Betting and Gaming Council welcomes new online slot controls

first_img Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland British industry standards organisation the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the Gaming Commission’s decision to introduce new rules for online slot games, saying this will help to improve player safety. “We are also progressing a game labelling project which will improve labelling of games in order to educate players on key game characteristics.” Dugher also noted that BGC members have already introduced some of the rules set out by the Commission, including slowing down spin speeds and banning certain gaming features. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Among the new rules are permanent bans on reverse withdrawals, autoplay options and slot games with spin speeds faster than 2.5 seconds. Also prohibited will be features that speed up play or give the illusion of control over the outcome, and sounds or imagery that give the impression of a win when the return is equal to or below a stake. 2nd February 2021 | By Robert Fletcher The measures, developed in response to a consultation that began in July of last year, must be implemented by all licensees by 31 October this year. BGC chief executive Michael Dugher said the new rules match the organisation’s ethos of driving change and promoting safer gambling among licensed operators. “We welcome the announcement, which builds on the BGC’s new code of conduct from last September for the design of online games in a bid to further improve player safety,” Dugher said. Earlier today (2 February), the Commission set out a series of measures that will apply to all licensed operators active in the British market. “Among the major commitments we have already introduced are minimum game cycle speeds of 2.5 seconds, the ending of turbo play, which allows players to speed up games, and the scrapping of multi-slot play, where a player can place multiple stakes on different games at the same time,” Dugher said. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Casino regulation Online casino Regulation Tags: BGC Betting and Gaming Council Online casino Betting and Gaming Council welcomes new online slot controls Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Swaziland Property Investment Limited (SPROP.sz) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgSwaziland Property Investment Limited (SPROP.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Swaziland Property Investment Limited (SPROP.sz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swaziland Property Investment Limited (SPROP.sz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swaziland Property Investment Limited (SPROP.sz)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileSwaziland Property Investment Limited (SWAPROP) is a property investment holding company which derives its income from interest on loans with its subsidiary companies and interest on investment accounts. Wholly-owned subsidiaries linked to SWAPROP include Plaza Park Limited, The Hub Limited, Tincwadzi Properties Limited, Nhlangano Mall Properties and Elwandle Properties Limited. The subsidiary companies own their own properties and generate income from property rentals and related revenue sources. SWAPROP also has interests in legal entities which pool securities and other assets on behalf of shareholders, unitholders and beneficiaries. Swaziland Property Investment Limited is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Why I think under-loved PayPoint is fighting fit for the future

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Tej Kohli | Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 | More on: PAY Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Why I think under-loved PayPoint is fighting fit for the futurecenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Tej Kohli does not currently own PayPoint shares. The Motley Fool UK has recommended PayPoint. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! PayPoint (LSE:PAY) became an under-loved stock at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, and its share price has struggled to recover since. Since 2016 it consistently traded at prices between 800p and 1,200p before falling off a cliff in early 2020 to reach an all-time low of 389p.  Today the price is sitting at around 650p awaiting the end of UK lockdowns.PayPoint is best known as the company behind the in-store payment services found in thousands of UK locations including convenience stores, supermarkets and petrol stations.  As the majority of these locations have been closed for months, the company’s short-term prospects have looked rather bleak throughout 2020.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But I believe PayPoint is an exciting company that was in a very good position before Covid-19, and its long-term prospects remain excellent.  PayPoint is also amongst a unique cohort of companies that has had the same CEO in place for over two decades – which is always a good sign of underlying stability.If we remove coronavirus from the analysis, ‘underlying stability’ is what defines PayPoint.  With an astonishing operating margin of 47.2%, in 2020 the company delivered £56.8m of profit before tax from a revenue of £213.3m, with net debt of just £12m.  Yet this was not exceptional – similar results were consistently delivered in 2018 and 2019, too.A common misconception is that PayPoint is merely a provider and operator of ATMs.  This would represent a risk in a post-coronavirus cashless society.  But its network of 3,620 ATMs is just one of multiple highly diversified revenue streams.  PayPoint also delivers an omnichannel digital payments offering, which includes providing contactless and chip and pin to 9,435 retailers.  The company also operates a highly regarded parcel ‘pick up and drop off’ network across more than 8,000 sites, which processed 24.5m parcels in 2020.PayPoint’s position working with over 46,000 retailers across the UK (and Romania) is therefore highly entrenched.  Its network has more branches than all UK banks, supermarkets and Post Offices put together.  98.3% of the urban population live within one mile of a PayPoint retail partner.  And the company is empowering its partners to engage with a portfolio of its services far beyond payments.  This entrenched position creates a near-impenetrable barrier against any real threat of competition from the emerging cohort of tech-led companies that are focused exclusively on point-of-sale payment processing.Of course, PayPoint’s short-term prospects are inevitably highly correlated with the progress of the UK Government in combating Coronavirus and ending lockdowns.  But the company is in excellent shape and management should be commended for having paid down debt and focused on the underlying fundamentals of the business.  Given the ongoing success of the vaccine roll out in the UK, and the prospect of reaching the end of a series of lockdowns, I don’t believe there is any reason that PayPoint shares cannot breach their pre-coronavirus level of 1,000p in 2021.PayPoint shares might not arouse much excitement amongst those most used to encountering its branded ATMs inside their local store or newsagent.  But with a price-to-earnings ratio of just over x10 and the changing coronavirus outlook in the UK, I’m considering buying it now, and expect a 65% appreciation in 2021 followed by a consistent future dividend yield of at least 5%. 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Résidence Nguyen / Atelier Moderno

first_img Year:  Résidence Nguyen / Atelier ModernoSave this projectSaveRésidence Nguyen / Atelier ModernoSave this picture!© Stéphane GroleauHouses•Montreal city, Canada Canada ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/359163/residence-nguyen-atelier-moderno Clipboard 2013 Year:  Architects: Atelier Moderno Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects 2013 “COPY”center_img Photographs Houses Résidence Nguyen / Atelier Moderno Copy Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauText description provided by the architects. Under the guidance of director and president Jean-Guy Chabauty (APDIQ, ADIQ), Atelier Moderno is a full-service design firm, delivering a finished product that incarnates a synthesis of architecture, interior design, and industrial design. The mandate of this project was simple and honest – to create a residence for a young couple who were ready to grow their family. The response led to the development of a reticent and spacious environment, refined at every scale of planning, architecture, and detail. A topography of volumes and materials affirms itself throughout, changing its presence and effect as one circulates within the home. Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyThe house pivots around a custom designed stair – the lone metallic object in an otherwise ethereal and pure universe. The rail is composed of repeated steel elements with alternating dimensions, creating a vibrating effect as one ascends or descends. Upon entry the visitor is promptly orientated by this sculptural feature. While slyly revealing the kitchen between its steps, one is lured inherently into the living room through a chromatic decompression.Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauThe main living space is closed on one end by the suddenly opaque surface of the stair segment. The room is divided longitudinally by a suspended volume that is pierced from below by a hearth that emerges from the floor. The dining room is tucked into the resulting intimate space on the reverse side of the block. From this perspective the stair landing appears weightless, and interacts with the graphic presence of the hearth. Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauThe kitchen is detached from this main living area, yet the walnut mass of the island establishes a visual connection with the base of the hearth in the living room, also clad in walnut. Furthermore, the transparency of the stair along this axis permits visual contact with the rest of the main level. Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauThe basement becomes a natural extension of the main floor due to the large central opening that houses the stair. On the upper level, a master bathroom extends from the bedroom of the couple. The long plan of the bathroom is segmented by usage, exuding a clinical-clean and soft-healing sentiment respectively.Save this picture!© Stéphane GroleauAn arrangement of furniture, designed primarily by Atelier Moderno, completes the living environment.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessRe-Think Athens Competition Entry / Nikiforidis-Cuomo ArchitectsUnbuilt ProjectAA Visiting School Ivrea: ‘Factory Futures II Architecture Without Humans’Architecture News Share photographs:  Stéphane GroleauPhotographs:  Stéphane Groleau+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/359163/residence-nguyen-atelier-moderno Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAtelier ModernoOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMontreal cityInteriorsResidentialCanadaPublished on April 14, 2013Cite: “Résidence Nguyen / Atelier Moderno” 14 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Government’s attitude to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities is €˜draconian’, says report

first_img  45 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 A new report published by an NCVO-led advisory group has criticised the Government’s approach to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities, claiming it is ineffective, counter-productive and ‘draconian’.The report says there is no doubt that there is a legitimate terrorist threat, but thinks the Government’s approach is not in touch with the ‘real work’ of charities, which could help turn people away from terrorism. The advisory group, set up by NCVO and chaired by Lord Plant of Highfield was specifically tasked with looking at the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism regulation and legislation on charities and voluntary organisations in the UK. The report is being published in the hopes of influencing a review conducted by the Home Office and HM Treasury into the same issues which is due to report in early February. Advertisement 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. It focuses on three areas: the impact of the Government’s approach to terrorism and charities; the existing regulation of charities; and legal opinion on the implications of the UK’s anti-terrorist finance regime on charities and other non-profit organisations.The report says the Government’s approach is ‘draconian’ and could restrict charities’ ability to operate without dealing with the problem. It says that government’s response shows no understanding of charities’ experiences and is not based on evidence of activity within charities. It accuses the Government of producing the report unilaterally, without proper consultation with charities.It warns that this ‘heavy-handed approach’ could drive voluntary organisations underground and says the Government should be working to engage charities rather than alienate them. It suggests that Government should pay more heed to the role of charities in turning people away from ‘destructive paths’ such as terrorism and that it should promote charity-led counter-terrorism initiatives.NCFO chief executive Stuart Etherington said: Government needs to work in partnership with us in order to determine what evidence exists of the terrorist abuse of charities, and to recognise the positive power that we have as a sector to reach out to people and turn them away from destructive paths.The report, ‘Security and Civil Society – the impact of counter-terrorism measures on civil society organisations’, can be viewed at NCVO’s website. Howard Lake | 25 January 2007 | News Government’s attitude to the threat of terrorist abuse of charities is €˜draconian’, says reportlast_img read more

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Massive protest held against Chicago public school closings

first_imgChicago teachers & community mobilize March 27. WW photo: Patricia LinarezThousands of teachers, parents and community members rallied on March 27 in the Chicago downtown area to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to close 54 public schools — in the predominately African-American and Latino/a communities —  to erase a $1 billion deficit. The rally began in Chicago’s Daley Plaza and was followed by a march to City Hall that ended at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.Teachers formed a human chain outside Chicago’s City Hall. Several dozen demonstrators, most of whom were CPS teachers, peacefully linked their arms together to show the unity within the Chicago Teachers Union, blocking the streets.  After a few minutes of staying in place, the Chicago Police Department removed the demonstrators, arresting some of them.Teachers block traffic followed by arrests.WW photo: Patricia LinarezA protester stated, “We won’t let Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Bennett close our schools.”  Chants included “Schools, not jails!”  Some of the youth angrily complained that their schools serve as vital after-school recreation centers.Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, told rally participants: “For months we have heard Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Bennett claim to have a plan to help our children. I said, ‘What plan!’ They claim to care about our children, but all they care about is the bottom line. We demand that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stand next to Chicago students, not against them.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Anniversary evokes solidarity actions for Bangladesh workers

first_imgSan Francisco, April 24.Photo: Irma BajarOn the second anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a Day of Global Actions on April 24 demanded justice and compensation for the victims and their families. Two years earlier, in the worst garment industry disaster in history, 1,138 mostly women workers died and 2,500 were injured.The horrific cave-in, with its massive loss of life and devastating injuries, showed the world the brutal working conditions and starvation wages experienced by Bangladeshi garment workers. It exposed the ruthlessness of Western clothing brands that seek to maximize profits, while neglecting the safety and health of the workforce that toils in the factories. It revealed the brutal reality of capitalist globalization.Protests in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere demanded that all giant retailers doing business in Bangladesh sign the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord and pay the full amounts owed to the $30 million compensation fund for injured workers and deceased workers’ relatives. Activists called for changes in the global garment industry and the honoring of workers’ rights, including collective bargaining. The National Trade Union Federation of Pakistan came out in solidarity with their Bangladeshi sisters and brothers.New York, April 24.Photo: Eric DirnbachAt Rana Plaza’s site, some 2,000 survivors, victims’ relatives, labor unionists and other allies gathered for a commemoration. A lead banner asserted “Compensation and workplace are our rights now,” and a march reinforced these demands. Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity, a leading pro-worker force inside the country, told Walmart and other global brands to pay in full.At this event, Nilufar Begum, a disabled worker, told Euronews he had not received compensation. He said, “I can’t support my family, my children can’t go to school.” (April 24) Benar News noted the same day that 159 missing workers’ families have gotten nothing. Several claimants report not getting payments or only woefully inadequate sums.There is no hospital providing long-term care for the injured. Rafiqul Islam Shujon, president of the Bangladesh Garments and Industries Labor Federation, said many of the injured have difficulty coping. He told Benar News in the same article that the claim by the government and garment bosses that adequate aid is being provided is “a travesty of truth.”‘A global workers’ victory’A months-long campaign successfully pressured The Children’s Place to contribute more money than the paltry $450,000 they had initially paid. Only hours before a protest was set to take place on April 24 outside the retailer’s store in New York’s Union Square, word came that the company had relented and wired another $2 million to the compensation fund.Mazeda Uddin of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor spoke at the New York action, relocated to a nearby Zara store. Referring to The Children’s Place’s payment, she said: “Our Bangladeshi garment workers’ victory is not an individual victory. It is a global workers’ victory.” She said that the 5,000 claimants “will be helped by this Trust,” and she hopes “other brands and retailers will follow in the same steps to fulfill the goal of having $30 million in the fund.”Other speakers at the Zara rally — including Dolly Martinez of the Retail Action Project; Sharlene Santos, former Zara worker; Sara Flounders, co-coordinator of the International Action Center; and Joe Lombardo of the United National Antiwar Coalition — called for solidarity with Bangladesh’s workers. Nearly 40 organizations endorsed this action.The corporations still owe $6 million to the compensation fund. International pressure is aimed at companies that have paid nothing, such as J.C. Penny, and those coming up short. This includes Inditex, the world’s largest garment retailer and owner of the Spain-based Zara clothing chain, which has pitched in only $1 million. Inditex’s founder, Armancio Ortega Gaona, is the world’s fourth wealthiest person!Demand justice!After the militant protests in Dhaka and other cities in Bangladesh following the disaster, Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and 11 factory owners and engineers were jailed. All but Rana and one factory owner have been released on bail. There is no movement within the legal system to mete out justice to them for their crimes against the dead and injured workers. As usual, the Western clothing brands’ owners and CEO’s are let off without any punishment whatsoever.The working conditions are still horrific in many plants: Harassment and sexual assaults are common; sanitation facilities and water are dirty; paychecks are held back; and overtime is denied. The “official” minimum wage hike is still a starvation wage. Moreover, while some union organizing is occurring, hostile garment bosses and the government stymie other drives.Some 40 percent of the plants are failing to implement the fire-safety measures in the agreement. Since the Rana Plaza disaster, 31 workers have died and 900 others have been hurt in factory fires.What can workers, students and other activists do from afar to show solidarity? The most important tasks for allies of the Bangladeshi working class are to demonstrate, keep up the pressure on Western companies and oppose capitalist globalization altogether.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter Home Energy NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole NCGA to EPA: Make RFS Whole Previous articleDay 2 of Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Goes Through Western IndianaNext articleIndiana State Fair Announces 2018 FAIRs Care Food Drive Winners Hoosier Ag Today The National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed rule for the 2019 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program last week. The rule proposes an implied 15-billion-gallon volume for conventional ethanol but fails to account for, nor consider comments on, retroactive exemptions granted to refineries.“To uphold the full clean air, cost-savings, energy independence, and rural economic benefits consumers and farmers receive from the RFS, EPA must also use the 2019 volume rule to make and keep the RFS whole,” NCGA President and North Dakota Farmer Kevin Skunes said.In the proposed rule, EPA disclosed the agency granted retroactive exemptions to 48 refineries for 2016 and 2017 RFS obligations, amounting to 2.25 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons. Through this proposed rule, EPA has the tools to ensure retroactive exemptions do not further reduce volumes. However, EPA stated the agency is not soliciting comments on how to account for exemptions going forward to prevent exemptions from lowering RFS volumes.“While EPA may not want feedback on how the agency is failing to maintain the integrity of the RFS and administer the volume standards in accordance with the law, corn farmers will provide that feedback nonetheless and make our voices heard,” NCGA’s comments state. “The process for accounting for these volumes is central to the integrity of the RFS, and it is offensive to farmers that EPA does not believe our comments on this issue are worth soliciting and considering.”NCGA’s comments also stressed the importance of a strong RFS for farmers facing their fifth consecutive year of depressed income and commodity prices. The financial stress on agriculture impacts rural businesses and communities across the country.“Maintaining an implied volume for conventional renewable fuel at 15 billion gallons, consistent with the statutory target for 2019 and the proposed rule, provides a firm base of support for ethanol production and corn prices. A strong RFS is a market-based solution for sustaining the agriculture economy,” the comments state.NCGA Submitted Comments to EPASource: National Corn Growers Association SHARElast_img read more

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President Kabbah signals he is finally ready to amend draconian defamation law

first_img Receive email alerts March 29, 2020 Find out more to go further News RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Follow the news on Sierra Leone Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sierra LeoneAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Sierra LeoneAfrica center_img Organisation Reports April 6, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Kabbah signals he is finally ready to amend draconian defamation law The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Reporters Without Borders voiced interest today at statements by Sierra Leonean officials that President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is at last ready to amend a criminal defamation law included in the Public Order Act, which dates back to colonial times. The law’s victims include For Di People editor Paul Kamara, who was unjustly sentenced to four years in prison in October 2004.“There is an urgent need for improvement in Sierra Leone,” the organisation said. “We would clearly be pleased if the country were finally to conform to democratic standards of press freedom by overhauling its retrograde legislation. To show goodwill and facilitate a calm start to talks, the authorities should begin by freeing Kamara from Pademba Road prison, where he has just completed the first year of his sentence.”Bernadette Cole, the head of the Independent Media Commission (which oversees the country’s news media), announced on 7 October that she had received a letter from President Kabbah in which he called for the criminal defamation law to be amended. Her announcement came a day after a seminar on the role of the media which the United Nations Development Programme organised for government officials and privately-owned publications in the western city of Aberdeen.“My dear colleagues, whatever our differences or positions on the Public Order Act, we must seize this opportunity to have the draconian defamation laws repealed,” Cole said at a news conference.At a meeting with journalists, presidential spokesman Alhaji Kemoh Kanji attributed the initiative to “President Kabbah’s new way of thinking about freedom of expression and the free press.” Justice minister and attorney-general Frederick Carew, previously one of the law’s leading advocates, said: “My office is open. Like the president, I am ready to cooperate with journalists to promote press freedom.”Director of public prosecution Oladipoh Robin Mason said he was ready to proceed with the amendment as soon as he got the “green light.” He stressed however that the amendments would only affect defamation and not the rest of the Public Order Act.Under this controversial 1965 law, which has repeatedly been condemned by national and international press freedom groups, the publication, distribution or possession of content likely to provoke “public disaffection” with the president or other officials is punishable by up to seven years in prison for the offenders and the closure of their news media. The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists has said it will not withdraw its petition to the Supreme court to have the act declared unconstitutional.Kamara was given two 24-month jail terms on 5 October 2004 as a result of an action brought by President Kabbah over an article published in For Di People on 3 October 2003 headlined, “Speaker of Parliament challenge! Kabbah is a true convict!” The article said a commission of enquiry found Kabbah guilty of fraud in 1968 when he was permanent secretary of Trade, and argued that it was unconstitutional of the parliamentary spokesman to claim that Kabbah now had immunity as president. Requests by Kamara’s lawyers for his release on bail were turned down.For Di People acting editor Harry Yansaneh died of internal injuries on 28 July 2005, two months after being badly beaten by thugs allegedly acting on the orders of ruling party parliamentarian Fatmata Hassan Komeh. Although found guilty of homicide, Yansaneh’s assailants were freed on bail. Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

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Case finally dropped against Al-Hayat correspondent

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further Receive email alerts News April 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Case finally dropped against Al-Hayat correspondent News February 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders noted the decision of the state security court to finally drop a case of ìdisseminating false newsî against Ibrahim Hamidi, 34, bureau chief in Damascus of the daily Al-Hayat.He faced a possible sentence of between one and three years in prison and had earlier spent five months in custody.The court ruled on 10 April 2005 that it did not have sufficient evidence to proceed with the case. Two other charges against him had recently been dropped for the same reasons.He was first arrested on 23 December 2002 accused of disclosing logistical preparations for receiving Iraqi refugees in the event of a war in Iraq.————————–26 May 2003 – Ibrahim Hamidi freed on bailIbrahim Hamidi, Damascus bureau chief of the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, was released on bail yesterday after five months in prison. His lawyer, Moustpaha Amin, said Hamidi was asked to pay bail of 1,000 Syrians pounds (about 20 euros). Aged 34 and a Syrian national, Hamidi still faces charges of “putting out inaccurate news,” which is punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of between 500,000 and 1 million Syrian pounds (10,000 to 20,000 euros). He was arrested on 23 December for reporting that the Syrian authorities were preparing to receive a million Iraqi refugees in the event of a war against Iraq. ————————-23 May 2003 – Euromed meeting : EU asked to press for release of Ibrahim HamidiReporters Without Borders today urged the EU foreign ministers to raise the lack of press freedom in Syria with their Syrian counterpart, probably foreign minister Farouk al-Chareh, during the meeting of Euro-Mediterranean foreign ministers in Crete on 26-27 May. The organisation is above all calling for the immediate release of Ibrahim Hamidi, Damascus bureau chief of the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, who has been detained for more than five months. Aged 33 and a Syrian national, Hamidi was arrested on 23 December 2002 and is currently being held in Adra prison in Damascus. The government news agency SANA said on 27 December that he would be tried for “putting out inaccurate news,” which is punishable by between one and three years in prison. At the end of February, his lawyer, Moustapha Amin, called for the prosecution to be dropped in the absence of significant charges against him. Hamidi reported in a 20 December article on preparations by the Syrian authorities and the United Nations in the northeastern part of the country to receive a million Iraqi refugees if there was a war against Iraq. The newspaper printed a statement on 24 December by a spokesman for the prime minister denying that Syria or the Red Crescent were setting up hospitals and camps along the border with Iraq. Syria has confirmed that it will attend the 26-27 May meeting in Heraklion, Crete, which will bring together the EU’s foreign ministers with their counterparts from the eastern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. Organisation center_img Follow the news on Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

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