Receive email alerts Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News to go further Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Limon Fakir, a Bangladeshi blogger who has been held without trial for more than a year and a half and whose latest request for release on bail was rejected by the Dhaka high court yesterday. IAB also brought a complaint against Asad Noor, another blogger who wrote about fundamentalist excesses. Noor fled to India and from there had intended to travel to Nepal but was arrested while in transit at Dhaka airport in December 2017. Section 57 of the ICT Act, which criminalize defamation and blasphemy online, is often used by Islamists to harass journalists and bloggers who defend religious tolerance, free-thinking and secularism. His posts prompted a member of Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB), a radical Islamist party, to file a complaint with a court in the southern city of Barguna on 9 January 2017, accusing Fakir of “defamatory language against the Prophet.” May 19, 2021 Find out more Journalists and bloggers who advocate religious tolerance, such as Limon Fakir (left), are hounded by fundamentalist Muslim groups like Islami Andolan Bangladesh, which wants him to be given the death sentence (photo: archives – AFP). “We demand Limon Fakir’s immediate release,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “His arrest, the torture to which he was subjected and his interminable detention are all the more unacceptable because he just tried to inform his fellow citizens about fundamentalism. Follow the news on Bangladesh Limon Fakir has so far spent a total of 567 days in prison for the crime of posting articles and videos on his blog about the Islamic fundamentalism that permeates a sector of Bangladeshi society. News IAB, the extremist party that filed the complaint against Fakir, claims to have 20 million supporters and, in the run-up to the general elections in December, both of the two main parties, the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, are trying to woo it. “The Bangladeshi justice system must respect the principle of secularism, which is enshrined in the country’s constitution, and must therefore keep its distance from any form of political or religious pressure as regards the handling of the case against this blogger.” Arrested on 18 April 2017 and tortured by police for two weeks, Fakir was finally charged under the notorious section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, which is often used to gag bloggers and journalists in Bangladesh. Aged 24 and suffering from several ailments, he is facing a possible 14-year jail sentence in a trial before the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Political exploitation November 7, 2018 – Updated on November 12, 2018 RSF demands release of Bangladeshi blogger held on blasphemy charge February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en Organisation BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Help by sharing this information News February 26, 2021 Find out more
John Kemenosh of Ocean City, NJThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Nov. 6.Dear Friends,Ocean City lost one of its leading citizens this week with the passing of John Kemenosh. His many contributions to our community have been widely reported by our local media, and rightfully so. What I will always remember about Mr. Kemenosh goes beyond community service to include just what a great guy he was to be around. I will always appreciate his kindness and support for Michele and I over the years. May he rest in peace.I have scheduled a Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting regarding the pump station project for the neighborhood between 2nd and 8th Streets west of West Avenue. This meeting will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 10 a.m. at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall in the library located at 1735 Simpson Avenue. Representatives of the design engineering firm will be present to explain the project and answer questions.I hope you will join us for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
ADDIS ABABA – Equipment shortages,scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it hasfew means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms. In Nigeria, the region’s most populouscountry, doctors complain that years of underfunding and neglect havedebilitated the health system. (AFP) A doctor gets suited up for visiting a quarantine ward at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. AFP Earth’s poorest continent has so farconfirmed around 1,800 cases and 57 deaths — a tally that is low compared withEurope, the Middle East and Asia, but is now ratcheting up quickly as testingremains patchy.
The West Brom striker, who is suspended for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands, will wear the armband as he leads a much-changed side out at the Aviva Stadium, with Robbie Keane among the key men to be rested. Long’s elevation was confirmed by manager Giovanni Trapattoni on Saturday afternoon. Press Association The Italian said: “He was a young player, now he’s a senior. He has a heavy responsibility, as every captain. “He must play well – and score a goal if possible – but he has also to advise the other players.” Long, 26, is one of only two men – James McCarthy, who is also suspended on Friday, is the other – to be retained from the side which started against England on Wednesday evening. Keiren Westwood will replace David Forde in goal, while Paul McShane, Richard Keogh, Damien Delaney and the fit-again Marc Wilson will line up at the back. Andy Keogh, Wes Hoolahan, McCarthy and James McClean will comprise the midfield quarter, while Long will be partnered in attack by Simon Cox. Richard Dunne will start on the bench and Trapattoni intends to give him a run-out after the break in what would be his first appearance for either club or country in almost a year. Team: Keiren Westwood; Paul McShane, Richard Keogh, Damien Delaney, Marc Wilson; Andy Keogh, Wes Hoolahan, James McCarthy, James McClean; Simon Cox, Shane Long (capt). Shane Long will captain Ireland in Sunday’s friendly clash with Georgia.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: An African film scholar in Ottawa is working to locate, restore and disseminate films from his home continent — with the help of legendary American director Martin Scorsese.The African Film Heritage Project, a joint program from UNESCO, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation World Cinema Project and the Fédération Panafricaine des Cinéastes, aims to preserve culturally significant movies and allow more Africans to see themselves on the silver screen.Lifelong cinephile Aboubakar Sanogo says it’s an unfortunate reality that people can spend their entire lives in Africa without seeing some of the continent’s most famous films. Advertisement READ MORE Twitter
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 10, 2017 – Whatever it is that Loretta Butler Turner is reportedly trying to build, seems to be crumbling or at least stalled, as a new report surfaces of a political ally being at odds with the vociferous Long Island, MP. This time it is her own appointed Senator, DNA leader Branville McCartney, a fellow FNM defector who talks tough to Butler Turner and speaks frankly to the Nassau Guardian in a one on one. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The confusion has elicited this from Minister Glennis Hanna Martin in the House of Assembly this week, “I’m one of those people I don’t explain much in him, and I sat and, you in Long Island, take a break man, you’ve got your hands full, don’t get in my business, don’t get in my business, you’ve got your hands full, sort out your business man, you’ve got a complicated life right now.” McCartney in reference to some comments made by Butler Turner that she was thrown under the bus by him, said that he reached out to her about the statement made in the House of Assembly. It appears to be some mix up over what he said and then what she said, after he reportedly said whatever it is that he said… not the kind of interactions Bahamians need to see so close to a General Election. Earlier this week it was reported that Neko Grant and Dr. Andre Rollins are both at odds with Loretta Butler Turner, who formed a political coup, many call it, to have Hubert Minnis removed as Opposition Leader of Business in the House of Assembly; it worked. Butler-Turner has since December 11, 2016 been Opposition Leader in the House. #MagneticMediaNews We pulled that audio (quote) from a 20-second video of Hanna Martin which is in wide social media circulation, where the Minister appears to be shutting down comments from across the aisle from the Long Island Member. Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews
(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 6, 2017 – Nassau – Several Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force made a charitable donation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas on Wednesday past.The group of men, which comprised Entry 20, presented a monetary donation to the president of Cancer Society, Dr. Williamson Chea, at the organization’s headquarters located East Terrace Centerville.The men of Entry 20 enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on June 9, 1987 with a total of 65 individuals. To date, there are currently 23 active members still serving on the force. Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel lauds the efforts of the Officers and Marines who saw the need to support a great organization within our community.RBDF Cancer Society Photo shows: Some of the former and present members of Entry 20 making a monetary presentation to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. From Left: Dr. Darius Anwala, Board Member Cancer Society, Stephen Pennerman, Dr. Williamson Chea, President of Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, Chief Petty Officer Samuel Smith and Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Lorenzo Carey. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp