Journalist held on trumped-up drug charge after covering protest

first_img Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Alexandria-based journalist and human rights activist Youssef Shaaban, who is being held on a trumped-up drug charge. A reporter for the independent online newspaper Al-Badil, he was arrested during a demonstration on 20 November by residents in the Alexandria neighbourhood of Abu Suleiman, who were protesting against their eviction.The press freedom organization has learned that Shaaban was arrested while photographing a policeman beating participants in the protest, which took place as local development minister Abdel Salam Al-Mahjoub, a candidate for the Raml area of Alexandria in next Sunday’s parliamentary elections, was giving a campaign conference.Police took Shaaban and several demonstrators to a Raml district police station. There, intelligence offers charged him with drug trafficking and immediately sent the case to the prosecutor’s office, which had him detained for an additional four days, supposedly for the purposes of further investigation.The charges were clearly fabricated in order to silence an outspoken journalist a week ahead of the parliamentary elections. Reporters Without Borders condemns Shaaban’s arrest and voices its concern at the blatant use of the judicial apparatus to satisfy the government’s political interests.Such behaviour resembles the methods used by the Tunisian authorities against journalists critical of the government (,38042.html). Arbitrary arrests followed by fabricated charges violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Egypt ratified on 14 January 1982 and took effect on 14 April 1982.Known for his commitment to human rights and for writing articles critical of the authorities, Shaaban has been arrested and roughed up the Alexandria police on several occasions in the past. He was last arrested in May while taking part in a protest against the repeated prolongation of the state of emergency that was declared after President Anwar Al-Sadat’s assassination in October 1981.Shaaban wrote several articles recently about Ahmed Shaaban, a young man who was beaten to death by police in Alexandria’s Sedi Gaber police station. He also covered human rights activist Khaled Mohammed Said’s murder by Alexandria police officers on 6 June. He has often been threatened by the police because of his coverage of protests against police brutality torture and the impunity the police enjoy.Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders is still without news of Ahmed Hassan Basiouny, a young blogger who is also the victim of illegal proceedings that violate the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.He was due to have appeared before a military court on 20 November on charges of disseminating defence secrets and “disclosing information about the Egyptian armed forces” for posting advice and information online for young people thinking of enlisting in the Egyptian army.Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the way the authorities have been tightening their grip on news and information during the campaign for next Sunday’s parliamentary elections. There have been several cases of media censorship and harassment in recent weeks (more information:,38638.html). News Help by sharing this information News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en to go further News February 1, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist held on trumped-up drug charge after covering protest Organisation News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prisonlast_img read more

FIFA President defending removal of ethics officials

first_imgHe says corruption will never happen again at the sport’s world governing body. Photo © Pixabay FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s defending his decision to replace some of his high-ranking football ethics officials – accusing critics of “fake news”.People like judge Hans-Joachim Eckert – the man who helped bring down Sepp Blatter – have been removed from their posts.It’s provoked claims of a cover-up – but Infantino says it’s because previous attempts at reform have “failed miserably”.last_img read more

Bahamas to restrict travel from the US

first_imgAuthorities in the Bahamas are restricting US travel to the Islands in an effort to curve the rising cases of COVID-19.The announcement was made by Prime Minister and acting Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis who plans to have the order go into effect on Wednesday.According to the Bahamas Ministry of Health, they have had 153 cases of the virus and 11 deaths as of Sunday.Those traveling from Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom are still welcomed to the islands, while travel from the US has been restricted to emergencies and essential travel.Those traveling to the islands must also be tested for the virus by an accredited lab and have a negative test 10 days or less before traveling or they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.The order will be a huge blow to the Bahamian economy which relies heavily on American tourism and who is still working to recover from Hurricane Dorian.Under the new order, beaches and parks have also been closed and indoor dining, weddings, funerals, religious services, and sporting events have also been banned in Grand Bahama.last_img read more

No luck Wildcats have little to show after hockey weekend

first_imgby Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest. Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver FusiomDespite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt [email protected]last_img read more