Ali Lmrabet files suit in France for slander against Moroccan minister of communications

first_img to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information News Jailed Moroccan journalist and editor Ali Lmrabet has filed a suit for slander against the country’s communications minister, Nabil Benabdallah, for calling him a liar at an 18 June press conference in Paris. The suit was presented to a Paris court on 16 September by his lawyer, Jean Martin. Jailed Moroccan journalist and editor Ali Lmrabet has filed a suit for slander against the country’s communications minister, Nabil Benabdallah, for calling him a liar at an 18 June press conference in Paris. The suit was presented to a Paris court on 16 September by his lawyer, Jean Martin. Lmrabet, owner and editor of Demain magazine and Douman as well as being the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Morocco, was sentenced on appeal on 17 June to three years in prison for “insulting the person of the king”, “undermining territorial integrity” and “attacking the institution of the monarchy.” He has dual French and Moroccan nationality.He had printed a series of satirical articles and cartoons in the two magazines, which have both been banned. After a 50-day hunger strike in protest at being detained, he was sent back on 11 August to Salé Prison from Rabat’s Avicenne Hospital, where he had been treated. The minister had said Lmrabet put out “disinformation, lies and insults … Each issue of his magazines was filled with such things and I can give you hundreds of examples… He has never behaved as a journalist.” He added that Lmrabet “was not quite right in the head” and had a medical history. Lmrabet’s lawyer said the remarks were “clearly defamatory” and “harm the reputation of a man who has spent his life informing the public at his own risk and is now in prison for doing so.” Reporters Without Borders appealed in vain to King Mohammed VI on 29 July to pardon him on the Fête du Trône the following day. It said that “an offence of ‘bearing ill will’ cannot and should not be punished with imprisonment. This is the rule in all democracies and should be the rule in Morocco too. It affects the reputation of both your kingdom and yourself. “Lmrabet is a journalist, who pokes fun and mocks things, but he is just a journalist. A writer must not be jailed for simply offending the monarch. Lmrabet’s jail sentence is a bad omen at a time when Moroccans should be united in the face of terrorism. You are the only person who can correct this error and repair this injustice.” ______________________Over 13 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. One hundred and twenty news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Ali Lmrabet is sponsored by AVUI, Bakeas, Cadena SER, Cambio 16/Espacio de Informacion General (EIG), CNN+ – Onda Cero, Comunica e Inter Press Service, Diario Directo, El Mundo, El Pais, El periodico de catalunya, Espana-Hoy, France soir, Fun Radio, La Razon, La Vanguardia (Q), Radio Babel FM, Tiempo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Vandellós i Associats. Receive email alerts October 16, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Lmrabet files suit in France for slander against Moroccan minister of communications Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Radio journalist wounded in knife attack in Moscow

first_img(Photo: ITAR-TASS) May 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist wounded in knife attack in Moscow News May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Russia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation center_img News News Reporters Without Borders deplores the violent knife attack two nights ago on the radio journalist Sergei Aslanian (Сергей Асланян) in Moscow.“We note that the police quickly opened an investigation and we hope it will lead to the identification of the perpetrator of this attack, and those who may be behind it, as soon as possible,” the press freedom organization declared. “Everything possible must be done to prevent this latest incident being added to the long list of attacks on media workers that have gone unpunished in Russia. “We call for restraint by all sides, and by commentators in their coverage of the subject.”Aslanian, who worked for the radio station Ekho Moskvy for 10 years, has presented a program on motoring and transport issues on Radio Mayak since late last year.He received a late-night call at home from an unidentified caller who said he wanted to speak to him in the street outside. When he reached the landing, he was hit violently on the head then stabbed many times before the attacker fled. Aslanian was taken to Sklifosovski hospital where he was treated for concussion and at least 15 stab wounds to the neck, chest and hands. The journalist underwent surgery and doctors said afterwards his condition was stable and satisfactory. The police first treated the case as assault and battery under the criminal code, but later changed this to “moderately serious premeditated personal injury”. They are studying CCTV footage from a nearby camera. Police said they were working on a number of theories, including the possibility that the attack was related to the journalist’s work.Aslanian himself said he believed it was linked to controversial statements he made during the program “Tsentralny Komitet” on 14 May, when he described the Prophet Mohammed as a “businessman” whose business was so successful it continued to prosper today. He said the founder of Islam had “rewritten the Bible” and was believed to have suffered from “serious sexual problems”. These remarks offended some members of the Muslim community, some of whose representatives lodged a complaint with the public prosecutor’s office accusing the journalist of inciting hatred.Aslanian said his assailant accused him of “disliking Allah” before the attack.Religious leaders called for calm and said there might have been provocation. Other sources pointed out that investigations by the journalist into the car industry and corruption in the traffic police could have touched a nerve. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Despite assurances by the former president, Dmitri Medvedev, impunity for those who attack or kill journalists remains widespread in Russia. The country remains stuck in 142nd place out of 179 countries in the latest World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters without Borders. May 5, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearinglast_img read more

Local magazine editor’s bullet-riddled body found in Sinaloa state

first_img News MexicoAmericas to go further The bullet-riddled and half-buried body of local magazine editor Antonio Gamboa Urias was found yesterday in Ahome, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, 13 days after he was reported missing.Sinaloa prosecutor Marco Antonio Higuera said Gamboa was murdered after being abducted as he left a bar because of an argument that had taken place in the bar. Six people took part in the murder of Gamboa, whose body was found thanks to information provided by two detained suspects, Higuera said.The account provided by the prosecutor seems to rule out any connection between Gamboa’s work and the murder.Gamboa had for the past several years been the editor of the Ahome-based Nueva Prensa, a magazine that covers local corruption and crime. He had also participated actively in protests by Sinaloa journalists against a proposed “Ley Mordaza” (gag law) that would have restricted crime coverage in the state. Sinaloa’s parliament rejected it on 21 August.The FEADLE (federal prosecutor’s office for crimes against freedom of expression) has tried to contact the Sinaloa state prosecutor about the case but he did not respond to their enquiries and did not receive the FEADLE officials who were sent to conduct an investigation. As a result, the FEADLE has not been given access to any of the information in the state prosecutor’s case file and has not been able to interrogate the detained suspects.“We welcome the progress in this case and the arrest of suspects, but we urge the state authorities to take account of the victim’s work as a journalist, and to not obstruct the investigation being conducted by the federal prosecutor’s office for crimes against freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.Gamboa is the seventh media worker to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year, one in which Reporters Without Borders has been shocked by the kinds of violence inflicted on journalists, including one physically attacked in his own office, another shot dead in mid-radio broadcast, shots fired at the homes of at least two journalists and one woman netizen brutally murdered. May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Mexico October 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local magazine editor’s bullet-riddled body found in Sinaloa state News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Mexico is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Blogger Kareem Amer held in custody for a further two weeks

first_img Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Kareem Amer held in custody for a further two weeks February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation February 1, 2021 Find out more The district prosecutor in Moharram Bek on 6 December ordered that Kareem Amer should be remanded in custody for a further two weeks.The blogger was questioned on 6 December in the absence of his lawyers after being transferred to a different judicial office which failed to notify his lawyers of the change. Sources told Reporters Without Borders that the office administrators had deliberately misled the lawyers so they could not attend the questioning of their client.Egyptian authorities arrested Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, known as Kareem Amer, on 6 November 2006, for posting articles critical of Islam on his blog.——————–13.11.06Officials order blogger “Kareem Amer” held for another two weeksOn 8 November, the prosecutor’s office in the district of Moharram Bek ordered that blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, who is better known by the pseudonym of Kareem Amer, should be held for another two weeks. At the same time, the prosecutor’s office announced that he is charged with circulating rumours liable to disturb the peace, defaming the president, inciting the regime’s overthrow, inciting hatred of Islam and circulating ideas prejudicial to Egypt’s reputation. News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff ——————8.11.06Blogger arrested for criticism of IslamReporters Without Borders condemned the arrest by Egyptian authorities of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, also known as Kareem Amer, for posting articles critical of Islam on his blog and called for his immediate release.Since his arrest on 6 November, he has been held and questioned at a detention centre in Alexandria, 200 kilometres north of Cairo.“This arrest took place on very day we announced that Egypt was being added to the list of 13 ‘Enemies of the Internet’” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It shows just how much the country deserves its place on this black list.”“Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981, takes a very authoritarian stance in relation to the Internet. The arrest of Kareem Amer is a serious press freedom violation,” Reporters Without Borders added.Last week, the 22-year old blogger condemned the government’s religious and authoritarian excesses. He was expelled this year from the Islamic University of al-Azhar for the same reasons. He criticised his professors, saying that their authority would be ended and the Egyptian government would finish “in the dustbin of history”. University administrators then laid a complaint against the cyber-dissident, who is accused of “spreading rumours endangering public security” and “defamation of President Mubarak”.Police arrested Kareem Amer for the first time, on 26 October 2005, for posting anti-religious articles on his blog and held him for 13 days.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org January 22, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News News Follow the news on Egyptlast_img read more

RSF concerned for journalists’ safety in Colombia’s Nariño department

first_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reports Javier Córdoba Chaguendo- Source RCN Radio Receive email alerts 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en News to go further The latest victim was Javier Córdoba Chaguendo, a radio show host who was gunned down inside the headquarters of radio Planeta Stereo in the Pacific coast town of Tumaco on the evening of 18 October by an unidentified individual who had pretended to be interested in buying advertising space. After shooting Córdoba, the gunman fled. Córdoba hosted several programmes on Planeta Stereo, a local music radio station that he founded three years ago. A colleague told RSF that the station broadcasts mainly music programmes because “it is impossible to do news programmes in this region (…) due to the danger of being silenced.” Córdoba’s murder was preceded by that José Libardo Montenegro, a radio show host with Samaniego Estéreo in Samaniego, a town in the interior of Nariño department, who was gunned down on 11 June. The little airtime on their community radio stations that is set aside for actual news and information was used by both Córdoba and Libardo to interview local minorities such as the Awá indigenous community and farmers. In Nariño department, as in almost all of the Colombian Southwest, the civilian population is in the middle of the crossfire of armed groups, including the FARC dissident groups Oliver Sinisterra and Guerrillas Unidas del Pacífico, paramilitary groups such as Los Urabeños, Clan Úsuga and the Clan del Golfo and the Colombian Army which often fight for control of a share of the region and impose a reign of terror. “The local and national authorities must shed all possible light on these shocking execution-style murders and must identify those responsible as quickly as possible,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The risks for journalists in Nariño department are appalling. President Ivan Duque and his government have a duty to restore the rule of law there and to guarantee the safety of all news and information providers.”In September 2019, two pamphlets threatening 9 journalists were distributed in the area of Nariño, two intimidating videos were delivered to journalists Miguel Rojas and Rubén Darío Rojas of Ipiales to coerced them about covering the elections, journalist Natalia Cabrera was forced to flee the region because of threats. Also, on the border of this region, three Ecuadorian journalists of the newspaper El Comercio were murdered in 2018. Overwhelmed by the fighting among armed groups in many parts of Colombia, the government is struggling to reestablish its authority. The resulting level of violence creates news and information black holes where journalists are constantly threatened and attacked whenever they try to cover sensitive subjects. The recent victims in other parts of Colombia include Mauricio Lezama, a documentary filmmaker who was gunned down in the eastern department of Arauca on 9 May while filming interviews for a documentary about the victims of the armed conflict. Colombia is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.. Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Colombian government to guarantee the safety of journalists and community media in the southwestern department of Nariño, where two community radio journalists have been murdered in the past five months, and calls on the departmental authorities to identify those responsible for these murders and bring them to justice. April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence October 25, 2019 RSF concerned for journalists’ safety in Colombia’s Nariño department News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Colombia May 13, 2021 Find out more News October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress October 23 – October 29: CNN anchor receives death threats after addressing President on air

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News CNN anchor receives death threats after addressing President Trump on air CNN correspondent Don Lemon has filed an aggravated harassment report with police following death threats he received from an anonymous Twitter user on the night of October 24. Although the Twitter account has since been deleted, reports have surfaced that the user’s Twitter handle was @1jeff4trump2, and the bio referred to white nationalism, pro guns, and called its user a “heavily armed racist.” The messages to Lemon included racial epithets and threatened to stab him in the neck. The attack appeared to be a response to the anchor’s reading of an emotional open letter he penned to President Trump regarding his attacks on military widow Myeshia Johnson that same night. In his letter, Lemon pleaded, “You’re commander-in-chief, the President of the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. Act like it.” The New York Police Department has opened an investigation and stated that this threat may be categorized as a hate crime. Trump blames media for portraying him as “uncivil” Before boarding Air Force One to Texas on October 25, President Trump held an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn to answer questions about his recent feuds with Senator Corker (R-TN), Senator Flake (R-AZ), Military widow Myeshia Johnson, and Congresswoman Wilson (D-FL). When asked by a reporter if he should “be more civil” to his critics, Trump responded by blaming the media for the perception that he is uncivil. “The press makes me more uncivil than I am,” the President said. “I went to an Ivy League college…I’m a very intelligent person. I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person.” In July, President Trump tweeted a 28-second video in which he could be seen wrestling and violently punching a figure whose head was replaced by the CNN logo. In August, the president shared and then quickly deleted a cartoon of a “Trump train” running over a person with the CNN logo covering their face. FCC relaxes regulations that could negatively impact local media On Tuesday October 24, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to eliminate a regulation that required broadcasters to have a physical studio in or around the areas where they have licenses to transmit radio or TV signals. This regulation, adopted almost eighty years ago, provided for localized control over content and operations at the community level. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai claimed that the regulation was restrictive, and stated that today’s “technology allows broadcast stations to produce local news even without a nearby studio.” With the rule’s elimination, consumer advocacy groups worry that large media companies now have the ability to buy out local media. One such example involves Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a conservative broadcasting company which is currently attempting to purchase Tribune Media, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the US. This $3.9 billion deal would provide Sinclair with a whopping 233 new television stations, effectively expanding the platform for Sinclair’s chief political analyst, Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump aide whom Sinclair hired in April. Former President claims media is harsher on Trump than any other President President Trump sent out a tweet on October 28 praising former President Jimmy Carter for defending him against the “Fake News.” Trump’s tweet follows the publication of an interview with the New York Times, where Carter defended the President against perceived attacks against his character, including reports on his mental state. In the interview, President Carter expressed concern that “[the press] feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.” Dating back to the 2016 electoral campaign, the media has covered the topic of Trump’s mental health and fitness but that coverage has been through debates featuring medical professionals, testimony from lawmakers, and polling of the American public. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News United StatesAmericas RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists October 30, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress October 23 – October 29: CNN anchor receives death threats after addressing President on air June 3, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of October 23 – October 29: Follow the news on United States News United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

Army lieutenant charged with bombing of TV station in Tarija department

first_imgNews Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bolivia News News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts BoliviaAmericas center_img An army lieutenant who was arrested a few minutes after the 21 June bombing of Canal 4-Unitel, a privately-owned TV station in Yacuiba (in the southern department of Tarija), was charged the next day with terrorism, criminal association and “producing and using explosive substances.”Lt. Georges Peter Nava Zurita was arrested in possession of dynamite and firearms shortly after leaving the scene of the bombing and then running his car off the road. He was also found to be in possession of security accreditation issued by the Palacio Quemada, President Evo Morales’ official residence.Eleven other people have been arrested in connection with the bombing.______________________________23.06 – Two hurt in bombings against radio in Potosí as TV station targeted in the southReporters Without Borders today condemned bomb attacks against the privately-owned TV station, Canal 4-Unitel in Yacuiba, Tarija department, southern Brazil and against Radio Kollasuyo, in Potosí, in the department of the same name in the south-west of the country.Political and media polarisation that is undermining the country was behind both attacks, which caused severe damage in both cases and left two station staff injured in Potosoi, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. The Tarija blast took place against the background of an autonomy referendum on 22 June.Two people in a car threw a dynamite charge into the entrance of Canal 4-Unitel in Yacuiba at dawn on 21 June, badly damaging the main door and windows, but causing no injuries. Judicial authorities blamed elements within army and a group of students at the People’s university of Santa Cruz, supporters of President Evo Morales, who had visited the gas-rich province during the referendum campaign. Around 20 arrests have been made in connection with the attack.Director of the TV station in Yacuiba, Armando Reyes, voiced his shock and dismay to Reporters Without Borders. “We try to keep a balance in our programmes, to serve the people and those most need it”, he said.The previous morning an explosion devastated the door and façade of the main studios of Radio Kollasuyo. Its director, Epifanio Moscoso, said two station staff had been injured: Teofila Taquichiri had lost the hearing in one ear and Silvia Gutiérrez had received a stomach injury from flying wood fragments. The radio had to interrupt programmes later the same day after a fire ravaged tax offices housed in an adjoining building. Both incidents came during a strike by miners in the centre of Potosi, that degenerated into attacks and looting of several public buildings.Four other journalists were set on by miners. José Luis Velásquez Pareja, of Radio Kollasuyo, Roger Vera, of 18-Católica Televisión, Juan Carlos Paco, press spokesman at the department health service, and Jannet Cortez, of Radio ACLO-Potosí.“Less serious than in Santa Cruz, on 4 May, and the departments of Beni and Pando, on 1st June, the attacks against the media in the context of the autonomy referendum in Tarija department, hardly give rise to optimism, with another referendum scheduled for the whole country on 10 August,” Reporters Without Borders said.“As we have urged previously the entire political class must reach an agreement to protect fundamental freedoms, ensure that the radical groups on each side are disowned by the parties and that finally safety guarantees be given to the press for the 10 August referendum”, the organisation added. February 1, 2018 Find out more June 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Army lieutenant charged with bombing of TV station in Tarija department November 18, 2016 Find out more News to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more RSF_en BoliviaAmericas last_img read more

Human rights organizations call on Syrian government to implement the UN Resolution

first_img Receive email alerts November 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights organizations call on Syrian government to implement the UN Resolution News Organisation Follow the news on Syria News to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Co-sign:1. Alkarama Foundation 2. Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) 3. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) 4. Front Line Defenders 5. Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) 6. Hivos 7. International Media Support (IMS) 8. Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) 9. PEN International 10. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 11. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) 12. Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC) News News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria The Syrian government should immediately release human rights defenders, Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer and Hani Al-Zitani, members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and drop all the charges against them. Another hearing of their trial held on 18 November 2013 at the Anti-Terrorism Court in Damascus on alleged terrorism charges brought against them by the Syrian Government’s Air Force Intelligence. Reports confirmed that once again the trial was postponed to 27 January 2014, at the request of the prosecution which has failed to prove the charges against them.Mazen Darwish is a journalist and head of the Damascus based SCM, which was instrumental in disseminating information regarding the situation in Syria to sources outside the country. He was arrested on 16 February 2012 along with 15 others including Hussein Ghareer, and Hani Al-Zitani when Air Force Intelligence conducted a raid on the offices of the SCM in Damascus.We the undersigned organizations express serious concern for the security and physical and psychological integrity of human rights defenders, Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, and Hani Al-Zitani and we strongly believe that they are targeted solely due to their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities in Syria. We are also very concerned about their current situation which has had more of a political grounding rather than any legal basis, in particular given that their office was raided without a warrant and in light of the failure of the judiciary to provide any evidence against them.Our organizations also recall that on 15 May 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 67/262 on “The situation in the Syrian Arab Republic” which strongly condemned:2 ….. all violations of international humanitarian law and the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities and the Government-affiliated shabbiha militias, such as (…) massacres, arbitrary executions, extrajudicial killings, the killing and persecution of protestors, human rights defenders and journalists, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, violations of the rights of the child, (…) unlawful interference with access to medical treatment, failure to respect and protect medical personnel, torture, systematic sexual violence, including rape in detention, and ill-treatment, including against children as well as any human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law by anti-Government armed groups; The resolution also called on the Syrian authorities to:5. ….. immediately release all persons arbitrarily detained, including the members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, publish a list of all detention facilities, ensure that conditions of detention comply with applicable international law, and immediately allow access of independent monitors to all detention facilities;We believe also that their continuous detention forms part of a wider campaign of threats and harassment against human rights defenders in Syria in order to prevent them from carrying out their legitimate and peaceful human rights work.We, the undersigned groups, therefore:1. Call on the Syrian authorities to immediately implement the UN General Assembly resolution 67/262 and release immediately and unconditionally Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, and Hani Al-Zitani as well as all human rights defenders in Syria since their detention is arbitrary as it only aims at sanctioning their human rights activities;2. Call on the Syrian authorities to drop all the charges against Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, and Hani Al-Zitani as well as Mansour Al-Omar and Abdel-Rahman Hamada and human rights defenders in Syria;3. Call on the Syrian government to respect its international obligations including those outlined in the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Syria is a state party;4. Call for the UN and the international community, in particular States supportive of the Syrian regime, to press for the immediate and unconditional release of all those currently detained in violation of their right to freedom of expression, guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Syria is a state party. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Court dismisses cooking oil lawsuits against opposition daily

first_imgNews to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court dismisses cooking oil lawsuits against opposition daily Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder December 26, 2019 Find out more A Tunis court has dismissed the lawsuits that five Tunisian companies brought against the opposition daily Al Maoukif over an April 2008 article about an Algerian import ban on their cooking oil because it was said to be tainted.Al Maoukif editor Rachid Khechana told Reporters Without Borders: “We are obviously pleased about the decision to dismiss the libel suits by the five companies but we hope the Tunisian authorities will in future stop trying to bring prosecutions against the independent press – stifling it and blocking its expansion – that they will stop bombarding it with lawsuits.”The five companies had been demanding a total of 500,000 dinars (274,000 euros) in damages from Al Maoukif.—————————————————————————————18.04.2008 – French president urged to raise free speech during visit to Tunis, as seizures and lawsuits threaten opposition weeklyReporters Without Borders called today on the Tuninisian authorities to put a stop to the harassment of the staff of the weekly Al-Maoukif, the mouthpiece of the opposition Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). The seizures of its latest issues and libel suits are threatening its survival. The organisation also wrote to French President Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to raise the issue of free expression during his 28-30 April visit to Tunis.“The Tunisian government tries to protect itself from charges of censorship by simulating a political opening but Al-Maoukif knows the reality,” the press freedom organisation said. “Published by one of the few permitted opposition parties, this weekly has an uphill struggle to get distributed and is liable to confiscated by the authorities at any time, without warning and without any reason being given.”Four issues of the weekly have been seized since 14 March without any announcement by the authorities and without the staff being told. In protest, members of the stafff and PDP activitists decided to distribute the latest issue on the streets of the capital. Party member Naima Hasni was jostled by plain-clothes police as she sold the newspaper to passers-by on Habib Bourguiba Avenue yesterday.Al-Maoukif editor Rachid Khechana insists on the newspaper’s right to exist. “We no longer even ask the state to provide us with the financial assistance that all Tunisian newspapers get,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “We survive on the sales of our newspaper and we just ask for our right to be able to distribute it without obstruction.”The newspaper said the seizures seem to have been prompted by articles about sensitive social issues such as increases in the prices of basic staples and the distribution of contaminated cooking oil.Libel actions have been brought against Khechana and managing editor Nejib Chebbi by five companies that market cooking oil. In all, these companies are requesting 500,000 dinars (274,000 euros) in damages. If they were forced to pay, the newspaper would have to close, Khechana said. He and Chebbi has been summoned to appear in court on 10 May.In its letter to the French president, Reporters Without Borders also asked him to raise the problems of press freedom in Egypt when he receives Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Elysée Palace on 20 April. Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Tunisia Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders appeals to interior minister over murder of Paul Khlebnikov

first_img RSF_en News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Russian versionThe prosecutor’s office in Moscow has charged Musa Vakhayev in connection with the 9 July 2004 murder of Paul Khlebnikov, editor of the Russian-language edition of the American Forbes magazine.Meanwhile the Belarus security forces announced on 29 November that in a joint investigation involving Russian investigators and Belarus secret services (KGB) it had arrested four suspects including Kazbek Duzokov, a Chechen member of Moscow’s criminal underworld.”We continue to watch this case very carefully to see that the investigation produces concrete results in a reasonable time scale”, said Reporters Without Borders, in a letter to the Russian interior minister, Rashid Nurgaliev. “But we are also looking at the reliability and credibility of the charges against the suspects arrested in this case.””It is vital for the safety of the entire profession that this case is cleared up. If you can murder an American journalist with complete impunity in the streets of the capital, what are the risks for Russian journalists in the provinces investigating sensitive issues like corruption?” it asked.Musa Vakhayev, 40, originally from Urus-Martan in Chechnya, is suspected of being the driver of the getaway vehicle used in the murder of Khlebnikov, who was gunned down as he left his office. Investigators say his fingerprints were in the vehicle that was found the following day in a Moscow street.Kazbek Duzukov, arrested in Minsk, is suspected to have carried out the murder itself. The Belarus interior ministry said that the four people arrested in Minsk would be handed over to the Russian authorities but gave no further details.The daily Kommersant has said that Khlebnikov may have been murdered because he was investigating the embezzlement of hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to the reconstruction of Chechnya. The paper said that Khlebnikov’s report would have “damaged the interests of a number of officials at both the Chechen and federal level”.Peter Khlebnikov, the editor’s brother, said on 18 November that a group of Russian and US journalists had decided to carry out their own independent investigation.Russian version Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia December 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders appeals to interior minister over murder of Paul Khlebnikov Follow the news on Belarus to go further Newslast_img read more