Authorities continue judicial persecution of jailed cyber-dissident

first_img Help by sharing this information Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News Organisation Follow the news on Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa December 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities continue judicial persecution of jailed cyber-dissident Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities are conducting the trial of cyber-dissident Habib Saleh and reiterates its call for his release. The first supposedly public hearing in his trial took place before a Damascus court of assizes on 1 December but his daughter was the only member of the public allowed to attend and the hearing began without his lawyers being present.Aged 61, Saleh was arrested on 7 May for posting political articles online calling for democracy in Syria. He is a regular contributor to Elaph.com (http://www.elaph.com), a website that is censored in Syria because of its outspoken style of news reporting.“The way the trial is being conducted is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The dates of the hearings are set in a summary fashion and no date has been given for the trial’s conclusion. Saleh has already spent more than three years in prison. This is the third time he has been tried for expressing his view on online since Bashar el Assad became president in 2000.”The press freedom organisation added: “Saleh is clearly the victim of judicial persecution. We urge the authorities to put a stop to these measures designed to intimidate human rights activists.”Saleh is charged with “spreading mendacious information aimed at weakening national sentiment” under article 285 of the criminal code, “inciting civil and sectarian strife” under article 298 and “attacking the president” under articles 374 and 277. The next hearing has been set for 20 January.Saleh has denied all the charges since the first hearing, held behind closed doors on 11 November. He could get a sentence of three to 15 years in prison or even forced labour for life.Arrested during the 2002 “Damascus Spring” in 2002 and sentenced to three years in prison, Saleh was released on 9 September 2004. Arrested again on 29 May 2005, he was sentenced on 15 August 2006 to three years in prison for “spreading mendacious information.” He was finally released on 12 September 2007 on completing three-quarters of the sentence. Syria is the Arab world’s most repressive country towards those posting information online, although the Syrian constitution guarantees “the right to freely express one’s opinions by spoken word, in writing or in any other medium.”Reporters Without Borders also calls for the release of three other cyber-dissidents detained in Syria – Firas Saad, Tariq Biassi and Kareem Arabji – of whom there has been no word since July.——————–Letter to President Assad about record number of detained journalists and cyber-dissidents——————— Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the authorities are conducting the trial of cyber-dissident Habib Saleh and reiterates its call for his release. The first supposedly public hearing in his trial took place before a Damascus court of assizes on 1 December but his daughter was the only member of the public allowed to attend and the hearing began without his lawyers being present. RSF_en Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Delhi HC Directs Centre To File Report In Rakul Preet Singh’s Plea Seeking Interim Direction Restraining Media From Reporting On Her NCB Investigation

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Centre To File Report In Rakul Preet Singh’s Plea Seeking Interim Direction Restraining Media From Reporting On Her NCB Investigation Karan Tripathi28 Sep 2020 11:42 PMShare This – xDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea moved by actress Rakul Preet Singh an “urgent ad interim direction” restraining the media from reporting on the Bollywood Drug Mafia case, so far as she is concerned. The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla has further directed the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Union of India, and other regulatory authorities to submit a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea moved by actress Rakul Preet Singh an “urgent ad interim direction” restraining the media from reporting on the Bollywood Drug Mafia case, so far as she is concerned. The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla has further directed the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Union of India, and other regulatory authorities to submit a status report stating steps taken by them in pursuance of court’s last order. The actress has stated that the “slander campaign” being run by the media against her has done irreparable damage to her and her family, has largely invaded her right to privacy and has even affected her commercial interests, adversely. She has alleged that despite the High Court order urging the media to exercise restraint in their reports in this case, the news channels continue to air fake news, that malign and defame her. Few of the many instances of such alleged fake reports, as claimed by the actress, are listed below: 1) It is alleged that on September 23, the media falsely reported that she was summoned by the NCB on the 24th of the month. Excerpts from the plea: The Petitioner was shocked to see media reports in the evening of 23.9.2020 to the effect that the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai has summoned her to appear before it in Mumbai in the morning of 24.9.2020 in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty’s narcotic drugs case. That the Petitioner had received no such summons from the NCB at either of her Hyderabad or Mumbai addresses, and accordingly she remained in Hyderabad. From the evening of 23.9.2020 itself, the media started running fake news to the effect that the Petitioner, who was in Hyderabad, had supposedly reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 for the NCB investigation. The media reporters collected outside the Petitioner’s then empty residence in Mumbai in the morning of 24.9.2020, and broadcasted fake news that the Petitioner was holed up inside and “evading” the NCB summons. The Petitioner took the flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai on the evening of 24.9.2020, which was heavily covered by the media, thereby falsifying its earlier coverage of her having reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 and supposedly hiding in her residence to dodge the NCB. 2) It is alleged that the media wrongly reported that the NCB had raided her Mumbai residence. Excerpts from the plea: The Petitioner’s father reached the Mumbai residence of the Petitioner. The NCB officers visited the said premises on 24.9.2020 at about 1.30 pm to serve the Summons dated 24.9.2020, which were duly received by the Petitioner’s father with endorsement that he was accepting the summons on behalf of the Petitioner who was in Hyderabad. This visit of the NCB officers to serve the summons was run as a fake news by the media now claiming that the NCB had “raided” the Mumbai residence of the Petitioner after alleged “attempt to misguide’ and joining probe late, under the tag line “Bollywood Cleanup”. 3) It is alleged that the media falsely reported that she exchanged drugs with actress Rhea Chakraborty. Excerpts from the plea: Rhea Chakraborty had left her pouch by mistake at the Petitioner’s residence, which, as per the Petitioner’s understanding as a non-smoker, contained Rhea’s Chakraborty’s rolled tobacco cigarette. Rhea Chakraborty asked the Petitioner to carry it when they were to meet next, but the Petitioner was busy shooting for a film and forgot. On 22.9.2018, when the Petitioner was at a shoot, she got a whatsapp text from Rhea Chakraborty as to whether she has a “doobs”, to which the Petitioner said “no”, and said that it was at her place. This solitary reference to a ‘doobs” on 22.9.2018 was nothing but mere rolled tobacco cigarette and not any banned substance, and that too, of Rhea Chakraborty. The media reported that the Petitioner has supposedly confessed to the NCB that “Rhea Chakraborty would get drugs sent to her house” or that “Rhea wanted to take back her drugs back”. The Petitioner denies that she made any such statement. 4) It is alleged that the media falsely reported that she implicated Dharma Productions’ employee, Kshitij Prasad. Excerpts from the plea: The media reported that the Petitioner has supposedly made claims on the role of Dharma employee, Kshitij Prasad to the effect that he regularly procured drugs, supplied drugs to several celebrities, gave drugs to at least 4 stars, and had approached the Petitioner to be his conduit. The Petitioner denies making any such statement or even ‘naming’ or ‘implicating’ any Kshitji Prasad as falsely reported. The Petitioner does not even know any Kshitji Prasad. In the backdrop of these allegations, Rakul Preet has submitted, “It is settled law that the media, even otherwise, ought not to act in a manner that is likely to hamper or interfere with a criminal investigation or cause undue publicity to a witness in such investigation. The Petitioner is entitled to a restraint order against the Respondents to ensure that the offending programmes and write ups pertaining to the allegations which are pending before the NCB in the criminal investigation are not broadcast, published, printed or circulated since the same may result in interference with the administration of justice and would be against the principle of fair trial or open justice.” The actress is represented by Advocates Dr. Aman Hingorani, Dr. Shweta Hingorani and Himanshu Yadav. Next Storylast_img read more

Military detonates unexploded bombs in Bago City

first_imgMeanwhile, 303IB commander, Army Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, lauded the attentiveness of the local populace as mishandling explosives could have caused serious injuries and loss of life./PN BACOLOD City – A team of explosives and ordnance disposal experts from the military detonated five explosives yesterday in Barangay Busay, Bago City, Negros Occidental. Major John Joel Batusbatusan, Bago City police chief, then requested assistance from the 303IB’s Explosives and Ordnance Disposal Battalion to safely dispose of the items. Bago City police, several local officials, and local residents responded to the area and found more explosive devices. Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade spokesperson, Major Franco Ver Lopez, said they received a resident that a farmer unearthed a fragmentation grenade in his rice field. Personnel from the 1st platoon and 2nd company of the disposal battalion facilitated the process. Among the recoveries included one fragmentation grenade, a rifle grenade, a projectile grenade, and two fuse assemblies.last_img read more