Time running out for Merlin

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Chhetri matches Messi’s 64 international goals record

first_img Previous articleFIFA World Cup 2018: How ₹32,000 cr revenue will be distributedNext articleDSPORT to broadcast South Asian Football Federation Championship 2018 Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Football Euro 2020, Ukraine vs Austria: Ukraine to ensure round of 16 berth against Austria, Follow Live Updates Copa America 2021 COL vs PER LIVE: When and where to watch Colombia vs Peru LIVE streaming in your country, India, Follow live update FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri says he is Messi’s fan, ‘I’ll give him a nice handshake’ Sunil Chhetri has matched the feat of Lionel Messi among his contemporaries for the second highest number of international goals. The Indian football team captain and the Argentine are now tied at 64 goals, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo.Chhetri himself does not like any comparison with Messi and Ronaldo, the two among the all-time greats of global football. However, the numbers do matter. And, these numbers put Chhetri, the most successful striker ever for India, in the league of the greats. Instead, marginally above the best – in his scoring prowess. There can be no argument on the class, but the record book in sports is governed by sheer numbers, class matters on the field. TAGSLionel MessiSunil Chhetri SHARE Cricket Facebook Twitter Copa America 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FootballLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSportSportstars Cricket Latest Sports News Football Euro 2020 MKD vs NED LIVE, North Macedonia vs Netherlands: North Macedonia to inflict a surprise defeat on Netherlands Chhetri matches Messi’s 64 international goals record Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Football WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Football By Kunal Dhyani – June 11, 2018 Copa America 2021 VEN vs ECU LIVE: When and where to watch Venezuela vs Ecuador LIVE streaming in your country, India, Follow live update by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’Suryakumar YadavPUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’For records, Chhetri’s name, for now, will be listed above Messi and only behind Ronaldo for the highest number of international goals.Even Quentin Tarantino couldn’t have written a better script. Sunil Chhetri, a national hero, pleaded with his fellow countrymen to come and watch his team play in the stadium after a low attendance in India’s 5-0 win over Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup. By the end of the tournament, Chhetri had played his 100th international match, won India the tournament, and equalled the record of Lionel Messi for the number of international goals.Ronaldo till date has netted 81 goals for Portugal in his 150 appearances for Portugal. Chhetri and Messi have 64 each. While Chhetri matched Messi with his brace in the Continental Cup final against Kenya on Sunday, on his 101st appearance for India. Messi has donned the Argentine jersey on 124 occasions for his 64 international goals.Chhetri has been in an enviable form throughout the tournament. He has netted eight goals in four outings, including 5 against Chinese Taipei with a hat-trick. He has also been the driving factor to drive Indian football fan to the stadium. Following his personal appeal on social media, the stadium was a complete sell-out for his 100th international against Kenya in spite of torrential rain in Mumbai.The Indian skipper did not disappoint thousands of his fans thereafter with his brilliant run culminating into the title triumph for India. WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri brace ensure 3-1 win; Switzerland’s fate hangs on other Group results Football Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Matteo Pessina goal helps Italy beat Wales, finish top of Group A with flawless record; Follow Live Updates WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 50/3 (16.4 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredHollywood TaleHow Victoria Principal Looks At 71 Is HeartbreakingHollywood Tale|SponsoredSponsoredPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsored Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crorelast_img read more

Vitafoam Nigeria (VITAFO.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgVitafoam Nigeria (VITAFO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Vitafoam Nigeria (VITAFO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Vitafoam Nigeria (VITAFO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Vitafoam Nigeria (VITAFO.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileVitafoam Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of flexible, reconstituted and rigid foam products in Nigeria. It is the largest foam manufacturing company in the country with an extensive distribution network which includes exporting to other countries in Africa. Vitafoam is a household name in Nigeria and known for its quality products and being a leader in innovation and advanced sleep technology. Mattresses can be custom-made to customers’ requirements using contour cutting equipment. The company also provides foam products for mothers with children including changing mats, baby cot mattresses and feeding pillows. Rigid polyurethane foam manufactured by Vitafoam Nigeria Plc is used in the oil and gas, refrigeration, air-conditioning, poultry and office partitioning sectors. In 200, Vitafoam Nigeria Plc became the first foam manufacturing company in Nigeria to be awarded the NIS 9002 Certificate for its flexible and rigid polyurethane foam, fiber pillows, underlays and adhesives. The company expanded its operations to include Vitafoam Ghana Limited (2008) and Vitafoam Sierra Leone Limited (2009). Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has a major stake in Vono Products and established Vitapur Nigeria which manufactures insulation products; and Vitablom which processes fibre and other material for the upholstery layer. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Vitafoam Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

AAA offers Tow-to-Go on Labor Day weekend

first_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Good deal, now if we break down in the truck again, we will call them, and claim to have drank too much. Got the phone number? Knowing my luck, it would be lightning and pouring raining, and they wouldn’t tow us. Right now, we have 3 towing bills already. 1 COMMENT You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Tow-to-Go program available Friday through Labor Day With the end of summer in sight, many Americans will be celebrating Labor Day weekend in one way or another. Whether that involves attending a family barbeque, hosting a party, or visiting the local sports bar, AAA and Budweiser urge everyone to plan ahead to celebrate safely. That means choosing a Designated Driver, staying where they are celebrating, or arranging for another form of safe transportation.For those that did not plan ahead and need the Tow To Go program, it is available Friday, August 31st, through 6 A.M. Tuesday morning, September 4th. Tow To Go Guidelines:Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 milesThe AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver homeFree and available to AAA members and non-membersTow to Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee,  Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only) and Wisconsin (Wausau only)Tow To Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditionsVisit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2017If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.“Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family,” said Amy Stracke, Executive Director for AAA’s Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “Please plan ahead to make sure all of your loved ones get home safely – especially when alcohol is involved.”“The Tow To Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”Since its inception in 1998, Tow To Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow To Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.center_img August 31, 2018 at 8:25 pm Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAAATow-to-go Previous articleTalk to State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan’s staff this monthNext articleWhat’s Coming to Netflix in September 2018 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Irish government to match private giving

first_imgThis is the largest commitment the Irish Government has ever made to a US organization, said Trina Vargo, president of the US-Ireland Alliance. Quinlan Private is a benefactor of the Alliance, and Derek Quinlan has committed to help Ms. Vargo raise ‚€20 million from the private sector. At a couple of recent fundraising dinners in Dublin, nearly ‚€5 million was raised on the private side. Million dollar commitments, to be paid over the next five years, have come from Pat and Teresa Mooney and Bernard and Moira McNamara. The next generation of philanthropists is also represented by a sizable donation from John and Cearuil Morrissey. Other donors wish to remain anonymous.Ms. Vargo hailed these commitments as evidence of growing philanthropy by the Irish. These bold actions demonstrate that private individuals, like the political leaders, understand the role they can play in shaping this new relationship. We hope that US multinationals benefiting from their presence in Ireland, Irish companies prospering in the US market, and Irish Americans who comprehend the current and future nature and needs of this relationship, will follow the lead of the Irish Government and these generous individuals.Mary Lou Hartman, director of the Mitchell Scholarship program, added, These generous commitments will provide the Mitchell Scholarship program with a firm foundation to continue and expand the connection between young American leaders and the island of Ireland. These unprecedented contributions will allow the vision of the Mitchell program to be fully realized.The Mitchell Scholarship program is funded annually by the US Department of State and the US Congress, the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning, BD (Becton Dickinson & Company), Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation, Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, the McDonnell Charitable Foundation, every university on the island of Ireland, and many others. Ms. Vargo noted that continued involvement and support are crucial and the endowment we seek will help all of us move forward together toward making the Mitchell Scholarship the preferred scholarship for future American leaders. Tagged with: Ireland  20 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 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.center_img The US-Ireland Alliance, which seeks to foster relations between Ireland and the United States, has announced that the Irish Government will match whatever the Alliance raises, up to ‚€20 million over the next five years, to endow its George J. Mitchell Scholarship program.The US-Ireland Alliance, which seeks to foster relations between Ireland and the United States, has announced that the Irish Government will match whatever the Alliance raises, up to ‚€20 million over the next five years, to endow its George J. Mitchell Scholarship program.Alliance president Trina Vargo said that the Alliance seeks to raise ‚€40 million to ensure that the Mitchell Scholarship program is permanently funded, like the Rhodes Scholarship program, which sends future leaders to Oxford for study. The Mitchell Scholarship program was established in 1998 and has already sent more than 80 future American leaders to pursue graduate level study at universities throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Advertisement Howard Lake | 7 March 2007 | News Irish government to match private givinglast_img read more

Corporate donations and support to tackle coronavirus

first_imgWhen it became clear that vulnerable and older people, together with some NHS staff, were finding it difficult or even impossible to shop for groceries amid the panic-buying period, all of the supermarkets stepped in to offer dedicated times for shopping for these people.Some like Asda expanded this to ensure that other key-workers such as hospice staff were included in this priority shopping scheme. Donated transport servicesGiven that many NHS and social care staff need to travel at all times of the day or night, and some are concerned about the risks of catching or spreading (given so few have been tested for coronavirus) the virus on public transport, some taxi companies have stepped in to donate free lifts. Donating meals to NHS staffFeeding NHS staff while they worked long hours became the object of many campaigns. NHS staff found it difficult to access supermarkets for some time, not least because of their long shifts, and could not always get to staff canteens to eat a hot meal, depending on their shift.Many companies and individuals therefore are donating free meals to keep them fed and healthy.  Corporate donationsMany companies have responded by making donations to the major coronavirus fundraising appeals. Companies large and small are supporting charities and the people they help amid the grip of coronavirus.These are just some of the many different ways in which support is being given. Sometimes it is cash, sometimes products or donated skills.  590 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Corporate donations and support to tackle coronavirus Donated entertainment Over 65’s are being offered free online bingo sessions to help them stay connected and provide entertainment every day during the coronavirus lockdown.GalaBingo.com has been providing games free of charge for those aged 65 or over since 30th March “until the lockdown is lifted”. The site will host two free bingo sessions every day, from 10.30-11.30am, and again at 5.30-6.30pm.Players will also be able to join chatrooms to speak to others, helping them to stay connected through what these difficult times.The company will also be giving out £50 shopping vouchers to help people who are struggling. Gala players are being asked to nominate deserving people in the community via the site.GalaBingo.com has been charity partner to 52 Lives for three years raising over £320,000. During this period of lockdown they are inviting players to support the cause by playing special games every evening, where 100% of the proceeds go directly to those in need. The charity, which changes someone’s life for the better every week of the year with a focus on kindness, is currently supporting various causes, including elderly care homes and people struggling with self-isolation. Free parkingCharging NHS workers to park at their place of work has been a political debate for some time. The impact of coronavirus on NHS workers resulted in some resolution of that issue, together with parking companies providing free parking to them 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. More coronavirus support and fundingFinance sector bolsters battle against COVID-19 (8 April 2020)Virtual fundraising ideas during the coronavirus lockdown (30 March 2020)Funding to tackle COVID-19 and its impact (23 March 2020) Others are giving to specific charities.For example evian is donating €600,00 to the Red Cross to support urgent needs and supplies. Specifically it will support Red Cross teams in France, USA, UK and Switzerland, with the donation split equally across each market.Others are making use of their customer base and reach.  589 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Donated medical suppliesAfter announcing that the Glastonbury Festival 2020 was cancelled this year festival co-organisers Emily and Michael Eavis decided to donate its unused hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to NHS staff and emergency service workers. Supermarkets’ supportThe role of supermarkets in keeping the nation fed, despite widespread panic-buying and the greater needs of vulnerable or isolated people, has doubtless helped reduce greater panic.In addition all the major supermarket companies have either continued their existing charitable support or expanded it, sometimes considerably. Photo: Kristof Vadino, MSF AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Howard Lake | 14 April 2020 | News Tagged with: coronavirus corporate fundraising COVID-19 Morrisons will distribute £10 million worth of food between March and July to the UK’s food banks during the coronavirus outbreak. As the UK’s largest fresh food manufacturer it will do so by increasing production at its own 14 manufacturing sites, providing more baked goods, eggs, fruit and vegetables, and increasing its packing site hours by an hour a day. The Co-op is donating £1.5 million to the UK’s largest food redistribution charity Fare Share.Lidl is donating thousands of fresh fruit and vegetable bags to NHS staff.Tesco is donating £30 million of support to its charity partners, include the Trussell Trust, FareShare and £2 million to the British Red Cross. Digital platforms’ appealsMany digital platforms created their own appeal, relevant to their audience. Some matched donations received by these funds.This was the approach taken by some of the major tech companies following previous disasters, such as Apple after the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the Boxing Day Tsunami.Music streaming service Spotify created its COVID-19 Music Relief fund to help support musicians and artists. It promised to match up to $10 in donations. Fintech company Revolut is partnering with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) / Doctors without Borders to provide support for communities affected by coronavirus. Revolut customers in EEA countries will be able to donate via the in-app Donations feature to help those most in need during this pandemic. The company has 10 million users in total. Facebook’s supports includes $100m to support journalism, already under financial pressure before the pandemic: More ideas for corporate givingThe scale of the challenge for charities and for people who need their support is vast, so it’s time to think differently but practically.last_img read more

Court overturns conviction for Proceso reporter’s murder

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reportscenter_img Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state August 9, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court overturns conviction for Proceso reporter’s murder Reporters Without Borders notes that a court in the eastern state of Veracruz yesterday overturned Jorge Antonio Hernández’s conviction for Proceso investigative journalist Regina Martínez’s murder on the grounds that it was based solely on a confession, possibly extracted under torture. An illiterate man also known as “El Silva,” Hernández was given a 38-year jail sentence in April for her murder.“This case is still unsolved,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation must be started again and must be conducted in a serious manner, taking account of the victim’s work as a journalist and with the aim of identifying and arresting both the perpetrators and instigators.”Martínez specialized in investigating drug trafficking and local government corruption in Veracruz state for the newsweekly Proceso. A few days before her April 2012 murder, she covered a case implicating nine police officers in drug trafficking. Shortly after Hernández’s conviction in April of this year, Proceso accused current and former Veracruz state officials of plotting to kill Jorge Carrasco, a Proceso reporter who had been investigating Martínez’s murder.Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, with a total of 88 killed in the past decade and 17 others missing. Most of these cases are unsolved and unpunished. News MexicoAmericas Newslast_img read more

Government backs down on decree reinforcing censorship of broadcast media

first_img PakistanAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts News News January 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation June 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government backs down on decree reinforcing censorship of broadcast media to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders today hailed last night’s decision by the Pakistani government to suspend implementation of an ordinance that would increase the powers of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) following a wave of protests by journalists’ organisations and the political opposition.The authorities announced the creation of a six-member committee to review the controversial ordinance and submit a report to the prime minister. The decision was announced soon after a meeting yesterday evening in Islamabad between the information minister and some owners of leading news media, including privately-owned TV stations.“The determined opposition of Pakistan’s journalists and the support of the international community forced the government to back down on its draconian plan to reinforce the PEMRA’s powers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities and the media must now sit down together and construct an independent mechanism for regulating the broadcast media.”During a national assembly session yesterday, dozens of journalists and opposition members vented their anger against the government’s attempts to reinforce censorship. Such slogans as “We want freedom,” “The pen flag will continue to fly” and “Black law unacceptable” were chanted in the national assembly chamber, press gallery and corridors, where scuffles also took place. Speaker Amir Hussain finally banned journalists from entering the parliament building.The European Union and the United States had both warned the Pakistani government of the dangers of reinforcing the PEMRA’s powers.————–06.06.2007Gen. Pervez Musharraf is bigger press freedom predator than everAmid government measures reinforcing censorship of television and telecommunications, Reporters Without Borders appealed today to President Pervez Musharraf to heed the appeals of Pakistan’s journalists, the public and the international community to respect press freedom.“Gen. Musharraf, it is not yet too late to rescind the new electronic media ordinance and to put an end to the arbitrary censorship of TV stations,” the press freedom organisation said. “The prime minister’s announced withdrawal today of complaints against 200 journalists shows that it is possible to defuse tension and defend freedom of expression.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We extend our support to all the media workers who plan to participate in tomorrow’s protest against the return of censorship, which has been called by the main journalists’ union. There is now a greater need than ever to defend the press freedom that is guaranteed by article 19 of Pakistan’s constitution.”President Musharraf promulgated an ordinance on 4 June reinforcing the powers of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to censor and control TV stations and cable operators. It gave the PEMRA the power to seize the equipment of TV stations and cancel broadcast licences, in complete violation of the laws in force, and increased maximum fines from 1 to 10 million rupees. Furthermore, the PEMRA no longer needs to refer to a complaints council before taking action, as it was required to do under the previous legislation.According to some reports, the new regulations are going to extended to the Internet and mobile phones, and the authorities also plan to increase their monitoring of the activities of the foreign news media.The national assembly had already increased the PEMRA’s powers last year, allowing it to seize equipment and arrest broadcast media journalists. And an amendment to article 29 of the PEMRA’s statutes in February of this year increased the size of the fines it could impose. At the same time, this amendment provided for the creation of a complaints board for settling disputes. But the government never went ahead with the creation of this body.Lawyers have filed petitions before the supreme court in an attempt to block the new ordinance.On 2 June, the PEMRA ordered TV stations to suspend live broadcasts of events linked to the political crisis that has been shaking the country since the dismissal of supreme court president Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary on 9 March. At the same time as the PEMRA issued this order, the information ministry banned the press from criticising the army and the judicial authorities.Under government pressure, cable TV operators stopped carrying two of the leading privately-owned TV stations, ARY TV and Aaj TV, on 1 June. At the same time, Geo TV was censored for nearly two days starting on 3 June, with the authorities pressuring the station’s management to suspend its news programme “Meray Mutabiq.”The only good news is Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz’s announcement today that he has ordered the withdrawal of complaints brought against 200 journalists, including leaders of the journalists’ union, for defying a protest ban. Hundreds of journalists took part in a demonstration in Islamabad on 4 June at which participants chanted slogans hostile to the president and information minister. The government last week issued a ban on any demonstration involving more than five people.Gen. Musharraf has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of press freedom predators since 2003. 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first_imgNews to go further Help by sharing this information Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia – The Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Receive email alerts News – The news site Eurasianet March 31, 2020 Find out more RSF_en center_img #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries December 18, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News President Separmurad Nyazov’s regime has total control of the media, including the Internet, which barely exists in the country. The state-owned Turkmen Telecom is the only ISP permitted. The website of the Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which is funded by the US Congress, is one of the rare sources of independent news.LINKS: June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkmenistan Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Follow the news on Turkmenistan March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Two draft laws: one good, one bad for press freedom

first_img News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) welcomed a legislative reform plan to repeal the National Security Law that should benefit press freedom but urged withdrawal of a draft media law that would endanger free enterprise in the printed press.Both draft reforms to be put before parliament by the ruling Uri Party would have significant press freedom consequences, it said.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Chairman of the Uri party, Lee Bu Young, to shelve the media reform law. While welcoming the repeal of the National Security Law, the organisation expressed concern about attempts by the majority to use the law to control the printed press sector.”This law intended to curb the influence of the three major conservative dailies, looks more like ideological revenge that an attempt to regulate the news sector,” said Robert Ménard in his letter to Lee Bu Young.Reporters Without Borders is aware that a monopoly or an oligopoly is not desirable for pluralism of news and information, but South Koreans have a wide range of sources of news on top of the traditional dailies.The Uri party, which has 152 seats in the 299-seat parliament, on 15 October 2004 put forward four draft laws two of which directly affect press freedom. The party wants to have them adopted before the end of the current parliamentary session in mid-December.The media reform bill decrees that no newspaper can control more than 30 percent of the market and that the three leading dailies cannot control more than 60 percent. It also limits to 50 percent the space each paper can give to advertising, on the threat of a fine of 20 million-wons (more than 14,000 euros).All press groups would also have to provide the culture and tourism ministry with full information about their financial situation, circulation and capitalisation.The three conservative dailies Chosun Ilbo, Dong-a Ilbo and JoongAng Ilbo dominate 70 percent of the daily written press market. Chosun Ilbo alone has more than a 30 percent market share.The law also obliges press groups to set up a committee to protect readers’ rights allowing them to challenge media if they consider their coverage less than “objective”.The ruling party also wants to establish a single distribution system for the dailies to end fierce competition between the papers for subscribers.Belligerent statements by top officials accompanied the announcement of the proposed law. Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan said, “I can forgive the military regimes of Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo (former South Korean presidents), but I cannot forgive the betrayals of Chosun Ilbo and Dong-a Ilbo.”One Uri party leader said the law would “help create a sound media market to reflect public opinion”. The government of President Roh Moo-hyun earlier attempted to push through a law to reduce the influence of the conservative dailies in February 2002.Elsewhere the Uri Party is planning to repeal the law on national security that made it a crime to put out news favourable to the communist regime in North Korea. President Roh Moo-hyun proposed that some articles of the law should be put into the criminal code to protect the country from spying on behalf of North Korea.The last journalist to be jailed under this law was Choi Chin-sop, imprisoned from 1992 to 1995. Extreme-left publications are still censored or harassed for carrying articles considered supportive of the Pyongyang regime.Reporters Without Borders has previously spoken out against this repressive law that dates from 1948, which under the guise of protecting the country from North Korean ideology allowed journalists to be jailed and media censored.Amnesty International wrote in its 2004 report that “the National Security Law has often been used arbitrarily against people for exercising the rights to freedom of expression and association.” At the end of August 2004, 14 people were in prison under this law.The opposition Grand National Party said on 27 October that it would refer the draft laws to the Constitutional Court. Some conservative deputies threatened to physically block the adoption of the laws. November 11, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more News November 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two draft laws: one good, one bad for press freedom Follow the news on South Korea News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts South KoreaAsia – Pacific center_img August 18, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation RSF_en to go further South KoreaAsia – Pacific last_img read more