Standard Alliance Insurance Plc ( Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgStandard Alliance Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Standard Alliance Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Alliance Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Alliance Insurance Plc (  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStandard Alliance Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria offering general and risk insurance as well as life assurance and annuity products and services for corporate and high net-worth individuals. Home insurance products cover homeowners, burglary and housebreaking, fire and special perils, risk and computer/electronics insurance. Business insurance products include professional indemnity, consequential loss, goods-in-transit, machinery breakdown, public/product liability, contractors all-risk and fidelity guarantee insurance. Engineering insurance products cover erection and plant all-risks insurance. Special risk insurance covers boiler and pressure vessels, marine cargo and hull, oil and gas, aviation insurance, travel and compulsory insurance. Formerly known as Jubilee Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Standard Alliance Insurance Plc in 1996. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Standard Alliance Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more


Nigerian Breweries Plc ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgNigerian Breweries Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Nigerian Breweries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Breweries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Breweries Plc (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileNigerian Breweries Plc is the largest brewing company in Nigeria producing the nation’s favourite brew, STAR. The company boasts one of the most modern brew houses in the country producing a popular range of lager, stout, malt drinks, ready-to-drink beverages, cider, carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks for local consumption and for export. Lager brands include STAR, Heineken, Gulder, Goldber, “33 Export”, Life, More and Stella; the stout brand is Legend; the malt brand is Amstel Malta; the ready-to-drink brand is Ace Passion; the cider brand is Strongbow Apple Cider; the soft drink brand is fayrouz and the energy drink brand is Climax. Nigerian Breweries Plc has 11 breweries, 2 malting plants and 26 sales depots; enjoys a growing export market; and offers sales and logistic and marketing support to merchants and vendors. Brands in the product portfolio are available in 13 countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States and various countries in Middle-East and West Company. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more


How to assess a company’s directors

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Michael Taylor | Friday, 14th February, 2020 The most important part of a company is the board of directors. These are appointed by shareholders in order to look after shareholders’ investments. Ultimately, the board works for shareholders. And the board can have a very big influence on the company’s prospects, so when investing it’s important that you assess the company’s directors.Check their historyIt’s important to look at a director’s track record in business and see whether they have been successful. If every company they have been at has seen an alarming decline in the share price – we need to know why before we invest.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It could be that the company just wasn’t able to succeed – but it could also be a result of incompetence. We don’t want to be investing in companies that aren’t able to succeed, and we definitely don’t want to be investing in companies with directors with a history of incompetence!Check the board’s diversityIt is well-known that being on a board of directors is very much like an old boys’ network – where friends help each other out in gaining positions of influence. This can lead to some very non-diverse boards. Imagine a tech company that has its main product geared to both male and female teenagers – would we want a board made up of only men over the age of 70? Not only do we need to check the ages and genders of the board members, but also their skillset. Many businesses are now at risk of cyber attack, yet many boards have not managed to mitigate that risk effectively. This is because they don’t understand the risks and therefore can’t come up with an effective solution. Having various skillsets on the board, such as leadership, sales, and cyber knowledge, helps to build a more diverse and more successful board.Check the board’s salary and shareholdingsFinally, we can check the board’s salary and their shareholdings. If the board are paying themselves exorbitant salaries that are increasing every year (we can check this in the annual report), then who are they working for? Are they working for shareholders or are they working for themselves?We should avoid companies where directors are using the company as a vehicle to finance their own lifestyles. Checking their shareholdings (and where those shareholdings came from) is a big clue into the mindset of the director.There is a big difference between £100,000 worth of options and £50,000 of shares paid for by a director’s own money.Ultimately, we want to be investing in companies where the directors are entrepreneurial and stand to lose money if things go wrong, rather than directors who check in and cheque out. Reviewing the quality of the directors on the board will help you avoid bad investments.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” How to assess a company’s directors See all posts by Michael Taylor I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more


Rugby Rant: ‘Forwards rugby’ a drab spectacle

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Luke WalpoleTHE SIGHT of two colossal packs throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at each other is becoming all too common in the northern hemisphere.This year’s Six Nations was far from vintage viewing, setting records for all the wrong reasons: it had the fewest number of tries ever scored (37) and a tries-per-match average of 2.47 – the first time the figure has fallen below three. England scored only one try after the first weekend, yet finished runners-up.Compare that to the halcyon days of 2005 when there were 71 tries at an average of 4.73 a game and it certainly paints a bleak picture.So what’s changed? Well, at the elite level the sport has become fixated on breeding behemoths rather than rewarding skill and ability, a criticism that can be levelled at both forwards and backs. This war of attrition that coaches have signed up to creates mostly dull matches – and fans won’t tolerate it for long. For proof, remember how Saracens supporters booed their own team for negative play in 2009, despite the club being top of the Premiership at the time. Loosening the shackles will improve the players’ skills, increase spectator numbers and create a buzz around the sport. A win-win-win scenario, surely?This was published in the September 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current issue.center_img Coaches seem to be missing a trick. As a warm-blooded Saxon this next claim is hard to stomach, but I believe we should learn from the Aussies. Down Under, union isn’t a main sport, and its fight to attract punters has seen them play an attractive, expansive style.In the Premiership there is so much attacking talent – Kyle Eastmond and Christian Wade to name but two – so it’s senseless to kick for the corners in open play and let the forwards monopolise the match. Purists may disagree and cite that old cliché ‘Forwards decide who wins, backs decide by how many’, but the current climate is suffocating creativity.The whole sporting scenery is saturated, so rugby must try to stand out. Attacking rugby attracts new fans. Although the economic benefit is tangible, the other benefit is more visceral – the more vibrant atmosphere that bigger crowds bring. Even the purists can’t scoff at that.last_img read more


Biggest Six Nations Controversies

first_img 2021 Six Nations Referees Six Nations Fixtures 2022 The 2022 Six Nations… Expand The game was eventually played three weeks later, with the sides grinding out a 17-17 draw – Tommy Bowe scoring a brace.The 100-minute matchLate return: Rabah Slimani came back on in the match against Wales (Getty Images)The middle of the decade was fairly uneventful – until France played Wales in Paris in 2017. Wales led 18-13 thanks to the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, were exhausted from a mammoth defensive effort and the clock was ticking into its final moments.France claimed that their prop, Uini Atonio, was suffering from a suspected concussion so he was taken off for an HIA and replaced by Rabah Slimani, their best scrummager, in the closing minutes.The Wales coaches, particularly Rob Howley, were apoplectic at this, a mood which only worsened when Welsh tighthead Samson Lee was sin-binned after duelling with Slimani.Lee’s replacement Tomas Francis was slow to come on the pitch and the clock kept ticking remorselessly on. France kept winning penalties, choosing to scrum and failing to batter their way over. Eventually Damien Chouly forced his way over and Camille Lopez knocked over the simple conversion to win the match by two points – in the 100th minute.An investigation was later launched to look at the substitution of Atonio but found there was “no clear evidence that there was any intent to obtain a competitive advantage in the match”. Six Nations Venues Who are the referees, touch judges and TMO’s… Conor O’Shea’s ‘anti-rugby’England’s 2017 game against Italy seemed as if it would present no real stumbling block for the men in white, who were undefeated under Eddie Jones.However, Conor O’Shea and Brendan Venter came up with a cunning plan to ensure that the game would not go all England’s way and the Italians were rewarded with a 10-5 half-time lead.The visitors decided to not commit any numbers to the ruck, meaning that without a player from each team present, no breakdown was formed and so the offside line disappeared. Scrum-half Edoardo Gori disrupted the channel between nine and ten, as Danny Care at times seemed utterly confounded by the Italian tactics as pass after pass was disrupted by the rampant Azzurri.England players asked referee Roman Poite for some explanation of what was transpiring, only for Poite to give the immortal reply: “I am sorry. I am a referee, not a coach.”England would go on to win comfortably, but coach  Jones was furious, claiming that “the whole game became a joke” and telling spectators to “ask for your money back”.Concussion confusionTrading places: Antoine Dupont and Maxime Machenaud (Getty Images)France and Ireland’s 2018 meeting is best known for Johnny Sexton’s incredible last-gasp drop-goal. But there was also talk about more French concussion subterfuge.Scrum-half Antoine Dupont went down having injured his right knee late in the game, but when referee Nigel Owens stopped the game, he indicated there was a suspected head injury.It was the independent match-day doctor who indicated that Dupont would be going off for an HIA and this allowed France to bring on a specialist scrum-half for the closing minutes having already used all their replacements.Maxime Machenaud came back on and France won a penalty from a scrum. Anthony Belleau missed the kick, though, setting the stage for Sexton’s Paris party trick.Another investigation was launched but again no wrongdoing was found with the decision to call for an HIA “not made by anyone who was formally connected with the French team”. Six Nations Fixtures 2022 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We give the lowdown on the six venues… Here Jacob Whitehead looks at the biggest controversies to take place during the Six Nations. Six Nations Table 2021 Six Nations Fixtures 2022 2021 Six Nations Referees Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Who is leading the way in the Six… Collapse Six Nations Table 2021 Biggest Six Nations ControversiesThe Six Nations is nearly back. Every team will be resetting to an extent from the Rugby World Cup, but not all discussion will focus on the sides’ performances on the pitch…Controversy never seems to be far away from the Six Nations, with grudges being renewed each and every year. When teams know each other so well, the margins can often be miniscule, and so the smallest edge can prove pivotal. With that in mind, here is Rugby World’s guide to Six Nations controversy…Martin Johnson’s red carpet receptionTalking point: Martin Johnson talks to match officials during the red-carpet controversy (Getty Images)Clive Woodward’s England team were one of the first sides to embrace the philosophy of marginal gains.Ireland traditionally had a lucky left side of the red carpet at Lansdowne Road for when the anthems were sung, but Martin Johnson, claiming ignorance, lined up on the wrong side ahead of the final game of the 2003 championship. Ireland resolutely lined up to their opponent’s left but this led to insufficient red carpet for the dignitaries.Irish officials tried to convince Johnson to move, but the England captain refused, later claiming he’d only have shifted if asked by the referee.Irish President Mary McAleese was forced to get her shoes muddy while England didn’t take a backwards step all game. They went on to win 42-6 in a virtuoso performance, claiming the Grand Slam.Game over for WalesCalling time: Wales captain Gareth Thomas in discussions with referee Chris Whtie at the end of the match (Getty Images)It’s a shame that this controversy overshadowed what should have been a great moment in Six Nations history, namely Italy’s second ever win over Wales and the first time they’d ever won two matches in the same tournament.In their 2007 meeting Wales led deep into the second half, but a Ramiro Pez penalty and Mauro Bergamasco’s 77th-minute try gave the Azzurri belief. Wales had one more shot, as a penalty was awarded to them in the Italian half.Referee Craig White indicated to James Hook that there was time to kick to touch, before shocking the Welsh by blowing the full-time whistle after the fly-half set up a lineout close to the Italian line. White apologised after the match, but it would prove to be little solace for a bemused Wales.Questionable quick lineoutsFour years later in 2011, Wales were the beneficiaries of controversy as the match officials missed an illegal lineout for the crucial score.Wales hadn’t won a home match in seven, but clinical goalkicking brought them to within a point of a Brian O’Driscoll-inspired Ireland. Ronan O’Gara mishit a clearance kick to send the ball out on the full, and Welsh captain Matthew Rees sprinted to the halfway line to mark the spot.A ball-boy presented the hooker with a new ball, which he flung to scrum-half Mike Phillips, who outsprinted Tommy Bowe to score in the corner.The problem was that laws dictate a quick lineout can only be taken with the same ball and providing that it had not been touched by another person. Neither condition was met and Ireland’s chances of winning the championship disappeared into the Cardiff night.Frozen out in FranceCold front: Heaters could not defrost the Stade de France pitch in time for kick-off (Getty Images)Ireland had another reason to be aggrieved in 2012, as their game against France was controversially postponed due to a frozen pitch.It was the first time since 1985 that adverse weather conditions had caused such a delay. Referee Dave Pearson only made the call ten minutes before kick-off, angering a crowd who were sitting in temperatures of -5C, with a wind chill of -11C.The Stade de France pitch does not have undersoil heating, leading many to ask why the game wasn’t played earlier than 9pm, with Paris bathed in winter sunshine earlier in the day. Expand Six Nations Venues Expand Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more


Optimising fundraising with DRTV: Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17

first_img With research revealing DRTV to be highly engaging, attention-grabbing and memorable, it has the potential to be an extremely effective fundraising channel. The Institute of Fundraising and fast.MAP’s Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17 report provides a source for this insight, presenting findings on how donors perceive and interact with DRTV. Here’s some of what the report reveals.(UK Fundraising readers can download the report for free using the code: UKFU16)Donors’ Engagement with DRTVWhile fundraisers correctly predict how engagement with DRTV varies with age, they also underestimate just how much all age groups engage with DRTV.Source: IoF/fast.MAP Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17  114 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Differences were also found amongst donor types. For example, high value donors were found to trust DRTV as a fundraising channel more than low value donors (Trustworthy Index: High Donor, 102 vs. Low Donor, 85), implying that more can be done to build trust when asking for low value donations via TV ads.It’s also interesting to see that DRTV generally ranks highly for being seen as authoritative. This is useful to know as it indicates that it can be used for the purposes of cut through by both small and large charities. Advertisement Optimising fundraising with DRTV: Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Findings reveal DRTV to be a highly engaging channel across all of the profiles studied, with all groups indicating that they engage with this channel at above average levels. Those aged over 55 in particular, engage with DRTV the most (Engagement Index; 55+, 169).Donors’ thoughts on DRTVThe report also provides a look into donors’ attitudes towards DRTV. All profiles rate DRTV highly for being a memorable, attention-grabbing channel with a strong appearance. While donors tend to share these views on DRTV, there are some attributes which prompt mixed perceptions.For example, while all of the age groups studied find DRTV attention-grabbing and memorable, 55+ in particular, associate these attributes of DRTV to a much greater extent than 18-34 and 35-54 year olds (Attention Index; 55+, 208 vs. 136; 18-34, 123 vs. 35-54, 151).Source: IoF/fast.MAP Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17 “One of the most intriguing results from conducting the research was confronting the reality that people will not necessarily respond immediately to an appeal. Understanding what influences donors’ response is key to understanding what can be done to prompt more immediate action. DRTV Optimising Benchmarks is handy for this, providing a benchmarked indication of how a TV ad is likely to perform amongst audiences.”David Cole, Managing Director, fast.MAP Donors’ Response to DRTVFundraisers tend to overestimate donors’ likeliness to respond immediately to DRTV. Findings show that the most common response to DRTV is to donate or respond later. (Donate/Respond Later Index; Overall, 96). This raises the question about whether more can be done to raise the sense of urgency in charity DRTV campaigns. Tools such as DRTV Optimising Benchmarks can be useful in figuring this out, providing a way to evaluate the potential performance of TV ads before their launch.center_img Source: IoF/fast.MAP Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17Industry views on DRTV“DRTV remains one of the most effective and emotional media for engaging new donors. There is no other channel able to tell such moving stories to connect supporters with causes. Both our experience and the survey show that’s where the channel excels; DRTV grabs people’s attention, they are powerful and memorable. If the creative execution is right of course.”Gail Cookson, Fundraising Director, WPN Chameleon Howard Lake | 28 September 2016 | News “DRTV is an important mechanism for charities to reach a wide range of supporters in order to raise awareness of and support for their causes. Because of the nature of TV adverts, it will always be hard for them to feel ‘personalised’ or to be ‘shared’, but as the research shows, DRTV fundraising can do a great job of getting people’s attention and being memorable. To achieve that, the content and style of the adverts must be compelling, interesting and engaging.”Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research, Institute of Fundraising To find out more about how people view and interact with various fundraising channels, download Fundraising Media DNA 2016/17 – free (normally £50) with the following code: UKFU16.  113 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: DRTV Research / statistics 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.last_img read more


Event honors captured Black freedom fighters

first_imgSeveral hundred people filled New York’s Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center on Jan. 17 for the 20th Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of our Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War. In this photo, Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, which sponsored the dinner, speaks to these families and with some former political prisoners who were asked to the stage. She honors fallen political prisoners and especially Herman Ferguson, who, with partner Iyaluua Ferguson — pictured sitting with a cane — started these dinners to raise commissary funds and build support for political prisoners. To the right of Ferguson is former political prisoner Lynne Stewart.Dequi explained, “Our political prisoners are living in a nightmare reality that most people could never imagine. Our political prisoners are the vanguard. … The task is to inspire more people to be active. Freedom will not happen without demands from us!”Former political prisoner Sekou Odinga also spoke, telling of the repressive racist conditions behind the walls and offering ways that people could be supportive. For more information visit and ‘like’ MXCC on Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Cap and gown shipments delayed, off-color versions handed out for 2020, 2021 graduates

first_imgprintDelays from a graduation vendor are causing long lines and some students to be turned away from picking up their cap and gown until more shipments arrive. Jostens, TCU’s regalia vendor, began passing out cap and gowns to both 2020 and 2021 graduates on Tuesday. A delivery delay last week pushed back the start date from Monday. A look at the line to pick up graduation regalia Thursday (Benton McDonald/TCU360)By Thursday, students had reported lines stretching multiple hours at the TCU Bookstore to pick up their regalia. Some were being told that their items were not in stock after getting to the front of the line and told to come back later. An email sent out by the university Thursday morning acknowledged the delays in distributing the items to the more than 2,500 graduates from the combined classes of 2020 and 2021. The email added that Jostens will double their number of representatives to distribute regalia in an effort to shorten wait times. Different shades of purpleWhile some soon-to-be graduates have yet to receive their cap and gown, others who did began noticing that they were receiving two different shades of purple.“I wasn’t aware I was getting the wrong shade of purple,” Drew Stewart, a senior environmental policy and sustainability major said. “Jostens actually gave me the completely wrong size the first time, and I had to replace it.”Stewart compared his shade of cap and gown to the shade students normally wear. (Photo Courtesy: Drew Stewart)He had some sharp words for the company. “If I were Jostens, I would simply have practiced some quality control before delivering the wrong colors to TCU,” Stewart said.Ashley Travis, a senior criminal justice and psychology major, said she and her roommates also got the wrong shade.“I went to pick my gown up at the bookstore and they didn’t have my order ready, so they freaked it from a box on the side,” Travis said. “I didn’t know it was the wrong color until a friend asked me about the variety of shades of purple.”TCU’s email on the delays Thursday also addressed the color disparity. Students who received “off-color” regalia can exchange it from 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the bookstore, or from 10:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. Friday in the tunnel entrance to Schollmaier Arena.If students are unable to make those times but wish to exchange their gown, they are able to before each ceremony in the tunnel entrance, according to the email.More shipments of caps and gowns are also expected this afternoon. The first graduation ceremony, for the class of 2020, is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday. Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter Seniors received off-color gowns but will be able to exchange them for the correct shade of purple. (Photo Courtesy of Ashley Travis) Facebook Alexandra Preusser + posts Alexandra Preusser is a sophomore journalism major and business minor from Wilmington, North Carolina. She has worked with TCU360 as a sports journalist. She is also an intern with the TCU Athletics Communications Department. Facebook Director of baseball operations shares her journey into sports ReddIt ReddIt Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site to open Saturday outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Alexandra Preusser Linkedin TCU Gives Day raises money for scholarships and department funds Alexandra Preusser Alexandra Preusser Alexandra Preusser Previous articleGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced storeNext articleFormer Fort Worth, TCU Police Department officer dies of COVID-19 and on-duty injury complications Alexandra Preusser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU alumna shares her story as a survivor of breast cancer Linkedinlast_img read more


Radio journalist gets 25 years on conspiracy charges

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Rwanda News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more News March 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gets 25 years on conspiracy charges RwandaAfrica Newscenter_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that a Kigali court has sentenced religious radio station director Cassien Ntamuhanga to 25 years in prison for allegedly conspiring against the government.Cassien Ntamuhanga, who ran Amazing Grace radio, was convicted on 27 February of forming a criminal gang, conspiracy against the established government or president, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiracy to murder. He pleaded not guilty on all charges when the trial began last November. His lawyer said he will appeal.“We are outraged by the Kigali court’s decision to sentence the journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga to 25 years in prison,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.“This harsh and disproportionate sentence reflect the authoritarian nature of President Kagame’s government and its growing desire to gag all dissent in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections, when Kagame could be tempted to run for another term although the constitution currently forbids this. We call for this verdict to be overturned on appeal.”The prosecution requested a life sentence for Ntamuhanga and his three co-defendants. One of them, the very popular singer Kizito Mihigo, got a ten-year jail term after pleading guilty. Demobilized soldier Jean-Paul Dukuzumuremyi got 30 years. The third co-defendant, Agnès Niyibizi, was acquitted on a charge of acting as treasurer of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition party in exile that the government regards as a “terrorist” organization.All four were arrested in April 2014, at a time when Rwanda was commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide and many people were criticizing a growing government crackdown.Colleagues say Ntamuhanga never had any problems until he was reported missing on 7 April 2014. The police finally confirmed a week later that he was in their custody without saying where he was arrested, leading the Rwanda Media Commission to suggest that he was held illegally from 7 to 14 April.During his trial, Ntamuhanga accused the police of detaining him illegally and extracting a confession under duress.Rwanda is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 13, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports RwandaAfrica Help by sharing this information last_img read more


Privately-owned TV broadcasts blacked out after declaration of Emergency rule

first_imgNews Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern after Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule and ordered a halt to broadcasts by privately-owned TV in all the country’s major cities. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today expressed deep concern after Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule and ordered a halt to broadcasts by privately-owned TV in all the country’s major cities. Mobile phone communications were also cut in some regions as the constitution was suspended and the country plunged into a deep political crisis. In Islamabad, police surrounded the Supreme Court which was due to give its verdict over the next few days on the legality of the president’s re-election on 6 October.The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) was ordered by the president’s office to halt all private cable and satellite broadcasts of all regional and national channels, particularly news channels. Only Pakistani public television PTV, on which the president was due to speak in the evening, was allowed to continue broadcasting. Otherwise just a few entertainment channels were left untouched. Blackouts were first imposed in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Lahore before being extended to other cities such as Karachi and Peshawar. Mobile phone communications were frequently interrupted in the capital.“The government headed by General Musharraf is certainly confronted with a number of challenges, including violence by the most radical Islamist groups, but that is not a reason to impose a state of emergency and to restrict press freedom in this way,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The illegality of this latest coup has been confirmed by the supreme court. The head of state should listen to it and cancel this decision which has dramatic consequences for freedom of expression. We urge the government and the army to quickly allow a resumption of broadcasts by the Pakistani television channels and allow the press to work freely and safely,” the organisation saidPakistan is in 152nd position in Reporters Without Borders world press freedom rankings released in October 2007. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further News November 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Privately-owned TV broadcasts blacked out after declaration of Emergency rule Receive email alertslast_img read more


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