Court in northern part of Cyprus urged to acquit two journalists of insulting Erdoğan

first_img April 20, 2019 Court in northern part of Cyprus urged to acquit two journalists of insulting Erdoğan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the acquittal of two newspaper journalists in Turkish-recognized northern part of Cyprus who are facing up to five years in prison if convicted of insulting and defaming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Northern CyprusEurope – Central AsiaTurkey Protecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsJudicial harassment “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayscenter_img to go further RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more Şener Levent /AFP Şener Levent, the editor of the north Nicosia-based daily Afrika, and Ali Osman Tabak, one of his journalists, are being tried for publishing a cartoon showing a Greek statue urinating on Erdoğan’s head. It was posted on social networks before being printed in the newspaper.They are charged with defaming and insulting a foreign leader and “inciting hatred against a foreign leader with the aim of spoiling the friendly and peaceful relations between the two countries.” Final arguments are due to be presented in court on 22 April. “We urge the court to acquit Şener Levent and Ali Osman Tabak because convicting these two journalists would be a grave error and would send an extremely negative signal to the media in the northern part of Cyprus,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkan desk.“At a time when Ankara is maintaining an enormous amount of pressure on the Turkish media and the Turkish Cypriot media are being harassed more and more, there is an urgent need for the northern part of Cyprus to assert its journalistic independence vis-à-vis its Turkish neighbour.” Pressure has been growing on journalists with regards their coverage of Turkey and its policies towards Cyprus lately. Some have received “warnings” from Turkish officials and some censor themselves because they fear a crackdown on the media similar to what has happened in Turkey. Hundreds of demonstrators obeying Erdoğan’s call, stormed the headquarters of the newspaper Afrika in January 2018, in protest against an article critical of Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in Afrin, in northwestern Syria. By referring to the offensive as a “second occupation by Turkey,” the article implied that the Turkish presence in Cyprus was the first “occupation,” which constitutes an insult or defamation in Ankara’s eyes. Northern Cyprus is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Northern CyprusEurope – Central AsiaTurkey Protecting journalistsMedia independence Armed conflictsJudicial harassment Newslast_img read more

No due process for Michel Kilo as trial postponed for third time

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No due process for Michel Kilo as trial postponed for third time February 3, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Reporters Without Borders condemned the adjournment today of imprisoned writer and journalist Michel Kilo’s trial for the third time. The press freedom organisation was told the hearing was postponed until 5 March because two people being tried at the same time as Kilo, Khalil Hussein and Suleyman Al-Shummar, did not show up for today’s hearing. They were released last September.“Kilo has already spent more than nine months in prison awaiting the start of his trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the judicial authorities to try him separately from the two fugitive opposition members in order to put an end to a wait that is unbearable for both him and his family.”Ten of the 270 people who signed a joint statement entitled “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut” calling for an improvement in relations between Syria and Lebanon were arrested in May 2006. Kilo is one of the three who are still in prison. The others are communist activist Mahmoud Issa and lawyer Anwar al-Bunni. News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syriacenter_img to go further Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts March 8, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News ————————————————————-14.02.2007Call for the release of Michel Kilo, now held for more than nine monthsAs journalist and writer Michel Kilo prepares to appear in court when his trial resumes on 19 February, Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for his release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.“What are the Syrian authorities trying to prove by keeping Kilo in detention,” the press freedom organisation asked. “The regime no longer has to demonstrate its control of the justice system and thereby crush any critical desires on the part of the few civil society actors who still dare to speak out in Syria.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Journalists, writers and human rights activists are brutally repressed by a formidable security apparatus. As this is an authoritarian government with no scruples, we urge western diplomats in Syria to take action and, in particular, to attend Kilo’s trial in order to get him freed as soon as possible.”Kilo used to hope he would see Syria embark on reforms. He said in 2004: “A new wind is blowing in Syria. The people are less afraid and they are more taken with democracy.” He has been held for the past nine months for signing a joint statement called “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut” that called for an improvement in relations between Syria and Lebanon.Charged with inciting “religious and racial divisions,” publishing “mendacious and exaggerated reports with the aim of discrediting the government” and “defaming the president and the courts,” the 67-year-old Kilo faces a possible life sentence.A judicial manoeuvre last October blocked the execution of a provisional release order which a judge had issued. Following his arrest on 14 May 2006, he was transferred to Adra prison near Damascus. Syria’s largest prison, it currently holds more than 6,000 detainees, of whom more than two thirds are awaiting trial. One of his lawyers, Joseph Al-Laham, told Reporters Without Borders he has not been allowed to talk to his client in private.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Kilo has been adopted by Le Pélerin (France), France Bleu Azur (France), various Spanish forums, the Almería Press Association (Spain) and the Calafell City Hall (Spain). Sign the petition calling for Michel Kilo’s release last_img read more

Ghana:Government declares 3 days of mourning

first_imgA fire Engine at the petrol station that caught fire in Ghana’s capital Accra#Ghana has declared three days of mourning for over 175 people who died in a fire disaster in the capital Accra.Sources say that number is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue because some of the bodies of the fire disaster may have been swept away by flood waters.President, John Mahama , has directed that the 3-day exercise starts on Monday June 8, 2015, to Wednesday June 10.President  Mahama visited the scene early on Thursday, calling the incident “catastrophic”.The president has also directed that the national flag must fly at half-mast for the mourning period. The move  came after a crisis meeting that was held at the flagstaff House over the devastation Thursday.Hundreds of workers had gathered in front of a Pharmacy Shop near the Filling Station to shelter themselves from the rains, but met their untimely deaths after the explosion.Several people were trapped indoors since the streets were flooded while the fire spread to where they were seeking refuge following a fuel leakage which covered the water.Dozens of passengers in commercial vehicles as well as private cars which had gone to buy fuel as well as park for safety at the time of the flood, were also trapped and died subsequently during the explosion.Many of the people who died in the fire were caught up in public transport vehiclesThe rains were so heavy to the extent of hampering rescue efforts at the petrol station.Local hospitals said morgues were full and security officials also said the death toll was likely to rise, as fire investigators picked through the charred debris to determine what caused the inferno. Dozens of motorcycles were seen burnt and the fire is also thought to have engulfed a bus full of passengers that was waiting on the forecourt.Local residents said many people had sought shelter under the filling station canopy from days of heavy rains that have engulfed Accra when the fire broke out.last_img read more

Osprey Nest Gets a New Address

first_imgWith replacement platforms safely housing the nests in plain view of former posts, returning ospreys should find their new perches without a hitch, thanks to the work and initiative of JCP&L and Troop 58. By Jenna O’DonnellSpring is in the air, which means many migratory birds will soon return to various waterside perches to mate and raise chicks – a perilous task when some nests are built on electrical equipment.One such osprey nest atop a Monmouth Beach utility pole was recently moved to a safer nearby platform thanks to the combined efforts of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) and a local Boy Scout troop.Michael Hornung, 17, a member of Troop 58 of Oceanport, said he learned about the Griffin Street osprey nest from his father, who works as a lineman.“I saw the nest on the (utility) platform, which was a very dangerous place for it to be,” Hornung said. “We decided that, since we’re Boy Scouts, we should work to help protect nature because that’s the fun of scouting.”Hornung took the task on as part of his Eagle Scout project and worked with fellow Scouts to build a wooden platform to house the osprey nest. JCP&L, which has committed to relocating several osprey nests built on utility poles in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, supplied a pole to support the platform and nest. On Feb. 25, Troop 58 helped JCP&L workers successfully move the nest to its specially constructed perch.Members of Boy Scout Troop 58 from Oceanport show the osprey nesting platform they builtbefore it was raised into place by a team from JCP&L. Photo courtesy of JCP&L“Scouting is mainly about helping nature and protecting the community,” Hornung said, noting that moving the osprey nest to a safer spot while also reducing the risk of power outages to Monmouth Beach residents made it a good project for aspiring Eagle Scouts.With the pending return of the migratory birds, JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said the utility company is working to get all the nests previously identified for relocation moved this month and is working closely with the Department of Environment Protection and conservation groups to make sure they comply with regulations.“The nest moving is well under way,” Morano said, noting the program would be complete before the ospreys returned.Ospreys, distinctive raptors with a speckled brown and white plumage, return to the same nests, year after year. They seek high roosts, like utility poles and streetlights, and often nest within sight of the coastal water ways where they dine primarily on fish. Nesting in coastal communities like Monmouth Beach, ospreys use available materials like grass, sticks, seaweed and often trash to build large nests that can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The birds’ inclination to build heavy stick nests on dangerous electrical equipment and other utility structures presents unique challenges for coastal towns and conservationists alike.last_img read more

School says they are just thankful brother and sister were not killed

first_imgA school principal has expressed her relief that nobody was killed after a brother and sister were struck by a vehicle after getting off a school bus yesterday.The teenagers, who are students of Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, were struck outside the village of Mountcharles just before 5pm.They were rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital but while their injuries are serious, they are not understood to be life-threatening. Ms Geraldine Diver, School Principal said the school community is just so relieved that the incident was not much worse.“We are relieved to hear that there have been no fatalities and our thoughts and prayers are with the two injured students and their family. The priority for the management and staff is the wellbeing and welfare of the injured students and their family at this worrying time.“The Abbey Vocational School wish to compliment the emergency services, Letterkenny University Hospital and the school staff on their response to the critical incident. We are keeping the school community of the Abbey Vocational School updated and we now wish the students a speedy recovery following the accident. We also extend our best wishes to the drivers in their recovery period.”Ms Diver said that news reaching the school of the accident, the Critical Incident Plan of the Abbey Vocational School was enacted. The Principal and Deputy Principal immediately drove to the scene of the accident and followed onwards to Letterkenny University Hospital to be with the injured students and their family.The Student Support Team, the Critical Incident Team and the management and staff of the Abbey Vocational School are now following up necessary matters within the school community. School staff will now speak with students during the course of the morning.The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the Donegal ETB Senior Educational Psychologist, Mr Martin Gallen, will offer advice and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of the school community is attended to.Ms Diver also advised that should students or families have particular concerns to contact the school immediately.School says they are just thankful brother and sister were not killed was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abbey vocational schoolcrashdonegalGardaiGerladine DiverHurtstudentslast_img read more

Linux Development Report: Mobile Vendors Storm The Linux Bazaar

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#developer#Google#Linux#mobile#Open Source#Qualcomm#Red Hat#Samsung Lead image courtesy Matt McGee, via CC license. Matt Asaycenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology For years, Linux, arguably the most important free software project, has been dominated by big enterprise IT vendors. Even as Linux made its way into mobile phones, cars and just about anything else with an on/off switch, the center of development gravity stayed in enterprise servers. Until now. In the Linux Foundation’s latest Linux Kernel Development: 2013 Update, a clear shift toward mobile development is evident. While enterprise-centric Red Hat still leads the pack, mobile-focused companies like Qualcomm, Samsung and even Google are pushing ahead of enterprise server vendors to make Linux their own.Mobile Making Waves In A Very Big PoolStanding out in the Linux community is hard. After all, since 2005 the Linux community has included over 10,000 individuals across 1,000 different organizations. Not only is the group big, but it moves exceptionally fast: the Linux community merges 7.19 patches every hour, or roughly 171 changes every day and more than 1,200 per week. This is impressive on its own, but doubly so when we recognize that many changes don’t get accepted into the kernel and so aren’t included in that number.As such, it’s significant to see Red Hat maintain its lead in the Linux kernel development: But even more impressive is Linaro, a non-profit engineering organization founded in 2010 by ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas instruments (TI), with significant behind-the-scenes engineering involvement from Canonical, which climbed from #25 in 2012 to #4 in 2013. That is a breathtakingly huge jump. Qualcomm also made a big jump: in 2012 it didn’t even make the list but in 2013 it hit #17. These three companies combine for to contribute over 11% of the kernel changes in the last year.While not every mobile company jumped in the rankings—Nokia, for its part, completely dropped off the list, given its focus on Windows—TI, Samsung and Google all climbed alongside Linaro and Qualcomm. Mobile is clearly claiming a significant role in Linux kernel development. Linux: More Corporate All The TimeNot only is Linux development becoming more mobile-oriented, it’s also increasingly commercial. Yes, Linux development has long had a definite skew toward commercial development, but this trend hit overdrive in 2013.As the report notes, the top 10 contributors, including the groups “unknown” and “none,” make up over 55% of the total contributions to the kernel. Even if one assumes that all of the “unknown” contributors were working on their own time, over 80% of all kernel development is done by developers who are being paid for their work.Volunteer developers are unlikely to remain such for long. As in other successful open-source projects, quality developers quickly get hired if they show talent. Not surprisingly, then, the volume of contributions from unpaid developers has been in slow decline for a long time. In 2012 developers with no corporate affiliation made up 14.6% of contributions. Now that share has fallen to 13.6%. We should expect this trend to continue. This Is What Open Source Looks LikeNot that this shift should be surprising. As far back as 2002 the Boston Consulting Group found that the majority of open source developers were not only highly qualified, they were also generally well-compensated for their open source contributions. What we’ve seen in the past decade is the market come to accept and even celebrate this fact.This corporate involvement might be a problem if it were somehow stymying Linux kernel development, but it’s clearly not. Linux has remained relevant to a variety of different markets, including enterprise servers and consumer mobile, because it invites participation by a number of different vendors. As Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos recently told ReadWrite, The purpose of the [free and open source] license and the governance model is not really to enable like-minded people to collaborate, although that’s a benefit too. It’s about enabling unlike-minded people to collaborate. The beauty of open source is that people who dislike each other can produce code for the same product.Nowhere is this more evident than Linux development, for which we should be very, very grateful.You might also glean more information from this infographic the Linux Foundation created: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

More choices for national volley squad

first_imgSo nears last 16 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “By next week we will sit down and make selection although I have something in mind already,” acting Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Pete Cayco told the Inquirer.“We will have 20 players in the pool, so we will make additions and I would like to get more players from the PVL (Premier Volleyball League) like Myla Pablo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCayco had already talked with PVL officials regarding schedules and he said they appeared amenable to accommodate the national team calendar.At present, the Philippine team has a 14-woman pool that includes just one PVL player, superstar Alyssa Valdez. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippine volleyball will reboot its program by getting six more players to bolster its pool to a 20-woman squad.Soon after the Philippine Superliga All-Star team arrives from a competition in Thailand, the coaching staff will meet to discuss the expansion of the squad which will eventually eye the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Paes-Bhupathi in Aus Open semifinals

first_imgLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are on course for their maiden Australian Open title together as they advanced to the semifinals after a hard-fought victory over the combine of Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia in Melbourne on Wednesday..The third seeded Indian pair, who teamed up together after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title missing in their cupboard, needed 91 minutes to beat Llodra and Zimonjic 6-4 6-4 in a quarterfinal match at Melbourne Park.Llodra and Zimonjic had beaten the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the pre-quarterfinals.Paes and Bhupathi kept their mistakes to the minimum while their eight seeded opponents committed 13 unforced errors. The Indian duo had just five unforced errors which made a difference in the tie.The Indians won more points from rallies as they found their opponents better in service. Llodra and Zimonjic had nine aces serving at fast speed while Paes and Bhupathi had just two.Paes and Bhupathi will now meet the winner of the quarterfinal match between the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski and the second seeded combine of Max Mirnyi (Belarus) and Daniel Nestor (Canada). With PTI inputslast_img read more

India vs England Test: Murali Vijay scores fourth Test ton to put England on backfoot

first_imgMurali Vijay fired an unbeaten 122 to lead India to 259-4 against England after the first day of the first test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.Extending his fourth test century, Vijay finished a good opening day for India at the crease with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was 50 not out.James Anderson was the leading bowler for England, with 2-70. He made the only breakthrough in the first session, removing Shikhar Darwan for 12, and dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 38 after lunch thanks to a brilliant one-handed catch at silly mid-on by Ian Bell.Stuart Broad followed that wicket by removing Virat Kholi on 1 in the next over, and Liam Plunkett dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, who toe-ended a short ball to silly point, where England captain Alastair Cook took an impressive reaction catch.last_img read more

Shooting for bonus

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine has tabbed a playoff berth and has seven wins in eight games so far. Aside from fellow leader Phoenix Pulse, no other team in the PBA Philippine Cup has more than four wins.But that doesn’t mean coach Caloy Garcia and his Elasto Painters are taking a foot off the pedal.ADVERTISEMENT In the other game, Barangay Ginebra battles an Alaska squad that is coming off a brutal 94-80 defeat to Phoenix on Friday night.In Cagayan de Oro City, Magnolia finally crashed into the win column after holding off Meralco, 92-86.The Hotshots, reigning Governors’ Cup champs, won for the first time in four games this conference while dragging the Bolts to a 2-5 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No Jones Cup stint for Gilas; SBP eyes pocket tourneys MOST READ “Our target is really to try and make it to the Top 2, because that affords us an advantage going into the next round,” Garcia said as his team prepares to clash with TNT KaTropa on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Garcia wants that playoff edge to assure Rain or Shine a trouble-free quarterfinals. The top two teams at the end of the elimination round will only need to beat their playoff foes in the first round once to advance. To get booted out, the top teams need to be beaten twice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“As of now, we’re playing good,” he said. “But if we want to make it far, we have to be consistent.”Before the break, Rain or Shine was riding on a five-game winning streak and is hoping to stretch that run against TNT, which is eyeing a fourth victory in seven games.last_img read more