January 10, 2019

Curbs on my TV? The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a warning to media channels to stop showing “indecent scenes/dialogues/extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol and intimate moments between couples”. It is sad and unfortunate we have learned nothing from the writings of […]

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Malta’s Court of Appeals revoked an order on Tuesday for an inquiry into allegations of money laundering by government officials revealed in the Panama Papers, claiming “hacked” documents cannot be used as evidence. Maltese court rejects Panama Papers investigationThe judge ruled that a request from former opposition leader Simon Busuttil failed to sufficiently prove that […]

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The last time the financial affairs of the ultra-rich and powerful got splashed across the world’s media was just over a year ago, when the journalists behind the ‘Panama Papers’ exposed the people hiding billions in HSBC Swiss bank accounts. Attention understandably focused on the shiny famous and infamous people who were being shamed, just […]

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The European commission has opened an investigation into the tax treatment of Nike in the Netherlands, saying it may have given the US sportswear maker an illegal advantage. The commission said in a statement that Dutch authorities had issued five tax rulings from 2006 to 2015, two of which were still in force, endorsing a […]

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The Foreign Office will dedicate as much time and money as possible in 2019 to “stop the intimidation, harassment and persecution of journalists across the world”, a minister has pledged. MPs spoke out yesterday in support of the international protection of journalists after former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale described 2018 as “one of the worst […]

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Sevil Erkuş – ANKARA Journalist Pelin Ünker, who was sentenced to over a year in jail over a series of “Paradise Papers” reports published on Cumhuriyet newspaper about offshore companies that allegedly belonged to former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s sons on the tax-haven island of Malta, was not sentenced over her journalistic activities, Yıldırım, now […]

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A Turkish journalist who reported on the Paradise Papers has been sentenced to more than a year behind bars for her investigative work, which shed light on the business dealings of the country’s former prime minister, Binali Yildirim. Pelin Unker was found guilty of “defamation and insult”  by an Istanbul court on Tuesday, The Guardian reported, and […]

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A Law Society of B.C. disciplinary hearing descended Tuesday into acrimony and occasional raised voices over the regulatory body’s ability and willingness to police money laundering. Kenneth McEwan, a lawyer for the society, rebuked media comments made by Donald Gurney and said they raised a serious question about rehabilitating the West Vancouver practitioner found guilty […]

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A spate of massive leaks showing the inner-workings of global tax evasion has given the public a window into how the super-wealthy—including celebrities, politicians, and criminals—leverage the globalization of finance to hide their wealth from the authorities. But the leaks, which encompass just one Panamanian law firm, Mossak Fonseca, and one Swiss bank, HSBC Switzerland, offer only a […]

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