French reporters sentenced to six months in prison – Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi held secretly for 25 days

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_img January 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French reporters sentenced to six months in prison – Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi held secretly for 25 days June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has protested at the harshness of the sentence after a judge at a Karachi court sentenced French journalists Marc Epstein and Jean-Paul Guilloteau to six months in jail for breaking the Foreigners Act.The two journalists from the French weekly L’Express were sentenced on 10 January but the sentence was immediately suspended for one week. Their lawyer entered an appeal that will be held on 12 January.The international press freedom organisation called for their sentence to be quashed and for the release of their Pakistani colleague Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, held at an unknown location since 16 December 2003. “If the authorities want to warn the international press that it is forbidden to investigate the situation on the border with Afghanistan they couldn’t have done it better,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders in a letter to the Pakistani foreign minister Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri.The judge Nuzhat Ara Hakvi sentenced the two journalists to six months in prison and a fine of 1,350 euros for travelling without permission to the Quetta region in Baluchistan in the west of the country. Since Pakistani law allows the suspension of a sentence for one week if it is for less than one year, the two journalists were able to leave the court freely and return to their hotel where they have been staying under house arrest since 24 December 2003. The lawyer for L’Express, Mr Siddiqi, entered an appeal at the Sindh High Court to be heard on 12 January.The journalists’ lawyer said he was surprised by the harshness of the sentence. Journalists in Karachi, contacted by Reporters Without Borders, said that the judge was known for her tough sentencing. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Two journalists from the French weekly L’Express were sentenced to six months in jail for travelling without permission at the border with Afghanistan. The sentence was suspended for one week. Their Pakistani colleague Khawar Mehdi Rizvi is still held under secret by the military intelligence. News Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan The freelance Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, who was working with the pair from L’Express on the report, has been held at an unknown location since 16 December. According to some sources he is being held in the offices of the military Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Islamabad. The authorities refuse to give any information about him although he has been shown three times on national public PTV television. The channel has also broadcast fabricated interviews with people attempting to show that the three journalists set up a faked report from Baluchistan, on the Afghan border.Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf personally cast doubt on the professional qualities of Rizvi on 29 December. He told representatives of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society: “This freelance journalist has done terrible harm to the national interest in making this fake film on the Taliban and for only $2,000 dollars. If he had come to me I would have been able to give him 3,000 dollars not to make this film.”The three journalists were arrested on 16 December 2003 in Karachi just after completing a report on Taliban groups at the border with Afghanistan.center_img April 21, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts January 28, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Newslast_img read more


Dog used to intimidate Limerick robbery victims

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgEmail RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print TAGSGerman Shepherdlimerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleLimerick-based company creates 20 new engineering jobs and expands into EuropeNext articleAfghan who hates Irish people ‘incentivised to return home’ court told Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedincenter_img NewsDog used to intimidate Limerick robbery victimsBy Staff Reporter – April 28, 2016 705 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Twitter GARDAI believe that a Limerick man used a German Shepherd dog to intimidate two teenagers during a robbery in the city last Sunday.Detectives at Henry Street are investigating an incident in which a mobile phone and cash was stolen from a 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl in Arthurs Quay Park.They were approached by a man who became aggressive and said he had a knife.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He stole their property and walked from the park in the direction of Francis Street.He is described as being about 6’ tall, aged in his 30s, wearing a blue puffa jacket and tracksuit.He had a German Shepherd dog with him and Gardaí say this made the teenagers afraid.Separately, Gardai in Roxboro in Limerick are hunting two thieves who used BMX bikes and threatened to stab a man during the robbery on the outskirts of the city last Monday night.A 41-year-old man was walking along Childers Road near the Parkway Shopping Centre when he was approached by two youths on BMX type bikes.One of them produced a knife and threatened to stab the man who was then forced to hand over his mobile phone.last_img read more


Dutch schemes cut back tracker holdings to comply with ESG policy

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgING’s headquarters in AmsterdamThe annual report of ING’s CDC said half of its return portfolio – 40% of the overall assets – was allocated to European and US equity.ING and NN, which declined to provide further details, did not announce changes to their ETF investments in emerging market equities or property.Their matching portfolios only consisted of investments in European countries and quasi-government institutions with at least an AA rating.The pension funds also indicated that they wanted to diversify their strategic asset allocation. As the managers of the ETFs were in control of the vehicles’ responsible investment policies, it was possible that they included allocations to firms that had been excluded from the pension funds’ investment universe, the schemes said. Two Dutch collective defined contribution (CDC) pension funds plan to decrease their allocations to index-tracking vehicles in order to avoid investing in companies excluded by their joint investment policy.The CDC schemes of ING and Nationale Nederlanden said in their annual reports that the plan would affect their investments in developed market equities.The ING CDC Pensioenfonds has €1.6bn of asset under management, while the NN CDC scheme has assets of €522m.Part of the return-seeking portfolios of both pension funds, which also includes emerging market equities and property, has been invested through exchange-traded funds (ETFs).last_img read more


Wilson Sells One, Buys Two Bulk Carriers

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgNorwegian shortsea liner shipping company Wilson ASA has decided to dispose of one bulk carrier oldie and acquire two 5,000 dwt bulkers.The company has entered into an agreement with an unnamed party to sell MV Wilson Reef, an open hatch singledecker built in 1975.The 6,258 dwt vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owner in the first quarter of 2020, according to Wilson.In a separate announcement, the company said it signed an agreement to buy the 2007-built MV Lauren C and the 2008-built MV Nicole C.VesselsValue’s data shows that both ships are owned by UK’s Carisbrooke Shipping.The ships, which will be renamed, are planned to be acquired during the first quarter of 2020.Marking the company’s entry into the 5,000 dwt segment, the acquisition is said to underpin “Wilson’s long-term belief in the market”.last_img read more


Video: Vinicius clips Real Madrid in front against Real Mallorca

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgReal Madrid winger Vinicius Junior has put Zinedine Zidane’s side 1-0 in front at home to Real Mallorca, in their crucial La Liga clash. Vinicius Junior clips Real Madrid in front against Real Mallorca Both sides had chances in the opening stages, with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both denied by fine saves from Manolo Reina inside the opening 10 minutes. The visitors have also tested Thibaut Courtois at the other end, with Idrissu Babu forcing a brilliant stop from the Belgian, after Sergio Ramos ducked out of the way of his fierce drive. However, the hosts have enjoyed the edge in attack, and Vinicius clipped them in front on 20 minutes.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years AgoThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Museum To Rihanna’s Glory Could Soon Be OpenedThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… center_img Read Also: Video: Messi lucky to escape red card during Barca vs Athletic club Luka Modric drove into the box, and his disguised ball found Vincius at a tight angle, and the Brazilian did well to squeeze a finish past Reina. The former Flamengo man was inches away from doubling Real Madrid’s lead six minutes later, as Benzema slipped him through, but his instinctive chip came back off the crossbar. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


DWOMOH: Dede to Swans a sensible downgrade on Marseille

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgSwansea?Why?What happened to all the other links to the player that we had been hearing the last fortnight?These were but a few questions posed when the news of André ‘Dede’ Ayew signing for the Welsh team came through.His viewHear him after his signing for the Swans: “I am very happy to sign for Swansea which is a very good club in the Premiership. I spent so many years in the Youth team at Marseille before moving to the first team. It was a difficult moment for me to leave [Olympique Marseille] and make a decision but with time and growing up, I thought maybe it was time to go where I dreamt and always wanted to play.” “It was time for me to move on. Honestly, it is true that I had a lot of offers and stuffs so I needed to take my time and make the right decision for my future. I don’t want to jump the steps. I want to take it step by step.””For me, with the desire to play in the Premiership and wanting to grow as a player and to become a better player, I think that Swansea was the best solution for me in every way and the project that the club has for the future. When I spoke to [Swansea] coach [Garry Monk] and the chairman [Huw Jenkins], I felt that this was the right way for me to go.”Sounds logical from a player of Andrés stature: big game player with a big game experience, widely travelled and a proven winner.He definitely knows what he’s talking about.  He has not been a one club man though, despite being on the books of Marseille since 2005. Not to take anything away from the lad, but Abedi Ayew Snr’s connections with the club where he was instrumental in their Champion’s League win in 1993 meant Dede’s transition to the south of France from FC Nania was going to be smooth.But still, it had to take blood, sweat and tears for the young man to make the grade at the Velodrome. Loan moves to Lorient and Arles Avignon was only to toughen him up and make him a better player.Sterling performances at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, where he skippered Ghana to gold in 2009, coupled with a very good showing with the senior at the 2010 Afcon sent him on his way.The World Cup in South Africa later that year simply enhanced his reputation, and he’s only become better in the last five years.England’s lure too strong But in the face of his acceleration in the sport, there was a challenge.The lure of playing in the Premiership was playing on his mind.He had been in France for ten years and won a decent number of silverware: two League Cups in 2011 and 2012, two Trophées des Champions (Super Cups) in 2010 and 2011. And to top that, he was playing for the biggest club in France at a venue where average attendances exceeded 50,000. But somehow, this big club that gave him regular playing time was not enough. Dede needed European football and even more wages. Upgrade or downgrade?He allowed his contract to run down under Marcelo Bielsa and has now opted to sign for a club that was only good enough for eighth in the Premier league. And Swansea is a side who only joined the elite of English football only four years ago.He would play in front of 20,759 fans at the Liberty Stadium when it’s full in South Wales and his mates would be “stars” like Welsh skipper Ashley Williams, Bafetembi Gomis, Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung Yueng and Nathan Dyer.Not good enough quality by any imagination.At last season’s Swansea end of season awards, Jenkins spoke at length about improving the squad with quality players to challenge for honors. But the reality is that one only has to look at the gulf in class between the top six and you’ve to say that their biggest chances of winning laurels can only be in cup competitions, like they did with the Capital One Cup two years ago.Swansea do not play the most exciting brand of football and it would take something special from the deputy Ghanaian skipper to push them beyond eighth next season.It’s been said that the quality around you often pushes individuals to new heights in their field of work, but I’m not too sure about that at Swansea.Look at Wilfred Bony, who was smart enough to jump ship when City came calling. He was going to a club where there was that opportunity to further develop, earn huge wages, play alongside some of the biggest names in the sport and win trophies. That’s what it is for people of ambition. And I refuse to be convinced that Ayew would be at the Liberty Stadium all four years of his contract. He would not kid anyone with that kind of talk.Dede has always craved a top Premiership club, and it’s only seasons away, I reckon. At 25, he’s in his prime and could even be around at the high level for another six to seven seasons.It makes this decision even more intriguing one.Going forwardThe jury would definitely be on the lookout when he makes his competitive debut for the Swans in August. Meantime, the popularity of Dede’s move means should Jenkins would be smart enough, he could make a healthy return on investment if Swansea open a club shop in Accra!André Ayew, the son of the maestro, we’d be cheering you on. Make us proud in the Swans kit and don’t hesitate to jump ship when the big boys come calling.You don’t need to tell us that is what you really want.  We know.‏–Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang is a Joy Sports producer. Follow him on Twitter: @DwomohKwamelast_img read more