Nine newspapers resume publishing after week-long protest against harassment

first_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Organisation Resistance by pro-Ouattara and independent mediaThe group of newspapers that suspended publication today in protest at the “unacceptable harassment” consisted of eight opposition publications – Le Nouveau Réveil, L’Expression, Le Patriote, Le Jour Plus, Le Mandat, Le Démocrate and Nord-Sud – and one independent one, L’Intelligent d’Abidjan.All belong to an alliance called the “Newspaper Collective for Safeguarding the Gains of 28 November 2010,” which issued a joint statement “vigorously rejecting the CNP’s illegal decisions” and “noting with great concern the continuation of judicial and police harassment by means of repeated summonses to journalists to report to the criminal investigation department.”The Collective also deplored the disappearance of Ouattara Yacouba, a driver for the daily Nord-Sud, who was kidnapped and has not been seen since. RSF_en Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Photo : AFP to go further Nine privately-owned newspapers – Le Patriote, Le Mandat, L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, Le Démocrate, L’Expression, Le Jour Plus, Nord-Sud, Le Nouveau Réveil and Le Repère – resumed publishing yesterday, a week after suspending publication temporarily in a joint protest against threats and harassment by officials allied to Laurent Gbagbo.The climate for the media nonetheless continues to be poisonous in Côte d’Ivoire, as evidenced by a rocket-propelled grenade attack on the headquarters of the Fraternité Matin daily on the evening of 5 March. It caused no damage.Local retransmission of France 24 is still suspended, while retransmission of the BBC and RFI has been suspended since the start of March. and two Télé Notre Patrie journalists who were arrested on 28 January are still being held in Abidjan’s main prison ._______________________________________01-03-2011- Amid continuing political deadlock, nine newspapers suspend publishing and RTI transmitter attackedNine privately-owned newspapers suspended publication today until further notice in protest against threats and harassment by officials who support Laurent Gbagbo. The move came two days after the main transmission centre of Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), the state-owned broadcaster controlled by the Gbagbo camp, was attacked by supporters of Gbagbo’s rival Alassane Ouattara during clashes in the Abidjan district of Abobo.At the same time, a printing press employee of La Refondation, the company that publishes the daily Notre Voie, was beaten and hacked to death yesterday in the south Abidjan suburb of Koumassi. Notre Voie supports Gbagbo’s party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPL).“Our concern for press freedom in Côte d’Ivoire is mounting by the day,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our support to the privately-owned newspapers that are being hounded and threatened and have decided to denounce a situation that has become impossible for the press.”The organization added: “We fear that the repressive measures adopted by the National Press Council and the media war being waged between Gbagbo and Ouattara will result in the already very polarized media becoming even more radicalized.”New version of National Press Council moves into actionIn a communiqué read out on RTI on 25 February , the National Press Council (CNP) announced the suspension of the pro-Ouattara daily Le Nouveau Réveil for one week (six issues). Three other pro-Ouattara dailies, Le Patriote, Nord-Sud and Le Jour Plus, were fined between 1 and 2 million CFA francs (1,500 to 3,000 euros).The authorities accuse these newspapers of publishing “unbearable and shocking images” and comments “defending violence” and “revolt” in their coverage of clashes between pro-Ouattara and pro-Gbagbo demonstrators in Abidjan.In a statement sent to Reporters Without Borders, Le Nouveau Réveil director-general Denis Kah Zion said his newspaper had decided to accept its suspension only “to preserve the lives of its employees.”The CNP’s governing body was fired and replaced at the start of February by Gbagbo supporters. Reporters Without Borders condemned the move at the time as “an arbitrary and politically-motivated move (…) liable to set Côte d’Ivoire back 20 years in terms of respect for media freedom .”“Laurent Gbagbo’s government has just taken over the CNP, a regulatory body known for being serious and impartial,” Reporters Without Borders said in a release at the time. “Given the political affiliation of the people co-opted by the Gbagbo camp to replace its leadership, we fear the CNP will cease to perform its regulatory function and will henceforth be used to punish opposition journalists and media harshly, and to protect media that are loyal to Gbagbo.” Côte d’IvoireAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections October 29, 2020 Find out more RTI transmitter attacked, pro-Gbagbo newspapers torn upShots were fired at RTI’s main transmission centre, located in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Abobo, during clashes between pro-Gbagbo security forces and Ouattara supporters on the night of 26 February, resulting in the interruption of RTI’s over-the-air signal in the capital.“Although this broadcaster is currently an all-out propaganda mouthpiece for the Gbagbo camp, this kind of incident will not help to defuse tension,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Regardless of the context, we condemn armed attacks on news media and transmitters.”Today, members of the Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) attacked news kiosks and newspaper vendors, tearing up copies of pro-Gbagbo newspapers, which are continuing to publish. Threats were also made against Edipresse, a company that distributes newspapers. Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election March 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nine newspapers resume publishing after week-long protest against harassmentlast_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires

first_imgThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in Decatur County, Tennessee. The eagle was found off Martins Landing Road in Bath Springs on December 30. The injured eagle was transported to an animal hospital on December 31 where it was determined the eagle could not recover from its injuries and it was euthanized. Fires raging across the continent of Australia have killed an estimated 500 million animals, including 8,000 koalas, ecologists say. The fires, which began in September, have charred birds, mammals and reptiles and threaten to wipe out entire species in a country that already has the world’s highest extinction rate. CNBC describes the current situation on the ground in southeast Australia as a “charred, apocalyptic nightmare.” Australia’s fires are stoked by record high temperatures and drought exacerbated by climate change. The fires are expected to worsen as the southern hemisphere moves deeper into the summer months.  The U.S. Forest Service is closing roads in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. The seasonal road closures affect five districts and are primarily put in place to reduce damage from winter weather and disturbance to wildlife. Though closed to motor vehicles, the roads are still open to hiking. Click here for a full list of road closures. A reward of $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest. Bald Eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Violations of these acts carry a maximum criminal penalty of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in federal prison. If you want to do something to help, donate to Australia’s Red Cross here: https://www.redcross.org.au/center_img Reward offered for arrest of person responsible for shooting bald eagle in Tennessee Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires Roads and campgrounds temporarily closed in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest beginning January 15 to remove hazard trees affected by a fungus. The campground will remain closed until February 15. last_img read more

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Arsenal held as Brighton make a point

first_imgBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal’s top-four bid suffered a setback as Jurgen Locadia’s equaliser gave Brighton a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday.Unai Emery’s side had taken an early lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fine first half strike.But Locadia levelled for Brighton before half-time and the Gunners couldn’t find a winner after the interval.Arsenal have won only once in their last four games in all competitions, a frustrating sequence that started when their 22-match unbeaten run ended at Southampton on December 16.The north Londoners climb to fourth place in the Premier League, but fifth placed Chelsea could move back above them if they avoid defeat at Watford later on Wednesday.Emery started Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front and the pair were quickly into the groove.Despite not often starting together as central strikers this term, Aubameyang and Lacazette have established a good understanding and both were denied well by goalkeeper Mat Ryan early on.Even so, it took just seven minutes for the pair to put Arsenal ahead. Lacazette poked through for Aubameyang, who curled a fine effort high into the far corner for his 15th goal of the season.Brighton, beaten in their previous three games, thought they had equalised, only to see Glenn Murray’s effort ruled out.Murray bundled his way towards goal and forced the ball, seemingly, over the line.But it was adjudged to have been kicked out of the hands of Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, who still scrambled back to attempt to claw the ball off the line. Share on: WhatsApp Throughout their impressive first season under Emery, Arsenal have remained troubled by the defensive deficiencies that hampered them in final years of the Arsene Wenger era.Brighton equalised in the 35th minute after a horrible error from Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Swiss international attempted to head a long ball back to Leno, but succeeded only in finding Jurgen Locadia, who took the ball past Leno and tapped into an empty net.Emery made a half-time change, bringing on Alex Iwobi for Mesut Ozil, increasing the feeling that the out-of-form German midfielder is on borrowed time at Arsenal, where he is the highest-paid player.Brighton began the second period the stronger, twice coming close to taking the lead.Solly March cut in from the right and his low effort was pushed around the post by Leno. Then March turned provider to tee up Locadia who glanced just wide.Iwobi almost won it late on when he blocked March’s clearance and the ball trickled just wide, but Arsenal were force to settle for a point.last_img read more

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