Turkish-Cypriot journalists freed

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more October 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkish-Cypriot journalists freed December 2, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Sener Levent and Mehmud Ener, of the daily paper Afrika, have been freed after the Turkish-Cypriot Supreme Court ruled on 3 October that their six-month prison sentences, handed down on 9 August, for criticising Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in an article on 29 July, were excessive. It reduced them to six weeks each. They were freed because they had already been in jail longer than this._________________09.08.2002 – Two journalists sentenced to six months in prison Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at the six-month jailsentences imposed on two journalists of the Nicosia daily newspaper Afrika, Sener Levent and Memduh Ener, for “insulting” the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktash (picture).   “To have jailed these two journalists is worthy of the worst regimes and all the more unacceptable in a country that aspires to join the European Union”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to the Turkish Cypriot leader. Ménard recalled that “attacks, death threats, confiscation of equipment and fines had failed to silence Afrika (formerly called Avrupa), which has never hesitated to criticize the policies implemented by the Turkish authorities of Northern Cyprus.” He concluded by urging the authorities to release the journalists and drop all further proceedings against them.Levent, the newspaper’s editor, and Ener, an editorial writer, were incarcerated on august 8th in Nicosia’s central prison after receiving their six-month sentences from a civilian court. They were convicted of insulting the Turkish Cypriot leader in an articled published on 29 July 1999, when the newspaper was called Avrupa. The article reported a series of facts and ended with an invitation to the reader to choose, on the basis of these facts, which person was “public enemy No. 1”. One of the options offered was “Rauf Denktash, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Levent, who is well known for criticizing President Denktash and hispolicies, had reported having regularly received death threats from paramilitary groups in the past two years. In 2000, he was accused along with three other Avrupa journalists of spying on behalf of the Greek (southern) part of the island, and was held for several days. This occurred after the newspaper criticized the presence of 35,000 Turkish troops in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.On 24 May 2001, a bomb exploded in the building that houses the newspaper’s printing press, without causing any injuries. On 9 November, the newspaper’s computers were seized on the orders of the Turkish Cypriot judicial authorities on the pretext that it owed unpaid taxes. This came after the newspaper published articles criticizing the threatening tone adopted by Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and Foreign Minister Ismail Cem towards the (southern) Republic of Cyprus. On 11 December, a court ordered the confiscation of the newspaper’s revenue, an estimated 5,000 million Turkish lira (3,820 Euros) a week.On 12 December 2001, the authorities confiscated furniture and equipment from the newspaper’s office and machinery from the printing press. On 15 December 2001, Avrupa closed itself down, throttled by the sentences and the fines, but Levent announced that it would be reborn with the name Afrika, explaining the Cyprus “no longer faces towards Europe, but instead is turning back towards prehistory, towards Africa”. CyprusEurope – Central Asia CyprusEurope – Central Asia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Cyprus Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News to go further Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Investigative reporter’s car sabotaged in Brittany

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists The Breton journalists collective Kelaouiñ is planning to hold a demonstration in Rostrenen, a town near Saint-Nicodème, at noon on 6 April in protest against this latest act of intimidation.France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. It is the kind of story you might expect in a piece of TV fiction, but it happened to Morgan Large, a reporter with Radio Kreiz Breizh, a community radio station based in Saint-Nicodème, a village in Brittany’s Côtes d’Armor department.Large was on the point of driving off on 31 March when she noticed that nuts had been removed from one of the rear wheels of her car. This malicious act, which could have put her life in danger, is not the first of its kind. Ever since she and her radio station began investigating state subsidies for agribusiness companies, they have been subjected to repeated acts of harassment and intimidation, as have other journalists covering intensive farming in Brittany.“This was an extremely serious act of malice,” said Pavol Szalai, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “RSF and this journalist are considering what legal action could be taken. Meanwhile, we urge local elected officials to condemn this act and to combat the temptation to impose a media blackout on issues related to intensive farming in Brittany.”Last December, Radio Kreiz Breizh was broken into twice while Large’s home was the direct target of a serious malicious act. Inès Léraud, a freelance journalist who has covered the environmental impact of Brittany’s intensive farming, has been the target of social media smear campaigns and two defamation suits that were withdrawn just before they were due to come to trial. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked to learn that someone sabotaged the car of a journalist who specializes in investigative reporting on agribusiness in Brittany, in northwestern France. RSF is appalled by such a dangerous form of harassment and is planning legal action. News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Investigative reporter’s car sabotaged in Brittany to go further Receive email alerts News Photo : Morgan Large Organisation Follow the news on France News FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Kick-It for Kevin raises money for cancer

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Joe Pinto The off-campus senior team poses after winning Kick-It for Kevin, the annual charity kickball tournament hosted by Sorin College. Eighteen student teams competed Saturday in the tournament in its seventh year.Holland, a resident assistant in Sorin, was part of the Hall Staff team, competing against 18 other teams for bragging rights and the coveted kickball champion title. He and his team advanced to the quarterfinals, where they faced off against a team of Sorin juniors.After five extra innings, the Hall Staff team lost a heartbreaker by a single run.“The one missing piece from my resume is a Kick-It for Kevin title,” Holland, who is set to graduate this spring, said.This year marked the seventh annual charity kickball tournament, the dorm’s signature event started to honor Kevin Healey, a former resident and member of the class of 2011 who died from brain cancer in 2009.Each year, Sorin partners with Kick-It, a national organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research. The Ohio-based nonprofit helps sponsor charity kickball tournaments across the country.“Kick-It for Kevin is one of the pillars of what makes Sorin great,” Holland said. “It’s great because we’re raising money for a great cause, but we’re also having a great time with everyone in the dorm.”Sophomore Joe Pinto, the Kick-It for Kevin commissioner, said this year’s event raised about $7,000, a new record.“It’s the perfect fundraiser,” he said. “Because you need to do something that’s fun and will be able to get people out, but also something that all people can and want to play.”This year, Pinto said he tried to make the tournament — which moved back to its former location on Bond Quad — a campus-wide event. It had a number of local corporate sponsors that donated gift cards and food, including Einstein Bros, Meijer, BarBici, Five Guys and Chipotle.Kick-It merchandise was offered as fundraising incentives, Pinto added. Some of the seniors have collected quite a lot of gear over the year.For Pinto, the event is a way to honor a special member of the Sorin community.“It’s pretty cool to be able to see a dorm that has so much history and so much tradition remember one person like this,” he said. “I think this is our way of giving back to him and giving back to his memory.”In a dorm that has housed students since 1888, not many students can boast a legacy that rivals Healey’s.“When you hear stories about Kevin and hear people that did know him talk about him, he just really stood for a lot of great qualities that we want in Sorin and in Notre Dame,” Holland said.Healey didn’t let his illness get the best of him, Holland said. Instead, he tried to make the most of the time he had at Notre Dame.“It’s always great to take a few hours to go out and play kickball and have some burgers and hot dogs,” he said. “It’s about enjoying our time here as college students all together.”Fr. Bob Loughery said this is his seventh year as the rector of Sorin College; he’s never seen a year at Notre Dame without a kickball tournament.Loughery also played on the Hall Staff team. Though he didn’t get the victory he wanted, he said the overall event was a big success.“I think the guys show, year after year, when they come together to do something, it gets done,” he said. “It’s always a highlight.”Tags: Kick-It for Kevin, kickball, Sorin College Senior Ethan Holland walked out the back door of Sorin College on Saturday morning in pursuit of a single goal: a victory in the dorm’s annual Kick-It For Kevin kickball tournament.last_img read more

Access Bank Lagos City Marathon to Boost 50th Anniversary of the…

first_imgLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday said the 2017 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon would be used to boost the 50 years celebration of the state.The governor said that everything would be put in place to have a successful marathon as a way of celebrating the state founded on May 27, 1967.The marathon scheduled for February 11, will be the second edition of the 42.1km race. The first edition took place on February 6 this year.“I want to tell you that the Lagos State Government is deeply committed with the 2017 edition of the marathon and that’s why I am handling it personally with the other sponsors,” the governor said. “We want to use it as a platform to start the celebration of Lagos at 50 and to encourage the culture of sports across the city.“I want to urge all our celebrities, entertainers and artists to join hand with us in making sure that whatever we are planning this time around, will not just be a one day event, but it is going to be a weekend of events that will now culminate into the race on Saturday.“We also believe we can use the marathon for charity work and to help the less privileged in our society. It is also another way of giving back to the society.”The governor added that they are using the race to also put the state on the world map of marathon state across the world.Speaking on the race, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank, the major sponsor of the race, Herbert Wigwe, added that the race would also show the whole world that Lagos is safe for business transaction.“Lagos represents the commercial centre of Nigeria and one of the primary reason to make this marathon work is to tell the whole world that Lagos is actually secured for anyone to come and transact their business,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

First responders quickly knock down pole barn fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A pole barn fire that broke out this afternoon on Cathro Road in Alpena remains under investigation.  First responders from the Maple Ridge Township Fire Department say the property  owner was not at home when the blaze started, but thankfully no other structures were damaged.  The blaze was knocked down about 45 minutes after fire fighters arrived on the scene.  First responders from the City of Alpena along with Michigan State Police assisted on the call. No injures were reported.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gas prices on the rise in MichiganNext APS releases dates to return equipment, pick up student belongingslast_img read more