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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 24th February 2020 | By Stephen Carter SportPesa’s sudden withdrawal from a string of sponsorships at a time when rumbling discontent over gambling’s commercial ties with football has prompted some to question their long-term viability, but in the absence of concrete legislative intervention, don’t expect the allure to fade any time soon, writes Scott Longley SportPesa’s sudden withdrawal from a string of sponsorships at a time of rumbling discontent over gambling’s commercial ties with football has prompted some to question their long-term viability, but in the absence of concrete legislative intervention, don’t expect the allure to fade any time soon, writes Scott LongleySportPesa’s apparent retreat from high-profile sponsorship is as sudden as its arrival on the scene just four years ago when it first popped up at Hull City.The news this week that the Kenyan-headquartered operator’s shirt deal at Everton was being terminated at the end of the season and that the short-lived sponsorship of the Racing Point Formula 1 team was also at an end looked like a terminal point had been reached.This is despite the postings on Instagram purporting to show a potential link-up between SportPesa and Aston Villa – the veracity of the posting is yet to be proven and, for now, to use an airport analogy we can assume that Sportpesa is in the baggage hall rather than the line to transfer flights.In the case of the Everton deal, it might have been thought something was up when in its last match against Crystal Palace the name SportPesa had been replaced by the logo of Everton’s local community outreach programme though a club spokesperson insisted this was a coincidence.Still, the wording of the press release from the club did suggest an abrupt change of heart had occurred with the club stating it had terminated the contract after a “comprehensive review” of the club’s commercial strategy.The sense of events moving at speed was heightened when it emerged on the same day that SportPesa was no longer associated with the Racing Point F1 team. SportPesa issued a statement on that deal saying it had only ever been a one-year agreement despite the press release from last year suggesting it was a two-year deal.All this after the news just the week before that the Football Association of Ireland had also brought to an end its link-up with SportPesa due to “shifting priorities,” while betting partnerships with Arsenal and Southampton would also appear to have come to an end.Local difficulties The sponsorship upheavals come on top of the serious problems SportPesa has encountered in its primary market of Kenya where it has been forced to exit following a long-running tax dispute with the government.The company did not have its licence renewed all throughout last year. Although the current chief executive Ronald Karauri took to social media recently to claim a licence application was still pending, there are doubts among industry insiders that it will be granted.Harry Lang, marketing expert with Brand Architects, says what appears to be an indecorous retreat from some big-ticket sponsorships will be damaging for SportPesa.“At the very least, this reflects badly on them – successful sponsorships are long term relationships, so by enforcing a break-up and walking away it doesn’t look good in terms of either brand reputation or integrity,” he says.Whether this will have any effect on the rest of the market for sport sponsorships and betting and gaming entities is more open to question, however. Sources point out that given the relatively small size of the Kenyan betting market in terms of gross gaming revenues, the amounts that SportPesa was outlaying on sports deals appeared out of proportion.“When the Everton deal was first done, it was ridiculous in terms of the money,” suggested one industry figure who preferred to remain anonymous. “It was way above what anyone was expecting.”Sources suggest the Everton deal was worth between £4.5m/£5m a season. In comparison, deals at clubs such as Crystal Palace and the like are thought to be worth somewhere between £2.5m/£3m.Then there was the deal with F1 team Racing Point. That was rumoured at the time of the announcement to be worth between $10m-$12m a year. “The F1 deal – how did it ever make sense to sponsor a sport which isn’t high-profile and where not every race is even broadcast on TV in Kenya?” asked one rival operator in Africa.Lessons learned? Does Sportpesa’s retreat from the front line have any wider implications for the viability of sports team sponsorship?Certainly, the coincidence of the Everton news with the ongoing rumblings of political discontent in the UK and other European markets regarding shirt sponsorships in football might seem to raise some questions about its viability long-term.Yet, the reality (at least until there is any concrete legislative intervention) is that we are likely to continue to see deals in the years to come because the marketing potential of hooking a gambling brand to a sporting powerhouse such as the English Premier League or Formula 1 team is just too alluring to turn down.As Lang says, even the tightening regulatory situation in the UK is unlikely to have an effect.“To coin a phrase appropriate for the topic, the goalposts are continually moving whether from a regulatory or a public-perception standpoint,” he says. “The UK remains a multi-billion-pound gaming market and until that changes, betting companies will still treat it as high priority – they’ll just need to learn to be more fluid in how they promote themselves.” Scott Longley has been a jounalist since the early 2000s, covering personal finance, sport and gambling. He has worked for a number of publications including Investment Week, Bloomberg Money, Football First., eGaming Review and Gambling Compliance. Scot now runs his own editorial consultancy, Clear Concise Media, and writes for a number of online and print titles. SportPesa beats a retreat Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting
The portions of self-excluded gamblers aged 41-50 and 51 or older both held steady, at 2% and 4% respectively. Email Address The amount of young people self-excluding from Gambling in Lithuania declined in 2020, but rates increased for women and those aged 31-40, according to the Lithuanian Gambling Supervisory Authority. Regions: Europe Baltics Lithuania 8th January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle In total, 17,348 people excluded themselves from gambling during 2020. “This small change is a possible sign that younger people are starting to look at their gambling more responsibly and that an aid measure such as a limitation on gambling is not necessary for them,” the Supervisory Authority said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Problem gambling Lithuanian self-exclusion declines among younger players, but rises for women Those aged 21-30 and 31-40 continued to make up the majority of self-excluded players. However, the portion from the 21-30 age group also declined, from 52% to 48%, while the amount aged 31-40 increased from 36% to 42%. In addition, Lithuania’s legislature, the Seimas, published the State Budget for 2021, revealing that the government expects to take in €20.7m in lottery and gambling taxes and fees. Those who self-excluded were predominantly men, at 90% compared to 10% of self-excluded gamblers than women. However, this marked a shift from 2019, when 93% were men and 7% women. Topics: Social responsibility Problem gambling Responsible gambling While the Supervisory Authority did not publish the number that self-excluded in 2019, they did say that 2020’s figure represented a year-on-year increase. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter For the first time since the data was first collected in 2017, the portion of self-excluded gamblers aged 18-20 declined, from 9% to 6%.
Canada NCK Inc., Paul-Henry Boutros, NCK inc., Paul-Henry Boutros Project Manager:Lisa-Marie Fortin et Louis ThellendCity:Petite-Rivière-Saint-FrançoisCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Charles LanteigneRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWoodEGGERLaminatesDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The inspiration for this home comes from the majestic landscape of the St. Lawrence River estuary, visible from the rocky headland on which it is located. Built on a steep slope and unobtrusive on the street side, the house is completely open to the river, unfolding toward the horizon. Save this picture!© Charles LanteigneSpatially, rooms are organized around an inverted plan that locates bedroom suites at the garden level. Set in concrete, they are anchored in the site’s topography. At ground level, living spaces paneled in light wood, each one leading into the next, are characterized by different heights that allow a definition of different uses.Save this picture!© Charles LanteigneSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Charles LanteigneSave this picture!Walk-Out PlanThe dining room, airy and full-windowed, pulls away from the main building as it soars toward the horizon. Massive, vertical concrete chimneys provide a striking contrast with transparent openings and the lightness of wooden volumes built on an overhang. The long horizontals unfurl to accentuate the landscapeSave this picture!© Charles LanteigneProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Mark / ZGF ArchitectsSelected ProjectsMVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in MoscowArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/905857/long-horizontals-thellend-fortin-architectes Clipboard CopyHouses•Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada Area: 490 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Long Horizontals / Thellend Fortin ArchitectesSave this projectSaveLong Horizontals / Thellend Fortin Architectes Houses “COPY” Photographs: Charles Lanteigne ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/905857/long-horizontals-thellend-fortin-architectes Clipboard Photographs Year: ArchDaily Save this picture!© Charles Lanteigne+ 20Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Projects Structural Engineer: Long Horizontals / Thellend Fortin Architectes 2017 Architects: Thellend Fortin Architectes Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeThellend Fortin ArchitectesOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPetite-Rivière-Saint-FrançoisCanadaPublished on November 14, 2018Cite: “Long Horizontals / Thellend Fortin Architectes” 14 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 3 October 2008 | News 97 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam is asking the British public to suggest some powerful advertising slogans, offering them to chance to upload them onto a series of large digital billboards around London.The charity claims that this is “the world’s first interactive billboard advertising”. It is applying some of the online techniques of Web 2.0 such as user generated content, interactivity, and ‘crowdsourcing’.You can upload your ideas for an advertising slogan for Oxfam onto its website and the best of these will be shown on the three-metre high billboards within 24 hours.There are eight such billboards around central London. People whose ideas are used will be notified in advance so that they can see their masterpieces of publicity in person.Fourteen entries will be selected and each winning entry will run for a 24-hour period between 6 and 19 October.The advertisements are part of Oxfam’s “Be Humankind” campaign, devised by advertising agency RKCR.www.oxfam.org.uk/get_involved/billboard/index.htmlHere are just some of Oxfam’s recent adverts to give a sense of what their agency and in-house staff have developed, all kindly shared by net_efekt on Flickr.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Put your slogan on Oxfam’s billboards
Dec. 11 — Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people, especially youth, have poured into the streets of Honduras, a country of only 9 million, to protest election fraud.“They have stolen the votes from us,” Salvador Nasralla Salum said at a march on Dec. 10 in Tegucigalpa, the capital, that ended in a three-hour demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy. “This country will be ungovernable starting now.”In national elections on Nov. 26, Nasralla was the presidential candidate of the Alliance (Alianza), made up of his own Anti-Corruption Party and the Libre Party, led by former President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009. Xiomara Zelaya, the former president’s spouse, was Alianza’s vice presidential candidate in the current election.The Alianza was clearly winning the election when the regime stopped the count and then after three days announced the incumbents had won. Nasralla accuses the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States of being “accomplices to fraud.”The EU and OAS have hesitated to endorse the election, given the massive number of Hondurans who have come out to protest the fraud. U.S. President Donald Trump, however, praised incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández for winning the election.On Dec. 10, two weeks after the elections took place, tens of thousands of Hondurans supporting the Alianza demonstrated in Tegucigalpa and other cities throughout the country.A week earlier, when the government tried to impose a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew on the population, Nasralla called on members of the armed forces and police to refuse this order. The National Police announced on Dec. 5 that they would no longer repress the population. Others described scenes of police and the people dancing together in the streets after this refusal to be servants of the rich.Any indication that the police and army — the core elements of the repressive state that has killed 14 people in the days following the election — might even be thinking of refusing to play that repressive role strikes terror into the hearts of the Honduran oligarchy and their imperialist masters.In the five days after Dec. 5, there has been very little movement by the incumbent regime and its Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). According to The Economist of Dec. 7, the government increased the pay for the police and they went back on duty.Nasralla has asked the TSE to either recount all the ballots in a way transparent to the people or rerun the entire election. In a letter issued on Dec. 9, former President Zelaya said the OAS was trying to split the opposition, but that he would support Nasralla’s decisions. For now, both call on the Honduran people to stay in the streets.Zelaya blames U.S. for crisis and 2009 coupIn an interview with Democracy Now! on Dec. 8, Zelaya explained why he and millions of other Hondurans don’t believe the regime and the TSE. He placed the blame for the current crisis in Honduras squarely on Washington and for the 2009 coup backed by the U.S.“On the day of the election, the tribunal said … that we had a 5 percent lead, with 71 percent of the votes counted. It was a 5 percent lead and growing. Then, the system went down for three days. They say that the server was overloaded. That’s like putting three needles into a room. How is a server going to be overloaded with so little data. …“And we were told that they had reset, when we asked for the backup, and it was all lost. And then it was resumed, and we’re told, with 29 percent of the vote left to be counted, that we were losing” — by 1.6 percent.“Since the coup d’état [of 2009], the United States has done what it wants with this country. They changed all the laws. This is a military state, with laws like Plan Colombia, like the laws in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is what’s happening in Honduras. … We are calling for people to defend themselves in the streets, so that what we won at the polls, we defend in the streets. …“The coup d’état against me was planned in Miami at the Southern Command. [The U.S.] finance the main churches, evangelical churches, as well — not all of them, but most of them. They run the large owners of the media corporations. They feed them a line, day after day. And the military obey them, because they were trained by them at the School of the Americas. It now has another name, but the graduates are throughout Latin America. …“That’s how the history of this country has been. They run the transnationals, private sector, the churches, the major media — not just here, around the world. The major media conglomerates answer to the U.S. line. …“There’s less hypocrisy with Trump. He’s more direct about what he’s going to do, and he does it. Under the previous administration, there was a lack of sincerity in the words. And so, in a way, we like this. But Trump is very repressive. He’s very cold and harsh. He only sees the world from the standpoint of business.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
La aparición de alimañas neofascistas debajo de sus rocas para exigir negocios de “reapertura”, una demanda querida por los gobernantes capitalistas súper ricos, hace imperativo que la izquierda desarrolle un plan para contrarrestar la amenaza fascista, una amenaza que ha re aparecido constantemente en la historia de los Estados Unidos.El 30 de abril, cientos de manifestantes de derecha, algunos armados con armas automáticas, irrumpieron en el edificio del Capitolio de Michigan en Lansing. Exigieron que se levantaran las protecciones estatales contra COVID-19 y se re abrieran las empresas. La policía permitió a los neofascistas armados dentro del edificio y entrar a una galería de visitantes con vista a los legisladores estatales en sesión. Algunos legisladores enviaron publicaciones en los medios diciendo que temían por su seguridad; otros se pusieron chalecos antibalas.Durante el fin de semana del 1 de mayo, una mezcla de milicias supremacistas blancas, fundamentalistas religiosos y grupos financiados por fundaciones de derecha como Coors y Koch realizaron protestas reaccionarias similares en todo Estados Unidos. El 1 de mayo, el presidente Trump tuiteó el apoyo a los fascistas armados de Michigan, llamándolos “personas muy buenas”, elogio que previamente otorgó a bandas similares que marchaban en 2017 con símbolos nazis y banderas confederadas en Charlottesville, Virginia.Los banqueros y multimillonarios que respaldan la administración de Trump han estado exigiendo que los trabajadores arriesguen sus vidas y vuelvan a trabajar y que rápidamente reanuden las ganancias en los bolsillos de los patrones. Estos manipulan a los fascistas para promover este programa.La fecha elegida por los neofascistas no fue casual.El 1 de Mayo es el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores. En este Primero de Mayo, los trabajadores en los EE. UU. se encontraban en medio de una oleada de acciones laborales casi sin precedentes: desaceleraciones, ausencia por enfermedad, abandonos de labores, protestas improvisadas, huelgas aprobadas por sindicatos y otras protestas organizadas de base. En la pandemia, los trabajadores están exigiendo seguridad laboral y equipos de protección de los jefes, así como pagos por enfermedad, protección laboral contra despidos, seguro de salud y más, incluso “Medicare para todos”.Los medios de comunicación de las grandes empresas dieron a los neofascistas horas de camaras el 1ro. de Mayo, y apenas dieron tiempo a las acciones históricas de los trabajadores que se estaban llevando a cabo. Los derechistas armados son simplemente una extensión de los capitalistas “lo de siempre”.Los mismos tipos de pandillas eran las milicias de los colonos, las patrullas de las plantaciones de la esclavocracia del sur, las tropas de choque de los industriales del norte. Durante siglos, estas fuerzas extralegales han sido Posse Comitatus, Ku Klux Klan y ahora los Proud Boys.Los propietarios estadounidenses de tierras e industria siempre han llamado y financiado a sus esbirros cuando los pueblos y trabajadores oprimidos se han organizado y han hecho una pausa por la libertad.La función de estas fuerzas neofascistas fue claramente definida por el cofundador de Workers World Party/ Partido Mundo Obrero, Sam Marcy, en su libro de 1983 “El Klan y el Gobierno: ¿enemigos o aliados?”“Hay que recordar que el uso de la violencia y la represión masiva es una tendencia congénita del estado capitalista. Incluso en el llamado mejor de los tiempos, el gobierno capitalista no solo tolera organizaciones terroristas como el Klan, sino que una vez que la lucha de clases de los trabajadores y los pueblos oprimidos adquiere el carácter de un verdadero aumento masivo, el gobierno capitalista es más probable que nunca que aliente y promueva aquellos como el Klan y otros medios de represión”.Los trabajadores se están alzando en los Estados Unidos, luchando por sus vidas durante la pandemia de coronavirus. Y la clase dominante está llamando a sus tropas de choque para tratar de hacerlos retroceder.Como socialistas, como activistas de izquierda, como trabajadores, nuestro trabajo es doble: primero, debemos apoyar firmemente y organizarnos con otros trabajadores y personas oprimidas para forjar lazos de solidaridad contra todas las formas de opresión capitalista.Segundo, debemos resistir la propaganda de la desmoralización y recordar que una y otra vez la resistencia de la gente ha aumentado para hacer retroceder y desanimar a estas fuerzas reaccionarias.Desde la resistencia indígena que continúa hasta nuestros días hasta los siglos de pueblos esclavizados en rebelión, desde la marcha de 1981 que clausuró a los nazis en Buffalo, Nueva York, hasta la organización de la izquierda unida de 2017 que rompió la marcha de la supremacía blanca en Charlottesville, tenemos historias militantes para inspirarnos, instruirnos y fortalecernos.Como Marcy escribió sobre la rotunda derrota de los nazis en 1981:“La intransigencia, que es tan indispensable en cualquier lucha de la clase trabajadora, no fue la única en explicar la victoria de la coalición progresista antifascista en Buffalo. También fue una evaluación cuidadosa de la relación política de las fuerzas en el área y en el país. Fue una organización buena y eficiente, libre de cualquier enfoque dogmático del fenómeno de la violencia fascista, libre de sectarismo. Se basó en la masa de los trabajadores y progresistas, y [en] los intentos de lograr la alianza más amplia posible con todos los elementos dispuestos, listos y capaces de emprender una lucha vigorosa”.Allí, en un párrafo, hay un plan de acción contra la erupción actual de las fuerzas neofascistas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Read the reportRead the article in Chinese / 看中文Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report on the crisis in the western state of Arakan, a copy of which it gave yesterday to National League for Democracy parliamentary representative Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently on a four-day visit to Paris, the last leg of a European tour that ends tomorrow.“The ongoing conflict in Arakan has shone a harsh light on the sensitivity of the media environment and the very fragile nature of the newly recovered but partial media freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aung San Suu Kyi clearly appreciates the gravity of the crisis but we felt we had to draw her attention to the urgency of the need to respond to the many challenges for the Burmese media after 50 years of suppression and censorship.“Until now, the government has been relaxing its abusive control of the media but, as it does not know how to assist the media in the new, rapidly emerging political and economic environment, it has reacted in an instinctive manner to what it regards as the excessive liberties the media are taking and has initiated at least three prosecutions since the start of the year. The editor of Snapshot could be facing a seven-year jail sentence. This is not an acceptable response from a government that claims to be on the road to democracy.“We hope that both the Burmese government and parliament will understand that modernization and liberalization of the media and adoption of adequate media legislation are not going to be the result of the country’s democratization but are inescapable preconditions for its democratization, ones that must be tackled right away.”Reporters Without Borders talked twice yesterday with Aung San Suu Kyi, firstly during an informal lunch at the Paris city hall, then in the afternoon during a meeting at which the French foreign ministry and several civil society organizations took part. June 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Aung San Suu Kyi handed report on Arakan crisis and threats to freedom of information News MyanmarAsia – Pacific MyanmarAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information News to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders was able to draw her attention to the new threats to freedom of information in Burma and to the needs of the media, which have had big impact on the crisis in Arakan from the outset.The report analyses the key role of Internet and media coverage in the evolution of the violence in Arakan, the difficulties of access to information, the attacks on the foreign and exile media, the role played by the government and the dangers resulting from news manipulation and its impact on the tension.Reporters Without Borders recommends actions that the Burmese government and media should undertake to improve journalists’ ability to work effectively and increase freedom of information.Burma is ranked 169th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 26, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Related documents burma_report_en.pdfPDF – 769.17 KB
to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Organized crimeCorruptionViolence News February 28, 2018 Press freedom in Slovakia after investigative reporter’s murder Receive email alerts SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Slovakia News Robert Fico, the country’s prime minister since 2012 and leader of the left-wing populist SMER-SD party, has never hesitated to lash out at the media, often using the most virulent language. When reporters questioned his handling of the nation’s funds in 2016, he accused them of trying to damage Slovakia’s European Union presidency and called them “dirty anti-Slovak whores.” Last December, he accused them of double standards in their coverage of him, called them “ignorant” and even offered to show them how to write a news story.A similar language is used by interior minister Robert Kaliňák, who is alleged to have covered up real estate entrepreneur Ladislav Bašternák’s tax fraud operations. When an associate of Bašternák, the controversial businessman Marián Kočner, recently threatened Kuciak, the interior minister defended Kočner and played down the importance of the threats. But it just so happened that Kuciak was investigating the activities of associates of both the prime minister and interior minister.And now it is the prime minister and interior minister who are in charge of the investigation into Kuciak’s murder. They have given assurances that everything will be done to find those responsible and have even promised a 1 million-euro reward for any significant information. But Slovakia’s journalists fear that the investigation will fail to be thorough and independent. They also doubt that everything will done to guarantee their own safety in the future.Turning point for Slovak journalismThe fears of the Slovak journalist community are due in part to the fact that they had never previously experienced this kind of violence. But the situation had already been deteriorating. In 2007 and 2008, and again in the past two years, there were arson attacks on the homes or cars of three journalists who specialized in covering local organized crime. And another was physically attacked.Two journalists also disappeared. Pavol Rýpal, an investigative reporter who covered organized crime for Markíza TV and then for the magazine Plus 7 Dní, went missing in 2008. And Miroslav Pejko, a journalist with the business daily Hospodárske Noviny, went missing in 2015. The police never solved these disappearances.Those attacks are now regarded as having been warnings for journalists who cover organized crime. But Kuciak’s death is nonetheless seen as a turning point. He is journalism’s first overt murder victim since the end of communism.Oligarchs take over the mediaA specialist in covering large-scale tax evasion, Kuciak was already regarded as one of Slovakia’s best investigative reporters although he was just 27. He worked for Aktuality.sk, a news website jointly owned by the Germany’s Axel Springer press group and the Swiss company Ringier.After the collapse of communism, it was common to see media outlets being developed with western capital in the 1990s, but foreign-owned media have become a rarity in present-day Slovakia. One by one, international media groups have sold the country’s biggest media outlets to influential businessmen based in Slovakia or nearby countries. The Slovak media are now increasingly under the control of local or regional oligarchs.The Slovak and Czech company Penta’s acquisition of the daily newspaper SME from its German owner in 2014 is a good example. It triggered the creation of a new media outlet, Denník N, by journalists opposed to the acquisition. Penta’s appetite did not stop there. It now wants to buy Markíza, Slovakia’s most popular TV channel , from the US group CME.In an attempt to prevent control of the media from being concentrated in too few hands, Slovak legislation prohibits media cross-ownership, in principle at least. It should not be possible, for example, to own two or more TV channels or national radio stations, or a combination of TV channels and a newspaper. But experience has shown that the law is easily circumvented. Control of state mediaAmid all this transformation in the Slovak media landscape, the independence of the state-owned national radio and TV broadcaster, RTVS, has also been undermined. RTVS had for years enjoyed a significant degree of editorial independence and public trust until 2017 when Jaroslav Rezník – a member of one of the parties in the ruling coalition who had been appointed by parliament as its new CEO – replaced its three main editors.The new leadership then suspended “Reportéri”, Slovakia’s only investigative current affairs TV programme, after it broadcast a report critical of an organization linked to the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), a junior member of the ruling coalition. After a great deal of criticism, including from RSF, the management has promised to revive “Reportéri” next September. But the suspension has shown that RTVS is no longer effectively protected from political pressure. News February 4, 2021 Find out more Never, not even in the darkest hours of the country’s history, have the Slovak media experienced such an act of violence as last weekend’s double murder of the young investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his partner. As the shockwaves from their deaths continue to reverberate, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks at the decline in media freedom in Slovakia. Hundreds of candles have been placed in front of a portrait of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in the center of Bratislava in the night of February 27, 2018. VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 2, 2020 Find out more