Farm Groups in Opposition to Crop Insurance Means Testing

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Farm Groups in Opposition to Crop Insurance Means Testing A large coalition of agricultural groups – including the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and The Fertilizer Institute – have asked House leaders to oppose any adjusted gross income means testing provisions for the federal crop insurance program. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – the groups note the critical role crop insurance plays in the survival of farms and ranches. While the Senate-passed farm bill included AGI means testing – attempts to cut crop insurance protection were defeated during floor consideration of the 2013 farm bill in the House. In anticipation of a means testing proposal from Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan – the groups wrote that they are now disappointed to face yet another attack on crop insurance in the form of a Sense of the House. The groups oppose the resolution and urge Boehner and Pelosi to oppose resolutions that undermine strong crop insurance protection.According to the letter – the crop insurance program is actuarially sound and requires a broad pool of participants to function properly. Arbitrarily assigning a means test for support – the groups wrote – would reduce program participation – resulting in a higher risk pool of insured producers, higher loss ratios over time and increased premium rates for those remaining in the program. The groups say limiting crop insurance protection would also yield the unintended consequence of increased calls for ad hoc, off-budget disaster assistance. In addition – the letter states that a barrier to crop insurance participation through a means test is counter to the goal of provisions to strengthen, improve and expand crop insurance. The groups add that means testing unfairly discriminates against full-time and diversified farms – as well as those producing fruits and vegetables and other high-value crops.The letter to Boehner and Pelosi states that insurance products offered through federal crop insurance are key to food security. Without the risk protection provided by federal crop insurance – the groups say agricultural lenders would be forced to increase underwriting standards, increase costs to offset risk and reduce credit availability in some areas of the county. Previous articleFalling Feed Prices Push Hogs Back to Profitable SideNext articleFarm Bill Process Moves Forward With House Conferee Appointments Gary Truitt Farm Groups in Opposition to Crop Insurance Means Testing Facebook Twitter Source: NAFB News Service center_img By Gary Truitt – Oct 11, 2013 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

October U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue Meteoric Rise While Import Market Fizzles

first_img SHARE In October, the United States exported the largest monthly volume of ethanol since December 2011, according to government trade data released today and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Shipments totaled 131.6 million gallons (mg), up 32% over September and 69% higher than August exports. Brazil reappeared as our top customer in October as exports swelled by 25 mg over the prior month to 42.7 mg, capturing a third of U.S. shipments. October exports to Canada also grew by 25% as 35.0 mg (27% of the U.S. export market) crossed the border. Other large U.S. customers included India (16.5 mg, or 13%), China (10.6 mg, or 8%), the Philippines (6.3 mg, or 5%), Peru (4.8 mg, or 4%) and Mexico (3.87 mg, or 3%). Canada, Brazil and China continue to vie for top billing as the largest U.S. ethanol customer in 2016, accounting for two-thirds of all exports so far. Year-to-date exports stood at 825.5 mg, implying an annual total of 990.6 mg for calendar year 2016.Sales of undenatured fuel ethanol in October expanded by 36% to a record-breaking 70.0 mg. Brazil’s purchase of 40.0 mg (57% of the U.S. export market) plus sales of 16.5 mg to India (24%) were significantly responsible for moving the needle. Larger volumes also headed to the Philippines (6.3 mg), Mexico (3.7 mg) and Saudi Arabia (2.5 mg). October exports of U.S. denatured fuel ethanol increased by 23% over the prior month to 54.2 mg. Canada (33.2 mg, or 61%), China (10.6 mg, or 19%) and Peru (4.8 mg, or 9%) were again the primary marketsSales of denatured ethanol for non-fuel use rocketed to 5.4 mg in October with Nigeria reappearing in the marketplace (3.4 mg, or 64% of export sales) and Canada purchasing most of the remaining export volume (1.8 mg). October sales of undenatured fuel for non-fuel, non-beverage use increased by 9% to 2.1 mg, the highest level shipped since August 2014. South Korea imported an uncharacteristic volume for the second straight month, bringing in 1.8 mg (or 89% of exports). Mexico, Canada, the Philippines and China were other top customers.In October, for the second time this year, no fuel ethanol entered the United States. Year-to-date ethanol imports are just 33.7 mg—roughly half the volume imported by this point last year. At this rate, the U.S. is on pace to import about 40 mg in 2016.October exports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—the animal feed co-product from dry mill ethanol production—experienced a slight increase over September, up 1% to 1,005,027 metric tons (mt). The current distribution of U.S. DDGS in the global marketplace reflects a distinct change in our customer base, with the top five customers splitting over half of the shipments fairly evenly. Exports to Mexico expanded by 7% to 131,672 mt (13% of the U.S. export market)—still lower than recent volumes but enough to overtake China as the largest U.S. customer. Shipments to China have been plummeting since June as another 25% month-on-month decrease meant exports totaled 124,713 mt (12%) and the lowest volume in nearly two years. Vietnam continued as a strong buyer with 121,961 mt of U.S. DDGS (12%), with the threat of new fumigation requirements not yet reflected in the data. Meanwhile Thailand increased its imports by 10% over September to 95,857 mt (10%)—more than double the volume entering the country at the start of the year. South Korea rounded out the largest customers of American distillers grains in October with 92,804 mt (9%). Other large customers in October were Turkey (63,864 mt), Spain (52,857 mt) and New Zealand (44,159 mt), all of which brought in unusual volumes of U.S. distillers grains. Through October, DDGS exports stood at 9.6 million mt, indicating an annualized total of 11.5 million Ann Lewis, Research Analyst Facebook Twitter October U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue Meteoric Rise While Import Market Fizzles By Gary Truitt – Dec 6, 2016 SHARE Home Energy October U.S. Ethanol Exports Continue Meteoric Rise While Import Market Fizzles Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 7, 2016Next articleUSDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds Gary Truittlast_img read more

Commodity Prices and Trade Weigh on Ag Economy Barometer

first_img August-barometer-dropsThere has been a significant drop in the most recent Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, and both the current conditions and future expectation indices contributed to the decline. The August barometer dipped 29 points to a total of 124. Expectations for the future seemed to dominate this month’s drop.“The Index of Future Expectations fell to a reading of 125 compared to 159 a month earlier. The Index of Current Conditions also fell from a reading of 141 a month ago to 122 in the month of August,” said Jim Mintert, principal investigator and director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.He explained that the sharp drop in many commodity prices in July and parts of August dominated farmer sentiment. But trade is a major factor as well. Since March the monthly survey of 400 U.S. farm producers has asked whether the trade dispute with China will be settled soon.“Initially 45 percent of the farmers said that they expected a quick resolution to the soybean trade dispute, but that has dropped off significantly in recent months,” he explained. “In the August survey, the percentage expecting a quick resolution actually rose a bit compared to the prior month, hitting 29 percent compared to 22 percent earlier. We followed up by asking farmers if they expect this soybean trade dispute with China to be resolved in a way that’s beneficial to U.S. agriculture. The percentage of farmers expecting a beneficial outcome declined this month from 78 percent in July to 72 percent in August, and the percentage expecting an unfavorable outcome rose from 19 to 25 percent here in August.”The survey was conducted between August 12 and August 20, 2019, so almost all of responses came after the USDA August 12 Crop Production report. Producers were asked about the Market Facilitation Program payments, and 71 percent felt this new round of MFP payments will either “completely or somewhat relieve” their concerns about tariffs’ impact on 2019 farm income. But 29 percent said it doesn’t alleviate their concerns at all.As for next year, over half of respondents expect more assistance then too. Fifty-eight percent of farmers in the August survey said they expect another MFP payment to be made to U.S. farmers for the 2020 crop year. That would suggest a majority of farmers are counting on payments from USDA helping to make up future income shortfalls.This month’s report also discusses whether producers feel now is a good or bad time to make large investments in their farming operations and their expectations for farmland values. See the barometer details at Purdue News Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Commodity Prices and Trade Weigh on Ag Economy Barometer SHARE Commodity Prices and Trade Weigh on Ag Economy Barometer Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleIndiana Crop Progress: Not Much ChangeNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for September 4, 2019 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Sep 3, 2019 last_img read more

City wide food drive sparks competition, provides almost 300,000 meals

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth + posts Twitter Caitlin Andreen Caitlin Andreen Caitlin Andreen Linkedin Previous articlePreviewing TCU vs MinnesotaNext articlePolice chief finalists to be announced today Caitlin Andreen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Twitter Caitlin Andreen Linkedin “Modern ’til Midnight” brings fine arts to Fort Worth Facebook Paschal High School head football coach named coach of the week Caitlin Andreen Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday HSNT “Trick or Trot” to raise money for North Texas animals printThe competitive spirit of Cowtown came alive this summer as government departments and neighborhoods faced off to see who could donate the most food and money to the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB).Together the city of Fort Worth donated enough food and money to provide almost 300,000 meals for the TAFB, said Angela Rush, city of Fort Worth human relations administrator.The competition’s winners, the internal audits division and the Monticello Neighborhood Association, donated the most money and combined meals per person in the office or per occupied household (based on census data).“I find it funny that internal audits who has 13 employees beat out every department,” Rush said. “They work it.”The winners will be recognized during a City Council meeting later this month.The second and third place finishers, the City Manager’s Office and the City Secretary’s Office, along with the Riverwood Homeowners Association and the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association, will receive certificates for their achievements.Tanglewood resident and TAFB employee Amie Hedbige said she thought the Tanglewood food drive went fantastic as they collected 764 pounds of food and more than $1,000 in donations.“They really listened and responded to the protein request,” Hedbige said. “We had lots of canned tuna, chicken, beans, some of those items that we are desperately low on in the summer months.”Rush said city employees used the canned drive as a chance to bring out their competitive side and even issued challenges to each other internally.“Municipal courts threw down the gauntlet,” Rush said. “They said were going to increase their collection and they did.”Rush said it seems as if many offices followed municipal courts’ challenge since collection increased by 2.5 percent since last year, an increase that the TAFB director of communications, Andrea Helms, said was because of the commitment from the city.“We really appreciate all the time and effort they put into to make it larger and better than ever,” Helms said. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt Facebooklast_img read more

City’s spending plan nearly excludes public transit

first_imgKatie Coleman Twitter Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printSix of the eight speakers who have appeared before the Fort Worth City Council to discuss the city’s proposed 2017 budget had one request: more public transportation.The only problem with the request is that public transportation isn’t part of the city’s general fund, or day-to-day operations.The city manager’s $639 million spending plan sets aside $33 million for “Transportation and Public Works,” which is a 32 percent cut from last year. But City Manager David Cooke said Fort Worth Transit doesn’t use money from that department.“Transit ain’t getting cut at all,” Cooke said. “They don’t really get any money from the city anyway.”Cooke said money for Fort Worth Transit comes from a half-cent sales tax.“So if that half cent sales tax grows, which it is, that’s the money that they get to use to do TEX rail, TRE, and all the buses that operate in Fort Worth,” Cooke said. “So they’re not getting cut, and that revenue stream is growing.”Cooke said some of the money that was cut from the Transportation and Public Works department will be going to the Capital Project Fund.“It’s capital money which means we’re going to use it to build stuff and fix stuff,” Cooke said. “So we’re gonna appropriate it directly to the capital project budget as opposed to showing it in [Transportation and Public Works] and then transferring it to the capital project fund.”Cooke said the capital project fund can be used on public transit.Michael Bennett, representative of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, said better transportation is crucial to the city’s economic development.“As we in the real estate council look at the future of our city and as we look at where we’re headed we’re worried that we’re gonna be gridlocked and we’re worried that that’s going to take us off that wonderful upward climb that we have,” Bennett said.The final budget will be considered by City Council Sept. 13. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook Katie Coleman Previous articleAnjelah Johnson returns to TCUNext articleFrog Report – SDSU Recap and Arkansas Preview Katie Coleman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Thousands of people march through downtown Fort Worth for human rights Katie Coleman is a senior in news and media studies. Twitter ReddItcenter_img Fort Worth Muslim community seeks unity and outreach over fear Parks department plans to restore neglected neighborhood Facebook Fort Worth Zoo raises $90 million for new exhibits Linkedin Katie Coleman Katie Coleman Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Katie Coleman Website| + posts last_img read more

Men’s tennis continues to heat up, defeating Tennessee, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount

first_imgFacebook 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printAlastair Gray readies for a volley against No. 11 Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceThe TCU men’s tennis squad excelled over spring break, crushing the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers 4-0, the Pepperdine Waves 6-1 and the Loyola Marymount Lions 6-0. The Tennessee match is the Frogs’ last non-conference road trip of the season, and they will not leave the friendly confines of Fort Worth until their March 29 trip to Waco, Texas, to face No. 6 Baylor.Neither Pepperdine or Loyola are ranked, and the teams have a combined record of 5-15 on the season. For common opponents, Pepperdine lost to Tulane in New Orleans 1-6, and Loyola lost to SMU 2-5. Juan Martín steadies himself after a serve against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceWinning Road Streak Not Stopped by VolunteersTCU continued to keep their true road game streak alive, going 4-1 on the season, minus the cancelled USF match. The one loss was the season-opener at Tulsa.“What a road win for the boys,” head coach David Roditi said in a statement to GoFrogs. “This match was the furthest from a 4-0 win. If our team hadn’t been ready for a dog fight, then it would have been 4-0 the other way.”The doubles pairing of Alex Rybakov and Alastair Gray took the first doubles match 6-4, followed by another Frogs victory by the team of Reese Stalder and Bertus Kruger. Eduardo Roldan and Juan Martín had their first start of the year in the No. 3 doubles position, winning 5-4 before the doubles point was called for the Frogs. In singles play, TCU had one of their tightest matches of the year. Kruger was the only Frog to win in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Luc Fomba followed Kruger with another victory, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, to get the Frogs within one point of winning.The final win was in the No. 6 singles position, Sander Jong, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Alastair Gray (left) and Alex Rybakov react to a low shot against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceWaves Hit Low Tide against FrogsThe first match of the Saturday double-header was dominated by the Frogs, who pulled out an impressive 6-1 win.In doubles, TCU recorded another sweep, with victories by the Rybakov/Gray and Fomba/Jong teams, both 6-4 wins. Rybakov dominated his opponent in singles play en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win. He’s now on a 5-0 streak since his Florida loss.Roldan recorded his third singles match of the season and the first since his win at UT-Arlington, with a 6-4, 6-4 win.Alex Rybakov (left) takes a swig of water during a break back to back with Reese Stalder on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceFrogs Remain Thorn in the Lion’s PawTCU hosted Loyola Marymount in a rematch of the ITA tournament match back in late January and followed with another big Horned Frog win. “Sometimes when you play a double-header, it helps the players be grooved for the second match and that’s exactly what happened,” Roditi said. “The team played very focused from the first point of the doubles until the last point of singles.”Reese Stalder preps his backhand shot against Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceIn doubles play, TCU had one of their most dominant performances, winning 6-1 and 6-2 by the Stalder/Kruger and Rybakov/Gray teams.For singles, the Frogs had one of the best plays by Jong of the season, with a clean 6-1, 6-1 victory. Stalder finished out the Frogs’ win by a 6-2, 6-3 win, and he is nationally-ranked for the first time this season at No. 115.Strong Non-Conference Finish Huge for FrogsTCU is on a seven-game win streak since their loss to No. 8 North Carolina back in mid-Feb and now have three more matches until conference play begins at Baylor. Those will come hosting No. 12 Columbia, No. 35 Arizona State and unranked SMU. This win streak is TCU’s longest since their 16-game streak last season. Up Next:TCU hosts the No. 12 Columbia Lions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a rematch of the 4-0 TCU win last season. ReddIt Twitter + posts Jack Wallace Jack Wallace 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Previous articleTCU Faculty Assembly may be one step closer to DEI voteNext articleHoroscope: March 20, 2019 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack Wallace Alastair Gray readies for a volley against No. 11 Illinois on March 3, 2019. Photo by Jack Wallace TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallace ReddIt Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Linkedin Jack Wallace TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Local celebrities join Taste Project in the fight against hunger

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleHoroscope: September 4, 2019Next article‘End of the world’ art exhibit coming to TCU Elizabeth Ragone RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taste Project Instagram postWilliams said community engagement is the foundation of the city council’s work and a key component for Taste Project, and it ensures long-term sustainability. “These efforts allow others to participate and be a part of the solution,” said Zadeh. “We are always happy to support and partner with individuals and organizations such as the Taste Project to overcome challenges in our community.”Additional information about Hunger Action Month and the other guest servers can be found here. printCelebrity servers are helping Taste Community Restaurant serve soul food in Tarrant County this month, raising awareness of the power consumers have to end hunger in their community. TCU’s women’s basketball team will serve on Sept. 13 and Mayor Betsy Price will volunteer on Sept. 28, according to Julie Williams, the secretary of the Taste Project. Twitter Elizabeth Ragone Petitioning Fort Worth, TCU to see ‘Lime’ light Free speech crisis: Behind the scenes Facebook + posts Elizabeth Ragone Elizabeth Ragone CBD is the new hemp thing Twitter Running to save rhinos Linkedin ReddIt Elizabeth Ragone Elizabeth Ragone The menu, absent of price tags, breaks financial boundaries by implementing a pay-what-you-can policy. People pay what they can afford for a fresh, healthy meal cooked with local, seasonal ingredients. Williams said the project has served nearly 50,000 people through this unique payment model. “Hunger is larger than most people know, ” Williams said. According to Williams, 90% of Tarrant County’s hungry population are not homeless and 36% do not qualify for government programs. Taste Project’s eatery is the first venture to help feed, educate and serve Tarrant County’s food-insecure population, which comprises almost 17% of the overall community. Food insecurity is defined as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The Taste Project joined 50 other nonprofit restaurants across the nation for National Everybody Easts Week from Aug. 25-31 “to help consumers understand the power they have in ending hunger in their community,” according to a press release. “This is just one of the great events the Taste Project has initiated to address the struggles of those experiencing food insecurity, and their efforts are always community-driven,” Ann Zadeh, Fort Worth’s District 9 representative said. Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Indian reporter badly beaten for article about Tamil Nadu minister

first_img Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. “It is absolutely unacceptable that someone involved in a journalist’s murder should be able to carry another attack on a journalist with complete impunity three years later,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Everything suggests that the responsibility for this attack lies above all with the minister Rajendra Balaji. We therefore call on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to fire him at once so that he can be brought to justice. The impunity must stop.” Balaji is notorious for urging his supporters to use violence against his enemies. At a press conference last month, he told journalists they should not “ask questions about politics.” Last year, he called for the tongue of one of his opponents to be cut out. News Help by sharing this information to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence According to the Virudhunagar superintendent of police, who is responsible for investigating the attack against Karthi, Sellapandi was involved in the death of Karthigai Selvan, a journalist who was murdered in Sivakasi in a similar attack by a group of men armed with steel bars in January 2017. April 27, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more After a newspaper reporter was beaten almost to death by political activists this week in India’s far-south state of Tamil Nadu, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to ensure that both the instigators and perpetrators of this attack are quickly brought to justice. Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Karthi says Balaji phoned him just before the attack to express his displeasure with the article. He also says he recognized two of his attackers as individuals nicknamed Sellapandi and Poomurugan who are supporters of the Balaji faction. The police arrested them yesterday. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Reporter M. Karthi (right) was beaten almost to death. He says Minister Rajendra Balaji (left) phoned him just before the attack to express his displeasure with an article (photos: TopTamilNews – TOI). RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en The attack took place just hours after an article by Karthi about splits within Tamil Nadu’s leading regional political party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), was published in the Kumudham Reporter, the regional weekly for which he is the Virudhunagar district correspondent. Receive email alerts News The article raised the possibility that the AIADMK faction led by Rajendra Balaji, Tamil Nadu’s minister of dairy development, could be defeated by a rival faction led by Raja Varman, a member of Tamil Nadu’s parliament. March 6, 2020 Indian reporter badly beaten for article about Tamil Nadu minister News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Reporter M. Karthi sustained deep cuts to his head, a broken jaw and lesions all over his body when a group of men beat him with steel bars in Sivakasi, a town in Virudhunagar district, on the evening of 3 March. Karthi heard one of his assailants shout: “You want to publish news, you bastard? I’ll kill you today!”last_img read more

Court upholds three-month suspension for cultural magazine

first_img RSF_en News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” November 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds three-month suspension for cultural magazine BelarusEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News News May 27, 2021 Find out more On 8 November, the Belarus supreme court for economic affairs rejected an appeal by the cultural magazine Arche against its three-month suspension, with the result that it will not be able to resume publishing until 19 December. The Belarusian state postal service has nonetheless warned Arche that if its next issue is not published by 18 December, it will be removed from postal service’s distribution list.“This decision will in practice deprives us of our subscribers in 2007, but we will continue to operate,” said Arche editor Valer Bulhakau. The October and November issues are available on Arche’s website.But journalist Valentin Akoudovich predicted that the magazine would not recover. “First they removed it from the news stands. Then from the bookshops. And finally they banned it from publishing,” he said.—–22 November 2006Information ministry suspends opposition monthlyчитать на русскомReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the information ministry’s suspension of the monthly history magazine Arche yesterday on the grounds that the September issue violated the terms of its licence by including political articles. Arche is supposed to limit itself to historical content.“We voice our support for Arche’s editor and we urge the information minister to reconsider his decision,” the press freedom organisation said. “The distinction between historical and political articles is specious and is just meant to mask an act of censorship.”The September issue cover photo shows police dispersing an anti-government demonstration in March. One of its articles is a detailed account of a 1995 crackdown on opposition parliamentarians who objected to referendum imposed by President Alexander Lukashenko that would have made Russian one of the country’s official languages.Arche’s editor, Valer Bulhakau, intends to appeal against its closure. Created in 1997, the magazine has often broached sensitive issues and criticised the Belarusian authorities. As it is an opposition magazine, it cannot be sold and is distributed by volunteers. The editor has repeatedly requested authorisation to cover politics but has had no success. Receive email alertscenter_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Follow the news on Belaruslast_img read more

Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations

first_imgNews July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Follow the news on Romania December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 26, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia to go furthercenter_img News RSF_en News Organisation RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest on 12 July of poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami for criticising human rights violations in Oman, and deplored the strict censorship of writers and journalists which the Omani authorities have been enforcing for the past few months.”We call on the sultanate’s government to free Al-Ryami at once and to respect the 1995 Alma-Ata declaration in which it undertook to adopt laws guaranteeing the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and press freedom,” the organisation said. Amendment of the press laws, which allow the authorities to exercise systematic control of all means of expression, is also necessary, Reporters Without Borders said.Al Ryami had been harassed by the authorities ever since he was invited to take part in a televised debate about democratic reforms in July 2004, and voiced doubt about the government’s readiness to undertake real democratic reforms. The authorities immediately gave verbal instructions to newspaper editors and the state radio and TV broadcaster’s executives forbidding them to interview Al Ryami or even mention his name or his works.A published poet and playwright, Al-Ryami often used to take part in arts and culture programmes on Omani television. Since he spoke out on Al-Alam, his TV programmes had been withdrawn but he continued to write for various websites such as, an independent online magazine dedicated to arts and culture. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts RomaniaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more