Jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui begins new hunger strike

first_img Reporters Without Borders today repeated its call for the immediate release of jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui, who began a new hunger-strike a few days ago to protest against recent ill-treatment. RSF_en Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists April 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui begins new hunger strike November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia “We are not surprised the Tunisian regime is taking advantage of the international media focus on Iraq to step up pressure on political prisoners such as Yahyaoui,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This is disgraceful and we call on the president to free him at once, along with another journalist, Hamadi Jebali, who has been in jail since 1991.”Yahyaoui’s family said that when they visited him on 3 April at Borj el-Amri prison, 30 km from Tunis, he could not move about normally because he was physically weakened. He told them he had begun a new hunger-strike. In recent weeks, he said, guards had served him countermined food, banned him from reading, seized his letters, stopped his daily exercise periods and threatened him.He said he had also been placed in solitary confinement for two days with only stale bread to eat after being accused of inciting prisoners to go on hunger-strike. His family said he was very thin and depressed. He had staged an earlier hunger-strike from 17 to 30 January to protest against prison conditions and demand his release.Yahyaoui, founder of the website TUNeZINE, was jailed on 4 June last year after being arrested by plainclothes police in a Tunis cybercafé. He was sentenced to two years in prison for “spreading false news” by the appeals court in Tunis on 10 July. During his interrogation, he was tortured with three sessions of being made to hang by his arms with feet barely touching the ground.Using the pseudonym “Ettounsi” (Arabic for “Tunisian”), he set up his website in July 2001 to put out news about the fight for democracy and freedom in Tunisia. He published opposition material on it and was the first to publish a letter from his uncle, Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, to President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali criticising the country’s legal system.Jebali, publisher of the weekly Al Fajr, organ of the An Nahada Islamist militant movement, has been held since 1991 and was sentenced in 1992 by the Tunis military court to 16 years in prison for “aggressively seeking to change the nature of the state” and “belonging to an illegal organisation.” The previous year, he had been given a one-year sentence for publishing an article criticising the system of military courts.He went on hunger-strike from mid-January to mid-February this year in protest against jail conditions and to demand his freedom. In mid-March, he was moved from Bizerte prison to one in Sfax._________________________________________________________Over 13 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. One hundred and twenty news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Zouhair Yahyaoui is sponsored by Avaldoci, Club de la presse Marseille, Club de la presse du Périgord , El periodico de Catalunya, El Triangle, Fraternitaire, Le Nouvelliste, liberation.fr, Maison de la presse – Mons, REE, Radio Populare, RTBF, www.categorynet.com.Currently, Hamadi Jebali is sponsored by Club de la presse de Toulon. News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Scheme to reduce vacant property rates

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleShannon figures soarNext articleWind weather alert downgraded John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Printcenter_img NewsScheme to reduce vacant property ratesBy John Keogh – January 15, 2015 690 TAGSbusinessCllr James Collinscommercial rateslimerickLimerick City and County Councilvacant properties Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick County Council meet for the last time after 115 years in existence A NEW Business Incentive Scheme aimed at providing some financial relief for the owners of vacant properties was introduced as part of Limerick City and County Council’s 2015 budget.Rather than a universal bill of 50 per cent of the going annual commercial rate, as had already been the case in Limerick city, a sliding scale of charges will now be introduced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a move that is aimed at softening the blow for the owners of smaller or rural commercial properties, charges will now be dependent on the rate that the property would be liable for if it was occupied.Properties that incur a commercial rate of less than €2,500 will now pay nothing, those liable for rates of €2,500 to €9,999 will pay 50 per cent, while those eligible for rates in excess of €10,000 will pay 75 per cent of the commercial rate.It is hoped that the scheme will be of benefit to the owners of small businesses that have ceased trading, who do not have the means to pay high commercial rates.Cllr James Collins, leader of the Fianna Fáil metropolitan group, told the Limerick Post: “The rationale behind this is there is a belief that there are people who own large commercial properties in the city centre, and they’re happy to sit on those properties and leave them vacant rather than allowing their competitors to move in.“So we asked if we could devise a sliding scale where the larger properties pay a higher percentage and smaller properties with a smaller rental value pay a lower percentage, if any.” Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more