RSF asks UN to intervene to end systematic arbitrary detention of journalists in Egypt

first_img May 7, 2020 RSF asks UN to intervene to end systematic arbitrary detention of journalists in Egypt Some journalists have been given prison sentences of totally disproportionate length. Ismail Al Sayed Mohamed Omar Tawfik, also known by the pseudonym of Ismail “Alexandrani,” was sentenced on 22 May 2018, after more than three years of provisional detention, to ten years in prison for “participating in a terrorist group,” “participating in a criminal conspiracy,” “illegally obtaining and divulging state secrets” and “spreading rumours in order to harm the national interest.” His crime was criticizing the authorities in several international media outlets such as Al Jazeera and Orient XXI and observing the situation in the sensitive Sinai region a bit too closely. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Organisation RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Other journalists are being kept arbitrarily in detention although orders have been issued for their release. This is the case, for example, with Mahmoud Hussein and Badr Mohammed Badr. The former, who was arrested in December 2016 for “spreading false news,” spent two and a half years in pre-trial detention before a court ordered his release. He was nonetheless not released and instead continued to be held on the grounds that new proceedings had been initiated against him on spurious charges of “participating in a terrorist group.” He is still being held pending trial. The latter, Badr Mohammed Badr, who was arrested in March 2017 for “participating in a terrorist group” and “spreading false news,” was the subject of a release order issued by a court on 24 November 2019. He was not however freed and instead disappeared for nearly three months, reappearing on 25 February 2020 before a court where new proceedings on unspecified charges were initiated against him. He, too, continues to be detained. February 1, 2021 Find out more to go further All of these journalists have been subjected to procedural irregularities including denial of access to their lawyers, excessively long provisional detention, denial of medical care and failure to respect trial procedure. Many of them, such as Esraa Abdel Fattah, Solafa Magdy and Mohammed Ibrahim Radwan, have also been subjected to violence or even torture during provisional detention. Many of them, as the families of Solafa Magdy and Mahmoud Hussein testify, have had their visiting rights severely restricted during the Covid-19 pandemic, making their detention even harder to bear. News News Most of these ten journalists are being subjected to prolonged provisional detention of indefinite duration. This is the case, for example, with Esraa Abdel Fattah, held since October 2019, Solafa Magdy, held since 26 November 2019, Adel Sabry, held since 3 April 2018, and Hisham Fouad and Hossam Moanis, who have been held since 25 June 2019. Some of these provisional detentions have even been prolonged beyond the maximum period allowed under Egyptian law. This is the case with Moataz Wednan, who has been detained provisionally for nearly two and a half years. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence center_img Sent on 30 April, RSF’s letter details the cases of ten journalists. The examples reflect the diversity of situations of arbitrary detention in Egypt, but all of the journalists are imprisoned on spurious grounds such as “participating in a terrorist group,” “spreading false news” or “inciting demonstrations.” The circumstances of their arrests and the interrogations they have undergone show that their only crime was exercising their right to freedom of expression and information, and expressing criticism of the Egyptian authorities. Follow the news on Egypt Receive email alerts As well as being denied due process and subjected to enforced disappearance and even acts of torture, these journalists continue to be detained arbitrarily while the Covid-19 epidemic rages in Egypt, exposing them to the risk of infection and death. RSF therefore asks the Working Group, a subsidiary body of the UN Human Rights Council, to intervene as a matter of urgency with the Egyptian authorities in order to put an end to these systematic violations. News Like Badr Mohammed Badr, other journalists have disappeared while detained by the authorities, contrary to international law, which says the lawyers and families of detainees must be able to contact them. Esraa Abdel Fattah and Solafa Magdy disappeared for 24 hours after their arrest. Moataz Wednan disappeared for a week. Mohamed Ibrahim Radwan disappeared for 11 days after being arrested in April 2018. He reappeared before a court for trial on charges of “participating in a terrorist group” and “spreading false news.” After he had spent 15 months in provisional detention (longer than the maximum period allowed under Egyptian law), his release was ordered on 31 July 2019, but he continued to be held for another ten days for no legitimate reason. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News February 6, 2021 Find out more At a time when at least 29 journalists are imprisoned in Egypt, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention accusing the Egyptian authorities of systematically detaining critical journalists in an arbitrary manner, and asking the UN to intervene urgently to ensure respect for the right of these journalists to freedom of expression and due process. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsViolence Egypt is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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PBA D-League: Ateneo dismantles AMA for 3rd win in 4 games

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Angelo Kouame flexed his strength to the tune of 22 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks to lead Ateneo while Thirdy Ravena had 14 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in just three quarters.Cignal-Ateneo hit its shots early, going on a 9-0 opening run to end the first quarter convincingly ahead, 27-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I just feel like we were a little bit disprestecful to ourselves, to our opponents, and to the game, but more to ourselves the last time out. We have to come out and do your best every game and today, we were much better,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin.BJ Andrade also found his rhythm for the Blue Eagles with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting from deep with five assists and three boards while Mike Nieto pitched in a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Klay Thompson apologizes to low-energy Warriors fanscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Thirdy Ravena for Cignal-Ateneo. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Cignal-Ateneo bounced back from its last lost and ripped AMA Online Education, 111-81, in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Blue Eagles dropped to University of Santo Tomas, 112-98, last week but have since recovered to take a 3-1 record in the pre-season tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Joshua Munzon finished with a game-high 41 points to go along nine rebounds while Franky Johnson had 22 points and seven boards.The Titans dropped to 1-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Google Android Head Says Not To Expect Any Major Products At I/O This Week

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski If you are waiting for a surprise bombshell of a product announcement at Google I/O in San Francisco this week, you may be disappointed.Speaking to Wired, Google’s new head of Android Sundar Pichai said of I/O, “It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system.”What does that mean exactly? Are we not going to get a new version of Android? A platform update to Chrome? A new Android Nexus tablet or smartphone? Events like Google I/O, Microsoft Build, Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference and similar events tend to follow a fairly simple script. The CEO will get on stage, do a little cheerleading and pump up the numbers of units sold, dollars made and developers paid. Then a variety of division chiefs will get on stage and announce new aspects to their products (like Andy Rubin talking about Android at previous I/Os). A few new products will then be introduced and hyped to get some buzz going. After the keynote, there will be about three days of sessions and meetings aimed at developers. Last year, Google followed this script almost perfectly. Until people started jumping from planes. Google went off-script in a huge way last year by introducing Glass, its augmented reality glasses that are currently the most-hyped item among the Technorati. Glass was introduced by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and a live demonstration of Glass-wearing stuntman jumping from a plane over San Francisco commenced. It was one of the strangest (and coolest) twists of a keynote presentation in recent memory. If we can take Pichai at his word, we are not going to see any of these pyrotechnics this week at Moscone West.“Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms,” Pichai told Wired.So, we may not see any exciting new hardware at I/O this week. But we will definitely see a bunch of interesting developer news as Google rolls out tools to make Android richer, Chrome easier to build upon as well as features surrounding games, cloud and Google+. We will also likely see many, many mentions of Google Glass.We will be at I/O covering all things Google this week. What do you want to see from Google? Let us know in the comments.  Tags:#Android#Glass#Google IO13 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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India can win the World Cup: Kapil Dev

first_imgIndia’s only World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Saturday said with a combination of experience and youth and a little bit of luck, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men could win the 2011 quadrennial event to be hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.”The present Indian team has good track record. The combination of experienced and young players would help the team to win the World Cup,” the legendary all-rounder, who led India to its only world title way back in 1983, said during a promotional event in Jamshedpur.When apprised that none of the World Cup organising country could win the trophy at home ground till date, Kapil said perhaps, India will break the jinx this time.”No team can win the World Cup depending on a particular player. A total team effort is required to emerge champion,” he said when asked to name one dependable player in the Indian team.To a query whether India skipper Dhoni could repeat his 1983 feat, he said, “He could achieve much more than me.”Kapil was of the view that all the participating teams are strong contenders and whoever, performs during the mega-event would emerge as the winner.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Sharon Gray

first_imgA true advocate and supporter of Touch in South Australia, Sharon Gray continues to dedicate her time to supporting the growth of Touch Football in grassroots communities. A long time player and national representative, Sharon uses her expertise and time to encourage and develop touch programs in secondary schools encouraging participation by both students and teachers. Sharon is also the permit managers for Eastern Stingrays, a role that is critical to the function of State League.last_img

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10 months agoPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coach

first_imgPSG keeper Buffon: Man Utd? They could buy new players – and change coachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gigi Buffon says they cannot underestimate Champions League opponents Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the round of 16.Buffon said, “No, it’s not an easy draw. Some teams had a complicated draw, others did better. I saw that Juve inherited a difficult draw with Atlético de Madrid. Bayern Munich drew Liverpool. Then there is Barcelona again, Real Madrid. “This is an intermediate draw. We will have to be brave. We will have to have the same mentality as that shown in the last matches of the Champions League. But I will also add that the Champions League resumes only in February, in two months. There can be many things happening. They can change coach, players, there is a transfer window. “In my opinion, this is not the right time to analyse this team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Farmland now protected with government Legislation

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – February 22nd, 2019, Bill 52 has strengthened the B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Regulations by enhancing food security and encouraging farming in the ALR.“I’m very happy to see this law come into full force and effect,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “This new law will encourage farming and better protect farmland by banning mega-mansions, stopping the illegal dumping of waste on farmland and reinstating the one-zone system. It’s a great step in our effort to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve so that British Columbians can count on a safe, secure supply of locally grown food on their tables for years to come.”According to the government the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2018 provides three key changes, including: Restricting the removal of soil and increased penalties for the dumping of construction debris and other harmful fill in the ALR.Directly addressing mega-mansions and speculation in the ALR by limiting primary residence size on ALR lands and empowering the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to approve additional residences if they are for farm use.Reunifying the ALR as a single zone, ensuring consistent rules with strong protections for all provincial ALR land.“At the same time, we’re supporting larger farming families by ensuring that those who need extra living space to support their farming operations have a path forward at the ALC to build a larger home,” said Popham. “Multigenerational farming families are the backbone of agriculture throughout B.C.”November 5th, 2018, Bill 52 was introduced and received royal assent three weeks later requiring regulation to bring the law into force. The government’s legislative changes make it clear that British Columbia’s ALR is for farming and ranching, not for building mega-mansions and dumping construction waste.Established in 1973, the ALR is administered by the ALC, an independent tribunal mandated to preserve agricultural land and encourage farming on agricultural land. The ALR includes over 4.7 million hectares of B.C. that are preserved for agricultural use – less than 5% of B.C.’s total land base.last_img read more

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GJM goes on poster cleaning crusade after polls in bid to make Hills clean again

first_imgDarjeeling: With the polls having ended, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has taken up the onus of cleaning up all campaigning material from the Hills.”Polls are over. It’s time to clean up the town. The youth organisation of the GJM will be cleaning Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik. Our units will clean up the GTA area constituency-wise. We will remove the posters, banners and other campaign material. We also request other political parties to do the same,” stated Sanjiv Mothay, general secretary, Town Committee, Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMembers of the Yuva Morcha went around town on Monday, removing campaign posters, banners and flexes. The campaign was flagged off from Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling. Anit Thapa, general secretary, GJM (Binay faction) had made a similar appeal on Sunday. In his appeal, Thapa, who is also the present chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, stated: “One of the main issues that we fought elections on this time is to make the Hills beautiful, along with reviving the lost glory. In order to once again make Darjeeling the Queen of the Hills, we have to bring about a change in the mindset of the residents. We have to take care of our Hills and make her beautiful. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWe have to unite to make her clean and green. A step in this direction would be to remove all the campaign material as the polls are over. We appeal to other political outfits to do the same.”With tourists thronging the Hills, clean and green is what should be presented, feels the GJM. The Opposition parties have hailed the move as well. “We welcome the move and we are also ready to pitch in,” stated Ajoy Edward, member, steering committee, GNLF.last_img read more

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Saturdays loss affects pride more than championship chances

The Badgers took down the top-ranked, undefeated Buckeyes in Madison, Wis. It’s happened twice since October in two sports. But let’s move on. Let’s move on from Badger fans allegedly spitting on Ohio State players, chanting homophobic slurs with Buckeyes on the free-throw line and screaming, “F— Ohio!” before the opening tip. The land’s best fans are above that. Let’s move on from the notion that somehow there’s a connection between Saturday’s loss and the Oct. 16 football game. Let’s move on because, unlike that football game, this team’s chances at a National Championship are the same now as they were on Friday. A loss in February does not break what could be a dream season in college basketball. Coach Thad Matta has continually emphasized that this team’s goal was never to go undefeated — it was to win the Big Ten Championship. The team had already moved on from an undefeated season before taking its first loss. Even with the defeat, OSU leads the conference by two games with six contests left. Four of those are at home, including the regular-season finale, a rematch against Wisconsin on March 6 in Columbus. At this point, it would take more than one loss to cost this team a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But while Saturday’s defeat is relatively inconsequential in the big picture, it sure doesn’t feel that way, does it? Until the Buckeyes beat the Badgers, there are things that happened in the loss to Wisconsin that we can’t move on from. We can’t move on from watching a 15-point lead dissolve almost instantaneously, after a barrage of threes jet-fueled the bedlam at the Kohl Center.    We can’t move on from that unutterable feeling that churned the pits of our stomachs when we watched a guy named Mike Bruesewitz hit a game-deciding shot, when Wisconsin’s student body rushed the floor or when we couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing Jordan Taylor’s stat line that included 5-for-8 on 3-point shooting. We can’t move on from the fact that Wisconsin fans have started labeling the Badgers “Buckeye Killers.” The rate of winning that OSU has achieved in football and basketball makes losing to the same school over and over again that much worse. We wouldn’t be the fan base we are if these things didn’t bother us. It’s part of a good fan’s DNA to squirm when falling to a rival, regardless of whether the loss means anything. But the beautiful thing about sports is there’s always another opportunity. And the impact of Saturday’s result would shrink if the Buckeyes hammered the Badgers March 6 at home, like they should. “To be spit on is just nasty,” freshman forward Jared Sullinger tweeted following the game. “On top of that in my Face. Before and after the game. Smh. I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Although it was tough, Sullinger did the right thing. Wisconsin will get what’s coming. Until then, let’s move on. read more

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