Investigative journalist spends two days being interrogated and pressured at intelligence agency’s headquarters

first_imgNews RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information May 10, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayscenter_img News News Receive email alerts Organisation December 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist spends two days being interrogated and pressured at intelligence agency’s headquarters FranceEurope – Central Asia Guillaume Dasquié is free again. A journalist who specializes in defence and intelligence issues, Dasquié was able to go back home to his family late yesterday after two days in police custody of a very unusual kind. But he will never be able to forget all the hours he spent at the headquarters of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST), an intelligence agency, during which he was threatened with being placed in pretrial custody.“The use of psychological pressure and arrest to force journalists to reveal their sources is outrageous,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As Dasquié rightly points out, this violates article 109 of the code of criminal procedure, which says journalists have the right to remain silent when asked about the sources of their information. Such practices are shocking. Journalists are not responsible for government leaks and should not be treated as criminals.”Co-founder and editor of the political news website Géopolitique.com, Dasquié talked to Reporters Without Borders about his experience.Six DST inspectors arrived unannounced at Dasquié’s Paris home at around 8 a.m. on 5 December and proceeded to search it. The search went on for five hours. From the start, he was regarded as being in police custody, which under French law cannot last more than 48 hours. He was taken to DST headquarters at midday, at which point a race against time began for the DST to get Dasquié to reveal his sources before they were legally obliged to take him before a judge.Question after question was fired at him at DST headquarters. Dasquié quickly realised they were after one thing – his source for the confidential documents published in an article in the daily Le Monde on 17 April and in an article in June on the Géopolitique.com website that was headlined: “The DGSE memo on Osama Bin Laden’s resources.” DGSE stands for General Directorate for External Security. It is France’s CIA equivalent.Standard police custody procedures were not followed for long. Dasquié told Reporters Without Borders that deputy state prosecutor Alexandre Plantevin went to the DST headquarters to talk with him in private. Dasquié had not caved in, but they thought he was bluffing so it was time to increase the pressure one more notch. On the second day, the DST’s deputy director, Gilles Gray, took charge of interrogating the recalcitrant journalist.Dasquié was threatened with being placed in pretrial detention if he did not reveal his main sources. But he resisted, and his interrogators continued to be in the dark about his source’s identity. At 4 p.m. on the second day, the pace was stepped up again. An unprecedented conference call was arranged. In Dasquié’s presence, Gray called the deputy state prosecutor, who confirmed to him the deal he was being offered – either he revealed the names or be would be placed in pretrial detention.“The aim of all these interviews was to sidestep article 109 of the code of criminal procedure, in return for which they would release me,” Dasquié told Reporters Without Borders. “But I managed to protect my main source. His name did not emerge.”On the evening of the second day, Dasquié was finally taken before a judge who notified him of the charges being brought against him and of the fact that he was being placed “under judicial control.” He was then released, pending a summons to appear before the anti-terrorism judge who has been put in charge of the judicial investigation.Meanwhile, he has been banned from having any contact with members of the DGSE. This seriously limits his ability to continue working as a journalist specialising in intelligence issues. News to go furtherlast_img read more

Searches in Omagh and Cumbria as part of Kerr murder investigation

first_imgNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Searches in Omagh and Cumbria as part of Kerr murder investigation Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Previous articleFormer AssetCo staff in Lisfannon seek government helpNext articleMc Hugh wants others to become involved in IDA discussions News Highland Google+ Detectives investigating the murder of a police officer in Omagh have been carrying out searches in England.Constable Ronan Kerr was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in April last year.Anti-terror officers are taking part in the operation in Cumbria, while searches are also being carried out in Omagh. WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – November 26, 2012 Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Council water cuts – Saturday update

first_img Twitter Previous articleWater shortage update – problems persistNext articleTeen injured in Gortahork crash News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp News Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook By News Highland – January 16, 2010 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Council water cuts – Saturday update Pinterest Water Update – Saturday January 16thAs communicated to us by Donegal County Council -Water supplies are showing signs of stabilising in most areas of the county continue though demand remains above normal. Problems continue to be experienced with outdoor service lines, services to field troughs and outbuildings and vacant properties.We urge members of the public to check taps and service lines at home, in outbuildings and in fields, and in vacant premises. Where running water is found please close taps or valves in order to prevent more general water shortages.Interruptions to water supplies are well down on the past week, though excess demand in some areas (leakage / running services) continues to cause problems for other customers.The following is an update summary of the situation across the county by electoral area.Donegal Electoral AreaWater supply to parts of Donegal Town was interrupted this morning due to a burst watermain. Repair works are ongoing and it is hoped to restore supply this afternoon.The overall water demand in the Donegal area remains very high, but is reducing. There are no plans to close reservoirs in the Donegal Electoral area tonight, 16th January 2010.Stranorlar Electoral AreaDemand for water throughout the Lough Mourne supply area remains excessive, and beyond the supply capacity. Trends indicate that this demand is from a large number of individual services throughout the supply area. The council has no option but to continue the regime of nightime restrictions in order to ensure daytime supply.Tievebrack, Ballinacorr, Gleneely (Castlefinn), Lifford, Rosgier, Cavan Hill, Porthall, Convoy, Raphoe, Twin towns (Letterkenny Road area) and Drumkeen will all have supply closed from 8.00 pm to 8.00 am. The Corradoie / Liscooley area is also vulnerable to interruptions due to excess demand.The cross-border supply at Alt may experience interruptions later today and tonight again (16th) due to supply limitations.There has been a burst watermain on the supply to Meenreagh / Tieveclogher area, leaving the reservoir empty. Repairs are ongoing. It is hoped to recommission the main later today, to replenish the reservoir tonight, 16th January, so that supply to the area is restored for tomorrow 17th.Glenties Electoral areaDemand in the Gortahork / Falcarragh supply area and in the Rosses Regional supply area has reduced, though continuing at levels well above normal. There are no plans to close reservoirs in these areas tonight, 16th January 2010.Problems continue in the Ardara supply area, particularly Killybegs road and Loughrous Point, Ardara. As a result areas at high level are experiencing interruptions in supply. Ardara Reservoir will be closed tonight from 8.00pm to 8.00am with interruptions in supply on Narin Road, Killybegs Road and Loughrous Point. Water conservation / leak detection works are continuing in Brackey and Glengesh today and interruptions to supply may be experienced.Inishowen Electoral areaSupply in the Inishowen area generally has stabilised, though demand remains high. Reservoir closures are not planned tonight. Supply problems persist at Gleneely village, where supply to parts of the village are affected.Letterkenny Electoral AreaRamelton / Ballylinn. Supply to parts of the Aghnagaddy Group Scheme at Muirfield and Breaghy were turned off overnight last night (15th) due to excess demand in those areas. This regime will be repeated tonight (16th) and tomorrow noght (17th). The situation will be reviewed in the coming week. Consumers in these areas are urged to check for leaks on their supplies. These problems have negatively impacted on supply to the Ballylinn area of Ramelton served by Killycreen reservoir and to some consumers on the Letterkenny – Ramelton Road.Supply to the Gartan Group Scheme was turned off overnight last night (15th) due to excess demand in those areas. This regime will be repeated tonight (16th) and tomorrow noght (17th). The situation will be reviewed in the coming week.There are no plans to restrict supply elsewhere in the Letterkenny Electoral Area tonight 16th January 2010, though demand generally remains high. The appeal to members of the public to conserve water and to check for leakage / wastage applies.Water Services Staff are actively engaged in efforts to restore and maintain supply in all areas.Once again, we urge the public to check taps and service lines at home, in outbuildings and in fields, and in vacant premises. Where running water is found please close taps or valves in order to prevent more general water shortages. Thank you for your co-operation in this effort. Google+last_img read more

Protecting the Amazon

first_img The Western Amazon region is a major transit point for illegal vehicles and smugglers bringing weapons and drugs into Brazil. Often, arms that transgress these areas fall into the hands of violent gangs in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The criminals also cause environmental destruction and threaten indigenous communities by creating and protecting new trafficking routes through the jungle. In August 2011, the Brazilian Defense Ministry conducted a joint operation by the Brazilian Armed Forces as part of the country’s Strategic Border Plan. Code-named Ágata, the operation sought to combat environmental crimes along the border of the Western Amazon region. Colombian forces also participated. The following month, Brazil initiated Operation Ágata 2. Seven thousand troops were deployed along its southern border to combat organized crime, with air support from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Together, the military forces of the region are helping to put a stop to the use of these pristine areas for illicit ends. By Dialogo January 01, 2012last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Devin Bush, Steelers a perfect match at linebacker

first_imgThe personality match with Pittsburgh is perfect. The Steelers have been looking for a replacement for Ryan Shazier since he suffered a spinal injury in 2017. The defense has been looking for that blend of speed and nastiness in the middle of the field — the kind the unit has identified with since the 1970s.  SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | Day 1 winners & losers | Day 2 mock draftConsider Bush a lighter version of Larry Foote.  Bush can fill against the run (5-11, 180 pounds). He can drop in pass coverage, and that will help a unit that allowed 11.2 yards per catch to tight ends last season. He can spy on quarterbacks – which is a savvy move within the division given mobile quarterbacks such as Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.Bush will allow defensive coordinator Keith Butler to be creative with the linebackers, especially in packages with T.J. Watt — who has averaged 10 sacks over the past two seasons. It was also a bit of gamesmanship with Pittsburgh’s other rival within the division. Cincinnati had the No. 11 pick in the draft, and Bush was among the popular mock picks for the Bengals. Pittsburgh swooped in and grabbed a linebacker who can reshape a defense that needed to get better this offseason.  It’s a defense that needed a little more edge, too. Bush is the same linebacker who defaced the Michigan State logo then led a defense that allowed 94 total yards in a victory later that afternoon. He’s built to play in AFC North rivalries — and given the Bengals and Browns are in Ohio State country it’s not just another Steelers heel.  MORE: Follow the Steelers’ draft, full list of selectionsHe should be good at that, too. Did Pittsburgh give up too much? The Broncos got the Steelers’ first- and second-round pick in this draft and a third-round pick in 2020. Bush will have to live up to the billing, and given he is the fifth first-round Steelers linebacker this decade along with Jarvis Jones (2013), Shazier (2014), Bud Dupree (2015) and Watt (2017) the expectations will be high given the top-10 price.  Bush should live up to those expectations, too.  The Steelers went bold with Bush, and it will be beautiful to watch for the years to come. The Steelers made the first bold trade of the 2019 NFL Draft by trading up with Denver for the No. 10 pick and got exactly what they needed to give some personality back to “Blitzburgh”: Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.Bush has all of that as one of the most-complete linebackers in this draft. Bush had 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 11 pass breakups and was an aggressive hard-hitting linebacker for the Wolverines — one who was not afraid to show his own personal style with his draft-day attire.  last_img read more

World Juniors 2020: Four reasons the United States was handed an early exit

first_imgWJC: Alexis Lafreniere happy to be back, stresses focus for Canada ahead of semisThe Finns, however, ended any chance at another American championship by smothering them at even strength via an aggressive forecheck and held them to only seven shots in the final frame. Additionally, Finland gave the U.S. only two power-play chances for the entire game — the second coming within the last two minutes of regulation.So what exactly happened in the Czech Republic? Here are four reasons why the Americans are coming home empty-handed.Defense ScoringApart from the involvement of Zac Jones in multiple high-quality scoring chances, the American defensemen did not have a productive tournament from an offensive standpoint. Of the 10 competing nations, only Kazakhstan received fewer points (two) from their defensemen as the U.S. (five). Conversely, the four advancing teams — Canada, Finland, Sweden and Russia — received 17, 17, 19 and 12 points, respectively. One can make a strong argument that the best U.S. defender in terms of playmaking and generating chances off the rush is Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cam York, who averaged a team-low 5:55 per game and was barely used at even strength. The group as a whole was strong defensively, but New York Rangers draft pick K’Andre Miller’s ill-advised turnover late in a tie game against Canada led to Alexis Lafreniere’s game-winner. That opening-game loss prevented the Americans from winning the group and gaining a higher seeding in the medal round.Alexis Lafreniere gets the puck off the faceoff and scores a beautiful goal to make it 5-4. 3:10 left to play. #WJC2020 #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/8Dpe3sukhd— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 2019The stats will show that this defense corps allowed only five goals at even strength, but their inability to handle the Finnish and Canadian forechecks had a profound impact on their ability to help tilt the ice in their favor.The Penalty KillMake no mistake — the hard work displayed by the likes of Jack Drury, Spencer Stastney and Parker Ford while down a man was borderline heroic. But in the end, the penalty kill let the Americans down, specifically in the critical Boxing Day game against Canada where they were victimized three times. They did a solid job killing off an opening four-minute power-play early in the first period of their quarterfinal match against Finland, but the lone goal came off a Joonas Oden one-timer while Jack Drury was in the box for hooking.Kristian Tanus with the no-look dish to Joonas Oden, and Finland breaks the deadlock! pic.twitter.com/kYL0k30UNl— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 2, 2020Miller was on the ice for five of the eight power-play goals surrendered, and both he and Wisconsin teammate Ty Emberson made questionable decisions in coverage. For the tournament, the U.S. penalty kill operated at a disappointing 65.2 percent success rate — their worst in the last decade.Depth ScoringFor whatever reason, only five American forwards in the quarterfinal match against Finland played over 14 minutes, and both Alex Turcotte — the fifth-overall pick in last year’s draft — and leading goal-scorer Arthur Kaliyev, played less than four minutes in the final period. While it’s common practice for a coach to ride his top players in a close game, head coach Scott Sandelin’s reliance on two lines throughout the tournament, including the final 15 minutes of regulation against Finland, was puzzling given the resumes of the teenagers he was keeping on the bench.In retrospect, the intensity and importance of this year’s play in Group B may have made it easier for Sandelin to justify leaning on his preferred group, but he has to be held partly responsible for not finding the right combinations for his bottom two lines. Not enough goals from goal scorersRaise your hand if you predicted that three of the most prolific scorers in the history of the U.S. National Team Development Program — recent first-round picks Oliver Wahlstrom, Turcotte and Cole Caufield — would combine for one insignificant five-on-five goal in five games.Although Turcotte and Caufield teamed up to score the winner in overtime against the Czechs, they were unable see enough ice to impact play at even strength. Granted, they were on the roster’s younger side and are eligible to return next year; but zero goals in regulation between the two of them was a development few, if anybody, could have foreseen.Cole Caufield OT winner. #WorldJuniors (📽️: @TSN_Sports ) pic.twitter.com/HfyNa4P7qJ— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) December 30, 2019Wahlstrom, on the other hand, didn’t have any excuses. He’s a goal scorer who saw plenty of ice time in all situations, and although he had four assists, his lone goal was an insurance marker in the third period against Germany. Wahlstrom led the team with 21 shots and hit the post a few times, but he could have been better when he was needed most. The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship is over for the United States after it fell to Finland 1-0 in the tournament quarterfinal.It is the earliest exit for the Americans since they finished fifth in 2015; this defeat ended an impressive run of four straight years with a medal. Although the strength of a preliminary-round group that included Russia, Canada, Germany and the host Czech Republic made the Americans’ road to another world junior crown more difficult than in previous years, this year’s roster on paper looked strong enough to be considered one of the top candidates to win.last_img read more