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State media appointments discussed at meeting with government

first_imgShe recalled that on 7 January, the government hastily appointed new managers to a number of state media organizations, such as the news agency TAP, the newspaper publishing arm SNIPE and the national television organization. It said the fact that several top posts were vacant justified the need to move quickly.On 24 April, the sudden removal of Habib Belaid as interim head of the national public radio network caused an outcry. Four state radio directors handed in their resignations in solidarity. In early July, the dismissal of Sadok Bouabène as director general of Wataniya TV and the appointment of new directors for nine state radio stations prompted Reporters Without Borders once again to deplore the lack of a consultation process to regulate the appointment and dismissal of senior staff in Tunisia’s state broadcasting system.The most recent cases quoted by Reporters Without Borders were the appointment on 17 August of Imène Bahroun as head of the Tunisian National Television Organization and on 21 August of Lotfi Touati as director general of the Dar Essabah media group, which is 80 percent state-controlled.“What was at first described by the government as an exception became the rule as the months went by,” the organization commented, noting the importance of independent state media in a democracy. “The government must put and end once and for all to the lack of transparency that surrounds the latest appointments.”On 21 August, the journalist Boutheina Gouiaa invited members of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) to discuss the state media appointments on her daily programme “Between News and Rumour” on Tunisian National Radio. After it aired, she was told she was being reassigned to the Information Department.At the Kasbah meeting, Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern that some representatives of the government were incapable of accepting criticism. Yet their position as public figures necessarily exposed them to adverse comments.The government representatives said the application of the new media laws 115 (print) and 116 (broadcasting) had been entrusted to a parliamentary committee. They had been deemed “non-consensual” and would be revised. Reporters Without Borders said this was regrettable and expressed the fear that the revised versions would be watered down. It stressed that it was important for Tunisia that its legislation meets international standards. “It is imperative that the government and the National Constituent Assembly take a stand against the current legal vacuum, which amounts in effect to a means of controlling the media,” the organization added. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the consultation framework put in place after a protest demonstration by Dar Essabah journalists on 22 August, which brings together the prime minister’s office and professional bodies to tackle the problems of the news industry. However, a mass meeting organised by the SNJT on 24 August voted for a general strike on 15 September unless the authorities respond favourably to the journalists’ demands, a sign that the confidence of those working in the media has been seriously eroded despite the government’s action. December 26, 2019 Find out more Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation RSF_en Read in Arabic (بالعربية) Help by sharing this information News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia November 12, 2019 Find out more The authorities do not appear to have heeded the journalists’ appeal. Lotfi Touati, the new director general of Dar Essabah, arbitrarily removed one of the three sub-editors working on the daily Essabah. He also published a list of those entitled to edit the newspaper’s editorials. On 24 August, Reporters Without Borders had a meeting at the prime minister’s office in the Kasbah with government spokesman Ridha Kazdaghli, and Jamel Tahar and Nejmeddine Hamrouni, political advisers to Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.The talks gave the organization an opportunity to express its concern and incomprehension at the persistence of inappropriate appointments to top state media posts and to point out that there was an urgent need for the creation of an independent body to regulate the broadcasting sector. The organization’s Tunis representative sharply criticized the Tunisian authorities’ control of the state media and the lack of a transparent system for appointing managers. Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News November 11, 2020 Find out more News August 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State media appointments discussed at meeting with government TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalistslast_img read more

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Pasadena-Based ABT Mining Acquires AutoClaim, An Accident Documentation App

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Subscribe Make a comment Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business Districts News Pasadena-Based ABT Mining Acquires AutoClaim, An Accident Documentation App From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 22, 2015 | 12:55 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena-based ABT Mining Co. has acquired AutoClaim, the app that puts a complete accident documentation and claim management system literally at your fingertips.Scheduled for release as a free download late this year, the app is intended to revolutionize the multi-billion dollar auto insurance claim industry at an operational and strategic level, benefiting not only the automobile owner but also law enforcement, accident investigators and auto insurance companies.The app can be utilized by all of the over 200 million licensed drivers in the United States, including commercial fleets, municipalities, and government agency drivers.Using AutoClaim, anyone involved in a vehicular accident can contact authorities and loved ones immediately with the click of a button or by voice commands. From the scene, the motorist can just input the type of accident, and he will be guided through the accident-documentation process.The app will also take photos and videos of the accident, other vehicles and the accident scene. A video or voice recorder can also take witness statements – great help for traffic investigators. Its geo-mapping feature will pinpoint your vehicle’s location, and even place images of the accident on the map for proper documentation.AutoClaim will also have a feature that will allow the driver to identify his injuries or the injuries of his passengers and of the driver and passengers of the other vehicle, even before the arrival of paramedic help. Through the app, anyone involved in an accident could get in touch immediately with accident service providers, from towing services to rental agencies, doctors and attorneys.It will allow you to follow up your claims status and communicate with your insurance company.Additional benefits include instant discounts and special offers, including tire discounts, new insurance quote discounts, car wash offers, and much more.Of the AutoClaim acquisition, Imran Firoz, ABT Mining CFO said this is a “major step forward in improving the company’s balance sheet by adding a significant asset that can generate multiple revenue streams, while creating a positive cash flow for the company.”Shahan Ohanessian, President and CEO, believes in the “tremendous opportunity” for AutoClaim’s growth.“Statistics show that more than 10 vehicle accidents happen every minute, and over 90% of the accident victims use a smartphone. This untapped vertical will continue to grow as ABT will enjoy the first-mover advantage in the Mobile Claims Management business,” Ohanessian said.ABT Mining Co. Inc., also doing business as ABT Holdings, with offices at 225 S Lake Avenue, is a diversified holding company engaged in investing, acquiring, developing, and growing various businesses that provide strategic advantages, generate attractive returns and significant free cash flow for their shareholders. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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