Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison

first_img News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News An Egyptian producer employed by the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, Howayda Taha, was sentenced in absentia yesterday, the eve of World Press Freedom Day, to six months in prison for preparing a report on torture in Egyptian prisons. She was found guilty of “harming national interest.”“We are outraged by this conviction, which confirms the fears we have repeatedly voiced since the start of the year,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Egypt has taken a dangerous road. The media and the Internet are now both under surveillance and are being censored with increasing openness. The authorities targeted Taha because she wanted to tackle a difficult but important issue, human rights violations in Egyptian prisons.”Taha was convicted by a state security court, which also fined her 20,000 Egyptian pounds (3,500 euros and set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds (1,750 euros). She now lives in Qatar and would have to return to Egypt to file an appeal.“This is an unfair and vindictive decision by the judicial institutions, because these institutions are not free in my country,” Taha said.Taha was stopped at Cairo airport on 8 January as she was about to fly to Qatar. The police seized videotapes found in her baggage that contained re-enacted scenes of torture based on the accounts of victims. She was formally charged on 13 January but was allowed to leave the country. to go further Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera producer sentenced in absentia to six months in prison January 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Man dies in County Limerick crash

first_imgPrint Linkedin Previous articleRiver search launched for teenage girlNext articleIsabelle realises her dream admin Advertisement Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img AN 18-year-old man has died following a road accident in Co Limerick early this morning.The single-vehicle collision occurred on the Listowel Road outside of Abbeyfeale at 4am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is believed the driver of the car lost control and the vehicle hit a wall.The man was taken to Tralee General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The road is currently closed for a technical examination of the scene.Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have travelled on this stretch of road around the time of the crash to contact them at Newcastle West on 069-20650 NewsLocal NewsMan dies in County Limerick crashBy admin – August 25, 2009 640 Facebook Emaillast_img read more