“Raif Badawi’s detention is an insult to intelligence and freedom”

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Organisation May 29, 2015 – Updated on April 11, 2016 “Raif Badawi’s detention is an insult to intelligence and freedom” March 9, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News June 8, 2021 Find out more Now residing in Canada with her three children, Ensaf Haidar is currently on a European tour to draw public attention to her husband’s plight and to seek the support of European governments. She would not stop fighting for the release of her husband, who is unjustly detained by the Saudi authorities, Haidar said. Held since 2012, Badawi was sentenced in May 2014 to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million rials (200,000 euros) on a charge of insulting Islam.“My husband never thought he was doing wrong, he just spoke freely and differently and now he is in prison, unjustly convicted,” Haidar said. “With just a few days to go before the start of Ramadan, a small window of hope is opening, because the king usually pardons prisoners of conscience at this time.“Meanwhile, I will continue to campaign, to ask the government officials I meet to contact their Saudi counterparts in order to talk about Raif. I am not trying to put pressure on Riyadh, I am just drawing attention to a humanitarian case, that of my husband, who has always preached peace and freedom and who is now badly missed by his family.”As the creator of the Liberal Saudi Network, a website now banned in Saudi Arabia, Badawi was awarded the Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in the “Netizen” category in 2014.He was publicly subjected to a first session of 50 lashes in January 2015 but subsequent sessions of this barbaric punishment have been postponed – officially on health grounds. According to his wife, he could be retried by the supreme court on a charge of apostasy, which carries the death penalty.“Raif Badawi embodies freedom of the spirit and the spirit of freedom,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “His detention is an insult to intelligence and liberty. We ask the Saudi authorities to put a complete stop to the flogging and simply overturn his conviction. We also urge France and all other countries concerned about human rights to react officially to this iniquitous sentence and to ask the Saudi authorities to release this young blogger.”In a petition that has gathered nearly 46,000 signatures since December 2014, Reporters Without Borders is calling on the Saudi authorities to pardon Badawi.In a joint initiative with its national sections and foreign bureaux, Reporters Without Borders has also written to heads of state and government urging them to intercede with the Saudi authorities on behalf of Badawi. The recipients include US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande and Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy.The Saudi authorities tolerate no independent media outlets and have been steadily tightening their grip on the Internet since the Arab spring in 2011. Online information is closely controlled and the regime does not hesitate to use security grounds and a draconian cyber-crime law to jail bloggers.Two journalists and six netizens are currently detained for questioning the regime or for posting information regarded as critical or as damaging to the Kingdom’s security or reputation. Some have been mistreated or even tortured. They include Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Khair, who founded the Saudi Observatory for Human Rights. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in July 2014 over the information he was posting online.Wajdi Al-Ghazzawi, the owner of Al-Fajr TV and host of a programme called “Al-Fadfada,” was sentenced to 12 years in prison in February 2014 for accusing Saudi Arabia of links with terrorism and Al-Qaeda in particular. He was also banned from leaving the country for 20 years after completing his jail sentence and from ever appearing on television again.Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Ensaf Haidar, the wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger and website creator Raif Badawi, called for his release at a news conference organized yesterday in Paris by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International. News News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders correspondent Max Watts dies

first_img AustraliaAsia – Pacific to go further AustraliaAsia – Pacific RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia November 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders correspondent Max Watts dies Help by sharing this information Max had been sending Reporters Without Borders information about the press freedom situation in his adoptive country for more than 10 years. He also gave us with information about Timor, Palestine and Papua New Guinea. He recently provided us with enthusiastic coverage of an Australian coroner’s inquest into the death of five journalists in Balibo, Timor, at the hands of the Indonesian armed forces in 1975. A German and French-speaker, Max had participated in many political campaigns including the campaign against the Vietnam war. The entire Reporters Without Borders team would like to express its sadness at the loss of this much-loved contributor. Here is a tribute to Max that was published in Australia by one of his friends. November 19, 2020 Find out more News January 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Australia By Peter Boyle in Sydney MAX WATTS, a well-known personality on the left in Australia, particularly in Sydney, died on November 23. Max was a left-wing freelance journalist, an occasional contributor to Green Left Weekly and its discussion e-list, and a solidarity activist with many national liberation struggles, including in Palestine, Kanaky, West Papua and Bougainville. In the 1960s, he was a central activist in Europe working with soldier resistance to the Vietnam War within the US armed forces. Resistance inside the army (RITA) was one of his great political passions. Max was an extravagant personality and some people may have found him difficult at times, but he was someone always firmly on the left and on the side of all struggles against oppression and exploitation. You could count on that, and he will be remembered by many comrades in the broad left movement. Max shook his head at the persistent tendency of the left to be over-factionalised and divisive, but he was quick to work alongside those who took up serious struggle. An eagerness to understand and show solidarity with new forces in motion in any country was one of his characteristics. Max passed away in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from kidney and heart failure. He was with close friends Rosie, Lydia, Vivienne and Barbara at the time and passed peacefully. I managed to say goodbye to him in hospital a few days before he died. He was quite feisty then — though somewhat confused and disoriented, probably due to medication. After about an hour, my attempts to get him to stay in his bed earned me the following last words: “Boyle, your visiting time is up!” It was classic Max. Max will be formally farewelled in Sydney on December 1 at 11.30am at Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, Plassey Road, North Ryde. Phone (+614) 11 366 295 for more details. Friends of Max have set up a Facebook group. To leave messages, photos or other material, go to www.facebook.com and search for “Remembering Max Watts”. center_img Receive email alerts News News A veteran Reporters Without Borders correspondent and political activist, Max Watts, died in Sydney, Australia, on 23 November. He was 81. Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News RSF_en Google experiments drop Australian media from search results February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Bar Council Of Delhi Urges Delhi CJ To Constitute More Benches And Allot More Judicial Officers To Hear Urgent Cases

first_imgNews UpdatesBar Council Of Delhi Urges Delhi CJ To Constitute More Benches And Allot More Judicial Officers To Hear Urgent Cases Akshita Saxena7 April 2020 7:07 AMShare This – xBCD Chairman also urged the CJ to hold some benches in the High court premises and permit entry to the concerned advocate on record.The Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, KC Mittal has written to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, urging him to hold some benches in the High court premises and permit entry to the concerned advocate on record. Mittal points out that though restricting court work to “extremely urgent matters” is essential to hold out the pandemic, such unprecedented circumstances have…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 Chairman of Bar Council of Delhi, KC Mittal has written to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, urging him to hold some benches in the High court premises and permit entry to the concerned advocate on record. Mittal points out that though restricting court work to “extremely urgent matters” is essential to hold out the pandemic, such unprecedented circumstances have adversely affected certain class of persons, particularly under trials and other needy citizens whose cases, despite urgency, could not be taken up. Notably, the Supreme Court on Monday issued a slew of directions to streamline the functioning of courts via video conferencing and in effect relaxed the present protocol of extremely urgent hearing and accommodated other categories of urgent hearings. The Supreme Court had also asked the courts to reduce the need for the physical presence of all stakeholders within court premises and directed that court will have the power to restrict entry into courtroom to maintain distancing. In this backdrop, Mittal has urged that some benches may be held in the High court, restricting entry by permitting only the advocate on record. The letter states, “Hon’ble Supreme Court vide order dated 06.04.2020.has passed certain directions to conduct hearings through videoconferencing, which pave way for relaxing the present protocol of extremely urgent hearing and accommodating other categories of urgent hearings and also consider to introduce a mechanism so that some matters of great importance and causing great prejudice to people can be taken up by strictly observing the preventive measures. If possible some benches can be held in the High court, restricting entry by permitting only the advocate on record.” Inter alia, he has appealed to the Chief Justice DN Patel to allocate more judicial officers in the District Courts also so as to facilitate hearing of other categories of urgent matters, under the protocol set out by the Supreme Court. “This will subserve the wider interest of all stakeholders of the justice delivery system in general and also provide succour to the lawyers and litigants in particular,” Mittal urged. Next Storylast_img read more

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Tuesday May 7th Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Clear Lake had three of the top four golfers to win the North Central Conference boys golf tournament Monday at the Mason City Country Club. The Lions took home the team trophy with a 322, nine shots ahead of Webster City and 19 shots ahead of third-place Humboldt. Nathan Ferrell of Webster City was the medalist with a 72. Tyler Eaton of Clear Lake was the runner-up with a 75, followed by his teammates Jack Barragy with a 78 and Tate Storbeck with an 80. St. Edmond was fourth a shot behind Humboldt, with Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Iowa Falls-Alden, Algona and Hampton-Dumont/CAL rounding out the team standings. The Lions will host a tournament at Veterans Memorial Golf Course this afternoon with Algona, Decorah, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, Lake Mills and Webster City. They’ll travel to the regional tournament in Charles City on Friday. NORA SPRINGS — St. Ansgar won the Top of Iowa Conference East girls golf tournament in Nora Springs on Monday. The Saints had a 410, three shots better than runner-up Osage. Dani Johnson of Osage was the medalist with an 88, ending five shots better than Keagan Betsinger of Nashua-Plainfield. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gersson Rosas had first-hand experience with success from unconventional strategy during a 17-year run with the Houston Rockets. An outside-the-box approach might be necessary, if the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to catch up in the cutthroat Western Conference. The new president of basketball operations in Minnesota, a native of Colombia who will be the first Latino to lead an NBA front office, sold Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on his collaborative vision for the team. IOWA CITY — On the strength of its six straight series wins, including taking two of three games from No. 18 UC Irvine last weekend at Duane Banks Field, the University of Iowa baseball team has made its debut in the top 25 rankings.The Hawkeyes come in at No. 24 by D1Baseball.com — the program’s first ranking by D1Baseball.com since the 2015 season when Iowa climbed as high as 14th.Iowa is 29-17 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play, sitting in a tie for third in the league standings, with two weekends remaining in the regular season. The Hawkeyes close out their home schedule May 10-12, hosting Michigan State at Duane Banks Field.“There is not shot at a regional if we don’t play well”, said Iowa coach Rick Heller. “I am just being realistic about it and we have to play well against anybody to have a chance to win.”The Hawkeyes are one of two Big Ten teams in the rankings. Illinois is ranked 25th after taking two of three games from Indiana to knock the Hoosiers out of the top 25. TORONTO (AP) — Martin Perez and two relievers combined on a three-hitter, Eddie Rosario hit his AL-leading 12th home run, and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0. Jason Castro and Jorge Polanco also homered for the Twins. FORT DODGE — Clear Lake’s Ashley DeLong was the medalist while Humboldt had four finish in the top six to win the team title at the North Central Conference girls golf championship at the Fort Dodge Country Club on Monday. DeLong shot an 83 to win the individual honors, two strokes better than Humboldt’s Frances Carlson and St. Edmond’s Rylee Kinney. The Wildcats finished with a 350 to take home the team honors, 18 shots ahead of Clear Lake. Hampton-Dumont/CAL was third, followed by Algona, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Iowa Falls-Alden, St. Edmond and Webster City.center_img MASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team wrapped up the regular season with an 11-0, seven-inning win over the Luther College JV on Autism Awareness Night at Roosevelt Field on Monday. Fox Leum socked a two-run homer to end the game and now is tied with Robbie Glendinning as NIACC’s all-time career home run leader. NIACC ends the regular season with a 31-24 record and will face Southeastern in the opening round of the Region XI tournament on Thursday in Clinton AMES – NIACC sophomore Ben Boerjan is headed back to the national tournament.Boerjan, who was a member of the NIACC men’s golf team that qualified for nationals, earned a trip as an individual on Monday by placing second at the Region XI tournament at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course on the Iowa State University campus.Boerjan shot a 148 and placed one shot behind Kirkwood’s Jame Morgan, who shot 147. The 148 is the lowest two-round total at a men’s regional tournament in the Chris Frenz era, which began in 2007.The previous low total at a regional total by a Frenz coached team was 151 by Jacob Urdahl in 2013 and Boerjan and Josh Schaefer at the 2018 regional tournament.NIACC placed fifth in the team standings with a 644. Kirkwood was the regional champion with a 603. DMACC was second with a 623 and Southwestern was third with a 625.The top three teams qualify for the national tournament.Also for NIACC, Austin Eckenrod shot a 160, Jackson Hamlin shot a 166, Matthew Heinemann shot a 171 and Zach Martin shot a 172. ST. ANSGAR — Osage ran away with the Top of Iowa Conference East boys golf title in St. Ansgar on Monday. The Green Devils shot a 356, 28 shots better than runner-up Central Springs. Carter Pals of Central Springs won a playoff over Jared Scharper of Osage for the medalist honors, as both shot an 80 in regulation. AMES — It could be running back by committee for Iowa State next season. David Montgomery is now a Chicago Bear after finishing third in the Big 12 in rushing at just over 101 yards per game. Senior Sheldon Croney is the most veteran member of the running back corps after seeing limited action a year ago.Croney says it is a close group.Offensive coordinator Tom Manning likes the potential of the running backs.Junior Kene Nwangu is another veteran at running back. He was an All Big 12 kick returner a year ago.Manning says they are exploring different ways to get Nwangu the ball.Iowa State opens the football season on August 31st hosting Northern Iowa.last_img read more

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First female elected GPA president

first_imgA group of journalists and media practitioners from across Guyana met on Sunday at the National Racquet Centre for the much anticipated and long overdue Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), and elections of office bearers were held.Nazima Raghubir has been elected the first female president of this local press body. The lone contender for the position, Raghubir managed to get enough votes to secure that post.Zoisa Fraser of Stabroek News was elected Vice President, while Newsroom’sNazima Raghubir (centre) and the newly-elected GPA executiveFareeza Haniff was elected treasurer, and Royden James of HGP Nightly News was elected Assistant Secretary/Treasurer.Committee Members elected are: Ariana Gordon, Svetlana Marshall and Rawle Toney of the Guyana Chronicle; and veteran journalist and Demerara Waves Editor, Denis Chabrol.On Saturday, Raghubir, who works as an anchor and journalist for Prime News, said in an email that she decided to run for the leadership of the GPA after some deliberations.“I feel that with the collective support of GPA’s membership I can lead an association that represents all media workers over the next two years,” she said.She has been a member of the media and GPA for more than a decade, and a member of the executive committee of the Association of Caribbean MediaNewly elected GPA President, Nazima RaghubirWorkers (ACM) over the last two years.According to Raghubir, her approach to strengthening the GPA will be based on collective action. “The GPA is as strong as its members, and I would encourage members to support the Association, not only at the upcoming elections, but beyond,” she explained.She believes that the leadership of GPA must focus on building a strong and financially sustainable organization, with a broadened mandate to execute projects based on the skills of its membership and allies, and must be able to widen the membership base of the organisation while maintaining its integrity as an association of journalists and media workers operating on traditional and new media platforms.As president of the organization, she also plans to strengthen relations with regional and international organisations interested in media development in Guyana, and in press freedom issues.“Building capacity in our ability to respond to crises when they arise, and develop protocols to guide the leadership and members… Developing greater solidarity across the borders of commercial competition through joint projects and activities that promote greater cohesion,” she has committed to delivering.Raghubir also hopes that, with the help of her executive, she would be able to achieve a pathway for the communicating of concerns over the coverage of state institutions. Plans will also be made to review and revise the Constitution of the GPA, to take into account the changing realities of media in Guyana.And a public communication strategy and plan to promote informed opinion on the work and functions of the organisation would also be developed. In addition to that, the new GPA president said, she would work towards strengthening existing relations with the international diplomatic community resident in Guyana, with particular reference to their interest in media development.Raghubir was endorsed by outgoing President of the GPA, Neil Marks, who said in a social media post on Sunday that he enjoyed a very successful tenure as President, but would not be seeking re-election.“I wish to wholeheartedly support Nazima Raghubir’s candidacy for the Presidency. She is fiercely independent, incredibly efficient, and an absolutely tireless worker. The mandate of the GPA would be well served with her lead,” he stated.last_img read more

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Crusaders claim Little 4

first_imgJasa Sisemore had 19 points and the St. Bernard’s Crusaders girls’ basketball team finished off its fifth consecutive Little 4 Conference title, beating the visiting Hoopa Warriors 69-59 Thursday night at St. Bernard’s High.“(Hoopa) came to play with great energy and we had to push ourselves to compete at their level,” Crusaders head coach Mark Garner said in a text to the Times-Standard following the win.Although St. Bernard’s (6-0, 18-5) may have ended the night the better team, Hoopa …last_img

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Haryana police officer shoots himself dead

first_imgSuicide prevention helplines  Sources said Mr. Kapoor shot himself in the living room. His wife was in the washroom when she heard the gunshot and came out rushing to find him lying in a pool of blood.Several senior officers visited the spot.Faridabad Police PRO Sube Singh said the reason behind the officer taking the extreme step was not immediately known. He said the matter was under investigation.Suicides are preventable and help is just a phone call away. Call 104 for assistance. Senior Haryana police officer Vikram Kapoor shot himself dead with his service revolver at his official residence here on Wednesday.He was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police, NIT, Faridabad, and was staying at Sector 30 with his wife and son.The 59-year-old officer was due to retire next year.Also Readlast_img read more

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NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’

first_imgMOST READ The 23-year-old Bolick debuted in style, turning in a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field on top of three rebounds and three assists in close to 36 minutes of play.“He’s different. He’s made [for the PBA],” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPBA fans who never religiously followed Bolick’s NCAA career were surely left surprised by the guard’s performance.But his Batang Pier teammates have somewhat saw that coming from Bolick. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We’re not surprised. I’m not surprised because I’ve seen him play in our tune-up games and I’ve known then that he’s going to have a big impact on our team,” said swingman Paolo Taha, who also starred for NorthPort with a career-best 21 points.“We all know Robert is a winner ever since he was in college with many championships at San Beda. I like playing with him because he can do everything. He’s a court general, an unselfish player so he and Stanley are the ones who dictate our tempo,” Taha added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort newcomer Robert Bolick scored 10 points in his first six minutes in the PBA, had nine in the third quarter before adding the finishing touches in the final frame including a tough step back jumper from the deep right corner in front of his team’s bench.“He’s not even a rookie,” said his superstar teammate Stanley Pringle Wednesday after the Batang Pier steamrolled the Blackwater Elite, 117-91, in the two squads’ opening game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. ” He’s ready to go, ready to work.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening After last season’s runner-up finish, Lady Tamaraws not looking too far ahead Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha notifies recruitment for 131 posts

first_imgSarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. Candidates can apply latest by August 12.Post details:Total posts: 131 postsPost name: Physical education instructor: 72 postsArt education instructor: 59 postsEligibility criterion:Educational qualification:Physical education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have completed their 10+2 with CPED/they should possess a graduate/post graduate degree in professional education. Candidates having a valid certificate issued by ‘Director of sports, Odisha’ will be preferred. Also, sports candidates above the age of 42 years with national level participation is eligible to apply.Art education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have done Bachelors in Arts/Bachelors in Visual Arts. Candidates having BFA and BVA degree from B.K. Degree College and other government college of art and craft may be considered. Also, candidates who possess a B.Mus degree will be taken into consideration. Besides, candidates who do not possess a diploma/degree but has participated in the state-level competition can also apply.Pay Scale:Physical education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)Art education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and download the application forms from there. The duly filled application forms should be printed and sent to “District Project Coordinator, RTE-SSA, Shiksha Sadan, Near Collectorate,Koaput 764020”.last_img read more

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