The photo that originally accompanied this press release was replaced after doubts about its authenticity were raised in the media and online.Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s abduction of the well-known blogger Amina Arraf, who blogs under the name of Amina Abdullah and who holds dual US and Syrian citizenship. She was kidnapped by three gunmen as she was going to a meeting last night in Damascus. The press freedom organization has no information about the location to which she was taken by her abductors, who were probably government thugs.“There are absolutely no grounds for Amina Arraf’s abduction or for the abduction of dozens of other bloggers and journalists in Syria,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like many other netizens, Arraf blogged about her everyday life and, of late, about the events shaking her country. This should not have led to her disappearance. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the dozens of bloggers and journalists currently detained in Syria and we call on the Syrian authorities to end the abuses against them.”In her blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus, Arraf had been describing the current turmoil in Syria. Her posts had been getting more critical of the government and she had even called for its departure. In a blog entry about the disconnection of the Internet on 3 June, she wrote: “They must go, they must go soon. That is all there is to say.”She narrowly escaped arrest on 25 April when two men came to her home to take her away. Her father managed to convince them to leave. A page calling for her release has been created on Facebook: Free Amina Abdalla. Reporters Without Borders also condemns the suspension of Internet service that began on 3 June and lasted 24 hours. It was clearly ordered by the government. Most Internet connections use the service provided by Syriatel, which is owned by President Bashar Al-Assad’s cousin, Rami Makhlouf.The press freedom organization is also worried about the blogger Kamal Sheikhou. Freed on bail on 13 March, he was due to appear in court on 30 May on a charge of “publishing information liable to defame the nation.” It is not known what happened to him.Jehad Jamal, a journalist and blogger known by the pseudonym of Milan, meanwhile continues to be detained. He was arrested in the Milano Café in Aleppo on 5 May after the authorities managed to get into his Facebook account and take it over. The owner of the computer he was using at time of his arrest, Jilal Siris, is also detained.The government had nonetheless tried repair its image by making a few concessions, including a presidential amnesty on 31 May. Ali Al-Abdallah, a journalist and writer who was serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “trying to harm Syria’s relations with another state,” was freed under this amnesty on 4 June. Syria is on the list of “Enemies of the Internet” that Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March. March 12, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman blogger abducted in continuing crackdown on coverage of protests to go further Organisation Follow the news on Syria News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out more
Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero tested positive for traces of a banned substance Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero tested positive for traces of a banned substanceAN INVESTIGATION by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) control committee is expected to be launched after the winner of the €30,000 Irish Laurels, Limerick owned Clonbrien Hero, tested positive for a prohibited substance related to cocaine.The Limerick owned and Graham Holland traianed dog was found to have traces of benzoylecgonine on dates last July according to a report published by the IGB.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The process now provides that the Control Committee of the IGB can launch an investigation relating to the dog’s mandatory tests from last July.On July 22 last, the Kay Murphy owned dog won the Irish Laurels but tests later showed traces of the banned substance in both blood and urine samples.Clonbrien Hero became a 5/2 “market drifter” just before the race where Kilgraney Denver was strongly fancied.IGB said that it does not comment on individual cases which have been referred to the control committee and which may proceed to investigation.Cashel based Graham Holland has 2,542 more than 2,500 race wins with dogs from his yard and last July’s Irish Laurels win was his fourth during his training career.Last December, the Graham Holland yard again hit the headlines when Clares Rocket, was kidnapped by a criminal gang and held for ransom.The dog was later recovered unharmed when gardai stopped Limerick criminal Christy Keane driving with the dog. Mr Keane said that he was retrieving the dog for its owners at the time he was stopped. WhatsApp Email Previous articleBull n’Booze back for tag rugby midnight finalNext articleLimerick business news briefs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSClonbrien HerofeaturedIrish Greyhound Boardlimerick Facebook Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsInvestigation launched after winning Limerick greyhound’s failed doping testBy Staff Reporter – September 20, 2017 1305 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Press Association The odds on Ozil joining United plummeted on Monday morning amid speculation the Germany midfielder would prefer to join the Red Devils rather than Arsenal, who it is reported have agreed a fee with Real Madrid. But Press Association Sport understands Red Devils chief David Moyes has not identified Ozil as a target and has no intention of hijacking any deal Arsenal may be working on. The news will doubtless disappoint some United fans, but Moyes is evidently looking to strengthen his squad. Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines remain on his shopping list, although there is a strong possibility that of the two, only the Belgian midfielder will eventually arrive at Old Trafford. There has been speculation Fellaini would hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through a deal. However, this is thought unlikely as it would be unnecessary under the circumstances. Due to sheer geography, that transfer could happen quite late, with the deadline falling at 11pm. The same is not true of Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, who has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford move in recent days. Left out of the starting line-up for Sunday’s defeat at Real Madrid, Herrera would presumably have to fly to England to complete a medical should terms be agreed, which would put an obvious time limit on the transfer getting a significant push forward. Moyes was giving little away following his side’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, when United failed to score in successive Premier League matches for the first time since May 2007. “There’s a bit of all sorts of things going on,” said Moyes. “Maybe in the next how many hours we will get a chance, but I can’t give you a heads up. “It’s not too long before we will know.” Manchester United’s deadline-day recruitment drive will not include a pursuit of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.