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first_img Organisation Download the full version RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News RSF_en January 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Europe “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Related documents Индекс свободы прессы 2011-2012PDF – 229.8 KB June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asiacenter_img Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia Differences increase in EuropeЧитать по-русскиEuropean Union more heterogeneous, Balkans facing EU entry challengeWhile Finland and Norway again share first place, Bulgaria (80th) and Greece (70th) have kept their status as the European Union’s bad performers. Targeted attacks and death threats against journalists marked the past year in Bulgaria, where concerns about print media pluralism grew. In Greece, the economic crisis highlighted the fragility of its media while photographers and cameramen covering demonstrations were exposed to conditions resembling war zones. Hungary fell 17 rungs to 40th place after adopting a law giving the ruling party direct control over the media and amending its constitution in December. The precedent set by this legislation, adopted with little comment from other EU member states, has further dented the European model’s credibility.France is still in a disappointing position (38th), as concern continues about protection of the confidentiality of sources and the ability of investigative journalists to cover influential figures close to the government. Italy (61st), which still has a dozen or so journalists under police protection, has turned the page on several years of conflict of interest with Silvio Berlusconi’s departure. But this year’s ranking still bears his mark, especially another attempt to introduce a gag law and an attempt to introduce Internet filtering without reference to the courts, both narrowly rejected. Against the extraordinary backdrop of the News of the World affair, the United Kingdom (28th) caused concern with its approach to the protection of privacy and its response to the London riots. Despite universal condemnation, the UK also clings to a surreal law that allows the entire world to come and sue news media before its courts.The contrast among the three Baltic countries sharpened. Estonia (3rd) stayed at the top of the index but Lithuania and Latvia fell to 30th and 50th respectively as a result of grotesque court rulings and increased interference by the security services. Relations between the government and media have improved somewhat in Slovakia (25th) since Robert Fico, who was heavy-handed in his methods and crude in his language with journalists, ceased to be prime minister.The economic crisis accentuated the Balkan media’s problems – use of the media for private or criminal interests, unfair competition in very small markets, and self-censorship by a growing number of badly paid journalists. Judicial officials – many of them poorly trained, allied with the government and often corrupt – seem more interested in harassing the media than ending impunity for those who threaten or physically attack journalists. This was the case, for example in Bosnia-Herzegovina (58th), Montenegro (107th), Albania (96th) and Macedonia (94th), which lost 40 per cent of its media with the closure of Plus Produkcija, a company that owned three dailies and the leading privately-owned TV station.Turkey back to old habits, Azerbaijan and Belarus locked into repressionTurkey continued its descent, this time falling 10 places to 148th. Despite the diversity and energy of its media, 2011 saw a dramatic escalation in the judicial harassment of journalists. Under the pretext of combating terrorism, dozens were jailed before being tried, above all in the investigations into the Ergenekon conspiracy and the KCK, an alleged political offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. The unprecedented extension of the range of arrests, the massive phone taps and the contempt shown for the confidentiality of journalists’ sources have helped to reintroduce a climate of intimidation in the media.In Russia (142nd), the media freedom panorama continues to be gloomy. The conviction of a couple for the double murder of Anastasia Baburova and Stanislav Markelov raised hopes but aspects of the case remained unclarified and impunity is still the rule for those who murder or attack journalists. Tougher sentences for such crimes and the decriminalization of media offences were both good news but the impact of these reforms remains to be determined, especially in the absence of an overhaul of anti-terrorist legislation. The unprecedented demonstrations in December 2011 augur a period of uncertainty – while some newsrooms seem to be becoming more outspoken, the state’s repressive apparatus has so far been able to cope with the unrest.After cracking down violently on pro-democracy protests, both Belarus (168th) and Azerbaijan (162nd) have fallen sharply and are approaching the bottom of the index. Their leaders, Alexander Lukashenko and Ilham Aliyev, are both predators of press freedom and both made the media pay for the way their authority was challenged on the streets – in Belarus, more than 100 journalists and bloggers arrested (and around 30 of them given jail sentences), increased harassment of independent media and deportation of foreign journalists. Not content with this indiscriminate repression, Belarus’ self-styled “Batka” (Father) went on to turn the media into the scapegoat for all of his country’s problems. Similar methods were used in Azerbaijan, where special emphasis was put on surveillance of social networks and where netizens were jailed just for issuing online calls for demonstrations. Violence is back in a big way there, with threats, beatings, and abduction of opposition journalists and, for the first time in five years, an Azerbaijani journalist murdered.No longer the leader in the southern Caucasus, Georgia (104th) is paying the price for the violent dispersal of an opposition demonstration in May and the persistent harassment of journalists and bloggers suspected of sympathizing with Russia. Armenia’s 24-place rise in the index seems spectacular, but in fact it has just gone back to where it was three years ago, before the brutal crackdown after the disputed 2008 elections. The media are nonetheless subject to constant judicial harassment and the size of the damages demanded in lawsuits is intimidating. Self-regulation is a major challenge that still needs to be tackled.In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan turned the page on a 2010 marked by a cruel dictatorship’s violent death throes and inter-ethnic massacres in the south and achieved the region’s best ranking (108th). The media freedom situation nonetheless continues to be very fragile, with physical attacks on journalists and repressive initiatives by parliament. It was a bad year in neighbouring Tajikistan (122nd), where the authorities continue to brandish the spectre of civil war and radical Islamism to try to gag the independent media.Kazakhstan’s ranking (154th) improved only because so many other countries plunged on the index this year. In reality, in a bid to maintain a facade of stability at all costs, the Kazakh authorities have stepped up their persecution of the few independent voices and are trying to gain control of the Internet. Online content also focused the attention of the dictatorships in Uzbekistan (157th) and Turkmenistan (177th), which made no progress. The Turkmen public have access only to a highly-censored national Intranet, but the war of information 2.0 has now begun with the few Turkmen online resources based abroad.Ukraine (116th) rose a few rungs after its all-time low in 2010, marked by journalist Vasyl Klymentyev’s disappearance, but the negative’s tendencies seen since Viktor Yanukovych’s installation as president in February 2010 – return of censorship and many physical attacks on journalists that have gone unpunished – have continued. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Help by sharing this information Europe – Central Asia News to go furtherlast_img read more

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Property licensing tracker proptech firm wins £500,000 investment

first_imgHome » News » Property licensing tracker proptech firm wins £500,000 investment previous nextProptechProperty licensing tracker proptech firm wins £500,000 investmentGetRentr receives financial backing from London lettings agency, leading City investment firm and several private investors.Nigel Lewis13th April 201801,280 Views A proptech startup that enables letting agents to track PRS licensing regulations and council consultations in England has received £500,000 from several investors including – as we reported earlier this week – lettings firm LiFE Residential.GetRentr has recently been selected to join an Ordnance Survey and HM Land Registry initiative to support innovation in property data, and has also hooked up with the National Landlords’ Association.Further deals with ‘major industry players’ are also in the pipeline, says GetRentr.The £500,000 cash injection into the proptech platform includes funds from investment firm EPIC Private Equity LLP, several private investors as well as LiFE Ventures.GetRentr says its platform enables agents to manage portfolios across London and further afield even if properties fall within different licensing schemes. It does this by flagging up regulatory and consultation changes and ensuring the properties meet the local required standard.Only a few years ago GetRentr’s purpose would have been limited, with only a handful of licensing schemes in operation, whereas now over 530 exist within many of the UK’s key urban areas.“At GetRentr our vision is to raise the standards of rented accommodation through the innovative use of data and technology, whilst also offering letting agents and landlords significant savings and revenue opportunities by automating complex, error-­prone compliance processes,” says CEO Orla Shields (pictured, left).“Our pioneering data and technology platform delivers transparency, measurable impact and strong stakeholder returns – things which will set us apart in terms of our ability to recruit the best talent, scale the business globally and enjoy sustainable success.”Landlord licensing property licensing GetRentr Orla Shields EPIC Private Equity LLP April 13, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Zaidpour makes it look easy

first_img Noble Endeavor finished strongly to pip Darwins Fox to the runner-up spot, while Pittoni finished last of the four on his first start in almost 1,000 days. Mullins, also successful with Mckinley and Twinlight, said: “It was straightforward and the conditions of the race suited. I thought the ground was probably still too good for him and Ruby said he felt it a bit. “We’ll motor on and the Hatton’s Grace (Fairyhouse, November 30) looks the obvious thing to do now. He’ll go three miles the first opportunity we get. Three miles on soft ground is what we want with him. “Hopefully he’ll improve a bit, but he is good fresh and is best early in the season.” Following his successes aboard Zaidpour and Twinlight, Walsh completed his own treble on the afternoon as he steered Tony Martin’s Gallant Oscar to success in the Ladbrokes On Course Ireland Handicap Hurdle. Rated almost 30lb lower over the smaller obstacles than over fences, Gallant Oscar had obvious claims and was heavily supported as the even-money favourite. Walsh played his cards late, delivering his mount to lead after the final flight, and he battled to victory by a length and three-quarters over Mallards In Flight. Martin said: “It’s great to start back with a win under his belt. We thought he had a good chance in the Irish National, but unfortunately he unseated. His form from Naas had been franked before that. He’ll improve a bit off that and go back over fences now.” Harvey Logan edged ahead in a thrilling climax to the St Johann Ski Resort Tirol Austria Handicap Hurdle. Zaidpour stamped his class on the Ladbrokes Ireland Lismullen Hurdle at Navan as part of a big-race treble for champion trainer Willie Mullins. A three-time Grade One winner but not always the most reliable of individuals, Zaidpour was an 8-13 favourite for his first start since finishing sixth in the French Champion Hurdle in June and Ruby Wa lsh kept things simple, allowing his mount to stride on at the head of affairs. He gradually increased the tempo with a ll four runners travelling strongly rounding the home turn, and Zaidpour began to assert between the final two flights before being ridden out after the last to take the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two test by a comfortable two and a half lengths. Press Association Noel Meade’s five-year-old was the 6-4 favourite to follow up last month’s Naas victory and was ridden patiently by Niall Madden even though Miradane briefly looked to have flown as he left the back straight with a big lead. The gap was whittled away quickly in the straight and it eventually came down to a three-way fight between Harvey Logan, Luddsdenene and Mind The Pennies, and it was Meade’s charge who won the argument by three-quarters of a length. The trainer said: “That’s just about what he is. The handicapper put him up 8lb and that nearly put him out. He just got there and I couldn’t see him carrying much more. He needed to stay at the end and he did. He also needed a good jump at the last and got it. W e don’t have any fancy ideas with him.” last_img read more