Alarm about Kuwait’s recent violations of media freedom

first_imgNews Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is worried by an information ministry complaint that has led to the prosecution of two journalists with the Kuwaiti satellite TV station Al-Yaum – Rima Al-Baghdady and Ahmad Al-Enezi – for reading out an opposition communiqué during a news bulletin on 9 October 2012.The organization is also very disturbed by a 20 February appeal court decision to uphold a one-month jail sentence for Zayed Al-Zaid, the publisher of the online newspaper Alaan, on a charge of defaming former oil minister Abdulmohsen Al-Madaj. Al-Zaid has been in prison since his arrest at Kuwait City international airport on his return from Washington on 27 February.Al-Yaum journalists Al-Baghdady and Al-Enezi, who were arrested on 7 November and immediately released on bail, are facing up to five years in prison on charges of attacking the emir’s honour and authority and insulting the emirate’s traditional values. The station’s news director, Hassan Rouq, and its CEO, Ahmad Jabr, are also charged in connection with the complaint. All four denied the charges when the first hearing was held on 5 December. The next hearing has been postponed until 10 April.Reporters Without Borders condemns Al-Zaid’s jail sentence and the trial of Al-Yaum journalists, who were just doing their job, and voices its concern about a decline in freedom of information.“Sentencing someone to imprisonment for the opinions they express or the information they report is a clear violation of Kuwait’s international obligations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The charges against Al-Baghdady and Al-Enezi are also very dangerous because they show that the information ministry is blithely confusing opinion with news reporting. We are worried by the increase in trials of journalists and trials of cyber-activists and ordinary citizens who post Tweets deemed to have insulted the emir.”These trials can result in harsh sentences. Today, opposition activist Sager Al-Hashash was sentenced to two years in prison for the views he expressed on Twitter and on his blog. This concern is shared by other international NGOs such as Human Rights Watch.Reporters Without Borders added: “It is vital for Kuwaiti democracy to ensure that journalists can work freely. The trial of Al-Baghdady and Al-Enezi should be seen as an alarm signal. We urge the information ministry to withdraw its complaint. The charges against these two journalists must be dropped.”Kuwait is a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and as such should respect article 19 of the covenant, which enshrines the right to “receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.” KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa News Popular blogger charged with blasphemy Help by sharing this information March 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm about Kuwait’s recent violations of media freedom News Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Kuwait New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists September 5, 2014 Find out more News Organisation February 23, 2015 Find out more RSF_en Related documents 130308_cp_koweit_modifie_ar-2.pdfPDF – 292.55 KB January 21, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

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Targeted by Islamists and officials, blogger interrogated and censored

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific News RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more News Photo : MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP March 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Targeted by Islamists and officials, blogger interrogated and censored Follow the news on Bangladesh News Organisation Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the hounding of the blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who was summoned and questioned by the police three days ago, two days after the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) blocked access to his blog (http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/realAsifM).The government seems to have yielded to pressure from Islamists amid growing political tension. With Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s approval, a committee was formed two weeks ago with the job of identifying and prosecuting bloggers who allegedly blasphemed in their coverage of the trials of former political leaders accused of genocide during the 1971 independence war.“Ever since the start of the trials, many of the bloggers covering the hearings, including Mohiuddin, have been the victims of acts of intimidation and physical and verbal violence that have been attributed to both Islamist groups and the authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The growing violence against bloggers, and against journalists covering the protests linked to the trials, requires an immediate reaction from the authorities and the leaders of the political parties involved, who are also responsible for the escalation in violence.“We firmly condemn the role played by the authorities in recent weeks. They have not done enough to protect freedom of expression or stop the calls for hate and violence that have proliferated in Bangladesh, especially online. Instead, they recently seem to have aligned themselves with extremist religious positions.“By creating a committee tasked with identifying bloggers suspected of blasphemy, the government is exacerbating tension and putting pressure on independent commentators to censor themselves. And those responsible for the blogs and websites blocked by the BTRC are being turned into targets for religious extremists.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call for the immediate end to the creation of a committee that is supposed to identify ‘blasphemous’ content in blogs critical of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, and we call for the immediate end to the BTRC’s censorship.”When Mohiuddin was summoned by the Dhaka police detective branch on 23 March, he was questioned not only about his blog but also about fellow blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider’s murder, which is the subject of a police investigation. Rajib was hacked to death in Dhaka on 15 February.Mohiuddin’s blog, which criticizes religious fundamentalism and terrorism, was blocked on 21 March by “Somewhere in Blog,” the platform that hosts, it, on the BTRC’s instructions.“We received an official email from the BTRC,” the platform’s founder, Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana, said. “This is the first time in the over seven years of somewhereinblog.net that authorities have issued written instructions to discipline bloggers.”Mohiuddin told Reporters Without Borders that the police and intelligence agencies are hounding him that he could now also be the subject of an investigation by the new anti-blasphemy committee.Created on 13 March under the direct control of the prime minister’s office, this nine-member committee is supposed to identify and take measures against bloggers and Facebook users who post comment’s critical of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.Mainuddin Khandakar, a senior official in the home ministry (interior ministry), has been appointed to head the committee. The prime minister’s press secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, said the home ministry would take “the necessary action on the basis of the recommendations of the committee.”The committee’s other members are to consist of representatives of the prime minister’s office, BTRC, law and judicial department, information ministry, religious affairs ministry, intelligence agencies, armed forces and police special branch.Its creation has come at a time of pressure from Islamist parties calling for punitive measures against bloggers and online media because of the allegedly blasphemous coverage of the trials of former leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party.During February’s “Shahbagh Movement” demonstrations, in which anti-Islamist bloggers took part, there were calls for the banning of Jamaat-e-Islami and for death sentences for the leading defendants in the trials.Radical Muslims responded by organizing their own demonstrations in many towns and villages, inciting hatred against the secularist bloggers and brandishing photos of several of them, including Mohiuddin. Many cases of violence against journalists were reported during their demonstrations.Islamists attacked Mohiuddin in Dhaka on 14 January, stabbing him several times. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Australian Divers Inspect Brisbane River for G20

first_img View post tag: Inspect View post tag: Australian View post tag: G20 View post tag: Asia-Pacific Australian Navy’s role in the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit Security Task Force is helping to keep the Brisbane River safe.Lieutenant Sean Aitken of the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group based at HMAS Kuttabul is the Officer in Charge of the Navy Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Force Element deployed to support the G20.Their role is to provide support for the Queensland Police Service with side-scan sonar searches of the Brisbane River which are conducted by a team of five sailors.A six man maritime explosive ordnance disposal detachment is also deployed to assist the police if required.The Navy detachment is using a diesel tiller-driven 7.2 metre ridged hull inflatable boat similar to a Zodiac. The side-scan sonar is towed alongside the vessel to provide data of the river bed which is then analysed to identify if there are any explosive devices or suspicious objects that may warrant a visual inspection by a clearance diver.[mappress mapid=”14430″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Divers Inspect Brisbane River for G20 View post tag: Naval View post tag: DIVERS Share this article View post tag: News by topic November 14, 2014 Authorities View post tag: Navy Australian Divers Inspect Brisbane River for G20 View post tag: Brisbane Riverlast_img read more

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3 ways to have fun with your holiday bonus

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details There’s so much to celebrate during the holiday season. In addition to the time with friends and family, the holidays can also deliver surprise gifts of green, as in cash and bonuses.If you are fortunate enough to receive a holiday bonus, take a moment to enjoy planning how to spend your windfall. But this year, instead of just buying stuff, use your bonus as an opportunity to rethink how you spend. Focus on what you value most, and then use your goals and dreams as a spending guide.Here’s three ways to do that.Invest in yourself: Throughout the year, we tend to put others’ needs before our own. An unexpected windfall could be your chance to finally get that online certification or attend a leadership workshop you’ve had your eye on. Perhaps you wanted to take a cooking class or kickboxing lessons. Or, maybe time is what you need most – so, use your bonus to pay someone else to clean your house. Whatever it is, an investment in yourself will always pay off in the short and long-term.Plan ahead: Use the extra money to finally start that emergency fund, vacation fund and/or holiday fund you’ve resolved to open every year, but never have. Maybe the extra money can go even further by using it to fund your HSA (hello, tax benefits!) or boost your retirement savings. No matter what, getting a jumpstart on New Year’s goals will set the tone for a successful and empowered 2019.Pay your debts: Okay, making a big payment on a credit card isn’t what normally comes to mind when thinking “fun,” but never underestimate the joy that can be derived from alleviating financial stress. And, paying down debt will result in a higher credit score, which will get you a better loan rate if you’re planning to buy a new car or home this summer – shopping for a nicer car or home is definitely fun! And remember, it doesn’t have to be eitherpay your debts orinvest in yourself. You can split your bonus and do both. When it comes to paying down debt, every little bit helps.last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer target Samuel Umtiti insists he is staying at Barcelona

first_img Video Settings Coral BarrySaturday 8 Jun 2019 9:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link825Shares PLAY Read More Advertisement by Metro About Connatix V67539 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED Comment Umtiti insists he wants to stay at Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Although Barcelona might be open to Umtiti leaving this summer, the 25-year-old is under contract at the club until 2023.Whatever happens with Umtiti, Arsenal do appear to be closing in on the double signing of midfielder Dennis Praet and centre-back Joachim Andersen.Arsenal have bid £44m for the Sampdoria duo and their offer is expected to be accepted.MORE: Every player released by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United & Liverpool Read More / Read More Read More Read More 1 min. story Umtiti was Emery’s top defensive choice (Picture: Getty)The statement will come as a blow to Emery, who is desperate to strengthen his squad this summer.Arsenal suffered a humiliating end to their campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final, missing out on Champions League football next season as a result of that defeat.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery has been handed just £45million to spend and might be forced to sell some of his first-team stars to raise further funds.MORE: Why Manchester United signed Daniel James after making enquiry for Arsenal transfer target Ryan Fraser 1/1 Umtiti is wanted by Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti insists he will remain at Barcelona this summer, despite interest from Arsenal.Unai Emery has reportedly identified the centre-back as his No.1 defensive target and Barcelona are prepared to offload him.But Umtiti dismissed the growing transfer speculation surrounding him and confirmed he intends to stay at the Nou Camp.He told RTL France: ‘I have a contract, I feel happy in Barcelona. I had a complicated season, but I will still be at Barcelona next season.’ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Arsenal transfer target Samuel Umtiti insists he is staying at Barcelona Coming Next Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Skip Advertisementlast_img read more

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Immanuel Lutheran School Raises Over $700 for Options Pregnancy Center in Penny Wars

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisStudents at Immanuel Lutheran School got a little creative today; taking a page from the famous film, ‘Star Wars,’ Preschoolers through 8th graders decided to have penny wars to help raise funds for the Options Pregnancy Center.Honoring ‘sanctity of life’ the students decided to pick one organization in the community of Alpena to help out. The Immanuel Lutheran students were able to raise over $700 in just a week in the half.The war was based off points. Pennies and dollar bills were positive points, as silver coins were negative points.Immanuel Lutheran teacher, Alexandra Frisco said the students were extremely excited to raise money for a great cause.“They were very excited, especially when we challenged them to bring in things that they find in their house and that they actually get to make an impact and see it. A lot of times chapel offerings go somewhere in another country or some are across the nation and this time they could actually see it happen in Alpena,” Frisco said.Frisco said she wanted students to learn that a person is a person no matter how small. The kindergarten class won the penny war, gaining over 14,000 points.The class will receive a pizza party for winning the most points. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ‘, Fundraiser, Immanuel Lutheran School, Options Pregnancy Center, Penny WarsContinue ReadingPrevious Community Walk Being Hosted Next Month Inside of AHSNext Rogers City Woman Dies In Trailer Firelast_img read more

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Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Awarded $102,500 Grant To…

first_imgOLYMPIA — About two-dozen families in Thurston County will now get support to give their children a great start in life thanks to a recent round of awards from the states Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA).  Thurston County Public Health and Social Services was one of 10 grantees statewide. Over the next year, $102,500 will help Thurston County continue work with the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) to bring proven outcomes such as improved health for pregnant women, fewer childhood injuries, and fewer subsequent pregnancies for families participating in the program.    NFP promotes long-term advantages for the community as well through increasing the mothers employment and the childs performance in school.Nurse-Family Partnership has three decades of evidence proving it makes an important difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. said Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero.  By helping first time moms learn how to be effective parents through ongoing support from public health nurses, Thurston County is investing in the next generation of residents who will have a positive impact on our countys future.Home visiting is a voluntary service in which nurses or other trained professionals meet with at-risk families in their homes and offer information and support related to healthy child and family development. In the Nurse Family Partnership program, these visits happen from once a week to once a month during pregnancy and can continue to a childs third birthday.  Evidence shows that when families receive this kind of support, their children are healthier, are less likely to suffer from abuse or neglect and are better prepared for school. In fact, the entire family benefits.Home visiting works, and the Home Visiting Services Account is committed to helping make sure more eligible familiesespecially families in some of our states most at-risk communitieshave access to it, said Nina Auerbach, president and CEO of Thrive by Five Washington, the states public-private partnership for early learning that administers the account. An early investment in families results in stronger families and, ultimately, stronger communities.Since it was created by the Washington state Legislature in 2010, the HVSA has become a national model for leveraging public and private funds to support home visiting programs and has helped Washington invest 10 times more than it did in home visiting just two years ago. As of July 1st, the HVSA has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 31 evidence-based, research-based and promising home visiting programs serving about 1,000 families in 13 Washington counties. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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