Google set to offer TV service in the US

first_imgTuesday 7 September 2010 11:03 pm whatsapp KCS-content Google set to offer TV service in the US More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndo Show Comments ▼center_img Share whatsapp Tags: NULL GOOGLE will launch its service to bring the web to TV screens in the United States this autumn and worldwide next year, its chief executive Eric Schmidt, said, as it extends its reach from the desktop to the living room.Schmidt said the service, which will allow full Internet browsing via the television, would be free, and Google would work with a variety of programme makers and electronics manufacturers to bring it to consumers.“We will work with content providers, but it is very unlikely that we will get into actual content production,” said Schmidt.The news comes less than a week after rival Apple unveiled its latest Apple TV product and will intensify a battle for consumers’ attention. last_img read more

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Don’t rejoice too soon about US QE2

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Don’t rejoice too soon about US QE2 IT now looks as if the US will embark on another round of quantitative easing (QE), sooner rather than later. Last night’s minutes could hardly have been any clearer. While an important minority of Fed decision-makers remains opposed, or (sensibly) wants to wait for additional information, “many participants” think that unless growth accelerates, unemployment fall or inflation increases, it would be appropriate to provide additional monetary stimulus.There is a great danger here. QE should only be used to prevent a collapse in the money supply and the economy, of the kind which turned a recession into a depression during the 1930s. Yet the US is not in recession and is probably set to grow by 1.5-2 per cent over the next few quarters. Bad, yes; but not catastrophic and natural given that the private sector is deleveraging and capital is being reallocated from bubble-time investments to more appropriate usesQE’s aim should not be to “create” yet more unsustainable “growth”, or to boost employment, and especially not just before a key mid-term election. Constant small-scale interventions would soon lose their utility; a muddled, half-hearted attempt at QE2 born out of internal compromises would help nobody. The markets were being far too short-sighted when they rejoiced yesterday.SAVERS’ WOESIt is a terrible time to be a saver, especially here in Britain. Low interest rates, higher tax and rampant inflation are wiping out those with the fortitude and self-control to put some of their income aside for a rainy day. Given how desperately the British banking system needs greater funds, as it seeks to wean itself from the money markets, and the looming retirement crisis, this has all the signs of a disaster in the making.Inflation figures out yesterday showed that the consumer price index, the government’s favourite measure of inflation, remained at 3.1 per cent. The retail price index remained extremely high at 4.6 per cent. Even assuming that the CPI is the best measure, just to maintain the purchasing power of their savings, a basic rate taxpayer needs to find a savings account paying 3.88 per cent per annum, while a higher rate taxpayer at 40 per cent needs to find an account paying 5.17 per cent. Only 55 accounts are available to 40 per cent band taxpayers, all of which bar two are ISAs, according to MoneyFacts. It’s pretty hopeless for 50 per cent taxpayers, needless to say, who have zero incentive to save in cash-style instruments, even though rates have started to rise slowly in recent weeks. Savers hardest hit by the rise in inflation are those who rely on their savings to supplement their income, many of whom are pensioners. The ultra-low, zero or even negative cash savings rate – and the growing worries about equity and credit markets – is one reason why so many people are repaying their mortgages as fast as they can. The Bank of England reported that there was a net housing equity injection of £6.2bn in the second quarter. This was up from £5.3bn in the first quarter, was the largest net injection of equity since the first quarter of 2009, and the ninth successive quarterly net injection of housing equity.The political and media discourse is fixated on the benefits of low interest rates and the need to make credit easier. But those who provide the funds to allow the lending are getting a truly raw deal. [email protected] Tuesday 12 October 2010 9:24 pm whatsapp Share KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) 2019 Circular

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 circular For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2019 circular Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Churches throughout Asia focus on people with disabilities for Asia…

first_imgChurches throughout Asia focus on people with disabilities for Asia Sunday Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Asia Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] Churches and Christians throughout Asia will observe Asia Sunday the week of May 13, with a focus on prayer. Asia Sunday is an initiative of the Christian Conference of Asia, which includes all the Anglican provinces in the region as well as the Anglican Church of Australia and the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia — plus many other Christian denominations and ecumenical partners. This year’s theme is “Embracing the Differently Abled and Upholding Their Dignity.”Read the entire article here. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Communion, Posted May 4, 2018 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PAlast_img read more

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If not now, then when?

first_img I believe if we had more 10 commandments in plain sight and people realized a God of love gave them to us to live our lives by we might actually have more peace and safety! Oh, yes and then there is the golden rule, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!Blessings oon you and yours OpinionBy Rabbi Rick SherwinAgain, and again, and again… Every statement following yesterday’s atrocity in Pittsburgh begins with “we are appalled,”or” we condemn,” or “we are outraged…”Speaking personally, I am outraged by such comprehensive statements as “If only there had been an armed guard welcoming worshippers,” or “if only more people had guns with them during the worship service,” or other such shallow insights that might eliminate the problem. There will always be demented human beings who ignore the value of human life, but more guns do not seem to be the answer…I am reposting my thoughts that followed last year’s wanton mass murder in Las Vegas, with Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life now in mind. I speak not just as a Jew, not just as one who remembers Pulse in Orlando, not just as an American, but as a human being charged to live up to the Divine Image in which we are all created. Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. Columbine High SchoolVirginia TechSandy Hook ElementaryFort HoodUmpqua Community CollegeSan BernardinoChattanoogaEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal ChurchPulseLas VegasTo name just a fewAfter each one comesThoughts and prayersExpressions of sympathyPrayers for consolationHeightened security atSchoolsMilitary BasesChurches, Mosques, SynagoguesNight ClubsMaybe now hotel check in!What about the real problem?Not controlling gunsBut outlawing assault weaponsNot allowing silencersBut speaking up and speaking outNot second amendment rightsBut the responsibility for lifeNot more mental health checksBut more sane lawsThe real problem is addressingIn a completely direct wayDevastation and anguishLoss of hope and loss of life.We have delayed the conversationWe have delayed the actionWe have delayed protectingChildren and AdultsGoing to SchoolPrayingAttending a ConcertThe Prophet Isaiah:“They have eyes but will not seeThey have ears but will not hear”Wake up nowBefore more parents mourn childrenBefore more children are orphanedBefore more young love is lost.The Sage Hillel2,000 years ago:IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? Please enter your name here Reply November 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img TAGSOpinionRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleSteps to take to keep the flu awayNext articleThe soundtrack of the Sixties demanded respect, justice and equality Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linda Scott The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! 1 COMMENT 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.last_img read more

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FreePostcodeLottery offers to match daily wins with charity donation

first_img Howard Lake | 12 June 2013 | News FreePostcodeLottery offers to match daily wins with charity donation 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. After July, the automatic donations to cahrity will stop, but the site will continue to support charities on an ongoing basis. Users will be given the option to double their winnings if they choose to donate it to their nominated charity instead of collect it for themselves.Chris Holbrook, the site’s founder, said: “Things are going well on the site, with over £12,000 won so far. Last year I doubled the prize fund from £10 to £20 per day and I’ve always planned to add a charity element. If it goes well we will make Charity Month a regular event. If you support or work for a small local charity sign up and nominate them. As everyone has an equal chance of winning.FreePostcodeLottery.com has attracted over 40,000 entries with over 8,000 users coming back to check the result on a daily basis.Charities wishing to take part should contact Holbrook directly. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis FreePostcodeLottery.com, the free daily prize draw site, is to match winnings with an equal donation to the winner’s selected charity.The site, which is funded by advertising, offers a daily prize draw where entrants simply have to enter with their postcode. During July, if your postcode is chose, you will win at least £20 and a matching donation will be made to your charity.If a draw is unclaimed the prize fund rolls over by £20 per day until it is claimed. The highest jackpot so far has been £200. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Puerto Rican patriot comes home

first_imgNorberto González ClaudioHugs and cries of joy from a group of relatives, friends and political activists greeted Puerto Rican patriot Norberto González Claudio on Jan. 15 at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. González Claudio had been arrested in the United States for his role in the robbery of $7.2 million from a Wells Fargo armored car carried out by Los Macheteros-People’s Army in Hartford, Conn., in September 1983.— National Hostosiano Independence MovementFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

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In Houston, chemical fires cause immeasurable pain, illness, fear

first_imgHouston, TX — The morning of March 17 saw dark black billowing smoke begin to cloud the skies of east Harris County, causing residents to wonder if a storm or hurricane was approaching. But this was no natural disaster. It was man-made, caused by ITC, Intercontinental Terminals Company’s facility in Deer Park, outside Houston.Toxic “tank farm” fire still burning in Houston on March 22Several petrochemical storage tanks caught fire, and it took four days to put out the fires which spread to several more tanks. Then midweek, the fires reignited.While the fires are now out, residents fear they could break out again. While company officials report no danger, residents don’t believe them. Thousands of people have gone to hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms for a multitude of symptoms from watery and itchy eyes to problems breathing and inability to keep food down. People with asthma have suffered greatly.According to ITC’s web page, the Deer Park terminal “currently has 13.1 million barrels of capacity in 242 tanks.  It stores all kinds of petrochemical liquids and gases, as well as fuel oil, bunker oil and distillates. The terminal has five ship docks and ten barge docks, rail and truck access, as well as multiple pipeline connections.”These fires are not ITC’s first offense. ITC has been out of compliance with the Clean Air Act nine out of the past 12 quarters. Since 2003 there have been 39 unauthorized air releases. In 2013, they released 10 times the legal limits of cyanide into the San Jacinto River.Fire releases deadly chemicals, shuts down shippingThe chemical tank fire occurred near Houston, the U.S. petrochemical capital. The blaze released chemicals commonly found in the production of gasoline, which can cause dizziness and headaches. Those symptoms were reported by residents in the area throughout the week, even though the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality daily downplayed the fire’s risk to the public.The Houston Ship Channel is a 50-mile waterway that runs from the Gulf of Mexico through Galveston Bay and up the San Jacinto River, ending 4 miles east of downtown at the Port of Houston. According to a study by the University of Texas Health Science Center, children living within 2 miles of the Ship Channel have a 56 percent higher risk for childhood leukemia than those living over 10 miles away.The Channel was shut down due to pollutants released by the fire. It won’t reopen until the U.S. Coast Guard verifies that cancer-causing benzene has dissipated in the air, and oily runoff from the area’s worst chemical disaster in 14 years poses no threat to vessels or their crews.Oil refiners, chemical manufacturers and grain exporters in Houston’s eastern suburbs are now cut off from Gulf of Mexico shipping as the unfolding disaster enters its second week.Texas politicians have defiantly sought to limit pollution lawsuits, and Texas has notoriously lax pollution enforcement. However, the lack of traffic through the shipping channel, which impacts productivity and therefore profits, is likely behind the Texas Attorney General’s filing a lawsuit against ITC this week, accusing the company of violating clean-air laws.Decades of activism against pollutionFor decades activists from the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) have fought the polluting refineries on the east side of Houston. Those communities in Texas Congressional District 29 (CD 29) surround the Houston Ship Channel, home to the largest petrochemical refinery complex in the Western Hemisphere. The lack of safety in these industrial facilities has subjected residents to uncontainable toxic pollution.According to t.e.j.a.s., “Houston ranks 1st in the U.S. for mercury, formaldehyde, benzene, 1-3 butadiene and a host of other toxic chemicals in the air. Texas ranks 1st in the country for carbon dioxide emissions, cancer-causing chemicals released into the air, toxic chemicals released into water, hazardous waste generated, and much more undocumented pollution. … Despite record profits, record pollution, record sickness, and minutes away from the largest medical center in the world, Texas CD 29 has more uninsured children than any district in the country.”Next: Town meetings expose community health crisis in Houston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Algerian blogger jailed over interview with “Israeli diplomat”

first_imgNews Follow the news on Algeria RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the disproportionate charges brought against Touati Marzoug, an Algerian blogger who is facing up to 25 years in prison over a video interview with a person identified as “Israeli diplomat.” February 1, 2017 Algerian blogger jailed over interview with “Israeli diplomat” May 18, 2021 Find out more Marzoug has been held in El Khemis prison since 17 January in connection with the Skype interview, in which his interviewee made the politically sensitive claim that Israel had a “liaison office” in Algiers prior to 2000. Marzoug posted the interview online on 9 January. He is facing a possible sentence of 10 to 20 years in jail under article 71-3 of Algeria’s penal code, which penalizes “talking to the agents of a foreign power and complicity liable to harm Algeria’s diplomatic situation.” And he is facing an additional one to five years in prison under article 100 punishing “direct provocation by the same means [statement made publicly, posted or in print] inciting an armed mob.” “Even if the statements made in this interview are no longer verifiable, these charges under the penal code are unjustified,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “Let’s not forget journalist Mohamed Tamalt’s tragic death in detention on 11 December after being jailed in connection with his Facebook posts. Tamalt was also prosecuted and convicted under the penal code, although there is a press code that has abolished prison sentences for news and information providers.” Algeria’s constitution, as revised in February 2016, forbids arbitrary detention and stresses the exceptional nature of pre-trial detention. In report published in December, RSF urged the Algerian authorities to amend the criminal code, abolishing prison terms for media offences, including insult, contempt and defamation, in order to comply with the 2016 constitution and with Algeria’s human rights obligations, including its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Algeria is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Moment of truth for freedom of information, concern on eve of elections

first_img to go further Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more (Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP) Follow the news on Ukraine Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Related documents RWB contribution for Ukraine UPRPDF – 217.84 KB October 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Moment of truth for freedom of information, concern on eve of electionscenter_img News News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV RSF_en The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will today examine the situation in Ukraine as part of the second cycle of the procedure known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Reporters Without Borders, which has consultative status with the United Nations, submitted a report for this review in April (available here).Six months later, the situation is even worse. With four days to go to parliamentary elections, Reporters Without Borders would like to sound the alarm about freedom of information in Ukraine.”We urge the Human Rights Council’s member to remind Ukraine to respect its international obligations and its own promises,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Respect for freedom of information has worsened to such as degree that the country is now at a turning point. The onus will be on the parliamentarians elected on Sunday to not only refrain from further repressive legislation but also to halt this dangerous trend and reverse direction.”Although Ukraine has just refrained from criminalizing defamation at the last minute, freedom of information is in great danger. The impunity enjoyed by those responsible for the frequent violence against journalists has created a climate of intimidation that encourages censorship, while the media landscape’s growing polarization in the run-up to the elections is exacerbating the tension.”It is essential that the Human Rights Council’s members remind Ukraine of recommendation No. 27, which it undertook to implement in 2008 and which has become a dead letter. The council said that it was high time that the government took ‘all measures necessary to ensure that all acts of violence against journalists be investigated and that appropriate punishments are meted out.'”Six journalists have been the victims grave acts of violence in the past three months and one of them died. No fewer than 25 other journalists have been prevented from working in a more or less violent manner and nine others have been clearly intimidated. “Despite recent progress in the investigation into Vasil Klymentyev’s 2010 disappearance, impunity remains the rule, starting with the emblematic case of Georgiy Gongadze’s murder in 2000. There has been a notable resumption of cases of pressure on independent media and within newsrooms. This lamentable state of affairs is unworthy of a country that will take over the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in January 2013.”Violence and impunity – a toxic environmentIn the latest serious case of violence against a journalist, Konstantin Kovalenko, a reporter for GolosUA’s online edition, was kidnapped, tortured and threatened by unidentified individuals in Berdichev, in the northern province of Zhytomyr, on the night of 15 October. His assailants forced him into car, hit him repeatedly in the stomach and back, subjected him to a simulated drowning and threatened to kill him in a forest. They did this to deter him from publishing the results of his investigation into vote-buying in the 63rd electoral district. Despite their threats, he filed a complaint and told the media about his abduction, but he thinks he is still in danger.Dmytro Volkov, a reporter for 1+1 TV’s investigative programme “Hroshi,” was attacked and badly beaten as he was returning to his home in Kiev on the night of 26 September. His editor, Maxym Sukhenko, said he was accosted from behind by two unidentified men, one of whom hit him very hard on the head saying, “If you dig any deeper into this story, we’ll rip your head off.” They also told him “not to go back to Vyshgorod,” a town just outside Kiev.Volkov, who was hospitalized with concussion, a broken jaw and multiple bruising, had been carrying out an investigation into allegedly illegal land transactions in Vyshgorod, the results of which are still unknown. Interior minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko announced that he would personally supervise the investigation into the attack on Volkov.Vladimir Goncharenko, a respected environmentalist who headed the movement “For the Right of Citizens to Environmental Safety” and edited the newspaper EKO Bezpeka (ECO Security), died in a hospital in the southern city of Dnipropetrovsk on 3 August from the injuries he received two days earlier when unidentified individuals in a car forced his car to stop and gave him a severe beating.Goncharenko had written a lot about the environment in the Dnipropetrovsk region, especially on the state of the water in the Dnieper, Ukraine’s largest river. Five days before the attack, he had reported the discovery of a large illegal dump of chemically polluted and radioactive metal waste in the Saksagan area near the city of Krivoy Rog.The police investigation into “serious injuries causing death” (article 121 of the criminal code) is working on the assumption that the assault was motivated by a dispute of a personal nature but is not ruling out a possible link to Goncharenko’s work. His family and colleagues think it was directly linked to his environmental investigations.Natural resource management and land use are highly sensitive issues. At STB TV journalist Irina Fedoriv’s request, a police investigation under article 129 of the criminal code (“death threats”) is being conducted into the phone threats she received on 20 September. For the past four years, Fedoriv has been looking into the allegedly illegal allocation of land in Belichansky Forest, near Kiev.Cases of physical attacks and threats against journalists are on the increase although the degree of seriousness varies. Those responsible are often government officials or influential businessmen who are rarely arrested or questioned.For example, Sergey Kiva, a reporter for the local newspaper Focus, was attacked by parliamentarian Vladimir Borisenko while investigating the water supply in a village in the eastern province of Poltava on 16 August. Angered by Kiva’s attempts to record his comments, Borisenko tore up his press card, seized all of his equipment and threatened him in violent manner.A businessman threw stones and other objects at an Inter TV crew led by reporter Roman Bochkala in Karmalyukove, a village in the central province of Vinnytsya, on 15 August when Bochkala tried to interview him about the alleged exploitation of his workers. Bochkala was injured by the oil can that the businessman threw it him.Increase in attempts to pressure mediaThe election campaign has seen a surge in cases of censorship of media and harassment of journalists. Many reporters have been threatened or roughed up while covering election rallies. These are just a few of the cases:- Georgiy Mochayev of the newspaper Tochka Opory was assaulted while trying to cover an address by a pro-government candidate in Kysorychi, in the northwestern province of Rivne, on 12 September.- Tatyana Zhuchenko of Khersonski Visti was prevented from attending a meeting with the Communist Party parliamentarian Kateryna Samoylyk (about whom she had written a critical article) in Myrne, in the southern province of Kherson, on 8 August.- Serhiy Furmanyuk of Ostrov was violently ejected from the meeting that the local candidate of the ruling Party of the Regions gave in Artemivsk, in the eastern province of Donetsk, on 14 September.- The mayor of Selidovo in Donetsk province threatened to hit a cameraman working for local TV station Kapri when he attended a meeting in violation of article 74 of the electoral law.The political pressure has not spared newsrooms. Two journalists, Olga Godovenko and Olga Komarova, resigned from MIG TV because, they said, they refused to “represent the interests of a certain political party” and because they were no longer able to “carry out their professional duties in accordance with the principles of ethical journalism.” The head of the station, Tatyana Yaroshenko, also resigned.Natalia Sokolenko, a leading investigative journalist, resigned from STB television in protest against the broadcasting of programmes which she said had been “ordered.”The situation of TVi, an independent station, continues to deteriorate. One by one, cable TV services are ceasing to carry the station, especially in the east of the country. Other media say they are also the victims of attempts to cut them off from their audience. The magazine Ukrayinskiy Tyzhden, for example, has been dropped from certain distribution networks. The news website “Mayesh Pravo Znaty” (You have the right to know) was dropped by its web host for covering “political issues.”Ukraine is ranked 116th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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