Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat detained over tweet about religion

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Bahrain News Organisation Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Faisal Hayyat’s Twitter account German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression October 14, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the conviction of Bahraini journalist and blogger Faisal Hayyat for allegedly insulting religion in a tweet. Placed in pre-trial detention on 9 October, he now faces three months in prison. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves livescenter_img RSF_en News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression June 15, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News On 29 November a Bahraini court sentenced Faisal Hayyat, a journalist who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, to three months in prison for a tweet deemed to have insulted a “religious symbol and group.” It is not yet known if he plans to appeal. The Criminal Investigation Directorate interrogated and arrested Hayyat on 9 October, a few days after he posted an open letter to the Bahraini authorities on social networks in which he referred to the conditions in which he was detained in 2011 and criticized governmental corruption and free speech violations. On the eve of the verdict, 45 NGOs including Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a joint statement urging Bahrain’s king to release Hayyat and other human rights defenders such as Nabeel Rajab, who are being held for criticizing the government on social networks and other platforms.***Faisal Hayyat has presented a weekly satirical broadcast about politics, business and social issues on his YouTube channel (Sha7wal) since 2013, and has tens of thousands of subscribers.His arrest could also be a direct reaction to an open letter he posted on Facebook on 1 October criticizing the interior minister’s comments about religious faith and his department’s supposed respect for human rights in a speech that the minister gave on 29 September. Hayyat denounced the mistreatment he received while detained for nearly three months in 2011. During this detention, Hayyat was tortured and humiliated for participating in a march held to support journalists and to demand media freedom and the then interior minister’s replacement.“We condemn Faisal Hayyat’s arbitrary detention, which reflects the Bahraini regime’s determination to silence all critics, and we urge the authorities to free him immediately and unconditionally along with all the other journalists being held unjustly,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.Hayyat is being held under article 309 of the criminal code, under which anyone defaming a recognized religious sect or ridiculing its rituals faces the possibility of a one-year prison sentence or a fine.A former sports reporter and commentator, Hayyat used to work for the Qatari sports TV channel Al-Kass and for the newspaper Al-Bilad. More recently he has been active on several media platforms and social networks including Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook.Bahrain is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News October 13, 2016 – Updated on November 30, 2016 Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat detained over tweet about religionlast_img read more

JNC Vacancies

first_img JNC Vacancies 14th JNC to fill circuit vacancy The 14th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a newly created seat on the circuit bench. Applicants must have been a member of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in the 14th Circuit upon assuming office. Applications may be downloaded from the Bar’s Web site at or obtained from Timothy M. Warner, JNC chair, at 519 Grace Avenue, Panama City 32401, phone (850) 784-7772. An applicant must file a new application for the circuit judgeship position even if the applicant recently applied for the Bay County judgeship position or has previously applied with the 14th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission for another position. An original and nine copies of the completed application, with photograph attached, must be received by Warner no later than 5 p.m. September 20. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 17th JNC to fill three vacancies The 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill two circuit court vacancies and one Broward County court vacancy created as a result of the 2005 legislature. Applicants must have been a member of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in the 17th Circuit upon assuming office. Application forms and instructions are available on the Bar Web site at or by contacting Timothy L. Bailey, JNC chair, Bailey and Bailey Law Offices, 2335 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 300, Pompano Beach 33062, telephone (954) 941-4920, fax (954) 941-4927. An original and nine copies of the completed applications (with photographs) must be received by Bailey no later than September 29 at 5 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Those candidates who recently applied for the county and circuit court positions (July-August, 2005) do not have to resubmit new applications for these positions, your prior applications will be considered for these new positions. However, if you submitted an application for the county court vacancy and you now want to be considered also for a circuit court vacancy, you must submit a new application for the circuit court vacancy. JNC Vacancies September 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Lagat, Alemu return to Tata Mumbai Marathon

first_img First Published: 4th January, 2020 13:49 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 13:49 IST Lagat, Alemu Return To Tata Mumbai Marathon Defending champions Cosmas Lagat and Worknesh Alemu set to return to Tata Mumbai Marathon, which will be held on January 19 All the leading women will have as their target the course record of 2:24:33 set by Kenya’s Valentine Kipketer in 2013. Meanwhile, around 50,000 runners will take to the roads in Mumbai for six different races. In addition to the full marathon, which has a total prize fund of USD 405,000, there is a half marathon, a 10-km race, a Dream Run (5.9 km), Senior Citizens race (4.2 km) and a Champions with Disability race (1.5 km), the release stated.READ: J&K: DGP Dilbagh Singh Flags Off ‘Run For Unity’ Marathon In Jammu The four fastest men in the field are all Ethiopians, led by Ayele Abshero who has a personal best of 2:04:23, and although that was almost eight years ago when he won the Dubai Marathon, he showed that he is still a competitive runner by coming second in the Hamburg Marathon at 2:08:26 last April. WATCH US LIVE Press Trust Of India center_img COMMENT “My Mumbai Marathon win was my best race of 2019, so I have fond memories of running in India. The experience I got running this race last year will be very important this time,” Lagat was quoted as saying in a media release. “Coming so close to the course record, I have thought about what I can do to improve, and I think I can run the first half of the race faster than I did last year,” he said. Like Lagat, Ethiopia’s Alemu upset the pre-race form book in 2019 and won in Mumbai in a personal best of 2:25:25. She improved her best to 2:24:42 later in 2019, by finishing sixth at the Amsterdam Marathon in October. Alemu heads a strong women’s field that has eight women who have run under 2:28:00. The fastest women in the field is another Ethiopian,Amane Beriso, who had a stunning marathon debut when she ran 2:20:48 for second place in the 2016 Dubai Marathon, which placed her third on world list that year. FOLLOW US LIVE TV Defending champions Cosmas Lagat and Worknesh Alemu will return to Tata Mumbai Marathon, which will be held on January 19. Kenya’s Lagat won the event last year in decisive fashion, when he broke away from the rest of the leading pack around 29 km into the race. He clocked 2:09:15 in 2019, the second fastest winning time in the history of the Mumbai Marathon.Having come home just 40 seconds outside the course record of 2:08:35, set by his compatriot Gideon Kipketer in 2016, Lagat will be back on the start line in Mumbai, motivated not only by the possibility of pocketing another USD 45,000 first prize cheque, but also the USD 15,000 on offer for a course record.READ: Miller Named Event Ambassador Of Tata Mumbai Marathonlast_img read more