The recent purchase of financial stakes in the corporate parents of British newspapers The Independent and The Evening Standard has been called into question by a government minister in the United Kingdom. A letter of concern published on Thursday by British culture secretary Jeremy Wright could trigger an investigation by media regulators into the transactions, which were made by companies registered in the Cayman Islands by an investor with links to the government of Saudi Arabia. Following the acquisition by a Saudi buyer, Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, of minority stakes held by Russian businessman Evgeny Lebedev, the secretary said he was "minded" to intervene on "public interest consideration". Wright wrote that "accurate presentation of news and the free expression of opinion public interest grounds are relevant to a consideration of the merger". However, the letter also stated that there was not yet a "final determination on these matters", as a decision on whether to pursue the … [Read more...] about UK could launch inquiry into Saudi stake in British newspapers
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Australian journalists could face jail for holding classified information, authorities and lawmakers said on Thursday, as police appeared to broaden the scope of their investigation after raids on two media organizations. Police raided the head office of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) in Sydney on Wednesday, a day after they raided the home of a News Corp editor. The raids, which police said were unrelated, triggered complaints of assaults on press freedom. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) initially said the raids were in relation to alleged crimes of leaking classified information, suggesting media that received any such information would not be affected. But police later changed a statement on their website to include the possible crimes of receiving national secrets. Media, lawyers and opposition politicians were scrambling to work out the implications. "It's apparent that that is possible," shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus said when asked in an ABC … [Read more...] about Australian journalists could face jail for leaking state secrets
They are the companies that have great staff satisfaction, ranked the best in the UK to work for. Experts at the world’s largest job site, Indeed, analysed tens of thousands of staff reviews, and revealed the top 25 private sector companies to work for in the UK. Workers gave the highest scores to companies offering career progression, flexible working and perks rather than just a good salary. The top 25 companies include high street and business-to-business brands, as well as British and foreign-based firms - and you can work for some of them here in Devon and Cornwall. Wren Kitchens Wren was also recently voted the fastest-growing bricks and mortar retailer in the UK by The Telegraph. It now employs more than 4,500 people across its UK stores. Indeed said it scored consistently highly for valuing and treating its employees well. On Friday, November 9, Wren Kitchens launches its new 15,000sq ft showroom in Plymouth's new £23million Gateway Retail Park in … [Read more...] about Apply for jobs at ‘the best companies to work for’
Michel Barnier is facing a fierce backlash after claimed that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union was a by-product of a misplaced “nostalgia for the past”. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said that “typically British reasons” such as “the hope for a return to a powerful global Britain” were behind the 2016 referendum result. “In my country, too, some politicians still prefer to live in the past. But there were also people voting for Brexit who simply don’t want to accept rules,” the French politician said in an interview with The New York Review of Books. “Some voted to leave as they don’t want to accept the union’s regulations on their trading. They want to speculate freely and the union doesn’t allow them to do so.” His comments have sparked anger among pro-Brexit politicians and media, with Tory MP Peter Bone telling the Daily Mail that “the French … [Read more...] about Brexit: what’s the British Empire got to do with it?
Celebrities, athletes and activists have been honoured for supporting the LGBT community during a ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.Stephen Fry and Little Mix were among the winners at the 2019 British LGBT Awards, along with Sex And The City star turned activist Cynthia Nixon and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams scooped the sports personality award, with pop star Ellie Goulding being named a celebrity ally.Here is the full list of winners:Lifetime AchievementTrailblazerSports Personality Music Artist LGBT+ Celebrity LGBT+ Celebrity Ally Media Moment LGBT+ Online Influencer Change Makers LGBT+ Broadcaster or Journalist CampaignerBrand or Marketing Campaign LGBT+ Charity or Community Initiative LGBT+ Future Leader LGBT+ Network Group Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ LifeInspirational Leader Corporate AllyDiversity Hero Inclusive Employer or Company … [Read more...] about Winners at British LGBT Awards revealed