Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts January 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Thomas Hughes, Executive Director, Article 19 Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Kirsty Hughes, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship Christophe Deloire, Secretaire Général, Reporters Without Borders Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Organisation RSF_en News February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Leading international media freedom and human rights organisations call on the EU and US to demand Egypt’s authorities drop charges against Al-Jazeera journalists and release those under arrest.Article 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders today said the Egyptian authorities must stop their attacks on media freedom and freedom of expression. The deteriorating environment for journalists to operate safely and report freely is of grave concern. The deliberate chilling of media freedom and free speech through arrests and criminalisation of legitimate journalism has all the hallmarks of the authoritarian Egypt of the Mubarak era.The organisations call on the leaders of the European Union and the US to demand that Egypt’s authorities immediately release the Al-Jazeera journalists and end their clamp-down on media freedom, free speech and freedom of assembly without delay. The EU and US must support all those standing up for democracy, human rights and media freedom in Egypt.Egyptian prosecutors have said that 20 journalists face charges though only 8 are currently under arrest. Four of these are believed to be foreigners and the other 12 said to be Egyptians. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt Help by sharing this information to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick man’s bid to prevent mass murder

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick man’s bid to prevent mass murderBy admin – January 24, 2013 664 A LIMERICK businessman has met with a senior member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to discuss the introduction of new gun technology to prevent mass shootings and make America a safer country. Robert McNamara from Rathkeale visited the White House last Friday and met US Attorney General Eric Holder to secure White House approval on his smart gun technology. Triggersmart Technology, founded by the Limerick entrepreneur, works by radio frequency and makes it impossible for anyone, other than the authorised gun owner, to pull the weapon’s trigger.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking from the US, Mr McNamara said he met with the US Attorney General at the White House while Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be interested in the gun technology, was in the next room.Mr McNamara is to travel to the White House again in the coming weeks to try and finalise a possible deal to get his technology in the marketplace. If he receives White House approval, it could lead to one of the biggest business deals ever concluded by an Irish firm.Mr McNamara’s business partner, Pat O’Shaughnessy, from Newcastlewest, said: “It’s true we’re in talks with the White House. We’re hopeful but nothing has been signed off on yet.”“One of the recommendations in President Obama’s gun policy statement is that he wants to try and examine the existing and developing technologies and that is the part of the White House drive that we are involved in,” Mr O’Shaughnessy explained.Speaking from Georgia Tech in Athlone, Senior Engineer David McGuinness, who helped develop the Triggersmart technology, said: “Triggersmart came to us with the idea and we had the skills to develop it .”“There is an electronic reader on the firearm and the activator can be placed in a ring or a bracelet so when they both come into contact, the reader will identify the tag and the gun can be fired.”“The company were in the White House last Friday and they are currently in talks with investors”, Mr McGuinness said. Advertisement Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img Email Facebook Previous articleUlster Bank League Weekend Previews 26/1/13Next articleLimerick hurlers face Tipperary admin WhatsApplast_img read more

Clippers beat Hawks to hit the break on a roll

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before the game, coach Doc Rivers shared his concerns about past teams looking beyond the game at hand and his tactics for keeping them engaged.“I did all kinds of stuff,” he said. “Now I don’t mention it much. I just keep trying to get their focus on the game.”Whatever he did Wednesday worked. Rivers was clearly satisfied.“Like I said you never know,” he said. “I did think because we had been playing well after struggling for a little while I thought that would be important for them.”On the heels of a win Monday in Utah, which Rivers said may have been his team’s “best defensive game of the season,” the Clippers recorded a season-high 18 steals and hounded the Hawks into 22 total turnovers. The Clippers started hot from the field, making eight of their first 13 3-pointers, and recording assists on 11 of their first 14 field goals. They slowed their pace, finishing 14 of 37 from 3, but the damage was already done.Maybe the Hawks were looking toward their break?“Especially at home,” Rivers said, “if you can jump on a team early you can make them go away and I thought that happened tonight.”In his final game before his first All-Star appearance, Jordan pulled in a game-high 16 rebounds and bolstered his credentials for his appearance in Saturday’s slam dunk contest. On the final play of the first half, cleaned up an airball from Blake Griffin and finished emphatically with two hands.Griffin, named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, posted team highs in points (17) and assists (9), continuing his run of facilitating for the Clippers while Chris Paul continues to rehab a torn ligament in his left thumb. “I just love how he’s playing,” Rivers said of Griffin. “He’s letting the game come to him. I think what Blake has done over the last three games is he’s made everybody on the floor a better player and that’s what great players do.”Said Jordan of his front-court running mate: “Whenever we can make ourselves available he’s going to make the right basketball play.”Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 15 points and seven rebounds while Dwight Howard double-doubled with 11 points and 15 boards.With the performance, the Clippers avoided every coach’s worst nightmare in the final game before All-Star weekend.“Every coach in that game is concerned about the exact same thing,” Rivers said. “And it’s human nature. You’ll see the team that is the most prepared every night, the team that is most prepared… I say it every night to our guys, and the team that plays the hardest for the longest usually wins the game.”It was the Clippers on Wednesday. Rivers and his team will have a week to enjoy it. center_img LOS ANGELES >> Private jets awaited to whisk them away to destinations largely unknown. Some to New Orleans, others to white sandy beaches.This plays out once a year, and everyone in the NBA has seen it. A week of ease can kick in early.“We didn’t want to come out and think about, ‘This is our last game before the All-Star break,’” the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan said. “We wanted to come out and build some momentum.”With a decisive 99-84 trouncing of the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center, that momentum carried the 35-21 Clippers to the season’s ceremonial mid-point winners of four straight.last_img read more