BahrainMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Follow the news on Bahrain October 14, 2020 Find out more SyriaThe repression is not letting up after four months of protests. Reporters Without Borders has registered more than 70 abuses against media personnel since the wave of anti-government demonstrations began in March.“This figure is indicative of a government determination to control the media and the danger involved in working as a journalists or simply reporting an item of news,” the press freedom organization said.Reporters Without Borders condemns writer and journalist Mohamed Tahan Jamal’s arrest in the northern city of Aleppo on 20 July during a wave of preventive arrests by the security forces. A member of the League of Arab Writers and Union of Journalists and contributor to the pro-government daily Tishreen, he is one of 28 Aleppo intellectuals to sign the “Aleppo Appeal for the Nation,” a call for political reforms and a peaceful transition that was submitted to the city’s governor and posted on Facebook.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the photographer Khaldun Al-Batal was arrested while covering a peaceful sit-in on 20 July in the old town of Damascus.With UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser for the prevention of genocide, Francis Deng, talking of possible crimes against humanity and the Local Committee for Coordination in Syria referring to several cases of torture , Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the treatment that detained journalists and bloggers are receiving. Saber Darwish, a journalist who was arrested on 15 March and was released nine days later, has said he was subjected to electric shocks while detained, and was stretched on a metal frame called the “German chair”.At least 6 journalists and bloggers are known to be currently detained in Syria. They include:- Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed, two journalists working for Kurdish websites, who were arrested on 31 May.- Omar Koush, who was arrested at Damascus international airport on 1 May as he returned from a conference in Turkey.- Anas Al-Ma’arawi, a journalist and blogger and founder of the first Arab website specializing in the Android system, who was arrested in a Damascus suburb on 1 July. June 15, 2020 Find out more – Mohamed Nijati Tayara, a writer and member of the Human Rights League, who was arrested at a security checkpoint on 12 March and was initially accused of disseminating false information. A Homs criminal court dropped the charges after the second amnesty of 21 June. His case was then transferred to a Damascus appeal court which has yet to take a decision. His health deteriorated after he began a hunger strike with other detainees in protest against their detention and he has not had access to appropriate treatment. His is allowed to see his wife and lawyer once a week but no one else.The press freedom organization has learned that Abd Al-Hamid Toufik resigned as Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Damascus after the station was forced to suspend its activities in Syria, and Zeina Yazji resigned as an Al-Arabiya presenter on 11 May following pressure from government supporters.JordanChanting “Political reforms do not need oppression of journalists,” 300 people demonstrated in Amman on 22 July in protest against police violence against nine journalists during a demonstration in the capital on 15 July. Tarek Momani, the head of the Jordanian journalists’ union, said he has filed a complaint against the police. Four police officers have been arrested since the incident and an investigation is under way. Speaking on 22 July, King Abdallah condemned the violence against journalists as unwarranted and promising that measures would be taken very soon to assure the protection of journalists.BahrainDuring a news conference at Manama’s Ramada Hotel on 14 July, the journalist Reem Khalifa was violently attacked by government supporters, who accused her of using violence. Like many other journalists, Khalifa is constantly harassed by the regime’s supporters and often gets telephone death threats. She has been a target ever since a news conference by foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa on 17 February at which she expressed outrage at the government’s violent crackdown on the initial demonstrations and talked of a “massacre.” The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council attended the news conference.EgyptReporters Without Borders regrets that Dina Abd-Al Rahman was fired as a presenter of the Dream TV programme Sabah Dream yesterday following an altercation on the air with a former air force officer, Abd Al-Monem Kato.Many online commentators and activists have expressed their outrage about her dismissal, describing Dream TV owner Ahmed Bahgat, an ally of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces as a businessman opposed to media freedom on his own TV channel. While there is no evidence that the council had a role in her dismissal, the military has taken direct action against journalists on many occasions in recent months. 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Previous articleLimerick people put best foot forward for GOALNext articleMusic Review of the Year: The Class of 2014 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Twitter Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsCrime & CourtAdvice for guarding against business fraud this ChristmasBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2014 666 Email An Garda Síochána are warning members of the public and businesses to be vigilant due to reports from a number of banking customers who have fallen prey to frauds that involve various forms of information extraction from a person.The advice comes as two main forms of fraud have come to light while many embark upon the festive season.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 1. Phone Fraud Scam• The fraudster uses an invented scenario to engage a targeted victim in a manner that increases the chance the victim will divulge information or perform actions that would be unlikely in ordinary circumstances.• During the course of a phone call or series of calls, the perpetrators obtain enough information to take control of the victim’s bank account including full details of the online banking passwords following which fraudulent high value payments are made.2. Hacked Email Accounts• Personal email accounts of some customers (particularly company directors and individuals of high net worth) are being compromised, in many cases as a result of the individual responding to a Phishing e-mail.• Having gained unlawful access to the company director’s e-mail account, the hacker will familiarise themselves with the email correspondence therein.• The hacker will then issue e-mails from this account, posing as the company director, providing an excuse as to why all contact with him must be by email (“I’m boarding a plane and will be out of reach”)• The hacker may then either:(A) Contact the bank purporting to be the company director, and instruct that a payment be made to a fraudulent beneficiary account, or(B) Contact a colleague in the company’s finance department (e.g. financial controller, or some such person) instructing the issuance of a high value payment to a fraudulent beneficiary. In this latter situation, the bank will have been given a legitimate payment instruction by the finance department.AdviceThe Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in conjunction with the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland, offers the following advice to prevent these types of crimes.• Always ensure your Anti-virus software is up to date and capable of scanning for malware, and all known virsuses, trojan horses etc.• All inbound calls/e-mails that seek any kind of sensitive information or make payment instructions should be treated as potentially suspect.• Where a staff member receives payment instructions via e-mail, then enhanced checking procedures should be implemented at all time• Ensure that all calls/e-mails from strangers (who are seeking potentially sensitive information, of any kind) are handled with appropriate cautionIf you feel you have been the victim of fraud, it should, in the first instance, be reported to your local Garda station.