Israel: Palestinian journalist sentenced, five others pending trial

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more News To justify administrative detention and to keep extending it, the Israeli authorities cite security grounds and systematically claim to have “classified files” proving that these journalists are linked to Hamas. RSF has nonetheless learned that, during interrogation, these journalists are always asked about their journalistic work.“The fact that the interrogation of Palestinian journalists focuses on their work suggests that the Israeli authorities arrest them in connection with their journalism, not on security grounds and the reference to ‘classified files’ has no basis in fact,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “The Israeli judicial system’s proceedings need to be more transparent and it must stop assuming that Palestinian journalists sympathize with terrorist groups.” RSF_en At least two other detained Palestinian journalists are currently suspected of being in contact with Hamas. One is Mohammed Anwar Mona, who like Khater was arrested in the West Bank in July 2018. The other is Mustafa Al-Kharouf, an East Jerusalem-based photographer who is facing deportation. PalestineIsraelMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists ImprisonedWomen Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Israel is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Lama Khater, who was interrogated for 34 days after her arrest in the West Bank on 24 July 2018 and was subjected to indefinite administrative detention thereafter, was sentenced by an Israeli court on 10 June to 13 months in prison and a fine of 4,000 shekels (1,000 euros) on a charge of “inciting hostile activities against Israel” and for alleged links with Hamas, which Israel regards as a terrorist organization. PalestineIsraelMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists ImprisonedWomen RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance center_img Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an end to Israel’s obstruction of Palestinian journalists and for transparency in its judicial proceedings against them after the first of six Palestinian journalists held for threatening Israel’s security was tried and convicted this week. The other five are still awaiting trial. June 14, 2019 Israel: Palestinian journalist sentenced, five others pending trial Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF welcomes US Department of Defense revisions to Law of War Manual

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the updated Law of War Manual released today by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). When the manual was originally published in June 2015, RSF called for revisions to the manual’s provisions on journalists. After consultations with RSF, other media defense organizations and journalists, the manual now better reflects the status and role of journalists under the law of war. June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflicts Organisation Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says July 21, 2016 – Updated on July 22, 2016 RSF welcomes US Department of Defense revisions to Law of War Manual News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information After the manual was published last June, RSF’s Secretary-General Christophe Deloire wrote to US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to call for revision of the sections regarding journalists. RSF was concerned with several provisions, including one that likened war reporting to spying and another suggesting that “States may need to censor journalists’ work or take other security measures so that journalists do not reveal sensitive information to the enemy.” Another provision was problematic because it claimed that in certain cases the relaying of information could constitute taking a direct part in hostilities, thereby forfeiting journalists’ status as civilians under the law of war. “We welcome today’s revisions to the Law of War Manual and thank the DOD for addressing RSF’s concerns,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s US Director. “We hope that this update will help to improve the safety of journalists covering conflict, a profession that becomes increasingly dangerous every day.” RSF is pleased to learn that the provisions referring to spying and censorship have now been removed. The revised version clarifies the international legal principle that journalists are protected as civilians under the law of war, referencing the United Nations Security Council resolution 2222 on the safety of journalists. The new manual also emphasizes that “journalists play a vital role in free societies and the rule of law and in providing information about armed conflict.” Furthermore, the new version refers to RSF’s 2015 Safety Guide for Journalists : A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments in a section regarding journalists’ need to distinguish themselves from armed forces in order to minimize the risk of mistakenly being targeted for attack. DOD General Counsel Jennifer O’Conner said in a statement that “the department’s mission is to defend the very freedoms that journalists exercise. We have learned a lot during this process, and the department and the manual are better off for the experience.” The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Image credit SAUL LOEB / AFP to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflicts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en last_img read more

Two people injured in early Saturday morning shooting in South Bend

first_img Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Two people were hospitalized after a shooting on South Bend’s west side.The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, in the area of Olive and Bertrand Streets in South Bend.One person suffered a gunshot wound to the face. The other victim suffered a gunshot wound to the hand, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.The victims were taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment.Evidence on scene indicated several dozen shots were fired.So far, there is no word of any suspects or arrests.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart man hospitalized with head injuries, broken leg after motorcycle/vehicle crashNext articleMiddlebury man, 19, arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – June 6, 2020 0 447 Two people injured in early Saturday morning shooting in South Bend Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Colombia Arrests Drug Trafficker Sought for Extradition by Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo March 15, 2011 Colombian drug trafficker Aníbal Zapata, who escaped from a Peruvian prison in February 2009, has been arrested by the Colombian police, that institution announced. Zapata, who was serving a sentence for drug trafficking in Peru and was sought by Interpol, was detained in the Colombian city of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá). Zapata was made available to the Colombian Public Prosecutor’s Office. In addition, the Peruvian authorities were informed of his arrest so that they can start extradition procedures, the Colombian police indicated in a statement. The Colombian drug trafficker had been arrested by the Peruvian authorities in January 2008, in a residence in Lima where he was hiding a shipment of 128 kilos of cocaine, valued at 4.5 million dollars. His escape from prison took place through an alleged fraud, by means of the presentation of a false habeas corpus ruling and order, the Colombian police indicated.last_img read more

Board to meet in Jacksonville

first_img May 15, 2002 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors will take a final look at its proposed $29.6 million 2002-03 Bar budget — which does not raise membership annual fees — at its May 24 meeting in Jacksonville.The board, at its last meeting during the tenure of Bar President Terry Russell, also will nominate six lawyers for each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions and consider several ethics-related issues.The board approved the budget at its May 15 meeting, and will consider objections from members at the Jacksonville gathering, before making any final changes and forwarding it to the Supreme Court for review.The budget projects total revenues of $29.6 million and projects a surplus for the year at nearly $1 million. Annual membership fees, which were raised last year, will remain at $265 for active Bar members and $175 for inactive members.Included in the budget is $750,000 for President-elect Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law initiative, which aims to improve public education and perception about the legal profession. Aronovitz plans to raise $200,000 or more of that from separate contributions from attorneys and law firms, including from a check-off on the Bar’s annual member fees form. (See story, page 1.)The new budget projects receiving almost $18.5 million from the Bar’s annual membership fees, up from almost $18.3 million for the 2001-02 budget. The Bar expects another $5.5 million from the sale of goods and services, such as CLE courses and legal manuals, which is down slightly from the $5.7 million expected in the current budget.On the expenditure side, the biggest item continues to be the Bar’s lawyer discipline program and other operations (including professionalism, ethics, and lawyer advertising) related to the regulation of the profession. Those are expected to take $11.8 million for 2002-03, an increase of about $500,000 from the current budget.A complete breakdown of the new budget was in an official notice in the April 15 Bar News. With the JNCs, the board will begin the second year of a new program that has the governor appoint all nine members of each of the 26 JNCs. The law, passed by the legislature last year, does have the Bar nominate three lawyers for four seats on each JNC. This year, because of staggered terms, the Bar will be making nominations for two seats on each JNC.The board expects to send the 156 names to Gov. Jeb Bush by June 1. The new terms start July 2.The board will consider several issues from the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, including several advertising appeals and one ethics appeal. The review committee will also present a final draft on procedures for requesting an ethics opinion, which allows the board to issue an ethics opinion on its own initiative.The Professional Ethics Committee is also requesting permission to prepare an opinion relating to third party claims on funds held in trust by an attorney and on lawyers’ duties when a client seeks a second opinion.The board will also get an update on a potentially far-reaching technology project that could be a boon to Bar members. The Technology Task Force will present cost and content information for the proposed Bar-created Internet portal, tentatively called MyFloridaBar.com.The service would function similarly to Yahoo!, MSN, or AOL services in that when lawyers log onto the Internet, the MyFloridaBar page would come up. Based on a similar and popular service offered by the State Bar of Texas, Bar members could customize the homepage for their needs, getting legal research, news, e-mail, or communicating with their offices in an instant.Besides the JNC appointments, the board will select two lawyers to serve on the Supreme Court’s Professionalism Commission, and send the court three nominees for a vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Board to meet in Jacksonvillecenter_img Board to meet in Jacksonvillelast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao: I’m ready to fight Floyd Mayweather

first_imgManny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, who says the 34-year-old will box again on 12 April in the USA, is hopeful a fight with Mayweather will happen.”It’s a fight that should happen – and where there’s a will, there is a way,” Arum said.Pacquiao, who was fighting for the first time since being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez nearly a year ago, put on a dominant display to beat Rios by unanimous points decision.He continually stunned his brave opponent, with the American in desperate trouble in the seventh and 12th rounds.Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, who says the 34-year-old will box again on 12 April in the USA, is hopeful a fight with Mayweather will happen.”It’s a fight that should happen – and where there’s a will, there is a way,” Arum said. Pacquiao, who was fighting for the first time since being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez nearly a year ago, put on a dominant display to beat Rios by unanimous points decision.He continually stunned his brave opponent, with the American in desperate trouble in the seventh and 12th rounds.last_img read more