French weekly censored in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria for “attack on Islam”

first_img November 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French weekly censored in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria for “attack on Islam” Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information “It is still more unfortunate that Algiers and Tunis decided to follow in Morocco’s footsteps” it added, wondering “if the kingdom is in the process of becoming an example for the repression of press freedom in the region.”The Moroccan authorities used Article 29 of the press code that authorises banning of publications “when they strike a blow at the Islamic religion, the monarchy, territorial integrity or respect for the king and public order”. The ministry employed this same prerogative against Moroccan weekly Nichane in December 2006, after it carried an article headlined “Jokes: how the Moroccans laugh about religion, sex and politics”. Nichane was seized again in August 2007, along with its French-language edition TelQuel, after it carried an editorial criticising a speech by King Mohammed VI. This issue also published articles dealing with “sex in Islamic culture”. Morocco was ranked 122nd out of 173 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom index, released on 22 October 2008. Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Organisation Reporters Without Borders today voiced its dismay after Morocco’s communications ministry announced a ban on distribution of the international edition of the French weekly L’Express for an “attack on Islam”. Algerian and Tunisian authorities followed suit three days after the 31 October Moroccan decision, the US news agency Associated Press reported today. The 30 October to 5 November 2008 issue of l’Express had a cover page headlined “The shock: Jesus-Mohammed: Their journey, their message, their vision of the world”.A ten-page article inside presented portraits of the founders of Christianity and Islam days ahead of a meeting in Rome of Muslim and Catholic dignitaries on the initiative of Pope Benoit XVI, to “promote dialogue” between the two monotheist religions. “It is unfortunate that the communications ministry has one again chosen to resort to censorship to have a newspaper banned which was only bringing elements to the debate on an issue in the news that is of major interest to its Moroccan readers”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“This decision is all the more surprising since the Moroccan authorities never stop describing the kingdom as an historic place of dialogue and coexistence between cultures and religions”.last_img read more

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first_imgDurham, Jackson-Davis lead Indiana past No. 9 Penn StateBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Al Durham scored 14 points and Trayce Jackson-Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 68-60 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Sunday.Devonte Green contributed 10 points for the Hoosiers, who started hot but needed to hit their final four free throws to help seal the win.Lamar Stevens, who was plagued with foul trouble all game, led Penn State with 29 points on 11-of-27 shooting.The Nittany Lions opened the second half with 12 unanswered points to slice Indiana’s 13-point halftime lead to 37-36. The Hoosiers’ cold streak continued as Penn State took a 48-42 lead with 12:17 left. February 23, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-NEWMAN-HEAD INJURYNewman confirms he suffered head injury in Daytona 500 crashLAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Newman says he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but did not disclose details, and there’s no timetable for his return to NASCAR racing. NHL-PENGUINS-CAPITALSCapitals snap skid, beat Penguins to vault into first placeWASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby made 33 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Sunday to snap their losing streak at four and leapfrog their archrivals into first place.The Capitals endured a back-and-forth, chippy game to win for just the second time in their past eight games. The team that led the NHL for much of the season showed the kind of resolve that was lacking during a recent stretch of futility.Despite being outshot 36-23, Washington put together responses to some potential momentum-crushing Penguins goals. Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby scored 26 seconds apart late in the second and Evgeni Malkin had a highlight-reel goal in the third that tied it. Roush team president Steve Newmark opened a news conference before Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by reading a lengthy statement from Newman.Newman wrote that he was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones, and that the doctors have been pleased with his progress over the last few days. He said he is looking forward to getting behind the wheel again.Newmark said it is Newman’s intent to race for the 2020 Cup championship this season, and the driver plans to ask NASCAR for an exemption to qualify for the playoffs once he’s medically cleared to return.Newman was leading the last lap of the rain-delayed Daytona 500 when he was involved in a crash that sent him hard into a wall, airborne, hit in the driver side door by another car, then trapped in an upside-down Ford on fire as rescue workers tried to free him. Newman was hospitalized Monday night in what Roush officials called serious but not life-threatening condition. He walked out of the Daytona Beach hospital roughly 42 hours later.Ross Chastain will drive the No. 6 Ford on Sunday as Newman’s streak of 649 consecutive starts comes to an end. TENNIS-OBIT-JEANNE EVERTJeanne Evert, former tennis pro and sister of Chris, diesDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former world-ranked professional tennis player and a younger sister of 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 62.Evert Dubin died Thursday after a 2 1/2-year struggle with ovarian cancer, according to an online obituary posted by Lorne & Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach, Florida, where she lived.One of five tennis-playing children raised by teaching pro Jimmy Evert and his wife, Colette, Evert Dubin had a standout junior career in which she was the nation’s top-ranked player in her age group.center_img WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined winCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third. Tom Wilson scored 76 seconds into the third to make it 2-2, two-time Penguins Stanley Cup champion Carl Hagelin put the Capitals up and Oshie shoveled the puck in on a scramble in front with 9:20 left.Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray allowed four goals on 22 shots. The Penguins lost their third in a row to cool off and fall into second place. NBA-GRIZZLIES-JACKSON INJUREDGrizzlies: Jackson out at least 2 weeks with sprained kneeMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. will miss at least two weeks with a sprained left knee after getting hurt in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies announced Sunday that Jackson will be re-evaluated in two weeks.An MRI exam showed Jackson sprained his knee Friday night contesting a shot late in the second quarter. He did not return for the second half of Memphis’ 117-105 loss to the Lakers.Jackson is the Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game. The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft is shooting nearly 40 percent from 3-point range.Memphis currently is in the midst of a four-game road swing, holding the eighth spot in the Western Conference at 28-28. They visit the Clippers on Monday night.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-PENN ST-INDIANA Evert Dubin turned pro in 1973 at age 15 after having already beaten established stars Rosie Casals and top-ranked Margaret Court. For two years, she teamed with sister Chris in doubles, and they were ranked as high as No. 4. Evert Dubin was the youngest to represent her country in Wightman Cup competition in 1973. She didn’t lose a match in helping the U.S. reach the Fed Cup final in 1974.She reached a career-high 28th in the world in 1978, when she retired from competition.A funeral will be Monday in Fort Lauderdale. 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first_imgThe 2020 WNBA season, delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, is being played in a bubble at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. There are two other games on the Saturday schedule: Los Angeles vs. Phoenix and Indiana vs. Washington.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-KANSAS SEASON OPENERKU adds Southern Illinois to open football season – for nowLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has added Southern Illinois to open its football season in just over a month. The game, however, might not be played.The revision came after New Hampshire backed out of the game Sept. 5 because of the Colonial Athletic Conference’s decision to suspend fall sports due to COVID-19. Associated Press July 25, 2020 WNBA RETURNSStorm beat Liberty in WNBA’s season openerBRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals in her first WNBA game since helping Seattle win the 2018 championship, sending the Storm past the New York Liberty 87-71 Saturday in the season opener.Stewart missed all of last season after tearing her Achilles tendon while playing for her Russian club team in April 2019. Jewell Loyd scored 14 points for Seattle and Sue Bird — who also missed the 2019, season because of a knee injury — added 11 points and five assists. Layshia Clarendon led the Liberty with 20 points. Sabrina Ionescu had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in her WNBA debut. — New York Mets relief pitcher Brad Brach says he missed preseason camp because he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brach confirmed he and his pregnant wife both had COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms, including loss of taste. Jenae Brach gave birth to healthy twin boys, Carson and Brody, on July 17. Brad Brach helped the family settle into their Tennessee home before reporting to the Mets today.— Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Urias has been cleared to return to baseball activity after testing positive for coronavirus before the start of Major League Baseball’s preseason summer camp. The Brewers are sending Urias to their secondary facility in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Brewers have said Urias remained asymptomatic while going through the MLB protocols on returning to action.— Cincinnati Reds infielder Matt Davidson has tested positive for COVID-19. He went on the injured list one day after he started the opener as a designated hitter. Davidson popped out and grounded into a double play during the Reds’ 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on Friday night. The Reds signed the 29-year-old to a minor league deal earlier this year. He also played for the Diamondbacks and White Sox. Davidson hit three homers in Chicago’s season opener in 2018.— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s back issue that forced him to miss his opening day start is improving and he hopes to return soon. Manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Kershaw had an MRI after tweaking his back three days earlier. It showed no structural damage. Kershaw gave no timetable for his return. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been receiving treatment daily.— The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was a hit on television. The Nationals-Yankees game on ESPN was the most-watched regular season game in baseball on any network in nine years. It averaged 4 million viewers according to Nielsen fast national ratings and peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers. No regular season game had been viewed by that many since 4.7 million watched Boston beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings on Aug. 7, 2011. That game was also on ESPN. UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has revealed that he missed the start of training camp because he tested positive for COVID-19. He said he was in quarantine at his place in Chicago.The 35-year-old Crawford skated with the team on Saturday and faced shots from teammates. His return is a big development for Chicago as it prepares for its qualifying series against Edmonton. The best-of-five series begins on Aug. 1.In other NHL news:— Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton missed a second straight practice Saturday, and his status remains unclear as the team prepares for the return to play in the coming week. The team said on its website Wednesday that Hamilton left that day’s practice early in “some visible discomfort” and he didn’t practice Thursday. At the time, coach Rod Brind’Amour offered no specifics. Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic, but he had returned for the beginning of training camp. NBA-NEWSAP source: Knicks close to deal to make Tom Thibodeau coachUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks are finishing a deal to make Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) their coach. The person told The Associated Press that no contract has been signed but a deal is expected to be announced next week.ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract. Thibodeau was the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year in Chicago and is a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy. Update on the latest sports The Jayhawks and Salukis will play for the fourth time on Aug. 29 at Memorial Stadium.Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long said Saturday the school wanted to look regionally for an opponent and that whatever school was chosen had to adhere to Big 12 testing protocols once they have been set. Whether the game actually takes place has yet to be determined. The Salukis play in the Missouri Valley, whose own school presidents are expected to address their football season in the coming week.GOLF-BRITISH MASTERSParatore wins British Masters for 2nd European Tour title MLB says Barrera tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT, the chemical compound used in a drug that fueled Olympic athletes in the former East Germany decades ago.Barrera said Saturday that he appealed his suspension but it was upheld by an arbitrator. In a statement released by the players’ association, the 25-year-old said the failed test and suspension came “as a complete surprise.” He said he has never knowingly used a banned substance. Barrera was on Washington’s 40-man roster and part of its 60-man player pool. He appeared in two games in 2019 and was not a member of the postseason roster as the Nationals went on to win the franchise’s first title.In other MLB news:— World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced the news about four hours before the scheduled first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees on Saturday. Martinez said Strasburg would be replaced as his team’s starter by Erick Fedde. Martinez said Strasburg was given an injection for the issue, likening it to “basically a cortisone shot.” He said Strasburg felt something was wrong with his hand during an exhibition game last week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSNationals catcher Tres Barrera banned 80 games for drug testUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has been suspended for 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. NFL-NEWSChiefs’ Duvernay-Tardif first to opt out of 2020 NFL seasonUNDATED (AP) — Kansas City offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first player to announce he is opting out of the upcoming NFL season. The 29-year-old is choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.Duvernay-Tardif has been working to fulfill his requirements to become a doctor in the offseason, and has spent this summer working at a clinic in his native Canada. He said that experience helped him decide that if he was going to take any risks with his health, it would be to help patients dealing with the virus.The NFL and its players association agreed Friday to an opt-out clause for the upcoming season. Two people with knowledge of the decisions told The Associated Press that those who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend and those with medical opt outs will receive $350,00 rather than their contractual salary. The deadline to opt out is Aug. 3. In other NFL news:— Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes acknowledges there is “some risk” in returning to the team facility for training camp. But he says he’s comfortable with the protocols established by the NFL and its players’ union to ensure a safe environment. The Super Bowl MVP was at the facility Saturday along with rookies and select veterans, a day after the league and union agreed to a proposal opening camps in earnest next week. The players’ board of representatives voted to adopt changes to the collective bargaining agreement that provide for new training camp and roster rules, economics and protocols for operating amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an opt-out clause.— The Las Vegas Raiders have signed their entire seven-person draft class. The rookies all took tests for COVID-19 earlier in the week and then officially signed their deals. The Raiders had seven picks in the draft in April led by first-round receiver Henry Ruggs III and cornerback Damon Arnette. Ruggs was picked 12th overall and is being counted on to add a dynamic playmaker to an offense that ranked 24th in the league in scoring last season. Arnette was picked 19th and will be in competition with free agent addition Prince Amukamara for a starting cornerback spot.— Alex Smith could move one step closer to returning to the football field after a gruesome injury. A team spokesman says the Washington quarterback is set to take a physical with a team doctor on Monday that he must pass before being cleared for football activities. The 36-year-old Smith hasn’t played since November 2018 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He underwent multiple surgeries and has worked to get back to game action. Washington expects 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and former Carolina QB Kyle Allen to compete for the starting job this season under new coach Ron Rivera.— The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of business Friday before the beginning of training camp. The deal was agreed to earlier in the week. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years. It is the third-best winning percentage of the nine head coaches the Vikings franchise has had over 59 seasons. The 64-year-old Zimmer trails Bud Grant and Dennis Green on the team list. Mike Miller finished the season as interim coach after David Fizdale was fired 22 games into last season. In other NBA news:— Zion Williamson will be out of quarantine by the time New Orleans plays in the first official game of the NBA restart at Walt Disney World. Whether the Pelicans will play him that night or not remains anyone’s guess. The NBA said Saturday that Williamson will have to serve a four-day quarantine for leaving the league’s Disney bubble on July 16 to tend to an urgent family matter. He returned to Disney last night and immediately went into quarantine. That means he will likely be released from quarantine sometime Tuesday, two days before the Pelicans play the first “seeding game” against the Utah Jazz.NHL-NEWSGoalie Corey Crawford returns as Blackhawks await Oilers NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore has won the British Masters for his second career victory on the European Tour after closing with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week. The Italian golfer’s first dropped shot of the Newcastle tournament came on his 63rd hole, which was at No. 9 in his final round. It ended his bid to become the first player to win a European Tour event without a bogey since Jesper Parnevik (JEHS’-pur PAR’-nek-vihk) in the 1995 Scandinavian Masters. Paratore also bogeyed the 11th hole but recovered to play the last seven holes in one under par and claim his first title since the Nordea Masters in 2017.Paratore finished on 18 under overall, three strokes ahead of Rasmus Højgaard,.The European Tour made its full return following a four-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic with an event held without spectators and featuring regular COVID-19 testing of players and caddies.last_img read more

AgiproNews’ Italian View: Leadership tries to convince coalition of maintaining betting reforms

first_img Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Submit Italy’s betting market continues to grow, despite facing a number of future obstacles combined with further regulatory uncertainties under the governance of the Lega-5Star coalition government.During August, Italian betting recorded total gross-gaming-revenues (GGR) of €111 million, representing a 34% increase on corresponding 2017 results.A breakdown of August GGR figures sees growth in retail betting to €61 million (+41%), whilst licensed online betting operators recorded combined revenues of €50 million (+27%).Year-to-date, total sports betting GGR has reached €963 million, reflecting €552 million wagered in betting shops (+ 43%) and €411 million (+ 41%) wagered on authorized websites.Though betting leadership will be somewhat comforted by this growth data, it will not be reassured by Lega-5Star’s latest actions related to governing the Italian gambling sector.At present, it appears that the coalition will halt the progress of Italy revamping its operational framework for sports betting, which would have introduced new directives/requirements on cash-out functionalities and Asian handicap markets.Italian stakeholders had anticipated the operational revamp to be delivered by H2 2018, as Italy moved to expand its sports betting market with a number of new bookmaker licensees.Nevertheless, it now appears that betting leadership is back to square one, having to convince new Italian Minister of Economy Giovanni Tria that changes and reforms are wholly necessary.Anxious nerves will be further agitated by Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio’s most recent verbal attack on the gambling sector, declaring ‘bad blood between the new majority and the industry’ during a Parliamentary hearing.Not holding back, Di Maio has further advised that Lega-5Star should introduce tougher legislation on bookmaker licences and slot machines allocations, set forth in Italy’s upcoming Budget review._____________Content provided by AgiproNews Italia Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more