Organisation November 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Proposed law would step up censorship of online media February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Syrian authorities to abandon an Internet communications bill that was drafted at the behest of Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri and was approved by the cabinet last week. If adopted by parliament, it is likely to have a serious impact on online free expression, which is already limited in Syria.Syria is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” because it has blocked hundreds of websites and hounds its netizens. Nonetheless, several news websites have emerged in recent years and the bill is clearly designed to impose additional restrictions on the flow of online information.Two of the bill’s provisions are particularly disturbing. One would allow the authorities to try online journalists before criminal courts and impose long jail sentences. Reporters Without Borders advocates the decriminalization of all media offences.The other provision, contained in article 41, would allow the police or any other judicial auxiliary to investigate and arrest online journalists suspected of breaking the law. Ayman Abdel-Nour, the head of the all4syria.org website, which is blocked in Syria, told AFP he though the bill was “very severe” as it would “allow police to enter editorial offices to arrest journalists and seize their computers.”The charge of “publishing mendacious reports liable to weaken the nation’s spirit” is already often used by the authorities against journalists and netizens. The blogger Karim Arbaji, for example, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 on this charge.Nidal Maalouf, the editor of the pro-government news website Syria-News, said the bill would place online media under the information ministry’s supervision, which would make it harder to criticise the government and would restrict freedom of expression.Last year, Syria began stepping up censorship of sensitive subjects on the Internet and going after netizens who dared to express themselves freely online. Many topics ignored by the print media, such as a new ban on wearing the niqab (full-face veil) in the universities, have been debated on the Internet.The hundreds of websites currently blocked including social-networking sites, blog platforms, sites that criticise the political situation in Syria or religious matters, “obscene” sites, those dealing with Syria’s Kurdish minority and those based in Israel.Two netizens, Kamal Cheikhou ben Hussein and Tal Al-Mallouhi, are currently detained. Legislation already in place allows the authorities to try a suspect before a military court for a “crime constituting a global danger,” an extremely vague charge that can cover a multitude of activities. The existing press law also bans websites from posting any political content. Bloggers face heavy fines or jail sentences if they are convicted of defamation.Syria was ranked 173rd out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, a fall of eight places from its ranking in the 2009 index. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Syria News
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Motorists in Donegal have been urged to drive with care following a barrage of wind, sleet and snow across the county on Sunday. Gritters were issued on the road on Saturday evening but Donegal County Council has since warned the public that no such action would be taken today (Sunday). A Status Yellow snow-ice weather warning will remain in place for all of Donegal until early on Monday morning.Rural areas are suspected to be hit the worst in the county.The alert reads: “West to north-west winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110kmh, strongest in coastal areas.”Travel alert: No gritters in action tonight as motorists are urged to take caution was last modified: March 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#2009 Redux#Real-Time Web#web#Year in Review This week ReadWriteWeb is running a series of posts analyzing the five biggest, most cutting-edge Web trends to come out of 2009. We’re posting one trend analysis per day. Then at the end of the week we’ll publish a major update to our standard presentation about web technology trends. Our opening post was about Structured Data. In this article we look at probably the most hyped trend of 2009: the Real-Time Web. It has become a core part of many Internet products this year: Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook, Google, Delicious, WordPress, and many others.Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’ll re-publish some of our best posts of 2009. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2010. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!What is the Real-Time Web?Ken Fromm wrote an insightful primer to the Real-Time Web for ReadWriteWeb. In it he explained that the Real-Time Web is a new form of communication, it creates a new body of content, it’s immediate, it’s public and has an explicit social graph associated with it, and it carries an implicit model of federation. One of the early leaders in the Real-Time Web was FriendFeed, a lifestreaming service that became popular with early adopters. Co-founder Paul Buchheit (who also built the first version of Gmail, during his time at Google) told ReadWriteWeb in May that “the open, real-time discussions that occur on FriendFeed are going to become a major new communication medium on the same level as email, IM and blogging.” Related Posts richard macmanus Everything is Real-Time Now We must of course begin our product overview with Twitter. In March this year the super-trendy microblogging service marked its 3rd birthday. As Marshall Kirkpatrick explained at the time, it’s really the story of Twitter as a platform that is most exciting. However the Real-Time Web is much more than Twitter. It has changed the products and strategies of almost every major Internet company in 2009. Google may have missed the early action, but by May 2009 co-founder Larry Page was proclaiming that Google had to do a better job of being real-time. It’s started that process. For example Google is behind a project called PubSubHubbub, which delivers RSS feeds much faster (near real-time). PubSubHubbub is already making Google Reader faster.But while you’re waiting for Google search to become truly real-time, you can at least add Twitter results to it with this plug-in. In March, Facebook launched a site redesign emphasizing a real-time stream of updates on users’ homepages. Although this was unpopular with users, Facebook continued to dabble in Real-Time. In June, Facebook announced a new search interface allowing users to search for content from people, organizations, and other public figures as soon as they share it on Facebook. This was described as “up-to-the-minute” search results – in other words a real-time search engine. Meanwhile in April, FriendFeed introduced a revamped user interface that focused much more on real-time updates than previously. The most impressive change was the new advanced filters, which made it a lot easier for users to create streams based on keywords, groups, sets of friends and more. FriendFeed’s filters added something powerful to the Real-Time Web.In August, Facebook further strengthened its Real-Time chops by acquiring FriendFeed. This immediately brought more real-time sophistication into the Facebook family – we’re yet to see how Facebook will use it though. In August Yahoo’s influential social bookmarking service Delicious was re-born as a real-time news tracker. It launched a new home page, combining recent tagging activity and cross-referenced links on Twitter. The real-time updates continue… earlier today, all blogs on the WordPress.com platform and any WordPress.org blogs that opt-in will now make instant updates available to any RSS readers subscribed to a new feature called RSSCloud.ConclusionIn May, Marshall Kirkpatrick identified three forms of value from the Real-Time Web: ambiance, automation and emergence. In August, Bernard Lunn compared it to the real-time world of the trader. The Real-Time Web is all of those things and more. 2009 has in many ways been the Year of the Real-Time Web. But it’s early days yet, because we – collectively – are still looking for ways to use all of that extra real-time data. We’ve made a lot of data real-time and surfaced it in search and our filters. But what new applications and intelligence can we build off this data? That question will be answered over the coming few years.ReadWriteWeb’s Top 5 Web Trends of 2009:Structured DataThe Real-Time WebPersonalizationMobile Web & Augmented RealityInternet of Things A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Milinkovic-Savic insists he’s happy at Lazioby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic insists he’s happy at Lazio.The midfielder has battled for consistency this season.“Sergej is really, really happy at Lazio,” Mateja Kezman told lalaziosiamonoi.it.“He showed how much he loves the club and fans by choosing to stay, despite having many offers.“All young players have ups and downs. He had a tough start to the season, but game by game he’s improved, getting back to his usual levels in the last month.“People often forget that he’s not a striker. His job isn’t to score. He does a lot for the team during a game.“He won’t leave Lazio this month, that’s 100 percent certain. It’s not right to talk about him possibly moving away every time.“He has a long contract with the Biancocelesti, he’s happy with them and above all he’s not for sale this month.“We must respect Lotito as the President. Lazio are also a great club, with all due respect for other sides.” read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Porto signing Pepe: I survived Real Madrid graveyardby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto signing Pepe has revisited his time at Real Madrid.The Portugal international joined Los Blancos in 2007 at a time when centre-back signings had been struggling, but he managed to cement a place for himself in the side and to stay there for a decade.”For all the players who arrived at Real Madrid, for all the centre-backs, it was a graveyard for centre-backs,” he said in an interview with Porto’s media channels.”None of them made it.”But Porto prepared me for this and I was there for 10 years.”There were many great centre-backs who came, with big names, but they couldn’t stick like I did.”The move back to Porto sees the player back on the same team as Iker Casillas.”I’m very happy,” he said of the reunion.”It might be that this had an influence on the decision.”When I got here I asked him if he speaks Portuguese, like when he asked me if I spoke Spanish when I arrived at Real Madrid.”He told me that he understands it, but that he’s still embarrassed.”I told him he’s better than I was [at Spanish].” read more