AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bet-at-Home thrives thanks to marketing drive Tags: Online Gambling 5th November 2018 | By contenteditor Bet-at-Home has paid tribute to its revamped marketing strategy, saying greater spend during the football World Cup helped to bring in new customers and drive EBITDA to a record high in the third quarter. EBITDA in the three months through to the end of September amounted to €13m (£11.4m/$14.8m), higher than the previous two quarters combined (Q1 €9.3m / Q2 €1.6m). Frankfurt-listed operator Bet-at-Home put this growth down to increased marketing spend during the Fifa World Cup, which ran from June 14 to July 15. Marketing expenses in Q3 totalled €13.5m, which in turn helped grow the firm’s registered customer base from 4.8 million in Q3 of 2017 to just under five million. Gross betting and gaming revenue in the quarter came in at €37.6m, up from €31.9m in the corresponding period last year. However, for the year to date, the company is slightly behind where it was at last year on €104.2m, compared to €108.7m. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2018, Bet-at-Home said in a statement: “From the current perspective, and assuming an unchanged regulatory and tax law environment, the management board expects gross betting and gaming revenue increasing to €150m in the fiscal year 2018. “Furthermore, the management board assumes EBITDA to reach a level between €36m and €40m in 2018.” The results will come as a boost to Bet-at-Home, which in July reported a double-digit recline in revenue for the first six months of the year. At the time, the firm put this partially down to its inclusion on Poland’s blacklist.Prior to announcing its first-half results, Bet-at-Home was hit by another blow when it was fined a total of €410,000 by the Kansspelautoriteit, the Netherlands Gaming Authority. The regulator found that the firm had targeted Dutch citizens without holding a gaming licence in the country. Operator on the comeback trail as customer numbers increase Email Address Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance
Facebook Twitter Football By Kunal Dhyani – December 14, 2018 Latest Sports News WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 35/2 (11 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket TAGSEuropean football ClubJavier TebasLaLigaUEFAUEFA club competitionUEFA new FormatUEFA’s new competition format SHARE YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Cricket Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Matteo Pessina goal helps Italy beat Wales, finish top of Group A with flawless record; Follow Live Updates Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket Football Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri brace ensure 3-1 win; Switzerland’s fate hangs on other Group results by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeE! 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This new competition would take the total number of clubs playing continental tournaments from 80 to 96.“While the European Leagues have accepted the introduction of a third club competition, UEFA cannot make these decisions in isolation from the leagues that they affect,” said Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga. “Europa League 2 will place greater demands on smaller clubs, who are the basis of healthy competition and the growth of European football, and risks creating a further divide within leagues of those who have lucrative European football and those who don´t.”Also Read: Barcelona ‘u’ turn completely derails proposed LaLiga match in MiamiLaLiga calls for further consultation with leagues, UEFA and other stakeholders to ensure that all concerns are heard before the UEL2 and the overall model for UEFA Club Competitions (UCC) can go ahead.This proposal has a major impact on the future of football in Europe. As such, it should be discussed more broadly. Critical issues concerning the long-term health of clubs, scheduling, broadcasting rights, competitive balance within domestic leagues, or the relationship between domestic leagues and European competitions have so far been ignored.European Leagues, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues, has presented a complete proposal for UCC including detailed inputs to improve access and revenue distribution of the Champions League (UCL), Europa League UEL and the new Europa League 2 (UEL2). Within this context, the leagues outlined the need for a new and more inclusive access list and a new revenue distribution model where solidarity is properly recognised to restore and support competitive balance in domestic competitions.European Leagues proposes an increase in solidarity payments from 7% to 20%, for clubs not participating in European competitions, smaller leagues and federations. This would considerably increase the long-term sustainability of the model and reduce the impact on clubs who are not participating.Despite the refusal from UEFA to change the access list for UCL, the European Leagues proposal also includes a more open and inclusive access list and clear guidelines on scheduling, with priority given to domestic competitions. As the first phase of any European competition, domestic leagues must come first and the existence of new competitions, without proper planning, could affect their very existence.More importantly, considering the upcoming decision on the revenue model, the European Leagues proposal includes a significant readjustment of revenues distributed between competitions, preventing the over-allocation of funds towards Champions League participants and eliminating the historical coefficient model that unfairly prioritizes past achievements over current sporting results.Also Read: LaLiga breaches 5 million ticket mark despite Ronaldo’s exit“It’s imperative to review the way revenue is distributed in the whole UCC model, including of course the financial distribution of Champions League,” Tebas stated. “Through further dialogue, a more inclusive and democratic model of European competition can be created, that respects the economic stability and the competitive equilibrium of the national leagues. This is one of the greatest challenges faced today across our continent and if it is not tackled decisively, it could have disastrous consequences in the long term.”Jacco Swart, CEO, Eredivisie (Netherlands), added: “At the Eredivisie we take the issue of competitive balance very seriously. We have recently approved a new regulation in the Netherlands for sharing among all clubs a percentage of the revenue coming from UEFA Club Competitions. It would be logical for UEFA to follow this good example by implementing a fairer revenue distribution model that could compensate the growing financial gap between a few top clubs and all the others, both in international as well as in domestic competitions.”“In Denmark we have been having an open dialogue with our Federation, since it is our common interest to have a competitive and compelling league at national level and at the same time to have Danish clubs performing well in the international competitions. We have both asked UEFA to reconsider the way financial resources are redistributed so as to achieve these goals. We believe it is fundamental to review the whole distribution system, from Champions League to Europa League and the new competition, in order to generate a positive impact for all professional clubs,” said Claus Thomsen, CEO, Divisionsforeningen (Denmark)Swiss League too has expressed a concern over the proposal. “The Swiss League and its clubs are very much concerned about the new access list approved by UEFA for the UEL2. Considering our current ranking, the number of Swiss Clubs with opportunities to access European competition would remain the same but with the new format we will have less clubs playing in UEL and more clubs playing for UEL2 which is a competition of lower level and prestige. The access to UEL is getting stricter, following the path of the Champions League to become a more elite competition.“The decision on the revenue distribution is still to be taken and we are requesting that UEFA increase the level of compensation in a substantial way in order to manage the huge financial gap between Swiss clubs regularly participating to UEFA Competitions and the remaining clubs playing solely at domestic level. It’s becoming imperative to better protect the competitive balance of national leagues to guarantee the long-term sustainability of European football,” says Claudius Schäfer, CEO, Swiss Football League“To be honest we were expecting UEFA to introduce an a even more inclusive access list for UEL2, but overall we welcome a format which will give to more clubs from more countries the possibility to play in Europe. It is now time to review the financial model. Champions League clubs are receiving too much money from UEFA. We need more money to be shared among all clubs, and especially, among those clubs not participating to international competition. At the Ekstraklasa we work to provide most of our clubs the chance to compete and win the Polish championship while dreaming to play in Europe. UEFA has a huge responsibility to keep this dream alive for all our clubs,” added Marcin Animucki, President, Ekstraklasa (Poland).Also Read: LaLiga takes Spanish Federation to court for obstructing proposed game in USA WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check Cricket WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Cricket Cricket Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore LaLiga and other European leagues are not at all happy about UEFA’s new competition format that will come into effect from 2021.UEFA’s proposal for the future of its club competitions threatens the future of European football. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953940/transformation-watertower-nieuw-lekkerland-rv-architecture Clipboard Architects: RV Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area: 200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Schuco, Trametex ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953940/transformation-watertower-nieuw-lekkerland-rv-architecture Clipboard Photographs Photographs: René de Wit Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Transformation Watertower Nieuw Lekkerland / RV Architecture “COPY” “COPY” Ruud Visser + Fumi Hoshino CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•Nieuw-Lekkerland, The Netherlands Year: The Netherlands Projects ArchDaily Lead Architects: Save this picture!© René de Wit+ 28Curated by Paula Pintos Share Houses Design Team:RV ArchitectureBuilding:Sven and Lennart de Jong (the owners)Constructor:IBT engineersBuilding Physics Energy:Weenink engineersBuilding Physics Acoustics:Groenewold Adviesbureau voor Milieu en NatuurEnvironmental Advisor:Pasmaat adviesCity:Nieuw-LekkerlandCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© René de WitRecommended ProductsWooden FlooringEGGEREGGER Design Flooring for the House of EconomyPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building ElementsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. The transformation of the watertower in Nieuw Lekkerland by RV Architectuur, won the Dutch Watertowerprize 2020. The prize is awarded every year to owners of the best transformed watertower. This year the honour goes to two cousins. Both born and raised in a house right next to the watertower. In the year 2013 – only aged 21 at the time – they managed to buy the tower. The idea was to work gradually on the transformation during the next 10 years. Yet they did intend to start living in the tower as soon as possible. And not just by themselves. In the meantime, they both got married and started a family. Now the proud parents of 2 children each.Save this picture!© René de WitThe tower and the area surrounding the watertower has totally been rebuild by their own hands for a relatively modest budget. They remodelled the tower and its surroundings totally according to their own taste. Apart from the effort and grit of the owners the jury of the Dutch Watertowerprize highlights the role of the architectural intervention that underlies the transformation. In their words: Save this picture!Floor Plan“The basis of the successful transformation is formed by the powerful design of Ruud Visser and Fumi Hoshino. Huge floor-to-floor windows looking out over the river De Lek and the Dutch polder landscape contribute to the quality of the spaces inside and fit perfectly with the robust appearance of the watertower. It is refreshing to see that such an inspiring transformation can be realized with a small budget” Save this picture!Floor Plan”The motto of the architects during the design process was: ‘Do not change a water tower into a house, yet live in a water tower’. and exactly this was the strength of this transformation!” The watertower is situated on a dike just outside the village Nieuw Lekkerland. It is built in 1915. The view from the tower is breathtaking. On one side of the tower you look out over the river De Lek, on the other side one has a view on the typical Dutch polder landscape with its many windmills. On a bright day you can even see the windmills of Kinderdijk.Save this picture!© René de WitThe design-study evolved around two main challenges: 1. How to create openings in the facade for daylight, without loosing the character of the watertower?Save this picture!© René de WitAfter a thorough study it was concluded that the the diamond-formed windows in the facade are essential to the character of this particular watertower. These diamond-formed windows must be conserved. However the newly planned openings must not follow the same zigzag patron of the diamond-formed windows. It was better to let the new openings ‘dance around’ it. The exact position of these new openings were defined by the housing-plans.Save this picture!© René de Wit2. How to create a housing-plan that celebrates living inside a water tower, as opposed to one that turns the watertower into a ‘normal’ residential house? The housing-plan in this hexagonal tower with a diameter of 9 meters must meet all the housing and building regulations. Yet the ambition was to also celebrate ‘living inside this unique watertower’. The tower will be divided into three sections: the garden-room of double height, and two dwellings of two floors on top of it. Every dwelling has two floors: a floor with living areas and a floor with sleeping-areas. Each section has another view of the landscape. Walking around spirally through the tower opens up a full panoramic view. So, one dwelling is looking over the river, the other over the polder and the garden-room is fixed to the garden. Each dwelling has its unique floorplan. The specific view dictates the orientation of the floorplan and both construction and layout are shaped completely in line with this. Save this picture!© René de WitThe openings in the facade will be screened on the outside of the sleeping areas with vertical wooden lattices. The wooden lattice screen will function as a curtain for the sleeping areas.Save this picture!© René de WitProject gallerySee allShow less9 Houses in As Galeras / Díaz y Díaz ArquitectosSelected ProjectsKet & Co School / OSK-AR architecten + B612 AssociatesSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeRV ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseOn FacebookNieuw-LekkerlandThe NetherlandsPublished on December 30, 2020Cite: “Transformation Watertower Nieuw Lekkerland / RV Architecture” 30 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/954542/view-ridge-residence-heliotrope-architects Clipboard “COPY” United States Photographs: Haris Kenjar Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project View Ridge Residence / Heliotrope ArchitectsSave this projectSaveView Ridge Residence / Heliotrope Architects “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: Ann Sacks, B&B Italia, Quantum Windows & Doors, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling, Sub-Zero, VersicoContractor:DovetailLandscape:NussbaumStructural:Swenson SayFagetCity:SeattleCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Haris KenjarRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamResidential ApplicationsLunawoodLunawood Thermowood Façade and Decking in Project ÖDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. The primary design directive for this home was to capture abundant lake and mountain views afforded by the site while taking into consideration possible future development with the potential to impede the view.Save this picture!© Haris KenjarSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Haris KenjarThe design solution places living spaces on the top floor, ensuring the view in perpetuity, and incorporates an elevator shaft allowing for aging in place. Formally, the three levels are shifted rather than stacked neatly on top of one another. This strategy reduces the apparent scale of the home, provides a dramatic covered entry experience, and creates a roof terrace off of the living/dining spaces.Save this picture!© Haris KenjarSave this picture!© Haris KenjarGarage and support spaces are placed below-grade, with the second-floor entry flush with a grade at the high portion of the site. The 15ft elevation change from sidewalk to the front door is mitigated by generous stairs, broken up by a garden space and gateway signifying a transition from public to private realms. Significant existing trees and shrubs were leveraged in the design, creating a rich entry experience and a strong connection to nature from both the entry and upper floor.Save this picture!© Haris KenjarThe home’s strong street presence and bold modernity respond to a neighborhood context rich with excellent examples of mid-century modern architecture.Save this picture!© Haris KenjarProject gallerySee allShow lessStudent Hotel / The Invisible PartySelected ProjectsHouse in Alentejo / BICA ArquitectosSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/954542/view-ridge-residence-heliotrope-architects Clipboard View Ridge Residence / Heliotrope Architects Projects CopyHouses•Seattle, United States Architects: Heliotrope Architects Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Haris Kenjar+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Share Area: 3000 ft² Photographs CopyAbout this officeHeliotrope ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeattleOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on January 08, 2021Cite: “View Ridge Residence / Heliotrope Architects” 08 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
News June 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jordanian police close Iraqi opposition TV station, arrest staff Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information February 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders condemns a raid by police on Al-Abasiya, an Iraqi opposition TV station based in the Jordanian capital, that occured five days ago. It ended with the suspension of broadcasting, the arrest of all 14 employees present and closure of the station, which is critical of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.“We have often reported that Nouri Al-Maliki gags the media in Iraq but it seems he is not content with that and now wants to silence critical media based outside his country,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the same time, by bowing to pressure and demands from Baghdad, the Jordanians have flouted their international obligations regarding media freedom and protection from arbitrary arrest, including articles 9, 16 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of all those arrested and the reopening of the TV station.Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian journalists were among the 14 employees arrested during the raid, which was carried out in response to an Iraqi government complaint accusing the station of “inciting terrorism and sectarian conflicts.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the prosecutor-general has decided that the 14 employees should be detained for 15 days.The Iraqi authorities have initiated legal action against several other Iraqi satellite TV stations for allegedly inciting violence and sectarianism in their broadcasts from Jordan. The Khabarnet news agency quoted Sumariya News as saying Iraq threatened to suspend all of its assistance to Jordan last December if it did move against these TV stations.Al-Abasiya, which began broadcasting from Amman four years ago, has been critical of both the Maliki administration and Iran’s alleged meddling in the region.Jordan is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Iraq is ranked 153rd. to go further Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Receive email alerts March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa
ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation News News RSF_en Zheng Yichun, who has been detained since 3 December, faces a heavy prison sentence for writing dozens of articles for newspapers and websites based abroad. He is one of five dissident journalists to be imprisoned in the past four months in a crackdown that is condemned by Reporters Without Borders. Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of dissident journalist Zheng Yichun, whose arrest on 3 December for writing articles for publications and websites based abroad has only just emerged.Zheng, who faces a heavy sentence on a charge of “subverting state power,” is one of five dissident journalists to be arrested in the past four months, along with Zhang Lin, Shi Tao, Yang Tianshui and Li Boguang.Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged by Zheng’s arrest and the subversion charge, as his only crime was to express his views in articles published abroad. “This wave of arrests of dissident journalists confirms the virulence of the government’s current campaign against liberal ideas and intellectuals,” the organization said, calling for Zheng’s release.Following his arrest by the Public Security Bureau on 3 December in Yingkou in the northeastern province of Liaoning, Zheng was initially held in a hotel. He was transferred to Panjin’s No.1 prison, in the same province, on 20 December. His lawyer, Li Ming-Chang, has been able to see him since his arrest.His family was notified of the subversion charge by the Yingkou prosecutor’s office on 31 December. Relatives were warned that there would be reprisals if they informed the press or human rights organizations about his arrest. They only decided to talk about after his arrest was reported in a Yingkou daily newspaper on 24 FebruaryThe Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) has learned that the prosecutor’s office is citing 63 of Zheng’s articles as evidence for the charges against him. They were among 300 articles which the police confiscated from his home.Aged 48 and a member for the Korean minority, Zheng has had four collections of poems published in addition to some 200 political essays. Dozens of his articles have recently been published in newspapers such as Da Ji Yuan (Epoch Times) and websites such as Boxun and Min Zhu Lun Tan (Democratic Forum), which are all based abroad. Prior to his arrest, Zheng was also an English teacher at Liaoning university. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist and cyber-dissident Zheng Yichun held on subversion charge Help by sharing this information News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more
Help by sharing this information April 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sindh high court orders government to stop censoring websites illegally News News RSF_en Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Olivier BasilleReporters Without Borders director Follow the news on Pakistan News April 21, 2021 Find out more to go further News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Click here to read the letter:Global Coalition Of NGOs Call For Official Withdrawal Of Pakistan Censorship PlansLes ONG signataires :Access Now, ARTICLE 19, Bolo Bhi, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology, Citizen Lab , CPJ, Global Voices Advocacy, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders. ——————Government wants to create national Internet filtering system02.03.2012Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, the information technology minister and the head of the National ICT Research and Development Fund, which is attached to the ministry, to voice its opposition to a proposed national Internet filtering and blocking system.According to the Daily Times, several international companies have already responded to the Fund’s 2 February invitation to submit bids for the creation of the system, which is expected to cost 10 million dollars. Reporters Without Borders urges these companies not to cooperate with Pakistan’s censors and not become the government’s accomplices in the creation of an electronic barrier.A petition has been launched online urging international companies not to respond to the Fund’s request for bids.—————Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani Minister in charge of the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT)Dr. Mohammed Yaseen Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication AuthorityDr. Syed Aun Abbas CEO, National ICT R&D FundParis, 2 March 2012,Dear Prime Minister Gillani,Dear Dr. Yaseen,Dear Dr. Abbas,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like express its deep concern about the invitation that was issued on 2 February to private-sector companies and research institutions to bid for the creation of a “National URL Filtering and Blocking System” intended to block access to millions of “undesirable” websites.In your specifications, you say that the system should be able to block “undesirable” content by Domain Name Server (DNS) and using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI); that it “should be capable of URL filtering and blocking, from domain level to subfolder, file levels and file types,” and that it “should be able to block a single IP address or a range of IP addresses.”Reporters Without Borders urges you to abandon this project, which would reinforce the arsenal of measures for communications surveillance and Internet censorship that have already been put in place by your government.The invitation to bid says that currently “Internet access in Pakistan is mostly unrestricted and unfiltered.” We would like to point out that thousands of websites are nonetheless already blocked in Pakistan. The draconian Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, under which the dissemination of content hostile to the government can be blocked, is a measure for restricting access to information which we regard as abusive.Some opposition websites, especially those of the Baloch community, have been made inaccessible on the basis of this law. The blasphemy law also has an impact on online free expression. The social network Facebook and the video-sharing platform YouTube were already entirely blocked (in May 2010 and February 2008 respectively) because of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.We would like stress our opposition to Internet filtering on principle. This is a position shared by Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur for the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. In a recent report, he recommended that the flow of information online should be restricted only in specific, exceptional and limited circumstances, and in accordance with international standards. He also said that the right to freedom of expression should be the norm and restrictions should be the exception, and not the other way round.Aside from the obvious impact it has on Internet connection speed, Internet filtering always entails real risks of “overblocking,” in which flaws in the filtering mechanism can render sites that are not targeted inaccessible. We would therefore like to know more about the type of content that this system is intended to target.The adjective “undesirable” used in the invitation to bid is very vague and, above all, subjective. On what legal bases are you planning to block access to information for 20 million Pakistani Internet users? Furthermore, how will you be able to guarantee that the Deep Packet Inspection technology – which permits interception of all kinds of communication, including emails, phone calls, photos and messages posted on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter – will not be misused to monitor Internet users and hunt down dissidents?We regard the creation of a system with so much surveillance capacity as particularly worrying at a time of growing physical danger for the media in Pakistan that is partly due to government intelligence and security agencies, which could decide to use these technologies.You say the list of “undesirable” websites would be encrypted and accessible only to the staff responsible for compiling the blacklist database. This would constitute a disproportionate concentration of power. It would assign sole control over the Internet filtering to a group which would not be not subject to any control or democratic accountability and which would be able to make decisions in a completely non-transparent manner.This national Internet filtering project must be abandoned because it violates the fundamental rights of your fellow-citizens, including online freedom of information and respect for privacy.We thank in advance for the attention you give to our request and we look forward to a favourable response.Sincerely, PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders welcomes the ruling that the high court of the southeastern province of Sindh issued in response to a joint petition on 17 April by Bolo Bhi, a Pakistani civil rights group, and other human rights activists in a bid to stop illegal website censorship by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).According to a Bolo Bhi press release, the petition asked the court to ensure that no website was blocked, censored or restricted in violation of articles 4, 9, 10-A, 18, 19, 19-A, 20 and 25 of Pakistan’s Constitution.After examining the petition, the high court served notice on the federal government and ordered the PTA not to block any website except in accordance with the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication Act of 1996. This law regulates the PTA’s control of telecommunications networks and requires, inter alia, that this control be exercised in a fair and transparent manner.The high court’s ruling, if respected, would make it impossible for the government to introduce any nationwide website filtering system.While welcoming the ruling, which penalizes the lack of transparency in the PTA’s past website blocking, Reporters Without Borders calls for vigilance because the PTA could try to circumvent it by devising a constitutional procedure based on the anti-blasphemy law and national security provisions.——————10 NGOs seek commitment by Pakistani authorities to scrap Internet filtering plans04.04.2012On the initiative of the Pakistani human rights organization Bolo Bhi, 10 NGOs including Reporters Without Borders have signed an open letter to the Pakistani prime minister and the minister of information technology asking for a public commitment to withdraw plans to install a national Internet filtering and blocking system.The letter was prompted by an interview with National Assembly Member Bushra Gohar by Bolo Bhi, in which she reported that the secretary of the information and technology ministry, Farooq Awan, had given a verbal commitment to shelve the plan.The same information was also reported in the daily Express Tribune. On 30 March, the human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies, Bytes for All, cast doubt on the article and suggested it was a “strategic move to put an end to the raging protests”. Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific January 28, 2021 Find out more
News UpdatesWaterbody Encroachment- “Collect Satellite Images Of All Waterbodies Across Tamil Nadu By April 30”: Madras High Court Sparsh Upadhyay18 April 2021 12:59 AMShare This – xDismayed over largescale encroachment of the water bodies in the State of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court last week directed the State Government that satellite imaging of all taluks be done and waterbodies be earmarked. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed thus considering the complaints received from all over the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDismayed over largescale encroachment of the water bodies in the State of Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court last week directed the State Government that satellite imaging of all taluks be done and waterbodies be earmarked. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed thus considering the complaints received from all over the State regarding waterbodies being encroached on or waterbodies being converted into residential or commercial plots. Court’s March 2 Order It may be noted that earlier on March 2, the Collectors of all districts were directed by the Court to collect satellite images of every taluk under their jurisdiction as on March 15, however, the State Government on Thursday (April 15) submitted before the Court that the exercise had been completed only partially. The order dated March 2, 2021, had required all the taluk level satellite images to be collated for each district and the district-wise satellite images to be maintained in the State secretariat. The idea was that as of March 31, 2021, there would be satellite image proof of the existing water bodies so that in future such surviving waterbodies may be maintained and protected. However, the State Government on April 15 submitted that the failure to complete the work within the time permitted was due to the State Assembly elections. To this, the Court expressed its hope that the entire exercise be completed by April 30, 2021. The Court also remarked, “Taluk level and even panchayat level satellite images are necessary to protect the water bodies. At every level, such maps ought to be maintained so that any encroachment can be addressed immediately and the waterbody not desecrated beyond repair.” The Court also directed that the downloading of all images at the taluk and panchayat level should be completed within a week from the date by instructing the revenue officials at the Tahsildar or the Block Development Officer levels to ensure that the downloading of all the satellite images for the relevant taluk or block is completed in the next week or so. Further, the Court observed that the larger exercise of correlating the images of the water bodies as evident from the satellite maps with the revenue records should be completed so that in future there can be no doubt as to the existence of any water body or the status of any land when called into question. “The downloading of images should be completed within the next seven or ten days as directed above and the exercise of matching the same with the revenue records should be completed by the end of June, 2021”, added the Court. This Court has also hinted that at a later stage, it would require experts from recognized institutions to look into the images as downloaded and the same being matched by the revenue records. Lastly, the matter was posted for further hearing on April 29, 2021 so that the State could report that the downloading of the images had been completed and for the Registrar-General to indicate what soft copy and other material may have been furnished to him. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
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