Prison for netizens

first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders August 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison for netizens OmanMiddle East – North Africa News OmanMiddle East – North Africa Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders vigorously protests prison sentences meted out this month to 20 bloggers and Internet writers who have criticized the government.“These sentences for supposed defamation,” the press freedom organization said, “are part of a government campaign against netizens who have done no more than exercise their right to express themselves concerning the policies of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said and his government.”The organization called for overturning of the verdict on appeal, and dismissal of all criminal charges.Gulfnews.com reported that Said Al-Hashmi, Basma Rajhi, Basma Al-Kiyumi, Mukhtar Al-Hinai, Nasser Al-Gailani, Mohammad Al-Fazari, Mahmoud Al-Rawahi, Khalid Al-Nobli, Badar Al-Jabri, Mohammad Al-Janadi, Abdullah Al-Gilani and Osama Al-Thuwaiya were sentenced on 8 August to one year in prison and fines of 200 riyals (420 euros) each for illegal assembly and disturbing public order. Some of them had also been convicted of defaming the sultan and of cyber-crime. Appeals would cost 1000 riyals (2100 euros) per person.Contrary to standard procedure, Judge Yusuf Al-Faleti handed down the sentences at day’s end before the start of the weekend. Those sentenced were transferred to prison. With the courts closed, they could not seek release on bail or file appeals and will not be able to do so until 11 August.Action on a case against Maimuna Baadi was postponed to 26 August.Previously, on 6 August, the Muscat Court of First Instance handed down one-year sentences for defaming the sultan. Hilal Al Bu Saidi, Eisa Al-Masoudi, Bassam Abu-Qasida, Rashid Al-Badi, Mohammed Al-Kiyumi, Abdallah Al-Abdullah, Ahmed Al-Maamari and Awad Al-Sawafi were also fined 1000 riyals (2130 euros). The specific charges centered on allegedly insulting comments about the sultan on social networks, as well as distribution of information said to disturb social peace.Nevertheless, Amina Al-Sa’adi was acquitted on all counts. She had been free on bail since 25 July.The Omani sultanate’s determination to muzzle dissident voices is alarming. Before the latest round of sentences, the Muscat Court of First Instance had sentenced 10 people in July. They included Mahmoud Hamad Al-Rawahy and three other activists on 9 July, and Mona Hardan and give other activists on 16 July. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Oman News News Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists October 18, 2016 Find out more News RSF_en November 25, 2016 Find out more to go further Related documents 20120809_-_cp_oman-2.pdfPDF – 42.1 KB December 27, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

WATCH: Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek previews this weekend’s game with…

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Scrum coach Greg Feek poses for a portrait following an Ireland Rugby press conference at Carton House in Maynooth, Kildare. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/SportsfileIreland get their on field preparations for the Rugby World Cup underway on Saturday when Italy visit the Aviva Stadium.Joe Schmidt’s side have put in trojan work in the lead up to this game and will be looking to build some confidence after a poor Six Nations campaign.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ireland Rugby Squad Training, Carton House, Co. Kildare 6/8/2019Tadhg BeirneMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan SheridanAhead of the game against an Italian side that have been preparing at the University of Limerick all week, Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek spoke about the fixture.“Things are looking pretty good at the moment. We are just picking a team that is best for this week. Some guys might get an opportunity to get their chance now.“It has no relevance on importance whether it’s now, or in the other two games coming up.” Facebook Linkedin Advertisement The post WATCH: Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek previews this weekend’s game with Italy appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Email Print NewsWATCH: Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek previews this weekend’s game with ItalyBy John Keogh – August 7, 2019 97 Previous articleTV licence serviceNext articleWatch: Greg O’Shea welcomed home by hundreds at Shannon Airport John Keoghlast_img read more