Profits soar at Credit Agricole

first_img Share Profits soar at Credit Agricole Tags: NULL French bank Credit Agricole yesterday said it did not plan to raise capital to meet incoming Basel III requirements as it posted higher-than-forecast quarterly results, driven by retail banking.The bank is seen as one of the most vulnerable in Europe to the stricter capital rules because of its cross-shareholdings with its cooperative parent group.“Credit Agricole does not plan to carry out any rights issue for the purpose of meeting regulatory requirements,” the bank said in a statement, though it said it could take “non-dilutive” measures to strengthen solvency.The bank said cross-shareholdings with regional banks could add around €50bn (£42.6bn) in risk-weighted assets under Basel rules coming into force in 2019.Credit Agricole said third-quarter net profit more than doubled to €742m, higher than the €669m average market consensus.Strong trends in domestic retail banking helped offset losses at the group’s Greek Emporiki unit, while strong corporate financing activities helped its investment banking unit profit. Growth at corporate financing also helped offset capital markets sluggishness, delivering overall investment banking profits of €358m. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution KCS-content center_img whatsapp Wednesday 10 November 2010 8:10 pm Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

Sportradar extends integrity deal with International Table Tennis Federation

first_img The Sportradar Integrity Services division of Sportradar has extended its partnership with the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) until the end of 2023. Sportradar has been providing integrity services to the ITTF since December 2017. A team of qualified integrity experts will analyse irregular betting patterns and suspicious matches, with any incidences to be reported back to the ITTF. Tags: Sportradar Sportradar Integrity Services International Table Tennis Federation ITTF Sports integrity “By utilising their extensive experience in the field of sports integrity, we believe that we are in a very good position to identify integrity issues in our competitions and address any emerging risk factors threatening our sport.” Sportradar Integrity Services managing director Andreas Krannich added: “In our position as a leader in sporting integrity, it is our top priority to provide our partners with an effective framework to combat match-fixing and other integrity issues, especially when considering the increased risk to global sport as a result of the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sportradar extends integrity deal with International Table Tennis Federation “Protecting the integrity of our events is of the utmost importance, and our partnership with Sportradar Integrity Services helps to strengthen our integrity programme,” ITTF secretary general Raul Calin said. The ITTF will also be able to use Sportradar Intelligence and Investigation Services  to help identify and investigate integrity threats and issues, while Sportradar will provide a risk assessment of the global betting and integrity landscape within table tennis. Email Address Under the multi-year agreement, Sportradar will continue to use its Fraud Detection System to monitor all contests organised or sanctioned by ITTF, including the World Table Tennis Championships and World Table Tennis (WTT) events. Topics: Sports integrity 16th June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher “We look forward to continuing to support the ITTF’s integrity programme, and helping to uphold the integrity of global table tennis competitions.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc ( Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgRoyal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc (  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileRoyal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover life and non-life insurance. This includes general insurance, health insurance and life assurance. The company also offers banking products and services for asset management, credit financing and microfinancing. General insurance products include money guard, burglary protection, fire protection, transit plan, public building liability, motor guard, workmen’s plan, personal and group care, group life assurance, home secure, aviation, marine, engineering, oil and gas, in-house protection and bonds and professional indemnity services. Other general insurance products include heritage, family support, personal, tuition, investment annuity, educational endowment, endowment plans and mortgage protection assurance products. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc offers reserve investment accounts, investment notes, high-yield investment papers, vehicle and asset acquisition scheme, mortgage financing and financial advisory services. Credit products include finance and customer leasing, short-term and trade finance loans, and short-term project and LPO financing services. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc offers a range of products and services for healthcare insurance and operates as a health maintenance organisation which provides financial intermediation within the health industry. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

RDC Properties Limited ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgRDC Properties Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about RDC Properties Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.last_img read more

Ireland v Wales: 5 Things we learnt

first_imgPlatform: Tomas Francis was integral to Wales’ solidity at the set piece Pic InphoPrior to kick off many were suggesting that Tomas Francis was a pure scrummager and nothing more – which is perfect. That’s exactly what Wales need during the next few weeks , a tighthead that can nullify the powerful English front row and look to dominate the Wallaby front three. Despite being caught out of position defensively on occasion, Saturday saw Francis take a big step up the Welsh front ladder and overtake both Aaron Jarvis and Scott Andrews.NB This is a metaphorical ladder of course; science is yet to unearth a metal strong enough to support those three on a ladderDefence. Immense.Wales defence against Ireland was one of the most impressive of the Shaun Edwards era. They made a staggering 204 tackles, completing an astonishing 94% successfully. At times the Welsh defensive line was so tight that it could have stopped a team of plankton crossing the gainline. Alun Wyn Jones completed 16 tackles, Dan Lydiate 23, Justin Tipuric 20 and Faletau 16.Bodies on the line: Dan Lydiate’s battered and bruised face exemplified Wales’ defensive resolve Pic InphoLuke Charteris and Paul James both made 12 tackles having played less than half of the game. Tipuric may have got the plaudits, but in reality five individuals were worthy of man of the match – particular Alyn Wyn and Lydiate whose selfless defensive work often goes unseen.Jamie Robert and Scott Williams gel Battle of Dublin: Ireland and Wales had a hugely physical encounter just weeks from the World Cup Wales went to Dublin desperate for a win to rejuvenate a World Cup warm-up campaign that had started so limply against the opposition at the start of August. They succeeded on many fronts… The full-on Friendly.When Ireland faced Wales on Saturday it felt as though the Rugby World Cup had started early. The fitness sessions were over, the training bibs were back in the cupboard and the training cones have been restacked – this was a Test match. With both teams virtually at full strength, it was clear from the team announcement that Gatland wanted to win this game and win it they did. The Welsh scrum was a major positive, and the lineout, whilst not perfect, was stable enough to allow Wales consistent catch and drive opportunities in the Irish 22. At times it felt strange watching Wales out ‘Ireland’, Ireland, with a series of heavy mauls which eventually allowed Justin Tipuric to collapse over the line in the 23rd minute.Full-on: There was a noticeable upping in intensity from the first warm-up between the two teams Pic InphoJamie Roberts and Scott Williams shut down Ireland’s midfield and forced Jonathan Sexton into an uncharacteristically ‘shanky’ kicking game.Whilst Justin Tipuric had the sort of performance that leads me to believe that he isn’t a flanker from Trebanos, but a supernatural ‘shape shifter’ not of this earth – he was everywhere. All of which was improved upon by the mesmerising accuracy of Leigh Halfpenny, whose kicking action is so painstakingly repetitive that it can leave you in a Paul McKenna like trance. Of course, we can’t read too much into a friendly, but it does mean that Wales are now ranked higher than England, the hosts, for a few days depending on results at Twickenham – and many people will read a lot into that.Tipuric. The complete performanceAgainst Ireland, in Cardiff, Justin Tipuric showed us just how good a ‘back’ he is. This weekend, he showed how impressive a forward he is. It was a remarkable performance in which he completed 19 tackles, missed none, and morphed into a human ‘Pritt Stick’ on the ground. He stuck to everything and everyone Irish. If he wasn’t hanging onto Irish ball, he was hanging on to Irish ankles.Tip top: Justin Tipuric was outstanding and key to Wales’ performance Pic InphoDespite expelling so much energy at the tackle area, his link play was immaculate as ever, always scooping up loose ball and looking to pass it to a player who was already in forward motion – a trait which all Southern Hemisphere flankers execute so well. The debate will continue as to the perfect blend in the Welsh backrow, but it is a debate not a problem. To have Warburton, Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate means that Wales have as much quality in the backrow as anyone, barring the All Blacks, in the Rugby World Cup. Hat tip Mr Tipuric.Tomas Francis rock steady.The tighthead position has recently created sleepless nights for those in Wales. Many a Welsh supporter has woken at midnight, sweating and clutching their chest at the thought of Samson Lee not making the final squad due to injury (happily they now know he is in). But Tomas Francis’s display against Ireland was like Nytol for Welsh rugby supporters. It was as reassured a tighthead debut as one could wish for. Despite Ireland’s loosehead and hooker repeatedly targeting Francis, he rarely moved an inch. At times it looked like his boots had been sunk into the foundations of the Avivs Stadium such was the solidity of the Welsh scrum.center_img The injury to Jonathan Davies was a concern for Wales pre World Cup – although nothing it seems that Wasaike Naholo’s doctor couldn’t fix with some Fijian leaves. Whilst Scott Williams is a powerful carrier and accurate distributor, concerns remained over his ability to plug the gapping defensive hole left by Davies. This is no longer such a concern. Roberts and Williams were impressive against Ireland. They missed just one tackle between them and pressured Jonathan Sexton into one of the poorest kicking performances of his Test career.Promising combination: Scott Williams and Jamie Roberts struck up a swift understanding in midfield Pic InphoSuch was the defensive squeeze on Ireland’s midfield that Robbie Henshaw and Luke Fitzgerald struggled to carry the ball 30 yards between them. But it wasn’t just the Welsh centres’ defence which impressed, so too did their carrying and link play. Roberts carried the ball with his usual insane determination to get over the gain line, which often leaves him carrying men on his back like a nursery assistant pretending to be a horse with children on his shoulders. Whilst Williams offered a subtlety of inside passing and lateral movement that we rarely see from Gatland’s teams. A big positive for Wales. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive featured at popular Orlando garden

first_img TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveLeu Gardens Previous articleCookies & Milk with a Cop gaining momentumNext articleNew island-inspired restaurant to open in May Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photos of Lake Apopka displayed at Leu Gardens Orlando may seem like an unlikely place to see Lake Apopka, but natural beauty knows no boundaries.Illustrating their love for the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, the LAWD Facebook group submitted 275 photos to the Harry P. Leu Gardens committee for display. Leu Gardens chose 31 of them and currently has them featured at the Garden House Gallery.The display runs until May 19th.Photo by Mary CarpenterThe Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile journey through an extraordinary wildlife habitat and restoration project gaining national attention as a huge destination for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers.The drive is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays between sunrise and sunset. The Lake Apopka North Shore is a magnet for migrating, wintering, and resident birds, as well as habitat for alligators, bobcats, coyotes, otters, turtles, snakes, raccoons, opossums, and bears – all of which are featured in the photo display. There are over 360 bird species recorded – which is the highest identified bird diversity of any inland site in North America.Photo by John Guiseppi Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Leu Gardens is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (the last admission is at 4:30PM) every day, closed December 25. Admission is $10.For details on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Facebook group, go here.The feature photo of the bobcat is by Musa Awan. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm Awesome!last_img read more

MLK’s vision of love as a moral imperative still matters

first_img Please enter your comment! By Joshua F.J. Inwood, Pennsylvania State UniversityFifty-one years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the United States remains divided by issues of race and racism, economic inequality as well as unequal access to justice. These issues are stopping the country from developing into the kind of society that Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for during his years as a civil rights activist.As a result, King’s words and work are still relevant. I study the civil rights movement and the field of peace geographies. Peace geographies think about how different groups of people approach and work toward building the kind of peaceful society King worked to create. Americans faced similar crises related to the broader civil rights struggles in the 1960s.So, what can the past tell us about healing the nation? Specifically, how can we address divisions along race, class and political lines?Martin Luther King Jr.‘s understanding of the role of love in engaging individuals and communities in conflict is crucial today. For King, love was not sentimental. It demanded that individuals tell their oppressors what they were doing was wrong.King’s visionKing spent his public career working toward ending segregation and fighting racial discrimination. For many people, the pinnacle of this work occurred in Washington, D.C., when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.Less well-known and often ignored is his later work on behalf of poor people. In fact, when King was assassinated in Memphis he was in the midst of building toward a national march on Washington, D.C., that would have brought together tens of thousands of economically disenfranchised people to advocate for policies that would reduce poverty. This effort – known as the “Poor People’s Campaign” – aimed to dramatically shift national priorities to address the health and welfare of working people.Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at interfaith civil rights rally, San Francisco’s Cow Palace, June 30, 1964.George Conklin, CC BY-NC-NDScholars such as Derek Alderman, Paul Kingsbury and Owen Dwyer how King’s work can be applied in today’s context. They argue that calling attention to the civil rights movement, can “change the way students understand themselves in relation to the larger project of civil rights.” And in understanding the civil rights movement, students and the broader public can see its contemporary significance.Idea of loveKing focused on the role of love as key to building healthy communities and the ways in which love can and should be at the center of our social interactions.King’s final book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” published in the year before his assassination, provides his most expansive vision of an inclusive, diverse and economically equitable U.S. nation. For King, love is a key part of creating communities that work for everyone and not just a few at the expense of the many.Love was not a mushy or easily dismissed emotion but was central to the kind of community he envisioned. King made distinctions between three forms of love which are key to the human experience: “eros,” “philia” and most importantly “agape.”For King, eros is a form of love that is most closely associated with desire, while philia is often the love that is experienced between very good friends or family. These visions are different from agape.Agape, which was at the center of the movement he was building, was the moral imperative to engage with one’s oppressor in a way that showed the oppressor the ways their actions dehumanize and detract from society. He said,“In speaking of love we are not referring to some sentimental emotion. It would be nonsense to urge men to love their oppressors in an affectionate sense[…] When we speak of loving those who oppose us […] we speak of a love which is expressed in the Greek word Agape. Agape means nothing sentimental or basically affectionate; it means understanding, redeeming goodwill for all men, an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return.”King further defined agape when he argued at the University of California at Berkeley that the concept of agape “stands at the center of the movement we are to carry on in the Southland.” It was a love that demanded that one stand up for oneself and tells those who oppress that what they were doing was wrong.Why this matters nowIn the face of violence directed at minority communities and of deepening political divisions in the country, King’s words and philosophy are perhaps more critical for us today than at any point in the recent past.As King noted, all persons exist in an interrelated community and all are dependent on each other. By connecting love to the community, King argued there were opportunities to build a more just and economically sustainable society which respected difference. As he said,“Agape is a willingness to go to any length to restore community… Therefore if I respond to hate with reciprocal hate I do nothing but intensify the cleavages of a broken community.”King outlined a vision in which we are compelled to work toward making our communities inclusive. They reflect the broad values of equality and democracy. Through an engagement with one another as its foundation, agape provides opportunities to work toward common goals.Building a community todayAt a time when the nation feels so divided, there is a need to bring back King’s vision of agape-fueled community building and begin a difficult conversation about where we are as a nation and where we want to go. It would move us past simply seeing the other side as being wholly motivated by hate.Engaging in a conversation through agape signals a willingness to restore broken communities and to approach difference with an open mind. Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of an article originally published on Nov. 16, 2016. Joshua F.J. Inwood is an Associate Professor of Geography and a Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute at Pennsylvania State University.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Previous articleAre natural disasters an “Act of God”?Next articleWhat’s that in the midnight sky? The Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

New wave of abuses and intimidation against journalists

first_imgReporters Without Borders strongly condemns the persecution by the Iraqi authorities of the radio station Al-Sada, the only independent broadcaster in the province of Al-Qadisiya, Ahmed Al-Qasier, founder and manager of the station, recently told the press freedom organization that the station had come under severe pressure.Three days ago, the provincial council decided to close the station, in the provincial capital Diwaniyya south of Baghdad, on the grounds that its programmes contained music which was “contrary to local morality”, although the manager said they were composed of songs from the classical Arabic repertoire. When Al-Sada was preparing to start broadcasting at the beginning of the year, the governor intervened to prevent the launch of the station.After negotiations between the editorial team and the authorities, the station finally opened in May. However, the provincial council promptly asked it to pay a fee of 50,000,000 Iraqi dinars (28,700 euros), renewable annually, to continue broadcasting. This “registration tax” was imposed as a result of intervention by the Telecommunications Committee, Al-Qasier said.Al-Sada nevertheless continued to be the target of intimidation and pressure. This month, several of the station’s contributors received anonymous threats on the mobile phones. Several members of the editorial staff, including programme director Muntather Al-Kifaey, decided to resign. Yesterday, the local branch of the Iraqi journalists’ union urged the authorities to revoke the station’s closure, a decision which it said violated freedom of the press as guaranteed by the constitution. Its representative stressed that such a move was unprecedented in Iraqi justice and warned of the dangers that it might present for the media industry. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities in Diwaniyya to put a halt to the persecution of Al-Sada staff. The organization recalls that freedom of the press is guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution and has been reaffirmed in the law on protection of journalists approved by parliament in August. News Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information October 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New wave of abuses and intimidation against journalists It also asks the governor to reconsider his decision and allow the radio station to continue broadcasting and guarantee the safety of its staff.Also, the freelance American journalist Daniel Smith was arrested at noon on 21 October after the weekly demonstration held in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. He was released in the early hours of 26 October.Smith was held incommunicado and was not allowed to contact colleagues, relatives or the U.S. diplomatic mission in Baghdad, nor was anybody alerted of his arrest by the Iraqi government. On the day of his arrest, he was taken to the army’s Muthanna Airport detention centre near the airport where he was questioned several times, in particular about his persistent presence at the demonstrations. On October 25, he was taken to a detention cell in an interior ministry building after an order to deport him was made, before being released some hours later, after the intervention of the prime minister.Smith has worked in Iraq since 2003. He has worked with the think-tank International Crisis Group since 2009 and other organizations, and contributes occasionally to the Iraq press freedom organization Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Police attack journalists in Armenia

first_img Help by sharing this information ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more June 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police attack journalists in Armenia June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Armenia ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more News News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the police violence against journalists who were waiting with around 60 other people outside a police station in the Yerevan district of Kentron on 23 June for the release of protesters arrested earlier in the day.First, the police told the journalists to stand back on the grounds that they were obstructing the work of the police. Then they formed a line and kicked the feet of the journalists, who just wanted to cover the imminent release of those arrested while protesting against an increase in the price of natural gas.Journalist Ani Gervorgyan was slapped by a policeman she recognized as the one who had tried to confiscate her camera on 12 February. Another journalist, Arpi Makhsudyan, was hit while filming with her mobile phone and was forced to stop. Gala TV cameraman Paylak Fahradyan was physically attacked and his laptop was smashed.“We firmly condemn the police violence against journalists who were just doing their job in a law-abiding manner,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk. “The actions of the police must not be unpunished or else their violent behaviour will recur and could become the norm. The policemen who attacked the journalists must be brought to justice.”A total of 27 people were arrested earlier in the day when police used violence to disperse a demonstration outside the Public Services Regulation Commission in protest against a proposed increase in gas prices by the joint Russian and Armenian state-owned company ArmRosGazprom.Those arrested were accused under article 182 of the civil code of “disobeying a legitimate order from the police.”Armenia is ranked 78th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation to go furtherlast_img read more

President Gbagbo urged to aid recovery of opposition press and bring order to state-owned media

first_img November 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Gbagbo urged to aid recovery of opposition press and bring order to state-owned media October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders welcomed a statement from Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, condemning the ransacking of opposition and independent newspaper offices on 4 November and the opening of an investigation to punish those responsible.But the worldwide press freedom organisation called on him to go further to ensure these newspapers can circulate freely again and to restore order within the state-owed media.”While it is shameful for this condemnation to come three weeks after the event, we hail Laurent Gbagbo’s apparent desire to see justice for dailies 24 Heures, Le Patriote, Le Nouveau Réveil, Le Jour, Le Front, Le Libéral nouveau and all newspapers silenced by the extremists,” Reporters Without Borders said.”We hope that these investigations will be thorough and that those responsible, whoever they may be, will be genuinely punished”. But it added that to be consistent the Ivorian authorities should also establish professionalism within the state-owned media and guarantee that gagged publications went back on sale at the news-stands.”Once it has received assurances from the head of state in person there should be no reason for distributor Edi Presse to refuse to deliver them,” it added.A final statement from the council of ministers’ meeting on 25 November, read on television by the government’s spokesman, said that the head of state condemned the destruction of opposition party headquarters and “the wrecking of some newspaper offices, violence against individuals, particularly foreigners, women and children.””Such acts should not go unpunished,” said the statement, adding that President Gbagbo had announced that investigations were “under way” to find those responsible for acts of destruction, pillage and physical assaults.A wave of exceptional violence was unleashed against press freedom on 4 November, the same day that Ivorian armed forces launched an offensive against positions of former rebels in the north of country.Pro-government militia ransacked some opposition newspapers, gagging part of the press (above photo : the entrance of Le Patriote), sabotaged FM broadcasts by Radio France Internationale (RFI), BBC and Africa N°1 and ousted the director-general of Radiotélévision ivoirienne (RTI) for a pro-government figure.The state-owned media that enjoy a virtual monopoly in the capital Abidjan then turned themselves into propagandists for the president’s party and “Young Patriots” called for an anti-French uprising, putting out doom-laden and extremist news.Journalists cast out of work from their gagged newspapers were forced to live more or less in hiding before managing to put out a combined free issue, distributed unofficially, on 22 November thanks to a return to calm in the financial capital. Private distributor Edi Presse however still refused to distribute the papers, citing “constant threats to destroy your daily and to ransack offices”. It also argued that other newspaper sellers and other partners” feared “their activities could be endangered” as a result.Le Patriote, Le Jour, 24 Heures, Ivoire Matin, Le Libéral nouveau, Le Nouveau Réveil and Le Front produced a further joint issue on 26 November, with a cover price but still using an alternative distribution system.Broadcasts of RFI and BBC on FM mysteriously returned to Abidjan on 24 November. Moreover there was a noticeable change of tone on the airwaves of state-owned RTI and Radio Côte d’Ivoire, which broadcast regular messages aimed at restoring calm. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation center_img Reports News October 29, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more