Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more A Paris criminal court today cleared Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the verdict and hopes it will set a judicial precedent. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says March 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on France News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders hailed a Paris criminal court’s decision today to clear Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed a year ago. The case was brought by the Paris Grand Mosque, the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) and the World Islamic League.“The court’s verdict accords with the French republic’s values and is good for French society as a whole,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the judges’ finding that the limits of free expression were not exceeded in this case. This ruling is a victory for press freedom and in no way is a defeat for a community. We hope it will set a judicial precedent.”The UOIF announced that it would appeal, but the Paris Grand Mosque said it would not.The outcome of this key trial for the defence of press freedom follows a similar decision by Danish judges acquitting the editors of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the first newspaper to publish controversial cartoons of Mohammed.In the French case, the three plaintiffs had demanded 30,000 euros in damages from Charlie Hebdo, while the French public prosecutor’s office had recommended acquittal. Val had additionally faced a possible sentence of six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros. As he left the court today, he expressed his satisfaction and confidence in the French judicial system, commenting: “We have been vindicated by the court.”Val had received strong backing not only from French journalists but also many politicians, including UDF presidential candidate François Bayrou and French Socialist Party leader François Hollande, who voiced their support for the weekly during the two-day trial on 7 and 8 February. Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP presidential candidate, had also indicated his support, commenting that he preferred “an excess of cartoons to a lack of cartoons.”The lawsuit concerned three of the six Mohammed cartoons which the weekly published on 8 February 2006. Two of the three had appeared in Jyllands-Posten in 2005. One of them showed Mohammed wearing a turban in the form of a bomb about to explode. The other showed him saying: “Stop, stop, we have run out of virgins.” The third, which was on the cover, was by French cartoonist Jean “Cabu” Cabut. It showed Mohammed with his head in his hands saying: “It is hard to be loved by idiots.” May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved

first_imgRelatedPosts Japanese firm develops robot able to kill COVID-19 with ultra-violet rays Britain marks 75 years since Japan’s defeat in World War II Athletes in non-contact sports to resume training in Port Harcourt – Minister Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers hope former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will remain involved in preparations for the re-arranged Games next year.Abe, who announced his resignation on Friday, had been all but synonymous with Tokyo 2020.Olyence from the pandemic. “I believe that overcoming that and hosting the Tokyo Olympics would of course become Abe’s legacy,” Muto added.Pre-pandemic association with the Games had not been entirely positive for Abe.He scrapped the National Stadium design in 2015 after a public outcry over increased building costs, but the Games were still forecast to run up a bill of $12.6 billion.The man, who celebrated with Abe at the announcement that Tokyo would host the Games, former Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, is now under investigation in France.The investigation is over suspected corruption related to the bid. Since the postponement, support in Japan for the Olympics had plummeted.One poll by Kyodo News in July found that less than a quarter of respondents wanted to hold the Games as scheduled next year.David Leheny, a political scientist at Waseda University, believes the pandemic might allow Abe to retain his close association with the Games.He added that it would also help him avoid some of the blame if they do not go as planned.“I do think there will be efforts made to make certain he is a very visible part of the Games,” Leheny said. “I think certainly he will be remembered for it, whether the Games go on or not.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ‘Super Mario’ AbeInvolvmentJapanOlympic GamesShinzo AbeTokyo Olympicslast_img read more

Arsenal Appoint Ex-captain, Arteta as Head Coach

first_imgMikel-Arteta He will take over as Gunners boss on Sunday, leaving Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge for the trip to Everton – another of Arteta’s former clubs – on Saturday (today).Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League with 22 points.“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that but I am confident we’ll do it,” added Arteta.“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight, but the current squad has plenty of talent and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”Arteta’s coaching team has not yet been announced.Ljungberg has won once in five matches since being appointed on a caretaker basis on 29 November, and the Swede called for some clarity on the situation after Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat by champions Manchester City.The Gunners have now gone six games without a win at Emirates Stadium, their longest run without a home victory since 1995. Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after five victories in 17 matches this season.Former midfielder Arteta, who made 150 appearances for the Gunners between 2011 and 2016 and captained the side, was linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.Before joining Arsenal, Arteta spent six years at Everton, making 209 appearances. The Toffees are without a permanent manager since Marco Silva was dismissed on December 6, and also showed interest in the Spaniard.Earlier in his career, Arteta spent two years at Scottish Premiership side Rangers before joining Real Sociedad in 2004.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal have appointed their former captain Mikel Arteta as head coach on a three-and-a-half-year deal.The 37-year-old won the FA Cup twice in a five-year career with the Gunners and succeeds fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, who was sacked in November.Arsenal sack Unai Emery: Manager leaves after 18 months in chargeArsenal sack manager Unai Emery after picking up just four Premier League wins this season.Arteta had been working as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, joining the club in 2016 after retiring as a player.“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game,” Arteta said.“That’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with owners, Stan and Josh Kroenke and the senior people from the club.”last_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters looking to recruit volunteers with Rooftop Challenge

first_imgSeptember 2015 is Big Brothers Big Sisters month in the City of Fort St John, and the organization will be hosting an upcoming Rooftop Challenge Recruitment Drive, on September 21st and 22nd.Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, along with representatives from the North Peace Savings and Credit Union, Bell Media and Moose FM will be camping on the rooftop of the North Peace Savings and Credit Union to recruit potential mentors and special event volunteers.Representatives will be on-hand at an information booth across the street in the Save-On-Foods parking lot.- Advertisement -“Serving as role models, our mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for self, family, peers and community,” said Executive Director Danielle Armstrong.“Each time we pair a child with a mentor or introduce a group of students to an in-school program, we start something incredible – a life-changing relationship built on friendship, trust and empowerment.”Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort St John has been serving the Fort St John area for 31 years now, and expanded their services in 2009 to include the communities of Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson.Advertisement They supports hundreds of individuals per year through mentorship and support programs including the Canadian Tire Jumpstart sports funding program, and their Adopt a Family – Holiday Hamper program.last_img read more