Two-year jail terms for three leaders of journalists union

first_img News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution to go further EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses News Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2016 Two-year jail terms for three leaders of journalists union Receive email alerts Head of Syndicate Yahia Qalash in early May – MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP center_img Help by sharing this information February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the government’s continuing harassment of Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate, three of whose leaders were given two-year jail sentences on 19 November for allegedly harbouring two journalists at its headquarters last May who were wanted by the authorities. The three are Yahya Qalash, the Syndicate’s president, Gamal Abd El-Raheem, its secretary-general, and Khaled El-Balshy, the head of its freedoms committee, who is also the editor of the newspaper Al Bedaiah. They did not attend the hearing at which they were sentenced but they decided to appeal. The court has allowed them to stay out of jail pending the outcome of the appeal on bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (530 euros). The first appeal hearing has been scheduled for 25 December. “The situation of journalists in Egypt is not improving,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “These unprecedented prison sentences for key figures in the Journalists Syndicate suggest an ever darker future for the media in this country. We call on the authorities to free all journalists who are being held just for doing their job.” The three union leaders were convicted of harbouring two journalists with the opposition website Yanair, Mahmoud Saqqa and Amr Badr, who staged a sit-in inside the union’s headquarters and who were arrested when police stormed it on 1 May. Accused of spreading false rumours about Egypt’s decision to return two small islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia and inciting protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government in April, Saqqa and Badr were released provisionally in August and September respectively. Another hearing was held on 19 November in the case with more than 700 defendants who were arrested then police dispersed a mass sit-in in Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in August 2013. They include Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a photojournalist also known as Shawkan, whose lawyers reiterated a request for his release on medical grounds because he has hepatitis C. The next hearing is scheduled for 10 December. On 21 October, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said it regarded Abou Zeid’s detention as arbitrary and called for his immediate release. On 20 November, a judge ordered the provisional release of Ismail Alexandrani – a journalist specializing in the Sinai and one of the nominees for this year’s RSF Press Freedom Prize – who has been held since November 2015 on charges of spreading false information and being a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. However, Alexandrani’s release was blocked when a prosecutor filed an appeal against the release order and the court accepted the appeal. His detention has been extended for another 45 days. Two journalists pardoned Two journalists were among the 82 detainees who were given a presidential pardon on 17 November. One is Islam al-Behairy, a presenter on Al-Kahera wal Nas, a privately-owned TV channel, who was arrested in December 2015 and was given a one-year sentence on a blasphemy charge. The other is Mohamed Ali Salah, a photographer for the opposition news website El-Shaab el-Jadeed, who was arrested while covering a student demonstration at Al-Azhar University, in the east Cairo district of Nasr City, in December 2013. He was sentenced to three years in prison on various charges including spreading false information and participating in an illegal demonstration. Egypt is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Newslast_img read more

Vedad Ibisevic to extend Contract with Hertha?

first_imgCaptain of Hertha, and BH national team player Vedad Ibisevic, extended his loyalty to the club until 2019.Our national team player had a valid contract until the summer of next year and the Berlin club led the negotiations with him about the extension of cooperation for some time.They agreed yesterday and Ibisevic extended his contract for two more seasons.Ibisevic scored eight goals on 12 matches of Bundesliga this season, and yesterday he managed to score his 100th goal in the Bundesliga.Ibisevic scored a total of 22 goals in the jersey of Hertha at 46 matches.(Source: E. B./

Rescuers revealed how experienced Alpinist Armin Gazic died

first_imgYesterday, the successful Bosnian alpinist Armin Gazic died in an accident downstream from the Buna canals in the Neretva River, and his body was pulled out from the river in an action led by Goran Mitric. It was established that Gazic was sailing in a kayak on an extremely dangerous part, and after the kayak hit the rock, he remained trapped in a siphon with a strainer under the place where the kayak overturned, news portal reports.A siphon is a hole in a rock that slowly “sucks” objects, while a strainer is a place with the debris of trees that in combination almost never gives a chance of survival if a person gets stuck in it. The two people who were with Armin managed to reach the shore. Mountain rescuers have once again warned swimmers and kayakers of the deadly danger of siphons and strainers in the Neretva riverbed, which can be fatal even for experienced swimmers and athletes.last_img read more

Takeaways: Matt Chapman’s hot second half continues in A’s win over Mariners

first_imgThe A’s took Game 1 of this two-game series with a 9-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, extending Oakland’s win streak to five games.Here are three takeaways.Matt Chapman’s hot streak gets hotterChapman’s bat caught fire sometime in mid-June, but his offensive potency has only intensified since the All-Star break.Over those six games since gathering with the best of ’em in Cleveland, Chapman’s batted .600 with four runs, three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs. The home …last_img

Six Ways to Save Money in Enterprise Content Management

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Enterprise content management (ECM) is big business these days. There are scads of companies turning a tidy profit promising to do a competent job of managing every conceivable type of content, from records bound by regulation to Web content and freewheeling collaborative work. What there isn’t as much of is sound advice from experienced professionals on how to save money when it comes to ECM. At a time when IT budgets are tight and few can afford to spend anything they don’t have to, Gartner’s research vice president Tony Bell is offering some interesting thoughts on best practices for reducing costs. Here’s our assessment of his tactics for increasing efficiency when it comes to ECM. Clean HouseBefore you’re ready to make a new ECM implementation of any kind, take the time to assess what content you have and what you can do without. Either as a team or through designated point people, find and eliminate old and duplicate content that bogs down your current solution. Keeping content around that is doing you no good is a waste of time and resources. If content migration and integration of systems is so important, more enterprises should be paying attention to how they can alleviate the burden that unnecessary content creates. Develop Automated PoliciesAs Gartner puts it, “a policy about documents takes the form of rules and metadata that allow some automatic categorization and expiration of content.” In other words, creating document policies for your ECM implementation is going to help preclude the need for spending a lot of time on the need to prune old content to increase efficiency. Automated processes are a big deal in many enterprise systems these days, but not everyone is applying their understanding to documents. That’s a shame, since it’s a powerful method for keeping junk out of your document repositories and file servers. Consider Open Source Alternatives & Accompanying ServicesGartner’s specific recommendation is about “content service providers” and open source. The first half of that equation refers to ECM vendors who can also provide services to augment or replace certain needs when in the enterprise. In our view this is the area that needs the most careful consideration. While Gartner is correct that services can be a boon to your ECM strategy and help you make good choices that will reduce spending, it’s not always the case that services perform as advertised. It’s important to note that what we’re talking about is companies that integrate services with their core business, not those who rely on a partner ecosystem to make up for all necessary consulting. The latter half of Gartner’s suggestion here is about open source. Yes open source is the kind of thing that tends to scare the enterprise. But running blindly away from a market that has become a stable alternative, complete with SLAs and adequate support, is foolish during a period when enterprises know they need to cut costs. Leverage the WebBy which we mean stop trying to rely on in house data and content channels for everything, especially in areas where you’re ferrying data from one consumer-facing location to another. It may make IT feel more secure, but not taking advantage of a faster, cheaper network that already exists for content delivery isn’t going to save you any money. Go GreenGoing green isn’t just about acting ethically as a business, it can save you money too. As anyone who works in the B2G space knows, dealing with a heavy paper document workload is a serious drain on company resources. Unless you’ve a special case, there’s no excuse for not pushing hard on becoming as close to a paperless organization as humanely possible. Get Out of the Email BusinessThe headline for this one was just too good not to change. Countless enterprise vendors large and small are declaring how hip they are when it comes to fighting email overload and increasing efficiency. But fewer enterprises are tackling the root of the problem by killing their on-premise Exchange servers altogether. Even if you’re not the least bit interested in “Going Google” there are now robust hosted Outlook options available. Cutting out the enormous IT overhead that email and calendaring creates is a great way to save money when it comes to enterprise content management. The full release is available here, and you can hear Tony Bell speak on this at Gartner’s Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit in September.Photo by AMagill Related Posts steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more


first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

Jon Voight Supports Team Rubicon At Salute On Sunset Event

first_imgJon Voight joined Team Rubicon for the organization’s Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles this week.William McNulty, Vice President of Team Rubicon and Jon Voight talking about their work together during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaTeam Rubicon is a fantastic organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They’ve been active around the world in places like Haiti and Sudan, as well as on the homefront during Hurricane Sandy.Jon Voight watching the slideshow of his work with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Sandy at the Team Rubicon Salute on Sunset event in Los Angeles.Credit/Copyright: Via Beck MediaJon Voight, who actually served with Team Rubicon on a mission during Hurricane Sandy, was in attendance at the event and seemed reflective during a slideshow of the Team’s work together.last_img read more

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more