Election candidates urged to support press freedom

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News On 16 August, Nordine Miftah, managing editor of the weekly Al Ayyam, was summoned by telephone, while in Agadir, by police who demanded that he come at once to Casablanca. There, he was interrogated for several hours about an interview that appeared on 11 July with an Islamic fundamentalist leader, Abdallah el-Chadli. Two days later, the reporter who conducted the interview, Anas Mezzour, was summoned for the same reason.Karim Selmaoui, a photographer with Journal hebdomadaire, was refused entry on 12 July to Mechouar Square, opposite the royal palace in Rabat, where the public celebration of King Mohammed VI’s wedding was taking place. A government official ordered him out of the official car that was taking him, the special correspondent of the French magazine Paris Match and the technical crew of the Qatari TV station Al-Jazeera to the festivities. Selmaoui was properly accredited for the occasion.On 14 February, the Casablanca appeals court handed down to Journal hebdomadaire’s managing editor, Aboubakr Jamai, and its general manager, Ali Amar, suspended jail sentences of respectively three and two months and awarded damages against them of 500,000 dirhams (about _50,000). Foreign minister Mohammed Benaissa had filed a complaint about articles that had criticised the way he bought a house in Washington in 1996 for the Moroccan embassy there when he was the ambassador.On 10 July, hearing of an appeal by Demain magazine was deferred until 11 December against the sentencing last 21 November of its managing editor, Ali Lmrabet, to four months imprisonment and a 30,000 dirhams (about _3,000) fine by a Rabat court for “putting out false news undermining public order or likely to do so.”A Spanish journalist, Ignacio Cembrero, of the daily El Pais, was followed on 8 and 9 March after arriving in Rabat to write articles about the situation in Western Sahara.The Islamic fundamentalist media was also targeted. Since the beginning of April last year, access from Morocco has been blocked to the Internet website Rissalat al-Foutouwa (www.fotowa.com). Aljamaa.org and yassine.net, both set up by the fundamentalist group Justice and Charity and hosted by servers outside Morocco, have also been blocked.The new press law was passed by the House of Representatives on 6 May. Despite some positive aspects (lighter penalties for journalists, smaller fines, easier procedures for launching a publication and the need to give reasons for confiscation), the law was especially tough.Jail terms for insulting the king and the royal family remain, with offenders risking between three and five years in prison (compared with between five and 20 years previously). Article 29 retains the government’s right to ban Moroccan or foreign newspapers if they are deemed to ” undermine Islam, the monarchy, national territorial integrity or public order. ” Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 15, 2021 Find out more September 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Election candidates urged to support press freedom Organisation Reporters Without Borders called today on candidates in Morocco’s 27 September parliamentary elections to take a firm stand in favour of freedom of expression.”This year, once again, many infringements of press freedom have occurred in Morocco, including intimidation and summoning of journalists and surveillance of independent publications” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “A particularly harsh law about press freedom was also passed in May.”Since this election has been presented as a symbol of the country’s ” democratic transition ” we call on the future deputies to commit themselves, in the final days of the campaign, to substantially amending this press law and to taking other legislative action to strengthen press freedom in Morocco. April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Arrests in Derry following 12th parades

first_img Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – July 13, 2012 Google+ WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine officers have been injured after trouble erupted last night following a Protestant parade in north Belfast.Petrol bombs and bricks were hurled at police, who used water cannon.There was also violence in Derry, where missiles were thrown at officers.There have been several arrests. Pinterestcenter_img Facebook News Previous articleBuncrana Council wants long term plan for Swilly Ferry serviceNext articleHarte and McAreavey familes appeal for privacy following trial News Highland WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Arrests in Derry following 12th parades Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Hotel Bellevue in Lošinj won the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens award for Best Destination Spa

first_imgHotel Bellevue, hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas of the Jadranka Group has won a new international prestigious award.This is the Condé Nast Johansens award for excellence in the Best Destination Spa category, which was awarded to Lošinj’s Bellevue last night at the award ceremony at The May Fair hotel in London. The annual Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence for 2018 is a label of outstanding quality, and it was awarded to Bellevue thanks to the results of online voting, guest feedback and reports from local experts.It is also a faithful confirmation that the Bellevue Hotel really belongs among the world’s hotel elite and that it enjoys the trust of guests from all over the world. “It is a pleasure to be alongside the world’s leading hotels of the highest level and luxury, which in itself is a huge recognition and confirmation of our recognition at the international level. The Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence, as well as all awards so far, are the result of the joint work of all Jadranka employees who successfully spread the word about our hotels, premium offer and the island of Lošinj as a destination around the world. For all of us, this should be an incentive to continue to justify the trust of our loyal guests with dedicated work and raising the offer to an even higher level, so that they would always be happy to return to Lošinj.”, Pointed out the member of the Management Board of the Jadranka Group Goran Filipović.Hotel Bellevue 5 * has established itself as one of the favorite choices of foreign guests who enjoy and gladly return to the luxurious and airy atmosphere of the first 5 * hotel in Lošinj. That this is indeed the case is confirmed by the recognition given to him by TripAdvisor this year, for which the hotel guests are responsible. Namely, they declared Bellevue the best Croatian hotel and the best luxury hotel in Croatia after only two seasons since its opening, thanks to the characteristic premium level of the offer.Related news:THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?MODEL OF DUAL EDUCATION IN TOURISM: LOŠINJ JADRANKA GROUP BECAME A BERNAYS PARTNER IN THE TOURISM SECTORlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Orlando Shooting

first_img June 12, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Orlando Shooting Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf National Issues,  Orlando,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on the shooting in Orlando, Florida:“Frances and I join with all Pennsylvanians in mourning the senseless deaths of at least 50 people in Orlando. This is a national tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and all Floridians. “My administration, including the Pennsylvania State Police and Office of Homeland Security, is monitoring the situation and will respond swiftly to any threats to Pennsylvania. The state police will offer assistance to state and local law enforcement officials in Florida, and we stand ready to help if necessary. “Public safety remains the top priority of my administration. We must unite and work together to prevent these horrific acts of violence that are far too frequent in communities and places where residents should feel safe.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Serena survives scare to set Andreescu title clash

first_img“I’ve never faced her, but I’ve kind of become a fan with everyone rooting and cheering so hard,” Williams said. “It’s kind of been contagious, the ‘Bianca Effect.’”Kenin admitted the raucous support of Andreescu affected her.“I don’t play in those kind of conditions, so it’s not like I can practice,” Kenin said. “I tried to just block it out and do the best I can.”– Serena ‘grooved in’ –Andreescu shot to prominence with a victory at Indian Wells in March, but this week marks her first tournament since she was forced out of the French Open with a shoulder injury.“I’ve been through so much the last two months,” Andreescu said. “All I can say is that I’m just so happy to be back on court right now. My shoulder’s good. I’m in the finals of the Rogers Cup. Life’s freaking amazing.”Williams is getting the kind of physical test — matches five days in a row — that she hasn’t had since she last reached a non-Grand Slam WTA final — at the 2016 Italian Open.“It’s definitely different for me,” said Williams, who has been limited by injuries this season but said this week she was “pain free”.“I definitely feel more grooved in. I feel good still. So I’ve been doing a lot of training and all the right things — so we’ll see how I feel (Sunday).”Share on: WhatsApp Battling back: Serena Williams on the way to a come-from-behind victory over Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in TorontoToronto, Canada | AFP | Serena Williams withstood the determined challenge of Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova Saturday, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the WTA Toronto final.Williams, seeded eighth in a tournament she has won three times, will take on home hope Bianca Andreescu in the championship match on Sunday.Williams will be seeking her first title since she won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — and her first since the birth of her daughter Olympia on September 1 of that year.Meanwhile 19-year-old Andreescu will be trying to become the first Canadian in 50 years to lift the trophy.Bouzkova, 21 and ranked 91st in the world, had said it was a dream come true to take on 37-year-old US superstar Williams, and she made a dream start — breaking Williams three times to take the first set in less than half an hour.But Williams rallied, slashing her unforced errors in a second set that saw her win the last four games to force the decider.“I just needed to be more consistent and not make so many errors and just mentally be ready to hit a thousand balls if I needed to,” Williams said. “In the first set, I was going for a little too much, so I just had to just play a different game.”The hard work wasn’t over, as Williams had to fight off three break points in the third game of the third set.She broke Bouzkova in the next game to finally take control and end the Czech’s breakout week.Bouzkova departs Toronto having beaten three straight Grand Slam winners in Sloane Stephens, Jelena Ostapenko and, in the quarter-finals, reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep — who retired injured after dropping the first to Bouzkova on Friday night.Williams said she was looking forward to taking on Andreescu, whose run to the final has electrified Toronto crowds.last_img read more

Dad-Daughter IRS Fraudster Team Heading to Prison

first_imgA dad and daughter duo who tricked the Internal Revenue Service out of millions of dollars will spend less time in prison than originally expected.U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg decided Friday that 35-year-old Danielle Takeila Edmonson will spend six years behind bars, while her father, 51-year-old Kenneth Roger Edmonson, will be in prison for just over four years.The Broward County father-daughter pair claimed that the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings.They began filing a series of fake tax returns, some handwritten, in 2015. The income, which allegedly came from lottery winnings and bonds, was later determined to be fake. However, the IRS paid the Edmonsons $3.4 million before realized the pair never had a winning ticket, according to prosecutors.The IRS sent Danielle Edmonson a check for $239,700 five years ago. In 2016, they sent her another check for $2.5 million. In 2018, the agency paid Kenneth Edmonson almost three-quarters of $1 million.The IRS estimates that it paid out $1.7 billion dollars in invalid refunds in 2016, according to a 2018 report published by the U.S. Government accountability office. It later caught about 84 percent of fraudulent filings from that year.The duo claimed to be “Moorish sovereign citizens” who are immune to the authority of United States government. They were convicted of mail fraud and making false statements by a federal jury in West Palm Beach on Dec. 20 of last year.Court filings made by Danielle Edmonson after her arrest in March 2019 discuss her motivations: “I am an aboriginal indigenous Moorish American national,” she wrote in a handwritten motion from jail demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from the government as restitution for her allegedly unjust imprisonment.She also demanded her immediate release and claimed, “nothing stands between myself and the creator.”The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit group that tracks American extremist groups, describes Moorish Sovereign Citizens as a small sect that believes “African Americans constitute an elite class within American society with special rights and privileges that convey on them a sovereign immunity placing them beyond federal and state authority.”Federal courts have repeatedly rejected claims of immunity made by sovereign citizens.last_img read more