Two of the three journalists jailed for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State” released

first_img Two of the three journalists of the weekly Al-Hilal sentenced to prison for “libelling Islam’s prophet” have been granted substitution sentences. Roman Haddad and Nasser Qamash have been released by paying respectively 60 and 120 Jordanian dinar fines (90 and 180 dollars). The writer of the article in question, Muhannad Mbeidin, sentenced to six months prison, remains in jail since the penal code does not allow sentences over three months to be commuted——————————————————————————18.02.03 – In a letter sent to King Abdallah II of Jordan, Reporters Without Borders protested against the sentencing on 17 February 2003 of three journalists to prison terms ranging from two to six months for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State”. The organisation has called for the three Al-Hilal journalists to be pardoned and rehabilitated, the newspaper to be reopened and the penal proceedings before the State Security Court for press crimes to be cancelled.”This verdict is of disproportionate severity in view of the facts and tarnishes the image of the Jordanian kingdom”, emphasised Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “The amendments to the penal code of 2001 have considerably lessened press freedom in the country and, for the first time, a publication has been shut on the basis of these iniquitous laws. Lastly, it is inadmissible that press crimes be judged before a military court where judgments are irrevocable.”The article in question, entitled “Aisha in the Prophet’s home”, appeared in the weekly Al-Hilal on 14 January 2003, discussing Prophet Mohammed’s sexual relations. Its author, Muhannad Mbeidin, was sentenced to six months prison. Al-Hilal’s Managing Editor, Roman Haddad, and Chief Editor, Nasser Qamash, were respectively sentenced to two and three months prison terms. The military judge also sentenced the weekly to a two months closure period starting 16 January 2003, the date of its confiscation. The three journalists pleaded innocent but have been jailed since 16 January 2003 at Jweideh prison. February 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two of the three journalists jailed for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State” released JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation JordanMiddle East – North Africa 19.02.03 – Roman Haddad and Nasser Qamash have been granted substitution sentences. The writer of the article in question, Muhannad Mbeidin, remains in jail. Reporters Without Borders has asked King Abdallah II of Jordan to pardon the three journalists of the weekly Al-Hilal, sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to six months for “libeling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State'” and to allow the newspaper to reopen. News News to go further April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News RSF_en August 12, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests June 15, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Jordanlast_img read more

Bethany Home survivors hopeful of State redress

first_img Twitter By News Highland – April 17, 2013 Google+ Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Survivors of the Bethany Home in Dublin say they are optimistic about getting redress from the State.It follows a meeting with Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch.Bethany Home was a Protestant residential institution that detained single mothers and women who were convicted of various crimesNiall Meehan is spokesperson for the survivors. He says parallels can be drawn with the Magdalene Laundries.”There’s some elements of similarity in the sense that women in the Bethany Home were sent there as a punishment, for having children out of wedlock” he said.”Some of the first Magdalene institutions were Church of Ireland or Protestant institutions”.”There are points of dissimilarity too; but by and large what unites them is the fact that Irish society was very conservative, and that people were subject to moral sanctions if they had children out of wedlock” he added. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Google+ WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Bethany Home survivors hopeful of State redress Facebook Previous articleAllegations victim of Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí supports calls for Garda reviewNext articleEvery little hurts as Tesco profit plunges News Highland News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Genesis Crafty invests £750k and creates new jobs

first_imgNew contracts have prompted Genesis Crafty – which was sold in pre-pack deal a year ago – to invest and take on new staff.The company, which produces the Genesis Crafty range and own-label cakes and breads for retailers including Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, was sold as a private investment to Paul Allen, CEO of Tayto Group, last August.Genesis Crafty is now launching a recruitment drive for 35 staff and investing £750,000 in the business after winning new contracts for all year-round and Christmas products. The positions include machine operators, supervisors, engineers and skilled bakers.The company currently employs more than 350 staff, producing goods including pancakes, scones, cakes and bread.“This shows the significant progress that Genesis has made in the last number of months,” said Allen.“We have consolidated our operations, refined our distribution and sought to build upon the strong relationships that we have with premium retailers across the UK and Ireland.”Allen said this was an “exciting new era for the company”.Genesis Crafty was founded by Joe and Roberta McErlain in 1968.last_img read more