Journalist Ahmed Radhi’s detention extended after forced confession

first_imgNews 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.last_img read more

New York police officer charged with spying for China

first_imgThrough his contacts with the Tibetan community, the 33-year-old man gathered information between 2018 and 2020 on the community’s activities, as well as identifying potential information sources.According to the indictment, the man — who is also an officer in the US Army Reserve — allowed members of the Chinese consulate to attend events organized by the New York Police Department.The Chinese authorities allegedly paid him tens of thousands of dollars for his service.The officer has been charged with four counts, including enlisting in the service of a foreign country on US soil, misrepresentation and obstructing the operation of a public service. Topics : US authorities have charged a New York police officer with espionage, accusing him of gathering information about the city’s Tibetan community for the Chinese government.The officer, who worked at a station in the Queens section of the city, was directed by members of the Chinese consulate in New York, according to the indictment released Monday.Born in China, the man had been granted political asylum in the US, claiming he was tortured by Chinese authorities because of his Tibetan ethnicity.center_img New York City police commissioner Dermot Shea said the officer “violated every oath he took in this country. One to the United States, another to the US Army, and a third to this Police Department”.He was brought before a judge Monday and taken into custody, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn federal prosecutor told AFP.According to the NYPD, he is currently suspended without pay.Despite the man’s claims he was tortured in China because of his ethnicity, the investigation allegedly revealed that both of his parents were members of the Chinese Communist Party.”If confirmed by the courts,” the espionage operation “shows that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in malign operations to suppress dissent, not only in Tibet… but any place in the world,” said the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group that promotes Tibetans’ freedoms and rights.After allowing Tibet to function autonomously from 1912-1950, Beijing retook control of the territory in 1951. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has lived in exile since 1959.last_img read more

Bolt shocked by Jamaica’s abstention in IAAF reform vote

first_imgBy Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) – Usain Bolt has said he was shocked by the decision of Jamaica’s athletics federation to abstain from an IAAF vote on a sweeping reform package at the governing body of world athletics.The reforms, aimed at changing how the IAAF operates, were overwhelmingly passed at a special Congress in Monaco on Saturday, after members voted 182 to 10 in favour.“I was very shocked I actually learned about that today,” Bolt told Reuters on Tuesday at the Caribbean premiere of the film “I Am Bolt” in Kingston.“I find it ridiculous and funny at the same time to know that the IAAF is trying to take big steps like this to make the sport better and we (Jamaica) are doing so very well in the sports, why would we not support it going in the right direction?“So it was kind of a letdown to know that the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association) did not support it,” added the nine-time Olympic gold medallist and double sprint world record holder.The ‘Time for Change’ proposals, the centrepiece of IAAF president Sebastian Coe’s agenda for moving the sport forward from its tainted past, established new independent anti-doping, integrity and disciplinary functions along with a greater voice for athletes in the organisation and more gender balance.The reforms also placed more governance power in the hands of the IAAF Executive Board.“I think people should respect the right of every federation to look at the package and do what they think is best,” JAAA president Warren Blake told Reuters when asked whether he regretted not casting a ballot.“A lot of people have criticised us for not voting but I would say to the people: go and look at the constitution and exactly what the changes were.”last_img read more

Immortals acquires Brazilian organisation MIBR, partners with Tinder and Betway

first_imgFinally confirming months of rumours and speculation, it has been revealed that North American organisation Immortals has acquired MIBR, a popular Brazilian brand that had previously been defunct for over six years. The return of MIBR as mysteriously announced on June 7th, pointing towards June 23rd as to when things would be made clear.As part of this announcement, Immortals also unveiled its new-found partnerships with location-based social app Tinder and online gambling platform Betway. These two brands have joined the likes of Razer, K-Swiss, and Mountain Dew.MIBR has acquired the roster that formerly competed under SK Gaming, who will relocate to Los Angeles to train at Immortals’ headquarters.Ricardo “boltz” PrassMarcelo “coldzera” DavidGabriel “FalleN” ToledoFernando “fer” AlvarengaJacky “Stewie2K” YipRicardo “dead” Sinigaglia (Coach)Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen (General Manager)Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and MIBR discussed the acquisition in a statement: “Brazil is incredibly passionate about esports, and this acquisition allows us to foster further esports growth in what we believe is still a relatively untapped market in Brazil and throughout South America. The MIBR brand creates a direct link to Brazil’s national pride and sports and entertainment culture. We are eager to invest in the Brazilian esports scene and to create a platform for the region’s amazing professional esports talent to continue to excel and dominate.”The deal with Tinder will see MIBR work alongside the app to connect fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive together through a series of both digital and live activations and campaigns – focusing on Tinder’s premium services, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold.Users of the aforementioned services in specific markets will receive special offers from MIBR “including opportunities to meet the team as they travel the world.” Other potential merits of the partnership include access to VIP after-parties after CS:GO Majors, limited edition merchandise, and video content through a new feature entitled “Tinder Gold Club”.Ari Segal, President & COO of Immortals and MIBR spoke on the partnership with Tinder: “We’re excited to work with a brand like Tinder that shares our vision for MIBR as an indigenous Brazilian brand with global reach and appeal for players, sponsors, content creators, and fans. MIBR competes around the world and will win around the world, and will be a truly multi-national fan base.“Tinder provides a portal to bring those fans together wherever the team might be and offers unique opportunities to connect over a shared affinity for Counter-Strike, gaming, and both digital and out of home entertainment.”Betway, a founding sponsor of MIBR, will have its logo placed prominently throughout the Brazilian organisation’s digital platforms, premium digital content, and other assets. Not only that, the Betway logo will firmly be placed on MIBR jerseys.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway discussed being involved with the organisations’s return: “Betway is delighted to support the revival of MIBR and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them in bringing CS:GO fans closer to the team through exclusive content. Esports is an extremely important part of our portfolio, and through the sponsorship of MIBR we will continue to cement ourselves as a significant part of the CS:GO community. We always strive to give back to esports fans by bridging the gap between the event and betting slip by producing great content and exciting markets in which fans can play.”MIBR is an acronym for Made In Brazil, reflecting the organisation’s roots in Brazil and tendency to only house Brazilian players. MIBR competed in both Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike 1.6 across its initial eight years of operation. The new-look, revived MIBR team will debut at ESL One Cologne on July 3rd-8th.Esports Insider says: As Noah Whinston said about Brazil and South America being untapped markets, it looks a strong move to revive a brand that was so prominent and iconic to many fans from these regions. The Tinder partnership certainly sounds interesting, especially with the typical ‘dating’ aspect of the app outshining the casual aspect, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the results. And nice to see Betway making more high profile moves in esports; their partnership with NiP has delivered some great content to date. Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more