MFD Group Limited ( Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgMFD Group Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about MFD Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MFD Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MFD Group Limited (  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMFD Group Limited specialises in the provision of logistics, warehousing and distribution facilities in the Mauritius Freeport zone and internationally. Amongst the services provided by the company, are freight forwarding, customs clearing, dry and cold warehousing, industrial warehousing, and container services, and rents out office space as well as provides transportation services for tipper trucks, crane-trucks, side loaders, and distribution vans, as well as bonded vehicles serving the airport. The company is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. MFD Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Hall House / Salmela Architect

first_img Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” Year:  Houses Hall House / Salmela ArchitectSave this projectSaveHall House / Salmela Architect Area:  2424 m² Area:  2424 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Duluth, United States Architects: Salmela Architect Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officeSalmela ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDuluthHousesUnited StatesPublished on October 27, 2013Cite: “Hall House / Salmela Architect” 27 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save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 “COPY” photographs:  Paul CrosbyPhotographs:  Paul CrosbySave this picture!© Paul CrosbyRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. There is the notion in architecture of building upon the foundations of our predecessors both in theory and practice. As is the case with Hall House which seeks to reinterpret/re-imagine what it means to be modern migrants homesteading in a new city. Save this picture!© Paul CrosbyRelocating from the political culture of Washington, DC to the remote city of Duluth, MN, the owners purchased a house constructed in the 1880’s that was significantly inefficient with regard to the building envelope, layout, natural orientation to light and views. With the relative difficulty of constructing on ledge rock, effort was given to utilize several existing elements such as foundations, retaining walls and site stairs (all stained white) and to construct simple masonry piers for the addition.Save this picture!© Paul CrosbyBy insulating, the basement was transformed to make it an effective occupied space. The new main floor opens onto multiple outdoor spaces that provide a variety of opportunities for the owners to enjoy the light and the beautiful views of Lake Superior. In aggregate the house appears a contradiction; both rooted in stone and floating beyond its past footprint towards the lake.Save this picture!© Paul CrosbyThe goal of this new dwelling was to have it serve all the modernist values of openness, light, economy, sustainability, connection to the land, yet enhance the natural qualities of the site. Whereas the former immigrants came and adapted to their new culture carrying with them their own instincts, the Hall House represents the client’s modern thought layered over and respecting the ruins of the past.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessVilla for Girls / Soliscolomer y AsociadosSelected ProjectsDanish National Maritime Museum / BIG by George MessaritakisArchitecture News Share United States Hall House / Salmela Architect 2012 Photographs Save this picture!© Paul Crosby+ 28 Share 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

1545 House / LIMA Architecture

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs 1545 House / LIMA Architecture 2014 photographs:  Terence AngsiocoPhotographs:  Terence AngsiocoStructural Engineer:Eli ReyContractor:Eric Macabuhay, Noli LargoFurniture:Jennifer De DiosArchitects In Charge:Don Lino, Andro MagatCity:MakatiCountry:PhilippinesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Terence AngsiocoRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Fiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Text description provided by the architects. The project is a major renovation of a house built in the 80’s. The architects strategy is to breakdown the essence of the existing architecture and design it  again taking into consideration the modernity of  lifestyle of the 21st century.Save this picture!© Terence AngsiocoRespecting the history of the existing architecture and providing an intervention rather than scrapping the old design and starting anew, analyzing important characters of the old structure and complementing it with modern details.Save this picture!New Ground Floor PlanFrom the elevations, the architects had to study the lines and create a singular composition that strengthened and compliment the original lines of the structure. Creating a funneling effect to suggest the importance of the foyer leading to the main door, manifested through how the wood planks were laid out in such a way that the leading effect is enhanced.Save this picture!© Terence AngsiocoHierarchy of materials was also considered. Having a solid background using natural stone and a softer material for the front center of the elevation bordered by a brushed stainless steel detail. Having the exterior material go through the interior creates visual continuity.Save this picture!© Terence AngsiocoThe same strategy of juxtaposition of old and new was applied to the floor plan. Making sure it met the new requirements. The architects responded by examining the space as a whole and independently and created transitions to bridge the old program and the new.Save this picture!Diagram 1Project gallerySee allShow lessIwan Baan: No FilterArchitecture NewsInnocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz GroupSelected Projects Share Year:  2014 1545 House / LIMA ArchitectureSave this projectSave1545 House / LIMA Architecture Year:  Houses Projects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLIMA ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationMakatiHousesRefurbishmentRenovationPhilippinesPublished on December 20, 2014Cite: “1545 House / LIMA Architecture” 20 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Save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 Area:  550 ft² Area:  550 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Philippines Save this picture!© Terence Angsioco+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses, Renovation•Makati, Philippines Architects: LIMA Architecture Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

ICFM and IDM in training partnership

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 Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement The Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (ICFM) has teamed up with the Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) once again to redevelop its Applications of Direct Marketing course. The first course will run in April with IDM tutors. Find out about ICFM’s Training Directory for 2001 from ICFM. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 February 2001 | News  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis ICFM and IDM in training partnership read more

PFC offer distance learning courses for fundraisers

first_img  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 April 2005 | News The Professional Fundraising Consultancy (PFC) has announced a range of distance learning courses for fundraisers.PFC’s new range of distance learning courses means that fundraisers who are unable or unwilling to travel to the company’s physical training courses can still benefit from its expertise. As such they can be taken in the comfort of your own home or workplace.Course topics available include: Advertisement An introduction to charity fundraisingImproving your fundraising skillsPlanning and managing a capital fundraising appealFinding major donorsSuccessful trust applicationsCreating effective fundraising literatureCharity trustees The courses are individually tailored and participants set their own timetable. They include a personal tutor, optional assignments, assessments and “many thought-provoking activities”.Courses cost £130, £180 or £250. PFC offer distance learning courses for fundraisers 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Fundraising thinktank Rogare launches gender project

first_imgFundraising thinktank Rogare launches gender project “Gender in fundraising is an issue that had been simmering for many years before the #MeToo movement and the scandals of the Presidents Club fundraising dinner and Oxfam’s safeguarding failures caused it to boil over. Now there is evidence from the USA that something like 25 per cent of female fundraisers have been subjected to sexually inappropriate behaviour.“It is clear that as a profession we urgently need to tackle gender issues and work to improve how we protect and develop all fundraisers. Not only for our benefit, but also for our organisations and beneficiaries.” “We are not here to give definitive answers but to raise awareness of the issues, encourage better conversations and discussions grounded in better knowledge, and help point those of us eager to enact change towards the most effective ways to do that.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via  216 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 24 April 2019 | News Tagged with: gender Rogare Fundraising thinktank Rogare has launched a new project on gender with the first outputs now available.Exploring gender issues in fundraising and led by Caoileann Appleby, Strategy Director at Irish creative agency Ask Direct, the project’s objectives include identifying questions and issues for further exploration, clarifying terms, and collating and analysing existing ideas and theories, as well as initiating and developing discussions and conversations.Rogare will publish bite-sized pieces of information from the project on its Critical Fundraising blog as and when they are completed.The first three posts have been published, and define key terms as well as examine sexual harassment and violence. They are: Introducing our new project on Gender Issues in Fundraising, by Caoileann Appleby Gender Issues in Fundraising – Terminology 101, by Ruth Smyth and Heather Hill Gender Issues in Fundraising  – Sexual harassment and violence, by Caoileann Appleby.Rogare also points readers towards:The section on diversity by Ashley Belanger in the recently-published Critical Fundraising (USA) ReportAnd the related Rogare project on donor dominance led by Heather Hill.Future posts will look at career paths, leadership and visibility, how feminist ethics can apply to fundraising, and examine/define specific concepts as they apply to fundraising, such as the gender pay gap, donor dominance, and the process of the so-called ‘feminisation’ of a profession.Appleby said: Advertisement  215 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

Disaster Aid Bill Gets the Votes for Passage

first_img Facebook Twitter The House passed the disaster aid bill 223 to 197 Thursday afternoon. The bill would reauthorize Livestock Indemnity Payments, Livestock Forage Disaster Programs, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish and the Tree Assistance Program. The disaster assistance is only authorized for 2012 and provides for payments totaling 383-million dollars. The bill is not likely to become law however – because it provides less disaster assistance than the five-year farm bill the Senate passed. On top of that – Congress leaves for the August recess Friday.The cost of the disaster aid measure is offset by cuts to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program. The two would be cut by a total of 639-million dollars over 10 years – with 256-million going to deficit reduction.Farm Bill Gets Attention During Floor Statements on Disaster Aid LegislationWhen House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas took to the floor in support of the Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance bill Thursday – he admitted he didn’t like the way the bill was paid for. Still – he said a drought of epic proportions is gripping a large majority of the nation and endangering vast areas of productive agriculture land. Given that the 2008 Farm Bill did not provide a final year of disaster assistance – Lucas told House members they were there to fix a problem – and had a chance to do so with a bill that paid for itself and gave more than 250-million dollars to deficit reduction.Along with rumblings about the bill’s offsets – Lucas addressed complaints that the farm bill wasn’t coming before the full House. Lucas reiterated that his priority is to get a five-year farm bill on the books. But he argued the most pressing business before Congress is to provide disaster assistance to the producers impacted by the drought conditions who are currently exposed. When Congress returns in September – Lucas said he will work toward the goal of giving certainty to our farmers.House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson had decided to vote in favor of H.R. 6233 – but when speaking on the floor focused heavily on the fact the House leadership decided not to bring the farm bill to a vote before the August recess. He said the disaster bill would provide some assistance to a few livestock producers affected by drought conditions across much of the country – but explained it was not comprehensive. Pointing out that the farm bill approved by the Agriculture Committee includes the livestock provisions considered as part of the disaster aid package – Peterson argued a five-year farm bill would do a better job of providing certainty for American agriculture and assistance during this period of drought. He said weathering a natural disaster without the certainty of a five-year farm bill could jeopardize one of the nation’s economic bright spots.Representatives Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Leonard Boswell of Iowa and Randy Neugebauer of Texas urged votes for the disaster bill – but also said the House should take up the five-year farm bill. California’s Jim Costa said he opposed the disaster aid bill because another vehicle exists – the farm bill – to accomplish the same goal.Source: NAFB News Service Disaster Aid Bill Gets the Votes for Passage Home Indiana Agriculture News Disaster Aid Bill Gets the Votes for Passage SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 2, 2012 Previous articleNRCS Announces Special Sign Up for Drought ReliefNext articleBring on the Ferris Wheel, the 4-H Projects & CountryMark Fuels! Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Yet Another Public Hearing on the RFS

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Yet Another Public Hearing on the RFS By Gary Truitt – Jun 8, 2016 Yet Another Public Hearing on the RFS Facebook Twitter SHARE The EPA recently proposed its ethanol blending levels for 2017 which are again below what is called for in the RFS. Talent feels this is wrong, “We have the production capacity, the infrastructure to supply the ethanol called for in the RFS.” He said the RFS as a policy is working to reduce our nation’s dependence on imported oil and increase the use of renewable fuel and that is why the RFS is under attack. SHARE The EPA hearing starts at 9:00 a.m. Central Time Thursday, June 9, at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City. Facebook Twitter Jim TalentWe have been here before: an EPA public hearing on the Renewable fuels Standard.  It will take place today in Kansas City, and the agriculture and ethanol industries are set to testify. Former Missouri Congressman Jim Talent, co-author the RFS, says opponents of renewable fuels are forcing this hearing, “What is happening here is that the EPA is getting push back from those who have misconceptions about renewable fuels along with pressure from big oil. We need to make sure there is plenty of testimony in support of the RFS.” Some of those scheduled to testify at the public hearing in support of renewable fuels include Pete Ricketts, Governor of Nebraska; Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association; Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy; Chip Bowling, President of the National Corn Growers Association; Chris Soules, Iowa Farmer and Reality Television Star of “The Bachelor” & “Dancing with the Stars;” Annette Sweeney, Iowa Farmer and Former State Representative; Brian Sowers, Missouri Sportsman and Co-Host of Crappie Masters TV; and Richard Fordyce, Missouri Director of Agriculture. Previous articleIndiana Beef Council Host Farm To Table TourNext articleGood Early June Crop Stands in Northwest Indiana Gary Truittlast_img read more

Indiana Communities to Benefit from New Round of Monsanto Fund Donations

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Communities to Benefit from New Round of Monsanto Fund Donations SHARE Indiana Communities to Benefit from New Round of Monsanto Fund Donations Monsanto-Fund-signup-for-2018Over $26 million to over 8,000 non-profit organizations since 2010. That’s the national total for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In Indiana alone, local community non-profits have been rewarded to the tune of more than $1.6 million.“The purpose of the Monsanto Fund is to strengthen communities where farmers and our employees live and work, and so that is rural America and the counties and communities that are eligible to participate in these progams,” explains Program Manager Angie Allen.Indiana farmers and farmers all over the U.S. can enroll now for 2018 and a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization. All farmers are now eligible to enroll in the program if they are at least 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres.Allen says many different types of non-profits have benefited in the past.“Farmers typically choose things like 4-H, FFA, food pantries, fire departments, schools, parks and so much more,” she said. “In Indiana some of the 2017 organizations receiving funds were the Montgomery County free clinic, Hoosier Prairie Elementary School, Covington Community High School, Hickory Grove Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, and Food Finders Food Bank. So, that money is going locally to help people, and that’s really what this is all about.”In the 2018 award cycle, the Grow Communities program will award more than $3 million to nonprofits in rural America.One example of the funds working in Indiana is Jerry Harlow, a 2017 Tipton county winning farmer. He directed the donation to his local volunteer fire department. With the funds, Sharpsville Fire Department will purchase a Grain Bin Rescue System to better serve the farmers in Prairie Township and Tipton counties.“Through the years, we have seen this program impact countless local communities, and we are proud to partner with farmers on this initiative to continue supporting nonprofit organizations important to them,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of farmers’ commitment to the Grow Communities program, their donations have provided vital support to organizations that make a lasting impact in local communities throughout the U.S.”Farmers can enroll in the Grow Communities program from now to Nov. 1, 2017. Online enrollment, as well as a complete list of program rules and eligibility information, can be found at or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free. Facebook Twitter Previous articleBeef Exports Remain Strong, Pork Slightly LowerNext articleRain Puts Slow Harvest on Hold Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Oct 10, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Election campaign impossible for opposition media

first_img RSF_en News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday 25 October to elect a president and renew the National Assembly. The result of the election is not in doubt. The sole question is by what percentage Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali will be re-elected.As the monthly Afrique-Asie headlined its special issue of October 2009 “Tunisia, why it works”, Reporters Without Borders, including its secretary general Jean-François Julliard, went to Tunis on 12-15 October to observe how the media, particularly those linked to the opposition, manage to cover the campaign as well as to check the access of some opposition parties to the public media. “Pluralism in news is still not a reality in Tunisia. It is unfortunately particularly true in an election campaign. President Ben Ali is splashed on the front pages of newspapers that are tireless in his praise. The columns of the state-run and pro-government newspapers are brimming with messages of congratulations and support for the candidate-president. The same goes for television and radio. Unfavourable opinions of the head of state are largely absent from media and Tunisians do not have access to balanced news and information”, said Jean-François Julliard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders on his return from a fact-finding visit to Tunis. “We also condemn the attitude of the Tunisian authorities who prevent Tunisian journalists and foreign correspondents from doing their work. The police presence is permanent during this electoral period. Opposition activists, independent journalists, human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists are closely watched. This state of affairs is unacceptable,” the organisation added. Organisation News Problems for opposition mediaLate in the evening of 10 October, the eve of the opening of the campaign, the interior minister confiscated issue 149 of Ettajdid’s party newspaper al-Tariq al-Jadid (The new path) which carried the party’s manifesto for the presidential elections, when the copies were still at the printers. The party was accused of “violating electoral law” even though not a single copy of the paper had been distributed.These two examples perfectly illustrate how the Tunisian authorities use every means at their disposal to gag the opposition which decided to take part in the elections. Hatem Chaabouni, head of information for Ettajdid, told Reporters Without Borders that “the campaign is being carried more in foreign media that in Tunisian media, given that most of them belong to the regime and the others support it.” The daily news bulletin of the sole privately owned radio, Mosaïque, is made up entirely of reports from the official Tunisian news agency ATP. The same goes for the Arabic-language daily Ash-Shourouq. The dailies As-Sabah and Le Temps, owned by the head of state’s son-in-law, Sakher Al-Materi, gives no space to the opposition.Hichem Skik, joint editor of al-Tariq al-Jadid, also referred to censorship on the part of the Superior Information Council, of the actual content of the candidate’s programmes. So that in Ettajdid’s manifesto, the council called for five points to be changed, since their content was not “correct”, according to interior ministry criteria. The ministry also blocked distribution of the party’s posters, arguing that the name ‘Alliance’ and the logo used by the party were not in conformity with the register of parties legally recognised by the state. Reporters Without Borders noted that, because of this disagreement, the advertising inserts reserved for their party were left blank in the capital and that in other cities, posters had been torn down. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder The public press overflows with praise for Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.The announcement, on 15 October, by the daily La Presse, of the support of the Tunisian Association of Newspaper Editors (Atdj) for the candidacy of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali constitutes a disturbing break with press neutrality towards the candidates. The Atdj “welcomes the ongoing presidential attention to the news sector,”, “with the objective of improving its content and boosting its contribution to deepening the democratic pluralist experience in Tunisia” (Page 5 of La Presse).La Presse, on page 4 of its 13 October edition stresses “the support of national organisations for the Head of State’s election programme”, underlining the “pertinence of vision and the rightness of the steps contained in the keynote speech” of 12 October. Page 8 of the same edition is devoted to comments singing the praises of the candidate-president Ben Ali, who is campaigning on the theme “Together, we will meet the challenge”. The French-language daily did not give the same amount of space to the speeches of the other candidates, who got, at best, a quarter of a page.Le Temps, in its 13 October edition, announcing the opening of the election campaign, made no mention of opposition parties, while the activities of the candidate-president were the subject of a double page spread (Page 4 and 5). Same thing in its 14 October edition, in which just over a page (Page 4 and 5) was given over to Ben Ali’s campaign.The 14 October edition of La Presse vaunts the support of the “resisters and militants” for the “presidential election programme (which) lays the foundations of a forward-looking and more radiant future” (P.4). It picks up the idea that the re-election would be a “historic new step on the path to democracy and pluralism”, having no hesitation in referring to Ben Ali as “saviour” (P.5). The newspaper also refers to the support of a delegation of 17 Arab ambassadors for the National Elections Observatory (P.5) on page 7, a quarter of a page is dedicated to opposition parties, but Ettajdid does not get a mention. The same thing is repeated in the 15 October edition. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more The web still being targetedReporters Without Borders was able to verify that the election campaign did nothing to change censorship of the web in Tunisia by the cyber-police. Several opposition websites cannot be seen in Tunisia. Several opposition figures do not have access to their emails, since passwords of messaging services or computer IP addresses have been changed. Facebook pages are watched round the clock and the slightest criticism of the ruling party leads to them being blocked.The organisation points out that many journalists and bloggers, such as Slim Boukhdhir and Mokhtar Yahyawi, have been deprived of their right to a passport; that Lotfi Hajji, correspondent for al-Jazeera in Tunisia, has still not obtained his official accreditation despite repeated applications over the past five years; that Sihem Ben Sedrine is still facing legal proceedings for “using a frequency without permission” and for launching radio Kalima. She faces up to five years in prison. Tunisia is ranked 154th out of 175 countries in the organisation’s 2009 world press freedom rankings. News Opposition candidate’s access to public mediaThe 13-day election campaign opened officially on Sunday 11 October for both the presidential and legislative elections. The Constitutional Council has validated four candidates for the presidency. The outgoing president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD), Mohamed Bouchiha of the Party of People’s Unity (PUP), Ahmed Inoubli of the Unionist Democratic Union (UDU) and Ahmed Brahim for Ettajdid (former communist party), who distinguishes himself from the other candidates by refusing to be just an ‘extra’ to give a sheen of “democracy”.For the first time in Tunisia, the four candidates to the presidency benefited from one hour of airtime to present their manifestos, live on the public channel Tunis 7 at 8.30pm. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, not surprisingly, went first, Ahmed Brahim for Ettajdid second. The draw that decided the order in which candidates would go ended up costing the communications minister his job. He was sacked on the spot for not pulling the ball for the head of state from his pocket discreetly enough. Two days after the launch of the campaign by Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Ahmed Brahim was due to give his inaugural speech at 8.30pm on 13 October. Then at 5.30pm, the candidate’s campaign committee received a call informing the party that the speech was being broadcast at that moment on the radio and that it would be broadcast on television at 6.20pm, two hours earlier than planned and without any explanation. Even if Ahmed Brahim’s 38-minute speech had been broadcast uncut, the change in timeslot would constitute a serious failure in the principle of fairness between the different candidates, since the others had their broadcast schedules untouched. Moreover, the immensely detailed constraints imposed on the candidates in reading their speech and the way in which the technicians on Tunis 7 filmed Brahim, the Ettajdid candidate, repeatedly zooming in and out from all directions, would have been enough to discourage even the most ardent supporter. to go further Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” October 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Election campaign impossible for opposition media November 11, 2020 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Chronology of harassment of media and journalists in the past few weeks:- 15 August 2009: the authorities take control of the journalists’ trade union, putting at its head Jamal Karmawi, adviser to the secretary general of the ruling party, the Constitutional Democratic Rally, (see: The former secretary general, Neji Bghouri, was not allowed to lodge a complaint in a bid to have this bogus election cancelled. He was banned access to the union’s premises, on 9 September.- 28 September: Three journalists Slim Boukhdhir, Mahmoud al-Zouadi and Mohamed Maali, were prevented from entering Tunis Carthage airport, where they had arrived to meet a colleague Naziha Rajiba, editor of the newspaper Kalima and secretary general of the Tunisian press freedom observatory.- 29 September: Hamma Hammami, former editor of the banned newspaper Alternatives and spokesman for the Tunisian Workers’ Communist Party, was physically assaulted on arrival at the airport after giving interviews to al-Jazeera and France 24, in which he called the elections a “farce” (see: Hamma Hammami tried to lay a complaint for assault against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali for grievous bodily harm but the chief prosecutor refused to accept it. – 1st October: the authorities ban distribution of “The Regent of Carthage” by French journalists Nicolas Beau and Catherine Graciet, after losing a case before a court in Paris calling for the book to be banned. “The day I realised Tunisia is not longer a land of liberty” by M. Bouebdelli is also banned.- 5 October: Moaz Al-Bey, correspondent for Radio Kalima and the newspaper al-Maouqif in Sfax, 270 km south of Tunis, is physically assaulted by plainclothes police officers. His journalistic equipment is destroyed or confiscated.- 10 October: Hamma Hammami is refused the right to leave Tunisia to take part in a conference about Tunisia at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.- 10 October (evening): police seize issue no 149 of the newspaper al-Tariq al-Jadid (the New Path) at the printers, for “violating election law”. The newspaper distributed by the Ettajdid party which is putting up a presidential candidate (Ahmed Brahim), was due to be distributed from 11 October, date of the opening of election campaign. – 11 October: expulsion of Italian journalist Manuela Gumucio, head of the Observatorio de Medios (Media Observatory), in Tunisia to offer training in the framework of a media-monitoring project organised by Sihem Ben Sedrine.- 14 October: M. Bouabdelli is the target of threats on the news website, which is pro-regime.- 15 October: Zouheir Makhlouf, correspondent for the website al-Sabil online, was arrested while reporting on living conditions for residents of Nabeul, 63 km south-east of Tunis). He is accused of “harassment” for posting news on Facebook. He was then taken to a prison 20 km north of Tunis. His trial is due to held on 3 November. He began a hunger strike on 22 October.- 20 October: Lawyer Radhia Nasrowi is banned from leaving Tunisia, officially because of proceedings against her. Unofficially, it followed statements she made to al-Hiwar Ettounsi television and remarks by her husband on al-Jazzera and France 24.- 20 October: Florence Beaugé, journalist on French daily Le Monde, is prevented from entering Tunisia for “always showing evident ill-will towards Tunisia and being systematically hostile”, according to an official source contacted by AFP.- 22 October: Journalist Taoufik Ben Brik is harassed over articles he wrote for le Nouvel Observateur and the website Médiapart.- 22 October: Journalists and opposition figures trying to show solidarity with Zouheir Makhlouf prevented from meeting his wife at their home. – 22 October: police raid the premises of a Tunis radio station, broadcasting on web Radio 6, where journalists have been rallying since 17 October to condemn the state media monopoly and the absence of free expression in the run-up to elections. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Tunisialast_img read more