Journalist sentenced to year at hard labour for libel

first_img News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “This is the first time since 1991 that a journalist in Russia has been sentenced to prison for libel,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This is a serious legal precedent that violates international standards of press freedom and we demand that the sentence be cancelled at once,” he said in a letter to Russian prosecutor-general Vladimir Ustinov. “We ask you to do everything you can to ensure he is freed as soon as possible. We also ask you to see that the libel law is amended to remove the provision for jail terms and ensure that journalists can do their job without having to worry about being sent to prison.”Galkin was sentenced at a secret trial by the Kalininsky district court (under articles 129-2 and 130 of the Russian criminal code) for libelling two of the region’s deputy governors, Konstantin Bochkarev and Andrei Kosilov. Kosilov sued in June last year soon after the appearance of three articles in Rabochaya Gazeta that accused governor Piotr Sumin and his aides of embezzlement – “The Real Sumin” (16 April), “Government Patience” (8 February) and “Sumin’s Health” (12 February). Galkin, who has appealed against the sentence, has often criticised local officials and Gov. Sumin and was physically attacked outside his Cheliabinsk home on 14 June 2002.Article 130 (paragraphs 2 and 3) of the criminal code says libel can be punished by up to a year’s imprisonment at hard labour and article 129 provides for a jail term of up to three years without hard labour. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at a year-long prison sentenceat hard labour passed on German Galkin, publisher of the weekly RabochayaGazeta, for libel. It called for his immediate release, abolition of jailterms for libel and steps to ensure journalists can work without having toworry about being sent to prison. Reporters Without Borders expressed its outrage today at the sentencing of Russian journalist German Galkin to a year in prison with hard labour for libelling regional officials in the Urals area of Cheliabinsk.Galkin, publisher of the weekly paper Rabochaya Gazeta, deputy editor of the daily Vecherny Cheliabinsk and head of the local branch of the opposition Liberal Russia party, was arrested as he was travelling to Yekaterinburg. BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News August 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to year at hard labour for libel to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Chamber seminar set for Friday

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness The Odessa Chamber of Commerce scheduled a seminar with keynote speaker Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, for Friday at the ORMC Auditorium, 515 Adams Ave.The seminar, “Strategies for Regional Partnerships: developing a 21st century skilled workforce,” will begin with lunch at 11 a.m., followed by Kaplan speaking at noon and an industry forum at 12:30 p.m. with a Q&A session to follow.Forum participants and local community members Sondra Eoff, president of Eofficial Enterprises, Inc., and Collin Sewell, president of the Sewell Family of Dealerships will also be present, a chamber news release stated.More Information WhatsApp By admin – April 10, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleCHAPMAN: For the Department of Veterans Affairs, a Trump toadyNext articleAnnual ECISD plant sale coming up admin Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Odessa Chamber of Commerce. Chamber seminar set for Friday Facebook Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

The Festy Experience Enlists Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth

first_imgThe Festy Experience has announced its initial lineup with headliners Greensky Bluegrass (Friday), Gillian Welch, Sam Bush Band (Saturday) and Railroad Earth (Sunday). The ninth edition of the gathering will return to Infinity Downs in Arrington, VA from October 5th through 7th. Other acts on the bill include Della Mae, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Nick Forster’s “Almost ETown”, Fruition, Carbon Leaf, Rubblebucket, Sons Of Bill, Bonnie Paine, and Hackensaw Boys.This year will mark the first installment of the Festy Experience without The Infamous Sitringdusters, who helped found the Virginia festival in 2010. The group, which headlined the first eight Festy Experiences, recently launched their own record label and picked up a Grammy for their 2017 album Laws of Gravity.Tickets for the 2018 Festy Experience are now on sale.last_img read more