Freelance journalist and son freed after six months in prison

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists October 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist and son freed after six months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 8, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts News RSF_en to go further Human rights activist and freelance journalist Ali Abdallah, 52, and his son, student Mohammad Abdallah, 22, were released yesterday on completing a six-month sentence for “criticising the state of emergency laws” in effect since 1963 and “insulting the president of the state security court,” their lawyer, Khalil Maatouk, said. Ali Abdallah is an occasional contributor to the Lebanese newspapers Assafir and An-Nahar and to Al-Khalij, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.——————————–21.08.2006 – Journalist and son appear before court martial after being held five monthsReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the fate of freelance journalist Ali Abdallah and his son Mohammad, who appeared before a court martial in Damascus on 14 August on charges of disturbing the peace, “disseminating false news iable to undermine the financial prestige of the state” and “insulting a high official” under articles 287 and 385 of the criminal code.The press freedom organisation called for their immediate release and said they were being held arbitrarily for exercising their right to free expression and criticism. Abdallah, who writes for such newspapers as Al-Khalij, Assafir and An-Nahar, has been detained together his son for the past five months.He was arrested on 23 March after criticising government policies in various articles including one that described the Syrian economy as “weak.” When his son contacted the Qatar-based TV news station Al-Jazeera to report the arrest, he was also detained.During their 14 August appearance in court, Abdallah and his son said they signed confessions under torture and after being subjected to violence during their initial interrogation.Their lawyer, Razan Zaitouneh, said Abdallah’s arrested was carried out by plain-clothes security agents who had no warrant and refused to identify themselves. He and his son were then held for a month without their lawyers and family being told where they were or being able to communicate with them.The case was transferred to a military court after being brought first before an ordinary civilian court and then a state security high court. At an earlier hearing on 26 July, the military court decided to adjourn the case to 14 August for verification of identity. It has now been decided that the substance of the case will not be heard until 27 September.“Ali and Mohammad Abdallah have now been held for nearly five months in unacceptable conditions pending a judicial decision that keeps on being postponed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such violations of human rights are intolerable and we firmly condemn them.”Abdallah was previously arrested on 26 May 2005 for inviting the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in a debate held by the Atassi Forum, the only political forum tolerated in Syria. He was freed six months later, on 4 November 2005. Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img

Historic meeting of Clare County Council in University of Limerick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Email WhatsApp 11THE University of Limerick hosted a historic gathering of Clare County Council members last week.For the first time ever, 28 elected councillors from the Banner County conducted their business for on the UL campus, the Clare side, in the Irish World Academy, for a meeting which also marked independent councillor James Breen’s last official meeting as Cathaoirleach.“The University of Limerick is hugely important for County Clare and the wider region,” said Cllr Breen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are very proud to have such a quality educational institution on our doorstep. UL has helped to develop a highly skilled graduates’ base which has been a major contributory factor to the region’s growing status as an attractive investment location.”Addressing elected members and Council officials ahead of the meeting, President of UL Professor Don Barry said, “It is a coming of age for our Clare campus and it is an affirmation by you, as representatives of the people of Clare, of what we have done here since 2003.”Prof Barry continued, “In a very significant way your presence marks the realisation of the vision held dear by this University — since its foundation just over 40 years ago — that one day this institution would claim its place at the centre of this proud region, very much of Clare and of Limerick, embracing all the traditions and cultures of both counties.”by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Previous articleO’Dea warns of pensions bombshellNext articleLimerick digs its heels in on the Wild Atlantic Way Alan Jacques Printcenter_img TAGSClare County CouncillimerickUniversity of Limerick Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsHistoric meeting of Clare County Council in University of LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 26, 2016 598 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img