Court finds British journalist guilty of contempt

first_img February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh May 19, 2021 Find out more Dhaka’s “International Crimes Tribunal” yesterday found Bangladesh-based British investigative journalist David Bergman guilty of contempt of court for questioning the tribunal’s use of the 1971 independence war’s official death toll in one of its rulings. Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information The case has reinforced Reporters Without Borders’ concern about the readiness of Bangladesh’s courts to convict journalists of contempt of court.The tribunal ordered David Bergman to pay a fine of 5,000 taka (50 euros) or go to prison for a week for three articles he posted on his “Bangladesh war crimes” blog on 11 and 12 November 2011 that were entitled “Sayedee indictment – 1971 deaths”, “Sayedee indictment analysis – charges” and “Sayedee indictment analysis – legal”.In these posts, Bergman referred to the lack of evidence supporting the official toll of 3 million dead and cited independent estimates that were much lower.“This contempt of court conviction constitutes a direct attack on freedom of the media and information in Bangladesh,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “For the past ten years we have been asking the authorities to repeal the contempt law, under which journalists can be jailed just for expressing views different from those of the courts. The entire judicial system is now off-limits for the media. No critical coverage of the justice system and court cases will be possible as long as this threat continues to hang over journalists.”His lawyer is considering an appeal but added that the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act of 1973 did not provide a right of appeal and section 47a of the constitution could also limit any attempt to challenge this denial of a right.Many journalists have been charged with contempt – and often convicted – by high court judges or judges with the International Crimes Tribunal.In March, a high court judge found Prothom Alo joint editor Mizanur Rahman Khan guilty of contempt in connection with an article he wrote about a series of bail decisions. He was fined 5,000 taka, with the court considering his having stood in court for the previous five days sufficient additional punishment.In December 2012, two journalists with The Economist magazine who live outside Bangladesh were charged with contempt for an article questioning the tribunal’s independence. They were later acquitted. Mahmudur Rahman, the editor of the opposition daily Amar Desh, was sentenced to seven months in prison on 19 August 2010 on various charges including contempt of court. Two weeks after completing his sentence in March 2011, another warrant was issued for his arrest on a similar contempt charge in connection with a 2010 article criticizing Awami League leaders.Both the publisher and the editor of the Dainik Manabzamin newspaper were sentenced to a month in prison and a fine on a contempt charge in 2002.Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News BangladeshAsia – Pacific News to go further RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News News December 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court finds British journalist guilty of contemptlast_img read more

University of California to raise fees soon

first_imgUniversity of California students are bracing for higher college costs after the UC administration proposed fee increases for the next term on Wednesday, with even more increases expected for the 2010-11 school year.Despite an influx of money from the federal stimulus package, the California government reduced the UC budget by $100 million for 2008-09 in permanent, one-time cuts, and expects to cut next year’s budget by $637 million. The cuts prompted the UC administration, which already raised student fees at the start of this academic year, to meet in San Francisco this week to consider a proposal for further fee hikes.The proposal that the administration provided to the Board of Regents — the governing body of the UC schools — stated that as a result of losing necessary government funding, the UC schools will be forced to cancel classes, lay off faculty members and close several student service programs unless they can generate more revenue without the government’s assistanceUC spokesman Ricardo Vázquez said increasing fees was necessary to maintain the high quality of UC’s education.“We do realize raising fees is something we don’t like to do,” he said. “We know it’s not good for students, but it’s something we have to do because it threatens the quality of education that the university provides.”The UC administration proposed raising fees mid-year from this fall’s $7,788 to $8,373 for California resident undergraduate students, an increase of $585. Nonresident undergraduate students will see their fees raised by $633.“Students have been asked to do much, but if we can maintain our quality, our dedication to educational excellence, you also will continue to receive much. Your University of California degree will continue to have meaning,” Yudof said in a press release.The Board will vote on the proposed fee increases in November.“The state now funds each student by about half of what it did only two decades ago,” said UC President Mark G. Yudof in a press release. “Students have been forced to pick up some of the difference, because when it comes to our core funding, there are only two primary sources — taxpayer dollars from the state and fees paid by students.”Students in semester system schools will pay the increased fees from the beginning of the 2009-2010 spring semester and students in quarter system schools will pay the fees over the winter and spring quarters.In addition to the mid-year fee hikes, the proposal also suggests increasing fees for the 2010-11 school year to $10,302 for undergraduate California residents and $11,160 for undergraduate nonresidents, a nearly 30 percent increase in overall fees compared to 2008-09.The total fee increases, including those for graduate students, would generate $117.3 million in revenue that would offset some of the effects of the budget cuts.“If there is a fee increase approved, we would [set] aside an equivalent of 33 percent of revenue generated of the increase for financial aid to mitigate the impact of higher fees on lower and middle income students,” Vázquez said.In November, the Board is also expected to consider a proposal to cut freshman enrollment by an additional 2,300 students, similar to a reduction this school year, the Los Angeles Times reported.UC campuses are also in the process of reducing instructional budgets, laying off 1,900 employees, eliminating 3,800 positions and deferring the hiring of nearly 1,600 positions. This would reduce the shortfall caused by the budget cuts, according to a press release.The Board of Regents meeting was accompanied by about 100 students and employees protesting the fee hikes. The protests resulted in 14 arrests by the University of California police for trespassing and unlawful assembly on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.A number of faculty, staff and students are also planning a systemwide walkout on Sept. 24, the first day of the fall term at many of the UC campuses.Although UC is turning to students to generate more revenue, private universities like USC are not directly affected by the UC fee increase proposal.There may be several indirect effects on USC, however.Katerina Aleksandrova, a senior at Calabasas High School, said she would prefer to attend a private university if both were to cost about the same, because of proposed California public school fee raises.“I think if I get into all the schools I applied to, I would rather go to a private university rather than pay for a UC school,” she said.Two UC campuses have already had to cancel some classes and class sections to deal with the budget cuts. UC Berkeley reported an 8 percent reduction in offered classes for 2008-09 compared to the previous year, which Vázquez said was not a dramatic decrease.Austin Okeke, a sophomore at UCLA majoring in biology, said he is already noticing the effects of the budget cuts because he is having trouble registering for his concentration’s required classes for the upcoming fall quarter.“My major has a lot of requirements and it would be difficult to miss out on taking a certain class one quarter when everyone else in my major has to take that same class,” he said.Okeke said the proposed fee increase would complicate his future method of payment for college.“The more that the fees are raised increases my dependence on loans. It’s more money that I have to worry about paying back,” he said. “With the way the economy is now, for example, my dad works for an engineering company; he’s not working as regularly, so it becomes more difficult on him to worry about making payments.”Ian Drayer, a sophomore at UCLA majoring in applied mathematics, said he will not need to worry about potential fee increases.“Being from out of state, we were expecting the same fees as a private institution which, coming in, is the same about as the new fees will be … out-of-state tuition included,” Drayer said.last_img read more

Syracuse speeds up play in 2nd half to beat Hartwick

first_imgIt’s not that Syracuse’s forwards didn’t want to shoot, they just couldn’t find the space.If an Orange player was anywhere near striking distance, three Hartwick defenders crowded around him. The crowd begged for a shot, but there was no space for SU to operate in the attacking third. As each hollow opportunity passed, a tactical adjustment became increasingly inevitable.But when head coach Ian McIntyre stood in front of his team after a scoreless first half, a tactical adjustment wasn’t on his mind. Instead, he urged his team to speed up its play and seize the opportunity to entertain the home crowd.“He said we had to impose ourselves, because this is our home field,” said junior midfielder Nick Perea. “We had to play faster because that’s our game.”And that’s exactly what the Orange did.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the heels of a sloppy first half, an increase in energy was what No. 20 Syracuse (2-0-0) needed to edge Hartwick (0-1-1) 2-0 at SU Soccer Stadium on Monday night. In its first home game of the season, the Orange looked slow and, at times, confused in the early going. But once SU found its speedy identity, the Hawks simply couldn’t keep up.“We started slow, we were definitely sluggish,” McIntyre said. “We had a lot of possession, but didn’t create enough quality chances. When we broke their initial line of pressure, we started to look good and get those opportunities.”The Orange’s abundance of first-half possessions was mired by Hartwick’s swarming defense.In the 20th minute, SU slowed down play considerably. Sophomore Stefanos Stamoulacatos, freshman Alex Halis and junior Jordan Murrell played tic-tac-toe on the left side of the field while the Hawks’ defense sat in an impenetrable pyramid.At a distance, the Orange’s quick passing was pleasing to the eye. But when any player attempted to dribble toward the box, the once distinguishable pyramid turned into an amoeba around the ball.“That was because we were playing slower and building through the back,” said junior forward Grant Chong. “They definitely pressured us, which we expected, we just had to break in and I think we did successfully.”It was Chong, in the 50th minute, who took SU out of its slow start and onto the scoreboard. He settled a lob pass from Halis, took two dribbles and unleashed a rocket into the top-right corner.Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz made a leaping effort, but it was placed too perfectly. Chong threw his hands into the air and his teammates quickly mobbed him at the top of the Hawks’ box.That was all Syracuse needed to catapult itself into a more comfortable, effective philosophy.“In the second half, it was about keeping the tempo high,” McIntyre said. “Getting that first goal, and then eventually the second, helped us do that.”As the game wore on, SU didn’t possess the ball as methodically as it did in the first half. But the possessions it did have were more purposeful, as evidenced by the game’s decisive goals.Nine minutes after Chong gave the Orange the lead, Perea pushed the lead to 2-0. Once the Orange earned a throw-in in the attacking third, Murrell scanned the field for a target.With most of Hartwick’s players casually walking with their heads down, Perea stepped into open space and Murrell put the ball at his feet. It was the space that wasn’t there in the first half, when the Hawks subjected the Orange to its smothering brand of soccer.Perea’s shot deflected off of a cluster of defenders and found the back of the net.The Orange relished in the few moments when Hartwick’s defense wasn’t set, and a few moments was all it needed.Said Perea: “The second half was the way we should have played all along. We had a slow start, but it all came together when it needed to.” Comments Published on September 3, 2013 at 12:09 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more