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Singapore enjoys GDP boost

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Premium Bonds or stock market investing? What I think you should do this October

first_imgPremium Bonds or stock market investing? What I think you should do this October James J. McCombie owns shares of Diageo and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Unilever. 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. October’s £1m Premium Bond winners have been announced. If you are one of them, then congratulations to you. However, the odds of a bond winning anything are 24,500 to 1, and winners should expect £25, not £1m, in the monthly draw. So, let’s not let the headlines distract us: the vast majority of bondholders are still waiting for a windfall.With that in mind, it’s worth asking what a Premium Bond buyer can expect from their investment. Once we know that we can take a look and see if there are other investments that could build more wealth.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…Premium Bond investingLet’s explore what will happen with a £100 monthly investment in Premium Bonds (which cost £1 each) over 25 years. With no prizes, £30,000 would be saved over a quarter of a decade. But, we should consider the possibility of winning something. Prize draw details are available on the issuer’s (National Savings and Investments) website. I used the probabilities of winning various prizes to work out how much wealth investing £100 each month for 25 years in Premium Bonds might generate. On average the wealth level was £36,040. Premium Bond investors can expect to end up with  £40,950 or less 99% of the time.Crunching the numbers reveals that 99% of the time, investors can expect a 2.4% annual return or worse on their Premium Bond investment, as described. There are investment options out there that can yield more than this. Before we get to them though it’s worth pointing out a few selling points of Premium Bond investing. The UK Treasury backs any savings and prize money, so an investor will never get back less than they put in. Additionally, Premium Bond prizes are entirely tax-free.Stock market investingInvesting in the stock market has historically delivered better returns compared with investing in Premium Bonds. The FTSE 100 has delivered an average total return (including dividend reinvestment) of about 6.4% over the last 25 years. Investing £100 per month in a low-cost FTSE 100 index tracker could grow to £72,160 over 25 years.Picking the right individual stocks to invest in could make an investor even richer. For example, Unilever, Diageo, and Reckitt Benckiser shareholders have enjoyed average returns of around 12.2%, 11.4%, and 10.1% over the last 10 years. And those are relatively safe, dividend-paying stocks. There are other – albeit riskier – growth stocks that could return even more.Playing it safeStock market investing can be done on a tax-free basis, just like Premium Bond investing, inside a Stocks and Shares ISA. Investing in the stock market can, unlike Premium Bonds, return less than was put in. The best defence against this is to maintain a diverse portfolio. This can be done by investing in a fund that tracks an index or investing in multiple stocks. Being able to stick with a stock market investment for years – to allow market crashes time to correct themselves – is also advisable.I am not going to tell anyone to stop investing in Premium Bonds. However, as long as an investor knows and understands the risks, and invests sensibly, they are more likely to build greater wealth by investing in the stock market. Image source: Getty Images. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away.center_img Enter Your Email Address See all posts by James J. McCombie 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. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. James J. McCombie | Friday, 2nd October, 2020 last_img read more

How I’d invest £500 with 4 lessons from billionaire Warren Buffett

first_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Cliff D’Arcy | Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Image source: The Motley Fool Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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.center_img See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Anyone new to investing and looking for sound advice could look to Warren Buffett. The 90-year-old American billionaire and so-called Oracle of Omaha is widely regarded as the world’s greatest investor. Despite his advancing years, Buffett still runs US conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, a $664bn giant. Furthermore, despite a net worth of $110bn, Buffett has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth to good causes during his lifetime. For advice on investing, philanthropy and life, I can’t get much better than ‘Uncle Warren’ — even if I had only £500 to spare.Two vital life lessons from Buffett1) “Rule #1 is never lose money. Rule #2 is never forget Rule #1.”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…Warren Buffett’s golden rule is simple, but incredibly powerful. In order to build wealth, he tries to avoid making losses. Of course, it’s almost impossible to avoid the occasional losing investment. Even Buffett has lost billions backing the wrong businesses. But it can be done. For example, since starting investing in 1989, my wife has never made a loss — not one penny. By being ‘boring’ (buying shares in good businesses and low-cost funds and holding them for decades), Mrs D let ‘time in the market’ do the hard work. Also, the more any of us research and understand potential investments, the more likely we’ll eventually buy what’s right for us.2) “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.”Warren Buffett is fiendishly intelligent, but firmly insists that a high IQ isn’t necessary to be a good investor. Other personal qualities are far more important, such as self-discipline, self-control, determination and persistence. The really smart investors are those who, when greed and fear rule the markets, keep investing while there’s blood in the streets. Anyone easily swayed by emotions — and the animal spirits of others — could find investing a much harder task.Two warnings from Warren Buffett3) “With high fees, it will usually be the managers who reap outsized profits, not the clients.”Over 30 years ago, as a young man starting my career, I opened a small personal pension. Today, that pension’s performance has been utterly massacred by excessively high fund and admin charges. Indeed, perhaps half of my total returns have gone to the pension provider, rather than to me. Therefore, before investing in any investment product or account, I carefully check all initial, one-off and ongoing charges and fees. Why work and save so hard just to make investment managers mega-rich?4) “The one thing I will tell you is the worst investment you can have is cash.”Occasionally, and notably during market meltdowns, cash can be king. But Warren Buffett has said: “Cash is going to become worth less over time. But good [investments] are going to become worth more over time.” With Berkshire Hathaway’s cash pile exceeding $145bn, I’m sure the Sage of Omaha would love to put it to work in a great business or investment. I keep a cash nest egg to cope with life’s inevitable ups and downs. However, beyond this, it makes sense to me to risk a proportion of my wealth in stocks and shares. Doing this over a lifetime can yield results that are truly staggering, although stocks do always carry risk of losses as well, of course.  Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. How I’d invest £500 with 4 lessons from billionaire Warren Buffett 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. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radarlast_img read more

Rene Ranger huge hit on Christian Lealiifano

first_imgMonday Mar 22, 2010 Rene Ranger huge hit on Christian Lealiifano The Blues beat the Brumbies 39-34 in Round 6 of the Super 14 on Friday, with makeshift centre Rene Ranger standing out as one of the best players on the park on the night. Injury troubles throughout the first six weeks of the competition have meant that the Blues have been without the options of Anthony Tuitavake, Isaia Toeava, George Pisi, and Luke McAlister. This forced coach Pat Lam to take a chance on the powerful 23 year old, whos normally a winger and showed a lot of promise with his pace and physicality last season. The gamble paid off as Ranger was involved in most of the Blues attacks and made his presence felt on defence. “Rene was there initially because he was our last option to use,” Lam admitted. “He certainly has the skill-set. All he is lacking is the experience. But he has that thing I like in rugby players – no fear. He likes to have a go.” Hes now proving to be a real success in the heart of the action, and showed his power as he smashed Brumbies centre Christian Lealiifano into sometime next week. To his credit though, Lealiifano jumped straight back up and showed no ill effects from the impact. Ranger is in the headlines today though for a different reason, and that is that his name has been revealed as the player who was involved in the assault case from last October. He allegedly assaulted a man, leaving him unconscious, outside the Mangawhai Tavern in Auckland in August. Initially he was granted interim name suppression, but the judge later lifted the suppression order. Rangers lawyer appealed, only to be rejected and have the order lifted, and his name made public, earlier today. Ranger is expected to go on trial later this year or early next year. “Im disappointed that I was involved in something and that it has got to this stage. Its not good for me or my family and its not good on the team,” said Ranger. “Its now in the courts hands. I have just got to get on with my job and do what is best for this team,” he added. Head coach Lam said that the Blues will not take any further action against Ranger.Time: 0:50 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Bedford Park House / Mehdi Marzyari Architects

first_img Houses Services Engineer: “COPY” Tahami Engineering BONA Engineering Ltd. Canada Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi Marzyari+ 22Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Bedford Park House / Mehdi Marzyari ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBedford Park House / Mehdi Marzyari Architects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/897723/bedford-park-house-mehdi-marzyari-architects Clipboard Architects: Mehdi Marzyari Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  240 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Castaldi, Duravit, Eurofase, Grohe, Ideal Roofing, Ikea, Montigo, Stone Tile, Subzero/Wolf, A Z Stair & More, AM Studio Lighting, Arya Sun, Asko, Beaver Valley Stone, Casa Di Luce, CopperLeaf Windows, D-Far Woodworking, Eurolite, Ma&De, +5Mason’s Masonry Supply, Samsung, TCE Trading, The Glass Connection, VALVO-5 Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/897723/bedford-park-house-mehdi-marzyari-architects Clipboard Architect In Charge:Mehdi MarzyariClient:WithheldCity:TorontoCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. An infill single-family dwelling, the project is a new addition to the Bedford Park-Nortown neighborhood in uptown Toronto. The design objective is to create a new house with maximized liveable space and natural light within the tight and narrow site for an emerging developer. Responding to the Victorian style fabric, the building is designed contextual sensitive yet distinct and bold. The conclusion is a contemporary architectural statement sitting peacefully beside the conventional counterparts.Save this picture!Massing DiagramSave this picture!Floor PlansMimicking neighbors’ sloped roof gesture, front and rear mass alignments with adjacent neighbors as well as exterior cladding selection are key strategies for the exterior design. Thanks to the laneway, rear detached garage replaces front integrated garage offering enhanced streetscape at the front as well as the opportunity for a vegetated roof and additional green space at the back. Front yard landscape engages the building in the context and promotes the neighborhood public realm.Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariThe building contains three stories and a basement. Redefining open concept, central powder room and servery separate more formal south wing from the everyday north wing on the first floor while fluid and spatial flowing interior is maintained. Large-scaled glazed walls provide connectivity to the site while level deck aligns inside with outside at the back.Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariArticulated light-filled stairway along with double height celebration connects common spaces on a lower level to bedrooms on upper levels through natural light. The third floor is setback creating small balcony at the front as well as a larger terrace with a vegetated roof at the back. Oversized pocket doors provide formal separation in addition to flexibility in the use of third-floor space. Light shafts bring more natural light to lower levels via roof skylights.Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariThe project involves sustainability principals to reduce environmental impact and achieve well- being of its users: Green roof and substantial front and rear soft landscaping along with permeable hardscape reduce stormwater volume and heat island effect. Major north and south face glazing maximize natural daylighting as well as passive solar gain. To promote the comfort of residents, each room features exterior view without compromising privacy.Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariThe open concept and location of operable windows provide natural cross ventilation in most of the spaces during summertime. High efficient furnace and heat pump with heat recovery ventilation in addition to in-floor heating system for the basement is considered to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Replacing conventional insulation, polyurethanes foam-in-place and high efficient glazing accommodate a better-insulated interior and reduce the mechanical load.Save this picture!© Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi MarzyariProject gallerySee allShow lessCascading Courts / HYLA ArchitectsSelected ProjectsShigeru Ban Creates Temporary Shelter System for Japanese Flooding VictimsArchitecture News Share Bedford Park House / Mehdi Marzyari Architects ArchDaily Photographs:  Sam Javanrouh, Mehdi Marzyari Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Structural Engineer: CopyHouses•Toronto, Canada 2017 Photographs CopyAbout this officeMehdi Marzyari ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTorontoCanadaPublished on July 16, 2018Cite: “Bedford Park House / Mehdi Marzyari Architects” 16 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Urban Agriculture Certificate Now Offered Online

first_img SHARE Previous articleMFP 3.0 Chances are Slim, ASF in China Still Concerning, and COVID-19’s Stranglehold on the Markets on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleIndiana Pork and Indiana Soybean Partner with Fair Oaks Purdue University News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Urban Agriculture Certificate Now Offered Online By Purdue University News Service – Mar 2, 2020 Urban Agriculture Certificate Now Offered Online Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Purdue College of Urban Agriculture | Photo: Purdue College Agriculture websiteThe College of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture team is launching the online Urban Agriculture Certificate in partnership with Purdue Online, to be offered 100% online.  Registration is open, and the “Growing Guide for Healthy Crops” course begins March 16.Urban agriculture focuses on raising food in urban or suburban areas. These efforts are often launched to help meet the nutritional needs of a community and practiced through such creative means as finding ways to optimize limited space. Cities and towns that support urban agriculture may see increased food security, youth development, small business development, reduced blight in neighborhoods and increased quality of life.“Urban farmers throughout Indiana are interested in enhancing their farming operations. Purdue Extension’s fully online certificate program provides students the flexibility to earn their certificate from anywhere, anytime,” said Nathan Shoaf, urban agriculture state coordinator for Purdue Extension.The certificate program will serve Hoosier cities and communities around the country. Purdue Extension educators crafted a curriculum that affords participants a heightened understanding of the challenges urban agriculturalists face, from issues of soil contamination to land access and workforce cultivation.Students are able to take courses in any order, start at any time and have 60 days to complete each course. The full certificate can be earned within a year. Courses include road map for strong roots, agricultural site design and soil health, site assessment for fertile ground, and growing guide for healthy crops.Students can register for individual courses or the full certificate at https://www.eventreg.purdue.edu/online/urbanagcert. More information about the program can be found at: https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/urbanag/programs/urban-ag-certificate/.last_img read more

Long jail terms for three bloggers

first_img to go further March 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance May 12, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Long jail terms for three bloggers Help by sharing this information center_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS April 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News News Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the long jail terms that three Saudi cyber-activists received this week.Blogger and human rights activist Raef Badawi’s sentence for “insulting Islam” was increased by a Jeddah criminal court on appeal on 7 May to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million riyals (200,000 euros).“The severity of the sentence is shocking,” said Reporters Without Borders research director Lucie Morillon. “We urge the authorities to release Badawi and to quash his conviction, which is emblematic of the way freedom of expression and information are suppressed in Saudi Arabia.“The authorities must stop putting pressure on all those who dare to voice opinions that are at variance with those permitted and must stop systematically using religious grounds to gag all political opposition.”One of the founders of the Liberal Saudi Network, an online discussion forum that aimed to encourage political and social debate in Saudi Arabia, Badawi has been held in Jeddah’s Briman prison ever since his arrest in June 2012. The forum has been closed.Badawi was accused of contravening article 6 of a cyber-crime law that says “participating in the production, preparation, circulation or storage of content that undermines public order, religious values, public decency or privacy, by means of information networks or computers (…) is punishable by a prison sentence, fine or other penalty.”In July 2013, a lower court sentenced him to seven years in prison and 600 lashes on charges of violating Islamic values and spreading liberal ideas. The prosecutor had requested a harsher sentence for “apostasy,” a charge that carries a possible death sentence. Liberal Saudi Network president Swad Shammari told Agence France-Presse that Badawi was accused of “criticizing the religious police” and “certain activities and fatwas by ulemas,” especially clerics who are members of the Committee for the Rule of Virtue and Repression of Vice, a government body that oversees the religious police. She added that it was clerics, not the government, who brought the complaint against Badawi.Describing his sentence as a blow to freedom of expression and online freedom of information, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said it was yet another example of how the Saudi regime uses charges involving Islam in order to eliminate its political opponents.Waleed Abu Al-Khair, a human rights lawyer who had defended Badawi, was himself arrested on 15 April. He is being held at Riyadh’s Al-Ha’ir prison pending trial on 28 May.Two bloggers based in the eastern governorate of Al-Qatif received jail sentences under articles 6 and 13 of the cyber-crime law on 6 May in connection with the websites they created.Sheikh Jalal Mohamed Al-Jamal, who was arrested on 25 February 2012 and released on 5 May 2013, was sentenced on appeal to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals (10,000 euros). The authorities claimed that his website, Awamia.net, “attacked the Saudi state.”Ali Jaseb Al-Touhifah, who has been held since 1 August 2012, was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals. Follow the news on Saudi Arabialast_img read more

Uzbekistan

first_imgLINKS:- The Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty- The news site Eurasianet- The censored site of Birlik, the opposition Popular Movement of Uzbekistan June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Uzbekistan Help by sharing this information News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption May 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Uzbekistan Organisation News The number of Internet users doubled between 2001 and the end of 2002, but the high cost of connection excludes most people from the Internet and the few who can afford it suspect the government spies on their messages. Several cybercafés have sprung up in the capital, Tashkent, but the US organisation Internews says customers have to promise in writing not to send “political or religious” e-mails. So self-censorship is routine in a country where no independent media are allowed.There are several ISPs, two of them privately-owned. The authorities ended the monopoly of the state-owned ISP, Uzpak, in October 2002.OpenNet Initiative (ONI), which catalogues censored sites, says the authorities systematically block access to opposition sites such as the Birlik party and the banned Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir. News sites that carry critical articles about President Islam Karimov are sometimes censored.In February 2003, a freedom of information law, which restricts news put out by all media, including the Internet, came into force. Its article 4 says freedom to inform the public can be restricted to “protect the moral values of society, national security and the country’s spiritual, cultural and scientific potential.” This vague definition leaves plenty of room for interpretation and thus censorship. The same is true of other articles, which give pretexts such as “preserving cultural and historical values,” “preventing psychological influence over and manipulation of public awareness” and preserving “social stability.” New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News Receive email alerts October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Al-Sahwa.net correspondent abducted at a checkpoint

first_img RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img Al-Sahwa.net correspondent Yahia Al-Thanaya was abducted at a checkpoint near the Al-Dailami air-base, a few kilometres outside Sanaa, just a few days after reporting that the government was illegally holding activists at a secret detention centre within the base. June 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Sahwa.net correspondent abducted at a checkpointlast_img

#HoldTheLine coalition sounds alarm over escalating legal harassment of Maria Ressa

first_img #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for new cyber libel charge to be dropped and pressure ceased against Maria Ressa RSF_en News News February 2, 2021 – Updated on April 20, 2021 #HoldTheLine coalition sounds alarm over escalating legal harassment of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific WomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment This week alone, Maria Ressa is required to appear in court in the Philippines on three separate dates. On 3 February, she will appear in connection with four tax charges. On 4 February, she must return, alongside Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong, for an arraignment hearing in the newest of the three cyber-libel cases open against her. On 5 February, she must appear remotely for a pre-trial hearing in a separate cyber-libel case.“The #HoldTheLine Coalition condemns the growing legal harassment of Maria Ressa, which is clearly intended to silence public interest reporting and commentary aimed at holding the Philippine government to account. This cluster of hearings highlights the absurdity of the cases against her, which constitute legal abuse of a courageous independent journalist and the news outlet she founded. We stand with Maria Ressa and Rappler, and call for the charges against them to be dropped and this unrelenting pressure brought to an end once and for all”, said the steering committee.These are only the latest examples of escalating legal pressure on Ressa, who has been subjected to 10 arrest warrants over the past two years. She faces a possible six-year prison sentence if her cyber-libel conviction from July 2020 is not overturned, and two further cyber-libel charges have since been brought against her. Ressa could be looking at a lifetime in prison if convicted on all charges against her.The #HoldTheLine coalition of more than 80 groups led by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), stands with Ressa to #HoldTheLine and defend independent journalism in the Philippines. Sign and share the #HoldTheLine petition calling on the Philippine government to drop all charges against Ressa and Rappler.Note: This statement is issued by the #HoldTheLine steering committee but it does not necessarily reflect the position of all or any individual Coalition members or organisations. For further details, contact Courtney Radsch ([email protected]), Julie Posetti ([email protected]), and Rebecca Vincent ([email protected]). to go further #HoldTheLine Coalition Condemns Third Criminal Cyber Libel Charge Against Maria Ressa and Rappler Organisation News Ahead of another cluster of court proceedings against Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa, the #HoldTheLine coalition calls for an end to the escalating and incessant campaign of legal harassment against her in the Philippines. January 14, 2021 Find out more December 3, 2020 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific WomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment July 20, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court Receive email alerts Follow the news on Philippineslast_img read more