Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is an oil palm plantation company in Ghana involved in growing and processing crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. The company is based at the Adum Banso Estate in Takoradi, Ghana. It owns over 5 000 hectares of oil palm plantations and processes crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. Brands include RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olein. BOPP produces oil products for the Ghana market and for export to regions in West Africa. The company is also involved in refining fats and oils and owns the patent for technology that converts wasted food into nutritious food. BOPP is a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited and Unilever Ghana has a stake in its business. Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

FCMB Group Plc ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgFCMB Group Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about FCMB Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FCMB Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FCMB Group Plc (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFCMB Group Plc is a financial services institution offering products and services for the commercial, corporate and institutional sectors in Nigeria and Europe. The company’s core portfolio is focused on investment banking, asset management, commercial banking, corporate banking, personal banking, institutional banking and treasury and financial markets. The company also offers services for stockbroking, trusteeships, micro-lending and asset and cash management. FCMB Group Plc was founded in 1977 and its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FCMB Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

A FTSE 100 growth stock I’d buy in 2021

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” A FTSE 100 growth stock I’d buy in 2021 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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. Image source: Getty Images Zaven Boyrazian | Monday, 28th December, 2020 | More on: HIK Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian Zaven Boyrazian owns shares in Hikma Pharmaceuticals. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hikma Pharmaceuticals. 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 2020 has been a tough year for the FTSE 100 index, as well as for the market in general. The pandemic created massive disruption across many major industries and as good as brought the whole world to a standstill at some points. Despite the chaos, Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE:HIK) continued to outperform the FTSE 100 as demand for its products skyrocketed. But does the firm have an even more incredible opportunity for growth in 2021?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…Outperforming the FTSE 100Hikma is a leading manufacturer of generic medicines. It doesn’t invest heavily in developing new drugs. Instead, it focuses on recreating existing ones at a much lower price to make them more accessible and affordable worldwide.The revenue stream is broken up into three categories – Injectables, Generics, and Branded. They represent 40%, 33%, and 27%, respectively, of total revenue. The firm’s medicines are typically sold either to hospitals or directly to consumers via the retail market, primarily within the US.In total, the business’s drugs portfolio currently stands at over 760 generic medicines sold worldwide. International operations do introduce some currency exchange risks. But despite this, the FTSE 100 stock has continued to perform exceptionally well.The 2020 half-year results uncovered a 9% increase in core revenues combined with a 16% increase in underlying profits. This growth primarily originated from its Injectables segment, which saw operating profit jump by 22% due to cost-cutting and new product launches.A hidden growth opportunity for 2021While the recent financial results are impressive, something else in the report caught my eye. Hikma has signed a non-exclusive supply agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc.The contract states that Hikma will manufacture the injectable drug Remdesivir on behalf of Gilead. Why does this matter? Remdesivir is an approved treatment for severe cases of Covid-19.There are already multiple Covid vaccines available on the market, with more expected to be approved in 2021. However, for those suffering from symptoms and who have no access to one of these approved vaccines, Remdesivir could be almost the only viable option.In June 2020, Gilead announced its intention to treat more than two million Covid patients with Remdesivir. And it has formed partnerships with more than 40 companies – including Hikma – in order to achieve that goal.While the revenue from manufacturing the drug is unlikely to last longer than a few years, it does provide a valuable surge in revenue growth. But beyond the increased income, this agreement also bolsters Hikma’s reputation as a quality drugs producer and may lead to future manufacturing agreements with other pharmaceutical giants.The bottom lineThe pandemic is slowly nearing its end, but it could be months until normality is restored to everyday life, and longer in some locations. In my opinion, Hikma now plays an essential role in controlling the pandemic, but it’s far from a one-trick pony.Ignoring the manufacturing revenue from Remdesivir, the business’s financial performance continues to impress and expand at double-digit rates. It has seen 43 new products this year and has another 67 in development. So its growth rates could potentially rise even higher in 2021. Combining this potential with a P/E ratio of less than 20, the stock looks to me like a cheap (relatively speaking) growth opportunity for my portfolio.last_img read more

Anglican Church of Melanesia launches Decade of Evangelism and Renewal

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Posted May 22, 2018 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Anglican Communion News Service] Members of the Anglican Church of Melanesia should “arise and shine for Jesus Christ,” the Province said this week as it launched a decade-long focus on evangelism and renewal. The campaign was launched on Pentecost Sunday with a special service at St Barnabas Cathedral, in Honiara, in which Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon preached. On the eve of the service, the province held an open-air evangelistic crusade in the car park of Honiara City Council.Read the full article here. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Evangelism Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN center_img Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Anglican Communion, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Anglican Church of Melanesia launches Decade of Evangelism and Renewallast_img read more

City of Apopka brings fitness, flowers and fun in flourish of…

first_img TAGSArt & FoliageBeatleBeatCity of ApopkaConcertDetailsentertainmenteventsHealth and Fitness FairLife on MarsMusicSaturday Sounds Previous articleWhite House assessment gives Florida’s infrastructure a ‘C’ gradeNext articleAircon Chemical Cleaning: What Is It, And How Is It Done? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Saturday Sounds in April with Life on Mars & BeatleBeat Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Apopka AmphitheaterThe City of Apopka is proud to host this free family-friendly concert series every Saturday through May 29, 2021.April 17 will be featuring Life on Mars. From one of Orlando’s most well known musicians and most respected producers, David Schweizer, comes the energetic and accomplished band of all-stars, Life on Mars! Bringing you unique renditions of songs you’ve loved through the decades. This band brings fun to the stage.April 24 will feature BeatleBeat Tribute Band to the Beatles. This musical ensemble, based in Florida with over 20 years of performing, will bring their nostalgic look of the music that changed the world. They will catapult you back to the 60’s with the timeless music of the Beatles in full costume.For more information about this event, visit the City of Apopka Event’s Page.  Apopka Art & Foliage FestivalSaturday, April 24 from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Kit Land Nelson ParkThe Apopka Woman’s Club in partnership with the City of Apopka invites you to the 59th annual Apopka Art & Foliage Festival.This free family-friendly event will featuring art, crafts, locally grown foliage, live music and entertainment, and a wine and beer garden. Parking is $5.For more information, visit the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival website.  Please enter your name here BeatleBeat will be performing in Apopka on April 24, 2021 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the City of ApopkaWe may be halfway through April, but the City of Apopka isn’t stopping with their plans to bring the community together. With events ranging from health and fitness, to art and plants, and more music and food trucks, there are family-friendly, and free, options aplenty.Apopka Health & Fitness FairApril 17, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM at Kit Land Nelson ParkThe City of Apopka is hosting this free event on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The Apopka Health & Fitness Fair includes various organizations on site that are promoting the importance of health and fitness.Featuring:Health ScreeningsExercise & Safety DemosRefreshmentsPrize Drawings & Giveawaysand more!For more information about this event, please contact the City of Apopka Recreation Department at 407-703-1642. Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Vote in the first DSC Social Change Awards

first_img Howard Lake | 20 May 2007 | News Tagged with: Awards  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The inaugural Social Change Awards from the Directory of Social Change are now accepting votes. They aim to recognise and value the people, organisations and companies bringing about social change in society.The awards are open to individuals, companies, NGOs and public bodies and the winners are decided by charity sector professionals and the general public. There are four categories: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img * Everyday Impact Award* Influencer Award* Investing in Social Change Award* Public Body AwardA DSC judging has produced a shortlist of three applicants in each category and the public can now vote for the winners. “This was the best way we could think of to make them impartial and inclusive” explained the DSC.DSC say that more than 1,300 votes were cast in the first 24 hours of the site going live.Voting closes on 23 May 2007 and the winners will be announced on 6 June at Charityfair 2007 at Central Hall Westminster, London. Vote in the first DSC Social Change Awards 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

Bristol businessman raises £10,000 for charity following major urology surgery

first_imgThe specialist work of University College Hospital in London has been helped by a former urology patient from Bristol who has raised more than £10,000 for the hospitals’ charity through a series of physical challenges.Neville Parnell has spent the last 18 months raising funds for UCLH, after undergoing extensive treatment and reconstructive surgery to his overactive bladder.Following several unsuccessful treatments to rectify his complex and debilitating urology problems, Mr Parnell benefitted from the work of Jeremy Ockrim, consultant urological surgeon at UCLH.Now Mr Parnell is preparing for the Paris Marathon on April 10. It will be the latest in a long line of fundraising efforts and one of many feats he hopes to achieve this year.He is aiming to add significant amounts to his existing fund throughout this year. This is made easier by new technology which means that £5 donations can now be given to Parnell Fund given by texting PARNELL to 70700. The alternative channel for donations is through the fund’s website, who lives in Longwell Green in Bristol and runs a garage by day, suffered daily discomfort, pain and inconvenience before a series of operations in 2009.The surgery involved a bladder reconstruction to increase its size, the repair of a large hernia which followed the previous unsuccessful operations, and the removal of a 2cm kidney stone.Neville now has an artificial sphincter at the top of his bladder which is activated by a pump when he wants to pass water. A segment of his bowel was used to provide a channel from his abdomen to his bladder, to allow him to insert a catheter when required, and he has had Botox injected into his bladder to prevent spasms from occurring.Neville said: “Due to the skill and dedication of Jeremy Ockrim, my life has been transformed. A whole new world has been opened up to me and I set up the Parnell Fund in an endeavour to help others. The charity aims to raise funds for research into urology and also to raise awareness into urological conditions.“By undertaking these physical challenges, I hope to break the silence surrounding urological disorders. My advice to anybody suffering from any urological problem would be to see a urologist in the first instance. Do not suffer in silence or let your problems curtail your life, no matter how embarrassed you are. There are treatments available that can give you the quality of life you deserve.”Since September 2009, Neville has completed the New York Marathon, two half marathons, the Three Peaks Challenge and a 10-mile canoeing challenge along the River Wye. This year, alongside the Paris Marathon he plans to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon in May, a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in July, a canoe challenge from Bath to London in August, the Great North Run in September and the London Parks Marathon in October.Jeremy Ockrim, honorary senior lecturer at UCL and consultant surgeon at UCLH, said: “The Female and Reconstructive unit at UCLH is the largest centre of its kind in the UK and provides expertise to urologists in England, Wales and abroad with 70 per cent of its work referred from other hospitals. It has an international reputation for urological research, outcome analysis, publication, as well as teaching. We are very grateful to Mr Parnell for the funds he is raising to help further our important work.” Bristol businessman raises £10,000 for charity following major urology surgery Tagged with: Events South West Howard Lake | 1 April 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Good Leaders podcast interviews charity leaders and entrepreneurs

first_img Howard Lake | 28 April 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: leadership Management podcast  183 total views,  3 views today A new podcast has been launched for charity staff by fundraising and leadership coach Stephen George, Good Leaders aims to help charity and nonprofit sector leaders become more entrepreneurial and more creative so they can raise more money and change behaviour.Stephen GeorgeIt also aims to give entrepreneurs an insight into doing more good in their lives and with others.Stephen George, who has 30 years experience in charities, said:“I was interested in the world of entrepreneurs and how they are cutting through with new start ups and innovation and the world of charities and how they need more creative entrepreneurial leadership.”The podcast brings stories and insights from nonprofit leaders at all levels and in business. Advertisement “A podcast is a great forum for story telling. Its accessible and easy to absorb”added George.You can subscribe and write a review of Good Leaders at on Apple’s iTunes.  184 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Good Leaders podcast interviews charity leaders and entrepreneurs 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

Lessons From the Global Food Security Index

first_img SHARE SHARE The index also showed that nations who have long term political and economic stability and whose policies place a priority on nutrition, score very high in food security. Take, for example, the country of Chile. According to the index, “Chile leads Latin America in terms of food availability and affordability and ranks second only to Argentina for its food quality and safety.”  The index also shows that nations who do not put a value on nutrition, especially childhood nutrition, have a much greater food insecurity issue.  “More than 3 million children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition each year.  In Latin America, these issues are especially acute since only 53 percent of countries in the region have official policies regarding nutrition in place in primary schools.” While US food and nutrition programs are in need of fiscal reform, care must be taken not to diminish the importance of nutrition, especially in schools. By Gary Truitt – Jul 6, 2013 What is the lesson to be learned here? When a government invests in agriculture and makes it easier for farmers to farm, agriculture thrives, economic activity increases, and there is more food for people to eat. Conversely, when a government spends recklessly on social programs and neglects the economy, the agriculture sector suffers, food production declines, and food insecurity increases.  This is a lesson members of the House and Senate should consider as they decide what to put in a new Farm Bill The Global Food Security Index is designed to measure and track long term trends in the world food supply. It will help take some of the emotion out of discussions of the world food situation. It will also serve as a reminder to those of us in the US just how important continued support of agriculture and food production is. by Gary Truitt While the average 2013 Global Food Index Score remained flat (53.5 percent versus 53.6 percent in 2012), some trends emerged from the year-on-year comparisons that shed light on a significant trend: developing nations make progress as industrialized countries face setbacks. Here is what the 2013 index showed.Sub-Saharan African nations including Ethiopia, Senegal and Botswana made significant progress this past year, rising an average of nine places in the Index, with improvements attributed to rising incomes, greater access to farmer financing along with heightened emphasis on quality food and nutrition.  The growth in developing nations contrasts a fall in developed European economies, in particular Greece, as it regressed as fallout of financial collapse and lower gross domestic product. Never heard of the Global Food Security Index?  Well, it is not exactly a best seller, nor has it been around very long. In fact, the 2013 index is only the second time around for the statistical analysis of the food security situation in 107 nations around the world.  Underwritten by DuPont Pioneer, “It is first-of-its-kind ranking tool to comprehensively measure food security and monitor the ongoing impact of agriculture investments, collaborations and policies around the world.”  While the index does not get front page coverage, its authors say it is important in any discussion of the world food situation.   “Addressing food security is fruitless without measurement tools and global benchmarks, together with a continued commitment, but most important: Action,” said DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler.  The index supporters hope that, as a result of this measurement, governments, aid organizations, and others will take action to address the trends highlighted in the report. There is one trend in particular on which I hope leaders in the US focus. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Lessons From the Global Food Security Index Home Commentary Lessons From the Global Food Security Index Previous articleConservation a Must for Dubois County Master FarmerNext articleIndiana’s Zoning Regulations can be a Minefield for Livestock Farmers Wanting to Expand Gary Truittlast_img read more


first_imgNews Col Muammar Gaddafi has launched a fierce attack on the Internet as the country teeters on the brink of civil war. The mainstream media have long been under his control and now the regime is trying to completely stifle the news in a bid to crush the revolt and the reporting of its repression. Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Progress begun in 2007 reversed since 2010The regime began to increase civil liberties in 2007 but they are now shrinking. Oea and Quryana, the first privately-owned newspapers founded then by Gaddafi’s son Seif Al-Islam’s firm Al-Ghad, have been closed. News Follow the news on Libya March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libya Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts June 24, 2020 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa center_img News News Foreign-based independent news websites such as Libya Al-Youm, Al-Manara, Jeel Libya, Akhbar Libya, Libya Al-Mustakbal and Libya Watanna were blocked inside Libya on 24 January 2010. Access to YouTube was also blocked then after videos were posted there of protests in Benghazi by families of inmates killed in Abu Salim prison in 1996, as well as pictures of Gaddafi’s family at parties, according to Human Rights Watch. The authorities have hounded journalists critical of the regime, especially when the criticism was posted online. Two of them, news website contributors Atef Al-Atrash and Khalid Mohair, were arrested in July last year for reporting administrative and financial corruption. The same day, journalist Mohamed Suraiti was questioned by the Benghazi prosecutor for posting on Al-Jazeera Online and elsewhere news of sexual harassment at a clinic in the city.Stifling dissent at all costFrom the start of the uprisings in Tunisia and then Egypt, Col Gaddafi understood the dangers of them spreading to Libya. Calls for demonstrations in Libya were made on Facebook as the overthrow of the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators became known there and access to social network sites has been very erratic since mid-February.Writer and political commentator Jamal al-Hajji, who called online for peaceful protests for freedom in Libya, was arrested on 1 February by plainclothes state security police, according to Amnesty International. When the Libyan uprising began on 16 February, state security police picked up the director of local news site Irasa, Taqi Al-Din Al-Chalawi, and its editor, Abdel Fattah Bourwaq, according to the daily paper Libya Al-Youm. The same day, blogger Mohammed Al-Ashim Masmari was arrested and his computer seized after he reported on the demonstrations for several Arabic-language satellite TV stations, including the BBC and Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera has been officially excluded from the cable TV network but can still be received by satellite. To combat the unrest, regime media launched a campaign against those who it said were “cheapening the blood of martyrs,” according to the Arabic-language news site Shaffaf. The authorities also prevented journalists moving freely around the country.The international media were virtually absent from the country and at the start the new media played a key part in the protests as the only ones able to report what happened and the regime’s brutal reaction. For several days, amateur videos posted online were the only pictures available before foreign journalists managed to get into the country. The regime seriously disrupted the Internet, slowing it down or cutting it off completely, to restrict the posting of compromising photos and videos and prevent protesters organising online. It has been cut off completely several times since 18 February, according to the Internet security firms Arbor Networks and Renesys. Traffic has resumed afterwards but Internet has been disconnected again since the evening of 3 March. The leading Internet Service Provider, whose owner is none other than Mohamed Gaddafi, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, cooperated to the regime’s demands. All fixed and mobile phone lines were cut off on 21 February and remain very unreliable. The regime is meanwhile trying to use new technology to get its voice heard and to rally support. It sent out text-messages urging people not to demonstrate, though sometimes with contradictions. British teacher William Bauer, who was repatriated from Benghazi, told the French news site Rue89 that the telecoms operator Al-Madar sent a text-message on 21 February saying that nothing was happening in Libya, but that protesters were drugged. Netizens respondLibyan Internet-users have tweeted their revolution and tried their best to get out news of the regime’s abuses and its use of mercenaries. At the beginning, when the flow of refugees was not very big, some netizens crossed into Egypt to post online videos and photos taken with mobile phones. Others tweeted news about the supply convoys arriving in the country.The activist hacker group Anonymous provided Libyan netizens with tools to get round the censorship and some of its members reportedly managed to set up illegal parallel networks. The group also helped people to pass on photos and videos. “We want to tell the world about the horror in Libya,” one member told the French weekly Nouvel Observateur. “We’re passing on pictures of burned and mutilated bodies. It’s a bloodbath. Tripoli is a slaughterhouse.”The outcome of the Libyan crisis is increasingly uncertain, with the regime apparently ready to use unlimited violence against the rebels. The United Nations has denounced its actions as “crimes against humanity.” The attempts to stifle news and disrupt the Internet may give the regime a chance to crush the uprising ferociously and in secret. February 23, 2021 Find out more to go further Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul December 17, 2019 Find out more RSF_en LibyaMiddle East – North Africa On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedomlast_img read more