Local newspaper publisher falls victim to ethnic violence in south

first_img Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of journalist Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha on 12 January near the southern city of Birgunj. Responsibility for his shooting was claimed by Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha, a militia led by Jwala Singh, which says it defends the population of the southern plains. It called Shrestha a “pahadi” journalist, meaning one from the hill region.”Shrestha’s murder tragically highlights the violence affecting civilians, including journalists, as a result of the ethnic tension in southern Nepal,” the press freedom organisation said. “Hope of defusing the tension this year seems to be evaporating in the face of the inability of the authorities to curb the repeated violence.”Reporters Without Borders is part of an international press freedom delegation that is currently visiting Nepal. Members of the delegation, including a Reporters Without Borders representative, went to Birgunj to investigate Shrestha’s murder.The publisher of two local weeklies, Highway Weekly and New Season, Shrestha was shot in the back on the evening of 12 January while with his brother in a small town near Birgunj, which is on the border with India. He was killed the day that the latest issue of Highway Weekly was published.A man who said he was a local representative of Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha called reporters in Birgunj to claim responsibility for the murder. He said Shrestha was killed because he was a “pahadi” and a “journalist.” The group has promised to continue committing acts of violence until one of its leaders who is imprisoned, Tulasi Das, is released.Aged 57 and a retired accountant, Shrestha became a journalist two years ago, at the same time as his son-in-law, Sashi Bichitra, Highway Weekly’s editor. Bichitra said Shrestha had not received any threats. He leaves a wife, a son and three daughters.There was a dramatic surge in violence against journalists last year in areas where groups claiming to defend the Madhesi, the people of the south, have launched arm protest movements. Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha has been involved in dozens of cases of threats and violence since its creation in August 2006. Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News to go further Organisation June 8, 2020 Find out more Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Follow the news on Nepal January 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local newspaper publisher falls victim to ethnic violence in south RSF_en center_img News NepalAsia – Pacific May 29, 2019 Find out more News News NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

The secret BSA/AML weapons of smaller financial institutions (Part 1)

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The ever-increasing importance of a robust BSA/AML monitoring system has become more than clear in recent years. However, an all-encompassing monitoring system often feels beyond the reach of the smaller financial institution. Resources are finite, and some institutions are left floundering when attempting to cover all their bases. What must your small financial institution do to determine whether its BSA/AML monitoring system is as sound as those applied by their far larger counterparts? In this two-part blog post, we’ll break down two essential elements that smaller financials must have in their BSA/AML monitoring systems.Secret Weapon No. 1: SufficiencyThe first secret weapon is sufficiency. When we talk about sufficiency, we are talking about whether the monitoring completed in your institution, whether manually or through an automated system, completely covers all of the suspicious activities that should be monitored.However, there are many other logistics that need to happen within an institution besides BSA/AML compliance. So, we also want to make the process efficient by completing a thorough AML review using the least amount of resources (like time and money) as possible. continue reading »last_img read more