Trial of Al-Jazeera journalists adjourned for fifth time

first_imgNews RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa to go further Abdulrahim Shaheen, a reporter for two newspapers – Al-Hurriya wa Al-Adala and Misr 25 – was arrested by national security police yesterday on charges of “membership of a terrorist group,” “inciting hatred” and “spreading false information.”At the same time in Cairo, the trial of 20 Al-Jazeera journalists was adjourned for the fifth time after another hearing today.Journalists continue to be exposed to arbitrary arrest although the new Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and opinion (article 65), freedom of the press (article 70) and media independence (article 72).The Egyptian authorities have clearly not appreciated Al-Jazeera’s coverage of demonstrations in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. On 3 September the Administrative Chamber of the Council of State ordered the closure of Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian station.The 20 Al-Jazeera journalists are charged with “undermining national unity and social peace,” “broadcasting false information” and “membership of a terrorist organization.” Eight of the 20 have been arrested while the other 12 are being tried in absentia.The prosecutor’s office has not named the detained journalists but, since 29 December, they have included Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy, who has Canadian and Egyptian dual citizenship, Baher Mohamed, who is Egyptian, and Peter Greste, who is Australian.Greste is accused of “collaborating with the Egyptian defendants by providing them with money, equipment and information (…) and broadcasting false reports designed to give the impression to the outside world that there was a civil war.”In a show of solidarity, many journalists gathered outside BBC headquarters in London on 7 April, their 100th day in detention.Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the Egyptian authorities are persecuting journalists. They should respect the principles enshrined in the new constitution, especially in article 71, which prohibits jail sentences in media cases.Another Al-Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Al-Shami, has been held since 14 August without any charge being brought against him. He began a hunger strike on 23 January in protest against his arbitrary detention, and has so far reportedly lost 30 kilos in weight.When Reporters Without Borders reached his brother, Mohamed Al-Shami, by telephone, he said he was “very worried” about his health. He said his brother “has seen a doctor only three times since his arrest” and “his health has deteriorated considerably.”In an open letter that Mohamed al-Shami gave to Reporters Without Borders, the detained journalist writes:“My name is Abdullah Al-Shami. I have already lived a quarter-century of my life, of which eight months between four walls where every day is the same as the previous one and the next one. There is no tomorrow here, no novelty. Eighty days have passed since the start of my hunger strike and I will not give up before achieving my goal of being released.My story is not a unique one. It is the story of all those who thirst for the freedom of information that is guaranteed in the laws. Not far from this cell, a door without a barrier or a guard will open and I will look up with confidence and firm determination. I am not a criminal nor a militia member. I am a journalist, and journalism is not a crime.”Fahmy’s health is also worrying. He has a shoulder injury that has not been treated properly and he can no longer move his right arm. His family wrote to acting President Adly Mansour requesting his release so that he can get appropriate treatment. January 22, 2021 Find out more April 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial of Al-Jazeera journalists adjourned for fifth time February 6, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Egyptcenter_img News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution News Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding

first_img March 04, 2019 ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania,  Round-Up,  Severance Tax Over the last week, Governor Wolf and his administration visited communities across Pennsylvania to see first-hand their critical infrastructure needs, especially around pressing issues like flooding, blight and broadband expansion. Governor Wolf visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. Governor Wolf also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.Administration officials also visited communities in York, Beaver and Schuykill counties to meet with local officials and residents on the need for more resources to address critical infrastructure needs.Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan here.Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Severance Tax To Help Flooded CommunitiesYour Erie: State leaders discuss creating $4.5 billion program to help disaster survivorsWilliamsport Sun-Gazette: Governor presses for severance tax to repair leveeFox43: Flash flooding prompts proposed legislation to help disaster victims in PAWilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: State officials propose funding flood protection with a severance tax on gas drillersBroadbandRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.AP: Wolf promotes proposal to fund high-speed internet expansionUniontown Herald Standard: Gov. Wolf visits Greene County to unveil plan for statewide broadbandThe Tribune-Review: Editorial: Virtual infrastructure critical in PennsylvaniaBlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.Beaver County Times: Fight the blight: State leaders come to Aliquippa to discuss new program Restore PennsylvaniaWBRE: State officials take tour in Schuylkill County to address blighted property issueNBC 10: Chester Officials Work to Fix Neighborhood Blightcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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