Casumo to complete acquisition of CasinoSecret

first_img Mobile operator Casumo is to purchase online casino business CasinoSecret for an undisclosed sum, the first acquisition in the company’s history.Founded in 2018 and licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, CasinoSecret looks to use player experience as a unique selling point, including a cashback feature that rewards players for continued play and no play-through conditions attached to offers.Casumo, which first acquired a 40% stake in the business in late 2019, said the outright acquisition would bring in more product and marketing expertise to grow its existing brands, especially around player retention.“We have developed an ambitious and exciting collaboration with the team at CasinoSecret, which made the merger a clear next step from all perspectives,” Casumo chief executive Shelly Suter-Hadad explained.“The acquisition will enable us to further leverage the strong synergies and shared direction of both businesses, while taking our group portfolio to the next level.”CasinoSecret chief executive Nadir Ounissi added that the brand’s effort to offer the best online casino experience for customers fit with Casumo’s approach.“Together we now open new doors to shared expertise and exciting opportunities across the brands,” he added.The deal comes after Casumo this year began to diversify its product offering with the launch of a Kambi-powered sportsbook in the British market.This followed a sponsorship deal with English Football League Championship club Reading FC, complementing an existing partnership between its Dunder online casino brand and Bristol City. Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 17th August 2020 | By contenteditor Casumo to complete acquisition of CasinoSecret Email Address Regions: Europe Topics: Casino & games Strategy Mobile operator Casumo is to purchase online casino business CasinoSecret for an undisclosed sum, the first acquisition in the company’s history.last_img read more

IPL 2021: Kiwi players reach home safely via Tokyo on a…

first_img WTC Final LIVE Day 3: Drizzles back to haunt IND vs NZ final in Southampton Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket Cricket Cricket ICC WTC Final: Ravichandran Ashwin reveals when he plans to retire from cricket IPL 2021: Coach and former express paceman Shane Bond arrives back in Auckland. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF) IPL 2021: Some Kiwi cricketers and coaches who left India after the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended due to a surge in Covid-19 cases landed in Auckland aboard a private flight on Saturday. The players travelled on a Bombardier Global Express private jet via Tokyo and reached Auckland Airport at 8pm, reported Stuff.co.uk. The group has gone into isolation, while the second chartered flight carrying the second batch of New Zealand cricketers left on Saturday night.The first flight carried Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne and Scott Kuggeleijn along with coaches Shane Bone and James Pamment. Royal Challengers Bangalore director of cricketing operations Mike Hesson was also aboard the first flight.IPL 2021: Bowler Trent Boult stares down the camera shortly after landing. 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The quarter was originally planned to stay in New Delhi ahead of travelling to England.IPL 2021: One of the cricketers walks onto the tarmac to a waiting bus. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)The decision to transfer the players to the Maldives came in the light of advice that their entry into the UK, was likely to be delayed a week further.IPL 2021: Boult to join the BlackCaps directly for World Test ChampionshipsFast bowler Trent Boult will miss the Test series against England and reconnect with the World Test Championships squad in June.ALSO READ| After Seifert, Prasidh Krishna tests positive for COVID-19, 4th KKR player to contract virus“We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK,” White said. “They’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements.”IPL 2021: Players descend onto the tarmac to a waiting bus, which took them to the international terminal. They will spend 14 days in managed isolation. (Source: RICKY WILSON/STUFF)If all goes as planned, Boult will leave managed isolation and quarantine on 22 May and will spend a week at home with his family, training at Mount Maunganui before departing for the UK in early JuneThe New Zealand-based Test squad members will depart for England on 16 and 17 May. Happy Father’s Day: Virat Kohli remembers his ‘old man’ ahead of ICC WTC Final Day 3 Cricket Virat Kohli completes 10 years in Test Cricket: 10 things you should know about India skipper- check out TAGSIPL 2021New Zealand cricketers in iplTrent Boult SHARE Cricket Previous articleHappy Mothers Day 2021: Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal lead as sports fraternity extend Mother’s Day greetingsNext articleIPL 2021: RR’s Chetan Sakariya’s father passes away due to Covid-19 Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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Mcnichols Plc (MCNICH.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgMcNichols Plc (MCNICH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about McNichols Plc (MCNICH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the McNichols Plc (MCNICH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: McNichols Plc (MCNICH.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMcNichols Consolidated Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of fortified sugar products in Nigeria. This includes granulated sugar, cube sugar, icing sugar and baking sugar. The company also produces a range of chocolate powder and custard powder. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Mcnichols Consolidated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

South Sudan bishop: ‘Did our martyrs die in vain?’

first_imgSouth Sudan bishop: ‘Did our martyrs die in vain?’ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Anglican Communion News Service] An Anglican bishop has challenged the people of South Sudan and its leaders not to dishonor the memory of national martyrs by fighting each other.Bishop of Wau Diocese in South Sudan, the Rt. Rev. Moses Deng Bol, stressed that for the young African nation to have a viable future there needed to be “love and unity” among its people.Referring to the 22-year Sudanese Civil War that resulted in South Sudan becoming an independent nation in 2012 he said, “Did our martyrs die so that we would fight each other? Did they die for no good reason and do we keep disgracing them with our actions?”“We have all seen too much hatred and fear and as a country we need unity and love,” he said. “South Sudan has seen a lot of violence and death and many people have experienced evil things that they will never forget.”“[But] if our country is ever going to develop and become a better place we must find a way to forgive this pain. This may sound like too much to ask and even unreasonable, but we must challenge ourselves to forgive freely as a people.”Unity means plenty for everyoneDeng said that much good comes from unity and that people must see the need for unity for South Sudan to be a strong and prosperous country. “If we are united we can have plenty and become a country we can all be proud of,” he said.“Imagine if President Salva Kiir and former Vice President (now Rebel Leader) Riek Machier could forgive each other now and form a government of national unity. What a statement of faith that would be for the future of our young country. It would give everyone hope,” he said.“As long as we think only of tribes and settle disagreements with violence there will be no progress.”Refugees can’t nation buildReports indicate that more than 1 million people have been displaced inside South Sudan and more than 400,000 people have fled to neighboring countries of Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda, as a result of the conflict.Politically the country is divided along tribal lines, largely between the tribes of Dinka and Nuer. Bishop Deng said this is particularly damaging for a young nation like South Sudan.In term of economic development, parts of the country have slipped back to the levels during the Second Civil War (between 1983-2005). Many people are stuck in UN camps, others are in internally displaced peoples camps, and others in refugee camps in neighboring countries.The bishop said these displaced South Sudanese are in no position to produce anything for themselves or for the country.“Life for everyone in South Sudan should get better and people should be more educated,” he reasoned. “We should be more united as a country and work together to promote peace and reconciliation everywhere in the country.“Jesus did not teach hatred he taught forgiveness, and the life he lived serves as an example for everyone. There was no one that Jesus would not help because his faith in God was so strong,” he said. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ September 5, 2014 at 12:03 am Thank you Bishop for your words. We have to forgive so we may thrive. Our companion relationship with Bor Diocese in South Sudan has shown us what can be accomplished if given an opportunity to do so. It is so sad our friends in Bor will have to begin all over again because of in-fighting and tribal distrust. 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Struggle for community control of Rayshard Brooks Peace Center in Atlanta

first_imgAtlantaJuly 11 — Today the Atlanta community continued to protest, demanding community control for the site of the burned-out Wendy’s restaurant where Atlanta police murdered Rayshard Brooks the night of June 12.The Rayshard Brooks Memorial Center in Atlanta.The Saturday demonstration, organized by Community Movement Builders, was in support of a Rayshard Brooks Peace Center on the site. The center would be a place where the community can gather without fear of repression. It would be completely controlled and operated by those in the community with no control by any government forces — especially the police.Protesters marched about 2 miles to the Wendy’s site, which has become a memorial to Brooks. Some protesters were armed and waved the red, black and green flag of Black Liberation as they marched. Some protesters also demanded justice for 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was tragically killed near the site of the RBPC on Saturday, July 4.At the site were shirts and signs dedicated to Brooks’ memory. Numerous abolitionist messages were sprayed on Wendy’s ruins. The site has also become a space to honor all victims of the Atlanta Police Department and of police nationwide.Then on Monday, July 6, the APD, using some city workers — some of whom were reluctant to cooperate — tore apart the memorial. The APD threw away the numerous shirts, flowers and other artifacts dedicated to Brooks and other APD victims. The demolition happened after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms claimed that armed guards at the RBPC site were responsible for the shot that killed Secoriea Turner.Those who were occupying the site at the time, including Turner’s aunt, said that the shooters were not associated with the RBPC and, furthermore, the shooting did not occur at the burned-out Wendy’s. The shooting happened across the street.Although it is not entirely clear what happened on the Fourth of July, multiple things have been made clear by organizers and supporters of the RBPC. They have emphasized that the killing of Turner was tragic and devastating — and rightfully so, as those in the struggle for Black Lives would never want to see the death of a child.Organizers were also clear that Mayor Bottoms is using the tragedy of Turner’s killing to further repress those fighting for Black Lives. Bottoms used Turner’s death to spew Black-on-Black crime rhetoric, saying “Members of the community [are] shooting each other.” (tinyurl.com/yc9nj9qe)She attempted to shift attention away from police brutality, the responsibility of the APD for Brooks’ death and the righteous demands of the Black community, by saying: “You can’t blame this on a police officer; you can’t say this is about criminal justice reform.” Despite Bottoms’ disingenuous comments, protesters in Atlanta are still struggling to establish a Rayshard Brooks Peace Center where Brooks were murdered, knowing that the police are not protectors of Black people.Saturday was just the beginning of what Community Movement Builders organizations says will be a continued movement to establish the center. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NE Indiana Corn Could Average 120 BPA

first_img SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NE Indiana Corn Could Average 120 BPA Mary GumzStatewide, only 2% of Indiana corn has been harvested, but most fields in NE Indiana are a week or so away from harvest. Mary Gumz, Pioneer agronomist based in North Judson, told HAT there is a great deal of variability in field conditions in her area, “We have fields that never even pollinated to fields that caught some rain and will do OK. I think an average in my area will be 120 bpa on corn.” She said stalk integrity is a serious problem this year and that growers should be checking fields to determine how long the crop will stay standing, “Growers should check their fields and do a push test and a pinch test.”  Gumz said the pinch test is a good way to test the strength of the stalk which may be all that is keeping a plant upright.  She urged growers to evaluate their fields and determine which ones need to be harvested first. Previous articleNew Mobile Apps Available to FarmersNext articlePioneer Agronomy Update with Mary Gumz 8/29/12 Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Aug 29, 2012 Aflatoxin is being reported across the state, and Gumz says farmers need to be checking their fields for it and, if detected, taking precautions, “If you find you have the mold, be sure to take safety precautions.”  Pioneer and Purdue both have many resources on their web sites to help producers identify and manage this serious infestation.  In addition, if you find you have a problem, you need to contact your crop insurance agent before you begin harvesting. Failure to do this could result in the loss of insurance coverage and benefits. NE Indiana Corn Could Average 120 BPA Listen to the complete report with Mary Gumz at our Agronomy section on our web site and our Smartphone app. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Senate Democrats Revive Bill to End Cuba Embargo

first_img Senate Democrats Revive Bill to End Cuba Embargo Facebook Twitter Previous articleTrump Endorsed Immigration Bill Could Harm Farm LaborNext articleCo-Alliance and Farmers Grain and Feed Company Announce Joint Venture Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Senate Democrats are pushing back against President Trump concerning Cuba, reviving a bill to lift the U.S. embargo. In mid-June, Trump rolled back former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to the island. The group of Senators, led by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would establish normal trade relations with the island nation, in addition to lifting the economic sanctions. Wyden says the embargo “only serves to shut U.S. exporters out of a natural market for American agricultural and manufactured goods.”The International Trade Commission estimated easing the U.S. restriction on Cuba could increase U.S. exports by $1.4 billion annually in the next five years, with even bigger gains possible. However, the bill faces stiff opposition from the Republican Party and the Trump administration.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 2, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Democrats Revive Bill to End Cuba Embargo Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan

first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 1, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of press freedom violations in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region, where at least 10 journalists have been arrested while covering peaceful protests during the past week, one has been placed in pre-trial detention and a regional TV channel, NRT TV, has again been banned. Detained journalists must be freed at once, RSF said. to go further Organisation News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq Covering anti-government protests is becoming increasingly difficult in Iraqi Kurdistan. The latest victims have included Harem Majed, a reporter for the Bazianpress website, who was arrested in Bazian, a town in Soulaymaniyah province, on 9 December while covering a peaceful protest against the high unemployment level and Kurdish political party corruption.Karzan Tariq and Goran Mohammed, who work for the regional satellite TV channels NRT TV and Payam TV, and two journalists with the national TV channel Al-Iraqiya, reporter Amin Ahmed and cameraman Sirwan Barzan, were held for 24 hours after being arrested on 11 December in the city of Soulaymaniyah, where they were covering protests.After being arrested while covering protests in Kalar, in Soulaymaniyah province, for Radio Deng on 12 December, Mohammed Mahmod was placed in detention and was threatened with reprisals if he did not abandon his journalistic work.Rojnews TV reporter Zosk Ballak has been held ever since his arrest on 12 December in Choman, in Erbil province, in connection with two articles he wrote about the recent protests.Rudaw TV reporter Bakhtyar Kader was covering a protest started by young Iraqis in Ranya, in the northeast of Soulaymaniyah province, on 11 December, when he was attacked by a member of a unit of the Kurdish security forces, known as the Peshmerga, that had been sent to keep an eye on the area.Three journalists working for Kurdistan24 TV, Dalia Kamal, Hardy Hassan and Barham Jamal, were also briefly arrested on 13 December while interviewing passers-by about their economic situation and difficulties in the current fraught context in Soulaymaniyah.“Arresting journalists will prevent economic demands from voiced in the region,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “It is essential to allow the population to have access to all the information that is important to them. The Kurdish security forces must stop obstructing the work of journalists and must immediately release those still being held.”For the third time in recent months, the authorities meanwhile banned NRT TV from broadcasting for a week on 7 December, after security forces stormed into its Soulaymaniyah headquarters and ransacked equipment. NRT TV is run by Shaswar Abdulwahid, who founded the New Generation Movement, an opposition party, in January 2018. Three other TV channels, Payam TV, Speda TV and Rudaw TV, have also been the targets of threats designed to deter them from continuing to cover the protests.The protests against Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomous government and main political parties, which erupted in early December in Soulaymaniyah province, have been accompanied by outbreaks of violence and have been dispersed by riot police. Many journalists were arrested during an earlier, major wave of protests in Iraqi Kurdistan in August.Iraq is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. December 16, 2020 Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Help by sharing this information News February 15, 2021 Find out more News Iraq : RSF and MRG ask UN experts to press for Kurdish journalist’s release RSF_en Receive email alertslast_img read more

Ukrainian parliament approves very dangerous draft law on first reading

first_img Receive email alerts News March 26, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News Reporters Without Borders condemns the draconian restrictions on freedom of information envisaged in a draft law that the Ukrainian parliament approved on first reading today. If adopted, the proposed law would allow the National Security and Defence Council (RNBO) to suppress the dissemination of any national or international media or block any website on the grounds of protecting “security and national interests” without referring to a court.The sanctions envisaged by the bill – whose second reading is scheduled for later today – include “limiting or banning the activity of media or other sources of information, including on the Internet” and “banning the production or dissemination of any printed product or other informational content.”It also says “the broadcasting of television or radio stations” and “the use of Ukrainian broadcast frequencies” can be banned.Drafted by the government, Draft Law No. 4453 was only registered with parliament on 8 August, four days before today’s first reading. Its laconic impact study tersely says: “The bill does not require consultation with civil society.”Neither parliament’s freedom of expression committee nor any of the working groups created with media and NGO representatives was consulted.“This bill’s definitive adoption would represent a major setback for freedom of information in Ukraine,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It gives the RNBO exorbitant powers to order the broadest forms of censorship on the basis of extremely vague criteria and with no safeguards.“We urge parliamentarians to reject this bill on second reading, as it is incompatible with the government’s obligations to protect freedoms. International conventions ratified by Ukraine stress that any restrictions on media activity must, under all circumstances, be necessary and proportionate.”Bihr added: “The major challenges that the Ukrainian authorities are facing and their legitimate concern to defend national security do not, under any circumstances justify such an attack on the constitutional right to freedom of expression.”The RNBO, which would be given the power to impose, modify and lift the sanctions envisaged in the bill, is chaired by Ukraine’s president and consists of the leading cabinet ministers and the heads of the various security institutions, including the intelligence services, the armed forces and the prosecutor-general’s office.The bill says the sanctions can be imposed to “protect security and national interests,” “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its economic independence,” to “prevent violation of the rights, freedoms and interests of Ukrainian citizens” and to “restore them.”The sanctions would be issued in the form of a presidential decree after approval by the RNBO. Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation center_img (photos : Sergei Supinky / AFP) UkraineEurope – Central Asia Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority to go further News Follow the news on Ukraine News August 12, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ukrainian parliament approves very dangerous draft law on first reading It would allow the government to close media and block websites on national security grounds without a court’s permission September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

News blackout on Wukan revolt, grip tightens on micro-blogs

first_img Organisation China’s censorship apparatus has been set in motion in order to suppress reports about an uprising that began several days ago in Wukan, a large village in the southern province of Guangdong, where residents have for months been protesting about seizures of farmland and deals between local officials and developers.The protests escalated into open revolt after Xue Jinbo, one of the spokesmen for the villagers, died in police custody on 11 December. Wukan’s residents, who dispute the claim that he died from a heart attack, took to the streets in their thousands to demand an investigation by the government in Beijing. Ignoring the demand, the authorities reacted by sealing off the village and trying to prevent the unrest from being covered by the media or from getting a lot of attention from online social networks, where residents managed to report that police had surrounded the village.Wukan is now blocked on search engines and “hot tweets” are being closely monitored. Censors on the Sina and Tencent Weibo micro-blogging sites, which are very popular in China, quickly removed a video showing a demonstration by thousands of villagers in protest against the arrest of their leaders. They could be seen chanting slogans such as “Down with corrupt officials” and “Compensation for spilt blood.” China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China “The Chinese authorities are yet again trying to hush up a local corruption case although it has led to a man’s death and has highlighted a major problem – arbitrary land seizures,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This criminal censorship is indicative of the nervousness that the authorities feel about any repercussions of the Arab Spring and the role played by the Internet and social networks as a sounding board. They are trying to intimidate netizens and get them to censor themselves.”The methods being used in Wukan are now commonplace in China. In October, reports of rioting in the east of the country were filtered and searches for Zhili, the name of the city that was the centre of the unrest, were blocked. The same thing happened in Inner Mongolia following protests about the death of a herdsman while trying to protect grazing lands on 20 October. Many Mongolian websites called for demonstrations against the government’s attempts to impose a news blackout on the affair, and access to several sites such as Boljoo, Mongolian BBS and Medege were blocked from 27 October onwards.“The censors are trying increasingly to prevent the dissemination of unwanted information beforehand,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This has been seen in their recent efforts to step up their control by relying on the leaders of Chinese Internet companies, who have promised to combat online pornography and fraud, and the dissemination of rumours and false reports. The government is using the fight against ‘rumours’ to silence dissident and justify arbitrary arrests.”As well as trying to control online information and suppress “false information” on Weibo, QQ and online forums, which according to the authorities are having had a “bad influence on society,” the government is also cracking on journalists, especially investigative reporters.Wang Xiangqian, a reporter for Commerce Daily (商日报) in the northern province of Henan, was assaulted by a representative of the State Bureau for Letters and Visits in the city of Nanyang on 24 November, when he requested information about the bureau’s expenditure, something that officials should provide when requested.Li Xiang, a journalist with Luoyang Television (洛阳电视台)in Luoyang (in Henan province), was stabbed to death on 19 September after following an illegal cooking oil scandal and writing about it in his blog,Two young netizens were arrested last weekend in Changsha (in Hunan province) and were sentenced to five days of administrative detention on a charge of “using the Internet to spread rumours and disrupt public order” because they posted a video showing thousands of white-gloved policemen apparently escorting a local wedding procession. Entitled “Changsha’s smartest wedding, thanks to 5,000 policemen,” it was widely circulated online and received a lot of comment from people who assumed the bridegroom was a senior official. The authorities issued a denial, insisting that the presence of the police was just a coincidence.The Beijing City Hall’s official website meanwhile announced today that anyone wanting to start a micro-blog on a website registered in the capital would have to give their real name. The micro-blogging websites concerned include Sina.com, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, which has 250 million accounts.Finally, Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns China’s decision to return the well-known human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng to prison “for three years” for allegedly violating his parole. Agence France-Presse today quoted the New China news agency as reporting that Gao had been sent back to prison for “contravening the rules of his conditional release.”Arrested in 2006, Gao was sentenced to three years in prison and five years on probation on a charge of “inciting subversion of state authority” for posting nine articles critical of the government on opposition websites based abroad. After his release, he was the target of a series of abductions and disappearances orchestrated by the authorities. Until today, there had been no news of him since April 2010. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. News News RSF_en Receive email alerts December 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News blackout on Wukan revolt, grip tightens on micro-blogs News News Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more