Follow the news on Tunisia Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” After seven foreign media outlets were denied access to the joint press conference that the Tunisian and Turkish presidents gave in the presidential palace in Tunis yesterday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Tunisian president’s office that it has a duty to treat journalists responsibly and to respect press freedom. November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia’s new president urged to consolidate press freedom gains News October 25, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters from Al-Jazeera, Al-Hurra, Al-Arabiya, Al-Mayadeen, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Reuters and SIPAUSA were refused entry to Carthage Palace for the press conference that Tunisia’s President Kais Saied and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave yesterday.Presidential guards confiscated the professional cards of journalists from the Al-Araby TV channel.Rachida Ennaifer, the presidential adviser in charge of information and communication, said only a small number of reporters were admitted to the press conference because of the sudden nature of President Erdogan’s visit and the extensive security measures that had to be taken at short notice.“The grounds given by the Tunisian president’s office are completely specious,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “The discrimination between media outlets, the lack of transparency and the random announcements about the presidential activities violated press freedom, one of the Tunisian revolution’s most solid achievements. We urge the president’s office to establish a clear strategy for handling journalists and ensuring that all media outlets have access to information.”Ever since Saied’s installation as Tunisia’s president in October, Tunisian and foreign journalists have noted an amateurish approach to press relations and increasing mistrust towards journalists on the part of presidential aides. When President Saied visited the central city of Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution, on 17 December, journalists were physically attacked by members of the presidential guard while the president and members of his staff looked on without reacting.Since the Ben Ali regime’s fall in 2011, Tunisia has engaged in an overhaul of the country’s media sector with the aim of enabling media outlets and journalists to fully play their democratic role.Tunisia joined some 30 other countries in September in encouraging access to freely-reported, independent, pluralistic and reliable news and information in the digital age by signing the Information and Democracy Partnership, an initiative launched by RSF.Although much remains to be done, Tunisia’s commitment to press freedom since the revolution has borne fruit and its ranking inRSF’s World Press Freedom Index has gone from 164th in 2011 to 72nd in 2019. to go further Organisation December 26, 2019 Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News November 12, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence
Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Pinterest KBR: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessState Facebook HOUSTON (AP) — KBR Inc. (KBR) on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $19 million. The Houston-based company said it had net income of 13 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs and amortization costs, came to 51 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. The the engineering, construction company posted revenue of $1.47 billion in the period. For the year, the company reported a loss of $72 million, or 51 cents per share, swinging to a loss in the period. Revenue was reported as $5.77 billion. KBR expects full-year earnings in the range of $2 to $2.20 per share, with revenue in the range of $5.8 billion to $6.2 billion. KBR shares have risen slightly more than 4% since the beginning of the year. The stock has climbed 3% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on KBR at https://www.zacks.com/ap/KBR TAGS WhatsApp Facebook
The unrest comes days before Spain’ssecond general election this year. The far-right Vox party leader, SantiagoAbascal, went further and called for Catalan president Quim Torra to be“arrested, handcuffed and brought before the courts.” (BBC) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez saidthat if his Socialist party were re-elected, he would change the law to make itclear that organizing an unsanctioned independence referendum was a seriouscrime. The leader of the main oppositionPeople’s Party, Pablo Casado, said he would lead a conservative government“whose legs don’t shake” when it comes to addressing the separatist issue. BARCELONA – Thousands of Catalanseparatist demonstrators have taken to the streets of Barcelona in protest at avisit by Spain’s King Felipe VI. Separatist protesters burned pictures of Spain’s King Felipe VI. EPA Protesters lit a bonfire on a major roadand burned pictures of the king. Some banged on kitchen pots and chanted“Catalonia has no king!” The region has been hit by weeks ofprotests triggered by the jailing of separatist leaders last month. Sunday’s poll aims to break thestalemate that emerged from the last one in April.
A post on Super Evil Megacorp, the developer of mobile esports title Vainglory, revealed that the company has secured an additional $19 million (£14.6m) in investor funding. Kristian Segerstale, Super Evil MegacorpAfter thanking their ‘awesome investors’ the post read: “At Super Evil Megacorp, we believe the generation growing up with touchscreens as their primary gaming platform deserve the same quality and depth of play demanded on PCs and consoles — and that mobile-first players are every bit as hungry for great games and worthy of our respect. Like on every other platform, players on mobile will gravitate to uncompromising gameplay, superior graphical performance and believable characters with rich stories.“We work hard every day to build a studio that can live up to those standards and to be the best home for core gaming talent, filling our “Lair” with master craftspeople creative, passionate and ambitious enough to push the boundaries of the industry.”The funding comes from previous investors which include CrossCut Ventures, General Catalyst, Initial Capital, Raine Ventures, Signia Venture Partners, and ZhenFund. Overall, the company has raised $63 million (£m) so far. Whilst impressive and great to see, the investment in Vainglory and the trust in Super Evil by these investors is no great surprise after the year the title has had. A number of well backed and well supported organisations now have teams such as Echo Fox, Misfits, Cloud9, SK Gaming, Team SoloMid, NRG and Fnatic. June 2017 also saw the announcement of a partnership between ESL and Vainglory for comprehensive and continuous broadcasts of the game. London saw the Vainglory Spring Championship which the Esports Insider team attended, and not long before this Lydia Mitrevski had a look at why it’s the flagship mobile esports title. The post on the Super Evil site continued: “With unrivaled control accuracy and an active global esports scene, we feel Vainglory is off to a great start. We’re excited to invest in our upcoming 5v5 game mode and in growing our amazing community. Every day, we’re humbled by the millions of players around the world who log into Vainglory to be part of our journey. We plan to bring Vainglory and future games to even bigger audiences around the world.“This round of funding also allows us to continue to develop our proprietary, console-grade, multi-platform engine, which is called E.V.I.L. As a studio, we’re obsessed with technology and unleashing beautiful graphics, stunning visual effects and realistic animations at the highest possible frame rates, across the broadest range of platforms. We’re thrilled with what our engine makes possible today, and we’re excited about how much more we can do for Vainglory and beyond in the days ahead.”Super Evil recently doubled its office space and expanded their teams in San Mateo, California and they’re still on the lookout for a number of new roles to be filled. You can check these here. Esports Insider says: Vainglory is without a doubt the leader in the mobile esports scene. This hefty $19 million investment will enable Super Evil Megacorp to continue its growth as a company, and continue to make the Vainglory bigger and better.