Put real press freedom at “new Algeria’s” centre, RSF says

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesEvents Conflicts of interestImprisonedWomenImpunityInternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment RSF_en Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News News April 29, 2021 Find out more On the eve of a constitutional referendum in Algeria, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s authorities to adopt the measures that are needed to ensure that the “new Algeria” sought by President Abdelmajid Tebboune is accompanied by real progress as regards press freedom. AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sourcesEvents Conflicts of interestImprisonedWomenImpunityInternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment to go further And they conflict with international law. The UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No. 34 says that, under article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Algeria ratified in 1989, no media outlet can be penalized for criticizing a political or social system. Follow the news on Algeria May 18, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Article 55 of the proposed new constitution establishes the right to access and obtain information, but it says this right cannot violate the “legitimate interests of companies.” Such a restriction on freedom of expression is not recognized in international law and poses a real danger to the right to provide information about economic issues – a domain that is not necessarily separate from the political domain in Algerian legislation. October 30, 2020 Put real press freedom at “new Algeria’s” centre, RSF sayscenter_img The referendum comes amid a growing crackdown on press freedom that has been under way since the start of the coronavirus epidemic – a crackdown that raises doubts about the Algerian government’s real desire to guarantee its citizens’ freedom to be informed and its journalists’ freedom to inform them. In April, legislators approved a proposed amendment to the penal code criminalizing “fake news” that “threatens public order and state security.” Violations will be punishable by one to three years in prison or twice that for a subsequent offence. A first time offence will be punishable by up to five years in prison if it takes place “at a time of a public health lockdown or a natural, biological or technological disaster or any other form of disaster.” Several journalists are currently the targets of criminal prosecutions or have already been given prison sentences. They include Casbah Tribune news website editor Khaled Drareni, who is also the Algeria correspondent of RSF and the French TV channel TV5 Monde. Drareni was sentenced to two years in prison on appeal on 15 September for “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity.” The referendum on the proposed constitutional reform, Tebboune’s flagship initiative, is being held on 1 November, the 66th anniversary of the start of Algeria’s 1954-62 independence war. At his inauguration in December 2019, Tebboune pledged to overhaul the constitution to respond to the aspirations of the “Hirak” streets protests that began in February 2019. He is now telling Algerians he wants to “build a new Algeria” by reinforcing fundamental freedoms, including press freedom and the freedom to inform. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria “These constitutional guarantees represent a step forward for the right and freedom to inform in Algeria but they won’t be effective unless the country’s current legislation, especially its penal code, is brought into line with the new constitution and with Algeria’s obligations as regards press freedom and the freedom to inform,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “We therefore urge President Tebboune to ensure that the ‘new Algeria’ is accompanied by real progress as regards press freedom.” Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News Legally enshrined restrictions of this kind – involving “national characteristics” such as the republican nature of the state, Islam as state religion, the integrity and unity of the country’s territory, and national security – are worrying because their wording lacks precision and can be interpreted in various ways. Help by sharing this information However, although article 54 of the proposed new constitution guarantees the freedom of “print, broadcast and social media,” it stipulates that this freedom “cannot be used to violate the dignity, freedoms and rights of other persons” and that it is exercised “within the framework of the law and respect for the Nation’s religious, moral and cultural characteristics and values.” News Organisation Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in 2019 and 27 places lower than in 2015.last_img read more

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Vagueness and infighting obstructs Kazemi murder probe

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists August 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Vagueness and infighting obstructs Kazemi murder probe Follow the news on Iran News News February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Iran is the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East, with 19 presently detained. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today denounced the lack of openness in the official enquiry into the death of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi and warned that it was falling victim to the power struggle between the Iranian regime’s reformists and hardliners.The criminal division of the Teheran public prosecutor’s office announced on 25 August it had charged two employees of the pro-reformist intelligence ministry with “complicity in semi-intentional murder.” But the next day, the ministry denied they were involved, saying the circumstances of the killing were very clear and that the real truth would soon be revealed.The two unnamed employees reportedly interrogated Kazemi between her arrest on 23 June and when she was hospitalised on 27 June and are said to be in detention. A spokesman for the reformist government, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, said charging them had nothing to do with reality. The deputy intelligence ministry told the so-called “Article 90″ committee (that investigates complaints against the government, parliament and the judiciary) on 26 August that the ministry knew who had beaten the journalist soon after she was arrested.”The fuzziness of the enquiry shows the authorities are not keen on investigating the case,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We don’t know exactly who has been arrested and the prosecution office’s statement has been denied by the intelligence ministry, which just makes a few vague hints. The reformist-hardliner power struggle is blocking the investigation and makes it vital to have an independent and impartial enquiry with international experts in it. Canada must press for this,” he said.Kazemi, who lived in Canada, was arrested as she took pictures of prisoners’ families in front of Teheran’s Evin prison. She died on 11 July from injuries caused by her beating in detention. After officials tried to cover up the cause of her death, Vice-President Ali Abtahi admitted on 16 July she had been beaten.Her body was hastily buried on 22 July in the southern town of Shiraz, despite her mother, who lives in Iran, asking for the body to be sent to Canada. She admitted on 30 July being pressured to allow burial in Iran. Canada is insisting the body be handed over to Kazemi’s Canadian son Stephan, as he has requested. Some reformist MPs have even accused the judiciary, controlled by the hardliners, of being responsible for her death. The fiercely anti-media Teheran prosecutor, Judge Said Mortazavi, reportedly tried to cover up her death and pushed for a quick burial. The culture ministry’s foreign press chief, Mohammad Hussein Khoshvagt, admitted in a letter in the media on 24 July, that Mortazavi had forced him to say Kazemi had died of a brain haemorrhage. The judge reportedly accused him of issuing a press visa to Kazemi, who he said was a spy. Reformist MP Mohsen Armin confirmed these manoeuvres by Mortazavi and a fellow reformist MP, Elaheh Koulaie, said Kazemi had been killed as part of the climate of censorship of the media and crackdown on all criticism. News News RSF_en last_img read more

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This Cornubia home offers a tranquil slice of heaven

first_img85 Trudy Crescent, Cornubia.Mr Gaffy said it was centrally located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast with schools, shops and public transport close by but that did not affect the peacefulness of the area.“We’re pretty close to everything but it is still quiet,” Mr Gaffy said.“It’s nice and tranquil – a little bit of heaven in Cornubia.“We get possums and koalas – it’s just a really nice spot.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202085 Trudy Crescent, Cornubia.He said the 1699sq m block of land had a lot to offer, including large bedrooms with polished timber floors and plenty of undercover parking spaces, including a double car shed and shade sail.“We can put about nine cars undercover, which has always been good with the kids and their cars,” Mr Gaffy said.They have made some slight changes over the years to maintain the property, including repainting and renovating the bathrooms and kitchen. 85 Trudy Crescent, Cornubia.Mr Gaffy said the two-storey house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, an outdoor entertaining area and in-ground pool has been the ideal place to grow their family. “It’s been a great place for our kids to grow up, from an early age up to their teens,” Mr Gaffy said. 85 Trudy Crescent, Cornubia.THE tranquillity and friendly neighbourhood drew Rian and Wendy Gaffy to Cornubia.More than 20 years later, the couple are looking to sell their family home at 85 Trudy Crescent to be closer to their children, who have since moved out and further away. 85 Trudy Crescent, Cornubia.He said the friendly neighbours have made it feel like a safer place to live.“Everybody keeps an eye on everybody’s place when they go away,’ Mr Gaffy said.He said they would miss the home and hoped it would make another family happy.last_img read more

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Girls’ soccer: Ellsworth falls to Presque Isle

first_img PHOTO BY MICHELLE MAHONPHOTO BY MICHELLE MAHONPHOTO BY MICHELLE MAHON123PreviousNext ELLSWORTH — Madison Michaud scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the Presque Isle girls’ soccer team to the win over Ellsworth.Ellsworth dropped to 1-10-2.Regan Nelson, Emily Wheaton and Taylor Williams each chipped in a goal for Presque Isle (9-4-1).Presque Isle’s Jillian Flynn made two saves in the first half, and Savannah Rodriguez had four saves in the second half.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCallie Hammer finished with 14 saves for Ellsworth.last_img

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New County Emergency Homeless Shelter Advances

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski | OCEANPORT – The new Monmouth County adult emergency homeless shelter to be built on borough property on the former Fort Monmouth should be ready for occupancy by the end of next summer, according to county administrator Teri O’Connor.The single-story facility will consist of two new, prefabricated modular structures connected by a “bridge” portion at the corner of Courier Avenue and Murphy Drive.The 3.1-acre site, conveyed to the county by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) in March, previously contained one hut-style structure that is being demolished. Engineering work was recently performed to relocate utilities and improve ingress and egress, and site work has begun, O’Connor said on Nov. 30. Spiezle Architectural Group of Hamilton prepared the plans. The county is expected to advertise for bids this week. County officials anticipate awarding the construction contract in February.“The facility will have one side for men and the other for women, with a common area in between with a kitchen, laundry, a dining area and a common room,” O’Connor said, adding that only adults and no children will be allowed to reside there on a temporary basis. The shelter will also have space for security, counseling, clothing, a computer nook and staff. The cost is projected at $1.7 million. FMERA officials have stated at past public meetings members “fully support the project.”The previous county emergency homeless shelter was destroyed in Super Storm Sandy. Since then, adults needing temporary shelter have been placed at the John L. Montgomery Care Center in Freehold, a former county facility that was sold to a private concern about a year ago. The county houses a fluctuating number of about 18 up to 30 homeless adults who are required to work or look for work and permanent housing during daylight hours. Occupants are allowed to remain at the emergency shelter for a maximum of 30 days.“There are strict criteria participants must follow,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “It’s an interim place to be sheltered until they can transition into new circumstances. This is something we’ve done for years for those who are in a temporary state of homelessness.” By statute and agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the county’s homeless shelter must be located in Oceanport. To identify a suitable permanent site on the former fort, Burry, O’Connor, and county Public Works and Engineering officials worked with FMERA staff. The site was accepted by Oceanport officials, Burry said.The new site is located across Stephenson Avenue from the former county homeless shelter and already has a paved parking area. Last month, Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of National Family Promise, opened a 2,832-square-foot, one-story facility to provide support services for homeless persons on 1.7 acres along Malterer Avenue, also in Oceanport. Located across from the FMERA offices along Route 537 (Avenue of Memories), that facility provides case management, links to outside service providers and programs including education by working with community agencies, faith-based services and religious entities to provide shelter, food, transportation and supportive services for homeless families. Also part of the redevelopment agreement with HUD, that site was transferred to Family Promise for $1.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Kootenay South is now Kootenay South Storm

first_img“We received about 20 entries and the winning entry, by vote of the rep players, was from Maddie Van Horn, who entered the name ‘’STORM’’,’ said Dave Grantham, in charge of the Select program.Kootenay South Rep teams match up against clubs from Nelson, Cranbrook in the East Kootenay, Invermere, Okanagan, Alberta and the northern United States during the season that generally runs from April to September.the Okanogan, etc.In 2012, Kootenay South teams turned in a very successful season, qualifying a few teams for the Provincial B Cup.For more information about the house and rep soccer programs, or to sign up for 2013, visit kootenaysouthsoccer.com Kootenay Youth Soccer clubs are going to get a different look when teams travel into Kootenay South territory after the Trail/Fruitvale/Rossland/Castlegar-based association unveiled its newest logo for the upcoming season.Kootenay South Rep teams will now be called “Storm” following a contest to select the new name.last_img read more

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Putin leaves World Cup ball in Trump’s half

first_img0Shares0000US President Donald Trump threw the soccer ball he received from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to aides, saying he would keep it for his 12-year-old son © AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKIHELSINKI, Finland, Jul 16 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald Trump on Monday by tossing him a World Cup football.Trump had congratulated his opposite number on Russia’s successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit. Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia’s alleged role in Trump’s 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir.“Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria,” Putin said, in an awkward change of subject. “President Trump has just mentioned that we’ve successfully concluded the football World Cup.“Speaking of football, actually, Mr President, I will give the ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”A man displaying a placard reading “nuclear weapons ban treaty” was escorted out of the room ahead of a joint press conference by the US and Russian presidents at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki © AFP / Brendan SmialowskiTrump cheerfully returned the compliment, saying he hoped the United States would host an equally successful competition, and promised to give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron.The exchange appeared to amuse the two leaders but it did not go down so well back in Washington, where many figures from both sides of the political spectrum felt Trump had been too trusting of Putin’s denials of covert interference.“If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House,” hawkish Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham said on Twitter.In a separate incident shortly before the presidents arrived for the news conference an apparent protester was dragged away by security bearing a sign referring to the nuclear test ban treaty.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tile testament

first_img Geometric designs taken from photos of wallpaper used in parlors in the agricultural era can also be seen on the murals. After searching the archives and drawing a design for the project, Zarder transferred the design drawing onto the concrete columns. Then, she glazed tiles and fired them in her studio kiln. She took the colorful square pieces, and broke each one into fragments that she glued to the column surface. “If you look at the artwork, you’ll see that each tile was hand-snipped,” said Hammond. “It was a painstaking process. There are probably a million pieces that make up those columns.” Tiling the columns took about five months. This week, Zarder put the final touches on the pieces by filling in the outer edges with grout. “I loved learning about the history of Santa Fe Springs,” she said. “It was a very pastoral beauty and I wanted to capture that because that era is gone.” Hammond said that the city is planning to put two similar columns across the street. “Telegraph Road is the major link between Orange County and Los Angeles,” said Hammond. “It’s a way for us to send a message to the public about how much we care, and to also leave a legacy to future generations.” Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Zarders, 48, of Long Beach named the piece “Reverence for an Era,” in honor of the city’s agricultural period in the late 1880s to early 1920s. The city requires that all public art fit into one of five time periods: agricultural, Native American, Mexican-Spanish, turn-of-the-century ranching and industrial-modern. “We were interested in having mosaic columns, and the artist came in and looked through historical archives and found things she really liked,” said Margaret Hammond, who oversees the public art program. Zarder was inspired by crops that used to be grown in the city, and she included oranges, lemons and olives in the murals. A picture of a 1920s-era farmhouse also inspired Zarder, and she included an image of it in the murals, along with two landscape pictures she found in archives. SANTA FE SPRINGS — The newest public art installment in Santa Fe Springs was unveiled Friday morning. It is a testament to the city’s agricultural heritage. Two mural-covered columns now brighten the northeast corner of Telegraph Road and Bloomfield Avenue in front of Heritage Crossing. The project cost about $60,000 and was paid for by a business development fee that funds the city’s public art program. “I’ve been working day and night for six months getting it ready,” said artist Kerry Zarders.last_img read more

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Our pick of the month

first_imgRun Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care,Run Patiala Run- July 27MGO Runners, a runners’ group that boasts of members from across India, is organising a marathon. The group shares a common passion for running, whether it is for fitness or training. Apart from the thrill, participants can be assured of sports drinks, water, primary health care and enthusiastic volunteer support.A medal and a certificate of timing for each participant who completes the half and full marathon are other attractions. Now, what’s stopping you from putting on your running shoes? At Hotel Ajuba Residency, Patiala Tel 8295971163, 9467977863, 9728949438 Timings 05.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.last_img read more

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