to invest here.That’s according to British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett who made an official visit to the Mid-West on Tuesday when he held talks with local authority officials, educators and business interests in the region.He said that he came “with a large team because I feel Limerick is a town with great potential in a Mid West region of huge potential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking on the strategic plans to regenerate Limerick, Ambassador Barnett said that “what really impressed me about Limerick 2030 is that this plan already has concrete projects and even better money to finance these concrete projects.”To that end, the British diplomat said that Limerick realising its potential would be of great interest UK companies looking to invest in the region.In the 12 months since his last visit to Limerick, Ambassador Barnett said that he was “impressed with the progress already made here” when he was updated by Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council Conn Murray.Troy Studios shooting the sci-fi series Nightflyers was an example of “innovation and creativity” that Limerick is now associated with, according to the British Ambassador.“The Mid West and Limerick has a very attractive inward investment proposition Mr Barnett said, adding that the skill base and the testimony of existing investors augurs well for those seeking to expand out of the UK.“The opportunities going forward, through building partnerships, is exciting as this is how most good business gets done and Limerick is a place of great potential and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see more inward investment from the UK in to this region in the future.Amongst the topics discussed, Ambassador Barnett said that the UK greatly welcomed the “solidarity that’s been shown by our nearest neighbour”, in expelling a Russian diplomat from Ireland following the use of a nerve agent in the Salisbury attack.However, he refused to be drawn on “undertones” of a potential cold war or any implications the move would have on Russian owned businesses here such as Rusal’s Aughinish Alumina plant in Askeaton. Email Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleCrisis pending as Limerick family doctors face retirement Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more


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