Organisation In the run-up to the fifth anniversary of Saudi blogger and citizen-journalist Raif Badawi’s arrest in Jeddah in June 2012, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for his immediate and unconditional release. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedRSF PrizeCitizen-journalists On 17 June, Raif Badawi will complete his fifth year in detention for creating an online discussion forum and will have completed half of his ten-year prison sentence, although his wife and three children (who were granted political asylum in Canada in 2013) hope he will get a royal pardon for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.Convicted of insulting Islam, Badawi was sentenced in May 2014 to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a fine of 1 million riyals and a ten-year ban on leaving the country after completing his jail term. “Raif Badawi has just spent five years in prison, a punishment that is out of all proportion to what he was supposed to have done,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We ask the Saudi authorities to free him unconditionally so that he can join his family now instead of waiting another 15 years before seeing them again.” His wife, Ensaf Haidar, has tried to rally support all over the world for his release. Last month she was in London, where together with RSF and English PEN she met with the lawyers who are working on her husband’s case. “It’s still very difficult for us, his family, five years later, but I try to stay positive,” she said during her London visit.Awarded the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize in the Netizen category, Badawi was subjected to an initial session of flogging in January 2015, which set off an international outcry. Subsequent sessions were postponed on various grounds, including medical grounds.Badawi has received a great deal of support within the international community and has been given many awards in the past few years, the most distinguished of them being the Sakharov Prize in 2015.The Saudi authorities accused him of violating article 6 of the cyber-crime law, which penalizes any online content that “undermines public order, religious values, public decency or privacy.” In particular, he was accused of criticizing and mocking the religious police on his online discussion forum, the “Liberal Saudi Network.”He was first arrested in 2008, shortly after creating the website, and was released after several hours of interrogation. The site’s co-founder, human rights activist Suad Shammari, was herself arrested in October 2014 for posting tweets that were deemed to have insulted Islam and endangered public order. She was freed three months later.Eleven journalists and citizen-journalists are currently jailed in Saudi Arabia in connection with their reporting. The country is ranked 168th in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Saudi Arabia October 29, 2015 Find out more News Saudi blogger Raif Badawi completes fourth year in prison June 15, 2017 – Updated on June 16, 2017 Raif Badawi – five years too many in Saudi prisons © Claude Truong-Ngoc Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedRSF PrizeCitizen-journalists News June 17, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF hopes Raif Badawi will be freed very soon November 30, 2015 Find out more News Saudi king urged to pardon Sakharov Prize laureate RSF_en
Previous articleUL team get the winning verdict at the Four CourtsNext article1913 lockout takes Limerick students to New York Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie AUDIO devices that encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets have been installed on both sides of the new River Shannon boardwalk in the city in a novel approach to combating dog fouling.Dog owners who pass the audio devices developed by NUI Maynooth-based company Riteview Solutions, will trigger a message stating: “Do your bit to keep Limerick clean. Stop Limerick Dog Litter. Use any bag any bin — please pick up after your dog.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Councils plan to relocate the devices currently operating in the city area to other spots throughout Limerick during the coming months. The local authority is also considering the option of installing additional devices at other sites.Welcoming the initiative, Mayor Kathleen Leddin said it was important for dog owners to pick up their pet’s litter as dog waste was not only a nuisance but it could also carry diseases that were harmful to humans.The installation of the audio devices has also been welcomed by the Limerick City Tidy Towns Committee, which regularly undertakes clean-ups throughout the city in conjunction with the local authority.Tidy Towns representative Maura O’Neill described it as a fantastic development that would help keep streets and green areas clean by encouraging dog owners to take greater responsibility.“Dog litter is at the top of people’s minds as the worst form of litter and these audio devices help to spread the message that allowing dogs to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable,” said Ms O’Neill.Limerick City and County Councils environment awareness officer, Sinead McDonnell, explained there are a number of simple ways in which dog owners can help keep public areas dog litter free.“The message we are promoting is simple; always carry a bag to clean up after your dog. Failing to clean up after your dog is the same as littering and is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts.“There are now a wide range of options available to dog owners for cleaning up after their dogs. Check at your local vet, pet shop, supermarket or online,” she said. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsLocal NewsAudio devices to tackle dog foulingBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 862 WhatsApp Email New Music: 40Hurtz Advertisement Linkedin Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter TAGSLimerick city councilLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickRiteview Solutions
8 Kookaburra Place, Brookwater.Mr Ribes saw an opportunity and introduced the home to a buyer he knew.“I just happened to find a buyer who was the right guy,” he said.“Lo and behold, I got the prospective buyers through and they immediately fell in love and said they had to have it.” 8 Kookaburra Place, Brookwater.Sometimes a deal results in all parties walking away with a win.That was certainly the case at 8 Kookaburra Place, Brookwater, which sold for $675,000 on August 3 in an off-market transaction.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom lowset home had an appealing open floor plan that fed on to a patio and pool area. 8 Kookaburra Place, Brookwater.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019McGrath Springfield sales agent, Peter Ribes, said it was a great home for entertaining, and the triple garage offered extra valuable space.Mr Ribes said the owners were not looking to sell, but plans changed once the tenants gave notice they were vacating. 8 Kookaburra Place, Brookwater.Mr Ribes said everyone was “super excited” about the sale.Mr Ribes said this sort of transaction showed demand for good quality property in the right location remained strong.“It’s a damn good market,” Mr Ribes said.