Some called ruck clearout red card harsh but now Tom Youngs has also been suspended

first_imgWednesday Apr 10, 2019 Some called ruck clearout red card harsh but now Tom Youngs has also been suspended In one of the more controversial calls from the weekend, Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs was red carded for a dangerous clearout during their heavy loss to Exeter Chiefs. If Leicester fans thought that was bad, it’s just got worse as a suspension has been handed down. ADVERTISEMENTYoungs appeared before an independent disciplinary panel this evening after he was shown a red card by referee Tom Foley on Saturday. This was for making contact with Chiefs lock Ollie Atkins’ head in a ruck contrary to Law 9.20(a) – dangerous play in a ruck or maul.Youngs accepted the charge and was given a three week suspension by the independent panel comprising Philip Evans QC with Richard Whittam QC and  Chris Skaife.Panel chair Philip Evans QC said: “The player accepted the charge and the facts as alleged including having made contact with his opponent’s head. The panel found the appropriate starting point was 6 weeks (mid-range). “Given his early plea of guilty, his candid evidence to the panel, obvious remorse, playing record and personal mitigation including off-field mitigating factors, exceptionally, the panel felt able to reduce the period of suspension by 3 weeks.”He is free to play again on 7 May 2019 taking into account Leicester Tigers’ upcoming fixtures.Leicester sit 10th in the Gallagher Premiership table, five points above bottom side Newcastle Falcons.ADVERTISEMENTIf the above video doesn’t play for you, you can see one angle of it in the official match highlights below Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Benin : investigative journalist Ignace Sossou must be released on appeal

first_imgAmnesty International, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Africtivistes (the Pan-African Network of Bloggers and Web Activists) and five other organizations regard Sossou’s detention since 20 December as arbitrary and as a violation of his right to free speech Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Benin’s authorities must overturn investigative journalist Ignace Sossou’s 18-month prison sentence, eight civil society organizations said today, on the eve of his appeal hearing tomorrow in the capital Cotonou. Benin boasts of its three decades as a “robust democracy” that promotes free speech and holds free and fair elections followed by peaceful handovers, but the signatories of this press release are concerned about the wave of arbitrary arrests of political activists and journalists, and the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, which have reached an alarming level. “This is the first time that a journalist in an ECOWAS member country has been given a prison sentence for correctly reporting comments that were actually made,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa bureau.“This sets an extremely dangerous precedent. If Ignace Sossou is not acquitted on appeal and quickly released, it would mean that any journalist working in Benin could henceforth be imprisoned for accurately reporting statements.” News Benin’s authorities must overturn investigative journalist Ignace Sossou’s 18-month prison sentence, eight civil society organizations including RSF said today, on the eve of his appeal hearing tomorrow in the capital Cotonou. Photo Facebook du journaliste d’investigation béninois Ignace Sossou. In his address to the workshop, the prosecutor described Benin’s Digital Communication Law as a “weapon” that could be used against journalists. He also commented on the government’s decision to disconnect the Internet during the April 2019 parliamentary elections. Sossou reported these comments on Twitter and Facebook as soon as they were made. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Amnesty International Pan-African Network of Bloggers and Web Activists (Africtivistes) Benin Bloggers Association Citizen Platform 229 Citizen Voice and Action Burkina Faso Bloggers Network Bloggers Association for Active Citizenship – Niger “By detaining Ignace Sossou, who simply reported a judicial official’s public statements, the Beninese authorities are just confirming their desire to put unjustified pressure on journalists and media freedom.” said Samira Daoud, Amnesty International’s regional director for West and Central Africa. BeninAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment BeninAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Canal France International (CFI), which organized the 18 December workshop, initially wrote in a letter that it “clearly distances itself from these Facebook posts and practices of this kind, which are completely lacking in professional ethics and give journalism a bad name.” But CFI subsequently sanctioned those responsible for the letter, acknowledging an “internal error with regard to this matter,” and called for Ignace Sossou to be released without delay because his posts were “not in any way defamatory.” to go further In a trial held four days later, a court sentenced Sossou to 18 months in prison and a fine of 200,000 CFA francs (300 euros) on a charge of “harassment by means of electronic communication.” Sossou, who had acknowledged being the author of the tweets but denied harassing the prosecutor, was jailed in Cotonou’s main prison. “All the Digital Communication Law has done is create a climate of repression and restrict the right to freedom of expression in Benin,” Africtivistes president Cheikh Fall said. “No blogger or journalist should go to prison simply for doing their job. The authorities must amend this law’s draconian provisions and bring it into line with international standards on freedom of expression, above all by decriminalizing press offences including online ones.” May 4, 2021 Find out more The prosecutor filed a complaint against Sossou, claiming that his comments has been taken out of context, with the result that Sossou was arrested without a warrant on 20 December by members of the Central Office for Combatting Cyber-Crime (OCRC) supported by officers from the police station in the Cotonou suburb of Godomey. Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism Signatories Additional information RSF_en In the space of less than two years, at least 17 journalists, bloggers and political activists have been prosecuted under the Digital Communication Law, some of whose draconian provisions violate free speech and press freedom. Benin is ranked 96th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index, after falling 18 places in the past two years. November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Benin News On 19 February, on the 30th anniversary of Benin’s national conference, President Patrice Talon referred to those prosecuted under the Digital Communication Law. He said those who decide to violate the republic’s laws should be ready to be held to account for their actions In court. Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention News Sossou committed his alleged offence at a workshop on fake news during elections that the French media development agency, Canal France International (CFI), organized in Cotonou on 18 December 2019. Sossou and the Cotonou public prosecutor were among the participants. November 7, 2020 Find out more February 27, 2020 Benin : investigative journalist Ignace Sossou must be released on appeal Organisation “Ignace Sossou is unjustly detained, and this constitutes a flagrant violation of his right to freedom of expression. Journalists must be protected by their government, not criminalized. This appeal hearing must be regarded as an opportunity to carry out his immediate and unconditional release.”last_img read more