TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders and the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) wrote to Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon today asking him ensure that detained journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov gets a fair trial and an immediate conditional release pending the outcome of the trial. Ismoilov has been unjustly held in connection with his reporting since 23 November 2010. Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media Receive email alerts News Related documents pismo_prezidentu_rahmonu_ismoilov.pdfPDF – 122.25 KB Organisation News to go further Help by sharing this information Nuriddin Karshiboev, NANSMIT Chairman TajikistanEurope – Central Asia News November 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Tajikistan September 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President asked to intercede in detained journalist’s case News #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president Jean-François Julliard, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General May 14, 2021 Find out more Dear Mr. President,The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders and the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) would like to share with you their relief at BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov’s recent provisional release and we would like to thank you if it was because of your intervention. We are following his trial closely.On the eve of International Day of Solidarity with Journalists, we would now like to draw your attention to the case of Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, a journalist detained in the northern province of Sughd since 23 November 2010, whose case has similarities with Mr. Usmonov’s. As guarantor of your country’s Constitution and the international conventions it has ratified, we urge you to do everything in your power to ensure respect for the presumption of innocence and a fair trial for Mr. Ismoilov.Mr. Ismoilov is charged with inciting religious and racial hatred (article 189 of the criminal code), blackmail (article 250), defamation (article 135) and insult (article 136) for what he wrote in various publications including the newspaper Nuri Zindagi about alleged corruption by local judicial and political officials. A Sughd provincial court ordered him detained for the duration of the investigation. But there are continuing doubts about the impartiality of the court and the impartiality of the investigation. The local judicial apparatus is acting as both judge and plaintiff in this case because it was the target of Mr. Ismoilov’s articles.We therefore urge you to intercede with the judicial authorities, within the limits of your powers under to constitution, so that an additional investigation can be conducted and so that Mr. Ismoilov’s trial can be transferred to a different location such as Dushanbe and can be heard by a court that is not directly involved.In order to respect the principle of the presumption of innocence, Mr. Ismoilov must also be granted provisional release without delay. Pre-trial detention is a serious measure that seems out of all proportion in this case. He is not in a position to put pressure on witnesses or eliminate evidence. Depriving Mr. Ismoilov of his freedom seems more like an act of personal revenge than an act of impartial justice.As president, you have a duty to ensure that Mr. Ismoilov is treated in a fair and equitable manner and that national and international rules of justice are respected. We trust that you will appreciate the important of our request and will take the appropriate action.Sincerely, RSF_en Read in Russian/ Читать по-русски: August 25, 2020 Find out more
The Motet’s Joey Porter is a Jazz Fest after-dark veteran who has proven himself time and time again as a veritable funk machine. Widely known as a Herbie Hancock fanatic, for Jazz Fest this year, Porter has regrouped with a phenomenal cast to perform the jazz legend’s iconic funk songbook. Porter is also amped to contribute to L4LM’s F*ck 2017 hit, another Jazz Fest late night calling in a vast array of premier players. Find out what’s up with The Motet’s main man on the ivories, as he discusses all things Head Hunters and the city that forever eats with Live For Live Music’s own B.Getz.The Motet – “The Truth” – Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LA – 4/30/2017[Video: David Ferriot]L4LM: The Motet is a Colorado band but has a long and storied history in New Orleans after dark during Jazz Fest. What immediately comes to mind when you think of the most wonderful time of the year?Joey Porter: Jazz Fest is always fun because it brings together like-minded musicians on and off stage.L4LM: Would you share a couple favorite memories of Jazz Fests past? What are you stoked about for this year?JP: Most of my favorite memories are from playing music with my musical heroes like Oteil [Burbridge], The Meters, Mike Clark, John Medeski, etc. This year I’m stoked to play my Herbie Hancock tribute with Sput [Robert Searight], Nate [Werth], Garrett [Sayers], and [Ryan] Zoidis!L4LM: I enjoyed The Motet’s shows with Lettuce this past winter. I was lucky to be in the house for the Fox Theater in Oakland and have watched the live stream from The Capitol Theatre several times. My takeaway is that both bands seemed to feed off one another, and it’s clear there’s a kinship between the camps. A very funky double bill, but two very different krewes, both filled with virtuoso players. JP: Obviously, Lettuce is one of the funkiest bands ever. They also happen to be some of my best buds! On their last tour, they sounded the tightest I’ve ever heard, and especially Nigel [Hall] is killing it right now! Lettuce and The Motet are apples and oranges. Both funk bands, but very different approaches. Lettuce is darker and more instrumental, while The Motet is more party-funk and mostly vocal tunes.L4LM: At Brooklyn Comes Alive, you performed your Herbie Hancock tribute, and now you are regrouping for a Live For Live Music Jazz Fest late night. How did the Herbie project first come together, and how do you go about selecting the players?JP: I’ve been doing Herbie Hancock tributes with different bands since 2000. Nowadays, I’m afforded the opportunity to pretty much select whichever musicians I want, so I chose artists I think would be best suited for this music.Joey Porter’s Herbie Hancock Tribute – “Actual Proof” – 9/24/2017 Brooklyn Comes AliveL4LM: Let’s geek out on classic Herbie. A lot of people know the Head Hunters record, but fewer people actually plunge beneath the surface. Naturally, I love Thrust but also the Warner Brothers era, with Fat Albert Rotunda. What are some of your favorite Herbie records? Joey Porter: My favorite albums are the “funk era” of Herbie from 1973 to 1980, so Head Hunters (1973), Thrust (1974), Man-Child (1975), Flood (1975), Secrets (1976), Sunlight (1978), Feets, Don’t Fail Me Now (1979), and Mr. Hands (1980)L4LM: Which drummer, Harvey Mason or Mike Clark?JP: Harvey Mason is mostly just on the Headhunters album, whereas Mike Clark is on several albums. My favorite would be Harvey.L4LM: Who’s your Herbie sax foil: Wayne Shorter or Bennie Maupin?JP: Wayne Shorter is only on the jazz Herbie albums, whereas Bennie Maupin is on all of the funk stuff. I love them both, but Wayne Shorter is my favorite because he wrote so many important tunes.Herbie Hancock – “Cantaloupe Island”[Video: music channel bluewind]L4LM: What else is planned in the life and times of one Joey Porter at Jazz Fest and beyond?Joey Porter: I’m looking forward to doing the Fu*k 2017 gig with my buds in Turkuaz! I’m also producing the upcoming Motet record, due in the fall, which I’m very excited about! We should have another single drop before our Red Rocks show on June 2nd!L4LM: Last one. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? What does that mean to you, Joey?JP: New Orleans is a very unique, incomparable city. When I’m not at Jazzfest, I miss the delicious food, unrivaled local music, and the one-of-a-kind party atmosphere! If you’re down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, you’ll have a ton of chances to catch Joey Porter live and in action!First up, he’ll be performing during Fu*k 2017: A Tribute To Those We Lost in 2017 (Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino & many more) featuring Craig Brodhead, Michelangelo Carubba, and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) & Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet) at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2nd. (For more info, click here, and to purchase tickets, click here.)Next, he’ll be doing back to back plays with The Motet at the House of Blues all weekend long. on Friday, May 4th, the funk heavy-hitters will pay homage to Sly & The Family Stone. Then, on Saturday, May 5th, they’ll be joined by Butcher Brown. (For more info, click here, and to purchase tickets, click here.)Finally, at the Maison on Sunday, May 6th, he’ll lead his Herbie Hancock Tribute featuring Joey Porter & Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Robert “Sput” Searight & Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy/Ghost Note). (For more info, click here, and to purchase tickets, click here.) For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.
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