Ailing journalist faces three years in prison

first_imgOpposition politician and activist Zouhair Makhlouf has meanwhile been detained in Mornaguia prison since 21 October. He is due to appear before a court in Grombalia on 3 November. October 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ailing journalist faces three years in prison Organisation News Ben Brik was arrested yesterday morning after presenting himself at a police station in response to a summons in connection with an alleged attack on a woman in the street last week. Transferred to Mornaguia prison, 20 km north of Tunis, he faces a possible three-year jail sentence. His trial is scheduled to begin on 19 November. Follow the news on Tunisia “These are trumped-up charges designed to ensure that Ben Brik languishes in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This dissident journalist needs to take medicine regularly for a serious condition but the authorities have opted to cause as much harm as possible. We call for his release on humanitarian grounds pending his trial.” Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Help by sharing this information Other journalists have been targeted in the past few days. The Reporters Without Borders Tunisia correspondent, Slim Boukhdhir (photo), was assaulted by five men on a Tunis street on 28 October. The same day, there were three attempts to force the door of Mouldi Zouabi, the correspondent of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi and the website of the Dubai-based satellite TV station Al-Arabiya. December 26, 2019 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the prosecutor-general’s decision today to place Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik in custody on charges of violating public decency, defamation, assault and damaging another person’s property. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News The press freedom organisation has also written to French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and to the French and US ambassadors to Tunisia about the case. News As communication minister Oussama Romdhani is not saying anything about the matter, Reporters Without Borders today asked the prison authorities to ensure that, pending his release, Ben Brik is able to take his medicine at the times set by his doctors and that his conditions of detention are appropriate to his very delicate state of health. Ben Brik suffers from Cushing’s Syndrome, a chronic ailment that strips him of all immunity. As a result of this serious condition, his health will deteriorate quickly if he is unable to take medicine at regular set times. As he has no immunity, it is vital that he should be placed in a clear and warm location. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

Bill targeting loan sharks clears first hurdle

first_imgStuff.co 27 Sept 2013Legislation targeting unscrupulous money lenders has had its first reading in Parliament and although it has been generally welcomed across the political spectrum, some question the time it has taken to reach this stage.The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill had its first reading on September 17.The bill has been referred to the Commerce Committee.The bill rewrites the rules for consumer lending with the aim of offering greater protection to those who are more vulnerable to  loan sharks.Minister of Commerce Craig Foss says vulnerable consumers often have limited financial literacy and lack knowledge of their rights.“This bill is about protecting vulnerable consumers,” Mr Foss says.“We know that, unfortunately, all sorts of people can be vulnerable because they lack financial literacy.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/central-leader/9212468/Bill-targeting-loan-sharks-clears-first-hurdlelast_img read more

Smith backs Starc for Proteas first Test

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia captain Steve Smith thinks Mitchell Starc will be fit to face South Africa in November despite a freak accident in training last week that left the pace bowler with a “gruesome” injury.Left-armer Starc required 30 stitches last Thursday to close a gash in his left leg caused by a stump that had been dug into the ground at Hurstville Oval in south Sydney and will be in a leg brace for another two weeks.“It wasn’t nice at all,” Smith told reporters yesterday ahead of Australia’s departure for South Africa, where they will play a lone one-dayer against Ireland followed by five ODIs against the hosts.“It was actually probably one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen.“I guess for Mitch, he’s got no tendon or ligament damage so given everything goes well over the next couple of weeks, we’re confident that’ll he be okay for the first Test match.”Starc, who was being rested from the trip to South Africa along with fellow quick Josh Hazlewood, has established himself as the leader of Australia’s pace attack in all three forms of the game over the last couple of years.The 26-year-old’s absence for the first of three Tests against the Proteas in Perth from November 3 would be a major setback for the hosts, who also face the South Africans in Hobart and a day-night match in Adelaide.“It was just one of those things,” Smith said. “You go for the ball and almost block everything out. As he was catching it a few of us were saying ‘don’t go for it’ but he took the catch and then what happened after that wasn’t great.“He wasn’t overly impressed, but when things like that happen, particularly when he was about to have a bit of a rest and chill out, those are the kind of things you don’t want to happen.”Smith has also had a chance to rest after being brought home early from Sri Lanka in a move that was heavily criticised in the media.“I think we could have got the messaging across a fair bit better,” Smith admitted. “We knew a fair way out that I was going to leave after the second one-day gameThe fact we only brought it out the day before probably shocked a few people.“It will do me the world of good looking at what’s coming up.”last_img read more

Football Report Card

first_imgGame ball goes to: P.J. Hill (16 rushes, 132 yards) Special teams: A Offense: B- After allowing Tennessee to score 21 points over the first quarter and a half, the Wisconsin defense buckled down and stymied the Volunteers the rest of the way. With Jack Ikegwuonu at the other corner spot, Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge picked on Strickland, starting in place of the injured Aaron Henry, and the senior answered the challenge. Strickland finished with seven tackles for the game, and most importantly, didn?t give up a big play. The defense struggled to get off the field, however, allowing Tennessee to convert on 9 of 18 third down attempts. UW will start next season with another opponent from the Mid-American Conference. The Badgers have matched up with a team from the MAC in five of the last six seasons ? including a 2003 game with Akron ? winning each of those contests. The Zips started the season 3-3 before losing five of their last six games to close out the year. Thousand-yard receiver Jabari Arthur will need to be replaced, but running back Bryan Williams rushed for 750 yards as a true freshman. Akron used a two-quarterback system in 2007, with sophomore Carlton Jackson adding a rushing threat to classmate Chris Jacquemain?s passing. After UW head coach Bret Bielema went as far as to say he thought freshman Zach Brown had caught P.J. Hill on the depth chart, Hill reasserted his control over the top tailback spot with an impressive power running display. Healthy for the first time in two months, Hill finished runs with authority and showed some breakaway speed on his 50-yard run. He was the best back on the field for either team. Tough-as-nails quarterback Tyler Donovan showed his grit again, coming back twice from seemingly significant injuries. Donovan avoided costly mistakes, and with Tennessee taking away favorite target tight end Travis Beckum (two receptions, 22 yards), he looked to other options. Tight end Garrett Graham caught a game-high seven passes and freshman Kyle Jefferson caught three balls. Returning to the lineup fully healthy for the first time since late October, P.J. Hill gashed Tennessee for 132 yards on just 16 carries, including a long run of 50 yards. The offense failed to capitalize on good field position throughout the second half, however, including a crucial empty drive following a blocked punt.center_img The Badgers entered the Outback Bowl having won their last two New Year?s Day bowls over SEC opponents and looked to do so again. With Tennessee missing several key players on both sides of the ball due to academic ineligibility, it looked as if Wisconsin would have a good chance to continue that streak.The Badgers started slow, however, falling behind by two touchdowns midway through the second quarter ? a deficit that would prove too big to overcome.In the end, Wisconsin simply didn?t take full advantage of its opportunities on offense and couldn?t find a way to slow down the Tennessee passing attack, leaving many players to say afterward that they had let one slip away. Defense: B- Overall: B- Up next: Akron (4-8, 3-5 MAC 2007) The special teams units kept Wisconsin afloat for most of the afternoon with a bevy of timely plays. David Gilreath set up the Badgers?first touchdown of the game with a 60-yard kickoff return following the Volunteers? opening score and also contributed a 25-yard punt return. In his final game as a Badger, special teams ace Ben Strickland made two huge plays, downing a punt at the 1-yard line and later recovering a blocked punt. Ken DeBauche punted well (44.7 yards per punt) and Taylor Mehlhaff made his only field goal attempt of the day.last_img read more