Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgMedical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Health sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.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

National Investment Trust Ltd (NITL.mu) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgNational Investment Trust Ltd (NITL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about National Investment Trust Ltd (NITL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Investment Trust Ltd (NITL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Investment Trust Ltd (NITL.mu)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileNational Investment Trust Limited is a privately owned investment trust company that provides services for individuals and corporate investors. The company engages in the launching and management of equity and fixed income mutual funds for its clients. NITL invests in equity and fixed income markets. National Investment Trust Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img read more

How I’d make £25,000 in passive income by investing £500 a month in cheap stocks

first_imgHow I’d make £25,000 in passive income by investing £500 a month in cheap stocks Peter Stephens | Monday, 14th December, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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Risks such as political uncertainty in Europe and the coronavirus pandemic may weigh on their prospects. However, in many cases, their valuations may account for a period of slower sales growth and weaker profitability. They may even offer wide margins of safety that do not factor in their long-term recovery potential.Buying cheap stocks has historically been a sound means of generating strong capital returns over the long run. The economy has always returned to positive growth following its downturns, while investors have continually returned to bullish viewpoints after bear markets. Therefore, investors who have purchased cheap shares and held them for the long term have often benefited the most from a stock market recovery. 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They may offer greater scope for capital returns in a stock market recovery that increases an investor’s chances of building a large retirement portfolio.Building a passive income in retirementEven if an investor’s purchase of cheap stocks provides a market rate of return of around 8%, they could build a worthwhile passive income with a modest regular investment. For example, investing £500 per month at an 8% return would produce a portfolio valued at £750,000 after 30 years. From this, a 3.5% annual withdrawal would provide a passive income in excess of £25,000.However, through buying undervalued shares today it may be possible to make higher returns to build a larger portfolio. In doing so, an investor could make a greater passive income in older age. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Eoin Reddan – Spotlight

first_imgOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit Eoin Reddan training with IrelandMartin johnson had warned about premature talk of a Six Nations Grand Slam. The England manager knew only too well that playing Ireland in Dublin in the final round would be a sizeable obstacle in his side’s bid for a clean sweep – but no one predicted that the men in green would derail the chariot in quite such spectacular fashion.Until that final round, Ireland had gone through the championship in fits and starts. They defeated Italy with a last-minute drop-goal, lost to France at home, crucified a 12-point lead against Scotland to scrape a 21-18 win, and came up six points short against Wales. England, on the other hand, were enjoying a run of victories that had last been seen in Johnson’s playing days. But it was Ireland who came out of the blocks firing and they stormed to a memorable 24-8 win.Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan says that the result – and the performance – had been a long time coming, to the frustration of the team. And the fact that it came against an England team in pursuit of their first Grand Slam since 2003 made the victory all the sweeter.“The criticism (from the media and public) wasn’t unfair, people just wanted us to play better than we were,” says Reddan. “Teams always want to stop whoever’s trying to win a Grand Slam. We knew we had it in us, so we were trying to stay positive and not get too bogged down in our excuses or a lack of confidence. We weren’t very happy with the way we played against France and we knew when we got back to the Aviva (Stadium) we were going to have to put in a better performance. Everyone was so up for that game.”So if Ireland had their best performance waiting in the wings all along, why did it take until the final week of the championship for them to show their true colours? One area where they outweighed their red-rose opponents was in experience, something which Ireland have in abundance, and Reddan says credit must be given to Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell for the intensity they brought to the pitch. The duo also helped the team alter their approach for the final match, and to worry less about the game plan and concentrate more on their pride in the green jersey.“One of the most important things is their work-rate,” Reddan says of the two talismans. “Physically they’re good, and they’re competitive. It’s great to have guys who are so talented, and their ability to keep on working for 80 minutes and keep the team moving is phenomenal. They were honest in what they said about being physical on the day.“Irish teams in the past have had an abundance of spirit but probably lacked technical skills, whereas we were technically very good but probably weren’t playing with as much emotion as we could have been. So we needed to tap into that natural passion that people have when they play for Ireland and not worry about the technical side too much.“The tough work was done in training, so we focused more on being abrasive and we were technically a lot better because of it. Focusing on individual rivalry wasn’t going to help. We had to set our own standards for ourselves.”The battle for Ireland’s half-back positions was as fierce as ever during the Six Nations, and Reddan claimed the starting jersey against Scotland, Wales and England ahead of Peter Stringer and the injured Tomás O’Leary. He played alongside Ronan O’Gara for the trip to Murrayfield, but by the time England arrived in Dublin his Leinster team-mate Jonathan Sexton had been reinstalled at No 10. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The pair will return to the Aviva Stadium later this month to take on Leicester in the Heineken Cup quarter-final, a team that Reddan is familiar with from his days at Wasps. He knows how tough it will be to tame the Tigers, who are dominating the Aviva Premiership, but he is looking forward to entertaining them in Dublin.Reddan won the Heineken Cup with Wasps in 2007 and would dearly love to win the title again, not least because decent form in Europe would help him keep his nose ahead of his Munster rivals in the race to the World Cup. But Reddan is a team player, and while he has loved being in pole position he says everyone has an important place in the squad whether or not they’re in the starting XV.“I’ve been playing the game for a long time and I know sometimes you’re the one getting picked and sometimes you’re not,” he says. “You can still have a big impact when you’re not picked by taking it in the right way, and putting your best foot forward for the sake of the team.“There’s nothing you can do about the World Cup now. You’ve just got to try to focus on the club and push as hard as you can there. It’s all go, and you’ve got to keep on going and keep your head down and push as hard as you can.”With such competition for both half-back positions – and throughout the squad – Declan Kidney will be the envy of many of his coaching counterparts come September.This article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UKlast_img read more

YMCA launches urgent Christmas appeal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Youth development charity YMCA England is launching a Christmas appeal to help fund emergency services for vulnerable homeless young people this Christmas. Tagged with: christmas Individual giving www.ymca.org.uk Howard Lake | 14 November 2008 | News The pack letter details a girl who was homeless last Christmas but has since started building a new life through the YMCA to demonstrate the direct, positive impact the charity’s supporters have on vulnerable young people’s lives. Advertisement Rajesh Bhayani at YMCA England said: “Every night, the YMCA gives over 7,000 young people a safe, warm place to sleep but there are still thousands more we desperately want to reach. Our Christmas appeal will help us do just that”. YMCA launches urgent Christmas appeal  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The pack asks donors for a cash donation of £15, which will provide one person emergency accommodation, or £30, which will provide an emergency room, a hot meal and a small practical gift on Christmas day. YMCA is using its retained agency DMS to design a direct mail pack, which mails this week, targeting existing donors to raise funds to support the charity’s work over the winter months. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

vInspired opens Goodstock, its first charity fashion shop for young people

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Youth charity vInspired has opened Goodstock, its first charity shop. Situated on Oxford Road, Manchester, at the heart of the student district, the boutique fashion shop and event space is targeted at young people.Goodstock represents an attempt to “redesign the charity shop experience for a new generation”.Research by vInspired found that many young people felt that most charity shops were not targeted at young people, and that stock often looked old-fashioned to them.Interior of Goodstock, vInspired’s youth charity shop in ManchesterFashion-conscious clothingThe elegant shop is run by young people, and all stock will be carefully selected from donations received so that they appeal to young people’s style and the brands they recognise.It has a clear shop layout, bright shop displays, and event space for performances and workshops across all three shop floors. The charity is engaging with young entrepreneurs with a view to them using these spaces to engage with customers and sell their products and services to the public there.Goodstock, vInspired’s youth charity shop in Manchester Tagged with: North West Trading Volunteering  160 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Gaining skills and confidenceAs well as generating funds, Goodstock will also give young people the chance to enhance their skills, employability and confidence through volunteering in the shop. All profits from the shop will be reinvested in vInspired.Moira Swinbank, vInspired Chief Executive said: Advertisement Howard Lake | 9 February 2015 | News vInspired opens Goodstock, its first charity fashion shop for young people “Goodstock is an exciting new venture for us as it fulfils two huge goals for vInspired. Our research found that retail was one of the top five sought after industries for young people, with nearly 40% choosing it as a desirable career choice. Through Goodstock we are able to offer a space for young people to gain experience and skills within the sector through volunteering and entrepreneurial opportunities within the store”.She added that a high street presence for vInspired was also valuable in another way. She said:“We reached 41,897 young people last year – helping them set up their own community projects, linking them up with charities that needed their help and giving them opportunities to take part in mass national campaigns. By having a presence on the high street, the shop will help vInspired reach thousands more passionate young people who want to do great things.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Morrisons raise record £326k for World Cancer Day

first_img  207 total views,  1 views today  208 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Howard Lake | 8 March 2018 | News David Scott, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons, said: “This record-breaking total is a testament to the generosity of our customers and the dedication of our colleagues. The level of support for CLIC Sargent has been overwhelming, and I want to thank Morrisons colleagues and customers for backing this vital cause.”The total amount raised during CLIC Sargent’s World Cancer Day campaign by all supporters and other corporate partners will be announced in the next few weeks.  Morrisons raises £3m for CLIC Sargent in 11 months (23 January 2018)Morrisons and ITV join forces for Text Santa  (14 July 2017)CLIC Sargent asks public to donate their jokes (9 July 2014)  Tagged with: corporate Research / statistics Trading World Cancer Day bands were on sale in Morrisons stores Morrisons raise record £326k for World Cancer Day Advertisement Staff and customers at supermarket Morrisons have raised £326,000 for CLIC Sargent around World Cancer. This is the biggest ever fundraising event total raised by Morrisons, and the largest fundraising drive since Morrisons’ partnership with the cancer charity began in February 2017. Hundreds of stores across the UK held bucket collections and sold tens of thousands of World Cancer Day wristbands.Staff and customers also took part in a wide variety of fundraising events and sponsored activities.World Cancer Day appealCLIC Sargent, which supports children and young people with cancer. launched its World Cancer Day appeal on 2 January, and it ran until the day itself on 4 February. The theme was ‘Banding Together’, and the charity encouraged supporters to buy a Band Against Cancer™ wristband and think about the people who have supported them. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 WATCH: Support World Cancer Day 2018 with CLIC Sargent[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeikajFHpWI[/youtube] About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Storms from Puerto Rico to Florida: Profit system drives disaster

first_imgOct. 23 — Even as a delegation of prominent activists from Puerto Rico is making preparations to come to the United States to demand justice for the horrors inflicted on their beautiful island by Hurricane Maria last fall, increasingly deadly storms have hit the Gulf states and southeastern U.S.Deaths from Hurricane Maria were first reported as 64. That was a huge lie. The official figure is now 2,975.Of those killed in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia earlier this month by Hurricane Michael, the latest body count stands at 39 and is still rising. As we write this, Willa, now a Category 4 hurricane, is dropping torrential rain on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, causing floods and mud slides in addition to wind damage.It is criminal to shut one’s eyes at what is going on. These are not “natural” disasters. How the new threats posed by a warming planet are being handled by governments is not “natural” either.Both result from the fact that capitalism is destroying the planet. For the owners of capital, the overriding motive in every situation is how to make the biggest buck. The current U.S. government is only the most unabashedly crude example of what political power in the hands of billionaires leads to — like denying climate change. This isn’t just a Trump thing. It has been going on for decades, even as scientists proved global warming was happening and cried out for something to be done about it.The Tribunal on Puerto Rico, which takes place in New York on Oct. 27, is about the hurricane disaster, of course. But it will also look at Puerto Rico’s history as a colony of the United States.The inability of the colonial government in PR to react as it should to the intense suffering of the survivors of that terrible storm, the way it tried to cover up the severe loss of life while allowing profiteers to pour in and secure fat contracts for “reconstruction” that never happened — all that is directly linked to the fact that the many strings governing the economy and politics of PR are held by Washington and Wall Street, not by the people of Puerto Rico.There are many progressive movements on the rise in the U.S. There is growing fury over racism, police violence and mass incarceration; the subjugation and abuse of women; the denial of the most basic human rights to LGBTQ people, who have to fight every day just to be themselves; the superexploitation of low-wage and marginalized workers; the separation, detention and expulsion of migrant families and militarization of the border; the astronomical rise in class inequality, with millions of workers barely scraping by while billionaires suck up the wealth they produce; and the prospect of a planet so polluted it could soon be unable to sustain this human society.All these horrendous problems boil down to one cause: the profit system. It has to go. There already exist the forces for a tremendous pushback, but time is short. Now, more than ever, is the time for solidarity and unity behind a mass movement that openly declares its goal: ending capitalism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Death of the daily press briefing: How the White House is closing the door on the American people

first_imgNews The Trump White House increasingly chose, however, to replace traditional press briefings for formats like “chopper talks” that enable the administration to better control its political narrative and evade accountability. “Chopper talks,” when President Trump answers questions in front of Air Force One or Marine One on the White House Lawn as the motor or helicopter’s blades are whirring, happen at the president’s will and rarely last more than a few minutes. Presidential press conferences similarly give the president publicity and an opportunity to give remarks while allowing journalists opportunities to ask questions, albeit in a more controlled setting. The press gaggle, an off-camera, on-the-record opportunity for the press secretary, an administration official or the president to field reporters’ questions, has historically been a supplement to the daily televised briefings, not a replacement.  Controlling the narrative Though the press secretary has traditionally been entrusted by presidents to speak on their behalf, this has not been to the advantage of a president who often lacks a clear or consistent message and contradicts his press secretaries or other administration officials. In President Trump’s White House, control is key. Kumar described this president as the “lead communicator” for the White House, noting his use of social media as his primary mode of communicating directly with the American public.  Twenty-three percent of President Trump’s press briefings have been held by someone other than his press secretary, compared to 14 percent under Obama and 4 percent under Bush. Today, these are the only briefings the White House holds, and they are not guaranteed every day. This has eliminated the White House press corps’ daily opportunity to engage with the press secretary, whose sole responsibility was to speak to reporters on the full range of domestic and foreign issues on the president’s behalf. However, briefings held by administration officials limit the types of questions reporters can reasonably ask, narrowing the scope of the briefing to the advantage of the White House during a difficult news week. A day after Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico in 2017 and devastated the US territory, the White House held unrelated two briefings, one with the treasury secretary and one with the US ambassador to the United Nations, during which the hurricane was not discussed. Stewart Powell, former president of the White House Correspondents Association between 1998-1999, told RSF that this is strategic. “[Administration officials] want to change the subject. They want that to be the story of the day.” Evading accountabilityEven before it ended the traditional press briefings altogether, the Trump administration had already started replacing them with press gaggles and briefings led by other administration officials in an effort to control the day’s story. When leaked memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were published by the Associated Press on May 17, 2017, the White House did not hold an on-camera briefing with then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer, opting for a press gaggle with him instead. While gaggles are valuable opportunities for reporters to ask questions, they lack the level of transparency that on-camera press briefings afford. The gaggle is off-camera, prohibits video and audio, and is occasionally held on-background, meaning the administration officials fielding questions are not identified. The memos presented the strongest evidence to date that the president had tried to influence the Justice Department investigation into links between his associates and Russia. It is thus unsurprising that the White House would opt out of a press secretary-led on-camera briefing—not having another until June 2. History of the briefingWhite House officials have routinely briefed the press since at least the 19th century, with the earliest records of such briefings dating back to Grover Cleveland’s administration. It began in 1896 when William Price, a reporter for the Washington Evening Star, positioned himself outside the White House trying to pick up stories and interviewing guests on the grounds. The tactic became popular among Washington-based reporters and eventually evolved into the first iteration of the White House press corps. Finally, under the Theodore Roosevelt administration, the press corps was granted a permanent space in the West Wing to conduct their business. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists  A steady decline under TrumpBefore holding the last press briefing with a press secretary on March 11, 2019, the number of Trump administration press briefings was already in steady decline. The Trump White House had a total of 158 press briefings during which a press secretary took questions in President Trump’s first three years in office, compared to 399 under Barack Obama and 351 under George W. Bush during their first three years. Trump administration press briefings held by a press secretary shrank from 93 in 2017, to 63 in 2018 and only two in 2019. Martha Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project and a scholar on the US presidency, explained the implications of this chilling trend to RSF. “A briefing fills a very important role because it holds an administration to account to explain what they did and why they did it,” Kumar said. “It informs the public so it’s not just that reporters lose when there is no briefing but the public loses. We know what’s on the president’s mind, but you need to know what’s going on in an administration.” While correspondents generally have extensive source networks and avenues into the White House, the press briefing is an opportunity for the press secretary or other administration official to address the press corps and take questions from reporters, generally on-camera and in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. The once-guaranteed, traditional televised press briefing led by a press secretary gave reporters daily access to a spokesperson for the president who could answer questions on the full spectrum of issues, representing a level of transparency and accountability that reporters and the American public had come to expect. These briefings ensured accountability, because as Richard Wolffe, a White House correspondent for MSNBC under President George W. Bush and author of several books about Barack Obama, told RSF, “Video is harder to dispute than an audio recording.” Its importance was undeniable, especially in an administration that coined the term “alternative facts” and regularly accuses major media outlets of being “fake news.”  The first official press secretary designated to speak on the president’s behalf was George Akerson, who took office in 1929 during the presidency of Warren Harding. This, along with the founding of the White House Correspondents Association in 1914, solidified the press briefing as an institution. There have been 32 press secretaries since 1929, and each has had their own unique relationship with the press corps.  United StatesAmericas In addition to replacing the traditional press briefing, the president has used more explicit tactics to influence press coverage. The Trump administration has retaliated against specific news outlets and journalists for their critical coverage barring them from the White House on multiple occasions. In February 2017, only one month after his inauguration, President Trump blocked news organizations like the New York Times and CNN from an informal briefing. The following year, in November 2018, the White House temporarily and arbitrarily revoked CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass and revoked Playboy correspondent Brian Karem’s credentials in August 2019. Referring to the revocation of his press pass, Karem told RSF, “It should be a warning to others that this president does not want people covering him that don’t compliment him.”  March 10, 2020 – Updated on March 11, 2020 Death of the daily press briefing: How the White House is closing the door on the American people News News “On the one-year anniversary of the last official, televised White House press briefing, RSF is calling on the Trump administration and all future presidential administrations to re-establish this long-standing American democratic tradition,” said Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director of RSF USA. “President Trump’s use of ‘chopper talks’ and other press formats create the illusion of transparency, but this is smoke and mirrors. The reality is that a once-guaranteed, direct line of sight into the government has been extinguished.” Receive email alerts The growing decline of White House press briefings that began in mid-2018 was coupled with a simultaneous rise in President Trump’s “chopper talks,” which has become another favorite mode of direct communication for the president. Unlike previous administrations, the Trump White House archives the transcripts of the president’s on-the-go conversations with the press corps alongside those for press conferences, briefings and gaggles, giving the impression that these are actual press events. However, “chopper talks” should not be considered legitimate replacements for traditional access. The talks take place as the president is leaving or returning to the White House, a time and space-limiting context that gives him the ability to reject questions at his own whim.  The murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and US midterm elections all took place without a traditional press briefing at the end of 2018. This increasingly frequent absence of a press secretary at the briefing room podium drew the ire of reporters and media analysts, who began keeping regular counts of the days since the last White House press briefing. There were only two televised briefings with a press secretary in all of 2019, and Stephanie Grisham, who started her tenure as press secretary in July, has not held a single televised briefing.  Follow the news on United States June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation The US ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. United StatesAmericas RSF_en ConclusionIn his time in office, President Trump has strategically restricted press access to the White House by ending the long-standing tradition of a daily televised press briefing led by a designated press secretary. This critical institution has been replaced by other forms of press engagement that give the illusion of access and transparency, but rather limit the time and scope for journalists to ask questions of the administration. In particular, the president’s use of “chopper talks” and other self-styled on-camera events suggest a president who is available to journalists even when on the move, but these engagements are short and performative, rather than substantive. Similarly, press briefings held by administration officials give the impression of a White House committed to openly communicating with the press while in fact limiting the scope of the issues officials can address and questions reporters can have answered.  March 11 marks an entire year since the Trump administration has held a televised White House press briefing led by a press secretary, signaling a drastic break from long-standing White House tradition with the Washington-based press corps. President Trump has held less than half as many of these traditional press briefings—the daily, televised briefings held by a press secretary—during his tenure as the two presidential administrations prior. Even before this administration ended the traditional press briefings altogether, the frequency of the White House briefing—an institution built over a century—was in steady decline under President Trump. Starting in 2017, the Trump White House increasingly replaced the traditional press briefings with other formats of press engagement, including “chopper talks” as the president walks between Marine One or Air Force One and the White House, briefings led by an administration official, and off-camera press gaggles, which are less formal opportunities for a press secretary or administration official to brief reporters. All have been used by the Trump administration in an attempt to control the political narrative and evade accountability. to go further Nicholas Kamm/AFP One year since the last official White House press briefing, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on March 11 an analysis of the Trump administration’s attempts to strategically restrict press access to the White House. Prior to ending the daily televised press briefing altogether, President Trump held less than half as many as the previous two administrations during their first three years in office. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say President Trump’s use of Twitter to make major policy announcements or attack his political opponents is the starkest example of the way he has usurped the White House’s messaging. He often takes advantage of opportunities to speak to the press, such as presidential press conferences and on-the-record meetings in the Oval Office, to ensure he is his administration’s main spokesperson. For example, by the time the president was impeached on December 18, 2019, there hadn’t been an on-camera briefing with a press secretary in more than nine months, but President Trump took questions for about 20 minutes in the Oval Office the following day, calling his impeachment a “hoax” and a “phony deal.”  In 1995 President Bill Clinton’s Press Secretary Mike McCurray began televising the daily press briefing. The Obama, Bush Jr. and Clinton administrations shared a common foundational relationship with the press, holding daily televised briefings, as well as regular morning on-the-record press “gaggles,” which were less formal, off-camera briefings. “There was a very well-established rhythm,” said Wolffe. While the Trump White House had a similar routine, there was less consistency from the start. June 3, 2021 Find out more Woodrow Wilson, though known for his aversion to the press under certain circumstances, was the president who established the regular press secretary-led briefings. Though he stopped holding press conferences altogether after the United States entered into World War I, it was during this time that his personal secretary, Joseph Tumulty, began to hold daily press briefings and formalized the White House press briefing that Americans know today. News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Iranian-American journalist freed after 100 days in detention

first_img News May 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian-American journalist freed after 100 days in detention News to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders hails today’s release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. Her fiancé, filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, her parents and her lawyers were there to greet her as she emerged from Tehran’s Evin prison. June 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails today’s release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. Her fiancé, filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, her parents and her lawyers were there to greet her as she emerged from Tehran’s Evin prison at 5:45 p.m. (14:15 GMT).“This is excellent news,” the press freedom organisation said. “The appeal court’s decision to free her can be used as a legal precedent for other journalists currently detained in Iran. The fact nonetheless remains that, despite her innocence, she is still regarded as guilty by the Iranian authorities.”After hearing her appeal in a closed-door session yesterday, a Tehran court decided to reduce her eight-year jail term to a suspended two-year sentence.One of her lawyers, Saleh Nikbakhat, told Reporters Without Borders that Saberi was originally convicted under article 508 of the criminal code of “collaborating with a state at war with the Islamic Republic of Iran” but during yesterday’s hearing, the judges agreed to change the charge on the grounds that the United States and Iran “were not at war.”She now stands convicted of “collecting and transmitting classified information” under article 505 of the criminal code. As well as the two-year suspended jail term, the appeal court banned her from working as a journalist in Iran for five years.“The sentence is still unjust, as is the ban on her working as a journalist in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said.The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and has US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR. Arrested at the end of January, she was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried on a charge of spying for the United States, a charge the Iranian authorities often use to silence journalists.Several Iranian-American citizens, including journalists, have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence. Her trial was held on 13 April and the sentence was issued five days later.Iran was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. A wave of arrests on 1 May brought the total number of journalists and bloggers currently held in Iran to 14. Two of them are women. June 9, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more