March 18, 2003 to March 18, 2006: Three years after “black spring” the independent press refuses to remain in the dark

first_img News Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation May 6, 2020 Find out more News CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Three years after the “Black Spring” of March 2003, Reporters Without Borders releases a new investigative report on the state of the independent Cuban press. Non-official journalism still attracts its exponents despite a new crackdown on dissidents. Reporters Without Borders urges the international community to provide moral and practical support to these independent journalists. Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en to go further On March 18, 2003, an unprecedented wave of repression broke over Cuban dissidents. For three days, ninety opponents of the regime were arrested on grounds that they were “agents of the American enemy.” Among them were twenty-seven journalists. Nearly all of them were tried under the “88 Law” of February 1999, which protects the “national independence and economy of Cuba,” and were given prison sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years. This “black spring” dealt a heavy blow to Cuba’s independent press, which had started to emerge on the island in the early 1990s with the creation of small news agencies. Since the latter’s founders and directors who had been thrown in jail, many journalists preferred to give up their profession or opt for a life of exile. Did independent journalism die out in Cuba that day? Three years after the crackdown, Reporters Without Borders wanted to take stock of the situation. Unable to send representatives to Cuba, the organization contacted journalists who were still living on the island, or in exile, members of an agency or freelancers, families of jailed dissidents and media outlets – such as Internet websites, radio stations, and publications – most of whom are based in Miami (the second largest Cuban city in the world, with close to 3 million nationals), Puerto Rico, and Madrid. Although it is difficult at present to estimate the exact number of working journalists in Cuba, and their working conditions are even more precarious in the wake of a new wave of repression that has begun to spread across the country, the unofficial Cuban press has not given up. In fact, it constitutes the top news source on the status of human rights on the island. However, its clandestine situation has forced it to be a press “from the inside for the outside”, one nearly inaccessible to those whom it covers on a daily basis. ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Related documents Cuba ReportPDF – 340.84 KB CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information News Reports March 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 March 18, 2003 to March 18, 2006: Three years after “black spring” the independent press refuses to remain in the darklast_img read more

Templeton tells Senate Banking NCUA wrong on RBC2

first_imgNAFCU’s Ed Templeton told the Senate Banking Committee yesterday that credit unions are straining under regulatory burden and told the committee’s chairman of the major disconnect between the views of regulators and the regulated on this score. He used NCUA’s risk-based capital proposal as a case in point.Templeton, NAFCU’s chair and the president and CEO of SRP Federal Credit Union in North Augusta, S.C., testified in the committee’s second hearing this week on regulatory relief. He was asked by committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., whether NCUA had done sufficient analysis on the cost vs. benefit of its latest RBC proposal. Templeton said it did not.“The current proposal is a significant improvement,” he said. However, he added, if the current proposal were applied retrospectively to the financial downturn, 95 percent of the credit unions that would have been problematic came through the crisis soundly. “I think that’s a good indication that it’s not necessary.”Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asked all witnesses – representatives from the American Bankers Association, CUNA, Independent Community Bankers of America, Center for Responsible Lending and NAFCU – to submit in writing their top five to 10 ideas that would immediately give their financial institutions regulatory relief without upsetting the safety and soundness of the industry. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., made a similar request. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Leigh Herdman – Algosport – Riding the wave of innovation in sports betting

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Algosport only launched in 2017 but has already entered the UK and Europe, with ambitious and advanced plans for global expansion in the new year.Leigh Herdman, founder and CEO, spoke to SBC News about the rise of his company, which offers bookmakers new bet types based around same game multiples and remains focused on next generation betting products.SBC: You only launched in June 2017; how has the first year been for Algosport?LH: It’s been a very busy and successful first year for us. We have achieved very good traction with our Same Game Multiples product. Our deal with Playtech BGT Sports means our product is now available in majority of high street betting shops in the UK.We have had good feedback from the customers using our product as it’s not only been popular with their punters, but also returned very strong margins for the bookmaker.SBC: What was the inspiration for starting Algosport?LH: Until a few years ago there had been a real lack of innovation on the product side of sports betting. I started Algosport as I recognised that there was a lot more innovation that was possible. Fortunately, Algosport started at the same moment the industry came to embrace this new wave of innovation.However, I do think the current focus on ‘Bet Personalisation’ is the wrong approach for these products. Take ‘Bet Builders’ for example; they are not bet personalisation per se, they are same game multiples.A product the industry was not able to offer until the algorithms became available to process these bets. The product is still a multiple like any other. The Bet Builder product is simply plugging a gap in the bookmakers offering which punters would reasonably not expect to be there.The correct question bookmakers and suppliers should be asking when it comes to innovation is not “What can we add?” but “What are we missing?” If a customer asks why they can’t place a bet such as a same game multiple, instead of dismissing that customer for their lack of product knowledge, the attitude should be to plug that gap because we know there will be a demand.SBC: What are your plans for the future? What innovations are you expecting to see in sports betting in the future?LH: We believe the Same Game Multiples product for football is going to follow the same evolution that the first trading models for football took. They will be expanded to in-play and then coverage of other sports will naturally follow. This will be our immediate focus. Longer term, we have other innovative products we are currently working on but are keeping under wraps for now! Beyond this, the industry will continue to focus on filling in the gaps of their product offering.A good example of this kind of innovation I saw over the World Cup, which didn’t get much publicity, was the offering of tournament betting and related markets while the matches were in-play. Traditionally tournament betting is not open while a match is in-play because the state of that match can have an impact on the tournament odds.However, with the use of automation and models some bookmakers were able to offer this safely during the World Cup. Ultimately this was another product that was filling a gap in the bookmakers offering. If you can bet on matches which are in-play, why not for the tournament?SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports?LH: We enjoy the Betting on Sports conferences, not only for making new contacts and catching up with existing ones, but as a good place to learn about future trends that will affect our industry. This year, we will be showcasing some of the new product developments we have been keeping under wraps!last_img read more