French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 years

first_img Follow the news on Algeria Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders hails the acquittal today of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the Algeria correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, in a libel suit brought against him in 1997 by Abdelkader Sallat, former director of prisons at the justice ministry. He won the right to a retrial, which began on 23 May, because the original trial was held in his absence and without his knowledge.After the announcement of the verdict, Aït-Larbi issued a statement calling on the justice minister to launch “an administrative investigation to establish who was responsible for these procedural irregularities and exploitation of the judicial apparatus with clan-based complicities for 10 years.” Alluding to his article about mistreatment in Algerian prisons, which prompted the libel suit, he also called for “a judicial investigation” into the “crimes against humanity… revealed during the trial.”————————————————————29.05 – Judges urged to protect independent journalists as government makes no move to decriminalize press offencesReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the two-month prison sentences imposed on two El Watan journalists in a libel case on 27 May and said it was concerned about the verdict that is due to be issued by an Algiers criminal court tomorrow in the case of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of several international news media. “Algeria’s journalists will always work under the threat of being thrown in prison until press offences are decriminalized, and since the highest authorities continue to drag their heels on amending the law, we appeal to judges handling press cases to display courage and independence by protecting journalists and reestablishing the right to news and information.”The two El Watan journalists sentenced to two months in prison were editor Omar Belhouchet and reporter Chawki Amari, who were also fined 1 million dinars (10,635 euros). They immediately appealed against the verdict. The case was a retrial of one held before a court in Jijel, 360 km east of Algiers last December, when they received three-month sentences for libelling and insulting the city’s prefect in an article a few months earlier accusing him of corruption. They were able to get retrial because the original trial was held in their absence and without their knowledge, and they were not even notified of the prefect’s suit.According to their lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani, the case continued to suffer from procedural irregularities. He also deplored a recent supreme court decision that allows plaintiffs who are suing newspapers to present their suit at the place of distribution as well as the place of publication.Jamal Belkadi, one of El Watan’s correspondents in Constantine, 290 km east of Algiers, was manhandled by the head of the prefect’s security department while taking photos at the scene of a bombing on 16 May. His camera was confiscated and returned two days later. To his surprise, he was summoned to the prefect’s office and was notified that he is being investigated for “crossing a security perimeter.” He is due to appear before a judge soon. Other journalists present at the scene of the bombing had no problems.The case involving Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, is also retrial of one held in his absence and without his knowledge. It concerns a libel suit brought by a prison governor whom he accused of mistreating detainees in a 1994 article. Aït-Larbi did not discover that he had been convicted until May 2006, when he applied for a new passport and his request was initially refused. In April of this year, he found himself being arrested at Algiers airport under a warrant issued in 1997. May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 yearscenter_img Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through July 5

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,143; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,136; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,112; 4. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 1,074; 5. Cory Sample, Winne­mucca, Nev., 1,047; 6. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,045; 7. Anthony Roth, Colum­bus, Neb., 1,013; 8. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,006; 9. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 989; 10. Scott R. Smith, Davenport, Neb., 985; 11. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas, 970; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 949; 13. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore., 935; 14. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 920; 15. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 912; 16. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 910; 17. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 906; 18. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 877; 19. Steven Bow­ers Jr., Topeka, Kan., 854; 20. William “Pat” McGuire, Belton, Texas, 836.IMCA Late Models – 1. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 775; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, and Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, both 770; 4. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 747; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 720; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 630; 7. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 621; 8. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, and Bryce Carey, Nashua, Iowa, both 576; 10. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 574; 11. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 563; 12. Chad Holladay, Muscat­ine, Iowa, and Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, both 551; 14. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 541; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 522; 16. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 515; 17. Kirby Schultz, Albia, Iowa, 506; 18. Bobby Toland, Cordova, Ill., and Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, both 501; 20. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 490.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 770; 2. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 736; 3. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 732; 4. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 700; 5. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 679; 6. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 652; 7. Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa., 613; 8. Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, 609; 9. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 590; 10. Kaleb Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 586; 11. Tyler Reeser, Orwigsburg, Pa., 563; 12. Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, 545; 13. Britney Bryant, Granbury, Texas, 544; 14. Cale Reigle, New­port, Pa., 543; 15. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 539; 16. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 524; 17. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 521; 18. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 496; 19. Kenneth Duke, Selins­grove, Pa., 495; 20. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 492.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,143; 2. Nathan Wood, Sigour­ney, Iowa, 1,139; 3. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,133; 4. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,110; 5. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 1,079; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,067; 7. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,015; 8. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,002; 9. Jerrett Bran­som, Burleson, Texas, 987; 10. Kyle Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 982; 11. Ronnie Warren, Oglesby, Texas, 976; 12. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 966; 13. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 945; 14. Wes­tin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 924; 15. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 920; 16. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 909; 17. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 906; 18. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 880; 19. Allen Zimmerman, Central City, Neb., 873; 20. Tommy Fose, Delphos, Kan., 869.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,192; 2. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,114; 3. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,097; 4. Brandon Nielsen, Spen­cer, Iowa, 1,063; 5. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 1,040; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,019; 7. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,010; 8. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 969; 9. An­drew Borchardt, Mason City, Iowa, 938; 10. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 911; 11. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan., 906; 12. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 896; 13. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 895; 14. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 891; 15. Ryan Wells, Runnells, Iowa, 882; 16. Adam Goff, Pa­lermo, N.D., 851; 17. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 850; 18. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., and Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, both 847; 20. Daniel Wauters, Iowa City, Iowa, 822.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,103; 2. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 1,070; 3. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,048; 4. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 1,027; 5. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 998; 6. James Guy­ton, Moody, Texas, 978; 7. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 965; 8. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 871; 9. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 803; 10. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 754; 11. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 745; 12. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 669; 13. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 648; 14. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 640; 15. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 613; 16. Frank Groves, Shallowater, Texas, 597; 17. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 584; 18. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 582; 19. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 556; 20. Kevin Crawford, Azle, Texas, 553.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 1,117; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,095; 3. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,086; 4. Tony Olson, Cedar Rap­ids, Iowa, 1,069; 5. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,064; 6. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,045; 7. Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,008; 8. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif., 1,000; 9. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 959; 10. Lane Cornwell, Newman Grove, Neb., 947; 11. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 925; 12. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 894; 13. Colby Langenberg, Nor­folk, Neb., and Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., both 892; 15. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 886; 16. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., 880; 17. Robbie Conway, Westhope, N.D., 854; 18. Kelly Hender­son, Minot, N.D., 844; 19. Kolton Vogel, Phillipsburg, Kan., 837; 20. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 836.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 1,158; 2. Nate Coopman, Man­kato, Minn., 1,120; 3. Darwin Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,020; 4. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,010; 5. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,002; 6. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 995; 7. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 993; 8. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 943; 9. Tanner Uehling, Norfolk, Neb., and Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., both 904; 11. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 807; 12. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 795; 13. Ashlee Kelly, Fairmont, Minn., 785; 14. Julia Childs, Weather­ford, Texas, 769; 15. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 750; 16. Kaitlin DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 749; 17. Mitch Meier, Chilton, Wis., 741; 18. Michael Meier, Chilton, Wis., 708; 19. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, Iowa, 698; 20. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 671.last_img read more

Syracuse defense looks to build off recent success ahead of matchup with Maryland

first_imgKara Burke just scored to pull Loyola (Maryland) within one. She got fouled just outside the crease, so the Greyhounds automatically gained possession when play restarted with six minutes left.With a chance to tie the game, Loyola’s Sydney Thomas unloaded a point-blank shot, but Syracuse goalie Kelsey Richardson made the biggest save of the game and the Orange then went down the field and scored. What could have been a tie game turned into a two-goal SU lead.“I’ve got to give credit to first of all, our defense,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said after his team’s 10-7 NCAA tournament quarterfinal win on Saturday. “Held a team that just scored 19 goals last game to seven. And they did a great job and it was fun to watch continuously getting the ball back … Happy to move on to the final four.”No. 4 seed Syracuse (16-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) will take on No. 1 seed Maryland (18-1, 5-0 Big Ten) in the national semifinals on Friday and its defense is surging at the most-needed time of year.In SU’s last five games, all against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament, its defense has allowed an average of 8.8 goals per game. But the biggest challenge for the recharged defense is coming against a Maryland team that’s 6-0 against the Orange since 2013, including a 10-7 win on March 7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Everybody’s had a hard time with Maryland, not just us,” Gait said on Monday afternoon. “You look over the past couple years, Maryland’s been the dominant team in women’s lacrosse and that’s certainly continued this year. We’re just looking to improve.”SU’s defensive performance against Loyola reflected its ability to step up. It was the first time all year that the Greyhounds were held under eight goals. Syracuse’s zone defense caused three turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game and shut out Loyola for the first 10 minutes of the second half.Gait said that the Greyhounds’ strength on offense is their ability to dodge effectively and get to the goal.“I think that’s why our backer zone really is a good defense to play against (Loyola), because it makes it tough to be a dodger,” Gait said. “You really got to be a feeder and find the open players and spin the ball.”The Terrapins have a balanced attack that features five players with at least 30 goals. The zone forces teams to move the ball and throughout the season, Maryland has only assisted 39.9 percent of its goals while Loyola had assisted 49.3 percent.UMD’s 10 goals in the first matchup this season against Syracuse tied a season low. The only other time this season the Terrapins scored just 10 goals was in its 11-10 loss to Ohio State, UMD’s only loss this season. The Orange played its typical zone defense in that game and while its offense wasn’t able to muster more than seven goals, its defense came through. With its season on the line on Friday night, SU’s defense will have to execute at least one more time.“We’ve handled the pressure, we’ve experienced the pressure,” Gait said on Monday. “It’s not like it’s something big or something we haven’t seen before in Maryland.” Comments Published on May 19, 2015 at 1:28 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

La Liga round-up: Benzema nets hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Bilbao

first_imgJaime Mata got the scoring underway for Getafe Karim Benzema helped himself to a hat-trick as Real Madrid finally threw off the shackles to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0.Zinedine Zidane’s men laboured through a first half of few chances before exploding into life within two minutes of the restart.Benzema headed home Marco Asensio’s 47th-minute cross before converting a Luka Modric corner 14 minutes from time and then helping himself to a third in stoppage time as Bilbao wilted.Real remain in third place in the table, four points adrift of city rivals Atletico Madrid and a full 13 shy of champions-elect Barcelona with all three sides still having five games to play.Behind them, Getafe maintained their bid for a top-four finish with a comprehensive victory over Sevilla by the same score in a stormy encounter which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.Jaime Mata’s 35th-minute penalty handed the home side a lead which Jorge Molina doubled from the spot deep into first-half stoppage time after full-back Sergio Escudero had been sent off for a second bookable offence. Rodrigo Moreno was sent off in Valencia’s win Molina extended Getafe’s lead eight minutes after the restart, but the sides were evened up with 16 minutes remaining when defender Djene Dakonam was dismissed for a bad challenge on Jesus Navas.Goncalo Guedes struck twice in four minutes either side of half-time to hand Valencia a 2-1 win at Real Betis.Guedes fired home from outside the box in the final minutes of the first half and then repeated the feat four minutes after the restart.However, Giovani Lo Celso gave Betis hope when he converted a penalty with 12 minutes left, and that hope increased, if ultimately in vain, when Valencia substitute Rodrigo Moreno was dismissed four minutes later. Villarreal had to survive a tense conclusion as they edged further clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Leganes.Second-half goals from Carlos Bacca and Karl Toko Ekambi looked to have sealed the points, but Nabil El Zhar pulled one back from the penalty spot after Martin Braithwaite had been fouled by Alvaro Gonzalez to set nerves jangling once again.Ruben Rochina was both hero and villain as 10-man Levante snatched a point to move two clear of the drop zone.The home side trailed 1-0 and 2-1 to Espanyol with Marc Roca restoring the visitors’ lead with 65 minutes gone after Ruben Vezo had cancelled out Borja Iglesias’ first-half opener.Rochina made it 2-2 with 18 minutes from time, but then picked up a second yellow card almost immediately to dash his side’s hopes of a late onslaught.–Source: SKy Sportslast_img read more