Donate the Change launches with contactless accessories that let people give with every purchase

first_imgThe accessories have a mini contactless prepay card inside, and once loaded with cash can be used to pay for items in the same way as a contactless bankcard. Each time the wearer uses their accessory to pay for something, such as a coffee, or railcard, their donation payment is also triggered. Users set donation limits and can also set a cap to ensure they don’t give more than a certain amount each month.Users have the option of adding a specific amount to each purchase to be donated, or a percentage, or to round up to the nearest pound, so if a bill comes to £3.29, then 71p is donated for example. Accounts can be managed through the Donate the Change website or through its mobile app, available from Google Play and the App Store.Supporters are rewarded by Donate the Change for using the service with free rewards, offers and treats. Every time they pay for something with their accessory, they earn Taps. The more they use their accessory, the more Taps they earn and the better the rewards.The service also allows charities to engage on a personal level with donors through a web-portal and mobile app, and supporters can specify if and how they would like to receive communications from their chosen charity at sign up. The current service allows users to donate to one charity only per accessory, but future plans include letting people swap charities or donate to more than [email protected] @donate_change all ready to make my virgin outing to the shops with my wristband!!!???— hibiscusjuice (@Hibiscusjuice) December 1, 2017 It’s here !! ?— Mema • م (@memememema) December 9, 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis47  191 total views,  3 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 Donate the Change launches with contactless accessories that let people give with every purchasecenter_img  192 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis47 Melanie May | 14 December 2017 | News Tagged with: contactless microdonations Technology Charitable giving initiative Donate the Change has launched in beta with a range of contactless payment accessories that let people donate their spare change to a charity every time they shop.Contactless keyrings and bracelets are on offer in a range of colours and can be ordered and activated on the Donate the Change site. Donate the Change currently has 12 charity partners including Harrison’s Fund, St Mungo’s, SANE, Willow and British Heart Foundation.Charities interested in participating can fill in a form online for more details.People choose the charity they want to support, then an accessory, and set up their account online. Donate the Change is currently giving the first 5000 accessories away to celebrate the launch with the usual price starting at £20. Once the accessory has arrived in the post, users need to follow a few steps to activate and load the accessory with money by linking it to a Mastercard or Visa debit card registered to a UK address.We’ve shrunk your bank card and put it in our range of contactless payment accessories. Now you can can pay for stuff with a tap of the wrist & donate your change to charity at the same time. Find out more; #donatethechange #UKCharityWeek #charitytuesday— Donate The Change (@donate_change) December 5, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

Texas, Louisiana under water: Capitalist crime scene

first_imgAug. 29 — The coasts of Texas and Louisiana have become an ongoing crime scene. The crime is against the millions of people living along the Gulf of Mexico as well as their property — and it is a crime against nature itself.And who are the criminals? Some are the same politicians who, like Donald Trump, jump before the cameras to assure the public that everything possible is being done to protect them, when in fact the forces of government are doing the barest minimum.Others shy away from publicity — like the multibillionaire oil and gas magnates who have amassed huge fortunes over the decades promoting the very technologies that have warmed the planet and made such disasters inevitable.They undermined mass transit in order to promote the car culture. Once the drastic effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere became known, what did they do? As one science publication wrote in 2015: “Exxon knew about climate change almost 40 years ago — A new investigation shows the oil company understood the science before it became a public issue and spent millions to promote disinformation.” (Scientific American, Oct. 26, 2015)In plain words, they lied to the people. And the people are those who suffer the consequences, not the very rich who can jet to wherever pleases their luxurious lifestyle.Texas, oil and Gov. AbbottThe human toll of this continuing tragedy will not be known until the waters subside, if ever. Unprecedented rains keep falling, turning an area the size of South Carolina into a vast, muddy lake. Yet already Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is telling the people that this “is one of the largest disasters America has ever faced” and there will be “a new normal for this entire region.”And who is Abbott? Just two months ago, he signed a resolution sponsored by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers that urged the federal government to reverse “some of the harmful regulations that have stunted the growth of our industry.”The resolution applauds “the more than 20 lawsuits that Texas has filed in conjunction with many other oil and gas producing states against federal over-regulation that prioritizes minor environmental gains over major productive losses.”“Minor environmental gains.” How ironic and telling that Hurricane Harvey, which has now dumped up to four feet of rain on parts of Texas and Louisiana since Aug. 25, is hitting the very states where the oil companies control the political structure lock, stock and barrel.The billionaire owners of these companies should be behind bars — in the very jails that are now under water in Houston and other cities.Scientists cannot say a particular storm is caused by global warming. There have always been hurricanes and floods. But they emphatically confirm that the increase in severe weather events now being experienced around the globe is caused by warmer temperatures.Did nobody see this coming? What about this article from the Washington Post, which appeared on March 21 of this year:“Water temperatures at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and near South Florida are on fire. They spurred a historically warm winter from Houston to Miami. … In the Gulf, the average sea surface temperature never fell below 73 degrees over the winter for the first time on record, reported Eric Berger of Ars Technica. Galveston, Tex., has tied or broken an astonishing 33 record highs since Nov. 1, while neighboring Houston had its warmest winter on record.”The article predicted “intense thunderstorms” would follow. Indeed they have, and much more.A dying social systemThe cataclysm of global warming is a live-or-die test of the capitalist system, which puts profits for the ruling class before everything else. And there is no question that this social system is in critical condition. The proliferation of wars and “natural” disasters around the world attests to this fact.Moreover, the seemingly unstoppable widening of the gap between rich and poor has reached the point in the U.S. where the richest 1/100th of 1 percent now account for almost all the gains in income.Thousands of ordinary people — not the 0.01% — have volunteered their time and boats to help the people of the Gulf Coast escape the rising waters. It is commendable, but it also shows what is lacking: an organized, massive response to a disaster situation that requires planning and the allocation of great resources. That hasn’t happened.Is it a problem of resources? Hardly.Beginning in 2016, the U.S. government announced it would allocate a trillion dollars — $1,000,000,000,000! — over the next 30 years to “modernizing” the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It’s one of the projects begun under President Barack Obama that Trump has had no difficulty embracing. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability called it the “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck,” adding, “This plan directly benefits the private corporations that are invested in the maintenance and production of nuclear weapons.”What this country really needs is not more nuclear weapons in order to impose imperialist terms on the rest of the world, but an all-out plan to combat global warming. That’s already responsible for so many deaths from hurricanes, heat waves, torrential rains, flooding, mud slides — and it is only intensifying.The answer of the Trump administration? Pull out of the Paris Accords, which were weak to begin with, and deny that climate change even exists. The country that boasts of “leading the world” is the biggest drag on human progress.The U.S. economy has way, way overgrown this profit-motivated capitalist system. The ownership and control of the vast means of production by a handful of billionaires are completely incompatible with a globalized economy in which the labor of hundreds of millions of workers contributes to the making and distribution of every product. Capitalism is a reactionary, self-destructive anachronism that must be shattered.Socialized ownership of the means of production is necessary if we as a species are to take control of our destiny. We have the knowledge and the means to plan for an infinitely better world. What we need is a movement independent of the corrupt political machinery that has imposed the rule of the very few on the many.Central to this movement — and this is not theoretical; it is happening as we speak — is the uprising of the most oppressed. Young people especially — so many of them Black, Brown, Indigenous, women, LGBTQ gender nonconforming, people with disabilities, immigrants — are shaking the pillars of white supremacy, racism and patriarchy and tearing down its symbols and statues.They are the forward edge of the working class in this country. And that is the class that potentially has the power to bring down capitalism and replace it with a system based on social ownership and control of the productive forces. Socialism.For so many millions, the red-baiting that was the mainstay of the capitalist political establishment for a century or more has lost its potency. The disaster on the Gulf Coast will accelerate the sea change that is shaping a powerful new social movement — not for reform of this stinking corpse of a system, but for revolution.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Capitalist greed confronts physics — and loses

first_imgThe Ever Given, a Panamanian-flagged, Taiwan-operated, Japanese-owned, German-managed, Indian-crewed Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), blocked the Suez Canal in the early morning of March 23. Each day the canal is blocked costs $10 billion in international trade. The Ever Given, aground in the Suez Canal, March 23.The only alternative route between Europe (and the East Coast of the United States) and East Asia is around the Cape of Good Hope. That route is 15,000 miles longer and requires two weeks to a month extra travel time, depending on the speed of the vessel. As of March 27, 369 vessels were still waiting to go through the canal, including 13 carrying livestock, where the concern was providing food and water.The crisis in the Suez, an artery through which over 15% of the world’s trade flows, has been major news, covered in the New York Times, BBC World News, Fox News, the Washington Post, USA Today, NBC News, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Splash 247, ABC News, Reuters, the Sydney Morning Dispatch, Le Monde and CNN and many other sources. This level of coverage means the capitalists are stressing out.ULCVs were developed on an enormous scale to save labor costs and increase profits. So to move all 18,000 of the 20-foot containers currently on the Ever Given by truck would require at least 18,000 truck drivers. To move them all by rail, a train would have to be 70 miles long. After the ULCVs were developed, a whole infrastructure of ports and waterways had to be created because of their size — mostly with public money. For example, the Panama Canal, which uses locks, required extensive renovation work. Ship crews, tugboat crews, dock workers, crane operators — all needed retraining for this new class of vessels. While the costs were public, the profits were mainly private.‘Bigger, better’ vs. the elementsThe Ever Given is 1,312 feet long (about as long as the Empire State Building is high) and 194 feet wide. When fully loaded with containers, it weighs in at 240,000 tons. The top of the containers can be 150 feet (12 stories) above the water line. Bigger ships are under consideration!Given the tremendous area of the Ever Given exposed to wind, even with skillful handling it is not surprising there was an accident when the wind was blowing hard and visibility was low.In the March 27 blog, Captain George Livingstone, who is a San Francisco bar pilot, says, “When incidents occur at sea, the focus will be on human error, even if there are underlying fundamental flaws in concept or design.” His post makes it clear that the development of these ULCVs was done without much regard to the crew, safety or making these vessels easier to operate. ( Ever Given had a crew of only 25 people, and since running a ship is a 24-hour, seven day operation, only 8 to 12 crew members would handle the vessel at any one time. This is a “human error” accident waiting to happen.The drive to reduce labor costs — which is a capitalist’s way of saying reduce the number of workers to a minimum while squeezing out maximum “productivity” — leads to catastrophic situations. Meanwhile, the whole debate in the press over the blockade of the Suez Canal, raising the issues of “supply chains” and “just-in-time inventory,” reflects the bourgeois view that providing safety or producing “excess” inventory is a waste of money. Already the spot prices for petroleum products are gyrating, along with the prices of toilet paper and other essentials.Now the wealthy are losing big money, but it is workers who are working long hours doing the dangerous job of unblocking the Suez Canal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Farmland Movie Debuts in New York City

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Home News Feed Farmland Movie Debuts in New York City Farmland Movie Debuts in New York City Facebook Twitter Farmland Movie Debuts in New York CityJames MollThe movie Farmland, which tells the story of 6 young farmers, made its debut in New York City last evening. The movie, produced in cooperation with the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, has been shown to farmer audiences around the nation over the past few months, but just made its New York city debut at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday evening. Director James Moll said the film gives the public a firsthand look at life on a farm without preaching, “There are lots of hot button issues in agriculture and there is a good deal of back and forth discussion by groups with different agendas; but I decided I did not want to make an agenda film, I wanted to make a film about people.” He said the documentary focuses on the characters, what they do, and how they live.Leighton Cooley, a poultry producer in Georgia and one of the farmers featured in the film, said he agreed to participate in the project because it is important to reach out to consumers and show them how their food is really produced, “Any chance we get to respond to misconceptions about agriculture we need to take. This film was not only a chance to tell folks what we do and how we treat our animals, but to show them.” He added the film is aimed at those folks who would never have the opportunity to visit a farm and talk with a farmer. Ryan  Veldhuizen, a pork producer in Minnesota, said the most important message he wants the New York City folks to take away from the movie is that their food is produced by people, “People that have families just like everyone else.”  David Loberg, a corn and soybean producer in Nebraska, says it is really exciting to think that, as farmers in the Midwest will be going to the fields planting in the next few weeks, consumers across the nation will be watching Farmland and getting an idea of what life on a farm is like. All of the farmers featured in the film say it is a very realistic depiction of what they do every day.For more information and locations to see the move visit By Gary Truitt – Apr 17, 2014 Previous articleA New Option to Finance: Clean Energy BondsNext articleUSDA Mandates PEDv Reporting Gary Truittlast_img read more

Administration Unlikely to Cap RIN Prices

first_img An Agri-Pulse report says it appears that the Trump administration will not be putting a cap on the price of biofuel credits, known as Renewable Identification Numbers. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says the administration will more likely try to bring down the cost of RINs through a vapor pressure waiver that will increase demand for E-15. That is the outcome favored by the ethanol industry. Perdue described the possible scenario at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Perdue says, “We will not see RIN prices capped, but market prices, affecting the RVP waiver, that allows E-15 to be sold year round, which we believe will increase RIN availability and drive down the prices.”The report says it is important to remember that the uncertainty created by President Trump’s discussions on biofuel policy have already knocked down RIN prices considerably. It is interesting to note that, since the discussions began in October when RIN prices were at 98 cents, they have now dropped to 38 cents as of last week. “The conversation has already been helpful in that area of driving RIN prices down,” Perdue adds.Source: NAFB News Service Home Energy Administration Unlikely to Cap RIN Prices SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 21, 2018 Facebook Twitter Administration Unlikely to Cap RIN Prices Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleEuropean Union Approves Bayer Takeover of Monsanto, with Conditions Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

DVB reporter spends 30th birthday in prison

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 DVB reporter spends 30th birthday in prison May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for Democratic Voice of Burma’s call for the release of the 17 DVB journalists who are currently jailed in Burma. One of these journalists, Ngwe Soe Lin, is spending his 30th birthday today continung to serve the 13-year sentence he was given for his investigative coverage of children orphaned by Cyclone Nargis.“We offer our moral support to Ngwe Soe Lin and his relatives during their difficult ordeal and we urge President Thein Sein to go further with the general amnesty he announced on 16 April by extending it to political prisoners, including journalists convicted by the military government,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is the only way to ensure that this political gesture is not seen as a government public relations stunt with no real effect.”Reporters Without Borders welcomes the recent release of five journalists:- Aung Htun Myint, a freelancer who was released from a prison in the western city of Sittwe on completing a sentence on 12 May. He was arrested for taking photos in Hmawbi, near Rangoon, of the 2008 referendum on the new constitution.- Zaw Tun of News Watch Journal, who was arrested in September 2008 at a police roadblock near opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.- Nyan Lin Aung of Beauty Magazine, who was arrested in 2009 for being in contact with two pro-democracy groups – the All Burma Federation of Student Unions and Generation Wave.- Lu Tin Win, a 44-year-old journalist, poet and writer who was released from a prison in the southern city of Myeik on 17 May. He was arrested on 27 September 2007 for supporting the 2007 Saffron Revolution, a peaceful pro-democracy protest movement launched by Buddhist monks. He was also caught in possession of “88-Generation Students,” a book about the 1988 pro-democracy protests.- Thaung Win Bo, a 65-year-old journalist with New Light of Myanmar who was released from a prison in the central town of Tharrawaddy on 17 May. He was jailed for sending articles to his daughter, a Voice of America reporter.Media censorship meanwhile continues. According to Mizzima News, the authorities banned video recording at a regional government news conference on 17 May, one week after DVB provided video coverage of the preceding news conference.Many journalists continue to be held in appalling conditions in jails throughout Burma. To draw attention to the problems of Burmese journalists and the importance of the photos and video footage they send to international and exile media as sources of information about the situation inside Burma, Reporters Without Borders, Info Burma and Amnesty International are organizing a screening of the documentary “Free Burma VJ” this evening in Paris.Nominated for an Oscar, the film uses video footage secretly filmed by DVB reporters to place the spectator at the heart of the Saffron Revolution. The screening will be followed by a debate.Screening details: News Press release:The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) is today celebrating the 30th birthday of Ngwe Soe Lin, a DVB video journalist who will mark the occasion in his cell in Insein prison, Rangoon.Ngwe Soe Lin was arrested by military intelligence on 26 June 2009 along with a friend in an internet café in Rangoon. After spending several weeks at the Aungthabyay interrogation centre, he was sent to Insein prison. Seven months later, on 27 January 2010, a special military court attached to Insein prison sentenced him to 13 years in prison on charges related to the Electronics and Immigration Acts, which are often used to sentence independent journalists.Ngwe Soe Lin joined DVB in early 2008 and reported from around the country. He played a vital role in recording the lives of children left orphaned by cyclone Nargis in 2008. His video records were turned into a Channel 4 documentary, ‘Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone’, for which he received the prestigious Rory Peck Award 2009, honouring cameramen working in dangerous environments. He was awarded this whilst in detention.To mark his birthday and to raise global awareness of the work of these brave video journalists, DVB has organised several screenings around the world of Orphans of Burma’s CycloneWe firmly believe that his sentencing is wrong, and acknowledge the suffering that his friends, family and colleagues, as well of course as Ngwe Soe Lin himself, have endured. DVB demands that the Burmese government frees him immediately, as well as five other DVB video journalists who are serving lengthy prison sentences for their footage: Hla Hla Win, Win Maw, Sithu Zeya and U Zeya. They are a small portion of the 17 DVB journalists behinds bars in Burma – for security reasons we cannot name all of them, but we need your help to free them. Sign the petition here: the video:… News Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation last_img read more

Limerick Historical Society to hold its first evening walk of 2018

first_imgEmail Print NewsLocal NewsLimerick Historical Society to hold its first evening walk of 2018By Staff Reporter – April 30, 2018 1299 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleLimerick school bags two top prizes at national competitionNext articleSt Marys Cathedral welcomes choirs as part of anniversary celebrations Staff Reporter Georgian Limerick on foot TAGSCatherine McAuleyLimerick Historical SocietyMount Conventmount kennettMount Saint VicentQuaker WalkingLimerick Historical Society will hold the first evening walk of 2018 onWednesday May 9th next.The historic walk will commence at the Mount Convent, where Mr Quinn (architect with Quinn Savage Smyth) will give a detailed account of the ongoing restoration work which he is overseeing.From there the Limerick Historical Society will proceed to the Quaker graveyard taking in some sights along the way and will finish with a talk by Hiram Wood on the history of the Quakers. The meeting point is outside the main gate to the Mount Convent (on O’Connell Avenue) at 7 p.m. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The convent and chapel of Mount Saint Vincent was built on a site renamed in honour of the French Saint Vincent de Paul, which was formerly known as Mount Kennett.Catherine McAuley established the Sisters of Mercy Congregation of the in 1831 and seven years later a congregation was established in Limerick, with the assistance of Bishop Ryan of Limerick. The order also established convents in Newcastle West, Rathkeale and Adare. This convent chapel was completed in 1863. The buildings were recently purchased for Mary Immaculate College and a large renovation project consisting of theredevelopment of the buildings is in progress.More local news here. Linkedin #BREAKING Toddlers rescued in Limerick Gardaí confronting city centre crime wavelast_img read more

Seamus Heaney commemoration gets underway in Belfast

first_img By News Highland – April 10, 2014 Google+ Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News Seamus Heaney commemoration gets underway in Belfast Previous articleRetailers group suggests Killybegs could be seen as a soft touch by smugglersNext articleMinister defends cuts to ambulance service News Highland Google+center_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter A celebration of the work of the late Seamus Heaney is underway at Queens University in Belfast.The four-day commemoration will see academics and writing amateurs alike come together over four days to discuss his work and the influence it will have on future generations.The poet laureate – who passed away last August – was both an undergraduate at the university as well as a lecturer at its School of English.Dr. Eamon Hughes of the School of English explains why they are holding the celebration.”I think the main aim of it really is, in the first instance, to celebrate Heaney’s life as a writer – both as a poet and as a critic” he said.”To remember actually what a vital part he played in the cultural life of this city” he added. WhatsApp WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

ICSA urges Donegal farmers to focus on farm safety

first_img WhatsApp ICSA urges Donegal farmers to focus on farm safety By News Highland – March 9, 2013 Google+ Previous articleTwo men jailed for separate Altnagelvin incidentsNext articleGAA – Donegal v Kerry NFL Preview News Highland Pinterest The ICSA is appealing to Donegal farmers to work hard to eliminate fatalities on the farm.Farmers are entering a busy period with slurry spreading, calving and lambing, all of which present an inherent danger.Last year, 21 people lost their lives on Irish farms.ICSA Ulster spokesperson John Flynn says the aim is to reduce that figure through on going education on safety – However, he says the message does not seem to be getting through to some older farmers.He’s been speaking to Greg Hughes…….[podcast][/podcast] Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebookcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ Twitter Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Supreme Court Stays FIR Registered Against Journalist Who Was Covering 2018 Bharat Bandh

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Stays FIR Registered Against Journalist Who Was Covering 2018 Bharat Bandh LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 Oct 2020 7:32 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an FIR registered against Yogesh Kumar Holkar, a journalist who had covered the 2018 Bharat Bandh protests in Morena, Madhya Pradesh.A Bench comprising of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy issued notice in the plea and stayed further proceedings in pursuance to the FIR in question. Advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi, appearing on behalf…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an FIR registered against Yogesh Kumar Holkar, a journalist who had covered the 2018 Bharat Bandh protests in Morena, Madhya Pradesh.A Bench comprising of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy issued notice in the plea and stayed further proceedings in pursuance to the FIR in question. Advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi, appearing on behalf of Holkar, submitted to the Bench that a protest march and a Bharat Bandh had been conducted by members of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes communities in Morena against the dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Holkar, being a journalist for ‘Dainik Chambal Surkhi’, was covering the protests, along with journalists. Ayyubi submitted that Holkar was doing his duty by timely updating the concerned police officers of the situation and had also tried to pacify the crowd by warning them against taking law in their hands. However, subsequently, five FIRs were registered against him, implicating him as a participant in the protest. The Court, after considering the submissions, issued notice and stayed proceedings in the FIR. Filed by Ayyubi and drafted by Advocate Ibad Mushtaq, the plea has been preferred against the 4th September, 2020 Order of the Madhya Pradesh High Court which had dismissed the plea preferred by the Petitioner, seeking for the quashing of an FIR, despite the fact that a detailed inquiry conducted by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Police) had found that the FIRs registered had no basis of truth. “The unreasonable investigation and victimization of the present petitioner at the behest of erring policeman with foul and malafide intent is evident from the fact that while the SDO(P) in an inquiry constituted upon directions of the SP, Morena has found the Petitioner to not have been involved in any of the alleged offences in the said 5 FIRs, he has been differently treated in the proceedings arising from the aforesaid 5 FIRs”, the plea stated. The plea contends that the Madhya Pradesh High Court, after noting the reliance placed by the Petitioner on the judgement of State of Haryana v Bhajan Lal fails to test the present case on the guidelines as laid down in Bhajan Lal, despite the present case falling squarely in the category set out by the Supreme Court. In light of the above, the instant appeal has been filed before the Supreme Court.Click here to download the orderRead Order Next Storylast_img read more