Organisation to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en الإفراج المؤقت عن المدوّن محمد الراجي News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by an Agadir court to provisionally release blogger Mohamed Erraji pending the outcome of his appeal against the two-year prison sentence he received on 8 September for criticising the king in an online article. Erraji had been held in Inzegane prison, near Agadir.“We are relieved by Erraji’s provisional release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Moroccan judicial system must now hear his appeal in a proper manner. We hope the outcome will be fair. Erraji is not guilty of insulting the king. We hope the court will not uphold the prison sentence.”Erraji’s lawyer files the request for a provisional release two days ago. He told Reporters Without Borders: “His trial was conducted badly. The police, the prosecutors and the local authorities imprisoned Mohamed Erraji in order to dispose of the case. His provisional release is the result of strong pressure. The decision came from a very high level.”The two-year prison sentence and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (430 euros) were imposed on Erraji at the end of a summary trial on 8 September. He was found guilty of “disrespect for the king” under article 41 of the Moroccan press law. A court will begin hearing his appeal on 16 September.————09.09 – Blogger gets two years in prison for online article critical of kingReporters Without Borders condemns the two-year prison sentence and fine of 5,000 dirhams (430 euros) which a court in the southern city of Agadir passed yesterday on blogger Mohamed Erraji for an article criticising King Mohammed that he wrote for the Moroccan news website Hespress (hespress.com). Arrested on 4 September, Erraji is being held in Inzegane prison, near Agadir. Reporters Without Borders voices its support for his family, which has decided to appeal.“This decision is unfair,” the press freedom organisation said. “Erraji was given a summary trial for which he had no time to find a lawyer and was unable to defend himself. He is the first Moroccan blogger to be tried and convicted for an article posted online. This verdict is worthy of the most totalitarian states. We call for his release.”Aged 32, Erraji was convicted of “disrespect for the king” under article 41 of the Moroccan press law for writing an article entitled “King encourages dependency on handouts” that criticised Mohammed VI’s custom of granting favours (http://hespress.com/article-erraji.html). Erraji is Hespress’s Agadir correspondent and writes regularly for the site. He has also kept a blog called “Mohamed Erraji’s world” (http://almassae.maktoobblog.com/) since March 2007 in which he writes about political and social issues.He does not belong to any political party and has never taken part in a demonstration. He does not use a pseudonym and always posts his blog entries and web articles under his own name.“The Moroccan blogosphere is known for being dynamic, so this is big step backwards for the kingdom,” Reporters Without Borders added. “First Fouad Mourtada was convicted for creating a spoof profile on the social networking website Facebook. Now the authorities are using Erraji as an example to discourage bloggers from criticising the king online. It is outrageous.”Read an English translation of the articleSign the petition and call for his releaseSend him a support e-mail at [email protected] Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News April 15, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by an Agadir court to provisionally release blogger Mohamed Erraji pending the outcome of his appeal against the two-year prison sentence he received on 8 September for criticising the king in an online article that he wrote for the Moroccan news website Hespress (hespress.com). September 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court releases blogger who criticised king Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News
Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: The ice cream socials are meant for kids ages six to 12, and are not Osborne’s first attempt to build an early foundation of trust between Tompkins youth and law enforcement since taking office in January.Related: Tompkins County deputies coming to a school near youOsborne previously announced an initiative to bring deputies into schools for informal visits. He’s encouraged deputies to drop in for storytime or to share a snack in the cafeteria, or even just for a quick stop in school parking lots while filling out paperwork.“I want children to see deputies as a friendly face, an adult in the community who they can trust,” Osborne said in April. He said friendly outreach to kids would help ensure they don’t see law enforcement officers as disciplinarians.Sundae Sundays will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 28, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at Ithaca Bakery, 2255 North Triphammer Rd., Ithaca.Sundaes will be free for families who RSVP in advance. Those who plan to attend are asked to reserve a spot by the Thursday before each event by calling 607-257-1345, ext. 4456.Flyer provided by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.Featured image: Flickr public domain. UPDATE (Friday, July 26) — The Sheriff’s Office has decided to postpone ‘Sundae Sundays’ due to a lack of interest for the initial dates. The first ice cream social will now be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 22.ITHACA, N.Y. — Sheriff Derek Osborne is stepping up his office’s community outreach with a new summer program: Sundae Sundays. On three Sunday afternoons, Osborne and deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office will dish out ice cream while giving kids the scoop on local law enforcement.“One day I was sitting with my youngest daughter eating ice cream, and I thought about how nice it was to just be able to sit and talk to her, how seamless and comfortable it was. My thought right after that was, I wish it was this seamless for other kids,” Osborne stated in a media release. “I want kids to feel like they can be comfortable with law enforcement; as easy as just sitting and eating ice cream.” Devon Magliozzi Tagged: community policing, Derek Osborne, events, ithaca bakery, tompkins county sheriff’s office Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi
Kids these days.Circus No. 9, a progressive string band with roots in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, is long on talent and short on legal drinkers. With a couple members of the band still in their teens, and most no older than mid-twenties, this collection of youthful pickers proves quickly that age is no prerequisite for a smokin’ bluegrass band.I was drawn to the band by my interest in Thomas Cassell, an award winning mandolinist that I profiled here on the blog back in August. Cassell, after having played the mandolin for just a couple years, had the audacity – and talent – to go out and win the mandolin contest at Rockygrass this summer. Cassell is joined in Circus No. 9 by Matthew Davis, winner of the Walnut Valley national banjo championship, Colin Hotz on vocals/guitar, Michael Testagrossa on dobro, and Angel Edgemon on upright bass.Circus No. 9 has been off to a hot start. Most of December has seen them on the road, with gigs across the Southeast. This weekend, the band will be at The Down Home in Johnson City, one of the most acclaimed venues in Northeast Tennessee.I recently caught up with Thomas to chat about the new EP, starting a band, and even a little bit about the circus.BRO – When we last chatted, you had just wrapped up high school and were getting ready to start college. How are things going with balancing school and being in a touring band?TC – Balancing school and touring has been a battle, but I think that I’m close to have it figured out. It’s tough having multiple commitments like that, but nothing is more satisfying than playing a show in a different city every night.BRO – You guys came out of the gate pretty hard, with a bunch of dates and a new EP. What have you found to be the hardest part about putting together a new band?TC – Getting Circus No. 9 going so quickly wasn’t easy. Time wasn’t on our side, which accounted for some errors and cut corners here and there. Luckily, we were able to pick up around 25 dates. We’ve been touring for a month now and things are coming together nicely.BRO – We are featuring “Down The Road,” an old Flatt & Scruggs tune, on this month’s Trail Mix. How hard is it to balance the itch to reinterpret the song while remaining true to the spirit of the original?TC – I have this strange belief that the best way to preserve “traditional” bluegrass is to change it and try to make it new. People will then be able to see and appreciate the music’s roots and where your drew the influence from. It’s fun to play the original versions, but when a song has been recorded by hundreds of bands, we want to have our own version.BRO – You guys are playing The Down Home, a tremendous acoustic venue, this weekend. What are some of the more memorable shows you have caught there?TC – I’ve seen some great shows at The Down Home. Russell Moore, Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage, John Cowan, Joe Walsh, and Billy Strings, but nothing compares to Newfound Road’s Live At The Down Home record. I wasn’t actually there, but that was the record that inspired me the most to pick up the mandolin.BRO – Human cannonball or trapeze artist. If you had to do just one . . . . TC – Human cannonball. No doubt. I guess the trapeze thing is cool, but I mean . . . being a human cannonball? I might have to work that into my soloing.Circus No. 9 will hit the stage at The Down Home in Johnson City this Saturday at 8:00. Trail Mix would like to give you a chance to take in the show for free! Two spots on the guest list await one person who correctly answers the trivia question below. Take a shot at it and send your answers to [email protected] A winner will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by noon on Friday, January 20th.Good luck!!!Question . . . . The mandolin that Thomas Cassell won at Rockygrass last year bears the signature of what legendary mandolinist?And for more information on Circus No. 9, tour dates, and how you can get the new EP, be sure to check out the band’s website. Also, be sure to check out their take on “Down The Road” on this month’s Trail Mix.