Indian cartoonist could be jailed for cartoons about India’s supreme court

first_img Follow the news on India India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go further RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The supreme court gave the go-ahead on 18 December for contempt of court proceedings against Rachita Taneja in connection with three cartoons on her @SanitaryPanels Twitter page, where she has been commenting on Indian politics for the past six years. RSF_en “We call on the supreme court’s judges to drop the absurd charges they have allowed to be brought against Rachita Taneja, who just exercised her right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by article 19 of the 1950 constitution,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is very shocking to see India’s highest court stoop to harassing a cartoonist on the pretext of a spurious contempt of court case when the cartoons were completely inoffensive.” Innocuous March 3, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Help by sharing this information Contempt of court proceedings are increasingly used to silence journalists and commentators who refer critically to the judicial system. Those targeted have included the political commentator and comedian Kunal Kamra, who was accused of contempt in December over a series of satirical tweets about the supreme court. Posted on 7 August, 11 November and 12 November respectively, the three cartoons are very innocuous. The first parodies an exchange of favours between a judge and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The second shows the flag of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – the Hindu nationalist militia of which the BJP is a political offshoot – ­flying over the supreme court building. And the third refers to a supreme court decision concerning a journalist with the pro-BJP Republic TV channel. Taneja has been asked to submit a written defence which the court will examine on 29 January. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to six months in prison.center_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment As RSF reported at the time, Shillong Times newspaper editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri were each fined 200,000 rupees (2,600 euros) in March 2019 for contempt of court because of an article drawing attention to a court directive on benefits for retired judges in Meghalaya, the northeastern state where they are based. Organisation Receive email alerts News June 10, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News The proceedings are the result of a complaint filed by Aditya Kashyap, a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s student wing, claiming that Taneja had “shaken the public trust and confidence in the judicial system of our constitutional democracy by directly attacking and making insinuations against the Supreme Court of India.” News January 11, 2021 Indian cartoonist could be jailed for cartoons about India’s supreme court Following last month’s Indian supreme court decision to authorize a “contempt” case against a New Delhi-based cartoonist over a series of cartoons satirising the court, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the judges in charge of the case to respect the right to free speech as proclaimed in India’s constitution and to dismiss these absurd proceedings. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media For three innocuous drawings, Rachita Taneja is accused of having “shaken the public trust and confidence in the judicial system of [India’s] constitutional democracy” (image : R. Tanija). last_img read more

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Violence against the media in Brazil: 5 emblematic cases

first_imgNews Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionConflicts of interestImpunityViolence Follow the news on Brazil RSF_en Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more Related documents (Español) Brasil: Cinco casos de asesinatos de periodistas que marcaran los últimos añosPDF – 320.35 KB News August 15, 2016 Violence against the media in Brazil: 5 emblematic cases Help by sharing this information Receive email alertscenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more Launched on 4 August by RSF’s Rio de Janeiro-based Latin America desk to coincide with the start of the Rio Summer Olympics, the campaign aims to draw the international community’s attention to the dangers and violence that media personnel still face in Brazil, and to the lack of consideration for the precarious situation of many journalists, especially those who are not working for the leading media groups and those working outside the major cities.No fewer than 22 Brazilian journalists have been killed because of their work since the last Summer Olympics in 2012. This means that Brazil holds the title of Latin America’s second deadliest country for media personnel, after Mexico.RSF has focused on a few of these 22 cases because they illustrate the different kinds of dangers that reporters, bloggers, radio programme hosts and other journalists may face in Brazil and the urgency of finding effective protection and alert mechanisms.Their deaths must not be forgotten because their stories highlight the important role played by journalists – especially investigative journalists and those who are brave enough to denounce the stark realities around them – in shedding light on the truth and helping to combat corruption and organized crime.Gleydson Carvalho (1982-2015)Gleydson Carvalho was a radio presenter for Radio Liberdade FM 90.3 in Camocim, a town in the northeastern state of Ceará. Two men with pistols stormed into the radio station on 6 August 2015 and one of them shot Carvalho several times during a musical interlude in the middle of his programme. They then fled on a motorcycle. Carvalho died a few minutes later while being rushed to hospital. He had been denouncing political corruption in Ceará for years and had received many death threats, which he had reported to the authorities.The seven people taken in for questioning in the course of the investigation included the uncle and nephew of the prefect of the neighbouring town on Martinopole. Three people have been arrested pending trial – the suspected hit men and the alleged instigator.Evany José Metzker (1948-2015)Journalist and blogger Evany José Metzker was found beheaded in a rural area near Padre Paraiso, in the northeast of the state of Minas Gerais, on 18 May 2015. He had been missing since 13 May, the date of the last entry in his blog, called Coruja do Vale. According to the Minais Gerais Union of Professional Journalists, he had been investigating drug trafficking and child prostitution for several months. He had also covered several regional corruption cases in his blog, accusing local officials of involvement.The Minas Gerais Civil Police, who were in charge of investigating Metzker’s murder, said it might have been a crime of passion or politically motivated. They did not rule out any possibility, they said. No one has ever been charged with the murder.Pedro Palma (1967-2014)Pedro Palma, the editor of a local weekly, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle outside his home in a Rio de Janeiro suburb on 13 February 2014. His weekly, Panorama Regional, was distributed in the Rio de Janeiro suburbs and contained investigative reporting about municipal corruption.A year later, in February 2015, the police arrested four members of a criminal gang in the course of “Operaçao Icaro,” an investigation into fraud and the use of false contracts in the Sul Fluminense and Baixada Fluminense districts. In all, a total of 9 arrest warrants were issued as part of this operation, which was the result of Palma’s reporting and the investigation that followed his murder.Santiago Ilídio Andrade (1964-2014)Reporter and TV cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade was covering a protest against public transport fare hikes for TV Bandeirantes on 6 February 2014 when he found himself in the middle of an altercation between demonstrators and members of the military police. He was hit by large firework-style explosive device apparently thrown by one of the protesters and died of his injuries in hospital a few days later. Two youths who had allegedly been throwing these explosive devices were initially detained on a charge of murder. A year later, the judicial authorities declassified the case and the two youths were released pending new proceedings.Décio Sá (1965-2012)Newspaper reporter and blogger Décio Sá was gunned down in a bar in São Luís, the capital of the northeastern state of Maranhão, on 23 April 2012. He had worked for 17 years on the political desk of O Estado do Maranhão, a regional paper owned by the Mirante de Comunicação group. His blog, Blog de Décio, was one of the most popular in the region. He covered politics, corruption and organized crime. Shortly before his death, he exposed a criminal network that illegally lent money to local politicians to fund their campaigns. When elected, the politicians used public funds to repay the debt.Sá’s death led to a local and national police investigation that broke up a network of corruption involving 41 districts. It had embezzled around 100 million reais (more then $31 million). The masterminds and perpetrators of Sá’s murder were arrested and tried.RSF would like to revive the debate about the lack of an effective national system of protection for media personnel (see the detailed recommendations) and urges the authorities to adopt concrete and lasting measures to address this issue.Brazil is ranked 104th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionConflicts of interestImpunityViolence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports As part of its “Some wins don’t deserve a medal” campaign, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is looking back at the cases of Brazilian journalists who were killed in recent years just for doing their job, cases that serve as a reminder of the essential role played by the media in this still young democracy, a country marked by corruption and violence. News to go further April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Services returning to normal at City of Derry Airport

first_img Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Previous articleFinn Harps asking supporters to turn out on Friday nightNext articleBridge replacement delay due to protection of fresh water mussel admin Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News By admin – August 27, 2014 Google+ Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img WhatsApp Twitter Services are returning to normal at City of Derry Airport after significant delays this morning because no member of the UK Border Patrol was in place.Dozens of passengers on flights which landed from Alicante and Birmingham were not allowed leave the airport, and were accomodated in the baggage area until a member of staff arrived at the passport control booth.Among the passengers affected was singer Mickey Harte, who was returning with his family from a holiday in Spain.He spoke to Shaun Doherty…………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/mickyjo.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Services returning to normal at City of Derry Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterestlast_img read more

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MSP Alpena Post Recruiting Men and Women for the Law Enforcement Team

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMSP is always looking for new faces that’s why they are hosting a question and answer to recruit men and women for the Law Enforcement Team.“What we’re looking for in troopers is somebody who has integrity, they know the difference in what is right, and what is wrong, and someone who wants the dedication to wear our uniform and someone who is willing to give back to the community in the ways we have to as a Law Enforcement Officer,” Trooper Simpson said.Troopers will be on hand at the MSP Alpena Post to answer questions about joining the team. Simpson said often times everyone wants to know how to get into a special field, but must realize that have to start from the bottom to move on to bigger and better.“Some of the questions that we are often asked is how to get on a specialty team, such as our K–9 Team, or our Emergency Support Teams because people are interested in going into that line of work. However for our department you have to start out as a Trooper working the road before you can do that and a lot of people don’t realize that, they think they can just join up and start as a K-9 Officer,” Trooper Simpson said.Simpson added that the question and answer session would help interested applicants make sure this is the right career choice for them. If you’re interested in joining the sea of blue at MSP Alpena Post the question and answer hiring process will be held on Thursday, May 25th from 4 pm until 6 pm.You can also start your application process by visiting www.Michigan.gov/mspjobs.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Hiring, msp, MSP Alpena PostContinue ReadingPrevious Options Pregnancy Center Holds Barn Dance for LifeNext Doctors Serve Up Food For a Good Causelast_img read more

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M’town Students Hoping Designs are ‘Shore’ Winners

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A group of art students at Middletown High School South have demonstrated their love for the Jersey Shore and the impact Super Storm Sandy had on their lives – and that could mean $50,000 to the school.Art teacher Christen Tummillo’s students have entered a contest, sponsored by the Vans sneaker company, using the shore and the destruction Sandy wrought as their theme. Now the students are among the semifinalists in the contest and the public can cast ballots online though May 13 for their favorite designs.Middletown High School South students and their teacherdisplay the designs they have submitted to a Vans sneaker design contest and are among 50 semifinalists. They are, from left, Nina Mitarotondo, Jesse Price, Amy Mader, art teacher Christen Tummillo, Taylor Franzreb and Meghan Heigelberg.Taylor Franzreb, a student in Tummillo’s Advanced Placement art class, said she and the other students wanted to convey on a pair of sneakers how they felt about the storm’s impact. “It was like a part of our broken youth and how it could be fixed,” she said.Ultimately, Tummillo and students in her advanced placement class and Art I student Jesse Price created a design depicting images of the damaged Seaside Park rollercoaster and a wrecked boardwalk with its stark image juxtaposed with an idyllic summer’s day.“We tried to capture bold elements of New Jersey,” Franzreb said.“That was the first (design) we decided on,” Tummillo said of the Sandy-related artwork. “The hardest part was narrowing down with what we wanted to put on to it.”The storm, “especially for high school kids,” had a real affect on them, the teacher said.The contest is Vans’ Cus­tom Culture shoe customization art contest, now in its fourth year. Students from schools around the country participated by designing shoes for four themed areas.The Middletown High School students’ designs have been selected as one of 50 semifinalists from 1,500 submissions.The public now can cast votes for the entries until May 13 by going online to www.vans.com/customculture/vote/.The vote will help Vans whittle down the selection to the five top vote-winning schools. The student finalists will be invited to New York City June 10-12 for various activities and for the final decision by a yet-unnamed panel of celebrity judges, according to the company’s website.The semifinalists are competing for the top prize for their art department. Tummillo acknowledged the $50,000 would go a long way to helping the department. Runners-up could win $4,000 “which would be great because we’re out of blue paint,” Franzreb said.The Sandy-themed sneaker was submitted for the local flavor category that requires participants to offer their take on their surrounding community, city or state.The other categories are art, music and action sports that Vans has determined to be sports without bats or balls.For music the students chose jazz; for action sports they selected paddle boarding; and for art, Price lobbied and won for his idea of zombies. “Zombies are very in,” Tummillo said.The winner will see their design used and marketed on a Vans brand sneaker, according to the company.The money would be great and getting their shoe design sold in a mall would be awesome, the students said.But they said there is something else a win would do. “It sort of validates what we do,” especially since the high school is competing against some prestigious art schools, student Meghan Heidelberg said.“There is extreme talent in our school here that is sometimes overlooked,” student Nina Mitarotondo said.Tummillo is obviously proud of her students and the work they have done. “I couldn’t be involved with better students for this,” she said.last_img read more

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City of Enderby calling on Ottawa after alleged ISIS supporter released into

first_imgEnderby Mayor Greg McCune says he is calling on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to implement reforms that will restore confidence in the system.“When you read the Federal Court’s decision, it was upheld because the court will defer to the board member unless the decision is unreasonable.  This is a systemic failure.  We need to change it at that level.”Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Following the Supreme Court’s decision to release an alleged ISIS supporter into B.C.’s Southern Interior, the City of Enderby is calling on Ottawa to implement public safety reforms.On Tuesday, September 3, Othman Hamdan had been ordered to be released from immigration detention by the Federal Court nearly a year after the Immigration and Refugee Board deemed him inadmissible and a security risk to Canada.As reported by Global News, the City of Enderby issued a press release on Friday, stating the decision to release Hamdan has left the community shocked and frustrated.last_img read more

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21 councillors to move noconfidence motion against Arjun Singh

first_imgKolkata: Twenty one Trinamool Congress councillors will move a no-confidence motion against Arjun Singh, chairman of the Bhatpara Municipality.The councillors met Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food and Supplies minister and president of the North 24-Parganas unit of the party and Partha Bhowmick, party MLA from Naihati on Monday afternoon. A letter bringing no-confidence motion against Singh and signed by 21 councillors was sent to the SDO. A copy of the letter was sent to Singh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhatpara Municipality currently has 34 councillors. To retain the municipality, Trinamool Congress needs the support of 17 councillors. Mallick said the councillors have informed that they had received full support from party supremo Mamata Banerjee and had no intention to cross the floor and join Singh. He said four councillors who were still in two minds, would settle for Trinamool Congress. As per the Municipal Rules, the chairman of the municipality will have to convene a meeting to discuss the no-confidence motion within 15 days. In his absence, the vice-chairman can convene the meeting. The councillors will cast their votes in secret ballots. Bhowmick said that the councillors had formally decided to bring no-confidence motion against Singh on Sunday and the matter received a formal approval on Monday. Singh said that the secret ballot would clear the picture. Interestingly, he has not yet submitted his resignation from the position of MLA.last_img read more

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Haryana CM addresses election rally in Gurugram

first_imgGururgam: Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar on Monday addressed the election rally along with Rao Inderjit Singh who is now certain to be the LS candidate for BJP. The election rally was held at Kukrola village in Panchgaon along the KMP expressway. Speaking at BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Sabha Haryana CM said, “We are taking our achievements of the past & plans for the future to the people, but the opposition has no achievements to speak of, so they can only criticise.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Chief Minister emphasised on his government had ensured that there was balance development in all the regions of the state. Hoping to win from Guugram for the record fifth time Rao Inderjit Singh also highlighted how the Central Government had ensured holistic development in Gurugram by ensuring huge investment in road infrastructure, connectivity and transportation. In an area that has also given a lot of soldiers who have served Indian Army Rao Indrajit also raised the issue of national security. Even as no candidates have been announced by either party, it is widely expected that Congress is planning to put up a strong candidate against Rao Inderjit who is almost certain to get the candidature again.last_img read more

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EC seeks report on Yogis Modi ji ki Sena comment

first_imgGHAZIABAD: The Election Commission has sought a report from the Ghaziabad district magistrate on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling the Army “Modi ji ki sena” at a rally on Sunday, as it may violate the election code.Yogi’s remark provoked condemnation from the Congress, which called it an insult to the armed forces. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was addressing a rally in Ghaziabad near Delhi on Sunday when he used the words repeatedly to draw a contrast with “Congress ke log (Congress’s people)”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and Modi-ji’s Sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). That’s the difference. Congress people use “ji” for terrorists like Masood Azhar but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps,” said Yogi Adityanath, addressing a rally in Ghaziabad. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayMamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, called it “shocking” that her Uttar Pradesh counterpart had used the words for the army. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalization and usurping of our beloved Indian army is an insult and a humiliation,” said the Trinamool supremo. The opposition has often accused the government of trying to exploit the army for electoral gains. The Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed, and India’s subsequent air strike targeting a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, have been “politicized” and portrayed as the BJP’s achievement, many opposition parties have alleged. Following their complaint, the Election Commission underscored that the army cannot be used in political campaigning. PM Modi has accused the opposition, especially the Congress, of talking Pakistan’s language.last_img read more

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KMC on war footing to eradicate dengue

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) may use drones to locate mosquito breeding grounds at the vacant land owned by the Railways near the Bailey Bridge in ward 81.A team of KMC led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh went to ward 81 on Thursday to conduct the anti-dengue drive. The team found that the land belonging to the Railways has not been maintained properly and it is covered in shrubs and bushes. The team then visited Sahapur colony, where 14 people had been afflicted with dengue in 2018. The team examined the surroundings and told the residents about the dos and the don’ts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKMC has been carrying out anti-dengue drives throughout the city, with a view to eradicate the disease. Most of the drives are led by Ghosh. The civic authorities had launched a massive anti-dengue campaign on February 2, when 144 rallies were taken out in the city to create awareness against the disease. The main rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters on SN Banerjee Road, which was led by Mayor Firhad Hakim. It has been decided that the civic authorities will carry out drives against dengue in three phases. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe first phase, which started in February, will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and continue till October, while the third phase will be the follow-up phase that will be carried out in November and December. The civic authorities have also opened 16 dengue detection laboratories. The KMC teams are visiting individual houses, housing complexes and institutional buildings and are examining the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. They are also checking whether garbage has been cleaned properly or not.last_img read more

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