Four newspaper editors sentenced to a year’s forced labour for libelling president and ruling party

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en September 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four newspaper editors sentenced to a year’s forced labour for libelling president and ruling party News A Cairo criminal court yesterday sentenced four newspaper editors to a year’s forced labour and the maximum possible fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (2,600 euros) for libel and “false information harming the country’s reputation and general interests.” Their conviction was the result of lawsuits brought last year by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). “We are witnessing a crackdown on independent publications which had enjoyed a relative respite in recent years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Once again, it is the same journalists, ones known for being critical of the government, that are being targeted.”The lawsuits were filed on 15 September 2006 by Ibrahim Rabe’a Abdel-Rasul, a lawyer and NDP member, against Ibrahim Issa of the weekly Al Dustour, Adel Hammouda of the weekly Al-Fagr, Wael Al-Abrashi of the independent newspaper Sawt Al-Umma and Abdel-Halim Qandil of the weekly Karama. The suits accused them of libelling President Hosni Mubarak, his son, Gamal (the party’s deputy secretary-general), the prime minister and the interior minister in articles published from July to September 2006.The charge of “insulting the president” was dismissed, but judge Sherif Ismael ruled that the four editors libelled the NDP and its leaders and “harmed the general interest by publishing false information” under articles 188, 302, 303 and 306 of the criminal code.The four editors will have to pay bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (1,300 euros) to avoid immediate imprisonment and they now have 10 days to file appeals. They were also sentenced to 10,000 Egyptians pounds for damage award.The Union of Egyptian Journalists described the sentences as a “declaration of war on press freedom” and demanded the repeal of all laws that allow journalists to be jailed. The press law adopted last year defines no fewer than 35 press offences that are punishable by imprisonment.It has become very hard for journalists to criticise President Mubarak and his inner circle at a time when the question of his succession is constantly being raised. Issa is currently also being prosecuted by a state security court under articles 102 (b) and 188 of the criminal code for “spreading false news about the president’s health likely to cause disturbances of the peace and harm the country’s reputation.” His trial is due to open on 1 October. Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Newscenter_img February 1, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Dearborn County Sheriff plans roundtable meetings

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will hold roundtable meetings in May and June. The Indiana Sheriff’s Association will help Sheriff Shane McHenry facilitate the meetings.The list of people invited to the meetings includes representatives from the Indiana Governor’s Office, Indiana Attorney General’s Office, Indiana Homeland Security Office, Indiana Department of Corrections, and the Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement.The ISA will also be working with the Sheriffs to invite their area Legislators, Local County Office Officials (Judges, Prosecutors, Commissioners and Councilman).The first meeting will be held May 30 at the Dearborn County Sheriff’s office from 10 a.m. to noon. The office is located at 301 W. High Street Lawrenceburg.last_img read more

Chelsea announce £96.6m loss

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea recorded a loss of nearly £100 million for the year ending June 30, 2019 as the club released their latest financial results. However, despite the figures, the Blues insisted they are still compliant with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. Turnover grew marginally to £446.7 million with the club citing a lack of Champions League football, costs associated with changing manager and a record outlay on players Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho for the £96.6 million loss. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the club can’t be too “reactionary” in the January transfer window after having their ban lifted Chairman Bruce Buck said: “Consistent revenue growth and careful financial management over recent seasons has allowed the club to make significant levels of investment in the playing staff whilst maintaining compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. “This has contributed to another Europa League victory at the end of the 2018-19 season and a return to the highest level of European competition. “This solid commercial foundation, allied to a young and exciting team now led by Frank Lampard, means that the club is well placed to sustain its pursuit of success both on and off the pitch as well as maintain its financial stability over the coming years.”Tags: ChelseaKepa ArrizabalagaMateo KovacicUEFA Financial Fair Playlast_img read more

Manager Mike Scioscia monitoring Angels’ bullpen, but not more than usual

first_imgScioscia insisted Saturday that he’s not more concerned about overtaxing his bullpen than in the past. The Angels’ new six-man starting rotation this season also is not a reason for keeping a closer watch on their relievers than usual, according to Scioscia.The Angels have seven relievers to go with a six-man rotation used to accommodate Shohei Ohtani, a rookie from Japan who is pitching and serving as a designated hitter this season. Even if the Angels had eight relievers, Scioscia said he would keep a close watch on his bullpen.The starters simply haven’t chewed up the needed innings to give the bullpen a break, he said.“You always pay a lot of attention to your bullpen,” Scioscia said. “But when you’re in the situation that we’ve been in for the first quarter of the season, you certainly have to pay more attention to it. We’ve been fortunate to have mostly an eight-man bullpen, which helps for the first 40 games.”Seven relievers should be plenty, as far as Scioscia is concerned. ANAHEIM — No question, the Angels’ bullpen was overworked to start the 2018 season. Their relief corps needed to be monitored and protected as much as possible as the days and weeks passed and their starters failed to pitch deep enough in games.Matters seemed to be changing for the better, with Angels starters posting a 2.14 ERA in May, the fourth-best mark in the majors. Handoffs from their starters to their relievers continue to be problematic, however, with Friday’s bullpen collapse the latest case in point.Manager Mike Scioscia tried to avoid using Jose Alvarez, Kenyan Middleton and Jim Johnson on Friday, giving them a rest after they pitched Thursday. Instead, Scioscia stayed with Justin Anderson, who gave up three runs in 1-1/3 innings in the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.Middleton is the only Angels reliever to have pitched three consecutive days, and he ended up on the disabled list because of a right elbow inflammation after throwing April 21-22-23. Three consecutive days of throwing now seems to be the no-go zone.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Our issue has been for a lot of the first quarter of the season is we were averaging 14 outs from a lot of the rotation,” he said. “That’s a lot for you bullpen to pick up every night. We’re protective of every pitcher in our bullpen. They need a day (off), they get a day.”OHTANI WORKLOAD UPDATEThe Angels hope Ohtani will shift from pitching every seven days to every six days, which was their game plan going into the season. When it happens is anyone’s guess, although the Angels finally have six healthy starters with the return of Nick Tropeano from the disabled list Saturday.“Hopefully, Shohei will be able to come back on a six-day rest instead of a seven-day,” Scioscia said. “As he gets comfortable and starts to get innings under his belt, hopefully, he’ll be able to recover and be able to do that at some point. It will help us a lot.“(But) we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”COVERING THE BASESThe Angels sent reliever Akeel Morris to Triple-A Salt Lake in order to make room for Tropeano on the roster. Tropeano, who started Saturday against the Twins, had been on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation since May 2.Reliever Blake Wood is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Class-A Inland Empire on Monday, Scioscia said. Wood, a right-hander, has been on the DL since April 23 because of an impingement in his right shoulder. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more