Four journalists held for more than 10 days, facing prison terms

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders today urged the authorities to explain why they are holding four journalists who were originally detained under an anti-terrorism law but are now reportedly going to be prosecuted under the press law and face prison terms.Three of the journalists are to appear before an investigating judge in Rabat tomorrow. They are Mustapha Kechnini, publisher of the Oujda-based weekly Al Hayat al Maghribia, Mohammed el Hourd, publisher of the Oujda-based weekly Asharq, and Abdelmajid Ben Tahar, Asharq’s editor. The fourth journalist, Mustapha Alaoui, managing editor of the weekly Al Ousboue, appeared before a judge yesterday.”We call on justice minister Mohamed Bouzoubaâ to clarify the charges these journalists face, and we would like to know exactly what they are supposed to have done,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “If the fight against terrorism is to be a legitimate one, it must not violate freedoms and the freedom of expression in particular,” Ménard added, calling for the immediate release of the journalists.The organisation pointed out that the UN special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Abid Hussain, called on all governments in January 2000 “to ensure that press crimes are no longer subject to prison sentences except for crimes such as racist or discriminatory comments or appeals for violence.” The imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion “constitutes a serious violation of human rights,” Hussain said.At the first hearing in Alaoui’s trial yesterday, the judge denied a request for his provisional release, although the 67-year-old editor had to be rushed to Avicenne hospital in Rabat two days after his arrest on 5 June with a diabetic attack. He was detained for publishing a letter from a hitherto unknown group claiming responsibility for three of the five bombings in Casablanca on 16 May. The prosecutor’s office said this was “a flagrant violation of criminal law provisions, especially those in the law on the struggle against terrorism.”Kechnini, Hourd and Ben Tahar were detained on 13 June on the orders of the state prosecutor and are currently being held in Salé prison in Rabat. Kechnini was arrested because the 5 May issue of his newspaper (No. 118) contained an article by an Islamist, Zakkaria Boughara, praising the “jihad movement” in Morocco. Hourd and Ben Tahar were detained over the same article, which they published in their newspaper on 5 June.The Rabat appeal court prosecutor originally said that Kechnini, Hourd and Ben Tahar – as well as the article’s author Boughara – were among those detained in the investigation into the 16 May bombings. However, it appears that they are now being prosecuted under articles 38 and 39 of the press law, which provides for prison sentences of between one and three years. June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts June 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists held for more than 10 days, facing prison termscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Robo-analytics: Artificial intelligence in the credit union of the future

first_imgA recent Forbes magazine article by Randy Bean and Thomas H. Davenport notes how General Electric (GE) is making a bold transformation into a “digital industrial” company. In the past ten years, GE has taken important steps to capture massive amounts of data (massive = “Big Data”) from devices throughout the enterprise. At first, it seems GE applied conventional analytics to find ways to increase revenue, cut cost, and many other beneficial outcomes. While analytics continues to be a critical part of GE’s evolution into being a digital industrial company, GE is taking a further step forward into the emerging areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning.According to Bill Ruh, the CEO of GE Digital and the company’s Chief Digital Officer, “It’s not enough to connect machines. You have to make your machines smarter. You need to figure out the best ways for embedding intelligence into machines and devices. Then you need to develop the best techniques for collecting the data generated by those machines and devices, analyzing that data and generating usable insights that will enable you to run your equipment more efficiently and optimize your operations and supply chains.”What does this mean for credit unions? continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant transferring to Missouri

first_img“The test of a man … #MIZ #ShowMe #PuBd 🐯🏈” pic.twitter.com/pJPQHkVoo6— Kelo ⚜️ (@KellyB125) December 5, 2018Bryant guided Clemson to a spot in the College Football Playoff in 2017, completing 65.8 percent of his passes while registering 24 total touchdowns for the season. Related News Kelly Bryant is heading to Missouri.The former Clemson quarterback announced Tuesday he was committing to the Tigers’ program and Missouri confirmed his transfer Thursday. Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins named Heisman Trophy finalists But Bryant announced he was transferring shortly after he lost his starting spot to freshman Trevor Lawrence in late September. He threw two touchdowns and one interception in his four games in 2018.Bryant is expected to replace graduating senior Drew Lock under center for Missouri. The Tigers have tallied an 8-4 record this season and will face Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.center_img USC hires Kliff Kingsbury, former Texas Tech coach, as offensive coordinator SIGNED 🖋️@KellyB125 is officially a Tiger. Welcome to #TheZou 🙌#MIZ #ShowMe 🐯🏈 pic.twitter.com/pTHsY6Z3Xf— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) December 6, 2018The graduate transfer chose Missouri over Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and North Carolina, according to 247Sports.last_img read more

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Hawks dump Leafs 6-2 to take over Murdoch Division lead

first_imgThree unanswered second-period goals sealed the deal for the Hawks.The goals by Archie McKinnon, Russell Mortlock and Mitch Foyle snapped a 1-1 first period tie.Brandon Fuller, with a pair, and Dallas Calvin, finishing the game with three points, also scored for the Hawks.Taylor Stafford also had three assists to spark the Hawks.Beaver Valley won the special teams battle, scoring twice on the power play and once shorthanded.Carsen Willans and Robson Cramer, on the power play, replied for Nelson.Beaver Valley outshot the Leafs 49-34 in the game, including a 22-8 margin in the second.ICE CHIPS: The Hawks completed a three-game sweep of Murdoch opposition, outscoring Castlegar and Nelson 20-10 en route to the wins. . . . Beaver Valley has not lost since Spokane defeated the Hawks 3-2 in overtime December 6. . . . Nelson is 4-3 in December. . . . The season series between Nelson and Beaver Valley is now tied 2-2. . . . Nelson welcomed two new players to the lineup. Adam Hodge and Arizona native Rayce Miller were additions to the roster. Sam Weber of BCMMHL affiliate Kootenay Ice was also in the lineup for Nelson. The Nelson Leafs are no longer the top dogs in the Murdoch Division.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks, winners of eight straight games, assumed the penthouse in the division by spanking the Leafs 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday evening in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley, 26-6-1-2, lead Nelson by one point after stopping the Leafs in the first of a two-game, home-and-home series.The second game of the set goes at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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MIKE SMITH WINS 14TH BILL SHOEMAKER AWARD

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others won the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first- through fourth-place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. Smith also finished second in Friday’s Longines Distaff on Songbird and in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Coasted with Saturday’s runner-up finish coming on Masochistic in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Smith finished third on American Gal in Saturday’s 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Smith, who previously had won the Shoemaker Award at the 2012 and 2013 renewals, won Friday’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Tamarkuz, Saturday’s Filly & Mare Sprint on Finest City and capped off the weekend with a victory in the Classic on Arrogate. Smith finished with 48 points to out distance Joel Rosario who had 28 points. Smith was the only rider to win more than one race. Bill Shoemaker Award winners2003: Alex Solis2004: John Velazquez2005: Garrett Gomez2006: Frankie Dettori2007: Garrett Gomez2008: Garrett Gomez2009: Julien Leparoux2010: Garrett Gomez2011: John Velazquez2012: Mike Smith2013: Mike Smith2014: John Velazquez2015: Ryan Moore2016: Mike Smith The Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at age 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Ferdinand at Hollywood Park.last_img read more

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