Journalist questioned over article about the armed forces

first_imgAccording to information obtained by RSF, journalist Salima Tlemçani, of the French language daily El Watan, was taken in for questioning by the criminal investigation department on January 28, 2002, after a complaint was lodged for “defamation” by the Ministry of Defense. This hearing follows the publication of an article on December 11, 2001 concerning nominations to the Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS, previously the military security service). “This backs up my idea that somehow my investigations have uncovered things much more serious than information about the people mentioned in the December 11 article”, the journalist declared to AFP. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation In a letter addressed to the Minister of the Interior, Yazid Zerhouni, Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) expressed concern over the questioning of Salima Tlemçani, journalist for the daily newspaper El Watan, by the criminal investigation department in relation to an article written about the army. “It is the second time in a week that a journalist has been questioned by the police. We fear this may be the start of a long series of trials, with the general elections just a few months away”, stated Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of the organization. RSF_en News April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria News to go further News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News Earlier, on January 25, caricaturist Ali Dilem was questioned by the criminal investigation department concerning a satirical drawing criticizing the armed forces, published in the French language daily Liberté. Dilem was heard after the Minister for Defense lodged a complaint with the public prosecutor of the court of Algiers for the drawing, published on November 29, 2001. The drawing was judged to be “defamatory and contemptuous of high-ranking officers of the military”. According to Ali Dilem’s lawyer, Me Khaled Bourayou, “the aim is obviously to intimidate Dilem, to harass him”. “I’m convinced I am on the right track, as I say what 30 million Algerians are thinking. If they want to stop me, they’ll have to put 30 million people in prison”, Dilem said in a statement to Reuters. Receive email alerts AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist questioned over article about the armed forces Organisation In May 2001, the Algerian parliament modified the penal code, introducing harsher sentences and fines for defamation in the press. Reporters Sans Frontières, which condemned these amendments at the time, considered that the text could only serve to increase self-censorship within Algerian editorial teams. A few months earlier, Mohammed Lamari, the Chief of Staff of the armed forces had stated: “You have seen and you will continue to observe, through scandalous writings, caricatures, and other things, outrages and nonsense concerning your armed forces. Our obligation of discretion cannot prevent us from expressing our regret at the contemptible use made of the freedoms so dearly acquired by our people.” Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Disturbing plan to introduce Internet TV licensing in run-up to legislative elections

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation May 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disturbing plan to introduce Internet TV licensing in run-up to legislative elections RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is worried that the Azerbaijani government is trying to introduce online controls in the run-up to next November’s parliamentary elections. On 16 April, communications minister Ali Abbasov said Internet regulation and, in particular, a system for licensing Internet TV was needed. Nushiravan Magerramli, the head of the National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council, made similar comments on 22 April.“The authorities keep on making dramatic statements about their desire to protect the country’s morals, but in practice what they want is to maintain their monopoly of news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They already control TV and the most part of print media and now they are staging a shameless offensive against the Internet.” The press freedom organisation added: “Such behaviour is contrary to the undertakings Azerbaijan has given to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe.”Farid Karimov, the head of the pro-government Information Centre, urged the government at the end of March to pay attention to online morality, arguing that certain websites violated the country’s moral standards. Mentioning pornography, violence and radical politics, he said such sites posed a threat to the younger generation.Journalists and human rights lawyers who took part in a round table on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, voiced concern about the consequences of Internet regulation and accused the government of trying to tighten its grip on the media. Internet access is already very limited in Azerbaijan by the cost of a connection, 10 times higher than in nearby Turkey.Two bloggers, Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli, are still in prison for criticising the regime and denouncing corruption in a satirical video posted online (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aaecvg7xCIk&feature=player_embedded). Their conviction was confirmed on appeal on 10 March. Their lawyers referred the case to the supreme court on 29 April. They were given jail sentences of 24 and 30 months respectively on 11 November 2009.Reporters Without Borders supported a demonstration outside the Azerbaijani embassy in Paris on 22 January to call for their immediate and unconditional release (http://en.rsf.org/azerbaijan-another-adjournment-in-case-of-22-01-2010,36188.html). News News to go furthercenter_img Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journey The Cosmos With TAUK’s New Album, “Sir Nebula” [Review/Stream]

first_imgThe upward trajectory of progressive rockers TAUK reads like a fairy tale for musicians. Formed on Long Island, TAUK quickly made a name for themselves in the jam scene with their unique sound. So unique, in fact, that it poses a challenge to summarize in words. It’s as if the band Rush dialed up the funk, and made their music entirely instrumental. The band sticks to their sound with a steadfast diligence on their third album, Sir Nebula, and it pays off in scores.Listen to the full Spotify stream below, and read on for the review that follows.With the instrumental nature of the album, it’s guitarist Matt Jalbert and keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter who really have a chance to offer enchanting melodies. Jalbert gets the first notes of Sir Nebula, with a slow-building introduction on “Horizon.” Carter accompanies with otherworldly synth tones, before the full rhythm section kicks into gear. Enough cannot be said about the bass-drums combination of Charlie Dolan and Isaac Teel, who create one of the tightest pockets in the scene. With such a high level of rhythmic musicianship, the stage is set for Jalbert and Carter to explore.If “Horizon” is subtle in into introduction, the next song, “Informant” dials in the listener with some serious funk. The song takes an ethereal turn midway through, with an edge that is uniquely TAUK. Meanwhile, tracks like “Time’s Up” and “Resolve” draw on more emotional tones, luring in listeners with drawing melodies.From cover to cover, Sir Nebula is distinctly TAUK. Their tight musicianship underlies their ability to transition through various sections, as evidenced on literally every track in this new album. It’s no wonder that the band has seen such a rise in popularity over the years, and has even had the opportunity to perform with Umphrey’s McGee members for the occasional TAUKing McGee performance. It’s amazing what this band has been able to accomplish in such a short time frame.Perhaps the one surprise on Sir Nebula is “Darkwing,” a song that opens onto an eloquent piano introduction. The change of pace does the band well, setting the stage for what ultimately transforms into a truly raging song. Once that guitar riff hits, there’s no turning back!All in all, Sir Nebula is twelve tracks of TAUK doing what they do best. The band has found a sound that works for them, digging into elements of progressive, rock, funk, and jazz, all the while maintaining a toe-tapping, unrelenting energy. The sheer tightness displayed on Sir Nebula makes this release one of their best, as TAUK’s new music pushes them further than ever before. Their patience shines through, as each composition seems to build into an all-out frenzy. It’s a great listen, cover to cover.TAUK will be holding a two-night album release party at the Brooklyn Bowl beginning tonight, September 16th, and tomorrow September 17th. For more information, head here. As we once said about this band several years ago: “In short, TAUK is unstoppable. If you haven’t see them, dear God, go.” They’ve only gotten better.last_img read more

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Saraki Lauds Falcons’ 8th AWCON Victory

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Similarly, Pillar of Sports, Orji Uzor Kalu, has described Super Falcons Africa Women’s Championship triumph over the Lionesses of Cameroon in Yaounde as the tonic that will boost Eagles chances against the Indomitable Lions in the World Cup preliminaries.Kalu praised the African champions for punishing the hosts right before their President, Paul Biya and inside the main bowl of a stadium named after their first leader, Ahmadu Ahidjo.He said: “I got myself drunk with joy. The Falcons have wiped away our tears. It is sweet vengeance, more than what the Lions did to our Eagles in the Nations Cup. Cameroon beat Nigeria three times in the CAN grand finale, 1984,1988 and at home in Lagos in 2000 albeit through very dubious means. The Falcons have done more than that to the Lionesses. Four finals,  four defeats. Home and away in 1991, South Africa in 2004, Namibia in 2014 and now in Yaounde. “The former Abia State governor believes the Super Eagles will beat the Indomitable Lions home and away to pick the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket.“Bring on the Cameroonians. They must suffer humiliation in Yaounde. Super Eagles are in a killer mood. Expect more buckets of tears next year, from Douala to Mamfe, Bamenda  to Garoua. Vengeance is sweet”, he added.Kalu while commending the Falcons, singled out Coach Florence Omagbemi  for winning the AWC as player and Manager.She thus joins Egypt’s  Mahmoud El Gohary  and Stephen Keshi as winners of CAN and AWC as player and coach.Omagbemi captained the Super Falcons to their First victory in 1991 when they beat the Lionesses home and away, 4-0, 2-0. She went ahead to pick more laurels before relocating to the the United States. One of her team mates, Eucharia  Uche, also led the team to victory as coach.Falcons have so far won the AWC a record 8 out of 10 editions. Equatorial Guinea who have won twice relied majorly on players that have full Nigerian blood in their veins.  The other two times that Falcons won starting with the 1991edition is not listed in the post 1998 when CAF took over the tournament. Kalu: Super Eagles ‘ll  follow up on Falcons’ victoryBy Omololu Ogunmade in AbujaSenate President , Bukola Saraki, at the weekend congratulated the Super Falcons for emerging continental champions at the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time.Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, specifically commended the Falcons for retaining their championship in Africa.Falcons won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon after beating the host team 1 – 0 to retain the AWCON title in Yaounde on Saturday.Reacting to the victory, Saraki said the victory could not have come at a better moment.“The record win of the AWCON Cup by the Super Falcons has again demonstrated clearly that with determination we can surmount any obstacle confronting us as a nation,” Saraki said. “I have no doubt that through team work and single-mindedness we can overcome our present economic challenges.”He also commended the patriotism and sense of purpose of the team and their technical crew while calling for more government and private sector support to enable Nigerian sports men and women excel in their career.last_img read more

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DraftKings to capitalise on Supreme Court’s betting ruling

first_imgDraftKings, a fantasy sports platform, is looking to cash in on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the authorisation of sports gambling in North America – according to Jason Robins, CEO.The company has been building its betting platform since July 2017 and expects it to be ready at the latest in September of this year.DraftKings has a whole host of sports available for its users to get involved with; esports is one of the 10 fantasy sports available. According to Robins, esports is dwarfed in popularity by sports such as American Football, Basketball, and Baseball – but it’s growing rapidly.Speaking to CNBC, Matt Kalish, CRO of DraftKings revealed that esports was actually the fasting-growing category DraftKings offered in 2017 with League of Legends entry rates rising 59% up from what it was in the previous year. He also noted that the numbers are on track to grow beyond that in 2018.Kalish stated in the interview: “We are certainly aware of how fast the sport has grown. One of the reasons we believe esports could be much bigger on DraftKings is we haven’t really penetrated to the full breadth of games.”One factor that should be considered when mentioning that esports is DraftKing’s least popular category is that the platform only accommodates for League of Legends, not any other title. Popular games, which are often considered ‘top tier’, such as Dota 2, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Hearthstone are all safe choices should the company branch out any time soon.DraftKings, back in 2016, was set to merge with its main rival at the time, FanDuel. Ultimately the merger fell through because the Federal Trade Commission realised the combination of the two would control 90% of the market share. Since then, FanDuel has lost two co-founders and has quietened, which means DraftKings will likely be happy with itself that it’s managed to stay around until this point.DraftKings previously had a number of partnered teams in esports, including the likes of compLexity Gaming, SK Gaming, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid, and Mousesports.Esports Insider says: The new ruling certainly opens up the potential for betting and fantasy sports sites to operate with the industry, but nothing is clear just yet. We’re intrigued to see the result of DraftKing’s betting site and just how they capitalise on their own self-found growth of interest in esports.last_img read more

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