New anti-terrorism law takes Egypt into Orwellian territory

first_imgNews August 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New anti-terrorism law takes Egypt into Orwellian territory Organisation News Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News to go further News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison RSF_en “Is journalism is now a crime?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire asked. “In Egypt clearly yes, because the Sisi regime is using this new ‘anti-terrorism law’ to ban journalists from contradicting its own version of events.”“Egyptians are entering an Orwellian world in which only the government is allowed to say what is happening. Even in countries where freedom of information is highly restricted, laws rarely suppress pluralism so blatantly. Egypt is sinking ever deeper into a terrible despotism that not only wants to control information and detain journalists but also put them under even more pressure than during the Mubarak era.”Published in the government gazette, the new law provides for fines of 200,000 to 500,000 Egyptian pounds (23,000 to 57,000 euros) for anyone disseminating “false” information about bombings or other operations by armed groups. A journalist who, for example, gave a bombing death toll at variance with the government’s, could be convicted of a criminal offence.Ever since Field Marshall Sisi seized power, the authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as grounds for systematically persecuting journalists who do not toe the official line.With at least 15 journalists currently detained just for doing their job, Egypt is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa January 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a ban on media reports that conflict with official accounts of armed attacks and operations by Jihadi militants. The ban is part of an anti-terrorism law that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified yesterday in the absence of an elected parliament. Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison stafflast_img read more

Loubiere teenager fined $2700.00 for possession of cannabis and cocaine

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Loubiere teenager fined $2700.00 for possession of cannabis and cocaine by: – September 19, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: lazytechguys.comNineteen year old Evans Charles of Loubiere was this morning fined $2700.00 on two charges of possession of Cannabis and possession of Cocaine by Magistrate Evelina Baptiste at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.According to the facts presented to the Court by Police Prosecutor Sergeant Nicholas Bruno, the Defendant and two others were seen on the top porch of Francis Enterprises on Friday 16th September, 2011 at about 9:30pm when Constable Yankey B and other officers of the Drug Squad Task Force were on patrol.Constable Yankey B informed the Defendant that they were going to be searched for drugs and ammunition. While conducting the search on Mr Charles, the police officer found a clear ziploc plastic bag containing what appeared to be cannabis and asked him about his findings; to which he replied ‘a little weed I have my friend that give it to me.’Constable Yankey B continued his search and found two straws and contents which appeared to be cocaine. He again questioned the Defendant about his findings but the Defendant explained that the substance did not belong to him and that his friend had given it to him when he saw the officers approaching.The Defendant was transported to the Police Headquarters in Roseau where the contents were placed into evidence bags which he signed.Mr Charles offered no objection to the facts read by the Police Prosecutor when asked by Magistrate Baptiste.In making a plea in mitigation for himself, Mr Charles told the Court, “I admit that I had the cocaine on me. I admit that I smoke marijuana. I will not do it again.”Magistrate Baptiste told the Defendant that she hoped he was speaking the truth for the benefit of himself and his community.In sentencing the Defendant, Magistrate Baptiste told him that she had considered the fact that this is his first offence and that he pleaded guilty, however she must also consider the aggravating factors in this matter.The aggravating factors being the prevalence of this type of offenses and the destructive nature of the abuse of these kinds of drugs. She also lamented the fact that the prevalence of these offenses are affecting the fabric of society; how we behave and how we conduct ourselves.Magistrate Baptiste also told Mr Charles, while he claims that the cocaine did not belong to him this is not significant, as a responsible person would ask to see what he is being given before accepting it and therefore he must accept responsibility for his bad action.On the charge of possession of Cannabis he was sentenced to pay the sum of $700.00 on or before the 28th day of February, 2012 or in default spend five months imprisonment, and on the charge of possession of cocaine he was sentenced to pay the sum of $2000.00 on or before the said 28th day of February, 2012 or in default spend six months imprisonment.Dominica Vibes News 6 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Eastbound lane on I-74 opens for holiday travel

first_imgBatesville, In. — On Wednesday, November 22 the Indiana Department of Transportation will open the eastbound outside lane of I-74 near the New Point exit. The move is expected to ease travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.Milestone Contractors L.P. is the contractor completing the $61 million full-depth pavement reconstruction between New Point and State Road 101 including bridge work at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek.last_img

AGAINST THE WIND: SU overcomes weather to get win in historic season opener aboard USS Midway

first_imgABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — On a cloudless day with seasonably warm temperatures rolling through San Diego Harbor, the Battle on the Midway presented contrasting images both gorgeous and grotesque.The setting — a court and grandstands erected on the flight deck of the USS Midway — was stunning, as 5,119 fans packed the bleachers and created a raucous environment for the year’s only successful game aboard an aircraft carrier out of three attempts.The game — a sloppy, disjointed 62-49 victory for ninth-ranked Syracuse (1-0) over No. 20 San Diego State (0-1) — was painful, as the breezes intensified throughout the game and both teams struggled to shoot, pass or put forth any semblance of attractive basketball. But such is the product of an indoor sport moved outside, into the elements and out of the gymnasium, some 200 feet above the ground with no guarantee of cooperation from Mother Nature.“I’m proud of these guys because this was a tough day,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “This was a hard game to get to the basket. And C.J. Fair, Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche got to the basket and made some hard plays, very hard plays. That was the only way you were going to score. You weren’t going to make any jump shots.”The proof is in the shot chart, which shows just one made 3-pointer in 18 attempts by San Diego State. And the proof lies at the free-throw line, where San Diego State missed 19 times and shot a lowly 42.4 percent for the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse countered by scoring 55 of its 62 points in the paint or at the free-throw line. Triche and Carter-Williams combined for 32 points in the game, none of which were jump shots. The team attempted only four 3-pointers in total and none in the second half.In this game with this wind — the breezes picked up significantly after halftime — Boeheim’s 2-3 zone baited the Aztecs into futile long-range shots and turned aside 10 others from inside the arc. Sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas blocked five shots alone and altered perhaps twice that. By game’s end, Syracuse held a 44-30 advantage in points in the paint.“I don’t know how good Syracuse is or how good they’re going to be, but I know one thing,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. “They’re not going to get any shorter. And they gave us fits with 10 blocked shots and at least that many that they altered and came flying on any number of what looked like were going to be easy ones that rolled off and didn’t go in for us.”The Aztecs began the game shooting at the more open end of the court, which lacked the additional wind protection provided by the USS Midway’s control tower. The result was 10 missed free throws in the team’s first 13 attempts and zero 3-pointers made.Syracuse took full advantage and surged to a 17-4 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Fair, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, connected on his team’s only three successful jump shots from outside the paint during this stretch, including a 3-pointer from the left wing.After that, it was layup or bust.“It’s kind of ironic,” Boeheim said. “C.J. made a jumper and 3 to start the game. And those were the only two jump shots we made the entire game. We made those early and got that cushion.”It saddled San Diego State with the task of climbing back from a 14-point halftime deficit while battling both Syracuse and the stiff breeze. The Aztecs shot — flung might be a better word — 14 3-pointers in the second half, connecting only once. The one successful 3 was a line drive by James Rahon that rattled home, its trajectory bereft of arc.As it became clear that the game was out of reach by the midway point of the second half, a “Let’s go Orange!” chant erupted from a crowd in which roughly 40 percent of spectators wore that color. The environment was tremendous, the spectacle unparalleled and the decision to move the game from Friday to Sunday turned out to be the proper one on a breathtaking afternoon in San Diego.There were no regrets for either team — merely lasting memories.“I’m happy we were here, I’m proud that we’re here, I’m proud to be on the Midway,” Boeheim said. “It’s a great story, and the fans were great. It was a great event.”The game felt more like a schoolyard romp than a top-20 matchup. And quality basketball was exchanged for picturesque views. But for one day and for one game and in one unforgettable setting, Sunday’s trade seemed more than fair.“It was very exciting,” Triche said. “It brings you back to your younger days when you don’t care so much about the way you play; you’re just out there playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse opens season with 62-49 win over San Diego State on USS Midwaycenter_img Published on November 12, 2012 at 3:03 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more