For journalists in Bangladesh, monthly wages are often irregular and professional benefits are seldom provided. They live in constant fear that they will find themselves out of a job. While journalists have made it their mission to speak for the rights of others, there is nobody to speak for them. Bangladesh, a South Asian country, has experienced a huge expansion in its media sector over the last few years, but the sector has failed to establish a set of work and payment standards for the people working in the field. In recent months, the situation has become increasingly worse, with many media outlets terminating journalists' employment to cut costs. Bangladesh's media industry is dominated by the private sector, with more than 1,000 daily newspapers, 33 television channels, and 25 FM Radio stations. Around 10 television stations are waiting to enter the market. Less than 10% of newspapers maintain the government declared wage structure to pay their employees. Read … [Read more...] about Job uncertainty restricts journalists’ freedom in Bangladesh
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A controversial plan to drug test welfare recipients is set to be trialed in three locations across Australia. New laws were set to be introduced to parliament Wednesday after the coalition endorsed new proposed laws. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan told parliament on Tuesday the trial was 'not about taking away payments', but rather 'helping those people with a problem get treatment'. Laws to drug test 5000 new Centrelink welfare payment recipients in NSW, QLD and WA over a two-year period will be introduced into parliament on Wednesday (stock image) 'This is about helping them help themselves and then get a job,' Mr Tehan said. Mr Tehan said an extra $10 million would be set aside for drug and alcohol treatment support at the three trial sites in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. Sites were set to be established in Canterbury-Bankstown (NSW), Logan (QLD) and Mandurah (WA). 'We will also provide $1 million for an independent, third party to … [Read more...] about People on Centrelink benefits to face drug tests with an extra $10 million set aside to help them – so do you think the trial should go ahead?
When Madonna broke ground for a school for girls in Malawi two years ago, it seemed to show that star power could overcome inertia and get things done. Instead, it has turned into a legal quagmire. Construction of the $15m (£9.4m) school never started and eight workers at her charity were sacked. Madonna has now been forced to launch a legal defence against the former employees, who are suing her for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits . In papers filed at the industrial relations court in the commercial capital, Blantyre, Madonna asserts: "There is nothing unfair about the termination of the applicants' employment since termination of employment was necessitated by genuine economic reasons." The papers were filed by the singer's new lawyer, Davis Njobvu, of the private legal firm Savjani and Company. The cancellation of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls (RMAG) was announced in January amid allegations of mismanagement including excessive spending on officescars and … [Read more...] about Madonna goes to Malawi court in row with sacked charity school employees
The family of a taxi driver who was killed in a drone strike while driving the leader of the Afghan Taliban across Pakistan have lodged a criminal case against the US government. Mohammad Azam was killed on 21 May while unwittingly taking Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor from the Iranian border to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. The unprecedented attack has thrown into uncertainty possible peace talks with the Taliban as well as US-Pakistan relations. It has also devastated the family of Azam, who had been working for more than eight years as a driver in Taftan, a tiny desert town next to an important border crossing with Iran. “He was the sole breadwinner of our large joint family, this was an attack on our family that hardly earns enough for two meals a day,” said Mohammad Qasim, Azam’s older brother. Azam supported his wife, four children, and a disabled brother called Yar Muhammad. A week after his death his children remain distraught and tearful. They … [Read more...] about Family of driver killed in US strike on Taliban leader file criminal case
Thousands of Take That fans have been left furious after missing out on tickets to their latest tour following a computer glitch. The band apologised to their followers after the SeeTickets website crashed on Wednesday morning when the sought-after tickets went on sale. Devotees of the group had had to buy their latest album Odyssey to obtain access to pre-sale seats for their Greatest Hits arena tour in 2019. However, fans complained after the website crashed around 9.30am, and the codes they had entered became invalid. Frustrated fan Rachel Blackley tweeted: "I lost my damned tickets because the site couldn't cope with the demand and took too long and timed out. Now I'm get this, can't use code "again" which means j now can't get pre-sale tickets. How is that fair @TakeThat and @seetickets ???" Another follower Kate Flynn wrote: "@takethat I' ve tried to use my pre-sale code and got all the way to payment but it didn’t go through. I now can’t use the code again. … [Read more...] about Thousands of Take That fans furious after missing out on concert tickets due to website glitch