Radio Jowhar resumes broadcasting, but without music

first_img Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal SudanAfrica News Receive email alerts Organisation SudanAfrica April 6, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sudan Privately-owned Radio Jowhar resumed broadcasting at midday yesterday after spending 27 hours without electricity as a result of a decision by the Islamic courts. But now all kinds of music from nationalist tunes to love songs are banned, except jingles lasting no more than a minute, Reporters Without Borders has learned from Omar Faruk Osman, the secretary-general of its partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).——————————11.09.06 – Radio station closed down and reporter arrested at behest of Islamic courtsReporters Without Borders today condemned punitive measures taken by Somalia’s Islamic courts against the press in the past few days, including the closure of the privately-owned Radio Jowhar and the arbitrary detention for 48 hours of Osman Adan Areys, a journalist based in the central city of Beledweyn.“It is painful to see that, for the Somali population, anarchy is gradually being replaced by oppression,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is not too late for the Islamic tribunals to realise that maintaining order is not a matter of imposing prohibitions and a reign of fear.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Radio Jowhar’s attempts to maintain an independent editorial line in the terrible climate prevailing in Somalia deserves to be rewarded with respect, not with arbitrary closure. Similarly, journalists should not have to live in fear of being arrested by militiamen just because the facts they have reported have upset someone in authority.”The regional government of Middle Shabelle, which is backed by the Islamic courts in Mogadishu, ordered the privately-owned Jowhar-based Radio Jowhar to stop broadcasting music and songs on 9 September. Agence France-Presse quoted a commander in the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS) as saying the aim was to stop the broadcasting of “music that promotes devilish behaviour.” An Islamic court official quoted by the Associated Press said: “It is useless to air music and love songs for the people.”After receiving the order, Radio Jowhar’s management tried to argue that it was essential for the station to continue broadcasting music. An SICS armed unit then went to the station and stopped all further broadcasting. Jowhar’s power company has also been ordered not to supply the station with any more electricity, according to Reporters Without Borders’ partner organisation, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).Founded by intellectuals from different clans, Radio Jowhar is Jowhar’s only privately-owned radio station. It has tried to remain editorially independent at a time when many other stations are taking sides with the different political forces fighting for power.Meanwhile, a militia that supports the Islamic courts arrested Areys, a local correspondent for privately-owned Radio Simba and other Mogadishu-based stations, on 8 September in Beledweyn, the capital of the central region of Hiiraan, while he was covering a demonstration after Friday evening prayers in protest against any deployment of peacekeepers in Somalia.Beledweyn-based journalists quoted by NUSOJ said Areys was arrested because of a radio report in which members of the city’s population complained about the restrictions being imposed by the Islamic courts. He was released yesterday without any charges being pressed. September 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Jowhar resumes broadcasting, but without music News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa April 10, 2020 Find out more News March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Yoga Instructor Convicted of Sexual Battery

first_img Pasadena City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal Bagneris today announced the successful conviction of a local yoga instructor on four counts of sexual battery.A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pasadena on Nov. 13, 2013 found Naader Shagagi, 56, a yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary, 553 S. Lake Ave., guilty of four counts of sexual battery by fraudulent representation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena, Department O. The defendant’s conviction requires a lifetime registration as a sex offender.“We are grateful that the jury has sent a strong message that sex crimes will not be tolerated,” Pasadena City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal Bagneris said. If other victims step forward, our office will pursue these matters and seek justice for the victims.”Mr. Shagagi was convicted of committing the sexual crimes at his Lake Avenue yoga studio. He was convicted under California Penal Code section 243.4(c). The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on two other sexual battery charges.The case was based on complaints from three young female yoga students who were assaulted by Shagagi during so-called private “healing” sessions. Evidence provided by Deputy City Prosecutor Joon Kim showed the victims were told that his intimate touching would help “heal” the victims.Other fraudulent representations that the defendant made to the victims included that he was a “healer” who had cured others of breast cancer and that he was a “messenger of gods” who could communicate with gods.One of Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary’s brochures advertised “Curative Yoga” that could cure “any ailments.” The victims were convinced to participate in multiple private “healing” sessions with Shagagi during which he repeatedly groped and touched them.Bagneris said victims of sex crimes need to know “they are not alone and that the police and prosecutors are here to help them.” Bagneris said sex predators often groom their victims, developing a relationship of trust and confidence, and then breach that trust to satisfy their unlawful sexual behaviors.Bagneris encourages any sexual assault victim to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.For more information about the City of Pasadena visit or follow us on [email protected] Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Subscribe News Feature Stories Pasadena Yoga Instructor Convicted of Sexual Battery Published on Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more