FTSE 100 stocks with EM exposureIt’s also worth pointing out that many UK-listed companies generate a large proportion of their revenues in the world’s emerging markets, so could also provide you with exposure.Examples include: Edward Sheldon, CFA | Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can also be an easy way to gain exposure to the emerging markets.Examples of ETFs that focus on the emerging markets include: Image source: Getty Images. Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust, which is run with a similar philosophy to that of the Fundsmith Equity fund See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust All in all, there are plenty of ways to get exposure to the emerging markets. Think long term with the stock marketOf course, emerging market stocks can be volatile. It’s important to be aware of the risks.However, all things considered, having a little bit of exposure to emerging market stocks, with a long-term view, could be a good move, in my opinion. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. A top British investor says this is the trade that’s likely to make you money in the years ahead Edward Sheldon owns shares in Unilever, Diageo and Prudential. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Prudential. 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. Legendary British investor Jeremy Grantham – who called both the dotcom crash and the Global Financial Crisis in advance – is worried about the stock market at the moment. Speaking to CNBC last week, Grantham said he believes some areas of the stock market (mainly US equities) are currently in a bubble.However, Grantham also said there are areas of the market that are undervalued right now and offer considerable potential. Specifically, he identified one trade he believes has the potential to make investors money in the years ahead. Interested to learn more? Read on, and I’ll tell you about the trade Grantham likes right now. 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…The best stocks to buy right now? Grantham currently believes US stocks (which many UK investors have exposure to either directly or through funds and investment trusts) are in a bubble. He thinks investors have got carried away and that the market is now very much detached from reality.However, one area of the stock market that Grantham likes right now is emerging markets, which he believes have been neglected recently.“Sell your US [stocks] 100% and buy emerging and throw the key away for a few years and you’ll have a story for your grandchildren about how you outperformed the investment professionals,” he told CNBC.This trade certainly looks interesting, to my mind.While I’m bullish on US equities in the long term, the market does look a little overheated right now, in my view. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a near-term correction. 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There’s definitely plenty of hype surrounding the cryptocurrency with many people confident that, as it finds mainstream acceptance, it’s value can only go up. However, as a way to invest £10k, gambling on the Bitcoin price is highly risky.What if the price is at the top of another peak? What if people don’t accept Bitcoin as mainstream currency? What if… ? What if…? So many questions. Although many of these may also apply to FTSE-listed companies, unlike firms, Bitcoin has no intrinsic value. So, its price is based purely on the quantity of it demanded, meaning my chance of making any money, let alone a million, is based on others believing it’s worth more than I do. And at current prices, surely there can’t be that many? But, I’m guessing. 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…Consequently, if I could choose how to invest £10k, I’d forget the Bitcoin price and look elsewhere for something less risky.Forget premium bonds tooIf some of my friends had £10k to invest to try and make a million, they tell me they’d stick it into NS&I Premium Bonds. Premium Bonds are the UK’s biggest savings scheme where the monthly interest due to you, the saver, is determined by a monthly prize draw. Moreover, you won’t lose your money, rising inflation notwithstanding.The top prize is £1m. Not bad interest if you can get it. And therein, lies the problem. 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You can access information to help you make these judgements, lowering your risk of losing money. After emerging from a stock market crash, and with the promise of a Covid-19 vaccine, FTSE-listed firms should be anticipating generating real revenues once again. Increased revenues often mean larger profits and the prospect of good returns, whether from income or capital gains. It’s a great time to invest. So, forget Bitcoin. I’m putting my £10k into firms on the FTSE 250 to make a million. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rachael FitzGerald-Finch
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Second Harvest Food Bank, photo from 2017 Please enter your comment! When you give to your local food bank, make sure you’re stocking their shelves with what they really need—and avoid what they don’tBy Elizabeth Russell and published on the Second Harvest Food Bank blog page LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSSecond Harvest Food Bank Previous articleThoughts and prayers should be followed by actionNext articleFlorida Hospital Apopka still hiring Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear ‘Tis the season for thanks and giving. As you gear up for your own feast, help others who are struggling to fill their pantries each day. Next time you’re at the grocery store, use the food bank wish list from Feeding America to fill your cart with a few non-perishable items for others, and thanks will surely come your way.1. ApplesaucePlastic jars of unsweetened applesauce provide a quick snack, fiber and vitamin C. Applesauce also keeps well on food bank shelves.2. Canned BeansLoaded with protein and fiber, canned beans provide an excellent, nutritious way to fill a hungry tummy. Opt for the low-sodium varieties whenever possible.3. Canned ChickenIt’s simple to toss this non-perishable item into soups and casseroles or add it to a sandwich or cracker. Its versatility and high protein content make it a popular item at food banks.4. Canned Fish (Tuna and Salmon)Canned fish has vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and protein, and it makes for a quick and easy meal. Food banks are most in need of canned tuna and salmon.5. Canned Meat (SPAM and Ham)Grab some SPAM or canned ham and drop it into a food donation bin. It’s shelf-stable, doesn’t require much prep or equipment to eat, and delivers a quick hit of protein to keep individuals feeling full for longer.6. Canned VegetablesColorful, nutrient-dense and fiber-rich vegetables are always in high demand, and canned varieties last the longest on a food bank’s shelves. Look for low-sodium options. Food banks often hand out recipes using the items they have. Consider including this recipe for a hearty casserole made with canned veggies along with your donation for the food pantry to share.7. Cooking Oils (Olive and Canola)Food banks rely heavily on these essential and pricier items being donated. Canola and olive oils are the best choices because of their monounsaturated fats and mild flavor. Our guide to cooking oils can help make sure you’re buying the healthiest options.8. CrackersPerfect as a snack or as a base for canned meats, crackers are shelf-stable and portable, making them ideal for snacks and lunches. Whole grain crackers are the best bet.9. Dried Herbs and SpicesIt’s hard to cook a tasty meal without herbs and spices, so drop some in your cart to donate. Stick to the basics, like oregano, basil, cumin, pepper, rosemary, thyme and cinnamon.10. Fruit (Canned or Dried)Fruit, whether dried, canned or in plastic cups, makes excellent snacks for kids and adults and provide some nutrition and fiber. Choose those that are packed in water or fruit juice rather than sugary syrups.11. Granola BarsFood banks are always in need of quick and easy items that families can toss into lunches or eat on the go, and granola bars are just the thing. Look for ones with less sugar made with oats or other whole grains.12. Instant Mashed PotatoesInstant potatoes last longer and require minimal tools and ingredients to whip up. They’re also a favorite of every age group, making them a popular item. Pass on this recipe for instant potatoes jazzed up with garlic powder for the food bank to share with its visitors (and send along some garlic powder too).13. Meals in a BoxAn entire meal that’s shelf-stable and in one package—dinner doesn’t get easier than that, which is plus for those without stocked kitchens. Look for pasta, rice and soup kits, especially those that are lower in sodium and higher in fiber and protein.14. NutsA handful of nuts provides protein and nutrients in a hurry and is perfect for snacks and lunches. Food banks have a hard time finding them due to their higher price, so donations are essential. Opt for unsalted varieties when possible.15. PastaThis is a food bank staple since it’s easy to turn into a meal. Whole grain varieties offer more fiber and nutrition than white pasta.16. Peanut ButterKids and adults like it, and it’s high in protein, making peanut butter one of the most popular items at food banks. Look for varieties that are lower in sugar, and check out our editors’ list of the best tasting picks.17. RiceIt’s filling, versatile and easy to prepare and store. Skip the white stuff and donate brown rice when possible, because it provides more fiber. Quinoa is also a great item to donate.18. Shelf-stable and Powdered MilkBecause no fridge is required to keep this milk fresh, it’s accessible for everyone. Plus, it provides much-needed calcium and protein.19. Soup, Stew and ChiliThese canned or packaged items acts as a warm and filling lunch or dinner and often come complete with protein (meat) and veggies. If possible, try to find reduced sodium options.20. Whole Grain CerealHere’s another popular item with all ages, since whole grain cereal makes a healthy breakfast or snack. Select varieties that are low in sugar and high in fiber.Photo: Shutterstock / mangostockAnd three to skip? When purchasing items for a food bank, try to avoid:junk fooditems with glass or cellophane packaging, which can be broken in transitthings that need can openers or special equipment (pop-top cans–whether for veggies, meat or fruit–are a plus)Photo: Shutterstock / michelmondNow all that’s left to do is shop, donate and feel good knowing you’ve helped stock a home with nutritious and filling groceries. Thumbs way up!Find a food bank near you at feedingamerica.org. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Local Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYC ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/358237/local-economies-suffer-as-foreign-investments-dominate-london-and-nyc Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/358237/local-economies-suffer-as-foreign-investments-dominate-london-and-nyc Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAn interesting phenomenon is taking place in London: the priciest tiers of its housing market are increasingly being driven by overseas investment, primarily from the Far East. The most interesting – and perhaps most concerning – aspect of these investments is that at least 37% those who buy property in the most expensive neighborhoods of central London do not intend to use that property as a primary residence. This results in upscale neighborhoods and residential properties that are largely abandoned and contribute almost nothing to the local economy of the city. Parts of Manhattan are experiencing similar behavior, leading us to ask the question “what is happening to our cities as they become more and more globalized and how will this trend affect city economies around the world?”Read more after the break… Neighborhoods such as Belgravia, one of the most expensive in London, are transforming into villages with fewer and fewer people in them. With prices that range from $7.5 to $75 million, it’s no surprise that a recent report by the London-based Smith Institute says “many areas of central London have become prohibitively expensive for local residents.”So who can afford to buy property in these areas? The super-wealthy, of course. More and more buyers hail from places like Russia, Kazakhstan, Southeast Asia and India, and London – and similarly parts of New York – are merely stops in a “peripatetic international existence” that may also include Moscow and Monaco. For them, investing in foreign real estate is seen as a safe place to put their money, in addition to the feeling of accomplishment resulting from owning one or more trophy homes. But because these residents of the world are rarely in one place for too long and see no need to rent them out when they’re gone, the areas surrounding their properties are not only exclusive but practically ghost-towns.Save this picture!The Plaza Hotel in NYC, where only about 10% of the residents are there full-time © Vivienne GucwaThis is having a tangibly negative effect on those who do call these areas home. One woman living in an exclusive part of London described how difficult it was to meet people who spoke English, how many of her neighbors she had only seen once and how lonely and oppressively quiet life could be in such a neighborhood. In New York, high-end properties such as the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan are only about 10% permanently occupied, leading to a residential building that stands dark, lonesome and empty on a regular basis. Although peace and privacy are often good selling points for these residences, clearly they aren’t desirable to everyone.For London moreso than Manhattan, this has resulted in a significantly “more international, more expensive and more empty” city – and it’s only getting worse. For single-family housing in the prime areas of London, British buyers reportedly spend an average of $2.25 million while foreign buyers spend an average of $3.75 million, which increases to $7.5 million if they’re from Russia or the Middle East. A house in Chester Square that sold for $2.4 million as a long-term lease in 1987 was sold last year as an outright purchase for a whopping $48 million. But most of this money only goes into real estate, leaving the local economy struggling, with some shops that have so few customers they have to close for a month at a time.As the Smith Institute writes in its comprehensive evaluation of the London housing market, there is an urgent need to make London a city that can “actually house its citizens decently at a cost that they can afford.” The London market is meant to serve Londoners and because many believe it no longer does that, the system has been deemed dysfunctional and is in dire need of analysis, strategy and action by the city’s mayor and his advisors. If this behavior grows in Manhattan to encompass not only individual properties but entire neighborhoods, New York will also have to face the facts and find a solution to this growing urban dilemma.References: NYTimes (1, 2), Savills, The Smith Institute AD Classics: Swiss Pavilion / Le CorbusierArchitecture ClassicsHerzog & de Meuron Breaks Ground on Public “Bathing Lake” in RiehenArchitecture News Share Local Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYCSave this articleSaveLocal Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYC “COPY” Architecture News Save this picture!Belgravia, one of London’s priciest and most deserted neighborhoods © Herry LawfordWritten by Barbara PoradaApril 10, 2013 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this authorBarbara PoradaAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsUrbanismUrban PlanningCity PlanningResidential ArchitectureReal EstateLondonNYCCitiesNew York CityCite: Barbara Porada. “Local Economies Suffer as Foreign Investments Dominate London and NYC” 10 Apr 2013. 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The Independent has published the ‘FATSE 100’, a guide to “the good, the bad and the outrageous in boardroom pay at Britain’s 100 leading companies.”How much do top company directors earn? Who is likely to receive a substantial cash sum upon leaving the company whether as a success or a failure? The Independent’s business and city editor, Jeremy Warner, has compiled a list of boardroom pay that could help fundraising researchers home in on wealthy prospects.Warner explains that the figures for the remuneration package are based on basic pay plus cash and shares benefits for the company’s last reported financial year. The the increase in the transfer value of the executive’s pension has also been included. Advertisement Tagged with: Prospect research Recruitment / people Research / statistics The list compares directors’ pay with the performance of their companies in terms of shareholder returns. Warner concludes that the Fat Cat table “reasonably demonstrates that in many cases, rates of pay have little to do with performance and results.” In other words, “what a chief executive earns seems to be limited only by his powers of negotiation.”The pay and performance rankings are also available for download as an Excel file. Independent publishes Fat Cat List 2003 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 27 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 21 May 2003 | News
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales will receive the same income for 2012 as 2011. It will receive £25.2m from Lloyds Banking Group, with which it has a nine year funding agreement, with guaranteed funding of over £50 million for the next two years.The Foundation supports registered charities that help disadvantaged people play a fuller role in the community, with 50% of its funding weighted towards the top twenty most deprived areas.The Foundation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has helped many charities with core costs: over the last three years, it has distributed £56.8 million through its flagship Community Programme, primarily in core costs.Linda Kelly, Chief Executive commented: “The Foundation is one of only a handful of grant makers in England and Wales that provides support towards much needed core costs. We hope our continued approach, as a leading community funder, will help to provide the much needed support and core funding for charities working with the most disadvantaged within our society.”www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk 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. Tagged with: England Funding Wales / Cymru AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 43 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales secures same funding as 2011 Howard Lake | 18 April 2012 | News
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. Zeidman Development create Constant Contact plug-in for The Raiser’s Edge bring results back into The Raiser’s Edge, add actions to ‘everyone sent’ or ‘everyone opened’, mark unsubscribers and bounces appropriately. remove constituents no longer in a query, ideal for maintaining membership email lists. Tagged with: Blackbaud Technology http://zeidman.info/downloads/contactegration.php 44 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Zeidman Development has created a plug-in that enables fundraisers using Blackbaud’s The Raiser’s Edge to integrate their mailing date with email tool Constant Contact.’Contactegration’ allows fundraisers better to manage their email campaigns while sharing contacts and tracking results across both platforms.In particular it allows users to: Advertisement export constituents to Constant Contact lists, including all contact details and a range of custom fields AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis match constituents by email address or ID number to ensure complete accuracy.Zeidman Development creates customised solutions for users of The Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud Enterprise CRM and Blackbaud Direct Marketing. Previous tools include ‘Chimpegration’, a tool that links The Raiser’s Edge with email tool Mailchimp.Zeidman Development is offering a trial version of Contactegration, available for download, which is fully functional against the Blackbaud sample database. Video demonstrations Howard Lake | 19 February 2013 | News
Boston, Oct. 23 — In an impressive display of strength and unity in the face of a state attack against a militant union, hundreds of Boston bus drivers, bus monitors and community supporters came out tonight in support of the School Bus Union 5: Andre Francois, Steven Gillis, Stevan Kirschbaum, Richard Lynch and Garry Murchison. Today’s events put the Veolia transnational corporation on the defensive, thwarting its hell-bent plan to break the union by attempting to unlawfully fire these long-time, respected members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union.The first hit against Veolia’s plans to terminate Gillis, Kirschbaum and the three other defendants was the legal brief presented to the corporation from the Steelworkers International legal defense team on Oct. 21. It reads in part: “As is explained herein, none of the named employees has engaged in any of the misconduct alleged against them inasmuch as the facts (as now known to the union) make clear that the events of October 8, 2013, amounted to an unlawful lockout by the Company and not a work stoppage by the employees and that, even if there were a work stoppage prior to the time when the Company locked the employees off the property, such work stoppage would have been a lawful unfair labor practice strike in any event. Moreover, pursuant to the facts expounded herein, the five named employees did not plan or orchestrate any of the concerted activity that occurred on October 8 and thus have no culpability beyond that.”The 65-page document includes testimony, photos and other facts explaining that the company’s unfair labor practices were the real cause of the events on Oct. 8.But the real power that made Veolia nervous today was the workers’ strength. The company knew workers and community members would be gathering outside the meeting at the company’s executive offices. That was why they announced early on that no one would be terminated today during the first disciplinary hearing against the Five. Another hearing is set for Oct. 28.Strength of workers’ powerAt the 3 p.m. start of the disciplinary meeting, the number of those gathered outside the building was understandably small because most workers were on their buses until 5:30. Union leaders demanded that all Five accused workers be present throughout the hearings.When the company handed over three copies of the charges against Steve Gillis, union representatives demanded copies for every worker in the room, as past practices dictate. The company was forced to call a recess while that was done. The Five took the opportunity to walk out to the assembled crowd and hold the first of four or five rallies that took place over the next several hours.Each time they walked out, Kirschbaum, chair of the union’s Grievance Committee, gave a report to a steadily growing crowd. Veolia management personnel drove in and out of the gates as the meeting progressed in order to report to their bosses the increasing size of the rally.By 7:15 p.m., the gathering, which had grown to more than 350 workers and supporters, was a virtual occupation of Veolia’s corporate headquarters. As Kirschbaum walked out the door, some of the workers picked him up and carried him to a makeshift stage on the back of a truck. The rest of the Five joined him, as well as Boston City Councillor Charles Yancey.Each member of the Five spoke during the last rally of the day. Kirschbaum reported that the disciplinary meeting would be continued on Oct. 28. Decisions have been delayed, but Veolia’s attempt to fire the five union leaders is still on the table. Kirschbaum pointed out that the rank-and-file members’ willingness to mobilize in support of the Five has put Veolia on the defensive.Steve Gillis, USW local vice president, focused his remarks on the villainous role of the Veolia corporation as a worldwide imperialist pirate, more powerful than many governments. Through its four divisions Veolia does business in the trillions of dollars, has operations in 48 countries and employs more than 300,000 workers. It is trying to corner the world’s water supply; is an energy monster that even uses fracking, which is known to destroy the environment; and runs apartheid bus lines and Israeli-settler-only garbage dumps in the occupied West Bank.But, Gillis pointed out, the real, much stronger power is the power of the workers fighting for their rights in unity as a powerful workers’ assembly.Francois, Lynch and Murchison all thanked the assembled rank and file for demonstrating by their actions the time-honored motto: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” The three thanked the workers for showing by their solidarity that they would not allow a single union leader to be sacrificed to Veolia’s union busting. Then they told the workers they were living the 8751 motto: “Together we will win. Ansamb nou se yon fos. Todos unitos. De juntos somos forte!”Councillor Yancey told the drivers and monitors: “You offered to do the afternoon run and pick up the children [on Oct. 8], but the mayor refused and locked the gates. The mayor sided with Veolia. You love the children of Boston. You deserve respect for the work you do. If you win, all of Boston wins. If you lose, workers all over lose.”This reporter heard workers express a common belief: If the union leaders are terminated, their wages and benefits will go next. They must stop the company’s plans. Hands off the School Bus Union Five!Piette is a retired letter carrier from Philadelphia. WW photos by Stevan Kirschbaum and Liz Green.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities tighten grip, isolating Tibet even more from the outside world News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Social unrest a major worry for BeijingThe conditions in which foreign media workers try to function have been worsening elsewhere in the country since February last year. Journalists who try to report on the various protests around the country, particularly conflicts between residents and local authorities, have been the target of reprisals, which clearly bear the hallmark of local or central authorities. On 15 February in Panhe in the eastern province of Zhejiang, three journalists were assaulted while they were covering demonstrations against the seizure and sale of land by the government, similar to protests late last year in Wukan over the sale of land against local people’s wishes. Receive email alerts Foreign journalists suspected of wishing to defy police instructions are victims of harassment by the security forces.Some have complained of being followed, others that they have been escorted to the airport by the police, questioned for several hours, forced to wipe the pictures they have taken and have had their equipment seized.Identity checks are not confined to press cards and passports but include temporary residence permits, which journalists must carry with them at all times. These infringements create an atmosphere of constant surveillance which add to the stress levels and affect the psychological well-being of some media workers.On 2 February, some foreign correspondents working in China asked the authorities for free access to the provinces that were closed to them. In a statement issued by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, which is illegal and has no official status, they claimed the right to travel freely and to interview anyone prepared to be interviewed.Two days ago, the FCCC also urged journalists to take care and be alert in their work. The government is trying by any means it can to keep Tibet in a state of isolation from the media as the opening of the parliamentary session on 5 March approaches. The head of the Communist Party in Tibet, Chen Quanguo, has ordered local authorities to step up surveillance of all means of communication, particularly mobile phones and the Internet, in order to “maintain the public’s interests and national security”.The writer and blogger Tsering Woeser has been placed under virtual house arrest in Beijing for a month. She told the Associated Press news agency that state security agents had told her she would not be able to leave home today to collect the Prince Claus award at a ceremony at the Dutch embassy and that she would be under surveillance for the whole of March.The Prince Claus foundation bestowed the award on her in the “Breaking Taboos” category. The foundation hailed “her courage in daring to speak out in the name of all those who are reduced to silence or are oppressed, her remarkable work which unites literary skill with political reporting, gathering of information, analysis and campaigning on behalf of Tibetan culture”.———–Tibet cut off from the rest of the world 23 February 2012Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the blackout imposed by Chinese authorities on the provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai, as well as the autonomous region of Tibet, preventing all media coverage of protest movements there.To this we must add disinformation activities such as the recent hacking of the French-language weekly Courrier International by Chinese propagandists.“At least 15 Tibetan monks have set themselves on fire since March last year, yet little information about this, or about the recent demonstrations in Tibet, has emerged,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Not only are foreign media organizations prevented from covering these events, but the authorities have also organized a veritable disinformation campaign, using pro-government media such as the Global Times, which play down the disturbances and accuse the international community of interfering.“Few media outlets are able to obtain first-hand information and fewer still manage to travel to the regions concerned.“Out of sight of the world, a major crisis is unfolding. Even Pyongyang has an international media presence, which is not the case in Lhasa.”The press freedom organization added: “As in the past, the Chinese authorities aim to control the Tibetan people behind closed doors, excluding journalists, foreign ones in particular, who might be troublesome witnesses of what is happening.“They are also trying to restrict all communication between the region and the rest of the world. The Internet is a secondary victim of the crackdown. Connections are cut off, access is blocked and content linked to the unrest is removed – any method can be used to prevent Chinese netizens taking over the baton from journalists and publishing news and information that might embarrass Beijing over its handling of the Tibetan unrest. “Local community networks are particularly targeted in order to nip in the bud any attempt at mobilising support online.” Crackdown in TibetMore than 20 police officers went to the home of Gagkye Drubpa Kyab, a journalist and teacher, in Serthar county in Sichuan province, on 15 February and arrested him. He remains in detention. The writer Kalsang Tsultrim, known by the pen name Gyitsang Takmig, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on 30 December 2011. He had been held without charge since 16 December 2010. He was previously arrested on 27 July 2010 for “political error” and was released on 15 October that year on condition that he did not participate in political activity.He had distributed a CD containing a personal video message urging the international community to take action and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama. He detailed the suffering of the Tibetan people and expressed concern about the disappearance of their religion and culture, as well as human rights abuses.Tsultrim had already received warning from the authorities about the message, recorded in June 2009.On 14 February, Reporters Without Borders also learned, from the Tibet Post International, of the sentencing in December 2010 of the writer Tsering Norbu for publishing and distributing a book about the 2008 demonstrations in Tibet. Police arrested him as he was distributing copies of his book in Lhasa, where is now in prison.Some journalists and writers choose to go into exile in order to be able to write about what is happening in their region. Such was the case of Gedun Tsering, who fled to the northern Indian city of Dharamsala where he published his book “Ghost Writer”. The work is in the form of a journal of his journey to India and his life as a refugee. Copies have been given to monasteries, schools and universities and Tibet’s four provinces.Online censorshipSince 24 January, Internet and cell phone networks have been severely disrupted within a radius of 50 km around Seda district in Sichuan province, which was the epicentre of the violent protests. Websites of Tibetan exile media organizations cannot be accessed. Discussion forums and blogs in the Tibetan language, such as Sangdhor.com and Rangdrol.net, have also been blocked since 3 February. On the same day the tag of Liu Zhiming (刘志明), an investigative journalist with the Economic Observer, who posted a message about a demonstration on 23 January, was removed from the micro-blogging site Sina Weibo. This is just one example among many of the removal of content referring to the current disturbances in Tibet. The strategy adopted by the Chinese authorities, namely cutting off certain provinces or regions from the media and online worlds in order to subdue them silently, is not new and has been applied elsewhere.Tibet has already been the target of particularly harsh restrictions on communications. In May 2011, the Internet was a secondary victim of a crackdown on demonstrations in Inner Mongolia. The region of Xinjiang was cut off from the outside world for several months after inter-ethnic riots in the regional capital Urumqi on 5 July 2009. Response to measures aimed at foreign journalistsForeign journalists, banned from entering Tibet, have been prevented by the police from covering demonstrations by Tibetans in other Chinese provinces. In the last week of January in Sichuan province, a crew from CNN was arrested at a toll barrier and prevented from travelling to neighbouring Tibet.Aware that such restrictions are unlawful, the authorities regularly cite bad weather or the poor state of the roads to restrict access to the autonomous region. Consequently, journalists are forced to resort to clandestine methods to get into the Tibetan-inhabited provinces. Jonathan Watts, a reporter for the Guardian, was among those who managed to elude the barriers and to reach the town of Aba (Ngaba in Tibetan). He and others have spoken of the heavy military presence in the region. The French journalist Baptiste Fallevoz, of the television station France 24, and his Chinese assistant Jack Zhang were on their way to the scene when their car was hit by another vehicle. They were then attacked by thugs in plain clothes. Zhang, whose camera was smashed, received a severe blow to the head. Both were put aboard a plane for Wenzhou. Police attributed the incident to village rivalries.On the same day, the Dutch freelance journalist Remko Tanis suffered a similar assault. Tanis, who worked for the Netherlands Press Association, was interviewing protesters when about 100 men burst into the building where he was and severely beat him and seized his memory cards and documents. The journalist said he was relatively unharmed but he feared for the safety of those he had interviewed. The FCCC also reported an assault on a video journalist who was attacked by security agents in plain clothes who hit him several times in the face while he was covering protests on Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing on 19 February. His equipment was seized.A dozen or so other journalists were harassed and roughed up during the crackdown.For their part, the Chinese authorities complain that they receive a bad press abroad, a criticism aimed expressly at foreign journalists who they say give prominent coverage to dissidents, demonstrations, popular discontent and pollution, rather than the country’s economic and cultural achievements.They accused 900 foreign reporters of covering events in the country in a negative fashion, based on a double standard and a “Cold War mentality”. To counter what they see as biased coverage of the country, the authorities have embarked on a campaign of disinformation. Courrier International, which translates and publishes excerpts of articles from international newspapers, was hacked by an official Chinese website, China Tibet Online, for propaganda purposes. It attributed an article translated from the Beijing newspaper Huanqiu Shibao to the Paris-based weekly.The article, headlined “French media: harmony, development mostly desired for Tibetans”, quoted a report from a remote area of Tibet purportedly published in Courrier International. The article in reality contained passages from Huanqiu Shibao, which is part of the People’s Daily group. It condemned secessionist aims of Tibetan exiles abroad and was never published by Courrier International.China fell six places in the 2011-2012 world press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, and now stands in 174th places of 178 countries. 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News Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the Chinese government’s praise of its human rights performance last year in a white paper published yesterday and points out that the regime continues to be one of the worst in the world for persecuting journalists and bloggers and censoring the news. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News “The tremendous achievements China has made in its human rights endeavours fully demonstrate that it is taking the correct path of human rights development that suits its national conditions,” the State Council Information Office said in a release about the white paper.Entitled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2014,” it emphasizes the government’s commitment to “fundamental rights,” “universal values,” “democracy” and “civil society.”“The white paper’s hypocrisy and presumptuousness would be good for a laugh if they were not matched by the severity of the government’s treatment of journalists, bloggers and cyber-dissidents,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“By using statistics in a way that renders them meaningless, the report’s authors try in vain to hide the long list of human rights violations being carried out at the direct behest of President Xi Jinping’s government. We urge the international community to condemn this report’s mendacious self-assessment. China must stop pretending to respect human rights and must stop jailing all party and government critics with impunity.”The white paper devotes just a few hundred out of a total of 14,000 words to media freedom and freedom of expression. “Freedom of speech (is) better protected,” it says, citing a series of figures that supposedly support this claim: “In 2014 China published 46.5 billion copies of newspapers, 3.2 billion copies of periodicals, and 8.4 billion copies of books, with 6.12 copies of books per person. By the end of 2014 the population of netizens in China was 650 million, and the Internet penetration rate was 47.9 percent.” Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China dares to praise its own human rights record Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific News This paragraph ends with three phrases that suggest an interest in qualitative indicators but they are no more than a series of baseless claims about an imaginary reality:“The public can air opinions, and raise criticisms and suggestions freely through the news media, and discuss problems of this country and society. The government encourages enterprises to provide various Internet services to the public in accordance with the law so as to create a good environment for the public to acquire and exchange information. A cleaner cyber space is becoming an ever important place for the public to get information and make their voices heard.”In fact, the Chinese government tightened its grip on the media in 2014. Regulations were issued banning journalists from “making unauthorized criticisms” while well-known journalists and respected human rights activists were jailed.The journalist Gao Yu, the cyber-dissident Xu Zhiyong and the Uyghur blogger Ilham Tohti joined the hundred or so journalists and information activists already jailed in China. “Confessions” became the fashion. Gao Yu and another journalist, Xiang Nanfu, were forced to deliver televised “self-criticisms” in May 2014.One of the world’s online censorship pioneers, the Chinese government has continued to dedicate a great deal of resources to keeping the Internet under close control. The pro-democracy “Occupy Central” movement in Hong Kong and attempts to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre were both subjected to carefully orchestrated media blackouts that used censorship, content blocking and news manipulation. Independent news websites such as 64Tianwang are often the targets of cyber-attacks by hackers in the party’s service.The world’s biggest prison for news and information providers, China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. March 12, 2021 Find out more