12 Jun
2021

Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wane

first_imgNews Organisation RSF_en October 7, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wanecenter_img Help by sharing this information On the eve of the 9th World Day Against the Death Penalty, Reporters Without Borders and the Paris-based NGO Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) would like to point out that being a journalist, editing a website or keeping a blog can still expose a person to the possibility of the death penalty in some countries.The charges of “subversion,” “endangering state security” and even “apostasy” can be used in some countries to convict and execute someone who has criticized the government, made fun of a leader in a cartoon or just covered a highly sensitive subject. Around 10 people, mostly bloggers and netizens, are awaiting execution or are facing the possibility of a death sentence in Iran and Vietnam. What will become of Vahid Asghari, 25, who has been jailed since 2008 in Tehran and who was sentenced to death on a date that was never made public?As well as a negation of justice, capital punishment is also a deadly threat that encourages self-censorship. China, which leads the world in executions, has no fewer than 55 capital offences of which three are direct threats to freedom of expression: “endangering public security,” “instigating the country’s division” and “divulging state secrets.”In Uganda, the imprisoned journalists Augustine Okello and Patrick Otim are still waiting to know whether the charges of subversion and treason that have been brought against them will cost them their lives. Abdelrahman Adam, a Sudanese radio journalist who has been held since October 2010 on a charge of violating state secrets, is in the same situation.Nonetheless, the number of journalists being sentenced to death is declining. Even in Iran, which ranks second in the world in the number of executions, death sentences are being commuted or quashed. Capital punishment neither deters crimes nor compensates for the damage caused. Still less can it destroy the inalienable right to inform, question and speak out.Of the few journalists actually under sentence of death, the one who has been in the situation longest has become a symbol of the campaign for abolition. He is not an Iranian, Vietnamese or Sudanese. He is a citizen of the United States. Sentenced to die for the murder of a policeman at the end of a trial marked by irregularities and racism, Mumia Abu-Jamal will soon complete his 30th year on death row.Would he have suffered the same fate if he had not been what he called the “Voice of the Voiceless,” a voice that still makes itself heard from his cell ? Would he still today be the victim of judicial persecution by a Pennsylvania district attorney, who is trying to block a new sentencing hearing?Thirty years on death row is a long time. But 30 years since France abolished the death penalty and scrapped the guillotine is not. The coincidence reinforces the symbolism. All the more reason to insist that, after Troy Davis’ execution, Mumia Abu-Jamal is not subjected to judicial murder too. last_img read more

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2 Mar
2021

City Of The Sun Announces Extended Residency At Blue Note Jazz Club

first_imgBlue Note Jazz Club and City Of The Sun have just announced an upcoming prolific late night residency, spanning from October 2016 through January 2017, at the Blue Note Jazz Club on weekend nights at 12:30AM. Following a recent sold out headlining performance at Irving Plaza on Fri, Oct 14, City Of The Sun is gearing up for four Blue Note late night shows, promising to deliver surprise special guests and new original music.City of the Sun is an instrumental post-rock trio based in Brooklyn, NY. Formed in 2011, COS features guitarists John Pita, Avi Snow, and percussionist Zach Para. They gained their initial popularity in NYC playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Performing at Ted talk conferences and Sofar Sounds secret shows helped to bring their worldly, “genre-bending” sound to more ears––cross-country and world-wide. Their live LP, “to the sun and all the cities in between” was released in March 2016, landing at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.To get you in the mood for the upcoming residency, City Of The Sun has shared a teaser video for their brand new song “Sugar.” Check out the exciting new video below, exclusively via L4LM.The residency will include four dates in total: October 28th, November 11th, November 26th, and January 6th. Tickets for each show can be found by clicking the corresponding date. You can also find out more information about the band and shows by heading to the band’s website.We can’t wait for this exciting residency! Check out the full run artwork below.[Cover photo by Drex Drechsel]last_img read more

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30 Aug
2020

FSB boosts platform content & data dynamics with Racing Post partnership

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Updating the market, industry bespoke betting platform provider FSB Technology (FSB) has announced that it will make Racing Post content and data available to its customer base.Moving forward Racing Post content will be published across FSB platforms, giving client users the most in-depth and informative data for UK and Irish horseracing as well as greyhounds.FSB development detailed that its Racing Post content/data partnership would post its client racing offerings across its portfolio.FSB platform operators will now be able to offer bespoke sites to their customers and have full control of the layout via their unique content management system.FSB Technology’s Business Development Director, Richard Thorp, commented on the racing enhancement: “We are thrilled to confirm this partnership, by integrating content from Racing Post, the recognised authority on racing and betting. We are enhancing our product offering to our existing and future clients, helping them to drive revenue.”Backing the partnership, Eugene Delaney, Racing Post Head of B2B, said: “We’re delighted to team up with FSB Technology, who have set the pace in terms of innovation and customer service when it comes to supplying simplified end-to-end betting platforms. We’re very much looking forward to working with them and their partners.” Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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