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

Reporting in FSA salt campaign is unhelpful

first_imgSince the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) salt reduction campaign began in 2004, the Federation of Bakers (FoB) has worked closely with the FSA to ensure all of its targets have been met across all bread. Since then, salt in bread has been reduced by more than 30%, with 180 tonnes removed in branded bread alone, ensuring the industry is on track to achieve the 2010 targets. The FoB’s members are pleased to help consumers make healthier choices, while ensuring they continue to produce products of the highest quality.Against this positive background, the FSA launched its latest high-profile advertising campaign on salt reduction, which clearly establishes bread as a villain that consumers should be wary of. As such, the FoB believed it necessary to withdraw support from the FSA salt campaign as we felt the sensationalist advertising was unfair and unhelpful. Placing a disproportionate amount of blame on very few food products does not help consumers make an informed choice and does not recognise the efforts made by the bread industry towards reducing salt.Bread will always be a main contributor of salt to the diet, purely because it is a daily staple. That does not mean bread is the food with the highest salt content and consumers must not be left with the over-simplified impression that it’s an unhealthy food and best avoided.We firmly oppose the current consumer awareness campaign. The FSA must work collaboratively with the industry and we need to work out how we can do this so both parties are happy. The end result must be a product that consumers will enjoy and repeatedly buy, which is also as low in salt as it can possibly be a fine balancing act but one which we feel is not impossible to achieve.last_img read more

Central America’s Next Energy Sources

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2010 I like it so much. It’s admirable that you can use the volcanoes as a source of energy, I am convinced that the creator left everything in due course. Congratulations to the governments of Central America. Central America’s volcanoes may serve to alleviate the region’s energy needs. Extracting geothermal energy from the volcanoes is a viable option for many Central American countries, given that the region contains as many as 80 volcanoes, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Guatemala, the largest Central American country, seeks to produce 60 percent of its energy from geothermal or hydroelectric power plants by 2022. Geothermal power plants can be costly, but the Guatemalan government is providing tax incentives for the equipment needed to install them. Currently, the Guatemalan volcano Pacaya feeds one of the two geothermal plants in service in the country. Other Central American countries are also taking steps toward this alternative energy source. El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all produce limited energy with geothermal technology. Plans to increase energy levels through geothermal plants are in progress.last_img read more