RSF condemns warrant for newspaper editor’s arrest

first_img News News El-Balshy is accused of insulting the interior minister and police, inciting protests and calling for the government’s overthrow in Facebook and Twitter posts. He told local media outlets he had been surprised to hear the official announcement about the warrant as he had not received any summons for questioning.“We call for these charges to be withdrawn,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The situation is serious when the authorities not only harass journalists but also target those who defend them. The authorities must, as a matter of urgency, allow journalists to work normally without fear of reprisals.”Local human rights groups and media personnel condemned yesterday this complaint targeting a journalist who defends his colleagues. The Journalists Syndicate gave the interior ministry a 48-hour deadline (expiring tomorrow) to withdraw or rescind the arrest warrant.El-Balshy said on Facebook that the complaint against him concerned all journalists, both those who are imprisoned and those who are threatened with imprisonment, and the cause of media freedom in general. In February, the Journalists Syndicate held a sit-in to condemn the mistreatment of imprisoned journalists and to demand their release.According to RSF’s tally, at least 23 journalists are currently detained. The trial of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a press photographer also known as Shawkan, finally began on 26 March but was adjourned until 23 April.RSF has meanwhile been unable to obtain any information about the current status of Anwar Al-Sabry, a journalist with the Al-Badil website who was arrested by police at his home on 21 February. His family does not know where he is currently held.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index, Egypt was the world’s fourth biggest prison for journalists in 2015, after China, Eritrea and Iran. Organisation Middle East – North Africa Egypt Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Middle East – North Africa Egypt Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Receive email alerts RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison April 6, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 RSF condemns warrant for newspaper editor’s arrest February 1, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the warrant for the arrest of Khaled El-Balshy, the head of the Journalists Syndicate’s freedoms committee and editor in chief of the independent newspaper Al-Bedaiah. It was issued on 4 April in response to a complaint by the interior ministry. January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Become a winemaker – An ideal gift for someone special

first_imgTwitter A WINE club with a difference, GrowYourWine.com promises to take wine-lovers on a journey through the entire production cycle of their very own vintage wine. Allowing members to track the progress of their vines online and to take part in the grape harvest in the Vendée region between Nantes and La Rochelle, a GrowYourWine membership makes the ideal Christmas gift.The Connoisseur’s Membership includes:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Rental of a row of 12 vines at one of Cottage des Ajonc’s vineyards for a year.12 bottles of wine (red, white or rosé) with customised labels produced from your own vines delivered to your door or collected directly at the vineyard.A certificate of ownership and a photo of your named row.An open invitation to inspect your vines at any time.The opportunity to pick your own grapes and participate in the harvest celebrations.A winemaking class held on site at the vineyard (1 day at harvest including lunch)Free visit at bottling time with option of collecting your wine at the vineyard or having your bottles delivered to your homeAccess to the members private wine blog to track the progress of your vines online and keep up to date with vineyard happenings.A welcome gift pack (including a wine thermometer, a drip collar, a corkscrew, a tourist map …)Your winemaker’s certificate.Becoming a GrowYourWine member is very easy online. An exclusive way to enjoy your very own wine and join a community of like-minded individuals. Advertisement Facebook NewsBecome a winemaker – An ideal gift for someone specialBy admin – December 15, 2009 714 Printcenter_img Previous articleSean’s Atlantic crossing delayed againNext articleArts briefs December 19 admin Email WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more