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EU countries urged to repeal blasphemy laws

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more July 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU countries urged to repeal blasphemy laws November 23, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en News Follow the news on Ireland December 2, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders calls on EU countries that still have blasphemy laws to follow the example of Iceland, which has just repealed its blasphemy legislation in a highly symbolic move six months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. to go further News IrelandEurope – Central Asia IrelandEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News “Freedom of expression is one of the most important pillars of democracy,” said the bill that Iceland’s parliament approved last week, repealing a provision that had been part of the country’s legislation since 1940. “Freedom will not yield in the face of bloody attacks,” the bill’s three Pirate Party authors said. “Je suis Charlie,” each of them also said, one after the other, from the podium in parliament.Despite causing some controversy, the bill won the support of most of Iceland’s religious leaders. One of the most prominent bishops in the Lutheran Church (to nearly 80 percent of the population is affiliated) said: “Any legislation restricting freedom of expression (…) is out of step with modern human rights concepts.”Reporters Without Borders hails Iceland’s decision to modernize its legislation. “Under no circumstances should the accusation of blasphemy be used to restrict free speech or media freedom, which is enshrined in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said. “It is vital that European Union countries eliminate this offence from their national legislation.”Nine EU countries still have blasphemy on their statute books. They are Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands and Poland, where artists and performers are often convicted of blasphemy.For the most part, these laws are rarely applied. In Ireland, where blasphemy was extended to all religions in 2009, it has never been used and its repeal has been under discussion ever since the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.Blasphemy had not been a crime in France since the 1789 revolution, but Alsace-Moselle has had religious legislation since the period when it was under German control (1871-1918). It has never been used since 1918 and Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in Alsace-Moselle had proposed to the Observatory on Secularism that it should be repealed shortly before the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Reporters Without Borders urges them to press ahead with this initiative.The accusation of blasphemy can me dangerous when used to restrict freedom of expression, as Reporters Without Borders emphasizes in its 2013 report entitled “Blasphemy: Information sacrificed on altar of religion”. The report also looks at political use of the charge of “offence against religion” – an offence that is punished harshly in many parts of the world.Saudi Arabia (164th in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index) and Iran (173rd) were among the countries that penalized blasphemy most severely in 2014, imposing harsh punishments on journalists and bloggers.Raif Badawi, a Saudi blogger and co-founder of a discussion website called the Saudi Liberal Network, was sentenced in May 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for creating and running a website that “disseminated comments insulting religious figures.” Help by sharing this information Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alertslast_img read more

Jailed #Limerick driver suing over fatal accident he denies causing

first_imgNewsJailed #Limerick driver suing over fatal accident he denies causingBy Staff Reporter – April 21, 2016 1156 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Linkedin The previously jailed driver is suing the MIBI at the High Court in #LimerickA #LIMERICK man who was jailed for dangerous driving causing the death of a teenager almost ten years, is suing the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) for damages at the High Court as he argues the accident would not have happened if he wasn’t “violently rammed” from behind by the uninsured driver of a high powered BMW who fled the scene.Gearóid Cleary, of Ballinacurra Gardens, Limerick, was 25 when he was found guilty by a jury of dangerous driving causing the death of 19-year-old Emma Woodland on Mulgrave Street on September 9, 2006.During the criminal trial, it was the State’s case that although Latvian national Roman Andreas pleaded guilty to dangerously driving the BMW and causing the death of Ms Woodland, this did not exonerate Gearoid Cleary, who, they claimed, was also driving too fast on the night of the fatal accident.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shortly before midnight on September 9, 2006, Mr Cleary’s Honda Integra was propelled into a Toyota Starlet carrying Ms Woodland and driving it into a wall some 40ft after impact.The Starlet was crossing the main road ahead of Mr Cleary who claimed that it would have crossed safely had he not been rear-ended by Roman Andreas.Ms Woodland who was a back-seat passenger in the Starlet died from head injuries she received in the collision.Roman Andreas fled the scene but was later identified and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Ms Woodland.Criminal lawyers for Mr Cleary argued that he was not responsible for the teenager’s death and that Ms Woodland died as a result of Roman Andreas rear-ending Mr Cleary at speed.The trial also heard that Roman Andreas was twice the legal alcohol limit and he was jailed for three years and later absconded to Eastern Europe.Mr Cleary, who contested the criminal case before a jury found him guilty, was sentenced to four years in prison. Both men were banned from driving for ten years.This Wednesday before Mr Justice Brian Cregan at the High Court in Limerick, Mr Cleary opened civil proceedings against the MIBI for what his counsel, Gerry Tynan SC, said were significant damages the Limerick man was entitled to.Mr Cleary is claiming that he was not the cause of the accident and should be compensated for the back injuries he suffered in the accident and for the ongoing “depression, shock and upset he has suffered to this day because of the loss of the life he has been blamed for”.Michael Gleeson SC, counsel for the MIBI, said the defence will argue that “racing” was a factor in the fatal collision but essentially the MIBI, has been left to “pick up the pieces” as Roman Andrew absconded.The case is expected to last three days and will hear evidence from expert witnesses including Garda PSV forensic collision investigator, Mike Reddy, who attended the scene in 2006. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Twitter TAGSfeaturedGearoid Clearyhigh courtlimerickMIBIsuing for compensation Facebook Previous articleDemocracy celebrated at Limerick Spring FestivalNext articleGrandparents to be immortalised Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Collabs Abound As Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Jim James, & More Hit Sound Summit [Photos/Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday, September 9th, an impressive crew of musicians converged on the Mountain Theater in Marin County, CA’s Mount Tamalpais State Park for the 2017 edition of Sound Summit: A Benefit For The Mountain. Sound Summit is presented by Roots & Branches Conservancy, a group dedicated to raising funds for natural resource protection and conservation of Mount Tamalpais State Park and the surrounding areas.In addition to serving as a benefit for the state park, explained the Marin Independent Journal, the third consecutive Sound Summit was hosted “in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, a historic weekend that drew tens of thousands of young people to the same 3,700-seat amphitheater on Mount Tam in June 1967, the Summer of Love, to hear then-fledgling bands like The Doors and the Jefferson Airplane. It was the first major rock festival in America, preceding the storied Monterey Pop Festival by a week…And it was the last major rock event of its kind on the mountain for 46 years, until Sound Summit executive producer Michael Nash staged Tam Jam in the Mountain Theater in 2013.”The 2017 Sound Summit event featured a very special Phil Lesh & Friends show with fellow founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, keyboardist Holly Bowling, and more, as well as a solo set by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and performances from indie rocker/actress Jenny Lewis, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and San Francisco-based folk band Vetiver.After an afternoon of music from the various opening acts, Jim James took the stage for a solo performance that included Paul Williams‘ classic ballad “Rainbow Connection,” Simon & Garfunkel‘s “America,” and various selections from the Jacket and his solo band’s catalogue. As a special surprise, Bob Weir came out and joined him for the end of his set, marking the second time in as many nights that Weir joined James onstage for an acoustic duo. The two finished out James’ set with Daniel Lanois‘ “The Maker,” as well as the Dead’s “Brokedown Palace” and a set-closing rendition of Buffalo Springfield‘s “For What It’s Worth.” However, this would not be the last time James and Weir shared the stage on this evening.Bob Weir Surprise Guests With Jim James Two Nights In A Row For Dead Tunes & More [Videos]Check out full video of Bob Weirs’s sit-in with Jim James at Sound Summit below, via YouTube user Steve Kiebus:SETLIST: Jim James | Sound Summit | Mountain Theater at Mount Tamalpais State Park | Mill Valley, CA | 9/9/17Rainbow Connection, Here in Spirit, Changing World, Everything Must Change, Wild Honey, America^, Over and Over, A New Life, I’m Amazed, Bermuda Highway, Same Old Lie, State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.), Wonderful^, The Maker* , Brokedown Palace*, For What It’s Worth** – w/ Bob Weir^ – w/ Eric JohnsonOn the heels of their collaborations at the recent LOCKN’ for, among other things, a run through the Grateful Dead’s classic 1977 album Terrapin Station, Sound Summit 2017’s Phil & Friends show with Bob Weir marked another rare modern onstage collaboration between the two founding band members. The set began with Bobby and Phil onstage playing an acoustic “Dark Star” similar to the one Weir played with Dead & Company during their 2017 summer tour. As the song went on, the rest of the band, including Holly Bowling and Ross James, joined the group onstage. The set went on to include takes on live Dead classics like “Playing In The Band,” “Box of Rain,” “Jack Straw,” and “Bird Song.” In addition, the band welcomed out Jim James to add coevals to “Tennessee Jed.” Finally, the band closed out the night with an appropriate “One More Saturday Night.”SETLIST: Phil Lesh & Friends with Bob Weir| Sound Summit | Mountain Theater at Mount Tamalpais State Park | Mill Valley, CA | 9/9/17Dark Star (acoustic) > Dark Star (Full Band) > Playing in the Band, Viola Lee Blues, Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed* > Down on the Bottom* > Tennessee Jed*, Box of Rain, Jack Straw, Bird Song, Not Fade Away, One More Saturday Night* – With Jim JamesYou can watch the full Phil Lesh & Friends set with Bob Weir featuring a sit-in from Jim James below in three parts, via YouTube user skiebus (video h/t JamBuzz):Part 1:Part 2:Part 3: You can check out a gallery of gorgeous photos of Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jim James, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band below, courtesy of photographer Dave Vann.[Cover photo via Dave Vann]Sound Summit 2017 | Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jim James & More | Mountain Theater | Mount Tamalpais State Park | 9/9/17 | Photos by Dave Vann Load remaining imageslast_img read more