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first_imgBK Group Plc (BOK.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the half year.For more information about BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BOK.rw)  2015 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_img 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. In my opinion, there are many companies on the market right now that look too good to pass up. 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Indeed, both companies marked down the value of their retail portfolios by a double-digit percentage for the first half. Office demand has also suffered, although as of yet, it is unclear if the pandemic will have a long-term impact on the office market. With property values sliding, investors have been selling both companies in 2020. However, I think the market has got ahead of itself. At one point, shares in these two firms were trading more than 50% below their net asset values. This severely overstates even the most pessimistic forecast for commercial property value declines. That’s why I believe the two companies offer value. After cutting their dividends earlier in the year, Landsec and British Land have restored their payouts. I think this could be a sign of things to come. Property price declines have been nowhere near as bad as expected. There are already signs that the market has turned a corner, especially in London. 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According to my research, IG should be able to generate profits no matter what the weather.  See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 6th December, 2020 | More on: BLND IGG LAND Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares My top 3 Stocks & Shares ISA buys going into 2021 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images 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. 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first_imgSunday Jun 26, 2016 Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test The Springboks turned things around to claim a 19-13 third Test win, and 2-1 series triumph after another hard-fought Test against Ireland that was filled with plenty of drama. Each side scored a try apiece, as the Boks held on in the dying minutes thanks in part to dynamic scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.However it was De Klerk who gave the ball back to Ireland with less than three minutes left in the match, and the visitors almost made him pay had it not been for his crucial spot tackle on full time.Earlier Willie Le Roux may have been lucky to escape with just a yellow carded after he collided with fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the air, from which Ireland took full advantage to score a Luke Marshall try while South Africa were down to 14 men.Le Roux was cited and has since been suspended for one week.On the stroke of halftime the Springboks scored from a perfectly placed Elton Jantjies crosskick, with experienced JP Pietersen going over in the corner after a nicely taken outstretched catch.The home side had just 30% of possession but managed to sort out their defensive issues of the previous two Tests and lifted themselves to hang on against a quality Irish side who won a Test in South Africa for the first time in their opening game (26-20), then went down 32-26 the following week.Just six points seperated the two teams in each one of the three Tests.“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win,” Bok coach Allister Coetzee said.“The performance of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid.”credit: skysportsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Ireland , Springboks Related Articles 27 WEEKS AGO IRFU back South African teams to join expanded… 29 WEEKS AGO James Lowe impresses with all-round performance… 43 WEEKS AGO De Allende back to full fitness ahead of… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

first_imgThursday Jun 6, 2019 WATCH: James Horwill’s final act in rugby was a touchline conversion attempt for the Barbarians James Horwill has played his final game of professional rugby, as he now hangs up his boots and gets ready to start the next chapter. The 34-year-old Wallaby lock scored a great try for the Barbarians, and as has become tradition, was later given the honour of attempting a conversion kick. ADVERTISEMENTEngland held out the Barbarians for what was a fairly comfortable 51-43 try-fest at Twickenham on Sunday.Earlier in the game 62-times Test-capped Horwill, playing in his final match, found himself out wide to collect a perfectly placed Colin Slade crosskick.But it was later in the match that he truly took centre stage.A year ago we saw Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe line up a kick attempt in his final ever match, so when big Taqele Naiyaravoro scored an impressive try out wide with time up, the stage was set for the former Wallabies skipper to take a customary conversion attempt at goal.We’ve seen the likes of Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield do the same in their final matches, so why not another second row giant of the game…ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… 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 TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 23 February 2004 | News Manchester City Galleries and Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd (CIS) received the RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) Arts Business & Community Award at last week’s Arts and Business Gala Awards ceremony at the Barbican in London.The prize was awarded “in recognition of a business/arts partnership that has successfully stimulated community cohesion and regeneration through engagement with the arts”.The sponsorship deal with CIS is worth £250,000 over five years. CIS sponsor Manchester Art Gallery’s CIS Manchester Gallery, which celebrates creativity in the city, bringing together works of art from the 18th century to the present day, alongside work by school children and community groups. Advertisement Arts Business & Community Award winner announced AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img One of many aspects of the relationship between the two organisations is the opportunity for CIS employees to become more involved with the Galleries’ activities. Last year, a group of CIS employees were trained to provide tours of Manchester Art Gallery for visually impaired visitors. Future plans include staff working with artists to create their own artworks and also volunteering as guides and helpers for Gallery events.The partnership beat off stiff competition from other entrants including Barclays Plc’s sponsorship of four national arts organisations – The British Museum, the National Gallery, Tate Britain and the National Theatre.The annual awards celebrate excellence in business in the arts. The five other arts organisations which were announced as award winners this year were Tate, City of London Sinfonia, the National Theatre, Welsh National Opera, and Salisbury Playhouse.Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive of Arts & Business, said: “It is wonderful to see such inspirational and innovative partnerships recognised and rewarded for the good work they are doing. When businesses and the arts work together they can make a significant and enriching impact on the lives of employees, children and the local community, and the partnerships honoured tonight are shining examples of this.”  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awardslast_img read more

first_imgFired doctors, nurses and therapists along with supporters from the community outside the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20.Twenty fired doctors, nurses and therapists marched into the Whittier Street Health Center on June 20 to reclaim their jobs and join their co-workers in an historic “Union Yes” vote. Outside the clinic in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, a militant crowd cheered to show union, community and patient support.With that vote, WSHC became the first community health center in New England where the professional staff is union strong. It was a stunning defeat of union busting and a historic victory against an orchestrated corporate attack on community health workers.The victory was powered by a broad union-community mobilization, led by Service Employees Union Local 1199 organizers under the banner “Health Care Is a Human Right.” (tinyurl.com/y84dw6d7)A week earlier, on June 14, WSHC human resource managers and hired security agents had seized the credentials of these frontline health care workers. Management violated patient safety and confidentiality by entering exam rooms and labs unannounced during clinical sessions. They then forcibly “escorted” workers out of the building.WSHC’s top-paid executives justified the firings as driven by the health center’s funding woes. But the Roxbury community, where many of WSHC’s patients live, expressed immediate outrage in the streets.WSHC is an important resource for affordable or no-cost care for thousands of poor and oppressed people, many uninsured or without adequate insurance. The clinic also provides culturally competent and trauma-informed behavioral health services.Community outrage quickly became a crisis for the city’s ruling class.An overnight mobilization brought hundreds of community members, labor activists and health care advocates to a mass rally outside WSHC’s door.The truth behind the firings was exposed: The fired doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nutritionists, behavior health counselors, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists were all involved in leading a union campaign to organize WSHC’s workers — a federally protected activity. The illegal firings were timed to impact a June 20 union vote.Facing immense pressure from the community and the progressive labor movement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reportedly intervened to pull WSHC back and soften its anti-union tactics. The WSHC board and CEO waffled for 48 hours and then caved in as voting day and more mass protests loomed.Exposing health care ‘speed-up’ conditionsWorkers World talked with Dr. Sherar Andalcio, who explained he was fired by WSHC for “objecting to management’s impossible productivity demands.” Dr. Andalcio continued to organize for the union victory while unemployed.Dr. Andalcio described conditions at the center as “like a speed-up on a manufacturing assembly line ” — oppressive working conditions, constant wage theft and intolerable management demands on workers to increase WSHC revenue. He backed up his assertions with a wealth of internal WSHC documents, emails, painstaking research and personal notes.Management’s ramp up of “billable patients” an hour over the last two years has caused 90 percent turnover of primary care and family medicine providers and 150 percent turnover of nurses. Clinical staff now have to see patients at a rate of 30 a day — with a strictly enforced maximum of 15 minutes with each patient to examine, treat and and write a chart note about their clinical plan!Management pressure leaves health workers in a terrible triple bind: treating patients with complex diagnoses and co-morbidities, while also meeting strict productivity requirements and without making a mistake that would cause harm to a patient and/or jeopardize their own clinical license to practice in their field.Like many health centers based in historically Black communities, WSHC serves patients coping with stark health disparities, rooted in the stresses of racism and poverty. Many WSHC patients suffer from, or are at increased risk for, diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, HIV, hepatitis, nutritional deficiency, depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, and many other poverty- and minority-stress-related conditions.The profit-driven speed-ups at WSHC that forced providers to quit have negatively affected patients, leading to constant cancellations, re-appointments with new care teams and inconsistent care. Dr. Andalcio noted: “We are encouraged not to give longer visits because [WSHC] can only bill $150, so we tell [patients] to come back. Just give me an hour with this patient instead of a disjointed 15-minute session.”Profits for the ‘nonprofit’ health companyDr. Andalcio researched WSHC’s “nonprofit” tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and found that WSHC’s man­agement methods generated $1 to $2 million in profits annually from 2008 to 2016.This surplus was not used to benefit patients or the community. Instead the WSHC CEO’s salary and benefits were doubled over the eight-year period. Executive management also separately reported $600,000 in investment interest income in its 2017 annual report. When this same management illegally fired union organizers, it used the pretense of “funding shortfalls.” Meanwhile, staff have gone without raises for years.After the June 20 union win, the strategy for SEIU organizers, explained Dr. Andalcio, is next to organize all WSHC janitorial, secretarial and administrative staff. United contract negotiation is the goal.Gery Armsby, a health administration worker at another Boston community health center, spoke with Workers World about the significance of the victory: “Hospitals, insurance companies and health centers are increasingly operated and motivated by Wall Street interests. This means a demand for increased profit, which comes in the form of rapid technology upgrades to cut labor and a big surge in the price tag for specialized care and drugs.”Armsby noted: “The average length of patient hospital stays has been forcibly reduced by management in recent years. As a result, many small, urgent care and primary care centers — some community ‘non-profits,’ others run by huge companies like CVS — are opening, drawing large numbers of health workers into smaller, unorganized workplaces.”Health care workers organizeSEIU Local 1199 is investing resources in other union drives similar to that at WSHC. It started with early victories at NYC’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which services the LGBTQ community, and Chase Brexton Health Care, which began as a gay men’s health center in the Baltimore area and now has five centers serving all generations in their communities as well as maintaining diversity. Now there are hopeful indications of a wave of successful union organizing.Armsby observed: “A struggle-oriented approach inspires active worker-organizers in relatively small shops, like the 80 new members of SEIU at Whittier Street Health Center. Doctors and other traditionally nonunion professionals are clamoring to be organized alongside RNs, medical assistants, and janitorial, administrative and dining hall workers. This is a momentous shift in consciousness that needs to be supported and nurtured.”“This level of solidarity reflects a desire, despite the atomization of the ‘gig’ economy workplace, to fight together against dead-end capitalism,” concluded Armsby. “Small shops should no longer be considered insignificant to this struggle, but rather seen as strategic to the goals of union justice for all health care workers and for health care as a human right for the people.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 29, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Algeria Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders today urged the Algerian authorities to ensure an effective investigation into a murder attempt against Hafnaoui Ghoul, a journalist on the daily al-Wassat and a human rights activist, at his home in Djelfa (250 kms south of Algiers) overnight on 6-7 January. A group of hooded assailants armed with a knife were lying in wait for him, gagged him and ripped his clothes. They fled without being identified.“The Algerian authorities have a duty to protect all their citizens regardless of their activities and opinions. Hafnaoui Ghoul regularly exposed embezzlement and scandals in the city of Djelfa. Unless there is a serious investigation leading to the investigation and trial of those responsible, it will send a very disturbing signal to investigative journalists”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Hafnaoui Ghoul made a formal complaint following the attack and asked the prosecutor to provide him with protection. Reporters Without Borders regrets that the police failed to act in response to threats the journalist said had been made against him the week before the assault.Alongside his work as a journalist, Ghoul is also spokesman for the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) and is a member of the National Union of Algerian Journalists. He was imprisoned for six months in 2004 during which he observed a two-week hunger strike to protest against harassment from the judicial authorities. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News January 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hooded assailants launch knife attack against journalist Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard held a news conference in Casablanca today about the decline in press freedom in the run-up to the 7 September legislative elections, releasing the text of a letter he wrote to King Mohammed a week ago.Ménard condemned the lack of progress in press freedom since Mohammed succeeded his father as king. “When we met the Moroccan authorities a year ago, they showed an unprecedented interest in establishing a dialogue but today we have the impression that we were conned,” Ménard said. “Above all, we deplore the cynicism of a government that talks of reform and yet imprisons and censors journalists.”Reporters Without Borders urged those who are elected to the national assembly not to approve the proposed reform of the press law. “In its current form, this bill is reactionary and repressive,” Ménard said. “We call on the new legislators to embrace this issue and to convey our message to the highest authorities.”“Those elected to office need an insolent and disrespectful press,” Ménard added. “Freedom of expression is essential for the kingdom to be democratised.”Reporters Without Borders was denied access to Oukacha prison where Al Watan Al An reporter Mustapha Hurmatallah is serving an eight-month jail term he received on 15 August for “receiving items documents by criminal means.” The grounds given by the justice minister for forbidding the visit – the fact that his sentence had not yet been upheld on appeal – have no legal basis under Moroccan law.This is the text of the letter to King Mohammed: News Reporters Without Borders held a news conference in Casablanca today about the decline in press freedom in Morocco in the approach to the 7 September legislative elections. “Those elected to office need an insolent and disrespectful press – freedom of expression is essential for the kingdom to be democratised,” the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, said. The organisation also released the text of a letter to King Mohammed. center_img to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists September 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Your Majesty, one is free to comment” News April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Your Majesty,You paid a ringing tribute to Morocco’s journalists in November 2002, calling them “essential actors in the nation’s public life and key partners in the construction of democracy.” You even added that “there could be no blossoming and growth of a quality press without the exercise of free expression.” In this, you took up the message of your grandfather, Mohammed V, who said at a meeting with the press in 1956 that, “news and information are sacred, and one is free to comment.” Democrats were reassured. The kingdom would change course under your impetus. You were the embodiment of hope.Unfortunately your promises have remained at the level of promises. The facts and figures show that the commitment you gave then has not been kept. Since you became king, no fewer than 34 news media have been censored and 20 journalists have been given prison sentences under the press law, the criminal code or the anti-terrorist law.These repeated press freedom violations are a source of astonishment and dismay. These prosecutions do no honour to your government or to its judicial system, which appears to be under the heel of the authorities. You cannot claim that Morocco is heading towards the future and modernity and at the same time reserve this kind of treatment for the press, without which talk of democracy is futile.We would like to sound the alarm. Morocco is on a dangerous slope. And you are responsible for this. The imprisonment of journalists, which we thought was a thing of the past, is once again a reality. More and more issues of newspapers are being seized. One grotesque trial follows another. Fear and self-censorship reign. The forward march that you advocated has come to a complete halt.And yet, the Moroccan press has with difficulty achieved a level of outspokenness that was long banned. Like many, we have hailed the progress that has been made. Many subjects remain taboo, but journalists show less and less hesitation to tackle them. This progress had done a great deal to improve the kingdom’s image on the international stage. But what does it all mean, now that increasingly harsh and unfair sentences are being imposed?We were optimists, nonetheless. As soon as you took office, you stressed your support for “the construction of the rule of law and safeguards for human rights.” The work of the Consultative Council for Human Rights and the creation of the Bureau for Grievances led us to believe in real progress.We met a member of your government for the first time a year ago. It was your communication minister, Nabil Benabdallah. Other meetings followed. They allowed us to begin a debate about the evolution of Morocco’s media. But it must be recognised that nothing concrete has come from this dialogue.We hailed the Driss Jettou government’s announcement in February of a plan to reform the press law, because the current law, amended in 2002, contains no fewer than 26 articles providing for prison sentences. But after obtaining a copy of the proposed reform law, we wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on 12 July highlighting all the shortcomings. We have until now received no reply.And then, what is the point of adopting a new press law if other laws are routinely used to restrict the work of journalists?Allow us to remind you of all the things that have happened since the start of this year. We think this long list is eloquent, too eloquent. The year began with the seizure of an issue of the weekly Nichane, against which there was no appeal. This was followed by its suspension for two months. Journalists Driss Ksikes and Sanaa Elaji received suspended sentences of three years in prison and fines of 80,000 dirhams for a feature entitled “Jokes: How Moroccans laugh at religion, sex and politics.” Convicted of “attacking Islam” and “publishing and distributing writings contrary to morals and customs,” they decided not to appeal in case Nichane’s suspension was extended.A few months later, two Al Watan Al An journalists, editor Abderrahim Ariri and reporter Mostapha Hurmatallah, found themselves at the centre of a judicial storm after publishing a leaked internal security memo in their weekly. Taken into police custody on 17 July, they were charged after eight days with “receiving items obtained by criminal means” under article 571 of the criminal code. The Casablanca judicial police and prosecutors used every possible means to obtain information from them with complete disregard for the principle of the confidentiality of sources, one of the cornerstones of press freedom.At the end of the trial, in which the judge ignored all the defence requests, Hurmatallah was given an eight-month jail term, which he is currently serving in Oukacha prison. Ariri got a six-months suspended sentence. Without trying to minimise the sensitivity of the information published in Al Watan Al An, we think journalists should not be made the scapegoats for problems within the security services.The seizure of the weeklies Nichane and Tel Quel in August because of a column by their editor, Ahmed Reda Benchemsi, commenting on your recent address to parliament, is indicative of the tension within your government. He was charged with “disrespect for the king” under article 41 of the press law for expressing doubts about the electoral process. Like all of Morocco’s journalists, Benchemsi claims the right to criticise the political system. “One is free to comment,” as your grandfather said.We would not like to talk about this spate of bad news for the Moroccan press without mentioning the fate of Ali Lmrabet, who has been banned from news media work since April 2005. This archaic measure designed to silence a journalist does not correspond to our idea of democracy.Nothing is possible without you, without your commitment. The person you name to be the next prime minister will not be able to reform the press law without your consent and your personal involvement. He will only regard its revision as a priority if you, and you alone, encourage him to do so. You keep repeating that you are the guarantor of the constitution and of collective and individual freedoms, so it is up to you to ensure that Morocco finally takes the road of reform that has been promised for so many years.At this moment in their history, the Moroccan media could move suddenly in either direction, for better or for worse. Their destiny is in your hands. You have the power and, we dare to hope, the desire to protect this profession, to work on behalf of its emancipation and to help to break down the barriers holding back its development. The key to this, before anything else, is reform of the laws governing the work of the press. The self-censorship that continues to prevail is a direct result of the refusal by those running the country, under your authority, to decriminalize press offences.Morocco’s journalists have helped enormously to write this new chapter of the kingdom’s history that your years in power represent. You cannot continue to allow them to be treated with such contempt. You must act.Respectfully,Robert MénardReporters Without Borders secretary-general RSF_en Follow the news on Morocco / Western Saharalast_img read more

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