Three-year suspended sentences for editor and reporter called “outrageous”

first_imgNews January 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three-year suspended sentences for editor and reporter called “outrageous” Help by sharing this information Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 15, 2021 Find out more Suspended sentences of three years in prison and fines of 80,000 dirhams (7,200 euros) were handed down by a Casablanca court on Driss Ksikes, editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, for attacking Islam and tradition morals in a feature about Moroccan humour. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en News News News Suspended sentences of three years in prison and fines of 80,000 dirhams (7,200 euros) were handed down by a Casablanca court today on Driss Ksikes, editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane, and one of his journalists, Sanaa Elaji, for attacking Islam and traditional morals in a feature about Moroccan humour. The court also ordered Nichane to be closed for two months.“We are obviously relieved that the judges decided not to approve the very severe and unfair sentences requested by the prosecutor,” said Reporters Without Borders, which had a representative in court today. “But we still think it is outrageous that a newspaper has been suspended just for publishing a few jokes about Morocco and Islam. The three-year suspended prison sentences imposed on Nichane’s editor and one of his journalists will be a permanent threat hanging over this newspaper’s courageous staff.”The press freedom organisation added: “We appeal to the Moroccan government to show restraint towards the media in the runup to the coming legislative elections. Journalists must be free to provide the public with news and information, including on matters that may annoy the authorities or upset religious believers.”Nichane’s staff also voiced relief about today’s sentence. “We are pleased that the court did not include a ban on their working as journalists in its sentence, and that the prison sentence was suspended, even if we think that three years is too much,” said Ahmed Benchemsi, the managing editor of the French-language weekly Tel Quel, which belongs to the same press group as Nichane. “The press law must be changed. The authorities announced it. I hope they do it.”The government suspended Nichane by administrative order on 20 December, just over 10 days after the publication of its 9-15 December issue, which included a feature entitled “Jokes: How Moroccans laugh at religion, sex and politics.” Casablanca prosecutors subsequently decided to charge the newspaper with “damaging Islam” and “publishing and distributing writings contrary to morals and customs.” At the opening day of the trial on 8 January, the state prosecutor requested sentences of three to five years in prison for Ksikes and Elaji, bans on their working as journalists, and fines ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 dirhams (895 to 8,950 euros). He also called for the newspaper to be closed down for good.Launched last September, Nichane was selling nearly 15,000 copies a week before it was suspended. April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alertslast_img read more

New jobs from Nestlé’s €25million Limerick expansion

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email TAGSAskeatonEnterprise IrelandfeaturedlimerickNestléR&DStefan CatsicasWyeth WhatsApp Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Linkedin International food brand Nestlé is to invest more than €25 million expanding its manufacturing plant in Askeaton which is expected to provide eleven new jobs in research and development activities.The new R&D Centre will focus on global product innovation for Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition infant and maternal nutrition business and is anticipated to open in late 2017, employing up to 50 staff; increasing from a current base of 39.The enhanced facility will be located at the existing Askeaton plant which produces a range of high quality premium powdered milk-based products for infants, young children and mothers for export to world markets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stefan Catsicas, Chief Technology Officer, Nestlé Research said:  “Nestlé has a long-standing reputation for excellence in food and nutrition research. This Centre will be a leading laboratory in food and life sciences to continue to position Nestlé at the fore of infant and maternal nutritional product development. It will enable our scientists to explore nutritional opportunities that can improve the health and wellness of children’s lives. This major product development centre will be an essential part of our Global Nestlé Nutrition R&D network.”The extended R&D Centre, part of Nestlé`s global R&D network of close to 5,000 people, will concentrate on developing premium, high quality, innovative, science based products for mothers and infants.  It will incorporate state of the art laboratory facilities as well as a full pilot-scale manufacturing line to facilitate development and testing of new products from initial concept through to finished product development. The project investment is being supported by Enterprise Ireland.Michael Cantwell, Director of the Food Division, Enterprise Ireland added: “This is a strategically important investment for Ireland and is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the Irish dairy industry and the research connectedness in Ireland. Nestlé’s decision to extend its R&D centre at its manufacturing plant at the Askeaton site is of critical strategic importance and underpins Nestlé’s commitment to its Irish based operations.”center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articlePianist Igor Levit plays with Widmann and Irish Chamber OrchestraNext articleHighest number of CAO applications at University of Limerick Editor Facebook Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsBreaking newsNew jobs from Nestlé’s €25million Limerick expansionBy Editor – March 10, 2016 2744 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img