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Court upholds 10-year sentence for Saudi cyber-activist

first_img March 9, 2021 Find out more Badawi was arrested in June 2012. He was accused of contravening article 6 of a cyber crime law that says “participating in the production, preparation, circulation or storage of content that undermines public order, religious values, public decency or privacy, by means of information networks or computers … is punishable by a prison sentence, fine or other penalty.”Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th in the World Press Freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more September 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds 10-year sentence for Saudi cyber-activist Badawi is the co-founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network, an online discussion forum aimed at encouraging political and social debate in Saudi Arabia. His sentence for “insulting Islam” was originally imposed on 7 May by the Jeddah criminal court, which also ordered him to pay a fine of one million riyals (200,000 euros). The authorities have since closed down the website.“The verdict against Raef Badawi, upheld on appeal, adds to the list of cyber-activists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia,” said Virginie Dangles, Reporters Without Borders assistant research director. “The almost routine use of dangerously repressive anti-cyber crime legislation to prosecute cyber-activists in a heavy-handed and unjust manner is aimed at annihilating all opposition in the country, which flouts basic human rights with freedom of expression foremost among them.” Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Receive email alerts News RSF_en Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the verdict handed down two days ago by a Riyadh appeal court upholding the sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and 1,000 lashes passed on the cyber-activist Raef Badawi. News Newslast_img read more

Photographer assaulted in the north of the country

first_img August 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Photographer assaulted in the north of the country to go further News RSF_en Follow the news on Armenia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia center_img Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News Photographer Mkhitar Khachatrian, of the PhotoLur agency was assaulted after taking photos of politicians’ private holiday villas in Tsaghkadzor in the north of the country.Reporters Without Borders called on Armenia’s prosecutor-general Aghvan Hovsepyan to do everything possible to track down and punish those responsible.Khachatrian and Anna Israelian, of the independent daily Aravot, were working on a report on the destruction of the forest caused by house-building in the region.They were photographing private homes, chiefly belonging to parliamentary deputies, on 24 August when a guard ordered them to stop. The journalists refused to comply.The same evening the guard, accompanied by a group of thugs, found the pair in a local café. One of them struck Khachatrian and threatened to kill him. He then ordered him to hand over his camera containing shots of the villas, and the photographer handed him the disk.Assaults on journalists have escalated since the start of the year. On 5 April several journalists were manhandled on the sidelines of a demonstration while security forces looked on. In June, two of the assailants were fined about 150 euros in connection with the assaults. Security forces beat up two more journalists at a demonstration on 13 April. In its letter to the prosecutor general, the international press freedom organisation stressed that, “Coming after the incidents in April it would be dangerous to all journalists if a climate of impunity were allowed to take hold”. June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Hood: NCUA monitoring hemp banking issues

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Board Chairman Rodney Hood acknowledged the uncertainty around providing financial services to hemp farmers and processors, noting that the agency is consulting with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and other federal banking regulators on possible guidance.The NCUA was among five federal agencies to respond to a request from Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., for more information on banking hemp businesses.“I share your concern that hemp farmers and processors may lack access to the financial services system,” Hood said in response to Bennet’s request. “Full access to the system will better enable these farmers and processors across the country to make investments in their businesses and create jobs.”Since 2014, federal lawmakers have taken steps to deregulate hemp; while it comes from the same plant family as marijuana, it has a different chemical makeup and is primarily used for industrial purposes. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the federal list of controlled substances and categorized it as an agricultural product.last_img read more

FDA clears US jalapenos in Salmonella outbreak

first_img David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods at the FDA, said clusters of illnesses in the outbreak all suggested Mexican jalapenos as the source, but not all were sold through Agricola Zarigoza, according to a Jul 26 report from the Associated Press (AP). The latest advisory is based on evidence from the trace-back investigation, the FDA said in a Jul 25 press release. A comparison of harvest dates with the dates when people became ill pointed to Mexico as the source of a contaminated jalapeno pepper matching the outbreak strain that was found at a McAllen, Tex., produce distributor. The FDA also said investigators have ruled out the distributor, Agricola Zarigoza, as the original source of the contamination. Jul 25 CDC update The FDA is advising high-risk populations to avoid eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers from Mexico and foods that contain them. The group includes infants, people with impaired immune systems, and elderly people. Jul 25 FDA press release Since April, Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul, an unusual strain, has sickened hundreds of people in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Investigators initially suspected tomatoes. As weeks passed, case-control studies and the emergence of large case clusters pointed more toward hot peppers, though officials have not exonerated tomatoes as a possible source of some of the earlier illnesses.center_img See also: Jul 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently said jalapeno peppers grown in the United States are safe to eat, in view of findings that suggest the contaminated peppers responsible for many illnesses in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak came only from Mexican sources. Though the CDC said the outbreak was ongoing, it pointed out that the average number of new illnesses reported each day had slowed from 33 per day in late May and early June to just 31 who became ill on or after Jul 1. The number of people infected with the outbreak strain has risen to 1,294, according to a Jul 25 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reported that the latest illness onset date was Jul 11. A least 242 people were hospitalized. Two deaths were possibly linked to the outbreak; both were older men from Texas who had chronic illnesses.last_img read more

Hammer falls as auction season opens with 10 registered bidders for one house

first_imgPlace Graceville director Gary Eaton and auctioneer Matthew Condon opened the auction and bidding started slowly with a phone bidder from Sydney eventually offering $600,000.Six bids in three minutes got the property to $700,000 with the auction in favour of the phone bidder and then there was a 10 minute break to negotiate behind the scenes.“If he gets it for $700,000 that’s a real bargain,” said local investor Peter Bloomer who was not prepared to go beyond his bid of $625,000.“It’s in better condition than we hoped for.“I was hoping it was going to be a knock down”. The property is on a quiet street in a sought-after neighbourhood.The phone bidder increased his offer to $710,000 and Mr Philp decided that was enough, so the auction began again with the house officially on the market.Going up by $1000 lots, the auction was an all-in affair with eight further bids from multiple parties before the hammer fell at $718,000 and Nick Vanzetti, on the phone from Sydney, became the new owner.“I’ve never bid at an auction before,” Mr Vanzetti said by phone afterwards.“And I haven’t seen the house, but I sent my parents to have a look and they are there for me today.”Marea and Ross Sharp of Kenmore, had been looking at property for their son in the western suburbs and were relieved he had picked up a good investment.“I kept watching the paddles, wondering when they would appear,” Mrs Sharp said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN CORINDA The star performer on the opening weekend of Brisbane auctions for 2019, 43 Spencer St, Corinda attracted 10 registered bidders and sold for almost 15 times its previous sale price.BRISBANE’S first house to sell under the hammer for 2019 drew a crowd of 51 and 10 of them were registered bidders. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe property has been owned by the one person since 1979 when it was bought for $49,250.Inside the two-storey brick house, the owner’s brother, Jim Philp, was deciding whether the bid was enough to put the house on the market.He and his wife had spent five months preparing the property for sale after his brother, Colin, was admitted to a care facility mid last year. The 1pm auction at 43 Spencer St, Corinda yesterday.In a highly anticipated start to the auction season, first home buyers, investors, builders and family members of the owner, carried their auction paddles to the backyard of 43 Spencer St, Corinda, to begin bidding.The three-bedroom brick house on a 683sq m block was one of 10 properties to launch the auction season in Brisbane yesterday.Two other properties sold under the hammer later in the day, including 22 Eustace St, Aspley, for $535,000 and 39 Moree St, Kedron, for $515,000.Six properties were passed in and one at 17 Meilland Court, Eatons Hill, sold conditionally after auction. On a sizeable block, 43 Spencer St, Corinda gave buyers lots to think about.Mr Vanzetti will rent the house out while he and his family spend time overseas.Place Graceville director Gary Eaton said the sale sent a message that the Brisbane property market is still strong.“We had 10 registered bidders,” he said.“That in itself indicates there is a lot of interest in the market.“Before Christmas it is flat, but realestate.com.au has more hits in January than any month of the year.”last_img read more