New authorities use old methods to detain newspaper publisher

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Nasreddine Ben Saida, the publisher of the Arabic-language daily Attounissia, and the withdrawal of all charges against him, the newspaper’s editor, Habib Guizani, and one of its journalists, Mohammed Hedi Hidri.The first media executive to be jailed in the post-Ben Ali era, Ben Saida has been held since 15 February, when he, Guizani and Hidri were arrested by the vice squad on the prosecutor-general’s orders for printing a photo of German-Tunisian football player Sami Khedira embracing a naked model on the front-page of that day’s issue, which was seized from newsstands.Guizani and Hidri were released yesterday afternoon after being questioned, but a judge ordered Ben Saida placed in pre-trial custody on charges that carry a possible sentence of six months to five years in prison and a fine of 120 to 1,200 dinars (60 to 600 euros).By bringing criminal charges, the prosecutor’s office is showing that journalists can still go to prison for a newspaper article and is sending an extremely disturbing signal to all those who defend freedom of expression. “This is a hypocritical reaction because photos of this kind often appear on the cover of foreign magazines sold in Tunisia,” Reporters Without Borders said.The press freedom organization firmly condemns the use of the criminal code in this case, as article 13 of the new press law, which has just taken effect, says that journalists “cannot be prosecuted in connection with their work unless a violation of the provisions of this decree-law is proved.”Instead of the new press law, the prosecution is using article 121, paragraph 3 of the criminal code (added by Organic Law No. 2001-43 of 3 May 2001, amending the former press law). It says that: “The distribution, sale or public display – or the possession with the intent to distribute, sell or display for a propaganda purpose – of leaflets, newsletters or stickers, whether of foreign origin or not, likely to disturb public order and decency, is forbidden.”This portrayal of a press offence as a common crime is reminiscent of the political and administrative machinations that were used to convict journalists and gag the media when Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was president.As Reporters Without Borders said in an assessment last month, on the first anniversary of Tunisia’s revolution, the new press law must be regarded as the only law applying to the media. Article 2 of the new law repeals “all previous laws that contradict this law from that the day it takes effect” and repeals all laws that contradict its decriminalization of press offences. Continuing to use the criminal code for press offences renders the new press law null and void.The Attounissia arrests and charges coincided with a news conference by the National Body for the Reform of Information and Communication (INRIC) at which its representatives stressed the need to activate and implement the new media laws and voiced concern about the government’s “ambiguous” and “contradictory” language.The government was refusing to take a firm position on the major issues affecting the media and information sector (including the adoption of decree-laws and the appointment of a new director at Radio Zitouna) while being very scathing in its criticism of the media, the INRIC said.Reporters Without Borders urges Tunisia’s entire political class to demand implementation of the press law and to defend the media, which are guarantors of democracy and pluralism. Follow the news on Tunisia News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News Organisation TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa February 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New authorities use old methods to detain newspaper publisher Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalistscenter_img News RSF_en Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgKempen Capital Management – Gijs Spijkers has been named fiduciary manager at Kempen. Spijkers is to focus on fiduciary services for Dutch pension fund clients. He joins from risk manager Cardano, where he was client director as well as advisor on balance risks.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Claus Hecher is set to join as head of business development for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, responsible for growing BNP Paribas’ index fund and ETF business. Hecher previously ran his own consultancy, Delta One, launched in 2013 after he left Natixis Global Asset Management, where he was distribution manager for Ossiam’s ETFs. Hecher has also worked at Bear Stearns, Deutsche Bank and BlackRock.Universal Investment – Marc-Oliver Scharwath has been promoted to managing director for the company’s Luxembourg business. Scharwach joined Universal’s Luxembourg business in 2012 as head of legal after several years at local law firm Hauck & Aufhäuser. NSN Pension Trust, Now Pensions, UBS Asset Management, Kempen Capital Management, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Universal InvestmentNSN Pension Trust – Amin Obeidi is to succeed Thomas Friese as head of global head of pensions at Nokia-Siemens Network, after the latter announced his retirement effective 1 September. However, Friese will remain at NSN as chairman of the €1bn NSN Pension Trust.Now Pensions  – Troy Clutterbuck is to join the UK master trust as CFO. Clutterbuck previously worked at JLT Group where, during his 15 years at the firm, he was CFO UK employee benefits and, more recently, regional CFO for Latin America and Canada. In his new role, he will join the pension provider’s commercial board.UBS Global Asset Management  – Tim van Duren joined the asset manager as executive director, institutional sales Benelux and Denmark at the beginning of August. Previously, Van Duren, worked in Amsterdam, Londen and Zurich in several institutional sales and product management positions for Schroders, most recently as product manager insurance-linked securities.last_img read more

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Matic raring to go

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Nemanja Matic is eager to be involved in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United. Matic began his second spell at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after completing a transfer from Benfica reported by the Portuguese club to be worth £20.75million. The 25-year-old left west London three years ago as part of the deal which saw David Luiz move from Benfica. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho views Matic as the defensive midfielder his team are missing and the Serbia international is keen to make an instant impact against United. “The coach has to decide but I am ready. I’m in training, I played (for Benfica) on Sunday against Porto so I don’t have any problems,” Matic said. United will arrive in the capital as champions but their chances of winning the title are as good as finished as they trail leaders Arsenal by 11 points. Chelsea are only two points behind the Gunners, however, and could finish the weekend as leaders themselves if results go their way. Matic believes the Blues will develop into a dominant force in Europe as well as England. “Chelsea are a very good team and have very good young players. In the next few years Chelsea will show power,” he said. “Of course we need a bit of time because if a player is young he needs time to show all his qualities but I think Chelsea will be one of the best teams in Europe.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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