Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon

first_img RSF_en News Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today protested against the detention of journalist Mamoun Al Roussan, editor-in-chief of the weekly Al Jazeera, who has been held since 14 August for publishing an article and cartoon lampooning the Qatari authorities. His arrest came shortly after the Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatar-based satellite news station Al Jazeera, forcing it to close its offices in Jordan.”This arrest has come at a moment of diplomatic crisis between Jordan and Qatar, and one cannot help thinking that the Jordanian authorities intended it as a gesture that would appease the Qatari authorities”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Information Minister Mohammad Adwan. “It is disgraceful that a journalist should pay the price of this dispute between the two countries”, Ménard said, calling on the authorities to release the journalist and drop all proceedings against his weekly.The Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatari satellite TV station on 7 August, obliging it to close its main office in Amman and the offices of its four correspondents. The information minister accused the TV station of having intentionally undermined Jordan and its government’s policies.Al Roussan’s arrest was ordered on 14 August by the president of the state security court, Mahmoud Obeidat, who at the same time ordered the arrest of the weekly’s publisher and president of its board, Sakher Abu Anzeh. According to their lawyer, Haytham Al-Kayed, they are accused of harming relations with a foreign country, contempt toward a foreign head of state and his foreign minister, and disseminating mendacious reports.The charges arise from a photo montage (see below) published on the weeky’s back page two days earlier, on 12 August, portraying Qatari head of state Hamad ben Khalifah Al-Thani as a female singer and his foreign minister, Hamad ben Jassem Al-Thani, as a belly-dancer. The charges also stem from an article published in both this weekly and Al Chahed (another weekly belonging to the same publishing house) about the allegedly dubious ties between the Qatari foreign minister and Israel. According to their defence lawyer, Roussan told the judge their source for this story was information broadcast by Jordan’s public televison.The publisher was released on bail on 15 August by the state security court, which took the view that he was not directly responsible for the articles. Under article 150 of the penal code, the publisher and his chief editor are both held responsible for what is published, but full responsibility lies with the chief editor. News News August 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Receive email alerts April 14, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Chase stars as Zouks down GAW

first_imgANOTHER excellent St Lucia Zouks bowling performance ensured Roston Chase’s back-to-the-wall fifty was not in vain, as Chemar Holder bowled a brilliant last over to deny the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who looked to have recovered from a rocky start through the flashing blade of Nicholas Pooran.With all three previous games on this track won by the team batting first, Daren Sammy chose to set a target. Kimani Melius announced himself on Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) debut with a glorious Hero Maximum off Chandrapaul Hemraj, but was caught at mid-off trying to repeat the trick off Imran Tahir.Tahir didn’t stop there, as he had Mark Deyal dropped first ball and caught second, both by Ashmead Nedd. Nedd started solidly with the ball, but Chase clubbed Keemo Paul for six to add some gloss to the Zouks’ Powerplay score of 37/2.Amazon Warriors captain, Chris Green, used five bowlers in the first seven overs including two overs from himself, culminating in him yorking Andre Fletcher. Nedd got the deserved wicket of Najibullah Zadran, whose mishit saw him caught on the boundary for a duck.A lot now rested on Chase and Mohammad Nabi, and the Bajan took three boundaries off Odean Smith’s first over. The two were cautious initially against the spinners, and the Zouks were a middling 67/4 at halfway.Paul and Smith conceded just one boundary each, and Nedd finished his spell beautifully. Nabi briefly broke free with an enormous Hero Maximum and a powerful four off Green, but he was beaten in the flight by Tahir and gave the skipper a straightforward catch.Chase brought up his second T20 fifty off 40 balls, and in his first game for the Zouks, Javelle Glenn got off the mark with a lovely cover-drive. But Paul was dismissed for just two, and with four overs to go, the Zouks needed an acceleration. Chase provided it, launching Tahir straight and swinging Paul through square leg, and Glenn settled himself with a boundary of his own.Nicholas Pooran of Guyana Amazon Warriors is bowled by Kesrick Williams of St Lucia Zouks during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 10 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)”Green gave Smith the last over, and his pace proved effective as Glenn and Chase fell in consecutive balls. There was to be no hat-trick, but the over was reward for the bowler and captain’s persistence, and the Zouks’ total seemed below-par.Their bowling, however, was anything but. Nabi bowled a superb first over, and two Scott Kuggeleijn short balls saw King caught behind for 1 and Shimron Hetmyer top-edging to square leg for 4, to leave the Amazon Warriors two down in the second over.The Amazon Warriors predicament got even worse when Ross Taylor top-edged a reverse paddle-sweep off the back of the bat into his own helmet and was caught, giving Nabi a first wicket. Even a Hemraj six off Chase couldn’t put much gloss on a Powerplay of 19/3.Pooran was lucky to pick up four off a Kesrick Williams short ball, but there was nothing lucky about the authoritative pull for six that followed. Holder was wayward, with wides, a no-ball and a deft steer through third man, and a 15-run over took the Amazon Warriors to 59/3 at halfway.Hemraj struggled for timing throughout, and eventually spooned a leading edge off Williams which was well caught by Chase. Sammy showed faith in Holder, who recovered after being crashed for four by the promoted Paul, but two boundaries in a 12-run over from Pooran put a slight dent in Nabi’s still excellent figures.The Zouks got sloppy in the next over, as an overthrow brought up Pooran’s 50 off 32 balls and Sammy dropped a very simple catch. Pooran then top-edged over the keeper’s head for four to bring the required rate under 9.Chase ensured Pooran couldn’t find a boundary, but the Amazon Warriors’ number five made up for that off Williams to take his team into the last four overs needing 39. Paul clobbered a Hero Maximum off Chase’s last ball and brought up the 50 partnership, but he picked out Nabi at deep midwicket in the next over.Sherfane Rutherford blasted his second ball for six to dent Kuggeleijn’s figures. The equation seemed to have swung dramatically in the Zouks favour when Pooran bottom-edged a Williams slower ball onto his stumps, but the Warriors burgled 8 off the last four balls of the 19th, including a botched run-out to leave Rutherford on strike and 13 to win off the last over, to be bowled by Holder.Holder responded magnificently. He flattened Rutherford’s off-stump with a pinpoint yorker, then he had captain Green caught behind, and a bowler who’d gone for 30 off his first 3 overs sealed the win with 2/2, showing the world why West Indian cricket is so excited about him and giving the Zouks a third straight win ahead of the move to Port-of-Spain.last_img read more

Man arrested in connection to overnight burglary and arson in Jupiter neighborhood

first_imgAccording to a news release, Lyons broke into a vehicle, opened the garage door and started the fire.Lyons has also been identified as a missing person by the Lauderhill Police Department. On Monday Jupiter Police arrested a man who they say broke into a car and set it on fire.Police responded to the scene in the Bluffs community at around 3am Monday morning after receiving a call that a vehicle and home were on fire. Upon arriving, police say they noticed several vehicles along Seashore Drive had been burglarized.After hours of investigating, officials got a call from a resident saying that the suspect was hiding in the backyard of a neighbor’s home.Jupiter Police then arrested 22-year-old Tyrease Lyons and he now faces charges of first-degree arson, occupied residential burglary, burglary to a conveyance and trespassing.last_img read more