Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) 2002 Annual Report

first_imgFurnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw)  2002 annual report.Company ProfileFurnmart Limited markets furniture and electrical appliances for the domestic market through an international network of retail outlets in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia. The company also offers a range of smart credit services. Furnmart retail outlets offer a wide range of home products that includes kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and microwaves; bedroom products which include bed bases and mattresses, and bedroom furniture, rugs, carpets and curtains; and stylish furniture for the lounge and dining room which includes couches, dining room tables and chairs, and quality carpets and curtains.last_img read more

After Montana church vandalized with swastika, parish responds with pink…

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments are closed. AliceMarie Slaven-Emond, RN says: The Rev. Carol Sims says: September 13, 2017 at 11:13 pm All the bigotry and hatred anger me so much. This church is an inspiration. I believe our Lord would have responded the same way as St Jame’s. This has spoken to me greatly. Sometimes good things come out of the bad. Thank you St Jame’s. God’s peace and blessings to you. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this turned out to be yet another false flag operation. Wm. S. Kinsland says: Submit a Job Listing Catherine Cheek says: After Montana church vandalized with swastika, parish responds with pink hearts, messages of love Comments (8) September 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm May God surround His People at St James with His loving arms and protect them from all evil…and bless and prosper them in their ministry of Love….and Light….in a very dark World…and may He bless the good and wonderful people of Bozeman who supported the folks at St James! The Rev. Vanessa Cato says: September 14, 2017 at 9:16 am Prayers and loving support from the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden, Utah September 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm I have personally witnessed Bozeman MT respond to hate with love. St. James, my prayers are with you always! You taught me to be brave and that Christ’s witness is love, thank you. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The congregation at St. James Episcopal Church in Bozeman, Montana, covered up swastika graffiti on a church sign with messages on pink paper hearts. Photo: St. James via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Hate symbols showed up seemingly overnight as graffiti on the sign in front of St. James Episcopal Church in Bozeman, Montana. By the next morning, on Sept. 10, parishioners had reclaimed their sign with messages of love.The center of the sign, on which someone scribbled a swastika in black, is now covered with hope-filled words scrawled on pink paper hearts that were stuck to the sign as the congregation poured out of the Sunday service at St. James.“We respond to hate with love,” St. James Episcopal Church proclaimed in a Facebook post on Sept. 10 that shows the sign blanketed with the hearts.“We commit to resist racism and bigotry,” reads one of the hearts.Police are investigating, but it remains unclear why St. James was targeted for the vandalism, the Rev. Connie Campbell-Pearson, a deacon at the church, told Episcopal News Service in an interview. The congregation is known for its progressive stances on social justice issues, she said, so it could have drawn the unwanted attention of hate groups. But the graffiti also could simply have been the work of a disgruntled homeless person.She was more certain of the Bozeman community’s ability to rally together after attacks like this, and that is what has happened at St. James.A neighbor was the first to put a pink paper heart on the sign that was vandalized at St. James Episcopal Church. Photo: St. James via FacebookCampbell-Pearson was helping to lead a diocesan school for deacons at St. James on Sept. 9 when she learned of the vandalism outside. Some neighbors had noticed it earlier that morning and began calling and leaving messages with church leaders, who then notified police.One of the neighbors who saw the graffiti decided to put up the first pink heart, which bore a single word: “Unafraid.”“They just warmed my heart,” the Rev. Greg Smith, assisting priest, told ENS.As TV crews responded to report on the vandalism, neighbors and parishioners added more hearts to the sign, Smith said. The media attention may have helped drive up attendance at the next day’s Sunday service, which already was expected to be one of the biggest of the year because it coincided with the parish’s annual ministry fair.Building on the previous day’s spontaneous show of support, some members of the congregation brought pink hearts and markers to the service and handed them to worshipers on their way out of the church so they could add their messages of love to the sign.“It gave people a real sense of being able to do something that was right and proper without being angry,” Campbell-Pearson said.As of Sept. 13, the graffiti remained on the sign – a swastika over the words “The Episcopal Church” and the number “666” on the sign post. The congregation expected to remove the symbols sometime in the next week.The church has been hit by vandalism in the past, though there wasn’t any immediate indication the recent attack was related.Flowers in a barrel planter outside the church were damaged about two months ago. And last month, when the church added a new sign out front with the message “We’re here for you,” the sign was stolen mere days later.That sign was replaced about a week ago before it was vandalized over the weekend.“Pray that the very confused perpetrator may be delivered of their anger and confusion,” the church posted on Facebook in the afternoon on Sept. 9.Smith said if the graffiti can’t be removed, donors have offered to pay for a new sign.Diocese of Montana Bishop Franklin Brookhart issued a statement condemning the vandalism.“I also applaud the people of Bozeman who graciously displayed their support for the parish and their disdain for statements of hatred,” Brookhart said. “As people who have been baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ, we need to die to racism, hatred, bigotry, and rise in newness of life to love of God and love of neighbor.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Rev. Margaret Ayers says: Advocacy Peace & Justice Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest September 13, 2017 at 6:07 pm I’m sorry that St. James Church has been the target of vandalism, and also truly moved by the outpouring of love from the congregation and others in the community. What a beautiful display of the Gospel message. Choosing love is not always easy, but I pray the example shown by St. James will change and soften some hardened hearts, and offer hope and faith in the power of Love. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books September 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm And this is how is should be! SO very humbled by your excellent response to hatred……. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tony Oberdorfer says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Linda Gelbrich says: By David PaulsenPosted Sep 13, 2017 Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Tags September 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm Thinking of my St. James friends and keeping them in prayer. Having just been through this in Charlottesville and seen the hate and anti-Christ thrust of the neo-Nazis , we all need to keep following our Lord’s Truth and teachings on love. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

West Berkshire voluntary sector review

first_img  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis West Berkshire voluntary sector review The Greenham Common Trust has published the results of a survey of voluntary sector organisations in West Berkshire. The Trust undertook the survey of 145 voluntary organisations in order to assist the efficient distribution of grants it awards. Over the last five years it has allocated £300,000 to local charities and good causes.The survey revealed that the organisations that responded employ the equivalent of 795 full time staff which makes the voluntary sector a major employer in West Berkshire with a total budget of around £10 million. Advertisement Howard Lake | 2 July 2002 | News The study examined the ownership and cost of transport, accommodation, specialist equipment and other assets. Areas where the voluntary sector could work together to improve efficiency were highlighted.Visit the Greenham Common Trust. 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

‘Bruising’ year for charity investments, survey finds

first_img‘Bruising’ year for charity investments, survey finds A third of charities (34%) questioned in a recent survey have seen a performance reduction in their investment portfolio’s value in the year to 31 March 2020.According to the 2020 Newton Charity Investment Survey, it has been a ‘bruising year’ for charity investments, with this the highest proportion to see a decline since the survey started in 2014.This year’s survey sample included 114 charities with over £6bn in investment assets. The average charity has mean assets under management of £54m, down from £137m in 2019 while median charity has assets under management of £8m.Median performance gain in investment portfolio values fell to 2%: down 3% on 2019. But, according to Newton Investment Management’s report, this could be a short-term shock, with 2020 not dissimilar to the year of the UK’s Brexit referendum (2016) in terms of charities’ investment performance.However, the economic uncertainty brought by the pandemic has also resulted in a lowering of expectations in terms of investment portfolios, with almost two thirds (63%) of the charities surveyed anticipating returns of below 6% on their investments over the next 3-5 years – up 12% on 2019’s figures. No charities in this year’s survey anticipate annual returns of greater than 12% in the next 3-5 years.There has also been a sharp increase in charities taking out only a very small proportion of their investment portfolio to spend: 27% stated that they take out less than 1% of their portfolio to spend each year, up from 17% in 2019.Overall, 30% said the pandemic had affected their future investment strategy, with the vast majority (88%) of those anticipating a drop in this income. Just over half of these are re-evaluating their reserves policy while 27% have seen changes to spending levels from their investment portfolios, with 18% increasing spending and 9% reducing it. Melanie May | 13 October 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: investment Research / statisticscenter_img Pandemic’s impact on other activitiesAccording to the Newton Charity Investment Survey, only 6% of charities say the pandemic has had no effect on their activities. Over half of those surveyed (59%) have seen an impact on their fundraising activity with 81% of those affected seeing it decrease and 79% having had to cancel or postpone big fundraising activities.The impact on fundraising has been particularly pronounced among larger charities – 100% of those with assets over £101m have seen a decline in fundraising, compared to 51% of those with assets under £20m. In addition, 86% of the largest charities have had to cancel or postpone big events compared to 49% of the smallest. However larger charities were more effective at gaining government funds to support staffing costs at 57% versus 42% of those with assets under £20m.The survey results also reveal that 56% overall have had to lay off or furlough staff with 52% having to cease some operations.On a more positive note, the survey also shows a move towards more equal representation in terms of age, gender and race. Female representation on trustee boards has risen to 44% – up 7% on 2018’s previous high of 37%. The proportion of individuals on trustee boards that are black and minority ethnic is now at 12%.  431 total views,  2 views today Advertisement  432 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Activists call for ‘Days of Rage against Trump and Capitalism’

first_imgDespite a brutal year of attacks on the working class, especially on the most oppressed, the spirit of rebellion cannot be crushed. One year after the inauguration of Donald Trump, militants will hit the streets to show the ruling class that we refuse to bow down to racism and fascist terror.Taking its cue from our comrades in Palestine, #J20Resist, a coalition of forces formed in the months leading up to the 2017 inauguration, is calling on activists across the U.S. to participate Jan. 15-20 in “Days of Rage against Trump and Capitalism” preceding the one-year anniversary.The coalition calls on all U.S. militants, wherever they are in the belly of the imperialist beast, to raise in their community the banner of a better world. Now more than ever, it’s important that we do so. Not only to strike fear in the hearts of the ruling class, but to show members of our class that they are not alone, that we are not defeated, and that, despite exhaustion, pain and sorrow, revolutionary optimism lives on.Despite virulent attacks, the last year has not been without its heroic moments from which we draw energy and inspiration.We saw hundreds of fellow activists arrested at the inauguration, made to stand in the cold for hours while they were kettled, assaulted by the Washington, D.C., cops and others, and then dragged through a year-long prosecution process while the state attempted to outlaw dissent.We’ve seen white supremacist terror in Charlottesville, Va., that ended the life of Heather Heyer and hospitalized dozens of other anti-racist activists. We’ve seen an escalation in raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who have ripped apart the immigrant community. We’ve seen police brutality continue unfettered, while the U.S. rattles its saber louder and louder at the oppressed of the world.And how does our class respond? After announcing a ban on immigration from seven countries, many with a majority Muslim population and all of them under attack by U.S. imperialism, thousands of people occupied airports around the country.Two days after the attack in Charlottesville, activists in Durham, N.C., took matters into their own hands and tore down a racist Confederate statue, sending waves of hope to all who had been demoralized in the wake of white supremacist terror. After a year of solidarity inside and outside the courts, the first six #J20 defendants were found not guilty of all charges.The struggle continues!These are just three notable moments. The vast, multinational working class continues to show, on a daily and weekly basis, that it will not back down to racism and repression. Activists are chaining themselves to ICE vans, taking the streets against police brutality and war, and breaking the silence on sexual assault.From Jan. 15-20, let us show the world that we are still here, united, fighting for justice. That we cannot be stopped. That we believe we will win.Appropriately, the Days of Rage will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, where we will rally in true remembrance of a leader of the Black freedom struggle who stood in solidarity with striking workers, spoke out against the U.S. war in Vietnam and had his life cut short by the Trumpists of yesteryear.Many different issues will be raised during the Days of Rage, including union busting, racism, police terror, sexual assault, violence against trans people, U.S. imperialism and its unending war drive, and state repression of activists like the #J20 defendants.The week also corresponds with a court hearing Jan. 17 in Philadelphia for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther and one of the world’s most famous political prisoners, who may finally, after more than 36 years of persistent struggle, be up for a retrial.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Media Ownership Monitor: Who owns the media in India?

first_imgThe Media Ownership Monitor analysed 58 leading media outlets with the largest audience shares in India. The research revealed that the country’s print media market is highly concentrated. Four outlets – Dainik Jagran, Hindustan, Amar Ujala and Dainik Bhaskar – capture three out of four readers (76.45% of readership share) within the national Hindi language market. Huge markets controlled by a few News Initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Media Ownership Monitor project is a global research and advocacy effort to promote transparency and media pluralism at an international level. In India, it was conducted together with Delhi based digital media company, DataLEADS. The project is financed by the German government. Country studies were so far published in Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, and the Philippines. IndiaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionEconomic pressure RSF_en As opposed to ownership, market and audience data in the Television sector remain strictly hidden, as the industry association BARC refuses to disclose it publicly. This comes not only as a violation of best practice internationally, but also inhibits public accountability, research and meaningful regulation, particularly concentration control. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media However, this vast amount of media outlets and the country’s cultural and ethnic richness does not automatically translate into a variety in supply. The Media Ownership Monitor indicates rather the opposite – a significant trend towards concentration and, ultimately, control of content and public opinion. Most of the leading media companies are owned by large conglomerates that are still controlled by the founding families and that invest in a vast array of industries other than media. Follow the news on India “India is one of the biggest media markets in the world. However, the concentration of ownership of media shows that a handful of people own and control Indian media. Our research captures ownership structures and reflects on media pluralism. This is an important initiative to strengthen media ownership transparency which is fundamental to media’s credibility and its relationship with audiences,” said Syed Nazakat, founder and CEO of DataLEADS. “This project serves as a useful data and resource base for future media research in the country.” to go further News Regardless of seeming diversity and plurality, the Indian market is not only comprised of highly concentrated media markets. Also, some of the leading outlets are controlled by individuals with political ties. As the MOM study shows, the majority of the media companies has business and political affiliations and the more into regional level one dives, the more straightforward and visible the links are. Odisha TV, for example, in the state of Odisha is owned by the Panda Family, Baijayant Jay Panda is the National Vice President and Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He has been a four-time Member of Parliament of India from the state of Odisha. However, he has lost in the recent 2019 elections. News India’s ranking fell from 138 to 140 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. With at least six journalists killed in connection with their work, India was among the deadliest countries in the world for journalists in 2018. Many others were the targets of murder attempts, physical attacks, and threats. Attacks against journalists by supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019. Hate campaigns against journalists, including incitement to murder, are common on social networks and are fed by troll armies linked to the nationalist right. Audience data for India’s television market was not available as in India it is considered a corporate or industry secret, rather than a public resource. The relevant entity – BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) – declined to provide the data repeatedly. BARC publishes the weekly impressions for top 5 Television broadcasters in news genre across 10 language markets (Hindi, English, Marathi, Telugu, Bangla, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil) on its website. However, they reserve all rights on the data and communicated to the MOM team that the data cannot be used in any form without their prior approval which the team failed to get. In the radio sector, India’s state-controlled broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) has a nationwide monopoly on radio news. AIR is the largest radio network in the world covering a wide spectrum of languages and social-economic groups. In India, private broadcasters who run FM radio stations have the license to provide music and entertainment content, but are barred from producing news. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s recent election victory occurred within a surprisingly tight media space, comprised of the State’s monopoly in radio news and highly concentrated regional newspaper markets that are controlled by a small number of powerful owners, some of whom have strong political affiliations. The production of media content and its distribution are becoming increasingly combined and, again, concentrated in the hands of a few. Even though India might appear as an ‘overly legislated’ country in many ways, media laws relating to concentration of ownership are fragmented, incoherent and largely ineffective – also because TV ratings remain intransparent and owned by the industry. As a result, regardless of India’s size, a small number of companies and conglomerates dominate the country’s media landscape. IndiaAsia – Pacific Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionEconomic pressure RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The MOM team collected the data for their research from publicly available sources such as IRS (Indian Readership Survey, 2017). The data and information on ownership structures and shareholders of media companies and related individual owners was obtained from the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). In addition, the research team sent out information requests to all investigated media companies, by registered mail and email, but none except for The Print have responded so far. The research is also based on a number of Right to Information requests (RTI) submitted to different State’s governments to collect data about public funds and advertising allocated to media. Receive email alerts There is some good news – MOM was able to find owners of almost all media companies through an openly available database provided by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The only company that remains unknown in terms of ownership and shareholding is Scroll Media Incorporation, registered in the US State of Delaware.  Consequently, the shareholding structure of the company is not available. April 27, 2021 Find out more Some of the existing laws were adopted over a hundred years ago and continue regulating some aspects of media today, such as the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, which laid the ground for a government monopoly over the broadcast sector. As a result and regardless of seeming diversity and plurality of supply, the Indian media landscape is comprised of highly concentrated market segments. Political leverage Similarly, regional language media markets are highly concentrated. Our findings show that, in each of those market segments, the respective top two newspapers concentrate more than half of readership shares or more. For example, out of five Tamil newspapers, the top two titles combine a readership share of two thirds. Similarly, the newspapers Eanadu and Sakshi manage to reach 71.13% of audiences in the Telugu language market. This trend has been observed and validated across all regional markets including Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Kannada, Gujarati, Urdu, Marathi and Assamese. For more information visit the MOM website: http://www.mom-rsf.org Screenshot of india.mom-rsf.org/ Media Ownership Monitor: One means of political leverage can be exerted by rewarding or punishing media outlets through the allocation or non-allocation of advertising by the government, likethis happened recently in Jammu-and-Kashmir. This plays out at a national level, but even more critically at the State and local levels where many media outlets depend on it to survive and transparency is not guaranteed. No figures were available for government advertising on Television and the RTIs filed have yielded no results. In addition to public spending on advertising, also the political parties invest heavily and one of, if not the largest advertiser in the country is the ruling party BJP.Violence against journalists Help by sharing this information India’s size also relates to its media landscape. According to most recent data as of 31st March, 2018, there were over 118,239 publications registered with the Registrar of Newspapers, which include over 36,000 weekly magazines alone. There are over 550 FM radio stations in the country and, according to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, over 880 satellite TV channels, including over 380 which claim to be television channels broadcasting “news and current affairs”. The number of news websites operating in India is simply unfathomable. The high level of concentration comes as a result of considerable gaps in the regulatory framework to safeguard media pluralism and prevent media concentration. Neither specific means to measure nor thresholds to limit ownership concentration in print, television and the online sector are in place. The patches of regulation that exist do not seem to be properly implemented with the exception of the radio market where, however, India’s state-controlled broadcaster has a nationwide monopoly on radio news. Law in India does not regulate cross-media concentration either. March 3, 2021 Find out more In the state of Assam, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma owns the Television station NewsLive. She is the wife of Himanta Biswa Sarma, a powerful cabinet minister in the BJP government in Assam. These are just a few examples of convergence of politics and media. The resulting interdependence between media, business and politics presents a high risk to media freedom and pluralism in India.   Regulatory flaws Patches of transparency and secrecy  Although transparency seems mostly achievable with some effort, it’s still important to note that ownership structures of almost all major media houses are characterised by highly complicated cross-shareholdings designed to either hide beneficial owners or to circumvent certain laws – or both. For example, there are restrictions on the licences of distribution networks in place by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, wherein a cap of 20 per cent has been imposed on a broadcaster’s or cable network company’s stake in a DTH (direct to home) business and vice versa. However, these regulations are not effectively implemented, as the example of the Essel group illustrates. As the owner of Zee Media, it controls both broadcast media and distribution networks such as Dish TV and Siti cable through a web of companies. Dish TV is also merging with Videocon D2H, another distribution network and the case is currently pending at Delhi High Court. “The MOM results in India show that a large number of media outlets does not necessarily translate into a pluralistic media landscape. With our research we created a database for everyone so that citizens can understand who owns and ultimately controls the media”, said RSF International president Michael Rediske. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival In the absence of overarching regulation on media, self-regulatory bodies like BARC, the only entity to measure television audience, caters exclusively to the interests of the industry that they represent. Although other self-regulatory bodies, such as News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) set the rules and effectively regulate the television market without a mandate to control market concentration can self-regulation be enough to maintain a healthy media market? Organisation May 29, 2019 – Updated on May 31, 2019 Media Ownership Monitor: Who owns the media in India? News These are some of the key findings of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research project carried out in India by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Delhi-based digital media company DataLEADS over the past six months and presented in Delhi today. The detailed results of the study are now available to the public on the MOM website india.mom-rsf.org in English and Hindi. It provides a vivid and interactive picture of the Indian media landscape by disclosing who owns and ultimately controls mass media. June 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New Bill Could prevent Arab based satellite providers from broadcasting

first_imgNews United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States Read RSF’s statement at the conference RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information Read the HR 2278 News March 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New Bill Could prevent Arab based satellite providers from broadcasting News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned with H.R 2278, passed by the House of Representatives on December 8th, 2009. The press freedom organization voiced its concerns about the new piece of legislation in a press conference in Washington DC on March 22nd, 2010.Under the new bill, satellite providers that knowingly and willingly contract with entities identified as “global terrorist” would themselves be designated as “global terrorists”. The bill would also consider implementing punitive measures against satellite providers that transmit al-Aqsa TV, al-Manar TV, al-Rafidayn TV, or any other terrorist owned and operated station. “The text is too vague to be considered seriously by the U.S Senate”, the organization said. “Countries already frequently pressure satellite providers to take channels off the air for political reasons. As it stands, the bill would be a threat to freedom of expression. We believe it’s language needs to be reworked and better defined. The H.R 2278 contradicts American support for media freedom and could not be implemented in the Middle East as crafted today without causing great damage”.The H.R 2278 is based on “anti-American incitement to violence” but the definition of anti-American incitement is impossibly broad. According to the resolution, “the term ‘anti-American incitement to violence’ means the act of persuading, encouraging, instigating, advocating, pressuring, or threatening so as to cause another to commit a violent act against any person, agent, instrumentality, or official of, is affiliated with, or is serving as a representative of the United States.On March 18th, 2010, the US Treasury froze the assets of Gaza-based Islamic National Bank and Al-Aqsa Television, saying they were “controlled” by Hamas which Washington has classified as a terrorist group.“The decision shows that the basis of H.R 2278 has to be reconsidered. The US can already sanctions channels defined as ‘terrorist’ by the Pentagon. Reporters Without Borders urges Congress to reconsider the text an its real motives”, added the press freedom organization. United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Related documents HR 2278PDF – 51.81 KBRWB on HR 2278MSWORD – 190.5 KB News Organisation last_img read more

Website editor held for posting Al Qaeda video

first_img Organisation to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest today of Ali Anouzla, editor of the Arabic-language news portal Lakome who was detained after posting a video message purporting to be from Al Qaeda’s North African wing on his site.“We call for the immediate release of Ali Anouzla who published the video for purely informative reasons,” the press freedom organization said. “It is intolerable that a journalist should be prosecuted for keeping the public informed and that computers should be seized from the Lakome editorial offices.“If proceedings are taken against him, we shall be paying close attention to ensure the investigation scrupulously adheres to the principles of independent inquiry in a case in which freedom of expression is clearly at stake.”In a statement issued by the Rabat prosecutor’s office, the crown attorney general said: “Following the publication by the online newspaper Lakome of a video attributed to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which includes an unequivocal and direct incitement to commit terrorist acts in the Kingdom of Morocco, the prosecutor general has given instructions to the criminal investigation police to arrest the head of the online newspaper for investigation.” The news portal’s offices were searched by the police who seized the central processors of its computer system and questioned the journalists who were present. Anouzla was taken into custody by the national brigade of the criminal investigation police in Casablanca, which is responsible for terrorist matters.His lawyer, Naima Guellaf, told Reporters Without Borders the prosecutor’s office would not allow her to contact her client by phone or to see him in person until this Friday. The management of the French version of Lakomeposted its condemnation of the arrest of its Arabic-language editor on the site and pointed out that the portal had only published a link to the video.It added that it was a propaganda video and was presented as such in an article published on the 14 September about AQIM, an organization that none of its websites support. It points out that the publication of AQIM videos is “common practice in the international media … The AQIM video was also posted, for example, by the news site Huffington Post (France), while other news organizations such as L’Express and LCI published a link enabling readers to view the video on YouTube”. The justice minister, Mustapha Ramid, said in a separate statement that the Moroccan government planned to issue proceedings in Spain against the newspaper El Pais for publishing the video on its website. The daily’s North African correspondent Ignacio Cembrero told Reporters Without Borders action could be taken against the paper could be prosecuted for publishing an “apologia for crime”.The video, entitled “Morocco, kingdom of corruption and despotism”, was published last week on several electronic media outlets before it was removed by YouTube for breaching its policy on violent content.Anouzla is well known for his columns critical of the government and his calls for greater press freedom. The Lakome site was the first to report on the “Danielgate” case, about the Spanish paedophile Daniel Galván who was pardoned by mistake by Morocco’s King Mohammed. It is not the first time he has been investigated by the justice authorities. A case has been pending against him since 17 June for publishing an article about a tribal brawl in a district of Fez, in which there were casualties. Although he immediately withdrew the report and published a denial, he was accused of deliberately publishing false information in breach of article 42 of the Moroccan press code. He was summoned and charged by the Fez police. His trial, originally scheduled for 26 July, was postponed until late September.Anouzla told Reporters Without Borders at the time that he was the victim of a campaign of harassment and judicial persecution. The erroneous story was first carried by the website Rasd, which published a subsequent report on 18 July explaining that the original story was made up to demonstrate that some journalists were less that scrupulous in checking the facts. Several sites, including Hibapress.com and scoop.ma, also picked up the fake story but have not so far been prosecuted.Anouzla, former editor and publisher of the daily Al-Jarida Al-Oula, was prosecuted in a Rabat court in 2009 over a report about the health of the king, quoting an unidentified medical source. He was convicted of publishing false information and “mendacious allegations and facts with the intention of causing harm”. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF_en News Receive email alerts September 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor held for posting Al Qaeda video April 15, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF condemns threats against BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg

first_img RSF_en September 27, 2017 RSF condemns threats against BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg May 19, 2017 Find out more News RSF urges politicians to respect press freedom in the UK general election campaign United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists WomenViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet News UK general election: political party manifestos present a mixed bag for press freedom Help by sharing this information United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists WomenViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet Organisation Since last year, Kuenssberg – the BBC’s first female political editor – has faced a torrent of online abuse and threats linked to her reporting on events such as the EU referendum and the Labour party leadership election. She has been accused of partiality in her coverage, and subjected to a petition circulated by Labour supporters calling for the BBC to dismiss her that gathered more than 35,000 signatures before being taken down.“Violence against journalists is unacceptable in any form, and the increase in online threats against female journalists around the world is nothing short of alarming. These latest reports of threats against Laura Kuenssberg must be taken very seriously. It is appalling that a respected journalist cannot safely cover a political party conference, and sends a worrying signal about the state of press freedom in the UK, which must urgently be addressed,” said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.The threats against Kuenssberg take place in the context of a worrying trend of moves against press freedom in the UK, including a growing climate of hostility expressed by public officials towards the media. In May, RSF called on all political parties to respect press freedom in their campaigning for the 8th June General Election, including the Labour party, which had barred journalists’ access to campaign events.The UK is currently ranked 40th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Press contact: Rebecca Vincent at [email protected] or +44 (0)7583 137751 June 22, 2017 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – condemns reports of threats against BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg. Reports have emerged that Kuenssberg has been assigned bodyguards to protect her whilst covering the Labour party conference currently taking place in Brighton. News News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Kingdom As new parliament opens, RSF calls on the UK government to reverse negative press freedom trends May 11, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Start Your Engines: Ohio Foreclosure Fast-Tracking Bill Takes Effect

first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago foreclosure fast-tracking 2016-10-04 Kendall Baer The fast track foreclosure bill which would reduce foreclosure timelines from two to three years down to as low as six months, took effect last Wednesday, after passing in the Ohio State Legislature in late May.It took almost three years and many rewrites and amendments before finally being rolled into a larger bill, HB 390 (Sales tax-exempt sale of natural gas by municipal gas company), before it passed in the Ohio State Senate.As the problems caused by vacant and abandoned properties have gained national attention in the last couple of years, Ohio lawmakers fought to pass this legislation, which should now greatly reduce the amount of time a property remains vacant.Reducing the foreclosure timeline should cut down on problems presented by vacant properties such as the spreading of blight, lowering of property values, vandalism, squatters, and violent crime that these properties often attract.The idea for the bill was first proposed by Columbus City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer three years ago, and Ohio HB 223 was introduced to the Ohio Senate in June 2013 by Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman, a Republican, and Ohio State Rep. Michael Curtin, a Democrat.The bill passed unanimously in the Ohio House in April 2014, but in December 2014 an amended version of the bill failed to make it out of the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee. A new version of the bill, Ohio HB 134, was then introduced in early 2015 by the same two joint sponsors, Grossman and Curtin. That bill passed by a vote of 88-0 in the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2015, and took another six months to pass in the Senate. Now, five months later, this bill has become effective throughout the state of Ohio.Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado said of the Ohio fast track foreclosure legislation, “The crisis of vacant and abandoned properties is one of national proportion. By reducing the time that vacant properties remain unoccupied, fast-tracking the foreclosure process will ultimately reduce the risk of community blight and thwart the potential for crime and other undesirable conditions which are the natural byproduct of a failure to act. The implementation of this bill should serve as an important step toward the introduction of a solution for communities nationwide.”A potentially workable solution is being proposed by the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA).  Now in its seventh year, the organization is leading the dialog on a number of important issues that affect the mortgage industry and has been advocating for a national standard for determining property abandonment to be set forth by HUD and FHFA, which will in turn be adopted into state foreclosure laws.While fast track foreclosure laws have not yet become a national standard, Ohio’s move is seen by many in the industry as a positive development in the effort to curb the impact that vacant and abandoned properties have on communities.Click here to view Ohio HB 390 in its entirety. The section on foreclosures begins on page 70.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of DS News and DSNews.com. Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 4, 2016 1,585 Views About Author: Kendall Baer Home / Daily Dose / Start Your Engines: Ohio Foreclosure Fast-Tracking Bill Takes Effect Previous: ClosingCorp Launches New Closing Costs Calculator Next: What Issues are Lurking Behind Rising Home Prices? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Start Your Engines: Ohio Foreclosure Fast-Tracking Bill Takes Effect The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: foreclosure fast-tracking The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more