ECONOMIST VIEWS: HAS THE OBR GOT IT RIGHT?

first_img Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof whatsapp Show Comments ▼ SIMON WARD | HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORSIf anything the GDP projections are not optimistic enough. Fiscal consolidation didn’t stop growth in the 1990s, and the private sector’s in better shape now than it was then.ANDREW GOODWIN | ERNST & YOUNG ITEM CLUBI’m a little surprised the deficit figure wasn’t revised lower. Growth would have to drop off quite a bit for the government to miss the target. There’s a good chance it will overshoot.HOWARD ARCHER | IHS GLOBAL INSIGHTThis is essentially a case of tweaking rather than changing the story. Having said that March still looks some way away, especially given all that is going on in the Eurozone. KCS-content Monday 29 November 2010 8:48 pm ECONOMIST VIEWS: HAS THE OBR GOT IT RIGHT? whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgPremier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Premier Paints Plc (PREMPA.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfilePremier Paints Plc manufactures and markets paint and coating products for the decorative, industrial and commercial sectors in Nigeria. The decorative range includes emulsion, gloss and textured products; the industrial range includes red oxide primer, bright aluminum paint for street light poles, bridge railings and storage tanks, and black bituminous paint, quick dry cellulose, fast dry enamel, primer surfacer, alkyd floor paint, epoxy floor paint, roof paint and stoving enamel paint; the marine range includes epoxy hybrid paint, epoxy primer red paint, epoxy finish paint and polyurethane finish paint; the wood finishes range includes a glossy finish for interior and exterior wood surfaces; the auto refinishes range includes solid, metallic, varnish and primer; thinners and solvents include a biocidal solution to control the growth of biocide, fungicide and algaecide; and the company produces a product for road marking. Premier Paint Company is a subsidiary of Red Sea Housing Services Company Limited. The company head office is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Premier Paints Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Airways Limited (KA.ug)  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Airways Limited is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. It was wholly-owned by the government of Kenya until 1995 when the airline was privatised. Kenya Airways is now a public-private partnership with the largest shareholder being the government of Kenya (48.9%) and the balance owned by KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd (38.1%), KLM (7.8%) and private owners (5.2%). Kenya Airways offers domestic and international flights, ground handling services and handles import and export of cargo. Subsidiary companies of Kenya Airways include JamboJet Limited which provides local passenger air transport services, and African Cargo Handling Limited which provides cargo handling services. Kenya Airways Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Will Carling on England v France

first_img“If they’re in the right frame of mind, have the right attitude and the right amount of fear, then they’re good enough to win. But every game is a huge hurdle, both physically and mentally. Especially when you’re English.”Will Carling (@WillCarling) will be hosting a Twitter Q&A from 1-2pm this Friday, ahead of the big game. To get involved, submit your questions using the hashtag #AskCarling. He’s also hosting a Q&A every Monday from 12.30-1.30pm to discuss the weekend’s action. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Not for featured For all that, Carling believes England are in a good place right now, and thinks their own selection tweaks are spot on: Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes come in for Tom Youngs and James Haskell up front, while centre Manu Tuilagi returns for Billy Twelvetrees after impressing off the bench in Dublin.“Dylan offers a bit of experience and technical ability. The French are the most powerful scrummagers in the championship, and the lineout and scrum areas will be crucial.“Courtney has a great physical presence and is a hell of an athlete; he also provides an extra lineout option. And when Manu’s on form he gives us intent and direction. He will counter Mathieu Bastareaud. So all those changes are fairly logical.”Match-up: Bastareaud will clash with TuilagiDespite not starting in Rome, Bastareaud tops the chart for most defenders beaten in this championship, having bashed and battered his way through nine opponents. His collisions with Tuilagi will be but one attraction in a match Carling thinks will go the way of the hosts.“England have struggled for eight or nine years to find a game plan but this is the most coherent team since the World Cup winners of 2003, and it shows the most potential. Back in the fray: Dylan Hartley’s front-row technical expertise will be invaluable against France on SaturdayBy Deputy Editor Alan PeareyENGLAND are 1-5 on to win the Six Nations and evens to claim a first Grand Slam for a decade – but such odds cut no ice with Will Carling.Abject as France have been ahead of Saturday’s visit to Twickenham, the former England captain sees only a flashing danger light for Stuart Lancaster’s side.“It’s the worst possible scenario for England. France will be unrecognisable from the first two games,” he says. “The pressure is off and that’s when they’re at their most dangerous and when they tend to perform. They could just come and surprise us and be superb – that’s very French.”France are reeling after losing their first two championship games for the first time since 1982. Fly-half Freddie Michalak has paid for his lethargy, giving way to Francois Trinc-Duc in a team showing eight changes from a fortnight ago. Morgan Parra is installed as scrum-half and Wesley Fofana – who scored a try against everyone bar Wales in last year’s tournament – returns to his favoured centre position from the wing.During the heart of his 72-cap England career, Carling was on the winning side against France on eight successive occasions. But he never once took the field against them without fear in his bones.“It wasn’t a physical fear, it was a fear of being humiliated. If they were in the mood, they could destroy you,” he says.“Test rugby is pretty intense but against, say, Scotland or Ireland you might have five minutes where the concentration wasn’t quite as intense. But against France that could never happen. You had to watch them every second, for a quick lineout or an attack from behind their line. They had not only the mindset but also the ability to do it.”last_img read more

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Recalled: Football Helmets

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFootball HelmetRecallRecalledXenith Previous articleTropical Storm Fiona moving Northwest over Central AtlanticNext articleOn This Day: “Gentleman Start Your Engines” Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Xenith Recalls Football Helmets Due to Head Injury HazardAccording to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Xenith is recalling about 5,900 football helmets because the shells of the football helmets can crack, posing a risk of head injuries to football players.The recall involves Xenith Epic Varsity, X2 Varsity, X2E Varsity and Youth football helmets with a gloss or metallic-painted polycarbonate shell sold or factory-reconditioned between May 1, 2015 and March 18, 2016.The helmets were sold in multiple sizes depending on the model, and in varying colors and custom-paint designs. They have a facemask and a chin cup, available in different styles and varying colors, and may have an optional eye shield. The serial number is printed on a white sticker inside the top of the helmet. A complete list of the serial numbers included in this recall is available at www.xenith.com/recall.Xenith has received 29 reports of cracking helmets, but no injuries have been reported.Football players should immediately stop using the recalled helmets. Players, coaches and parents should contact Xenith to receive a free new replacement helmet.The recalled Xenith helmsmen were sold through team dealers and direct school sales, and at BSN, Buddy’s All Stars, Carey’s Sporting Goods, End Zone Sports and Sports, Inc. and other stores nationwide and online at Eastbay.com, Footlocker.com, SafetyFirstSports.com, SportsUnlimitedInc.com and Xenith.com from May 2015 through March 2016 for between $140 and $400. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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House in Khandala / Opolis architects

first_imgArchDaily Carpentry/ Interior Works: M/s Sangelkar M/s Sidarth Chikani House in Khandala / Opolis architects House in Khandala / Opolis architectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Khandala / Opolis architects Save this picture!© Ariel Huber+ 24 Share photographs:  Ariel HuberPhotographs:  Ariel Huber Photographs CopyHouses•Khandala, India ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/773435/house-in-khandala-opolis-architects Clipboard Structural Consultant: 2014 “COPY” Area:  4500 ft² Area:  4500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Houses Main Civil Contractor: Year:  Design Team:Sonal Sancheti, Rahul Gore, Niel Parekh, Shailesh KunteCity:KhandalaCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ariel HuberRecommended ProductsDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteText description provided by the architects. Located on a compact 15,000 sft site in the picturesque hill-station of Khandala, this private weekend getaway for an active nuclear young family of four was envisioned as a series of two intersecting linear pavilions bridging at the centre of the site. This creates a clear fore-court towards the street side and a more private landscaped garden court towards the rear that also overlooked the view towards the north west of the site. Emphasis was laid on the creation of recreational outdoor and indoor space at the rear of the house while the two wings were used to house the more private rooms of the family and the living and dining spaces that integrate with the garden court.Save this picture!© Ariel HuberA mezzanine floor floats above the kitchen, accommodates it as well as effectively utilizes the double height volume enclosed under the dramatic roof, while visually connecting the living spaces.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe site was gradually sloping while the four bedroom house sits at primarily one level- this is achieved by tucking in the utility and staff spaces below at the rear thus enlarging the usable open space at the main level. Existing fully grown trees gave the design cues for the roof support structure- primarily at the points where it receives one at the entry and at the rear where it connects to the landscape. A limited material palette using natural stone for flooring leads to interesting experiments in structure and muted textures, whereas the climatic features of the site demanded sloping roofs to battle the extreme monsoon; the end result being steep tapered roof scapes floating like a wide canopy on tree-like columns, almost mirroring the existing trees on site. The inside outside relationships are seamless in the living rooms while the bedrooms have a more compact sense of enclosure.Save this picture!© Ariel HuberThe house aims to become a spiritual yet creative space for its inhabitants giving each person of the family a space that they can further develop into their own. Save this picture!© Ariel HuberProject gallerySee allShow lessLUX / jais arkitekterSelected ProjectsVideo: Enter the Ethereal Spaces of Los Angeles’ Cathedral of Our Lady of the AngelsVideos Share M/s R.R.Metha, Pune 2014 Projects CopyAbout this officeOpolis architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKhandalaIndiaPublished on September 13, 2015Cite: “House in Khandala / Opolis architects” 12 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Read commentsSave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 stream Architects: Opolis architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/773435/house-in-khandala-opolis-architects Clipboard India Year: last_img read more

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Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son

first_img MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico News News June 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Miguel Ángel López Velasco, an editor and columnist with the local online daily Notiver, was shot dead along with his wife and his son in their home in the east coast city of Veracruz early yesterday, just seven days after a reporter was found murdered in the northwestern state of Sonora.“The violence against journalists in Mexico never ends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the authorities to ensure that López’s work as a journalist is treated as the most likely motive for his murder and that those responsible are identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible.” López’s colleagues told Reporters Without Borders that the 55-year-old journalist, his wife and his 21-year-old son were asleep in their home in the northern Veracruz suburb of López Arias when unidentified armed intruders burst in and shot all three.Also known by the pen-name of “Milo Vera,” López had been working for Notiver for about 20 years, first as a crime reporter and then as a columnist and deputy editor of the crime and local news section. In his column “Va de Nuez,” he wrote about crime, kidnappings, corruption and abuse of authority in the Veracruz area. He had also written about the case of Evaristo Ortega Zarate, a journalist missing since April 2010.López had been threatened. In 2007, drug traffickers left a human head outside the Notiver office with this message (in which López’s pen-name was misspelled): “We are leaving you a present here (…) Heads are going to roll. Milovela knows it and many others know it too. These heads are for my dad. Yours truly, A son of Mario Sánchez and the New People.”The authorities have launched an investigation into López’s murder and, during a visit to Notiver yesterday, Veracruz state governor Javier Duarte promised that it would be pursued to the end and that would be no room for impunity in his state.“This is a cowardly murder,” he said. “It is not an attack on a media or a company. It is an attack on Veracruz society in its entirety (…) It is not an isolated event. On the contrary, it is part of a chain of criminal actions affecting the entire country.”Reporters Without Borders hopes his promises will be kept. It also hopes that the federal authorities will finally start implementing the “protection mechanisms” for journalists that were approved in November 2010.Mexico is one of the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media, which are exposed to violence by organized crime and have to censor themselves. A total of 75 journalists (nine of them from Veracruz) have been killed since 2000. Another 13 have gone missing since 2003.Violence has been spiralling in Veracruz since 2007, with residents often witnessing clashes between security forces and drug cartels. Last year was particularly violent for the state with a total of 179 murders, according to federal government figures. Recent media victims of the violence in Veracruz state include Noel López Olguín of the weekly Noticias de Acayucan, whose body was found on 1 June , and Evaristo Ortega Zarate of the newspaper La Opinión, who was kidnapped in April 2010.Most than 40,000 people have been killed in the nationwide offensive against drug trafficking which the federal authorities launched in December 2006. Reporters Without Borders continues to relay the “No more blood – No más sangre” campaign by leading Mexican cartoonists. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go furthercenter_img Reports RSF_en Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Jeffrey Sterling latest victim of the US’ war on whistleblowers

first_img United StatesAmericas Protecting sources Whistleblowers to go further On June 16, 2015 Jeffrey Sterling self-surrendered to the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Colorado, almost 900 miles from his home. After a long and grueling trial, this former CIA operative had been found guilty of 7 counts of espionage on January 26, 2015. Even if throughout his entire trial and to this day, Sterling maintains his innocence, he was sentenced in May to three and a half years in prison. Why? This is a long story. To sum up, Sterling was in touch with a journalist. And this is apparently a crime.In 2006, the New York Times journalist James Risen published a book entitled State of War which highlighted, among others, classified “operation Merlin” designed to derail Iran’s nuclear program to which Jeffrey Sterling was assigned during his time at the C.I.A. On December 22, 2010 a grand jury indicted Sterling on multiple charges under the Espionage Act for revealing classified information to James Risen. The Department of Justice (DOJ) repeatedly threatened Risen with jail time if he did not reveal his source before finally backing off a few months ago.Sterling went through proper channels to divulge his concerns about the classified operation during a briefing with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in March 2003. Yet the jury found Sterling guilty as Risen’s source. But the evidence that formed the basis of his conviction consisted only of multiple emails and telephone conversations between the two men, without any content to directly prove Sterling was the source. The content of most of these emails and phone conversations remains unknown. Only the metadata have been made public.Circumstantial evidenceHerein lies Reporters Without Borders’ biggest concern: the DOJ built a case against Sterling based entirely on circumstantial evidence, and obtained his conviction in what the BBC aptly named a “trial by metadata.” “How is it possible that proving the mere existence of contact between a former C.I.A. operative and a journalist is sufficient to convict someone of espionage?, highlights Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Is a relationship with a reporter the new catalyst for government prosecution of whistleblowers, whether alleged or actual? If anybody can be sentenced in the United States just because he was merely talking to a journalist on a regular basis, where is press freedom heading in the country of the First Amendment?”After the verdict, Attorney General Eric H. Holder himself said “as this verdict proves, it is possible to fully prosecute unauthorized disclosures that inflict harm upon our national security without interfering with journalists’ ability to do their jobs”. But leaks are the lifeblood of investigative journalism, given that nearly all information related to national security is considered secret and classified in the United States. In fact, the war on whistleblowers is designed to restrict all but officially approved versions of events.There is no doubt that the location of Sterling’s trial in the Eastern District of Virginia also had an effect on the verdict: a large part of the jury pool possesses security clearance for various types of jobs within the government. And to make matters worse, the DOJ was able to hide many of its witnesses behind screens to conceal their faces, kept their full names a secret in the courtroom, and even distributed documents to the jury labeled “top secret” to complete their dog and pony show on classified information. Made an example“It is clear to Reporters Without Borders that the DOJ chose to make an example of Jeffrey Sterling, to warn government employees against talking to journalists”, says Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communication officer at Reporters Without Borders USA.The United States has witnessed an alarming trend in curtailing freedom of information consistent with its decline in Reporters Without Borders’ 2015 Press Freedom Index. The United States now ranks 49 out of 180 countries, a 14-place drop since 2012. President Barack Obama’s war on whistleblowers played an important role in this decline: the Obama administration has prosecuted a total of 8 whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, which is more than any previous administration combined.Reporters Without Borders stands with Jeffrey Sterling and supports him in his efforts to appeal his conviction. Like his wife Holly Sterling told Reporters Without Borders, “Jeffrey was wrongfully sentenced to prison and is now living a life that no one should have to endure. Jeffrey and I decided to appeal as we cannot give up hope that someone or hopefully many, will realize the wrong that has been done and those with the ability to do so will make the only correct decision and Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for a successful appeal.”According to the prosecution, Sterling “had it out for” the C.I.A. after his unsuccessful employment discrimination lawsuit, and this served as his motive for divulging information to Risen. Sterling is the first African American to file such a suit against the agency.Of the American whistleblowers punished for allegedly leaking classified information to reporters, it seems that midlevel government employees have received the harshest sentences. Like Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou was a C.I.A. operative who was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2013 after taking a plea bargain. He admitted to revealing the identity of a covert operative to a reporter, though this information was never published. It is widely believed that Kiriakou was targeted for exposing the agency’s use of waterboarding during interrogations. At the opposite end of the spectrum, high level officials like retired general and former C.I.A. director David Petraeus have received a simple slap on the wrist. Petraeus plead guilty to revealing classified information to his biographer Paula Broadwell, who was also his mistress, in April of this year. Although the information he revealed did not get published in his biography, he also made false statements to F.B.I. agents that he did not leak said information. Yet the DOJ requested he receive probation instead of prison time. Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned by the precedent set in the United States’ government’s case against a former C.I.A. operative convicted of allegedly divulging classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen. Jeffrey Sterling is now in jail for merely talking to a journalist regularly. He was sentenced based only on circumstantial evidence. June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Protecting sources Whistleblowers April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en September 18, 2015 – Updated on June 6, 2016 Jeffrey Sterling latest victim of the US’ war on whistleblowers Follow the news on United Stateslast_img read more

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Bomb attack on paper in Darjeeling

first_img India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media March 21, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb attack on paper in Darjeeling Follow the news on India RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en Reporters Without Borders called today on police and West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya to step up investigations into a bomb attack on the premises of the Nepalese-language newspaper Sunchari Samachar, in Siliguri (in the northeastern state’s Darjeeling district).It said it feared local journalists would be tempted to censor themselves about sensitive subjects since no clues had been found as to who was responsible for the 4 March attack, in which a powerful bomb exploded in front of the newspaper offices without causing injury.The Siliguri correspondent of the Times of India said the blast may have been linked with Sunchari Samachar’s coverage of the situation in the Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council region.  The paper, which prints 25,000 copies, was banned there in 1998, but the publisher said after the attack that he had good relations with officials in the region, which was formed after a guerrilla revolt. IndiaAsia – Pacific to go further Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific News April 27, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Help by sharing this information Siliguri is close to the borders of four countries – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Tibet. News News Organisation News June 10, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Kurdish newspaper editor sentenced to 21 years in prison

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more “Freedom of expression must be extended once and for all to the Kurdish press,” Reporters Without Borders said today, reacting to the 21-year jail sentence which a court in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, has passed on Ozan Kilinç, the owner and editor of the country’s only Kurdish-language daily, Azadiya Welat.“Banning the democratic expression of ethnic minority demands will not help Turkey to put an end to extremist violence,” Reporters Without Borders added. “In this case, the sentence was out of all proportion to the offence, which was the expression of views that could be criticised.”After finding Kilinç guilty of criminal propaganda in support of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the court sentenced him in absentia on 9 February to 21 years and three months in prison and stripped him of his civil rights. A warrant was immediately issued for his arrest although his lawyer said he would appeal.Kilinç is the latest victim of Anti-Terrorist Law No. 3713, which has become an effective tool of repression in the hands of the Turkish state’s most conservative elements. According to the human rights website Bianet.org, 22 journalists were among the 47 people who were tried under this law in 2009. Jail sentences totalling 58 years and fines totalling 9,740 Turkish pounds (4,640 euros) were imposed in the course of the trials. Kilinç was also charged with “propaganda on behalf of an organisation with criminal aims” under article 220 of the new criminal code.Complying strictly with the prosecutor’s request, presiding judge Dündar Örsdemir ruled that 12 of the issues published by Kilinç since June 2009 had praised the PKK although the court did not release copies of the offending content. “Issuing a conviction for each of the issues is against the law,” Kilinç’s lawyer, Servet Özen, said.“We are determined to appeal against this unjust verdict,” Özen added, although the appeal court will take at last six months to issue a decision.The severity of the jail term imposed on Kilinç and the court’s refusal to suspend the sentence or change it to a fine are typical of the way the judicial system has hounded the Diyarbakir-based newspaper since its creation in 1994, identifying it with the PKK because of its outspoken defence of Kurdish minority rights.A previous editor, Hamdullah Yilmaz, fled the country after a total of 21 prosecutions were initiated against him. Its managing editor, Tayyip Temel, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison under the Anti-Terrorism Law. Another former editor, Vedat Kursun, who is being tried on charges of pro-PKK propaganda and membership of an illegal organisation, has been in preventive custody for more than a year. The next hearing in is trial is scheduled for 18 February.Two other prosecutions are already under way against Kilinç, who was previously given a five-year jail sentence on a similar charge. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish newspaper editor sentenced to 21 years in prison Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Follow the news on Turkey Newslast_img read more

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