Alabama blogger forced to remove posts in order to be freed

first_img RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas News to go further Help by sharing this information Alabama-based blogger Roger Shuler was finally released conditionally on 26 March after five months in detention on a contempt of court charge for refusing to rid his blog, Legal Schnauzer, of allegedly defamatory posts about the son of a former Alabama governor. Shuler asked his wife, Carol Shuler, to remove the articles because he could not bear the prison conditions any longer. His release will not be definitive until the court decides that all the defamatory material has been removed.“Shuler complied with the judge’s demands out of concern for his well-being,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “The court order nonetheless still constitutes prior censorship. It is unacceptable that this blogger has had to renounce his freedom to inform for the sake of his physical freedom.”“Regarded as unconstitutional by specialists such as the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, this court order is yet another aberration in the land of the First Amendment. We call for this publication ban to be lifted and for Shuler to be freed unconditionally.”___________14.11.2013: Blogger held after ignoring prior censorship order in libel caseReporters Without Borders condemns Alabama-based journalist and blogger Roger Shuler’s detention for the past three weeks without any possibility of contesting the charges of contempt of court and resisting arrest brought against him. Shuler was roughed up by police during arrest outside his home on 23 October after ignoring a restraining order that constituted prior censorship because it banned him from publishing any further stories about an alleged affair between Robert Riley Jr, a lawyer linked to the Republican Party, and lobbyist Liberty Duke.He was initially due to appear before a judge on 7 November but the hearing was postponed and is now due to be held today.“As Shuler was not served with any official order or warrant at the time of arrest, we call for his immediate release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.” Reporters Without Borders said.“While not disputing the right to bring a defamation action, we point out that the Supreme Court has ruled that pre-publication restraining orders are tantamount to censorship and therefore unconstitutional. Shuler cannot be guilty of contempt of court because the preliminary injunction issued by a judge was illegal.”A former reporter for the Birmingham Post-Herald newspaper, Shuler now writes an investigative blog called Legal Schnauzer that specializes in covering alleged corruption involving Alabama officials. He has been the target of intimidation in the past, above all in the form of anonymous comments responding to his posts.Shuler posted his first story about an alleged extramarital affair between Riley and Duke on 2 July. He claimed that Riley, the son of a former Republican Party governor, had paid Duke to have an abortion despite officially opposing abortion. Both Riley and Duke filed lawsuits against Shuler and his wife, Carol Shuler, who assists with the blog, alleging that his claims were defamatory.According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, at the initial hearing, the judge not only placed a restraining order on Shuler but also placed all filings related to the case under seal, ending any transparency as regards the proceedings.Shuler posted some of these filings on his blog and continued to post stories about Riley and Duke. According to Carol Shuler, no court order was shown by the four sheriffs who arrested her husband illegally, beating him and using pepper spray on him.“I am devastated,” Shuler told Reporters Without Borders. “So far we don’t have a lawyer and we cannot afford to pay for the lawyer specialized in constitutional law that we would need to win this case.”Freedom of information is nowadays subject to major obstacles in the land of the First Amendment. This is also the case at the federal level, both for journalists and whistleblowers. Shuler is not the only journalist currently in detention in the United States. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas Organisation center_img April 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alabama blogger forced to remove posts in order to be freed Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says

first_img Receive email alerts December 3, 2019 As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says At the end of this forum, prizes are to be awarded for in six categories: print media, visual production, sound production, smartphone apps, innovation and media personality. The forum could have been the occasion for concrete progress on press freedom but, unfortunately, another opportunity has been missed. Ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Saudi Arabia is now one the world’s three leading jailers of journalists, along with China and Egypt. Saudi Arabia has been hosting the first “Saudi Media Forum,” which is supposed to discuss the current role of the media and the challenges they will face in the future. The Saudi authorities said around a thousand “journalists and experts from 32 countries” were expected to attend the two-day forum, which ends today, and that 20 conferences would be held on each of the two days. April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Saudi Arabia officially took over the G20 presidency yesterday but it continues to spy on and persecute journalists and bloggers, as last week’s wave of arrests showed, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said today. The wave of arrests from 16 to 21 November demonstrated that the Saudi regime has failed to learn the lessons of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder just over a year ago, and that it is still violating journalists’ rights. News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Follow the news on Saudi Arabia RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation center_img Getty images Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalists News “Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency must not deflect attention from the fact that it is still holding at least 32 journalists for arbitrary reasons,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We will not allow the international diplomatic apparatus to conceal the reality of this regime’s repressive methods. It is a cruel irony that the figure of 32 detained journalists is the same as the number of countries said to have participants in the media forum that Saudi Arabia is currently hosting.” RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News to go further Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia Condemning abusesMedia independence ImprisonedCitizen-journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more The authorities have released all of the nine persons arrested last month, who included seven journalists and writers. But these journalists were subjected to full-blown interrogations and were freed only after signing pledges “not to interfere in matters with which they have no relation.” In other words, they were forced to renounce their basic right to freedom of expression. News March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Music and song celebrate Kilmurry Church heritage

first_imgNewsCommunityMusic and song celebrate Kilmurry Church heritageBy Rose Rushe – August 25, 2014 708 Previous articleRDS National Craft and Student Award shows bookend LimerickNext articleLimerick FC hammered at home Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Printcenter_img Baritone with an international platform, Owen GilhoolyTO celebrate National Heritage Week, an ‘evening of music and song’ will take place at Killmurry Church in Castletroy on Friday August 29 at 8pm. The concert will feature baritone Owen Gilhooly and pianist Stuart O’Sullivan with new and emerging young singers and musicians.The occasion marks the completion of phase one of repairs to the tower and steeple of this historic church, located behind The Hurler’s Bar. Another element to the fundraiser will be a raffle for a painting by visual artist and writer, Anne Fitzgerald. Facebook Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

Triple Threat: Introducing ECS 3.0 to Modernize, Optimize and Transform Enterprise Data Centers

first_imgToday we’re launching ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) 3.0, the latest release of EMC’s  cloud-scale object storage platform. Companies around the world are trying to harness the digital economy to engage with customers in new and interesting ways. This digital transformation requires a radically different approach to IT, as traditional infrastructure was not meant to serve the needs of an always connected world generating Zetabytes of data. Not surprisingly, many IT leaders are trying to work through a significant challenge – how do I transform my organization’s IT infrastructure to be more agile, but do so without any disruption to the business?As the third generation of EMC’s object platform, ECS can help customers navigate this tradeoff. With ECS, organizations can not only embrace cloud-native applications that directly enable Digital Transformation, but can also optimize their existing, traditional IT investments. Here are some highlights of the ECS 3.0 release:ECS now certified to run on Dell Servers: Customers have the flexibility of consuming ECS as a turnkey appliance, or as software running on their hardware.ECS Dedicated Cloud Service: A managed offering that allows customers to use dedicated ECS units running in Virtustream datacenters around the world.Ultra-dense tape replacement SKU: The new ultra-dense D-Series ECS nodes can now pack up to 6.2 PB in a single rack, making it a great system for replacing ageing tape librariesWorkload Flexibility: ECS supports multiple protocols like Amazon S3, Centera CAS, NFS, OpenStack SWIFT, and HDFS. This enables organizations to pool data from multiple sources into one, single, global data lake that can be used to eliminated the silos that effect traditional storage platforms With the launch of v3.0, ECS also supports Windows-based (CIFS/SMB) applications.New capabilities for enterprises: New features aimed at large enterprises, such as advanced retention management (ARM), enhanced compliance capabilities, as well as improved monitoring and alerting featuresThe customer response to ECS since its launch has been phenomenal, and our momentum has been recognized by the analyst community as well. IDC analyst Ashish Nadkarni has said that “ECS has one of the best Object Storage architectures suited for 3rd Platform applications,” and ESG recently validated that ECS can help customers achieve upto a 60% lower storage TCO than leading public cloud providers.Learn more about how ECS can enable your transformation , follow @DellEMCECS on Twitter, or try it out – for free!last_img read more