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

L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin’s assists more than just a passing fancy

first_imgIt’s only been two games since his return, but Spencer Hawes on New Years Eve showed how vital he is to the team when he scored 10 points – burying two 3-pointers – and grabbed seven rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench in Los Angeles’ 99-78 victory over the New York Knicks.The 7-foot-1 backup post missed nine consecutive games with a bruised left knee. He came back Monday and scored just two points with two assists, two blocks and three rebounds in 13 minutes in a 101-97 win over Utah. He then shot 4 of 7 in the win over the Knicks – 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He also had two assists and a steal to complement the rebounds.“He adds a lot to our team,” Rivers said of Hawes. “You know, it’s valuable for everybody to stay healthy, when you think about it. And when he’s out, it obviously stretched us a little bit. We had to put lineups on the floor that we really didn’t want to put on.“But listen, every team’s thin in some ways and you’re going to have injuries; that’s going to happen. But you don’t want any of them. They’re all bad.”Hawes, a starter most of his career, has not started a game for the Clippers. He’s averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, but his outside-shooting ability makes him a threat to break loose for a big game on a given night. He scored a season-high 17 points in a Nov. 2 loss to Sacramento.Hawes has career scoring and rebounding averages of 9.5 and 6.3, respectively. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in 2013-14, starting 78 of 80 games played with Cleveland and Philadelphia. “Guys have to make shots,” said Griffin, who has been called perhaps the best passing big man in the league by coach Doc Rivers. “I don’t know, I try to look for guys the same way every game. But guys have definitely been hitting shots and I think our offense is flowing pretty well and we’ve had good spacing. I think that helps, too, because the defense has to stretch so many different ways.“When Jamal (Crawford) and J.J. (Redick) and CP are in and D.J.’s (DeAndre Jordan) ducking in or D.J.’s at the rim for lobs, I really have four options and that’s a lot of options. It’s easy. Especially when I get stuck, I can just put it somewhere next to the rim and D.J.’s going to finish. So it’s really about our offense and who we have on the floor and our weapons.”Even though this is easily Griffin’s best of his four-plus seasons in the assist department, he said he’s always had it in his arsenal.“It’s a part of my game, I think, but it’s not something I just started doing,” he said.Hawes’ return Blake Griffin’s career assists average heading into Saturday’s game between his Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers was 3.8. But he’s averaging 5.0 this season. Moreover, he averaged 6.0 assists in 17 games in December and twice doled out a career-high 11.Not too shabby, coming from a 6-foot-10 power forward. Point guard Chris Paul loves it.“It’s very valuable,” he said. “When teams try to send two people at me in the pick-and-roll and different things like that, there are some guys in our league who have to try to pull it and drag it and keep it themselves. But it makes us that much more dangerous that I can just hit Blake and he knows how to make great decisions.”Griffin, who leads the team in scoring with a 22.6 points-per-game average, gives his teammates a lot of credit for his work.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bradley Chubb injury update: Broncos linebacker (ACL) out for season

first_img Mitchell Trubisky injury update: Bears QB has dislocated left shoulder, report says “He (Chubb) was as surprised I think as anybody this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did.”Chubb, the No. 5 pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, has helped form a dynamic pass-rushing duo alongside linebacker Von Miller and is one of the more promising young players in the league.Chubb totaled 60 tackles and 12 sacks as a rookie last season, and his absence will certainly hurt a Broncos team struggling with its defensive identity.Denver ranks 25th in the NFL with only five sacks this year after tallying 44 in 2018 — the eighth-highest mark in the league.The winless Broncos will travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers (2-2) Sunday, and Chubb’s impact will be missed. The pass-rusher exited the Broncos’ 26-24 loss to Jacksonville in Week 4 with cramps before returning later on, but Fangio confirmed the cramping was separate from Chubb’s knee injury.”Well he did have cramps. That was separate,” Fangio said. “Then he did hurt his knee at some point in the game, but he felt good enough to come back in.” Related News Sam Darnold update: Jets QB (mono) cleared for non-contact drillscenter_img Bradley Chubb’s 2019 season has been cut short.Denver coach Vic Fangio announced Monday that Chubb tore his ACL Sunday and won’t play again in 2019. “It’s a huge loss. He’s one of our better players. …Great player, person, leader, all that,” Fangio said.last_img read more

10 months ago​Newcastle dealt blow as Muto wins Japan call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Newcastle dealt blow as Muto wins Japan call-upby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are disappointed in the news that Yoshinori Muto will be going to the Asia Cup.He has been called up to the Japan squad for the tournament that will take place in January.He was not in the original squad, but has been added in by boss Hajime Moriyasu.It will result in Muto missing around four Premier League games, along with some FA Cup clashes.While he has only been on the bench in recent games, it still means that Newcastle will be short on options in attacking positions.And it could lead to manager Rafa Benitez attempting to find a short term backup in the January window.Another who will be absent is Ki Sung Yueng, who will be with South Korea for the Asia Cup. last_img read more

Video: Shannon Spake’s Mic Picks Up Arkansas Player Saying “God We Suck” Before Kliff Kingsbury Interview

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)2015 is not going the way that Arkansas envisioned. After ending last season with all kinds of momentum, the Razorbacks have lost two straight games to Toledo and now a struggling Texas Tech team. As ESPN’s Shannon Spake was getting ready to interview the winning coach, Kliff Kingsbury, her mic caught an unidentified Arkansas player saying “god we suck.” It’s not too loud, but with headphones in, it is very clear.“God we suck.”— Jack Lyall (@jackllyall) September 20, 2015We’re sure plenty of Arkansas fans share the same sentiment after the last few weeks.last_img read more

CBS News appoints new leader for evening newscast

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News has appointed Mosheh Oinounou (WAH-noo-noo) as the top behind-the-scenes executive at the “CBS Evening News,” where Jeff Glor recently took over as the anchor.Oinounou replaces Steve Capus as the show’s executive producer. CBS News President David Rhodes said Capus, a former NBC News president who has been the show’s executive producer for the past four years, will be staying at CBS in a role yet to be defined.CBS says Oinounou will be looking for digital extensions to the nightly newscast. He was part of the leadership team for the CBSN streaming service.The “CBS Evening News” generally draws about 7 million viewers a night, placing it third in the ratings to newscasts at ABC and NBC.last_img

The Latest 1 killed 47 injured in France gas protests

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on protests in France against rising fuel taxes (all times local):12:45 p.m.French interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and 47 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases.Police say that three of the injured are in serious condition, according to the ministry. Officials say that 24 people have been arrested and 17 held for questioning.The protests over rising fuel taxes have drawn citizens upset about a host of problems like decreased buying power. An investigation was underway in the death of a protester in the eastern Savoie region, hit by a driver who apparently accelerated in a panic while caught in the demonstration, according to a regional official.Authorities didn’t give a breakdown about how the 47 others were injured during the protests.___8:20 a.m.Drivers in France are planning to block roads across the country to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron.Protesters pledge to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the bypass that rings Paris on Saturday. The government is preparing to send police to remove protesters and threatening fines.The taxes are part of Macron’s strategy of weaning France off fossil fuels. Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency seen as disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties.The protesters have dubbed themselves the “yellow jackets” because they wear fluorescent vests that all French drivers must keep in their vehicles in case of car troubles.Separately, ambulances briefly blocked Paris’ Champs-Elysees on Friday to protest new rules on ambulance financing and put pressure on Macron’s government.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Will stick to fiscal prudence lower tax rates if elected Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said the BJP-led NDA will continue with fiscal prudence and lower tax rates if elected back to power. He further said the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council has cut tax rates on consumption items to 12 or 18 per cent from the highest slab of 28 per cent and lowering rate on cement is next on agenda. “I speak in terms of taxation policies… I’m quite clear in my mind that on two issues at least we had – a lot of good fiscal prudence and we brought the rates down, these are two areas, if we are in power we will continue the same glide path,” Jaitley said while addressing the CII AGM here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe general elections will be held in phases beginning April 11 and counting of votes will take place on May 23. Jaitley said India’s growth has stabilised between 7-7.5 per cent and irrespective of global trends, domestic consumption is going to increase. “We have come to 7-7.5 per cent (growth rate) range despite the fact that there is no global boom or support of any kind, and we have stabilised at that, you need to graduate further,” he added. The Reserve Bank of India Thursday cut its GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal by 20 basis points (bps) to 7.2 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe minister said that over the last 5 years the government did not increase tax rates, and in some cases doubled tax base and increased tax collection. “In the last 20 odd months of the GST except for Cement that is because of affordability, … every item of consumption has come down to 18 per cent and 12 per cent category from 28 per cent. So, it is only a matter of time that the last one also comes down,” Jaitley said. Asked what steps would be taken if the government comes to power, Jaitley said, “Wait for a couple of days, when our manifesto comes out, you may find some of the views expressed in that”. The government had revised upwards the fiscal deficit target for 2018-19 fiscal to 3.4 per cent from 3.3 per cent projected in the budget. For current fiscal, which begun on April 1, the fiscal deficit target has been set at 3.4 per cent.last_img read more

Make it womenfriendly

first_imgIn a significant decision, the Bombay High Court has clarified the law on abortion in India. It is legal. Every woman has a fundamental right to her sexual and reproductive autonomy and choose whether to retain her pregnancy or not. But this is not an absolute right, and is subject to certain exceptions in law, as prescribed in The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) which seeks to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners. Section 3 of the Act provides that a registered medical practitioner can terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks, or two registered medical practitioners can terminate a pregnancy up to 20 weeks if they are of the opinion that continued pregnancy would involve a risk to the pregnant woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health, or there exists a substantial risk to the child’s health. The MTP Act further allows termination of pregnancy beyond twenty weeks, if the doctor opines that such termination is immediately necessary to save the woman’s life. However, doctors are highly reluctant to conduct abortions beyond 20 weeks without court approval. In most cases, women seeking abortion after 20 weeks have to approach the High Courts or the Supreme Court, who then set up a medical board consisting of a panel of doctors to decide whether abortion could be allowed or not. In Ms. Z v. State of Bihar (2018), a woman was raped in a shelter home, and her request for abortion in 17 weeks was not allowed by the hospital. When she approached the High Court, she was again denied, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, she was already 26 weeks’ pregnant by the time her matter was heard in the Apex Court, and she was not allowed to abort. The Supreme Court held that “the duty cast on the authorities under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act, 1971 is not dutifully performed, and the failure has ultimately given rise to a catastrophe, a prolonged torment”. In the present case, referring to various High Courts and Supreme Court decisions, the Bombay High Court gave certain interim directions for the implementation of the MTP Act. The High Court categorically held that a registered medical practitioner is entitled to terminate a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if she is of the opinion that such termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. But if she opines that there is no immediate danger to the life of pregnant woman, then she is not entitled to terminate the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks without court’s approval, even if such pregnancy may cause grave physical or mental harm or there is a substantial risk to the child. In the latter case, the pregnant woman has to approach the High Court directly to seek permission for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Court further directed the State to set up medical boards in each district in order to examine pregnant women and assess the feasibility of termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. It is argued that though the High Court attempted to clear the confusion regarding termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, by doing so, it has made the law on abortion more difficult for women in India. As noted before, the issue of termination of pregnancy exceeding 20 weeks is a vexed one plaguing the courts for the last many years. The High Court’s distinction between cases with an immediate risk to woman’s life, and those where the same risk is not there, but there’s a substantial risk to her physical/mental health or to the child is a flawed one. The High Court failed to take note that while there may not be an immediate risk to her life, to force her to approach the Courts which would then take their own time to set up a medical board to assess pregnancy would cause irreparable damage to her physical/mental health, especially if there is a delay in adjudicating the matter, like what happened in Ms. Z v. State of Bihar. In many cases, by the time the Supreme Court or the High Courts allowed the termination of pregnancy, several weeks had passed, thereby making it impossible to conduct the termination, and forcing women to bear unwanted pregnancy. It is an irony that a law like MTP that primarily pertains to women’s bodies has not been enacted from women’s rights perspective, but to exempt medical doctors from penalty vis-à-vis offences in the IPC regarding causing miscarriage and causing fetal death. Despite referring to women’s rights to privacy, dignity and autonomy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court failed to make the women’s reproductive autonomy central to the interpretation of the MTP Act. If a pregnant woman seeks to terminate her pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, then her physical/mental health should be of main concern, even if there is no immediate risk to her life. To compel her to get involved in complex bureaucratic procedures of court approval, which includes examination by a medical board, is an affront to her sexual and reproductive autonomy. It is hoped that this rigidity of interpretation is relaxed in the future, and a truly progressive regime on abortion is ushered in this country soon. (The author is an Attorney. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Walkon receiver hopes to remain involved in sports after OSU career

Ricky Crawford, from Lewis Center, Ohio, followed his dream and joined the Ohio State football team as a walk-on wide receiver during spring drills in 2008. “To come to Ohio State has been my dream since I can remember,” Crawford said. “I never wanted to go to a different school.” Despite only being on scout team, Crawford worked hard helping OSU prepare for upcoming opponents. In his first two seasons at OSU, Crawford received the scout team workhorse award five times. It should also be noted that Crawford has never missed a practice. Going into his senior year in 2010, Crawford changed his position to tight end adding a little bulk to his 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound frame. “I had to work hard to gain the weight,” Crawford said. “I’m helping with being a receiver/tight end, just going out there doing whatever I can do to help the team.” Crawford’s hard work, dedication and willingness to help the team have finally paid off. He was awarded a scholarship this season and has earned playing time in five games. “It’s a little different. I really haven’t noticed it too much other than the fact that I can stay after practice and eat,” Crawford said. After the season is over, Crawford said he wants to work out for the OSU pro day. However, if professional football falls through for Crawford, he has a backup plan. “I want to go back to school and get a degree in education and maybe coach high school football,” Crawford said. “I just know I want to stay close to sports.” read more