Joint call for end to criminal libel prosecution of journalist

first_img October 9, 2020 Find out more News AngolaAfrica Organisation December 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint call for end to criminal libel prosecution of journalist Writer and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais is to appear in court in Luanda on criminal defamation charges on 15 December in connection with his 2011 book about human rights violations in Angola’s diamond mining industry, entitled “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola.”In a joint letter to the UN and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights special rapporteurs for freedom of expression and the situation of human rights defenders, Reporters Without Borders and 16 other human rights and free speech NGOs have urged them to press the Angolan government to end this prosecution.The letter argues that the proceedings constitute a violation of this journalist’s right to freedom of expression, a right guaranteed by several international conventions to which Angola is party. To read the letter, click here.This is not the first time that Marques has been the target of judicial harassment in connection with his reporting. Even since the late 1990s, he has been the victim of arbitrary arrests, prolonged judicial proceedings and bans on travel abroad – all aimed at silencing one of this wealthy African country’s last independent journalists. Ruled with an iron hand for the past 35 years by President José Eduardo dos Santos, Angola is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo: Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais Receive email alerts Follow the news on Angola February 17, 2021 Find out more News Related documents 20140811_sr_urgent_apeal_rafael_marques_de_morais-2.pdfPDF – 199.21 KB to go further News News AngolaAfrica Help by sharing this information Cyber-attacks against Angolan news site and reporter Crackdown on reporters covering Luanda demonstration Angolan police unleash dog on reporter covering protest October 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

‘Huge Symbolic Significance’ in Peabody’s Fall

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:Tim Buckley is the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ director of energy finance studies for Australasia. He said that while the “sheer size and profile” of Peabody’s U.S. and Australia operations make “any bankruptcy problematic,” the fall of the world’s top private coal producer would also be highly symbolic of the direction of the industry.“Any bankruptcy of Peabody is of huge symbolic significance — IEEFA works on the premise that technology change will inevitably drive a global electricity market transformation,” Buckley said. “All along firms like Peabody have funded tens of millions of dollars into lobbyists and advertising campaigns denying climate change and trying to use regulatory barriers to favor their self-interest and stop technology change.”Buckley points to gross liabilities of $10.46 billion at the end of 2014 in calling any potential bankruptcy of Peabody “massive” as it has large amounts of debt and other significant unfunded liabilities. He said Australian pension and health liabilities are off-balance sheet and are required to be fully funded by corporate, but in the U.S. unfunded postretirement benefit obligations and net pension liabilities pose a serious problem.Specifically, Buckley noted that in 2014, Peabody had a defined benefit pension and savings plan for one group of staff at $1.0 billion in total and 85% funded. He said a second liability of postretirement health care and life insurance benefits was recorded as an $839.1 million liability, but was zero-funded.“How the board can allow staff to be fully protected and retired employees get zero protection is beyond me,” Buckley said. “So the workers and existing management it seems to me will be pitted against the retired workers. I’m not a lawyer, but that looks at face value like a potential breach of fiduciary duty by the board, given the board of directors was willfully borrowing to pay quarterly dividends until November 2014 when they should have been paying pension liabilities of retired and sick workers.”Buckley also said a bankruptcy process, to be handled in a U.S. court, will pit Australian liabilities against American liabilities, “raising questions of which government will get left to clean up which portion of the inevitable shortfall.” The land reclamation costs, he said, will largely be covered by U.S. and Australian taxpayers.The assets the company owns, Buckley said, face a tough market. He said “almost every global coal mining company” has mines for sale and any potential buyer is flooded with opportunity to buy. However, he said financial institutions are increasingly reluctant to extend credit to the sector.Full article ($): Opponents eye potential ‘massive’ bankruptcy of nation’s largest coal miner ‘Huge Symbolic Significance’ in Peabody’s Falllast_img read more

Long on target for The Saints

first_imgSpurs booked their place by beating Brighton 2-0.Premier League leaders Chelsea were drawn away to Derby, while Liverpool will travel to Bournemouth. Gortnahoe’s Shane Long scored for Southampton as they overcame Stoke 3-2 in the League Cup – they will now go to third-tier Sheffield United.Defending champions Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup last night.They surprisingly lost 2-0 at home to Newcastle, who’ll now face Tottenham in the quarter-finals.last_img