Borrowing dip in August

first_img MORTGAGE approvals fell in August to their lowest level in six months, while consumers also chose to continue to pay down debts, the latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) showed yesterday.The Bank said 47,372 mortgages were approved in August down slightly from the July figure of 48,619. Meanwhile, approvals for remortgaging stood at 28,042, which was up on July’s figure of 27,250 and the six-month average of 26,765. Total net mortgage lending was higher than in July, increasing by £1.7bn. The previous six-month average was £700m.But net consumer credit, which includes credit card borrowing, overdrafts and personal loans, fell by £120m, the biggest drop since November 2009, the Bank said. That brought the total net lending figure down to £1.5bn for the month.The figures will be a disappointment to the BoE. On Tuesday deputy governor Charlie Bean said Bank policy was designed to encourage people to spend some of their savings in order to stimulate the eonomy. KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp Borrowing dip in August by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Wednesday 29 September 2010 11:19 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ministers could find savings of £3.5bn per year

first_img Show Comments ▼ MORE THAN £3.5bn of savings could be found by the government each year, a new report claims.The savings, equivalent to 75,000 average salary jobs, are outlined in a new report being handed to ministers tomorrow by business lobby group London First. Set to coincide with a speech by business secretary Vince Cable at the Mansion House, the organisation’s “growth white paper” lists a raft of recommendations to boost growth. More than £1bn of the savings could be made if the government were to say it planned a new, lighter tax regime. According to a Policy Exchange report, 11 per cent of individuals working in the financial services sector said they were considering a move away from Britain because of tax. The London First report estimates that if only one quarter of them left, £1.375bn would be lost to the UK economy. Airports operator BAA yesterday backed London First’s call to get rid of “needless red tape” to boost UK?tourism. A business department spokesperson said: “We are working closely with business on the growth review to remove barriers, promote and support innovation and entrepreneurialism.” More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Tuesday 1 March 2011 8:49 pm KCS-content whatsappcenter_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Ministers could find savings of £3.5bn per year Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

US trade gap and jobless claims increase

first_imgThursday 10 March 2011 12:10 pm More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes whatsapp alison.lock US trade gap and jobless claims increase whatsapp Disappointing US economic data has weighed on Wall Street today as both jobless claims and the trade deficit increased much more than expected. The US trade deficit widened to $46.3bn (£28.6bn) in February as surging imports of oil, capital goods and cars overpowered record exports in a signal of strengthening demand, the Commerce Department said.A second report showed a higher-than-expected 26,000 rise in new claims for jobless benefits, which took the total to 397,000, significantly over forecasts of 378,000. The 15.1 per cent trade gap jump from $40.3bn in January was much bigger than analysts expected and reflected the largest month-to-month gain in imports since March 1993.The data pushed US markets to a significantly lower open, traders said. “US markets opened significantly lower on the back of the weaker tone in Europe and on the back of disappointing economic data,” said Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets.“Nearly all Dow components are lower with oil companies Exxon and Chevron leading the way.”While the strong import growth is a sign of improved domestic demand, it suggested US production in the first quarter could be a bit softer than economists had expected.Imports totalled $214.1bn in January, as oil prices rose to their highest level since October 2008 and imports of capital goods and foods, feeds and beverages set records.US auto imports were the highest since February 2008 in a sign of strengthening demand for big-ticket items.The Labor Department data for claims for state unemployment benefits is unlikely to change perceptions of an acceleration in the pace of job creation. The four-week moving average of unemployment claims – a better measure of underlying trends – rose 3,000 to 392,250 last week and claims held beneath the 400,000 threshold for a third straight week. Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Detroit commercial casinos post $101.4m in revenue for October

first_img Tags: Casino Finance Retail sports betting went live in Michigan on March 11, but properties were forced to close a matter of days later, after the state went into lockdown as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and did not reopen until August 5. Detroit’s three commercial casinos reported $101.4m (£76.6m/€86.2m) in revenue for October, including $7.6m from sports betting, while the Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved the renewal of each operator’s casino license for the next year. Detroit commercial casinos post $101.4m in revenue for October 11th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Email Address MGM Grand Detroit retained top spot in the sports betting market with $3.7m in adjusted gross receipts, ahead of MotorCity Casino on $2.2m and the Greektown Casino with $1.7m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Casino & games Finance Casino & games Regions: US Michigan The three properties paid $287,166 in state taxes on retail sports betting during October, as well as $350,980 in taxes to the City of Detroit. Qualified adjusted gross receipts for sports wagering – gross receipts minus the monetary value of free-play incentives provided to and wagered by players – was 72.7% higher than $4.4m in September, the first full month of regulated sports wagering in the state.last_img read more

Classic Encounters – Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000

first_imgThursday Jan 10, 2008 Classic Encounters – Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000 In front of a World Record attendance of 109,874 fans in July 2000, Stadium Australia witnessed one of the greatest games of rugby to ever be played. The All Blacks vs the Wallabies in Bledisloe One will forever be remembered for the epic nature of a contest that was an incredible advert for rugby. It was a thrilling game that went back and forward until literally the last minute, and beyond. New Zealand got off to a fyling start with stars like Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu and Tana Umaga terrorizing the Aussies with some quickfire tries, taking the score to 24-0 after 6 minutes. Australia staged a remarkable come back though thanks in part to two Stirling Mortlock tries and by half time the scores were equal at 24-24. After the break the Aussies took the lead with a penalty, before Justin Marshall scored a brilliant individual effort that knocked the wind out of the rejuvenated Aussies’ sails. When Jeremy Paul scored for the Wallabies with time almost up, it looked like they had pulled off a memorable comeback that the record home crowd would celebrate for years to come. It looked as though the game would end 35-34, with the courageous Wallabies coming out on top. Superstar Jonah Lomu put a dampener on the Australian celebrations though, scoring a dramatic late try that came from an excellent pass over the top by Taine Randell. The big man got the space he needed and brushed off flyhalf Stephen Larkham’s attempted tackle with ease, going over to clinch victory and see his team finish off what they started in the first 6 minutes of the game. One of the games of the century, this Tri Nations classic will be remembered for years to come as a fiercely contested battle that went back and forth for the full 82 mins. Final Score: 39-35 to New Zealand ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueeyMen, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill If You Do This (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Pan Macmillan ebook to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Publishers Pan Macmillan will today publish an ebook featuring moving stories from the Second World War to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.The company has created a story bank based on public reaction to Ken Follett’s ‘Winter of the World’, the second novel in his Century trilogy. The publisher invited readers to upload details of their own experiences of the War to Ken Follett’s Facebook page. A selection of these were then used to compile an eBook, which includes a contribution from Follett himself.All profits from the sale of the ebook will be donated to The Soldiers’ Charity. Ken Follett has also given an exclusive interview in the latest issue of the charity’s supporters magazine ‘FrontLine’ which is published now. Advertisement  41 total views,  2 views today  42 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Pan Macmillan ebook to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Howard Lake | 5 September 2013 | News 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

Motor City Pride: ‘Marching toward equality’

first_imgWW photo: David SoleThis year’s Pride march in downtown Detroit on June 9 raised a timely slogan: “Marching toward equality.” Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in Michigan have no legal protection from discrimination — they can be fired, evicted or denied access to public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels or health clubs. Only 24 Michigan cities have protective ordinances. The most recently passed ordinance, in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, could be overturned by a right-wing ballot initiative. An anti-marriage amendment to the state Constitution is one of the country’s most restrictive.The status quo is not going unchallenged. Activists are organizing to defend the Royal Oak ordinance, overturn the marriage ban and pressure the Legislature to amend the state’s civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The June 9 Pride march was an expression of those aspirations.Many significant allies marched in support of the LGBTQ community. Detroit Metro AFL-CIO, UNITE HERE Local 24 and members of the American Federation of Teachers had contingents. The union UNITE HERE was able to talk about its campaigns against the anti-worker Hyatt Hotels chain and the Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit. A number of progressive faith organizations were also part of the march.The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice; the Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs; and Workers World Party marched together to support LGBTQ civil rights, marriage equality and the freedom of CeCe McDonald and Pfc. B. Manning. While staffing a table, this writer found that many of the thousands attending the parade and festival held anti-capitalist sentiments and were open to socialist ideas. This was especially true of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-allied youth.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Women’s basketball announces 11 game non-conference schedule

first_imgWomen’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title printThe TCU women’s basketball team released its 11-game, non-conference schedule. It features six postseason teams from a season ago and seven home games and, according to head coach Raegan Pebley, it’s one of the more challenging schedules the team has seen recently. ReddIt Linkedin Photo courtesy of Facebook Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket “This non-conference schedule is one of the tougher ones top to bottom that we have played in quite some time,” Pebley said. “We will have the opportunity to really challenge ourselves early this season.”The Horned Frogs will open play Saturday, Nov. 11 against Oral Roberts in Schollmaier Arena before playing SMU in Dallas Tuesday, Nov. 14.The rest of the schedule is highlighted by a Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Cal State Northridge and a home game against Alabama as a part of the Big 12/SEC challenge.Pebley said she’s looking forward to seeing the Horned Frogs perform against a team like Alabama.“Continuing the Big 12/SEC Challenge is a great opportunity for us to showcase two great women’s basketball conferences,” she said. “We are excited about our match-up against Alabama who is returning a very good team. I have great respect for Coach Kristy Curry and welcome her and her squad to TCU.”The Frogs will return 10 players from its 2016-2017 team which went 12-18, while also adding Oregon transfer Jayde Woods, junior college transfer Dakota Vann and freshman Lauren Heard.The team got its 2017-2018 season off to a great start, winning all four of its games on a trip to Australia earlier this month. Branson Nelson Twitter A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelson + posts Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournamentcenter_img Facebook Branson Nelson TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Branson Nelson Previous articleDixon hires former Pitt player and manager as ‘final piece’ of coaching staffNext articleTwo Frogs earn Big 12 honors following epic opening weekend Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Branson Nelson ReddIt Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Twitter Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Gang members gun down freelance photographer at his home

first_img Follow the news on Haïti Organisation News to go further RSF_en News Another journalist murdered in Haiti News Reporters Without Borders was horrified to learn today that freelance photographer Jean-Rémy Badiau was murdered in the southern Port-au-Prince district of Martissant on the afternoon of 19 January. He was reportedly shot dead in his home by members of a gang he had photographed a few days before.“Badiau’s tragic death is a harsh blow for the Haitian media, for whom conditions seemed to have improved during the past year,” the press freedom organisation said. “This murder has unfortunately served as a reminder that gang law continues to prevail in Haiti, especially in Port-au-Prince. Those responsible must be quickly found and brought to justice, otherwise such murders will recur and will continue to go unpunished. The government must continue to combat the armed gangs.”According to the organisation SOS Journalistes, of which Badiau was a member, he was killed because he had photographed members of local gangs. His family said he had received threats from gang members prior to his death.Two armed gangs – Lame Ti Manchèt (Little Machete Army) and Baz Gran Ravin (Big Ravine Base) – have been fighting for the control of Martissant for the past two years, to the point that it has become as dangerous as Port-au-Prince’s most notorious slum, Cité Soleil. It was in Martissant that photographer François Louis of the Le Nouvelliste daily newspaper was roughed up by peacekeepers of the UN Mission for the Stabilisation of Haiti (MINUSTAH) during a demonstration that turned into a riot in November.On the eve of Badiau’s murder, the Haitian National Police (PNH) reported that, with MINUSTAH’s help, it arrested 315 people, including 47 gang members, during the first two weeks of January. Twelve of the gang members have already been charged with illegal possession of a firearm, the Haiti Press Network reported. HaïtiAmericas January 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gang members gun down freelance photographer at his homecenter_img News Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas June 11, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts October 11, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Shocking press freedom violations during Bangladesh student protests

first_imgStar Weekend editor Sushmita S. Preetha was accosted at around 5:30 p.m. while filming a pro-government demonstration from a bridge. She agreed to delete the video but her assailants insulted her and molested her sexually before letting her leave. August 9, 2018 Shocking press freedom violations during Bangladesh student protests Pradip Das and Sadaat Mahmood, two journalists with the website who were covering the student protests, were attacked by pro-government activists armed with steel bars or sticks on 3 August. They and a third journalist who went to their aid, Rafiqul Ranju, were beaten and their equipment was vandalized. They managed to find refuge in’s nearby office, part of which was also vandalized. The police said they were unable to identify any of their attackers. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Escalating violence It was on 5 August that the violence against the media escalated dramatically, with systematic physical attacks against journalists by members of the ruling Awami League’s student wing, the Chhatra League. Armed with machetes, metal bars and batons, and many of them wearing motorcycle helmets, they injured at least 23 journalists and attacked six others. The worst injuries were sustained by Associated Press photographer A.M. Ahad, Palash Shikder of Dainik Banik and freelance photographer Rahat Karim. A Nagorik TV crew – reporter Abdullah Shafi, cameraman Ripon Hasana and driver Golam Morshed – sustained injuries when they tried to prevent assailants from vandalizing their vehicle and camera. Bangla Tribune reporter Nuruzzaman Labu was chased away when he tried to take photos on his mobile phone. The police looked on without intervening. to go further The Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union (BFJU) have threatened retaliatory measures if, by 11 August, the authorities fail to identify those responsible for the violence, in which the police looked on without intervening when not directly participating, according to many witness accounts. Four days after this terrifying day for the media, none of the attackers has been arrested or questioned by the police. “Fabricated and misleading” content NTV reporter Fahad Mohammad and cameraman Rubel Hossain sustained injuries when they tried to prevent attackers from smashing their cameras in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi district. Sexual assault Freelance journalist Rafiul Islam was attacked shortly thereafter and two Channel 24 journalists, Faisal Hossain and Krishna Sarker, were beaten at around 7 p.m. while trying to provide live coverage. The same day, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission announced a complete ban on all 3G or 4G mobile coverage, in order to prevent smartphone owners from sending photos and videos. The judicial persecution of Alam and the violence of 5 August capped a week of escalating press freedom violations that included judicial methods, coercion and intimidation Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation The next day, 4 August, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ordered two TV channels, Ekattor TV and News 24, to stop broadcasting any coverage of the student unrest or risk losing their licences. Police passivity RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage RSF_en At least six other journalists were slightly injured in violence by Chhatra League members that was equally unacceptable. Daily Star reporter Shaer Reaz was taking photos when a man attacked him with a stick and then handed him over to the police, who detained him for four hours. A journalist with the same newspaper, Selim Sadman Somoy, was also taken to the same police station, where he said he was beaten up. Ahmed Deepto, a reporter for the daily newspaper Prothom Alo, was found by a colleague at a nearby location surrounded by 15 to 20 men, who had beaten him. The reporter who went to his aid, the Daily Ittefaq’s Sujon Mondol, was also beaten with wooden sticks. Five other journalists were later beaten at the same location. They were Channel-i reporter Samia Rahman, photographer Mahmud Zaman Ovi, Dainik Janakantha’s Ibnul Asaf Jawed, a reporter for the US-based Zuma Press known as Rimon, and photojournalism student Enamul Hasan. News No arrests have so far been made in connection with the violence against many journalists that took place on 5 August, while the well-known photojournalist who was arrested is back in police custody after a brief hospital visit. In what follows, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks back at more than a week of escalating press freedom violations in Bangladesh. But he was returned to police custody on the afternoon of 8 August after a rapid hospital visit and he continues to be charged with spreading “fear and panic” by means of “fantastical and provocative lies” under the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act). February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Three days to find those responsible ­ – this was the ultimatum that Bangladesh’s journalists gave to the authorities on 7 August, two days after around 30 of them were the targets of deliberate violence in connection with their coverage of the now ten-day-old wave of student protests in Dhaka. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentPhotoreportageViolenceImprisonedInternet Help by sharing this information “The first step should be to drop the absurd charges against Shahidul Alam and to arrest those responsible for the deliberate violence against journalists on 5 August. For the most part, those responsible are easily identifiable. More generally, the authorities should immediately abandon their use of absolutely unacceptable methods to suppress the freedom to inform, which have been escalating since the start of the student protests.” The victims include Shahidul Alam, an award-winning photojournalist who was arrested at his home on the evening of 5 August for covering the violence on Facebook. Because he bore the marks of torture when he appeared in court, a high court judge ordered his release on 7 August so that he could undergo a medical examination. News May 19, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News “It is high time that the Bangladeshi authorities took concrete measures to defuse the tension and demonstrate respect for press freedom and democratic practices,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. On 2 August, the Dhaka police brought charges under the ICT Act against 28 social network users who had posted photos, video footage or reports about the protests. They included not only Facebook and Twitter users but also news sites such as Andolonews and Zoombangla, which are now inaccessible. The indictment claims that the content they posted was “fabricated and misleading.” It was after the deaths of two school students, who were knocked down by a bus on 29 July, that Dhaka’s students began staging demonstrations to demand better road safety and the police reacted by trying to prevent media coverage of the protests. News Eight other journalists and media workers were beaten in the same neighbourhood: Mohona TV reporter Ariful Islam and cameraman Rezaul Karim, Channel i reporter Preema Rahman and her cameraman, a DBC News driver known as Munir, Dainik Naya Diganta’s Abdullah Al Bappi and a colleague known as Sharif, the Bdmorning news portal’s Abu Sufian Jewel and Prothom Alo photographer Sajid Hossain. Follow the news on Bangladesh Systematic attacks Shahidul Alam (right) waves as he is being returned to police custody on 8 August after a brief medical examination in a hospital. Associated Press reporter A.M. Ahad (left) was treated in hospital for serious injuries on 5 August (photos: AFP). BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentPhotoreportageViolenceImprisonedInternet last_img read more