When will China stop harassing foreign reporters?

first_img News News Follow the news on China to go further RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Photoreportage Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Photoreportage PHOTO: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to the Chinese government to stop harassing foreign reporters and their sources after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) revealed in its annual report, published today, that harassment of its members increased yet again in 2018. Help by sharing this information center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Based on the 109 responses that the Beijing-based FCCC received to the questionnaire it sent to its 204 members from 31 countries and territories in December, the report described the situation as “worse now than it has been in the past 20 years,” except 2011, when coverage of pro-democracy protests prompted a major government backlash.“The constant harassment is all the more shocking because China takes as much advantage as possible of the press freedom in other countries in order to spread its propaganda,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “We urge the international community to put pressure on the Chinese regime to stop harassing foreign journalists and their sources.”Nowadays the government seems to be refraining from the more overt forms of pressure on foreign journalists, such as “invitations to tea” at the ministry of state security, or attempts by Chinese diplomats to put pressure on the head offices of their media outlets abroad. Instead the authorities are using more insidious methods, including phone tapping, hacking and physical surveillance.Almost all the foreign journalists who managed to visit the western Xinjiang region, where a major crackdown on the Uyghur community is under way, reported such forms of harassment as being followed, being briefly arrested, being ordered to delete recorded material or even having their hotel reservations cancelled.The threat of being denied a visa intensified in 2018 when BuzzFeed News bureau chief Megha Rajagopalan was effectively expelled in August after being unable to renew her visa. This was the first time any foreign journalist was refused the renewal of their visa since 2016, when the French journalist Ursula Gauthier and the Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson were the victims.In what was a clear warning, visas of unusually short duration were also issued to journalists with the New York Times, BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sankei Shimbun and Voice of America.Threats to Chinese sources, especially academic ones, have become so common that foreign journalists now hesitate to contact them for fear of putting them in danger. “It’s by far the worst I’ve seen working as a journalist in China or Hong Kong since 2000,” Financial Times Beijing bureau chief Tom Mitchell said.FCCC president Hanna Sahlberg agreed. “There is a risk that even foreign media will shy away from stories that are perceived as too troublesome, or costly, to tell in China,” Sahlberg said. China ranked 176 out of 180 in the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2019 When will China stop harassing foreign reporters? April 27, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Good shepherds? Martin & Co reveals the figures behind EweMove

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Good shepherds? Martin & Co reveals the figures behind EweMove previous nextAgencies & PeopleGood shepherds? Martin & Co reveals the figures behind EweMoveRevenues from franchisees increases significantly, but at a cost to group parent company PSG.Nigel Lewis14th September 201701,894 Views Details of both how EweMove is performing within the Property Franchise Group (PSG) and the large sums of money spent by the group on the acquisition have been revealed within its interim results for the first half of the year.This includes details that the two founders David Laycock and Glenn Ackroyd (pictured right) are to be paid £1m after their departure from the online agent in March, on top of their original £5m payment “in full and final settlement”.The £1m is small change compared to what they would have received should the pair have stuck with it – PSG was due to pay them £7m this year if the online business had hit its targets.EweMove was established in 2014 but was bought by Martin & Co, which is part of PSG, in September last year in a £15m deal. Its technology is now being rolled out across the group including within Whitegates, CJ Hole, Ellis & Co and Parkers Estate Agents.PSG says revenues from EweMove from both the licence fees paid by franchisees and the completion fees paid on each transaction were £550,000 during the first six months of the year, up 35% on the same period last year.New franchiseesIn addition, PSG earned £200,000 from selling 18 new EweMove franchises during the period.But the acquisition has comes with costs. The additional expenses of administering and financing the EweMove franchise system cost PSG an extra £1 million this year, offset only by a £300,000 reduction in staff costs within other parts of the business.PSG has also revalued EweMove downwards by £500,000 as a business after receiving evidence that its value “may have been impaired,” the results say.“With the appointment of a new Managing Director for EweMove [Nick Neill, an existing Ewemove franchisee] and a new focus on recruiting experienced estate agents as EweMove’s local franchisees, management is confident of rapidly improving trading performance in this strategically important subsidiary,” says Ian Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of The Property Franchise Group (pictured, left). Ian Wilson glenn ackroyd david laycock September 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more