Investigate injuring of journalist by state press group boss

first_img to go further November 12, 2019 Find out more News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa September 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigate injuring of journalist by state press group boss TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders demands an immediate investigation into an incident in which the new director-general of a state press group reportedly deliberately injured one of the organization’s journalists.Lotfi Touati, director-general of the Dar Essabah publications group, was driving a car that injured journalist Khalil Hannachi in front of company headquarters in Tunis at midday on 13 September. The incident occurred as journalists were demonstrating to demand that Touati resign, citing interference with editorial independence. The prime minister appointed him in August.“We energetically condemn the apparent targeting of Khalil Hannachi,” said Christophe Deloire, the press freedom organization’s director general. “Nothing can justify Lotfi Touati’s behaviour, which cannot be tolerated under the rule of law.” A thorough investigation leading to sanctions for injuries to the journalist is essential, Deloire said.According to eyewitnesses contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Touati started up his car while Hannachi was standing in front of it. The car rammed Hannachi, dragging him as he clung to the hood for several hundred meters. He was thrown off when Touati suddenly hit the brake. The injured journalist was immediately hospitalized. Doctors said his condition was stable, but kept him under observation.For his part, Touati filed an official complaint against Hannachi, accusing him of deliberately throwing himself on the car in order to harm Touati’s reputation and force his resignation. Touati was not detained.The incident came amid an escalating conflict between Dar Essabah journalists and the group’s newly appointed chief. Protests have been under way since 21 August, focused on Touati’s attempted assumption of unilateral control of editorial policy. Only a few minutes before Hannachi was injured, Touati had moved to name Nourredine Achour the group’s daily newspaper editor. Achour has been editor of the weekly Essabah Hebdo.Touati had not consulted the newspaper’s staff. As a result, they gathered in front of the headquarters to demand his resignation – the most recent of several such demonstrations. They booed him as he walked out of the building, shouting “Get out!”Other events leading up to the confrontation included Touati’s pushing out on 27 August of Jamel Eddine Bourigua, one of the three top editors of the daily Essabah. Touati also published a list of people authorized to write editorials. On 29 August, he had security forces block the delivery of 15,000 copies of his own daily, on which a list of journalists’ demands appeared on page 3. That page was replaced by a page of advertisements. These events led journalists to hold a one-day strike on 11 September.Reporters Without Borders reaffirms its support for editorial independence of public media, and for transparency in the appointment of their executives. The organization deplores official meddling with public media operations, and the grave consequences that interference can set in motion.The events at Dar Essabah underline the urgent need for creation of a independent body to guarantee the independence and pluralism of public media, and authorized to settle conflicts and head off crises. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

It’s still a long way from Mecca to Limerick

first_imgFacebook Print Advertisement WhatsApp Email Previous article‘Invisible’ refugee children at riskNext articleBill back for flying visit admincenter_img NewsLocal NewsIt’s still a long way from Mecca to LimerickBy admin – November 22, 2012 519 Linkedin AS AN island nation, we have always been wary of outsiders. The common concept of fearing what we do not understand runs deep in our Irish ways.We continue to conceive different ways to ours as ‘wrong’ or ‘too different’ to be accepted. Throughout our history we have been known to regard diversity – whether cultural, religious or ethnic – with suspicion and, sometimes, even outright contempt.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The long shadow of religious intolerance and acts of terrorism associated with people of middle-eastern origin is behind much of the suspicion aimed at Muslims. A fair comparison would be to accuse your local parish priest of being an IRA terrorist. You would know that somehow it’s not quite right but sometimes it’s hard to think beyond the Catholic/Nationalist link that has characterised much of the debate about the troubles in Northern Ireland.Unfortunately, much of the same thought process is behind the condemnation of Muslims simply for practicing their faith.Local Immam  Khaled Abdhulghafur moved to Limerick from Scotland and he believes that Ireland is “30 years behind other countries regarding attitude towards Muslims”.“When I was living in Glasgow, no one had to give me a second look, I was accepted for who I was,” he said.The Imam explained how he is treated very differently in Limerick because of his religion.He told the Limerick Post he often “gets looks” and is “slandered” in public. Verbal abuse is frequent with jeering and name calling happening at least twice a month. However he considers himself one of the lucky ones. Many of his people have been physically attacked when caught alone just for being Muslim.Mr Abdhulghafur stressed the point: “Everybody is different, You should be able to accept people the way they are.”A study conducted by James Carr, of the Sociology at the University of Limerick, explores how extensive anti-Muslim hostility is in the Republic of Ireland and how it manifests itself in community relations.His research has been on going since September 2010 and his findings have shown that more than a third of the people participating in the study reported experiencing some form of anti-Muslim hostility with Muslim women almost twice as likely to be targeted as Muslim men.Limerick demonstrated similarities with the other 13 Irish towns/cities involved in the study reporting instances of physical and verbal abuse ranging from the forcible removal of head scarves to having missiles thrown at people without provocation.In terms of discrimination, the main area of complaint highlighted in the study was that of employment.Mr Carr says “Comments and treatment that erroneously associate all Muslims with terrorism are common and reminiscent of the abuse experienced by Irish people in the United Kingdom during the Troubles.” Twitterlast_img read more

Football: Badgers seek consistency in quarterback battle for the ages

first_imgSpring is coming, and University of Wisconsin Head Football Coach Paul Chryst has much to consider in the coming months as his team looks forward to the 2019 season. One of the most pressing concerns for Chryst and his team is who will be under center at quarterback come Aug. 31 against South Florida.No one can definitively say who next season’s quarterback will be at this point, but the coaching staff knows what they want consistency in the position. Ideally, this search for consistency should not be a huge issue, as the Badgers have plenty of options. Besides, a friendly quarterback competition never hurt anybody right?So, without further ado, let’s meet the three candidates vying for the starting job in 2019.Alex HornibrookThree-year starter and senior-to-be Alex Hornibrook is the most likely to win the job. He has plenty of game experience, has won big games, bounced back from bad games, knows the offense, and knows how his teammates play. Essentially, he knows what it takes to win at the college level. With all the buzz around his fellow competitors and questions being raised about his ability, he should have plenty of motivation entering 2019.Following a 2018 season in which the Badgers ranked No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, the results were ultimately underwhelming. Offensively, Wisconsin came into 2018 equipped with a top-notch offensive line, a stud running back in Jonathan Taylor and a capable receiving core. Football: Wisconsin offensive lineman Jon Dietzen announces retirement from football, citing injury concernsAfter battling various injuries during his University of Wisconsin football career, standout offensive lineman Jon Dietzen announced Monday on Twitter Read…Hornibrook had seemingly put all doubts to rest following a mostly consistent, well-managed, winning 2017 season, capped off by a dominating performance in an Orange Bowl win over Miami. Unfortunately, however, the Badgers and Hornibrook were unable to mimic their brilliant 2017 season, and questions about Hornibrook’s play came about quickly with an early home loss to Brigham Young.To blame the Badgers’ disappointing 8-5 2018 campaign on QB play alone would be lacking, but the position is undeniably the most important in the game — and when a team does not meet expectations, fingers are often pointed at the quarterback. The Wisconsin offense had just about every key ingredient necessary for another high-powered, run-first offensive campaign last year — all except for consistent quarterback play.After a 5-2 start to the season, Hornibrook’s 2018 campaign was cut short because of a concussion and subsequent concussion-like symptoms, causing him to play inconsistently and miss four of the remaining six games — including the Pinstripe Bowl. In his nine games, he completed 122 of his 205 passing attempts — 59.5 percent — for 1532 yards, while throwing 13 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. In the game at Iowa, he exhibited the high level of play he is capable of, completing 17 of his 22 passes for 200 yards, three touchdowns and zero turnovers.Unfortunately, that stat line was overshadowed by his inconsistent and lackluster play in performances like the Michigan game. It’s difficult to compare his 2018 numbers to his 2017 numbers considering he played five more games two years ago. But even so, these were unimpressive stats for a player looking to take the next step and finish off his Wisconsin career as a starter.There is some speculation that the concussion issue may affect his availability to play moving forward, but count on Hornibrook being healthy and ready to prove himself worthy come fall. If Hornibrook can limit turnovers, stay poised in the pocket, throw the ball downfield when he needs to and effectively manage a game, he will likely find himself taking most of, if not all, the snaps from center in 2019. The Badgers are desperately in search of the 2017 Hornibrook.A look at the camaraderie, culture surrounding Wisconsin men’s basketball programFrom 1999-2017, the Wisconsin men’s basketball program had reached the NCAA tournament in 19 consecutive seasons, a streak that was Read…Jack CoanThe second candidate is Jack Coan, who will be entering his junior year with some valuable game experience under his belt. It was Coan who took over the games Hornibrook could not start in 2018. Like Hornibrook, Coan had his ups and downs, contributing to the overall inconsistent quarterback play. He experienced failure in a tough game at Penn State, where he completed under 50 percent of his passes and turned the ball over multiple times on the way to a loss.But he also experienced success when he bounced back from the Penn State loss with an impressive showing at Purdue, where he completed 67 percent of his passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns while committing zero turnovers. Coan finished the year appearing in five games, completing 56 of his 93 passing attempts — 60.2 percent — for 515 yards, and throwing five touchdowns to three interceptions. Again, the biggest question moving forward will be consistency, but that bit of game experience inches Coan closer to earning meaningful reps in 2019.Graham MertzThe third candidate and third most likely to start in 2019 is the quarterback with all the buzz around his name — Graham Mertz. The highly touted incoming freshman and product of Kansas signed his letter of intent to play for the Badgers back in December. Some may questioning his third place status here. Many fans are eager to see the proclaimed Wisconsin savior in red and white as soon as possible, but this is just a tentative placement. Mertz is a highly rated four-star recruit who ranks among the best quarterbacks in the 2019 class, and even though he is joining two other quarterbacks with meaningful play under their belts, there is no doubt he wants to make an immediate splash in this program, and he has a legitimate chance to do so.Not only does Mertz rank among the best quarterbacks in the 2019 class, but, according to 247Sports, he is also the highest ranked quarterback Wisconsin has snatched since the site has kept track in 2000.Assessing Ethan Happ’s draft stock as his UW career nears its endThere’s a saying that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. A prime example of this in action Read…In a program dominated by its rich offensive line and running back history, fans are now gushing over the promise of a young quarterback with so much proclaimed talent. Dreams of a season similar to Clemson’s under freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence may be a little extreme for Mertz, but if he can translate his game to the college level quickly, it’s not out of the question for him to take over at some point in the middle of 2019 — just as Lawrence did this past season. The consensus on Mertz is that his pocket presence, delivery and accuracy rank among some of his best attributes, while there is room for improvement in his skills outside the pocket.We do not yet know what Mertz is capable of at the college level, but the future for him and this program is looking up. Mertz has enrolled early, and his arrival in Madison gives him an opportunity to compete, make mistakes and learn a lot about himself this spring.OthersRedshirt sophomore-to-be Danny Vanden Boom and sophomore-to-be Chase Wolf round out the 2019 Badger depth chart at quarterback. As of right now, there is a slim chance either of these two will start in 2019 — and with Mertz coming in, it is unlikely they will ever see the field. Alas, there have been bigger underdog stories. Vanden Boom and Wolf will be working just as hard as the next guy and if anything, will help push the aforementioned candidates to be the best they can be.Whether Chryst finds it in his veteran Hornibrook, his most recent starter in Coan, or in the freshman prodigy Mertz, 2019 will be about finding consistency in the quarterback position to support an already dominant running game and offensive line. The Badgers are not looking for a hero throwing the ball 70 yards downfield — as nice as that would be — but rather someone who can manage and find ways to win games while handing the ball off to likely preseason All-American running back Jonathan Taylor and working behind the always faithful Badger offensive line. Let the competition begin, and may the best man win.last_img read more