St Modwen returns to profit on rising rents in regional properties

first_img whatsapp KCS-content Monday 7 February 2011 9:02 pm St Modwen returns to profit on rising rents in regional properties ST MODWEN Properties swung back into annual profit and net asset growth yesterday, and pledged to pay shareholders their first final dividend in two years. Pre-tax profit at the firm, which specialises in brownfield sites around England, was £37.5m for the year, compared to a £119.4m loss in 2009. St Modwen’s property values rose three per cent to £1.1bn in the year to 30 November. Vacancy levels in the firm’s properties have also dropped from 17 to 12 per cent. “Despite some of the gloomier forecasts to the contrary, we have also continued to benefit from the relative resilience of our occupier markets, underpinned by our own focus on specific active asset management initiatives,” the company said. Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more

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United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) Q32012 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng)  2012 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgEconet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (ECO.zw)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEconet Wireless Zimbabwe is a diversified telecommunications group; it is the largest enterprise of its kind in Zimbabwe and the largest company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe provides products and solutions for mobile and fixed wireless telephony, public payphones, internet access and payment solutions. In 2009, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe became the first operator in Zimbabwe to launch data services with 3G capability. This was followed by an extensive project to expand its geographic coverage; building a fibre-optic network, providing financial transaction switching and point-of-sale and value-added retail support services. The company is a subsidiary of a privately-owned group controlled by its founder, Strive Masiyiwa. The group’s subsidiaries include Econet Global, Econet Wireless Africa, Econet Wireless International, Econet Enterprises, Liquid Telecom Group and Econet Media.last_img read more

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Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Associa…

first_img HR Pacific Area:  3500 ft² Area:  3500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Area Area of this architecture project Project Consultants:Cascade Engineering GroupClient:WithheldProject Team:Ray Calabro, Kyle Phillips, Robert Miller, Peter BohlinCity:GoldenCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nic Lehoux Save this picture!SectionSituated at the base of the Kicking Horse ski resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this 3,500 sq. ft. residence is a gathering place for an active family of five. The clients desired a space that would provide a direct connection to the landscape for seasonal recreation and the flexibility to accommodate larger groups of family and friends, with beds for up to 14 people.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanThe sloping site is adjacent to a ski trail and surrounded by an alpine forest of spruce and aspen. The house is arranged as two elements on the site: a dense bar along the northern edge containing the sleeping and bath spaces, and an open shell with living and dining spaces oriented toward the extraordinary mountain views. A glass volume links these forms, with the main entrance at the lower level and an upper landing for ski access on the west side. Careful positioning of program enables a sense of openness and transparency while screening the neighboring homes from view.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanThe linear form of the sleeping spaces cantilevers over a board-formed concrete base containing the garage, mudroom, and playroom. The exposed wood structure and deep roof overhangs express the tectonic qualities of a mountain cabin. The primary entry is located between two concrete walls, with a mahogany and steel stair leading to the living spaces above. A single line of steel columns extends along the main hallway, emphasizing the angle of the bedroom roof plane, which folds over the peak to become an articulated metal wall with operable vents, bringing light and air into the loft spaces. The lofts contain bunk beds that allow flexible sleeping arrangements for children or guests.Save this picture!© Nic LehouxAnchored by a tall, board-formed concrete fireplace, the geometric form containing the living and dining spaces floats above the forest floor, allowing natural drainage to flow uninterrupted through the site. Smooth Douglas fir plywood-clad wall and ceiling planes extend to the exterior, framing alpine views and sheltering an outdoor deck. The exterior is clad in a combination of black-stained and clear cedar siding that contrasts with the landscape. Fiber-cement panels with bold colors accent the natural wood finishes of the elevations.This family retreat uses powerful forms and evocative materials to embrace the natural world.Project gallerySee allShow lessAmerican Standard / SPACESelected ProjectsFeed Meat Market / FGMF Arquitetos + Projeto de PertoSelected Projects Share Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects Structural Engineer: Save this picture!© Matthew Millman+ 20 Share Photographs photographs:  Nic LehouxPhotographs:  Matthew Millman, Nic Lehoux CopyHouses•Golden, Canada Houses 2011 ReEvolution Engineering ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/497280/kicking-horse-residence-bohlin-cywinski-jackson-association-with-bohlin-grauman-miller-architects Clipboardcenter_img General Contractor: Year:  “COPY” Year:  2011 ArchDaily Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller ArchitectsSave this projectSaveKicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects Canada Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/497280/kicking-horse-residence-bohlin-cywinski-jackson-association-with-bohlin-grauman-miller-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBohlin Cywinski JacksonOfficeFollowAssociation with Bohlin Grauman Miller ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGoldenHousesCanadaPublished on April 18, 2014Cite: “Kicking Horse Residence / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + Association with Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects” 18 Apr 2014. 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Multi-search engine VeoSearch launches to UK charities

first_imgVeoSearch.com, a Paris-based search engine that donates 50% of its revenues to charities selected by its users, has opened its doors to UK charities.Like other charitable search engines, it generates revenues from advertisers on its site and from its search engine partners. Unlike other similar sites it has partnered with four search engines, Google, Yahoo, Ask, Exalead. As such it claims to be “the first multi-search engine raising funding for charities.”The company was founded by Arthur Saint-Père and Guillaume Heintz in October 2007 and operates in France, Belgium and Switzerland.With the UK launch the site has also introduced online community features which offer tools to the partner charities with which they can communicate with their supporters who use the site to fundraise for them. Individuals can choose to support up to five charities on the site.VeoSearch.com focuses its work on supporting charities that work in sustainable development, in the areas of social work, environment protection and sustainable economics. Initial UK charity partners include SOS Children’s Villages, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Diabetes UK, Care International UK, and the British Red Cross. European partners include WWF France, Aide at Action, and Afrique Verte.The company reports that it raised 18,000 euros for charities in its first four months, and is attracting over 300,000 unique visitors per month. Its website is today reporting 31,222 registered users, 16,907,954 searches to date, and a charitable total of £18,849.Charities receive their income monthly provided the total is at least 100 euros. VeoSearch.com say that charities will need to send them documents to prove their bona fides status before the first payment is released.The site offers a range of promotional tools to help both charities and individuals promote it, including code to add a VeoSearch search box to a website, a downloadable flyer, code for a banner ad, text for an email signature, and a browser searchbar add-on.www.veosearch.com  36 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Multi-search engine VeoSearch launches to UK charities Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 18 April 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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USDA  Report At a Glance

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Corn: This month’s 2016/17 U.S. corn outlook is for larger production, increased food, seed and industrial (FSI) use and slightly higher prices. Corn production is forecast at 15.226 billion bushels, up 168 million from last month on a 1.9-bushel per acre increase in yield to 175.3 bushels per acre. Global coarse grain production for 2016/17 is forecast 4.9 million tons higher to 1,319.7 million.Soybeans:  Soybean production is forecast at 4,361 million bushels, up 92 million on higher yields. The soybean yield is projected at a record 52.5 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels mainly on production gains for Minnesota, North Dakota, and Kansas. Despite increased supplies, soybean crush is reduced 20 million bushels to 1,930 million mostly due to reduced soybean meal export prospects.Wheat:  Projected 2016/17 U.S. ending stocks are raised 5 million bushels to 1,143 million on a reduction in food use. The food use change reflects the latest NASS Flour Milling Products report and expectations for the remainder of the market year. By class, Hard Red Winter (HRW) use is raised 10 million bushels, Hard Red Spring (HRS) is lowered 10 million, and Durum is lowered 5 million.Livestock, Poultry and Dairy:  The 2016 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is increased from last month as higher fourth quarter beef and pork production forecasts more than offset reductions in broiler and turkey production. Beef production is increased on the pace of slaughter and heavier carcass weights. Pork production for 2016 is raised based on the current rate of slaughter. Broiler production is lowered based on September slaughter data. Turkey production is reduced based on the pace of slaughter.For 2017, higher forecast beef production more than offsets lower pork and broiler production. Turkey production is unchanged. The increase in beef production reflects slaughter of cattle placed in late-2016 and early-2017 as well as slightly higher carcass weights. Pork production is lowered on slower expected gains in carcass weights. Broiler production for 2017 is lowered from last month on slower second-half growth. Table egg production is slightly reduced for both 2016 and 2017.Milk production forecasts for 2016 and 2017 are lowered from last month as recent data indicated that the U.S. cow inventory increased less rapidly than previously expected. However, output per cow is raised from last month. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA  Report At a Glance By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 9, 2016 SHAREcenter_img Source: USDA SHARE USDA  Report At a Glance Previous articleSoybean Group Wants TPP Vote in Lame-Duck SessionNext articleCrop Insurance Claims in 2016 Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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WATCH: TCU cruises past Charlotte, 82-57, Noi sparks game-clinching run

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas printPoint guard Alex Robinson and head coach Jamie Dixon discuss the Horned Frogs win in their opening game at the Diamond Head Classic over Charlotte behind an overpowering 21-7 run to close the first half. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Facebook TCU forward Kouat Noi drives to the hoop against Indiana State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Twitter Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Linkedin Facebook Previous articleWomen’s Basketball ride Ray’s big performance to sixth-straight winNext articleWATCH: Second-half explosion powers TCU past Bucknell into Diamond Head Classic championship game Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podell last_img read more

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RSF warns Myanmar about threat to World Press Freedom Index ranking

first_img RSF_en Their conviction was indicative of deep contempt for the rule of law and a complete absence of judicial transparency as regards press freedom. Just as the Official Secrets Act was used to convict them, so the sedition law was used in a completely opaque manner to impose a disproportionate seven-year jail sentence on the columnist Ngar Min Swe on 18 September. – Create a media regulatory body that is completely independent of both the military and civilian authorities. May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire wrote to the head of the government, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, on 6 September urging her to intercede on behalf of the two reporters. Her only response was to say that “they were not jailed because they were journalists” and that “the case has been held in open court.” May 12, 2021 Find out more In the 2018 Index, published in April, Myanmar was ranked 137th out of 180 countries, six places lower than in 2017. There is now every chance that it will fall even further in next year’s Index. Help by sharing this information The seven-year jail sentences that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo received on 3 September capped a farcical prosecution. The scheme that the military, police and judicial system jointly concocted to detain the two journalists stretched credulity and showed the lengths to which the authorities were ready to go in order to trample on media independence. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment – Overturn the columnist Ngar Min Swe’s conviction and bring a different charge against him. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Myanmar’s journalists now know that they run the risk of reprisals from the military apparatus if they try to cover what the UN has described as “genocide” in northwestern Rakhine state. Self-censorship is now the rule, as many journalists acknowledge, including Myanmar Now news website editor Swe Win, who is still being prosecuted for criticizing the anti-Muslim tirades of the fundamentalist Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu. Media independence violated News News This means that the “environment and self-censorship” indicator, which represents 13% of a country’s evaluation in the World Press Freedom Index, has every chance of being badly affected. The addition of “media independence” (13%) and “transparency” (7%) means that a third of Myanmar’s overall score for the 2019 Index is already seriously compromised. – Repeal the Official Secrets Act and the sedition law. To contain this trend, RSF recommends that the authorities: – Immediately release the journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and overturn their absurd conviction. RSF issues an “incident report” whenever it notes a major deterioration in one or more of the indicators that are used to determine a country’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index. It is intended to be a warning to the authorities in the country concerned.center_img October 1, 2018 – Updated on October 3, 2018 RSF warns Myanmar about threat to World Press Freedom Index ranking – Amend article 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Act, article 9 (g) of the news media law and article 500 of the Penal Code, which are supposed to prevent defamation but are used in practice as powerful censorship instruments. Many subjects are off limits. The authorities have even prohibited use of the term “Rohingyas” in the media. Media outlets that do not comply are threatened with closure. US-funded Radio Free Asia was banned in June for refusing to refer to “Bengalis” instead of “Rohingyas,” as the government demands. to go further – Stop the security forces from intimidating journalists who try to gather information in Rakhine state and in the states of Shan and Kachin. News Transparency flouted The seven indicators used to compile the Index are pluralism, media independence, abuses and acts of violence against journalists, the media environment and self-censorship, legislative framework, transparency, and the quality of the infrastructure that supports the production of news and information. May 31, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts The environment for reporters is just as hostile on the other side of the country, in the northeast. As a result of a recent intensification in the conflict between the army and rebel groups in the states of Shan and Kachin, journalists are unable to cover vast areas controlled by the army. Those who dare to go there are exposed to serious threats and reprisals by the belligerents. Follow the news on Myanmar Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesInternational bodies Armed conflictsImprisonedJudicial harassment Recommendations US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is issuing an “incident report” about the threat to Myanmar’s position in the World Press Freedom Index resulting from grave violations of the freedom to inform since the start of the year, including the long jail terms imposed on two Reuters journalists at the end of a sham trial, exactly one month ago. Poor environment, widespread self-censorship Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Its scores on “environment and self-censorship,” “transparency” and “media independence” – three of the seven indicators used by RSF to arrive at the overall score that determines a country’s ranking – are likely to worsen significantly unless the authorities take corrective measures.last_img read more

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France: Death threats against journalists at Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story RSF_en to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that letters containing threatening messages and rifle bullets were received yesterday by Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné, two French media outlets that published damaging revelations about presidential candidate François Fillon.Signed by a group calling itself “Epuration 2J” (Purge 2J), the identical message in each letter said: “Vigilance and protection don’t last for ever… That day/We will be there/for you/or/for someone close to you.” The letters were mailed from Marseille.On the message to Mediapart, there was also a coffin with the letters EP, in apparent allusion to Mediapart publisher Edwy Plenel, together with the words “Judges and journalists in the same bag.”According to Mediapart, similar letters were sent to Judge Eliane Houlette, who heads the special prosecutor’s office for financial offences, and to the three judges in charge of the investigation into alleged embezzlement of public funds by Fillon that was opened as a result of the reporting by Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné.The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into these letters, which it is treating as “death threats.”“The threats against Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné’s journalists are grave and must be taken seriously,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “Such acts of intimidation are unacceptable in a democracy and have taken place in an atmosphere already contaminated by poisonous and dangerous statements by politicians against journalists.”Ever since the revelations by Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné about Fillon, who is the candidate of the centre-right The Republicans, a number of politicians have made vitriolic verbal attacks against journalists. Fillon himself has described the media revelations and the judicial investigation as a “political assassination,” and as a “plot” hatched in “back-rooms.” Speaking on France Inter yesterday, he even said: “Those behind this case will not sleep well in the future.”In addition to condemning such verbal attacks and urging France’s politicians to show restraint, RSF has just asked all the presidential candidates to give firm undertakings that media freedom and independence will be guaranteed in France, which is currently ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. News April 7, 2017 France: Death threats against journalists at Mediapart and Canard Enchaîné Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more News Picture of the letter of death threats received by Mediapart. © DR News FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ViolenceFreedom of expression last_img read more

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Positive implementation of new rules for foreign media, but much remains to be done

first_img Under new rules for the international media, foreign correspondents have been able to cover stories that were previously banned. But many local officials have not been told about the changes and at least five foreign reporters have been prevented from interviewing dissidents in Beijing and Shanghai. Reporters Without Borders calls on information minister Cai Wu to speed up these reforms and to guarantee that they are not reversed. to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation News News February 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Positive implementation of new rules for foreign media, but much remains to be done News Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News The Chinese authorities are on the whole respecting the new regulations for foreign journalists that took effect nearly 50 days ago although the foreign ministry has clearly not given provincial officials enough information about the changes and there have been at least five cases of correspondents being prevented from meeting dissidents, Reporters Without Borders said today.“These new rules are a positive development but much remains to be done,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In particular, we call on Cai Wu, the head of the government information office, to suppress the temporary nature of this changes. A reversion to the former archaic rules after the Olympic Games, is out of the question.”The press freedom organisation continued: “It is also outrageous that the authorities still prevent the public and foreign residents from freely visiting any website, listening to foreign radio programmes (by jamming them) and reading the articles written by the thousands of foreign correspondents.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The government must pursue its reforms by allowing foreign news media to employ Chinese journalists and to make unrestricted visits to Tibet and Xinjiang. The rules imposed by the Propaganda Department on the Chinese media also need to be eased as a matter or urgency. The dual standards that are being established in the run-up to the Olympic Games are unacceptable.”Several foreign news organisations have successfully tested the new rules that took effect on 1 January. For example, Reuters journalists have conducted working visits to several provinces including Inner Mongolia that previously would have been forbidden. They were able, for example, to meet the wife of Hada, the editor of a Mongolian publication who has been imprisoned since 1995. A Reuters reporter had been requesting permission to conduct this interview since 2004. Even the official news agency Xinhua described the report as historic, although it did not name Hada.Reuters was also able to interview Bao Tong, an assistant of the former, pro-reform Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang, although foreign correspondents were prevented from visiting Zhao’s children. Reporters were also able to meeting human rights activist Hu Jia at his Beijing home although some of them had their passports checked by the police.On the other hand, the police have prevented journalists from meeting the Shanghai-based lawyer Zheng Enchong, the lawyer Gao Zhisheng and the anti-AIDS doctor Gao Yaojie. Policemen prevented a Japanese correspondent from entering Gao Zhisheng’s home on the grounds that he did not have the required official permission.The Beijing-based correspondents of Hong Kong news organisations confirmed that they have been able to interview academics and experts in the past few weeks without going through the authorities. The weekly Nanfang Zhoumo quoted Chan Wing-kai, the correspondent of the daily Ming Pao, as saying he was able to work much faster.There have been several examples of local authorities not being correctly informed about the new regulations. Mai Jiexi of the British news weekly The Economist had problems with officials in the central province of Henan while doing a report on AIDS. A quick call to the foreign affairs ministry (“Waiban”) sufficed to convince them to let him work. Nonetheless, the police went ahead of him to some villages to tell residents not to give him interviews.Some foreign journalists play down the impact of the new rules. “Most of us had not been requesting prior permission for several years,” one European correspondent said. “It can help with interviewing officials. But they are not always aware of the new rules in the provinces.” CNN reporter Jaime FlorCruz confirmed in an interview for a Chinese newspaper that most local officials were often unaware of the changes that took effect on 1 January.The government in Beijing has given assurances that journalists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao will enjoy the same rights. Hong Kong journalists told Reporters Without Borders this was a “major change” as they previously had to request permission from the Chinese Liaison Bureau in the former British colony before going to cover a story on the Chinese mainland.The Taiwanese media have also benefited from the changes. The previous rules, dating from 1996, required them to first request permission from the Beijing government’s Bureau of Taiwan Affairs. Then the All-China Journalists Association had to give its assent. Taiwanese reporters continue to be subject to special surveillance in the field by the Bureau of Taiwan Affairs and the Public Security Department.A Taiwanese journalist confirmed that crews from three Taipei-based TV stations were able to go to the southern province on Yunnan without requesting prior permission on 9 January to cover the arrest of an alleged Taiwanese criminal. On the other hand, soldiers turned back several Hong Kong reporters who went to cover a military aircraft crash on 9 January in the southern province of Guangdong.According to the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, the new rules also apply to Tibet and Xinjiang. So far, there have been no reports of any refusals or incidents there, bearing in mind that all foreigners need special authorisation to visit these regions. A European journalist told Reporters Without Borders that protracted negotiations were still needed to obtain a laissez-passer.Several journalists voiced concern that the authorities are stepping up pressure on the Chinese they want to interview. Article 6 of the new rules stipulates that journalists must obtain the consent of the persons they interview.At the same time, the Public Security Department has not relaxed its supervision of dissident Chinse journalists and writers. Around 20 of them were prevented from going to Hong Kong at the beginning of this month to attend a conference organised by the International PEN writers’ association. Writers Zan Aizong and Zhao Dagong were turned back at the “border” between mainland China and Hong Kong.Chinese journalists who work for Chinese media that are based outside of the country are still denied accreditation and the right to work freely. Journalists working for the website Boxun were told by the authorities that the new rules solely concern foreign journalists employed by foreign news media. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

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