Monitoring shows president continuing to dominate state media’s electoral coverage

first_img RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders today released the results of its monitoring of the state-owned media’s presidential election campaign coverage from 27 September to 3 October. The press freedom organisation already published reports on the first 10 days of its monitoring (17-26 September). The monitoring is part of a comprehensive “Media pluralism in the electoral period” project that is co-financed by the European Commission.The president’s visits to various regions of the country and the government’s diplomatic activities continued to be the leading stories in the state-owned media during the third week of monitoring. Election coverage was also plentiful but it focused mainly on the preparations being carried out by the regional and local electoral commissions. The activities of the other candidates were either not mentioned at all or were referred to summarily, without any detail. The head of the state television station ITV gave an interview to the news agency APA in which he mentioned ITV’s refusal to give air time to opposition parties that are boycotting the election. His own channel did not report his comments. An OSCE statement on the electoral preparations was covered in an upbeat fashion by state broadcaster AzTV. The quantitative monitoring showed state radio stations IR and AzR covering a bigger range of topics than the state television channels, AzTV and ITV. In their domestic coverage, the radio stations included anti-corruption measures, the aftermath of the war with Armenia, the regional security situation, religion, energy, culture, the election and political activities not related to the election.AzTV devoted 26 per cent of its air time to infra-structural development and construction, 16.67 per cent to Azerbaijan’s international integration and 11.33 per cent to culture, religion, economic reforms and the electoral process. ITV focused on the electoral process (30 per cent), diplomatic activities (26.67 per cent), the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territory (22.22 per cent) and religion (7.78 per cent). Print media focus on President AlievWhen not covering the president, the monitored print media focused on Azerbaijan’s diplomatic activities (33.33 per cent in Xalq, for example) and the country’s integration into international bodies (27.27 per cent in Azerbaijan). A great deal of space was given over to the president’s decrees and letters. Other topics covered included education, border demarcation, the Armenian occupation and culture.President Aliev’s activities dominated the print media. In Bakinskii Rabochii, 60.44 per cent of space and 84 per cent of the photos were devoted to this subject. In Azerbaijan, it was 53.94 per cent of space and 80.5 per cent of the photos. In Xalq, it was 61.86 per cent of space and 84.66 per cent of the photos. Respublika, on the other hand, allocated a more restrained 12.74 per cent to the president and gave priority (39.38 per cent) to the work of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), compared with Bakinskii Rabochii’s allocation of 1.13 per cent to the CEC.The activities of the foundation named after the president’s late father, President Heydar Aliev also faired well, occupying 28.19 per cent of the space in Bakinskii Rabochii, 29.15 per cent of the space in Halq, 12.12 per cent in Respublika and 17.26 per cent in Azerbaijan. Only Bakinskii Rabochii assigned space to the election candidates, giving 2.89 per cent to President Ilham Aliev (as a candidate) and 2.68 per cent to Fazil Qazanfaroglu. Halq was the most limited in the range of political actors it chose to cover, allocating space only to President Aliev, the Heydar Aliev Foundation, the CEC, the parliament and the foreign ministry.Broadcast mediaITV led the way in the broadcast media as regards news items in which no political actors were mentioned, with 55.47 per cent as against AzTV at the other end of the range with just 6.73 per cent. AzTV dedicated 40.62 per cent of its news coverage and 67 per cent of its direct speech allocation to President Aliev. ITV provided some coverage to four of the seven candidates (giving them air time shares ranging from 0.70 to 1.31 per cent). AzTV allocated 4.63 per cent of its coverage to the foreign ministry and 24.52 per cent to other government ministries. The foreign ministry was the only government department covered by ITV, which gave it 11.75 per cent.“Other” programmes ignore electionsBy “other programmes,” the monitoring team means talk shows and programmes on culture, history or important social issues that are not part of the main news bulletins. They are tabulated separately and are not included in the air time charts. As teacher’s day was celebrated during this period, there was a significant amount of coverage of education, including the ceremony itself and the presentation of awards to individual teachers. The radio stations included round tables with experts on the development of education in Azerbaijan.AzTV broadcast special features on the president’s trips to the regions after the news bulletins. ITV aired documentaries on various topics, while its one-hour “Compromise” programme included an item on the role of the media in the election campaign, with several editors taking part in a discussion.Conclusions and recommendationsThe monitoring team was concerned to see the state broadcaster AzTV regularly airing special reports on the president’s trips to the interior after the news programmes. This editorial practice gives the incumbent an undue advantage during an election campaign, especially when the other candidates’ activities are not being covered. The team recommends this practice should be dropped in future campaigns.The team finds it commendable that the organisation of the election and the work of the electoral commissions are covered at length by the state-owned broadcasters. But it does not think this type of reporting can replace coverage of the candidates’ activities and analysis of their platforms.BackgroundThe campaign coverage and, specifically, the allocation of free access programmes and space to the registered candidates are regulated by the Electoral Code and the CEC’s directives, based on article 47 of the constitution and on the mass media and advertising laws.A CEC directive of 18 July states that the campaign begins 28 days before the election date and that the publicly-funded broadcast media shall provide at least three hours a week of free air time to the registered candidates. Similarly, the publicly-funded print media are required to provide free space to the candidates that is equivalent to at least 10 per cent of the total weekly editorial space before start of the campaign (para 3.6). Candidates must also be able to buy media space and air time. The privately-owned media may only provide paid access to candidates.The CEC is supposed to create a special press team to supervise the media’s compliance. The rights of candidates and procedure to be applied in the event of complaints of inadequate media coverage are not spelled out, although the Electoral Code specifies that candidate complaints should be referred to the courts.Monitored mediaBroadcast mediaAz TV (state TV station), ITV (public TV station), AzR (state radio station), IR (public radio station) and ANS (privately-owned TV station)Print mediaHalq (an Azerbaijani-language daily, published Tuesday to Saturday), Respublika (an Azerbaijani-language daily, Tuesday to Sunday), Azerbaycan (an Azerbaijani-language daily, Tuesday to Sunday), Bakinskii Rabochii (a Russian-language daily, Tuesday to Friday)CandidatesThe leaders of the main opposition groups are boycotting the elections. They are Isa Gambar of Musavat, Ali Kerimli of the Azerbaijan Popular Front and Sardar Jalaloglou of the Democratic Party. The opposition coalition Azadlig is therefore also boycotting the elections.The CEC gave its permission for seven candidates to stand in the presidential election, after they each collected at least 40,000 signatures. Aside from President Ilham Aliev of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan Partiyasi, they are Goudrat Hasangouliev of the United Popular Front, Fazil Gazanfaroglou of the Great Formation Party, Fouad Aliev of the Azerbaijan Liberal Democratic Party, Igbal Agazade of the Hope party, Hafiz Hadjiev of the Musavat Modern Party and Goulamhussein Alibeyli, an independent candidate. 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16-year-old STEM school shooting suspect to be tried as adult, judge rules

first_imgKuzma/iStock(DENVER) — A 16-year-old will be tried as an adult for his alleged role in a shooting at a Colorado school that killed one student and injured eight others, a judge has ruled.Alec McKinney, 16, and Devon Erickson, 18, face multiple charges including first-degree murder after allegedly opening fire inside the STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver on May 7.Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old student who tried to confront the shooters, was killed.Judge Jeffrey K. Holmes on Wednesday rejected a request by McKinney’s attorneys to try the teenager as a juvenile.“Based on the totality of the evidence before it, the Court finds that it is has not been proved that the juvenile and the community would be better served by transferring this case to juvenile court,” Holmes wrote in his decision.“The evidence before the court at this stage of the proceedings indicates that McKinney’s actions were not spontaneous, but purposeful and planned,” the judge wrote. “Over many days he contemplated violent action, whether to frighten others or to cause them bodily harm.”The judge noted that McKinney — who was born biologically female but identifies as male — has experienced “serious trauma” in his life, including an abusive father, drug use, depression and thoughts of suicide.District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement, “I am satisfied and pleased that the court agreed that this mass shooting case should be resolved in adult court.”“It is my intention to move forward without any additional delay towards the jury trial to which the defendant is entitled,” Brauchler said.Kendrick Castillo’s father told The Denver Post he was “elated” with the judge’s decision.Erickson does not have a date set for his arraignment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

India to impose nationwide lockdown from midnight, Modi says

first_imgIndia’s rupee weakened offshore during Modi’s address, which was after local markets had shut. The one-month non-deliverable forward was trading at 77.63 a dollar, versus 77.32 before the speech. The SGX Nifty Futures for March delivery slumped more than 3%.In the last week, the government has implemented a near complete lockdown of its major cities and suspended train, flight and long distance bus services. Modi said in his address governments would take steps to ensure the supply of essential items, and asked states to prioritize saving lives.The biggest challenge for Modi will be to curb the spread of the virus in a country of 1.3 billion and shield an economy that’s set to expand at the slowest pace in more than a decade. But experts say the country could be on the same trajectory as Italy, where the outbreak quickly escalated, causing hospitals to overflow.The fiscal measures come at a time when the government’s income is already under pressure with falling tax collections. Global economic uncertainty is expected to derail plans to sell state-owned companies and supply chain disruptions may affect trade.Oxford Economics has slashed India’s growth forecast for the first quarter of 2020 to 3%, a number not seen even during the worst of the global financial crisis. Meanwhile, the central bank last week announced measures to boost liquidity while holding back from following global peers with a rate cut.Topics : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a three-week long nationwide lockdown across India to help contain the spread of coronavirus infections, allocating an extra $1.97 billion for health care.“If we listen to the health experts we know that 21 days are crucial to break the cycle of transmission,” Modi said in his televised address to the nation on Thursday. “For a few days forget what it means to go out. Today’s decision of a nationwide lockdown draws a line outside your home.”India is struggling to contain the economic and health fallout of the spreading coronavirus outbreak that has so far infected 519 in India and killed 10 people.last_img read more

People moves: Brunel appoints private markets chief

first_imgMark Mobius, Franklin TempletonFranklin Templeton – Mark Mobius, the famed emerging markets investor, is to retire from the US asset management giant at the end of this month after more than 30 years with the firm. He led Franklin Templeton’s emerging markets team from 1987 until stepping back in 2016. Mobius is currently a named co-manager on a listed investment trust having relinquished most of his other management responsibilities over the past two years.Mobius said: “I feel very fortunate to have spent most of my career at Franklin Templeton Investments. I have had the great privilege of working with an emerging markets team that includes some of the most talented and passionate people in the business, a number of whom have been with me for decades. I leave with great confidence in the Templeton Emerging Markets team and leadership at Franklin Templeton.”Chairman and CEO Greg Johnson added: “There is no single individual who is more synonymous with emerging markets investing than Mark Mobius. My colleagues and I are deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside a legend, and we thank Mark for his many years of dedicated service and tremendous contributions to the firm.”UK Department for Work and Pensions – The UK government has appointed its fifth different work and pensions secretary in two years as part of a reshuffle of roles within the cabinet. Esther McVey was named Secretary of State in charge of the Department of Work and Pensions, replacing David Gauke, who held the role since June last year. Gauke has been reassigned to the Department of Justice. Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, has retained his role.McVey, a former TV presenter, was previously deputy chief whip for the ruling Conservative Party, a role that involves ensuring as many MPs as possible vote with the party line.Esther McVey MP becomes Secretary of State for Work and Pensions @DWP #CabinetReshuffle— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 8, 2018Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at actuarial consultancy Barnett Waddingham, criticised the decision to move Gauke after just six months in the role, arguing that the government was “not giving ministers enough time in the post to get to grips with the issues”.“His background and experience in the Treasury was widely seen as a valuable addition to a department desperately in need of consolidation and respite after several years of upheaval and turbulence, especially in the pensions sphere,” McLean added.Hoogovens – Jack Buckens has started as temporary independent chairman of the €8.4bn pension fund of Dutch steelworks Hoogovens. Buckens succeeded independent chair Rita van Ewijk, who was appointed in September 2016 but left her position in August last year. The scheme indicated that it expected to appoint a permanent chair later this year. Buckens has previously worked as chief executive at former insurer Interpolis.Af2i – Philippe Haudeville has left the French institutional investor association to return to investment litigation specialist Grant & Eishofer. Haudeville had been secretary general of Af2i for eight years. As part of a new strategic plan the association is expanding its permanent staff, which will consist of two vice presidents, a treasurer, and a secretary. Volo – Juliette Tesselhoff has started as senior business development manager at the general pension fund Volo, established by PGGM, the €206bn asset manager of healthcare scheme PFZW. Tesselhoff joined from KAS Bank, where she was in a similar position. Prior to this, she worked as account manager at Blue Sky Group and as consultant for corporate clients at Delta Lloyd.Ballast Nedam – Norma van den Berg has been named as board member, representing the pensioners, of the €958m pension fund of construction firm Ballast Nedam. Van den Berg was already an independent board member of the scheme.Total – Alex van Schaik is to step down as chairman of the €410m Dutch pension fund of energy company Total following the completion of his term. After the appointment of a successor, Van Schaik will continue as a board member.Thinking Ahead Institute/Willis Towers Watson – Bob Collie has joined the Thinking Ahead Institute, a not-for-profit research institute set up by consultancy giant Willis Towers Watson. Collie started at the institute on 1 January as head of research. He was previously chief research strategist at Russell Investments, and has also led the group’s London-based consultancy team. Achmea – Lenneke Roodenburg is to start as director of the €5.6bn pension fund of Dutch insurer Achmea as of mid-February. She will succeed Sybrand Nauta, who left in October and is now senior executive at pensions adviser Fidado. Roodenburg has been account CIO at Achmea Investment Management since February 2017. Prior to this, she was manager for asset-liability management and actuarial advice at Syntrus Achmea and an actuary at asset manager PGGM.BNP Paribas Asset Management – The French fund manager has appointed Matthieu Lucchesi to the newly created role of head of public affairs. He joins from the country’s financial regulator, AMF, where he worked since 2012, latterly as director of its asset management division. The Pensions Regulator – Mark Boyle has been appointed to a second term as non-executive chair of the UK’s pensions watchdog. He has held the role since 2014, and will now chair the regulator until March 2021. Boyle has worked in a number of sectors including banking, corporate development and central government.BMO Global Asset Management – BMO has appointed Bart van Merriënboer as senior manager in its fiduciary management team in the Netherlands. His tasks include the selection of managers for private investments. Prior to this, Van Merriënboer worked at Pensioenfonds ING and the asset managers ING Investment Management and MN. BMO also named Gerben Borkent as sales director for institutional distribution in Europe. Previously Borkent worked at TKP Investments, Russell Investments and ING Group. BMO said the appointments reflected its focus on developing and extending its fiduciary activities in the Netherlands.Investcorp – The alternatives fund management specialist has hired Phil Yeates as managing director in charge of its European credit business. The newly created department sits within Investcorp Credit Management. Yeates joins after a 24-year career at Rothschild & Co where he set up the company’s global credit management arm.Deutsche Asset Management – Daniel Green has been named head of private equity secondaries for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joins from Meketa Investment Group where he was in charge of its European investment activities in the private markets space. He was previously at Gorst Capital, where he was a founding partner. Deutsche hired Mark McDonald as global head of private equity secondaries in November 2017.Alcentra – The fixed income subsidiary of BNY Mellon Investment Management has hired Leland Hart as managing director and head of US loans and high yield. He will lead a 16-strong US-based team of investors and researchers. Hart joins from BlackRock where he was head of loans and CLOs. Prior to joining BlackRock he was a managing director in Lehman Brothers’ leveraged capital markets group.Style Research – Sebastien Roussotte has joined the factor investing analytics firm as CEO, succeeding Kirsten English. English has moved to a non-executive director role. Roussotte joins from software company Misys where he oversaw its investment management division. Brunel Pension Partnership, KLP, Folketrygdfondet, NBIM, Franklin Templeton, DWP, Hoogovens, Af2i, Volo, Ballast Nedam, Total, Thinking Ahead Institute, Willis Towers Watson, Achmea, BNP Paribas AM, TPR, BMO Global Asset Management, Investcorp, Deutsche AM, Alcentra, Style ResearchBrunel Pension Partnership – Brunel, the asset pool for 10 public pension funds in south-west England, has appointed Richard Fanshawe as head of private markets. He will join on 1 February from the Derbyshire Pension Fund where he was a fund manager working on several asset classes. He has worked in local government pensions since 2009, and has experience of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.Mark Mansley, CIO at Brunel, said: “With an excellent knowledge of private equity and infrastructure, and an excellent understanding of the LGPS, we are sure our private markets programme will be in great hands.” In a statement, Brunel said it was continuing to hire investment professionals for its growing team, which will eventually oversee more than £20bn (€22.6bn) in assets. KLP/Folketrygdfondet – Annie Bersagel has been appointed as senior analyst for ESG at Folketrygdfondet, the manager of the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), the Nordic-invested portion of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Bersagel is leaving KLP where she has been acting head of responsible investments since March, following the departure of Jeanett Bergan to PwC Norway. Anne Kvam took on the role of head of responsible investment at KLP in November, having moved to the pension fund from Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) – the manager of the larger, internationally invested Government Pension Fund Global – where she was global head of ownership policy. Bersagel is still working at KLP until the end of January, and will start her new job on 1 February. At Folketrygfondet, she will replace the manager’s current ESG senior analyst, who will move on to a different position within the organisation, a spokeswoman for Folketrygfondet said.last_img read more