Opposition weekly’s closure upheld on appeal

first_img News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her News January 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections RSF_en KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts A court confirmed the opposition weekly ADAM bol’s closure on appeal on 26 February, when editor Guljan Yergaliyeva again condemned the political nature of the proceedings.At the end of the hearing, she announced that a new newspaper called ADAM had been registered two days before. Its editor will be her son, Ayan Sharipbayev, ADAM bol’s former owner.———–05.02.2015 – Hounded through courts, Kazakh opposition weekly battles for survival Update: The start of the ADAM bol appeal hearing has been postponed until 26 February at the request of the prosecution, whose representative said he was ill. Editor Guljan Yergaliyeva has called off her hunger strike because it could have had a dire impact on her health if she had tried to continue until the hearing’s new date, but her demands are as valid as ever.————————04.02.2015An appeal hearing opening tomorrow will decide the fate of the Kazakh opposition magazine ADAM bol, which is contesting its court-ordered closure in December. The editor, Guljan Yergaliyeva, who is supported by several high-profile civil society figures, began a hunger strike on 19 January to support a request for the various judgements against the magazine in recent months to be quashed. The judicial persecution of ADAM bol has brought the magazine to its knees and its editorial staff are preparing for the convictions to be overturned. Prosecuted by the municipality of Almaty, the country’s financial capital, the weekly was found guilty of conducting “pro-war propaganda” in December and ordered to close indefinitely. ADAM bol disputed this drastic verdict, pronounced at the end of a trial marked by a number of procedural flaws. On 9 January, a court bailiff presented himself at the editorial office to collect a fine imposed on the magazine in late November in another case. Since the weekly had been closed down after publication had been suspended for a month, it was unable to pay the required 5 million tengue (more than 22,000 euros) and appealed for donations from readers. The magazine’s owner Ayan Sharipbayev was warned that he could face criminal proceedings if the fine were not paid. “The judgements handed down on ADAM bol constitute political persecution,” commented Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The courts are being used to stifle this opposition weekly in the same way as was done recently to Pravdivaya Gazeta and Assandi Times. We fully support the demands of Guljan Yergaliyeva who is merely asking for her right to a fair trial to be respected and for an end to this harassment.” On 19 January, Yergaliyeva began a hunger strike to draw attention to the irregular nature of the proceedings against the magazine and political persecution behind them. Two weeks later she has become very weak as she carries on with her case. Ramazan Eserguepov, head of the organization Journalists in Danger, also stopped taking food on 26 January in solidarity with Yergaliyeva. He was admitted to hospital six days later.A demonstration in support of ADAM bol was held in Almaty on 24 January. As Yergaliyeva, some of her colleagues and Rozlana Taoukina, a human rights activist and member of the ADAM bol support committee, were about to go to the demonstration, they were detained and questioned by the police for two hours. When they were released, Taoukina and one of the detained journalists were still able to attend a second demonstration. Kazakhstan is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.For more information, read the previous Reporters Without Borders statement on this subject:- Orchestrated throttling of Kazakh opposition weekly(Photo : www.adilsoz.kz) center_img October 30, 2020 Find out more News Organisation March 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition weekly’s closure upheld on appeal February 5, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Follow the news on Kazakhstan Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Trojans fall short to Georgia

first_imgThe month of December hasn’t been too kind to the USC men’s basketball team.Facing Georgia at the Galen Center on Saturday in the second game of a four-game homestand, the Trojans (4-7) stumbled against the visiting Bulldogs, falling by a score of score of 63-59 – the Trojans’ third consecutive loss. They are currently winless in December with their last victory coming on Nov. 30 with a 56-35 win at UC Riverside.For much of the season, defense has been the Trojans’ calling card, but against Georgia (5-5) in front of an announced crowd of 3,784, USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s group allowed the Bulldogs to shoot a season-high 51 percent from the field and an even higher 69 percent from 3-point range.Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a former McDonald’s All-American last year, led Georgia with a game-high 21 points, converting on four of his five 3-point attempts. Georgia, collectively, would make nine from beyond the arc.Despite its uncharacteristically shaky defensive performance, USC, nonetheless, had plenty of chances to notch what would have been its fifth victory of the season.With just over 10 minutes remaining in the second half, it led 47-39, but slowly, Georgia crawled back, tying the score around the five-minute mark.Within the waning moments, Caldwell-Pope nailed a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 60-56 lead.Trailing by four points with just under 24.6 seconds remaining, freshman guard Alexis Moore, on the very next possession, drilled a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one. But Caldwell-Pope, on the next play, was fouled and made two free throws to give Georgia a late 62-59 lead.On the nest play, however, Moore, who finished with a career-high 18 points, turned the ball and Georgia was able to preserve its first win since Nov. 22.Sophomore guard Maurice Jones, once again playing all 40 minutes for USC, chipped in as well, scoring 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Junior forward Aaron Fuller added 10 points and nine rebounds, as well.Saturday’s loss also marked the second straight game for USC that has come down to the final minutes. Against New Mexico a week ago, the Trojans led 41-40 late in the second half following a 3-point play from sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon before watching the Lobos convert all four free-throw attempts to preserve a three-point win.All of the Trojans’ four losses at the Galen Center this season have come by six points or less.USC returns to action next week, hosting TCU on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 12 Kansas on Thursday at 8 p.m. in its final matchup of nonconference play.last_img read more

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