Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic”

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The state prosecutor today requested sentences of three to five years in prison for Driss Ksikes, the editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam.” He also requested that the newspaper be closed down for good. April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at the sentences of three to five years in prison and bans on working as journalists that the state prosecutor requested today in Casablanca at the start of the trial of Driss Ksikes, editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, on charges of “damaging Islam” and “publishing and distributing writings contrary to morals and customs.”The prosecutor also requested the newspaper’s indefinite closure and fines for the two journalists that could be as much as 100,000 dirhams (8,950 euros). The trial was adjourned until 15 January.“We are shocked by this insane indictment and we hope the court will not follow the archaic and ultra-repressive position being adopted by the prosecutor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan courts already took a medieval decision by banning journalist Ali Lmrabet from writing for 10 years and we dare not believe this will be repeated with Nichane.”The press freedom organisation added: “There is clearly a gulf between official talk of a modern and democratic Morocco and the reality that journalists must face, a reality marked by summary trials and heavy sentences that rein in the independent press a bit more every day.”Ksikes told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the severity of the sentences requested by the prosecutor. “We are being tried under the press law, but the prosecutor requested a ban on our working, which is only envisaged under criminal law,” he said.The prosecution has been brought over a feature in the newspaper’s 9-15 December issue entitled “Jokes: How Moroccans laugh at religion, sex and politics.” It prompted Prime Minister Driss Jettou to issue an order on 21 December withdrawing the issue from news stands and banning further distribution. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara January 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor’s request for prison terms and closure of newspaper called “insane and archaic” Help by sharing this information News June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News to go further RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

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Tomislav Perko: I want to be the ambassador of Croatian tourism in New York

first_imgIn mid-August, the Croatian National Tourist Board announced public tenders for all representative offices in which the employment contracts of executives expire.Namely, employment contracts expire in September 2017 for directors of representative offices in Italy, France, Poland, Benelux, Germany, Russia and the USA, and there are also vacancies for representative offices in Hungary and Slovakia, where offices are managed by heads of offices without status. directors appointed by the CNTB Tourist Board. According to the CNTB, a total of 180 candidates (167 valid) applied for the competition for ten new directors of foreign missions of the Croatian National Tourist Board, and interestingly, most applications were for jobs in Italy, ie Milan.The decision on the new ambassadors of Croatian tourism will be made in two to three weeks, and before that all candidates will be invited to the CNTB office for an interview. A well-known Croatian traveler, travel writer, blogger, lecturer and who knows what other tourist roles we can assign to him also applied for the competition for the CNTB representative in New York, Tomislav Perko and shared his candidacy as well as the new challenge via his Facebook page through a video where he explained his motives and the reason why he applied for the competition. “The whole idea to apply for the contest came spontaneously, literally in 1o minutes. When I looked at all the set conditions, I saw that I had more or less everything that was stated in the competition and decided to apply. I was thinking about how to stand out from the crowd and came up with the idea of ​​shooting a video, which certainly exceeded all my expectations. ” Tomislav Perko points out and added that he applied for the competition because he really wants to and his motivation is to promote our tourism.To date, Tomislav Perk’s video has been viewed over 225.000 times and shared 880 times, with over 6.000 likes, ie support for the idea and candidacy itself. You know, when you see a passion for something in a man’s eyes, that’s how it feels in your voice, and I felt that passion and motivation in a conversation with Perk, who delighted me with his approach and thinking. “After all the travel and fulfilled wishes, to be honest I was looking for some new motive. When I found out about the ad, I immediately saw myself in the role of Croatian tourism ambassador in New York and I really sincerely want the job. To be honest, I don’t need a job, I live comfortably from my jobs, but as I said in the video, I more or less fulfilled my wishes and somehow I needed a new motive and desire for the future. When I found out about the competition, a new desire and motive was created that would fulfill me. I have nothing to lose, what I can say that I would do my best to present Croatia on the American market as well and as well as possible. ”Perko pointed out.When asked why in order to bring Croatia closer to American tourists, Perko pointed out that Croatia should definitely be brought closer to them through motives that are familiar to them. “At first, it immediately occurs to me to connect Croatia with Tesla, since the Tesla car is currently one of the main news, both in America and in the world. Of course, at this moment I do not know or am aware of the efforts made so far to promote Croatia on the market of America and Canada, nor that I do not have data from market research. Surely if I get the job mentioned, that after a month of analysis I will know exactly what we need to do to better position our tourism in America and Canada. One thing is for sure, the time has passed when it is enough just to place a TV commercial over television, today marketing is much more complex, but certainly the main focus is on digital marketing, social networks, influencers, guerrilla campaigns, real time marketing, etc.… I was a traveler , a blogger, travel writer and I know very well what and how a tourist can do a lot to promote a country “Says Perko.I join the great support and I personally think that Perko would be an excellent ambassador of Croatian tourism, he is certainly already with his work, and that he would know how to present Croatia in the best world. It is not the diplomas and form that matter, but the content and experience, and Tomislav Perko showed by his own example how to make a successful brand without any budget, and imagine what he would do if he had the budget for the same. Exactly the experience as well as the success of his story, at least in my opinion is the most important qualification because you cannot buy or learn experience, but only gain it. Of course, it is desirable to finish college, but it is a form and by no means a competitive advantage, especially in today’s global market. Knowledge, experience, ability, proactivity, creativity, openness to new ideas, etc. are important, and it is precisely these virtues that make the difference. “My biggest advantage is that I’ve really traveled a lot all over the World over these eight years, I’ve given over 300 lectures, my TEDx talk is one of the 50 most watched speeches of all time with almost 4 million views, I’ve written two books that have been translated on two pages language, a lot of people follow me on social media so I have gathered a lot of experience both as a traveler and a tourist, as well as a promoter of this whole life adventure and story of mine. And I managed it all without or with very little money. So, I got to know all the parties live very well, both as a traveler and a tourist, as well as as a promoter, and how to round it all off nicely and make a successful product that I live from now.”Perko points out.As Perko himself points out in his video, on one occasion Minister Cappelli stated that he would like to see new, ambitious and proactive people in the same positions, and Perko proved just that and much more with his actions. Because to build the whole story around you on a world level, you certainly couldn’t do without all the above virtues. ” Surely in the beginning I would have a lot of open doors, I as Tomislav Perko travel writer, blogger and speaker, and my goal is to focus all my experience, contacts, knowledge and energy on the promotion of Croatia and our tourism”Concludes Perko.Of course, as is already the case with situations like this, stories immediately start about how great it is, but as everything in Croatia is set up, there is no point in applying. But first and foremost, take that step and sign up, and only then talk and comment in an argumentative way. As with elections, those who do not vote do not have the right to comment later because they have not exercised their right to vote and the civic power of the decision. As in everything, so in the competition for directors, ie ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Sign up, you will get an answer, if you are not satisfied react, ask questions and look for answers, but again all through an argumentative and constructive discussion. And not pure spitting without arguments.By the way, Tomislav Perko passed to the second round of elections, and I sincerely hope that he will pass the last step and become our ambassador of Croatian tourism in America and Canada, because his work and story so far say everything about him and his qualifications.PS If by some miracle you haven’t heard of Tomislav Perk and his story, meet him like almost 4 million people who met him through his TEDx speech or through his personal Web pages.last_img read more

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Pope Benedict pardons ex-butler

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope Benedict pardons ex-butler by: – December 22, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The Pope informed Gabriele of his decision in personPope Benedict XVI has pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, who is serving an 18-month jail sentence for stealing confidential papers.The Pope visited Gabriele in prison to personally inform him of the decision, the Vatican said in a statement.In October the former butler was found guilty of stealing and copying the Pope’s documents and leaking them to an Italian journalist.Gabriele said he acted out of love for the Church.“This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele’s request for pardon,” the Vatican statement said.Following Gabriele’s conviction by a Vatican court, officials said he was likely to be pardoned by the pontiff.In November the court convicted a computer expert, Claudio Sciarpelletti, of helping leak the papal documents.Sciarpelletti was given a suspended sentence of two months.Gabriele’s trial heard that he had taken advantage of his access to the pontiff to photocopy thousands of confidential documents.He later passed some to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, who this year released a best-selling book detailing scandals and infighting within the Vatican.Gabriele confessed to taking the papers, but said he believed the Pope was being manipulated and hoped to reveal alleged corruption at the Holy See.BBC Newslast_img read more

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