Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat

first_img September 12, 2018 Find out more June 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat Well-known freelance journalist and blogger Ismail “Hilath” Rasheed was stabbed in the neck near his Malé home today and was rushed in a critical condition to the city’s ADK hospital where he underwent an operation and was then placed in an intensive care unit.“This knife attack has all the hallmarks of a targeted murder attempt,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Rasheed has made many enemies through his outspoken blogging. The authorities in charge of the investigation should not rule out the possibility that this was linked to his journalistic activity. He is a well-known journalist who has repeatedly been censored, arrested and threatened.“The police must, as a matter of urgency, put a stop to the harassment of Rasheed and take the issue of his safety seriously. Any lack of response on their part will constitute a criminal failure to assist a person in danger.”Malé police sub-inspector Hassan Haneef confirmed that Rasheed was taken to ADK hospital after being stabbed at around 8:15 p.m. today. He added that the police were checking security camera footage to see whether they could identify the assailant from it.MinivanNews quoted a hospital source as saying Rasheed’s assailant “slit his throat clean through the trachea” and that Rasheed survived only because a vital artery was missed “by millimetres.”Rasheed’s blog, www.hilath.com, was blocked by the Communications Authority of the Maldives on the order of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs on 19 November 2011 on the grounds that it contained “anti-Islamic” material. A former editor of the newspaper Haveeru, Rasheed practices Sufi Islam.He was hospitalized with a fractured skull on 10 December 2011 after taking part in a peaceful demonstration in support of religious tolerance that was stoned a group of men. The police then arrested him for taking part in the demonstration and held him until 9 January.If it is confirmed that today’s attack was prompted by his journalism and blogging, Rasheed would be the first journalist to have been the target of a murder attempt in Maldives, which is ranked 73rd out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News News MaldivesAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further April 23, 2018 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Maldives RSF_en RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murdererslast_img read more

2G Net Speed Imposed In J&K Amid Lockdown Virtually Takes Away Right To Internet, Says PIL Filed In SC

first_imgTop Stories2G Net Speed Imposed In J&K Amid Lockdown Virtually Takes Away Right To Internet, Says PIL Filed In SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 April 2020 8:09 AMShare This – xThe decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to restrict the speed of mobile internet as 2G amid the COVID-19 lockdown has been challenged in the Supreme Court.A Public Interest Litigation filed by one Soayib Qureshi, a Kashmir-based lawyer, challenged the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on April 3 to retain the existing restrictions till April 15.”The restriction…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to restrict the speed of mobile internet as 2G amid the COVID-19 lockdown has been challenged in the Supreme Court.A Public Interest Litigation filed by one Soayib Qureshi, a Kashmir-based lawyer, challenged the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on April 3 to retain the existing restrictions till April 15.”The restriction on Internet Speed by the Respondent has pushed the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in dark ages by restricting the use of internet which has not only hampered business activities, but has also impacted imparting of online education, online research and with it mode of communication and entertainment for people. The said restriction has been imposed without any reasonable basis and without disclosing any cogent reason”, the plea stated.In the order issued on April 3, the J&K Home Secretary had observed that the speed restrictions have not not posed any hindrance to “COVID-19 control measures or to access online educational content”. Countering this claim, the PIL stated that the speed restrictions on internet during the lockdown period has brought “life of commercial and educational institutions to a standstill”.”Once access to Internet has been allowed, putting a restraint on the speed amounts to virtually taking back the benefits of Internet which also amounts to suspending internet in perpetuity, which is impermissible. The restriction on speed has no reasonable nexus with the object the Respondent is seeking to achieve. Presently, there is neither a public emergency in place nor any emergency has been declared, hence, the imposition of restraints on speed is completely illegal”, the plea stated.The petitioner further stated that 2G is an out-dated technology and considering the speed and the data with which an internet site downloads, the right to internet becomes redundant due to the restrictions.The Home Secretary had also stated that the the recent changes in J&K domicile law has the potential to be exploited by those “inimical to public peace”. It was also stated that there have been major recovery of arms on one hand and killings of civilians by terrorists on the other, apart from attempts to “encourage terrorism through uploading of provocative material”.In this connection, the petitioner argued that the 2G speed restriction fails the test of proportionality as explained by the SC in the case Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India.”The imposition of restriction on internet speed amounts to virtually denying the inhabitants of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir right to Internet which has been accepted by the Hon’ble Kerela High Court, in the case of Faheema Shirin R.K v. State of Kerala as a Fundamental Right and held by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India to be constitutionally protected”, the petitioner argued.The petitioner therefore sought removal of all speed restrictions on internet in J&K, and to quash the orders issued by the J&K administration in that regard.Another petition was filed in the Supreme Court on April 2 seeking restoration of 4G mobile services in the area during the period of lockdown. At 2G mobile internet speeds, the patients, doctors, and the general public of Jammu & Kashmir are unable to access the latest information, guidelines, advisories, and restrictions about COVID19 that are being made available and continuously updated online on a daily basis, stated that plea filed by “Foundation of Media Professionals”. The petitioner asserted that doctors are not able to access online resources on measures to curb COVID-19 at all, due to the internet speed being too slow to download heavy files. Further it was averred that slow internet speeds rendered “telemedicine” or online video consultation impossible. The petition stated that restoration of full-fledged internet services is also crucial to strictly implement the “work from home” policy being promoted by the government.The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of J&K in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order , the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users. Access was provided only to a selected “white-listed” sites, and social media was completely blocked. The Supreme Court had observed that indefinite suspension of internet is not permissible and restrictions on internet have to follow the principles of proportionality under Article 19(2). The blockade on social media was lifted on March 4, but the speed was retained as 2G for mobile data.Next Storylast_img read more

NHRC, MHRC Take Cognizance Of Alleged Torture Of Republic TV’s AVP Ghanshaym Singh & CEO Vikas Khanchandani

first_imgNews UpdatesNHRC, MHRC Take Cognizance Of Alleged Torture Of Republic TV’s AVP Ghanshaym Singh & CEO Vikas Khanchandani Sparsh Upadhyay14 Dec 2020 7:24 AMShare This – xThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission (MHRC) MHRC have taken cognizance of alleged torture of Republic TV’s AVP Ghanshaym Singh & CEO Vikas Khanchandani. While the MHRC has sought a detailed report from the Mumbai Police Crime Branch over the arrest of CEO Vikas Khanchandani on Sunday and has asked to justify his action, on the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission (MHRC) MHRC have taken cognizance of alleged torture of Republic TV’s AVP Ghanshaym Singh & CEO Vikas Khanchandani. While the MHRC has sought a detailed report from the Mumbai Police Crime Branch over the arrest of CEO Vikas Khanchandani on Sunday and has asked to justify his action, on the other hand, the NHRC has issued stern notice to the Director-General of Police Maharashtra Police Headquarters over the alleged torture of Assistant Vice President Ghanshyam Singh.Maharashtra Human Rights Commission issues notice to DCP Crime Branch, Mumbai Police; seeks detailed report justifying @Republic CEO #VikasKhanchandani ‘s [email protected] pic.twitter.com/jh6iY1uzqv— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) December 14, 2020 NHRC Notice to Director-General of Police Maharashtra Police Headquarters The Notice issued by the NHRC states, “The complainant Shri Arnab Goswami, a renowned journalist as well as Editor-in-chief and Managing Director of Republic Media Network, ARG Outlier Media Private Limited has alleged false implication, arbitrary arrest, physical assault in police custody and mental torture of Shri Ghanshyam Singh, Assistant Vice-President of Distribution of the Republic Media Network.” The Notice further states, “It has been stated that Shri Ghanshyam Singh was arbitrarily picked up on 10th November, 2020 from his home in relation to FIR No. 143 of 2020 registered at the DCB, CID, Crime Branch Mumbai (TRP case), although, the FIR neither named him, his affiliation nor his organization. On the second day of his custody, he was subjected to extreme mental cruelty when he refused to comply with the premeditated script of the police. He was taken into a room laden with a tool to torture, where he was brutally and barbarically whipped with a chakki belt, forced to extend his hands, and then lashed by a thick injury-inflicting chakki belt multiple times on both the hands. Even the victim cried and writhed in pain while the police officer was lashing him, they did not stop and kept the agony and continued the assault in presence of other police officials.” In light of the Allegations, the Notice further states, “As per the allegations, a senior police officer was instructing for the physical torture and they were trying to coerce the victim to make false statements to incriminate himself and his organization. Shri Ghanshyam Singh was also paraded like a terrorist with his face covered in a black cloth while taken to court. It has been further alleged that as part of a witch-hunt against the Republic Media Network and in an attempt to fix investigations in a prejudged manner, all semblance of due process has been shunned and devious means of torture are being used. The complainant has requested an urgent intervention of the Commission in this matter, justice to the victim for violation of his human rights by police and to protect the news agencies whose members have been physically tortured in the custody by the State officials.” Issuing directions to the DGP, the notice further added, “The Commission notices that there are allegations of physical torture, false implication and mental harassment of the office bearer of an eminent Media House, which cannot be acceptable in a democratic country like India. The NHRC, thus, issued a Notice to the Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Mumbai to have the allegations of false implication and custodial torture be inquired by a senior IPS officer of his choice, other than the CID Branch or posted within the municipal area of Greater Mumbai, and submit a detailed report to the Commission within four weeks.NHRC issued a notice to Maharashtra’s Director General of Police pertaining to the arrest of @republic Media Network’s Assistant Vice President Ghanshyam Singh.#RepublicTV #ArnabGoswami #MumbaiPolice @MumbaiPolice pic.twitter.com/oq8eXe8B19— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) December 14, 2020 The Notice has also been issued to the Director General/ Inspector General of Prisons, Maharashtra, who is directed to send a copy of the initial health screening report of the victim Shri Ghanshyam Singh at the time of his admission in jail along with his entire medical treatment record during his stay in the custody within 4 weeks. The complainant has been asked required to inform the Commission, and also submit supporting documents, if any, if the victim has received any medical treatment, and also if the victim has informed the concerned Court regarding the alleged torture when he was produced before the Court. It may be noted that on 05th December, the City Civil and Sessions Court, Greater Bombay on Saturday (05th December), had granted bail to Republic Media Network’s Assistant Vice President Ghanshyam Singh He was arrested on 10th November in connection with TRP Scam Case, for alleged manipulation of ratings to show the news channel and its programmes as the most watched. Yesterday, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court Mumbai remanded Republic TV Chief Executive Officer Vikas Khanchandani for two days police custody in the fake TRP Scam case registered by Mumbai Police. About TRP Scam On October 8, the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh, claimed to have busted a racket that involved private television channels manipulating their Television Rating Points, or TRP. “Investigation reveals that Republic TV, Fakth Marati and Box Cinema have indulged in such activities”, the Mumbai police said in a statement. According to the police, they had received a complaint in early October from Hansa Research, a company appointed by the Broadcast Audience Research Council or BARC, which installs “people meters” to track viewership. The company had said some former employees had shared details of the households being tracked and helped rig ratings. The Commissioner said that an FIR has been registered at Kandivali Police Station for offences of criminal breach of trust (Section 409), cheating (420) and criminal conspiracy (120B) under the Indian Penal Code. ARG Outlier Ltd and Goswami had approached the Supreme Court challenging the FIR. However, the apex court refused to entertain the petition and asked them to approach the Bombay High Court first. Earlier, in October 2020, The Mumbai City Civil and Sessions Court had granted bail to Shirish Pattanshetty, the owner of Fakt Marathi, one of the channels accused in the Television Rating Point (TRP) scam case registered by Mumbai police. Additional Sessions Judge PR Sitre granted bail to Pattanshetty on a PR bond of Rs.50,000. FIR was registered at Kandivali police station against the accused under sections 409, 420, 120 B read with Section 34 of Indian Penal Code. On October 8, Pattanshetty was arrested and his application for bail was initially rejected by the Esplanade Court.Click Here To Download NHRC NoticeRead NoticeSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Infantino waved in for second term as FIFA president

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Gianni InfantinoParis, France | AFP | Gianni Infantino said Wednesday he had turned FIFA into an organisation “synonymous with credibility” as he was re-elected for a second term as president of world football’s governing body.It was a formality that the 49 year-old would be waved through for a new four-year mandate, until 2023, as he stood unopposed at the FIFA Congress in Paris.The FIFA Council chose to back his re-election by acclamation, with Infantino now hoping to build on the work he started in February 2016, when he was voted in to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter at the head of the organisation.Eager to “open up” and “globalise” the game, he will now push ahead with already approved plans to expand the Club World Cup to 24 teams, and with his ambition of expanding the World Cup itself to 48 teams.As he addressed the 211 members of the Congress in the French capital, where the Women’s World Cup begins on Friday, Infantino claimed credit for the success of the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, the “transparent” bidding process for the 2026 tournament in North America, and the introduction of Video Assistant Referees into the game.He said he was now at the head of “a new FIFA, an organisation that is synonymous with credibility, confidence, integrity.”“Today nobody talks about crises, nobody talks about rebuilding FIFA from scratch, nobody talks about scandals, nobody talks about corruption. We talk about football,” insisted the Swiss-Italian lawyer, formerly secretary general of European governing body UEFA.“The very least we can say is that we have turned the situation around.– No longer ‘toxic’ –“In three years and four months, this organisation went from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be, an organisation that develops football, an organisation that cares about football.”Infantino has overseen a major increase in FIFA’s income, with cash reserves increasing to a record $2.75 billion over his first term. FIFA announced record revenue for the three years to 2018, of $6.4 billion.“FIFA has today also the most solid financial situation ever and is coming out of the period of its worst crisis,” he said.FIFA have had to abandon highly controversial plans to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 in time for the next tournament in Qatar in 2022. – Club World Cup plans –The radical change to the tournament will now have to wait until 2026, but Infantino has already got the green light for a flagship 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021.The existing format involves just seven clubs. A venue for the new-look competition has still to be found.“My philosophy as FIFA president is one of openness and as long as I am president of FIFA I will push as hard as I can to have more global worldwide competitions, possibilities, openness for everyone to be able to play,” he said.He stated his ambition to generate an enormous $50 billion in revenue from the sale of the commercial rights for the new competition, which has been opposed by European clubs.“In terms of commercialisation I hope to make 50 billion, not 25. I’m not sure we’ll get them but I hope so,” Infantino said, although he did not state how many editions that would cover.Infantino previously worked closely with Michel Platini, but the suspended ex-head of UEFA this week attacked the FIFA chief, saying he had “no legitimacy” and accusing him of having mocked women’s football.However, Infantino pointed to the appointment of Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as Secretary General and to the fact that women now made up 20 percent of all those involved in FIFA committees as he defended his work done in that area.“It is only 20 percent, but before it was four percent. We need to be better, we will be, but we start, we move, we progress,” he said.“At the Women’s World Cup in France this year we will have the explosion of women’s football,” he added.That tournament will begin on Friday when hosts France play South Korea in Paris, and will run until July 7.The next FIFA Congress will be held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in May next year.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more