News Receive email alerts October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa June 15, 2020 Find out more September 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ahmed Radhi’s detention extended after forced confession RSF_en to go further News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Help by sharing this information March 17, 2021 Find out more BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Related documents Version ArabePDF – 55.4 KB Organisation News News German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by the supreme court in Manama on 30 August to extend journalist and blogger Ahmed Radhi’s detention for another 15 days. Charged with participating in an illegal demonstration and disturbing the peace, Radhi was arrested on 16 May (LINK) after criticizing a proposed union of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in interviews he gave to BBC Arabic Radio and the London-based exile television station, Lulu TV.”After so many rulings restricting media freedom in Bahrain, this latest violation, decided by the country’s highest judicial authority, is indicative of the decline of an institution that is meant to represent impartiality and fairness, one that is supposed to issue just decisions, not judicial ones.”The international community must put pressure on Bahrain, and on Saudi Arabia, which openly supports the Bahraini monarchy, to end the policy of suppressing dissent, which the monarchy is pursuing with complete impunity. We urge the authorities to rescind this decision and to drop all charges against journalists and others who were arrested for using the freedom of expression.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Radhi has been subjected repeatedly to physical and psychological violence in prison to force him to confess to the charges brought against him. The decision to extend his detention highlights the speciousness of the king’s claim that no more journalists are in prison because of their views.Aside from keeping a journalist in detention, the ruling is a violation of the November 2011 recommendations by Cherif Bassiouni’s Independent Commission of Inquiry, which called on the government to stop detaining journalists whose only offence was to exercise their free speech rights by expressing their opinions. The commission also urged the authorities to relax their control of the media and to give the opposition more access to the state-owned media – TV and radio as well as print.In a separate ruling on 3 September, a Manama appeal court upheld the long jail sentences imposed on 20 leading opposition figures for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Eight of them got life imprisonment and the others got sentences ranging from five to 15 years. They include Abdullah Al-Khawaja, who staged a 110-day “death or freedom” hunger strike in protest against his detention.The alarming state of media freedom in Bahrain dates back above all to the state of emergency that was declared on 15 March 2011 in order to crush a wave of street protests that had begun a month earlier. Journalists and others who provided information about the crackdown, especially photos and video footage, were the targets of arbitrary and systematic arrests and physical attacks.There have been three fatalities – Zakariya Rashid Hassan, the moderator of a web forum about the village of Al-Dair, who died in detention on 9 April 2011, Karim Fakhrawi, one of the founders of the independent newspaper Al-Wasat, who died in detention three days later, and Ahmed Ismail Hussain (LINK), who was shot dead while filming a peaceful demonstration in Salmabad, a village southwest of the capital, on 31 March 2012.King Hamad Ben Aissa Al-Khalifa is on the Reporters Without Borders list of predators of press freedom.
NewsWedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says YesBy John Keogh – May 28, 2015 1322 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live “I feel like the whole world is a different place” AS LIMERICK said yes on Saturday, one local woman decided to mark the momentous occasion by popping the question to her girlfriend of six years at the Limerick count centre.Billie (41), who doesn’t use a surname, proposed to partner Kate Stoica (26) just seconds after official tallies confirmed that the marriage equality referendum was passed.Billie told the Limerick Post: “I’ve had the ring for four years. We had talked before about who was going to ask who and we had discussed having a civil partnership, but we decided against it because it’s not the same as marriage.“I was trying to think of a romantic way to propose and I felt that it needed to be something that Kate would never be able to forget. I figured if it was a yes vote then it would be something that nobody would forget.”She chose to propose against the backdrop of the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ because it’s “a song we sing to each other in the car”.“I was a complete wreck. I just sat and tallied all day. When the final box was tallied my friend put on the music and I pulled Kate aside but I had no idea that there would be all those people there. I thought there would be press but I figured we might just be in the Limerick Post, I never thought it would go as big.“It’s weird looking back at the videos and seeing all those people around us, but at the time all I could see was Kate. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was so nervous, I totally forgot the speech I had prepared in my head, but Kate said yes so that’s all that matters,” Billie explained.Billie, who hails from Scotland, says the couple are awaiting the introduction of legislation allowing marriages between same sex couples before they set a date, however she hopes they will wed “as soon as possible”.She continued: “It’s amazing that we’re now thinking about what kind of wedding we’ll have; I’ve never been in a position in my life where I could do that. I have always dreamed that one day I would get married, except for me it was to a woman and I’d be wearing a suit.“I’ve decided I’m going to wear a kilt suit in the family tartan. My sister died recently and my mother died ten years ago, so I’ll be carrying my family with me in my tartan colours.”Billie concluded: “I feel like the whole world is a different place, not just for me but for everyone. Ireland said yes, Limerick said yes, and Kate said yes. For me that was the most important yes of the day.” What they said: Dave Cuddihy, Yes Equality Limerick“At present there is such a feeling of pride, acceptance and gratitude amongst the LGBT community not just in Limerick but across Ireland. The passing of the referendum means so many things to us, for some it means they can finally marry their long term partners and avail of the constitutional protections which were not there for us before, for others it simple means acceptance. The Irish public have let us know that they believe their gay friends and family to be equal in our little country which has taken pride of place on the worldwide stage over the past week.”Cllr Cian Prendiville (AAA)“The campaign and result show that the ideas and conservative grip of the religious Right and the church has been broken and are trailing behind the main body of public opinion. The battle by the LGBTQ community must continue to sweep away all forms of discrimination including the ban on gay men giving blood and the right of schools to sack gay teachers.”Cllr Maurice Quinlivan (SF)“The large ‘Yes’ vote of 24,789, or 64.15 per cent across Limerick City is very welcome. This campaign energised and brought a whole new generation of young people onto the electoral register and into politics and voting for the first time. We need to keep them engaged. This results shows that change is possible. Another notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among many of our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer be denied a voice in our democracy and mechanisms must be found to include them.”Michael Barron, Belong To “We’ve changed forever what it means to grow up LGBT in Ireland. The Irish people, via the ballot box, have today given each and every gay child and young person in Ireland – and across the world – a strong and powerful message that they are loved, they are cared for, and don’t need to change who they are. A new generation has spoken. This is a generation with open, kind hearts, a generosity of spirit and a great capacity to love. They have gone to the polls in their thousands and are responsible for this historic victory for their gay brothers and sisters.”Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy (SF)“I was proud to see rural areas say yes , extending equal rights to same sex couples. It is clear we have made history. The people of our county and country have sent a clear message to our LGBT people in Ireland and across the world that we stand together as equal citizens where LGBT rights are no longer on the back burner in our society but are equal.”Frances Fitzgerald, Justice Minister I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen. The Marriage Bill, which is currently being drafted, will enable same sex couples to get married in the same way as opposite sex couples. My intention is to seek Government approval for the Marriage Bill 2015 in June with the aim of introducing the Bill into the Oireachtas immediately thereafter so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess. Linkedin Advertisement Email Twitter John James Hickey, the First Irish member of the Board of the Federation Gay Games and his fiance Shaun Moriarty of Limerick Pride. Pictured at the polling station in Ballina-Killaloe, Co Tipperary. The couple are getting married on July 1 2016.Pic: Marie McCallan/Press 22by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE historic marriage equality referendum on Friday was backed by 64 per cent of voters in Limerick city and 55 in the county.Turnout was high across the 300 polling booths across Limerick, with 63.3 per cent of those eligible to vote in the city, and 58.5 per cent in the county, casting their ballots.A number of Limerick couples are already planning their big days following the announcement of the referendum result on Saturday. Previous articleCounty Limerick projects in dire need of fundingNext article“Thousands” spent on Moyross house that’s set for demolition John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yes result “fantastic and humbling”JOHN James Hickey and Shaun Moriarty, who live in Ballina Co Tipperary, got engaged last year and plan to get married next summer.John James says the couple are “very, very happy” with Saturday’s referendum result as they are now planning a marriage as opposed to a civil partnership.“Obviously we’re absolutely delighted with the result. It means we can finally get down to wedding planning properly – and it means I now can’t avoid any conversations about wedding planning, which Shaunie has accused me of over the past year. It’s also fantastic and very humbling to have 1.2 million people endorse your relationship and your right to marry.“We had our venue provisionally booked since last year so we have been planning for it already but this makes it an awful lot easier. We’ll be able to do it all in the one place and there won’t be a mad dash to the venue from the registry office. And of course we’ll now have constitutional protection,” he told the Limerick Post.Both John James and Shaun have been heavily involved in the local LGBT community and the campaign for equal marriage rights for same sex couples; the pair canvassed on behalf of the Yes Equality movement in Limerick and Ballina-Killaloe.John James was also the coordinator of Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, in which Limerick reached the final three potential host cities alongside London and Paris.John James added: “We’ve been out on the doors for the last couple of months canvassing. Our lives had been on hold for the last six months or so really. This referendum was going to decide for us whether or not we were going to be able to stay in Ireland to get married, and now we can and that means an awful lot.“It’s still feeling a bit surreal; we weren’t sure how to feel when it was passed. We were living in trepidation for so long thinking about the possibilities if it didn’t pass. We hadn’t really allowed ourselves to hope that it would pass.”
“How to sew, how to sew a straight seam, evenly all the way across, how to start and stop the machine, and how to close it up after you were done,” said Virginia Okrasinski of Apalachin. “I love it because we can help the community,” said third grader Lauren Kotski. “It made us feel really happy that other kids in the hospital were really happy to have blankets for Christmas and to be able to feel comforted during Christmas time,” said fifth grader Christian Monell. Blankets were distributed throughout Broome and Tioga counties, not only providing warmth, but providing comfort. “Teaching and learning is more than just about academics, it’s more about your community, your holistic learning and giving back to your community. And selfishly that feeling feels really great so hopefully they can just pass it on to other people and they can grow up learning how to serve other people, and give to those who need their help,” said teacher and club leader Tessa Pozzi-Morgan. For more information on Project Linus, click here. APALACHIN (WBNG) — More than two dozen students from third, fourth, and fifth grade are a part of the community service club at Apalachin Elementary School. “We learned how to hand sew so you had to weave and weave and then with the sewing machine you just had to turn and sew, and watch it,” said one student. Recently the club partnered with the local chapter of Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets to kids in need. And even though this lesson took place outside of the classroom, the students learned a lot. “I feel really good about giving people that don’t really have things for Christmas when they’re in the hospital,” said third grader Colleen Denton. First, they had some learning to do. Some members of the community, like grandparents of the students involved, came in to help. “Most of all, I like to help children in community service,” said Kotski. “It kind of inspired everyone to like work as a team and it took a lot of teamwork to do some of the projects,” said fourth grader Lillie Kneller. In this case, they made them for children in the hospital.
Bournemouth made it two strikers in as many days as they snapped up Lewis Grabban from Norwich. Former Rotherham player Grabban, 27, helped Norwich earn promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season. “I think we’ll be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he’ll realise that we’ve got better as well and he will have to adapt too. But we’re in no doubt we’re getting a good player back,” manager Eddie Howe told his club’s official website. “He’s also someone who was popular in the dressing room behind the scenes he’s a strong motivator and we’re delighted to be bringing him back.” Earlier, Howe had spoken of his excitement at the potential of Afobe but is determined not to place any pressure on the young striker to make an immediate impact. Afobe, 22, joined the Cherries from Sky Bet Championship side Wolves for an undisclosed fee on Sunday and has signed a four-and-half-year deal. The former Arsenal player has been a regular goalscorer in the lower leagues, including a prolific stint with MK Dons last season, and Howe believes he has ability to do well in the top flight as well. “He is entering a new league and that is going to be a big experience for him but we believe he can make the step up,” Howe told a press conference. “He is strong, you just look at him and know he is going to be a handful, but he has good technique. “I am excited by that because I think there is a lot of potential in him and he is a really good age, and I think there are a lot of good years ahead of him.” It remains to be seen when Afobe will make his Bournemouth debut, with the striker waiting for clearance to see if he will be available to face West Ham on Tuesday, but whatever happens Howe does not want to put too many demands on his new player straight away. Howe added: “He may need a little bit of time to settle as most new players do for us because of the way we play, so we are not placing huge expectation on his shoulders. “He is someone who can play the role the way we like it to be played and I think he will be a success, but we are going to need to work on him like we do all other players.” Although he has already made two early swoops in the transfer market, Howe is still confident of attracting more players to Bournemouth before the window closes. “We are still looking, no guarantees but we are hoping to add to the squad,” the 38-year-old said. “Like any transfer window it is an important window, we want to try and bring the right players to the club with the right attitudes. “I have been excited by the signings we have had so far, if we can add a bit more quality then I think we will be in a really healthy position.” The Cherries have paid an undisclosed fee for Grabban, who returns to the south coast for a second spell. Grabban – who scored 35 goals during his first two-year stay – joins on a three-and-a-half-year deal and his arrival comes a day after the capture of Benik Afobe from Wolves. Press Association