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Two journalists get one-year jail terms under obsolete law

first_imgNews September 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get one-year jail terms under obsolete law Organisation May 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders is stunned by the one-year jail sentences imposed on two journalists in separate cases brought by the public prosecutor for the alleged dissemination of false information. Both journalists have been held in Kalita prison on the outskirts of Addis Ababa since 24 August. One the prosecutions concerned an article published in 2004 and both were based in part on an obsolete law.“These prison sentences, and the prosecution of old cases, are all the more surprising as the Ethiopian authorities had been displaying signs of greater tolerance towards the media since 2005,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for the immediate release of the two journalists.“Coming after the adoption of an anti-terrorism law that could lead to press freedom violations, these sentences show that it is still very dangerous to work as a journalist in Ethiopia,” the press freedom organisation added. “It is incomprehensible that the courts are enforcing a law that is no longer in effect.”Federal high court judge Zewdinesh Asres passed a one-year sentence on Asrat Wedajo, the former editor of the weekly Seife Nebelbal, over a 2004 article about human rights violations against individuals in the Oromia regional state. Wedajo, who was not represented by a lawyer at the trial, was convicted under the criminal code and a 1992 press law that was rendered obsolete by the media and access to information law that took effect last December.Seife Nebelbal, which expressed strong political views and often reported alleged cases of mistreatment of Oromos, was closed during a crackdown on the press in 2005 by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government.In the other case, Ibrahim Mohamed Ali, the editor of the weekly Salafiyya, was given a one-year sentence under the same provisions for publishing a column last year criticising the education ministry’s plan to ban Muslim students from wearing the veil in state schools. Ali spent 10 days in prison after the article’s publication together with Maria Kadim, the editor of the Muslim daily Al-Quds, and Ezedin Mohamed, its publisher. Reporters Without Borders wrote to communication minister Bereket Simon on 15 July voicing concern about the newly-adopted anti-terrorism law and the press freedom violations that are liable to result from some of its articles.During a visit to Ethiopia in October 2008, Reporters Without Borders met Simon, who was then an adviser to the prime minister. He said at the time that the government wanted to open up to the media and defuse tension with journalists. Reporters Without Borders understands that the ethiopian government made encouraging strides to open up access of information to journalists following the pledge. However, the press freedom organisation fears that such indictments of journalists based on obsolete law could derail progress in the relations between the government and the media.Reporters Without Borders remains hopeful that the ethiopian government will work vigorously to create an environment that enables journalists to work without intimidation and fear. EthiopiaAfrica EthiopiaAfrica News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Newscenter_img News Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopia RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A few releases in Syria, foreign media still targeted in Bahrain

first_img BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News to go further News SYRIAReporters Without Borders is relieved by yesterday’s release of six opposition figures including the journalist and writer Fayez Sara, who was arrested on 11 April, and the blogger Kamal Sheikhou, who was arrested on 11 April. They were freed on payment of 5,000 pounds (73 euros) each in bail. Hazem Nahar, who also blogs (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?hl=ar&q=cache:KnByyAA48PEJ:…), was also released. He was arrested on 28 April.The press freedom organization nonetheless continues to be very concerned about all the other people still held by the authorities and those whose whereabouts are not known.The most disturbing case is that of Dorothy Parvaz, a journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality who works for Al-Jazeera English. She has been missing since her arrival at Damascus airport on 29 April. Al-Jazeera has denied yesterday’s report in the government newspaper Al-Watan that she left the country on 1 May “without saying where she was going (http://www.alwatan.sy/dindex.php?idn=100992).”If Parvaz left Syria, as the authorities say, they would be able to produce evidence of this. The claim that she departed without any mention of where she was going is completely lacking in credibility. Since when do the Syrian authorities not know the destination of passengers leaving on flights from Damascus international airport?The Syrian government must explain what has happened to this journalist, from whom no one has heard anything for the past 12 days. There is concern that the authorities used the fact that she entered Syria on her Iranian passport to deport her to Iran. This is the Facebook page calling for her release: http://www.facebook.com/FreeDorothy?sk=wall).The following are still held:- The Syrian journalist and writer Ammar Mashour Dayoub, who was arrested on 9 May while taking part in a demonstration by about 100 people in Arnous Square, in central Damascus.- Malak Al-Shanawani, a woman journalist and activist who was arrested on 9 May.- Ghadi Frances, a woman journalist working for the Lebanese daily Al-Safir who was arrested in Damascus on the afternoon of 7 May.- The Syrian writer and journalist Omar Koush, who was arrested on 2 May on his arrival at Damascus airport after attending a conference in Turkey.- The Syrian journalist and blogger Jehad Jamal, also known by the pseudonym of Milan, who was arrested in the café Milano in Aleppo on 5 May. The owner of the computer Jamal was using at the time of his arrest, Jilal Siris, was also arrested, as was the owner of the Internet connection he was using. The authorities tried to find out the password he was using in order to gain access to his email and Facebook accounts. Reporters Without Borders has been told that the authorities succeeded in gaining control of his Facebook account.- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin arrested on 7 April.There is still no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, who have been missing since 24 March.BAHRAINReporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by the Bahraini authorities to expel German journalist Frederik Richter, the Reuters correspondent in Manama since 2008, for alleged bias in his coverage of the pro-democracy protest movement. He has been given a week to leave. “Reuters regrets Bahrain’s decision to expel its correspondent,” editor-in-chief Stephen Adler said, adding that the agency stood by his reporting.The Information Affairs Authority nonetheless insists that it is not closing down Reuters’ operations in Manama and is prepared to accredit another correspondent appointed by the agency.Monica Pietro of the Spanish daily El Mundo was denied entry on arrival at Manama airport on 9 May and was sent back to Spain the next day. Read her account in Spanish: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2011/05/10/comunicacion/1305059020.html.Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the government’s attempts to obstruct news media that are trying to cover the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain and urges it to allow foreign journalists to enter the country and work without any restrictions.Ali Omid, a young blogger and activist who heads the Ali AlAsghar Society and moderates its online forum (http://alialasghar.us/vb), which has been blocked in Bahrain since 2009, was arrested at his home in Muharraq at 1:30 a.m. yesterday and was taken to an undisclosed location. A solidarity page has been created on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ke1pOG BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bahrain RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out morecenter_img May 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A few releases in Syria, foreign media still targeted in Bahrain News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest June 15, 2020 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Receive email alerts October 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Newslast_img read more

Ghana’s quintent win Champions League with TP Mazembe

first_imgSolomon Asante, Daniel Nii Adjei, Richard Kissi Boateng, Gladso Awako & Yaw Frimpong clinched CAF Champions League title with TP Mazembe after they defeated USM Alger 2-0The goals came from the Tanzanian Mbwana Samatta and Ivory Coast’s Roger Assale in front of their home fans in Lubumbashi.The victory gave Mazembe a 4-1 triumph on aggregate, after the Congolese side had won 2-1 in the first leg in Algiers last weekend.Samatta broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, putting Mazembe ahead from the penalty spot after a foul by Zinedine Ferhat on Roger Assale.It was Samatta’s seventh goal of the campaign, to leave him as the joint leading scorer of this year’s African Champions League, alongside Bakry ‘Al Medina’ Babiker of Sudan’s Al Merrikh.Assale made sure of the victory with a goal four minutes into stoppage time, tapping in from close range after Samatta spearheaded a counter-attack. Goalkeepers Muteba Kidiaba of Mazembe and Ismail Mansouri of USM were virtual spectators during the opening half of a match staged on an artificial surface.The introduction of Assale and Daniel Nii Adjei for the second half bolstered the Mazembe attack and Malian Adama Traore shot wide from close range just past the hour.But persistent pressure from the home team produced their two winning goals.The north African side finished the game with 10 men after Zinedine Ferhat picked up a second booking. Mazembe, managed by former Mali coach Patrice Carteron, clinched this trophy for the first time since 2010, when they crushed Esperance of Tunisia 6-1 overall.They join Zamalek of Egypt as the second most successful sides in the tournament’s history, behind eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt.North African teams had dominated the African Champions League in recent years, with Algeria’s Entente Setif winning last year’s title.But the first-leg deficit, and Mazembe’s home advantage, meant it was an uphill struggle for USM Alger to stage a comeback.Mazembe’s success means they will now represent Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup next month in Japan. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Residents battling fireworks approval

first_img“I understand the concerns, but to me this is a balancing situation,” said Councilman Joe Vinatieri. “You’re looking at the potential of injury or fire versus the other side of it – the celebration of the Fourth of July,” Vinatieri said. “We’re also going to have money because of the sale of fireworks to go and do special enforcement against illegal fireworks.” Former Mayor Janet Henke, who was one of the residents making the plea to the council, said she still has hope. “The council might listen and say, `This is a mistake. Perhaps we should reconsider,”‘ Henke said. Henke said she is concerned because of past fires in the hills. In addition, Whittier is the only city bordering the Puente Hills area that would allow fireworks. They are banned in Brea, Chino Hills, La Habra Heights and Yorba Linda, she added. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Their petition presented eight arguments, including concerns about fire in the dry hills, fireworks being dangerous and their fear that the use of illegal fireworks will intensify. “We’re talking about shooting off fireworks in the summertime in record drought conditions and a community with hills that are covered with dry brush,” said Diane Britton. “Does that make sense?” But so far, it doesn’t appear as if the group is having any luck in persuading the four council members who voted in favor of legalization to change. Councilman Owen Newcomer cast the only no vote. No one at Tuesday’s meeting made a motion to put a new vote on an upcoming agenda. In interviews Friday, at least two of the four who voted for legalization said they don’t plan to change their minds. WHITTIER – A group of residents has launched a campaign to persuade City Council members to rescind their recent action that legalized safe-and-sane fireworks in the city for the first time in 20 years. The residents’ effort is coming more than two weeks after the council approved an ordinance legalizing the sale and use of fireworks here. “We’re not giving in,” said Julia Rittershausen Beers. “We found out about it too late, but as a citizen of the United States of America, we have a chance to go tell our city manager and city council. They have the right to reconsider and revote.” Beers was one of 21 people who went to last week’s council meeting during the oral communications period, asking the council to change its mind. They presented petitions with 600 signatures. last_img

VMware Shows Different Direction in Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

first_imgTags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts klint finleycenter_img Colin Steele at IT Knowledge Exchange points out something very interesting about this week’s announement that VMware will support Microsoft Hyper-V. “This release contradicts everything VMware has said about multi-hypervisor infrastructures,” Steele writes. He cites Eric Siebert’s VMworld 2009 recap. VMware CEO Paul Maritz said that VMware would focus only on its own hypervisor product, because that’s what customers want.None the less, this week VMware released a vCenter plugin called XVP Manager. Using this tool, Hyper-v host IP addresses can be added to vCenter using the standard Add Host wizard. Alternately, users can import VMs directly from a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Administrators will then be able to conduct basic tasks such as deleting VMs, powering them on and off or rebooting them.So why the reversal?Steele thinks it’s because the demand for Hyper-V among VMware customers has increased since Maritz said that. “If vCenter can’t manage Hyper-V, organizations that dabble in Microsoft’s hypervisor could move on to third-party tools, or worse, to Microsoft’s System Center Virtual Machine Manager,” he writes.Whatever the reason, cross-compatibility among virtualization tools is a good thing, and this is a modest first step in that direction. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Touch Football Features On Totally Wild

first_imgThe Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) Mustangs featured on popular children’s show Totally Wild this week. The Mustangs’ Under 16 Girls and Under 14’s Boys teams featured in a story titled ‘Metro Mixed Touch Football’.To view the video, please click on the link below:http://ten.com.au/video-player.htm?movideo_m=218740&movideo_p=41457  Related LinksTotally Wildlast_img

3 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs drawby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Chalobah is adamant Watford were unlucky not to beat Spurs on Saturday.The Hornets lead for most of the match before Dele Alli scored late on.Speaking to the club website, he said: “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you’d be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.”We showed great character, great resilience and it’s hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.” last_img read more

Ranking College Football’s Power 5 Divisions

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9last_img read more

Even the sparrows Extensive new study finds threebillionbird decline

first_imgAn extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk.The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 — about 30 per cent. Some of the most familiar species have been the hardest hit.“The species like pigeons and house sparrows and starlings, species we think of as thriving in urban environments, even those species are in steep decline,” said Adam Smith, an Environment Canada scientist and the paper’s co-author.The study, conducted through nine universities and government agencies in Canada and the United States, looked at 529 different kinds of birds.It’s based on data collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey, which began in the mid-1960s with the help of governments and an extensive network of volunteers. It was backed up by information contained in records from 143 U.S. weather radar stations, which are able to track migrating flocks.The declines have been widespread. Except for waterbirds and raptors, which are heavily conserved, nearly every family is suffering.Forest birds such as flycatchers, woodpeckers and chickadees are down more than a billion.Grassland birds — meadowlarks, sparrows, wrens — have been more than halved. There are 700 million fewer of them than there were 50 years ago. Three-quarters of the species in this family are shrinking.The worst declines have been ascribed to some of the most abundant birds. Sparrows, warblers and blackbirds account for almost three-quarters of the total losses.“The loss of abundance overall is something that has a cost to our healthy ecosystems,” Smith said.“There are billions fewer beaks out there to eat insects. There are fewer birds to eat and disperse plant seeds. And there are fewer birds for us to experience.”Birds are also what scientists call an indicator species. Because information on them is so extensive, they reveal early trends in environmental change.“Birds are an indicator that the natural world is stressed,” said Smith.The results of the Science paper were foreshadowed by the State of the Birds report, which came out in June and looked at Canadian species. That report found similar patterns — waterbirds up, most everything else down, with some unknowns.The findings are echoed by other research detailing declines in insects, amphibians and fish.The current study doesn’t address reasons for the drops, but Smith said previous research points to probable causes.“Habitat loss and degradation — the loss of the land, water and air that birds use to survive. The loss of that ecological space is the primary driver of population decline for almost all of these birds.”He pointed out that most birds in the study migrate, so efforts to rebuild populations have to be co-ordinated across jurisdictions from Nunavut to South America. It can be done, Smith said, as it has for bald eagles and peregrine falcons.“I want (my kids) also to see someday those massive, spectacular flocks of migrating birds that used to be and have declined.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Petronas buys into LNG Canada project

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Petronas, which did not divulge the investment amount in a news release early Thursday, says it expects the agreement to be completed in the next few months once regulatory approvals are obtained.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in British Columbia. A consortium led Petronas announced in July 2017 that it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to what it called an “extremely challenging environment” brought on by prolonged low prices.In the new agreement announced Thursday, the Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 percent stake in the LNG Canada project.Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 percent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 percent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 percent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd. would have the remaining five percent.Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units with an option to expand the project in the future.“Petronas is pleased to be part of the LNG Canada project,” said the president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. “We are committed to deliver LNG and natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, to the growing global energy market.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more