Media Ownership Monitor: Ukrainian media prone to power plays more than ever

first_img to go further UkraineEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independence CorruptionEconomic pressureFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News MOM is an international project launched by the international press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It is has been or is being carried out in eight countries worldwide, including as Turkey, Tunisia, Columbia and Cambodia. The Project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Ukraine UkraineEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsMedia independence CorruptionEconomic pressureFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe March 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Maksym Ratushny [email protected]+380 63 239 64 16 February 26, 2021 Find out more News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Institute of Mass Informationcenter_img Media Contact:Reporters Without Borders Germany Screen capture from http://ukraine.mom-rsf.org Receive email alerts Reports Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV [email protected]: +49 30 60 98 95 33-55 Ukrainian mass media outlets are mostly driven by their owners’ individual interests and thus serve as instruments to securing political and economic power. Corruption and lack of financial transparency further inhibit the healthiness of the country’s media landscape. These are some of the main findings of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), a research and advocacy project carried out in Ukraine by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Institute of Mass Information (IMI) over the past three months and presented in Kyiv today. The detailed results of the three-month study are now available to the public on the MOM website at http://ukraine.mom-rsf.org in English and Ukrainian.The research also showed that TV and radio markets are particularly concentrated, mostly due to missing or dysfunctional safeguards for effectively controlling media oligopolies. Corporate structures of major media companies are disguised in offshore havens, which allow the owners to bypass existing legal requirements.”The Media Ownership Monitor has allowed us to reveal the intricate links between politics and business and how both sustain each other. Weak regulation means anyone with just about enough money and connections can use the powerful tool that a mass media outlet presents as their personal PR machines, allowing owners to manipulate the public into buying their goods, voting for them or pushing for laws that will make them even more powerful,” said Nafisa Hasanova, RSF’s MOM Ukraine project manager.The IMI’s coordinator for the project, Maksym Ratushnyi, added: “By scrutinizing the media sector, our research confirms a prevailing perception: Ukrainians live in a typical country of crony capitalism, a system where business can succeed only through close association with the political elites and vice versa.”The results of the study demonstrate that oligarchs occupy a special place in Ukraine’s media landscape. It is not a secret to ordinary Ukrainians who owns the most popular national TV channels in the country. For the first time, however, this comprehensive study reveals the economic and political interests behind these ownership structures. In addition, the website makes an easily accessible, searchable and user-friendly catalogue of media ownership available to every citizen.POLITICAL INFLUENCE OVER THE MEDIA IS EXTREMELY HIGHSome individuals control vast sectors of the country’s economy, and the media industry is not an exception. Political influence over the media remains extremely high. Ten out of the twelve most important TV channels selected for the study are linked directly or indirectly to political personalities. The radio market is equally marked by ownership structures too close to the ruling classes.The study reveals that the audio-visual markets are highly concentrated, as the major four TV owners – StarLightMedia, 1+1 Media, Inter Media and Media Group Ukraine – represent an audience share of more than three quarters. These media groups belong to some of the richest individuals in Ukraine, namely Viktor Pinchuk, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Dmytro Firtash and Rinat Akhmetov, respectively.The top four radio groups, for their part, even combine a reach of 92% of the audience in Ukraine: Tavr Radio Group, Ukrainian Media Holding, Business Radio Group and TRK Lux. Three out of these four major groups belong to some of Ukraine’s richest, the exception being TRK Lux which is owned by the wife of the mayor of Lviv.The print media and online sectors are less concentrated. Online media in particular offer much more pluralism and choice to Internet savvy Ukrainians even though they remain unregulated by any laws in the country.The MOM’s findings also show that the country’s major media groups have very complex structures hidden offshore. Cyprus, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Seychelles, Samoa, New Jersey, Belize are among the locations where some of the owners hide their assets from the Ukrainian public – regardless of a Ukrainian law explicitly prohibiting residents of offshore jurisdictions to own media companies. Shadow economy, however, remains quite significant. All this contributes to an unhealthy state of the media market in which, as a result, financial information is considered far too sensitive for the industry to disclose and thus remains intransparent.Concerning Ukraine’s legal framework, the MOM results show that some promising attempts have been made to shed light on media ownership, in particular through the adoption of a law aiming at greater media ownership transparency in 2015. Nevertheless, not all media companies have revealed their owners yet.Regulatory safeguards for controlling media concentration are still missing and the implementation of existing legal provisions stalls. For example, no objective criteria for measuring the market and media concentration have been defined yet. Regulatory authorities such as the National Council and the Anti-Monopoly Committee refer to the lack of legislation to assess concentration, as well as to the marginal level of possible sanctions. A lack of political will to reform and to regulate the media market, just as any other market, derives from the fact that politics and business are too cosy with one another.Last June, RSF already published a mission report about Ukrainian media’s situation, titled “Facing reality after the Euromaidan”. It describes the fragile situation of a country in which journalists are generally able to work freely and engage in investigative reporting, but yet face immense problems. The report also looked at concentration of the main TV networks in the hands of a few oligarchs, and at the difficulties of independent media outlets trying to develop functional business models.***The Media Ownership Monitor Ukraine was carried out by Reporters Without Borders in partnership with the Institute of Mass Information in Kyiv between July and October 2016. The project studied the legal environment, media concentration and ownership structures of the country’s 43 most popular national media outlets. October 11, 2016 Media Ownership Monitor: Ukrainian media prone to power plays more than ever Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media *** Ulrike Gruska / Christoph Dreyer / Anne Renzenbrink, media relations officers News September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Denmark

first_img– The organisation Digital Rights June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Denmark June 2, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en In October 2001, soon after the 11 September attacks, the government moved to fight terrorism with a legislative package that rewrote laws about justice, internal affairs, the economy and taxes.It asked the justice ministry to take steps to legalise retention of phone, e-mail and Internet connection data and to see that police had faster and easier access to such personal information. The 31 May 2002 anti-terrorist law extended the minimum time for data retention to a year and allowed police and intelligence agents to look at such material with court permission where serious crimes were involved and to install on ISP servers software similar to the US Carnivore system to record key-strokes and intercept e-mail.The Danish presidency of the European Union (EU) tried to impose this approach on other member-states when it made a proposal on 24 June 2002 called “information technology related measures concerning the investigation and prosecution of organised crime.” It said all member-states would soon have to take steps to oblige phone companies and ISPs to retain all their traffic records “so security services can readily consult it in the course of their investigations.”In September 2002, the government tempered its restrictive measures by setting up a commission to safeguard citizens’ computer rights which was due to make proposals in June 2003. DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more DenmarkEurope – Central Asia News LINKS: Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News to go further Organisation News Receive email alerts RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive – The data protection agency Datatilsynet Follow the news on Denmark Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unionlast_img read more

Have a Pizzarific October!

first_img Community News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS October is Pizza Month in the US. Why the big deal? Well, consider these fun facts:– Pizza is a $30 billion industry in the United States– Pizzerias make up 17% of all restaurants in the United States (61,269 pizzerias to be precise)– A whopping 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly…– While a staggering 93% have eaten pizza in the last month– Which explains the approximately 100 acres of pizza eaten a day (or 350 slices a second!)Given the love affair Americans have for pizza, it’s no surprise that 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US every year. Which makes Pizza Month a pretty huge deal. Pizzas are part of American culture (and diet), so celebrating it with its own month isn’t that far-out an idea.What better way then to commemorate our passion for pizza than by ordering one from Domenico’s today? Domenico’s is a 3rd generation family restaurant that’s known for making pizza the way YOU want.At Domenico’s, you can order a plain cheese pizza, or add one, two, or three toppings of your choice. You can even double the topping portions if you’re extra hungry.Toppings you can mix and match include: onions, artichoke hearts, black olives, Canadian bacon, meat balls (beef & pork), sliced fresh tomato, bacon bits, bell peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, jalapeños, fresh garlic, chorizo, broccoli, pepperoni, sausage, salami, anchovies, and seasoned beef.How’s that for pizza customization?If you’re pressed for time and need a pizza right away without having to fiddle with ingredients, you can order some of Domenico’s own pizza flavors like the Big “D” Special (cheese, pepperoni, sausage, onion, mudhrooms, bell peppers, black olives), or Calabrese (Parmesan, oil, garlic, and mozzarella).For the health conscious, there is also a Vegetarian Pizza (cheese, onion, mushrooms, black olives, bell peppers, sliced fresh tomato), while BBQ lovers will find it hard to resist John’s BBQ Chicken Pizza (cheese, BBQ sauce, BBQ chicken, and red onions).Come join the festivities. Be happy and full. Celebrate Pizza Month this October with one of the best pizzas in town at Domenico’s.To learn more about Domenico’s and see the full menu, visit http://www.originaldomenicos.com or call (626) 797-6459.Domenico’s is located at 2411 East Washington Boulevard. More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Restaurant Reviews Have a Pizzarific October! October is Pizza Month in the US, and what better way to celebrate it than with Domenico’s famous pizza? By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 1:51 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribelast_img read more

WASYLUK, ROBERT

first_imgFuneral mass was held June 21 at St. Paul of the Cross RC Church for Robert Wasyluk, 54, of Union City. He died peacefully on June 18. Robert was born in Jersey City and lived there most of his life. He was predeceased by his parents; Paul and Constance (nee) Patten. Surviving is his sister Cathleen Maday and her husband Raymond Sr.; niece Paula Haywood and husband Robert; nephew Raymond Jr. and his wife Nicole; one grand niece and four grand nephews.Services arranged by the Fallon Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

Brand South Africa reflects on the country’s governance

first_imgJohannesburg, 29 November 2013 – Brand South Africa today hosted a special research seminar reflecting on the results of the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index with a specific focus the South African governance. Participants included ambassadors and Consul Generals from other African countries resident in South Africa, academics, and representatives of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA).Participants deliberated on the presentation by Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock focusing on the key findings and lessons for South Africa in light of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG).The 2013 study saw South Africa retaining its 5th position in the overall rankings while ranking top of the 52 states in Public Management. The Index looks at 94 indicatorsFor South Africa, the most notable improvements in this year’s index are in the category of Sustainable Economic Opportunity where the country’s overall rank went from 8th in 2012 to 5th in 2013.Improvements in the sub-indicators of this category include: Business Environment (6 to 5 in 2013), Infrastructure (12 to 7 in 2013), and the Rural Sector (22 to 21 in 2013)“The importance of governance in the 21st century can never be underestimated. In the past decade African economies have grown at rates more than 5%. This brings about social change which in turn call on governments to implement more effective governance systems to serve the needs of changing economies and societies,” said Dr De Kock.He further said, “If we look at South Africa’s demographic profile, we are quite unique in the Africa continent in that approximately 60% of our population is urbanized. This implies that governance systems at a local level should be geared to serve the needs of increasing the numbers of people living in the urban areas. However, this also means that the country will have to be responsive to the governance needs of the 40% rural citizens and this is precisely because South Africa’s ranking in the rural sector still has a lot of room for improvement,” concluded De Kock.Brand South Africa has welcomed the IIAG findings and believes that over and above the peer review mechanisms already in place in Africa, independent studies such as these will boost the positive trajectory of the continent as a destination for inward flows of investment and tourism.About the 2013 Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governancehttp://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/downloads/2013/2013-IIAG-summary-report.pdfAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected]#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: [email protected]:  www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Fashion Hair Bang Two Side Long Synthetic Fringe Hairpiece – Excellent instant new look!!

first_img Had to trim it according to my hair quality. Amazingly it’s the perfect colour for my hair. Needs a bit of styling either hair up, or with a headband when down to cover the join but it’s really good. Mix of colours that adds colour texture and looks quite convincing. Requires layering trim on the sides to make it look more natural (just as it is makes it look like i have a bowl cut. Will be trimming and layering mine as i do not look as good as i had hoped with a blunt fringe. Great for experimenting without having to cut your own hair and wait awkwardly for it to grow. So this fringe attached to a wooly hat is perfect. . Lost hair to chemo so this fringe attached to a wooly hat is perfect. Bought for fancy dress as cleopatra but would actually wear again, great quality and easy to use. Nice quality and really lovely. Came exactly as pictured , nice quality and really lovely. I use it for when i am experimenting with different hairstyles can’t fault it. Amazingly it’s the perfect colour for my hair. Needs a bit of styling either hair up, or with a headband when down to cover the join but it’s really good. Lost of subtle colour tones and good quality hair so fits in with own hait and. Lost of subtle colour tones and good quality hair so fits in with own hait and is also easy to fit. Arrived next day, great product exactly what i wanted. And it’s covered fairly easily. I ordered #27, which i expected to be a light auburn colour, but it’s more of a blonde (see attached image). The hair doesn’t fully cover the netting, but it’s only a small defect, and it’s covered fairly easily. It does feel very soft, and it’s a good shape. It arrived promptly, and was sufficiently packaged. Nice quality and really lovely. Came exactly as pictured , nice quality and really lovely. I use it for when i am experimenting with different hairstyles can’t fault it. Nit my colour so had to return it was nice and thick tho. Mix of colours that adds colour texture and looks quite convincing. Requires layering trim on the sides to make it look more natural (just as it is makes it look like i have a bowl cut. Will be trimming and layering mine as i do not look as good as i had hoped with a blunt fringe. Great for experimenting without having to cut your own hair and wait awkwardly for it to grow. Good product looks natural, great to see if you suit a fringe. Clips in so easily, takes a while to actually be a straight. Arrived quickly, clips in so easily, takes a while to actually be a straight full fringe but will be really good for cosplay so i dont have to cut my fringe. You can tell it’s synthetic but with a bit of talc and some dry shampoo looks more like real hair. Extremely good value for the cost. Looks great for deciding whether to go for the chop or. Looks great for deciding whether to go for the chop or not. Probably wouldn’t wear it in public personally but with the right styling it could look realistic. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-04-01 22:23:43Reviewed Item Fashion Hair Bang Two Side Long Synthetic Fringe Hairpiece with Hair Band Hair Extensions Clip In/on Hair Extensions Side Hairpieces Accessories Look Like Human Hair 33colors U Pick Middle 16 Cm Length,two Long Side 22 Cm,30g (#10)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  38  reviewsPrice£5.99 Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Well secured by two discrete clips. Came one day after the delivery date, but that’s not too bad i suppose. For the price it very good but it didn’t come in the one day postage. And it’s covered fairly easily. I ordered #27, which i expected to be a light auburn colour, but it’s more of a blonde (see attached image). The hair doesn’t fully cover the netting, but it’s only a small defect, and it’s covered fairly easily. It does feel very soft, and it’s a good shape. It arrived promptly, and was sufficiently packaged. Good product looks natural, great to see if you suit a fringe. Lovely quality just a shame its so bloody long and. Lovely quality just a shame its so bloody long and flicks in every direction so i wont be wearing it :/. Reviews from purchasers : so this fringe attached to a wooly hat is perfect.clips in so easily, takes a while to actually be a straight and it’s covered fairly easily. It does feel very softlast_img read more

Dhoni warns hot-headed Sreesanth

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has warned temperamental seamer S. Sreesanth, who has often been accused of on-field arguments with the rival players, to cut out the hotheaded theatrics during the World Cup. Dhoni was left unimpressed by trouble-prone Sreesanth’s latest antics during India’s victory on New Zealand in a warm up match on Wednesday. Sreesanth had fired a verbal volley at Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum. The incident forced Dhoni to warn Sreesanth against such happenings. He said that the pacer should not cross a few “boundaries”. “There are certain boundaries that you should not get too personal with a player. If these guidelines are followed, I am quite happy with it. More often than not, it is the batsman and Sreesanth who know exactly what is going on,” Dhoni said. “If you want to irritate someone that should be the opposition and not your side,” the captain said referring to the 28-year-old pacer, whose latest outburst came just four days after he went face-to-face with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. Sreesanth had made a gesture of an ‘L’ with his thumb and forefinger to imply ‘Loser’. Dhoni publicly warned Sreesanth, who was a late call-up to the Indian World Cup squad in place of the injured Praveen Kumar. The captain said he had no issues with Sreesanth’s behaviour as long as he keeps the aggression within limits. “Till he does both these things, I am really happy to let him do whatever he wants to do,” Dhoni said.last_img read more