The collateral victim of tensions between Egypt and Qatar, Hussein was arrested on his arrival in Egypt on 23 December 2016 on a flight from Doha, where he worked at Al Jazeera’s headquarters. He is expected to leave the police station in a few hours.He had flown to Egypt just to visit his family but he was detained on charges of “membership of a terrorist group” and “spreading fake news.” Egypt regards Al Jazeera’s coverage as biased in favour of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement that backed former President Mohamed Morsi but is regarded as a terrorist organization by the current government.“What an enormous relief for Mahmoud Hussein and his family,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “After four interminable years of arbitrary detention, this journalist’s release shows that charges against him were completely baseless and that his only crime was working for Al Jazeera. But he has yet to be fully vindicated inasmuch as his conditional release still leaves him as a suspect in the eyes of the authorities.”Hussein’s detention kept on being extended until a court ruled in favour of his release on 23 May 2019. But, at the last moment and against all expectation, the authorities opened a new investigation against him on the same charges, and this served as grounds for keeping him in prison.Despite repeated requests by his family, he was not given permission to leave prison to visit his ailing father. He was only after his father’s death in November 2019 that he was allowed out of prison to attend the funeral.Hussein talked on camera to journalists in a January 2020 TV report designed to show conditions in Egypt’s prisons. The footage was carried widely by pro-government media under the headline: “The correspondent of terrorist Al Jazeera recognizes being well treated in prison and receiving the necessary medical care.”Under the conditions of his release, Hussein will be required to visit a police station several times a week in order to answer questions and report on his activities.The number of journalists and bloggers detained in Egypt now stands at 33. This is more than in any other country in the world except China and Saudi Arabia.Egypt is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. February 1, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt EGYPT : Two journalists resurface in court after disappearing for days EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 6, 2021 Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Receive email alerts to go further News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Predators Organisation Even if Al Jazeera producer Mahmoud Hussein’s release is only conditional, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the fact that this Egyptian journalist is finally out of prison after more than four years in pre-trial detention, and has been reunited with his family.
News UpdatesCalcutta HC Asks WB Government To Report On Steps Taken So Far To Contain COVID [Read Order] Mehal Jain9 April 2020 4:58 AMShare This – xAmidst the world-wide COVID scare, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday asked the West Bengal government “to report to the Court the steps so far taken to contain the spread of the virus and the facilities that are available for testing of patients”.The division bench also inquired from the state about the provision of “PPEs to the medical and para-medical staff who are in the frontline to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAmidst the world-wide COVID scare, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday asked the West Bengal government “to report to the Court the steps so far taken to contain the spread of the virus and the facilities that are available for testing of patients”.The division bench also inquired from the state about the provision of “PPEs to the medical and para-medical staff who are in the frontline to combat the virus”.The court was hearing CPM Leader and doctor Fuad Halim’s PIL seeking directions “to ensure that proper protective and preventive measures are taken by the State as well as by the Union of India to prevent further spread of such virus”. Per the PTI report, the petitioner has claimed that the correct data regarding the tests conducted and the number of persons afflicted with the dreaded virus is not being shared by the government. It is also alleged that the testing of suspected coronavirus-infected persons is not being done as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research.Noting that “None appears for the respondents, despite service through e-mail”, the High Court granted a week’s time to the state to submit its affidavit.The SC has also on Wednesday ordered that Tests relating to COVID-19 must be carried out only in NABL accredited Labs or any agencies approved by WHO or ICMR, and should be done free of cost in both government laboratories and in approved private laboratories. The Apex Court also directed the Union Health Ministry to ensure availability of appropriate Personal Protective Equipments, including sterile medical/Nitrile gloves, starch apparels, medical masks, goggles, face shield, respirators (i.e. N-95 Respirator Mask or Triple Layer Medical Mask or equivalent), shoe covers, headcovers and coveralls/gowns to all Health Workers including Doctors, Nurses, Ward Boys, other medical and paramedical professionals actively attending to, and treating patients suffering from COVID-19 in India, in Metro cities, Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.Click here to download the Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
The master producer himself, Pretty Lights, recently gave a rare interview in The Denver Post. In it, PL sheds some light on his new album, the follow up to 2013’s A Color Map Of The Sun. The way he describes it has us very intrigued.When asked what he had planned for 2017, Pretty Lights said, “I’m really excited about what I’m working on. I’ve got an album that’s almost ready. It’s slated for an early 2017 release.” He continued, “It’s not just a music record — I’m actually making a film with it as well.”Apparently, every track on the new album will have a corresponding film, such that the whole album flows together like a full length movie.“I’m trying to make a film and a record that’s really about the connection of people — the amazing things that happen between people on the same frequency. It will be an episodic thing that makes a full piece. Every song has an episode.It connects to my episodic music festival. When I was booking that tour, I wanted to call it “The Weekend’s Episodic Festivals.” I didn’t know why I wanted to call it that, but it’s all going together. Every festival, we’d have a film shoot that became the building blocks of these episodic film pieces. It’s pretty (cool).”Sounds pretty cool to us! We’ll be sure to update you once more details are announced about this fascinating project.
Marcus King Band are currently on the Wheels of Soul tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Drive-By Truckers. The three bands have been collaborating almost every night since the beginning of the tour, with TTB bandleader and guitarist Derek Trucks even sitting in with the support acts on various occasions.Last night, at Indianapolis’ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Trucks went toe-to-toe with Marcus King on a ripping version of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Hot Lanta” during Marcus King Bang’s opening set. Of course, playing Allman Brothers material with Derek Trucks is almost as good as playing with one of the original members, and for a musician who grew up on their every note, Marcus King looks to be living out his dream. The collaboration came on the tail end of a gorgeous version of MKB’s original, “Always”, which you can also watch below.“Always” > “Hot Lanta” w/ Derek Trucks[Video: Heather Kiser]On Thursday night, while Marcus King Band played the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA, the young guitarist joined Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for their take on “Lightning“. Predictably, the performance was exactly as you’d expect, with Pigeons guitarist Jeremy Schon and the young guitar prodigy going off and exchanging fiery solos during the song’s jam portion. Read more about Thursday’s Peach Music Festival highlights here. Lots more to come from Marcus King, indeed.
The Notre Dame IDEA Center will be hosting its annual IDEA Challenge pitch competition Tuesday to encourage student entrepreneurship on campus and build excitement for the 2019 McCloskey New Venture Competition. Registration for the competition will start at 5:30 p.m. and pitches will start at 6 p.m. in the Mendoza College of Business.The McCloskey New Venture Competition is an annual IDEA Center competition aimed at helping Notre Dame-affiliated entrepreneurs propose ideas and develop business plans, with competitors eligible to win cash and prizes totaling over $400,000. Tuesday’s pitch competition is intended to prep entrepreneurs for the McCloskey Competition.Patti Reinhardt, the student entrepreneurship engagement program manager at the IDEA Center, said typically between 60 and 100 students make 60-second elevator pitches each year.“[The pitches are] a way to get students excited about the McCloskey New Venture Competition,” she said. “We’re hoping they come, they pitch ideas, they realize there’s some value and merit in their ideas, and they want to submit those ideas through our McCloskey New Venture Competition or in our student pipeline.”After the pitches, Reinhardt said there is a text-to-vote system for peers to select the best pitches heard. The first prize is a tailgating package, which includes $500 of Chick-fil-A food, a tent, a table and a parking pass for the Notre Dame-Florida State football game. The second prize is an Apple Watch, and 20 other prizes include $20 of Domer Dollars. In addition to the student-selected winners, there is a $150 prize for the best social idea and a $150 prize for the best healthcare idea.Reinhardt said the event is meant to encourage students from all majors, including both undergraduate and graduate students, to think about entrepreneurship.“No matter what it is, you should feel confident about coming and pitching an idea,” she said. “Typically when people think about entrepreneurship, they think, ‘Oh, well, I don’t want to be an entrepreneur.’ But those design students, College of Arts [and Letters] students, business students, they do have ideas. They may not think of themselves as entrepreneurs, but they certainly can have ideas and come and pitch those, and it may change their perspective.”Reinhardt said students who don’t have an idea to pitch should still come to the event. Chick-fil-A will also be provided.“[The event is] a great way to network with other students,” she said. “If you don’t have an idea, and you want to come and watch the pitch competition, you may see someone pitch an idea and be like ‘Hey, they have an idea for an app, maybe they need help.’”Students should not be discouraged if they don’t receive a prize at the competition, Reinhardt said, since there are other opportunities for all ideas moving forward.“We’re actually going to have our director of student startups and our [venture capital] coaches in the audience and watching the pitches, so they will be watching who is pitching and we’ll be reaching out to everyone after the competition to say, ‘Hey, here’s your options,’” Reinhardt said.As her favorite part of the event, Reinhardt said she enjoys seeing students who are unsure about their ideas come to pitch and seeing their surprise when other students like their ideas.Notre Dame students always keep others at the center of their ideas, Reinhardt said.“I’ve been to lots of different competitions, and our students are always focused on business for good,” she said. “You see that they’re always thinking about things that can change our world, not just something that’s going to make a lot of money.”Ultimately, Reinhardt sees the greatest benefit in keeping the event informal and relaxed and said students have said they enjoy it as well.“It eases [students] into the world of entrepreneurship,” she said. “It’s a very relaxed environment where they feel comfortable pitching in front of the students, and it gives them some practice before they start pitching to investors or judges.”Tags: competition, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, IDEA Center, IDEA Challenge