Third journalist slain in space of two days

first_img News May 3, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News News August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Third journalist slain in space of two days Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that photo-journalist Mario Sy was fatally shot yesterday in his home in General Santos City, in the far-south province of South Cotabato, by a gunman who immediately fled. Sy was the third journalist to be gunned down in the Philippines in the space of two days.“As in the double-murder of Bonifacio Loreto and Richard Kho just two days before, the method used in the Sy murder shows that he was clearly targeted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge investigators not to neglect the possibility that these journalists were killed in connection with his work, and we urge the authorities to put all the necessary resources at their disposal, so that they can identify those responsible for these cold-blooded murders and bring them so justice“If suspicions are confirmed, Sy’s death brings to six the number of journalists killed in connection with their work so far this year in the Philippines. This puts it among the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel, alongside Syria and Pakistan. This is unacceptable. Impunity breeds more violence, which will only be stopped by exemplary punishments.”Sy was shot twice by an unidentified individual who had entered his home. The Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility today quoted relatives as saying Sy had drawn attention to drug trafficking in his photo-reporting. The media he worked for including Sapol News Bulletin, a local newspaper.Loreto and Kho, who worked for the Aksyon Ngayon newspaper, were shot in Quezon City, on the northern island of Luzon, on 30 July by two gunmen who immediately fled.Philippines is ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Receive email alerts News Photo : “Combined photos by Kevin Eddy and NS Newsflash”, to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Jail terms for king’s online critics upheld on appeal

first_img News March 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jail terms for king’s online critics upheld on appeal Organisation News RSF_en ——— RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Authorities keep media in check and reinforce online crackdown2012.02.29Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by Morocco’s recent newspaper censorship and attempts to suppress online free expression. Distribution of the leading Spanish daily El País was again banned on 26 February while two netizens have been given jail sentences in the past few weeks for criticizing the king on social networks.“Morocco has taken the road of political reform, holding a constitutional referendum in July and parliamentary elections in November, but freedom of information is still limited by the two notorious red lines – the king and Islam,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Without freedom of information, the recent attempts to democratize Morocco are doomed. We urge the authorities to apply the same liberalization approach to the media as to the political domain.” El País banned Distribution of the 26 February issue of El País was banned on the grounds that it contained defamatory statements “attacking His Majesty’s image and the country’s institutions.” The offending article consisted of extracts from a book by Catherine Graciet and Eric Laurent entitled “Predator king: buying up Morocco,” which looks at King Mohammed’s accumulation of wealth. His fortune has doubled in the past five years, the authors claim.The communication ministry said the prohibition was issued under article 29 of the press code, which forbids any statements attacking the king. It came just 10 days after an earlier ban, on 16 February, on an El País issue with a cartoon of the king.Reporters Without Borders condemns the failure to change legislation that punishes comments deemed to be offensive to the monarchy and nation. Laws need to be amended in order to stop constraining the freedom of expression and information that is fundamental in a democracy. Morocco’s constitution, which was amended in 2011, makes no provision for punishing freedom of expression but the monarchy’s sacred status is enshrined in article 46, which says “the person of the King is inviolable” and the criminal code contains an array of sanctions for anyone violating this article. Reporters Without Borders deplores the use of lèse-majesté charges to obstruct freedom of information.Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern about the increase in censorship in a letter to the Moroccan authorities on 9 February, condemning the repeated publication bans placed on magazines and newspapers on the grounds of not offending religious sentiment. According to the Spanish news agency EFE, a total of 29 foreign publications were banned from January 2011 to February 2012, including 22 French newspapers and magazines.Rachid Nini, the editor of the Moroccan daily Al-Massae, has meanwhile been held since 28 April 2011 and is serving a one-year jail sentence on a charge of disinformation that was upheld on appeal on 24 October. He was arrested for publishing articles about government corruption. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for his immediate and unconditional release.Online censorshipWalid Bahomane, an 18-year-old student, was tried behind closed doors in Rabat earlier this month on charges of Internet “piracy” and “insulting the sacred values of Morocco and the King” for posting humorous videos and cartoons, including a cartoon of the king, on Facebook.Apparently deciding that the case did not involve free expression, the court finally convicted him on the piracy charge alone on 16 February, sentencing him to a year in prison and a fine of 10,000 dirhams (1,000 euros).Bahomane has been held since 24 January, when the police “seized two Facebook pages (sic) containing phrases and images that insulted sacred values, and an IBM computer.” This young netizen is appealing against his conviction but no date has been set for a hearing.Another student, Abdelsamad Haydour, 24, was convicted in a summary trial behind closed doors in the northern city of Taza on 13 February for criticizing the king in a video posted on YouTube. The court sentenced him to three years in prison and a fine of 10,000 dirhams on a charge of “attacking the nation’s sacred values.” In the 4-minute video, filmed during a demonstration in Taza, Haydour lambasted the regime and described the king as a “dog of a dictator.” He was not allowed access to a lawyer of his choice and the court did not assign one to defend him during the trial.Mohamed El Boukili, a member of the Moroccan Human Rights Association’s administrative committee, told Reporters Without Borders that irregularities marked both trials. Both Bahomane and Haydour signed statements without their lawyer being present and after being held in custody and harassed by the police.“Such procedures are unfortunately the norm in Morocco and, in cases involving the king’s sacred status, prosecutions end only too often in prison sentences,” El Boukili told Reporters Without Borders.Reporters Without Borders has also noted a surge in pro-government cyber-activism on the Moroccan Internet. A group calling itself Kingdom Moroccan Attack keeps hacking into the Facebook pages and email accounts of independent journalists and members of the opposition 20 February Movement. Pro-government disinformation and propaganda campaigns are also being waged online. According to the VoxMaroc blog, some of these campaigns are being steered by the cyber-police, who also have very sophisticated Internet surveillance tools. One of these is a spy programme provided by the French company Amesys.Morocco fell three places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 138th out of 179 countries.Illustration: © Damien Glez, all rights reserved Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Reporters Without Borders is appalled that an appeal court in Salé (a city near Rabat) yesterday added six months to the one-year jail sentence that 18-year-old student Walid Bahomane received last month on a charge of “attacking the nation’s sacred values” for posting content on Facebook making fun of the king.The young netizen will now have to spend a total of 18 months in prison.The three-year jail sentence that Abdelsamad Haydour received last month on the same charge, for criticizing the king in a video posted on YouTube, was confirmed on 14 March by an appeal court in the northern city of Taza.Reporters Without Borders deplores these summary and unjust appeal procedures, and the extremely harsh sentences, which will just encourage more self-censorship by netizens.Morocco fell three places to 138th position in the 2011/2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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Allahabad High Court Gets 28 Permanent Judges

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad High Court Gets 28 Permanent Judges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Nov 2020 5:26 AMShare This – xThe Central Government on Tuesday appointed 28 Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court as permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Prakash PadiaJustice Alok MathurJustice Pankaj BhatiaJustice Saurabh LavaniaJustice Vivek VarmaJustice Sanjay Kumar SinghJustice Piyush AgrawalJustice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery,Justice Jaspreet SinghJustice Rajeev…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 Central Government on Tuesday appointed 28 Additional Judge of the Allahabad High Court as permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Prakash PadiaJustice Alok MathurJustice Pankaj BhatiaJustice Saurabh LavaniaJustice Vivek VarmaJustice Sanjay Kumar SinghJustice Piyush AgrawalJustice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery,Justice Jaspreet SinghJustice Rajeev SinghJustice Manju Rani ChauhanJustice Karunesh Singh PawarJustice Dr. Yogendra Kumar SrivastavaJustice Manish MathurJustice Rohit Ranjan AgarwalJustice Ram Krishna GautamJustice Umesh KumarJustice Pradeep Kumar SrivastavaJustice Anil Kumar-IXJustice Rajendra Kumar-IVJustice Mohd. Faiz Alam KhanJustice Vikas Kunvar SrivastavJustice Virendra Kumar SrivastavaJustice Suresh Kumar GuptaJustice Sushri Ghandikota Sri Devi Justice Narendra Kumar JohariJustice Raj Beer SinghJustice Ajit Singh All of them were appointed as Additional Judges at the HC on November 22, 2018. The decision was taken pursuant to the recommendation made by the Supreme Court Collegium vide Resolution dated August 24, 2020. Click Here To Download Notification Read NotificationNext Storylast_img read more

Cllr Harley added to Fine Gael party ticket for general election

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleMotorists experiencing delays around Letterkenny this afternoonNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday November 1st News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest By News Highland – November 1, 2019 Fine Gael’s National Executive Council has confirmed that Donegal County Councillor Martin Harley has been added to the party ticket for the general election.Its anticipated that a general election will be called next year.Ballybofey-based Councillor Harley says preparations are already underway:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Cllr Harley added to Fine Gael party ticket for general election Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

Gardai seize over €28,000 worth of drugs

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews There’s been  a major  drug seizure in Donegal.Gardai say the Letterkenny District Drugs unit obtained a search warrant and searched a house in the Letterkenny area yesterday, July 12th.€19,800 worth of amphetamine and €8,400 worth of cannabis was seized from the property. One person has been arrested and charged to court in relation to the seizure. Google+ By News Highland – July 13, 2019 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleTyrone see off tough Rossie challenge to pick up Super 8s win – FT Report & ReactionNext articleBreaking: Road closed following serious crash at Burt News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Gardai seize over €28,000 worth of drugs Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Mom pleads guilty to murder of 5-year-old son: Prosecutors

first_imgThe Office of McHenry County State’s Attorney (CHICAGO) — An Illinois mother has pleaded guilty to murder for her role in the beating death of her 5-year-old son, prosecutors said Thursday.Joanne Cunningham and Andrew “Drew” Freund Sr. were both charged with murder for the death of their son, Andrew “AJ” Freund, whose body was found in a shallow grave in April. Cunningham pleaded guilty on Thursday and faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, according to a statement from the office of McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. She will not be eligible for parole and must serve all of her sentence, prosecutors said.AJ’s father still faces charges including first-degree murder, aggravated battery and concealing the death of a person.After Freund was arrested, he told authorities that when AJ “lied about soiled underwear,” the 5-year-old “was subjected to a cold shower,” according to court documents.After being in the shower for about 20 minutes, Freund said he “put AJ to bed ‘cold, wet, and naked,’” the affidavit said.Freund said Cunningham checked on her son at their Crystal Lake home and “that was when she got Drew and she used Drew’s phone to search for child CPR,” the document said.“Drew advised at some point that he believed that AJ had died,” according to the affidavit. “Drew said the next day he took AJ’s body to the basement and stored him in a tote.”Freund said on the night of April 17, he put his son’s body in several trash bags and put the body in the trunk of his car, according to the documents. Freund said he drove to Woodstock, Illinois, where he buried AJ in a shallow grave, according to the documents.AJ was reported missing by his mother the following day and his body was found six days later, on April 24. The little boy died from head trauma due to multiple blunt force injuries, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office.Cunningham’s sentencing is set for Jan. 30, 2020.In July, Freund was found mentally competent and deemed fit to stand trial, reported ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.It is “too early to say” if Cunningham will testify against Freund at his trial, Kenneally told reporters on Thursday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Former NFL running back, University of Texas star Cedric Benson dies at 36

first_imgAugust 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Former NFL running back, University of Texas star Cedric Benson dies at 36 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Cedric Benson, a former NFL running back and fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, died in Austin, Texas over the weekend. He was 36. Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, told ESPN that he died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night. Bassett said he did not have details of the accident.Benson, who is ranked second in the University of Texas’ history for most rushing yards, played for the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers in the NFL. He also led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2011.“Once he bought into our system, he was like a flower. He just blossomed. He gave us an element we didn’t have” former Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “We had complementary guys, but Cedric gave us a missing element. He was a good man. He was one of my guys and it hurts. Life is too short.” Benson was a star player on the University of Texas Longhorns between 2001 and 2004 under former coach Mack Brown, who in a statement on Sunday celebrated the running back for his “tough” playing style.“Saddened by the reports on the passing of Cedric Benson. We’ve coached a lot of tough players but none were tougher than Cedric,” Brown said in a statement. “He was a true spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family on this sad day.”Tom Herman, the university’s current coach hailed him as a “Longhorn Legend” and “one of the best running backs in college football history.”Benson finished his NFL career with 6,017 yards and 32 touchdowns.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Winkworth reports sales down 18% as market difficulties bite

first_imgThe difficulties of the property market in prime London and its suburbs and commuter towns have been laid by bare by the latest results from franchised network Winkworth.Its head office operation has reported its network’s gross revenues for the first half of the year down by 9% year-on-year to £21.4m, sales down 18% to £11.7m and lettings down 2% to £6m.The bright spots of the figures are property management  revenues, which increased by 15% to £3.7 million, and the central London market where the weak pound has driven increased investment in property by overseas investors.“Prices have remained steady in the more domestically-focused outer London markets, supported by low interest rates and high employment, but affordability issues continue to affect transactions,” says Dominic Agace, Chief Executive Officer of Winkworth (pictured, left).The company also says the strength of its brand is more than a logo, and that despite soft transactions and reducing prices in many areas of London and beyond, Winkworth-sold properties achieved average prices 2% higher during the first six months of the year, compared to the same period last year.“With the sales market subdued, our investment in the lettings and management side of the business has continued to pay dividends,” says Dominic.“Despite an increase in supply post the buy-to-let mini boom weighing on rental prices, lettings and management revenue grew by 4% and increased from 40% in H1 2016 to 45% of total gross revenue for the franchised office network.”Winkworth has also been busy growing its franchise network with new seven new offices signed up so far this year. These are in Kingsbury in North London, Milford On Sea in Hampshire, Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Surbiton in South London, Sunningdale in Surrey and Dartmouth and Brixham in Devon.Dominic Agace winkworth September 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Winkworth reports sales down 18% as market difficulties bite previous nextWinkworth reports sales down 18% as market difficulties biteBut franchised network agency says London is showing signs of revival as weak pound attracts overseas investors.Nigel Lewis13th September 20170913 Viewslast_img read more

BBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonight

first_imgHome » News » BBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonight previous nextRegulation & LawBBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonightProgramme will look at why there has been such a big increase in the use of Section 21 notices over the past decade.Nigel Lewis20th February 201802,982 Views The darker side of the rental sector is to come under the spotlight this week when the BBC’s Panorama programme looks at Section 21 no-fault evictions.This is to include comments from Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina that the increase in their use is in part down to the government’s recent tax changes, and that banning Section 21 evictions would only compound the current housing shortage, not help alleviate it.Due to be broadcast today at 8.30pm the programme is to look at whether tenants should be better protected from this type of eviction process, and why so many landlords employ it.No fault evictionsThe issue has been high on the political agenda for some time – no-fault evictions were effectively banned in Scotland on December 1st last year, and the Labour party has said it will introduce similar, more secure tenancies in England and Wales if it gains power at the next election.The most recent research into no-fault evictions by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the number of tenants evicted each year was 10,000 more in 2015 than in 2003, and that this increase is “almost entirely” down to the more frequent use of Section 21 notices.Called ‘Evicted for No Reason’ the programme, fronted by BBC reporter Richard Bilton, features an interview with Paul Shamplina (pictured, left).“When asked to appear on Panorama, I felt a necessity to present the landlords’ side on why so many use no-fault Section 21,” says Paul.“The term ‘no fault’ is really a bit of a red herring. There is always a reason why a landlord ends a tenancy, but it’s a far cry from the headlines showing that landlords use it just to throw tenants out.“If a landlord has a good tenant, the last thing they want to do is get rid of them. However, in our experience, the main reasons for serving Section 21 notices are for rent arrears, tenants requesting to be evicted so they can be re-housed or, most recently, because landlords wish to sell their property owing to impending tax liabilities.”Panorama Paul Shamplina BBC Richard Billington February 20, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Heart of Surfing Rides Wave of Good Feelings to 2nd Annual Competition, June 11

first_imgOcean City has a big heart and perhaps nowhere is that more evident than at the Heart of Surfing’s annual surf contest.The event, beginning 9 a.m. on Saturday June 11, includes a division for special needs surfers. Following the all-day event, an after party with raffles and prizes will take place at Gregory’s on Shore Rd. in Somers Point.Heart of Surfing co-founders Bob and Cindy Fertsch knew the positive impact surfing had on their autistic son, Jamie, now 22. And they felt others could benefit from their experiences. The result was their organization, which also teaches skateboarding to children with special needs.“Bob always took our son out with him when he would surf and it gave (Jamie) improved confidence and self-esteem,” Cindy said. “There is a contest in Belmar that includes special needs surfers and it fills up quickly. We thought, ‘why can’t we do something like this?’ ”Why not, indeed.The contest begins with 8 a.m. registration. Entry fee is $30 with all proceeds going to the non-profit Art of Surfing. Divisions will be contested in open long board, open short board, women and groms (12 and under).  The event didn’t just happen.“I knew that if I reached out to our surfing community they would be there for us,” said Cindy. “It is a great community of great people. But I didn’t know how great they would prove to be.  They were just incredible. It is nice to get recognition, but the event is really made by the volunteers, businesses and the community.”Volunteer Tim Kernan assists 6-year-old Landon Peddicord in catching a wave at last year’s Heart of Surfing Contest. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 11Last year’s event raised more than $1,000 to benefit the Heart of Surfing. It included a full competition for area surfers in all divisions, age groups and genders. But unlike conventional contests, it also included a division which attracted more than 15 individuals with special needs.  Volunteers and contest competitors aided the special participants.  They assisted in helping them stand on the boards, catch waves, and sometimes rode tandem with them.The three major surf shops in town, Heritage, 7th St. Surf Shop and Surfers Supplies also play a major role, donating the use of surfboards, wetsuits and other needed equipment, organizers said.“We need a lot of stuff,” Cindy said. Boards and other equipment. All we have to do is ask and (the surf shops) are there for us.” This year, Cindy Fertsch said she expects as many as 25 special needs surfers and more than 40 volunteers. Organizers also hope to raise the bar and top last year’s fundraising total as well.The contest is run by a local Ocean City-based surfing club, No Passports Needed, or NPN, which also provided some of the volunteers. NPN member Willie Fannon worked the microphone for the contest as emcee, and helped organize it.“This event is a true testament to the surfing community and how it helps others,” he said. “It’s nice to give back.  But it’s also nice to see what surfing can do to help people.  Before I took part in this contest, I was oblivious to autism and how many families and people are affected by it. Now I see autism from another perspective. Surfing is a sport that changes a person when they get out in the water.  That’s one of the great things about this contest.”Fannon said that he hoped to help raise awareness of autism, the Heart of Surfing and to pass the word along to others inside and out of the surfing community.For more information, check out the Heart of Surfing Facebook page.Smiles were on the faces of the volunteers and the participants at the Art of Surfing contest.last_img read more