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first_img Related documents Journalist to be tried before state security court for corruption case coverage – In ArabicPDF – 44.81 KBJournalist freed on bail after 21 days in custody, still faces prosecution – In arabicPDF – 183.84 KB News JordanMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is relieved at the release on bail yesterday of Jamal Al-Muhtaseb, who had been held in custody since 23 April charged with “inciting anti-government sentiment”.However the press freedom organization added: “We can only regret that his release after 21 days in custody remains conditional and the charges still stand.“In addition, we stress that the prosecution of a journalist before a military court is unlawful. Such a procedure is contrary to the Jordanian constitution and to international commitments to which the Jordanian state is a signatory. We ask the authorities to drop the charges against Jamal Al-Muhtaseb immediately.” The prosecutor at the state security court ordered the release of Muhtaseb, editor of the Gerasa News website and the Al-Mir’aa weekly newspaper, on bail of 5,000 dinars (about 5,300 euros). Media workers had held demonstrations in Amman on 11 May to support demands for his release.The charge against Muhtaseb, which carries a possible 15-year jail sentence, was prompted by an article quoting an unnamed parliamentarian as saying parliament had received royal directives not to indict former government minister Sahil Majali for alleged corruption in connection with the “Sakan Karim” low-income housing project.Fellow Gerasa News journalist Sahar Al-Muhtaseb, who faces the same charges, was also released on bail of the same amount. Under Jordanian law, these proceedings are unlawful and without foundation. Article 101 of the Hashemite Kingdom’s constitution specifically prohibits the trial of any civilian by a military court, except on charges of high treason, espionage or drug trafficking.————————-25.04.2012 – Journalist to be tried before state security court for corruption case coverageReporters Without Borders calls on the Jordanian authorities to free journalist Jamal Al-Muhtaseb at once and to drop plans to try him before a military-run state security court in connection with his coverage of a corruption investigation. The editor of the Gerasa News website and the Al-Mir’aa weekly newspaper, Muhtaseb has been held since 23 April.“Muhtaseb’s detention is a serious violation of Jordanian law and freedom of information.” Reporters Without Borders said. “His reporting of this corruption case has been in the public interest. The illegal and arbitrary proceedings brought against him are indicative of the royal family’s inability to accept being criticized or challenged. We call for his immediate release and the withdrawal of all the charges.” Muhtaseb has been put in pre-trial detention in Amman’s Juweida prison for an initial period of 14 days on a charge of “inciting anti-government sentiment,” which carries a possible 15-year jail sentence. His arrest was prompted by an article quoting an unnamed parliamentarian as saying parliament had received royal directives not to indict former government minister Sahil Majali for alleged corruption in connection with the “Sakan Karim” low-income housing project.According to Agence France-Presse, this gigantic project was launched in 2008 with an initial budget of 7 billion dollars with the aim of building 100,000 homes for low-income Jordanians. Muhtaseb has been alleging high-level government corruption involving Majali.Using a state security court to try a journalist is completely illegal under Jordanian law and is indicative of the government’s nervousness and determination to suppress freedom of information in this affair. Article 101, paragraph 2 of the Hashemite kingdom’s constitution specifically bans trying a civilian before a military court on any charge other than high treason, spying or drug trafficking. But challenging the monarchy is clearly a red line that Jordan’s press cannot cross.Gerasa News reported yesterday that the state security court had deferred until today any decision on Muhtaseb’s possible release on bail. The court gave no explanation for the postponement. Gerasa News reporter Sahar Al-Muhtaseb, who has also been charged in the same case, was released after she paid 5,000 dinars (5,300 euros) in bail.Gerasa News was the victim of a cyber-attack on the night of 23 April, when users hacked into the website and deleted articles about Muhtaseb’s arrest and the charges brought against him.Around 50 journalists staged a sit-in outside the Jordan Press Association building on 23 April to protest against the use of a state security court to try Muhtaseb and to demand his immediate release. They repeated the sit-in yesterday morning and then demonstrated outside parliament in the afternoon. 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first_img Twitter Tourism Ireland chief to address Donegal promotion concerns Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp Tourism Ireland will today brief industry representitives from Donegal on its plans to restore overseas tourism to growth next year. However, the event at the Mill Park Hotel could prove confrontational, with the head of North West Tourism claiming last week that previous initiatives have not worked for Donegal, and the industry here is losing faith in the national body.Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons says the target is to grow overseas tourism next year, bringing in an additional 230,000 visitors, with an emphasis on Britian and Germany.He believes Donegal can share on that growth. Facebook Previous articleUSI calls on LYIT to retract “threatening” letterNext articlePolice and army personnel attacked in Derry News Highland Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News WhatsApp By News Highland – December 7, 2009 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

first_imgVermont native Grace Potter will return to her home state on Sunday, Oct. 9, for her ‘Goodnight Irene: Flood Relief Benefit’ concert in Burlington.  Potter and her band, The Nocturnals, organized the benefit to raise money to go directly to Vermont businesses, farms and families devastated by the flooding after August’s Hurricane Irene.  Vermont Public Television (VPT) will broadcast two hours of the concert live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and webcast it at the same time on vpt.org. VPT is a statewide network covering Vermont and neighboring areas of New Hampshire, New York and Canada.The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Mad River Valley Community Fund will benefit from the event.  VPT has arranged for TV viewers to contribute to the cause by phone or online as they enjoy the concert.  The concert will be at the historic Flynn Center.  It sold out within hours after tickets became available.”I’m so touched by the overwhelming response to our “Goodnight Irene” benefit concert,’ said Potter, a Waitsfield native.  ‘When I heard that the tickets were selling so quickly, I felt a deep swell of gratitude and love for Vermont.  I feel so blessed to live in a place where so many people feel such a deep responsibility to their community through good times and bad times.  This is the exact reason I became a musician.  I can’t wait to give my fellow Vermonters a beautiful night of music.”VPT’s president and CEO, John King, said, ‘It’s great to be able to use our broadcast network and website to extend this benefit throughout the region.  If you’re not one of the 1400 people lucky enough to be at the Flynn, you can be one of the thousands who’ll enjoy a front row seat via VPT.’  Setting up to do the broadcast and take the contributions is a big undertaking for.  As a non-commercial station, VPT even had to request a waiver from the FCC to raise funds for the relief organizations.  Various partners stepped up to help VPT.  ACD Direct, which will answer phone calls during the broadcast, has donated its services.Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and People’s United Bank will sponsor Vermont Public Television’s production.last_img read more

first_imgIOWA CITY — The state program for testing private drinking water wells suffers from “severe under-utilization,” according to a University of Iowa study.The “Grants To Counties” program funds testing for nitrate, bacteria and arsenic, as well as plugging old wells. In recent years, counties left as much as 55% of the total funding untouched. The U-I’s Silvia Secchi co-authored the report.“We would really like for all that money to be spent because we know that we’re not testing as much as we should,” Secchi says. “The rule of thumb is that you should test once a year every well and we’re not doing that.” The state recommends Iowans test their private wells annually for contaminants that are linked to cancer and other health issues.Secchi says not testing these wells is concerning because they’re largely unregulated, unlike larger systems. “These people are really the most vulnerable population when it comes to drinking water in the state,” Secchi says, “because there is nobody but themselves who is responsible for the testing.”It’s estimated 10% of Iowans, or around 300,000 people, rely on private wells for their drinking water.last_img read more