Jonathan Smith | Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 | More on: ^FTSE 4 passive income mistakes I’m trying to avoid with UK dividend stocks Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. UK dividend stocks provide me with a good opportunity to generate passive income. Yet I need to remember that with any investment, there are risks and common pitfalls. If I can minimise these as much as possible, it gives me the best opportunity to avoid unnecessary losses and expenses. With that in mind, here are several passive income mistakes that I want to avoid in advance.Passive income still needs effortFirstly, I want to avoid having the mindset that UK dividend stocks offer me guaranteed income. Hopefully, the stocks I buy will offer me a regular dividend stream over the coming years. But unlike a bond investor, there’s no contractual obligation for a company to pay out a dividend. The payment is usually made out of the profits from the previous year. Several companies had to cut the dividend during 2020 as a result of the pandemic.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I just need to be conscious that UK dividend stocks can vary the payment over time, and build this expectation into my planning regarding passive income.Another common mistake with ‘passive’ income investing is thinking that there’s no work involved at all. The income may be passive, but this this isn’t like buying an index tracker and I have to pick my stocks carefully. Obviously, there’s less work involved in UK dividend stock investments that in active buying and selling like a day trader. Yet there’s still some work involved.The main element I need to research and plan comes at the start. I need to pick the right stocks according to my dividend yield requirements and the company outlook. This can take a fair amount of time, and constitutes active work from my end. Once this is done, the maintenance is limited. Patience needed with UK dividend stocksAnother mistake that can crop up is the assumption that no rebalancing of my dividend portfolio is needed over time. This isn’t the case. Over the years, there are several reasons why I might need to buy and sell different UK dividend stocks.For example, I’ve already spoken of how dividends might be cut. In this case, I’d need to find a new company to invest in. Apart from this, I might find a new stock that I think offers me good passive income potential. In this way, I might be better off selling an existing stock for this new potential.Whatever the reason is, over time I will need to alter my portfolio. This is normal and I shouldn’t think that I’ve failed in my goal just because I need to tweak things.Finally, a common mistake I always have to be aware of is a desire for higher income in a short period of time. In other words, I want more and I want it now! I think many would share this desire as it’s human nature. Patience is the answer here. UK dividend stocks will pay out usually a couple of times a year. So it’s only with the passing of time that I can expect my income to accumulate.Overall, UK dividend stocks are a good investment option, but I do need to watch out for some pitfalls. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge See all posts by Jonathan Smith
Although some penny stocks are ‘smaller’ companies that can be riskier than FTSE 100 giants, they can also achieve greater growth. Pan African Resources (LSE: PAF) is a penny stock that I am particularly attracted to. Indeed, the gold-miner has performed strongly these past few years, delivering consistent profits and growth. As such, I added the stock to my portfolio a few weeks ago. Here are the main reasons why.Strong trading updateUnfortunately, the company’s last trading release only covered the year ending 30 June 2020, and a trading update for this year has not yet been issued. Nonetheless, those last results were still affected by the pandemic, and they were impressive, I feel.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…For example, the company generated profits of $44.3m, an increase of 16.6% from the year before. Net debt was also reduced by over 40%. Compared to other penny stocks, this gives me hope that Pan African Resources is not overly risky, being both financially stable and generating strong profits.There was also increased gold production to nearly 180,000 ounces, and this is expected to increase to 195,000 ounces for the current financial year. Therefore, I believe that profits can rise this year, thanks to this increased production.Nonetheless, it must be mentioned that profits are heavily dependent on the price of gold. After booming last year, the gold price has looked shakier recently, falling significantly from its highs last August. This is a risk that must be considered. You see, when the price of gold falls, it often has an adverse effect on the Pan African Resources share price. And it is a risk completely outside of the company’s control.DividendAnother reason why I bought this penny stock was its dividend. Firstly, it has a yield of around 3.6%. Although this is not extraordinary, it is still fairly large and gives a compelling reason to invest.The company’s dividend policy is also prudent, and this demonstrates good management, I feel. For instance, it aims to pay out 40% of net cash generated from operating activities, and this allows the company money to reinvest into its operations. There is an expectation that this dividend will be able to increase over the next few years. I always look for a company that pays a fairly large dividend, while also reinvesting in itself, and PAF ticks both of these boxes.Why is this penny stock such a bargain?It has already been established that PAF has performed well in the past and has good prospects. At its current price of around 19p, it also trades at a price-to-earnings ratio of around 13. Although this cannot be used alone to show that PAF is a bargain, it still demonstrates a very reasonable price, especially in comparison to other miners.Further, there has also been significant insider buying recently from the CEO, Jacobus Albertus Loots. Indeed, Loots bought around £6.8m worth of stock, to further increase his stake in the company. This shows optimism from management, and Loots clearly feels that the share price is too cheap. I share this optimism in this penny stock and believe that it is a bargain at its current price. 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CopyApartments•Brussels, Belgium Photographs: Courtesy of Urban PlatformSave this picture!Courtesy of Urban PlatformText description provided by the architects. The current site is built up on almost the entire surface and is occupied by industrial-style premises. We are planning to recreate an open courtyard by developing a large green area with the dimensions of a cloister. This is bordered to the East and North by 4 new houses, to the south by a warehouse converted into loft-style dwelling and on the street side by a new five-storey building providing various types of apartments. All enjoy a peaceful setting and a view onto this central, partly privatised green area.Save this picture!Courtesy of Urban PlatformA large street entrance provides a view of the interior garden. The volumes of the dwellings have been determined in the light of the face to faces, the various sizes and orientations so as to safeguard the intimate feel of each one and create a high-quality environment. A flexible, fractal language divided into green spaces responds to the restrained, structured style of architecture for all the facades. The access roads to the dwellings create various terraces, just like the branches of a tree.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessLondon School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) New Global Center for the So…EventPortland State University’s School of Architecture launches Center for Public Intere…ArticlesProject locationAddress:Brussels, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share DEC 100 Housing / Urban PlatformSave this projectSaveDEC 100 Housing / Urban Platform Apartments 2006 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/378330/dec-100-housing-urban-platform Clipboard ArchDaily Year: CopyAbout this officeUrban PlatformOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBrusselsHousingResidentialBelgiumPublished on May 28, 2013Cite: “DEC 100 Housing / Urban Platform” 28 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Finance Howard Lake | 18 August 2007 | News 31 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Deposits of charities’ funds in Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) Fixed Rate Selector Account have doubled in under a year, from £125 million last September to £250 million today.The Account offers charitable organisations the financial security of a bank deposit account with the guaranteed income of a fixed-interest investment. Developed in partnership with Birmingham Midshires, CAF says “the Account has enjoyed consistently high rates of interest since inception”. The current one-year deposit rate is 6.43% AER.Charitable organisations can deposit any amount between £10,000 and £10 million for an agreed term of three or six months, or one, two or three years. Interest is fixed and paid gross monthly, annually or on maturity, depending on the duration of the Account. Advertisement Ron Green, Senior Manager of CAF’s Charity Financial Services Division, said: “The growth in Fixed Rate Selector Accounts has continued to accelerate as more charities across the sector realise the great rates on offer. We are committed in the coming months to making even more charities aware of the benefits they can gain from utilising this Account for their cash reserves.” Deposits in CAF account double to £250 million About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
South West charities Send A Cow and Tusk have joined forces in a project to protect Uganda’s oldest and largest national park, Murchison Falls, and are collaborating in a UK Aid Match campaign to fund it. The Living with Wildlife Appeal is a partnership between Bath-based Send a Cow, which supports families in rural Africa, and the African conservation charity, Tusk, based in Dorset.Working together, the two organisations hope to raise £760,000 for a new project to support over 7,000 vulnerable families living on the outskirts of the National Park and protect the animals that live within it. The appeal runs until 14 April, and has the backing of the UK government, which will double all donations made before this date through UK Aid Match. Funds raised will also support similar work across Africa.The Living with Wildlife Appeal will train over 7,000 families to grow their own food and create sustainable ways of making a living. Families and young people in the area will also be supported to start their own small businesses and learn vocational skills, such as agroforestry and construction, to help them find sustainable ways of making a living that don’t endanger wildlife.Supporting the Appeal is explorer, writer and photographer Levison Wood FRGS who visited the National Park while filming his documentary, Walking the Nile.He said: ‘‘Poverty is threatening the Park. With limited sources of income and food, some families lay traps in the hope of catching bushmeat to feed their families and sell in the market. However, traps are indiscriminate and endangered wildlife such as the Rothschild’s giraffe are getting caught instead, becoming maimed or even killed. With fewer than 2,000 Rothschild’s giraffes remaining in the wild, we must act now to protect future generations.’’International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said: Advertisement Charities collaborate in UK Aid Match campaign to protect Ugandan national park Melanie May | 23 January 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 433 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 More on UK Aid Match:UK Aid Match appeal round up November 2019CBM wins first UK Aid Match for new appeal February 2019DfID seeks wildlife & conservation charities in £20m UK Aid Match round October 2018 Tagged with: DfID UK Aid Match “I am proud that UK aid is backing the Living with Wildlife Appeal to help build sustainable businesses in Uganda that will work to preserve the country’s unique natural environment. Through UK aid the government will double donations from the British public, meaning their generosity will go twice as far.” Main image: 52 year-old Joska who lives in Northern Uganda and received the support of Send a Cow after her husband died, leaving her struggling to provide for her children. 432 total views, 2 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
£25m Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund to offer repayable finance to Covid-19 hit organisations A £25 million emergency fund, which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises directly affected by the COVID-19 crisis launches today.The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been launched by Social Investment Business (SIB) with the initial £25 million provided by Big Society Capital.It will offer charities and social enterprises emergency loans without the requirement of personal guarantees and no fees or interest will be charged for 12 months.This flexibility is possible because the fund provides access to the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). SIB will issue the loans, working initially with delivery partners Big Issue Invest, Charity Bank and Social and Sustainable Capital.Over the coming months, Big Society Capital aims to reprioritise and repurpose up to a further £50 million to address the needs of charities and social enterprises and – either through the Recovery and Resilience Loan Fund or alternative vehicles.SIB is also undertaking a series of other measures to help other social sector organisations where the Fund does not suit their needs including:Providing repayment freezes and flexibility directly to its existing customersWorking with partners Access and Power to Change on their emergency responsesWorking as part of the Youth Endowment Fund on a responsive grant round, as well as supporting existing granteesUndertaking two new COVID-19 data projects to understand how support for organisations and communities can be most effectiveConvening social investors to share knowledge and work collectivelyCommitting with other funders on how it will act at this time to support customersHazel Blears, Chair of Social Investment Business, said:“We are all facing challenging and uncertain times. Charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations are providing essential support to our most vulnerable communities. The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund can help them weather the financial storm and continue their vital work.” Advertisement 393 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Tagged with: COVID-19 Finance Funding About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 9 April 2020 | News Ben Rick, Managing Director and Co-Founder of SASC also commented, saying:“The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund will deliver emergency funding to frontline organisations to support them in these extraordinary and challenging times. Since the pandemic began, we have seen how the charities and social enterprises that we work with across the UK have been adapting their services and supporting their vulnerable and disadvantaged clients. Like the NHS and social care staff, they are key workers and their significant contribution must be recognised. We believe this new fund will provide them with the financing they need at this time.”The Fund should be open for applications from the middle of April, with the first loans expected to be made in early May. 392 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3
Philadelphia AFGE protest next to the Liberty Bell, March 20.WW photo: Joseph PietteThe American Federation of Government Employees called a national day of protest March 20 targeting the federal government-imposed sequester, which will furlough more than a million workers across the country for 7 to 22 days. Rallies were held in 115 cities, from San Diego to Washington, D.C., and many cities in between, like El Paso, Texas; Oklahoma City; St. Louis; Chicago; and Battle Creek, Mich.“Who should be furloughed? Congress! When should they be furloughed? Now!” rang out at the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of unionists held a noonday picket. A second protest was held at the Social Security offices.AFGE workers from many agencies and departments were joined by members of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees and many other unions, as well as community groups like the Alliance of Retired Americans.Another popular chant was “Sequestration kills communities! Stand up, fight back!” This refers to the fact that these workers will have much less money to spend locally. For instance, it’s estimated that for every 20,000 workers furloughed, 60,000 will be affected. (Union City, online newsletter of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, March 21) An AFGE press release pointed out that due to furloughs, the government will actually lose revenue when, for example, user fees won’t be collected at national parks. (afge.org, March 14)The AFGE rally on March 20 in Philadelphia included speakers from AFGE locals, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Fight for Philly. They and others argued that the cuts not only harm government workers, with one-day furloughs that equal a 20-percent pay cut, but that sequestration also harms communities in many ways.Joseph Piette contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Los trabajadores se enfrentan a una crisis de salud mental derivada de la explotación en manos del sistema capitalista.Trabajar largas horas por un salario escaso y malos tratos a manos de los jefes puede llevar a un mayor riesgo de ansiedad, depresión y altas tasas de suicidio para los trabajadores, según recientes estudios de salud mental.El estudio “Informe sobre el bienestar en el lugar de trabajo: Mind the Workplace”, publicado por Mental Health America (MHA), midió “niveles de estrés en el lugar de trabajo y salud mental general” para 17.000 trabajadores encuestados durante un período de dos años. Llegó a la conclusión de que el estrés en el lugar de trabajo aumenta el riesgo del desarrollo de una discapacidad mental.De acuerdo con el informe de la MHA, los trabajadores que experimentan el mayor número de víctimas mortales en salud mental se encuentran en las industrias manufacturera, minorista y de alimentos y bebidas. Estas profesiones caen dentro de las categorías de trabajadores mal pagados, menospreciados y con exceso de trabajo.El Centro de Depresión Integral de la Universidad de Michigan destaca los siguientes estresores en el lugar de trabajo: tensión laboral, interferencia laboral, discriminación y acoso laboral e inseguridad laboral.Tres académicos de la Universidad de Stanford concluyeron en un estudio de 2015 que trabajar la injusticia y el conflicto entre el trabajador y la familia tiene el mismo impacto en la salud que el trabajo por turnos y la colocación de largas horas. Los investigadores Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stefanos Zenios y Joel Goh también concluyeron que “el factor estresante con mayor impacto en general es la falta de seguro de salud. Tiene una alta clasificación en el aumento de la mortalidad y los costos de la atención médica “.Además, “Otro gran impulsor de la muerte prematura es la inseguridad económica, capturada en parte por el desempleo, los despidos y el bajo control del trabajo”. (Stanford Graduate School of Business)La inseguridad laboral es uno de los mayores factores de estrés para los trabajadores. El temor al desempleo mantiene a mucha gente despierta por la noche, mientras se preguntan cómo van a sobrevivir en la economía de hoy en día. Como señaló la Asociación Estadounidense de Psicología, “Agregar a las presiones que enfrentan los trabajadores son nuevos jefes, vigilancia de la producción por computadora, menos beneficios de salud y jubilación, y la sensación de que tienen que trabajar más tiempo y más duro solo para mantener su estado económico actual”.Informes como el informe MHA son útiles, pero a menudo adolecen de un error fatal. A menudo, las llamadas “soluciones” presentadas se reducen a alentar a los empleadores a aumentar la autoestima y la confianza de los trabajadores, en lugar de ofrecer seguridad concreta, como salarios más altos o seguro de salud. Estos investigadores pasan por alto o ignoran la naturaleza explotadora del capitalismo, ya que es la naturaleza de este sistema obligar a los trabajadores a vender su fuerza de trabajo al mejor postor.Los empleadores maximizan sus ganancias al reducir los costos laborales. Lo logran reduciendo, des localizando y automatizando. Tales preocupaciones se convierten en una carga y la salud mental se pone en riesgo.Como editor colaborador de Workers World, Fred Goldstein escribe en su importante libro de 2008 “Low-Wage Capitalism”: “El capitalismo, el sistema de producción con fines de lucro en lugar de humano, es incompatible con nociones como la salud y el bienestar de quienes producir toda la riqueza y realizar todos los servicios, la prioridad de la organización social y económica”.Los trabajadores pueden beneficiarse de muchas maneras de la lucha por un salario digno y el derecho a una unión, como el movimiento de Lucha por $ 15 lanzado en los últimos años. El Instituto de Política Económica (EPI) ha declarado que si los trabajadores organizan sindicatos pueden asegurar aumentos salariales, acceso a la atención médica, una mayor seguridad en el lugar de trabajo y mejores horarios. (“Cómo los sindicatos de hoy ayudan a los trabajadores”, 24 de agosto)Quienes producen la riqueza no deberían tener que pagarla sacrificando su bienestar mental y físico. Para enfrentar esta crisis, los trabajadores deben enfrentar el sistema que pone en peligro sus vidas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Follow the news on Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further July 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for probe into military junta’s crimes against the media News May 31, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France tomorrow, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.Reporters Without BordersPresident U Thein SeinRepublic of the Union of Myanmar16 July 2013Dear President Thein Sein,On the eve of your first visit to Paris since you became the Republic of Myanmar’s president, Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the former military government’s crimes against professional journalists, bloggers and cyber-activists who provide news and information. The aim of this letter is to request the creation of a Commission of Enquiry dedicated to combatting impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962.Two years have passed since the creation of a national commission for human rights and the first reforms opening the way to freedom of the media and information, and we now are approaching the 25th anniversary of the 8 August 1988 massacre. Our organization, which defends and promotes freedom of information, is concerned about the lack of significant efforts to address impunity for the systematic crimes and violations against news providers during the years of repression.Our organization, which was on a blacklist preventing it from working directly in Burma for more than 20 years, is not able to provide an exhaustive list of the crimes committed during this period, but we have kept a record of cases of journalists who were killed by the junta’s henchmen because of their work or who died as a result of the treatment they received from the junta in prison.The authorities in Rangoon announced at a press conference on 14 May 1991 that Ne Win, a correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun who had been jailed since 24 October 1990, had died in hospital from cirrhosis of the liver. The army had accused him of being an opposition supporter but he had never been formally charged or tried.A month later, on 11 June 1991, Ba Thaw, a newspaper cartoonist also known as Maung Thaw Ka, reportedly died in prison. The authorities said he had died of a heart attack. Seven years later, in August 1998, Saw Win, editor of the daily Botahtaung, died of a heart attack in Tharrawady prison. Relatives said he had not been receiving the medical treatment he needed. He had been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment in 1990.In September 1999, Thar Win, a photographer with the government newspaper Kyemon, died at an intelligence agency detention centre. Shortly before his arrest, his newspaper had published a photograph of Gen. Khin Nyunt, the junta’s strongman, alongside a report headlined “The world’s biggest crook.” The authorities claimed that Thar Win had also died of cirrhosis of the liver.Photographer Tin Maung Oo, who often worked for the National League for Democracy (NLD), was struck hard on the head by the junta’s thugs as he was trying to take pictures of an attack on Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade in Depayin on 30 May 2003. He died on the spot. Kenji Nagai, a Japanese photographer and video reporter working for the Japanese news agency APF, was shot dead by a soldier at close range while in a crowd of demonstrators on a Rangoon street with his camera in his hand on 27 September 2007, during the Saffron Revolution. His death was unique inasmuch as it was the only one, possibly therefore the last one, to have been recorded on film for the entire international community to see. A Japanese embassy physician later confirmed that the bullet that killed him had hit his heart after entering through the chest, proving that he had been shot head on.Fellow Japanese journalist Tsutomu Haringey, a colleague of Nagai’s, told Reporters Without Borders that he and other journalists tried to recover Nagai’s video camera “in order to pay a last tribute to his courageous work.” Another video, shot by Burmese journalists and broadcast by the Japanese media in 2007, showed that a soldier took Nagai’s Sony camera from his body. Six years later, Nagai’s family are still waiting for answers, and for justice to be done.We urge you to create a Commission of Enquiry dedicated to combatting impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962 because we know that Burma is now starting a new page in its history and we believe that the process of democratization begun by your government will not be complete without an official effort to render justice for the victims of the military junta’s crimes.The commission’s main task should be to investigate and, as best as possible, to establish the circumstances in which these six journalists died from 1991 to 2007. In addition to their deaths, journalists, media workers and bloggers were subjected to many other abuses by the junta, including arrest, violence, torture and hundreds of years in jail sentences handed down by courts on the military’s orders.This commission’s goal should also be recognition of all the crimes against Burmese and foreign journalists and news providers since the start of the military regime, to be achieved by means of thorough documentation in which we are ready to participate.By undertaking to not let these murders go unpunished and to bring those responsible to justice, you would be taking a historic step towards national reconciliation and guaranteeing all human rights in Burma. We hope our request will meet your approval and we look forward to your reply.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Photos : DVB Burmese In the run-up to President Thein Sein’s visit, Reporters Without Borders has also taken action on the relationship between freedom of information and the issue of violence against Burma’s Rohingya community, which is one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, according to the UN.Reporters Without Borders co-signed an open letter, published yesterday, urging French President François Hollande to ask his Burmese counterpart to guarantee “freedom of the media and information in coverage of the conflicts in Arakan and conflits involving the Rohingyas, as this is crucial for preventing the violence from continuing behind closed doors.”Today, Reporters Without Borders will participate in a news conference on violations of freedom of information that obstruct coverage of the violence, such as the ban on the sale of the latest issue of Time Magazine because it had a cover story about the Burmese nationalist monk Ashin Wirathu called “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”Burma rose 18 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 151st out of 179 countries. 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