Hafnaoui Ghoul freed provisionally after being held for six months for libel

first_img Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the “unexpected” provisional release yesterday of Hafnaoui Ghoul, the daily El-Youm’s correspondent in Djelfa (270 km south of Algiers) and head of the regional office of the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH), who was arrested six months ago for libel.”Ghoul has been reunited with his family after being unjustly imprisoned for six long and hard months,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This good news must now be followed by the dropping of all the proceedings against him so that this judicial intrigue against him can end.”The organisation said it hoped his release was a sign that the government had decide to defuse its “extremely stormy” relations with the privately-owned press. “Algerian journalists being sued for libel should no longer have to fear prison sentences, a sword of Damocles that is contrary to international press freedom standards.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the Algerian authorities to display the same open-mindedness toward Le Matin editor Mohammed Benchicou, who was sentenced to two years in prison.”Reached by phone, Ghoul told Reporters Without Borders: “I am very happy with this outcome but this is not the end of the fight for press freedom and human rights.” He said his release was a “surprise.” It came after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika visited Djelfa in the course of campaign to destroy Algeria’s last stocks of anti-personnel mines.Ghoul was transferred from Ourgla prison to Djelfa prison on 24 November and then was released yesterday without explanation. He had registered a request for provisional release on 23 November on the encouragement of the prison authorities, and the request was granted within 48 hours. The supreme court still has to consider the appeals filed by his lawyers.Hounded by the courtsGhoul was detained as he left his home on 24 May by plain-clothes police and placed in custody in connection with a libel action brought by the prefect of Djelfa. After a summary trial, he was sentenced two days later to six months in prison and a fine of 50,000 dinars (about 600 euros). His offence was to have reported alleged abuses of authority by the prefect and the fact that 13 babies were found dead in Djelfa hospital.On appeal, a court sentenced him to a further three months in prison and a fine of 100,000 dinars in connection with another case on 11 July.Then, on 8 August, he was sentenced to another three months in prison, a fine of 50,000 dinars and damages of 1 million dinars (about 11,140 euros) for an article in the Arabic-language daily El Djazaïr News on 23 May about local corruption and mismanagement that was the subject of libel action by 14 plaintiffs.Finally, on 29 August, the Djelfa appeal court upheld a sentence of two months in prison and a fine of 2,000 dinars (about 23 euros) that had been imposed because he sent his daughter a letter from prison in a manner that violated prison rules.In all, about 20 libel actions were brought against him by local figures and government offices. He staged a hunger strike in August in protest against this judicial harassment, but called it off after two weeks for health reasons.Le Matin editor Mohammed Benchicou began serving a two-year prison sentence on 14 June for “violating the law governing exchange control and capital movements” on the grounds that certificates of deposit were found in his luggage at Algiers airport in August 2003. The sentence was confirmed in August.Le Matin opposed President Bouteflika during his campaign for re-election in April. Previously, in February, Benchicou published a scathing leaflet about him entitled, “Bouteflika, an Algerian imposter.” November 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hafnaoui Ghoul freed provisionally after being held for six months for libel IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders welcomes the unexpected release of journalist Hafnaoui Ghoul, who had been held for six months for alleged libel and had been hounded by the courts. The organisation urges the Algerian authorities to be just as open-minded and conciliatory in the case of Le Matin editor Mohammed Benchicou, who is serving a two-year sentence. Receive email alerts News News February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation last_img read more


Warriors argue ’emotional roller coaster’ vs Clippers will help them vs. Rockets

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!The Warriors’ star limped to the podium. Once Stephen Curry sat down, he let off some steam. The top-seeded Warriors had just beaten the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in a six-game first-round playoff series through a nearly two-week span. To Curry, though, it lasted seemingly much longer.“These six games felt like it was two months,” Curry said, “in terms …last_img read more


Media freedom is key to global sustainability

first_img4 May 2015Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, United Nations officials declared as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein observed in a joint message issued on Sunday that quality journalism “enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development”, while also working “to expose injustice, corruption and the abuse of power”.“For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected. Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline,” the joint statement said.World Press Freedom Day, which was established by the UN General Assembly, is celebrated annually on 3 May.The day is designated by Unesco as an opportunity to:celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty;This year’s theme – Let Journalism Thrive! – is a three-pronged message that advocates for quality journalism, the tackling of gender imbalances in media, and digital safety.As part of the commemoration, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA), in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) and Unesco, will be hosting host a seminar in Johannesburg on 5 May.Guided by the international theme for 2015, the seminar will bring together government departments and entities, media practitioners and students, academia and civil society organisations to commemorate the day with a focus on the state of media freedom in South Africa.Established by an Act of Parliament in 2002, the MDDA gives meaning and effect to the principles of press freedom through its commitment to a free and diverse media, with access to all.The MDDA promotes the development of a free media in South Africa by building an environment where a diverse, vibrant and creative media flourishes and reflects the needs of all South Africans.Specific objectives of the MDDA Act include encouraging ownership and control of and access to media by historically disadvantaged communities, as well as by the historically diminished indigenous language and cultural groups.The agency also seeks to raise public awareness with regard to media development and diversity and encourages research regarding these crucial issues.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more


New cache details in the Geocaching® app

first_imgThe days are getting longer and the sun a little brighter in the northern hemisphere — spring is in the air! We’ve been working hard this winter on a fresh new look for spring and are excited to show it off! Here’s what’s new and improved:A snazzy new look for cache details. We’ve simplified the design and eliminated lots of scrolling to make it easier to access the information you’re looking for.Buttons to message a cache owner and view the hint have been moved up to front and center. The cache description is now in the new menu, and now you’re only one tap away from getting all the details.With a quick glance you can now easily see the latest activity on a geocache.Excited to have a look? We’re sharing before/after screenshots below. Better yet, see for yourself in the Geocaching® app!We’ve been working hard to making geocaching easier for everyone. We know there’s nothing like the feeling of making the Find whether it’s your first, your 50th, or your 5,000th. That’s why we (with the help of months of player interviews and research!) felt that improving cache details was an important step to take. Keep your eyes on the app this spring and summer too, because there’s much more to come!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedBe the First to Find DNF’s in the Geocaching® appJune 13, 2017In “News”Introducing the new Lists experienceOctober 22, 2019In “News”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 14): Geocaching® app updatesMay 21, 2018In “Community”last_img read more


Gearing Up for California’s New Green Building Code

first_imgCalifornia’s Green Building Standards Code – also known as CalGreen – will soon segue from voluntary to mandatory, a prospect that has CalGreen training programs operating at full tilt.Billed as the nation’s first green building code (at least the first applied on a statewide scale), CalGreen is Part 11 of the California Energy Code, or Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations. The code, which has been voluntary since its publication in 2008, becomes mandatory on January 1, 2011. It was produced with the support of the California Green Builder and Green Building Initiative/Global Green programs and applies to both commercial and residential new construction with the aim of improving their performance, making their interior environments healthier, and making the construction process more eco-friendly.Dave Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), which guides the state’s triennial code revisions, said in an interview with the nonprofit sustainability specialist Green Technologies that CalGreen is designed to reduce the environmental impact of buildings through a number of measures, including reduction of construction waste, water usage, use of volatile organic compounds in building materials, and energy usage.Where it startedWalls noted that the impetus for CalGreen came from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and an executive order, S20-04, calling for the greening of state buildings. The expectation at the time, Walls said, was that the CBSC and others in the industry collaborating on the code’s development would be able to pick from existing green programs – such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Build It Green, Green Globes, and so on – as well as green code implemented by other states. But that strategy led to a startling discovery.“What we couldn’t find was another green code out there, which really surprised me,” Walls told Green Technology. “I’m thinking we’re behind the eight ball and we’re going to have to play catch-up, but it wasn’t that way. There were a lot of guidelines out there such as (USGBC’s) LEED, Green Globes, Build It Green, Global Green … part of the governor’s direction was to not reinvent the wheel. He told us to take a look at these programs, glean from them what you can, and then create a code. That’s really what we did.”Green Technology, in collaboration with the CBSC, has been co-presenting CalGreen training seminars at several locations throughout the state. From September through March 30, 2011, for example, 18 seminars are open to prospective registrants, with registration fees set at $65 for public-sector participants (including government, educational, and nonprofit organizations) and $95 for private-sector participants. Click here for more information.last_img read more


Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “This game is really for him,” said Nambatac.Despite the gloom surrounding his passing, Nambatac shared that he proud of the legacy Lotuaco left for them and every one who had been touched by the inspirational coach.“It feels good that he left us with a great message, which is never ever give up,” he said. “He fought cancer twice, and was able to get himself back up. So he’s really a great example of those words.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary With the two now seen as the undoubted leaders of the Knights, Lotuaco’s words continue to resonate with Nambatac and Quinto as they try to make a name for themselves in the seniors division.Unfortunately, they would never hear their mentor utter those words again as the former Squires assistant coach lost his battle to throat cancer last Wednesday. He was 51.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNambatac and Quinto couldn’t help but wax poetic on the contributions Lotuaco had in their careers.“He was very close to us and he was very supportive. He was our mentor. Even when he was no longer coaching us, he was always there watching us,” said Nambatac. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chooks-to-Go cruises past UAE side, arranges 5th place date vs Thais LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Never ever give up.”Those were the words former Letran Squires coach Bob Lotuaco always told Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto whenever he got a chance to chat with his old juniors players.ADVERTISEMENT “He always tells us NEGU — Never Ever Give Up. He was the type of coach who was positive all the way. He was never negative. He was a  cancer survivor and he told us that he fought that and was able to recover from that.”Quinto added: “Every time we saw each other, he always motivated us. He was like a father figure to us.”Commemorating their late coach, Nambatac, Quinto, and fellow former Squires Jerrick Balanza and Tommy Gedaria wore white t-shirts with the words “Never Ever Give Up” printed on it for Letran’s game against EAC on Friday.Those emotions also translated on the hard court, with the senior Knights anchoring the team to the 84-78 victory over the Generals.Quinto tallied a career-best 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Nambatac added 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Trans Tasman Masters

first_imgThe series will commence in 2010 and be held in Australia with New Zealand hosting the return clash in 2012.After reinvigorating the international calendar with successful Youth and Open Trans Tasman clashes, the Masters Trans Tasman Test Series assists in completing the player pathway for both nations.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of TFA commented, “The series will mark 25 years of Trans Tasman competition and there will be a heritage theme throughout the event”.Joe Sprangers, Chief Executive Officer of TNZ said, “The series will enable our senior athletes to represent New Zealand in what is the pinnacle in Touch, playing against Australia in Trans Tasman competition”.Colm Maguire added, “Our Youth and Open teams have had the privilege of playing against New Zealand recently and the Masters series provides a valuable reward to our senior athletes to do the same”.It is anticipated that the following divisions will be offered:* Male Divisions: Men’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Men’s 50’s* Female Divisions: Women’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Women’s 40’s* Mixed Division: Senior Mixed (Women’s 30’s and Men’s 30’s)Selection processes for both nations will occur at their respective national events in March.The sport of Touch continues to flourish on the international scene and the third installment of the Trans Tasman will provide an avenue for all players to strive for, regardless of age.Dates and venue of the competition will be confirmed in the coming month.More information will be provided in due course, but if you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your respective national sporting organisation.Related Filestrans_tasman_-_media_release-pdflast_img read more


Manly Sea Eagles and Touch Football join forces

first_imgThe Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have launched an exciting new partnership with Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the NSW Touch Association (NSWTA).Together the organisations have created the ‘Sea Eagles Group’, with a view to promote a holistic approach to game development, branding and fan engagement across all levels of touch football and the Sea Eagles.The ‘Sea Eagles Group’ comprises of:Manly Warringah Touch AssociationNorthern Beaches Touch AssociationHornsby Touch AssociationNorths Touch Association, andCammeray Touch AssociationThe relationship is designed to further increase engagement within the local and wider communities through various programs and touch points during the Touch Football group and Rugby League seasons.It will also help to create an authentic and measurable relationship, both organisations working together on common goals to achieve favourable outcomes.Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman said it was a great new partnership for the club. “I want to express my excitement in relation to the partnership journey we are about to embark on,’’ Gorman said.“I have no doubt at all that together, we can achieve many special things and create some wonderful mutual benefit and growth for our respective organisations and as a collective.”TFA CEO Steve Mitchell is very excited about the establishment of the Sea Eagles Group in this, the 50th year of touch football, which was born out of rugby league in 1968.“It makes absolute sense for the touch football communities of the peninsula to work collaboratively with the Sea Eagles,’’ Mitchell said.“Both sports have huge followings in the Manly region. Some of our sport’s best players grew up in the area – the Trbojevic brothers followed pathways through touch football locally so we already have links between our clubs and theirs, and we look forward to building on those to reach mutual goals.”last_img read more


a month agoChelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarino

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea 2019 is the new Class of 92′ – Cascarinoby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino is hyping up the club’s youngsters as they continue to produce on the pitch.The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham are starting to reward Frank Lampard’s faith in their talent.With Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come into the team, Cascarino believes the Blues have a core of great young players.He is even comparing them to Manchester United’s famous Class of 92, which included the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.He told talkSPORT: “When we had the ‘Class of ’92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through.”Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.”I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team.”Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.”So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward [against Wolves].”At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.”Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.”I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.” last_img read more