These 2 UK shares are on a tear. Here’s what I’d do

first_img Manika Premsingh | Monday, 17th May, 2021 | More on: CER DPLM The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. When a UK share’s performance stands out, I often sit up and take notice. This is because typically, such spikes follow positive developments at the company concerned. These in turn may positively impact their share prices in the days and months to come. Here are two such stocks I’ve explored after their fast rise in early trading today. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cerillion rallies as profit doublesThe first is Cerillion (LSE: CER), which provides business software solutions, including those for billing and customer relationship management. As I write, it’s up 11% after it released results for the half-year ending March 31. A look at these makes it clear why investors are flocking to the stock. Its revenue is up 26% from the half-year ending March 31 2020 and pre-tax earnings are up a whole 124%. But even better are Cerillion’s prospects. Its new business pipeline is up 9%. According to CEO Louis Hall, the company is “very confident of continuing revenue and earnings progression”. While there appears little doubt that the company will continue to perform, it’s super-pricey as well. With a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 76 times, its share price is at all-time highs. It has risen more than two times in the last year alone. I think this is one I’d buy on dips. Diploma raises guidanceAnother UK share on a tear today is Diploma (LSE: DPLM), which provides technical products from wiring to cylinders and medical instruments to customers across industries. It’s up over 8% now from its last close after it reported robust results for the half-year ending March 31 as well. Its revenue is up by 29% from the corresponding half-year of last year and its statutory operating profit is up by 10%. It also talks of “exciting trends” for the second half, and expects “full-year results significantly ahead of our previous expectations”.Much like Cerillion, Diploma’s share price is now at all-time-high levels. In the last year alone, it has risen by 68%. It too is trading at an elevated P/E of 67 times. In essence, both companies have the same story. They’re defensive stocks that have performed well and have bright prospects. My conclusion is no different. It’s a buy-on-dip stock as well for me. Sorry to sound like a broken record. Would I buy these UK shares?But here is one thing I would bear in mind as a growth investor. Last year was particularly good for ‘safe’ stocks like Cerillion and Diploma that fulfil near-essential products for businesses to function. But cyclical stocks from pubs to cinemas have started looking promising to investors in the ongoing stock market rally. As their prospects improve on reopening, I reckon we’ll see more investor interest in them. With these two UK shares, yes, I’m looking for dips as buying opportunities. But I also want share price growth. Any share price increases may be relatively muted later in 2021. I’d keep that in mind before I’d buy them.  Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Here’s what I’d do  Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

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Ernst Joubert named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month

first_imgSaracens No. 8 Ernst Joubert Ernst Joubert has been voted the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month. The Saracens number 8 was picked for February by a panel made up of rugby media representatives from print, TV, radio and the photographers.Rugby World editor Paul Morgan, who chairs the panel, commented: “Ernst is the engine room of the Saracens effort that has seen them move to the verge of qualifying for the Aviva Premiership Rugby play-offs. He seems to cover every blade of grass on the pitch and has made a huge contribution since arriving at the club.”Ernst, who is one of Saracens natural leaders on the pitch, is one of the stand-out performers in Aviva Premiership Rugby so far. Rugby is in the blood of this powerful number 8, whose grandfather, Piet Malan, played for South Africa in 1949; an achievement Joubert will aim to emulate. Speaking about being named February’s Player of the Month: “It’s a great achievement. Luckily the team has been playing very well and our wolf-pack have been doing the hard work and making it easier for a guy like me to perform well.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Saracens First Team Coach, Mark McCall said: “We’ve played well recently and picked up some good wins. I think we are getting to the level where we were last year and our defence has been superb. The guys have got faith in each other and the confidence is growing.”Heather Smith, Head of Sponsorship for Premiership Rugby sponsors Aviva added: “Ernst has been instrumental in Saracens launching their title assault and it is no coincidence that his impressive performances have coincided with his team’s winning run.”last_img read more

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Orange County wins digital media award

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.  Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in GovernmentFrom the Orange County Media CenterThe Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized Orange County Government’s Digital Media Transformation as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. This year’s cohort includes programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies, and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships — that represent the next horizon in government work to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.Orange County Government’s digital communications plan, new online Newsroom Media Center, and companion OCFL News app improved news and information distribution to its 1.25 million citizens. The team shares weekly editorial calendars to coordinate traditional media and digital efforts, including news articles, media alerts, photos, videos and graphics for a unique, interesting and engaging Newsroom Media Center.Public Information Officers also tasked with distributing approved Newsroom articles to community newspapers with relevant audiences as well as sharing articles on social media, capturing constituents who otherwise would not have known about the OCFL Newsroom. Those same stories were also repurposed and presented as short video recaps titled OCFL Updates, which have garnered thousands of views via YouTube. Efforts propelled Newsroom traffic to 710,000 page views – a 575 percent in 2015 – and increased social media engagement by nearly 695 percent.This foundation helped Orange County Government share information with the community following the Pulse nightclub tragedy on June 12, 2016, and again in early October 2016 when Category 3 Hurricane Matthew impacted Central Florida. The transformation improvements, which facilitated visits to the Pulse and Hurricane Matthew Newsroom update webpages, catapulted the Newsroom Media Center to receiving more than 1 million page views and the County’s overall website had 60 million page views in 2016.Since being elected in November 2010, Mayor Teresa Jacobs has been a staunch advocate for citizen involvement and continues to champion broader technological advances through pioneering web, mobile applications and social media in Orange County.“Our digital world moves at light speed and we recognize Orange County’s role in Central Florida’s fast paced interactive communication landscape,” Mayor Jacobs said. “We are deeply committed to reaching a broader demographic through advancements in technology and digital media to maintain and expand traditional and digital public engagement tools for our 1.2 million citizens, our agency partners and 66 million annual visitors.”Mayor Jacobs was the first sitting mayor in Florida to feature a Social Media Ambassador program in her 2014 State of the County address. Under Mayor Jacobs leadership, and inspired by the success of the initiative, Orange County’s Technology and Social Media Workgroup was formed. The program brought together local, technology-savvy online influencers and now operates as a think-tank on emerging technologies, social media and mobile applications.“These programs demonstrate that there are no prerequisites for doing the good work of governing” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, “small towns and massive cities, huge federal agencies and local school districts, large budgets or no budgets at all — what makes government work best is the drive to do better, and this group proves that drive can be found anywhere.”This is the fifth cohort recognized through the Bright Ideas program, an initiative of the broader Innovations in American Government Awards program. For consideration as a Bright Idea, programs must currently be in operation or in the process of launching, have sufficient operational resources, and must be administered by one or more governmental entities; nonprofit, private sector, and union initiatives are eligible if operating in partnership with a governmental organization. Bright Ideas are showcased on the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online platform for practitioners and policymakers to share innovative public policy solutions. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! 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Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain

first_imgArchDaily 2010 India Projects Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain “COPY” Save this picture!© Sebastian Zachariah+ 29 Share Year:  “COPY” CopyHouses•India CopyAbout this officeAtelier Design N DomainOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesIndiaPublished on July 21, 2011Cite: “Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain” 21 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/151723/dinesh-mills-bungalow-atelier-dnd Clipboard Photographs Area:  6000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Atelier Design N Domain Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Sebastian ZachariahText description provided by the architects. ConceptTo build a minimalist house with simple clean lines, uncluttered geometry, fluid, transparent spaces where the interiors and exteriors blend into each other in an attempt to keep the user constantly in touch with the outdoors.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahThe site with thriving greenery was located just outside vadodara city. The brief was very clear – to design a contemporary house for this family of three and their support staff meeting their functional requirements. The challenge of the site really lay in preserving the natural vegetation that abounded on the plot. The planning went through several iterations in a bid to preserve as many of the trees on site as possible.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahDesignThe main driveway leads to a white cantilever porch which defines the drop-off point for the house. The house itself is an extended spine from this point with various functions attached to it along its length. Three outdoor verandahs serve as attached semi-open entities to functions like living and bedrooms. The outdoor pool and deck hugs the living spaces and master bedroom thereby bringing in the cool air during winters. This poolside space extends into a lawn making it ideal space for leisure. An external staircase leads one to terrace which features open Jacuzzi capturing the vast green forest around the site.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahProject gallerySee allShow lessAdobe for Women / blaanc borderless architecture and CaeiroCapursoArticlesVideo: The Race to ZeroArticles Share Houses Dinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N DomainSave this projectSaveDinesh Mills Bungalow / Atelier Design N Domain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/151723/dinesh-mills-bungalow-atelier-dnd Clipboardlast_img read more

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Atlantic pulls the plug on ethics body

first_img Tagged with: Ireland Howard Lake | 8 December 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Atlantic Philanthropies, one of the largest charitable foundation’s in Europe, has withdrawn its five year commitment to the Dublin based Centre for Public Inquiry. The withdrawal of the ‚€4 million funding was precipitated by allegations made by the Irish minister for justice who has accused the centre’s director of being part of an IRA plot involving Columbian rebels. The Centre for Public Inquiry was established by American philanthropist Chuck Feeney’s foundation earlier this year to ‘promote the highest standards of integrity, ethics and accountability across Irish public and business life.’ It is understood that Irish justice minister Michael McDowell, who made his statement about the centre’s director Frank Connolly under Dail privilege, met representatives of Atlantic Philanthropies several months ago to express his concerns about Mr Connolly.Mr Connolly has denied all the allegations and challenged the Minister to produce evidence for his claims. He claims that he is being attacked because some people in pollitical life are hostile to the centre’s role. Advertisement  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Atlantic pulls the plug on ethics body About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Food workers protest

first_imgProtesters hit Capital Grille and Starbucks, Nov. 27.Nov. 27 — International Food Workers Week actions took place in New York City at several restaurants and fast food chains to bring awareness and build support for workers making poverty wages and not receiving health care or other benefits.UNITE HERE Local 100 rallied to support restaurant workers seeking union recognition at Junior’s in Brooklyn. In spite of the rain, some workers spoke at the rally. The average pay for these workers, mostly men of color, starts at $9 an hour at the famous establishment. Protesters chanted, “Hey Brooklyn, what you say? Local 100 is here to stay!”Restaurant Opportunities Center NY members gave a Wendy’s boss in midtown Manhattan a letter urging support for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who pick tomatoes in Florida. The letter also demanded that Wendy’s recognize CIW’s Fair Food Program. ROC representatives were asked to leave this fast food exploiter while a strong multinational picket line outside demanded justice for the CIW. Later, pickets left with the chant, “We’ll be back and we’ll be stronger, we won’t take it any longer!”Other protests targeted Darden’s Capital Grille on 42nd Street, Brandworkers in Queens and Starbucks. Protesters were organized by ROC NY, Brandworkers and the Food Chain Workers Alliance, among other organizations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Editor closes down newspaper and flees after receiving death threats

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the fate of Diro César Gonzáles, the owner and editor of the weekly La Tarde in Barrancabermeja (in the northeastern department of Santander), who has suspended publication of his newspaper and has been forced to flee the region after receiving death threats, probably from right-wing paramilitaries.“Like Gonzáles, eight other Colombian journalists were last year forced to stop working and flee their home region, or the country,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is becoming impossible for journalists to work in Colombia’s war zones.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We are especially worried to learn that a blacklist put out by the paramilitaries, with the names of Gonzáles and other department of Santander journalists, has been circulating since the end of last year, and we again urge the Colombian authorities to pursue their attempts to demobilise the armed groups.”Two men on a motor-cycle went to the Gonzáles family home on 17 January and asked to speak with Gonzáles. His wife, Tatiana Sánchez, who also works at the newspaper, told them he was not there. After muttering something incomprehensible, they left. Sánchez noticed that one of the men was armed and she recognised the other as someone who had been accused of involvement in the murder of his wife in a local discotheque on 23 December. The latest issue of La Tarde had details of the murder along with photos of the suspects, who had been arrested.Gonzáles has received threats in the past and has never been too concerned, even when his name and those of two other local journalists appeared late last year on a blacklist that is reportedly still circulating in the department.But then, at the end of December, two men on a motor-cycle were repeatedly seen driving around the neighbourhood where La Tarde is located and they went to Gonzáles’ home where they told his wife that the order had gone out for her husband to be killed.Threats have also been made recently against other journalists in the department of Santander, including Alvaro Pérez Vides, the managing director of the TV station Telepetroleo, who was also forced to leave Barrancabermeja. Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Newscenter_img Reports ColombiaAmericas January 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor closes down newspaper and flees after receiving death threats News RSF_en to go further News Organisation October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Our Prizes

first_img« This award represents an inspiration to me as well as for all bloggers, independent journalists in Vietnam, those who face the restrictions about the right of freedom of expression. » March 18, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Our Prizes Cyberdissidents: Zarganar – Burma and Nay Phone Latt – Burma———- 2007: Journalist : Seyoum Tsehaye – Eritrea Media: Democratic Voice of Burma – BurmaPress Freedom Defender: Kareem Amer – Egypt Special China Prize: Hu Jia, Zeng Jinyan – China———- 2006: Journalist: U Win Tin – BurmaMedia: Novaya Gazeta – RussiaPress Freedom Defender: “Journalist in danger” – DRCongo Cyberdissident: Guillermo Fariñas Hernández – Cuba———- 2005: Journalist: Zhao Yan – China Media: Tolo Tv – AfghanistanPress Freedom Defender: National Union of Somalian Journalists – Somalia Cyberdissident: Massoud Hamid – Syria———- 2004: Journalist: Hafnaoui Ghoul / Algeria Media: Zeta – MexicoPress Freedom Defender: Liu Xiaobo – China———- 2003:Journalist: Ali Lmrabet – Morocco Media: The Daily News – ZimbabwePress Freedom Defender: Michèle Montas – Haiti———- 2002: Grigory Pasko – Russia———- 2001: Reza Alijani – Iran —– Media: Radio Free NK – North Korea « The Netizen Prize proves that our voices were heard and that we succeeded in delivering the stories of millions of Syrians who are struggling on the ground to achieve what they have always dreamed – to live in freedom and dignity. »—– ———entr1<-]// REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS' PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE[↑The Reporters Without Borders Prize has been awarded every year since 1992 to a journalist and a news media in different parts of the world that have made a significant contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom.It is presented in December by an international jury/panel of journalists and human rights activists.- Reporters without borders' prize laureates since 1992 - 1997: Raúl Rivero - Cuba - 2011 : Nawaat.org Blog (Tunisia) - 1996: Isik Yurtçu - Turkey Media: Radio Shabelle - Somalia---------- 2009: Journalist: Amira Hass - Israel ------ 2010 : Iranian women’s rights activists of the Change for Equality (www.we-change.org) website Media: Weekly Eleven News - Burma---------- 2010: Journalist: Abdolreza Tajik - Iran - 1999: San San Nweh - Burma Media: 8Sobh - Afghanistan---------- 2011: Journalist: Ali Ferzat - Syria - 1993: Wang Juntao - China - 2012: Journalist: Mazen Darwish - Syria Help by sharing this information - 2012 : The media center of the Local Coordination Committees (Syria) « This prize is not just for single website. It rewards the efforts of all those who fight for free expression in Iran. Some of them are in prison. I dedicate this prize to them. » Media: Dosh - Chechnya---------- 2008: Journalist : Ricardo Gonzales Alfonso - Cuba « This award is not only a tribute to Nawaat but to all our fellow journalists who often risk their lives to keep working in countries where freedom of expression is suppressed. » - NETIZEN PRIZE LAUREATES - 2013 : Huynh Ngoc Chenh (Vietnam) - 2000: Carmen Gurruchaga - Spain Organisation - 1992: Zlatko Dizdarevic - Bosnia-Herzegovina ---------------entr2<-]// NETIZEN PRIZE News - 1994: André Sibomana - Rwanda [↑Reporters Without Borders launched the World Day against cyber-censorship back in 2008 in order to protect a single Internet, free and accessible to all. Google has partnered with Reporters Without Borders in 2010 to award the annual Netizen who recognizes a user, blogger or cyber-dissident who has distinguished himself through investigative reporting, projects or other initiatives which has helped advance online freedom of information and which is likely to inspire fellow netizens around the world. The laureate receives a prize money of EUR 2,500.Chosen by the Research Department of Reporters Without Borders, the Netizen Prize nominees are submitted to the vote of an international jury composed of Reporters Without Borders sections' presidents around the world. For the first time in 2013, the Netizen of the Year was elected by the Internet public, who were invited to cast their vote online. ------Every year, Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to defence and promotion of freedom of information throughout the world, awarding two Prizes. With the Reporters Without Borders' Prize, awarded in December and the Netizen Prize, on the World Day against Cyber Censorship, the organization honors the work of bloggers, journalists and media around the world. - 1995: Christina Anyanwu - Nigeria RSF_en ---------entr0<-]-# [Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Prize-# Netizen Prizelast_img read more

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Vietnam’s “cyber-troop” announcement fuels concern about troll armies

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence PredatorsInternet A senior general revealed that Vietnam has developed a 10,000-strong force of “core-fighters” ready to combat “wrongful views” in cyber-space “every second, minute and hour.”“This is a new attack on the freedom to inform in a country that continues to apply its tight media censorship model online,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “At a time when 25 Vietnamese bloggers are in prison, this announcement has explicitly confirmed that Vietnam is bent on tracking down and silencing citizen-journalists without compunction.”Vietnam is one of the world’s top users of Facebook. Unlike China, the Vietnamese government does not block access to Facebook. Instead it uses online propaganda to control and censor social media.Using troll army disinformation to censor journalistsAt least 30 countries have set up similar troll armies of government-paid commentators to combat online dissident, according to the Freedom of the Net 2017 report by the NGO Freedom House. One of the methods used is “astroturfing” in which orchestrated comments create the illusion of spontaneous grass-roots support for the government and its authoritarian policies. “The increase in the number of troll armies that identify, target and attack journalists is very disturbing,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Desk. “Disinformation by authoritarian governments using methods such as online harassment and the massive circulation of false informations is a new form of censorship that aims to discredit journalists and create confusion, and directly threatens the freedom to inform.”Behind the screen, activists and poorly-paid hired hands are being exploited by press freedom predators who want to turn the Internet into a digital public space that serves their totalitarian ambitions. In the Philippines, for example, people are paid just ten dollars a day to spend their time on social networks posting content in support of the president.These new online mercenaries include Russia’s troll factories, China’s “Little Pink”, Narendra Modi’s yoddhas in India, Erdogan’s AK trolls in Turkey and the revolutionary cyber-guards for a Halal Internet in Iran.In Thailand, more than 100,000 students have been trained as “cyber scouts” to monitor and report online behavior liable to threaten national security, while government supporters have been waging a campaign to identify and report Facebook users expressing the least criticism of the monarchy.Vietnam is ranked near the very bottom of RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index – 175th out of 180 countries. News VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence PredatorsInternet @RSF April 27, 2021 Find out more January 12, 2018 – Updated on June 1, 2018 Vietnam’s “cyber-troop” announcement fuels concern about troll armies Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Newscenter_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Organisation News Follow the news on Vietnam Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed to learn that Vietnam has announced the deployment of 10,000 “cyber-troops” to combat online dissent. This move reinforces RSF’s concern about the disturbing trend for governments to organize armies of Internet trolls to attack and silence independent journalists and media outlets. to go further April 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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The journalist Iyad Khalil badly beaten

first_imgNews RSF_en Organisation The journalist Iyad Khalil was badly beaten in the northwestern port city of Latakia. When he went to the police station to report the assault, he found himself face to face with one of his assailants, who turned out to have been members of the security forces. (His account was posted on Facebook.) center_img Help by sharing this information May 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The journalist Iyad Khalil badly beatenlast_img

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