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Sentence called for in Gaddafi libel trial condemned as outrageous

first_img May 12, 2021 Find out more March 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sentence called for in Gaddafi libel trial condemned as outrageous News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the heavy sentence demanded on appeal against Ali Fodil and Naïla Berrahal, respectively managing editor and journalist on the Arabic-language daily Ech-Chourouk, for allegedly defaming Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.The prosecutor at the Algiers appeal court on 21 March called for a one-year prison sentence and 500,000 dinars (5,300 euros) fine against the two journalists along with a one-year ban on the newspaper.The libel suit against the two journalists was taken out in the name of the Libyan leader at the start of October 2006, by the Libyan representative in Algiers. It cited two articles, carried by the newspaper in August which referred to tensions in the region having been raised by Gaddafi’s involvement in discussions with the Tuareg community in Algeria.The Libyan leader challenged the truth of the articles, which he said had personally “damaged” him, the Libyan state and the security of both Algeria and Libya.A lower court in Hussein-Dey in the eastern Algiers suburbs sentenced the journalists on 31 October 2006 to six months in prison, fines of 20,000 dinars (220 euros) and 500,000 dinars (5,300 euros) in damages. The judge based the sentence on Article 144a of the criminal code relating to defamation of a head of state, an offence punishable by 12 months in prison. The court also ordered a two-month closure of the daily.Ali Fodil and Naïla Berrahal appealed against the sentence, which their lawyer, Khaled Bergheul, described as “very harsh in relation to the facts”. Sentence was adjourned, allowing the journalists to remain free while awaiting the appeal. The court in Algiers is due to hand down its sentence on 4 April.“Algerian journalists work without protection. The terms of the press law, which the authorities refuse to amend, are vague and capable of being interpreted according to the decision of individual judges,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Journalists are not treated fairly by the courts, which continue to serve the interests of the government,” it concluded. May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections April 29, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

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Wave of arrests of BlackBerry Messenger users

first_img Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Receive email alerts United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa The Emirati authorities have been harassing and arresting users of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) who allegedly tried to organise a protest against an increase in the price of gasoline (one of the highest in the Arab world). The protest was eventually called off. BBM user Badr Ali Saiwad Al Dhohori, an 18-year-old resident of Ras Al Khaimah, has reportedly been held in Abu Dhabi since 15 July. The authorities were able to trace the organiser, known as “Saud,” because he included his BlackBerry PIN in a BBM message he sent calling for the protest. They held Saud for a week and interrogated him to trace those he had been messaging. Accused of inciting opposition to the government, he has lost his job. At least five other members of the group have reportedly been summoned by the police or are still being sought.“We call for an end to this government witch-hunt against BlackBerry Messenger users who tried to get their fellow citizens to join them in a protest,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These young people did nothing bad. At first they planned a peaceful demonstration but they ended up calling it off because they did not want to break the law. They must not be made to pay for the government’s dispute with BlackBerry’s services, which it cannot control as it would like.”The press freedom organisation added: “Because they cannot decipher BlackBerry’s encrypted data and thereby gain access to its clients’ personal data, the security forces have decided to intimidate users in order to combat their potential for disseminating information. These summonses must stop. Al Dhohori and others potentially held at the moment in relation to this case must be freed without delay.”Any demonstration in the United Arab Emirates requires a special permit from the security forces which is extremely hard to obtain.The arrests come at a time when the authorities have been make increasing hostile comments about BlackBerry, accusing it of providing services that could cause security problems. News July 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wave of arrests of BlackBerry Messenger users Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United Arab Emiratescenter_img to go further News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgNews#video Changing TrainsBy Eric Fitzgerald – February 10, 2016 825 Shannon airport bosses planning hangar for world’s biggest aircraft US Meeting Planners get a taste of the Shannon Region as Limerick is promoted as a destination city Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Changing Trains – ‘Let Me Breathe’Changing Trains have released their second single, ‘Let Me Breathe’ from their album with a remix by producer Sixth Floor View. ‘Let Me Breathe’ is dark story which references the trial and condemnation of Galileo Galilei by Roman Catholic Inquisition in 1633 and how it relates to modern day life. The new video was shot in Limerick.Changing Trains will be headlining the Irish Cultural Festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic on March 19, playing to 5,000 people.Teaming up with producer Dave Keary (Tuesday Blue), Changing Trains will return to the studio to re-record their song ‘Gathering the Sunlight’ which is being considered for the 2016 Fáilte Ireland ad campaign, the band reports. Limerick Post Show | i.NY launch in King Johns Castle Limerick on sale to discerning US tourists Email WhatsApp Advertisement Love for Limerick as stars line up for St. Patrick’s Day’s video center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSchanging trainsFáilte Ireland Previous articleCalls to make home economics mandatory in schools – RAINext articleFull Set album launch Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. Facebook Linkedin Print Twitter Astronaut Chris jets in for Limerick benefit gig last_img read more

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