British journalist fined and deported after being held for a week

first_img Follow the news on Zimbabwe to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ZimbabweAfrica British journalist Jonathan Clayton, a correspondent for The Times of London, was deported to South Africa after being sentenced yesterday by a court in Bulawayo to a fine of 20 billion Zimbabwean dollars (150 euros) or six months in prison for making false statements to immigration officials when he arrived in Bulawayo on flight from South Africa on 9 April.Presiding judge Phathekile Msipa said that, when questioned by immigration officials at the airport, Clayton vehemently denied being linked to any news media. Clayton, who appeared in court in leg irons and wearing a prisoner’s uniform, pleaded not guilty. His passport and personal effects were returned to him and he was put on the first flight to Johannesburg.———–16.04.2008 – More journalists arrested as political crisis deepensReporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about freelance journalist Frank Chikowore, who was arrested by police near his Harare home yesterday and has since been held in an unknown location. The organisation also calls for the release of British journalist Jonathan Clayton, who was arrested at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo international airport in Bulawayo on 9 April.“As Zimbabwe sinks deeper into crisis, the authorities are using its Kafkaesque laws to take radical measures with people they regard as getting in the way,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are extremely worried about Chikowore, who has proper press accreditation and who has nonetheless been virtually kidnapped by the police for no known reason.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists continue to be arrested under a repressive 2002 press law and we fear even greater dangers for journalists if the political situation worsens.”The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA), a regional press freedom organisation, said Chikowore was seen for the last time when he was brought home at 11 a.m. yesterday by four policemen in anti-riot gear and three plain-clothes police officers. They searched his home and left with a computer, a recorder and a camera, and with Chikowore.Harrison Nkomo, a lawyer appointed by the MISA to represent Chikowore, has been unable to find out where he is being held, despite going to Harare police headquarters three times to ask. “The police deny that they are holding him and claim they have never seen him,” Nkomo said. “I don’t know where he is.”Chikowore used to work for the now banned Weekly Times, but he has been a freelance journalist for the past several years and he has accreditation issued by the Media and Information Commission, an essential requirement for anyone working as a journalist in Zimbabwe.Clayton was arrested at Bulawayo airport on 9 April on the grounds that he tried to enter Zimbabwe as a tourist. He was brought before a court in Bulawayo on 14 April. The court is expected to issue a decision in the next day or so.Margaret Ann Kriel, 60, who used to be a journalist with the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), was released on bail on 12 April after being held for two days. She has been placed under house arrest pending a court decision as to whether she is to be charged with working as a journalist without accreditation. The authorities claimed she interviewed several people including opposition politicians. News Help by sharing this information News September 1, 2020 Find out more Organisation center_img RSF_en Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Receive email alerts Reports November 12, 2020 Find out more April 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist fined and deported after being held for a week News ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwelllast_img read more

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President Muluzi’s re-election becomes a taboo subject

first_imgNews Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Organisation May 24, 2019 Find out more News News MalawiAfrica Receive email alerts Follow the news on Malawi June 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Muluzi’s re-election becomes a taboo subject October 10, 2012 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 4, 2021 Find out more News In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi MalawiAfrica Reporters Without Borders today deplored the Malawian authorities’ ban on a debate by the Lilongwe Press Club about whether President Bakali Muluzi should run for another term of office. President Muluzi has already outlawed demonstrations for or against lifting restrictions on presidential reelection.”This refusal to allow an open public debate and permit journalists to talk about a matter of public interest is a serious violation of human rights,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, in a letter addressed to President Bakili Muluzi. He noted that two journalists had been threatened and many copies of a privately-owned newspaper seized for having raised the subject of the Muluzi’s re-election.The Malawian parliament is due to consider on 27 June an proposed amendment to Article 83 of the Constitution which would allow him to run for a third time in 2004. It needs a two-thirds majority to pass. A number of civil and religious organisations have called for a referendum on amending the Constitution. On 28 May President Muluzi banned all public demonstrations about the issue.The ban on the Press Club debate came on 20 June, after police broke up a debate being organised there between journalists, politicians and members of civil society and forbade the Club to hold another.One of the president’s advisers, Dumbo Lemani, led a demonstration of supporters of the ruling party, United Democratic Front, outside the offices of Blantyre Newspapers, which published two pro-opposition papers, the Daily Times and the weekly Malawi News.The crowd threatened two journalists, Mabvuto Banda and Akimu Kaingana, who had written articles opposing the president’s re-election. All the journalists remained quietly in the building until the crowd dispersed without incident. However, one of the company’s employees was attacked when he tried to note down the registration numbers of vehicles involved in the protest.Anonymous attackers set upon newspaper sellers in the streets of the capital (Lilongwe) in August last year and seized copies of the privately-owned newspaper The People’s Eye. The aggressors then went to the paper’s offices and made off with 300 copies of the latest issue. The paper’s managing editor, Chinyeke Tembo, closed the paper “to allow things to settle down.” He had published an article criticising President Muluzi’s silence on whether he would seek a third term of office. to go furtherlast_img read more

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New pay structure expected to be agreed this month

first_img Comments are closed. New terms and conditions for NHS staff are close to agreement. Officials for the Government, employers and trade unions told delegates atthe conference that the Agenda for Change – proposals aiming to change andmodernise pay structures – are expected to be agreed this month. It will include a new pay structure, job evaluation and possibleintroduction of team bonuses, and will be piloted in some hospitals this year,while full implementation is scheduled for April. Officials at the conference including Ben Dyson, head of NHS pay at theDepartment of Health, and Andrew Foster, HR director at the DoH, refused to gointo details of the negotiations. www.nhs.uk Previous Article Next Article New pay structure expected to be agreed this monthOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Ronald Bower’s Attorney’s Plea To Queens and Nassau Sex Crimes Victims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]R[/dropcap]onald Bower, a 52-year-old father of two from Queens, has spent nearly 23 years in prison for heinous sex crimes an ever-growing number of law enforcement officials believe he did not commit.This list includes current or former members of the New York State (NYS) Inspector General’s Office of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and members of the very sex crimes unit that originally arrested and charged him.Most recently, NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Office joined these ranks—Thomas Schellhammer, chief of its Conviction Review Bureau—telling the Parole Board at Clinton Correctional Facility it “highly unlikely that Bower committed the crimes for which he was convicted” and urging his “earliest” release in the best interest of society.Bower was arrested by Queens sex crimes detectives on May 10, 1991 during his shift at the Douglaston Mall, where he worked as a security guard. The then-30-year-old, who had no prior criminal record, was made to change out of his security guard uniform and into a hooded sweatshirt, similar to the one sex crimes victims of a series of attacks along the western Nassau-Queens border in the vicinity of Union Turnpike throughout a roughly two-year span ending in August 1991 reported their assailant as wearing.The attacker, dubbed the “Silver Gun Rapist” by investigators, would accost his victims, sometimes two at a time, while they walked or entered their vehicles, always threatening them with a gun—oftentimes either a silver or black .38 revolver.Victims described him as about 30 years old, around 5’6” to 5’8”, 150 pounds, brown or black hair, brown eyes, sporting a moustache, wearing a dark leather or vinyl bomber-style jacket, acid-wash jeans or chinos and gloves. The perpetrator was likely left handed and required access to an automobile to commit the crimes, according to investigators and court documents. He would drive or lure his victims to secluded areas and force them to perform oral sex on him at gunpoint—sometimes, he’d also rape them.Police labelled these crimes internally as “Pattern #1/91.”Bower, who weighed approximately 210 pounds at the time of his arrest, is right-handed, and did not possess a gun nor own a car. He passed a polygraph test about the incidents in which he was charged administered by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, Richard O. Arther, and has insisted his innocence ever since. And despite his arrest, the pattern attacks continued.Double Vision: (L) Former NYPD Officer Michael Perez and Ronald Bower. Police allowed Perez to change out of the hooded sweatshirt he was arrested in and into a suit and tie for his mug shot, while demanding Bower put one on for his. (Long Island Press)Three months after Bower’s arrest, unbeknownst to him or his attorneys, another man—a New York City Police officer named Michael Perez—was arrested and charged in two such alleged sexual attacks (though allowed to change out of the clothes he was arrested in and instead wear a suit and tie for his mug shot). In one such incident, Perez was pulled over by police for driving the alleged victim’s car erratically and a loaded .38 was discovered under his seat, according to court documents, investigators and an Aug. 7, 1991 New York Times article titled “Police Say Officer Abducted and Raped Woman.” He was eventually acquitted in both cases—yet an investigation revealed he had been off-duty for many of the Pattern #1/91 attacks, is left-handed, and owned several handguns, according to court documents and investigators—including silver and black .38 revolvers.Bower was recently granted parole, in part due to the NYS Attorney General’s Office’s recommendation. Because the Conviction Review Bureau fell short of moving to exonerate him, however, he will be released as a sexual offender—a Queens hearing to determine his risk level assessment is scheduled for the near future; a Nassau judge recently rendered him a Level 3 Sex Offender, the highest classification. Bower’s refusal to participate in mandatory sex offender classes, since he still maintains his innocence, was a contributing factor.Bower’s longtime attorney, Nassau Legal Aid Society appeals bureau chief Jeremy Goldberg, tells the Press that for the father of two to achieve exoneration—something an independent team of law enforcement officials and investigators, his attorney and tortured family vow to never give up on—Bower will need “a miracle.”Thus, he is making a plea to sex crime victims in the hopes that shedding new light on these brutally vicious attacks will unearth details that can be used to not only help exonerate Bower, but bring the true perpetrator to justice.Because investigators with knowledge of the aforementioned attacks also tell the Press there were potentially a dozen or more women who were similarly sexually victimized in this vicinity during this time period—whose cases remain unsolved—information obtained from his plea may be just the miracle all these women have been praying for, too.“You may be able to play a part in saving the rest of Ron Bower’s life,” he says. “Your help could prove crucial.”last_img read more

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