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Court urged not to set bad precedent in trial of three journalists for publishing leaked intelligence

first_img News Government urged to drop charges against three journalists accused of publishing classified informationReporters Without Borders voiced concern today that two reporters with the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, have been charged with threatening state security for publishing articles on 22 and 23 February and 7 March 2004 based on leaked Danish intelligence reports. No date has been set for a trial.A military intelligence officer, Frank Soeholm Grevil, allegedly showed them extracts of reports that said there was no credible information about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq prior to the March 2003 invasion. The presence of WMD in Iraq was the Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s chief argument for Danish participation in the coalition led by the United States and Britain.According to the latest information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the newspaper’s editor, Niels Lunde, was also charged today.“We call on the government to drops the charges against the Berlingske Tidende journalists at once,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists have a duty to publish information of general interest and they should in no way be held responsible for leaks from within any government. And anyway, how can the Danish government claim that Denmark’s security is still threatened three years later?”The press freedom organisation added: “These charges are surprising and shocking in a country such as Denmark, which is one of the nations that most respect press freedom. They could set a dangerous precedent.”An investigation was initiated against Bjerre and Larsen on 26 April 2004 on suspicion of “publishing information obtained illegally from a third party” under article 152-d of the criminal code. If convicted on this lesser charge, they would have faced up to six months in prison. But now they are charged with “jeopardising state security” and face the possibility of two-year prison terms.The Berlingske Tidende union representative, Jesper Termansen, told Reporters Without Borders that the entire staff was shocked by the charges. “The two journalists did an honest piece of work,” he said. “It would a mistake for the prosecutor to press ahead with the case. If he does, democracy will be in danger in Denmark.”Danish journalists’ union president Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard said he was “shocked” by the charges and was ready to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if his two members were convicted.In Germany, two journalists who published a confidential German army report about Iran’s support for Al-Qaeda members were charged in March. In Switzerland, three SonntagsBlick journalists are facing prison for reporting the existence of secret CIA prisons on Swiss territory.The Berlingkse Tidende case brings to eight the number of journalists charged with revealing state secrets in Western Europe since the start of this year. ————————————————————28 April 2006 DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Three journalists with the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper face up to two years in prison for publishing information leaked by a Danish intelligence officer denying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Reporters Without Borders is surprised that a country like Denmark has brought such charges against journalists, and it calls for their withdrawal. December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court urged not to set bad precedent in trial of three journalists for publishing leaked intelligence to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned the trial that began today in Copenhagen in which the editor of the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper, Niels Lunde, and two of his reporters, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, are accused of “harming state security” by publishing leaked Danish intelligence about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq.It is the first time this charge has been brought against journalists in Denmark, which has one of the world’s best records on press freedom. The three Berlingske Tidende journalists face sentences of up to two years in prison in the trial, which is not expected to produce a verdict before the end of the month.“We are surprised by the decision to try them on this charge, which is unprecedented in Denmark,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope they will be acquitted. If not, the trial will set an extremely prejudicial precedent for press freedom.” The organisation continued: “We point out that journalists have a duty to act in the general interest. In this case, their revelations allowed the public to evaluate Denmark’s decision to join the US-led coalition in Iraq in a new light as they showed that, in 2003, there was no confirmation of the presence of WMD in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Frank Grevil, the military intelligence officer who leaked passages from classified reports to them, was tried and sentenced to four months in prison last year. The journalists cannot be blamed for the defence ministry leaks.”The leaked passages, published in articles on 22 and 23 February and 7 March 2004, said there was no credible information about the existence of WMD in Iraq prior to the March 2003 invasion. Nonetheless, it was Iraq’s alleged possession of WMD that was Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s chief argument for Danish participation in the coalition.An investigation was initiated against Bjerre and Larsen on 26 April 2004 as the authors of the articles on suspicion of “publishing information obtained illegally from a third party” under article 152-d of the criminal code. If convicted on this lesser charge, they would have faced up to six months in prison. But they and their editor are now being tried on the more serious charge of “harming state security.”The Berlingkse Tidende case brings to eight the number of journalists charged with revealing state secrets in Western Europe since the start of this year. Help by sharing this information RSF_en News DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Denmark News June 2, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


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Release of three journalists held hostage in Gaza City

first_img News Reporters Without Borders voiced relief at the release today of three journalists – Caroline Laurent of Elle, Alfred Yaghobzadeh of Sipa and Yong Tae-young of KBS – who were kidnapped yesterday from a Gaza City hotel by an armed group linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) that claimed to belong to the “Jericho brigades.” May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Reporters Without Borders voiced relief at the release today of three journalists – Caroline Laurent of Elle, Alfred Yaghobzadeh of Sipa and Yong Tae-young of KBS – who were kidnapped yesterday from a Gaza City hotel by an armed group linked to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) that claimed to belong to the “Jericho brigades.”They were abducted in reprisal for the raid which the Israeli army carried out on a prison in the West Bank city of Jericho in order to capture PFLP chief Ahmad Saadat, who was being held for the 2001 murder of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi.————————————————————————–15.03.2006 Call for the release of three journalists kidnapped in Gaza CityReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the kidnapping of two French journalists, Caroline Laurent of Elle and Alfred Yaghobzadeh of Sipa, and South Korean journalist Yong Tae-young of KBS yesterday in Gaza City, hours after an Israeli army raid on a prison in the West Bank city of Jericho.“We call on the kidnappers to free their hostages, who were just doing their job as journalists and can in no way be held responsible for Israeli army operations in the West Bank, and we call on the Palestinian authorities to do everything possible to locate them and ensure they are returned safe and sound to their families,” the organisation said.“We already urged the Palestinian authorities on several occasions to take steps to reinforce the protection of local and foreign journalists working in the Gaza Strip, but clearly nothing was done and we now hold them partially responsible for the appalling security situation still prevailing there,” Reporters Without Borders added.Four journalists were kidnapped last year in the Gaza Strip. All were freed by their kidnappers.In yesterday’s kidnapping, the three journalists were taken from a central Gaza City hotel frequented by foreigners, just hours after Israeli troops stormed Jericho prison to capture Ahmad Saadat of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who was being held for the 2001 murder of the Israeli tourism minister.Responsibility for the abduction of the journalists was later claimed by a PFLP-linked armed group that said it belonged to the “Jericho brigades.” A spokesman for the group said: “We want the Israeli forces to withdraw from Jericho and we ask the French government to intervene to protect Ahmad Saadat and the other prisoners.”Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas later appealed for calm and urged Palestinians not to attack foreigners and European interests in the Palestinian territories. News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Palestine June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes March 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of three journalists held hostage in Gaza Citylast_img read more


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Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington Announce Co-Headlining Tour

first_imgTwo of the most recognizable names in the modern jazz world, Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington, have announced a summer 2019 co-headlining tour.The first leg of the joint tour will begin on July 30th at Vienna, VA’s Wolf Trap and continues throughout the month of August before wrapping with a show at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on August 23rd. The NPR tour announcement also notes that additional dates are expected to be added soon.The pairing of Hancock and Washington couldn’t be more appropriate. While both come from straight jazz backgrounds, both have also made names for themselves as diverse artists whose sound appeals to a much wider audience than traditional jazz listeners. Herbie Hancock has been doing so for decades, dating back to his classic 1974 jazz-funk LP, Head Hunters. The younger Kamasi Washington has been at the forefront of the increasingly popular contemporary jazz scene since making a splash with his sprawling 2015 debut triple album, The Epic.Both Hancock and Washington have also notably collaborated with artists outside of their own stylistic realms. Washington has plenty of experience working with a wide spectrum of artists, from jam bands like The String Cheese Incident to hip-hop superstars like Kendrick Lamar. Hancock has frequently reinvented his sound to capture music’s evolution over the years. He currently tours with a band featuring seasoned jazz legends like bassist James Genus and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, as well as buzzworthy younger artists like guitarist Lionel Loueke and Terrace Martin on sax and synths.Related: Kamasi Washington On Truth, His New EP, Working With Jam Bands & Hip-Hop Stars [Interview]Terrace Martin, in particular, is a point of connection between Herbie and Kamasi. Martin and Washington both played significant roles in crafting Kendrick Lamar’s hit 2015 LP, To Pimp A Butterfly. Now an integral part of Hancock’s band, Martin has continued to bridge the gap between the old guard and the new wave, between Herbie and Kamasi. Last year, Hancock confirmed that both Kamasi and Kendrick would be among the many contemporary collaborators from the extended hip-hop world on his highly-awaited new album, which Martin is producing.As Hancock explained to the San Diego Union-Tribune in early 2018,I’m learning a lot from the young people I’m working with … because they built the new structures, social media and that whole arena, and that affects how you get things out in front of the public to let them know you’re working on something.So I’m still learning, which I’m very happy about. I never want to stop learning. And I’m not even thinking in terms of: “I’ll do this record, get it out there, promote it, do some concerts, and then at some point I’ll work on the next record.” These days, you can put out two tracks, then something a little later that’s connected to the other two. So where you draw the line is up to the artist. It’s a new day. See below for a list of Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington’s upcoming co-headlining tour dates. For a full list of the artists’ dates, head to Hancock’s website here or Washington’s website here.Herbie Hancock & Kamasi Washington 2019 Co-Headlining Tour Dates7/30/19 – Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap8/4/19 – Philadelphia, PA, The Met8/6/19 – Toronto, ONT, Roy Thompson Hall8/7/19 – Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights8/8/19 – Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre8/9 or 10/19 (TBC) – Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island8/14/19 – Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom8/16/19 – Seattle, WA, Marymoor8/17/19 – Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo8/23/19 – Berkeley, CA, The Greek TheatreView Upcoming Tour Dates[H/T NPR]last_img read more


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Conte slams Chelsea’s surrender in Rome

first_imgUEFA Champions League Chelsea must be worried – Conte slams surrender in Rome Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:27 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AntonioConte - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Chelsea Roma v Chelsea Roma Antonio Conte Roma showed more fight and more desire than the Blues, according to the Premier League club’s manager Antonio Conte felt Roma showed greater desire as they sank Chelsea 3-0 and he urged the Premier League champions to pull together before Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United.Blues 7/1 to lose 1-0 v Man UChelsea ceded top spot in Champions League Group C after Eusebio Di Francesco’s side stormed to a convincing triumph at the Stadio Olimpico, Diego Perotti firing home a superb third after Stephan El Shaarawy hit a first-half brace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Head coach Conte has sharply deflected questions regarding his future over recent weeks and accepted his side failed to measure up in the Italian capital.”When you concede three goals you must be worried because it means something doesn’t work,” he told BT Sport.”It’s very difficult now to tell [what this is] but for sure we have to analyse the game. I think we needed to work on the tactical aspect.”For sure, in this season, we are working less on this aspect and we are paying in this situation.”I think we have to look at ourselves, our performance and to understand that tonight was a bad night for us.”I hope, just one night, I hope. I work, I put [pressure] on myself to have only one night like this.”We must work together and have this will together.”Back to London. Thank you for your support. #ROMCHE pic.twitter.com/vfCdF4fHlG— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 31, 2017El Shaarawy fired in a spectacular opener after just 39 seconds and the former AC Milan youngster doubled the advantage thanks to a woeful error from ex-Roma man Antonio Rudiger.In between those goals, Chelsea enjoyed their best spell of the match but were overwhelmed after the break and fortunate not to suffer more damage.”I actually believe we played a good match in the first half, but were 2-0 down,” Conte said at his post-match news conference.”We could have scored after 30 seconds and then suffered on the break. We created many chances, were not clinical and ruthless enough, then suffered from their second shot on target.”What I’m most disappointed about was the performance in the second half when Roma had more hunger, more desire, more fight to beat us and clearly deserved this win.”We lacked everything in the second half and Roma were the better team in every point, in terms of motivation and hunger.”He added: “For sure, we have to try to find the strength to understand and to use this loss in the right way. Because, as I said before, in this season we have to dig very deep, very deep, if we want to be competitive and to fight for something important.”If we are not ready to dig deep, we can have this type of game.”last_img read more