Bank of America (BoA) became the latest target of hacker group Anonymous when confidential emails were leaked online.Anonymous, a group sympathetic to WikiLeaks, say the documents relate to the issue of whether BoA has improperly foreclosed on homes.However, the emails do not appear to be as damning as the hackers hope, with little evidence backing up the claims that BoA foreclosed homes without proper documentation.The emails involve a discussion between employees of BoA subsidiary Balboa Insurance regarding removing documents from loan files for a group of insured properties.There was some indication that material pointed to in the emails had been recently removed, with many links leading to blank pages.A BoA spokesman said the documents were stolen by a former Balboa Insurance employee, and were not related to foreclosures. BoA emails leaked online by Anonymous hackers whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap whatsapp Monday 14 March 2011 8:33 pm Share Tags: NULL
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OnlineUndo“It was definitely the toughest time of my coaching career,” Hesson was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz on Sky Sports’ ‘The Pod’.“I keep going back to the reasons why I coach and many times I ask myself at night am I making the decision for the right reasons . because I think it’s going to make the team better?” he added.The 45-year-old, who currently serves as IPL franchise Royal Challengers Banglore’s Director of Cricket Operations, admitted he could have handled the entire incident better.“It was a really untidy time. But I don’t regret the decision, (though) I certainly regret the fallout from it and the way people felt throughout it.”He said there were elements within the team who were trying to play both sides.“I have a lot of empathy for what Ross went through and it was a really difficult time for the whole team. And we also had people within the environment being a little bit snakey around it as well in terms of trying to play both sides,” he revealed.“I still think it was the right decision. Could it have been done better? Of course it could have.”Hesson, under whom New Zealand reached the final of the ODI World Cup in 2015, also revealed he received a lot of hate from the public for his decision.“I had hate mail pout in the door. I had faeces put on my front door at my house. It was a pretty horrible time and all I was trying to do was what I thought was right for the cricket team at the time,” he said.“There were a number of people who didn’t know many facts, who didn’t know either Ross or myself, who were very opinionated about things It was what I felt we needed to do to move the team forward.”He said the announcement of the decision came at the wrong time as the team was coming off a win over Sri Lanka in which Taylor had “played like a genius”.Under McCullum, the Black Caps achieved a lot of success in all forms of the games including a successful 2015 World Cup campaign where they were the runners-up.“We saw him as a cool, calm head he certainly wouldn’t let the game drift and would be quite proactive in terms of his approach. He was also able to get that ‘follow-me’ mentality,” Hesson said.“I thought he was the only person at the time that could have done that with the group of players we had,” he added.Hesson, who quit the New Zealand coaching job in 2018, stated the decision to step down was guided by his desire to spend more time with his wife and children.“It was far from easy. I had a really supportive wife who was very understanding and I had two young kids and had come to a point in time where you have to go ‘enough is enough, they’ve sacrificed enough’.“I’d run out of gas and certainly my family felt I should be at home more and rightfully so. 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Paul Summers | Tuesday, 26th May, 2020 | More on: BBOX PHP SUPR Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Paul Summers Enter Your Email Address Finding reliable sources of income from the stock market has become a lot harder in recent months as firms have rushed to cut their dividends due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, however, I’m looking at three real estate investment trusts that should retain their policies through the current crisis and beyond.Tritax Big BoxFirst up is warehouse provider and FTSE 250 member Tritax Big Box (LSE: BBOX). With a portfolio value approaching £4bn, tenants include top tier stalwarts Next and Unilever as well as US giant Amazon. 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…Thanks to Covid-19 showing yet again just how convenient/essential online shopping has become, I find it hard to be anything but bullish on Tritax’s share price over the long term. A looming recession may force many to tighten their purse strings temporarily, but the e-tail boom clearly has a lot further to go. And dividends? Right now, this real estate investment trust yields a chunky 5.1%, based on analyst estimates of a 6.72p per share payout in 2020. For context, only five companies in the FTSE 100 are yielding more (and I suspect one of these — BP — will need to cut at some point). Big cash returns, solid growth prospects: What’s not to like?Primary Health PropertiesThe second real estate investment trust I think should remain a good pick for income investors, particularly after the last couple of months, is Primary Health Properties (LSE: PHP). As you may have guessed, this company invests in the freehold or long leasehold of primary healthcare facilities.PHP’s portfolio currently consists of 510 properties, the vast majority of which are GP surgeries. Other assets are let out to NHS organisations, dentists and pharmacies. Importantly, nearly all of the rental income is backed by the government. This should give investors far more confidence that payouts will be maintained compared to elsewhere in the market. Unsurprisingly, a stampede for relatively ‘safe’ income havens means that the shares currently trade on a hefty premium to their net asset value. Notwithstanding this, I think buying now can still be justified based on the non-cyclical nature of its business. The likelihood that demand for healthcare will only grow due to an ageing UK population is also a big draw.PHP currently yields 3.8%, which puts it roughly on par with a stock like Tesco. Speaking of which…Supermarket Income REITThe days of panic-buying toilet paper are long gone. However, the coronavirus crisis has still succeeded in highlighting just how defensive investing in the UK’s supermarkets can be. My third and final pick from this area is, therefore, Supermarket Income REIT (LSE: SUPR). The £500m trust rents out property to FTSE 100 titans Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and the aforementioned market-leader, Tesco. Walmart-owned Asda is also a tenant. In SUPR’s view, the fact that supermarket property yields have climbed in recent years is a reason to get involved. The trust aims to buy property in highly-populated residential areas, with strong transport links. An average lease of more than 15 years is also sought. Combined, these should give investors a stable source of income that rises with inflation.SUPR is likely to return 5.8p per share in this financial year (ending June 30). Based on the current share price, this gives holders of this real estate investment trust a forecast yield of 5.4%. Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Primary Health Properties and Tritax Big Box REIT. 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Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our view of the 2020 stock market crash remains clear. The global economy faces some extreme challenges in the short-to-medium term. But these conditions don’t stop anyone who takes the time and care to build an investment strategy from making a lot of money buying UK shares.Make no mistake, the London Stock Exchange remains packed with top growth stocks today. And the 2020 stock market crash provides an excellent opportunity to pick some at little cost. It’s why we at The Motley Fool reckon the recent correction provides an unmissable buying opportunity for savvy UK share investors.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…I’ve continued to buy UK shares in my own Stocks and Shares ISA, despite the poor economic outlook. I invested in Clipper Logistics and Tritax Big Box REIT as online shopping should continue to surge despite the broader economic downturn. These two UK shares provide logistics spaces and services to e-retailers, couriers and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) makers.Profits to soar at these UK shares?As I say, there are stacks of top stocks for growth investors to sink their teeth into today. Let me talk you through some more UK shares I’m thinking of adding to my ISA soon.Many healthcare stocks can look forward to electric profits growth, despite these tough economic conditions. Forget about their excellent defensive qualities. I think some such UK shares promise to thrive and not just survive.Take Primary Health Properties. Ballooning demand for new healthcare facilities in Britain means annual earnings are expected to soar 20% in 2020. Meanwhile, profits at ECO Animal Health Group are expected to jump by a fifth this fiscal year as drugs use for livestock booms. And profits at Venture Life are tipped to more than double thanks to strong sales of its personal care products.Soaring demand for video games is another hot trend that UK share investors like me could tap into. I like game developer Konami and Codemasters Group. Their annual earnings are expected to soar 22% and 134% respectively in their current fiscal years. Similarly I could ride the online gaming phenomenon with gambling specialists like Flutter Entertainment. Profits here are expected to jump 40% in 2020 year on year.There are many IT services providers that should enjoy splendid profits growth despite the pressure on broader corporate earnings too. I feel the large sums that companies are having to invest in cybersecurity bodes well for UK shares like Kape Technologies. It’s why City analysts reckon earnings here will double in 2020. Meanwhile, rising public sector software spending means that IDOX’s earnings are tipped to rise 80% this fiscal year. And network integrator Redcentric should benefit from the growth of working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Earnings in the current financial year are expected to rise 46%. 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Please enter your comment! On This Day in History, August 24th, 79ADFrom The History ChannelAfter centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization, startlingly preserved in sudden death.The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum thrived near the base of Mount Vesuvius at the Bay of Naples. In the time of the early Roman Empire, 20,000 people lived in Pompeii, including merchants, manufacturers, and farmers who exploited the rich soil of the region with numerous vineyards and orchards. None suspected that the black fertile earth was the legacy of earlier eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum was a city of 5,000 and a favorite summer destination for rich Romans. Named for the mythic hero Hercules, Herculaneum housed opulent villas and grand Roman baths. Gambling artifacts found in Herculaneum and a brothel unearthed in Pompeii attest to the decadent nature of the cities. There were smaller resort communities in the area as well, such as the quiet little town of Stabiae.At noon on August 24, 79 A.D., this pleasure and prosperity came to an end when the peak of Mount Vesuvius exploded, propelling a 10-mile mushroom cloud of ash and pumice into the stratosphere. For the next 12 hours, volcanic ash and a hail of pumice stones up to 3 inches in diameter showered Pompeii, forcing the city’s occupants to flee in terror. Some 2,000 people stayed in Pompeii, holed up in cellars or stone structures, hoping to wait out the eruption.A westerly wind protected Herculaneum from the initial stage of the eruption, but then a giant cloud of hot ash and gas surged down the western flank of Vesuvius, engulfing the city and burning or asphyxiating all who remained. This lethal cloud was followed by a flood of volcanic mud and rock, burying the city.The people who remained in Pompeii were killed on the morning of August 25 when a cloud of toxic gas poured into the city, suffocating all that remained. A flow of rock and ash followed, collapsing roofs and walls and burying the dead.According to Pliny the Younger’s account, the eruption lasted 18 hours. Pompeii was buried under 14 to 17 feet of ash and pumice, and the nearby seacoast was drastically changed. Herculaneum was buried under more than 60 feet of mud and volcanic material. Some residents of Pompeii later returned to dig out their destroyed homes and salvage their valuables, but many treasures were left and then forgotten.In the 18th century, a well digger unearthed a marble statue on the site of Herculaneum. The local government excavated some other valuable art objects, but the project was abandoned. In 1748, a farmer found traces of Pompeii beneath his vineyard. Since then, excavations have gone on nearly without interruption until the present. In 1927, the Italian government resumed the excavation of Herculaneum, retrieving numerous art treasures, including bronze and marble statues and paintings.Today, Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland. Its last eruption was in 1944 and its last major eruption was in 1631. Another eruption is expected in the near future, would could be devastating for the 700,000 people who live in the “death zones” around Vesuvius.To read the entire story, or to check out other articles in this day in history, go here. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSHistory ChannelMount VesuviusPompeii Previous article7 Summer Nail Color Trends To TryNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
ArchDaily Landscape: Area: 113 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: Shigeru Tsuda Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923825/fuseika-house-t-square-design-associates Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Fuseika House / T-Square Design AssociatesSave this projectSaveFuseika House / T-Square Design Associates Architects: T-Square Design Associates Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Shigeo Ogawa+ 26Curated by Paula Pintos Share Houses 2019 Engineering:Kataoka structural engineering officeCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. This small residential project is located near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Yamamura residence in Hyogo pref. Japan. The house sits in between two rivers enabling the house free from using any air conditioning equipment by letting the river breeze into the house. This is made possible by planning a neutral zone between the interior and exterior perimeter covered with louver sliding doors. These louver sliding doors control light, wind and the privacy of the house by moving them according to the daily weather or the time of the day.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaSave this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaReinforced concrete structure was chosen for this house in order to give a strong massive image of the main frame with slight sensitivity and a contrast with the wooden sliding doors. Cantilevered thin concrete frame enabled the architect to make wide openings all around the house, which led to making a strong connection between the house and the surroundings.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaThis connection with the surroundings was planned from the beginning when the architect first visited the site and saw that the site was opened to all three sides of the site leaving just north side adjacent to a neighbor house. The house is made very simple by using concrete (structure) and wood (non structural walls and doors) for the finishing material in order to emphasize the concept.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaThe trees that surround all three sides of the site was also planned from the beginning to serve as a green belt for the pedestrians as well as for the owner of the house. They also serve as a garden for the house since the site is too small to make a decent garden.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaProject gallerySee allShow lessNicha Tujia Restaurant / Atelier ASelected ProjectsAlembic Industrial Heritage and Re-Development / Karan Grover and AssociatesSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeT-Square Design AssociatesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsJapanPublished on August 30, 2019Cite: “Fuseika House / T-Square Design Associates” 29 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Support for Chicago teachers in September.Photo: Chicago Teachers Union Local 1Chicago — The Rahm Emanuel administration and the Chicago Public Schools, along with politically connected corporate interests, are making a calculated move to turn the clock back for Black and Latino/a students to the bad old days of Jim Crow apartheid “separate but equal” schools.The administration is trying to convince Chicago residents that a reckless campaign of privatization and mass shutdown of CPS schools will somehow help students and parents combat the alleged problem of “underutilization” and help schools perform better.But this is really a direct attack on the Black and Latino/a communities and Black teachers. Karen Lewis, the popular leader of the Chicago Teachers Union, led a strike in September of last year against this racist corporate agenda. The strike attracted truly mass support across the United States.The teachers bravely fought against the plan to close large numbers of schools in the city’s most oppressed neighborhoods, part of an agenda to move toward an apartheid system of anti-union, privatized charter schools. This two-tiered system allows rich, white northsiders to send their kids to lavish private schools.Meanwhile, Black and Latino/a families would have to send their children to underperforming charters that steal tax dollars to line the pockets of corporations behind the push for privatization.Media push lies to promote privatizationThe corporate-controlled media in Chicago are pushing a set of lies designed to advance the privatization agenda. They claim that CPS schools are underperforming academically and/or are being underutilized and should either be shut down or consolidated.Initially last year, the pro-rich Emanuel administration had nearly 120 schools on the chopping block. Now, in what would be the largest public school closing in U.S. history, Chicago officials are proposing to shutter 61 schools, or 9 percent of the 681 schools citywide.Much has been made in the corporate-controlled, capitalist media about this so-called “underutilization crisis” and alleged excess capacity as an excuse for Emanuel and CPS to close schools. The fact is that this is due to the reckless campaign the administration has pursued in opening new private charters, coupled with the consolidation of existing schools and the construction of over 100 new schools.CPS is trying to make people believe that the system now has excess capacity for 200,000 students. However, in 2011, they claimed that number was 80,000. They’re manipulating the numbers to serve the apartheid privatization agenda Emanuel is pushing. Their calculations are based on questionable assumptions about high class sizes and insufficient space for nonclass usage and extracurricular activities.The utilization rate can show a night-and-day difference if you tinker slightly with these assumptions. The CPS can tailor the numbers to fit corporate needs. The result is that perfectly viable schools in Black and Latino/a neighborhoods would be handed over to politically connected, anti-union, private operators who would be totally unaccountable to parents in the communities they would allegedly serve.Karen Lewis says: “Closing 50 of our neighborhood schools is outrageous, and no society that claims to care anything about its children can sit back and allow this to happen to them. There is no way people of conscience will stand by and allow these people to shut down nearly a third of our school district without putting up a fight. Most of these campuses are in the Black community. Since 2001, 88 percent of students impacted by CPS School Actions are African-American. And this is by design.” (ctunet.com, March 21)Charter schools & war on Black teachersDespite all the Emanuel administration propaganda to the contrary, anti-union, privatized charter schools underperform. CPS’ own accountability data show that the apartheid charters performed in the 33rd percentile in elementary school reading test scores. Neighborhood public schools scored in the 43rd percentile. That 10 point difference is despite the fact that public schools don’t require entrance exams.In parallel to the move against the schools is a war on Black teachers. In 1995, 45 percent of CPS teachers were Black. After 13 years of ethnic cleansing by the Daley dictatorship and Emanuel administration, this number is only 25 percent.Though it claims to lack funds, the administration is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on this reckless, racist privatization campaign. It costs the school district more than $11,000 for every additional charter student, plus more than $500,000 in start-up costs for every charter school opened in 2012. These costs have vacuumed up all the much-vaunted “savings” of closing viable neighborhood public schools.Parents have no idea where this generous allotment of their tax dollars is going, because it is being swallowed up by private corporations that are not held to the same standards of transparency and accountability that neighborhood public schools are.A March 21 Washington Post article reported: “Research suggests that school closings may hinder, and rarely help, students’ academic progress, even when so-called failing schools are closed, and cost savings are often not as great as expected. In fact, when [Washington, D.C., School Chancellor] Michelle Rhee closed 23 public schools in 2008, she said the school system would save money, but a city auditconcluded it actually cost $40 million.”When Gucci-suited, slick, corporate heads gobbling up public money like Juan Rangel, CEO of UNO, get paid much more than the head of CPS, perhaps a good demand for the community to make is that these education profiteers open their books, so parents can see exactly how their money is being spent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
April 14, 2021 Find out more EritreaAfrica March 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 VOA correspondent released but not free, while at least 13 other journalists are still held News News Reports Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision to go further EritreaAfrica Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? October 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Follow the news on Eritrea Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today at the release of Aklilu Solomon, the Eritrea stringer of the US governmental radio station Voice of America (VOA), after 18 months in secret detention, even if local sources say he had not been allowed to return to his home following his release. Reporters Without Borders voiced relief today at the release of Aklilu Solomon, the Eritrea stringer of the US governmental radio station Voice of America (VOA), after 18 months in secret detention, even if local sources say he had not been allowed to return to his home following his release.”It is too soon to cry victory because of the bitter taste to the end of this glaring injustice, as it seems the release of a political prisoner in Eritrea does not mean he is free to go home,” the press freedom organization said. “Further more, at least 13 other journalists disappeared into Eritrean jails in September 2001 and have never been granted the right to a trial or even to know what they are charged with.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Solomon’s release should prick the consciences of those who have influence over President Issaias Afeworki and push them into demanding the unconditional release of all the journalists who are being unjustly held. As long as they are in prison, Eritrea will continue to be a sad exception in Africa, where the right to information is just a memory.”It has only just emerged that Solomon was released on 31 December along with an unspecified number of other detainees after being held for a year and a half. The news website Asmarino said he was held in a metal container inside May Srwa prison, adjoining Adi Abeyto prison, a few kilometres north of Asmara.A VOA spokesman said Solomon was “released in December and is today at his home in Asmara” in “reasonably good” health. But a local source told Reporters Without Borders he was still in the western town of Akordat, “perhaps for a debriefing, or to receive military training or reeducation.” The same source said he was hospitalized several times while in prison because of malaria or tuberculosis attacks. Eritrean political prisoners are not automatically sent home after release because they may have to do military service.Solomon was arrested at his home on 8 July 2003, 10 days after being stripped of his official accreditation for referring in a VOA report on 21 June 2003 to the sadness of families on being informed at collective meetings of the deaths of loved-ones who fought as soldiers in the 1998-2000 war against Ethiopia. The state media had reported that the announcement of “martyrs” was greeted with cries of joy.Eritrean officials had announced at the time that Solomon was taken to a military camp to do his national service. VOA said he did part of his service but was exempt from the rest on medical grounds. Organisation
July 7, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court upholds unjustified sentences against Zarzis Internet-users Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders protested after heavy sentences were upheld on appeal against six Internet-users in the southern city of Zarzis, accused of using the Internet to plot terror attacks. Their 19-years-and-three-months sentences were however replaced with 13 years imprisonment.The convictions were based entirely on confessions extracted under duress and based on no real evidence, the international press freedom organisation said.Reporters Without Borders said it expected a higher court of appeal (cassation) to overturn this iniquitous sentence. “The charges against the young men from Zarsis were far too flimsy to warrant such a heavy sentence,” it said. Their use of the Internet had been used as a pretext for these unfounded convictions.The organisation called on the French, Swedish and German governments to react firmly to the sentences which affected citizens or residents of those countries.Hamza Mahruk, aged 21, Amor Faruk Chlendi, 21, Amor Rached, 21, Abdel-Ghaffar Guiza, 21, Aymen Mecharek, 22, a dual German-Tunisian national and Ridha Hadj Brahim, 38, had their sentences reduced from 19 years and three months to 13 years in prison. Sentences of 26 years pronounced in absentia against Ayub Sfaxi, 21, a French resident, and Tahar Guemir, 20, who has dual Swedish-Tunisian nationality and lives in Sweden were maintained.These eight people were first sentenced on 6 April 2004. The last member of the Zarzis group, Abderrazak Bourguiba, aged 18, sentenced to 25 months in prison on 16 April 2004 by a youth court, will have his appeal held separately.The Zarzis group was dubbed “the prophet’s brigades” at their trial. Ayub Sfaxi said however that he had never heard that name, which he said he believed to be a fabrication by the authorities.He said also that none of his friends had stolen chemicals from their school in Zarzis, as the charge sheet indicated. The files produced against them were designed to bolster the thesis of a terrorist plot fomented by Islamists close to al-Queda. The Tunisian government thus hoped to avoid any strong reactions from the international community.No evidence was offered at the trial either of the young men’s membership of an Islamist network nor of any intention to organise terrorist attacks. German national Mecharek was for example accused of attempting to bring back a bazooka to Tunisia, but without any proof of this fantasist allegation, said Reporters Without Borders.The convictions rested entirely on signed confessions from the young Internet-users. Their lawyers however said these were invalid because they had been extracted under torture. They announced plans for a further appeal.The initial convictions of the Zarzis group brought no official reaction from the French, German or Swedish governments. Figures put out by Tunisia national tourist office (ONTT), quoted by the online magazine Management & Nouvelles Technologies, tourism increased by 19% from January to June 2004 compared to the same period the previous year, particularly in the Zarsis region where it leapt by 28%. Nearly one million European tourists visited Tunisia this year, 160,000 of them Germans. RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders protested after heavy sentences were upheld on appeal against six Internet-users in the southern city of Zarzis, accused of using the Internet to plot terror attacks. Their 19-years-and-three-months sentences were however replaced with 13 years imprisonment. News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News November 12, 2019 Find out more Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Receive email alerts December 26, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News
Ukraine News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more News News March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Paris, 23 April 2010Dear Minister,Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the erosion of the right to information in your country in recent months as a result of arrests and intimidation of journalists working for both traditional and online media.This aim of this behaviour by police officers abusing their authority appears to have been to scare journalists and pressure them into censoring themselves. Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned by the fact that the police are beginning to target online journalists.A blogger and journalist has for the first time been the target of repeated intimidation attempts. Olena Bilozerska covered a protest by a group called Autonomous Resistance on 18 February in which demonstrators threw eggs, paint and smoke grenades in a Kiev shop that sells furs. The police searched her apartment illegally on 27 March, seizing material. They hadn’t informed the judge that they wanted to search a journalist. She was then interrogated on 30 March and 13 April in an unacceptable manner.In the second interrogation, she was brought face-to-face with a person claiming to have been one of the demonstrators, who implied she had been involved in organizing the protest. Her basic rights were violated as she was not able to talk to her lawyer and she was denied medical treatment when she suddenly needed during the interrogation.She was also accused by police spokesman Volodymyr Polishchuk of failing to inform the police about the demonstration so that they could arrests its participants.We fear that the treatment given to Ms. Bilozerska could become standard practice. Reporters Without Borders therefore urges you, as the minister responsible for the police, to intervene to put a stop to such behaviour. Journalists and bloggers are meant to provide information to the public, not to act as police auxiliaries.The police officers behaved illegally in this case, violating article 17 of the Ukrainian law on the protection of journalists. This law says that the activities of journalists cannot be the motive for their arrest or for the seizure of their material.The frequency of acts of intimidation and aggression by police against journalists has increased since the recent presidential election. Among the journalists who have been arrested are Andriy Vey, the publisher of the newspaper Express, Ihor Myrishnychenko of Poverkhnost and Andriy Mokhnyk of Svoboda. Borys Brahinskiy of TV 9 Kanal was physically attacked and the Avtor-V television station was forced to stop broadcasting.At the time of your appointment, you promised to respect the rights of journalists and on 25 March, you issued orders to the police to improve cooperation with journalists. Reporters Without Borders urges to you respect your promises and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that journalists are able to work freely.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request and I look forward to a favourable response.Sincerely,Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard UkraineEurope – Central Asia September 7, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Ukraine April 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Ukraine’s minister of interior Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts Mr Anatoliy MohylyovMinister of InteriorKiev Organisation Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV