Mobile wagering returns to WV with FanDuel app launch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter FanDuel Group has announced the launch of its West Virignia sportsbook app, marking the return of mobile wagering to the state.The app launched via the Flutter Entertainment-owned operator’s licensing partnership with The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, the resort owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice.Mobile betting in in West Virginia has had a difficult start. DraftKings carried out testing of an app in May with a view to rolling it out to consumers soon after. However, while testing of the system was successful, the regulator ultimately delayed the launch, over concerns relating to the physical location of the servers, which may have resulted in the offering failing to comply with the federal Wire Act.Read more on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Sports betting Tags: Mobile Online Gambling FanDuel Group has announced the launch of its West Virignia sportsbook app, marking the return of mobile wagering to the state. Mobile wagering returns to WV with FanDuel app launch Email Address 27th August 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Regions: US West Virginialast_img read more

Why I’d buy dividend shares with more than just high yields in this stock market recovery

first_imgWhy I’d buy dividend shares with more than just high yields in this stock market recovery Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Enter Your Email Address Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. When buying dividend shares to make a passive income, it’s always tempting to simply purchase the highest-yielding stocks around. While this can mean a generous income stream in the short run, it doesn’t necessarily produce growing and resilient dividends over the long run.As such, it could be prudent to focus on more than just a company’s yield. Especially since the UK economy faces an uncertain future. By analysing its financial position, diversity and profit potential, it may be possible to build an income portfolio that offers a generous return with less risk.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Considering risk when buying dividend sharesClearly, it’s never possible to eliminate risk when buying dividend shares. There’s always an ongoing threat that a company will run into financial trouble. Or it could change its strategy. Either could lead to a lack of dividend payouts.However, this risk can be reduced through analysing a company’s financial position. For example, a business that has a solid balance sheet and strong cash flow may be more likely to maintain dividend payouts in a tough period. By contrast, a company with large debts and weak cash flow may resort to cutting dividends when operating conditions are challenging.Furthermore, dividend shares that operate in a wide range of regions and markets may offer less risk than their peers. They may be less susceptible to an economic slowdown than their sector peers. They may also be more flexible in changing their business models to adapt to evolving customer tastes. This point may be especially relevant in today’s operating environment. Certainly when many consumers are changing their shopping preferences.Dividend growth opportunitiesA high yield that doesn’t grow may also become less appealing over the long run. As such, buying dividend shares with the capacity to raise their shareholder payouts at a faster rate than inflation may be relatively appealing. With monetary policy across the world currently being loose, this point may become increasingly pertinent should there be an increase in the rate of inflation.Of course, identifying dividend growth shares can be tough. It relies on a judgment from an investor as to whether a business can raise its profitability to be able to afford a higher shareholder payout.Analysing specific industries and learning which companies may have a competitive advantage is important. By doing so, it may be possible to unearth stocks that offer the greatest chance of higher dividends in the long run.Building a resilient passive incomeAlthough dividend shares can offer a resilient passive income, some companies will inevitably fail to make their shareholder payouts at times. Therefore, it’s always important to diversify among a range of companies and sectors when building an income portfolio. Doing so could lead to a more resilient and robust passive income in the long term. Image source: Getty Images. 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Body House / Monolab

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/13093/body-house-monolab Clipboard The Netherlands ArchDaily Houses Text description provided by the architects. The poetics of metaphor in architecture is what comes to mind when one investigates this house in a row. Monolab discarded the formalism of traditional dutch houses that derive their setup from social logic: a façade hiding and garding the bourgeois interior as a shrine , while lace curtains allow to monitor the street in low profile. The Body House draws more from a Roman layout – organised around the emptiness of the atrium – and the premodern houses that lack context but intensify their introverted way of looking into the interior by hallowing the centre of the house, around a defining domestic element (stairs, terrace, fireplace, …) that symbolises the most important function of the house. Save this picture!The Body House is a topological puzzle of architecturalized domestic elements in a metaphorical juxtaposition. Something you can find in Dutch supermodernism, like in Rem Koolhaas’ Kunsthal in Rotterdam, for whom Jan Willem van Kuilenburg has worked after graduating.The clients preferred spatial quality over square meters, focused around the dining area and the 25-year-old Bulthaup kitchen as the heart of the house. Hovering between the outer walls, Monolab framed this heart and wired it to give it a structural, spatial and social context. Save this picture!They let it grow into a body and gave it a skin to function as an organism, hosting the other symbionts, the residents. This body was deformed to arise the different spatial qualities around it. While blobs are amorph – no boundaries – this Body was facetted in triangles to accomodate various edges and frames that point and focuse on the space around it. Save this picture!To preserve emptiness in the living space, it absorbs all other functions: bathroom, restroom, wardrobe, installations, stairs and trajectories for cables, plumbing and canals for heating and ventilation. The urban multiplex affirms the order of the classical canon: a tripartite scheme*. The building is characterized by three principal divisions: a concrete base consisting the entrance and bedroom with patio; a light cap at the top of the building that accomodates a roof terrace with nylon tent and a shaft with the Body that connects cap and base. Save this picture!The constant dichotomy that can be found in the house – simple but complex, refined but robust, rigid but faceted – also applies for this scheme: the roof terrace is free, light, flexible and thin; the concrete plinth acts introvert, dark and heavy. Four wooden parts connect the house to the outer world: the pivoting entry door, the patio door in the bedroom, the window for the terrace above this patio and the sliding plate that gives access to the roof terrace. Save this picture!The front façade was pushed and pulled by the body so framing the landscape in three different views: the park, the river and the skyline of Rotterdam. The vertical circulation is emphasized as an architectural promenade from ground floor to roof terrace, reinforced by the Body that even swallowed a stair, becoming  hidden as an organ of the Body. Save this picture!Using these raw basic materials – concrete, steel and wood – in combination with the ingenious skin of the Body – epoxy on fiberglass on multiplex – its visual appearance radiates spatial poetry produced by technology. The base was made in cast concrete with prefab concrete panels for the patio. The prefab Body – square steel tubes with variable thickness- was transported in parts, put together on site and positioned by crane between the outer walls within a steel cage of portals. The Body stabilizes the entire steel construction on the plinth, while a part of the concrete is being carried by the foot of the body. The head floor of the Body is made in 8mm steel plates with floor heating in copper pipes. The roof terrace has two steel portals, supported by steel cables. It permits a lot of combinations of tensile clothing. Save this picture!It was possible to construct the house for a low budget because of detailed 3d design, good preparation and fast building: it took only 5 months to have a wind- and airtight building. One can find multiple overlaps in architectural linguistics with Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (1931), Koolhaas’ Villa Bordeaux (1998) and even with Palladio’s villas (16th century): the dramatic exterior motifs, the use of economic materials and the internal harmony and balance. Like Villa Savoye and Villa Bordeaux, the stacking creates three different atmospheres, linked to the routine of sleeping/living/relaxing. Save this picture!Monolab likes simple and crystal clear concepts. As life patterns have become increasingly dynamic – living/working/leisure are blended – the infrastructure around it needs flexibility. Design can thereby be generated and powered by density (bringing together functions in concentrated layouts), fusion (cooperation and/or merging op previously separated functions) and parallellism (the accessibility to several functions at the same moment in the same place). Those are Monolab’s design instruments. 1 entrance 2 storage 3 bedroom 4 bathroom 5 patio 6 living area 7 terrace 8 kitchen & dining 9 loft 10 roof terraceSave this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessAD Futures #3: NRJA / No Rules, Just ArchitectureArticlesIn progress: Rennes Métropole Crematorium by PLAN 01Articles Share CopyHouses•Rotterdam, The Netherlands Area:  156 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2001 Body House / MonolabSave this projectSaveBody House / Monolabcenter_img Body House / Monolab Architects: Monolab Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMonolabOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuilding Technology and MaterialsHousesRotterdamRotterdamThe NetherlandsPublished on February 16, 2009Cite: “Body House / Monolab” 16 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/13093/body-house-monolab Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!+ 26 Sharelast_img read more

Points of Light raises $10,000 a month from eBay storefront

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 July 2004 | News Points of Light raises $10,000 a month from eBay storefront  54 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis US non-profit The Points of Light Foundation is generating around $10,000 each month by using eBay, not for online auctions but simply as a shopfront.Jenn Thompson writes in OnPhilanthropy.com’s latest e-mail newsletter about the various ways in which US non-profits are using online auction tools. Some organisations, she says, have moved from simply auctioning celebrity memorabilia or event tickets to using some of the more direct trading functions of sites such as eBay.com.“A storefront can serve as a thrift store and enable the organisation to monetise in-kind goods that aren’t useful in day-to-day operations”, she reports. She cites the example of the $10,000 generated each month by The Points of Light Foundation’ eBay storefront. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Trading 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

Two join Yorkhill Children’s Foundation fundraising team

first_imgTwo join Yorkhill Children’s Foundation fundraising team Howard Lake | 18 July 2011 | News 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Yorkhill Children’s Foundation has recruited two new members of staff to its fundraising, marketing and communications team. Laura Donnelly and Kirsty Norris joined this month to take up the roles of Corporate and Events Fundraising Assistant and Marketing and Communications Fundraising Assistant respectively.After completing a French and Spanish degree at the University of Strathclyde, Donnelly spent two years volunteering and later working at The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. She then took up a six-month role at Glasgow Art Club as Marketing and Sales Manager before applying for the job at Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.Norris previously worked as an intern for Mary’s Meals, and for the WRVS as part of the individual giving and fundraising team.www.yorkhill.orgPhoto: (l-r) Kirsty Norris, Kirsten Sinclair, Mhairi Wotherspoon, David Welch, Kimberly Goodger, Abigail Stein, Laura Donnelly Tagged with: Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Free Mumia 60th birthday events

first_imgPolitical prisoner Mumia Abu-JamalA broad coalition of individuals and organizations committed to seeing political prisoner and world renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal released from prison will hold a series of events to celebrate his 60th birthday in Philadelphia from April 24 to 26.The kick-off event on April 24 will be a special program dedicated to the late Black playwright and activist Amiri Baraka, his spouse, Amina Baraka, and the Black arts movement. The ticketed program will feature Cornell West, the Last Poets, Marvin X, Ewuare Osayande, Taina Asili, video presentations from Angela Davis and Mama Charlotte O’Neal, a live jazz band and dinner.On April 26 there will be a “Sons and Daughters of the Revolution” march from the former Black Panther Party headquarters in Philadelphia at 19th and Cecil B. Moore Street to the historic Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Street.There, the march will join a Celebration of Life dedicated to the legacies of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Father Paul Washington, Ed Robinson and Marshall “Eddie” Conway. This event will feature Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Jasmiri X, Dice Raw, a street fair, speakers, information tables, vendors, a health pavilion, and workshops on the school to prison pipeline, women in prison, political prisoners and more. The event is borrowing on a similar Celebration of Life festival held outside the church in 1985.Co-sponsors of the activities include the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the International Action Center, the Coalition to Free Mumia (NYC), Educators for Mumia, and the Committee to Save Mumia. Information on all events during the three-day period can be found at bringmumiahome.com.In December 2011, nearly three decades of relentless struggle on Abu-Jamal’s behalf resulted in lifting the death sentence he had faced since 1982, when he was unjustly convicted for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer. Abu-Jamal was released to general population in SCI Mahanoy where he still faces a life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence.That the Fraternal Order of Police is still determined to silence Abu-Jamal is evident in their recent attacks on Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Department of Justice, because of his legal advocacy work for Abu-Jamal. While an attorney for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, Adegbile provided support for attorneys who successfully argued for relief of Abu-Jamal’s 1982 death sentence due to erroneous instructions given to the jury by the prosecutor.However, the FOP’s attacks may have backfired. Not only was Adegbile’s nomination approved by the initial Senate panel, but the publicity surrounding his nomination helped renew attention to efforts to release Abu-Jamal.Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE organization, Pam Africa, told Workers World: “The power of the people stopped the state from executing Mumia in 1995. Now it’s on us to keep this struggle going and to reach out to young people who were not yet born when Mumia was imprisoned in 1982. We won’t stop until Mumia is home.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SF School bus drivers: ‘Don’t throw us under the bus!’

first_imgFor 50 years, the San Francisco school bus drivers union has led the fight for safe — and unionized — transportation of children to and from school. Now the school district and its bus contractor First Student are threatening to lay off 260 drivers and strip them of their healthcare and other benefits.“The fight is on,” said Sharon Chappill, president of their union, SMART Local 1741. “We won’t let them tear up our union contract and put our children in harm’s way,” she told a powerful demonstration at San Francisco City Hall on Aug. 20, which included a strong showing of over three-quarters of the entire membership of the school bus drivers’ local. (tinyurl.com/y56r6r9w)SF School bus drivers march to the school board to demand healthcare for all! Credit: Santos Nieto.Also speaking were Susan Solomon, president of United Educators of San Francisco, the teachers’ local, and Alida Fisher, parent of a child with disabilities. Fisher spoke with feeling about the caring and sensitivity of the school bus drivers toward the children who were in their charge. The unionized drivers are required to conform to stringent requirements for licensing of drivers and for special outfitting of the buses to ensure that the children’s safety is protected.The SF Unified School District has awarded a partial contract to a nonunion ride-share company called Zum to take over the transportation of some children to and from their schools. The drivers and their union are saying: “No way!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Second round presidential election coverage heavily skewed in favour of Ould Sheikh Abdellahi

first_img Receive email alerts July 6, 2020 Find out more News March 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second round presidential election coverage heavily skewed in favour of Ould Sheikh Abdellahi RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release MauritaniaAfrica RADIO AND TV. Reporters Without Borders noted that, from 13 to 16 March, the Télévision de Mauritanie gave 16 minutes 57 seconds air time to Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and 16 seconds to Ould Daddah. The Radio de Mauritanie spent 20 minutes 35 seconds covering news about Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and two minutes 50 seconds on news about Ould Daddah. Ould Sheikh Abdellahi alone spoke on Radio de Mauritanie (6 minutes 48 seconds).WRITTEN PRESS AND AGENCY. Reporters Without Borders found that for the same period, the Arabic-language daily Chaab and the French-language daily Horizons devoted 68% of their space to news of Ould Sheikh Abellahi compared to 32% for Ould Daddah. Only the Agence Mauritanienne d’Information distinguished itself by releasing the same number of reports on each candidate.The discrepancy in coverage was mainly due to the greater number of former candidates who announced they were supporting Ould Sheikh Abdellahi during the period studied. But, Reporters Without Borders stressed that media coverage between the two rounds should respect the principle of strict fairness in the allocation of air time, speaking time and editorial space between the two candidates.The High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (HAPA) has noted these imbalances and wrote to the media concerned, on 19 March, to remind them of the importance of respecting equal access to public media for candidates during the election campaign, despite the absence of an official campaign between the two rounds.RecommendationsIn the light of the major imbalance uncovered since results were announced on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders recommends:• That public media restore the balance as quickly as possible, as was done in the first round, in the coverage of election news of the two candidates so as to ensure strict equality of air time, speaking time and editorial space. __________________________________________Monitoring roleReporters Without Borders is monitoring election coverage of the state-run media – Télévision de Mauritanie, Radio de Mauritanie, the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers and the Agence Mauritanienne d’Information – from 24 February to the end of the presidential election on 25 March. The public media were chosen because they are subject to electoral law, which guarantees equal access to all candidates and parties participating. As a public service financed by the state, they have to a duty to behave in an exemplary manner during the elections.Working methodReporters Without Borders calculates air time allocated to candidates and the time given to them to speak on air on all Mauritanian TV and radio news programmes. The organisation also measures the square centimetres of page space they are given in the Horizons and Chaab daily newspapers, and the number of references made to them in AMI dispatches. Air time: This includes speaking time and the duration of all forms of coverage (quotes, reports, comments, studio interviews and so on). Speaking time: Time spent by candidates speaking directly on air.The monitoring is being carried out with financial support from the European Union and the International Organisation of Francophone Countries (OIF). Reporters Without Borders said today it had uncovered a major imbalance in election coverage of the two candidates to the presidential election run-off, ex cabinet minister Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and long-time opposition figure Ould Daddah, after a third week of monitoring state-run media. Since official results were announced, on 12 March 2007, public media gave little air time or press coverage to news of the two candidates, but the principle of fairness had not been observed at all in media coverage of announcements of support for Ould Sheikh Abdellahi and Ould Daddah, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.It is obvious that these endorsements by some first round candidates constitute air time in favour of the candidate whom they backed. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world March 13, 2020 Find out more News MauritaniaAfrica Follow the news on Mauritania Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post May 20, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation to go further News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Parliament approves even more Internet censorship and surveillance

first_img to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia September 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament approves even more Internet censorship and surveillance RSF_en Government agency given more power to block websites and gather user data April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Read in Turkish / TürkçeTurkey’s national assembly passed two last-minute amendments today expanding the grounds under which the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) can temporarily block websites without a court order, and allowing it to gather Internet user connection data independently of any ongoing investigation.Coming just after the end of the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, the amendments showed that the Turkish authorities are ready to go even further down the road of Internet censorship.Broader grounds for blockingThe TIB has already been able to order the “preventive blocking” of websites since February in cases of “attacks on privacy” or “discriminatory or insulting” content. Under one of today’s amendments, it can now also block sites in order to end an attack on “national security,” to “protect public order” or to “prevent a crime being committed.”“Blocking a website, even for 48 hours, without referring to a court violates the principle of the separation of powers as well as freedom of information,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“By increasing the possibility of blocking sites in this way, the authorities are yet again reaffirming their determination to control the Internet. Online resources play a key role in informing the Turkish public, one that is all the more important because harassment of the traditional media is being stepped up. We urge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to sign these amendments into law.”Under procedures established in February, Internet Service Providers have four hours to implement “preventive blocking” ordered by the TIB, which is then supposed to contact a judge within 24 hours, to obtain his or her confirmation within 48 hours. The TIB does not have to file a complaint in order to issue a blocking order.Last March, in the absence of any legal provision about “national security,” the Turkish courts used “offending the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk,” the Turkish republic’s founder, as grounds for blocking YouTube.The video-sharing website had been used to divulge the content of foreign ministry discussions about Syria. If the national assembly and president confirm the amendment, the authorities will no longer have to jump through such hoops to justify blocking sites and will be able to do it on “national security” grounds. The fact that “national security” is a very broad and vague term makes this all the more alarming.More surveillance of Internet usersThe other amendment passed today after being submitted just two days ago allows the TIB to gather all Internet user connection data independently of any judicial investigation. A similar provision included in a bill passed in February was dropped at then President Abdullah Gül’s request.Until now, although Internet Service Providers are required to keep connection data for six months to two years, the TIB was unable to access this data without a court order issued as part of judicial proceeding targeting a specific Internet user.The government said the amendment was needed for reasons of speed. “When the courts demand (…) certain data linked to Internet traffic, they take at least a month to obtain it,” an official told the newspaper Hürriyet. “If the information is stored directly by the TIB, it will be possible to act quickly when a judge makes a request.”The data in question includes websites visited, the time spent in each one, and the identity of email recipients.The TIB’s new powers have been repeatedly used in recent months to censor online content critical of the authorities. Twitter and YouTube, the Vimeo and SoundCloud platforms and the Yenidonem.com and Vagus.tv news sites were all blocked to prevent the dissemination of recordings that supported claims of government corruption during an election period.The TIB blocked the Issuu.com platform on 6 September in connection with the magazine Demoktrati’s cover with a controversial photo of an adviser to the prime minister hitting a demonstrator.Turkish civil society is all the more worried about this extension of the TIB’s powers because President Erdogan, who was until recently the prime minister, has made it clear he intends to abolish the TIB and transfer all of its powers to the MIT, Turkey’s leading intelligence agency, which is under his direct control.The MIT is already allowed to keep the Turkish public and media under generalized surveillance under a reform that took effect in April. This reform also shields the MIT from judicial and media curiosity, with investigative journalists risking up to nine years in prison if they publish information leaked from within the MIT.Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Turkish Association of Journalists (TGC) and Turkey’s Alternative Informatics Association jointly denounced the growing Internet censorship in Turkey at a news conference in Istanbul on 4 September, during the IGF.The NGOs were particularly critical of the role of the TIB and MIT.center_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News News Related documents RSF’den “Torba” eleştirisi: “Güçler ayrılığı ve haberleşme özgürlüğünün ihlali”PDF – 84.86 KB News Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Court’s ruling on cartoonist’s suit sets disturbing precedent for media freedom

first_imgReporters Without Borders is disappointed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s ruling today in the civil suit that Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, the political cartoonist better known as Zunar, brought against the Malaysian authorities. The suit accused them of acting illegally and causing him material losses in September 2010 by arresting him and confiscating copies of the book of cartoons he was about to publish.Judge Vazeer Alam Mydin ruled that the authorities acted unlawfully by confiscating and keeping Zunar’s books but that his arrest was lawful.“This decision sends a warning to all of Malaysia’s journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It could set a disturbing precedent for the fundamental principles of freedom of the media and expression, which should have prevailed in the High Court’s decision. If the court thought that the confiscation of 66 copies of Zunar’s book ‘Cartoon-o-phobia’ was unlawful, it should have taken the same view of his detention.“Cartoons can in no way be regarded as tools of ‘sedition.’ They are journalistic and artistic works that play a necessary role in Malaysian democracy. We call on the authorities to lift the ban on all of Zunar’s works and to scrap the ban on cartoons that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government intends to impose during the upcoming elections.”While ruling that Zunar’s arrest was legal, Judge Vazeer said: “The law does not allow the authorities to keep the materials for a long time. The continued confiscation of the books will affect the plaintiff’s livelihood.”The ruling was “comical” and “contradictory,” Zunar told Reporters Without Borders. “My cartoons and me are one and the same thing,” he said. “And on what basis did the authorities have the ‘reasonable doubts’ required by the Sedition Act if they had never even seen the contents of ‘Cartoon-o-phobia’ before my arrest.”Zunar’s lawyer, N. Surendran, added: “The detention showed that the government wanted to foil the launch of Zunar’s book. They had an ulterior motive and acted with malice.” In a press release, Lawyers for Liberty said: “The High Court has failed to look objectively into the facts surrounding Zunar’s arrest and detention which clearly show mala fide (bad faith) on the part of the police and the government in sabotaging Zunar’s book launch, which was scheduled on the night of the arrest.”Brought jointly by Zunar and his publishing house, Sepakat Efektif Sdn Bhd, the lawsuit named the home ministry (interior ministry), police inspector-general Ismail Omar and police officers Arikrishna Apparau and Marina Hashim as defendants.As well as accusing them of acting illegally, the suit sought compensation for the material losses caused by the confiscation of a painting and the confiscation of the books that were due to have been published on the day he was arrested, 24 September 2010.As grounds for arresting Zunar, the authorities initially cited the Sedition Act and then the Printing Presses and Publications Act. Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly condemned both laws as draconian (LINK). The Sedition Act provides for sentences of up to five years in prison and a fine of 5,000 ringgits for criticizing the government, questioning the established order or questioning Malaysia’s sovereignty. The 1984 Printing Presses and Publications Act is one of about 30 laws that can be used to control the media and Internet. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific July 31, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court’s ruling on cartoonist’s suit sets disturbing precedent for media freedom January 29, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Malaysia New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Newscenter_img March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again News to go further Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments RSF_en Organisation February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more