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Geo TV, target of Pakistan spy agency

first_img to go further December 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Geo TV, target of Pakistan spy agency April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is sounding the alarm over a resurgence of violent attacks on media belonging to the Jang-Geo group – attacks reflecting a slander and harassment campaign stage-managed by the ISI and run by its political allies. News Attacks on press freedom by a party in power and by political factions have been on the increase in 2014, even as violence committed by non-state actors has remained essentially at its previous level.As Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the opposition party led by former cricket champion Imran Khan, has grown more powerful, the media have been increasingly targeted in confrontations directed a wing of the government or by various political factions. PTI, for its part, has become the third-ranking political force following its showing in the 2013 legislative elections.Since Khan’s party launched a protest movement last 14 August, more than a dozen attacks on journalists, media workers and contributors of Geo News, a television channel, and for the daily newspapers Jang and The News have taken place. The media organizations were deliberately targeted by PTI militants. Most of these incidents have been filmed and photographed.Part of the responsibility lies with media owners, businessmen who prize their political alliances to the detriment of journalistic ethics. Neha Ansari, a former journalist for the Express Tribune, described the process in Foreign Policy magazine. According to her, since opponents of the ruling party began holding the August demonstrations, charging voting fraud in the 2013 elections, “The owners of Pakistani media powerhouses — namely ARY News, the Express Media Group, and Dunya News — received instructions from the military establishment to support the ‘dissenting’ leaders and their sit-ins.”This editorial interference prompted numerous cases of biased press coverage and self-censorship. Above all, these practices led to a revival of animosity against the media, regardless of their political orientation, by political partisans of all persuasions.Whether pro-government, in the opposition or aligned with the military, the media, have frequently paid a high price for their coverage – sometimes directed by their owners – of the country’s political conflicts.Recent attacks against journalists in Islamabad, the capital city, illustrate the trend. On 30 November, journalists and technicians from two television channels were attacked, with their satellite trucks damaged. A cameraman from Dawn News was injured by small explosives thrown by PTI members, while two technicians from Dunya News were wounded by a grenade and rushed to the hospital. On 12 December in Karachi, Mazhar Abbas, a journalist and former secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, was brutally attacked along with a crew from the Geo News television channel by PTI militants. A Geo News reporter had to hide in a satellite truck to escape the attackers.Geo News at centre of stormMany media have been hit by intimidation and violence from political partisans. But in the case of Geo TV, constant harassment by intelligence agencies has spurred the attacks. The channel’s star journalist and presenter, Hamid Mir, has openly accused ISI of being behind an attempt to kill him last April. Since then, Geo TV has been targeted by the spy service and all its allies.This was the case in a suspension order by the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority last June. In addition, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the channel’s owner, and entertainment journalist Shaista Lodhi of the “Utho Jago Pakistan” programme, were sentenced on 26 November to 26 years in prison by a court in the autonomous northern region of Gilgit Baltistan, for having broadcast a supposedly “blasphemous” programme. These moves bear the trademark of the ISI: the initial legal complaint, filed last 26 May, came from Himayatullah Khan, leader of the radical religious group Ahl-e-Sunnat Jamaat, known as a recipient of military and intelligence agency support.Likewise, attacks by PTI leader Khan against Geo TV, which might be explained simply by the channel’s critical approach to the party, take on special significance in light of its strengthening ties to ISI. For the past several months, links between PTI and the spy service have been a matter of increasing concern for the ruling party. In addition, some journalists fear a political-military alliance that would make their work conditions, and independent political coverage, even more difficult and dangerous. The PTI leader recently has been trying to add to the military’s power by giving it a seat on the commission in charge of investigating the alleged election fraud of 2013. This growing alliance with an organization that Reporters Without Borders categorized as a “press freedom predator,” amounts to additional pressure on media professionals seen as becoming too interested for their own good in PTI or ISI, or who take a critical tone towards these organizations.Last 26 April, following the attack on Hamid Mir, Khan issued an official communiqué demanding an apology by Geo News for “baseless allegations and media vilification of the Pakistan Army and ISI.” Khan also accused the channel of having “aided and abetted in the general election rigging from prematurely announcing the results” and of “conducting a deliberate campaign to malign the military and demoralize our soldiers.”The two scourges of the press: violence and threatsIn a country beset by all manner of enemies of free and independent information, Pakistan is one of the deadliest countries for media professionals. Now that the media are trying against all odds to fight the physical threat emanating from armed groups, attacks of all sorts from the political opposition, from a government fringe, from religious and military groups may finally muzzle a press that already suffers an unprecedented level of self-censorship.Pakistan is ranked 158th of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index for 2014. From 2009 to 2011, the country was the deadliest one for journalists. Over the past three years, at least 18 journalists have been killed in the country.Murders of media workers Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Follow the news on Pakistan News RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Enable front line staff to perform at their best

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The front line staff mediates between a credit union and its members—to ensure that this relationship remains positive, your front line needs to be well-equipped.By subscribing to Credit Union Front Line newsletter, you’ll gain a concise monthly resource that provides front line employees with guidance on how to perform their various responsibilities at the highest possible level. Content encompasses a wide range of front line issues, including:Need-to-know regulations and compliance strategies;Communication and dealing with difficult members or staff;Stress management and maintaining work-life balance; andPreparing for robberies and other emergencies.Don’t let your front line staff be unprepared for the unexpected—new subscribers of Credit Union Front Line newsletter can receive 20% off by entering promo code 2016FRONTLINE upon checking out.Learn how Sarah Herrington, employee at Service 1 Federal Credit Union, embraces the spirit of “people helping people” in this “Above and Beyond” story from Credit Union Front Line newsletter. continue reading »last_img read more

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IPIM’s new ETF fund tracks 15 largest companies on local stock exchange

first_imgNoviono told reporters on Wednesday that there were three to four new ETF products to come this year, further expanding the contribution of ETFs to the company’s assets under management (AUM).“The contribution of our ETF products to the total AUM right now is approximately 75 percent,” Noviono said.With the launch of IPIM’s newest fund, the IDX has seen three new ETF listings this year. Last year, 14 ETFs were listed on the IDX. “We hope that this ETF can diversify investment options, which are needed by today’s investors, who are becoming more diverse,” IDX assessment director I Gede Nyoman Yetna said in his opening remarks on Wednesday.He added that IPIM, as a market leader in the issuance of ETF funds, could act as a reference for other fund managers to offer attractive ETF products that could help grow the ETF market in Indonesia.An ETF is a collection of securities, consisting of stocks or bonds, that tracks an underlying price index in the stock market.Despite being similar to a mutual fund, an ETF differs, in part, because it is traded like an ordinary stock on the stock exchange.ETF share prices fluctuate during the trading day in accordance with the market, while the prices of mutual funds are based on the day’s closing price. (ydp) PT Indo Premier Investment Management (IPIM), a subsidiary of PT Indo Premier Sekuritas, listed another exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday.IPIM director Noviono Darmosusilo said in Jakarta that the ETF fund, called the “Reksa Dana Premier ETF MSCI Indonesia Large Cap”, was the third ETF listed on the stock exchange this year and tracked the performance of the MSCI Indonesia Large Cap Index which consisted of the 15 most liquid stocks on the IDX.“From the 600 companies listed today on the IDX, we took the 15 largest companies and most liquid stocks with a capitalization value representing no less than 70 percent of the free-float adjusted market capitalization of the Jakarta Composite Index,” Noviono said following the listing of the company’s ETF on the exchange. “We know there are the IDX 30 [and] LQ45, [which act] as reference indexes to form the core of a portfolio. Well, the MSCI Indonesia Large Cap is the core of the core,” he added.The IDX 30 index measures the performance of the 30 stocks with the largest market capitalization on the IDX and the highest transaction volume, selected from the constituents of the LQ45 index. The LQ45 index tracks the top 60 companies with the highest market capitalization over the last 12 months, among other indicators.Of the 41 ETFs listed on the IDX, 12 belong to IPIM, which means that IPIM’s ETF products make up almost 30 percent of ETF products traded on the IDX.The company, which was one of the first companies to offer such capital market instruments in Indonesia, added its previous ETF product over a year ago when it listed “Reksa Dana Indeks Premier ETF Pefindo i-Grade” on Dec. 21, 2018.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Messi meets ‘plastic shirt’ Afghan boy who became viral sensation

first_imgA SIX-YEAR-OLD Afghan boy, who became a viral sensation when photographed wearing a shirt made from a striped blue plastic bag with Lionel Messi’s name and number 10, has met the Argentina and Barcelona striker.Murtaza Ahmadi had previously received autographed shirts from Messi after photos of the boy wearing the homemade shirt were widely shared.Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee said in a tweet on Tuesday the two met in Doha where Barcelona were in Qatar to play a friendly against Al Ahli on Tuesday.“The image the world wanted to see,” tweeted the organising committee on Tuesday. The six-year-old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, Messi, finally comes true.”It is understood the boy will walk on to the pitch with Messi ahead of the match.Murtaza and his family fled Afghanistan in May to neighbouring Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta.At the time the boy’s father Mohammad Arif Ahmadi said they had to leave as they feared Murtaza would be kidnapped after becoming an internet sensation.“I sold all my belongings and brought my family out of Afghanistan to save my son’s life as well as the lives of the rest of the family,” Mr Ahmadi said.Earlier this year, the Afghan soccer federation promised to arrange a meeting between Messi, a Unicef goodwill ambassador, and Murtaza.last_img read more

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