Tajikistan: BBC reporter accused of supporting Jihad, being a member of HuT

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‘We are concerned by reports that Urunbay Usmonov, a BBC journalist based in Khujand in northern Tajikistan, was detained and maltreated by security authorities on 14 June as an alleged member of Hizb ut-Tahrir,’ the British embassy in Tajikistan said in a statement.

Faizinisso Vokhidova, Urunbay’s lawyer, told the Interfax news agency her client was likely to be charged with membership in a terrorist group, advocating inter-ethnic violence and calling for the overthrow of the Tajik government.

The government case against Urunbay was not fully clear to her, she said, because prosecutors had not given her access to evidence against him.

Found here.

Egypt: famous journalist summoned due to her articles before military prosecutor

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Democracy in Egypt?

Rasha Azab of the independent weekly al-Fagr and the weekly’s editor-in-chief, Adel Hammouda, were told Saturday to appear before the military prosecutor.

Azab wrote about a meeting between members of Egypt’s military council and a group of activists, in which they discussed allegations of torture and abuse in post-uprising Egypt. In March, Azab was briefly detained and beaten by the military.


Morocco: director of main newspaper jailed

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One month and twelve days after his arrest, the journalist Rachid Nini has been sentenced to one year imprisonment and a fine of about 89 euros for “contempt of justice“.

In the pages of ‘Al Massae‘, the most widely read daily newspaper of all Morocco, he used 9 items to denounce “terrorist practices” of state security forces and “unfair trials” in matters Islamists.

Our team continues to work as before, we will not stop”, he told ElMundo.es Jajili Yussef, a spokesman for “Al Massae” who also considered that “they have put behind bars the best reporter of all Morocco, his imprisonment gives us strength to continue and protect our editorial line, based on the reporting of corrupt our system“.

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The NYT as a religion

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“In my house growing up,” says (Jill Abramson) the newly appointed editor of the New York Times, “the Times substituted for religion. If the Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”

It’s true that when you lose your faith in God, you end up believing in anything then. Because believing that the NYT tells the absolute truth, even some truth, is somewhat difficult… :mrgreen:

I don’t know if this is the most stupid quote of the year, but it’s certainly the most stuid one of the day.

JIhad Cosmo

“Tis strange but true ; for truth

Dubbed ‘Jihad Cosmo’, the glossy magazine’s front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture a woman in a veil.
There are exclusive interviews with martyrs’ wives, who praise their husbands’ decisions to die in suicide attacks.
The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine – meaning The Majestic Woman – has advice for singletons on ‘marrying a mujahideen’.
Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.
And the ‘beauty column’ instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ‘clear complexion’.
They should ‘not go out except when necessary’ and wear a niqab for ‘rewards by complying with the command of Allah Almighty’.

is always strange, stranger than fiction”

(Lord Byron).

Stupid quote of the month

Media mogul Ted Turner has encouraged world leaders to adopt an international norm restricting families to just one child. He claims this step is necessary to global survival.

Of course, he is not giving up using his jet, his limousine, his huge mansions, etc., etc. But the rest , we have even to be forbidden to have children or at the most to have one. Wow!

Stupid quote of the month

Fox News has religiously assassinated my long-time friend President Obama.

There would be no tea party if Obama was white.

Jim Wallis, Obama’s spiritual advisor 😯 Obama has an spiritual advisor? Mr. Wallis says that he advises Obama on religion and on religious groups. The so pro-leftist stance of the BBC interviewer is remarkable.