Boss Gaming eyes sportsbook launch in Q2

first_img Gambling software developer Boss Gaming Solutions has announced plans to launch a new sportsbook product before the end of the second quarter as part of a wider brand expansion 3rd March 2020 | By contenteditor Boss Gaming eyes sportsbook launch in Q2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Gambling software developer Boss Gaming Solutions has announced plans to launch a new sportsbook product before the end of the second quarter as part of a wider brand expansion.Boss said that the white label sportsbook will go live across all of its brands, in a development it believes will add more value and maturity to its products.The launch forms part of a three-step growth strategy for 2020, which will also include a major focus on building relationships in new markets and developing its ‘ThunderSpin’ online slot studio.“Expansion is part of the growth and a desire to explore further grounds has always been our goal,” said Jeff Letlat, who took over as chief executive at Boss. last April. “Innovation does not have limits and that is the beauty of the gaming industry.“A year ago, we were a casino platform provider barely known in the industry, yet today we are a fast growing company which covers all aspect of gaming: games studio, white label provider and an operator with multiple licences.”“Regarding our white label services, our aim is to add sportsbook by the end of Q2 which will definitely add more value and maturity to our products and increase our resources in our HQ of Malta.”In terms of expansion, Letlat said that the developer will focus on deepening its roots in Europe, as well as explore growth opportunities in both Asia and Latin America. This will include expanding the reach of ThunderSpin games studio.“As a group, Boss Gaming Solutions is gaining more value knowing that we have launched our gaming studio ThunderSpin where the games are already live for many of our partners in Asia, LATAM as well Europe,” Letlat said.“Going forward we will also be establishing a presence in LATAM where we offer our white label services from Q4 2020. As per ThunderSpin.com our main focus is to solidify roots in Europe as well as testing the environment in Asia.”Letlat added: “We believe in innovation as long as it contributes to a better user experience hence why this year we will launch sportsbook across our brands and continue our growth in markets such as Asia, Europe and Latin America. “As an independent studio, our approach is a very simple – we will deliver a modern approach with maximum entertainment.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgTanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileTanzania Breweries Limited produces, distributes and sells malt beer in Tanzania, as well as non-alcoholic malt beverages and alcoholic fruit beverages. The company markets its own products under the following liquor brands; Safari Lager, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, Ndovu Special Malt and Konyagi. Tanzania Breweries also produces and distributes Castle Lager, Castle Milk Stout, Castle Lite, Peroni and Redds Premium Cold under license from SABMiller International BV. It also distributes international wines and spirits under license from Distell (Pty) Limited of South Africa. It is the largest and oldest brewing company in Tanzania, with breweries in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Mbeya. Tanzania Breweries Limited is a subsidiary of SABMiller Africa BV. Tanzania Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Puma Energy Zambia Plc HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgPuma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Puma Energy Zambia Plc (PUMA.zm)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePuma Energy Zambia Plc markets and distributes petroleum products and lubricants in Zambia; ensuring a secure, safe and affordable supply to the following sectors: business-to-business, retail, lubricant, aviation, bitumen, liquefied petroleum gas, storage, supply, bunkering, wholesale, marine systems and refining. It also owns 53 service stations, located in the main towns and cities of Zambia. Puma Energy Zambia is a subsidiary of Puma Energy International BV; a global energy business with integrated midstream and downstream operations in 50 countries across five continents. The Puma brand was created in Argentina in 1929 and founded to transport and market crude oil and its by-products. The energy company has undergone exceptional growth and now boasts an international footprint that includes the Americas, Africa, Europe and Middle East/Asia Pacific. Puma Energy Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgDar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileDar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is a stock exchange in Tanzania where stock brokers and traders can buy and sell securities such as shares of stock and bonds and other financial instruments. It was incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee in 1996 and started operating in 1998. It is a member of the African Stock Exchanges Association with 24 listed companies, 10 licensed brokers and 3 custodian banks. The DSE launched a second-tier market in 2013, the Enterprise Growth Market (EGM), with lower listing requirements; designed to attract small and medium companies with high growth potential. In 2015, the DSE changed its registration status from being limited by guarantee to being limited by shares. It is the third Exchange in Africa to demutualise after the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). The DSE operates in close association with the Nairobi Securities Exchange in Kenya and the Uganda Securities Exchange in Uganda. Plans are underway to integrate the three to form a single East African bourse. DSE is based in Dar es Salaam which is the commercial capital and largest city in Tanzania.last_img read more

Robshaw, Ashley-Cooper and Lancaster preview England vs Wallabies Test

first_imgThursday Nov 27, 2014 Robshaw, Ashley-Cooper and Lancaster preview England vs Wallabies Test England have named Billy Twelvetrees in their starting XV to take on the Wallabies at Twickenham this coming weekend. The Gloucester back’s selection means that Owen Farrell moves to the bench, while George Ford is retained at flyhalf. The Wallabies have now also named their team.England go in to the game as slight underdogs with current odds of 11/10 for the win, as opposed to Australia who are 10/11 favourites.England coach Stuart Lancaster said that he was pleased with Twelvetrees’ commitment of late.“It’s good to be able to give Billy his first start of the series,” he said.“He took on board the feedback we gave him when he first came into camp and he has worked hard both with us and at Gloucester and deserves his chance.”Skipper Chris Robshaw says that they want to end on a high ahead of the Six NationsAustralia meanwhile have named a starting line-up which includes three changes from the team that lost to Ireland in Dublin at the weekend. Tevita Kuridrani is unavailable due to an ankle injury, so Adam Ashley-Cooper moves to outside centre, with Rob Horne starting on the wing.Impressive youngster Sean McMahon returns to the starting XV at blindside flanker, while the rest of the line-up is effectively unchanged on the occasion of lock Rob Simmons’ 50th Test. The bench will be finalised and announced closer to the match.Ashley-Cooper spoke about their previous encounter with England and says that despite things not going entirely their way on this tour, they are now are more settled side.“We’re in far better shape than at the beginning of the tour,” said the Wallaby centurion.England Team1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 25 caps)2. Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 60 caps)3. David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 40 caps)4. Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 35 caps)6. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 33 caps7. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 31 caps, captain)8. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 26 caps)9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps)12. Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 15 caps)13. Brad Barritt (Saracens, 21 caps)14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 3 caps)15. Mike Brown (Harlequins, 32 caps)16. Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)17. Matt Mullan (Wasps, 8 caps)18. Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps)19. George Kruis (Saracens, 3 caps)20. James Haskell (Wasps, 52 caps)21. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 15 caps22. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 28 caps23. Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 6 caps)Australia team: 1. James Slipper (Queensland Reds- 62 Tests)2. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds – 35 Tests)3. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs – 51 Tests)4. Sam Carter (ACT Brumbies – 10 Tests)5. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds – 49 Tests)6. Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rebels – 2 Tests)7. Michael Hooper (c – NSW Waratahs – 41 Tests)8. Ben McCalman (Western Force – 37 Tests)9. Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs – 27 Tests)10. Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs – 17 Tests)11. Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs – 24 Tests)12. Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies – 20 Tests)13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs – 103 Tests)14. Henry Speight (ACT Brumbies – 1 Test)15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs – 28 Tests)16. James Hanson (Queensland Reds – 8 Tests)17. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs – 71 Tests)18. Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies – 71 Tests)19. Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs – 7 Tests)20. Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels – 2 Tests)21. Nic White (ACT Brumbies – 18 Tests)22. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds – 52 Tests)23. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs – 48 Tests)Videos via @rugbymediaADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… 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 TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ 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. 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The Fundraising Guide for Chairpersons: Seven Steps to Coordinating Non-profit and Church Organizations Fund-raising Events

first_img  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Fundraising Guide for Chairpersons: Seven Steps to Coordinating Non-profit and Church Organizations Fund-raising Events Howard Lake | 21 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

An Post to help homelessness charity with corporate card scheme

first_img Howard Lake | 14 November 2016 | News Homelessness charity the Peter McVerry Trust has partnered with the Irish postal service’s new AdMailer service to produce corporate Christmas cards that will raise money for the charity at Christmas.AdMailer allows companies to design their own corporate Christmas cards from templates. These are then printed, placed in envelopes and delivered by An Post within three days.Companies can use the new service to design their own corporate Christmas cards. They can add their own photographs and select from a range of design templates. They can of course include marketing messages, should they wish, alongside their Christmas and New Year greetings.The cost of each AdMailer.ie greeting card is €1.50, including postage anywhere in Ireland, with a minimum order of 200 cards. 20% of every sale is donated to the Peter McVerry Trust. An Post sales and marketing director Liam Sheehan told the Irish Times:“Talking to customers in firms large and small, from SMEs to multinationals, we know there’s a real understanding of the power of a personal greeting at Christmas… An email just doesn’t cut it at this time of year.”Pat Doyle, Chief Executive of the Peter McVerry Trust, said:“The winter months are a particularly active time for our charity, and this additional support by An Post and Irish businesses will assist us in providing more keys to homes for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.”An Post’s AdMailer.ie team will assist and advise business customers on their card design and mailing. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Charity Christmas Cards christmas corporate Ireland An Post to help homelessness charity with corporate card scheme   151 total views,  1 views today  152 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Macron’s promises deliver little to workers, Yellow Vests

first_imgHerrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris, and wrote this commentary on April 30. Workers World staff translated it.President Emmanuel Macron was initially scheduled to deliver his televised speech on April 15 in response to the Yellow Vests’ demands and present his long-awaited measures. He escaped this perilous exercise at the last moment when the terrible fire broke out at Notre-Dame Cathedral — a masterpiece of humanity’s cultural heritage owned by a government that has been neglecting its national treasures for many years, assets that a weak head of state proved incapable of protecting.Just after April 15, several presidential proposals were leaked to the public. According to instructions from the Elysée Palace [the French version of the White House], the media kicked up the suspense, in the style of advertising campaign slogans: “There will be a before and an after.” “Nothing will remain as it was.” “Surprise in sight.”  What could be expected from a president who announced mid-January, during the launch of his ”National Great Debate,” that he would not change his course?On the afternoon of April 25 His Majesty’s slender silhouette put on its show, all smiles, in front of an audience of ministers and supporters, the bowed and arched backs of the valets of high finance. For those who previously had the inconvenience of having to undergo one of the current French president’s speeches, the habit has been established: Macron, a former apprentice actor, is so accustomed to [using] sentences with such emphatic and overplayed lyricism, such obsolete and preposterous expressions, such hollow, ambiguous, distorted and essentially false formulas, that nobody understands precisely — and above all nobody believes — a word he says anymore. We are at that point — and fed up with it.Faced with the ecological emergency, what does the president of the French Republic propose? Compliance with the Paris 2015 Climate Agreement? Funding? A frontal fight against the lobbies of industrial polluters? Think about it!More fitting for Macron: the creation of an “Environmental Defense Council!”  Shameful, criminal renunciation! Environmentalists, “climate walkers” and all the activists of “The deal of the century” (a campaign organized by a group of associations that gathered more than 2 million signatures and sued the state for its inaction in the fight against global warming) have not finished demonstrating!Faced with the need for democracy and participation, what was Emmanuel Macron’s solution? The citizens’ initiative referendum, the demand of the Yellow Vests and the direct democracy mechanism allowing citizens to involve the population through a referendum without the agreement of the executive or the legislature?No! Instead, a local initiative referendum (which has already existed since 2003), a tiny change (not much) toward a more proportional voting system for electing deputies and the announced abolition of the National School of Administration (soon to be replaced by [private] business schools). No progress in the businesses, in the civil service. The oligarchy is afraid of the people!Will he Macron do anything to increase purchasing power? No!He plans no increase in the minimum wage, family allowances or other social benefits. Nothing at all then? Yes: a boost for “single mothers,” who are raising their children alone, enabling them to receive the alimony due from their former spouse. Macron has probably forgotten that a law (passed in 2016, obviously not applied) already exists on this question! And above all, there is no assistance for single women who are most in need: those to whom the father of their child(ren) has the option not to pay alimony to raise their offspring!No help for retireesRetired workers? The president has cut 6 percent of their purchasing power for almost two years. By announcing the re-indexation on inflation of pensions of less than 2,000 euros per month only (Is it constitutional? Because retirement is a universal right resulting from the payment of contributions over the course of employment.), Macron is only giving pensioners a small part of what he has stolen from them. He claims that no retiree will receive less than 1,000 euros per month. The minimum retirement pay is currently 962 euros, so this generosity corresponds to an additional 38 euros per month! However, an existing law already stipulates that the minimum pension must exceed 85 percent of the minimum wage, i.e., 1,175 euros. Find the discrepancy. [1,000 euros = $1,117 on May 2]What about taxation? Were they going to restore the tax on great wealth — as 9 out of 10 French people want? Or increase taxes on the ultra-rich, by introducing, for example, new brackets of personal income tax for the wealthiest taxpayers? Or abolish the value-added tax [a consumption tax levied on products at every point of sale where value has been added] on essential goods? Or finally track down tax evasion? You’ve got to be kidding!Then what? The President replied: There will be a report commissioned (for the autumn) from the Court of Auditors on tax optimization without any action being taken before then; and the cancellation of “some tax loopholes for companies,” by maintaining the “tax credit for competitiveness and employment” — the largest tax loophole offered by the capitalist state to large French capitalists (for a total of 20 billion euros per year, plus an equivalent reduction in social contributions in the amount of billions). Thank you, Macron!Let’s be thorough. There will also be a reduction in income tax (IRPP) “for all.” The problem: fewer than half of the French pay this tax — which is the fairest of all, however, because it depends on the remuneration received, which is relatively progressive and direct (unlike the value added tax, which is a sales tax) and — in quite exceptional cases — comparatively lower in France (3.5 percent of the gross domestic product) than elsewhere in Europe or among the 36 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The 55 percent of French people who do not pay the IRPP are mainly the poorest. So they will not benefit from tax cuts!The movement of Yellow Vests was originally mobilized against the increase in fuel taxes. Today, the price of petrol is at its highest in France; the car is the most heavily taxed of consumer goods and, between maintenance expenses, insurance premiums and roadworthiness tests, the car budget has increased by more than 10 percent over the last 12 months.These announcements by Macron do not meet the deep expectations of the Yellow Vests, nor of the French people as a whole. Rather, their goal is to consolidate the right-wing and center-right electoral bloc which is the current political base of the president of the Republic. The changes will not quell the anger. Especially since the continuation of the “reforms” has been reconfirmed: cuts to pensions, civil services and unemployment benefits. Storm warning for the coming days!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Freedom of information under threat from new anti-terrorism bill

first_img FranceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Receive email alerts The bill has aroused broad criticism, both of its form and its substance. As it stands, the draft could undermine freedom of information since it reduces the legal protection for journalists, allows websites to be blocked without a court order and increases surveillance with no guarantees for the confidentiality of sources.As far as its form goes, the procedure being used to fast-track it through sets a two-week deadline for discussion in parliament, instead of the usual six weeks, preventing genuine democratic debate.“Too often when new security legislation is tabled, the lawmaker concerned has to be reminded of the need to guarantee basic rights,” said Prisca Orsonneau, a member of the Paris bar and coordinator of Reporters Without Borders’ Legal Committee.“Criminalising expressions of opinion, blocking access to websites, extending investigative powers to the detriment of the confidentiality of sources… These worrying provisions contained in articles 4, 9 and 14 make it essential to allow time for reflection and democratic debate. Using a fast-track legislative procedure is clearly not the right way to go.Article 4 of the bill removes the crimes of “provoking acts of terrorism” and “advocating terrorism” from the 1881 press law and inserts them into the criminal code. It sets a penalty of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros. Disseminating the offending remarks via the Internet would be considered an aggravating factor and would increase the sentence to seven years.The use of the term “advocating” implies an opinion, rather than an act, would at issue, which raises a problem. The safeguards contained in the 1881 law are aimed precisely at avoiding the penalization of expressions of opinion. Could journalists or netizens be prosecuted under the criminal code, for example, for sharing a video that is posted online by a terrorist organization, or for giving a voice to members of terrorist networks? In an interview with Le Monde, Christine Lazerges, president of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), expressed her concern about article 4, noting that “all matters relating to freedom of expression should remain within the 1881 law”.Article 9 gives “the administrative authority the option to ask Internet service providers to block access to sites that provoke acts of terrorism or advocate them”. The blocking procedure described in the draft is unclear. Who draws up the list of sites to be blocked? What are the criteria? The bill provides for referral to a judge but without giving him or her the power or the independence to have any real control.In 2010, RWB expressed its objections to the extra-judicial blocking of websites at the time parliament was voting on a new domestic security law known as Loppsi2. At that time, the Socialist Party, then in opposition, also opposed the law, which it considered repressive. Extra-judicial blocking of websites entails a clear risk of over-blocking. The impact assessment that accompanies the bill states that in 2013, more than half the reports of sites advocating terrorism concerned social networks, mainly Facebook and Twitter. ISPs are now faced with the technical impossibility of blocking a single Facebook page or one Tweet.Blocking mechanisms are becoming less effective as software to bypass them, such as VPN, Tor or proxy servers, becomes easier to use. Blocking content can be counter-productive since it forces terrorist networks to use more complex encryption methods, making the investigators’ work more difficult. Thus it is an ineffective measure, as has been pointed out by the National Council of Digital Technology. Article 14 broadens the current provisions for tapping data that is recorded or typed on a computer to include images. Although such investigative methods may be legal, they should be used without violating the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. With this in mind, Reporters Without Borders reiterates that the 2010 law on the confidentiality of sources does not contain sufficient guarantees and needs a major overhaul.While investigation and surveillance methods pile up in France with the proliferation of security legislation, such as article 13 of the Military Programming Law, there is an urgent need for new safeguards. Exceptions to the rules on confidentiality of sources must be spelled out and only a liberty and custody judge should be allowed to waive it.The use of the fast-track procedure is highly dangerous, seen against the background of the parliamentary debate on digital technology and given that the bill is an extremely serious piece of legislation.In a view on the security and terrorism law expressed in December 2012, the CNCDH said: “The fast-track procedure does not allow Parliament to function normally and take adequate account of rights and freedoms.” News Help by sharing this information News News July 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of information under threat from new anti-terrorism bill FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says On 9 July, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve tabled a bill in cabinet that is designed to strengthen anti-terrorism provisions. It contains three articles that could prejudice freedom of information and damage news organizations. Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Editor freed after being held for five months for “offensive” cartoon

first_img Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today of Mehrdad Qassemfar, the editor of the Friday supplement of the pro-government daily Iran. He was released from Evin prison after paying 300 million rials (about 27,000 euros) in bail. Qassemfar and cartoonist Mana Neyestani had been arrested on 23 May on a charge of “inciting ethnic divisions” because a cartoon published in the supplement was considered offensive by Iran’s Azeri minority. Neyestani was freed on 1 September.———————————————————–24.05.2006 Political manoeuvre seen in newspaper’s closure, arrest of editor and cartoonistReporters Without Borders today condemned the closure of the governmental daily Iran yesterday for “inciting ethnic divisions” and called for the release of Mehrdad Qassemfar, the editor of its Friday supplement, and Mana Neyestani, one of his cartoonists, who are being held in Evin prison on the orders of Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi.The moves against the newspaper follow a series of angry demonstrations by members of Iran’s ethnic Azeri minority in Tabriz and other towns in the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan, which were set off by a cartoon in the newspaper’s supplement on 12 May.“These two journalists are convenient scapegoats for a government that has been scared by large-scale protests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The cartoons published by the newspaper Iran may have lit the initial fuse, but the protests of the past few days in Tabriz were directed at the government’s policies towards the population of this multi-ethnic province. Qassemfar and Neyestani have been thrown in prison simply because it suits the authorities.”The children’s section of the 12 May supplement included a cartoon of a cockroach asking “What?” in the Azeri language. After several street protests, the newspaper (which is owned by the official news agency Irna) said it apologised to all those who took offence and announced that Neyestani had been fired.More than 50 people were arrested during an anti-government demonstration by thousands of Azeris on 22 May in Tabriz outside the headquarters of the governor of East Azerbaijan province.Iran is the Middle East’s biggest prison for the press, with a total of eight journalists and webloggers currently detained. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are on a list of 38 leading predators of press freedom worldwide which Reporters Without Borders compiles each year. Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran October 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor freed after being held for five months for “offensive” cartooncenter_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation last_img read more