UK: EU ratings agency plans open to abuse

first_imgTuesday 18 January 2011 8:28 pm UK: EU ratings agency plans open to abuse Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For EUROPEAN Commission (EC) proposals to give sovereign states three days’ notice when their debt is about to be downgraded were slammed by the UK’s top three regulatory bodies last night.In a rare move, the Treasury, the FSA and the Bank of England released a joint statement condemning the EC’s suggested creation of a public ratings body that would give sovereign’s notice of ratings moves.The UK bodies said that “a sovereign might be tempted to make use of the additional time to alter its debt issuance plans”. They also warned that such a system would be subject to leaksSummarising Britain’s position on the proposed body, they said: “The UK authorities strongly oppose any issuance of credit ratings by a public European credit rating agency, central banks, or public-private partnerships.”“The use of such ratings would potentially heighten scope for moral hazard and harm the independence of these institutions… A public agency would also risk crowding out private sector ratings and inevitably stifle competition in the industry.”Ratings have long been controversial, with only three agencies – Moody’s, S&P and Fitch – dominating the industry and having massive power to increase or decrease the borrowing costs of companies and states.The British statement backed the attempt to move away from such a heavy dependence on so few agencies but said that the Commission’s suggested measures were not appropriate.The EC is due to come up with a final draft of the regulations later this year, but they will have to be ratified by the EU parliament. Sharecenter_img KCS-content whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Sir John prolongs his stay in the City with mining role

first_img Sir John prolongs his stay in the City with mining role Monday 7 March 2011 9:24 pm whatsapp SIR John Bond, one-time chairman of HSBC and outgoing chairman of Vodafone, hopes to extend his stay in the FTSE 100 after agreeing to chair mining group Xstrata. Sir John, aged 70, has wasted no time, joining Xstrata’s board as a consultant with immediate effect ahead of his departure from Vodafone in July.Sir John will eventually replace Willy Strothotte, the Glencore chairman who retires from the Xstrata chair at an AGM on 4 May. But even if Sir John’s tenure is cut short by a Glencore merger deal, he has plenty to share with the firm in the meantime.Bond has a wealth of ties to China, one of Xstrata’s fastest-growing customers, thanks to more than 40 years at HSBC and involvement with the China Development Forum and the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. He began his career in a Hong Kong branch of HSBC at 21, becoming chief executive in 1993 and chairman in 1998. He joined Vodafone in 2006. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Share KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc ( 2013 Annual Report

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Equity Bank Group Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Woven House / Santiago Pradilla + Zuloark

first_img “COPY” Woven House / Santiago Pradilla + ZuloarkSave this projectSaveWoven House / Santiago Pradilla + Zuloark CopyHouses• CopyAbout this officeZuloarkOfficeFollowSantiago PradillaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookPublished on May 05, 2021Cite: “Woven House / Santiago Pradilla + Zuloark ” [Casa tejida / Santiago Pradilla + Zuloark ] 05 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Federico Cairoli+ 59Curated by Clara Ott Share Houses Architects: Santiago Pradilla, Zuloark Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Federico Cairoli Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects Manufacturers: Diseño y arte la fuente, Lormicortes, Maderas los alcazares, NArcillaClients:Juana Mayorga, Pablo Tourrenc y MayaStructure Adviser:Antonio Fernández CaroArchitecture Team:Santiago Pradilla, Zuloark, Palafito arquitectura Jóse López, Sergio Carranza (Verde) , Laura VispeConstruction Support:Doña Mariela, Don Isauro, Ramiro, Don William, Rafa, Oswaldo, Robinson, Lisbet, Anayibe, El ladrón, Angel, Crisanto, Evaristo, Alquímides, Karen, Oscar, Josué Pablo Tourrenc y sus amigos (especialmente Jean Baptiste), Armando, Juan Carlos, Henry Nicolás, Christina Serifi.More SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico CairoliRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. Casa Tejida is an experimental house associated with a family coffee plantation in an isolated rural community in the region of Cundinamarca, Colombia. It is an exercise of professional responsibility towards the environment and the society where it is implemented. During the design and construction process, a community of work and coexistence has been formed, including the maximum number of possible agents in the decision making process, understanding the whole process as an opportunity for learning and training through the prototyping of the house. Casa Tejida is not only physically woven, but also weaves the landscape where it is implanted through the participation of its inhabitants in the project, thematizing social construction, open and intelligent design, biodiverse architecture and low environmental impact, and trying to innovate in architectural models for the future development of rural areas of Colombia.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!Save this picture!© Federico CairoliParadise. Nocaima There are many paradises in the world, and La Vereda Fical is one of them. It belongs to the municipality of Nocaima, in Cundinamarca, Colombia, one and a half hours from Bogotá, the capital of the country. It is a rural and dispersed community that consists of approximately 20 families arranged along an unpaved mountain path of very difficult access, where each family has different resources that share with the rest of the community. Until very recently, the area, because of its proximity to the capital but its rugged and wild orography, was very difficult for visitors to access, becoming isolated during rainy days. This particularity, along with the temperate climate of the area, has made this hillside a place of incredible life and biodiversity.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!Save this picture!© Federico CairoliCritical Object. Creating Learning Environments. Casa Tejida proposes an architecture that relates to the environment and context in which it is developed, yet not exclusively through its physical form, but from the learning items that haveoccurred throughout the process. Just as formal ways of learning no longer consist of a linear or vertical way of knowledge exchange. The building and designing process of Casa Tejida has had the will to generate new forms of collaboration and exchange between all the participants in the process. The construction of the learning, exchanging and collective construction community have been as important as the realization of the project. Topics like new ways of doing architecture, agriculture, caring, nature, biodiversity and landscape were daily addressed and discussed.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliLiving on site. Being Part of the Community. The difficult access to the construction site made us to live during the work in the adjacent community, a few meters away from Casa Tejida. Having a construction so close, creating new relationships while being in the community we valued and shared the local knowledge coming from the inhabitants. For six months we have been living in this steep sloping terrain. Casa Tejida is located perpendicular to the contour lines , in contrast with local constructions, adapting better to existing topography and avoiding large earthworks, so common in the area, taking advantage of the best solar orientation and creating different ecosystems in each side of the house.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliCollective Intelligences. Learning from different Colombian construction methods. The repetitive wood structure of casa Tejida is inspired from pre-Hispanic architecture, where some columns are buried in the ground while others simply rest on stones, with the idea that in the early years those buried wooden pillars hold the house, but years later when they become rotten, the columns resting on the stones hold the bearing load. Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!© Federico CairoliProposing a three step design, which enables to leave open items once the construction began, gave us the opportunity to explore the region looking for local non-standardized and intelligent constructive solutions that could be applied to the design. Finding the woven facade of the house was one of the most beautiful moments of the process: On the way to the site from Bogota, we casually met Maria, who has a natural fibers woven furniture business and together with her we worked on adapting her weaving techniques into a construction element, resulting in an innovative implementation for the project and also for Maria’s business.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe three little pigs story was wrong. Fleeing from concrete asthe only building solution In Colombia, in spite of its natural richness and forests, there is not much tradition in wood building and dwellings on palafittes, methods that are understood as poor communities constructions. Casa Tejida proposes an architecture made with techniques and materials better adapted to the places and climates they are located in, generating less impact and providing high quality architectural solutions. The project has a premise to explore prefabricated solutions , also with a high degree of craftsmanship, where wood and metal guilds have produced the pieces of a puzzle to be assembled very quickly on site. Together with a small cluster of companies we explored this innovative way of building in Colombia. That allowed the affected communities to understand other paradigms of how houses can be made, more respectful and adapted to the environment, better ventilated, healthier and more liveable after all.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliOpen design. The way in which Casa Tejida is designed and built, is inspired from digital manufacturing and open source systems, makes it understandable by all, the growth of the structure has made itself alearning process for the community, but not only that, the form of open and replicable design was understandable by everyone , from the clients to the architects as well as designers of the team themselves, who have been able to participate in its assembly . This simple and visible assembling details made the architecture of Casa Tejida comprehensible, adaptable and replicable in any other place by anyone.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliLess is less. Building lessis a must for our future. It has been an exercise of responsibility from the part of Pablo and Juana, our clients, in collaboration with the architecture team to understand that, in order to have a better house, which has environmental, economic and political impact, we have to build less. This meant to think differently about how one lives in the house and all the experiences one can have inside , reducing the constructed area, eliminating corridors or transitional spaces, and also providing a wooden floor that makes every corner of the house a possible livable space. Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThis house not only builds less in area, but also in materials, dispensing with constructive elements such as interior divisions, insulation and interior veneer in facades, floor and roof, as weather conditions allow it, being a house completely open to the environment, where some mornings the clouds enter for breakfastSave this picture!© Federico Cairoli¿Qué es estar en casa? ¿Dónde acaba realmente la casa ? La casa te invita a pasearla, a ser consciente de la luz. En la casa uno nunca está del todo dentro,siempre se está un poquito fuera. La casa te invita a habitar de una manera especial: o estás arriba o estás abajo, o está abierta o está cerrada, o estás en el cultivo de café o estás en ese oasis húmedo entre la magia de las orquídeaslos helechos y el bambú.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!© Federico CairoliProject gallerySee allShow less12 Key Principles for an Effective Urban Response during COVID-19ArticlesThe Saudi Arabian Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Explores Spatial and Social E…Architecture News Sharecenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Woven House / Santiago Pradilla + Zuloark “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2019 Photographs Year:  ArchDailylast_img read more

Corporate giving is down by 0.2%, say DSC

first_imgCorporate giving is down by 0.2%, say DSC Howard Lake | 29 August 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Directory of Social Change reports that corporate giving has declined by 0.2% over the previous year, the first drop in six years.During 2000-2001, the top 400 UK companies gave £499m to charities, including £286m in cash donations. This represented 0.44% of pre-tax profits. In the USA companies give on average 1% of pre-tax profits to charity.Most UK companies do not give to charity. The top 400 companies account for 99% of all corporate donations to charity. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian has listed the top 25 by community contribution and the top 25 by charitable donation.Read Corporate giving to charities falls by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian.last_img read more

Rev. C.D. Witherspoon opens campaign for Baltimore NAACP president

first_imgThe Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, a leader of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, and the president of the Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has announced he is running for president of the Baltimore NAACP.Now 35 years old, “C.D.” has been a social activist since attending Arbutus Middle School and Catonsville High School, when as a youth he advocated having a Black Studies program and Black History as part of the high school curriculum. He and his spouse, Sherelle Witherspoon, have been at the forefront of every protest in Baltimore, including those about Trayvon Martin, and the police killings of Anthony Anderson Sr. and Freddy Gray.If there is no bullhorn around, don’t worry. C.D. will break the sound barrier with his booming voice and the eloquence of his message.C.D. is active in the struggle for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and sees that struggle as being together with the Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement on social media on the essence of his campaign, C.D. wrote: “Together we have fought for the $15 living wage, community benefits for Port Covington, in which the city is practicing ‘gentrification’ for the big real estate developers at taxpayers’ expense, against the horrendous water [rate] increase for city residents, against the cancellation of the Red Line.” The light rail line would ease transportation for working people.C.D. continued: “I was advised that quality of life issues are not traditional Civil Rights issues. I promptly responded … that quality of life issues are not traditional Civil Rights issues, but rather human rights issues that affect all of us. We must fight for racial justice, social justice and economic justice to begin the process of repairing our condition.” And “that what we are doing today is for all the victims of police terrorism, the murders and abuse of women, the LGBTQ community, everyone!”C.D. added: “Police brutality is essentially a symptom of a much larger issue that all of us are familiar with. People of color experience the crisis, but it is also poor people, the people in the low economic echelons. We are cognizant that the same people killed by the police are having recreation centers shut down in their neighborhoods, are having schools shut down in their neighborhoods, are having elected officials who are not responsive to their issues.”Along with the socialist candidate for the Baltimore City Council president, Sharon Black, C.D. Witherspoon’s campaign for president of the Baltimore NAACP will advance the struggle of those in Baltimore who fight for the people.For more information or to help the campaign, write to Reverend C.D. Witherspoon, 1405 North Fulton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Editorial Mundo Obrero: ¡Defund significa abolir la policía!

first_img“¡Defund a la policía!” (Quitarles fondos economicos a la policia), ha saltado a la cima de las demandas que las manifestaciones masivas han estado haciendo desde el asesinato policial de George Floyd el 25 de mayo en Minneapolis. Después de que el tercer edificio del Recinto Policial de esa ciudad se incendiara a la alegria de la mayoría de la población de EE.UU., no había forma de que los gobernantes de EE.UU. ignoraran esta demanda. (ía que hacer algo, y no solo arrestar y acusar al policía asesino y a sus cómplices de asesinato.El mensaje sonó claro: quitar los presupuestos hinchados de los departamentos de policía. Quitar los fondos. Quitareles los tanques y carros blindados. Poner fin a esta fuerza represiva y racista que utiliza el poder letal.El presidente abiertamente racista y su partido atacaron el eslogan de “defund”. Su oponente del Partido Demócrata, Joe Biden, fue tan rápido en decir que agregaría fondos para la policía, para entrenamiento adicional en “sensibilidad”.Fue otro recordatorio de que ambos partidos imperialistas colaboran con respecto a la policía. Si bien podrían discutir sobre los procedimientos policiales, ambos esperan que la policía continúe con su papel esencial.Como marxistas, sabemos que este papel es estar por encima de la sociedad civil e imponer el dominio de la clase dominante capitalista sobre todos los trabajadores.En todas las sociedades de clases, las fuerzas policiales se originaron a partir de esos elementos mercenarios que los ricos (terratenientes, esclavistas, capitalistas) contrataron para “mantener a los pobres en su lugar”.La policía de EE.UU. evolucionó de los que pagan la esclavocracia para capturar a personas fugitivas esclavizadas. Este origen ha dejado su huella racista en la aplicación de la ley capitalista.La policía protege la capacidad de los capitalistas de explotar, es decir, de robar, la riqueza producida por los trabajadores (que los capitalistas llaman ganancias) y concentrarla en manos de unos pocos. Para la clase dominante de los Estados Unidos, la policía son los mejores sirvientes.Ha surgido un debate sobre lo que significa “defund the police”. Originalmente, significaba eliminar los presupuestos policiales o “abolir la policía”.Algunos participantes en el movimiento han abogado por demandas más limitadas, tales como: evitar que el Pentágono suministre a los policías equipos militares pesados como tanques y helicópteros; recortar los presupuestos policiales en un 10 por ciento y usar los fondos para suministrar servicios sociales a la gente; establecer juntas civiles que respondan a la comunidad para reclutar, entrenar y dirigir la policía.Workers World apoya a esas fuerzas en el movimiento que plantean el eslogan “Defund a la policía!” En medio de un levantamiento sin precedentes de la comunidad afroamericana, una con un apoyo más amplio de la población general que nunca antes en la historia de los Estados Unidos, cualquier batalla por demandas específicas se fusiona con esta lucha viva y la impulsa hacia adelante.La policía y los racistas lucharán en contra de toda reforma, incluso las reformas más pequeñas. Para eliminar a la policía, se debe ganar una lucha no solo contra las fuerzas de Trump sino también contra el establecimiento del Partido Demócrata.Como marxistas que ven a la policía como un componente central del estado, un estado que impone el gobierno de los capitalistas a los trabajadores, nosotros, desde Workers World, nos solidarizamos especialmente con aquellos que extienden la demanda de “Defund a la policía!” para que signifique “¡Abolir la policía!”Solamente aboliendo la policía racista y capitalista, lo que Marx llamó “los cuerpos de hombres armados” que imponen el gobierno de clase, y reemplazándolos con organizaciones populares que responden a la clase trabajadora y a todos los sectores oprimidos de la población, pueden las victorias del movimiento masivo de la población actual hacer que esto se haga permanente.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Egyptian journalist freed conditionally after being held for years without trial

first_img“We are relieved to see this reduction in the severity of Hisham Gaafar’s ordeal,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “Nonetheless, his arrest and imprisonment were completely unjustified. The authorities must now make his release unconditional.” RSF_en Organisation At least 30 journalists are currently held in connection with their work in Egypt – either in pre-trial detention or serving prison sentences. Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News April 9, 2019 – Updated on April 10, 2019 Egyptian journalist freed conditionally after being held for years without trial to go further EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Imprisoned Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Imprisoned Arrested on 21 October 2015, Gaafar was never brought to trial. RSF referred his case to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which concluded that his detention was indeed arbitrary. Gaafar is still far from being fully free. The conditions of his release stipulate that he must spend three hours at a police station twice a week and that he is banned from travelling abroad. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that Egyptian journalist Hisham Gaafar has been released conditionally after being held for three and a half years without trial, and calls for his release to be made unconditional and for the withdrawal of all charges against him. News Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Gaafar, who was finally reunited with his family on the night of 6 April, is suffering from many ailments that are result of the terrible conditions in which he was held, including isolation, mistreatment and a lack of medical care. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Belarus authorities turn up the heat on the Internet

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts Related documents bol_shoi_brat-2.pdfPDF – 82.84 KB News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns a law due to take effect on 6 January that will reinforce the Belarusian government’s control of the Internet and impose additional restrictions on online free expression in a country regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship.“Law 317-3 represents a new stage in the government’s escalating control of the Internet, adding new weapons of repression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Among the main features of Decree 60, issued in February 2010, were the recruitment of Internet service providers and cybercafés to citizen surveillance and giving the authorities the option of ordering any site deemed to be extremist to be blocked. The new law is intended to determine the penalties for anyone who violates its provisions. ” “This reinforcement of censorship is a survival reflex on the part of a government weakened by the unrest that followed President Lukashenko’s disputed re-election in December 2010.”The new law reaffirms the duty of owners of Internet cafes and those responsible for a shared connection (for example, in an apartment building) to monitor Internet users and report them if they visit foreign or banned sites. Failure to report illegal online activity could result in fines. As envisaged by Decree 60, anyone going online in an Internet café or using a shared connection will now have to identify themselves, while a record will have to be kept of everyone’s surfing history for a year.Although non-commercial entities seem not to be directly concerned by this law, which requires the sites of Belarusian companies to be hosted or properly registered in Belarus, the authorities may still draw up a list of banned sites whose access must be blocked by service providers at 24 hours’ notice in official institutions and cultural and educational institutions.Cybercafé owners and other administrators of shared access must also make sure these sites are blocked.A list of banned sites is issued by the State Inspection on Electronic Communications on the basis of decisions by several institutions such as the Operational and Analytical Centre, an offshoot of the president’s office.Criteria for inclusion on the list include content that is pornographic or advocates violence or “extremism”, which is much more vague and regularly leads to overblocking and the closure of opposition websites.Major news websites such as Charter97, Belaruspartisan, and the blog of the humorist Yauhen Lipkovich are already on the blacklist. Meanwhile, there has been no let-up in harassment of online journalists. The opposition news website Charter 97 was targeted by an unprecedented series of DDoS attacks on 29 December. Hackers also managed to obtain administrator passwords and began to post provocative content and delete the site’s archives.According to the website’s editor, Natalia Radzina, who had to flee the country in earlier 2011 following an unprecedented crackdown, hackers also got into the email accounts of Andrey Sannikau, the site’s co-founder, and his wife, the journalist Irina Khalip. The circumstances surrounding the death of Charter 97 founder Oleg Bebenin, who was found hanged on 3 September 2010, have never been clarified. The judicial authorities quickly concluded that he took his own life.Belarus is listed as a country “under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders annual report on “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 154th out of 178 countries in the 2010 press freedom index.Читать по-русски: Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information January 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belarus authorities turn up the heat on the Internet News May 27, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

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