Al-Akhbar reporter held and interrogated illegally by defence ministry

first_img News News August 13, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Akhbar reporter held and interrogated illegally by defence ministry February 4, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img RSF_en The detention and interrogation of Hassan Allek, a reporter for the daily Al-Akhbar, by the defence ministry on 11 August were flagrant violations of media law, Reporters Without Borders said. They were prompted by a story by Allek that certain Lebanese government and military officials were cooperating with the Israeli intelligence services.Summoned to the defence ministry headquarters in mid-morning, Allek was taken into custody, interrogated by intelligence officers for several hours and finally released at the end of the afternoon. His interrogators tried in vain to get Allek to reveal his sources for the report. Allek’s lawyer was not allowed to attend.“Allek’s detention and interrogation were conducted in a completely arbitrary and illegal manner,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the same time, the defence minister’s threats against him and the entire media profession raise doubts about a readiness to respect the rule of law on the part of those who are supposed to uphold it. This is disturbing for press freedom in Lebanon.”While Allek was still being interrogated, defence minister Elias Murr gave a news conference in the middle of the afternoon in which he announced that Allek would be charged with defamation and disseminating false information and warned that the same charges would be brought against any other journalist who made similar allegations against senior army officers on active duty.The procedure used with Allek was illegal under Lebanon’s 1974 decree-law on press freedom, which requires that any journalist suspected of defamation or reporting false information be interrogated before a judge and in the presence of his lawyer. Allek was not taken before a judge prior to his interrogation and no legal proceedings had been initiated when the defence minister made his public accusations against him. Organisation News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon January 14, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Lebanon Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Newslast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty- Robots and Industrial Controls

first_imgThe Engineering Technology Department at Middlesex CountyCollege invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor to teach ahybrid course in Robots and Industrial Controls during the Spring2021 semester. Topics will include:• Introduction to Robotics and Industrial Automations• Kinematics of Robotics arms, manipulators, linkages andgears• Program Logic Controllers and Microprocessor Controllers• Pneumatics Systems, Motor and Actuators• Electric Motors and Actuators• Feedback Control Systems, and Proportional, Integral andDerivative(PID) Control• Sensors (temperature, force, motion, flow, proximity)• Interfacing Sensors and ActuatorsQualifications: Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering orclosely related field is required. Experience teaching in a remoteenvironment is preferred.last_img read more

Bike DuPont State Forest

first_imgWhen cold temperatures and Frankenstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in late October, many of us were anticipating the winter season to end all winter seasons. “We’ll be shredding in May with all the snow we’re going to get!” we yelled while high fiving strangers in the milk/water/canned food/candle aisle of the local grocery store. Ski slopes opened early, El Nino was in the air, and life was good. Unfortunately, we came back down to planet Earth over the next month, and here we are again in mid-December with mild temps and dirt, not snow, beneath our feet. Before we resign ourselves to a winter like last year, we must remember that this is fairly typical in the Southeast. Winter will make its official arrival soon enough, but in the meantime, take advantage by getting in one more weekend of warm weather activity.The best way to recreate outside and take in some nature while still scratching that adrenaline itch is to hop on the mountain bike and attack some flowy singletrack. The best place to do that is at DuPont State Forest outside Asheville, N.C. The extensive trail system in DuPont is more buffed out than in nearby Pisgah National Forest, providing buttery smooth downhill sections and manageable climbs. The scenery can’t be beat, with waterfall after waterfall along the trails and Lake Julia on site. Either way you ride it, linking up loops or trying the 35-mile IMBA Epic Ride, you can spend all day in DuPont and not cross your tracks.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Crappie Derby cancelled due to lack of ice

first_imgThe association blames a lack of ice on the lake for the cancellation. They will try again next year, they say. The Whitney Point Sportsman Association made the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon.center_img WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The Crappie Derby for 2020 has been cancelled.last_img