Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook profile for prince

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Organisation March 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook profile for prince News RSF_en Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more News Newscenter_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomes Fouad Mourtada’s release after receiving a royal pardon yesterday for Aid Mawlid Nabaoui, the holiday marking the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. Mourtada’s had been serving a three-year jail sentence for “usurping the identity” of King Mohammed’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, by creating a “false profile” in his name on the social-networking website Facebook. “This is a great relief,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Mourtada will be able to spend this holiday with his family tomorrow after 43 days in prison. Nonetheless, we regret that his release is the result of a royal pardon rather than a fair verdict and sentence. Moroccan bloggers will not be able to forget his imprisonment when they compose their blog entries.” Mourtada’s conviction on 22 February had raised a great deal of concern in the Moroccan blogosphere. He was arrested at his home on 5 February.———————26.02 – Moroccan bloggers worried after “disproportionate” three-year jail term for Internet user who created spoof Facebook profileReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the three-year prison sentence which a Casablanca court imposed on 27-year-old Internet user Fouad Mourtada on 22 February for “usurping the identity” of King Mohammed’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, by creating a “false profile” in his name on the social-networking website Facebook.“This is the first time a Moroccan has been convicted for an online offence and Mourtada was the victim of a summary trial,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are worried about the effect on freedom of expression on the Moroccan Internet as all of the country’s bloggers will feel targeted. This disproportionate sentence has shocked the Moroccan blogger community, which is one of the biggest in the region. A popular and well respected blogger already decided to stop blogging out of fear for his safety after what happened to Fuad Mourtada.”Plain-clothes police arrested Mourtada at his home on 5 February and held him incommunicado for 36 hours before transferring him to Casablanca’s Oukacha prison the next day.Reporters Without Borders wonders how the police identified Mourtada. “Did the police get his computer’s IP address? And if so, how? We have asked the ISP, Maroc Telecom, in which the French company Vivendi is a shareholder, to provide us with the relevant information.”When he saw his family on 12 February, he told them: “I did indeed create this account on 15 January. It remained online for several days until someone closed it down. There are so many celebrity profiles on Facebook. I never thought that by creating a profile of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid that I was doing him any harm. Also, I did not send anyone a message from this account. It was just a joke (…) I am not a criminal.”With around 4 million Internet users, the Moroccan blogosphere is one of the most active in all of the Maghreb.Call for Mourtada’s release NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Antarctic precipitation and climate change predictions: Horizontal resolution and margin vs plateau issues

first_imgAll climate models participating in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as made available by the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI) as the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project 3 (CMIP3) archive, predict a significant surface warming of Antarctica by the end of the 21st century under a moderate (SRESA1B) greenhouse-gas scenario. All models but one predict a concurrent precipitation increase but with a large scatter of results. The models with finer horizontal resolution tend to predict a larger precipitation increase. Because modeled Antarctic surface mass balance is known to be sensitive to horizontal resolution, extrapolating predictions from the different models with respect to model resolution mayprovide simple yet better multi-model estimates of Antarctic precipitation change than mere averaging or even more complex approaches. Using such extrapolation, a conservative estimate of the predicted precipitation increase at the end of the 21st century is +30 kgm–2 a–1 on the grounded ice sheet, corresponding to a >1mma–1 sea-level rise. About three-quarters of this rise originates from the marginal regions of the Antarctic ice sheet with surface elevation below 2250 m. This is where field programs are most urgently needed to better understand and monitor accumulation at the surface of Antarctica, and to improve and verify prediction models.last_img read more

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The insane backyard pool every kid wants

first_img The magnesium pools provide plenty of space for a family and some friends to relax.“We’ve had a lot of interest from families, as you might expect,” Mr Wagstaffe said.“The kids all want to stay by the pool while the parents look at the house.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe pool is attracting its share of attention online too — the property has been viewed more than 4700 times making it one of the most-viewed residential properties in Queensland this week on realestate.com.au. Water is also a standout feature for another residence in the state’s Top 10 most-viewed — property pervs have been eyeing off a lavish Sovereign Islands mansion listed for $45 million. There’s endless summer fun on offer at 7 Sharscay Close, Burleigh Heads.“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said marketing agent Tyler Wagstaffe of JW. Estate Agents — Burleigh Heads.“It really is something special.” Not one, but two pools and a spa.The elaborate creation is the work of the current owner who set about building the backyard water feature shortly after buying 7 Sharscay Close in 2015.The pools have recently been nominated for the Queensland Swimming and Spa Association Awards in the category of best pool between $50,000-$100,000.But the pools are soon to be the source of endless summer fun for a new family with the 701sq m property now on the market for offers over $789,000. Kids are drawn to the rock slide at 7 Sharscay Close, Burleigh Heads.It’s the pool every family would love to have in their backyard.While the parents are chilling in the magnesium rock spa, the kids can cut loose in the main pool and the secondary kids pool with its own built-in slide.center_img You can swim year-round at 132 Port Jackson Blvd, Clear Island Waters. The pool is also a feature at 26-32 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.Also on the Gold Coast, a 10m indoor pool is the showpiece on the ground floor of a Clear Island Waters mansion which is set to be auctioned. last_img read more

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Helicopters Wanted for Offshore Wind Maintenance

first_imgEWE Offshore Service & Solutions (OSS) has opened a tender for helicopter services from Emden, Germany, to offshore wind farms.The contractor will be responsible for transporting personnel and material from Emden to the Riffgat, Alpha Ventus, Merkur, Trianel Windpark Borkum and Gemini offshore wind farms.According to EWE, the helicopter would be used for planned maintenance work on the turbines and offshore substations of the projects. There is also a possibility that a stopover in Borkum will sometimes be required.The contract begins on 1 April 2020 and ends on 31 March 2022, with options for renewal being twice for one year at the same conditions.The deadline for submitting applications for the tender is 8 December by 18:00 local time.EWE OSS has also recently issued a tender seeking crew transfer vessels (CTV) to service offshore wind farms from Borkum, Germany.last_img read more

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