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Military court sentences reporter in absentia to six months in prison

first_img News Help by sharing this information Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon News November 11, 2020 Find out more Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Organisation News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Lebanon Reporters Without Borders and the Swiss-based human rights NGO Alkarama condemn the six-month jail sentence that Lebanese journalist Rami Aysha received in absentia from a Beirut military court last week on a charge of purchasing firearms.Arrested on 30 August 2012 while researching a story on arms trafficking in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Aysha was released a month later pending trial. He was abroad for professional reasons when the trial was finally scheduled for 25 November and, through his lawyer, requested its postponement until 8 December.But the judge in charge of the case rejected the request, went ahead with the hearing and convicted him absentia.Aysha has told Reporters Without Borders and Alkarama that, as a result of the judge’s ruling, his name has been passed to the Immigration Department and that the border police are set to arrest him at the airport on his planned return to Lebanon on 8 December.Thereafter, he said, he is to be held indefinitely by the Public Security Department pending a new trial before the military court. He will still be in detention at the time of the new trial, whichwhich could result in the confirmation of the judgement and sentence to prison.“We call for the definitive withdrawal of all the proceedings against Aysha and the quashing of his conviction,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As a journalist, Aysha was doing a story on arms trafficking when arrested. It is crucial that the Lebanese judicial authorities distinguish between journalistic investigation and illicit trafficking.“Any confusion of this kind poses a major threat to the future of freedom of information in Lebanon. We also condemn the use of military courts to prosecute journalists. The authorities must leave Aysha in peace when he returns to Lebanon on 8 December. His arrest would be unacceptable.”Alkarama said: “Trials of civilians before military courts such as Aysha’s trial cannot be regarded as fair. Under article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal.“This Beirut military court’s shortcomings include its failure to investigate the abuses suffered by Aysha although he told the investigating judge at the first hearing that he had been tortured in detention. It can therefore not be ruled out that statements made under duress were used during the proceedings. This accentuates the already deeply unfair nature of this trial and conviction.”A reporter for such international news media as Time and Spiegel Online, Aysha was abducted in a southern part of the capital on 30 August 2012, while researching his story on arms trafficking and was handed over to the Lebanese intelligence services and then the military police, and finally placed in prison. During this process, he was repeatedly interrogated and tortured.He was released a month later, on 27 September 2012, on bail of 1 million Lebanese pounds (515 euros) pending trial before a military court on a charge of purchasing firearms.“The Lebanese authorities are still hampering Aysha’s work as a journalist but have never investigated the abuses to which he was subjected, namely, his arbitrary arrest, his subsequent incommunicado detention as well as the torture and ill-treatment,” Reporters Without Borders and Alkarama added.“Those responsible for this abusive treatment have never been identified and punished. Lebanese journalists must be able to cover so-called ‘sensitive’ subjects without being harassed by armed groups, political parties or the authorities.”Arms trafficking is not the only taboo subject that is dangerous for Lebanese journalists. Corruption is another problematic subject. An Al-Jadeed TV crew was physically attacked by Customs General Directorate officials while trying to do a report on corruption at Beirut international airport on 26 November.The Al-Jadeed crew said that, after being denied a request for an interview with interim customs director Shafiq Mehri for their story, they went to the headquarters of the General Directorate for Customs in central Beirut to reiterate their request and, while outside, were attacked by customs officers who hit them and broke their equipment.When civil society representatives arrived in show of solidarity with the TV crew, both they and the journalists were again attacked by the customs officials.Soldiers were eventually deployed to end the fighting. Four Al-Jadeed journalists – Riyad Qobeissi, Ali Shreim, Adib Farhat and Ali Khalifeh – were detained and questioned by police, and then released at around 7 pm.The journalists are nonetheless facing prosecution as a result of a complaint brought by the Customs General Directorate. The TV station has also filed a complaint.On 3 December, a military prosecutor charged two customs officers – Col. Ibrahim Shamseddine (who holds a senior position) and Mohammad Al-Sagheer – with “using force and beating” journalists, and transferred the case to a military investigating judge.center_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts February 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further January 14, 2021 Find out more News December 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military court sentences reporter in absentia to six months in prison LebanonMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

News story: Innovative companies win Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2018

first_imgZettlex – the Cambridge company works within aerospace, defence, medical, industrial and petrochemical industries to design and manufacture sensors for position and speed measurement in extreme environments. It won its international trade award by growing its business to 400 customers in 45 markets Find out more about the Queen’s Awards and see the full list of winners. Frog Bikes – the company, which assembles its range of lightweight aluminium children’s bikes in Wales, won an international trade award for growing its overseas sales in North America, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand and UAE The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given every year on the Queen’s birthday for outstanding achievement by UK businesses across 4 categories: Cobra Biologics – working in the life sciences industry, Cobra won an award in the international trade category. It operates in the UK and Sweden and works with organisations across France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Korea and the USA sustainable development promoting opportunity through social mobility innovation international trade Innovation and international tradeAwards for Innovate UK-supported companies went to: Apply for innovation funding. IKAWA – inventors of digital micro coffee roasters, IKAWA won an innovation award for using patented cyclone roasting technology that can be controlled by a smartphone app Endomagnetics – trading as Endomag, the company won in the innovation category for its minimally-invasive surgical guidance system. Its wider work includes developing a clinical platform that uses safe magnetic fields to power diagnostic and therapeutic devicescenter_img Find out more about Photocentric and its success. MIRA Technology Park – having established a facility for automotive R&D, MIRA has seen overseas sales grow by 133%, leading to an international trade award for outstanding continuous growth Ultrahaptics – Bristol-based Ultrahaptics won an innovation award for its work in haptic feedback, which mimics the sense of touch by using ultrasound to project virtual controls, shapes and textures onto a user’s hand A total of 230 UK businesses have been recognised for leading industry with their products and services. Among the winners are 10 companies that have received funding support from Innovate UK. These companies feature across the international trade and innovation categories.Winners in the international trade category have demonstrated that they have achieved substantial growth and commercial success overseas.The winners in the innovation category were assessed for a number of indicators including invention, design or production, and performance of services. Previous Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale. Williams Advanced Engineering – Williams’ race technology is influencing the wider auto-industry. It won an innovation award for its battery cell cooling technology, which is now being introduced into commercial electric and hybrid car production Photocentric – the 3D printer and resin manufacturer was recognised for its outstanding 3-year growth in overseas sales in the international trade category. More than 74% of its sales are to overseas markets Microlise – another international trade award has gone to the Nottingham-based company, which uses telematics to help its customers to save on fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions. It was recognised for outstanding short-term growth, seeing its overseas sales grow from £2.2 million to £5 million over 3 yearslast_img read more

This is the cheapest house on the market in Brisbane right now

first_img277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe median sale price for houses in Ellen Grove in the past year has been $288,000, which is a whopping 45 per cent less than Brisbane’s median sale price of $520,000.Mr Beaumont said there were still strong entry level prices available in Brisbane.“You can still definitely buy a home under $300,000 that close to Brisbane CBD. There are still properties out there that will be great entry points for first home buyers or if you’re looking to invest in property.”So far all inquiries have been from potential investors, but Mr Beaumont expects to see a few first home buyers take a look as well. 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.au“People see it as an area that has potential in the next five to 10 years. You don’t have to go out miles away from CBD. You’re still able to buy something close to infrastructure, facilities, schools.”“If you’re looking for a good return on investment, (houses here) tend to yield quite attractive numbers based on what would rent for. This one rents at $290 a week, there’s a school across the road, and it’s quick and easy to get onto Ipswich Motorway,” he said.The home has two separate living areas, hardwood timber floors, a single bathroom, double car space and is tenanted until October. This article first appeared on Realestate.com.au and has been reproduced here with permission. 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.au 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.au More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.au 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.auWE’VE found it! This is the cheapest house on the market in Greater Brisbane right now, priced at just $295,000 on a 711sq m block.The three bedroom house is half an hour from the Brisbane CBD in a suburb where recent sales have straddled $290,000 for a three bedder on 728sq m to just over a million dollars for a six bedder on a 1.1ha block, Realestate.com.au reports. The house at 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove, went on the market last week and was sure to draw out bargain hunters, according to agent Wade Beaumont of Splash Real Estate. 277 Waterford Road, Ellen Grove Qld 4078. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more