Senior officials organise systematic suppression of dissenting voices

first_img to go further February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Related documents sites_censored until 15.09.09PDF – 431.18 KB March 12, 2021 Find out more What is happening to press freedom in Syria? It is hard to know because many journalists refuse to speak either on the record or anonymously for fear of being identified by the intelligence services. The few accounts emerging confirm that press freedom violations by the authorities have become systematic. Blogger Kareem Arbaji’s three-year jail sentence and the closure of journalist Mazen Darwich’s office on 13 September are the latest evidence.“Repression has been stepped up considerably since the start of the summer,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Under intelligence agency influence, the information ministry has been conducting a series of interrogations and arrests of human rights activists, lawyers and journalists.” The press freedom organisation added: “The journalists have been questioned about articles that are said to constitute ‘an attack on the nation’ or threaten ‘state security.’ The summonses and the closures of their offices have left them feeling confused and harassed.” A freelance journalist who heads the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression, Mazen Darwich said the closure of his office was carried out by intelligence officials accompanied by police, who confiscated all of its contents. “I received no warning or prior caution from the authorities,” he said in a press release. “These retaliatory measures confirm that attempts are being made to stifle press freedom and free expression (…) a systematic policy based on the violation of Syrian citizens’ constitutional rights and basic freedoms.”The Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression is the country’s only NGO specialising in media issues, Internet access and media monitoring during election campaigns. Operating without a government permit, it has until now monitored violations of journalists’ rights. It recently took the lead in condemning the information minister’s bans on the dissemination of many newspapers and magazines.The blogger Kareem Arbaji received his three-year jail sentence on 13 September from the state security supreme court in Damascus on a charge of “publishing mendacious information liable to weaken the nation’s morale” under article 296 of the criminal code. Held in pre-trial detention for more than two years, ever since his arrest on 6 July 2007 by military intelligence officers, Arbaji used to help run Akhawia, an online forum where all kinds of subjects were discussed. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said it was what he posted online that prompted his arrest and conviction.The website of the Skeyes Centre, a Beirut-based NGO that defends press freedom and culture in the Middle East, became inaccessible to Syrian Internet users on 14 September, according to several sources in Syria.At the same time, the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression reported that the number of news and information websites blocked in Syria has increased to 241. They include 49 Kurdish sites, 35 opposition sites, 22 Lebanese sites, 15 human rights sites and nine cultural sites.The General Telecommunications Company and the Syrian Scientific Association for Information are jointly responsible for blocking websites inside Syria.The closure of Darwich’s office and Arbaji’s conviction are just the latest in a long list of recent press freedom violations in Syria.The Damascus bureau of the privately-owned satellite TV station Al Mashreq was arbitrarily closed by the security services on 29 July. The bureau of Alep, the third most popular TV station in Syria (after Al Sham and Al Dunia), was closed in a similar fashion a few days later. The station continues to broadcast but its journalists can no longer work in Syria.“This is a sad and strange situation,” the station’s production chief, Mohammed Abdel Rahim, told Reporters Without Borders. “No reason was given for this closure but that is not surprising.” Rahim left Damascus on 7 September after unsuccessful negotiations with the authorities in an attempt to get the bureau reopened.The authorities summoned most of Al Mashreq’s employees and ask them to sign statements that they no longer worked for Live Point, the company that is Al Mashreq’s biggest share-holder. The station’s modern programmes about the Syrian public day-to-day concerns had been a big success.On 13 August, information minister Mohsen Bilal announced that freelance journalist Ibrahim Al Jaban was banned from working for Syrian state satellite TV station Al Suriya and from producing any more the programmes in the Al ‘Alama Al Fariqa (Distinctive Feature) series. No reason was given.Al ‘Alama Al Fariqa’s distinctive feature was its host’s bold questions. The broadcasting of several of its episodes was delayed or banned. The last programme, on 7 August, consisted of an interview with Suleiman Haddad, the head of the Council of the People foreign relations committee and an old friend of Bilal’s.A Baath Party member, Haddad talked about the party’s past prior to 1970, when Hafez al-Assad became president, referring to the disputes between the late president and other party leaders such as Salah Jadid, who was jailed from 1970 until his death in 1994 and who never had access to the Syrian media. It was Bilal himself who banned the programme from being broadcast.“I do not know what motivated the minister’s decision to put an end to Al ‘Alama Al Fariqa,” Jaban said.Syria was ranked 159th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.See the list of blocked sites : Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists RSF_en News News September 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Senior officials organise systematic suppression of dissenting voiceslast_img read more

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Jack White Bans Cell Phones At Upcoming Shows, Wants To Create “100% Human Experience”

first_imgIn a statement issued through venues scheduled on Jack White‘s upcoming tour, the rocker banned all cell phones during shows.“No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed,” the statement reads. “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”Using the same technology used by performers like Dave Chappelle in the past, made by Yondr, Each person will be issued a pouch for their phone that locks while they are inside the venue, allowing them to keep their phone on their person while blocking them from using it inside the theater. As the statement continues, “You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show, and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.” Fans will be able to access photos of the performances via Jack White’s official tour photographer via jackwhiteiii.com, or by following the newly launched Instagram account, @officialjackwhitelive.White has long been vocal about wanting fans to stay off their phones during shows and devote their undivided attention to the experience. Below, you can watch Jack White on Conan speaking about why he feels fans should leave their phones in their pockets at shows via Team Coco:With an extensive national tour, numerous headlining festival plays, and a brand new album (Boarding House Reach) set for the coming months, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Jack. You can see a full list of upcoming Jack White tour dates below. For more information, head to his website. Below, check out the new music video for Boarding House Reach single “Connected By Love” via JackWhiteVEVO:JACK WHITE 2018 TOUR DATESApril 19: Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MIApril 20: Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WIApril 21: 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MIApril 23: Baxter Arena – Omaha, NEApril 24: Providence Medical Center Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KSApril 25: Chaifetz Arena – St. Louis, MOApril 27: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TXApril 29: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TXApril 30: Revention Music Center – Houston, TXMay 1: Revention Music Center – Houston, TXMay 2: Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TXMay 4 – 6: Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA *May 25 – 27: Boston Calling Music Festival – Boston, MA *May 27: Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NYMay 29: The Anthem – Washington, DCJune 1 – 3: Governors Ball Music Festival – New York, NY *June 4: Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater – Columbus, OHJune 6: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OHJune 7: Dome Arena – Rochester, NYJune 8: Artpark Mainstage Theater – Lewiston, NYJune 9: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ONJune 27: London, UK – Hammersmith ApolloJune 28: London, UK – Hammersmith ApolloJuly 2: AFAS Live – Amsterdam, NLJuly 3: L’Olympia – Paris. FRJuly 4: L’Olympia – Paris. FRAugust 6: The Armory – Minneapolis, MNAugust 8: 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, COAugust 9: SaltAir – Salt Lake City, UTAugust 11: Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, ORAugust 12: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BCAugust 13: WAMU Theatre – Seattle, WAAugust 15: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CAAugust 19: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CAAugust 21: Viejas Arena – San Diego, CAAugust 22: Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZAugust 23: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV[h/t – Consequence of Sound][Cover image via “Connected By Love” Music Video]last_img read more

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