[Russia] Humphries, Conor, “Russia fires police YouTube whistleblower,” Reuters, November 8, 2009.
A junior Russian policeman was fired on Sunday after making a YouTube appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accusing senior officers of corruption, a claim dismissed by authorities as false, news agencies reported. The policeman from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk last week posted a seven-minute clip that accused senior officers of forcing him to work weekends and solve imaginary crimes, as well as blocking him from claiming compensation for an injury. Click here to read more.
[Iran] Arrests of journalists since disputed June election now top 100, Without Borders for Press Freedom, November 5, 2009.
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Agence France-Presse correspondent Farhad Pouladi, who was arrested on 4 November. The official news agency IRNA and AFP’s Tehran bureau confirm that he was freed from Evin prison yesterday afternoon. But Niels Krogsgaard, a Danish journalism student who was arrested the same day, is still being held, the Iranian authorities say.
[UK] Goodway, Nick, “Watchdog fines UBS £8m for banking fraud,” London Evening Standard, November 5, 2009.
It was also revealed that the bank has had to pay out a staggering $42 million (£29.5 million) in compensation to 39 wealthy overseas clients whose accounts had been fiddled by four corrupt bankers. The case was taken to the FSA by UBS when an internal whistleblower at the bank complained to its money-laundering officer.