RSF decries seven-year jail term of journalist Nazir Al-Majid

first_img Aged 40, Nazir Al-Majid is known in Saudi Arabia for expressing liberal philosophical views and for criticizing Shia religious doctrine and government policies in his published writings. He was convicted on a range of charges including disobeying the authorities, taking part in demonstrations in the Qatif region, criticizing the government in his writings (some dating back to 2007) and being in contact with the correspondents of such foreign media outlets as Reuters, AFP and CNN. Tried before the Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh, which often handles terrorism cases, he was arrested immediately following the trial to begin serving the jail term and was given no time to warn his loved ones. “We condemn this journalist’s imprisonment because of his writings and his opinions,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “He is guilty only of exercising his right to freedom of information and telling regional and international media about demonstrations in his region. We stress the importance of allowing a public debate in Saudi Arabia, and we urge the authorities to free him at once and to overturn this conviction.” According to RSF’s sources, Majid was not accompanied by a lawyer during his trial and his family has yet to get access to a copy of the court’s decision. He is currently being held in Riyadh’s Ha’ir prison. The charges on which he was convicted date back to 2011, when he was detained and spent a total of 15 months in pre-trial detention. He was arrested for the first time on 13 April 2011, shortly after posing an article online entitled, “I protest, therefore I am a human being.” According to a Human Rights Watch report and to the regional media, he was tortured while in detention and spent five months in solitary confinement. Majid has written for many Arabic-language newspapers including the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and the Saudi regional newspaper Al-Sharq. At least 11 journalists and citizen journalists are currently detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expression News © Arab 48 Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News News Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Nazir Al-Majid, a Saudi intellectual and journalist held since 18 January, when a Riyadh court sentenced him to seven years in prison, a fine and a seven-year foreign travel ban on completion of the jail term. June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more January 30, 2017 RSF decries seven-year jail term of journalist Nazir Al-Majid to go further Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News RSF_en March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Governor-General urged to veto law

first_img Dame Cécile La GrenadeGovernor-General St. George’s, Grenada,Dear Governor-General La Grenade,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to express to you its concern about parliament’s final approval of the Electronic Crimes Act on 9 September.We do not dispute the principle of this law or some of its provisions. The Internet should not escape the authority of the law altogether and we believe that it is perfectly legitimate to sanction such crimes and offences as the theft of documents or data, online identity theft or, even more serious, child pornography.However, we regard some of the clauses in this law as extremely damaging to the free flow of news and information and to public debate. For example section 6 (1.a) of Part II says: “A person shall not knowingly or without lawful excuse or justification send by means of an electronic system or an electronic device (…) information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character.” Offenders can sentenced to up to a year in prison and/or a fine of 100,000 East Caribbean dollars (37,000 US dollars).Under what criteria can information be considered “offensive,” regardless of factual accuracy (which this clause refrains from mentioning)? This provision could very easily constitute an obstacle to the dissemination of information of public interest. It could, for example, provide any demonstrably corrupt public figure with a strong argument for refusing to be held accountable.We are also concerned about the range of the law’s applicability. Clause 3(e) of Part 1 says that it applies where “an offence under this act was committed by any person, of any nationality or citizenship or in any place outside or inside Grenada, having an effect on the security of Grenada or its nationals, or having universal application under international law, custom and usage.” Here again, the lack of precision about the nature of the security to which this clause refers could result in significant obstacles to freedom of information.The danger posed by these provisions is, in our view, all the greater because the law gives the police and judicial authorities a great deal of scope to access the personal data of someone who is being investigated.For all these reasons, we urge you not to sign this act into law in its present form and to ask parliament to amend the most sensitive clauses.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely, September 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governor-General urged to veto law Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Americas Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more Americas News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Americas June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Bonobo Releases New EP, ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda,’ And Announces Extensive Fall Tour [Full EP Stream]

first_imgCoinciding with the release of Bambro Koyo Ganda, Bonobo released a slew of new fall tour dates, which will see the producer and DJ perform from coast to coast across the United States and Canada. The first show of the tour falls on August 23rd at New York City’s new venue, Brooklyn Steel. From there, the musician will work his way westward, hitting Seattle’s Paramount on September 18th, which kicks off the American West Coast leg of his fall tour. After a number of dates on the West Coast, Bonobo’s fall tour will end with a string of dates across Texas before a final date at Miami’s iii Points on October 13th. You can stream Bambro Koyo Ganda below, then check out Bonobo’s upcoming fall tour dates to see if he’ll be hitting a city near you. <a href=”http://bonobomusic.bandcamp.com/album/bambro-koyo-ganda”>Bambro Koyo Ganda by Bonobo</a> The producer and DJ Bonobo (aka Simon Green) had big news for fans today, with the release of a brand new EP dubbed Bambro Koyo Ganda and the announcement of an extensive North American tour that runs from the end of August through October. Bonobo’s Bambro Koyo Ganda is a three-song release that contains a new song “Samurai” in addition to two versions of its title track including an analog version of “Bambro Koyo Ganda.” “Bambro Koyo Ganda” features Innov Gnawa, and the tune was originally released on Bonobo’s latest full album, Migration, which was released in January of this year. In April, Bonobo released a music video for “Bambro Koyo Ganda,” which you can check out below. Bonobo Fall Tour Dates:08-23 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel08-24 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground08-25 Portland, ME – State Theatre08-26 Mount Tremblant, Quebec – Wanderlust08-29 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth08-31 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater09-01 Chicago, IL – North Coast09-06 Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen09-08 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater09-12 Edmonton, Alberta – Union Hall09-13 Calgary, Alberta – Palace Theatre09-15 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl09-18 Seattle, WA – Paramount09-20 Portland, OR – Roseland09-23 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium09-27 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre09-28 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s10-03 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren10-04 Tucson, AZ – Ralto10-06-08 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits10-07 Austin, TX – Emo’s10-08 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater10-11 Dallas, TX – House of Blues10-12 Houston, TX – House of Blues10-13-15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits10-13-15 Miami, FL – iii Pointslast_img read more

Students react to Michigan shut-out

first_imgNotre Dame fans were in for a surprise when they entered the stadium Saturday night for the game against Michigan, where the Irish emerged victorious in a 31-0 shut out against the Wolverines.Although Notre Dame supporters came with high hopes of winning, no one expected the shutout.“I heard we were only favored by about three points or so, so I thought it was going to be a close game,” freshman Chandler Casey said.The idea of a shutout became more apparent as the game progressed.Zachary Llorens | The Observer “I was not expecting Michigan to not get any points, but after the first quarter, I was expecting we’d do really well,” sophomore and Notre Dame Marching Band member Ben Schultz said.As this was the final game between the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan for the foreseeable future, many students were disappointed to see the end, but were pleased with the outcome.“Last year, it was a bad game overall,” junior Liliana Sanchez said. “However, this year we ended it on our terms, and I’m really happy about that. Our house, our rules.”Freshman Quinn Brown agreed that the shut out was a great way to end the rivalry.“This being the first and last Notre Dame-Michigan game that I’ll be able to see here, that was an awesome way to go out, especially in our home stadium,” he said.Although Brown said he was sad to end the rivalry, he added that he was hopeful for the future of Notre Dame’s football games.“It’s a little sad that I don’t get to see more of these games,” he said, “But we have other great teams that we’re going to be playing that we’ve added to the schedule so it’ll be exciting to possibly see some new rivalries form.”Many students felt the band was integral to the lively atmosphere in the stadium.“I love the marching band,” Casey said. “The marching band accounts for half of the game day experience.”“[The band] always helps lead the student section chants and the victory march, which gets the crowded pumped,” Brown said. “I think they are very vital to the energy of the stadium.”Before the momentous game, the U.S. Navy SEAL Parachuting Team, Leap Frogs, parachuted into the Notre Dame Stadium. Two of the four Navy SEALs descended into the center of the field, one carrying a Notre Dame flag and the other an American flag. As the parachuters descended, both Irish and Wolverine fans were caught off-guard and in awe.“I had no idea what was going on at first,” Sanchez said. “But then when I finally realized they were going to jump and land near the stadium, I couldn’t believe it.”Sanchez said she was excited that the Notre Dame fans sang “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”“I was planning in my head to do that, but the fact that everyone joined in at the same time was perfect,” she said.Fans from the University of Michigan expressed their opinions of the Notre Dame football experience as well.“The experience for a person who comes from [the University of Michigan] was great,” Wolverine fan Abby Schultz said. “People welcomed us to campus.”Emma Bozek-Jarvis, also a University of Michigan fan, said that not only were the ushers kind, there were “actual [Notre Dame] students as well who were very nice to us.”“I think it’s a great way to end the rivalry. I think it’s nice since it’ll get Michigan fans to be quiet for a little bit,” Ben Schultz said as he alluded to the “Chicken Dance” song that was played after Notre Dame’s loss against Michigan last year at the Big House. “We can end it with a bang and not as chickens.”Tags: football, Michigan, rivalry, shut out, Wolverineslast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Lakers, Pelicans reportedly moving closer to Anthony Davis deal

first_imgThe Pelicans already reportedly rejected several Lakers offers, including one that included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo and a future first-round pick.Wojnarowski reported the Lakers’ new offer includes “multiple young players, multiple draft picks and Pelicans salary cap relief” for Davis.Multiple reports also indicate the Pelicans have a list of “a handful” of teams that Davis would consider signing with long term. In addition to the Lakers, the Knicks, Bucks and Clippers are also on the list.However, the Bucks haven’t talked trade with the Pelicans and the Clippers haven’t made an offer, according to Wojnarowski. And after just trading away Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks “likely don’t have the assets to gain the Pelicans’ interest.” The Lakers and Pelicans reportedly have had multiple conversations Monday regarding a potential trade involving Anthony Davis, apparently moving closer to a deal.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lakers president Magic Johnson and Pelicans GM Dell Demps have discussed offers for the New Orleans star, and “the offer appears to move closer to the objectives that the Pelicans are pursuing in a deal.” That seems to leave the Lakers as the clear front-runners as Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline looms.The Celtics are not included on Davis’ list. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given the ESPN report Friday on Anthony Davis Sr.”I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas,” Davis Sr. said, referencing the former Celtics point guard.last_img read more

San Jose Sharks still searching for winning combinations

first_imgANAHEIM — Lean Bergmann may have started the Sharks’ game against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center on the fourth line, but he wound up alongside Tomas Hertl and Kevin Labanc in the top six forward group.Barclay Goodrow, too, was moved up in the lineup after he started Friday’s home opener as the fourth line center. Meanwhile Lukas Radil and Melker Karlsson, given opportunities for more significant roles to start the game, were both later moved down in what became an unsightly 5-1 loss. …last_img

Infographic: Nelson Mandela’s notable namesakes

first_imgHere’s a collection of some of the quirkiest things named after Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s name has been given to many things around the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Research by Chili Kier and Hunter NestadtDesign by Jae Brits and Tumisang SitholeClick on the image for a larger view.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

Ag organizations partner to host 4R Technology Field Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is partnering with The Fertilizer Institute, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council, Environmental Tillage Systems and other industry leaders to host a 4R Technology Review Field Day to continue efforts that strengthen the industry’s commitment to improving water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways.“Making efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways continues to be a priority for many ag organizations in Ohio,” said Chris Henney, President and CEO of OABA. “This event will feature guest speakers as well as field demonstrations that will highlight practices that can improve water quality.”The free field day for retailers, farmers and other interested parties will take place on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour lunch break, at the farm of Terry McClure, 21460 Road 48, Grover Hill, Ohio. Companies are encouraged to bring their customers with them to the event.The program will feature Libby Dayton from The Ohio State University and Martha Winters from Purdue University as well as a field demonstration with a SoilWarrior strip till system Continuing Education Credits are available for Certified Crop Advisers in attendance.For event details and online registration, visit oaba.net/events.last_img read more