RSF_en News News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News October 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another predator falls to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Organisation On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders notes Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s death today, two months after his 42 years of dictatorial rule were brought to an end when Tripoli was taken on 23 August. Col. Gaddafi was one of the leading holders of the “Predator of Press Freedom” title that Reporters Without Borders began bestowing after its creation in 1985.We pay tribute to the victims of his oppressive regime, to the journalists he imprisoned and to the five journalists killed in Libya since March 2011. The death of a dictator should not mean that investigations are abandoned and that impunity is perpetuated. We hope that this turning point in Libya’s political history will also mark the beginning of renewal in its media.According to a Reporters Without Borders’ tally, five journalists have been killed, 32 have been imprisoned, eight have been briefly detained, 15 have been kidnapped and 30 have been forced to leave the country since the start of the rebellion on 15 February. Follow the news on Libya February 23, 2021 Find out more June 24, 2020 Find out more December 17, 2019 Find out more
Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Media Legal Defence Initiative Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Two hundred days have passed since Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappeared. Prageeth, who regularly contributed to LankaeNews web site, went missing 24th January 2010. Prageeth is a political analyst and a cartoonist known for his outspoken views critical of the government of Sri Lanka.Since Prageeth’s disappearance his wife, along with media rights and human rights groups, has continuously urged the government of Sri Lanka to reveal his whereabouts. The Cartoonists Rights Network International acknowledged her relentless campaign by bestowing a Special Recognition award for her spirited challenge to the Sri Lankan government to account for her disappeared husband.While the police and other authorities have failed in providing any information that leads to finding Prageeth, they haven’t taken any steps to counter or investigate freely circulated disinformation that he is in hiding. Whatever took place on the night of 24th January 2010, it is the duty of Sri Lanka’s government, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to find where Prageeth is and inform his wife Sandya and the world. The inability to do so inevitably affirms Sandya’s repeated assertion that she holds the government of Sri Lanka responsible for the disappearance of her husband.Therefore, on the 12th of August 2010, the International Day of Solidarity for Prageeth, standing beside Sandya, we, the undersigned organizations and individuals, call upon the government of Sri Lanka to fulfil our reasonable demand.Find journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda and give him back to us!Cartoonists Rights Network International Committee to Protect Journalists International Media SupportJournalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka August 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Where is Prageeth? July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en News Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders The International Federation of Journalists News to go further News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out more
Twitter NewsLocal News‘Let’s have city spic-and-span for sporting weekend’By admin – October 18, 2010 556 Mayor Maria Byrne is rallying behind the campaign, and wants the city looking spic -and- span“Significant resources are invested in street cleaning in the city each year, and to complement this investment. I am asking all sectors of the community to display their civic pride and dispose of their litter correctly,” she said.“I am inviting the business community in particular to demonstrate their support of this anti litter initiative by cleaning up outside their own premises at 12 noon. “Thousands of visitors will be in Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend and it’s in all our interests to have our city looking its best.“Portraying a positive image will encourage visitors to return and the city council would like to thank the businesses who already regularly clean up outside their premises.“And remember; love Limerick, don’t litter”. WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Cleanup planned for Tuesday, October 19AHEAD of the expected influx of 50,000 visitors to Limerick over the October Bank Holiday weekend, a ‘deep clean’ has been organised to ensure that the city is at its gleaming best.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On that weekend, the city will host the International Test Series between Ireland and Australia at the Gaelic Grounds, the official opening of the new Greyhound Stadium and Munster taking on Treviso at Thomond Park,as well as Shelbourne FC’s visit to Jackman Park, the city is expected to be particularly busy.With support from the city council who will add extra resources to its cleaning schedule, business are being encouraged to play their part for the initiative by cleaning outside their premises on the morning of Tuesday, October 19. Email Print Previous articleTwo charged with possession of over €170,000 of heroin for sale or supply in Limerick cityNext articleMunster top as Autumn International break looms admin
4Entertainment hosted an esports and big data in gaming business conference in Antwerp last week. As a media partner, we were there in attendance. Topics including esports’ grassroots, football club strategy, marketing plans, investment case studies, legal challenges and more.Sophia Metz, Meltdown BarsThere were two rooms and a total of 14 talks in a packed out day. From an esports industry perspective some of the more relevant were from Hector Rodriguez, CEO of OpTic Gaming, Sophia Metz, CEO of Meltdown Bars, Bart Van Essen of Ajax Esports, Chris Hana, CEO of The Esports Observer, Arnaut Kint, Partner at Cresta Law Firm and Heaven Media’s Mark Reed.Metz discussed how brands would do well to utilise the huge opportunity that grassroots esports represents. We’ll have a piece coming out about this presentation and the plans Meltdown Bars has in-store on ESI tomorrow.Rodriguez of OpTic Gaming talked about influentials for one of the day’s two final presentations. Speaking at the same time was Mark Reed, CEO of Heaven Media, who boasts over a decade of experience in the industry. Based in Cambridge but with an office opening in North America this year, Reed’s Heaven Media has grown 300% in the past year. It’s a marketing agency which has worked with brands such as Alienware, Discord, Logitech, AMD and more.Reed spoke about how in esports it’s a case of doing it right, or not at all. His overall message was simple; if you’re not prepared to fully commit to an esports focused sponsorship, then don’t bother doing it.On the topic of streaming he noted that Twitch is comparatively very expensive alongside other forms of marketing in esports right now. As such it’s risky, and it’s also potentially valueless if you go with the wrong streamer or channel. Brands need to pinpoint exactly what they’re trying to achieve and exactly which demographic they wish to promote to, and plan accordingly. The more relevant you can make your campaign’s content to the fans of a particular streamer of channel, the greater its potential.Reed did say in regard to Youtube or Twitch personalities, that ‘if done right, they could be the most powerful asset’. This is since it’s not just the amount of eyeballs on a stream, it’s the loyalty aspect of these viewers. Reed also commented on team and tournament sponsorships with the key takeaway being that you must know exactly what you are looking to achieve before launching any campaign.One company that knows how to create such creative and engaging campaigns is Level99. The firm has worked with the likes of ESL, OG, Immortals, EA and more recently, Red Bull, to name but a few.Ramin Tahbaz, Level99Ramin Tahbaz, Account Manager at Level99, opened with a warning; question every statistic, prediction or fact that you hear in and about esports. He said that the ‘only guarantee’ right now is a hell of a lot of learning everyday.Back in 2015, Level99 worked with a group called Monkey Business to build a new Dota 2 organisation. After a lot of hard graft, OG was born. This is undoubtedly one of Level99’s coolest success stories; the team has since gone on to win four majors and it has the fastest fan growth in the Dota scene. Tahbaz took listeners through the formation and various stages of this creation, and how they loved the fact that ‘what does OG stand for?’ was still being discussed over a year and a half later.Tahbaz also discussed social media strategy heavily. Another campaign that they worked on with ESL for ESL One New York focused on appealing to a wider audience and giving people food for thought in regards to esports . You can see it below…It was met with criticism by a well-known community figure Semmler who tweeted: “How fucking cringe is this ESL ad for NY . Who cares if sports gives a shit about esports- got to drop insecurity angle”. Rather than reeling, the Level99 team were delighted. It led to debate which led to higher viewership figures which led to more debate. In Tahbaz’s words; “Don’t be boring. It’s better to try and get it wrong. Simply put the only failure is in not trying whatsoever. You don’t need to please everyone but aim to create something people will want to talk about. Boring won’t make you successful.” Elsewhere at Digital Gaming Revolution, Arnaut Kint, a Partner at Cresta Law Firm, discussed the plentiful legal challenges that have arisen with the growth of the esports industry. Cresta assisted on the first Belgian FIFA pro to sign with a professional club which saw Twikii sign for Standard Liege. Kint also elaborated on how the esports ecosystem differs greatly to that of traditional sports and this means differences legally too, and the significant issues created by the lack of regulatory and legal framework in esports as a whole.Arnaut Kint, Cresta Law FirmChris Hana of TEO was brave enough to make some predictions. He stated that there’ll be more investments, a consolidation of the market, a far greater local push and, most controversially, the elimination of multiple endemics. This final point he labelled as inevitable, and attributes it to the major players and universal brands waiting at the edges, including Under Armour, Nike and more.He also echoed the point of Level99’s Ramin Tahbaz earlier in the day in urging everyone present to question every stat they read. Hana noted that the examples of investments by major companies in Europe, whilst impressive, are based on localised European marketing budgets: France in the case of Adidas, and Vodafone within Germany and Spain. Another interesting presentation was that by Ajax Esports Marketing and Partnerships Manager Bart Van Essen. He detailed how the media value of the club’s first esports signing’ Koen Weijland, was greater than that of the football club’s biggest summer transfer in 2016.As such this is some proof of the big opportunity it represents for brands, especially with social media engagement. Van Essen asserted: “We want to be the best club in Europe” which is testament to how dedicated the Dutch club is to esports. Ajax Esports currently has four full-time employees across marketing, social and content.This is in addition to its now two strong team of players; Dani Hagebeuk joined some months after Koen. In terms of engagement, Dani went from 600 to 30,000 Instagram followers which says much for the potential of big football clubs’ involvement in the FIFA scene. The club’s ‘Ziggo eRoom’ purpose built facility enables Ajax Esports to do live streams, and naturally the club’s footballers, both academy and senior, get involved making for some great content.Van Essen did agree that the challenge lies in the acceptance of Ajax Esports by the old guard of fans. He stated that FIFA is a natural fit and easier to accept. As for expansion into other titles he responded: “Maybe we’ll expand into other games but for now it’s too hard to explain to our older fans.”Ajax Esports’ understandable reluctance to move into other titles for the time-being is reminiscent of a wider problem in esports; that of big brands toying with the space but either not committing quite yet or not committing extensively. As TEO’s Chris Hana predicted, this should change in the near future but the repercussions for current industry stakeholders remains to be seen.