Provincial reporter still being harassed two years after leaving newspaper

first_imgNews Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 12, 2021 Find out more to go further November 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial reporter still being harassed two years after leaving newspaper Reporters Without Borders condemns the two-month prison sentence which an appeal court in Saida (440 km southwest of Algiers) imposed on journalist Hassan Bourras on 28 October in addition to the fine of 40,000 dinars (460 euros) to which he was originally sentenced. The court issued the additional sentence after upholding his conviction on charges of libel and “attacking state institutions” in connection with an article published two years ago in the Arabic-language daily Al-Bilad, in which he criticised the municipal administration of El-Bayadh (650 km southwest of the capital).“We are shocked to learn that Bourras’ sentence has been rendered much more severe by the appeal court, although it was Bourras who filed the appeal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Bourras was the first journalist to suffer under the new criminal code adopted in 2001, receiving a one-year prison sentence.”The press freedom organisation added: “The failure to respect correct judicial procedure, the severity of this new sentence and his recent summons by the intelligence services all illustrate the kind of methods used by the Algerian authorities to harass independent journalists.”The 28 October ruling was the outcome of the appeal that Bourras filed against the fine he received from a local court on 24 March for two articles he wrote in 2006 about the administration of El-Bayadh, which had elicited several complaints against him by the city’s prefect, the regional health authorities and the health workers union.Two months before the appeal court’s verdict, Bourras was summoned on 1 September by the Intelligence and Security Department (DRS), questioned about protest movements in the south of the country and warned not to write about them.Bourras, who left Al-Bilad in 2006, told Reporters Without Borders he was not notified that his appeal was being heard by the court, which issued its ruling without him or his lawyer being present. He plans to appeal against the appeal court’s ruling when it has been formally notified to him.“I am the victim of this government and its repressive laws for journalists,” he said. “I have taken to court several times since 2001 to defend what I have written. I am used to dealing with the Algerian courts and police, but this recent preventive intervention by the intelligence services, warning me not to cover the unrest in the south, shows that senior government officials have me in their sights.”In 2003, Bourras was sentenced to two years in prison and was banned for working as a journalist for five years in connection with articles about two corruption cases that he wrote for the Oran-based regional daily El Djazairi. He was imprisoned from 6 November to 2 December 2003. Then an appeal court reduced his sentence to damages of 100.000 dinars (1,100 euros) and a fine of 10,000 dinars (about 100 euros). While still held, he went on hunger strike in protest against his detention.On the same subject:23.12.2003 – Reporters Without Borders dismayed by verdict against journalist Hassan Bourras Help by sharing this information News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img RSF_en Follow the news on Algeria April 29, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rocky Point Man Gets 2 Years for Head-on Drugged-driving Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rocky Point man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for driving while high on heroin when he crashed head-on into another vehicle, seriously injuring a woman in Shoreham two years ago.Denis Karachopan had pleaded guilty in 2013 at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, heroin possession and failure to stay in lane.Police had said that the 24-year-old was driving his BMW westbound on Route 25A when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit an eastbound Nissan shortly after 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 2013.Investigators discovered heroin and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The victim suffered two broken legs and other injuries, but her then-3-week-old infant, who was also in the car, was not hurt.Prosecutors had recommended a six-year prison term for Karachopan.Judge Richard Ambro also sentenced Karachopan to three years of probation and suspended his driver’s license for six months.last_img read more

Silicon Labs: isolated smart switches drive any load in harsh industrial environments

first_imgSilicon Labs has introduced a family of compact, robust isolated smart switches designed to drive any load, even in the harshest industrial environments. The new Si834x isolated switches are ideal for driving resistive and inductive loads such as solenoids, relays and lamps used in industrial control systems including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), I/O modules, relay drivers and servo motor controllers. Each switch is galvanically isolated for safety using Silicon Labs’ CMOS-based isolation technology, offering better reliability and performance than legacy optocoupler-based isolation, including high common-mode transient immunity (CMTI) of more than 100 kV/µs.The Si834x isolated switch family supports high-side and low-side switch options, low on-resistance (145 mΩ RON), up to 700 mA of continuous current compliant with the IEC 61131-2 standard, comprehensive protection and diagnostic reporting, and advanced configuration, monitoring and control for industrial automation systems. The switch logic interface can be as simple as four low-power CMOS digital inputs or as rich and flexible as a full serial peripheral interface (SPI) capable of controlling up to 128 channels with four MCU pins.Sophisticated switch and load monitoring techniques combined with fast responses to changing conditions make the Si834x switches extremely robust, flexible solutions for driving a wide range of loads. Each switch can detect an open-circuit condition and is protected against over-current, over-voltage from demagnetization (inductive kick or flyback voltage) and over-temperature conditions. An innovative multi-voltage smart clamp efficiently handles an unlimited amount of demagnetization energy. Over-current protection includes an inrush current mode not found in competing products, allowing the switch to drive challenging loads.The Si834x switches achieve better inductive load-driving performance than competing devices and safer overload protection without the same inefficiency, loss of lifetime reliability, or the need for complicated cooling solutions by employing an innovative, rapid manipulation of switch impedance and clamp voltage. While other solutions entering into a fault state may shut down, the Si834x switches can continue operation in a constrained but functional state with reduced channel performance, dramatically improving system uptime.The isolated switches feature a sophisticated logic interface with eight separate diagnostic reports, offering an unprecedented level of detail and control for each switch and making the Si834x devices the most flexible switches on the market. Diagnostics are configured, monitored and cleared through SPI or exposed on active-low, open-drain indicator pins for easy access. Diagnostic communication is independent of the switch control signals across the isolation barrier. Separate isolation channels and constant fault monitoring ensure the highest level of device reliability, providing system operators with detailed information about how the switches and their loads are behaving on the other side of the isolation barrier.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Sensors and processors converge for industrial applicationsNext Bringing blockchain to the Internet of Thingslast_img read more