Al Dustour editor sentenced to six months in prison

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the six-month prison sentence that a criminal court in the Cairo district of Bulak Abu Al-Ala imposed on 26 March on Ibrahim Issa, the editor of the weekly Al Dustour. Although courts previously dismissed eight other similar complaints against him, Issa was finally convicted under articles 171 and 188 of the criminal code of publishing false information “liable to harm the general interest and the country’s stability.” He was also fined 200 pounds (30 euros).“The authorities are continuing the campaign of intimidation against independent journalists that began at the start of 2007,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Comments about the necessary limits on press freedom made by the judge the day after passing sentence are indicative of the judiciary’s general attitude towards the media.”The case dates back to 5 September 2007, when a member of the ruling National Democratic Party brought a complaint about articles referring to rumours about President Hosni Mubarak’s health. Issa’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders he thought the conviction was unjustified as eight other complaints brought by pro-government lawyers against Issa in 2007 for the same reasons were dismissed on the grounds that there was “no direct, family link between the plaintiffs and the president.” He added that he intended to appeal.A case involving Issa and the editors of three other weeklies – Adel Hammouda of Al-Fagr, Wael Al-Abrashi of Sawt Al-Umma and Abdel-Halim Qandil of Karama – is meanwhile due to be heard by an appeal court on 5 April. A criminal court in the Cairo district of Al-Aguza sentenced them on 13 September 2007 to a year of forced labour and fines of 20,000 pounds (2,600 euros) for publishing false information “liable to harm the general interest and the country’s stability.” March 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Dustour editor sentenced to six months in prison RSF_en Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prisonlast_img read more

Jewish Community Center celebrates religious holiday with carnival

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — This week, the Jewish faith is celebrating the holiday Purim, and in the Southern Tier the Jewish Community Center is getting in on the festivities. Cwinar’s friend, Cameron Smith, agreed. Cohen is from the area, and has been involved at the JCC from a young age. “I grew up with the J-C-C, I went to preschool here and remember doing this event as a kid so that’s why it’s very near and dear to my heart,” Cohen said. Adult and Youth coordinator at the J-C-C, Harrison Cohen, explained to 12 News the holiday is about Jewish freedom. The Purim celebration was carnival-style with a bouncy house, games, face-painting and food and prizes for children and adults to take part in. Now, he serves as an organizer of the event, and seeks to create an inclusive and welcoming environment.center_img “I believe it’s extremely important because not only do we have a bunch of Jewish families, we also have a lot of other ethnicities come as well,” Cohen said. “You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate Purim. I like that because we’re really open to the community.” Attendees were able to dress in costumes of their choice, similar to a the Purim tradition where people dress up as figures from the Megillah, the book of Queen Esther, a religious icon in the story of Purim. “It feels nice here because everyone is having a good time, and we’re having a good time,” Smith said. “It’s really fun because it only comes once a year and last year I didn’t get to go so this year made up for it,” said attendee Ashton Cwinar. Cohen told 12 News the next big thing to hit the center will be J-C-C Camp, a six-week summer camp program including trips and fun activities throughout the building.last_img read more

HK chief warns of economic fall rules out concessions

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam warned Friday that two months of pro-democracy demonstrations were causing economic chaos in the city but ruled out making concessions to “silence the violent protesters.” The embattled leader abruptly announced a press conference after meeting business leaders as demonstrators rallied at the airport, with the protest movement entering its third month. Lam, whose support for a bill to allow extradition to mainland China sparked the crisis, warned that the economic impact of the unrest threatened to be worse than the 2003 SARS outbreak in the financial hub. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The downturn this time came very quickly. Someone described it as coming like a tsunami,” Lam said. “Compared to the economic downturn caused by SARS that we handled previously, which caused an economic storm, the situation this time is more severe.” “In other words, the economic recovery will take a very long time,” she added. While Lam is a figure of hatred for many pro-democracy activists, her comments echo worried statements from the private sector and the tourism industry in particular. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific has warned bookings are down, travel agencies have reported drops of up to 50 percent in group tour bookings and the tourism board reported double-digit declines in visitor arrivals in the second half of July. Protesters have continued to stage almost daily rallies despite increasingly violent confrontations with police that have prompted several countries to issue Hong Kong travel warnings for their citizens. On Friday, thousands of pro-democracy protesters staged a sit-in at the airport to bring their message to arriving visitors. Lam has suspended the bill that sparked the crisis, but has not yet responded to protester calls to withdraw it altogether, and she has brushed aside demands for an enquiry into police brutality. She ruled out meeting the demands of protesters, which also include a call for the direct election of the city’s chief executive, currently chosen by Beijing. “As far as political solution is concerned, I don’t think we should just sort of make concessions in order to silence the violent protesters,” she said.last_img read more

Register now for ACVs Europe Regional training sessions

first_img UPDATE: Air Canada Vacations has made a correction on the Winnipeg date training and added a number of additional training dates. The correction and additional dates have been added below.MONTREAL — Travel agents across the country are invited to attend Air Canada Vacations’ Europe Regional training sessions ahead of its 2019 Europe Collection launch.At each session, ACV’s sales team will share highlights of the product lineup along with its new programs and partnerships. Portugal Tourism, the main event sponsor, will present alongside other Europe suppliers like Avis Rent A Car, Azamara Cruises, Insight Vacations and Royal Caribbean International.“Our Europe collection continues to expand and the resulting support from our trade partners has been fantastic,” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at ACV. “We’re already seeing a terrific response from the trade and a lot of great feedback. Make sure you block your seat while there’s still space!”Agents can register via the following links:January 15, Formation Rive-Sud: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_south_shoreJanuary 15, Kelowna: [email protected] << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group January 15, Hamilton: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__hamiltonJanuary 15, Oshawa: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/air_canada_vacations__oshawa__europe_reginoal_training_15_january_2019_breakfast_eventJanuary 16, Formation Granby: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_granbyJanuary 16, Victoria: [email protected] 17, Langley: [email protected] 17, Barrie: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_barrieJanuary 17, St. Catherine’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training__st_catherinesJanuary 17, Formation Saguenay: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_saguenayJanuary 23, Formation QC avec AC: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_quebecJanuary 25, Gatineau: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_gatineauJanuary 31, Halifax: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_halifaxFebruary 6, St. John’s: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_st_johnsFebruary 27, Winnipeg: https://aircanadavacations.formstack.com/forms/europe_regional_training_winnipegMore news:  FIVE FESTIVE FOODS TO TRY AT EUROPE’S CHRISTMAS MARKETSAir Canada Vacations is reminding travel agents that when clients book 180 days prior to departure, they save up to $1,000 per couple. When they book 120 days prior, they save up to $500 per couple, and $300 per couple when booking 90 days prior. This offer is valid on bookings made between Nov. 5, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019, for travel from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Register now for ACV’s Europe Regional training sessions Tags: ACV, Air Canada Vacations, Europe, Training Posted by Monday, January 14, 2019 last_img read more