AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address 16th August 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: US Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Poker The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.The Department has filed a notice to appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, seeking to overturn the verdict issued by New Hampshire District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro in June.Following a legal challenge by New Hampshire Lottery against the DoJ’s revised stance on the Act, Barbadoro ultimately ruled that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.The 1961 Act prohibits the use of wire communication facilities to transmit “bets or wagers” across state lines, and has been the subject of much scrutiny and dispute over the scope of these prohibitions.A 2011 interpretation from the DoJ concluded that the Act only applied to sports betting – a move which paved the way for the launch of online gaming and lottery products in a number of states. However, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) took a different view in January this year.An opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Engel stated that while the Wire act was “not a model of artful drafting”, “all but one of its prohibitions sweep beyond sports gambling”.While seen as a major victory for opponents of online gaming, the interpretation created huge uncertainty for state governments, licensed operators and state lotteries. This prompted a challenge from the New Hampshire Lottery, backed by a number of other states, and industry trade association iDEA Growth.Read the full story on iGB North America. DoJ prepares appeal against Wire Act ruling Casino & games The Department of Justice (DoJ) has finally confirmed its intention to appeal the New Hampshire court ruling that set aside its revised opinion on the 1961 Wire Act.
Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) 2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAXA Mansard Insurance Plc is an insurance and asset management company in Nigeria. The company offers solution products for motor, life, travel, education and commercial insurance as well as financial advisory services, portfolio and risk management services and investment consulting services. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Trans-Century Limited (TCL.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Trans-Century Limited (TCL.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Trans-Century Limited (TCL.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Trans-Century Limited (TCL.ke) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileTrans-Century Limited is an infrastructure company offering services and expertise in power infrastructure, infrastructure projects and engineering infrastructure. Power infrastructure includes manufacturing electrical cables, overhead conductors, power and control cables, data and communication cables, instrumentation and control cables, mining cables, transformers and switchgear. Infrastructure projects include critical energy and transport infrastructure which supports key pillars of the domestic and export economy. Engineering infrastructure includes providing services for mechanical engineering, civil engineering, transport and logistics and craneage and erection services. Trans-Century Limited has operating divisions in 14 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa. The company was established in 1997 by a group of leading Kenya professionals and investors looking to invest in growth sectors in Africa. Its head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Trans-Century Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) 2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Previous articleMighty Realty Celebrates 10 Years of Service to ApopkaNext articleOrange County Impact Fees Benefit Community Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your comment! 6 COMMENTS June 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm Jay Gervasi There is nothing about that court decision that affects insurance rates — period. Shame on the reporters and the newspaper for printing such ipse dixit. They say it, you lap it up with no vetting at all? The court decision says claimants’ lawyers get a reasonable fee — deducted from the proceeds of recovery, NOT paid by industry. Before parroting such drivel as you have done here, read the decision… ask some questions… do a little homework. It’s called journalism, guys. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply June 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm This is more spin by big business. The benefits have not changed and therefore, the rates should not change. The only time the Insurance company has to pay the claimant’s attorney, is when it is found that the insurance company wrongfully denied benefits. If carriers would simply stop wrongfully denying benefits, they wouldn’t have to worry about attorneys fees at all. Employers should demand no rate increase and demand better adjusting from their insurance carriers. Jane-Robin Wender June 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm Why would insurance rates go up by protecting the constitutional rights of the families of injured workers? Unless, of course, those families were being exploited by unscrupulous insurance companies, right?Jay Fishman, the CEO of Traveler’s insurance (one of the largest workers’ comp insurance companies) got paid $25.488 Million last year. I am pretty sure his lawyers are paid pretty well; and I am pretty sure, we all know why he wants the families of inured workers to not be able to afford to pay for good lawyers too. Because it cuts into the $2,000,000 a month he pays himself. How does this increase the costs to employers or insurance companies? The injured workers pay a percentage of their cash benefits to their lawyers. This is called a “contingent fee.” It may cost the worker a little more to get a lawyer, but there is nothing about this that will increase costs to employers or insurance companies. Those entities are not paying the legal fees of the workers’ lawyers, right? Unless, of course, you are tacitly admitting that unrepresented injured workers have been getting shortchanged by employers and insurance carriers, and now that more lawyers will be willing to help those workers, less shortchanging by insurance carriers will result in higher premiums. Is that what you mean? Please enter your name here L.T. King June 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm June 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm The business leaders are obscuring the truth. The reason costs had decreased in Florida is that the fee schedule deterred lawyers from taking cases, which placed large numbers of injured workers at the mercy of insurance companies. That allowed the companies to cheat the workers out of benefits, which, of course, cut costs. The Florida Supreme Court decision was based on the unconstitutionality of a law that essentially prevented one side of the cases from getting lawyers. Which is a perfectly appropriate decision, unless you think it is fair to have a system in which working people have to face insurance company lawyers, without lawyers of their own. I can see why business interests liked that. Who would,’t want to save money by using an unfair advantage to cheat the other side? Bob Bollinger Florida businesses are complaining about a proposed increase in the cost of workers compensation insurance.The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has just asked the state to consider a rate hike that would increase the cost of workers’ compensation insurance to employers by 17%.The council submitted its filing to the Office of Insurance Regulation last week. If approved, it would take effect August 1st.According to the NCCI’s news release the increase would cost Florida business owners $623 million annually and make Florida the most expensive state in the southeast part of the country.NCCI blames the proposed increase on a Florida Supreme Court decision, Castellanos v. Next Door Company, which struck down Florida’s workers compensation law’s legal fee schedule as unconstitutional.The schedule capped how much lawyers could make to the following; 20 percent of the first $5,000; 15 percent of the next $5,000 and 10 percent of the remaining amount of benefits they helped secure.Business groups reacted.The Florida Chamber of Commerce published this statement; “With job creators facing a 17.1 percent workers’ compensation rate increase, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today encourages the Florida Legislature to put small businesses and injured workers before personal injury trial lawyers through whatever means necessary.”“We’ve led efforts for more than 10 years to help lower workers compensation rates by almost 60 percent, and now that personal injury trial lawyers and an activist court are forcing rates to likely skyrocket, we’re not about to back down,” said Mark Wilson, the Chamber’s president and CEO.“The Florida Chamber will lead the charge to ensure small businesses aren’t crushed under the weight of increased workers’ comp rates, and that workers’ have access to quality health care so they can return quickly back to work,” he added.The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) released the following statement attributed to its General Counsel Tammy Perdue; “Today’s ruling on the Castellanos vs. Next Door Company case by the Florida Supreme Court declaring the mandatory fee schedule under the workers’ compensation law unconstitutional is a significant blow to Florida employers. It will certainly trigger a substantial and hefty rate increase for which employers have not prepared or budgeted. We also know from history that this will spark an avalanche of increased and unbridled litigation that will continue to be a leading cost driver to the system in the future and a major disruption to the economic success we have worked so many years to achieve.We call on our elected leaders to immediately act and respond to this ruling in a way that protects our economy and continues to ensure Florida businesses, as well as their employees, have a workers’ compensation system they can rely on to provide expedient care and adequate resources.” The Anatomy of Fear Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sandy Buffart Take away an attorney’s right to get paid to protect you, and go the way of the VA system. That turned out super great. (sarcasm)If injured workers had access to quality healthcare from decent employers, no one would need to hire lawyers. As long as there is scum sucking money grubbing employers who screw its employers over, there will always be trial lawyers making money off of it but at least someone is protecting them. And businesses don’t pay the fees, the injured workers do, by choice. Because it’s better than what they get otherwise, which is left jobless and in pain. Dumbasses. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply June 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Matt Belcher Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
ArchDaily Projects Casa de Madera / Estudio BorrachiaSave this projectSaveCasa de Madera / Estudio Borrachia Photographs: Fernando SchapochnikAuthor Architectes:Alejandro H. Borrachia, Oscar A. BorrachiaCollaborator:Matias CarloniCity:Exaltación de la CruzCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Schapochnik“Casa de Madera” its a weekend residence, designed for a 4 member family; a young marriage with 2 children.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikIt takes place in ground floor and has the peculiarity of being built entirely of wood. In the roof level a green cover its develop; where wild plants grow almost without maintenance, getting a new natural space merged with the foliage and tree tops.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikThe wood house is part of a series of cases of housing developed by the office that we call “housing habitat”, by the logic which means its relationship with the environment and all that this brings.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikEach design decision taken in this regard have to do with the maximum efficiency achieved in spaces and exacerbation of outdoor life and contact with nature.Save this picture!DiagramThe separation of home soil, seeking guidance, views and cross ventilation, green roof and shady areas surrounding the house, are based on decisions that facilitate this contact, and finally the maximum energy cost savings and possible resources.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikSave this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikConceived in a modular way and in line with the technological possibilities that wood construction permits, this work built within five months, allowed to keep their immediate environment natural state without altering the ecosystem. Even if required could be removed in a matter of days and the environment remain intact.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikWe understand the wood used as structure, cladding, division and deck, playing the lead role in the material logic of this house and at the same time as a search engine about new constructive alternatives, based on systems indigenously, materials easy manufacturing and handling, existing throughout the territory of our country and adaptable to different geographical and climatic conditions This house offers not only the response to timely and specific problem of your design and construction but also for studying the verification of a series of investigations that are carrying out for some years on the implementation of systems prefabricated dry low cost, quick realization.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikProject gallerySee allShow lessUNStudio Designs Final Piece of New Urban Campus in Amsterdam City CenterArchitecture NewsStudio Gang, Shigeru Ban Among 5 Shortlisted for Arkansas Arts Center ExpansionArchitecture News Share Argentina Architects: Estudio Borrachia Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796659/casa-de-madera-estudio-borrachia Clipboard “COPY” CopyHouses•Exaltación de la Cruz, Argentina CopyAbout this officeEstudio BorrachiaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesExaltación de la CruzArgentinaPublished on October 04, 2016Cite: “Casa de Madera / Estudio Borrachia” 04 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Even before International Workers’ Day — May Day — a very important advance had been made in Puerto Rico: unity in action. Trade unions and movements ranging from students, environment, women, LGBTQ and other sectors were actively promoting a National Strike on May 1.Social organizations used all means at their disposal: social networks, radio announcements, awareness-raising demonstrations and concerts in shopping malls and other open spaces, street theater, stickers, distribution of informative flyers, painting on walls and more. Groups of young people came to offices employing many people to inform them of the danger threatening the country.The general slogan was a call to the people: Join the struggle!This May Day, Puerto Rico will not simply commemorate the Chicago martyrs. No! It will be a day to pick up the flag of struggle! Now at stake in the Puerto Rican archipelago is the very life of its people, and those people have decided to fight back. They refuse to allow their lives and the future of generations to be mere collateral in a commercial transaction.What is the struggle?The fight is against a perfect storm of attacks at all levels against the working class. It is a struggle against the attempt of big capital to destroy Puerto Rico and rebuild it for capital’s benefit.In 2016 the U.S. Congress passed the PROMESA Law (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act), imposing an unelected Fiscal Control Board (referred to as the “Junta”) that automatically became the real, dictatorial government over Puerto Rico. The Junta has already implemented many measures outlined by the International Monetary Fund and contained in the 2015 Kruger Plan. Both the FCB/Junta and the Kruger Plan are the result of the capitalists’ interest in imposing austerity measures to ensure payment of an illegitimate and odious public debt of $74 billion.The FCB counts on the unconditional collaboration of the current Puerto Rican government, under Gov. Ricardo Roselló, whose Partido Nuevo Progresista actively promotes statehood. Roselló is a colonial governor on his knees, submissive to the empire’s demands. A toothless legislature has endorsed all criminal measures coming from La Fortaleza, the governor’s palace, almost without amendments.The PNP government presented a devastating Fiscal Plan to satisfy the appetite of the bondholders, and the FCB approved it. The government submitted the most destructive measures to the Puerto Rican Legislature for approval. The plan will significantly increase the people’s cost of living while cutting salaries and services. In other words, it’s the obscene strangulation of a people.The legislature quickly passed the measures without a public hearing, behind closed doors. The first law was the 2017 privatizing Act No. 1, designed to amend the Public-Private Partnerships Act. According to economist Argeo Quiñones, “the concept of PPPA in Puerto Rico has been distorted.” (cb.pr, Feb. 10)Instead of being a union of efforts between the public and the private sectors, PPPA allows the sale of profitable public properties so private capital can grab windfall profits in the millions. Profitable public possessions are being bankrupted and sold “at firesale prices.” (cb.pr, Feb. 10)The legislature also approved ”labor reform” through the Law of Transformation and Labor Flexibilization (Act No. 4 of 2017), under the pretext of stimulating the economy. This law affects new workers in the private sector, pitting them against current workers. As its name gloomily indicates, the law represents a loss of rights workers had won, such as the eight-hour day, one of the achievements commemorated on May Day. For new workers, the law cuts wages, vacation and sick days; allows less time to claim compensation after dismissal; reduces the Christmas bonus; and extends workers’ probation period.Also passed was the Single Employer’s Law (Act No. 8), affecting the public sector. This establishes the government as a single employer with “flexibility” to move workers from one agency to another, even to the private sector. Workers who are moved would lose protections won under collective bargaining agreements, as well as their accumulated employment time.Law of Compliance deals final blowThe final blow was passed April 27: the Law of Compliance with the Fiscal Plan of the Government. Losses to the working class include: disregard of collective bargaining agreements; limiting holidays to 15; loss of payment for sick days or unused holidays; no paid overtime; immunity of government officials and bosses from damages; reassignment of employees without prior consultation.While the FCB cut income for the whole working class, it imposed more taxes in all categories: sales, services, permit applications, etc. Traffic fines will increase by 70 percent and tolls increase. Subsidies for municipalities are cut or suspended, a highly detrimental measure because municipalities care directly for the needs of the residents. Allocations will be lost for various programs, from art, culture and sports to security and programs for the protection of women.Other cuts include $1 billion from health care, reduction of pensions by 10 percent and closure of hundreds of schools. A cut of more than $600 million is imposed on the budget of the only public university, the University of Puerto Rico.This institution, with 11 campuses throughout the island, is public and therefore offers the poorest sectors of the population the opportunity to obtain quality education at low cost. It also contributes to Puerto Rican cultural development as a center of democratic debates on various topics. It’s a source of economic growth in small cities. Unlike private universities, it contributes to Puerto Rico’s development by preparing professionals oriented to serving the needs of the country, not enhancing their “market value.”UPR is a research center that serves not only Puerto Rico but various agencies in the U.S. For example, many UPR graduates are actively recruited by NASA. The UPR is the very future of the country, and its destruction would devastate the country.Student strikeStudents and faculty of the UPR understand their university’s importance. The Río Piedras Campus — the largest one — has been on indefinite strike since March 28. Democratic assemblies have been held in which up to 10,000 students have participated. Now eight of the 11 other campuses have joined the strike — a continual mobilization that has attracted the support of the Puerto Rican Association of University Teachers (APPU), other unions and multiple social organizations.The students are struggling not only for public education. They are struggling for the entire people and against the FCB/Junta and the destructive measures driven by the government. The students demand the debt be audited, which the government and the FCB have prevented, even going so far as eliminating the Board for the Independent Integral Audit.“Audit the debt” has become the battle cry, as the debt is known to have been contracted by corrupt means. Both Puerto Rican electoral parties, alternating in government, have been guilty, along with U.S. banks and financial agencies such as Santander, Wells Fargo, UBS and others. The original plan to establish the FCB was presented under the previous administration, the Partido Popular Democrático.The government accuses the demonstrators of being “delinquents.” The students respond by saying, “We are citizens, not criminals.” The government has stepped up repressive measures, appointing Hector Pesquera, a former Puerto Rican police chief who worked for more than 25 years at the FBI, as head of a new Department of Homeland Security. The government knows very well that nefarious measures which strangle the people will arouse great opposition, not just from students, and is preparing to criminalize protest.The consequences of these measures are unimaginable. States in the U.S. are already stealing workers and specialized personnel from Puerto Rico. Along with the brain drain of scientists to NASA and hospital centers, U.S. departments of education are going to Puerto Rico to recruit teachers for New York, Texas, Florida and elsewhere. The city of Baltimore went to Puerto Rico to recruit cops!As the archipelago of Puerto Rico is emptied of its most valuable resources, huge tax-exempt incentives encourage U.S. millionaires to move there. Meanwhile, cuts are said to be necessary, yet millions are available for “consulting.” U.S. “experts” are recruited to “restructure” the island. Roselló appointed Julia Keleher, a Philadelphia-based consultant, as Secretary of Education, with a salary of more than $120,000 for six months. Another person brought from the U.S., Andrea Bonime Blanc, is paid $750 an hour as the FCB ethics officer!What role for Puerto Rico?Why use these attacks to destroy Puerto Rico at this particular time? As a colony, Puerto Rico has served the empire’s interests and needs as they evolved. Geographically, Puerto Rico’s location has been useful to U.S. military interests. The island has also served as a huge sugar plantation and a center for pharmaceutical production, oil refineries and technology. Now, when capitalism is in its declining phase, what role will Puerto Rico be forced to play?In response to this question, Luis Pedraza Leduc, of the Union Coordinator and ProSol UTIER (UTIER Solidarity Project), offered this analysis to Workers World-Mundo Obrero:“I believe that the debt issue was used to one, effectively cash in on and two, to restructure the government through a giant project to privatize energy, water, roads and land.This project in the Caribbean is part of U.S. political interest in a nearby market, which also involves their interest in Venezuela and Cuba.“I believe that the economic model does not necessarily need a colonial government, but rather the penetration of capital in various forms: PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships), loans, bonds, technical advice and opening markets to capital. Puerto Rico will be the showcase of capitalism.”When the attack is so monumental, that is not the time to go on the defensive and answer one attack at a time.It is time to go on the offensive so that the people decide. And when there is an attempt to criminalize the Resistance, it is necessary to expose, stronger than ever, U.S. crimes against the Puerto Rican people.Unite our forces! And as our national hero, Don Rafael Cancel Miranda, says, “We will reach the goal sooner on our feet than on our knees.”Active solidarity for the Boricua People in struggle!Audit the debt and jail the guilty!No to repression of the movement!Long live the workers’ struggle!Long live free Puerto Rico!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsImpunityPredatorsViolenceJihadism RSF_en Follow the news on Afghanistan March 11, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2018 Who persecutes journalists in Afghanistan? News to go further Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Taliban forces attacked and entered part of the city of Farah shortly after midnight on 15 May after an offensive outside the city that had intensified over a period of several days. The Taliban attack put many local journalists and media outlets in direct danger. At least 30 journalists are based in the city, working for two TV channels (one commercial, one public), five radio stations, two newspapers and for national media. Farah province was already regarded as one of the most dangerous in Afghanistan. RSF has tried to help find a solution for the safety of Farah’s journalists, working with local journalists’ associations and the authorities. “Until now, no attack on media outlets and journalists has been reported,” a journalist inside the city told RSF. “Most have found a refuge, while waiting for the city to be secured.” The Afghan authorities meanwhile report that army reinforcements have been sent to the city and claim that the situation is under control. Mounting death toll According to RSF’s tally, a total of 36 journalists and media workers have been killed since the start of 2016 in Afghanistan in bombings and other forms of violence by the country’s two main press freedom predators, the Taliban and Islamic State (Daesh). Other journalists have been the victims of violence by the police and security services in various parts of the country. Militias working for provincial strongmen and governors also threaten and harass media outlets and journalists. “We call on the authorities to do their duty to ensure the safety of journalists and respect for the right to inform,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The government must regulate the militias, which nowadays play a major role in harassment of the media. We also deplore the mistrust and accusatory attitude that the police and military display towards the media and journalists, endangering the freedom to inform. The authorities must end the threats to the media and the impunity for those who attack journalists.” At least 11 dead in a single week Last month, ten journalists were killed in a single day – 30 April. Nine of them were killed in a double suicide bombing in Kabul, the second of which deliberately targeted the media. It was the deadliest single attack on the media since the fall of the Taliban regime in December 2001 and was claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. The tenth journalist to be killed on 30 April was Ahmad Shah, a journalist with the BBC’s Pashto section, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in eastern Khost province. The police investigated the murder and the province’s governor, Hokam Khan Habibi, announced on 10 May that the killers had been arrested and would soon be brought to trial. He also called Shah’s murder a “terrorist act” but did not elaborate. Abdulmanan Arghand, a journalist with the Kabul News commercial TV channel, was gunned down on 25 April in the southern province of Kandahar. RSF learned that the Kandahar police had warned him on 5 March of an imminent Taliban threat against him and his father because of their anti-Taliban activities. Arghand met on 13 and 15 March with the Kandahar police chief (the provincial head of the National Directorate of Security), who confirmed the threat. In a phone message afterwards, Arghand expressed his concern and his dissatisfaction with these meetings. The Kandahar police chief announced on 26 April that a “Taliban member” had been arrested for murdering Arghand, and the police released a video in which he made a full confession. Taliban spokesman Zbiollah Mojahed nonetheless insisted that the detainee was not a Taliban member and that the Taliban were conducting their own investigation into the Arghand murder. He also denied any Taliban role in the Shah murder. Threat from unofficial militias The past year has seen a major increase in attacks on journalists, who are targeted not only by the Taliban and Islamic State, which seek to enforce their hatred of press freedom, but also by the police and army and by the unofficial militias. These militias act as enforcers for warlords and strongmen in various parts of the countries. They are armed by the government or by ruling politicians and their main job is to resist and combat armed opposition groups, above all, the Taliban. But many journalists say that most of these militias have also become one of the main sources of danger to the media. Where the forces of the state are either powerless or absent, these militias are the new masters, confiscating land, taxing cars on the main highways and pressuring the media to say nothing. Covering the criminal activities of these groups is out of the question, even for the national media. In several regions, they even collaborate with those they are supposed to combat, namely the Taliban, especially in Ghor province, where two radio stations were recently destroyed, and in Najrab, a village in Kapisa province, where the head of one of these militias is also a senior member of the parliamentary committee on national security. In some provinces, such as Balkh, it is not uncommon for influential individuals, including the former governor, to have their own private armies. Ghazni is a good example of the situation now prevailing for journalists. In Ghazni, journalists are harassed by the Taliban, whose presence in the province is growing, by the security forces, which want to control media coverage for security reasons, and by the unofficial militias, which suppress any independent reporting. “The threat from these armed groups has compounded the threats already imposed by influential politicians, the mullahs, the police and the governor, although they have no official power, legally,” a Ghazni province journalist told RSF on condition of anonymity. “It is irresponsible of the government to tolerate the illegal actions of these groups.” The level of impunity is high in the regions controlled by these militias. There has been little progress in the investigation into the attacks on two radio stations in Firuzkoh, the capital of Ghor province – Sedai Edelat (Voice of Justice) on 21 January 2018 and Radio Sarhad (Frontier) on 23 December 2017. Abdlvodod Samim, the journalist who was at Sedai Edelat when it was attacked, was arrested by the police as the main suspect although the station’s director and many other journalists insist that he was not involved. The police do not as yet have any other leads. Harassed by governors, police and army Three National Directorate of Security agents used force to prevent four journalists – 1TV’s Farhad Joya, the news agency Khohandej’s Nazir Ayoubi, and Firouz Mashouf and Yahya Fouladi from the commercial TV channel Tamadon – from covering an Islamic State attack on a mosque in the western city of Herat on 25 March. Although an official communiqué condemned the action of these three agents, no measures were taken against them, the journalists say. When Radio Salam Watandar reporter Erfan Barzegar went to police headquarters in the northeastern province of Takhar on 29 March to do a report on terrorism, he resisted the provincial counter-terrorism chief’s attempts to intimidate him, with the result that he was threatened with arrest and imprisonment. It was only thanks to the presence of other officials that he avoided being jailed. Farhad Tuhidi was beaten by police in Herat on 15 March for trying to cover a road accident for which the military were to blame. After filming a brawl between policemen during the Nowruz (Persian New Year) festivities in Ghor province on 23 March, Radio Salam Watandar’s Marouf Seiedi was himself beaten by police officers, with police chief Ziaedin Sagheb’s support after Sagheb had arrived at the scene. Ghotbedin Khohi was insulted and hit by special security forces in Meymaneh, Faryab province, on 25 March just for filming a street. The Coordinating Committee for the Safety of Journalists and Media reported in a statement on 7 April that, of the 1,072 cases of violence against journalists registered during the past 15 years, only 172 had been investigated and, of these, 68 were closed without any action being taken. The investigation into three murders of journalists – in Balkh in 2005, Nangarhar in 2008 and Helmand in 2009 – are still open. Afghanistan is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more After journalists were endangered by this week’s heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan army in Farah, capital of the western province of Farah, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about the decline in the security situation for journalists and media outlets throughout Afghanistan and lists the country’s press freedom predators. Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsImpunityPredatorsViolenceJihadism
to go further Help by sharing this information September 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Drug cartel hit-man arrested for journalist’s murder MexicoAmericas Organisation Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico News News The Mexican authorities on 24 September arrested alleged contract killer Raúl Castelán Cruz as a suspected participant in the murder of journalist Francisco Arratia Saldierna. A former member of an elite Mexican army unit, Castelán Cruz is said to be a member of the Zetas, a gang of hit-men who work for the Gulf Cartel of drug traffickers. He was located through Arratia’s mobile phone, which he used three times. Under interrogation, he allegedly confessed to taking part in the murder but said he did not act alone. The contract for Arratia’s murder may have been issued by Gulf Cartel boss Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla and the motive is thought to have been Arratia’s reports about drug trafficking and organised crime.————————————————————-02.09.04 – Journalist killed in MatamorosReporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at the death of political journalist and commentator Francisco Arratia Saldierna. The worldwide press freedom organisation called for a speedy investigation to find the killers and determine whether the attack was connected with his journalistic work. “Every possibility must be considered,” it said. “The US-Mexican border, where trafficking of all kinds takes place, is a dangerous area for journalists doing stories about sensitive matters.” Police said they were looking at various motives.Francisco Arratia Saldierna was kidnapped and tortured on 31 August in the northeastern city of Matamoros (Tamaulipas state). He was seized by strangers who forced him into a car as he was on his way home from a garage he owned. An hour or so later, police got an anonymous call saying he was lying seriously wounded in front of the local Red Cross offices. He died in hospital a few hours later as a result of a broken skull and fingers and burns and injuries on his stomach and shoulders. As well as running the garage, Arratia Saldierna, 55, was a teacher and journalist who wrote political columns, especially about local corruption and organised crime, in four newspapers in Tamaulipas state – El Imparcial, El Regional, Mercurio and El Cinco. Receive email alerts RSF_en MexicoAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state April 28, 2021 Find out more