Help by sharing this information August 21, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly released journalist rearrested after appealing against banishment Receive email alerts November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more News to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” December 26, 2019 Find out more News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Reporters Without Borders today protested against the arrest of journalist Abdallah Zouari of the banned weekly Al Fajr on 19 August, just 10 weeks after his release upon completing more than 10 years in prison. His arrest appears to stem from a recent administrative order issued by the interior ministry banishing him to the south of the country.”This arrest is unacceptable and this administrative measure taken by your department is utterly abusive”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Hedi M’henni. “The completely arbitrary arrest of a man whose life has been destroyed by more than 10 years in prison is simply inhuman”, the letter said. “We call on you to release this journalist immediately and to rescind this banishment order.”Following his arrest by police in Tunis on 19 August, Zouari was taken to Harboub prison in the governorate of Mednin (southern Tunisia). Although residing in Tunis, he had been notified by an interior ministry letter dated 15 July that he was being banished to Zarzis, in the Mednin governorate. Zouari had not complied, calling the order “arbitrary”, and had appealed to an administrative court which has not yet issued a ruling. On 16 August, three days before his arrest, police had gone to his home in a Tunis suburb, threatening his 80-year-old aunt when they failed to find him there.According to his lawyer, Zouari is accused of having refused to comply with this banishment order. The lawyer says there is no justification for the order inasmuch as Zouari has been residing in the outskirts of Tunis and not in Zarzis, where only part of his family resides. A hearing on the case has been set for 23 August before a Zarzis court.A contributor to Al Fajr, the official mouthpiece of the Islamic movement Ennahda, Zouari was arrested on 12 April 1991 and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for “belonging to an illegal organisation”. He was also sentenced to five years of administrative control on completion of the jail sentence, which means he must present himself regularly to the police station nearest his home. He was released on 6 June 2002.”What ecstasy to have my pen and paper back, to be able to jot down a few notes without the threat of a meticulous and humiliating body search”, Zouari said to Reporters Without Borders earlier this month. “For years, it was strictly forbidden to have a pen or piece of paper, and there were terrible punishments for those who tried to get them. The threats are still there because, whereas the pen is banned behind bars, it is muzzled outside, in this bigger prison.”The editor of Al Fajr, Hamadi Jebali, has been imprisoned since 1991. After completing a one-year sentence for an article criticizing the system of military courts, he was sentenced by the Tunis military court to 16 years imprisonment for “aggressive intention to change the nature of the state” and “belonging to an illegal organisation”. Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder RSF_en
Top StoriesProcedure For Appointment of Chief Justice Of India Ultra Vires Of Constitutional Tenets: Plea In Supreme Court Sanya Talwar1 Nov 2020 1:33 AMShare This – xA plea has been preferred in the Supreme Court challenging the memorandum of procedure regarding appointment of the Chief Justice of India as ultra vires of Articles 14 & 124 of the Constitution of India.Petitioner-in-person Bharat Pratap Singh, who is a practicing Advocate of Allahabad High Court has moved the instant petition, stating that the quest for independence of Judiciary which is…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been preferred in the Supreme Court challenging the memorandum of procedure regarding appointment of the Chief Justice of India as ultra vires of Articles 14 & 124 of the Constitution of India.Petitioner-in-person Bharat Pratap Singh, who is a practicing Advocate of Allahabad High Court has moved the instant petition, stating that the quest for independence of Judiciary which is a cardinal feature of the Constitution of India, is at present a road half travelled.In this light, the petitioner avers that as the Chief Justice of India is the Constitutional head of the judiciary and is appointed on the basis of seniority on recommendation of the outgoing Chief Justice of India, the independence of judiciary may be compromised.”That the procedure for appointment of Chief Justice of India on the basis of seniority alone is a reiteration of feudal custom and akin to rule of primogeniture which has been held ultra vires/ unconstitutional by this Hon’ble Court in various judgments after promulgation of the Constitution of India.” – Plea In SCThe plea states that the letter of recommendation by the outgoing CJI in favour of the next senior most judge is “not equal to the recommendation of collegium of the SC but is a creation/revival of another kind of kingship which abolished long ago under the Constitution” and that it militates against the spirit of Article 124 and the mandate of the Supreme Court judgement passed in the case of Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association and others Vs. Union of India”.It is stated that owing to the lack of any Constitutional/statutory rule/ law for fixation of seniority, there always stands a chance/ scope of breaking the provision of seniority.Further, the plea states that if the procedure for the appointment of CJI is in doubt and unconstitutional, talking about independence of judiciary is futile, illusory and day-dreaming. In this context, it is contended that even though the CJI is a different class in terms of administrative powers, salary, oath and office, the Constitution is silent regarding their procedure of appointment.”Under Article 124(2) and 126 of the Constitution of India which relate to the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and appointment of Acting Chief Justice do not provide any procedure for appointment of CJI and acting CJI on the basis of seniority…. there is complete lack of due process for appointment of the CJI for the reasons best known to the learned framers of the Constitution,” the petitioner states.Calling the recommendation in favour of the next CJI by the outgoing Chief Justice of India much like a tradition/custom of royalty, the plea states that the same lacks constitutional efficacy and sanctity in a Constitutional Democracy like India.Apropos this, the plea seeks quashing or upholding the validity of the Memorandum of Procedure for the appointment of the Chief Justice of India.Additionally, the petitioner has stipulated questions of law pertaining to the procedure of appointment such as whether the current procedure is a constitutionally valid one and is a due process of law.Further, the petitioner has sought a decision on the questions of :Whether there is any seniority rule or is list of the SC judges prepared by the Ministry of law/ Supreme Court of India?Whether the letter of recommendation of the outgoing CJI is a constitutionally valid recommendation as that of the collegium?Whether the President of India is bound to appoint the senior most judge of the SC as CJI on the basis of the recommendation letter of outgoing CJI as per Memorandum of Procedure without any due process of law?Whether the CJI is a different class or not?Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
This week in esports has seen plenty of unpredictable, exciting developments come into fruition. We understand that it’s not always easy to stay on top of everything that happens – especially when there are so many titles and organisations involved in the scene. That’s why we’ve rounded up the most interesting stories for you.We’ve seen Imagine Dragons invest in an esports company, KSV eSports ditch its old identity, OpTic Gaming expand into India, and FC Schalke 04’s Head of Esports leave for Riot Games in just one week!If you like seeing big stories in one single place, consider subscribing to our twice-weekly newsletter: ESI Dispatch.Imagine Dragons members and management invest in ReKTGlobal and RogueReKTGlobal announced that both members and management of Imagine Dragons has invested in the company. Band members Daniel Platzman and Wayne Sermon have gone as far as becoming co-owners of ReKTGlobal’s esports organisation, Rogue.Imagine Dragons is not the only member of the music industry that’s involved with the company; Steve Aoki sold Rogue to ReKTGlobal earlier this year, and together, they plan on entering franchised titles such as League of Legends and Overwatch in the future.Read the full article here.KSV eSports rebrands to Gen.G, enters Clash RoyaleKSV eSports has officially rebranded as Gen.G as the organisation’s focus now includes “establishing a new gold standard for global esports.” KSV was a combination of Korea and Silicon Valley.Along with the announcement of the rebranding, Gen.G has acquire a roster as its official team for the upcoming Clash Royale League by Supercell. This expansion makes sense considering the organisation’s leadership team has vast experience in the world of mobile gaming.Read the full article here.OpTic Gaming partners with AFK Gaming, SoStronk for Indian CS:GO teamOpTic Gaming has entered a partnership with AFK Gaming and SoStronk to form an Academy team with an all-Indian roster in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Tryouts for this team kick off with May 7th, with players undergoing “an extensive evaluation based on psychometric and theoretical tests in addition to role-based and in-game analysis.” Players who make it through the initial tryouts will be shortlisted and carefully scouted by SoStronk’s Prashant “Aequitas” Prabhakar and Ali “Alicus” Saba, Scouting Director of Infinite Esports and Entertainment. The process will conclude in May 12-13th, where a new roster will be formed.Read the full article here.Hans Christian Dürr joins Riot Games as Head of Esports DACHHans Christian Dürr, the former Head of Esports for FC Schalke 04, has accepted a position at Riot Games. In this new role, entitled Head of Esports DACH, Dürr is responsible for aiding the growth of League of Legends esports in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.With past experience working with two teams that are currently competing in the EU LCS, Dürr is seemingly more qualified than most for this position.Read the full article here.