The arrest of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, editor-in-chief of the Jang Group, in March was seen as an attack on press freedom.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has granted bail to the owner of one of the country’s largest media groups, after a months-long detention condemned by rights groups as suppression of the press.
“The court has granted bail to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, he is going to be released after spending more than 200 days in detention”, Rana Jawad, Geo TV’s director of news, told AFP news agency on Monday.
Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman’s Jang Group, which includes some of Pakistan’s biggest newspapers and the Geo television network, has frequently been critical of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government as well as the country’s powerful military.
He was arrested in March over alleged corruption in a land transaction dating back to 1986, an accusation denied by his representatives who in turn alleged that Pakistan’s corruption watchdog targeted him because Rehman’s media group looked into the agency’s workings.
Last week, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on Pakistan’s supreme court to order Rehman’s release, saying he was being held on a “spurious charge”.
RSF added Rehman’s group was targeted because its journalists “dare to tackle stories that are supposed to be off-limits”.
Pakistan routinely ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers and criticism of the country’s powerful security establishment has long been seen as a red line.
Journalists and bloggers have complained of intimidation tactics, including kidnappings, beatings, and even killings if they cross that line.
Last month, a Geo journalist briefly went missing after reporting on the controversial arrest of an opposition politician.
Geo News, which has been critical of both the government and the army, has faced several brief broadcast suspensions.
In recent years, the space for dissent has shrunk further, with the government announcing a crackdown on social networks and traditional media houses decrying pressure from authorities, which they say has resulted in widespread self-censorship.
Nelson thrust into media spotlight over mask wearing – The Nelson Daily
It’s been said that even bad press is better than no press at all.
However, Nelson would like to be known as the picturesque city nestled in the Selkirk Mountains on the edge of beautiful Kootenay Lake tourists love to visit instead of a place where patrons spit at staff at hotel coffee shops for not wanting to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last Friday, media reports said an irate customer at Empire Coffee Shop in the Adventure Hotel on Vernon Street spat at staff after refusing to wear a mask.
The staff member, who confronted the irate customer and was spit at, later felt ill from the experience. She was later airlifted to Kelowna Hospital with what was determined to be a heart attack.
Nelson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Thomson said the Empire incident is very alarming to a business just doing its best to comply with Public Health Office.
The recent incidents at three local businesses is upsetting, as these businesses are trying their best to follow PHO and WorkSafe BC mandates,” Thomson told The Nelson Daily.
“And to have a customer or perhaps an anti-mask protester take it out on employees or businesses is just beyond what would be acceptable.”
Last Friday, a customer spat on a staff member at the Empire Coffee shop on Baker Street. — The Nelson Daily
Thomson, who was in the downtown core last week handing out “Wearing is Caring” signs to local businesses, said the past eight months during COVID-19 has been a really tumultuous time for owners trying to stay afloat.
He said the mandatory mask public health order by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, that came down last week was just one more thing business had to quickly work into daily operations.
“This mandatory mask policy is totally accepted by a huge percentage of business and consumers,” Thomson explained.
There have been push back from some members of the community regarding mask wearing.
Kootenay Co-op grocery store has hired security following a few recent incidents.
There have also been anti-mask protests the past couple of weekends in Nelson, one held outside City Hall and the other on Baker Street outside the CIBC.
A business owner on Baker Street told The Nelson Daily Wednesday, that for the most part, the new mask order by the Provincial Health Office has been widely accepted, with many downtown shoppers wearing masks on the street as well as inside stores while shopping.
“Businesses are doing whatever is possible to stay open for business,” Thomson said.
“(They are doing their best to) employ a few people and still be able to pay bills at the end of the month.”
Media reports the Adventure Hotel staff member suffering the heart attack is stable.
After locating the spitting suspect, Nelson Police continue to investigate the incident.
Canadian Stories that Will Inspire, Educate and Entertain
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For generations of Canadians, storytelling has been one of the most important tools for surviving long Canadian winters.
When the wind is howling outside your window and it feels like the night will never end, anecdotes, true stories, and tall tales are a vital way of keeping your spirits up while connecting with loved ones, so it’s no surprise that this country has a long history of producing storytellers of remarkable talent.
And as this list of Canadian Audible Originals attests, Canadians have access to more stories than ever before. Whether you’re looking for narratives about failure and success that will inspire you to take charge of your own life, celebrated accounts from Indigenous storytellers, or fascinating true-crime adventures, here are just a few of the audiobooks and podcasts you should check out this season.
Michele Romanow’s The Revisionaries
In the world of business, the most glowing victories usually come after years of setbacks and missteps, and in our haste to celebrate success we often downplay the failures that most entrepreneurs have had to deal with on the way to their big breakthroughs.
Over the course of ten illuminating episodes, The Revisionaries entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star Michele Romanow interviews the leaders of some of the world’s most exciting start-ups about the mistakes they made and the pitfalls they encountered along the way.
Thomas King’s Indians on Vacation
Few living artists in Canada can command the same respect as Thomas King, author of The Back of the Turtle — and his latest audiobook, Indians on Vacation offers up the same signature blend of humour, wit and trenchant cultural criticism that has made him a household name.
Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate Indigenous writers and learn from their unique perspectives on pressing cultural concerns like environmental degradation, racism and the importance of respecting the treaties that laid the foundation for Canada’s existence.
If you want to listen to an audiobook that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, this is one title you should download immediately.
Colm Feore’s True North Heists
Have you ever heard about the time Georges Lemay broke into the Bank of Nova Scotia and got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars? Or the group of criminal masterminds who successfully pulled of a plan to steal thousands of barrels of maple syrup?
In True North Heists one of Canada’s most celebrated actors shares some of this country’s most fascinating true crime stories. From train bandits to securities fraudsters, this series will introduce you to audacious plots and daring thieves that will change the way you think about Canadian history.
With winter setting in again and many Canadians turning to more contemplative activities, audiobooks and podcasts are a wonderful way to unwind.
Cozying up under a warm blanket and putting on the latest episode of The Revisionaries or Truth North Heists won’t just help you clear your mind and focus on what’s important — it will also help you plug into a storytelling tradition that is as old as Canada.
Teck Media and Investor Webcast Advisory Toronto Stock Exchange:TECK.A – GlobeNewswire
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) President and Chief Executive Officer Don Lindsay will be presenting at the Citi Basic Materials Virtual conference on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/12:00 p.m. Pacific time. The investor presentation will include information on company strategy, financial performance and outlook for the company’s business units.
The fireside chat presentation will be webcast through the following link at: https://kvgo.com/citi/teck-resources-ltd-december-2020.
Alternatively, the webcast with supporting slides will be available on Teck’s website at: www.teck.com.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal and zinc, as well as investments in energy assets. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources.
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