Judicial confusion in Tunisia puts press freedom in peril

first_imgNews Follow the news on Tunisia Help by sharing this information RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa The repeated use of the criminal code makes it all the more essential to apply the press law exclusively in all matters relating to freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The same section of the criminal code was used in the trials of Nasreddine Ben Saida, publisher of the newspaper Attounissia who was fined 1,000 dinars for publishing a photo of a well-known football player embracing a naked model, and Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji, two Tunisian Internet users who were sentenced on 28 March to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment each and fined 1,200 dinars (600 euros). The two men, well-known atheists, were accused of publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the Internet. Jabeur Mejri has lodged an appeal, which will be considered on 14 May by the Monastir appeal court. Ghazi Beji has fled the country to escape prosecution and is currently in Europe where he is seeking political asylum. Convicted in absentia, he does not have the right to appeal.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Jabeur Mejri, in custody since 28 March, and the dropping of charges against both defendants. Their case highlights the need for legal provision guaranteeing freedom of opinion and freedom of expression on the Internet.In the aftermath of the celebrations organized by UNESCO in Tunis marking World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the Tunisian government must continue its reform of the media sector and ensure the application of laws 115 and 116 in order to guarantee press freedom. A government initiative to hold a national consultation on the media aimed at amending the two laws should not delay the implementation of legislation that is more in keeping with international standards than one put in place during the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. It is not normal for judges to be able to pick and choose which laws they apply.Laws 115 and 116 enshrine freedom of expression and any changes should be consistent with international standards, ensure greater protection and be accompanied by a wide-ranging reform of the justice system. Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Receive email alerts December 26, 2019 Find out more News May 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial confusion in Tunisia puts press freedom in perilcenter_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders calls on the Tunisian authorities to respond to the current lack of judicial clarity, which presents a serious danger to freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The organization reiterates its demand for the application of new media laws to supersede the old legislation, which is at odds with new provisions officially in force since 2 November last year. “Falling back automatically on repressive laws inherited from the Ben Ali era endangers the spirit of the revolution,” the organization said. “Some articles of the criminal code are being used unlawfully to convict journalists and bloggers, yet these are obsolete under the new press code, law 115.”Reporters Without Borders deplores the 2,400-dinar (1,200-euro) fine imposed on Nabil Karoui, the owner of the television station Nessma TV, on 3 May for broadcasting the animated film “Persepolis”, denounced as blasphemous by some Islamists.This verdict rides roughshod over the provisions of the current press law which, among other things, stresses proportionality. Despite a strong campaign in favour of the application of law 115, the judges based their ruling on a section of the criminal code allowing punishment of publications for “disturbing public order and threatening proper morals”.The station’s programming director and the head of the organization that translated the film’s dialogue were each fined 1,200 dinars for “disturbing public order”. Defence lawyers immediately lodged an appeal.Salafist protesters convicted of attacking the station’s premises and Nabil Karoui’s home were fined 9.6 dinars (about five euros) each. Reporters Without Borders notes the highly symbolic nature of these fines, while law 115 provides for criminal penalties for assaults on journalists.“These convictions raise questions about the existence of a two-speed justice system and a dangerous lack of legal certainty. Journalists can still be convicted in Tunisia on the basis of a general public order law,” Reporters Without Borders said. News to go further Related documents Judicial confusion in Tunisia puts press freedom in peril – In arabicPDF – 368.45 KB November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Non – Credit Instructor – Heavy Equipment Operator

first_imgPosting Job TitleNon-Credit Instructor – Heavy Equipment OperatorDepartmentContinuing Education and Organizational DevelopmentPosition TypeNon-Credit InstructorNumber of openings1Job SummaryJohnson County Community College is seeking a Heavy EquipmentOperator Instructor. This part-time position will assist increating, updating and teach non-credit students how to safelyoperate various pieces of heavy construction equipment. Trainingwill be delivered through actual hands-on equipment in a fieldsituation and/or in a classroom. Heavy equipment will consist ofthe following:• Skid Steer/Forklift• Excavator/Backhoe/Mini-Excavator• Wheel (Front End) Loader• Motor (Road) Grader• Snowplow (Pusher) as auxiliary equipment on a truckRequired Qualifications-High School graduate or equivalent-5 years of relevant work experience-Knowledgeable and productive in core competencies of heavyequipment operations. Must possess a thorough understanding ofequipment, settings, etc.-Must be able to operate heavy equipment in a safe and appropriatemanner. Heavy equipment may include the above listed machinery andother pieces of equipment as needed.Preferred Qualifications-AAS or Bachelor’s degree-Ability to work day, evenings, and/or weekend hours-Ability to efficiently use Microsoft office products, especiallyPowerPointRequired application documentsPlease submit a resume with the application.Hours per WeekVariesWork Hours/DaysHours and days will vary.Salary Grade LevelNONCRSalaryCompetitive rate of payLocationOverland Park Main CampusDisclosuresEvery employee of the college is expected to treat all members ofthe college community with dignity and respect demonstratingprofessional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage inconstructive conflict resolution, when needed.In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this positionwill be subject to criminal background investigations. Individualhiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employmenttests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of theapplicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require thoseselected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degreesobtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged toapply prior to the review date listed in posting.Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of anyqualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin,disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity,genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfullyconsidered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and statelaws.If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonableaccommodation in the application process, please contact the Officeof Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected] a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA,EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.Advertised: 30 Mar 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: 31 May 2021 Central Daylight Timelast_img read more

George Springer ends slump emphatically, as Astros’ late power leads to key victory

first_img WATCH: Corey Seager puts Dodgers ahead with 2-run HR Afterward, the Astros leadoff hitter sat in the same press conference room where Hinch had spoken before the game, and said the vote of confidence meant everything to him. Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age Dodgers’ Joc Pederson breaks out of long drought with Game 2 home run Adrian Gonzalez rejoins Dodgers after return from Italy Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers split, lose to Houston Astros in Game 2 of the 2017 World Series Whicker: Astros’ late win gives this World Series some fire Astros outlast Dodgers in drama-filled Game 2 to even World Series LOS ANGELES — Long before the Houston Astros took the field for Game 2 of the World Series, A.J. Hinch was speaking to the media, but he may as well have been talking directly to George Springer.The Astros manager was asked about the slumping Springer, who had struck out four times the night before, and he said he didn’t even think he was slumping.“I think his swing is great,” Hinch said.Hours later, Springer would reward his manager for his confidence, hitting the eventual game-winning homer, one of four homers the Astros hit against the Dodgers’ seemingly impenetrable bullpen in a series-saving 7-6, 11-inning victory. After Chris Devenski recorded the final out, the Astros returned to a happy clubhouse on their way to a happy flight home to Houston, where they have not lost in six games this postseason.“When that last out is made, you finally breathe,” Springer said. “That’s an emotional high to low to high again. But that’s why we play the game. And that’s the craziest game that I’ve ever played in, and it’s only Game 2.”ROAD STRUGGLESThe Astros lost five of their first six road games this postseason, before Wednesday night, which is difficult to explain for a team that won 101 games during the regular season. The Astros even scored more runs on the road than at home during the regular season.Before Game 2, Hinch was asked whether his young team might be shrinking under the glare of ballparks like Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium.Hinch said it’s the pitchers, not the ballparks.“There are some names like (Chris) Sale and (CC) Sabathia was really good against us,” he said. “It’s convenient because of the short, small-sample size. We’re not spooked by it. The youngest guy on our team is (Alex) Bregman, and he’s having a good stretch.”Hinch said that a night after Bregman, 23, created their only run with a homer. In Game 2, he had a single and a double in his first two trips. The Astros, however, boasted the top scoring offense in the majors during the regular season. They didn’t expect to be held down indefinitely.“We’re not really in awe of anybody,” Maybin said. “We like what we have.”Added Hinch: “We didn’t come to L.A. thinking we couldn’t beat them. We obviously proved we can put some good at-bats together against good pitching.”The Astros broke the Dodgers’ scoreless streak with Carlos Correa’s RBI single against Kenley Jansen in the eighth. They still trailed 3-2, though, when Marwin Gonzalez led off the ninth with a homer that truly changed the series. “For him to have my back and say that, ‘You’re still going to hit first and you’re still going to set the tone for us,’ it slowed me down,” Springer said. “I was doing things I don’t normally do. For him to have my back means the world to me.”Springer started the game with a walk, added a single in the third, a double in the ninth and the game’s decisive blow in the 11th, a two-run homer against Brandon McCarthy.“We like him up there in every situation,” said Cameron Maybin, who singled and stole second ahead of Springer’s homer. “He’s nothing short of amazing. Just another amazing moment from that guy.”Video: Analysis & interviews from wild Game 2It was one of several amazing moments for an Astros team that, for seven innings, had been held to one run. They couldn’t get anything going against the Dodgers, and as the game dragged into the late innings, their season seemed to be hanging in the balance.Not only did the Astros trail 3-1, facing a 2-0 deficit in the series if they didn’t rally for a win, but they were facing a Dodgers bullpen that had not allowed a run in 28 innings, a postseason record.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Miller: Dodgers and Astros go back and forth to give us a series “That woke us up for sure,” Correa said.Maybin added: “When he came through with that one, that really sparked our dugout. You could feel the energy.”The Astros added two more homers in the 10th, by Jose Altuve and Correa, only to see the Dodgers tie the game in the bottom of the inning. In the 11th, Springer hit a two-run homer that provided a lead they were able to hold. Watch Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe score the tying run in the 10th inning The 5 thrilling extra-inning at-bats that helped the Dodgers extend Game 2 last_img read more