Government yields to protests and modifies cyber crimes law

first_img April 14, 2020 Find out more September 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government yields to protests and modifies cyber crimes law Organisation News June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails the withdrawal of some of the most repressive provisions in the temporary law on cyber crimes in an amendment approved by the government on 29 August but continues to call for its repeal as it still grants the authorities arbitrary restrictive powers, above all because of its vague wording.The most welcome changes were to provisions concerning defamation and to provisions granting too much discretionary power to the attorney-general’s office.Adopted on 3 August, the so-called Information Systems Crimes Law imposed a legal framework on news and information websites but the penalties for violations, ranging from fines to forced labour, continue to be disproportionate (articles 8, 10 and 11).Freedom of information continues to be limited by article 12’s ban on posting information previously unavailable to the public that concerns Jordan’s national security, foreign relations, public order or the economy. This provision is liable to restrict investigative journalism and encourage self-censorship.Article 9 prohibiting immoral content – an extremely vague concept that is not defined – also remains unchanged. It is likely to threaten freedom of expression by being applied to innocuous content.Article 8 on the posting of any defamatory or insulting comment has been withdrawn. It had been widely criticised by journalists, who had feared it would lead to more defamation prosecutions. There was also a great deal of criticism of article 13, which has been amended.In its original form, article 13 gave the attorney-general unlimited power to issue the police with a warrant to search the office or home of anyone suspected of violating this law. Now the authorities will have to request a court’s permission and will have to produce some evidence that a crime is being committed. Help by sharing this information center_img RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Follow the news on Jordan to go further News News JordanMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

Official plan to health-check mums

first_imgNZ Herald 19 November 2013Making sure pregnant mothers see a doctor within 10 weeks of conception should be a national priority, say MPs working to improve children’s health.A parliamentary committee behind an inquiry into child health and prevention of child abuse found that in parts of New Zealand, the proportion of women having antenatal checks was “Third World” – as low as 17 per cent in south Auckland.The committee heard about high teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy rates, and recommended an overhaul of sexual and reproductive services including improved access to contraception and mandatory sexual education in schools.It made bold recommendations to combat alcohol abuse by pregnant mothers, including requiring “unequivocal” warning labels on beer, wine and spirit bottles.It also recommended that the Ministry of Health create a target to ensure 90 per cent of pregnant women booked an antenatal assessment within 10 weeks of conception.The committee’s report, published yesterday, sends a strong message to the Government that it should shift its focus and funding to the period between preconception and three years of age for the greatest social and economic return. read more


first_imgKyle Merber in actionInternational athletics will be returning to Letterkenny again this year, with the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event set for Sunday 13th July.This event follows on from last year’s success where we witnessed exceptional performances from a host of world class athletes at the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track.The field already assembled for the track and field programme are showing signs that this will be one of the highlights on the Irish athletics calendar for 2014, and the organisers will be hoping for the first sub 4 minute mile to be run on Donegal soil. Olympic and World finallists, Commonwealth medallists, European champions will all be on show in Letterkenny. The feature event is the Arena 7 Mens Mile. This race will include seven sub 4 minute milers, along with a host of athletes who are on the cusp of the magical 4 minute barrier.USA’s Craig Miller, Tommy Schmitz, Matt Elliott, Eric Finan, Kyle Merber and Jon Peterson will be taking on Kenya’s Vincent Mutai, Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios, New Zealand’s Hamish Carson, Belgium’s Ali Hamdi and Gibraltar’s Harvey Dixon. Ireland’s challenge will be led by Letterkenny’s own and Commonwealth Games bound Danny Mooney, who will be looking to upset the odds with a hometown victory. The Tobin’s Mens 800m will feature European Junior champion from 2013, Patrick Zwicker of Germany with a personal best of 1:46, who will go up against Kenya’s Reuben Bett with a personal best of 1:44, along with Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnegan.The Voodoo Lounge Womens 800m is shaping up to be one of the races of the day with three Commonwealth Games bound athletes set to feature: Northern Ireland’s Katie Kirk and Scotland’s Emily Dudgeon will be challenged by double Commonwealth Games silver medallist from 2010, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, who comes with a personal best of 1:59. USA’s Emily Lipari, Canada’s Celia Peters and Scotland’s Hannah Tarver will also be looking to break the sub 2 minute barrier, and will ensure that the pace will be fast for this exciting two lap event.The Hickey, Clarke and Langan 3000m will feature USA’s Addie Bracy and Clerc Simpson, and the local challenge will come from Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn, fresh from representing Ireland at the European Team championships last week. The Donnelly Foley Men’s 100m will have American Philip Redrick and Kenya’s sprint sensation Carvin Nkanata, who will also double up in the Letterkenny Credit Union Mens 400m. He will be challenged by 18 year old Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago who has a personal best of 45.23, and Scotland’s Patrick Swan. Craig Lynch will lead the Irish charge in the 100m and 400m. A host of up and coming Irish sprinters will feature in the Spar Glencar Womens 200m.The track and field programme will also feature the Donegal Daily/County Seat Womens Long Jump, the 4 Lanterns Mens Javelin, and the Letterkenny Glass/McGee Memorials Mens Shot Putt.The action gets underway at the Danny McDaid track at the Aura Leisure Centre at 2pm, and it will be a day of world class athletics not to be missed. WORLD’S TOP MILERS JET IN FOR LETTERKENNY AC 4 MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE was last modified: July 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:4 minute mileauraDanny McDaid TrackdonegalLetterkenny AClast_img read more