Call for release of Kyrgyz journalist sentenced to four years in prison

first_img August 14, 2020 Find out more RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Organisation September 14, 2017 – Updated on October 3, 2017 Call for release of Kyrgyz journalist sentenced to four years in prison News KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression to go furthercenter_img News October 9, 2020 Find out more August 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Update: At an appeal hearing in Bishkek on 29 September, a court reduced Kyrgyz journalist Zulpukar Sapanov’s sentence of four years in prison to a suspended two-year jail term and freed him at the end of the hearing. “We welcome the release of Zulpukar Sapanov, who should never have been imprisoned just for tackling the highly sensitive subject of religious pluralism in Kyrgyzstan,” Reporters Without Borders said.14.09.17: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Kyrgyz journalist Zulpukar Sapanov’s four-year jail sentence for allegedly “inciting hatred between religious faiths” in a book about pre-Islamic beliefs in Kyrgyzstan and calls for his conviction to be overturned on appeal.Although Kyrgyzstan boasts of being an island of free speech in Central Asia, a court in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, passed the sentence on 12 September. The judges said the book “downplays Islam’s role as a religion and fosters a negative attitude towards Muslims”. Entitled “Kydyr Sanzhyrasy,” the book describes itself as a detailed study of pre-Islamic beliefs and ancient pagan traditions among the Kyrgyz people. When published last year, it was fiercely denounced by Kyrgyz religious leaders, who regarded it as an internationally-inspired attempt to destabilize the country. It was at their request that Sapanov was placed under investigation on suspicion of violating article 299 of the criminal code. The investigation was carried out by the State Committee on National Security (GKNB), which searched his home in February. “Zulpukar Sapanov’s imprisonment sets a disturbing precedent for freedom of expression in Kyrgyzstan,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We condemn his conviction and call on the courts to release him without delay.” During the trial, Sapanov said the evaluations of his book by the independent expert commissioned by the court were not serious analyses. He has filed an appeal. Fear of “disturbing social peace” has been fuelled in Kyrgyzstan by various waves of violence, the latest of which left around 500 dead in the south of the country in 2010. As a result, inter-ethnic relations have long been the subject of a great deal of self-censorship. But Sapanov’s imprisonment has reinforced concerns about media freedom violations, which have been getting more and more frequent in the run-up to next month’s presidential election. Kyrgyzstan is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Shannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thru

first_imgNewsBusinessShannon Free Zone gets the country’s first Starbucks drive-thruBy Staff Reporter – July 4, 2018 3103 Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Advertisement Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Email Previous articleMcNamara qualifies for Irish OpenNext articleLimerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 has officially begun Staff Reporter Twitter Print Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins TAGSShannon airportStarbucks Shannon Commercial Properties, Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Grainne McInerney, Property Development Manager and Gerry Dillon, Head of Operations & Developments. Pic Arthur Ellis. One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport The Shannon Free Zone has become home today of the country’s first drive-thru Starbucks as the US coffee house chain opened the doors of its latest outlet to the public this afternoon.The 204 sq metre unit developed by Shannon Group subsidiary, Shannon Commercial Properties, will employ 15 people as it becomes the latest page to turn in the evolving story of the Shannon Free Zone.The US based giant, which is among the world’s largest coffee companies and coffee house chains, operates over 20,000 outlets globally but this is the very first drive-thru in the Republic of Ireland.  Starbucks opened its first Irish store in 2005.Located in Shannon Free Zone ‘West’, the single storey unit will include outdoor – as well as indoor – seating, ideal for the heatwave currently gripping the nation.Given its location in one of the country’s largest industrial parks, the unit also, appropriately, comprise a coffee dock/meeting hub that will service the entire industrial estate and prove an additional draw for FDI companies, who typically look for such facilities in new investment locations.Its development is part of the ongoing investment by Shannon Commercial Properties in the Shannon Free Zone, the 600 acre business park adjacent to Shannon Airport. The business park is currently home to 160 companies employing almost 8,000 people.  By year end, Shannon Commercial Properties current investment programme will have seen over €40 million invested in the Free Zone since 2015.Said Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Shannon Commercial Properties, “We are currently working on the biggest investment programme of the millennium years in the  Shannon Free Zone. We’re developing world-class property solutions and providing facilities for amenities such as Starbucks is a key part of our redevelopment strategy. Attracting global brands like Starbucks is a great vote of confidence for the region.“Companies want their locations to have these types of services and brands in place.  The meeting hub there is also a great idea and everything has been built to the highest standard. We’re just looking forward now to our first cup of coffee there!”The unit was built by Moloney Contracts from Tralee in Co. Kerry and 40 people were employed during the construction phaseClick here for more business news. WhatsApp Linkedin Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

Mason City Community School District Resolves Anderson Suit

first_imgMASON CITY— The civil suit by former Director of Human Resources, Jodie Anderson, which alleged an equal pay claim against the District, has been resolved. Following the resignation of Ms. Anderson in July of 2018, the District searched for her successor. The District proceeded with a search to locate the best person for the job, and offered a salary necessary to employ that person.The District continues to deny any wrongdoing toward Ms. Anderson. However, the District’s insurance carrier decided a resolution to this matter was best to avoid the cost and disruption protracted litigation can cause. The entire settlement in this matter will be paid by the District’s insurance carrier.For further information or questions, please contact the Office of the Superintendent, Community Relations and Communications at 641-421-4401.last_img read more