Gladedale hit by £78m loss after crisis fix

first_imgMonday 30 August 2010 9:17 pm whatsapp Gladedale hit by £78m loss after crisis fix BRITAIN’S largest private housebuilder crashed to a £78m loss last year as a debt-for-equity swap and a group restructuring piled costs onto its struggling balance sheet.The Gladedale Group, whose projects include the luxury Quartermile housing development in Edinburgh, fell heavily into the red after a huge overhaul in the autumn that wiped out its founder’s shareholding. The news comes as fears grow of a second nosedive for the cornerstone construction industry. Economists are bracing themselves for a slump in second quarter new orders on Friday.Epsom-based Gladedale lost £78.4m between 10 August and 31 December 2009, accounts filed at Companies House reveal. The company generated revenues of £360m but was pushed into negative territory by interest payments on its debt and charges relating to a reorganisation that included the resurrection of its former housing brand, Bett Homes.Last September, covenant breaches by several of its subsidiaries forced Gladedale to hand lender Lloyds Banking Group a 30 per cent equity stake in return for writing off £533m of loans. Founder Remo Dipre, who quit Gladedale in April 2009, saw his shareholding in the company knocked out as a result.The debt-for-equity swap was followed by management turmoil. Chief executive David Gaffney was replaced by Neil Fitzsimmons, the ex-boss of publicly listed housebuilder Redrow. Another former Redrow man, Alan Bowkett, replaced Dipre as chairman while Colin Lewis joined as chief operating officer.Gladedale still had £569m of net debt at the end of 2009, all of it held by Lloyds. In accounts, the company’s directors said: “Although the group is financially secure following the recent restructuring, the group’s ability to comply with its banking covenants continues to represent a key risk to the business.” KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapplast_img read more

Scout to launch fantasy sports in Africa with Betway

first_img Tags: Fantasy Sports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Africa 22nd October 2019 | By contenteditor DFS Scout to launch fantasy sports in Africa with Betway Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Scout Gaming has brokered a new deal with Betway to launch its fantasy sports product with the online gambling operator in African gaming markets.Betway and its partners will now gain access to Scout’s full product portfolio and roll out fantasy sports services in the coming weeks.Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Scout said that the deal could be expanded to other markets, with Africa being the initial focus for the partnership. Betway is currently active in markets such as South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana.“We are proud that Betway’s African licensee partner selected us as their fantasy sports partner; they have quickly become market leaders in the region and we are looking forward to support them as they expand,” Scout’s chief executive Andreas Ternstrom said.Scout said that while the new deal is not expected to have a material impact on revenue for 2019, it has the potential to have a significant effect on revenue in future years, depending on the speed of roll-out in the region.Last month, Scout also brokered a deal to launch a daily fantasy sports platform with a leading media partner later this year under the terms of a new framework agreement with Eurovision Sport.Scout entered a deal with the division of the European Broadcasting Union, the alliance of public service media groups that has 116 member organisations in 56 countries and operates over 2,000 television, radio and online channels and services.The agreement stipulated that Scout will provide platform licences to Eurovision Sport, its partners and EBU Members.Image: Max Pixel Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Scout Gaming has brokered a new deal with Betway to launch its fantasy sports product with the online gambling operator in African gaming markets. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation DFS Email Addresslast_img read more

Scientific Games promotes Johnson to senior EMEA role

first_img Scientific Games has announced the appointment of Simon Johnson as its new senior vice president and managing director for the EMEA region. More recently, Johnson has led the UK arm’s response to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Tags: Scientific Games Simon Johnson Email Address The appointment comes after Scientific Games this week named Jim Bombassei as senior vice president of investor relations, in a dual role that also covers its free-to-play gaming subsidiary SciPlay Corporation. Scientific Games promotes Johnson to senior EMEA role Prior to his time with Scientific Games, Johnson worked across a range of businesses and industries, having started out in investment banking. In his new role, Johnson will oversee sales and operating activities in the EMEA, with the overall aim of pursuing growth opportunities and ensuring best in class practices for the region. 29th January 2021 | By Robert Fletchercenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: People People moves People moves Regions: Europe North Africa & Middle East Johnson has been with Scientific Games for four years, initially serving as its UK commercial director, focusing on sales, product management, marketing and business intelligence. Johnson also held leadership roles in private equity, telecommunications, and financial technology businesses, where he gained significant experience leading sales and operational teams.last_img read more

Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) 2015 Presentation

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh)  2015 presentation Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

‘Smokin’ for Mission’ helps Episcopal Relief & Development

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Kelly HarrisPosted Feb 4, 2013 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tom Dahlman says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Jodi Baron, a middler Master of Divinity student from the Diocese of Western Michigan, line up her barbecued offering Feb. 2 during the Seminary of the Southwest’s “Smokin’ for Mission” contest. Photo/Sarah Mullins[Episcopal News Service] Dioceses, churches and organizations united on Feb. 2 at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas to cook some meat and raise money for Episcopal Relief & Development.Thirteen teams came together and started preparing their meat and secret ingredients the night before. A special Compline service was also held in All Saints’ chapel as teams arrived with large grills, special light towers and camping chairs.Teams from the diocese of Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Western Michigan, West Texas and Texas took part. Teams from local Episcopal congregations and nearby neighborhood restaurants, coffee houses and bars also competed for barbecue bragging rights.The event brought hundreds of individuals to the seminary grounds to taste each team’s barbecue and give to a worthwhile cause. Children enjoyed chasing animals around in the petting zoo, bouncing in the jump castle and baking cupcakes to sell. Individuals sampled ribs and brisket and voted on their favorites. A magnificent band made up of three Episcopal priests came together to highlight the event with music and extra prayers for any trash talking.Local Texas judges with esteemed barbecue palates judged the teams’ meats late in the afternoon. The winner for “Best Brisket” was the Smokin’ Trolls from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The winner for “Best Ribs” was the Longhorn Cookers from Austin. Both teams received a coveted trophy with a large black smoker grill crowning the top. The crowd favorite for “Best Overall” was the Diocese of West Texas.In all, the first annual “Smokin’ for Mission” raised more than $3,000 for Episcopal Relief & Development.“Episcopal Relief & Development is living and sharing the Gospel all around the world all the time,” said Perry Mullins, a middler Master of Divinity student from the Diocese of Dallas. “We are thrilled to have an opportunity, through barbecue, to join with them and to make their voice known at Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin, and beyond.”The students who serve on the seminary Episcopal Relief & Development committee said they wanted a new way to raise money and what better way than smoking some meat and bringing the local neighborhood together. They planned the barbecue for February in hopes that Texas would have a warm winter. With a high of 79 degrees during the event, it was a perfect day for grilling with short-sleeve shirts and flip flops.It takes a panel of experts to judge the fruits of the Seminary of the Southwest’s “Smokin’ for Mission” contest. Here (left to right) Melba Garcia, head chef from Sao Paulo restaurant; Frank Kittredge, husband of seminary Academic Dean Cynthia Kittredge; JV Bryan, owner of The Posse East pub; Steve Bishop, seminary old testament professor and Barbara Frisbie, head chef at the school put their palates to the test. Photo/Sarah MullinsA challenge was even made from the team that pulled their rig from Oklahoma, to have a seminary team compete in the Oklahoma barbecue state competition. The challenge came with a donation of $500 to Episcopal Relief & Development.“I’m so pleased to be a part of a community that cares deeply about the ministry of Episcopal Relief & Development,” said Christian Baron, a middler MDiv student from the Diocese of Western Michigan. “I have been overwhelmed by the support that the Seminary of the Southwest has given this event. It has been great to see various dioceses and home parishes sponsor their seminarians.” Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC February 5, 2013 at 11:11 am There is a misprint in the article, it should say the event raised 3000 dollars. Also, there are still pledges coming in. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC 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 an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 ‘Smokin’ for Mission’ helps Episcopal Relief & Development Barbecue competition brings together seminary, nearby dioceses, local chefs Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Relief & Development Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

All Blacks cruise to victory in bruising first Test with British & Irish Lions

first_imgMonday Jun 26, 2017 All Blacks cruise to victory in bruising first Test with British & Irish Lions The Lions scored one of the best tries ever seen against the New Zealand, but the hosts were too good at Eden Park and took the first Test fairly comfortably in the end, winning 30-15.All Blacks skipper Kieran Read was immense and young winger Rieko Ioane showed why he has been elevated to the highest level so soon.Highlights above with more coverage to follow. Extended highlights belowADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error British & Irish Lions 2017 Related Articles 195 WEEKS AGO The 2017 Lions tour documentary looks epic… 203 WEEKS AGO The Impact of British and Irish Lions Tours… 204 WEEKS AGO Jordie Barrett’s casual booming dropgoal… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Anthony Nolan chosen as official charity partner for 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon

first_img The Virgin Money London Marathon has chosen blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan as its Official Charity partner for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. The announcement comes as the charity marks its 40th anniversary.The charity hopes that its runners will raise £1 million at the event, which will help it fund the recruitment of 10,000 new bone marrow donors, specifically men aged 16-30 who are the most likely to become lifesavers.Henny Braund, Anthony Nolan’s Chief Executive, said: “It costs £100 to add each person to the register, so the £1 million we hope to raise through the Virgin Money London Marathon partnership will give people with blood cancer the chance of life.” Advertisement  41 total views,  1 views today 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 May 2013 | Newscenter_img Anthony Nolan’s Virgin London Marathon micrositeThe charity has created a microsite to make the most of its Official Charity partner status. It has been built by TDA, following a three-way pitch.The site aims to recruit runners for the charity’s 400 guaranteed Golden Bond places, or to use their own ballot places to support the charity. The site encourages runners to ‘cure blood cancer, mile by mile’.The site features training and fundraising resources. It also invites them to join the Team Anthony Nolan online community where they can share their stories with other runners.Mary Campbell, Head of Events at Anthony Nolan, said: “With a fundraising income of an estimated £1 million, it is essential to ensure our runners feel inspired and involved in this iconic event.” Past official charities of Virgin London MarathonThe 2013 Official Charity partners were YouthNet and Age UK. Before that it was Team PB the Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care, and in 2011 it was Oxfam.Indeed, the London Marathon organisers have announced an official Charity Partner since the race was first run in 1984. Anthony Nolan chosen as official charity partner for 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners who missed out on the ballot for places at next year’s London Marathon, which was filled in record time on 29 April, can still apply for one of Anthony Nolan’s guaranteed marathon places.last_img read more

10 corporate fundraising partnerships for May 2017

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 Haseltine Lake & Worldwide Cancer ResearchHaseltine Lake has announced that it is to support Worldwide Cancer Research over the next year with fundraising activities and challenges. The charity will receive the support of the firm’s offices in Scotland, England, Germany, and the Netherlands. Some of its fundraising activities for the charity will also link into its recently launched employee wellness initiative, “HL Well!” Delighted that Lidl has pledged to raise £3 million for our Schools Service… #NSPCC pic.twitter.com/3qC6eIC4Xb— NSPCC Colchester (@NSPCCColch) April 24, 2017 Asian Media Awards & SightsaversThe Asian Media Awards have chosen Sightsavers as their 2017 charity partner. The opportunity will enable Sightsavers to share its mission and work with the media industry in and around the Awards, the ceremony for which takes place on 25th October. Tagged with: corporate Events Fundraising ideas Little Knights & Asthma UKLittle Knights is supporting Asthma UK through its paint range. To mark World Asthma Day on Tuesday 2nd May, Little Knights paint has pledged to give a donation from every tin sold to the charity. The paint range claims to be the safest on the market: non-toxic, non-allergenic, and free from harmful chemicals often found in paints. Today we announced our exciting partnership with charity @WorldwideCancer to celebrate #WorldIPDay. More here:https://t.co/j2KbF2Xoq0 @WIPO Advertisement The House of Fraser Foundation has launched, working with @actnforchildren supporting children in local communities https://t.co/vCv02TnNv8 pic.twitter.com/biEIyRBUpo— House of Fraser (@houseoffraser) March 6, 2017House of Fraser & Action for ChildrenHouse of Fraser has raised £72,562 so far for Action for Children in its first UK-wide official charitable partnership. Last month, House of Fraser launched the House of Fraser Foundation to support disadvantaged children in communities across the UK where their colleagues and customers are based. Action for Children is the lead beneficiary. Funds have been raised in a variety of ways including sponsored walks and a staff quiz night. Customers have also been invited to make a 50p donation at the till point. May has been a good month so far for corporate partnerships with a raft of announcements, covering everything from donations from product sales, a yacht for this year’s Clipper Race for Unicef, and fundraising activities including bake sales, skydives, and in-store collections.Here are ten that have come to our attention: Melanie May | 12 May 2017 | News  136 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44center_img International security exhibitions & Felix FundFelix Fund has been chosen as this year’s charity partner for the Security and Counter Terror Expo on 3rd and 4thMay and DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) on 12th to 15thSeptember, taking place at London’s Olympia and ExCel venues respectively.  Felix, the charity’s mascot, will be at both events and raffle tickets will also be sold at the Security and Counter Terror Expo for the chance to win an F1 simulation experience for up to eight people.  Bristol NatWest branches & Above & BeyondBristol’s NatWest branches have raised over £13,500 for a new incubator at St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The team, based in 12 branches across the city, have baked, run and jumped their way to the final total as part of its Charity of the Year partnership with local hospital charity, Above & Beyond, starting with a fundraising skydive with Salisbury-based company GoSkydive, in April 2016, raising £8,000. Clipper Round the World Yacht Race & Unicef UKThe Clipper Race has gifted Unicef UK with a team entry in the 2017-18 race. UNICEF UK is the official race charity, and this will be the second consecutive race that the organisation has been gifted one of the event’s twelve 70-foot yachts. The Unicef branded yacht and its crew will visit six different continents as part of the race fleet, including stopovers in the UK, South America, Cape Town, and New York, and will enable local Unicef offices and projects to raise awareness of their work with the local communities and engage with their partners. Hogarth Worldwide & #techmumsHogarth Worldwide is supporting UK charity, #techmums, by producing high-quality video content for their online technology taster courses. The videos feature the charity’s CEO Dr Sue Black OBE, and will be integrated around modules on topics such as social media and online safety. They will go live on techmums.co this summer. LIDL UK & NSPCCLIDL UK has announced a £3 million partnership with the NSPCC, The supermarket chain will raise the money over the next three years for the NSPCC’s Schools Service. Currently the charity has reached two-thirds of primary schools across the country with its ‘Speak Out! Stay Safe’ programme. Lidl UK’s support will help the NSPCC expand its reach. The new partnership is the NSPCC’s first with a major supermarket, Lidl UK employees will also be able to volunteer with the NSPCC to see the work the charity does with children and young people first hand. — Haseltine Lake Kempner (@hlkllp) April 26, 2017 London Stationery Show & Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s CharityThis year’s London Stationery Show saw the biggest charitable donation made in the show’s history. A team of fundraisers from Guildford-based tuition company, Explore Learning, received an overwhelming donation of stationery from exhibitors for their charity partner Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. The donated stationery will be divided between 50+ Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurses, based at hospitals all over the UK, who will pass the items on to seriously ill children and young people under their care.Main image: Little Knights  135 total views,  3 views today 10 corporate fundraising partnerships for May 2017 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Marc Epstein, Jean-Paul Guilloteau and Khawar Mehdi Rizvi begin second week in jail

first_img French journalists working for L’Express, Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau and their Pakistani colleague, journalist/interpreter Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, have begun a second week of detention in Karachi. The Pakistani journalist is still being held in secret by the security forces. French journalists have rallied to the support of Rizvi after a fabricated report was broadcast on government television PTV. Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) called on the Pakistani government to respect its commitments to press freedom and to release the three journalists. The international press freedom organisation has expressed its amazement at the outbursts of some Pakistani journalists and editorialists who have questioned the integrity of the three journalists. Reporters Without Borders can only urge the Pakistani press to investigate this case in an independent manner and to defend press freedom for Pakistani and foreign journalists. It now looks as if the authorities are holding Rizvi without charge to prevent him from giving his version of the events.Pakistani television on December 20 and 21 broadcast a report alleging that Rizvi had paid Afghan stooges to pose as Taliban under training. The journalist is seen in the report but is not given any chance to defend himself. According to several sources, the PTV report clumsily cuts in footage shot by the journalists with reconstructions and false testimonies. The authorities arranged a press trip to Quetta in the west of the country before 20 December to organise the defamatory campaign against the three journalists.On the other hand, several newspapers, leading journalists and journalists’ organisations have called for the release of the three. The French diplomatic press association and Asia Presse, that groups French journalists who are Asia specialists, have all asked for the experienced professionals to be freed. Top journalists on the French dailies Le Monde and Libération and TV channels TF1 and France 2 have testified to the professional qualities of Rizvi before the Pakistani authorities.Reporters Without Borders insists on pointing out that Rizvi is an independent journalist who works with a number of foreign media, particularly French. He is known for having refused to have anything to do with the sensationalism of some western media. In an interview with the French magazine Médias, he said: “I turn down some proposals and money has nothing to do with it.” Moreover Rizvi, one of the co-ordinators of the Journalists Resource Center, recently organised a training seminar in Islamabad for members of the Tribal Union of Journalists with the FATA Development Network. His work with Afghanistan’s poor people also led him to carry out a successful project at Peshawar, the Aziza Health Center.For their part, Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau held a brief hunger strike to protest against their treatment. In a letter made public by their lawyer, the journalists said they had “only been doing their job” and did not understand why they were being “treated like criminals”. They are being held in a special wing of Karachi central prison where their lawyer and French diplomats can visit them regularly.The lawyer for Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau, Nafees Siddiqi, appealed to the Sind High Court on 22 December against the decision to refuse them bail. The verdict has not yet been given. The journalists are accused of violating the 1946 Foreigners Act, that lays down a maximum sentence of three years in prison. The authorities accuse them of travelling through the Quetta region without special permission. Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Help by sharing this information News PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go further Receive email alerts Organisation The Pakistani television has broadcasted a report alleging that the three journalists had paid Afghan stooges to pose as Taliban under training. On the other hand, several French journalists have testified to the professional qualities of Rizvi before the Pakistani authorities. News June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific December 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Marc Epstein, Jean-Paul Guilloteau and Khawar Mehdi Rizvi begin second week in jail April 21, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Siamak Qaderi

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Said Matinpour Iran Find out more See more IranMiddle East – North Africa Said Matinpour Iran Find out more Four years in prison and 60 lashes. That’s the sentence that the journalist and blogger Siamak Qaderi received in January 2011 after being fired by the government news agency IRNA. He was convicted of using his blog to disseminate anti-government propaganda and false information “liable to disrupt public order.” His crime was not just investigating the everyday lives of his fellow citizens and criticizing government policies. Above all, it was interviewing gays and posting the results of his interviews on his blog. Because, since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s famous comment during a visit to the United States in September 2007, everyone knows that “there are no homosexuals in Iran.” Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Iran Information hero Siamak Qaderi Help by sharing this information Razan Zaitouneh Syria Find out more Ali Dilem Algeria Find out more Waleed Al-Shehhi United Arab Emirates Find out morelast_img read more