Two Swedish and three Ethiopian journalists charged with terrorism

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the charges of “terrorist activities” which, according to Ethiopian government spokesman Shimeles Kemal yesterday, were brought against Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye of the Kontinent news agency when they appeared before an Addis Ababa court on 6 September.Two Ethiopian journalists – Wubeshet Taye, the deputy editor of the weekly Awramba Times, and Reyot Alemu, a columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih – were also formally charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law in a separate case the same day. They are all facing the possibility of life imprisonment.A third Ethiopian journalist, Elias Kifle, the editor of the Washington-based Ethiopian Review website, was charged in absentia with terrorism as the other two Ethiopians. He lives in the United States and is the only one of the five journalists who is not currently detained in Ethiopia.“These charges confirm the fears we voiced when the Ethiopian authorities adopted the anti-terrorism law in the summer of 2009,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government is using the law against journalists who create problems by daring to criticize it or by doing investigative reporting in remote areas where rebels are active. We urge the government to drop these serious but absurd charges and release these four journalists at once.”Jesper Bengtsson, the president of the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders added: “I had long hoped that the Ethiopian authorities would realize the absurdity of these terrorism charges. The Swedish government must now ask itself whether the ‘silent diplomacy’ it has been using until now is really the most effective way to obtain their release.”Schibbye, a reporter, and Persson, a photographer, were arrested on 1 July after illegally entering Ethiopia’s southeastern Ogaden region from Somalia with members of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) with the aim of investigating human rights violations in the region. The Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders responded by creating a support fund for them.Government spokesman Kemal told the news agency Bloomberg that, as well as “terrorist activities,” they were also accused of “supporting terrorists and providing them with professional aid” and “entering a sovereign country without a valid visa or legal authorization.” During the 6 September hearing, the prosecutor screened a propaganda video in support of the charges, one that was posted on the Caakara News website a few days after their arrest.The two Ethiopian journalists were arrested in June, Wubeshet on 19 June and Reyot two days later. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the prime minister on 25 August voicing concern about their deteriorating health and calling for their immediate release. The letter also requested an investigation into the conditions in which they have been held.Photo : Martin Schibbye / Johan Persson (Radio Sweden) News February 10, 2021 Find out more September 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Swedish and three Ethiopian journalists charged with terrorism News Follow the news on Ethiopia May 18, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information EthiopiaAfrica Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Organisation last_img read more

Rajasthan HC Finds The Online Seat Allotment Process For Medical PG Admissions Arbitrary, Orders Relief To Be Provided In The Pending Mop-up Round Of Counselling [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesRajasthan HC Finds The Online Seat Allotment Process For Medical PG Admissions Arbitrary, Orders Relief To Be Provided In The Pending Mop-up Round Of Counselling [Read Order] Monisha Purwar18 Aug 2020 7:06 AMShare This – xRajasthan High Court has found the allotment process of seats for admission to PG Courses 2020 by the State of Rajasthan, on the basis of the National Eligibility Entrance Test- 2020 (NEET), to be arbitrary and unreasonable. In response to petitions filed by grieved students, the Court looked into the manner of allotment of seats for admission to Medical PG Courses-2020 and noted that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRajasthan High Court has found the allotment process of seats for admission to PG Courses 2020 by the State of Rajasthan, on the basis of the National Eligibility Entrance Test- 2020 (NEET), to be arbitrary and unreasonable. In response to petitions filed by grieved students, the Court looked into the manner of allotment of seats for admission to Medical PG Courses-2020 and noted that the online allotment process adopted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created an exceptional situation where the inability to maintain an up-to-date seat matrix has compromised the merit-based allotment process of earlier years. The Jaipur Bench of the Court ordered relief by directing the State of Rajasthan, NEET PG Medical and Dental Admission/Counselling Board and Medical Council Of India to change its participation criteria in the subsequent round of allotment i.e. the Mop Up round to allow the petitioners to participate in it and to therein correct the allotment of the seats to the petitioners. In a separate petition before the Jodhpur Bench of the Court regarding the same examination process, the Jodhpur Bench also granted relief to the petitioner as per the direction of the Jaipur Bench. Background to the case: The counselling process to Medical PG Courses is conducted in two rounds on the basis of the rank list of NEET. Candidates allotted seats in the first round of counselling are allowed to forfeit their allotted seat if they get upgraded in the second round of counselling. In physical mode of counselling, the seat vacated by such a student was immediately offered to the student next in the rank list. But this year, in the online mode of counselling, students who got upgraded in the second round of counselling did not vacate the seat allotted to them in the first round of couselling until the end of the second round of counselling. As a result of this, students participating in the second round of couselling could only compete for a limited pool of seats unlike the practice of earlier years where they also competed for the seats vacated by students who got better seats in the second counselling session. Moreover, this year, all the leftover seats (vacated by students of first counselling session + the leftover seats) were to be offered in the mop-up round in which no students who were allotted seats in the second round of counselling were eligible to participate. Petitions were filed in the Rajasthan High Court challenging the Government Notification dated 24th July, 2020 to the extent that it did not allow the petitioners who were allotted colleges in the second round of counselling to participate in the mop up round. They contended that the process of allottement of seats this year is in prejudice to those students who were next in merit to the students who were allotted seats in the first round of counselling as they were not allowed to compete for the seats vacated by the students who got upgraded in the second round of counselling and that such seats shall now be allotted to lesser meritorious candidates in the mop-up round as the petitioners are not allowed to participate in it. Court’s Decision The Court found merit in the petitioner’s contention and observed that “the exercise, which has been carried out by the respondents in second round of counselling, did not have the availability of seats on account of resignation of the joined candidates of round one and the same has resulted into availability of less number of seats of the candidates who participated in the second round of counselling like the petitioners.” The Court acknowledged the difficulties of the respondent in maintaining a proper seat matrix due to online conduction of round two of conselling due to COVID-19 but stated that care should have been taken to get correct position of seats and option of resignation to the candidates was also required. The Court rejected the contention of the respondents that its process of allotment was justified and based on merit and referred to several decisions of the Supreme Court emphasizing that the criteria for selection has to be merit alone and that merit, fairness and transparency are the ethos of the process for admission to medical courses. “The Rule of merit should not be defeated by inefficiency, inaccuracy or improper methods of admission.” To correct the prejudice to the petitioners, the Court directed the respondents to permit petitioners to participate in the Mop-up round and stated that they cannot be rendered ineligible. The Court ruled “the condition contained in the Notification dated 24th July, 2020 declaring the petitioners ineligible for participation in Mopup/residuary allotments in P.G. seat, is declared arbitrary and the same is set aside. The respondents are directed to include the petitioners in Mop-up round and if the petitioners have requisite merit, their cases may be considered, as per their merit and preferences.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Announce Second Leg Of National Tour

first_imgThe Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on quite a roll, adding a 35-date second leg to their 50+ show calendar in support of their new studio album – due out July 21. The Barefoot In The Head tour, which stretches from September through November, covers much of the U.S. with stops across the Gulf Coast, Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.Along the way, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, make their first ever performance at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI and play three two-night stands at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA.In addition to their previously announced dates, which includes a performance with Donavon Frankenreiter at the Stone Pony Summerstage, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will kick off the September run off with three shows in Florida supporting Blackberry Smoke. The remainder of the dates will be “An Evening With…” headline performances featuring two sets each night.“After six years of solid touring with this band, we can still roll into Fayetteville, Arkansas on a Tuesday night and have the most fun of any musical thing I’ve ever been a part of. We don’t have the weight of responsibility or nostalgia, which means we’re in the very psychedelic situation of getting to be totally honest and create everything in the moment,” says Chris Robinson in a press release. “The music that we make, the concerts that we play, it’s this world we’ve created for ourselves and our people. We want everybody to understand that no matter where you are in your life that you can always be barefoot in your head. There’s always this other place you can go.”Listen to Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s latest single “High Is Not The Top” from their upcoming album below, and head to the band’s website for more information.CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD (new dates are bold)Barefoot In The Head U.S. Tour DatesJuly 7 – Veneta, OR – Oregon Country FairAugust 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music FestivalAugust 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheatreAugust 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelAugust 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s LiveAugust 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreAugust 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On StageAugust 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music HallAugust 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean MistAugust 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage **August 19 – Boston, MA – House of BluesAugust 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City ArtsAugust 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreAugust 23 – State College, PA – The State TheatreAugust 24 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntAugust 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville TheaterAugust 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 ClubSeptember 7 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater * September 8 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater * September 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing * September 10 – Orlando, FL – The Social September 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall September 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse September 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse September 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre September 17 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic TheatreSeptember 19 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room September 21 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford September 22 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre September 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond FestivalSeptember 24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater September 26 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger September 28 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall September 29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre September 30 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre October 1 – Nashville, TN – Third & Lindsley October 3 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage October 5 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall October 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall October 7 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall November 2 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury November 3 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre November 4 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall November 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground November 7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall November 9 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre November 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues November 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection November 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall November 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe November 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom November 18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall November 19 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre* w/ Blackberry Smoke** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter[photo by Andrew O’Brien]last_img read more

Magath: Win showed Fulham’s desire

first_img Press Association But the visitors were not to be denied and in the 86th minute half-time substitute Rodallega flicked Holtby’s cross into the bottom corner. Magath revealed he has given his players two days off as a reward, saying: “You can imagine now how the players in the locker room are happy, happy and they forced me to give them two days off, so I have. They deserved it today.” Fulham’s happiness was Villa’s despair, with Paul Lambert’s side left looking nervously over their shoulders again after a third straight defeat. Lambert was left with little choice but to play Holt up front after the blow of Christian Benteke being ruled out for the season with a torn Achilles, while Gabriel Agbonlahor failed to recover from a stomach bug. Villa were also without key midfielder Fabian Delph after he picked up an injury. Lambert said: “We lost Fabian this morning and Gabby hadn’t recovered from the bug and throw (Karim) El Ahmadi into it – that’s a big chunk of our team. “Looking at the table and fixtures, there are some real hard games for everyone. You have to go and get over that line as quickly as you can. “I’d rather be in our position than a lot of teams. You have to look after yourself.” He said: “It was very important we won here after losing our last home game. I think today was our last chance for us to stay in the league. Therefore, it was a very difficult game and very spectacular. “We were one goal in front, there was an equaliser, and that was the situation last week that put us down. Today we came back and we fought. “Even the great chance for Lewis Holtby didn’t stop us. For us to win in the last five minutes is a signal to everybody that we are back in the league. Everyone at the game could see we want to stay in this league. “We have to win our games now. It doesn’t matter which team we play. We need to win three of the last games at least to stay in the league. We will fight every game. Today we have won and this win will give us confidence.” There was a feeling after Fulham’s home defeat by Everton last weekend that they were virtually condemned to life in the Championship. But they received vociferous support from their travelling fans at Villa Park and took the lead in the 61st minute when Richardson rifled in a shot from outside the area. It was a very open game, and it took Villa only nine minutes to find an equaliser as Grant Holt headed in his first goal for the club. Fulham looked certain to retake the lead when Lewis Holtby rounded Brad Guzan only to see Matthew Lowton pull off a miraculous clearance with virtually the whole of the ball over the line. Magath celebrated his first away win since taking charge of the Cottagers as goals from Kieran Richardson and Hugo Rodallega earned them a 2-1 triumph at Villa Park. Fulham remain five points adrift of safety with five games remaining after West Brom and Crystal Palace also won, but Magath believes the victory will give them impetus for their survival push. Felix Magath described Fulham’s victory over Aston Villa as their last chance to stay in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more