Cable & Wireless Communications sells Bermuda operations for £43m

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Cable & Wireless Communications sells Bermuda operations for £43m More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) yesterday announced the sale of its business in Bermuda to Canada’s Bragg Group for $70m (£43m).The deal comes just three months after CWC said it would buy a majority stake in Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), the state-owned mobile operator, for $210m to boost its Caribbean operations. Bragg Group, a Canadian cable and telecommunications provider, will fund the deal – expected to close by the end of next month – with cash.CWC, which also announced a share buyback of up to $100m yesterday, owns stakes in two international cable systems which land in Bermuda that are operated separately and not part of the transaction.Chief executive Tony Rice said: “Bermuda does not fit our business model as it is not a full-service operation while BTC provides excellent opportunities and a strong strategic fit with our Caribbean business.” Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndo Wednesday 23 February 2011 8:38 pmcenter_img KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Gamesys sees income fall despite revenue growth in 2019

first_img Gaming operator and content developer Gamesys Group has reported a 34.7% year-on-year rise in gaming revenue for 2019, but also experienced a decline in net income for the year due to higher spending and foreign exchange fluctuations.Gaming revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019 amounted to £415.1m (€456.1m/$506.1m), up from £308.2m in the previous year.On a proforma basis, assuming Gamesys had been incorporated into the business for the full year, revenue would have been up 14.7% at £565.3m.The UK remained Gamesys’ core market in 2019, with revenue from this region coming in at £214.6m, up 30.9% from £163.9m in the previous year. Gamesys also noted year-on-year growth in Asia, with revenue rocketing by 137.2% to £122.4m.However, it was not such good news for Gamesys in Europe, where gaming revenue fell 13.5% to £68.6m, while rest of world revenue also slipped 29.1% to £9.5m for the year.The business began 2019 as JPJ Group, but rebranded as the Gamesys Group in September after it completed the £490m acquisition of a number of assets from its long-term technology partner.Focusing on costs and expenses for the year, total spend amounted to £381.4m, up 47.6% year-on-year, with Gamesys seeing higher spending across a number of areas.Distribution costs, the main outgoing for the business, amounted to £214.2m, up from £149.9m as Gamesys spent more on selling and marketing, licensing fees, gaming taxes and processing fees.Administrative expenses jumped 40.7% year-on-year to £147.4m as the group saw an increase in spending relating to compensation and benefits, professional fees, amortisation and depreciation, and general and administrative.Gamesys also noted a significant increase in transaction-related costs, with this rocketing by 573.9% from £1.9m to £15.8m for the year, primarily related to the acquisition of Gamesys assets in September.In addition, Gamesys attributed a £23.2m spend to financial expenses in 2019.Significantly higher spending across the business meant net income for the year was down 41.4% to £8.5m. However, when taking into account the effects of currency exchange, net income stood at £2.0m, down 85.4% from £13.7m in 2018.For the latter of these income figures, Gamesys noted a £9.3m unrealised loss on cross currency swap, in addition to a £1.2m loss on interest rate swap.However, these were partially offset by a £2.7m gain on foreign exchange forward and also a £1.3m foreign currency translation gain on retranslation of overseas subsidiaries.“I am delighted with Gamesys Group’s strong financial performance in 2019, particularly given the significant work undertaken around the acquisition and integration of the legacy Gamesys business,” chief executive Lee Fenton said.“It was particularly pleasing to see the UK return to moderate growth in 2019 as we annualised the introduction of enhanced responsible gambling measures and we expect to see similar trends in 2020.“We are confident that our approach of multiple trusted brands, player centricity and a focus on the quality, rather than quantity, of content will leave us well-positioned to make market share gains.”Analysts from Regulus Partners also picked up on this UK success, saying that Gamesys should be able to maintain its growth in the UK despite challenging market conditions.In addition, Regulus highlighted Gamesys’ activities in Japan, saying that the business is “clearly making Japan work extremely well operationally”.However, Regulus also said that Gamesys should seek to broaden its product and geographic exposure in order to ensure long-term growth.Publication of the full year results comes after Gamesys earlier this month also announced that it had made a repayment of £40m towards its debt balances, reducing total outstanding debt by 7%.The first debt paydown represented over 15% of the operator’s outstanding GBP debt, as well as a significant portion of total debt.This followed a fourth quarter in which revenue grew 15.2% to £153.1m, up 82.2% year-on-year. Distribution costs climbed to £78.3m, while administrative expenses rose to £27.6m, and impairment charges to £3.9m.After these expenses were stripped out, Gamesys’ adjusted EBTIDA for the year amounted to £43.4m, down 4.1%.  Gaming operator and content developer Gamesys Group has reported a 34.7% year-on-year rise in gaming revenue for 2019, but also experienced a decline in net income for the year due to higher spending and foreign exchange fluctuations. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 17th March 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Financecenter_img Gamesys sees income fall despite revenue growth in 2019 Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Finance Email Addresslast_img read more

New Mauritius Hotels Limited ( 2011 Annual Report

first_imgNew Mauritius Hotels Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about New Mauritius Hotels Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the New Mauritius Hotels Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: New Mauritius Hotels Limited (  2011 annual report.Company ProfileNew Mauritius Hotels Limited indulges in the hospitality sector primarily, where together with the company’s subsidiaries, it operates through four segments; hotel operations, tour operating, airline and inland catering, and property development. Respectively, the hotel operations segment covers operations in Mauritius, Seychelles, and Morocco. The tour operations segment involves activities in Mauritius, France, the United Kingdom, Italia, and South Africa. The flight and inland catering segment caters to operations in Mauritius. The property development segment refers to activities in Morocco and to be started in Mauritius. New Mauritius Hotels Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgMedical And Surgical Centre Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Health sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileMedical And Surgical Centre Limited deals within the Healthcare and Cafeteria segments where it operates hospitals in Mauritius. The company is a subsidiary of CIEL Healthcare Limited and operates hospitals under the Fortis Clinique Darné and Wellkin Hospital names, as well as runs a one day care centre under the FCD North name. Medical And Surgical Centre Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgMechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMechanical Lloyd Company Limited markets and distributes motor vehicles and farm machinery in Ghana. The company has the exclusive agency for BMW (cars and motorbikes), Ford and Land Rover as well as Massey Ferguson agricultural machinery and Lucas products. Mechanical Lloyd company also sells motor spares and parts and has a services department for repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and farm machinery. The company was formerly known as Technical Lloyd and changed its name to Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited in 1970. The company’s head office is in Accra, Ghana. Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Deadline to register to vote is tomorrow

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Mama Mia Something just tells me that if Trump does not win the election in November that within 5 years he and Melania, his wife, they will be split up and will not be together as man and wife. Only three weeks until the big election. Of course, we are Flori-duh, so that means we will learn who won in Flori-duh probably in about five weeks from now. That is how we do it. We will be the last to know of all the states……?????? Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 October 18, 2016 at 7:25 am Mama Mia 7 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Turn on the Fox News Orlando channel tonight and just look at what Louanne Sorrells is wearing…..the anchor lady……showing more cleavage on the tv news, that the Hooters wing girls……what is she thinking?????? October 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm Did you watch the Florida Senate debate last night between Rubio and Murphy? They actually spent more time talking about the presidential candidates than their own election runs for Florida Senate…..??????center_img Mama Mia Please enter your name here TAGSOrange County Supervisor of Elections Previous articleNew restaurant to open in ApopkaNext articleMedical emergency blocks traffic at Main and Park Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply October 19, 2016 at 1:09 pm Look what they are talking about now as far as the votes being counted…….Volusia Supervisor of Elections says that due to the hurricane that many of the ballots got wet and messed up, and when they got wet that caused WRINKLES. Yeah, if I get wet too long I get wrinkles too!…..LOL…… now instead of hanging chads making us look like nerds in Florida, it will be wrinkles….!!! Could be worse though, could have hanging chads with wrinkles….LOL…..heeheeheehaha. !!!!!!!!!!! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm October 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm Reply Reply They got it all wrong again, Rubio and Murphy at their debate……..Rubio had on a blue tie, and Murphy had on a red tie ?????????? October 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm Are you sure you are registered to vote?The next opportunity for you to have your voice heard is next month.  Election Day is “officially” November 8th, but voting has already begun.  Yes, more than 150,000 Vote-by-Mail Ballots have been put in the mail already, according to Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections.Early Voting will begin on October 24th.If you want your voice to be heard you must be registered to vote.  The deadline to register to vote is 5:00 PM TOMORROW, October 18, 2016.Use this link to check your Voter Registration Status.Make sure your address is correct. If you moved since the last election you should update your address with the Supervisor of Elections.Registration forms are available at Apopka City Hall and any Orange County Library location.  You can use this link to download the Voter Registration Form.The Supervisor of Elections office encourages voters to drop the signed forms in person.  If you choose to mail the form it must be Postmarked no later than Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  The mailing address is:Supervisor of ElectionsPO Box 562001Orlando FL 32856-2001 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Debate tonight, whoopee….!!!! Are they going to take a drug test to debate???? Yeah, take a drug test, sniff sniff, sniffle sniffle….LOL !!! October 18, 2016 at 11:27 pmlast_img read more

Secret House / AGi Architects

first_imgArchitects: AGi Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAGi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesShuwaikh IndustriaKuwaitPublished on July 13, 2011Cite: “Secret House / AGi Architects” 13 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Kuwait Photographs:   Nelson GarridoText description provided by the architects. Kuwait’s urban fabric mostly consists of detached single-family homes highlighting a clear example of city-sprawl. To adapt to the desert climate, the distances between the built volumes are minimal, resulting in shaded spaces between houses. These spaces that work well as temperature regulators; however, result in facades with little privacy and limited views. This creates an added challenge to create projects with personality that are not based purely on an exercise in façade design. Save this picture!PlanGiven these circumstances, our focus was to design a home that expresses the clients’ needs, clearly marking the buffers and transitions that any guest could understand. There are guided routes, hidden areas, exposed areas that are all expressed through the architecture, rather than signage. We want the house from the street to be seen as a resounding permeable volume, that is not transparent, however friendly yet private. Save this picture!©  Nelson GarridoPhysical barriers can be seen in varying degrees, blocking from sight the large opening on the upper terrace that allows you to see through the house. From the inside, the barriers become the volumes that open to the guests, the rooms that dominate the spaces on the upper levels, defining the spaces below them. The search for an understanding of the nature of an Islamic family culture living with a Western lifestyle has shaped the overlap of concepts and is reflected in the relevance of the major pieces in the facade, privacy and sun protection. Save this picture!©  Nelson GarridoTypically the client has a specific program and an actual site, and our job is to make the two complement one another. In the case of the Secret House, the client was occupying the given site in a house that neither met their aesthetic desires, nor their programmatic needs. It is a place with great potential, with wonderful views of the city, and a family who wants privacy. We plan to design a system that would unify these requirements: a house that looks towards the inside and only at the top level opens up to views towards the skyline of the city. Save this picture!©  Nelson GarridoIn this case we had only one street-facing facade, and only from this side could one look onto the horizon without being seen. We have placed more public activities on the ground floor, where as you enter, you find a guest living area that is distant from the other rooms. On the other side, after a circulation buffer, you find access to a family living area that connects the backyard with the central garden. On the upper floor, rooms are positioned according to privacy and importance, alternating with areas for daily family use. From this level, a staircase runs through the courtyard and leads up to a more private space with a large covered terrace that opens out on the main façade. This allows you to enjoy both the city skyline and the sea view at the horizon in a private, shaded and lush landscaped area.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessXXI Century National Film Archive / Rojkind ArquitectosArticlesYademan Tower / Architecture AtelierArticles Share 2010 Year:  “COPY” ArchDaily Save this picture!©  Nelson Garrido+ 15 Share “COPY” Houses Area:  2600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Secret House / AGi Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Shuwaikh Industria, Kuwait Secret House / AGi ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSecret House / AGi Architectslast_img read more

House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas

first_img Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeSonne Müller ArquitetoOfficeFollowCivitasOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSão José dos CamposBrazilPublished on April 15, 2014Cite: “House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas” [Casa_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas] 15 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Brazil “COPY” Save this picture!© Daniel Secches+ 25 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFTInteriors:Sonne Müller ArquitetosStructures:Chuman & Chuman EngenhariaConstruction:CivitasSuppliers:Solar Energy (Paineis Fotovoltaicos) LightDesign (Iluminação) Deca (Metais); Galban Glass (Caixilhos); Arantes Marmoraria (Pedras); Gil Elétrica (Elétrica), Portobello e Eliane(Pisos e Revestimentos); Mono Pisos e Revestimentos (Fulget) RegaVale (Sistema de Irrigação)City:São José dos CamposCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Daniel SecchesRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Doorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. Looking to expedite the construction time and the division of the installation system, offices Sonne Müller and Civitas design House_63. The residence is organized through 6 modules with a metal structure on two floors. The lot, 470 m2, shares the program of the house with the residents, where in addition to using the ground floor with terrace and garden, use the roof as leisure.Save this picture!© Daniel SecchesThe dialogue between rustic materials – such as textiles and wood – with colder materials – such as metal structure and glass – build the space with an industrial appearance. The slabs of the “steel roof” remain evident, as well as the wiring and plumbing.Save this picture!© Daniel SecchesWith permanent cross ventilation and a “chimney effect” through the windows and high ceilings, the atmosphere is comfortable for high temperatures. All rooms have ventilation to the outside through the large doors and windows that can be fully opened.Save this picture!Cortesia de Sonne Müller ArquitetosThe green roof, in addition to functioning as an insulator, provides a leisure area with permanent view.Save this picture!© Daniel SecchesThe social space of the house is located on the ground floor, with living room, kitchen and terrace, fully integrated when the sliding glass doors are open. On the second floor, the wooden floor adds comfort and refinement to the resident, with three bedrooms, family room and terrace with access to the roof.Save this picture!© Daniel SecchesThe idea of ​​painting the staircase yellow is to spark the curiosity of visitors who access via a metal walkway. Climbing to the roof of the house, surrounded by metal bodies, there is a wooden deck, a green area and a private garden. Besides covering the water heating plates, the rainwater reuse system, and the solar power generation system, it is able to generate 200 kwh / month, enough to serve the residents of the house.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanText by: Flávia MarreiraProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa da Musica / OMASelected ProjectsLearning and Research Center (LRC) University of Alcalá / CDE ArquitecturaArticles Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas Year:  2014 Projects House_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + CivitasSave this projectSaveHouse_63 / Sonne Müller Arquiteto + Civitas CopyHouses•São José dos Campos, Brazil Architects: Civitas , Sonne Müller Arquiteto Year Completion year of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

Oldest charity in England and Wales?

first_imgOldest charity in England and Wales? Amnesty International celebrated its 40th birthday last month, and Oxfam reached 50 back in 1992, but which is the oldest charity in England and Wales? Marking the 400th anniversary of the passing the Act of Charitable Uses of 1601, which effectively defined today’s charitable status, the Charity Commission is trying to find the oldest charity still in operation.The King’s School Canterbury, founded 597 and re-founded c.1541, is currently leading the list. If your charity is older, contact Jane Grenfell at the Charity Commission before 30 August 2001. Howard Lake | 19 June 2001 | News Tagged with: Management AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15  235 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Montenegro: Witchhunt against investigative reporters on eve of parliamentary elections

first_img Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts The journalist Siniša Luković (FB). News March 30, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Just days ahead of parliamentary elections in Montenegro on 30 August, a news website has launched an attack on journalists who are critical of the government. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the smear campaign and calls for an investigation. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Montenegro MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Corruption center_img MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Corruption News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says to go further The Montenegrin website Udar (Impact) is effectively branding investigative journalists critical of the government, along with certain independent intellectuals and opposition politicians, as enemies of the state. The accusation is far from trivial in the context of an election campaign marked by deep polarization of the society.By portraying them as “collaborators of the Serbian secret services,” Udar capitalizes on the nationalist sentiment to smear journalists who cover major corruption cases. Every day, stylish videos on the site “expose” new agents and provide personal information about them, including their supposed “code names” and Serbian “contact points.”The journalists targeted by the campaign are Dražen Živković, who works for the news site Borba, and two reporters of the daily newspaper Vijesti, Vuk Lajović and Siniša Luković. Luković told RSF he regards the campaign as a criminal act. “But I don’t know who to bring a complaint against,” he said.Although Udar is probably registered with the Montenegrin authorities, it does not identify the authors and sources of its information. This seems to be a key element of the website’s brand image, because it does not reveal its owner and staff either. As well as being posted on the site, the “casefile” videos are permanently available on YouTube, where each one’s views currently range from around 9,000 to 20,000 – in a country with 600,000 inhabitants.“The Udar website clearly violates journalistic ethics and poses a threat to real journalists,” said Pavol Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk. “We ask the authorities responsible for registering online media to verify whether it respects legislation on media transparency. Under no circumstances is this witchhunt tolerable and has no place in a country seeking to join the EU. The authorities must do everything, so that it stops.”The aim of such smear campaigns is to name journalists who may subsequently become targets for physical attacks. Although he regards the threat as real, Luković says he is continuing to work as if it didn’t exist. “But my family is afraid, and that puts indirect pressure on me,” he added. Serious violence against journalists in Montenegro usually goes unpunished. This has been the case with the 2007 attack targeting investigative freelancer Tufik Softić and the 2018 shooting attack on Olivera Lakić, a reporter who investigates organized crime. Opposition journalist Duško Jovanović’s murder in 2004 has never been solved.Montenegro is ranked 105th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, the second lowest position of any country in the EU/Balkans region. August 27, 2020 Montenegro: Witchhunt against investigative reporters on eve of parliamentary elections News June 7, 2021 Find out more Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more