Petition appeals for acquittal of British journalist Alan Shadrake

first_img News Organisation to go further News SingaporeAsia – Pacific News SingaporeAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en October 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Petition appeals for acquittal of British journalist Alan Shadrake Follow the news on Singaporecenter_img Reporters Without Borders today launched an international petition calling for the acquittal of British author and journalist Alan Shadrake who is facing two years in prison for writing a book about the death penalty in Singapore.The petition, which is addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, can be found on the organisation’s website:,38642.htmlAlan Shadrake, who is aged 75, has been charged with “contempt of court” and the verdict in his case is expected on 26 October. At his trial which opened on 18 October, the prosecutor accused the journalist of making comments “against the independence and integrity of the Singapore judiciary” in his book “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock”. Hema Subramanian, a lawyer from the Attorney General’s Chambers, said that Shadrake’s book contained “baseless, unwarranted attacks…that directly attacked the Singapore judiciary”. She termed the allegations in the book as “outrageous, offensive and irresponsible”. The journalist’s lawyer, M Ravi, argued that the book was well documented and backed up by evidence. It was a “serious-minded and compassionate examination of the death penalty in Singapore”.Reporters Without Borders urges the Singapore judiciary to accept Alan Shadrake’s innocence and allow him to leave the country. In fact, the book contains no defamatory remarks, no personal attacks or verbal assaults aimed at undermining the operation of the justice system. Given that it is simply a critical analysis of the institution and its methods as a result of a rigorous and well documented investigation, this work cannot constitute contempt of court. We would like to stress the fact that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of which Singapore is a founding member, is a protector of basic freedoms. The Singaporean government in July 1993 joined other member states in supporting the Vienna Declaration on Human Rights 1993 that calls on countries to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that guarantees freedom of expression.Shadrake has been forced to stay on in Singapore since July in very difficult circumstances. His passport has been confiscated and his health has deteriorated badly since his arrest in July. He has serious heart problems and recently suffered an internal haemorrhage. The British journalist is also virtually without resources and suffering serious financial problems. For more information see:,37975.html RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review October 15, 2020 Find out more News Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Receive email alerts October 2, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Police Dispatchers and Fire Captain to be Honored for Service Beyond the Call of Duty

first_img Make a comment Government Pasadena Police Dispatchers and Fire Captain to be Honored for Service Beyond the Call of Duty Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 11:12 am First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. L-R: Alexis Bartoli, Wendell L. Eaton and Diane Marin. Photo courtesy of Pasadena Police DepartmentOn September 10, 2014, the Pasadena Masonic Center, Wisdom Lodge #202, will honor Pasadena Police Emergency Service Operators (ESO) Diane Marin and Alexis Bartoli, and Pasadena Fire Captain Wendell Eaton, for “service beyond the call of duty.” This is Wisdom Lodge’s 13th year of recognizing exceptional public service during their annual Observance of the United States Constitution. Lodge members support the belief that as citizens we should recognize the United States Constitution as the document that carries the ideals that founded this country, and pause to remember all the great men and women who have stood for, defended, and fought to maintain those ideals in their truest form. Recognizing individuals in public safety who provided “service beyond the call of duty” furthers this commemoration.On July 12, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the Pasadena Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls from residents reporting shots fired in the 1700 block of Summit Avenue. Upon arrival, the initial officer observed a woman down on the sidewalk and attempted to render aid when he came under heavy gunfire from the suspect. Following the shooting of five victims, three fatal, and the brazen attack on the officer, the suspect barricaded himself inside a home where he called the Pasadena dispatch center. For the next 20 minutes, ESO Diane Marin calmly dialoged with the suspect who was intermittently firing his firearm outside the home into the neighborhood. Ultimately, ESO Marin persuaded the suspect into putting down his weapon and surrendering himself to law enforcement officers who had surrounded the location. During this very chaotic and unstable situation, Police Dispatcher Alexis Bartoli remained composed and professionally coordinated police and fire personnel at the active shooter scene, contributing to the successful conclusion without additional loss of life.For their calm and courageous actions which prevented additional people from being, Wisdom Lodge #202 is recognizing Police Emergency Service Operators Diane Marin and Alexis Bartoli.Fire Captain Wendell Eaton was nominated by his peers for his exceptional devotion to duty during his 20 years of service to Pasadena. In addition to being a Fire Captain, for the last three years Captain Eaton has served as the Pasadena Police Department’s Arson Investigator. He was instrumental in the solving and prosecution of numerous arson cases, including the double arson homicide at a boarding house in the 1300 block of El Sereno Avenue on November 1, 2012 and a 2013 serial arsonist crime spree linking 31 fires in Pasadena and South Pasadena. Captain Eaton is a tenacious and skilled criminal investigator certified by the California State Fire Marshal as a Level II fire Investigator and a nationally certified Explosive Investigator.During Captain Eaton’s employment with the Pasadena Fire Department, he has received seven awards: Fire Chief Letter of Appreciation, Fire Chief Letter of Recognition, Unit Citations, Fire Chief Letter of Commendation, Unit Citation from South Pasadena Police Department, and the 2014 Employee of the Year.ESOs Diane Marin and Alexis Bartoli, and Fire Captain Wendell Eaton, are committed public servants dedicated to safety and enhancing our community’s quality of life. 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