Two European cartoonists threatened over cartoons with religious and political content

first_img Organisation News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia In the midst of the reactions of other parliamentary supporters of Hungary’s very conservative government, the pro-government media launched a campaign of intimidation and harassment against Gábor Pápai, a radio station going so far as to call for the publication of his home address because “there are many who would pay him a visit”. News June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further A cartoon by Gábor Pápai that the daily Népszava published on 28 April showed the Hungarian National Public Health Centre’s chief doctor looking at Jesus on the cross and suggesting that many people who had deceased from the coronavirus had already been likely to die because they had suffered with pre-existing conditions. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more In Sweden, Mahmoud Abbas has been the target of thousands of hostile messages on social networks after posting a cartoon on Facebook on 20 April about the collapse of the oil prices. It showed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman fleeing oil barrels rolling down a steep slope. In Saudi Arabia, criticism of the King and the Crown Prince or their policies is considered as an attack against the image of the Kingdom, its institutions, or its symbols. The Palestinian origin of Mahmoud Abbas, who cooperates with Al Jazeera TV on a regular basis, has fuelled even more the online criticism and threats from the Saudis. They accused him of being ungrateful because Saudi Arabia had funded numerous assistance programmes in the Palestinian territories. For the cartoonist that represents a lesser evil, though, given the many messages attempting to discredit him and threatening his life. Personal information about him and his family has been also posted online. That has prompted Mahmoud Abbas to file a complaint with the Swedish police. He says he now lives in “constant” fear for himself and his family and no longer dares to open his door or answer all phone calls. HungarySwedenSaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Covid19InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Receive email alertscenter_img HungarySwedenSaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms Covid19InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Pavol Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk, added: “The notions of blasphemy or attack on a country’s image cannot justify an exception to the right to inform. On the contrary, as European Union members, Sweden and Hungary must set an example in the fight against hate campaigns that threaten the safety of cartoonists. Everything must also be done to ensure that they and their families are protected.” June 7, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Cartoons of Gábor Pápai et Mahmoud Abbas It was intended to ridicule the chief doctor (who is also a member of the government’s “Coronavirus Working Group”) for having tried to minimize the number of deaths solely attributable to the coronavirus in Hungary and, by extension, to mock the government’s handling of the crisis. RSF_en “Unfortunately, it has become more common that foreign state institutions and power groups attack journalists in Sweden,” said Erik Halkjaer, the President of RSF Sweden. “This foreign interference, which threatens free speech and the freedom to inform in Sweden, must not be tolerated. The authorities must do everything necessary to ensure that Sweden continues to be a press freedom model in Europe.” Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Sweden is ranked 4th in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, while Hungary is ranked 89th. Two cartoonists, a Hungarian and a Swede, are targeted by violent online harassment campaigns, because they ridiculed religious and political authorities. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable pressures that undermine the right to inform in the heart of Europe. Its use of the figure of Jesus sparked an outcry from the representatives of the Christian Democrat Party, an ally of the ruling Fidesz, to the point that the Secretary of State for persecuted Christian communities, Tristan Azbej, accused Gábor Pápai of blasphemy and threatened to sue him or Népszava. May 14, 2020 Two European cartoonists threatened over cartoons with religious and political contentlast_img read more

Judge describes drug issues as worrying

first_imgTwitter Facebook NewsLocal NewsJudge describes drug issues as worryingBy admin – April 20, 2009 409 Previous articleViewers voted Celia most stylish woman on TVNext articleExperience the ancient art of Threading admin Print Linkedincenter_img Email A LIMERICK District Court Judge has described as “worrying” the increase in instances where members of the public attempt to pass drugs to prisoners while in custody in Limerick Prison. Judge Tom O’Donnell’s comments came as a 27-year-old woman appeared before a sitting of Limerick District Court charged with bringing a controlled substance into Limerick Prison contrary to Sec 15(c) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The county Limerick woman appeared before Judge O’Donnell where the court was told that the accused allegedly attempted to pass 55 tablets to a prisoner during a visit.The arresting officer, Garda Colleran, told the court of prison officers apprehending the woman as she attempted to orally pass the tablets to a prisoner.Defence solicitor, Sarah Ryan, addressed the court following hearing details of the incident and noted that the drug in question was prescribed to the woman for pain relief following a very bad car accident in which she suffered injuries to her back.Judge O’Donnell noted that these types of offences are on the increase and worryingly, many go undetected and are very serious.“I must congratulate and praise the work of the prison officers and the gardai in this incident as these types of crimes are on a very serious rise.“I’ve noted at least three or four of these in the early parts of this year and its something that could get out of hand very easily.“I must also say that the doctor in question would be very disappointed to know that a patient of theirs would be obtaining tablets, pain killers in this instance, and keeping them to pass on to others.“These are disturbing times for such crimes but I do take into account the early plea and the co-operation offered by the accused. I also note the seriousness of the mitigating factors for the defendant”.Marking the facts of the case proven, Judge O’Donnell issued that a probation report be submitted to the court and subsequent to that, issued bail terms of 100 euro to the accused.The court will hear the findings of the report on June 11. WhatsApp Advertisementlast_img read more

Trinity winds up over tax bill row

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