RP iGaming Index: passing on the baton?

first_img Regions: Asia US Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter RP iGaming Index: passing on the baton? 10th June 2020 | By Stephen Carter In a month which saw the top-order of the Index transformed by the entry of the Flutter-Stars combination and DraftKings, stocks with an explicitly US focus now represent 27% of the index despite a still nascent igaming market there. Paul Leyland looks at what’s driving this critical mass of investors to bet big on the US Those stocks with a retail component staged strong rallies in the period as a path to reopening became clearer (eg, Boyd +38%, Churchill Downs +52%, Penn National Gaming +133%, Scientific Games +51%, William Hill +44%), reflecting hopes that reopening means rapid recovery of revenue and (crucially) cashflows.However, the retail nature of these stocks (with only William Hill a real hybrid in terms of revenue mix) meant that they are weighted as small components of the Index. Stocks with a retail element of over 50% of revenue represent just 7% of the Index, demonstrating the ownership gulf between land-based and online businesses on a global basis.Also similarly to the wider markets, the presence of a few digital ‘mega stocks’ certainly has also helped the rally: DraftKings is now #2 in the index in terms of size (more below) and powered up 105% in the period.Flutter (plus Stars Group) increased by a more modest 14% but still enough to be the Index’s largest constituent. These two stocks represent 50% of the Index on their own (see below). In a month which saw the top-order of the Index transformed by the entry of the Flutter-Stars combination and DraftKings, stocks with an explicitly US focus now represent 27% of the index despite a still nascent igaming market. Paul Leyland looks at what’s driving this critical mass of investors to bet big on the USMay saw US markets in particular continue their coronavirus rally. This has been fuelled by hopes for a V-shaped recovery, the digital resilience (and even benefit) of a few key ‘mega stocks’ (e.g. Amazon) and the understanding that when governments turn on the fiscal taps it is typically equity markets that benefit most.The Nasdaq is now at its most expensive ever on a 2020E earnings basis, but for the moment investors are looking to Q4 and 2021 with confidence while preparing to ignore a Q2 earnings bloodbath.The benchmark therefore increased by a solid 10%, up 38% from its March lows and 28% since May 2018. Tellingly, however, its March ‘lows’ were only 10% off where the index started.The RP iGaming Index captures many of these wider trends, and these powered an impressive 31% rally during the period. A welcome but rare outperformance and still lagging the benchmark, though, over time (see below). Casino & gamescenter_img There are some good structural reasons for this: most Asian online gambling is not accessible to investors through listed operators. Equally, the US market may be nascent but it is ramping up quickly. For some components of the index, this has been an opportunity worthy of root-and-branch repositioning.GAN is a clear beneficiary of the post-PASPA world and is now on the Nasdaq, having waved goodbye to an Old World listing. GAN is still small (only 1.1% of the Index), meaning that a small opportunity in macro terms can have transformative benefits in a company-specific context. However, investors aren’t typically interested in small bets – as the numbers above show a critical mass of investors have now made a big bet.Just 24 months since PASPA was repealed, for 27% of the index to be driven explicitly and primarily by US online gambling opportunities (and this excludes William Hill, which is at least half in that category) is little short of astonishing. For it to pay off for investors, four things need to happen:1. More US states need to legislate for online gambling, especially one of the (few) big ones 2. They must legislate in a way that allows for profitable growth 3. Growth must be big enough to make current marketing spend look sensible 4. There needs to be enough market share for everybody, DraftKings especially given its current Index positionIn our view, any one of these is a big ask. To get all four of them would be almost a miracle. However, back to that Kasserine Pass analogy – it took only 16 months for US forces to learn all the necessary lessons and save the Old World from itself again.To reflect this shift, and also some wider comings and goings in the sector, the index now (briefly) has 41 constituents (with Eldorado and Caesars still separate).The additions demonstrate the US focus, albeit most are small: DraftKings (21%), BetMakers (0.5%), Esports Entertainment Group (0.1%), PointsBet (1.1%), Score Media and Gaming (0.3%) and Scout Gaming (0.1%) have been added. Stars is now part of Flutter (29%) while Nektan has gone into administration (tiny to nil).Disclaimer: the narrative provided represents the opinions of the authors. Any assessment of trends or change is necessarily subjective. The information and opinions provided are not intended to provide legal, accounting, investment or policy advice, nor should they be used as a forecast. Regulus Partners may act, or has acted, for any of the companies and other stakeholders mentioned in this article. Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting From the perspective of policy actions driving the igaming rally, the hope of government largesse benefitting the sector is more nuanced for gambling than for the wider economy. Certainly gambling stocks can benefit from the overall protection of consumers and also higher market valuations. However, on a more sector-specific basis governments can take away (tax, regulation) as much as give.Here we have an interesting valuation indication of where igaming investors think the action is. In Europe, igaming-led stocks have been reward for their resilience during the Covid-19 crisis, but valuations imply a health scepticism on both long-term growth and regulatory risk.Regular readers of this column will be aware that we share much of this scepticism for most stocks in the Index. The US is a latecomer to the igaming party, however, and, with historical inevitability thinks it has nailed it on the first pass. Whether this will be analogous to the Golden Bear’s (in)famous passing to beat the Stanford Cardinals in a seminal 1982 college football match, or more similar to the tutorial provided by Rommel at the Kasserine Pass in 1943 remains to be seen.Nevertheless, stocks with an explicitly US focus (and little else) now represent 27% of the index despite a still nascent igaming market. In other words, less than 1% of total global igaming revenue is producing c. 30% of stock market-exposed igaming value. Email Addresslast_img read more

Kindred Group to acquire Rank’s Casino Blankenberge

first_imgM&A “Today’s announcement of the sale of the Blankenberge casino secures the next chapter for a great venue in Belgium and a team that deliver an excellent customer experience to the local community,” Rank chief executive John O’Reilly said.  Regions: Western Europe Belgium 29th October 2020 | By Robin Harrison Topics: Casino & games Strategy Land-based casino Online casino M&A It will acquire 100% of shares in Blankenberge Casino-Kursaal (Blancas), at a valuation of £25m (€27.7m/$32.5m) on a cash and debt-free basis.  Kindred Group to acquire Rank’s Casino Blankenberge The Grosvenor Casinos operator said that net proceeds would be used to reduce its debt and for general corporate purposes, as well as supporting its focus on transforming its core business.  The deal, which is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of the year, shows its long-term commitment to the Belgian market, Kindred added. It will operate the business as a separate entity its business, retaining the current management team lead by Dominique de Wilde.  The casino is one of nine land-based facilities currently operating in Belgium, and has been owned by Rank since 1998. In the 12 month to June 2020, it generated revenue of €10m, and posted an operating profit of €3m.  Kindred Group has struck a deal to acquire all shares in the Rank Group subsidiary that operates Belgium’s Casino Blankenberge, the Unibet operator’s licensing partner for the country’s igaming market. center_img For Rank, the deal sees it pull out of the Belgian casino market, having shut down operations in the municipality of Middlekerke in 2017.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Kindred Group Rank Group Casino Blankenberge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kindred has worked with Blancas since 2012, with the country’s online gambling regulations requiring igaming operators to have a land-based partner to offer online casino, live dealer games and poker.  “The acquisition will solidify Kindred’s long-term operations and commitments in Belgium and will allow Kindred to continue to offer an attractive broad offering to Belgian customers,” the operator explained.  “As a standalone casino, the business was non-core to Rank’s international growth plans and the £25m sale proceeds supports the Group’s liquidity and future growth initiatives.” The casino’s concession agreement with the city of Blankenberge was also renewed in 2018, meaning a new 15-year operating licence begins in January 2021.  Email Addresslast_img read more

Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) 2009 Annual Report

first_imgNation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug)  2009 annual report.Company ProfileNation Media Group (NMG) Limited operates as an independent media house in East and Central Africa. Through its subsidiaries, NMG publishes, prints and distributes a variety of newspapers, magazines and online publications as well as manages radio and television broadcasting operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. It also provides courier and third-party printing services. Group publications include The EastAfrican, Daily Nation, Sunday Nation, Business Daily Africa, Daily Monitor, The Citizen, NMG Investor Briefing, Taifa Leo and Zuka. NMG owns a 76.5% stake in Monitor Publications Limited and 93.3% stake in KFM, a Kampala-based radio station in Uganda. It owns two television stations; NT Uganda and Spark TV and has a 60% stake in Mwananchi Communications Limited in Tanzania. In 2016, NMG commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press in Nairobi which has capacity to print 86 000 newspapers per hour. Nation Media Group Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Apopka City Council Seat 4 Candidate Q&A – Week 5

first_img Questions & Answers with Candidates for Apopka City Council Seat 4 – Week 5Each week we will be asking the candidates the questions YOU’RE asking. Please enter your comment! Previous articleApopka City Council Seat 3 Candidate Q&A – Week 5Next articleFlorida Highwaymen Paintings on Display at City Hall Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bill ArrowsmithKyle BeckerYoung Kim February 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm Please enter your name here The framing of this question appears to be one that asks each candidate which side of Apopka do you support. The question should have simply been framed like this: Do you support the prior Administration or the New Administration? I simply refuse to answer this question on which side I support. However, if this is not the case then I would answer this question as an outside observer that city has improved in its services in certain areas in the past 18 months. For example, Apopka has improved www.Apopka.net. A local concerned citizen, who wants to stay informed about local politics and the city’s agenda, can go to the website and obtain that information. PDF packets are readily available and can be downloaded before each and every city council meeting. Lastly, the services which the city provides are: stormwater, utility rates, garbage, fire department and etc. All these services must be purposed for all the citizens of Apopka. As our city grows we must keep costs down while at the same time increasing city services. If elected I make a firm commitment to serve the public by providing the best quality of service to each and every Apopkan. Low taxes, top rated Fire and Police departments, low utility rates, world class recreational facilities, and state recognized financial reporting are just a few of the benefits that didn’t just happen overnight in this community. They are the result of years of very talented employees growing this city. Any time you have an exodus of several long term department heads there are areas that are exposed and the quality of service declines.To me, one prime example was the departure of our Finance Director. He managed the finances of our city in exemplary fashion and controlled the expenditures necessary to maintain a balanced budget. This year’s budget sessions were painful at best with the leaders in charge looking at each other for answers. The city has gone thru the embarrassment of returned checks and most recently word of vendors not being paid in 60 days. We should not ride the back of small businessin paying our bills.Another area is the general appearance of common areas and city owned properties. The Dream Lake Park is in deplorable shape as a result of pure neglect. One of my goals is to clean the lakefront of growth, remove the fence and the overgrown vegetation and remove the house from the property. This is on one of the most heavily traveled arteries in our city and is a growing eyesore that could be rectified with minimal expense. All we hear is how busy our employees are and I think the answer is to re-prioritize our efforts. Tenita Reid 2 COMMENTS Dream Lake Park is even in worse condition now, because I noticed the bridge has been damaged, and it has been wrapped in yellow caution tape to keep people away from it. I thought vandals had messed up the walkover bridge, but then I noticed the tires tracks across the stream’s ditch. A vehicle barreled in between the cement light pole, and tree, and careened across the creek and slammed into the bridge. The cattails are taking over the lakefront! People are frustrated because they can’t fish there. The chemical spraying did not work. Grass beds extending out into the lake is getting worse too. Only one trash can down there, and it is placed too far away from the picnic tables. This park also needs some signs posted to warn of the presence of alligators, because people frequent the park with their small children and pets, and the existing cattails sure hide the gators. The picnic tables need some covers over them, so that when people are picnicking, the bugs, leaves, and bird poo don’t fall down on their meal. Just saying. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Bill ArrowsmithKyle BeckerYoung Kim UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img February 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Yes, Dream Lake needs attention. I would suggest the additional preservation step of inserting a moderate amount of freshwater clams and muscles into the lake. The mollusks will clean the water naturally, which is essential for the life and health of the fish. This one step could help with the algae and bacteria balance and filter out poisons in the water.Dream Lake has been “over fished” for years. This popular fishing spot could be revitslized by stocking the lake and letting nature do its job. The tiny fish that come out of Dream Lake are not healthy, and therefore not really fit to eat. I think a truck full of mollusks placed around the lake would revitalize it wonderfully. If you were not able to attend the candidate forum this past week, my response to this question was highlighting the recent appointment of Chief McKinley to lead our city’s police department. Chief McKinley is a very qualified and approachable leader of the department, as well as a longtime resident of Apopka. I believe he has done a great job thus far, and continues the traditions his predecessor Chief Manley began, as well as introduced new initiatives like Coffee with a Cop, and working towards accreditation. My opponent also praised Chief McKinley as a qualified leader during the forum, whom he thought was doing a great job. Only problem, my opponent was the only representative on Council who voted against his appointment.As to internal city functions such as finance or IT, I can only speak to what I see as a resident of our city. From a technology perspective, I think there has been some foundational changes which have been beneficial, i.e. voicemail and updating the city’s extremely outdated operating systems. However, I think there is room for additional improvement, especially around our city’s website and making it more user friendly and accessible from your mobile or tablet device, and more interactive between staff and residents.Going forward, the city of Apopka needs to have a process improvement mindset, always identifying areas in which the residents could benefit from better services and service delivery. Erin Harrington Click Here for Seat 3 Candidates Week 5 Seat 3 CandidatesSeat 4 Candidates Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This Week’s Question: “Several department heads have left the city over the past 18 months. Have city services to the public improved in that time? How about internal city functions such as finance or IT?” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply last_img read more

Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos

first_img “COPY” 2012 Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/487302/brisas-house-garza-camisai-arquitectos Clipboard Architects: Garza Camisay arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officeGarza Camisay ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMonterreyMexicoPublished on March 19, 2014Cite: “Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos” [Casa Brisas / Garza Camisay arquitectos] 19 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse 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 »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 Save this picture!© Documentación Arquitectónica+ 18 Sharecenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/487302/brisas-house-garza-camisai-arquitectos Clipboard Year:  CopyHouses•Monterrey, Mexico “COPY” Brisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectosSave this projectSaveBrisas House / Garza Camisay arquitectos Mexico ArchDaily Manufacturers: Caché Interiores, DeCuarzo, Delta Estructuras, Ebanistería ORT-BER, Gilsa, Ladrillera Mecanizada, Proveedor Ebanistería ORT-VER, TecnoalumCollaborators:Anakaren Sánchez, Deniss López, Meztli OrozcoProject Architects:Edna Garza, Darío CamisayCity:MonterreyCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Documentación ArquitectónicaText description provided by the architects. The biggest challenge of the project was to develop a program for home and workspace, with the complexity involved in designing both uses in parallel. This complex program was to be located within a small plot, for a dwelling under 200m2, that would leave, at the same time, a courtyard for meetings.Save this picture!Emplazamiento+ 18In a small site, surrounded by thirty year old bamboo, we design a three-bedroom, 170 m2 house. The house is separated from the perimeter of the property, to open windows with views towards the vegetal perimeter, forming a continuous green barrier.Save this picture!© Documentación ArquitectónicaThe intention of this dwelling is to maximize the space of a small site through an L-shaped scheme that integrates the garden with the interior space.We sought the honesty of materials, leaving them exposed to reduce costs both in construction and maintenance. The house is comprised of a metallic structure, brick walls, polished concrete floors and exposed concrete slabs.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanOur answer with respect to materials is based on the idea of ​​”construction and cladding at the same time”, in order to reduce implementation costs and accelerate build times, but especially, to minimize cladding maintenance. The direct reference when adopting these ideas in the design process corresponds to the premises used in industrial architecture.Save this picture!© Documentación ArquitectónicaSave this picture!© Documentación ArquitectónicaProject gallerySee allShow lessConstell.ation / LIKEarchitectsSelected ProjectsOn Designing Evil LairsMisc Sharelast_img read more

Think tank calls for clarity on areas of proposed Code changes

first_img Melanie May | 28 April 2017 | News  67 total views,  1 views today ‘We do not think it is the role of the regulator to become involved in regulating a charity’s values, or how it communicates those values. We think this could lead to any regulator exceeding its regulatory remit by imposing its own values about how the thing it regulates ought to be done, rather than sticking to the facts about how that thing is or isn’t done according to the code.’The consultation opened in February, and is the Fundraising Regulator’s first into the Code. It has asked for views on:Charity trusteesThe fundraising askSolicitation (disclosure) statementsRaising concerns about fundraising practice (Whistleblowing)People in vulnerable circumstancesCharity collection bagsThird partiesGeneral questions on the Code Think tank calls for clarity on areas of proposed Code changes Tagged with: Code of Fundraising Practice feedback Rogare Greater clarity on the proposed changes in the Code of Fundraising Practice to the whistleblowing process, and the area on ensuring a charity’s values are reflected by the third parties it works with have been called for by fundraising think tank Rogare.The Fundraising Regulator’s consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice closes today.In its consultation response document, Rogare says that while most of the changes proposed seem proportionate and sensible, greater clarity is needed in these two areas.It believes that it should be made very clear that the whistleblowing process should be to report illegal activity or activity that is not compliant with the Code, and not to register complaints about a type of fundraising an employee’s charity is using.The document states:‘We would recommend that guidance on part i) of the new rules states that the whistleblowing process would be for breaches of the code of practice, or any other breaches of any other legislation or regulation (such as ASA rules, data protection, or fraud). It should be made clear that the whistleblowing process is not available to people simply to register their dislike of particular types of fundraising.’In response to the Regulator’s proposed changes regarding ensuring the values of the organisation are reflected in the policies, performance objectives, indicators and, where applicable, the incentives of the third party, Rogare says it believes the Regulator should be policing facts, not values, both from a philosophical perspective and a practical one.It states that ‘values are nebulous and it will be difficult in practice to decide whether the values of an organisation are reflected’, and adds: Advertisement 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.  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers

first_img Facebook Twitter Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers By Gary Truitt – Apr 22, 2014 Ted McKinneyThe Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting applications from Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.  The program recognizes outstanding livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices. Applications are due May 30, 2014. “Consumers are becoming more interested in learning how their food is produced and they want to know that farmers care about their animals, the environment and about producing wholesome, safe food for consumers,” said Ted McKinney, Director of ISDA.  “This is an opportunity I would highly encourage to all Hoosiers working within the livestock industry.”The Certified Livestock Producer Program provides training and other resources to help livestock producers tell their stories of sustainable and responsible farming to the general public.  To be recognized by ISDA as a Certified Livestock Producer, participants must uphold the highest industry standards in environmental protection, animal care, bio-security, emergency planning and community relations. They also agree to sign the Producer Promise, committing to meet or exceed the high standards of the Certified Livestock Producer Program as a commitment to the citizens of the State of Indiana.Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the program should contact ISDA Livestock Program Manager Kimmi Devaney at [email protected] To apply, please send applications to ISDA C/O Certified Livestock Producer Program, One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204.Certified livestock producers receive a variety of discounts from program sponsors, including Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, MWI Veterinary Supply, Townsends Sales Livestock Equipment, Cherry Brother Designs Farm Source Systems (Farm emergency plans) and Cowco Inc.The Certified Livestock Producer Program was launched in July 2008. Since that time, 93 Hoosier farmers have earned the certification and 26 are currently in the process. Indiana is one of only a handful of states to have a voluntary program that recognizes farmers for their commitment to innovative and top industry standards. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarm Bureau Says ‘Ditch’ EPA Water RuleNext articlePork Industry Concerned about New PEDv Rules Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producerslast_img read more

European institutions

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more LINKS:- The European Parliament- The Council of Europe to go further News Until late summer 2001, the official policy of the 15 member-countries of the European Union (EU) about regulation of cyberspace dismissed any idea of systematic retention of Internet connection records and monitoring Internet activity. The 11 September attacks changed that.In mid-October, US President George W. Bush urged Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who was EU president at the time, to get a proposed amendment to the Directive on Protection of Telecommunications Data and Information altered to require “preventive retention” of data on Internet activity (traffic logs) as a means to fight terrorism. Bush expressed support for the British government (which, like the French, has introduced such data retention) and various EU police officials calling for new powers to monitor phone and Internet activity more effectively.Bush told Verhofstadt the United States was against automatic deletion of Internet connection records, a principle that was upheld in the proposed amendment. This position clashed with that of the European Parliament’s Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights Committee, which in July 2001 had approved a preliminary report by Radical MEP Marco Cappato for strict supervision of police access to traffic logs retained by phone companies and ISPs.Surveillance forbiddenThe Cappato report said that if such practices were to be allowed, EU member-states should be obliged to act under “a specific law comprehensible to the general public.” The measures would have to be “entirely exceptional, authorised by the judicial or competent authorities for individual cases and for a limited duration, appropriate, proportionate and necessary within a democratic society.” They should also be in line with EU human rights rulings, which forbid all forms of “wide-scale general or exploratory electronic surveillance.”But under intense pressure from the Council of the European Union (that groups all member-states) and despite energetic lobbying by many NGOs, Euro MPs approved the amended directive on 30 May 2002. Its article 15.1 obliges governments that do not yet have such legislation, to pass laws (within 15 months) to force ISPs and phone companies to retain all records of e-mails, Internet activity, faxes and phone calls that have passed through their hands and guarantee the police, the courts and some government bodies free access to it.A report by the Council of 15’s legal department released on 15 October 2001 had said however that EU governments already had the necessary powers to intercept telecommunications to fight terrorism.Convention on CybercrimeThe first International Convention on Cybercrime was opened for signature in November 2001 in Budapest. It details various procedures, such as searching computer networks and intercepting messages. The pact, which was four years in the making, comes into effect when ratified by at least five countries, three of them Council of Europe members. It has so far been signed by 34 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and South Africa, but only two (Albania and Croatia) have ratified it.The agreement was attacked by civil liberties campaigners, ISPs and cyberspace experts who called it anti-freedom, meddling and likely to encourage a new era of generalised surveillance. Especially criticised were its articles 19, 20 and 21, which give details of how to gather private Internet data and traffic logs and information of interest to security services for their investigations; gather records kept by ISPs; search websites and their ISPs and extend such searches to other computer networks if necessary; store the data seized; and if necessary gather in real-time records and traffic logs (with legal officials able to require ISPs to do this work themselves).”Generalised surveillance” of EuropeansThe situation may get even worse. The Danish presidency of the EU proposed a measure on 24 June 2001 that the Council of the European Union might adopt. It was called “information technology related measures concerning the investigation and prosecution of organised crime” and said that “in the near future, all member-states will need to have adopted suitable measures to oblige telephone companies and ISPs to retain all records of their traffic so security services can readily consult it in the course of their investigations.” The proposal also aims to standardise the laws of all European countries, including those seeking to join the EU. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Europe – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European institutions The European Union was once firmly opposed to any form of large-scale generalised or exploratory electronic surveillance, but it changed its position after the 11 September attacks. Its Council won a battle to impose the views of the 15 member-states on the European Parliament and push through laws to require systematic retention of data about telecommunications and Internet activity. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayslast_img read more

ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks

first_imgNews News March 8, 2019 ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. United StatesAmericas ImprisonedWhistleblowers A federal judge in the US District Court ordered former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning into custody on March 8 for refusing to testify as part of an investigation into WikiLeaks, the website to which Manning shared information exposing the crimes and brutalities committed by the US military during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She will remain in detention until agreeing to testify before a grand jury or until the grand jury no longer operates. Manning previously served seven years in prison before former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence and she released in 2017. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned that US government whistleblower Chelsea Manning was sent to jail on March 8 for refusing to testify on WikiLeaks. This coercive measure by a federal judge has grave implications for press freedom under an administration that has vowed to crack down on whistleblowers. RSF_en Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas ImprisonedWhistleblowers WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more “This ruling is clearly a punitive measure against Chelsea Manning, who had already testified at length during her court martial in 2013 about the information she shared with WikiLeaks,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Officer for RSF’s North America bureau. “Rulings like these pose a grave threat to press freedom in the United States, where the bravery of whistleblowers like Manning inform some of the nation’s most impactful reporting. Whistleblowers must not be treated as criminals, and instead must be recognized for their critical role in maintaining a thriving democracy.” Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Threats against Semana journalists, phones tapped

first_img News News ColombiaAmericas Reports RSF_en RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats against Semana journalists, phones tapped The news weekly Semana said yesterday that it was the target of threats and telephone tapping after publishing revelations about the negotiations under way between the government and right-wing paramilitaries. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to investigate this claim and make their findings public. Follow the news on Colombia ColombiaAmericas Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called for a thorough investigation into allegations made by the Bogota-based news magazine Semana yesterday that its phone calls were tapped and threats were made against several of its journalists in the past week by right-wing paramilitaries or drug traffickers.”We are very worried about the safety of these journalists and their ability to work freely, given that the confidentiality of their telephone calls is not being respected,” the organisation said in a letter to state prosecutor Luis Camilo Osorio, noting: “If the confidentiality of sources is not guaranteed, there can be no investigative journalism.”Calling on the state prosecutor to conduct an enquiry and publish the findings, Reporters Without Borders added: “There must be a thorough investigation as state agencies could be involved.”In an editorial published in yesterday’s issue, Semana said several calls were illegally intercepted and threats were made against some of its journalists who it did not want to identify for safety reasons. The editorial said it was not known whether the threats came from paramilitaries or drug traffickers.In its previous issue (27 September), Semana published passages from the transcript of a confidential conversation between High Commissioner for Peace Luis Carlos Restrepo and several leaders of the paramilitary United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) in which Restrepo implied that President Uribe could prevent their extradition to the United States (where they are wanted for drug trafficking) if their followers demobilized. He also mentioned the possibility of a law being passed that would prevent their being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.The same issue also included an investigative report about the infiltration of far-right paramilitary groups by drug traffickers. The government opened talks with the main paramilitary groups on 1 July with the aim of getting them to demobilize by the end of next year. to go further October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more