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Tipico receives DGE approval for NJ launch

first_img Tipico receives DGE approval for NJ launch Read more on iGB North America German sports betting giant Tipico has received conditional approval to launch sports betting in New Jersey from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). The imminent launch will be the first in the US for Tipico, which has set up its US operations in the state and also plans to launch igaming when it receives the required approval. The operator has partnered with Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort for the offering. 29th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Topics: Sports betting Retail sports betting “At Tipico, we knew that New Jersey would be the perfect state for us to kick-start our business in the U.S. because of its sophisticated mobile sports betting audience and mature regulatory and licensing environment,” Adrian Vella, managing director of Tipico’s US business said. Sports betting “With an incredible pool of local talent in the New York metro area, we’re thrilled to establish our headquarters in Hoboken and continue expanding our team.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New Jerseylast_img read more

TIU bans Algerian player Ikhlef for match-fixing

first_img Topics: Social responsibility Sports betting Sports integrity 15th December 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Sports integrity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter On 1 January 2021, the TIU will rebrand as the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA). It will continue to just cover betting integrity enforcement in tennis in 2021, before adding doping under its jurisdiction from 2022. Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Richard McLaren ruled that Ikhlef was guilty of four instances of match-fixing, two instances of soliciting players not to use their best efforts, three instances of failure to report corruption and one charge of failing to cooperate with an investigation. Ikhlef is the seventh player or official to be banned by the TIU in the last six weeks. Last month, two Bulgarian professional players – brothers Karen and Yuri Khachatryan – were handed lifetime and 10-year bans respectively after being found guilty of match-fixing, soliciting other players not to use best efforts and a repeated failure to cooperate with the TIU’s investigation. Then, on 1 December, Enrique López Pérez of Spain – who reached a career-high ATP singles world ranking of No. 154 in 2018 – was found guilty of three separate match-fixing events in 2017. He received an eight-year ban and a $25,000 fine. TIU bans Algerian player Ikhlef for match-fixing Early last week, the TIU announced it handed out a lifetime ban to Ukrainian player Stanislav Poplavskyy for match-fixing and “courtsiding” activities, while it also fined and banned Britain’s George Kennedy for a total of seven months for betting. Later in the week it announced that French line judge David Rocher had been banned for 18 months betting on matches.center_img Late that month Aleksandrina Naydenova, another Bulgarian player, was banned for life for partaking in match-fixing activity multiple times between 2015 and 2019. Email Address D.1.d of the 2016 TACP says that “no covered person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any event”. D.1.e says players may not “directly or indirectly solicit or facilitate any player to not use his or her best efforts in any event”.  Ikhlef – who is 25 years old and reached a career-high ATP ranking of 1,739 in 2015 – was found to have breached sections D.1.d, D.1.e, D.2.a.i and Section F.2.b of the TACP. Tags: Tennis Tennis Integrity Unit International Tennis Integrity Agency Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Meanwhile D.2.a.i says a player who is approached “by any person who offers or provides any type of money, benefit or consideration” to influence the outcome of a game must report this interaction to the TIU. Section F.2.b says players and officials must cooperate fully with TIU investigations and must not tamper with evidence. The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has issued a seventh ban in six weeks, giving Algerian player Aymen Ikhlef a lifetime ban after finding 10 breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Programme (TACP) including four counts of match-fixing.last_img read more

African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgAfrican Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Alliance Insurance Company Plc (AFRINS.ng)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileAfrican Alliance Insurance Company Plc is a life insurance company in Nigeria offering a combination of protection (term assurance and group life), savings and investment products. The company is regarded as one of the most experienced and strongest Specialist Life Assurance Offices in Nigeria with some 60 years’ experience in the insurance sector. The company also offers annuity and group life products as well as savings schemes and investment products. African Alliance Insurance operates a network of 18 branch offices. African Alliance Insurance Company has additional business interests which includes developing and managing properties in Nigeria, owning and managing an airline, operating a restaurant and providing catering services. The company has a 100% stake in Axiom Air Plc, a cargo airline company, Frenchies Foods (Nigeria) Plc and a restaurant and catering services company. It has a 96% stake in Ghana Life Insurance Company Plc. African Alliance Insurance Plc is a subsidiary of Conau Plc and has the backing of world-class reinsurers, Munich Reinsurance Company. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. African Alliance Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How do I start investing in 2020?

first_imgHow do I start investing in 2020? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Let’s be honest. It’s intimidating to start investing. The amount of information thrown at inexperienced investors is overwhelming. There are the stock picks. The under-the-radar gems. The must-buys and the can’t-misses.You can make the decision to start investing and after weeks or months of reading, end up more confused than when you started. It certainly happened to me.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…The factsEven the very best easy-access Cash ISA will only give you a maximum of 1.4% interest on your money in 2020. That means if you left £10,000 in a Cash ISA, by my calculations, within 10 years you would see just £1,491.57 added in interest. Add in the cost of inflation over the course of a decade and your gains will be worth even less.The fact is that UK savers are penalised in the low interest rate environment we have right now. The longer you keep your money in a bank account or Cash ISA, the lower the future purchasing power of that money will be.It’s frustrating to feel like you’re doing all the right things, like saving for the future, and yet to go unrewarded for it and see the value of what you’re saving drop over time.Thankfully, there is something you can do immediately to make yourself richer.Start hereThe very first thing that will help you to start investing in 2020 is to open a Stocks and Shares ISA. This is an account you can transfer money into that offers you the opportunity to make gains tax-free. As of 2020 you can add a maximum of £20,000 a year into this account.When the share price of a stock or fund you’ve bought goes up, you make what is called ‘capital gains’. Most companies also pay you a small amount every financial quarter as a reward for holding their stock. This is called a dividend, and is expressed as a percentage. You’ll see writers like me saying certain stocks have, say, a 6% yield. Higher yields will make your money grow faster.When you re-invest dividends — and most Stocks and Shares ISAs will allow you to do this with a simple tick box — you take advantage of the power of compound interest. £10,000 in a Stocks and Shares ISA at a 6% yield will, by my calculations, add £7,908.47 over 10 years.If you don’t use a Stocks and Shares ISA to invest, then you will pay a proportion of your capital gains and dividends to the tax authorities every year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for tax. It helps to pay for the NHS, for roads and schools and lots of important things, but you’re likely already paying a decent chunk of tax direct to the government from your salary or self-employed income.How to win at investingWhen I made the decision to start investing I looked to the world’s richest and best-known investors for advice.Warren Buffett is a straight-talking investing legend. He says you should research stocks for a long time before ever buying anything and then let compound interest do its job. Ignore short-term fluctuations and try not to check your portfolio every day, he adds.This is very difficult as investing is exciting! But trust the process. You’ll thank me for it as you move to a richer and happier future. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Views expressed in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Tom Rodgers | Friday, 31st January, 2020 See all posts by Tom Rodgerslast_img read more

These cheap stocks have leapt despite the broader stock market crash! Why?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. These cheap stocks have leapt despite the broader stock market crash! Why? Thursday is fast becoming another tough day for share investors. The FTSE 100 for one is down by triple digits again and below 5,000 points once more. However, not everything is down heavily from last night’s close.Greencore Group (LSE: GNC), for instance, was recently up 18% from Wednesday’s close and trading around 125p per share. It had fallen below the 100p marker and to six-year lows in midweek trading.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…Food producers like Glencore usually become lifeboats for frightened investors in times like these. And it’s not difficult to see why. We all need to eat regardless of what social, economic, or political upheaval is unfolding outside our windows, of course.This FTSE 250 firm’s traditional role as a safe haven hasn’t come to the fore more recently, however. Sure, we still need food, but the rate at which the coronavirus is speeding through the UK population has fuelled fears it could struggle to meet demand.Reassuring newsNews, then, that Greencore’s operations have remained resilient despite the Covid-19 breakout has boosted investor sentiment today. News this morning that chief executive Patrick Coveney has bought nearly half a million pounds worth of shares has helped it bounce back too. In an unscheduled update on Wednesday, the food producer said it had “implemented an extensive range of measures to keep colleagues safe.” It’s a programme that seems to be paying off for the time being. Greencore noted that “[our] supply chain and production network have remained fully operational” despite rising infection rates.Volumes are “holding up well,” it added, although there’s been “a pronounced change” in mix across different parts of its product portfolio and across supermarkets too.Things could change quickly, of course, but I believe Greencore’s low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.6 times bakes in this possibility. This is a reading that could help its share price record more gains in the coming sessions.Another recent riserDignity (LSE: DTY) is another share that’s risen while everything else continues to crumble around it. It’s down 38% over the past month, but has sharply rebounded this week. It was last dealing close to 350p per share. It closed at 16-year troughs below 295p just seven days ago.The grim reality is that pandemics like these push demand for funeral services to breaking point. Dignity is one of the country’s largest operators in this area and runs more than 800 funeral homes and 46 crematoria in the UK. I think this is a company that stands to be extremely busy in the next few months, much as I wish it wasn’t the case. A report earlier this week from Imperial College suggested the awful prospect that as many as 250,000 people could perish from Covid-19 and issues connected to it unless the government adopts stricter quarantine measures. To put this into context, a total of 584,000 died during the whole of 2019 alone.Despite its recent share price upswing, I feel Dignity is still extremely cheap on paper. A P/E ratio for 2020 sits well inside the bargain-basement benchmark of 10 times and below. This is a share that, like Greencore, has plenty more scope to grow in value in the days ahead. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Greencore. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wild I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild | Thursday, 19th March, 2020 | More on: DTY GNC “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Two Arrested – Charged with 22 Vehicle Burglaries

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear TWO ARRESTED AND CHARGEDApopka Police made two arrests and charged an adult and a juvenile with multiple counts of burglary to vehicles in Apopka. Thomas Jordan, 20 years old, was arrested and charged with 33 counts of burglary to a vehicle, along with a juvenile being charged with 34 counts. Thomas JordanAn additional adult, not yet identified by APD, will also be charged with multiple counts of burglary.  Apopka Detectives served a search warrant and recovered thousands of dollars’ worth of property along with a Glock handgun. When the offenders in this case were interviewed, they admitted to trying to enter up to 300 vehicles during the course of their crime spree, but only targeted and burglarized those vehicles that were unlocked.The arrests came with the assistance of attentive homeowners.  The three suspects were observed on a home security surveillance system and identified through diligent police work and investigation.The Apopka Police Department wants to remind residents to follow these simple crime prevention tips:Lock vehicles at all times. Keep change and valuables from view.Take laptop computers, cell phones, purses, and wallets into the home, and do not leave them in a vehicle. Mark items with an owner applied number or record the item’s serial number, if available. Know your neighbors. A community that is involved in crime prevention is less a target of crime.Immediately call 911 to report any suspicious activity.Anyone with questions or needing more information should call the Apopka Police Department’s public education unit at 407-703-1771. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 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 Previous articleCity Council Votes on City Center ContractNext articleWranglers 4H Chipolte Fund Raiser: “A Success” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Government sparks more criticism with further delays to £425m Olympic repayment

first_img Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Finance Olympics  70 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 12 May 2016 | News “It is astonishing that the Treasury deems it acceptable to repay the Big Lottery Fund after 2020, almost eight years after the Olympics.” Government sparks more criticism with further delays to £425m Olympic repayment  69 total views,  1 views today The Labour Party and charities have spoken out against the government over its delayed repayment of the £425m it borrowed from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the construction of the Olympic Park.The latest criticism is in response to a letter from the Treasury to the Directory of Social Change (DSC) in which Gregg Hands MP, chief secretary to the Treasury, says the National Lottery Distribution Fund ‘is expected to start receiving funds from the early 2020s’, that it is a ‘robust commitment’ and that ‘the Government maintains its position that this deal is fair’.In 2007, when the government borrowed the funds, it committed to repaying after the Olympics, and this commitment was reaffirmed by David Cameron’s government in 2010.In the wake of the Olympics, charities began working through the Big Lottery Refund campaign to have the money returned with interest.The DSC criticised the government’s delay in repaying the £425m a year after the London Olympics took place, in 2013, with a video message to the Prime Minister from DSC chief executive Debra Allcock Tyler, in which she said that the Government had ignored the pleas of over 3,000 charities who had already added their support to the Big Lottery Refund campaign.The campaign is now supported by over 3800 charities and members of the public, and last year successfully fought off a second potential diversion of Big Lottery funds. The campaign argues that instead of waiting to sell off assets from the Olympic Park, the Government can repay Lottery distributors now against revenue from the future sale of assets.Ciaran Price, policy officer at DSC, which leads the campaign, said:“It’s clear that campaign supporters and charities across the UK are being fobbed off by the government in the hope that the money will be forgotten about. It is bizarre that the government thinks a repayment sometime in the next decade, after the next election, represents a ‘robust commitment’. The extent of the Government’s attempt to shirk its responsibility is made all the more apparent by revelations of the century-long lease agreement with West Ham United which will see the club pay just £2.5m per year for a stadium that was built using money intended to help society’s most vulnerable people.”The Labour Party has demanded the immediate return of the money to the Big Lottery Fund. In a statement, Anna Turley, Shadow Minister for Civil Society said: Advertisementlast_img read more

Who owns the Media in Mongolia?

first_img Help by sharing this information December 8, 2016 Who owns the Media in Mongolia? MongoliaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure October 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more The results are now available online in Mongolian and English on the MOM Mongolia website and provide transparency about who controls Mongolian news media: http://mongolia.mom-rsf.org/. “The MOM project clearly shows that transparency obligations for media owners are deficient in Mongolia”, said Munkhmandakh Myagmar, Executive Director of the Press Institute of Mongolia. ”But transparency of ownership structures is the basis for the credibility of the information the public can get. All media outlets should be accountable to their audience, to ensure plurality of content and to serve the interests of Mongolian people.” President of the Board of Reporters Without Borders Germany, Michael Rediske, adds: “MOM results show, that 89 % of the media in Mongolia is not actively transparent about its owners. And for almost half of media companies data on their ownership and finance structure is completely unavailable. This is a worrying sign for the East Asian country. “ Consequently, with insufficient laws to prevent political control over media ownership, Mongolia’s media market is penetrated by political affiliations. The high rate of 74 % of media outlets having political affiliations can endanger not only the freedom and plurality of information of citizens, but also opens doors to manipulate information in this important market. Media is different from any other industry. It presents facts and views that are then subjects of public debates, which in turn shape public opinion. So a high influence of the political world on media and journalists can damage democratic processes and the development of a pluralistic society as a whole.The ownership of a media outlet can be disguised too easily by legal means. Also, in Mongolia there are no regulatory safeguards in place to prevent media concentration and monopolies. Even if media freedom is guaranteed by law, it is not fully implemented. All licensing and registration authorities belong to the government. And the entire State advertisement budget, essential for financing media outlets, is distributed without any rules and regulations.MOM research and interviews with media outlets, media companies and journalists also reveal that journalists face mounting pressures. “When media are used as political or economic instruments by their owners, it puts them in the position of serving the owner’s interests rather than the public”, Munkhmandakh said. These dependencies can also prevent journalists from being neutral and open doors to self-censorship. In addition, Mongolian journalists are generally overworked and underpaid. So it is very common that reporters depend on an extra income and put their profession on sale, producing “Paid Content” as outlined in MOM features “Politics & Friends” and “Big Business & Washed News” on the MOM website. The results also highlight corruption as the biggest problem between politics, business and the media in Mongolia. As a result, editorial independence is limited. “Media laws need to be amended and properly implemented to ensure that professional journalism is really working as the fourth pillar of democracy,” said Rediske. Munkhmandakh added: “Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel with a new generation of journalists and media owners.” “Trust is the currency of media,” she said. “How could journalists and the media check the people in power when they themselves are owned and financed by party people in power ?“Today’s press conference was followed by a panel discussion on the results of MOM Mongolia and the next steps forward, including an Expert input on the topic of “Media Literacy” by Ljiljana Zurovac, Executive Director of the Press Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina. ****The Media Ownership Monitor Mongolia was carried out by Reporters Without Borders in partnership with the Press Institute of Mongolia between September and December 2016. The project studied the legal environment, media concentration and ownership structures of the country’s 39 most popular national media outlets.The Press Institute of Mongolia (PIM) is a well-established non-governmental organization which has been working towards the development of a professional and independent media in Mongolia since its establishment in 1996. Based in Ulaanbaatar, PIM focuses its activities on media training, media research and the provision of information services for the public and media. PIMs research team has implemented more than 70 short and long term research projects on media related issues in Mongolia.MOM is an international project launched by the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It has been carried out in eight countries worldwide, including Turkey, Tunisia, Colombia and Cambodia. It applies a generic methodology for all countries as it looks at ownership and media concentration of the most relevant audio-visual, print and online outlets, which are selected based on audience share. The Project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).Media Contact: Reporters Without Borders GermanyUlrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink, media relations [email protected] Tel.: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55Media Contact: Press Institute of Mongolia, Ms. Gunjidmaa Gongor, Head of ResearchMobile: 8800 87 87Email: [email protected] News Organisation Mongolia: RSF calls for media reform to tackle corruption MongoliaAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure center_img to go further News UN human rights review on Mongolia: RSF urges members to join its call for press freedom reforms Follow the news on Mongolia Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom December 8, 2016 – Only one out of ten Mongolian media outlets is actively transparent about its ownership. A majority of them has political affiliations through their founders and / or owners. This limits the important role of media to act as an independent watchdog for democracy. These are some of the main findings of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research and advocacy project carried out in Mongolia by the Press Institute of Mongolia and Reporters Without Borders over the past three months and presented in Ulaanbaatar today. Campaigns Screenshot : http://mongolia.mom-rsf.org News June 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan

first_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing December 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading independent journalist gunned down in Dagestan RussiaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the founder of the independent weekly Chernovik and head of Svoboda Slova (Free Speech), the company that publishes the newspaper, was gunned down outside its headquarters in Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Republic of Dagestan, shortly before midnight last night.“The Russian media have just lost a leading independent journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Kamalov was respected for his investigative reporting and his refusal to compromise. He tackled sensitive subjects head-on with a great deal of courage. We share the pain of this loss with his colleagues and family.“We note the rapid response from the police to his murder and we urge them to conduct a swift, complete and impartial investigation, assigning appropriate importance to the hypothesis that it was linked to his work as a journalist. The impunity with which journalists are murdered in Dagestan and the rest of Russia is intolerable. Kamalov’s murder will have a major intimidatory effect on all of Dagestan’s journalists.”Kamalov was gunned down outside Chernovik at around 11:30 pm. Witnesses said he had just accompanied a friend to the door when he came under fire from at least one masked gunman, who fired around 14 times before making off in a black Lada car. Kamalov died in the ambulance that was rushing him to hospital.The police were quick to start an investigation, treating it as a violation of articles 105 and 122 of the criminal code (“homicide” and “illegal carriage of firearms”). The Dagestan Investigative Committee said the authorities were working on the assumption that it was linked to the victim’s journalistic work. A demonstration was due to held today in Makhachkala to pay tribute to Kamalov.Kamalov was known for his investigative coverage of the most sensitive subjects in this troubled part of the Russian Caucasus, including corruption, enforced disappearances and abuses against civilians by police and soldiers. Chernovik’s articles often criticize the authorities and have resulted in a series of lawsuits and prosecutions. As the newspaper tends to accuse elements within the security forces of helping to destabilize the republic, prosecutors have accused it of supporting Dagestan’s rebel groups.Several members of its staff have been the targets of hate and smear campaigns. In 2009, Kamalov was on an anonymously circulated list of journalists, human rights activists and well-known figures who were to be killed to “avenge the death of policemen” because they were “accomplices of the rebels.”Chernovik editor Biyakay Magomedov told Reporters Without Borders: “Kamalov had not been the target of any particular threats of late. It is hard for me to say which article in particular might have prompted his tragic death (…) But Chernovik has always had many enemies (…) even if there is now less of the open confrontation that existed between us and the security services in 2008 and 2009.”Magomedov added: “Our journalists are going to lose all motivation to do investigative reporting, to do really independent journalism. Our many appeals to Moscow have received no response. The federal security forces and authorities have shown no interest in solving the murders of journalists in Dagestan.”Impunity is generalized in Dagestan, where a low-intensity civil war has escalated in the past year. On 13 October, Reporters Without Borders issued an investigative report on media freedom in Dagestan and neighbouring Chechnya entitled “Terror, threats and corruption – report of fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus.” News RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Arrest, censorship and manipulation amid trial of Aung San Suu Kyi

first_img RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 31, 2021 Find out more News News to go further RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar News Help by sharing this information center_img Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association today condemned the military junta for intimidating the press trying to cover recent national and international events, as a journalist was jailed for two years after being arrested near the home of Aung San Suu Kyi.“Since the UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Burma one might expect greater tolerance on the part of the authorities, but on the contrary, the trial of Suu Kyi is being held in a climate of repression and censorship,” the press freedom organisations said. “We call on the UN envoy to show firmness in his talks with the authorities, including on the release of all political prisoners and an end to prior censorship. Without this, there can be no approval of any reconciliation process or elections,” they said.The two organisations strongly condemned the two-year sentence imposed on freelance journalist Zaw Tun on 18 June. A former journalist with the magazine The News Watch, he was arrested near the Suu Kyi’s home by a police officer who claimed he had shown “hostility” towards him. He was found guilty at a court in Bahan, near Rangoon, of obstructing the work of an official. A Rangoon journalist said that Zaw Tun was taken immediately to jail after the verdict. Military intelligence agents on 23 June went to several media offices to demand lists of journalists who had taken part in journalism training sessions at the US Embassy in Rangoon.The renowned journalist U Win Tin, who was cited as a defence witness in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under constant surveillance by the special police. The prosecutor refused to accept the former political prisoner as a witness because he criticises the government, particularly in foreign media.The junta has imposed strict censorship on both national and international news items. The censorship bureau, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division, banned the publication of news on the arrival of a North Korean cargo ship, Kang Nam 1, in a port near Rangoon, which is suspected of transporting weapons.A journalist in Rangoon told the magazine Irrawaddy that “most newspapers have tried to report on the arrival of the cargo vessel but the government censor rejected all the articles”.The censorship bureau also banned some articles on demonstrations that followed the disputed elections in Iran. The press was refused the right at the start of June to publish information about the investigation into the collapse of the Danoke pagoda in Dala, near Rangoon, in which several people died. “We cannot publish articles or photos about this incident, because it was the wife of (junta leader) General Than Shwe who installed the sunshade on the pagoda on 7 May 2009″, one journalists explained. She is known to be very superstitious.The censorship bureau on 1st June threatened the privately owned weekly True News for carrying an article in its 19 May issue by the famous journalist Ludu Sein Win who said that “many governments cannot tolerate criticism from journalists”. The censors alleged that the paper changed the front page after it had been passed by the censors.Reporters Without Borders revealed at the end of 2008 that the censorship bureau sent all media offices a document detailing ten rules imposed on editors, who would be punished if changes were made after the article had been checked. The state-run media reported the charges against Suu Kyi, without giving anything the full statements by the defence. The daily New Light of Myanmar reported the main developments in the trial insisting there was complicity between the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the American William Yetaw, who swam to her lakeside home on 3 May. In its 27 May edition, the daily published the full questioning of Suu Kyi by the judge, but the cross examination by defence lawyers were only briefly summarised in the official press.The state press also relays the junta’s threats against the opposition, as happened on 5 June, when the New Light of Myanmar carried threats by the authorities against the youth branch of the National League for Democracy for putting out a statement. June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest, censorship and manipulation amid trial of Aung San Suu Kyi MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more