first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of Indigenous Canadian journalist Karl Dockstader in relation to his reporting on an Indigenous land dispute in southern Ontario. RSF calls on the Ontario Provincial Police to drop all charges against him. November 11, 2020 Find out more CanadaAmericas Protecting journalists Environment November 19, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Canada News Organisation Karl Dockstader, an award-winning journalist from the Indigenous Oneida Nation of the Thames, was arrested on September 2 in relation to his coverage of a land dispute on an Indigenous territory. Dockstader had spent half the summer documenting Indigenous land defenders’ efforts to resist construction of a residential development on Haudenosaunee land. The Ontario Provincial Police charged him with criminal mischief and failure to comply with a court ordered injunction. Police have banned him from returning to the site under threat of further charges. A court date has been set for Nov. 24.“It is deeply disappointing that the Ontario police have chosen to disregard Karl Dockstader’s legally-protected right to report on this matter, which is of clear public interest to Canada and Indigenous people in the region,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Manager of RSF’s North America bureau. “The Ontario Provincial Police should drop these charges and ensure that their actions do not infringe on the press covering such events moving forward.”This is not an isolated incident. In recent years, police have pressed charges against two other journalists for reporting on land conflicts between Indigenous peoples and government authorities. In February, American filmmaker Melissa Cox was arrested while documenting Wet’suwet’en land defenders’ efforts to block the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, though her charges of mischief and trespassing were recently dropped. In 2016, reporter Justin Brake faced civil and criminal charges after covering an Indigenous-led occupation of the Muskrat Falls site. Following his case, a court decision by the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal affirmed that special considerations apply to journalists covering indigenous protests, even in injunction zones. Brake’s charges were dismissed in June.Canada is ranked 16 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” September 16, 2020 Canadian police arrest Indigenous journalist covering land rights movement News CanadaAmericas Protecting journalists Environment News January 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

first_imgThe chief executive of Allied Bakeries is to leave the business – just weeks after parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) declared the UK bakery market “intensely competitive”.Mark Fairweather has been with the company for 29 years – but his departure follows ABF’s warning that profits at Allied Bakeries, which produces Kingsmill, Burgen, Allinson and Sunblest, would be “lower than last year”.Sarah Arrowsmith, chief executive of ABF’s grocery division, which produces other brands like Twinings and Ovaltine, will assume control of its bakery division.Allied Milling and Baking, in which Allied Bakeries sits, has spent heavily on capital investment in recent years from the redevelopment of its bakeries nationwide to NPD, with the introduction of thins and its Great White Kingsmill loaf. However, last year it also announced the closure of its site in Orpington, Bromley because of declining bread sales, while at the same time pumping £8.4m into its Glasgow site on a sandwich thins line.A spokesman at ABF said: “Allied Milling and Baking Group can confirm that Mark Fairweather is to step down as chief executive officer following the recent conclusion of the company’s strategic investment programme.Major investment“Mark has led the Allied Milling and Baking Group as CEO since 2008 and seen through a major investment programme to transform the business’ operational and supply chain footprint, significantly restructuring the organisation’s cost base. During this period, the business also has seen significant investment in the brand, enabling Kingsmill to deliver substantial innovation, bringing new products to the market and strengthening the brand’s position.“Now that this operational investment programme has concluded, Mark will be stepping aside to enable a new leader to take the business forward. Mark’s successor will be announced in due course. In the interim, Sarah Arrowsmith, chief executive, UK Grocery, will be responsible for the business.”Arrowsmith added: “Mark has seen through an impressive transformation of the Allied Milling and Baking Group, which is now well placed to meet the demands of the UK bakery market. He has demonstrated great vision, tenacity and skill and moves on with our grateful thanks and our best wishes for his next venture.”In a pre-close update last month, ABF said: “The UK bakery market remains intensely competitive, with a combination of over-capacity in the industry driving manufacturers towards marginal pricing, and retailers seeking to prove their value credentials in essential shopping items such as bread. “As retailers drive for value and range simplification, already tight margins have come under further pressure and Allied Bakeries’ profit will be lower than last year as a result.”Fairweather joined ABF in 1986 as head miller at Allied’s James Neill Mill, Belfast. He became Allied Mills’ operations director in 1998 before being promoted to managing director Allied Mills. In 2006, he moved to Allied Bakeries as managing director and was appointed CEO, Allied Milling & Baking, two years later.last_img read more