New TV reporter, cameraman and driver held for past eight days in connection with Hariri murder coverage

first_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation December 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New TV reporter, cameraman and driver held for past eight days in connection with Hariri murder coverage News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Lebanon News Lebanese journalist found shot dead in carcenter_img Reporters Without Borders today condemned the continuing detention of New TV reporter Firas Hatoum, cameraman Abdel-Azim Khayat and driver Mohammed Barbar, who were arrested on 19 December for entering the apartment of a key prosecution witness in the February 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. New TV is a satellite news station based in Beirut.“These three New TV employees pose absolutely no threat and should not have to remain in prison while awaiting the trial,” the press freedom organisation said. “The prosecutor’s reaction is utterly disproportionate and suggests that they are the victims of a politically-motivated exploitation of the lack of definition in the legal status of broadcast journalists.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to the judicial authorities to regard this case as a press offence and to try it under the press law. We also call for the immediate provisional release of the two journalists and their driver, who have already spent more than a week in a detention.”The cases stems from a report that Hatoum and Khayat did on Mohammed Zouheir Siddik, a leading witness in the Hariri murder, in the course of which they went to his apartment in the south Beirut district of Khaldé on 15 December. The apartment was already examined by the international commission of enquiry. Evidence was removed and it has been closed for the past year. Reporters Without Borders has been told there was no sign outside the door saying it was forbidden to enter the apartment.Hatoum and Khayat got Siddik’s permission to go to his apartment. Their phone conversation was broadcast on New TV. They went with the building’s manager and its security guard, who let them enter through a window as they did not have a key. The manager and guard have also been charged as accomplices.A plain-clothes policeman with the job of keeping the apartment under surveillance watched the two journalists as they filmed it without intervening. It was only after the report was broadcast on 19 December that high court prosecutor Said Mirza ordered the arrest of the three New TV employees, the building manager and the security guard.They have been charged with theft under criminal law, rather than under press law, and face between three and eight years in prison. They are being held in Roumié prison in northeast Beirut. February 4, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa January 14, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img read more

New stats reveal ‘worrying situation’ at Donegal’s Community Hospitals

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook It’s emerged that 1 in 4 beds and 1 in 4 nurses have gone in Donegal’s Community Hospitals over the last 15 years.The HSE has confirmed that beds in Buncrana, Carndonagh, Ramelton, Lifford, St Joseph’s Stranorlar, Falcarragh and Dungloe Community Hospitals reduced from a high point of 350 beds down to 261 beds today.The data also indicates that the number of nurses working in those hospitals has also reduced significantly within that time frame.Donegal Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn says that despite Government intentions to fund these hospitals going forward, it won’t result in additional beds.He says it’s a worrying situation:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleLYIT awarded €2.8million under new education fundNext articleMcKinley named in Ireland team for Spanish double header News Highland Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – February 8, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews New stats reveal ‘worrying situation’ at Donegal’s Community Hospitals Pinterest WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more