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Saudi journalist Alaa Brinji jailed over series of tweets

first_img Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia RSF_en Follow the news on Saudi Arabia March 9, 2021 Find out more News News Alaa Brinji, a journalist who writes for the Saudi newspapers Al Sharq, Al Bilad and Okaz, was sentenced on 24 March by a special criminal court for terrorism cases to five years in prison and fine of 50,000 riyals over a series of tweets deemed to have insulted Saudi Arabia’s rulers.Brinji was found guilty of mocking religious figures, “inciting public opinion,” “accusing members of the security forces of killing demonstrators” in the eastern district of Awamia, and violating article 6 of the cyber-crime law. The court asked the authorities to close his Twitter account.***********************************************************************Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Alaa Brinji, 33, a Saudi journalist and blogger who has been held without trial or charge for more than a year for still unclear reasons and who is being denied any legal defence.“Alaa Brinji is being held arbitrarily, in violation of international legal standards, and we therefore call for his immediate and unconditional release,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“The Saudi authorities cannot silence all independent voices and critics by detaining them illegally and leaving them with no way of defending themselves. This is a grossly unfair and appalling procedure.”A journalist with the local online media outlet Al Sharq, Brinji was arrested on 13 May 2014 on returning from Bahrain with his family. After interrogation, he was transferred to Marabith prison in the eastern city of Dammam and has been there ever since, without any formal charge and without any date being set for a trial.He has not been allowed to speak to a lawyer and has been mistreated in detention. At one stage, he was denied access to daylight for three months despite suffering from a skin ailment.The reason for his arrest is said to have been the critical comments he posted on Facebook. According to our sources, his arrest was prompted by his comments about religious fatwas on a Facebook page that he created and then deleted for fear of reprisals.Other sources say he was arrested for criticizing and campaigning on social networks against some of the provisions of the anti-terrorism law that Saudi Arabia adopted in February 2014.Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information center_img June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts September 10, 2015 – Updated on April 4, 2016 Saudi journalist Alaa Brinji jailed over series of tweets Middle East – North Africa Saudi Arabia News News Organisation last_img read more

What leaders don’t want to hear

first_imgEven if you’re the most optimistic, upbeat and encouraging boss, you cannot assume your employees experience the same love, appreciation and dedication for the job that you do.Minda Zetlin, coauthor of “The Geek Gap,” summarizes the advice of author and innovative business coach Daniel Prosser in an Inc.com article, writing that words can be powerful motivators and de-motivators.Quoting Prosser, Zetlin writes, “Conversations in nearly 90 percent of companies are limiting, and they undermine and sabotage the company’s performance.” The worst part, she writes, is that most bosses have no idea these types of employee conversations are taking place.Zetlin summarizes 10 phrases that Prosser says bosses should take as danger signs if they overhear them coming from an employee. Here are some that caught my attention: continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Betaland goes live with GameArt content library

first_img Related Articles Global operators out in force for ‘must-attend’ Betting on Sports 2019 August 14, 2019 Submit StumbleUpon Share Marco Castaldo, Microgame: Growth potential remains despite Italian ad ban March 18, 2019 Industry leaders headline Betting on Sports 2019 conference June 10, 2019 Share GameArt, a developer for the online and land-based gaming industry, confirmed today that Italian operator Betaland has gone live with its portfolio of slot games.Under the distribution agreement with OIA Services Ltd, the company that operates Betaland, the brand will have full access to GameArt’s slot games content library, which includes Italian certified games such as Crystal Mystery, Wild Dolphin, Explosive Reels, Gold of Ra and Money Farm.GameArt CEO Maja Lozej said: “GameArt has achieved continued year on year growth in the regulated Italian market, and we’re thrilled to continue the strengthening of our position in the market by launching our content with Betaland.”Michele Sprovieri, Managing Director of OIA Services, added: “We are definitely excited to add another casino to our online offer. I am confident that the quality of the GameArt Casino games will bring more excitement to our customer experience.”With offices in Slovenia, Italy, Malta and Serbia, GameArt’s core technology provides a multiplatform capability, extensive integration options, high-level bonuses and CRM capabilities. Meanwhile, Betaland continues to push forward with its international expansion strategy, with the firm said to be targeting a number of Eastern European markets, including Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro. Last month, Betaland announced that it had retained the services of top Italian gaming lawyer Quirino Mancini of Tonucci & Partners, who will consult the operator on entering foreign jurisdiction and its licensing procedure.last_img read more