Moroccan court decides to try website editor separately

first_img to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls again for the immediate release of Badil.info website editor Hamid el Mahdaoui after a Casablanca court decided today to separate his trial from the trial of 54 co-defendants who, like him, are charged in connection with last year’s so-called “Hirak” protests in northern Morocco’s Rif region. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Arrested in the Rif city of Hoceima on 20 July 2017 while covering one of the protests, a peaceful march that was banned a few days before it took place, Mahdaoui is facing up to five years in prison on a charge of failing to report “an attempt to endanger internal state security” to the authorities.“We are relieved by the Casablanca criminal court’s decision to separate Badil.info editor Hamid el Mahdaoui’s case from that of the Hirak protest movement,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “The court must now free him. He was there as a journalist and was just doing his job as a reporter by covering news events of interest to the general public. We reiterate our call for the withdrawal of all charges against this website editor, who has no place being in prison. Reporting the news cannot be regarded as a crime.”Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 26, 2018 Moroccan court decides to try website editor separately RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Iraqi media three months after the war : a new but fragile freedom

first_img Receive email alerts July 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Iraqi media three months after the war : a new but fragile freedom December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Organisation News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders called today for speedy action to replace restrictive media regulations imposed by the US and British forces occupying Iraq with clear and coherent laws.In a report on developments in the three months since the US-British takeover of the country, it welcomed the vigorous revival of the media after three decades of grim repression under President Saddam’s regime, but expressed fears the new freedoms could be eroded if resistance grew to the occupying forces.It also called for the ill-defined powers and structure of the Iraq Media Network (IMN), set up by the US as part of the post-war media, to be rapidly and clearly spelled out.The press freedom organisation noted that after an especially deadly war for journalists (10 killed, at least 10 wounded and journalists Fred Nérac and Hussein Osman still missing), working conditions in Iraq were still perilous and attacks on the media were continuing.These have included US troops ransacking the Baghdad offices of Al-Adala, organ of the country’s main Shiite political party, Iraqi police arresting a crew of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera as they were filming an anti-US demonstration, the point-blank-range shooting death of a freelance British cameraman in central Baghdad and the killing of the Mosul bureau chief of a Kurdish TV station in an armed clash.It noted that the British army had only in the past two weeks begun searching for traces of Nérac and Osman, who worked for the British TV network ITN, near where they disappeared in southern Iraq on 22 March.The 3,800-word report, after a fact-finding mission earlier this month, describes the Iraqi media’s radical transformation since the US capture of Baghdad into a prolific written press in full flower, with at least 85 different newspapers and magazines. Dozens of once-banned cybercafés have opened too and shops selling satellite TV receiver dishes, also banned by Saddam Hussein, are doing a roaring trade all over the capital. There is less diversity in the broadcast media, but some new radio and TV stations have been set up, notably an AM and FM radio station, TV station and a daily paper, Al-Sabah, all of them funded and supervised by the US-controlled Iraqi Media Network, which has also taken over from the old information ministry and plans to build up a state media.Journalists told the Reporters Without Borders mission they were still censoring themselves, even though they openly criticise what many call “the occupation forces.” A decree dealing with “inimical media activity” issued in early June by the country’s US civilian administrator, Paul Bremer, bans incitement to violence against the US-British “Coalition” forces, as well as incitement to “ethnic and religious hatred” – vague terms whose interpretation by the US authorities could be used to crack down on the local media.The general lawlessness also threatens Iraq’s newly-free journalists. Although only the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdish Democratic Party have been allowed to keep their militias, journalists fear reprisals from supporters of other political parties used to settling disputes by violence. Some politicians routinely accuse journalists who criticise them of being saddamiye (wanting Saddam’s return) and the messages thought to be from Saddam broadcast recently by Arab satellite TV stations have revived fear of the dictator, who is still very present in people’s minds. See full report RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Reporters Without Borders, which has just visited Baghdad, is issuing a report on the freedom of the Iraqi news media three months after the end of the war. Mushrooming print media, Internet and satellite dishes testify to real diversity of news and information but this new freedom is threatened by violent crime and restrictions imposed by the coalition forces. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

FREDERICKSBURG REGION: VIRGINIA’S ADVENTURE MECCA

first_imgConveniently located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., the Fredericksburg region, consisting of Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: ON THE WATERRappahannock RiverThe Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia is the country’s longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Enjoy the river on your own or discover a number of river outfitters in the area that offer kayaking, fishing and tubing trips.Lake AnnaAmong Virginia’s most popular lakes, Lake Anna offers 13,000 scenic acres of sailing, water-skiing and sport fishing. Boaters can launch boats at the lake’s marinas or take a rental for a spin. At Lake Anna State Park, guests can rent cabins, yurts and lodges for up to 16 people. The park boasts miles of pristine hiking and horseback riding trails. Widewater State ParkWidewater State Park, which just opened in the fall of 2018, offers two miles of shoreline along the Potomac River. The park features beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, a public boat launch and a visitor center. TAKE A HIKE Government IslandNow a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history (the stone from the Quarry was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol). With a 1.5 mile trail, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.Crow’s Nest Natural Area PreserveThe topography of Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. Crow’s Nest also includes a shoreline birding/nature trail to viewpoints of Accokeek Creek, and an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch facility for the Crow’s Nest Water Trail.BattlefieldsGeographically located halfway between the Union and Confederate capital cities, the Fredericksburg region is surrounded by Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse all raged within a 20-mile radius. These battlefields are all protected by the National Park Service and offer a number of activities.GRAPES & GRAINSPotomac Point WineryPotomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean-style winery. The estate includes a delicious bistro, tasting room, internal courtyard, pavilion and event room. Just one mile from the Potomac River, the location was selected because of its rich history, fertile soil and river influences.Smith Bowman DistilleryA staple of Spotsylvania, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The distillery offers a large venue to gather, as well as tours and tastings throughout the day.Spencer Devon BreweryA full-service brewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, Spencer Devon focuses on providing exceptionally crafted beer and a quality dining experience using locally derived ingredients.Start planning your Fredericksburg area adventure at visitfred.com. last_img read more

Over 800 bikers travel through Caldwell and South Haven on Biking Across Kansas tour Wednesday

first_imgThese were bikers who passed through Caldwell Wednesday en route to its next destination. (Courtesy photo Biking Across Kansas Facebook page).by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The traffic was intense Wednesday on U.S. 166, but it wasn’t because of the four-wheel motorized variety.Biking Across Kansas is an annual eight day bicycle tour across Kansas. Each year more than 800 riders take a ride from the west end of the state to the east end. Every year there is an alternative route.In 2013, the BAK ride passed through southern Sumner County on U.S. 166. The route started just west of Johnson City, passed through Dodge City before arriving in Anthony Tuesday evening for a stop. The bikers then traveled into Sumner County hitting Caldwell and South Haven before the stop in Arkansas City. Today, they are somewhere between Ark City and Sedan.A few Sumner County residents were rumored to be on the trip.BAK started in June 1975 and has been held annually ever since.The route of this year’s BAK ride is as follows: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 374 weeks ago My husband is riding BAK. It’s amazing riding in this heat and pedaling 60 to 80 miles in one day. Report Reply 0 replies · active 374 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

World’s Second Largest Publisher: $9.99 eBooks Will Kill Hardcover Books

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Arnaud Nourry, the CEO of the world’s second largest book publisher, Hachette Livre, says that the current pricing trends for eBooks may soon kill the hardcover book as we know it. In an interview with the Financial Times, Nourry says that he worries that the combination of the $9.99 price for bestsellers and the fact that Google now offers millions of out-of-copyright books for free could destroy profits for traditional publishing houses. Nourry is especially worried about the fact that Amazon is currently selling eBooks at a loss and that the company will soon demand that publishers will lower their prices so that it can actually make a profit from selling eBooks in its Kindle store.Will eBooks Really Kill Profit Margins for Publishers?Based on this interview, we can’t help but think that Nourry doesn’t quite get the opportunities (and cost-savings) that electronic books will bring, though there can be no doubt that Amazon has now established $9.99 as the price for bestsellers in the US and all of its competitors like Barnes & Noble and Sony have followed suit (though it is not clear if Amazon’s competitors are also currently subsidizing their eBooks). Publishers obviously incur costs when producing a book and only a small number of bestsellers make up the majority of most publishers’ revenue. In the eBook marketplace, however, where distribution costs are negligible and publishers could even cut out middle-men like Amazon and Sony if they wanted to, the profit margins for most publishing houses are more likely to go up than down, even if they have to price the majority of their books between $0.01 and $9.99.Maybe We Won’t Need Traditional Publishing Houses in the Future?When we talked to Mark Coker from self-publishing house Smashwords last week, he argued that as traditional publishing houses start to reign in cost as the traditional business model in the industry starts to collapse, publishers will start to offload some of their costs to authors (copy-editing, design, etc.). Coker also thinks that publishers will start to look at self-published authors as a sort of farm-league for their big imprints. That could very well be true, and if this happens, then publishers will see even higher profit margins than today.Or Maybe Books Will Just Hang On For a While Longer?Of course, there is also still a chance that readers will just hang on to their regular books – after all, they have served us well for hundreds of years now. As GigaOm’s Jordan Golson puts it, “There’s nothing quite like going into a bookstore and browsing the shelves looking for your next great read, so the electronic revolution won’t affect books as much as it has music and movies.” There is some truth in this, of course, but every eBook vendor offers free first chapters of almost every book and the same argument was probably made by music aficionados whenever another local record store closed in the last few years. For ReadWriteWeb’s in-depth analysis of the changing face of publishing, read Bernard Lunn’s series: Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#news#web center_img frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Firefox 4 Beta for Android, Maemo Arrives

first_imgThe mobile version of Firefox for Android and Maemo just hit a new milestone: Firefox 4 Beta, an update which delivers speed improvements, better panning and zooming, and faster startup time, says Mozilla. Like previous versions of the browser, it also includes standard Firefox features like support for add-ons, Firefox Sync for syncing bookmarks, tabs and browsing history across devices, and even support for Personas, also known as themes.Note: This post will focus on Firefox for Android, not Maemo. There are a number of alternative browsers to choose from on Android, each with unique features that deliver an experience you can’t get on the standard Web browser that ships on Android devices. For example, the popular Dolphin Browser offers tabbed browsing, multitouch pinch-to-zoom, extensions, YouTube downloading, gestures and more.There’s also the fast and small Opera Mini, the Android-optimized Opera Mobile for Android and the socially-infused Skyfire, to name a few others.So what makes Firefox for Android stand out? Here are a few pros and cons:Pro: Sync Tags:#Browsers#mobile#web Firefox’s add-ons support is a feature that probably deserves a listing here on the “pros” side, although personally, I’m more pleased when the functionality included in a browser out-of-the-box means I don’t have to install add-ons.I remember all too clearly my former add-on obsessed days on Firefox: the crashes, the waiting for add-ons to update when new versions of Firefox came out, the toolbar clutter. When Google Chrome launched, blissfully add-on free, it was difficult letting go, but eventually became a breath of fresh air. Now that Chrome offers extensions, I find myself falling down the same hole – the address/search bar’s URL box keeps getting smaller and smaller as extensions crowd its right side.That said, support for add-ons can be useful even on a mobile browser, for adding that extra feature or two you wish your browser had. Firefox’s Mobile Add-ons Gallery now includes over 100 items to customize your browser, including Personas, the Firefox themeing toolkit.Cons: It’s a Big App, It’s a Big BrowserOn the downside, the Firefox mobile app is big – so big, in fact, that I actually hit a wall when trying to download it for the first time. At 13.58 MB, those of you with storage space concerns (and no external SD card) have to think hard about how much you want this. On my Nexus S, for example, I ended up having to move many apps to the device’s internal USB storage and uninstalling others just to make room for it. As the installation grows with my associated data, concern over file size will linger. As someone who likes to record a lot of video with my phone, storage space is always a concern. This is mainly because the Nexus S doesn’t include an SD card slot, which is now becoming a major limitation of this device. Your mileage may vary, of course.At the end day, Firefox may be a feature-rich, robust browser, but that’s both a pro and a con. While it’s nice to have your data synced, too many add-ons can slow you down. The performance is better, but not great. Overall, the effort feels a little bit like you’re trying to run a desktop-sized browser on a mobile platform.I haven’t “lived with” the browser for long enough to have a more in-depth opinion as I’m (relatively) new to Android, so chalk these up as first impressions. For those of your out there using Firefox Mobile, tell me: what do you think of it? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … For anyone who uses Firefox as their primary desktop Web browser, the Android version is a great complement to that experience. With Firefox’s mobile edition, your open tabs, browsing history and bookmarks sync from desktop to mobile and back through Firefox Sync, a behind-the-scenes feature that acknowledges the fact that your connected life doesn’t live in two different silos – desktop and mobile – but that you want your mobile life to be an extension of what you began at your notebook PC….and vice versa.This is a feature that should be standard on any mobile browser, but sadly isn’t. Between my 4 computers, 1 tablet and 2 mobile phones, it’s a feature which could serve me well. However, I have to admit I’m a Google Chrome user. I’m missing out here. That’s not to say there aren’t alternative solutions for Chrome users, but these feel more like workarounds – isn’t not as easy as simply choosing to install the same app on multiple devices.Firefox Sync isn’t new to this particular beta update, but it’s the one feature that constantly sits in the back of my mind, making me wonder if it may be time to give Firefox another go.Pro: Performance UpdatesAlso new to Firefox for Android (and yes, Firefox for Nokia’s Maemo platform too), are a number of performance improvements. Mozilla says that JavaScript benchmarks now show Firefox 4 Beta outperforming the stock Android browser. It’s roughly three times faster on Kraken, twice as fast on SunSpider and slightly faster on V8 (all ways to test browser performance).Mozilla also addressed issues regarding slow start-up time, page load time, responsiveness when panning and zooming, stability issues, memory usage, readability and some keyboard issues. Many, many steps in the right direction here. For previous Firefox beta testers, the performance improvements should be noticeable, in fact.Pro?: Add-ons The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

Key wins for UP, Adamson

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kaya punishes Green Archers PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ University of the Philippines and the Adamson U bolstered their quarterfinal bids with hard-fought victories Saturday in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup held at the tournament’s namesake gym.The Maroons held off a late charge by the Centro Escolar University Scorpions to forge a 68-62 victory while Adamson held off tough Letran, 89-85.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss CEU dropped to 2-2 and was led by Diouf’s 28 points.Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren lamented his team’s miscues that allowed Letran a chance to mount several comebacks.“This game showed that we need a lot of work,” said Pumaren, who watched the Knights chew off several double-digit spreads by the Falcons. “There were several instances where we could break the game [but we did not] and this is a sign that we are a very young team.”ADVERTISEMENT Will Gozum and Bright Akhuetie gave UP control of the match until CEU’s Maodo Diouf his a basket that capped a run that had the Scorpions within 63-62, 1:20 remaining.But James Spencer knocked down a huge triple with 25 seconds remaining to give UP a 66-62 lead en route to the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Sometimes you have mixed feelings about these games,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol, whose wards upped their record to 3-2 in Group A and kept themselves in the hunt for a quarterfinals berth. “You don’t want it to be close, but sometimes, you develop character especially with the guys we have right now. They find a way to win with the changing complexion of the game.”Jun Manzo led UP with 17 points and six assists while Akhuetie added 13 and seven rebounds. Spencer chipped in 11 points and nine boards. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

High surf and strong currents expected at San Diego beaches

first_img Posted: August 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, August 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — High surf and strong rip currents could lead to flooding and dangerous conditions at local beaches Saturday evening, the National Weather Service said Saturday.The NWS issued a beach hazards statement through midnight for San Diego coastal areas, as well as the shorelines in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.Surf of two to four feet could cause minor flooding of low-lying roads or parking lots near the water’s edge, forecasters said.Rip currents will make the waters dangerous for swimmers and will enhance the flooding effects of the high tides.Areas susceptible to flooding during high tides include Oceanside and Imperial Beach in San Diego County. South-facing beaches in Orange County will see the highest surf. center_img KUSI Newsroom High surf and strong currents expected at San Diego beaches Updated: 5:30 PMlast_img read more

Brat Studios Launching Record Label EXCLUSIVE

center_img Likewise, Brat Records’ deals initially will be for one-off singles (under a variety of different terms), rather than long-term contracts. “We’re starting out by releasing a suite of singles and compilations in partnership with artists,” he says, “not signing them to anything exclusive.”He also notes that whereas the company’s earlier music efforts were largely intended to promote its shows, “Here, there’s a music-first approach. We’ll be looking for talent both inside and outside of our universal of characters.”Brat’s new music efforts will be led by new hire Lucas Thomashow, a former Google employee who started the DJ duo Cherry Beach. 

The new division will team up talent with emerging songwriters and producers to create releases under the Brat Records banner. In addition, the company is building a presence on music services like Spotify, where recent playlists including Brat Radio and the Chicken Girls Playlist recently went live.

“There are a lot of emerging artists with huge fanbases who are being ignored by mainstream,” Fishman says, “and we’re here for them.”last_img read more