Appeal by NGOs and associations for Khaled Drareni’s release

first_imgWe encourage journalists in Algeria and all over the world to express their solidarity with their imprisoned colleague and, through their media and professional organizations, to make the public aware of the injustice suffered by Khaled Drareni and all other arbitrarily prosecuted journalists in Algeria, including Sofiane Merakchi, libanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen’s correspondent in Algiers, who has been jailed since 26 September. RSF_en News News News Imprisoning people in the middle of a pandemic is to compound a violation of basic rights with an act of physical endangerment. We, international and Algerian NGOs and associations, issue an appeal for the immediate release of journalists imprisoned in Algeria and for the withdrawal of arbitrary judicial proceedings against them. Khaled Drareni, the Algeria correspondent of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and TV5 Monde and editor of the Casbah Tribune website, has been imprisoned since 29 March on a charge of “inciting an unarmed gathering and endangering national unity.” April 2, 2020 – Updated on May 13, 2020 Appeal by NGOs and associations for Khaled Drareni’s release May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria to go further The NGOs and associations signing this appeal regret that the Algerian authorities are taking advantage of the coronavirus epidemic to settle scores with independent journalism. Receive email alerts Newscenter_img May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned We ask President Abdelmajid Tebboune, as guarantor of respect and implementation of Algerian’s constitution, to intervene at once to put a stop to the harassment of independent journalists. April 29, 2021 Find out more We urge Algeria’s political class to adopt a clear position in support of a free, independent and pluralist press, an essential condition for a public democratic debate. Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Signatories:ARTICLE 19 Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates (ATFD)Collectif des journalistes algériens Unis (JAU)Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)Fédération Européenne des Journalistes (FEJ)Fédération internationale des journalistes (FIJ)Free Press UnlimitedIFEXHuman Rights WatchIndex on CensorshipInternational Press Institute (IPI)Ligue Algérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (LADDH)Reporters sans frontières (RSF)SOS Racisme Syndicat National des journalistes Tunisiens (SNJT)Vigilance pour la Démocratie et l’Etat Civique World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)Mena Media Monitoring (MMM) We call on the judicial authorities not to assist the regime’s attacks against Algerian citizens and not allow themselves to be used by parties hostile to freedom and pluralism. Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Under article 50 of the Algerian constitution, a press offence cannot be punished by imprisonment. Bringing criminal charges against journalists in connection with their work therefore constitutes a violation of the constitution. AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned Follow the news on Algeria International and Algerian NGOs and associations call for Khaled Drareni’s immediate release and for the withdrawal of all charges against him last_img read more

Blatter re-election set for Asian boost

first_imgFIFA chief Sepp Blatter will take a big step towards a fifth term in office when he watches Asia’s football boss, a key ally, seal re-election unopposed on Thursday.Just four weeks before FIFA’s presidential vote, Blatter can shore up crucial Asian support when he addresses the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Bahrain.It is likely to be a triumphant trip for the 79-year-old, with AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, a vocal supporter, set to be handed a fresh, four-year term.Kuwaiti powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad Al Sabah, another Blatter ally, also looks likely to win one of three seats on FIFA’s executive committee which are up for grabs.Meanwhile Blatter’s presidential rival Prince Ali bin al Hussein will lose his post as a FIFA vice president, which is being absorbed into the Asian leader’s job title.Blatter has already been assured of African support for the May 29 FIFA poll, and with Asia’s 46 votes he would be all but at the finish line. His rivals — Jordan’s Prince Ali, Dutchman Michael van Praag and former galactico Luis Figo — face a last-minute scramble for support ahead of the ballot in Zurich.Shaikh Salman will tighten what is becoming an iron grip on Asian football when his first full term is rubber-stamped by the congress in his home country of Bahrain.He swept to power in 2013 promising a clean slate after his predecessor Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from football mid-term over alleged bribery and financial wrongdoing.The past could still haunt the AFC, however, after general secretary Alex Soosay faced accusations related to the former regime under disgraced Qatari bin Hammam.According to a video interview seen by a Malaysian newspaper, an AFC employee said Soosay asked him to tamper with or destroy documents during an investigation. No comment was immediately available from Soosay, although the report said he had dismissed the video as a smear attempt.The AFC is ditching tradition by holding the congress in Shaikh Salman’s stronghold of Manama rather than the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, where the body is based.It also done away with its usual executive committee meeting the day before the congress, meaning proceedings will focus squarely on voting.Five AFC vice presidents will be decided, plus 11 executive committee members. Australia’s Moya Dodd and Afghan Zohra Mehri are among five mandatory female exco appointments.But the bigger picture is Asia’s support for Blatter, which looks set to help keep him at the head of world football despite a series of controversies, notably over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.last_img read more

England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship

first_img28 May 2012 England’s Emily Taylor wins Irish championship England girl international Emily Taylor won the Irish women’s open stroke play championship by three shots in testing winds at The Island, near Dublin. The 17-year-old from Royal Lytham and St Annes (image © Leaderboard Photography) defied winds gusting up to 35mph on the first day to post the low score of the tournament with a two-under 72 in the second round. Her score, combined with her opening 85, put her within one shot of the lead held by Ireland’s Gillian O’Leary. In the third and final round Emily moved ahead to secure the win, shooting 76 in blustery conditions, with  birdies on eight, ten, and 15 before she holed from 12ft on the last. The field included Irish Curtis Cup player Leona Maguire, who was unable to break 80 throughout the tournament and finished in a share of 10th place with scores of 82 83 80. Her twin, Lisa, a Curtis Cup reserve, was fourth. Already this season Emily has finished fifth in the English women’s amateur championship and helped England win the Vilmorin Cup at the French Lady Junior Championship. She is a past winner of the Scottish U16 open stroke play title.   Leading final scores Par 222 (3 x 74) CSS 80 79 77 233 Emily Taylor (ENG) 85 72 76 236 Mary Dowling (New Ross) 81 79 76 Gillian O’Leary (Cork) 79 77 80 238 Lisa Maguire (Slieve Russell) 81 79 78 239 Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) 83 75 81last_img read more

Valencia’s star in the shadows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s easy to be overlooked playing alongside Teddy Goetz, Kevin Ker – both heading to UCLA next fall on scholarships – and Ryan Worth, who is gaining more and more recruiting interest with each passing week. Yet Stephen Cornelius continues to make a regular impact for Valencia High’s boys’ volleyball team, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News and in Southern Section Div. II. “Stephen is an essential part of this team,” Vikings coach Mark Knudsen said. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker showed as much Tuesday, contributing eight kills on nine attempts, six blocks, three aces and just one service error in a 24-23, 25-15, 25-19 Foothill League triumph over Canyon. “He’s extremely explosive and super aggressive,” Knudsen said. “You can’t ignore him. You have to stay at home on him. “Stephen is steady. Sometimes he’ll have outstanding numbers and sometimes just very good. He’s always reliable, never has an off night. He’s a great asset.” Goetz had 10 kills against Canyon, Ker added 34 assists and nine digs, Jamie Ker – Kevin’s brother – finished with 10 kills, and Neal Benveniste had nine kills as Valencia (17-0 overall, 5-0 Foothill) extended its league winning streak to 48 matches. Valencia plays tonight at Hart, then spring break arrives, leaving the Vikings without a competitive match for two weeks. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 last_img read more