Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at the death of a radio presenter who has been murdered in the north of the country, bringing to 11 the number of journalists and media workers killed in the Philippines in 2006.“The death of Ponciano Grande, 53, tragically confirms that the wave of murders of journalists and political activists has still not been halted,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Police and the courts must work together to resolve this case and arrest those responsible, who are teenage contract killers”, it said.The organisation said it had been able to confirm that three of the 11 murdered journalists were killed because of their work.Elsewhere, a radio reporter has stopped leaving her home after a police officer on Palawan island, south-west of Manila, made a death threat against her.Grande, presenter on local FM station dwJJ and former editorialist on local publications The Recorder and Nueva Ecija Times, was killed on 7 December while visiting friends in Barangay, in the Cabanatuan area, Nueva Ecija province.The journalist, who was former director of the Nueva Ecija press club, also owned a ranch. According to the website INQ7, he was gunned down by five .45 calibre bullets fired from a handgun by two men riding on a motorbike. His wife, who was present at the scene, told police that the killers were teenagers.Elsewhere, Lourdes Escaros-Paet, reporter on local FM radio dyPR, has since 10 November been under death threat from police officer Antonio Magbanua in Puerto Princessa, Palawan island.Before being dismissed the policeman went on a local radio three times to accuse and threaten the journalist. He is implicated in cases of people- trafficking, kidnapping children, corruption and abuse of power. Escaros-Paet has been placed under protection and has remained holed up at her home for fear of reprisals. May 3, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Organisation News Receive email alerts Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News RSF_en June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific to go further December 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist killed by teen hit-men, another reporter threatened by a police officer
A leading City analyst has welcomed the move by Premier Foods to dispose of its under-performing subsidiary Brookes Avana for £30m but warned the embattled company still “has much to do”.The own-label meals and cake business was sold recently by Premier to rival 2 Sisters Food Group for £30m in cash, in a deal that should complete by January.But according to Martin Deboo, analyst at Investec Securities, the deal made sense. He said: “We see the disposal of Brookes Avana as a positive step on Premier’s path to recovery. In exchange for £30m in cash, Premier loses a major distraction and an asset that we were forecasting to lose £25m this year. There remains much to do if our 15p target share price is to be realised, but this feels like good business to us.”Commenting on the disposal of Brookes Avana, newly appointed chief executive of Premier Foods Michael Clarke added: “The sale of Brookes Avana underlines our commitment to focus the business on growing a smaller number of brands. Brookes Avana will have a better opportunity to grow with 2 Sisters Food Group given its focus in the chilled food sector.”Premier Foods has experienced a torrid year in 2011, and proceeds of the disposal will be used to repay its extensive bank borrowings, currently running at £1.2bn. Premier announced in October that it would be focusing investment behind eight Power Brands, including Hovis and Mr Kipling, and would dispose of selected businesses “further enabling it to deleverage the business”. Shares in Premier, which have plunged from a high of 288p in 2007, have been hovering around 6p.Brookes Avana has around 2,000 staff and Premier said that “all the employees will transfer with the business”.