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January 11 2011


TwitLonger: WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE 10 Jan 2010, 10:15 PM EST “WikiLeaks: treat incitement seriously or expec


On Tuesday 11th January 2011, wikileaks said:

10 Jan 2010, 10:15 PM EST

“WikiLeaks: treat incitement seriously or expect more Gabrielle Gifford killing sprees.”

Wikileaks today offered sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Tucson shooting together with best wishes for the recovery of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, a democrat from Arizona's 8th district, was the target of a shooting spree at a Jan 8 political event in which six others were killed.

Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, leading the investigation into the Gifford shooting, said that "vitriolic rhetoric" intended to "inflame the public on a daily basis ... has [an] impact on people, especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with." Dupnik also observed that officials and media personalities engaging in violent rhetoric "have to consider that they have some responsibility when incidents like this occur and may occur in the future."

WikiLeaks staff and contributors have also been the target of unprecedented violent rhetoric by US prominent media personalities, including Sarah Palin, who urged the US administration to “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like the Taliban”. Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program last November, and Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, referring to Assange, publicly called for people to "illegally shoot the son of a bitch." US radio personality Rush Limbaugh has called for pressure to "Give [Fox News President Roger] Ailes the order and [then] there is no Assange, I'll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.", while the Washington Times columnist Jeffery T. Kuhner titled his column “Assassinate Assange” captioned with a picture Julian Assange overlayed with a gun site, blood spatters, and “WANTED DEAD or ALIVE” with the alive crossed out.

John Hawkins of has stated "If Julian Assange is shot in the head tomorrow or if his car is blown up when he turns the key, what message do you think that would send about releasing sensitive American data?"

Christian Whiton in a Fox News opinion piece called for violence against WikiLeaks publishers and editors, saying the US should "designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them."

WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said: "No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but when senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement -- to murder. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger."

“WikiLeaks has many young staff, volunteers and supporters in the same geographic vicinity as these the broadcast or circulation of these incitements to kill. We have also seen mentally unstable people travel from the US and other counties to other locations. Consequently we have to engage in extreme security measures.”

“We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

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Correction: date on PR should be 10 Jan 2011, 10:15 PM EST ; our apologies

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Demonstration am 14. Jänner in Wien - Umstrittenes Mediengesetz - › Etat | 20110110

Ungarisches Mediengesetz

Rücknahme des Gesetztes gefordert - Solidaritätsveranstaltung vor ungarischer Botschaft - Demo auch in Budapest am 14. Jänner

 Nach heftigen internationalen Protesten gegen das umstrittene ungarische Mediengesetz haben am Montag österreichische Journalistenorganisationen zu einer Demonstration aufgerufen. Am kommenden Freitag um 18 Uhr soll eine Solidaritätsveranstaltung vor der ungarischen Botschaft in Wien stattfinden, wie Reporter ohne Grenzen (RoG/RSF) in einer Aussendung mitteilte. Die Veranstalter fordern eine Rücknahme des neuen Gesetzes.

Von der österreichischen Regierung erwarten die aufrufenden Organisationen - darunter etwa der Österreichische Journalisten Club, die JournalistInnengewerkschaft oder die Österreichische HochschülerInnenschaft -, "auf diplomatischer Ebene klar gegen dieses Gesetz aufzutreten". Von Vizekanzler Josef Pröll wird gefordert, auf Ministerpräsident Viktor Orban sowie innerhalb der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP), der auch Orbans Partei Fidesz angehört, Druck auszuüben.

Laut Reporter ohne Grenzen verstoße das ungarische Gesetz gegen die "Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention und das Prinzip der Pressefreiheit und des Informationsrechtes - und damit gegen die von den Vereinten Nationen und der Europäischen Union verbrieften Grundrechte". "Medienfreiheit, Meinungsfreiheit, Informationsfreiheit sind durch die UNO-Menschenrechtskonvention klar definierte Bürgerrechte", man fordere deshalb deren Einhaltung und Respektierung, so die Organisation.

Demo am 14. Jänner auch in Budapest

- Eine Großdemonstration gegen das kritisierte ungarische Mediengesetz soll am 14. Jänner um 18.00 Uhr auf dem Budapester Kossuth-Platz vor dem Parlament stattfinden. Bisher haben auf der Facebook-Seite der Veranstaltung bereits über 8.000 Menschen ihre sichere oder mögliche Teilnahme an der Kundgebung angekündigt, wie ungarische Medien berichteten. Zugleich findet in der südungarischen Stadt Pecs (Fünfkirchen) ein Demonstrationszug statt, der um 15.00 Uhr auf dem zentralen Szechenyi-Platz ihren Anfang nimmt und bis 18.00 Uhr durch die Stadt führt. 

Der ungarische Außenminister Janos Martonyi hatte am Sonntag gewisse Mängel im Mediengesetz eingestanden. Lösungen sehe er in zusätzlichen Regelungen, falls die EU-Kommission den Rechtsakt beanstande. Momentan wird der Gesetzestext von der Kommission geprüft. Ein Ergebnis wird im März erwartet. (APA)

January 10 2011

Bangladesh: Stock Market Plunge Hurts Small Investors

By Rezwan

Today the two big Stock Exchanges indexes of Bangladesh suffered their steepest ever one day fall and thousands of small investors lost their savings. The news was quickly picked up by some Bangladeshi bloggers and they shared their outrage and frustrations.

Dhaka Stock Exchange Index

Irene Sultana at Blog writes:

সূচক নেমে যাচ্ছে। দ্রুত থেকে দ্রুততর। প্রতিদিন। পতনের রেকর্ড গড়ছে। কার কারসাজি? কার ব্যর্থতা? কার অদূরদর্শিতা? কার অপ-রাজনীতি? পথে বসে যাওয়া ক্ষুদ্র বিনিযোগকারীরাদের জমায়েত বেড়ে চলেছে রাজপথে। সরকার যুতসই কিছু বলছে না। তদন্ত কমিটি গঠন এবং ধ্বসের কারণ নির্ণয় হচ্ছে না। তাহলে সমাধান আসবে কী করে?

The index is falling quickly. Faster and faster; everyday. We are witnessing new records. Who are behind it? Whose fault is it? Whose shortsightedness is it? Who is playing politics behind? The streets are filled with the bankrupt small investors. The government is not saying anything clearly. No investigation committee was formed to analyze this plunge. So where is the solution?

The share market in Bangladesh unusually went bullish in 2010 and the Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank) and the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) intervened by toying with the margin loan requirements which triggered a free fall of the indexes in a number of occasions in the last few months. The raising of margin loan ratio triggered liquidity shortage which hurt the stock market.

Mamun M. Aziz diggs deep into the liquidity crisis [bn]:

ব্যাংকগুলোকে ব্রোকারেজ হাউস অবাধে খুলতেদেয়ায় বেশী লাভের আশায় ব্যাংকের অন্য খাতে টাকা নাকি শুনেছি সব শেয়ারে ইনভেস্ট করেছে। ফলত দ্রুত শেয়ারের ইনডেক্স হাই হয়েছে। আবার বাংলাদেশ ব্যাংকের কিছু নির্দেশনায় টাকার প্রয়োজনে সেই সব শেয়ার বেঁচে টাকা উঠিয়ে নিয়েছে ব্যাংকগুলো। [..]

ওদিকে ইউনিপেটু ইউ, ডেসটিনি এসব দ্রুত টাকা বৃদ্ধিকরন কোম্পানীর নিয়ন্ত্রনহীন প্রলোভনে অনেকে টাকা শেয়ার মার্কেট হতে ওদিকে চলে গেছে দ্রুত।

The government let Banks open new brokerage houses and they invested in the share market to harness wider margin of profits. So the share index sky rocketed. When Bangladesh Bank issued some directives they sold the shares and withdrew the money. [..]

On the other hand MLM Companies like unipay2u, Destiny etc. lured small investors to withdraw money from share market and invest into their so called quick profit initiatives.

Dhakashohor at Unheard Voice blog places the blame on SEC:

I argue that by capitulating to investors for the last few months, especially on the issue of margin requirements, the SEC is undermining its own credibility as a strong regulator and helping to increase leverage in the market, making an unwinding of any potential bubble even more painful than is necessary.

Some investors went violent and put the Motijheel commercial district under siege. They threw stones to the SEC office and vandalized cars. However the security forces were quick to use force to take things under control. Later on similar protests were held in cities like Chittagong, Rajshahi, Comilla, Narsinghdi and Bogra. The stock markets in Dhaka and Chittagong were closed down by SEC.

Shareholders demonstrate in front of Dhaka Stock Exchange at Motijheel following the record fall. Image by MHasan. Copyright Demotix.

Blogger Choturanga posts pictures of the skirmishes between the police and the angry investors.

Dhakashohor adds that the investors need to be cautious:

I understand it is quite scary to have an angry mob in front of your office. The government has taken the right step by deploying the law enforcers there. Investors need to take responsibility for their own decisions to invest, and yes, it will be painful (again). The SEC is not and should not be a paternal organisation that ensures win, win, win, all the time.

Shamim also puts the onus on to the small investors [bn]:

বেশির ভাগ বিনিয়োগকারীই হুজুগে চলে - যাদের মূলধন হল লোভ; বিনা পরিশ্রমে বড়লোক হওয়ার দিবাস্বপ্ন। আর এর সুযোগ নেয় ঘাঘু ঠকবাজরা। লোভ করে নিজের কল্লা জবাই হওয়ার রিস্ক নিয়ে পেতে দিলে সেটা কাটা পড়তেই পারে। এজন্য কার ঘাড়ে দোষ চাপাবেন?

Most of the small investors ride on impulse (not on logic) - whose capital is greed; their dream is to get rich with minimum effort. If you take the risk of placing your head under gallows to secure too much greed, you have to face the consequence. So who is to be blamed?

Amidst all of these there seems to be a discord among the small investors and the government. Blogger System at Somehwhereinblog blogging platform slams [bn] the Finance Minsiter's inaccurate remarks. Kangal Murshid , a commenter to his post, tells:

যারা সত্যিই ফান্ডামেন্টাল দেখে শেয়ার কিনেছেন আমি মনে করি তাদের ধৈর্যধারন করা উচিত। মনে হচ্ছে এই দরপতন ইচ্ছাকৃত। এ'জন্যই গতকাল সকাল থেকে প্রচুর পুলিশ র‍্যাব মোতায়েন করা হয়েছিল। যদি আগে থেকে দরপতনের কথা জানা না থাকে তাহলে এত নিরাপত্তার যৌক্তিকতা কি? মনে হচ্ছে সরকারের আশীর্বদপুস্ট কোন একটা কুচক্রী গোষ্ঠিকে কিছু ভাল শেয়ার কম দামে পাইয়ে দেয়ার জন্যই এমনটা করা হচ্ছে। লস যা হওয়ার ততো হয়েছেই এখন শেয়ার ছেড়ে দিলেতো আর সেই লস পুরোন হবে না। তার চেয়ে মাটি কামড়ে পরে থাকেন - না খেয়ে মরে গেলেও শেয়ার ছাড়ব না - এ'ধরনের পন করেন। আশা করা যায় সেই সিন্ডিকেট শেয়ার কিনতে শুরু করলেই ভাল কোম্পানীগুলোর দাম বাড়তে শুরু করবে।

Those who have invested analyzing the fundamental statistics of the companythey have to have patience. I think this fall in share price is deliberate. That is why security forces in larger numbers were posted since yesterday. If this steep plunge was not anticipated, why were they posted? It seems it was done to help some vested quarters blessed by the government to buy some good shares in low price. Already people lost the potential value of shares and if they sell in a lower price they cannot cover the loss. So Please be patient, don't sell even if you are unable to afford your food. I hope that when the syndicate will start buying, at least the top shares will regain their position.

Blogger Hamim says:

শেয়ার মার্কেটে এই উর্ধ্যমুখী আস্ফালন যেমন সঠিক হয় নাই, তেমনি এত দ্রুত শেয়ার মার্কেটে সূচকের পতন কোন যুক্তিতেই বোধগম্য নয়। সরকার বা এসইসি/ডিএসসি তাদের অপরিপক্কতার প্রমান দিয়েছে। যেমন কারসাজি করে বাজার কে বাড়তে দেয়া হয়েছিল। ঠিক একই পর্যায়ে কারসাজি করে বাজার কে নিম্নমুখি করতে বাধ্য করা হলো, যা অনভিপ্রেত। বাজারকে বাধাগ্রস্থ করে দেশের শিল্পায়নকে বাধাগ্রস্থ করা হলো।

As the Bullish trend was artificial so the plunge in share index was not logical in any way. The government and SEC/DSC have proved their inexperience. The bullish trend was achieved through manipulating and in the same way the free fall in shares happened. This is very unfortunate. By disrupting the market the industrialization of the country has been hampered.

It remains to be seen how this episode will impact the performance of the current government and how the investors will regain confidence in the share market again.

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