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

Government partners with ride-hailing firm, importers to ensure beef remains affordable

first_img“[The partnership] is expected to speed up the chain of distribution,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmantao said as quoted in a statement on Monday. “Hence, we can maintain affordability while effectively imposing large-scale social restrictions.”Read also: Staple food imports arriving in May to safeguard stocks, prices: AirlanggaThe food supply chain faces logistical issues as regional administrations impose tighter social and travel restrictions to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has infected 6,760 people and led to 590 confirmed deaths nationwide.As a result, slaughterhouses recently reported between 20 and 30 percent declines in demand for beef, the minister said.  Between March and May, demand is estimated to reach 201,730 tons, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry. With national stocks and imports, there is an estimated surplus of 62,850 tons.Aspidi has 3,800 tons of beef in its stocks, while the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government agency tasked with securing national staple food stocks, has 110 tons in stock.With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and Idul Fitri approaching, the Trade Ministry recently issued permits allowing both state-owned and private firms to import beef for additional supplies. However, producing countries, such as India, are under quarantine, making it difficult to make deliveries.Beef was sold on Tuesday for Rp 117,850 (US$7.56) per kilogram, 1.1 percent higher than the average price over the same period last year, according to the government’s staple food prices tracker, the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS).“The partnership between Gojek and Aspidi will make ensuring affordable beef prices a priority, in line with Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 7/2020,” said Agus, a National Awakening Party (PKB) politician.Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban to begin Friday, roads to remain openIn line with the government’s stay-at-home orders, as many as 20 percent of Appsi and Aprindo members recently began offering online grocery shopping services. Many traders in traditional markets had used ride-hailing companies’ food delivery services even before the partnership.“We are supporting the Trade Ministry’s program by using mobile applications to meet people’s staple needs amid the pandemic,” Gojek’s public policy and government relations division head Shinto Nugroho was quoted as saying in the same statement.Previously, the Agriculture Ministry brokered a similar partnership between Gojek and the Toko Tani Indonesia Centre, a grocery store in South Jakarta tasked with providing affordable food.The ride-hailing company is offering a free-fare delivery service for minimum purchases of Rp 40,000 at Toko Tani within a 25-kilometer radius from the store.Topics : The Trade Ministry is working to ensure staple food prices, including beef, remain affordable and distribution remains smooth amid the COVID-19 outbreak by partnering with ride-hailing company Gojek, importers and retailers. The Indonesian Meat Importers Association (Aspidi), the Indonesian Retail Association (Aprindo) and the Indonesian Market Traders Association (Appsi), all of which are partnering with the ministry, are expected to sell beef and other staple food at affordable prices.Ride-hailing company Gojek, which has over 1 million drivers nationwide, will help deliver staple food as people stay at home in compliance with physical distancing measures.last_img read more

Petrobras to pay $853M in bribery case settlement

first_imgBrazilian oil giant Petrobras has reached non-prosecution settlements with the U.S. and Brazilian authorities, agreeing to pay a combined total of $853.2 million in penalties to resolve the U.S. authorities’ investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).Petrobras HQ in Rio de Janeiro; Image by Marinelson Almeida Silva/Flickr; shared under CC BY 2.0 licenseAccording to the U.S. Department of Justice, this is in connection with Petrobras’ role “in facilitating payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, as well as a related Brazilian investigation.”As shared by the DoJ, according to Petrobras’s admissions, while the company’s American Depository Shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange, members of the Petrobras Executive Board were involved in facilitating and directing millions of dollars in corrupt payments to politicians and political parties in Brazil, and members of Petrobras’s Board of Directors were also involved in facilitating bribes that a major Petrobras contractor was paying to Brazilian politicians.“During this period, for example, a Petrobras executive directed the payment of illicit funds to stop a parliamentary inquiry into Petrobras contracts, and the executive also directed payments received from Petrobras contractors to be corruptly used to pay millions of dollars to the campaign of a Brazilian politician who had oversight over the location where one of Petrobras’s refineries was being built,” the DoJ said in a statement on Thursday.Petrobras has accepted responsibility under U.S. criminal law for the acts of certain former Petrobras executives and officers that gave rise to violations of books and records and internal controls provisions.“Executives at the highest levels of Petrobras—including members of its Executive Board and Board of Directors—facilitated the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to Brazilian politicians and political parties and then cooked the books to conceal the bribe payments from investors and regulators,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.Petrobras has also confirmed reaching the settlement, stressing the malpractices took part between 2002 and 2012, adding that none of the certain former Petrobras executives involved in the scheme are today associated or employed by the company.How the penalty is splitUnder the agreements reached Petrobras will pay $85.3 million to the DOJ and the same amount of $85.3 million to the SEC. The agreements fully resolve the investigations of U.S. authorities.The agreements also credit Petrobras’s remittance of US$682.6 million (80 percent of the resolution amount) to the Brazilian authorities.The amount of $682.6 million will be deposited by Petrobras into a special fund in Brazil to be used in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of the consent agreement, including for various social and educational programs to promote transparency, citizenship, and compliance in the public sector.“The resolution is in Petrobras’s best interest and that of its shareholders. It puts an end to the uncertainties, risks, burdens and costs of potential prosecution and protracted litigation in the United States,” Petrobras said.Petrobras has said that the SEC and DOJ agreements also both recognize Petrobras’s compliance program, internal control and anti-corruption procedure enhancements. As part of its agreement with the DOJ, Petrobras has agreed to continue to evaluate and enhance these initiatives.last_img read more

Professor speaks on effects of hookups in college culture

first_img“Sex is the only thing we call ‘making love,’ yet to students in college participating in hookup culture, sex is the most meaningless act — even more meaningless than the act of holding hands,” Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College, said on Monday night during a talk about her upcoming book American Hookup: the New Culture of Sex on Campus at the USC Rossier School of Education.“There’s a contradiction when it comes to sexual activity on college campuses: Most students are not having as much sex as they would like, but also they are choosing not to have casual sex because they don’t like the way it is happening,” Wade said. “So I wanted to find out, how is it that this thing that students aren’t doing is making them so unhappy?”Wade began her talk by defining “hooking up,” and contrasted the act of hooking up from the culture of hookups. Wade described hookups as sexual encounters without the intent of it advancing onto anything romantic. Wade explained the naturality associated with hookups and that it “should not be looked down upon.” However, she said that hookup culture is different.“A campus has a hookup culture when hooking up is seen as the only or best way to be sexual with each other,” Wade said. “Other ways of being sexual with one another are seen as somehow backward or strange. So hookup culture is this dominant idea that hooking up is what students should be doing.”Within hookup culture, Wade’s research found certain trends college students followed in terms of their perceptions of themselves and of their peers. According to Wade, while being seen as a slut or a prude used to be the worst possible sexual demotion, modern hookup culture tended to see desperation as even worse than the former two. “In this hookup culture, the most important emotion to avoid is love,” Wade said. “You don’t want to seem desperate because that makes you seem clingy and it implies a desire for someone that is not purely sexual.”Wade continued on to describe what she called the “emotion rules” of hookup culture — rules that students followed in order to guarantee both parties’ mutual agreement and understanding that the sexual activities were casual. Within these rules, Wade listed that students opted to have casual sex with people they were definitely repulsed by, that they hooked up when drunk, that during sex students expressed lust but not tenderness or affection and that after hooking up, students tended to distance themselves from their partners in order to assert the meaninglessness of the sexual encounter. “Most people aren’t not hooking up because they are religiously opposed to it, or that they think it’s hopeless to try,” Wade said. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable with the idea of bottling up their emotions and having to hide their emotions in such an intimate activity. And functionally, it’s a downward spiral because you don’t just have to not care, you have to care less than the other person. And so everyone’s being meaner and meaner to each other, hurting each other in the long run.”last_img read more