Journalist given 13 months in jail for insulting Mohammed

first_img Organisation News Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alerts Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the sentence of 13 and a half months in prison that an Istanbul magistrate’s court passed yesterday on Turkish-Armenian journalist Sevan Nisanyan for posting “insulting” comments about Mohammed in his blog.“Nisanyan’s jail sentence is a grave violation of freedom of information and sends a threatening message to fellow journalists and bloggers that is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It should be overturned on appeal. Suppression of comments critical of Islam has no place in a secular country such as Turkey.”“We have often hailed the gradual weakening of Turkey’s Kemalist – secularist, nationalist and militarist – taboos but democracy will not benefit if they are replaced by a new religious censorship.” Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge legislators to repeal article 216-3 of the criminal code, a draconian provision that is the basis for a growing number of prosecutions.”Nisanyan was convicted under article 216 of “denigrating the religious beliefs held by a section of the society” in a blog entry posted on 29 September 2012 that prompted 15 different complaints. The court said the sentence could not be suspended because Nisanyan had a previous conviction. If upheld on appeal and by the Court of Cassation, he will have to serve the sentence.Nisanyan’s blog entry said hate crimes must always be combatted whether they target Muslims or other groups but he argued that the controversial anti-Islamic video “Innocence of Muslims” did not constitute a hate crime.“Making fun of an Arab leader who claimed he contacted Allah hundreds of years ago and received political, financial and sexual benefits is not hate speech,” Nisanyan wrote. “It is an almost kindergarten-level test of what is called freedom of expression.”He added further down in the post: “You also have to wonder why these friends who used to be so quick to denounce hate crimes against minorities and other ethnic groups in our country no longer manage to be consistent when it comes to reacting to defend Islam and Muslims.”Article 216-3 of the criminal code, which prohibits “openly denigrating the religious beliefs held by a section of the society,” was included in a legislative reform adopted in 2005. Any violation deemed “sufficient to endanger public peace” is punishable by six months to a year in prison.It was under this article that the pianist Fazil Say was given a suspended 10-month jail sentence last month. It was later canceled. Photo by: Haber7 RSF_en to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawcenter_img Help by sharing this information News April 28, 2021 Find out more News April 2, 2021 Find out more May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist given 13 months in jail for insulting Mohammed News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It By RICK COLE Published on Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 4:25 pm Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 51 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Mayor Victor Gordo has recognized the gravity and urgency of Pasadena’s housing and homelessness crisis by announcing the formation of an Affordable Housing Task Force. He has indicated the group will work to hammer out a comprehensive approach that can be incorporated into a revised housing element of our general plan. State law requires the updated housing element to be submitted for state review by October of this year.This is an important and encouraging step forward. So too is the recent appointment of Jess Rivas to fill the District 5 City Council seat that Gordo vacated on his election as mayor. Rivas told the council during her interview that, beyond the current pandemic, “the big challenge that we face is affordable housing and homelessness.” She spoke forcefully about adding to the city’s stock of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing in the years ahead.Pasadena has appointed housing panels before, going back to 1989 when a task force recommended the creation of the City’s Housing Department. Whether the mayor’s task force is effective boils down to three things: who gets appointed; how the group works; and whether there is long-term accountability for implementing its recommendations.Often when citizens are appointed to city commissions or committees, “the usual suspects” get the nod. That’s natural – elected officials look to established “leaders” that they know. There is clearly value in that – influential people are important to the credibility and acceptance of the results. Yet in a city as diverse as Pasadena, it’s vital to also look beyond familiar faces, especially on issues like affordable housing and homelessness.For example, homeowners dominate the council and city commissions. Hardly surprising. Those who own their own home have an investment in their community and typically are more stable residents. Yet 57% of Pasadena are renters – and they too have a direct stake in the outcome of city decisions, especially regarding housing. They also tend to be younger and more reflective of the changing demographics of Pasadena where more than 65% of the population is non-white.But there are other overlooked factors in who gets appointed that can have decisive impact on the effort. One is simply personality. Some very smart, very knowledgeable people simply don’t work well on committees. Having served on (as well as worked for) city councils and commissions, I’ve seen over and over again the vital importance of listening and collaborating. None of us have all the answers. Those who insist on pushing their personal point of view can paralyze a group’s work.It’s also important to have a mix of members, some with deep expertise and some who come with an open mind and fresh approach. Issues as complex as affordable housing and homelessness need both. It makes no sense to start from scratch, but if we just do what we’ve always done, we won’t seize new opportunities.Once the group is appointed and sits down to work, there are other crucial factors for success, starting with staff support. Data, reports, minutes and meeting logistics are key to framing the work of volunteers – and for this group, it will be important to have multi-faceted assistance. An issue of this magnitude and significance will need involvement by both the Housing and Community Development Departments, as well as both the City Manager and City Attorney’s Offices.Even the hardest working and most prepared group of task force members also need to listen to the broader public. The task force’s work should be coordinated with the community outreach the city plans on the housing element update. Ideally, the task force will ensure that all voices are heard, especially those likely to be left out – the rent-burdened, the unhoused, those who don’t speak English and even those who’ve been displaced in recent years, including a significant portion of Pasadena’s historic African-American community.Finally, we all know that in government it is not unusual for excellent, substantive reports to get submitted – and shelved. No matter how much time the task force puts in, no matter how sensitive they are to fiscal and political realities, no matter how hard they strive to reach consensus on bold, but achievable goals – it will be up to the council, staff and larger community to decide whether the recommendations are implemented – or ignored.These concerns should not daunt us. If the mayor selects a diverse and productive membership, if the task force listens to each other and the diverse voices in our community and if the recommendations are embraced and adopted into binding law in the housing element, Pasadena will have done what it does best: find common ground. The general plan itself embodies a commitment that “citizen participation will be a permanent part of achieving a greater city. Citizens will be provided with timely and understandable information on planning issues and projects; citizens will directly participate in shaping plans and policies for Pasadena’s future.”With the housing element needing to be finished in just seven months, the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force will have its work cut out for it!Rick Cole is a former mayor of Pasadena.last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Big Ten play opens for Badgers against Michigan

first_imgDuring the 2016 offseason, Wisconsin men’s soccer sent many of its players to the Premier Development League of the United Soccer League.It seems that the players made the most of their time there, as the Badgers have come into the season well prepared and more familiar with each other’s play than in the previous two season’s starts.Men’s soccer: Promising offseason, new philosophy have Wisconsin poised for comebackThree years after bringing in the nation’s No. 11 recruiting class according to, Wisconsin men’s soccer hasn’t had much Read…Wisconsin (1-1-1) secured a 3-1 exhibition win over Creighton University followed by a season-opening 1-0 win at home over Santa Clara University, two of the most storied programs in college soccer, in late August.Though the team’s road trip to Florida this past weekend didn’t prove as fruitful as hoped, Wisconsin lost 1-0 to Florida International University and tied Florida Atlantic University 1-1, the Badgers can easily get back on track.Home vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m. FridayDon’t let the Wolverines’ 0-1-3 record fool you, Friday’s game will test the Badgers in every way imaginable.In each of Michigan’s ties, the games have gone to double-overtime, and its one loss came about in a match where they forced eight saves out of the opposing goalkeeper.In many ways, Michigan suffers from the same problem as Wisconsin in that they have trouble hitting the back of the net. But where they differ is that the Wolverines generate much more offense and have recorded 42 more shots than the Badgers (22) this season.Michigan plays a free-flowing offensive game, but when up against Wisconsin’s grinding defensive structure they could be stifled. The Badgers have only allowed 23 shots on goal while taking 22 themselves, compared to Michigan, who’ve allowed 62 and taken 64. The Wolverines’ 16 shots per game are likely to fall after their trip to Madison.A midfield battle in which Michigan’s attack falls into Wisconsin’s high press is likely to ensue, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be chances. Michigan has dominated possession in all but one of its games this season, and if they draw the Badgers forward, a ball over the top could seal Wisconsin’s fate.Wisconsin’s key to the gameDefense will be paramount, and if Wisconsin can avoid conceding until halftime it could prove beneficial.Michigan, while playing well in those three ties and losses, still doesn’t have a win despite posting massive shot totals — and that could very easily be their downfall. A frustrated Wolverines team is likely to press even harder, searching for that elusive win.If they are being held at bay, Wisconsin’s high press could easily turn a defensive-half turnover into a goal then fall back and hold its shape for the rest of the game and escape with a 1-0 win.last_img read more