Major threat to news coverage from law “protecting minors” online

first_imgNews RussiaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the confusion resulting from a new law intended to protect minors from “harmful” content, which takes effect today. Approved by the Duma in July, it allows the authorities to compile a website blacklist.”The law’s vagueness and inconsistencies render its repressive provisions even more threatening and are encouraging journalists to censor themselves,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The vague definition of ‘harmful content’ leaves too much room for interpretation and increases the probability of overblocking. How are the media to cover natural disasters, wars and sex crimes with these constraints?”As defined, the requirement to put age ban labels on content is absurd and dangerous. On the grounds of protecting minors, this law is likely to place serious obstacles on the media’s ability to provide the public with general news coverage. We urge parliament to clarify this law and to strike out those provisions that violate the constitution and international agreements that Russia has ratified.” The law’s imprecisions and contradictions have forced officials to provide explanations but unfortunately the explanations have also been contradictory. Questions are currently focusing on the nature of the content that is banned for minors. Under the final version of the law, the media are supposed to prevent children from seeing content that contains violence, sex or rude words and content that encourages them to smoke or drink alcohol. To this end, every offending story, video or photo will have to be labelled “banned for minors under the age of” 6, 12, 16 or 18.Successive comments by Vladimir Pikov, the spokesman of Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications), on 29 August were not reassuring.Pikov said all online media except news agencies were required to put age ban labels on their content but print media that cover politics and current affairs were not. Each individual article or item was supposed to be labelled, but “if that proves too complicated, the entire website must be labelled. “Media that are exempt from labelling are free to adopt it on their own initiative, if they want to,” he added.The Russian media are split between those that are panicking about the new provisions and those that are just perplexed. To avoid any risk, many online media representatives have decided they may have to label their entire site as “banned to those under the age of 18” even if this could have a big impact on their readership and could result in their site being blocked by some Internet Service Providers, public WiFi networks and public institutions such as schools.The independent newspaper Kommersant’s lawyers say its entire website will be labelled “banned to those under the age of 16” from today onwards. Although news agencies are supposed to be exempt, Interfax has already decidedto label its website “only for adults.” The fear has spread to the traditional media. Alexei Venediktov, editor in chief of the independent radio station Echo of Moscow, announced on Twitter on 28 August that he is temporarily suspending “For adults, about adults,” a programme that has been hosted since 2004 by the lawyer and family psychologist Mikhail Labkovski.Lev Makarov, the CEO of the TV station 2×2, even announced that violent sequences would be removed from series such as “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” and that these series would henceforth only be broadcast after 11 pm. At same time, producers have protested that characters who smoke would be censored from very popular Soviet cartoons, while the media are abuzz with rumours about lists of words or bodily postures that could be banned from the screen.Some journalists have complained that foreign news websites, to which the law does not apply, will have an unfair commercial advantage.In response to all the concerns being voiced by journalists, Roskomnadzor has promised that the law will be phased in gradually and that any initial problems will be resolved through consultation with the media concerned. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia News September 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Major threat to news coverage from law “protecting minors” online News Follow the news on Russia to go further Organisation center_img May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Investor Confidence Measured

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Investor confidence is slipping as market conditions remain volatile, according to a new study from Wells Fargo. According to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor Optimism Index, U.S. investor optimism fell to its lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2016 as investor confidence weakened in the 12-month outlook for the stock market and U.S. employment.The Q3 2019 Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index is now 72, down 13 points from 85 in the second quarter and well below the post-recession high of 117 reached in the fourth quarter of 2017,  the largest quarterly drop for the index in more than three years.“Even before the volatility of the past two weeks, investors were rattled by the market decline at the start of the month, including a nearly 800-point drop in the Dow at the start of the survey period,” said Andy Byer, head of Client Service and Advice for Wells Fargo Advisors on Business Wire.A major factors influencing investor decision is the U.S.-China trade war. According to a survey from, 45.8% of investors citing it as their top concern. The trade wars are twice as important as the national debt and significantly higher than interest rate cuts from the Fed. Other factors of concern to investors include tensions in the Persian Gulf.Wells Fargo’s index notes that 59% of investors this quarter said this was a good time to invest in the stock market, down from 65% last quarter. However, 76% saying they feel very confident or somewhat confident they will have enough money to maintain the lifestyle they want throughout their retirement.“With the market still up from the start of the year, recent market losses have not cut into investors’ underlying confidence in their portfolio or long-term retirement goals,” Byer said. “Even with volatile markets, investors should keep their focus on their long-term investment plans. And making sure investments are aligned with their personal risk tolerance and rebalancing portfolios to match their investment objectives.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Investment Sales Stocks Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Investor Confidence Measured Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Previous: State of Emergency Declared for Florida Next: Recession: Is Real Estate Safe? About Author: Seth Welborn Investment Sales Stocks 2019-08-28 Seth Welborn August 28, 2019 797 Views Share Save Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Investor Confidence Measured Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Edible nut pricing

first_imgAlmonds: Prices on almonds have continued to firm since the last report and this despite the Californian new crop being as big as it is. Although there remain some doubts as to whether the 1.65bn lb objective estimate could be correct, the response to this number, of weaker prices in July, was extremely short-lived and, from then on to date, prices have continued to rise.Walnuts: In the short term, until we either see China back off from buying, or good quantities of unsold stocks coming out of Eastern Europe and California, then prices are likely to increase and remain so until at least early 2011.Cashews: Firmer prices have continued. Unsold stocks in India and Vietnam are running down quickly, and attention has been focused on Indonesia for its uncommitted ’in-shell’ stocks, and Brazil for any surplus that might find its way into Europe.Pecans: With China once again actively buying into the early US new crop availability, prices have risen even higher, despite the fact that the new crop appears better than predicted.Pistachios: Prices to date remain at the exponentially high levels reached at the height of this past season and look likely to remain there until there is a sizeable replacement volume to come in from the key origins.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more

Watch Scott Metzger Cover Grateful Dead, The Band In Rare Solo Set [Full Video]

first_imgThis past weekend at Philly’s Ardmore Music Hall, guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wolf!, RANA) took to the stage for a very rare acoustic set, during a celebration for Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday. After opening the set with The Band‘s “Ophelia”, Metzger’s 40-minute set ran through songs from the Grateful Dead catalog, including the original “Throwing Stones”, and songs the group covered over the years such as “The Race Is On,” “Me & My Uncle” and “Katie Mae.”ALO Teams Up With Steve Kimock On Prince Cover at Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday PartyHe ran through a couple of Nick Lowe numbers, and got a little candid with the crowd, calling himself a “sensitive guy” before playing the love song “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, and ended his set with a cover of Vincent Thompson‘s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. The entire set was filmed by Chris Cafiero. Check it out below:Scott Metzger Acoustic Solo Set – Ardmore Music Hall – 6/11/16Ophelia, The Race Is On, Me & My Uncle, Katie Mae, I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll), Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day, Throwing Stones, 1952 Vincent Black Lightninglast_img read more