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RSF decries Saudi citizen-journalist’s jail term and writing ban

first_img Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News April 28, 2021 Find out more News March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation A human rights defender and contributor to the Makkah Online website, Kutbi has been held since his arrest at his home on 15 July for calling for religious and political reforms and a constitutional monarchy in an interview for the Saudi-owned pan-Arab TV channel Rotana Khaleejia broadcast on 22 June.As well as four years in prison (with two of them suspended) and a 15-year writing ban, Kutbi was also sentenced to a fine of 100,000 riyals and a five-year ban on international travel after his release.“The sentence is an example of how dissidents are persecuted and intimidated in Saudi Arabia,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “This human rights activist is now in prison for advocating democratic reforms and for expressing views different from the regime’s. We call on the authorities to free him at once and to quash this conviction.”Accused of insulting and criticizing the Saudi state and its symbols, and inciting chaos, Kutbi was tried before the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Initially created in 2008 to handle terrorism-related cases, the court has above all been used to silence dissent.Ten journalists and citizen-journalists are currently unjustly detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the four-year jail sentence and 15-year writing ban that a Saudi court passed yesterday on writer and citizen-journalist Zuhair Kutbi as “unjust and disproportionate.” RSF_en to go further News June 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance December 22, 2015 – Updated on February 13, 2017 RSF decries Saudi citizen-journalist’s jail term and writing banlast_img read more

Guyana’s junior cyclists perform creditably in Barbados

first_imgDESPITE not finding a place on the podium, Guyana’s Curtis Dey, Briton John and Jonathan Ramsuchit turned in creditable performances at the 2017 Caribbean Junior Road Cycling Championships Time Trial which was held Saturday last in St. Phillips, Barbados.According to reports emanating from the Land of the Flying Fish, In the junior category, Dey managed to place eight out of 15 competitors in the two-lap course, registering a time of 31 minutes, 08.85 seconds.John, one of over six riders who suffered as a result of poor management of the course, ended 12th in 33 minutes, 19.95 seconds.Riders from Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago also contested the event.In the juvenile category which was a one-lap affair, Guyana’s 14-year-old Ramsuchit placed sixth of nine riders, returning a time of 17 minutes 06.33 seconds.According to reports published in another section of the media, Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) president Horace Burrowes, who has accompanied the team as coach, lauded the efforts of the Guyanese wheelsmen, saying “I was proud of the cyclists despite issues with the course.”Adding, “ These guys did their best despite the challenges they encountered due to a lack of personnel to direct them and keep them on course. We were not the only nation affected, but we did our best.”All five Guyanese riders – Dey, John, Ramsuchit, Nigel Dugid and David Hicks were expected to be in action in yesterday’s 100-mile road race.last_img read more

Bendtner loses goal record to Eriksen

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Arsenal cult hero Bendtner loses Premier League goal record to Spurs star Eriksen Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 21:11 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Eriksen, West Ham v Tottenham 17/18 Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Premier League The ex-Gunners striker is no longer the top-scoring Dane in English top-flight competition, with a man currently starring at Tottenham edging him out Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has overtaken Arsenal cult hero Nicklas Bendtner as the highest-scoring Dane in Premier League history.That record changed hands on Saturday, with Eriksen among the goals as Spurs took in a London derby date with West Ham.4/1 for Arsenal and West Brom draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His second-half strike took him onto 33 efforts in English top-flight football, edging him ahead of his enigmatic countryman.33 – Christian Eriksen has now surpassed Nicklas Bendtner as the outright top scoring Dane in @premierleague history. Updated. https://t.co/6qllMIKLjp — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017 Of Bendtner’s Premier League haul, 24 of his goals came while on the books at Arsenal, and he also netted eight times while on loan at Sunderland in 2011-12.His most prolific campaign came in 2008-09, when he netted nine times in the Premier League.Eriksen can already claim to have bettered that record, having reached double figures for Spurs in 2014-15.He now has two in the current campaign and will hope to pull further clear of Bendtner in the months to come.last_img read more

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