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

Traffic signals active on Loop 338 at Trunk Street

first_imgHome Local News Traffic signals active on Loop 338 at Trunk Street ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ By admin – February 8, 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Traffic signals are expected to be active and operating Thursday morning on Loop 338 at Trunk Street.The signals are part of a $2.3 million project for rehabilitating service roads and part of Loop 338 in the area around Trunk Street, a Texas Department of Transportation news release said.Trunk Street is located between Interstate 20 and Business I-20 on the east side of Odessa, and is also known as Frontier Street to the west of Loop 338.The release said Union Pacific is a key funding partner in the project, and the project is being done by Reece Albert Inc. of Midland and San Angelo, who won the project with a bid of $2,347,299. Facebookcenter_img Summer Spaghetti SaladCreamy Fruit SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Previous articleAphasia Center of West Texas annual fundraiserNext articleGUEST VIEW: A lifetime of great dental health must start early admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest OC employee of the year always learning Local News Traffic signals active on Loop 338 at Trunk Street 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School TxDOTlast_img read more

The Week in Indiana History

first_imgDid You Know?     The Indiana Statehouse opened in 1888 after ten years of construction.  Built with Indiana limestone, the handsome structure came in under the $2 million budget.  Impressive marble columns and brass chandeliers greet visitors inside the stately structure. The building still houses all three branches of government. 1893     The Grand Army of the Republic, made up of Civil War veterans, held its annual “encampment” in Indianapolis.  Over 75,000 attended the gathering, which included the construction of a replica of the Union gunboat Kearsarge on the east lawn of the Indiana Statehouse.  The GAR met in the city eight times between 1881 and 1949. Click below for a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Indiana StatehouseStatehouse Virtual Tour “Hoosier Celebration ’88” on September 2, 1988, commemorated the $11 million renovation of the Indiana Statehouse.  See details below. Statehouse Indiana Statehouse Tour Office SUBSCRIBER SERVICES:Manage Preferences  |  Delete Profile  |  Help HOOSIER QUOTE OF THE WEEK Quiz We count on winning.  And if we lose, don’t beef.  And the best way to prevent beefing is—don’t lose. – – Knute Rockne Dome Orville Redenbacher2012     A life-sized statue of Orville Redenbacherwas unveiled in Valparaiso, where he developed the popcorn that made him famous.  The statue has the “Popcorn King” sitting on a park bench wearing the bowtie, suspenders, and horn-rimmed glasses which were his trademarks.  Through his commercials and guest appearances on television, he was a familiar figure to people around the world. Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Hoosier History Highlights This email was sent to [email protected] using GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: Indiana Department of Administration · 402 W. Washington St., Room W-478 ·Indianapolis, IN 46204 ·  (317) 232-3150GovDelivery logo Map1783     The Treaty of Paris wassigned with Great Britain.  The pact officially ended the American Revolutionary War and gave most of the land east of the Mississippi to the United States.  The new area, called The Northwest Territory, included most of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. 1988     A formal dress party was held at the IndianaStatehouse to celebrate the $11 million restoration of the building.  Entertainment for the crowd of 2,000 was provided by singer Marie Osmond.  The project, which took five years, brought the structure back to its original glory, while updating its technology and accessibility.  Governor Robert D. Orr told the assembly, “This is a renewal as well as a celebration.  It is sentimental with an eye toward the future.” September 1 – September 7The Week in Indiana History 1.  In what city is the George Rogers Clark Memorial?2.  Whose home in Fountaintown was a major station on the Underground Railroad ?3.  What do these Indiana counties have in common?  Huntington, LaGrange, LaPorte, Sullivan, Tipton, and Wabash.Answers Below 1936     President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Indianapolis to open the State Fair.  Before going to the fair, he took a two-hour open-car tour, stopping at various work sites in the city.  At Riley Hospital for Children, his car pulled up close alongside a window so he could talk to children face-to-face.  He was welcomed to the State Fair by Governor Paul V. McNutt and Mayor John W. Kern. Follow us on Instagram: @instatehousetouroffice Beatles1964     It was 1:00 am and supposed to be a secret, but somehow fans and photographers found out that the Beatles were arriving in their chartered Lockheed Electra at Weir Cook Airport.  It was another secret that they were staying at the Speedway Motel, but that one got out, too.  The “Fab Four” were good-natured about it as they prepared for two State Fair shows later in the day. INDIANA QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS:  1.  Vincennes  2.  Levi Coffin  3.  The name of the county seat is the same as the name of the county. INDIANA STATEHOUSE TOUR OFFICEIndiana Department of AdministrationGuided tours of the Indiana Statehouse are offered Monday through Saturday.  For more information, check our website listed at the bottom of this page.NOTE:  The Statehouse will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2(317) [email protected] Quote Kearsarge FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

INDOT reminds motorists of upcoming WB I-465 closure

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that contractors will close southbound and westbound I-465  between I-70 and I-65 on the southeast side of Indianapolis for up to 15 days beginning Friday, September 6 at 9 p.m. through Saturday, September 21.Contractor crews will perform concrete pavement restoration, joint repair and replacement and bridge maintenance and rehabilitation to address winter damage and extend the life of pavement and bridges in the corridor. INDOT crews will also be working on sign replacement, guardrail repair, drain clearing, sweeping and debris cleanup during the closure.The official interstate detour for SB and WB I-465 will follow I-70 and I-65 through downtown Indianapolis. Through traffic is encouraged to follow I-465 NB and EB to avoid congestion and delays. Westbound through traffic on I-74 should follow the posted detour or use I-465 NB and EB.last_img read more