Another journalist convicted, given eight years in prison

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist convicted, given eight years in prison News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan News News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the eight-year jail sentence that the journalist and human rights activist Parviz Hashimli received from a Baku court yesterday on a trumped-up charge of organizing the sale of Iranian weapons. He was convicted of “receiving” under article 206.3.2 of the penal code and illegal sale of arms under article 228.2.1.“After eight months of pre-trial detention, Hashimli’s conviction is a yet another example of how the authorities have fabricated charges in order to silence a critic,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Hashimli is the victim of arbitrary justice that denied him the right to present evidence of his innocence. We are outraged that a trial flouting every defence right could be held in Azerbaijan immediately after it assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of Europe’s committee of ministers. We urge the justice system to quash this conviction on appeal and to release Hashimli without delay.”A reporter for the newspaper Bizim Yol, editor of the news website and head of the Centre for the Defence of Citizens’ Civil and Political Rights, Hashimli was convicted together with another man, Tavakkul Gurbanov, who pleaded guilty to the same charge of organizing the sale of Iranian arms and who was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.The prosecutor requested nine-year jail terms for both defendants. After the verdict was announced, Hashimli described the trial as highly political. During the trial, he reported being under pressure to implicate leading government opponents.Hashimli spent his first 20 days in solitary confinement following his arrest on 17 September 2013 at the national security ministry’s behest. He was not allowed to contact his lawyer or his family and said he was subjected to physical and psychological torture. The court rejected his repeated requests for examination of evidence that could have proved his innocence.Violations of human rights and freedom of information have reached alarming levels in Azerbaijan, where media pluralism is steadily disappearing. On 14 May, Azerbaijan assumed the presidency of the Council of Europe’s committee of ministers. It is currently the most repressive of the 47 members of the Council of Europe, which is supposed to ensure respect for human rights in Europe. At least 10 journalists are currently imprisoned in connection with their work in Azerbaijan. President Ilham Aliyev stops at nothing to silence all those who speak out against him.Two French journalists – reporter Laurent Richard and cameraman Emmanuel Bach of the Premières Lignes news agency – were arrested by around 15 security agents as they were about to leave Azerbaijan from Baku airport on 14 May, two days after an official visit by French President François Hollande.They had gone to Azerbaijan to follow the French delegation but stayed on for two more days to meet human rights activists and government opponents for the France 2 magazine programme “Cash Investigation.”The police searched their computers and hard disks and seized their notes and the memory cards on which they had recorded interviews and video of the people they had met. As the journalists refused to leave without their material, they were put on their departing flight by force.Premières Lignes editor Benoît Bringer told Reporters Without Borders: “We knew that Azerbaijan targets local journalists but now the regime no longer hesitates to target foreign journalists who are accredited members of the French president’s official delegation.”Bringer added: “We must talk about these acts of censorship. It is the only way to protect those in the country who are denouncing violations of human rights and democracy.” Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhcenter_img to go further News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Oxford Union officers revolt against Steve Bannon invite

first_img“It is only through listening to the opinions of others that we can fully understand those opinions. Whether we are inclined to agree or disagree with them, there is a profound intellectual value in critically thinking through why we agree or disagree instead of just rejecting them out of hand.”Oxford-based anti-racism groups quickly condemned the event. In a statement, Ian McKendrick from Oxford Stand Up to Racism said: “We condemn the Oxford Union invitation to Alt-Right guru Steve Bannon to speak on 16 November.  The Oxford Union is once again giving a platform to a far right speaker, and by doing so legitimising racism.“Bannon is attempting to build an Islamophobic international of far-right groups and is looking to fascist Tommy Robinson here in Britain as a key figure for his movement.”He added: “We call on the Oxford Union to stop giving credibility to racism and fascism and cancel the invitation to Steve Bannon.”The Union’s Facebook event page was flooded with criticism from students. One wrote: “Absolutely no words!!! What next? You will be inviting Hitler too??”On Twitter, one student said he would resign his Union membership over the Bannon event.In light of Steve Bannon being invited to speak, I am resigning my Oxford union membership. This is a disgrace.— Jonah Anton (@anton_jonah) November 14, 2018Stephen Horvath told Cherwell: “I briefed all staff members and committee members necessary for the running of this event. For example, The Chair of the Consultative Committee (as the person in charge of logistics), the President-Elect (as the person with the most experience of security and logistics), the Junior Treasurer (as the person with the most experience of successfully inviting American political figures to the Union), and the Director of Press were made aware of this event in advance so that appropriate security measures could be put in place for the benefit of those members wishing to attend this event. “On the advice of our security team, the announcement was scheduled for Wednesday morning. This is consistent with other high-profile speaker announcements such as Secretary Kerry or President Nixon, and it is worth noting that, unlike these figures, Mr Bannon does not have government funded security.”He added: “At the end of October, all sitting Officers (including Nick Brown) were notified that an event would probably be taking place on Friday 16 November with a high-profile American political figure. No Officer used a motion of Standing Committee to direct me to reveal their name.” A row has erupted at the top of the Oxford Union over President Stephen Horvath’s last-minute announcement to host Donald Trump’s former right-hand man Steve Bannon.Union secretary Nick Brown has called an emergency meeting of Standing Committee – the society’s governing body – to vote on cancelling the event on Friday, which has already prompted several student protests calling on the invite to be withdrawn.The move follows claims that the Bannon event had been kept under wraps by the President for several weeks in advance. Three Union insiders told Cherwell that a majority of Standing Committee were not informed of the decision to host Bannon until the event was made public on Wednesday morning.Following Wednesday’s announcement, student campaign groups announced demonstrations against the decision to host Bannon, who has been accused of promoting populism, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. By Wednesday afternoon, over 170 people had marked themselves as “going” to a protest outside the Union on Friday.Brown’s motion reads: “I, Nick Brown, hereby requisition an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee for 3pm on 15 November in the Macmillan Room. The purpose of the emergency meeting will be to discuss and vote on whether the Standing Committee should direct the President to disinvite Steve Bannon.”The motion was signed by Brown, the Union’s treasurer-elect Amy Gregg, and Standing Committee member Anisha Faruk.Earlier in the term, German far-right leader Alice Weidel cancelled her Union event, after widespread opposition from student groups.Announcing the Bannon event earlier today, Horvath said: “I am sure there will be people who challenge the value of free speech in relation to this invitation. The event with Mr Bannon provides an opportunity for our members to hear from an individual who has been at the centre of a rise in right-wing populism, as well as to critically question and debate the ideas and rhetoric of Mr Bannon.last_img read more

News Pioneer Sandy Close wins Nieman’s I.F. Stone Medal

first_imgSandy Close, executive editor and director of Pacific News Service (PNS), has been selected as winner of the 2012 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism will present the award at Lippmann House on Dec. 6, 2012.Close will receive the honor in recognition of her many achievements in journalism and for giving a voice to individuals and communities too often ignored by mainstream media. In nominating her, the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee acknowledged her steadfast efforts on behalf of ethnic news organizations and her mentoring of young journalists.Close has served as executive director of Pacific News Service since 1974. Under her leadership, PNS has helped launch the careers of a generation of talented young reporters who often focus on individuals and issues on the margins of society. One of the first regular commentators for NPR’s “Morning Edition” in the mid-1980s, Close went on in 1991 to create YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine written by and about young people. In 1996, she co-founded The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth. That same year, she founded New California Media, which subsequently became New America Media (NAM), under the umbrella of Pacific News Service. Today, NAM is the largest editorial and marketing collaboration of ethnic media in the United States.Close previously received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and won the 2011 George Polk Career Award. She also co-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Breathing Lessons: The Life and work of Mark O’Brien.”last_img read more

PODCAST: Fire relief brings out the best in staff

first_imgSierra Central Credit Union in Yuba City, Calif., has three branch offices right in the heart of the “apocalyptic” wildfires, says John Cassidy, president/CEO of the $967 million asset institution.“These are some of the hottest fires ever recorded because of the type of timber and brush firefighters have to deal with,” he says.The devastation has affected both Sierra Central’s members and employees, but the credit union’s employees never wavered during the crisis. They continued serving members even when the crisis reached its pinnacle.Under Cassidy’s leadership, Sierra Central has provided relief to firefighters, first responders, and other care givers, offering generous financial support, food, water—even popsicles. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Watch goals: Asamoah Gyan nets brace in Al Ain League win

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan grabbed a brace on Thursday as his side Al Ain recorded a 3-0 win at Dubai Club in the UAE Arabian Gulf League.Gyan opened the scoring on 17 minutes when he headed in Alex Brosque’s cross from inside the box as he was left unmarked.It was his 16th goal of the current campaign and Al Ain went into the break with a comfortable lead.Four minutes after recess, Gyan punished the defenders of Dubai Club who failed to deal with with Ahmed Al Shamisi cross.Gyan profited from a poor clearance to fire home from close range.Yassine El Ghanassy scored the third with a sublime finish on 79 minutes. Watch Asamoah Gyan’s two goals in the highlights below of Al Ain’s 3-0 win at Dubai Clublast_img read more