Leading weekly’s website blocked for past six days

first_img Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Ethiopia Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very worried to learn that access to the Amharic website of Ethiopia’s leading independent, privately-owned weekly, The Reporter, has been blocked for the past five days. No one has been able to access the site from within Ethiopia since around 4:30 p.m. on 21 April unless they use a proxy server.The reason for the blocking is unclear and Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to provide an explanation. “Everything indicates that the blocking is being carried by the state-owned company Ethio-Telecom, since it is Ethiopia’s only Internet Service Provider,” the press freedom organization said.Media Communication Centre (MCC), the company that publishes The Reporter, has asked Ethio-Telecom for an explanation but has not yet received a response.“Website blocking is not new in Ethiopia but a leading independent newspaper’s site has never previously been affected,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Tests carried out by the OpenNet Initiative in 2008 and 2009 showed that certain outspoken or opposition sites based abroad were the target of filtering, but this is the first time a newspaper such as The Reporter has been targeted.”The Reporter’s site normally has upward of 30,000 visitors a day, more than five times the number of readers of the print version. “Has The Reporter’s site been blocked to prevent the dissemination of sensitive articles,” Reporters Without Borders asked.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to restore access to the site for Ethiopian Internet users and reiterates its opposition to the filtering and blocking of online content.Its view is shared by of the United Nations special rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, who recommended in a June 2011 report that the flow of information online should be restricted to “few, exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law.” He also said “the right to freedom of expression must be the norm, and any limitation considered as an exception.” EthiopiaAfrica Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica May 21, 2021 Find out more Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditationcenter_img News News RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia News April 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading weekly’s website blocked for past six days Help by sharing this information to go further May 18, 2021 Find out more February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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MRG Group’s effective enlargement sees strong start to 2020 journey

first_img MRG Group (legacy Mr Green&Co), the third Stockholm-listed industry enterprise to publish its Q3 2018 trading update today, details strong progress on its diversification and geographic expansion initiatives.Detailing a further consecutive ‘record-breaking’ quarter performance, in which MRG records a 50% group revenue increase to SEK 445 million (€43 million). The Stockholm enterprise details a period of high customer activity, combined with the effective integrations of its acquired Evoke gaming assets.“The integration of Evoke Gaming, which we acquired in February, has now been completed. The integration process went significantly faster than plan and led to greater synergies than we had calculated initially. We expect full annual synergies of about SEK 40 million from the fourth quarter of this year.” Details MRG Chief Executive Per Norman on the corporate update.An enlarged MRG Group, records a 49% period EBITDA increase to SEK 76 million (€7.3 million), contributing to year-to-date corporate earnings of SEK 166.8 (€16 million).Moving forward MRG details strong business prospects, with the company securing a new sportsbook operators licenses for the markets of Denmark (Mr Green) and Ireland (RedBet).Having rebranded its corporate identity to MRG Group, last May company governance announced its guiding 2020 vision, seeking to continue its ‘fast growth profile’.Delivering its growth strategy mandate, an enlarged MRG Group believes that it can maintain a 25% annual growth rate until 2020, generated through smart acquisitions and organic growth.“Our Strategy 2020, presented at the Capital Markets Day in May of this year, is robust. We are continuing, just as we announced at that time, to grow strongly and with improved profitability. We can report a good development for the current quarter up until yesterday.”We will deliver on our guidance for the full-year 2018 with growth of not less than 40 per cent and an EBITDA margin of about 15 per cent. We are also confident in our financial targets which entail that, by 2020, we are expected to achieve annual revenue growth of 25 per cent and an EBITDA margin of 15 per cent. “ Per Norman further detailed on corporate strategy. StumbleUpon Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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