Two TV journalists freed on bail after 44 days in prison

first_imgNews Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Organisation News Follow the news on Lebanon New TV journalists Firas Hatoum and Abdel-Azim Khayat and their driver Mohammed Barbar were released on bail today after being held for the past six weeks in Roumie prison northeast of Beirut. According to Agence France-Presse, they each had to pay bail of 500,000 Lebanese pounds (255 euros). They are still charged with “theft” for entering the apartment of a leading prosecution witness in the murder of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and for moving evidence that was “important for the investigation.” They face between three and eight years in prison.———————————————————–19.01.2007 New TV journalists held for past month on theft chargesReporters Without Borders has written to Lebanese information minister Ghazi Aridi urging him to do everything possible to obtain the release of New TV journalists Firas Hatoum and Abdel-Azim Khayat, and their driver Mohammed Barbar, who have been held since 19 December for entering the apartment of a key witness in the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. “These journalists have been in prison for a month now,” the press freedom organisation said. “We will remain on alert until they are freed. We call on the authorities to stop considering this as a criminal case. These three men are not thieves but journalists who were acting in a professional capacity. If they must be punished, then it should be done according to the press law.”The staff of New TV, a satellite news station based in Beirut, staged a demonstration on 17 January outside the information ministry to demand the release of their colleagues. Other Lebanese journalists and cameramen participated in the protest. Aridi refused to come out and talk to them, and he said in a statement that there was no possibility of intervening in the case because it was not a press freedom issue. He also said it was hurting the international investigation into Hariri’s assassination in February 2005.New TV news director Mariam Bassam told Reporters Without Borders the authorities had no right to keep Hatoum, Khayet and Barbar locked up as they had just been doing their job as journalists. She said she was amazed by the rigidity of the justice ministry’s position on this case, especially as the station’s relations with the ministry had been good. The ministry had to be aware that the journalists’ intentions had not been bad, she said.The three New TV employees were arrested on 19 December for entering the apartment of Mohammed Zouheir Siddik, a leading prosecution witness in the Hariri murder. They had obtained Siddik’s permission to go to his apartment and there was no sign outside saying it was forbidden to enter.Instead of being prosecuted under the press law, they have been charged with theft under criminal law and face between three and eight years in prison. LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go furthercenter_img News January 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information LebanonMiddle East – North Africa January 31, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two TV journalists freed on bail after 44 days in prison February 4, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Social ill

first_imgWomen who live in neighborhoods lacking in close ties are more likely to have coronary artery calcification, a key marker for underlying heart disease, than those who live in more socially cohesive neighborhoods, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher Daniel Kim. Women who lived in the most economically deprived neighborhoods had more than double the odds of underlying heart disease.The study was published online last month in the American Journal of Epidemiology.Men appeared to be less affected by their social environments, with only those living in the poorest neighborhoods showing an impact. The study adds to the growing body of evidence that the physical and social environments in which people live and work can play a big role in health.The researchers examined health data from nearly 3,000 women and men aged 32 to 50 participating in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study and living in four United States urban areas: Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago; Minneapolis; and Oakland, Calif. They found heart artery calcification in about 11 percent of the women and 29 percent of the men. Perceived neighborhood cohesion was based on a survey in which study participants were asked to rate how well their neighbors get along and trust one another. Also taken into account in the study were Census data on income, education, and occupation grouped at the neighborhood level.“This is the first study to look at the relations between neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and low social cohesion with coronary calcification in the United States,” said Kim. “Our findings are striking in that they show that these neighborhood factors can predict underlying heart disease in people without symptoms, as early as middle age.”According to the researchers, social cohesion, defined as strong, trusting relationships between neighbors, can improve people’s health by lowering stress and depression, fostering the sharing and reinforcing of healthy behaviors, and strengthening a neighborhood’s effectiveness in advocating for improvements in local services. Weak social cohesion took a toll on women’s health in both rich and poor neighborhoods, which may be related to women spending more time in their neighborhoods than men due to domestic roles such as raising a child and household chores, magnifying their exposures to any neighborhood hazards, according to the study.“If these neighborhood effects are in fact present,” said Kim, “interventions and policies to reduce the gaps in neighborhood social and economic conditions may be powerful ways to address the higher risks of heart disease and other conditions such as obesity that those living in poorer neighborhoods disproportionately appear to face.”Ichiro Kawachi, professor of social epidemiology and chair, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH, was a co-author of the study.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces election results

first_imgThe results of elections for the class presidents, vice presidents and senators that will join the Student Government Association’s (SGA) president- and vice president-elect, juniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorehead, were announced Thursday, Graci Martsching, the assistant director of student involvement and multicultural services, said.“The election process is always dynamic,” Martsching said. “We were lucky to have so many passionate women wanting to serve their community. The Saint Mary’s community responded to that passion by having more students vote this year than in recent years.”  Keri O’Mara | The Observer Marsching said the 842 votes received in this year’s student elections was roughly 700 more votes cast than last year.Juniors Lauren Osmanski and Victoria Wilbraham will represent next year’s senior class as president and vice president. Sophomore Lindsay Rzepecki will serve as president for the class of 2016 and sophomore Maddie Kohler as the class’s senator. The class of 2017 president and vice president will be first years Ellen Raymond and Margaret Carswell, respectively. The class of 2017 elected first year Mary Claire Burchett as their senator.“As class of ’17 president and vice president, we promise to focus on the needs and desires of our class,” Raymond said in her platform. “By focusing on the core values of a Saint Mary’s woman, we hope to emphasize the importance of teamwork, sisterhood and community.”Raymond said she and Carswell hope to integrate their class in campus-wide activities. They stated they held particular interest in improving the communication between the class board and the overarching student body through social media and effective advertising and in increasing the board’s reliability and instilling trust between the student body and their leaders. Sophomore Kaitlyn Baker and first year McKenzie Johnson were elected as president and vice president, respectively, of the Resident Hall Association (RHA).Juniors Callie Brown and vice president Maeve Curley will head the Student Diversity Board (SDB) as president and vice president in the coming school year. As a fourth-year members of SDB, Brown and Curly expect to continue and expand upon the club’s mission, Brown said.“We plan to unite the Saint Mary’s College community in celebration of the diversity of every Saint Mary’s Belle,” Brown said. “We plan to emphasize diversity in all its forms, including socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, faiths, ethnicities and unique abilities.”The board intends to use the campus as a venue to learn about diversity through meaningful social and educational events, Brown said. The president- and vice president-elect said that this aligned perfectly with their goal for the board’s main annual event, the Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference.“We plan to increase the magnitude of this year’s Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference as we celebrate its 10th anniversary,” Brown said. Brown and Curley said they wanted to work with the College administration to increase the enrollment and retention of students with diverse backgrounds.The Student Activities Board (SAB) will welcome junior Arianna Thelen and sophomore Colleen Michael as president and vice president for next year. Their platform statet they intend to encourage community participation ie social and recreational events on campus.“We will ensure involvement by holding alcohol-free alternatives during weekends and getting other clubs and associations on campus involved,” Thelen said.Tags: elections, Saint Mary’s College, Student Activities Board, Student Diversity Board, Student Government Associationlast_img read more