#CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries

first_img Help by sharing this information News March 13, 2020 #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries June 8, 2021 Find out more They include China, where the human rights website, Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, also known by the Chinese name Minsheng Guancha, has been blocked by the government since shortly after its creation in 2006. Its founder, Liu Feiyue was sentenced in 2019 to five years in prison on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.” Thanks to Operation Collateral Freedom, around 230,000 visitors have been able to access the independent Burundian news website Iwacu since December 2019. Unblocked by RSF in 2018, Iwacu is one of Burundi’s few remaining independent media outlets. Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents Internet censorship by means of a technique in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on international servers belonging to the world’s Internet giants located around the world. If a country wants to block access to the mirrors, it must also deprive itself of access to all the sites and services hosted on these servers, which would inflict significant “collateral damage” on its own economy, hence the operation’s name. Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East – North Africa AfricaAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators RSF_en >>> See the RSF website in Egypt <<< RSF’s own website, which publishes information in several languages including Arabic about press freedom violations around the world, is one of the more than 500 news sites that have been blocked in Egypt without reference to the courts, for no clear reason, during the past three years. The RSF site, rsf.org, has been blocked within Egypt since August 2017. Operation Collateral Freedom is enabling Egyptian Internet users to access it again. News Organisation Operation Collateral Freedom is also now unblocking the website of La Voix de Djibouti, a radio station that is Djibouti’s only independent media outlet. Created  in 2010, it is one of the few spaces for free speech and information and, without it, Djibouti would become a news and information black hole. To escape persecution, the radio station is based in Paris from where it broadcasts by satellite and on its website, which is blocked by the authorities. June 11, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East - North Africa AfricaAsia - PacificEurope - Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators center_img News How and why does RSF circumvent the censorship? In what is the sixth year of “Operation Collateral Freedom,” RSF is adding four more sites to the list of those it is already unblocking by means of a technique known as website mirroring, under which “mirrors” or copies of the sites are placed on international servers beyond the reach of censors. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance >>> See the list of websites unblocked by RSF <<< June 9, 2021 Find out more To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces that its “Operation Collateral Freedom” is now providing alternative online access to a total of 21 news websites that are blocked in their own countries. Follow the news on Middle East - North Africa All of these websites are blocked in their own countries – a total of 12 countries – by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes that are increasingly blocking access to independent news sites.last_img read more

Dundon seeks judicial review of Geoghegan murder amid taping allegations

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement TAGSfeaturedgarda tapingjohn devaneJohn Dundonprison recordings center_img by Andrew Carey | [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up CONVERSATIONS had by convicted murderer John Dundon and his legal team at both garda stations and prisons, alleged to have been recorded by the associated State authorities, will make up the application for a judicial review of the conviction for the murder of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan.Speaking in Limerick, Dundon’s defence solicitor John Devane said that he would be seeking the review as telephone conversations in garda stations, including Henry Street, were recorded. He is also alleging that conversations at various prisons were also recorded.The gangland figure was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of the murder of the 28-year-old Garryowen rugby player on November 9, 2008.John Dundon, 30, from Hyde Road in Limerick, was convicted last year and given the mandatory sentence to life in prison, but now his legal team instructed by Mr Devane will set about having the case reviewed and the circumstances surrounding the taping allegations.“While I sympathise with the Geogheghan family obviously. I certainly believe that John Dundon’s telephone calls and consultations were listened to both inside in the garda station and I would go so far as saying also his telephone calls in the prison and to his previous solicitors and also to me,” said Mr Devane.“I am looking at a number of high profile murder cases and I am also looking at some other matters including a couple of rape maters and matters where people have been convicted – I have always believed in the wrong – of IRA membership,” he added.In the wake of the surprise retirement of Martin Callinan from the position of Garda Commissioner amid the prolonged garda sagas, Mr Devane said that the recording of telephone conversation in garda stations was “disgraceful” and said John Dundon’s case would be high on his list of priorities.“I know that prison calls are always recorded and evidence has been gleamed and used in the past even in objections to bail for certain other people because of telephone calls made from the prison to other family members.“It’s an absolute disgrace and to say that the Commissioner didn’t know about that I believe is like the organ grinder not knowing the music that he is playing ….I believe that the current Minister for Justice should do as Commissioner Callinan did and fall on his sword,” he added.The high profile legal aid solicitor has said that he is reviewing a number of cases with counsel that he says were “interfered with” and added that senior garda warned him before that his own phone was being “monitored”.“This is an absolute disgrace. Whatever about my telephone being monitored, I’m not silly enough or stupid enough to advise a client of issues that might be of a sensitive nature over my telephone. But to think that the guards can monitor a conversation that might take place over a telephone or in a garda station is an absolute disgrace,” he said.Mr Devane concluded that he has “suspected for a long, long time and when advising people I have often had to write down my instructions to people so that they would follow rather than saying them out and letting the guards hear the advice I was giving or the answers that I was getting to the questions I was putting to the client.“I have had to write my instructions to the client. That is dreadful in this country where there are laws to protect the citizens against this type of eaves dropping. Watergate eat your heart out!” he added. Email No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsBreaking newsCrime & CourtDundon seeks judicial review of Geoghegan murder amid taping allegationsBy Staff Reporter – April 2, 2014 864 First Irish death from Coronavirus Facebook Previous articleBeauty and her BeastieNext articlePublic urged to continue support for gardai Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Council Roundup: Wide Beaches From Tip to Tip in Ocean City by Winter?

first_imgThe measure was part of a larger bond ordinance that passed unanimously and authorized spending $2,693,000 with $2,558,350 of that total borrowed.The ordinance includes authorizations to spend:$1,350,000: For beach and bay improvements, including but not limited to the city’s portion of the Army Corps beach project. The appropriation also could include work on bayfront and lagoon dredging.$1,015,000: For the next phases of Ocean City’s ongoing program of road and drainage improvements.$328,000: For communications and technology equipment including public safety radio replacements and system upgrades.The second reading of the bond ordinance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (August 13) at City Hall.The $1,015,000 f0r road work is part of a $7,860,000 road improvement program for 2015. The work includes:$4,050,000 for road and drainage improvements between 24th and 34th streets, Bay Avenue and West Avenue.$1,800,000 for road and drainage improvements between 14th and 17th streets, Bay Avenue and the bay.$400,000 for bulkhead replacement and road work on 11th Street between Bay Avenue and the bay.$165,000 for replacement of drainage pipes on various streets in the Riviera neighborhood.$1.1 million for engineering, surveys and inspections related to the above projects.A neighborhood meeting to discuss plans for the road improvements between 24th and 34th streets is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center.At Thursday’s meeting, City Council also gave final approval to two ordinances that raise salaries.The first ordinance change applies to the finance director (a job currently held by Frank Donato), police chief (Chad Callahan) and fire chief (Chris Breunig). The second ordinance applies to the city clerk (Linda MacIntyre).Each of the ordinances gives the employee a 1.5 percent base salary increase for 2015, then 1.25 percent increases each year from 2016 to 2018. The rate increases reflect the numbers approved in collective bargaining agreements with all other city employees.An ordinance passed in August 2013 increased the finance director salary to $105,900 and then added 1.5 percent and 2 percent increases for 2013 and 2014 (to match the unions). The same measure placed the police chief salary at $140,554 before the 2013 and 2014 increases. State law requires a police chief’s base salary to be higher than that of any of his subordinates, City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson said at the time. The fire chief salary was at $126,554 when Breunig was hired in 2012 — less than the department’s three deputy chiefs earn. An Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment project at the north end of Ocean City shows work crews near First Street in spring 2013.City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a bond ordinance that includes funding for the city’s portion of a beach replenishment project at the north end of the island this winter.Finance Director Frank Donato told council that the federal Army Corps of Engineers expects to seek bids for the work within the next couple months, and the project could begin in late fall or early winter.With a major south end project expected to resume on July 31 and be complete in September, Ocean City could have more sand on its beaches than ever by the spring.The work at the north end is part of a regular three-year cycle of maintenance projects for which the municipal government assumes 8.75 percent of the cost (with the federal government and state paying the rest). The south end also will be on a three-year cycle for renourishment projects (with the city paying a slightly higher portion of the costs).Council authorized spending up to $1,350,000 for the yet-to-be-determined costs of the north end work. The remainder would be spent on bayfront and lagoon dredging.last_img read more