The country where Internet users are tortured

first_img Receive email alerts December 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The country where Internet users are tortured News November 12, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the Tunisian court of cassation’s 8 December decision to uphold the heavy prison sentences passed on eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis and reiterated its condemnation of the mistreatment they have received in detention. They were convicted of using the Internet to promote terrorism on the basis of confessions obtained under torture and some downloaded files.Reporters Without Borders said it hoped the organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society were aware of the “cruel irony” that the next summit’s venue in November 2005 – Tunis – was in “a country where you can be imprisoned and tortured just for looking at a website.”The court of cassation upheld their conviction although their trial was marked by serious irregularities. The prosecution submitted print-outs of webpages about automatic firearms and time bombs supposedly visited by the defendants, but did not say where they came from or when they were visited. The court refused to consider the defendants’ claims that they were tortured. Attorney Nadia Nasraoui, a member of the Association for Combatting Torture in Tunisia (ALTT), said the court of cassation’s decision was not surprising. “So far as political trials go, it is extremely rare for the court of cassation to overturn a decision taken by the appeal court,” she said.The Zarzis Internet users, who are nearly all in their early 20s, are being held in cells with many other detainees, where they have to sleep on the ground. Some of them, especially Amor Farouk Chlendi, have scabies and other skin ailments. An ALTT report says they were tortured for the first 10 days after their arrest in February 2003. They were suspended by the ankles for hours and beaten. Some of them were beaten on the soles of their feet, a torture known as “falaqua.”BackgroundSentences of 13 years in prison were imposed by an appeal court on 6 July on Hamza Mahrouk, 21, Amor Farouk Chelandi, 21, who has a French mother, Amor Rached, 21, Abdel-Ghaffar Guiza, 21, Aymen Mecharek, 22, who has German as well as Tunisian citizenship, and Ridha Hadj Brahim, 38. The appeal court also upheld the 26-year sentences previously passed on two defendants who were convicted in absentia: Ayoub Sfaxi, 21, who is living in France, and Tahar Guemir, 20, who has Swedish and Tunisian citizenship and who lives in Sweden. The ninth member of the group, Abderrazak Bourguiba 19, who was tried by a court for minors as he was only 17 at the time, received a 24-month sentence on appeal on 7 July.They were all accused of belonging to a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda although no evidence was ever presented in support of this claim. Their use of the Internet was the pretext for their conviction. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the Tunisian court of cassation’s 8 December decision to uphold the heavy prison sentences passed on eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis and reiterated its condemnation of the mistreatment they have received in detention. December 26, 2019 Find out more News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Aqueous Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Power Of Love” Cover At The Peach With Turkuaz Horns [Watch]

first_imgToday, as we all prepare to give thanks, Aqueous has released pro-shot footage of their memorable collaboration with the Turkuaz horns at last summer’s The Peach Music Festival. As the band notes regarding the newly released pro-shot video, “We’re releasing this as a huge thank you for all the amazing support we’ve had on the first half of the Color Wheel tour! We are really feeling the power of LOVE!”After opening their Mushroom Stage set with originals “Origami” and “Weight of the Word”, the Buffalo-based groove rockers welcomed the Turkuaz Horns, billed as one of the weekend’s “artists-at-large,” to add some brass for a sing-along cover of Huey Lewis and the News‘ hit, “Power of Love”. This marked Aqueous’ second-ever live rendition of the track, originally recorded as part of the soundtrack for 1985 blockbuster Back To The Future. You can watch the pro-shot video of the collaboration below:Aqueous w/ the Turkuaz Horns – “Power of Love” [Huey Lewis and the News cover, Pro-Shot][Video: Aqueous]After the round of 80s nostalgia, Aqueous continued their set with “The Median“, which they eventually guided into “Warren in the Window”. Finally, the band closed down their Peach set with a 22-minute rendition of their own “Don’t Do It” featuring teases of Dopapod‘s “Picture in Picture”. Below, you can watch the band’s official Peach Fest recap video, shot and edited by David Diller of Ninja Video:Aqueous – The Peach Music Festival – Official Recap Video[Video: AqueousBand; Shot and Edited by David Diller of Ninja Video]For a full list of Aqueous’ upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website here.Setlist: Aqueous | The Peach Music Festival | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA| 7/21/18Set One: Origami, Weight of the Word, Power of Love (1), The Median > Warren in the Window, Don’t Do It (2)Set: Origami, Weight of the Word, Power of Love [1, 2], The Median > Warren in the Window, Don’t Do It [3]1- ft. Turkuaz Horns2- Picture in Picture (Dopapod) teaseNotes: [1] Bustout 276 shows | [2] ft. Turkuaz Horns | [3] contained a “Picture in Picture” (Dopapod) teaselast_img read more

Ektor Rivera to Get Up and Make It Happen in On Your Feet!

first_img View Comments On Your Feet! Related Shows As you can see from our exclusive video below, Ektor Rivera is ready to “Conga!” The acclaimed Puerto Rican performer will replace Josh Segarra as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet! from July 12. The CW-bound Segarra is scheduled to play his final performance in the bio-musical on July 10 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. Ana Villafañe will continue as Gloria Estefan.A musical theater star in Puerto Rico, Rivera’s credits include Rent, Hairspray, Godspell, Piaf, High School Musical, The Outsiders and The Mousetrap. Stateside, he has appeared in Broadway and Beyond and Q’Viva! The Chosen, in which he was cast from the reality television show of the same name, produced by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Simon Fuller. Rivera’s film and additional TV resume includes Incógnita, Nene Lindo and Jimmy Kimmel Live; he is also an established visual artist. This will be his Broadway debut.Directed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, On Your Feet! features a book by Alexander Dinelaris and follows the Estefans’ journey to superstardom, set to their chart-topping, smash hits, including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “1-2-3,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Mi Tierra,” Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” and “Reach,” in addition to an original song written by Gloria and her daughter Emily Estefan.The cast also includes Andréa Burns as Gloria’s mother, Gloria Fajardo; Alma Cuervo as Gloria’s grandmother, Consuelo; Alexandria Suarez and Fabi Aguirre as Little Gloria; and Eduardo Hernandez & Kevin Tellez as Nayib/Young Emilio.center_img Ektor Rivera photographed on the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Messi unwilling to renew Barca contract: Report

first_imgBarcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his current deal expires in 2021, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Friday.The report said Messi and his father Jorge had begun discussing renewing his last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but that he no longer wishes to stay at the Camp Nou.The report added that Messi is angry about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality. The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Messi, who turned 33 last month, scored his 700th career goal on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, but the milestone strike ended in disappointment as Barca drew the game 2-2 in the latest blow to their bid to retain the Spanish title.Barca trail Real Madrid by four points in the title race with five games remaining after Real beat Getafe 1-0 on Thursday.Previously known for his shy personality off the pitch, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the club in the last year.In January he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, who he said had implied players had led to Valverde being sacked.In a February interview with newspaper Mundo Deportivo, he declared the team were not good enough to win this season’s Champions League.Then in April he criticized the board for implying players were not willing to accept a pay-cut to help the team’s financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.Topics :last_img read more