Appeal court frees all four imprisoned journalists

first_imgNews December 1, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 7, 2020 Find out more News September 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court frees all four imprisoned journalists RSF_en Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders hailed the release today by an N’Djamena appeal court of all of the four Chadian journalists who have been imprisoned in the past few months – Sy Koumbo Singa Gali, Michael Didama, Garondé Djarma and Samory Ngaradoumbé. A Reporters Without Borders representative attended the hearings and greeted the journalists as they left prison.“The conflict between the government and press of recent months was resolved honourably today,” the press freedom organisation said, adding: “We thank the authorities and above all President Idriss Déby for their support in this case.”Today’s developments followed a meeting between President Déby and Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard on 22 September at which Déby promised their release and amendments to the Chadian legislation governing the media. Ménard arrived in Chad at the head of a Reporters Without Borders delegation on 20 September.Reporters Without Borders undertook to submit a first draft of proposed amendments to Chad’s press legislation to the Union of Chadian Journalists in early November.In today’s hearing, the appeal court quashed the convictions of Gali, Djarma and Ngaradoumbé on procedural grounds. The presiding judge nonetheless cautioned Djarma that he was guilty despite the ruling overturning his conviction.The court upheld Didama’s conviction but accepted that there were mitigating circumstances and reduced his sentence to a month and a half in prison. As he has already spent more than a month and a half in prison, he was released after the hearing, like the other three.Ngaradoumbé, the editorial coordinator of the privately-owned weekly L’Observateur, and Djarma, a freelance journalist, were convicted of libel and “inciting tribal hatred” on 18 July in articles criticising President Déby. Ngaradoumbé was sentenced to three months in prison, while Djarma was sentenced to three years.Didama, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Temps, was sentenced to six months in prison on 8 August for libel, “publishing mendacious reports” and “inciting tribal hatred” in a report about the rebels in eastern Chad.L’Observateur editor Gali was convicted on 15 August of “inciting tribal hatred” and sentenced to a year in prison because of a 13 July interview with Djarma in which he attributed his imprisonment to a “Janjaweed plot.” Djarma himself was sentenced to an additional year in prison because of the interview. to go further Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid News Follow the news on Chad November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hailed the release today by an N’Djamena appeal court of all of the four Chadian journalists who have been imprisoned in the past few months – Sy Koumbo Singa Gali, Michael Didama, Garondé Djarma and Samory Ngaradoumbé. The organization undertook to submit a first draft of proposed amendments to Chad’s press legislation to the Union of Chadian Journalists in early November. ChadAfrica Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad ChadAfrica last_img read more

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Birds to open new store in Nottingham city centre

first_imgBirds Bakery is set to open a food-to-go focused store in the centre of Nottingham.The site, which is next to a Greggs on the city’s Listergate, will be open seven days a week. In addition to Birds’ hot and cold food-to-go lines, it will sell Birds’ traditional bakery range including loaves and confectionery.“The market is changing, but we have a very loyal following who still want bread and confectionery,” said Birds sales and marketing director Mike Holling.The business is currently fitting out the site, which is due to open in the next four to six weeks.In addition to the Nottingham location, Birds has acquired a site at the Westpoint shopping centre in Chilwell, and expects to open another store before the end of the year.Birds has also become part of Derby’s walk of fame – a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques celebrating the lives of people who have had a major impact on the city. The plaque outside Birds’ store in Irongate is in recognition of brothers Frank, Thomas and Reginald, who founded the business in 1919 after returning from the war.Other people to feature in the walk of fame include actor Sir John Hurt, suffragist Alice Wheeldon, and football management duo Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.last_img read more

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Stadium safety: leaving nothing to chance

first_img10 June 2008Stadium security is back in the spotlight following the deaths of 10 spectators at a recent 2010 World Cup qualifying match in Liberia.While the jury is still out over the causes of this tragedy, it has once again highlighted an emotive issue. The rumblings over whether South Africa was capable of hosting a World Cup first started when 43 spectators lost their lives at a Kaizer Chiefs/Orlando Pirates match back in 2001. It was the worst accident in South African sports history, surpassing a stampede a decade earlier, when 42 people died during a match between the same two teams in the mining town of Orkney.Danny Jordaan, who was the CEO of the SA Football Association at the time, called for cool heads. He reminded the international community of similar tragedies like Heysel in 1985, when 30 people died during the European Cup final, or Hillsborough (four years later), when a stampede left 96 Liverpool supporters dead.Nevertheless, Jordaan took the painful decision to postpone plans for the launch of the country’s 2010 bid. A commission of inquiry was conducted and a number of recommendations were made.And since South Africa was awarded the rights to 2010, many more safety measures have been introduced at stadiums around the country. It’s safe to say that spectator safety is unlikely to be a problem for either the 2009 Confederations Cup or the 2010 World Cup.As part of Africa’s 2010 legacy, it is crucial that South Africa shares these lessons with the rest of the continent.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Busa ‘will back Manuel’ for IMF job

first_img26 May 2011Business Unity SA (Busa) will support Planning Minister Trevor Manuel if he decides to stand for the position of International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, it said on Wednesday.“He has established excellent credentials as a former South African minister of finance, as well as enjoying a high reputation in global financial circles,” Busa spokesperson Masego Lehihi said in a statement.“He is also known as a strong advocate of reform in the global financial architecture.”BRICS should ‘influence’ decisionLehihi said Busa also endorsed the view expressed by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) group that the next managing director of the IMF should come from an emerging economy.The increasing role of the developing countries in the world economy had to be acknowledged.“BUSA believes that, collectively, BRICS should enlarge its sphere of influence over the final decision,” he said.Manuel’s name has come up a number of times as a possible successor to France’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who stepped down as IMF head after he was charged with the attempted rape of a hotel maid in New York.Strauss-Kahn has denied the charges.Sapalast_img read more

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At 50th anniversary event, CPI(ML) calls for opposition unity

first_imgPratima Engheepi, a middle-aged Karbi woman, is on the run as police of two districts in Assam are looking for her. She attended the 50th year celebrations of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) in Kolkata on Tuesday. She said she had to attend the event at any cost. “It was difficult to come here but I had to. I dismantled my phone so that they [the police] could not follow me. The country is in trouble so I had to come,” said Ms. Engheepi, a central committee member of the CPI(ML), the first of the Naxalite parties in the country, formed in 1969. Ms. Engheepi had led a day-long strike demanding a separate State uniting two Karbi Anglong districts in central Assam and the police went after her.‘Unite and Resist’ She believes the entire Opposition should unite – “irrespective of multiple differences” – as there is very little that any one party can do against the BJP. This was also the theme of the CPI(ML)’s 50th year public convention: ‘Unite and Resist’.Party’s general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya argued that while the Opposition “may be weak”, it was not the end of history as far as resistance was concerned. “The government is bulldozing its way to pass new legislations without any parliamentary scrutiny, but we will make sure that out on the streets there will never be any dearth of opposition,” he told the party supporters at the packed Netaji Stadium. Interestingly, ever since the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011, this is the first time a Leftist party has held its convention in the largest indoor stadium in Kolkata. Activist Teesta Setalvad spoke on the National Register of Citizens. “The NRC process arose out of a historical context, a hard-won consensus born of the Assam accord. We respect that, as do all right-thinking people in Assam who want a fair and just NRC. The integrity of the process has been affected by political interference post 2014. So much so that original standard operating procedures and modalities are being thwarted. To threaten an NRC-like process in other States is unconstitutional as it seriously affects the legal basis of Indian citizenship,” she said.last_img read more

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Eight Medical Students Awarded Cuban Scholarships

first_img Seven young Jamaican students will have the opportunity to pursue studies in Cuba under the Jamaica/Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship Programme, beginning in September. Another student, Marianne Binta Konate Hernandez, a Jamaican resident of Cuban heritage, was also awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the neighbouring island. Amanda Bradley, Dominique Whitely, Deanroy Clarke, Donorio Hartley, Satasha Hutchinson, Kerrylee Jones and Naifa Murray are this year’s awardees. They were selected from some 200 students who applied. Story Highlights Seven young Jamaican students will have the opportunity to pursue studies in Cuba under the Jamaica/Cuba Bilateral Medical Scholarship Programme, beginning in September.Amanda Bradley, Dominique Whitely, Deanroy Clarke, Donorio Hartley, Satasha Hutchinson, Kerrylee Jones and Naifa Murray are this year’s awardees. They were selected from some 200 students who applied.Another student, Marianne Binta Konate Hernandez, a Jamaican resident of Cuban heritage, was also awarded a scholarship to study medicine in the neighbouring island.Each year, the government of Cuba awards scholarships to Cuban descendants living abroad.The awards were formally presented to the students during a ceremony at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Kingston on May 31.Under-Secretary in the Multilateral Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Ann Scott, who spoke at the function, thanked the government of Cuba for the tremendous effort over the years to support and sustain the programme.“The government of Cuba has remained steadfast in its commitment to providing these well-needed scholarships for which we are deeply grateful,” she said.Ambassador Scott noted that the provisions are consistent with the country’s strategic long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica, and Government’s resolve “to build human capital so as to increase social development, particularly in rural communities across the island”.“Undoubtedly, health and wellness are two critical objectives if we are to successfully attain the Sustainable Development Goals that constitute the globally agreed [United Nations] Agenda 2030. Cuba’s support, in this regard, is deeply valued,” she added.Ambassador Scott pointed out that the scholarship programme is one of several mutually beneficial cooperation initiatives that exist between Jamaica and Cuba, adding that it reflects the strong diplomatic and fraternal ties both countries have shared since 1972.In her remarks, Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Ines Fors Fernandez, said her country’s government has been able to continue on its path for social achievement despite “complex external challenges”.She said Cuba’s medical achievements include: training more than 10,800 family doctors and nurses; and establishing 450 neighbourhood polyclinics, 150 hospitals, 12 research institutions, 287 community centres for older citizens, and 13 universities of medical sciences, among other institutions.Ambassador Fernandez said that the motto of the medical school, which the 2019 scholars will attend, highlights the focus on providing free medical training to bright students who are passionate about becoming doctors, but lack the financial resources to do so.She said provision of the scholarships “will drive them to return to serve in communities like their own”.Meanwhile, the Ambassador urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity to pursue their careers.“Become respected professionals… save lives and help humble people. Do not look on which side of your life is better but on which side is the duty. That will be the best way to give back to Cuba,” she added.last_img read more

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Giggs Ramsey will improve at Juventus

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs believes Aaron Ramsey will benefit in the same way Gareth Bale did by joining a “top-class” clubThe 28-year-old midfielder is set to become a free agent this summer once his existing contract at Arsenal following a breakdown in talks over an extension last year.Ramsey has been at the Emirates Stadium for over a decade and he’s managed 62 goals and 64 assists in 358 appearances since arriving from Cardiff City as a teenager for £5m.Now reports in Italy have suggested that Ramsey has agreed on a pre-contract agreement with Juventus for next season.While nothing has been confirmed yet from either the club or player, Giggs is hopeful that a move to a quality side like Juventus will benefit Ramsey in a similar way to what Bale has experienced at Real Madrid since he completed a €100.8m transfer from Tottenham in 2013.“I hope so,” Giggs told Sky Sports, when asked if a move abroad will benefit Ramsey.“You’ve seen the effect it’s had on Gareth Bale. He’s going to a top-class football club, one of the best in the world. That will improve you as a player.“When you’re an international coach, all you want is your players playing and he’ll be playing at the highest level.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Giggs was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to announce former team-mate David Beckham‘s arrival as a joint-owner of Salford City.The former England captain has purchased a 10% stake of the National League side and will combine the role with his duties at new club Inter Miami FC in the MLS.Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has refused to share any information on Ramsey’s future ever since it emerged in November that the club had withdrawn a contract offer.But the Gunners boss has remained pleased with Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch after another impressive performance in last Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea.“We spoke three months ago when the decision was made,” Emery said.“Now, I am very happy with him. Because his focus has been very clear in the last month.“His future is very important for his family and for him, but for us, it is very important that he is okay to play like he did [against Chelsea].last_img read more

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