to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 29, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Algeria Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today urged the Algerian authorities to ensure an effective investigation into a murder attempt against Hafnaoui Ghoul, a journalist on the daily al-Wassat and a human rights activist, at his home in Djelfa (250 kms south of Algiers) overnight on 6-7 January. A group of hooded assailants armed with a knife were lying in wait for him, gagged him and ripped his clothes. They fled without being identified.“The Algerian authorities have a duty to protect all their citizens regardless of their activities and opinions. Hafnaoui Ghoul regularly exposed embezzlement and scandals in the city of Djelfa. Unless there is a serious investigation leading to the investigation and trial of those responsible, it will send a very disturbing signal to investigative journalists”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Hafnaoui Ghoul made a formal complaint following the attack and asked the prosecutor to provide him with protection. Reporters Without Borders regrets that the police failed to act in response to threats the journalist said had been made against him the week before the assault.Alongside his work as a journalist, Ghoul is also spokesman for the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LADDH) and is a member of the National Union of Algerian Journalists. He was imprisoned for six months in 2004 during which he observed a two-week hunger strike to protest against harassment from the judicial authorities. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News January 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hooded assailants launch knife attack against journalist Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more
(BBC) – Red Bull have lodged an official protest against a controversial and revolutionary steering system on Mercedes’ 2020 Formula 1 car.Red Bull allege that the so-called dual-axis steering system (DAS) breaks the rules on two counts.These are that it constitutes a moveable aerodynamic device and that it is an adjustment to the suspension while the car is in motion.DAS alters the ‘toe’ of the front wheels by moving the steering wheel.The ‘toe’ is the angle of the front wheels in relation to the longitudinal axis of the car.F1 cars operate with a degree of ‘toe-out’ – which effectively means that the front parts of the tyres are turned outwards by a few millimetres.This is beneficial when the driver turns in to the corner as it gives them more grip and stability but causes a degree of ‘scrub’ on the straights, where the tyre is dragged across the track at an angle, which causes its temperature to rise.In the Mercedes system, the driver can pull on the steering wheel to straighten the front wheels as he comes on to a straight and then push back on it to revert to the ‘toe-out’ position as he enters a corner.The potential advantage is two-fold: it changes the amount of tyre ‘scrub’ on the straights, allowing the team to adjust the temperature of the tyres and it could reduce drag to increase straight-line speed.The system has been banned by a change of rules for 2021, but governing body the FIA has already said it considers DAS to be legal under the current rules.The success of the protest, lodged with the stewards at the delayed season-opening race in Austria this weekend, will be determined by whether officials agree with the FIA’s assessment of the system.It has been declared legal on the basis that it complies with a rule that states: “The front wheels are adjusted solely by the steering and under the full control of the driver.”But Red Bull have lodged their protest on different grounds, namely Articles 3.8 and 10.2.3 of the technical regulations.Article 3.8 says that any part of the car that influences its aerodynamic performance “must be rigidly secured to the entirely sprung part of the car” and “must remain immobile” in that relationship.Red Bull contend that the change in the angle of the front wheels gives Mercedes an aerodynamic advantage by reducing drag on the straights.And Article 10.2.3 says “no adjustment may be made to any suspension system while the car is in motion”.The success of that part of the protest will depend on whether stewards consider DAS to be part of the suspension system or, as Mercedes will contend, the steering.It has been claimed that Mercedes are using the system only on the drivers’ first laps out of the pits, which suggests that it is being used to generate tyre temperature for the start of qualifying laps.But Mercedes deny that out laps are the only time it is used.