Influential former minister sues six publications

first_imgNews BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en November 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Influential former minister sues six publications Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at former cabinet minister Mirza Abbas’s decision to sue six publications for libel. A total of 18 editors and journalists currently face the possibility of prison terms as a result of criminal libel suits. One of the defendants, Shahadat Chowdhury, has been dead for the past two years.“Bangladeshi politicians have a bad habit of suing privately-owned media that get too critical,” the press freedom organisation said. “These endless lawsuits expose journalists to the risk of being imprisoned for defamation, which violates international press freedom standards. We urge these politicians, especially Abbas, to withdraw their lawsuits in order to defuse tension between the press and political parties in the run-up to next January’s elections.”Abbas, a former minister of housing and public works and senior member of the BNP party, brought libel suits against four daily newspapers – Jugantor, Inqilab, Janakantha and Bhorer Kagoj – and two magazines – Weekly-2000 and Weekly Shirsha Kagoj – before a Dhaka criminal court on 9 November. Five separate suits were brought against just one of the newspapers, Jugantor. It named the editor, the newspaper’s lawyer, and a correspondent.The former minister’s lawyers gave the details of the lawsuits to judge Syed Mohammad Mojibul Haq. Everyone named in the suits has been summoned to appear before the court on 3 December. The judge has the power to issue arrest warrants.The suits claim that Abbas was libelled in articles about people who said they were the victims of abuse of authority (including land seizures and discriminatory hiring) by him or people close to him. When questioned by Reporters Without Borders, Weekly-2000 editor Golam Mourtuza described his magazine’s August article, one of those cited in the lawsuits, as “clear and honest” investigative reporting.Another of the journalists cited in the lawsuits said: “Our readers have a right to know the truth. I have no problem facing this suit. But each time we see that these lawsuits are being filed in order to harass us.” Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamal Dutt denied the claims made in Abbas’ suit. “The facts cited in our article are completely true. Mirza Abbas has the right to bring an action, but he ought to examine the articles more closely before going before a judge.”This year, Reporters Without Borders has registered a significant increase in the number of libel suits being brought against privately-owned media by BNP parliamentarians or ministers. Abbas already brought an action against the editors of the daily Prothom Alo in February. Another BNP parliamentarian, Abdul Mannan, sued Dainik Jugantor in May. His colleague Amzad Hossain Sarker brought a libel suit against four national dailies in January.center_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News to go further News Follow the news on Bangladesh May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Lecture kicks off World War I centennial series

first_imgIn order to commemorate its centennial, Dan Lindley, associate professor of political science, spoke about the First World War in the Annenberg Auditorium on Wednesday. Lindley’s discussion of World War I, started off a five-part lecture series, hosted by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.“The question is what’s changed from then to now,” Lindley said. “Who cares about World War One anymore? It’s very important in history; it was known as ‘The Great War,’ [and] ‘The War to End All Wars.’ Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case.”Beginning with the very start of the war in 1914, Lindley reviewed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and the effect of tight alliances and all-or-nothing mobilization on the war’s frontier.“Nationalism is another factor here …  it’s taken to hyper-nationalism with strong doses of social Darwinism,” he said. “The idea that nations have to fight each other to show their worth … Would we have a war if we thought fighting was good?”Lindley described the conflict as being of a scale and scope simply unimaginable in contemporary times.The first day of the war is a good example, as the British army lost the equivalent of one percent of their country’s total population, he said.“Imagine if in one battle, we lost 3 million people,” he said. “It’s unfathomable. At Verdun, [the French and Germans] started that battle with 37 million artillery shells … [it’s] rather unbelievable.”Lindley also compared the damage done by World War I’s artillery campaigns to the impact of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, showing pictures and describing how they leveled cities to a very similar degree.“We talk about the human cost, but there’s a permanent cost to the beauty which is Europe, and the lovely history that was there,” he said.Lindley introduced a tool of his own creation, the ‘Lindley War Prediction Table,’ which is available on his website. He said the table features a variety of categories to diagnose relations between two nations and the chances of a conflict arising. Such groupings include rapidly shifting power, scapegoating and ethnic brethren abroad.Midway through the lecture, Lindley played a three-minute snippet of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory, an anti-war piece set in the trenches of the Western Front. This was part of an effort to emphasize the brutality of the combat and its Sisyphean nature with days spent fighting over feet of terrain, he said.Dan Graff, the director of undergraduate studies in the department of history, said the lecture series exemplifies the intellectual life of Notre Dame, one where faculty are personally connecting with students in an intimate way. Moreover, he said he stresses the inter-disciplinary nature of the series, which is highlighted by the history department as an “Exploring History” event.The next lecture of the five-part series will be delivered by Dr. Tait Keller of Rhodes College at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8th. The lecture, along with the following three lectures, will take place in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.Tags: dan lindley, Nanovic Institute, WWI, WWI centenniallast_img read more

Glenda L. Marksberry

first_imgGlenda L. Marksberry, 71 of Moores Hill, passed away Saturday June 4, 2016 at U.C. Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. Glenda was born Thursday August 10, 1944 in Ohio the daughter of Glenn and Myrtle (Smith) Walsh. She married Ronald Marksberry October 31, 1964 and he survives.  Glenda was a member of the eastern star. She enjoyed crafts, making flower arrangements, baking homemade cookies and candies for the family on holidays, canning and she was well known for her vegetable soup.Glenda is survived by husband: Ronald Marksberry of Moores Hill, Sons: Steve Marksberry of Patriot, Daughters: Rhonda (Chris) Deaton of Moores Hill, Ranae Kohlmeier of  Moores Hill, Stefanie (Leonard) Richardson of Baytown TX, Angelia Marksberry (Brian McCleary) of Milan Mothers: Myrtle Walsh Ryle of Moores Hill.  10 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grand Children, one nephew James Bolt Jr. of South Carolina.  She was preceded in death by her father: Glenn Walsh, one step-son: Ronald Jeffery Ickenroth, one sister: Elaine Bolt.Funeral services will be Thursday June 9, 10AM at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, with Pastor Charlie Miller officiating.   Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will be Wednesday 5-8PM at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Autism Society, Cancer Society, ROD. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, 16717 Manchester Street, PO Box 156, Moores Hill, Indiana 47032. 812-744-3280last_img read more

Police Blotter 06-04-2020

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MBB : Jardine unquestioned leader, catalyst for Syracuse

first_imgJim Boeheim doesn’t think Syracuse fans will ever fully appreciate what Scoop Jardine means to the Orange. Through five years at SU, the point guard has been nitpicked and critiqued more than any of his Syracuse teammates.But while Orange followers might not give Jardine much credit, his teammates and coaches don’t hesitate to pile on the praise.‘He’s the key guy,’ Boeheim said after SU’s win over Pittsburgh on Monday. ‘Most people in this town can’t quite figure that out. Maybe they will, but I seriously doubt it. There’s nothing I can do about that.‘He’s the only real point guard we have. It’s hard to play without a point guard.’Syracuse’s only true point guard has shined through the start of the Big East schedule. In the first seven games of conference play, Jardine has dished out 6.4 assists to just 2.3 turnovers per contest. And while he has raised his game at a key point in the season, his leadership throughout the year has helped key No. 1 Syracuse to its best start in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJardine will look to continue his inspired start to Big East play when SU (20-0, 7-0 Big East) travels to Notre Dame on Saturday to take on the Fighting Irish (11-8, 3-3) at 6 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion.‘He’s a guy that you really want on your team,’ junior guard Brandon Triche said. ‘He’s a leader out there. He’s helped me out. He’s helped a lot of guys out. He’s finding everybody. … And he’s taking care of the ball as well. This is something that we see in practice, and you guys are finally getting to see it.’In SU’s last five games, Jardine has two double-doubles and would have had three with one more assist against Providence last Saturday. After dealing out 51 assists through 13 nonconference games, the point guard has racked up 45 dimes through seven Big East bouts.And much of his success has come from running fast breaks and on Syracuse’s various pick-and-roll plays.Against Pittsburgh on Monday, the senior picked up three of his 10 assists in the game’s first three minutes. On the first, he launched a long pass quickly upcourt after a Panthers turnover, hitting Kris Joseph in stride for an early dunk. Syracuse’s next two buckets came when Jardine connected with center Fab Melo for alley-oops on pick-and-rolls.And for the exclamation point, the point guard knocked down an open 3-pointer. That gave SU an 11-0 lead, and Jardine had a role in nine of those points.‘He’s just on top of his game right now,’ sophomore Dion Waiters said. ‘He’s finding everybody. That makes us a better team when we get into our offense, moving the ball, everybody moving without the ball. Just things like that make us a better team, and he’s leading us. We expect that from him as our leader.’And his role as the elder statesman of the team melds into his role as the team’s point guard. SU’s offense runs through him when he’s on the floor. He ultimately decides which of the Orange’s multiple scoring options will get the key touch on each possession, a task similar to Boeheim mixing and matching his 10-man rotation.‘I’m just going out there and letting the game come to me, taking what the defense gives me,’ Jardine said after Monday’s win. ‘And if we continue to run our offense that way, run it at that speed, I’m going to continue to have games like this because we’re all clicking right now.’But it’s more than just finding the right man and running the offense.Boeheim said he was the only vocal leader on the team, and the point guard doesn’t hesitate to let his emotions show on the court. After a big dunk or key shot, he’s one of the first to join his teammates in celebration. Whether it’s a chest bump or high five, Jardine always does it with an encouraging smile on his face.Syracuse fans see his reactions constantly as he eggs on their cheers in the Carrier Dome. And if he continues playing the way he has at the start of the Big East schedule, those fans may finally start to appreciate Jardine as much as Boeheim and the rest of the Orange do.‘When he shoots the ball well, he’s one of the best point guards in the league, if not the best point guard,’ Boeheim said. ‘… He would lead the league in assists if he played the minutes the other point guards play. He’s only playing (22) minutes a game. But he’s as good as anybody, and he’s shooting the ball well.’[email protected] Published on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more