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Danish government proposes new responsible gambling controls

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Denmark Danish government proposes new responsible gambling controls 9th January 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliancecenter_img Email Address Legal & compliance The Danish government has moved to ramp up the social responsibility controls imposed on licensees with a range of new measures designed to improve player protection standards in the market.The draft executive order imposes a number of new requirements on operators, such as mandatory deposit limits, and a requirement for problem gambling support resources to be prominently displayed.Most notably, however, it introduces a range of controls around sales promotions, bringing in limits on how operators can market offers to players, and restrictions on the sums that may be offered.These restrictions on sales promotions require all conditions to be clearly set out, with operators required to immediately award any money on offer to players when these conditions are met.Players must be required to deposit no more than DKK1,000 (£120.7/€133.9/$154.3), and no sum above this amount may be offered through the promotion. Wagering requirements must not exceed more than 10 times the players’ stake. Any money won through the promotion must not be subject to any such requirements.Players must be given at least 60 days to fulfil the terms of a promotion, and no offer can be tailored to a single player – at least 100 players must be targeted with the same offer.The social responsibility controls will see operators required to display links to country’s problem gambling helpline and self-exclusion system ROFUS on their website or user interface at all times. They must also place a link to their licence from the country’s regulator Spillemyndigheden on the upper left or right-hand corner of each web page.Licensees must also have all players set weekly, daily or monthly deposit limits before they are permitted to start gambling. Operators will also be required to familiarise themselves with each players’ gambling habits, to ensure they can quickly flag any potential problems as soon as they arise.All information on player’s behaviour, as well as a risk assessment, must be kept on file for at least five years. Licensees will also be required by law to develop internal rules and processes for responsible gambling, as well as train staff to ensure all employees are familiar with these processes.Rules for self-exclusion have also been tightened, with the regulator required to determine the periods for which players can block access from gambling. Those that self-exclude are to be added to a centralised database, which will be available to all licensees, and have the option to be removed from this list from seven days – and up to 30 days – after requesting they be added.Operators must check the self-exclusion register before allowing any player to sign up for their services. Before any player receives marketing materials from an operator, the licensee must check the self-exclusion register.All marketing materials must also include an age restriction, as well as links to ROFUS, the problem gambling helpline and clearly show that the operator in question is licensed by Spillemyndigheden.The proposals have been put to the iGaming industry for consultation, with submissions accepted until February 4. New restrictions on promotions and enhanced player protection requirements proposed in draft executive order.last_img read more

Swedish amusement park fined for underage gambling

first_img Tags: Skill Games Slot Machines Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance People Slots Swedish amusement park fined for underage gambling Liseberg, an amusement park in the Swedish capital Gothenburg, has been hit with an SEK20,000 (£1,762/€1,932/$2,282) fine by the country’s Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) after it allowed minors to play claw machines on the premises.Claw machines, also known as claw cranes or grabbers, allow players to pay for an attempt to manoeuvre a miniature crane to grab an item in a glass tank, and are in amusement arcades around the world.However, in Sweden, they are classed as a form of slot machine, that pays out prizes in the form of goods rather than money. As such they are restricted to players aged 18 or above.After a tip from the public, Spelinspektionen carried out surveillance of Liseberg, and found that there were no signs informing patrons of the age restriction, and minors were seen playing the games while accompanied by adults.The regulator explained that Liseberg, on renewing its land-based commercial gaming licence in April 2019, believed that the age restrictions no longer applied, and upon receipt of the licence, took down the signs.This was due to age limits having previously been highlighted in the licence document. As the updated licence did not contain this information, park management had incorrectly assumed that the machines were no longer age-restricted. This has been rectified, with the age signs restored.Spelinspektionen noted that this amounted to a breach of the Swedish Gaming Act, for which offenders are liable to be punished with a fine of at least SEK5,000, and of 10% of a business’ annual turnover at a maximum. Liseberg, it said, generated revenue of SEK9.8m from its licensed gambling operations in 2019.It said Liseberg’s argument that it was unaware of the regulations made it a serious breach. However, it felt there was little to no chance of the offences being repeated, meaning that a warning rather than a more serious sanction such as its licence being revoked, was justified.This warning should be combined with a fine, and this could have been as large as SEK984,408, or 10% of the park’s turnover from its licensed gaming products. The regulator ultimately concluded that since it centred around a lower-risk form of gambling, a SEK20,000 fine was an appropriate punishment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Liseberg, an amusement park in the Swedish capital Gothenburg, has been hit with an SEK20,000 (£1,762/€1,932/$2,282) fine by the country’s Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) after it allowed minors to play claw machines on the premises. 9th September 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Email Addresslast_img read more

French online revenue hits record high in 2020 despite Covid-19 impact

first_imgJust under half (47%) of sports bettors bet less than €100, though this group was a smaller proportion of the overall market than in Q4 of 2019. A further 39% of bettors wagered between €100 and €1,000, up slightly.  Full year results 2020 For poker tournaments, 10% of players represented 79% of entry fees and the top 1% represented 43% of these fees. This included bets worth €1.42bn on football, up 68%. The most popular football competition for betting was the Uefa Champions League, where players staked €207m. The Premier League saw bets of €165m, and Ligue 1 €140m. Sports betting revenue was up 6.8% to €940m. This came as stakes grew 5.8% to €5.35bn, or €5.49bn when bonuses are included, thanks in part to a 30% growth in active player accounts. Like with sports betting, 10% of accounts represented 73% of turnover but in this case the top 1% of accounts represented 30% of turnover. ANJ noted that 2% of players bet between €10,000 and €50,000 and 0.1% bet more than €50,000. Looking just at the fourth quarter of 2020, sports betting revenue was up 54.8% to €356m on stakes totalling €2.01bn. Horse racing revenue totalled €354m, up 30.6%, as stakes increased by 32.7% to €1.47bn – the highest level since the market opened and the fastest year-on-year growth. Active accounts grew 4.8% to 628,000, leading to horse racing levies growing 23.4% to €179m. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Stakes on races run outside of France shot up by 242.1% to €375m, with the remaining handle wagered on French races. Poker revenue skyrocketed by 64.0% to €446m, as accounts grew by 53.1% to 1.8 million. Tournaments made up the majority of poker revenue. French regulator L’Autorité nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has reported record online gambling revenue of €1.74bn for 2020, as the market recovered strongly from the disruption of the opening six months of the year in H2. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Full year results 2020 Horse racing Online sports betting Horse racing brought in €105m, up 45.8%, on stakes of €448m, up 52.3%. While 59% of players bet less than €300, down from 64% in 2019, the portion making larger bets increased. Marketing spend for the year declined by 62.7% to €161m. The majority of marketing spend was on bonuses, with 32% on retention bonuses and 21% on new customer bonuses. Online advertising, including affiliation, made up 16% of marketing spend. Tennis recorded the second highest stakes, at €252m, including €54m on the French Open, which was shifted to the end of the year because of the pandemic. These changes to the calendar helped tennis stakes grow 34% year-on-year. This included €663m staked on events in France, which led to collection of €6.6m for betting rights duties. However, this represented a 23.7% decline from 2019, due to the cancellation of many French sporting events. Rugby, volleyball, handball and ice hockey all saw at least €19m wagered. 18th March 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle French online revenue hits record high in 2020 despite Covid-19 impact “In many ways, 2020 is an extraordinary year and a turning point for the online gaming industry; it is both a year of change and a record year in terms of activity levels,” ANJ said. “Over the whole of 2020, the online market shows very vigorous growth,” the regulator said. “The turnover of the sector grew by 22% in 2020 to reach €1.7bn: its highest level in a calendar year since the opening of the sector.” This meant that 10% of player accounts represented 73% of betting turnover, while 1% of accounts represented 33% of turnover. Email Address Total deposits for the year came to €3.18bn, up 25.4%, and total withdrawals €1.61bn, up 21.6%. Basketball bets, however, were down 46% to €148m, with bets on the NBA down 76% to €41m because of a quieter than usual fourth quarter schedule. The portion wagering between €1,000 and €3,000 was also up slightly at 9%, while 4% of players bet between €3,000 and €10,000, 1% bet more than €10,000 but less than €50,000 and 0.09% bet more than €50,000, all roughly stable year-on-year. Tags: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux Regions: Europe Western Europe France The ANJ, which took over regulation of online gambling from ARJEL in 2020 to unify gambling regulation under one body, said the year was transformational following the impact of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Poker revenue came to €117m, a 53.9% increase from 2019. For cash poker games, 10% of players represented 91% of stakes and 1% of players represented 72%. last_img read more

Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgWema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Arrowsmith, Bankson, Becker, Ruth – The Final Four Apopka Style

first_img Can Commissioner Ruth move Nolan voters and to his column reverse the March 15th outcome?Political Opinion/AnalysisOn March 15th, Apopka came out in force to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary and  for six candidates in their local City Commission races. Over 10,000 voters made selections and at the end of the evening there were two clear winners – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.Can Commissioner Arrowsmith replicate his record-setting performance in March?The Apopka part of the election was a little less cut-and-dried.Despite record turnout, the voters could not decide with a majority voice which person they wanted to sit in Seats #3 and #4. At the end of the evening, the best they could do was to pare the candidates down from six to four.Arrowsmith, Bankson, Becker, Ruth – the final four Apopka style.For the fifth time in the last six races dating back to 2012, Apopka elections for City Commissioner and Mayor have gone to a runoff. Only Commissioner Diane Velazquez was able to win her seat on the first ballot, defeating Marilyn McQueen in 2014.However, candidates that came in first place in general elections have fared well in the runoff. Four out of  the last five times, the leader in the general holds on to defeat the candidate in second place. Only Mayor Joe Kilsheimer was able to buck that trend – winning Seat #3 in 2012 after coming in second place to Linda Laurendeau in the general election for City Commissioner.Don’t expect tomorrow’s election to look much like the General Election in March. There was essentially no early voting, despite County Commissioner Bryan Nelson’s efforts to bring it to Apopka last week. In March there were approximately 2,500 early votes cast; this time only 31.What is interesting is that a similar amount of absentee ballots have been sent back to the Supervisor of Elections as last time – around 2400. InMarch it was 2,557 for the Seat #3 race and 2,578 in Seat #4.Are there any clues as to the final results because of this similarity?In those absentee ballots in March, Doug Bankson received 1,044 votes, Commissioner Sam Ruth 995 and Alice Nolan 518 in Seat #3. Commissioner Arrowsmith received 1,156 votes, Kyle Becker 1,077 and Young Kim 345 in Seat #4. Assuming those are essentially the same absentee voters as before, it would not be surprising to see similar figures in absentee voting tomorrow.The only question would be where are the Kim and Nolan voters going? Or are they going at all?The Young Kim voter would seem to be a natural transition for Becker to court. Kim endorsed both Becker and Ruth in the runoff elections. Both are first-time candidates running against a 39-year incumbent. Both Becker and Kim ran primarily against Arrowsmith’s record, and Arrowsmith took the extra step of calling Kim ignorant in a debate at Apopka High School. It would be hard to imagine a Kim voter shifting to Arrowsmith. The bigger question is how many will return to vote at all? In order for Becker to overtake Arrowsmith, he may need a decent percentage of Kim voters to turn out.The Nolan voter seems to be more mysterious as for their preferences. While Nolan has endorsed both Arrowsmith and Bankson, the Nolan voter’s path seems less clear. It may take Election Day results to clearly know which candidate lands the majority of them – if either does.Can Doug Bankson hold off Commissioner Sam Ruth in the Seat #3 race?So if we seemingly have those absentee ballots figured out, what does that tell us about tomorrow? Over the past three cycles, early voting totals and Election Day totals have been approximately a 50/50 split. If that holds true, then expect about 2,500 more Apopkans to vote tomorrow and a total turnout of around 5,000. The runoff election in 2014 had a turnout of 6,165 and an Election Day turnout of approximately 2,700. In March over 5,000 voted on Election Day, but there were 16 polling places and Presidential candidates driving voters to the polls. This time, there is only one polling place – the VFW…and four local candidates on the ballot, none of them running for President.Who will win? It’s difficult to predict. Arrowsmith was impressive last month, but can he turnout his base and attract that level of participation again? Can Becker close an 878-vote gap byCan Becker attract enough Young Kim voters to overtake Arrowsmith?converting 1,400 Kim voters to his side of the ledger? Can Bankson hold his slim lead over Ruth? Where will the majority of Nolan voters land?All intriguing questions, but the answers will not become clear until tomorrow evening. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Tenita Reid Mama Mia April 12, 2016 at 6:28 am 2 COMMENTS Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply April 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Please enter your name here TAGSApopka City Commission Runoff Election Previous articleBye Bye Birdie on StageNext articleAOK Tire Thanks Apopka Police Department – Pays $1,000 Reward Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I am banking on Bankson and the banker, hope they can pull it off. The Anatomy of Fear I am heading to the poll today, not sure what, or if any crowd, will be there at the VFW. I am still mad at Governor Rick Scott. I didn’t care whether the governor extended the early voting to the John Bridges Center or not in Apopka, but I’m mad at him for not at least answering the letter of request from Commissioner Bryan Nelson. The governor could have at least responded with a yes, or a no, to Commissioner Nelson’s letter of request for an early voting opportunity. The governor was too busy globe-trotting and visiting Starbucks, I guess. Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Church of England announces contactless donations trial

first_img  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 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. The Church of England has announced plans to trial “tap and go” contactless payment systems for donations.Starting this summer, around 40 churches will be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments up to the value of £30 with a view to offering the system to every diocese next year. The trial aims to include a variety of churches – urban, rural, large and small – to make sure that the needs of different parishes are considered when the scheme is offered nationally.Parish Buying, the Church of England and Church in Wales’s buying service, will manage the trial.In an interview with the Financial Times, John Preston, Church of England national stewardship officer, said:“We’re aware that younger generations – and there are many people now who don’t carry cash – want to give in different ways. Enabling them to give in a way that suits them is something we’d like to try.”Earlier this year, the UK Cards Association reported that one in four card payments are now contactless, with a record £2.9 billion spent via contactless payments in November 2016. An increasing number of charities are using or trialing contactless donations, including Mary’s Meals, Blue Cross, and the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. Church of England rolls out cashless giving (21 March 2018) Church of England announces contactless donations trial Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24  147 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 3 July 2017 | News Tagged with: contactless Donation managementlast_img read more

Venezuela – Cinco apuntes urgentes sobre el ataque imperialista

first_imgPor Iñaki Gil de San Vicente en Lahaine.comLa reacción furibunda orquestada y dirigida internacionalmente contra el Encuentro antiimperialista por la Vida, la Paz y la Soberanía, que se celebra en Caracas los días 22 al 25 de enero de 2020, nos exige algunas reflexiones sobre todo a quienes se nos ha impedido acudir.Miembros del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) en Caracas.Primera: El boicot llevado a cabo por varias líneas aéreas para impedir la asistencia al evento confirma su idoneidad, su necesidad, el acierto del PSUV al convocarlo. En la actualidad hay varios frentes de batalla decisivos en la guerra entre el imperialismo y la humanidad explotada: Venezuela es uno de ellos, el más decisivo junto a Cuba para la doble tarea de recomponer las fuerzas emancipadoras de Nuestramérica y tomar la ofensiva del proceso. Pero Venezuela –y Cuba– también son importantes a nivel mundial porque además de fortalecer la alianza con otras potencias que de algún modo se enfrentan al imperialismo por diversos intereses que no podemos analizar ahora, además de esto y, sobre todo, confirman la incuestionable lección histórica de que la soberanía de un pueblo depende de su capacidad de autodefensa. La catástrofe de Bolivia vuelve a dar la razón a la historia: el imperialismo nunca se da por vencido, siempre está actualizando sus contraataques, nunca ceja en la desestabilización, en el soborno y cooptación de seres despreciables, mercenarios designados para cumplir las órdenes de la burguesía y del imperialismo.Segunda: Desde hace un tiempo, personas de bien, revolucionarias, venían soportando en aeropuertos crecientes restricciones y ataques a su libertad de comunicación, de movimientos, de asistencia a actos, debates y reuniones de solidaridad internacionalista en otros países. Asistimos a un endurecimiento represivo contra estos derechos que nos recuerdan a las desesperadas medidas de muchos Estados para impedir la solidaridad en las revueltas grecorromanas y medievales, en la asfixiante vigilancia sobre los y las esclavas, en las guerras campesinas, en las sublevaciones andinas y continentales, en las primeras revoluciones burguesas, en los comienzos de lo movimiento obrero y popular con trabas de toda índole, en los controles represivos de 1848, en las citas de la Primera Internacional, en el cerco a la Comuna de 1871, en las leyes antisocialistas de finales del XIX y el cerco a la II Internacional y en especial a la III Internacional, la comunista, en las Brigadas Internacionales y en el Socorro Rojo, la siempre fallida obsesión de amordazar y atar a Cuba y a Nuestreamérica…Recordamos aquella ridícula pretensión del rey español creyendo que enmudecería a Hugo Chávez cuya voz se escucha en este vital evento antiimperialista, junto a la de Fidel Castro, Marulanda, Argala, Allende, Camilo Torres, Lumumba, Sankara, Amílcar Cabral, el Che, Ho, Mao, Trotsky, Durruti, Nin, Mella, Mariátegui, Lenin, Zapata, Rosa Luxemburg, Jenny, Marx, Martí, Bakunin, Dessalines, Pétion, Bolívar, Túpac Amaru, el Negro Miguel… y a tantas y tantas mujeres trabajadoras invisibilizadas que son el cerebro y el corazón de la dignidad.Tercera: pero todo indica que la clara tendencia represora está acelerándose porque esta vez el mando imperialista ha coordinado el sabotaje a líneas aéreas civiles de un tercer país para que no puedan tramitar billetes a Venezuela, es decir, un mando político-militar ha torpedeado a empresas civiles extranjeras ampliando el ataque a derechos humanos elementales. Asistimos a un salto más en el reciente proceso de unificación represiva entre los servicios secretos y la política internacional lo que confirma la naturaleza del imperialismo como dinámica inconciliable con la más mínima democracia. En ponencia que no pudimos exponer públicamente en Caracas (https://lahaine.org/fQ3J), recordábamos cómo en el -338, en la Liga de Corinto, se tomaron decisiones que podríamos definir como la primera estrategia contrainsurgente internacional para derrotar el aumento de las luchas sociales desde, al menos, el -371. Las transformaciones sucesivas en las formas de propiedad privada, que han llevado a una ultracentralización y ultraconcentración de la gran propiedad burguesa en poquísimas manos en la segunda década del siglo XXI, han ido acompañadas de correspondientes avances en la coordinación internacional de las represiones, unido a una mayor agudización de la lucha de clases y de las contradicciones interimperialistas. Esta complejidad es la que ahora mismo explica el obsesivo ataque al evento antiimperialista en Caracas.Cuarta: en la actualidad la economía capitalista en su conjunto y el poder de los EEUU y de la Unión Europea, se enfrentan a obstáculos cada día más dramáticos: la gigantesca deuda global que no para de crecer debido a la política suicida mantenida por la gran banca en los últimos tiempos de lo que se llama «dinero barato», representa ya el 320 por ciento del PIB mundial y sólo hay dos formas de reducirla drásticamente hasta una cuantía mínima manejable desde los intereses del imperialismo: descargándola sobre la humanidad trabajadora, y sobre las potencias competidoras que se resisten a ser peones del imperialismo. Pero no es la única amenaza existente; hay más, siendo la más grave la que anida en la ley tendencial de la caída de la tasa media de ganancia y en la ley general de la acumulación capitalista. Cuando los diferentes niveles de estas crisis se fusionan en una sola quiebra, al imperialismo no le queda más recurso que la destrucción masiva de valor acumulado, de trabajo muerto, infraestructuras y fuerzas productivas para intentar empezar otra fase expansiva, si es que puede. Y es por esto que no aguanta ni un segundo la mínima emancipación de los pueblos: de aquí el ataque al evento antiimperialista de Caracas.Y quinta: por tanto, debemos multiplicar estos encuentros, estos debates, coordinarlos, avanzar en la praxis antiimperialista porque cada segundo que perdamos es un segundo de vida que regalamos al imperialismo para que contraataque.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Syrian Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish and other detained activists

first_img Related documents Joint statement for the release of SCM activistsPDF – 67.47 KB News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Syria News to go further Read in Arabic News Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Read in ArabicThe undersigned Organisations call on the Syrian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish, a prominent Syrian human rights defender and Director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) – an organization that enjoys UN ECOSOC consultative status -, as well as seven of his colleagues and a visitor, who were arrested on 16 February 2012 during a raid on their Damascus offices. In total 16 people were arrested during the raid at SCM offices in Damascus, which was carried out by officers from Air Force Intelligence (AFI) who were assisted by a group of plain-clothed armed men, according to a statement from the SCM. Seven people have been conditionally released and have to report to the detention centre every day for further interrogations.SCM has played a key role in getting out information about daily developments in Syria as international journalists have only limited access to the country. Mazen Darwish has previously been repeatedly subjected to interrogation by Syrian security services regarding his human rights related activities, including his work with SCM. The arrest of Mazen Darwish and his co-workers is apparently related to their peaceful activities as human right defenders, bloggers and journalists. “The raid on SCM offices and the detention of Mazen Darwish and his colleagues is a further attack by Syrian security services on Syrian human rights defenders and their rights to freedom of association and expression. This represents the latest attempt to silence those who have been witnessing, documenting and reporting on the ongoing gross human rights violations committed by the Syrian security forces in Syria,” said the Organisations. “The Syrian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release these individuals”, the Organisations added. Individuals following the case inside Syria reported that they believed the detainees are being held incommunicado at an AFI detention facility in El Mezze, Damascus. The use of torture and other ill treatment has been widespread and systematic in Syrian detention facilities, including in the facilities of the AFI. “It is the responsibility of the Syrian authorities to protect Mazen Darwish and his colleagues from any form of ill-treatment or torture and to ensure that, as long as they remain in detention, their rights of access to lawyers, family members and independent medical personnel are fully guaranteed”, said the Organisations.Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation Alkarama Foundation Amnesty InternationalArab Network for human rights information Arab Working Group for Media MonitoringARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free ExpressionAssociation For Women’s Rights in Development Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Committee to Protect JournalistsCommunity Media networkDamascus Center for Human Rights Studies Doha Centre for Media Freedom Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights NetworkFree Press UnlimitedFRONT LINE DEFENDERSGulf Centre for Human RightsHuman Rights WatchHumanist Institute for Development Cooperation – HivosIKV Pax ChristiIndex on CensorshipInternational Campaign for Human Rights in Iran International Commission of JuristsInternational Media Support International Press Institute Iran Human Rights Documentation CenterIraqi Journalists’ Rights’ Defense association Justice for Iran Maharat Foundation Observatory for the protection of Human Rights Defenders, joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Reporters Without BordersSamir Kassir FoundationSyrian Organization for Human Rights – Swasiahcenter_img March 8, 2021 Find out more February 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syrian Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish and other detained activists March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF calls for code of ethics at troubled French TV news channel

first_imgNews Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression May 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story October 27, 2016 RSF calls for code of ethics at troubled French TV news channelcenter_img News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Reporters Without Borders (RF) fully supports the striking journalists at the French 24-hour TV news channel i-Télé, who have been fighting for months to defend their editorial independence, and calls for the adoption of a code of ethics without delay, in line with their demands.It is RSF’s position that this code of ethics should be adopted by the entire Canal+ media group, of which i-Télé is part, that it should be legally binding and that it should apply to the group’s journalists, editors and managers, and to its main owner and other shareholders.RSF has been calling for such a code of conduct for months, regarding it as the only way to force Canal+’s billionaire businessman owner, Vincent Bolloré, to respect the group’s editorial independence.Under a law on “media freedom, independence and pluralism” that was passed at the start of this month, TV and radio stations will be required to adopt a “code of professional conduct.” RSF helped draft this law, known as the Bloch Law, and pushed hard for the inclusion of this requirement.But the Canal+ group needs to adopt a code of ethics at once, without waiting for the Bloch Law to take effect.“News reporting does not conform to corporate logic,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It needs to be independent of all external parties, to be impartial and impervious to economic interests. That’s what is meant by journalistic ethics. A code of ethics for the Canal+ group will be the best way to force corporate logic to safeguard professional journalism.”The strike at i-Télé is not about work conditions or benefits. It is a conflict between two different attitudes that are hard to reconcile, a conflict between the corporate prioritization of profit and the journalistic prioritization of the public interest.In an open letter last month to France’s Higher Council for Broadcasting (CSA), RSF wrote that Bolloré has “repeatedly trampled on the principle of the editorial independence of news media, a pillar of our democracy.” The letter called for an “independence charter” and for “firmness” from the CSA on these issues.In a report published last July on “oligarchs” who own media outlets, RSF reported many cases of censorship and meddling by Bolloré in the work of the Canal+ group’s journalists. France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in the RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Partially completed home burned down in Strabane

first_img WhatsApp Partially completed home burned down in Strabane Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleLocal superintendent repeats appeal following Inishowen tragedyNext articleIrish Water pledge to replace 3.5 km of pipe in West Donegal News Highland Facebook Google+ Google+ News Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennancenter_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further By News Highland – August 21, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A man whose partially completed new home in Strabane was burned down last weekend has appealed to anyone with information to contact the PSNI.Paul Gallagher was building a family home on the Urney Road, but it was destroyed in the early hours of last Saturday morning.Earlier today, Paul spoke to Greg Hughes on the Nine til Noon Show…………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/paulg1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitterlast_img read more