John Lewis issues £50m retail bond

first_img John Lewis issues £50m retail bond Sunday 6 March 2011 10:30 pm whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content ● Tesco Tesco Bank’s retail bond smashed expectations by raising £125m from private investors, above the company’s target of £50-£100m. The bond launched last month as part of the London Stock Exchange’s new retail bond market. THE John Lewis Partnership has issued a retail bond for its cardholders and Partners in a bid to raise £50m of funds by April.Customers who hold either the Partnership or Account cards, as well as current Partners in the employee-owned firm, can invest lump sums of between £1,000 and £10,000 into the John Lewis Partnership bond without having to go through a broker.The bond is a five-year savings product that offers investors a fixed annual return of 4.5 per cent in cash with a further two per cent paid in John Lewis gift vouchers. At the end of five years, the Partnership will return customers’ investments in full.The Partnership is inviting cardholders to apply between today and 11 April, with applications confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. The issue will be closed when total bond applications reach £50m.Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, believes current low interest rates and yields make the retail bond an attractive investment option for the company’s Partners and cardholders.He said: “For many years, the Partnership has raised finance via corporate bonds and bank lending. We want to explore alternative ways of raising funds as part of the Partnership’s borrowing programme, and to reach out to the retail investor.”Ian Fleming, head of Treasury at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We carried out research among our cardholders to see which features they valued and they told us they wanted a competitive return with the added reward of gift vouchers.”John Lewis Group is expected to post increased profits when it posts its full-year results on Wednesday, despite a slowdown in sales.Analysts predict the business will post a 15 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £352m for the year to January, with employees collecting a corresponding annual bonus payment of at least 15 per cent of their salary.PREVIOUS FLOAT OFFERS FOR CUSTOMERS● Ocado Middle England’s favourite online grocer offered priority shares to customers last summer as part of its initial public offering. The flotation had a disastrous start and the share price tumbled, but has steadily risen since.● EurotunnelEurotunnel sold shares to 4,000 foundation holders in 1987, entitling them to unlimited travel for £1 a year until 2086. But huge losses subsequently sent the tunnel operator’s shares into meltdown.● Hotel ChocolatThe candy maker aimed to raise £5m by persuading customers to invest in three-year bonds in the company that paid interest on customers’ investments in boxes of chocolates. ● King of ShavesThe men’s grooming brand offered shavers the chance to invest in the firm’s growth by issuing 5,000 shaving bonds, which aimed to pay back six per cent over three years.last_img read more

Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q4 2018

first_img iGaming Business and Ficom Leisure are pleased to present the Portugal iGaming Dashboard, providing revenue, product and game metrics on the regulated market.The data is updated quarterly following the official release of the figures by Portuguese regulator the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ).The regulated Portuguese market ended the year on a high, with operators enjoying another record-breaking quarter in the three month period ended December 31, 2018.Fourth quarter GGR rose to €43.1m, representing a 10% rise on the third quarter and an 18% rise on the same period the previous year. Sports betting and casino both contributed to the rise in Q4, with almost equal increases on the previous quarter.However, within the verticals there was some shift in player preferences. In casino, both slots and blackjack performed well, with the former up 15% on Q3 and the latter doubling its GGR. On the other hand, roulette fell by 25%.In sports betting, both football and tennis lost market share, while basketball and ice hockey re-entered the tables after not registering in the previous quarter. Scroll down and click on the drop down options to compare how Portugal’s igaming market has performed on a quarterly and annual basis.European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure is a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector. Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal 26th February 2019 | By Joanne Christie Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q4 2018 iGaming Business and Ficom Leisure are pleased to present the Portugal iGaming Dashboard, providing revenue, product and game metrics on the regulated market Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc 2004 Annual Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (  2004 annual report.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Six Nations France v Italy Preview

first_img Shades of blue: the two captains, Guilhem Guirado and Sergio Parisse, at the Six Nations launch (Inpho) Different sets of players, true, but there’s an underlying sense that Italian rugby is embarked on a healing process.The likes of centre Tommaso Boni, fly-half Tommaso Allan and scrum-half Marcello Violi are catching the eye, and at the helm as always is skipper and No 8 Parisse, who Will Greenwood summed up when saying: “He’s one of those players, like Dallaglio, who could go in with a pub team and still think he could win the World Cup.”Tough to beat: Italy centre Tomasso Boni tackles Maro Itoje in Rome (Getty Images)Italy coach Conor O’Shea has the faith. “I believe very much in this group and in the path we are taking together,” he said.“In Dublin in the first half we didn’t do what we expected, but it’s important for us this Friday to learn from our mistakes and show our game plan, show off our rugby throughout the game.“For us this is a new opportunity. We must not think about France, focus on ourselves and I hope we can offer ourselves and our fans a performance to be proud of.”Italy give flanker Maxime Mbanda his first start since last June and recall experienced hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini – another player prone to conceding soft penalties – and Andrea Lovotti. The visitors will do well to match the French scrum.Front-row dust-up: Leonardo Ghiraldini tussles with Rabah Slimani and Guirado last year (Inpho)Trash-talkGreenwood was perhaps being only slightly facetious when he said on Sky’s The Offload programme: “Italy will go there with a sniff because they know, if you look at the past few years, that whenever France make a load of changes they tend to be garbage.”Fly-half Lionel Beauxis returned to the fold at Murrayfield and in the six years since his previous cap, France had tried 26 different half-back combinations – a staggering figure. This lack of continuity in so crucial an area is being used to explain the regular Gallic downfalls. France haven’t even managed to score three tries in a match since the Italy game nearly a year ago.But there’s truth in the cliché – you never truly know what to expect from France. Fifty years ago, they used 27 players in four games and won their first-ever Grand Slam. By rights, they should be disjointed against Italy. But, in only the eighth Six Nations match to take place on a Friday, perhaps they will provide some of the famous élan that has been missing for so long.King Conor: “This is a new opportunity,” says Italy head coach Conor O’Shea (NurPhoto/Getty Images)The TeamsFrance Hugo Bonneval; Benjamin Fall, Mathieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Rémy Grosso; Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Rabah Slimani, Paul Gabrillagues, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Romain Taofifenua, Galletier, Baptiste Couilloud, Francois Trinh-Duc, Gael Fickou.Italy Matteo Minozzi; Tommaso Benvenuti, Tommaso Boni, Tommaso Castello, Mattia Bellini; Tommaso Allan, Marcello Violi; Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Simone Ferrari, Alessandro Zanni, Dean Budd, Sebastian Negri, Maxime Mbanda, Sergio Parisse (capt).Replacements: Luca Bigi, Nicola Quaglio, Tiziano Pasquali, George Biagi, Federico Ruzza, Edoardo Gori, Carlo Canna, Jayden Hayward.What time does France v Italy kick off?Ireland v Wales, Friday 23 February, 8pm GMT, Stade VelodromeIn charge: Englishman Wayne Barnes has the whistle for this Friday night encounter (Getty Images)The RefereeWayne Barnes is the man in the middle, assisted by Luke Pearce and John Lacey and with David Grashoff as TMO. They were on duty at last weekend’s Leicester v Harlequins game and it’s to be hoped they monitor the offside line a little more closely – in too many games, defences are infringing with impunity.The TV Details All the team news, battle areas and TV details you need for the Six Nations match between France and Italy in Marseille – it’s a Friday night clash to savour Six Nations France v Italy PreviewFrench rugby has been wanting a shake-up and this game has it in spades: the first championship match they’ve staged outside Paris, a seldom-seen Friday-night billing, and 11 new faces in the match-day squad. Well, no point doing things by half.France and Italy meet at the 67,000-capacity Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Les Bleus have played Tests there sporadically – this will be their 12th visit this century – and Italy captain Sergio Parisse turned out there during the 2007 World Cup.But it’s hard to overstate this match’s significance because after 184 Five/Six Nations home matches within the sanctuary of their capital, France are upping sticks more than 400 miles.They should receive an outstanding reception and, for Italy in particular, coping with the local and vocal fervour represents a different challenge.Roman theatre: a scrum during last year’s clash at Stadio Olimpico, which France won 40-18 (Getty)Losing runsBoth sides will hope it inspires them to new heights – and how they need something to draw on. The sides occupy the bottom two places in the table and are on chronic runs.France are winless in their previous eight Tests, their last victory being that 20-18 steal at the death against Wales last March.Only four France teams in history have suffered longer winless runs and three of those were in the early years of the national side’s existence. The only postwar France team to similarly struggle was the side of 1968-69, but they had a series against both New Zealand and South Africa in their 11-match barren run.Italy, meanwhile, have lost their previous 14 championship games and defeat this weekend would be an unwanted record for the country.All changeOnce again, there’s been a changing of the guard for France. Coach Jacques Brunel swung the axe after a swathe of players went out drinking after the second-round loss in Edinburgh.My ball: France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina stands tall at Murrayfield (Action Plus/Getty Images)Five of the excluded players, Remi Lamerat, Arthur Iturria, Anthony Belleau, Louis Picamoles and Jonathan Danty, were questioned as potential witnesses by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. All were cleared of any wrongdoing but they’ve been punished as “they failed to respect their duty as international players”, according to an FFR statement.Also omitted is wing Teddy Thomas, the tournament’s top try-scorer with three and the only Frenchman so far who’s looked capable of creating something out of nothing.Centre Mathieu Bastareaud returns after completing a three-week ban for a homophobic slur. Benjamin Fall, Remy Grosso, Hugo Bonneval and Paul Gabrillagues also come into the line-up.“Mathieu brings us his distinctive style of play and his experience,” said Brunel. “He seems to have taken on a new dimension (with Toulon).”Light moment: Francois Trinh-Duc and Mathieu Bastareaud (right) at training this week (AFP/Getty)There’s a familiar look to the pack but, only three games into the tournament, not one back has started every time. The new faces include uncapped 20-year-old Lyon scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud, a replacement.Paying the penaltyFrance made 253 tackles against Ireland in round one, a record for a Six Nations match. Only Johnny Sexton’s miracle kick denied them a shock victory, but against Scotland they subsided after Thomas’s first-half brace of tries.Their on-field discipline has been appalling. Sebastien Vahaamahina’s reckless disregard of the offside laws against Ireland resurfaced in team-mates at Murrayfield. Baptiste Serin took out a cleaner at the ruck to give Greig Laidlaw the chance to make it 17-20, and the Scot was gifted more points when Iturria tackled Stuart McInally beyond the ruck (20-23).By the time flanker Yacouba Camara strayed offside for Laidlaw’s sixth penalty (32-26), the game was up. Related: Scotland 32-26 France match reportWorried: Doesn’t that look say it all? A France fan at Murrayfield (MB Media/Getty)Pub mentalitySuch laxity again in Marseille could open the door for Italy, who got within two points of France on their last trip to Paris two years ago.BBC commentator Eddie Butler says: “Never before have Italy had such a good chance to win,” and one reason for Azzurri optimism is the improving fortunes of the country’s Guinness Pro14 sides, Benetton Treviso and Zebre.Last year they managed just eight wins between them in 44 league matches, but this season they’ve shared 12 wins already and last weekend both triumphed on the road – Treviso at the Dragons and Zebre at Connacht.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The game is live on the BBC.last_img read more

Technology breaking new ground as Canon release incredible angles of Fukuoka try

first_imgTuesday Oct 15, 2019 Technology breaking new ground as Canon release incredible angles of Fukuoka try One of the greatest innovations this Rugby World Cup has seen is the new technology that has allowed Canon to recreate tries at angles that the world has previously not seen. ADVERTISEMENTThis has been done by using footage from multiple fixed cameras around the stadium then stitching them together to create a unique perspective of tries scored.This was first exhibited after the All Blacks’ victory over the Springboks, where George Bridge’s try and the build-up play from the All Blacks was shown from these sweeping angles that are at the centre of the action.Canon have now released another video of Kenki Fukuoka’s first try against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday in their historic victory.WATCH: Passionate fans react to incredible Japan performance against ScotlandThe video captures Timothy Lafaele’s deft grubber kick that was chased down by player of the match Fukuoka, and sees the winger face on charging towards the line in one of the most memorable tries of the competition.This try on 39 minutes looked to be the final nail in the coffin for Scotland, as it gave Japan a 21-7 lead at half time. A try very soon after the break to Fukuoka again meant it was a mammoth task for Scotland to qualify for the quarter-finals, and although they mounted a comeback, Japan were able to secure their first ever play-off spot at a RWC.This was Fukuoka’s first start of the tournament after sustaining a calf injury against South Africa in the warm-up Tests. He is bound to start in the quarter-final against the same opponents, as Japan seek to continue making history at their own Rugby World Cup.ADVERTISEMENTYou can also watch another of Japan’s tries from the same cameras, displaying their brilliant offloading.\ラグビー日本代表 決勝トーナメント進出/10月13日(日)に行われたラグビーW杯2019 日本 対 スコットランド戦のハイライトシーンの「自由視点映像」をキヤノンのスペシャルサイトで公開中。臨場感あふれる映像をご覧ください! #JPNvSCO— キヤノンマーケティングジャパン (@Canon_mj) October 15, 2019 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Entries to Hollis Sponsorship Awards 2012 close this month

first_imgEntries to The Hollis Sponsorship Awards 2012 close on 23 January. The awards, now in their 18th year, are designed to “recognise and reward excellence and effectiveness across all sectors of the sponsorship industry”.Entries can be made by in-house teams, from consultancies and from sponsored organisations/rights-holders.This year the organisers have expanded the number of categories that companies can compete for, reflecting recent developments in the sponsorship business. The media category has been expanded to cover developments across all media including digital. “But we’ve also looked at Arts,” added organisers Rosemary Sarginson. “By adding an Entertainment and Events category we can now cover everything from MTV to Mozart and T in the Park to the Tate Gallery.”The winning entries will be announced at a gala dinner on 27 March 2012 at The London Marriott Grosvenor Entries to Hollis Sponsorship Awards 2012 close this month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 January 2012 | News Tagged with: Awards corporate sponsorshiplast_img read more

On the Picket Line: Muslim Jenni-O workers’ walkout

first_imgMuslim Jenni-O workers’ walkoutIn protest of the boss’s racism and Islamophobia, 35 to 40 Muslim workers at the Jennie-O turkey processing plant in Melrose, Minn., marched into the parking lot instead of clocking in for their 1 p.m. shift on June 10. A worker there since 2015 told Workday Minnesota that problems started after the plant moved to a new facility and management changed the policy regarding daily prayers. The company dictated new prayer times rather than the appropriate number and hours for daily prayer mandated by Islam. (June 10) In a letter shared June 11 with the St. Cloud Times, workers raised how when they met with management, the manager “took off his shirt and threw it at the workers, threatened discipline and asked them to leave the plant.” For now the workers’ heroic action is winning coverage, and they rightly believe the law is on their side: Changes to prayer time violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which guarantees the right to religious accommodations in a nonhostile work environment.Mexican farmworkers strike in NorthwestMexican farmworkers, working through the H-2A-visa guestworker program at King Fuji farm in Mattawa, Wash., went on strike June 13 to protest abusive conditions and retaliation. (The Stand, June 13) The Public News service reports the bosses were intimidating the workers if they didn’t meet what the workers knew were unrealistic production quotas. (June 13)The workers are being represented by the Indigenous-led farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia, affiliated with the state’s AFL-CIO labor council. According to reports, management is constantly threatening workers with deportation or blacklisting.A June 18 entry on the Community 2 Community Facebook page noted the workers were back in the field with “verbal commitments from the company that there will be no blacklisting or retaliations. We have that win but there is no signed paper for the demands of the workers.” Familias Unidas por la Justicia encourages supporters to call 509-628-1619 or email [email protected] and demand that King Fuji sign a legally binding agreement. Move federal workers out of contaminated workplace!Chanting “Federal lives matter,” members of Locals 1136, 3354, 2192 and 96 of the American Federation of Government Employees rallied outside the St. Louis Federal Center on June 6 demanding to be moved because tests, as far back as 2016, show the complex contained 83 hazardous substances. Federal officials knew years ago about that, but did not correct the situation or inform the 2,400 workers at the Social Security Administration, Agriculture Department, General Services Administration and Veterans Affairs. AFGE is calling for their “immediate transfer.” “This is my career that I love doing,” said Darryl Leatherberry, a Marine veteran with the VA for 13 years. “But I should be able to do it in a safe environment.” AFGE is calling for immediate testing of all current and past employees for all contaminates, as well as a congressional investigation into whistleblower retaliation.Asbestos and lead have been removed, and the GSA insists the building is now “within guidelines.” But Local 2192 President Will Grant asserts people would never buy a house with “acceptable levels of contamination.” He noted many cases of cancer, respiratory issues and loss of taste and smell. (Labor Tribune, June 17) Workers’ health and safety is a human right! Women truck drivers join #MeTooA new group of women workers have joined the #MeToo Movement — long-distance truck drivers. The Des Moines Register reported June 5 that 300 drivers filed a class-action lawsuit against CRST (Cedar Rapids Steel Transport), alleging that not only were drivers sexually harassed and assaulted, but others were raped. If the women protested, they were sidelined or forced off the job. The irony is that the drivers often transport Fortune 500 brands that are marketed mostly to women, such as the Gap, Kohl’s, Hobby Lobby, Macy’s, JCPenney and Victoria’s Secret. The workers charge that by using CRST, national retail companies are effectively underwriting the abuse of women workers. Shipping firms like CRST are major conduits in today’s online-sales economy. “Most people don’t even know that women drive trucks,” said Anne Balay, Haverford College professor and author of “Semi Queer,” a collection of true stories by queer truckers. Desiree Wood, founder of REAL Women in Trucking in 2012, said, “They talk about their supply chain, human trafficking, fair trade, but do they even know what’s going on in their domestic supply chain?” ( thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Message of support from Hu Jia for 2010 Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation December 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Message of support from Hu Jia for 2010 Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Ladies and Gentlemen,I send you greetings from Beijing.Today, 10 December, is Human Rights Day, a day dedicated to the basis of freedom, justice and peace throughout the world. It is also the day that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. This day, which belongs to all of humanity, honours those all over the world who fight for peace. No other day has this double meaning, affirming the importance of respect for human rights.Firstly, allow me to give you a brief summary of my experience of the Nobel Peace Prize. Two days ago, 8 December, was the third anniversary of the arrest of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel peace laureate. It was the coldest day of this winter so far in Beijing. I set off for the neighbourhood where petitioners and homeless people gather because I wanted to help them resist the cold and their hunger. But the Beijing political police arrested me on the way, preventing me from going to this “village.” Why? I still do not understand this authoritarian government’s way of thinking. The Chinese Communist Party’s political police regards humanitarianism as its enemy. Not to speak of human rights.While on my way to hospital to receive treatment on 9 August, I decided go to Liu Xiaobo’s home to visit his wife, Liu Xia, without the political police knowing. I was roughly intercepted by the guards who keep the home under surveillance. I asked them what legal grounds they had for preventing me from visiting friends and for restricting Liu Xia’s freedom. The police in charge of Liu Xia’s surveillance quickly arrived and held me for six hours. This is what happens when free citizens try to visit other free citizens. One of the three orders I received from the police in September was a total ban on going to Liu Xiaobo’s home to visit Liu Xia.As a direct witness, I would hereby like to testify to all the government institutions throughout the world, to all the human rights organizations and to all the media that Liu Xia is being detained in a completely illegal manner and is leading a life bereft of any freedom. Even Liu Xiaobo’s brother cannot contact her. All the Chinese foreign ministry statements about her situation are just lies. When someone becomes a political prisoner in China, their parents, spouse and children become political prisoners as well. The people directly responsible for these human rights violations in Beijing are Zhou Yongkang, a member of the party’s Politiburo Standing Committee, who runs the judicial system, and Liu Qi, the party’s Beijing municipal secretary, who is charge of governing the capital. They have abused their power in order to deprive citizens of their civic and democratic rights.After visiting me in prison seven times in a month, the political police finally asked me on 10 December 2008, on behalf of the foreign ministry, public security ministry and the CCP’s Beijing municipal committee, to issue a public statement rejecting the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and rejecting my candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize. In exchange, I would be released on bail within two months in order to receive medical treatment, and I would receive double the amount of money of the two prizes. In prison, often with my hands and feet manacled, I repeatedly felt the desire to recover my freedom and be reunited with my parents, wife and daughter, who was then less than a year old. But all this could not happen at the expense of human dignity.I knew that this prize and this nomination did not concern me but all the Chinese citizens who fight for human rights and who, because of that, are stripped of their own civic rights. Human dignity is not for sale. Principles cannot be broken. Morality cannot be compromised. This shows the moral and judicial influence that the Sakharov Prize and Nobel Prize have on the Chinese government. Regardless of its display of contempt and use of violence, it cannot win. The CCP’s leaders are very worried that these prizes could become a torrent of hot water on their frozen ground.On the morning of 10 October 2008, I suddenly found myself being escorted from my cell in the distant Chao Bai prison in Tianjin to a prison in Beijing, on the south side of the city. The distance that my mother, wife and daughter had to travel for their monthly visits was cut by two thirds, reducing their fatigue. A year later, I learned that it was because I had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and because the 2008 winner had been announced that day. I would like the world to know that being nominated for or being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize provides an unquestionable degree of protection for imprisoned dissidents in China, for those whose individual freedoms have been illegally suppressed. It improves the poor conditions in which they are held. Without it, their situation would be much worse. Liu Xiaobo can be expected one day to testify to the effect of the Nobel Peace Prize on his prison conditions.Liu Xiaobo is in prison because he helped draft “Charter 08.” In the three years since its launch, 13,000 people have signed this charter – only one person out every 100,000 in China. This situation is a result of the terror and online censorship mechanisms that the Chinese leaders have imposed on Chinese society. I signed “Charter 08” shortly after my release earlier this year. My wife, Zeng Jinyan, was one of the first to sign it. At the moment of signing, I felt we were back in the era before the Olympic Games, where we signed many petitions about human rights issues. Back then, we often worked with Liu Xiaobo. I had not imagined that he would end up in prison as a reprisal for the charter.In reality, Liu Xiaobo was not targeted personally. The CCP uses his jail sentence to intimidate all the other Chinese citizens who might continue to promote constitutional democracy. The charter describes the project for a Chinese society that is cherished by part of the Chinese population. We are just reaffirming universal values. Everyone is China has the right to express their vision of an ideal society without being intimidated by the Communist Party’s political police. I believe that the universal values outlined in Charter 08 will enter the Chinese constitution within the next 10 years and will be implemented.Last year, in December 2010, the world saw the empty chair when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Mr. Liu Xiaobo, a citizen of mainland China. A Nobel Peace Prize can often be a source of collective pride for a nation, a country or even a continent. The prize had finally come to China, and biggest and oldest authoritarian empire in the history of the world. I thank the Nobel Peace Prize jury for choosing a Chinese dissident. The controversies that have arisen here and there, within China and abroad, do not matter. What counts is the fundamental principle of freedom. Every citizen accused of “inciting the overthrow of state authority” is innocent. They should be released immediately and unconditionally, and their good name should be rehabilitated. If we believe in justice and democracy, then we have a moral duty to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia to ensure that China becomes a land where the right to personal freedom and free speech prevails.Our adversary is the violent machinery of tyrants. We must resist and change the authoritarian system instead of allowing it to crack down on dissidents and human rights defenders. The authorities exploit our fear, our indifference and the grievances we hold against each other. In the eyes of the dictators, we are all targets for repression. There are no perfect human beings in the real world. Those we call heroes are just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The hero is often someone who constantly has to overcome his own fears in order to keep fighting for freedom. When we want to criticize others, let us first become the heroes of our own principles. In the face of tyranny, our fears stem from our own disagreements, which in turn exacerbate our fear. Let us put aside the differences in our views and in our behaviour and accept the weaknesses of human nature. When we join together and accept each other, we will form a counterweight to the autocratic pressures and we will restore the balance. During this icy political winter, let us reinforce our solidarity.The Nobel Peace Prize website is blocked in China but the Chinese sense what the CCP’s “Beijing wall” wants to block. Like South Africa’s Apartheid regime in the past, China is now the world’s biggest democratic battleground. We have Liu Xiaobo, the blind civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, the artist Ai Weiwei, the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and others. We also have the hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens online and in the real world, who are fighting courageously for their civil rights. China’s democratization concerns the whole world. It is essential in order to guarantee world peace. China has undergone many wars and fratricidal conflicts. It is only by means of rational and progressive democratization that a peaceful transition will be achieved.Today we celebrate the Arab Springs and we hope and prepare for the Beijing Spring. We thank the Nobel Peace Prize committee again for having chosen China. And we thank the world for supporting the Chinese people in its struggle for freedom.Hu Jia Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders is relaying a message from the dissident Hu Jia, who is still under a form of house arrest. Issued on the day of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, this message is addressed to the Nobel prize committee, the international community and the Chinese population. It expresses the strongest possible support for the imprisoned 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, as well as support for all those who are the victims of censorship and who are deprived of their right to free expression. Receive email alerts News News April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF condemns warrant for newspaper editor’s arrest

first_img News News El-Balshy is accused of insulting the interior minister and police, inciting protests and calling for the government’s overthrow in Facebook and Twitter posts. He told local media outlets he had been surprised to hear the official announcement about the warrant as he had not received any summons for questioning.“We call for these charges to be withdrawn,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The situation is serious when the authorities not only harass journalists but also target those who defend them. The authorities must, as a matter of urgency, allow journalists to work normally without fear of reprisals.”Local human rights groups and media personnel condemned yesterday this complaint targeting a journalist who defends his colleagues. The Journalists Syndicate gave the interior ministry a 48-hour deadline (expiring tomorrow) to withdraw or rescind the arrest warrant.El-Balshy said on Facebook that the complaint against him concerned all journalists, both those who are imprisoned and those who are threatened with imprisonment, and the cause of media freedom in general. In February, the Journalists Syndicate held a sit-in to condemn the mistreatment of imprisoned journalists and to demand their release.According to RSF’s tally, at least 23 journalists are currently detained. The trial of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a press photographer also known as Shawkan, finally began on 26 March but was adjourned until 23 April.RSF has meanwhile been unable to obtain any information about the current status of Anwar Al-Sabry, a journalist with the Al-Badil website who was arrested by police at his home on 21 February. His family does not know where he is currently held.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index, Egypt was the world’s fourth biggest prison for journalists in 2015, after China, Eritrea and Iran. Organisation Middle East – North Africa Egypt Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Middle East – North Africa Egypt Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Receive email alerts RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison April 6, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 RSF condemns warrant for newspaper editor’s arrest February 1, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the warrant for the arrest of Khaled El-Balshy, the head of the Journalists Syndicate’s freedoms committee and editor in chief of the independent newspaper Al-Bedaiah. It was issued on 4 April in response to a complaint by the interior ministry. January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The country where Internet users are tortured

first_img Receive email alerts December 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The country where Internet users are tortured News November 12, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the Tunisian court of cassation’s 8 December decision to uphold the heavy prison sentences passed on eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis and reiterated its condemnation of the mistreatment they have received in detention. They were convicted of using the Internet to promote terrorism on the basis of confessions obtained under torture and some downloaded files.Reporters Without Borders said it hoped the organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society were aware of the “cruel irony” that the next summit’s venue in November 2005 – Tunis – was in “a country where you can be imprisoned and tortured just for looking at a website.”The court of cassation upheld their conviction although their trial was marked by serious irregularities. The prosecution submitted print-outs of webpages about automatic firearms and time bombs supposedly visited by the defendants, but did not say where they came from or when they were visited. The court refused to consider the defendants’ claims that they were tortured. Attorney Nadia Nasraoui, a member of the Association for Combatting Torture in Tunisia (ALTT), said the court of cassation’s decision was not surprising. “So far as political trials go, it is extremely rare for the court of cassation to overturn a decision taken by the appeal court,” she said.The Zarzis Internet users, who are nearly all in their early 20s, are being held in cells with many other detainees, where they have to sleep on the ground. Some of them, especially Amor Farouk Chlendi, have scabies and other skin ailments. An ALTT report says they were tortured for the first 10 days after their arrest in February 2003. They were suspended by the ankles for hours and beaten. Some of them were beaten on the soles of their feet, a torture known as “falaqua.”BackgroundSentences of 13 years in prison were imposed by an appeal court on 6 July on Hamza Mahrouk, 21, Amor Farouk Chelandi, 21, who has a French mother, Amor Rached, 21, Abdel-Ghaffar Guiza, 21, Aymen Mecharek, 22, who has German as well as Tunisian citizenship, and Ridha Hadj Brahim, 38. The appeal court also upheld the 26-year sentences previously passed on two defendants who were convicted in absentia: Ayoub Sfaxi, 21, who is living in France, and Tahar Guemir, 20, who has Swedish and Tunisian citizenship and who lives in Sweden. The ninth member of the group, Abderrazak Bourguiba 19, who was tried by a court for minors as he was only 17 at the time, received a 24-month sentence on appeal on 7 July.They were all accused of belonging to a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda although no evidence was ever presented in support of this claim. Their use of the Internet was the pretext for their conviction. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the Tunisian court of cassation’s 8 December decision to uphold the heavy prison sentences passed on eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis and reiterated its condemnation of the mistreatment they have received in detention. December 26, 2019 Find out more News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more