Website editor arrested

first_img RSF_en Military intelligence officers arrested writer and website editor Mohammed Ghanem at his home on 31 March. Ghanem is known for defending Syria’s Kurdish minorities. Reporters Without Borders calls for his release and condemns the growing crackdown on journalists and human rights activists since January. Receive email alerts Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of writer and website editor Mohammed Ghanem, who was arrested at his home (photo) in the northeastern city of Ar Raqqah on 31 March by military intelligence officers. Ghanem, who edits the website, refused to leave with the military intelligence officers until the local military intelligence chief came and took him away after one hour. Soldiers continued to surround the home for several hours. Reporters Without Borders called for his immediate release and deplored the growing crackdown on journalists and human rights activists since January.Ghanem’s family said they thought his latest arrest was prompted by what he has been publishing on, which he calls the “website of the Syrians” and describes as a “national, democratic, independent and free site.” Born in 1955 in Rikka, a teacher by training and the author of several novels, Ghanem is known for defending Syria’s Kurdish minorities. He has also written articles for the site.He was previously arrested on 12 March 2004 and held for 15 days for writing an article about the violent clashes that took place that month between Kurds, Arab tribes and Syrian security forces in the north-eastern city of Qamishli.Meanwhile, there is still no world of journalist Ali Abdallah and his son, Mohammad, who were arrested by the Syrian authorities two week ago, on 23 March.Also detained in Syria is journalism student Massoud Hamid, who has been in prison 24 July 2004 for posting photos of a pro-Kurdish demonstration in Damascus on a website based abroad. The winner of the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France prize last year in the cyber-dissident category, he is serving a three-year sentence.Syria is on the list of 15 Internet enemies that Reporters Without Borders drew up in November 2005. News Organisation April 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor arrested ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: Help by sharing this information to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists center_img March 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Tournament Of Roses President to be Celebrated by Community Groups Thursday

first_img Community News Uncategorized Pasadena Tournament Of Roses President to be Celebrated by Community Groups Thursday A wide range of community organizations to salute Gerald Freeny, first African-American president to be named to head the historic organization By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 6:29 pm Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 7 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald FreenyWith the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors’ naming of Gerald Freeny as president for the 2018-2019 Tournament of Roses year, the organization has reached new heights of diversity, say local civil rights activists and community leaders.Freeny was selected in January as the first African-American to hold the position and will preside over the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.In celebration, an open house and party to honor Freeny will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses headquarters.“This is a historic event in the history of the 128 year history of the Tournament of Roses,” said Martin Gordon, chair of the Pasadena Committee Coalition, on Tuesday.“There are a number of important things here. Number one is what’s happened with the actual hiring of an African Americans there, and the diversity of the entire Tournament of Roses, which has been dominantly white over the last 130 years,” Gordon said. “We appreciate diversity at every level, and we’re for better involvement with our diverse community in terms of volunteerism, job, vendors, and the funding of programs.”Freeny himself told Pasadena Now that he is “very humbled and very honored to have received this, being the first African American president, and I’m truly blessed by all the outreach, and all the support that I’m getting from the community.”Acknowledging the significance of his selection, Freeny added, “We at the Tournament of Roses are committed to being diversified and we are making changes, but like any organization, we can always do better and we’re striving to do better. This opportunity that has occurred for me has shown that the Tournament of Roses had made great strides to diversify and represent the community at large.”But, says Freeny, who has worked for the Tournament of Roses for more than thirty years, “I try to be humble. My family keeps me humble. My wife and my family, they keep me down to size.”Freeny continues his own share of community work.“I do also love the community and I speak to the kids,” he said. “I go to John Muir High, I’ve gone to other schools and I’ve been able to read to some of the other young minority children, and let them know to set goals for themselves.”“‘Have visions,’ I tell them. ‘Know that you can reach that, and, maybe one day you’ll be president of the Tournament of Roses, or you’ll be the president of a big company, or who says that you might not be president of the United States.’”To hammer home the theme of diversity in Feeny’s selection, Thursday’s celebration will be presented by a group of community organizations, all of whom share the goal of diversity—The Pasadena Community Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Pasadena Armenian Coalition and Organization for Chinese Americans, Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA).Rick Eng, program director for OCA-GLA), said Tuesday, “The Tournament of Roses is such an international brand, recognized around the globe. The viewership of the parade is in the billions and of course, everyone looks forward to which teams play in the tournament of roses, the Rose Bowl. I think (Freeny’s selection) is very significant, at such a time where our climate around the country is very contentious. There’s discord and obviously that manifests into sometimes racial, attacks and, and bigotry. So it’s encouraging sometimes to see things like the recognition of Mr. Freeny still go on, and still remind us that our society is very multiracial, and multicultural.”Ramon Miramontes, president of the Pasadena chapter of the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), also emphasized the need for community organizations to stand together in victories like these.“We wanted to impress the importance onto the Pasadena Board of Directors from the Tournament, that this is a milestone where we should all as a community celebrate, no matter how long the journey has taken, and that it benefits everyone to understand that we’ve reached it,” Miramontes observed. “And because the Tournament has such a global reach, it has more than just an immediate community positive effect, it’s global. It’s global and at a time where there may be some negative messages about our country, this is more of a true testament about the values of our country, and it goes beyond just the boundaries of America.”Freeny has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1988. In addition to his many years of service in the Tournament of Roses, his community involvement has included; president of the San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban League Board of Governors, United Way Fundraising Committee, Toast Masters and the Pasadena NAACP. Freeny has been on the Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation since 2016, and is also a member of Legacy’s Museum Committee.He attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School in Pasadena, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from California State University, Los Angeles. Freeny is a member of both the Kappa Alpha Psi and Gamma Zeta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi fraternities.Gerald resides in Altadena with his wife, Trina, and their daughter, Erica.The Community Open House and Celebration will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.Tournament of Roses is located at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena.Reservations are required.For more information, contact Martin A. Gordon, Chair Pasadena Community Coalition at (626) 786-5204 or email [email protected] Make a commentlast_img read more