Two journalists given prison sentences a week before World Press Freedom Day

first_img CameroonAfrica News News Organisation News May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out more CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon Two journalists given prison sentences a week before World Press Freedom DayReporters Without Borders expressed concern at the continuing practice of jailing journalists in Cameroon for press offences, as a court sentenced two journalists to five months in jail and a fine of five million francs CFA (7,620 euros) for defamation.”Exposing serious abuses in an article does not constitute a crime, even in Cameroon,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Editor of the newspaper, L’œil du Sahel, Guibaï Gatama and his journalist colleague Abdoulaye Oumaté were sentenced in their absence by a court in Maroua on 26 April 2005. They had exposed “abuses and extortion practised on the people by the security forces” in an article that appeared in January 2005 headlined Fotokol: the gendarmes block the road. Neither journalist attended court, for fear of arrest, and one of them is believed to have fled the country.In his article, Abdoulaye Oumaté condemned “the mafia gendarmes of the Fotokol brigade, who on the pretext of fighting ‘road-block gangs” roam the region robbing citizens.” A defamation complaint was subsequently lodged by the captain of the brigade.Reporters Without Borders said it also regretted that the court administration was not doing more to try to recover the court file which had mysteriously disappeared from the court clerk’s office, preventing the journalists from lodging an appeal.L’oeil du Sahel, a regional weekly that was launched in Maroua in 1998, is one of the few newspapers to appear in the region. Receive email alertscenter_img May 31, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court RSF_en Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Help by sharing this information News to go further April 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists given prison sentences a week before World Press Freedom Daylast_img read more

No mass gatherings casts doubts over Irish sporting events returning before September

first_img Betway strengthens racecourse presence with Cork sponsorship April 18, 2019 Share Betway backs Galway Festival with Super Saturday sponsorship July 17, 2018 Share 21Bet pays out on Wolves winning the league title January 29, 2018 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Major sporting events across Ireland are to face further setbacks after the Irish government confirmed that all mass gatherings of over 5,000 people will be banned until 1 September.The new restrictions will impact the 2020 All-Ireland championships, the League of Ireland, racing festivals and a number of other sporting events.Issuing a statement, government sources have said that local authorities will be told not to grant licences for large events in this period due to the coronavirus crisis.The Interim CEO of Football Association Ireland, Gary Owens, has called for a meeting with the government to discuss the impact of the latest ruling on the SSE Airtricity League and also its potential effect on international football if it is extended into September.The association had originally earmarked 19 June as a possible date for recommencing the League of Ireland, with plans to resume the Women’s National League a week later. Following the latest government statement, however, this date appears increasingly unlikely.Owens told FAI TV: “This is breaking news this evening and in two respects for us. The obvious question is, can we hold the international matches in the autumn period?“We really need to be able to hold those matches and have mass gatherings in September. Hopefully we can get to the end of August and that 5,000 limit will be increased.“That is a significant input and we need to take that into account, along with all the other factors which we are now analysing in advance of making a decision on the 5th of May when the Government will make their formal decision known.“Like everything else, the devil is in the detail. We really need to understand what they mean by 5,000 in terms of mass gatherings and whether that applies in stadiums and what are the criteria we would have to comply with.“We have been working with the medical team in Uefa who are helping us with guidelines, but obviously, we need to talk to the HSE and try and understand whether or not they would allow mass gatherings in football stadiums and if they do up to that level of 5,000, that could be a significant breakthrough for us.”Meanwhile a statement issued on behalf of Balybrit Racecourse, which is due to host the Galway Festival, has suggested that this year’s festival could possibly still go ahead behind closed doors.Manager of Ballybrit racecourse, Michael Moloney, confirmed that the festival ‘will not be able to take place as an event open to the general public this year’.The statement said: “In light of the evolving situation regarding Covid-19, for public health and safety reasons Galway Race Committee has reached the difficult but unavoidable decision that the 2020 Galway Races Summer Festival, due to be held from Monday 27th July to Sunday 2nd August will not be able to take place as an event open to the general public this year. We know this will be a huge disappointment for all our racegoers that attend year on year.“It may prove possible to run the Galway Races behind closed doors, dependent on Government policy and the approval of Horse Racing Ireland and Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board.“This would be for the benefit of the racing industry, our valued partners and our television audiences at home and internationally. We are currently planning for this scenario and we will update you on progress as and when we can.”last_img read more


first_imgThe ATA would like to announce that from Monday, November 8, Rachel Moyle will be commencing full time employment with the association. Rachel has been working with the ATA since September 2003 when she was awarded the media scholarship position. She has attended several ATA events and worked on maintaining the website. From Monday onwards she will be continuing work with the ATA in the Media field. This work will encompass both current tournament and website duties, as well as further media relations for Touch throughout Australia. She will be working to gain the sport more public attention, raise awareness and knowledge and help with gaining assistance and sponsorship through the media. Rachel will be available for all local, regional and state associations to work with. She is able to write stories, media releases and assist with general media work for all levels and groups involved with Touch. Please feel free to contact Rachel at any stage if you have a story or press release that needs to be written or would like assistance for either your website or local newspapers and media outlets. Please also feel free to contact her if you would like assistance in gaining publicity for your event or tournament. Rachel’s employment will also encompass two other areas for Australian Touch. She will be taking over the national travel and accommodation for ATA, part of the job Mellissa Craft held until recently finishing at ATA. She will also be undertaking the management of the Hot Spots program. The Hot Spots program has been introduced to assist CB’s and their Business Development Managers to attract new affiliates and to win back unaffiliated groups. The ATA envisages this program to produce a 3% growth in affiliated teams for the 2004/05 period. The ATA will help meet the requirements for a new affiliate by offering the following Hot Spots package. * Advertising campaign * Starter Kit made up of Administration Polo Shirts, 5 Touch Balls, 5 Referee Shirts * 5 targeted referee training sessions * Targeted Sporting Pulse education * Affiliate CD (marketing CD) * Sportsware Competition and Database program All enquiries on media work or assistance, the Hot Spots program and national travel and accommodation can be directed to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] read more

10 months agoLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for me

first_imgLiverpool ace Salah: My father sacrificed so much for meby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Mohamed Salah has paid tribute to his father for the success he has enjoyed over the last 18 months.Salah says his father paid a high price for him, and he is very grateful.He told GQ: “I would complain that I didn’t want to travel [the four hours] to training.”But he stood by me and told me that all great players go through this. “The price for him was very high, and I’ll never forget the role he played in my career.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoBrighton boss Hughton won’t blame Gross for Salah pen

first_imgBrighton boss Hughton won’t blame Gross for Salah penby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton insists he doesn’t blame Pascal Gross for Liverpool’s winning penalty on Saturday.Gross was penalised for a foul on Salah, which gave the Egyptian the chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot, and Hughton showed his understanding towards the incident.“You’ve also got to feel for Pascal — he was up against arguably the best player in the country in that position.“It was one-v-one and he needs to have help. There’s no blame on Pascal, I think he did a great job to track him [Salah] anyway.“These are the moments in the game that Liverpool generally find because of the quality that they’ve got.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Says Alabama Is The “Wal-Mart Of College Football”

first_imgColin Cowherd discussing something on his show.YouTube/Colin CowherdColin Cowherd has moved on from his weekly trolling of Iowa to find a new target. This week, Cowherd is apparently taking a few shots at Alabama. The FOX Sports radio host isn’t a fan of how “bland” the program has been during the Nick Saban era.Cowherd called Alabama the “Wal-Mart of college football” when discussing the team’s lack of quarterback success at the next level. He also doesn’t think that Saban’s excessive use of Derrick Henry will benefit the running back in the future.Where @ColinCowherd perfectly compares Alabama to Walmart. #RollbackTide #HerdHere— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 15, 2015Obviously, it’s hard to argue with how much success Saban’s had in Tuscaloosa. We imagine that he doesn’t really care whether he’s winning with enough style points.last_img read more

College Spun Media Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Writer This Summer

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209We are expanding!College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over four million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time writer to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. We’re looking for candidates who are obsessed college sports and understand the ever-changing digital journalism landscape. Ideal candidates will also have relevant experience. As an employee of College Spun, you will help dictate the site’s editorial direction.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be a great writer who can spot an interesting story and have the personality to tell it in an entertaining way.You must be well-versed in social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).You must be able to edit and manage other writers; team players only.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume and two writing samples.last_img read more

Seniors seek more housing as demand grows

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Save our Northern Seniors says Fort St. John needs more beds to provide for the growing senior community.Currently, there are 40 people waiting for beds for serious and extended care facilities and the demand continues to grow and there is no space available to accommodate them.SONS continues to push for another facility that can provide more space and care for seniors.At the Peace River Regional District Meeting where SONS made a presentation regarding the urgency of this matter.  Director, Jim Collins said they have achieved their goal once with a successful campaign to have more housing built and “are ready to do it again and hopefully for the last time,”Mayor Lori Ackerman acknowledges the need and shared, “this is not off the table.” All facilities that are focused on the care and well being of seniors are currently at capacity with substantial waitlists. This means if a situation arises that one of these people require further care then they currently have access to, that person ends up in the Hospital.Fort St. John, has 167 at home patients that heavily rely on their appointed windows of help from home support nurses and caregivers. There is demand as more retiring people are choosing to stay in the area and the demand will only further increase.last_img read more

CSK restrict RR to 1517

Jaipur: Chennai Super Kings produced yet another disciplined bowling effort to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151 for seven in an Indian Premier League encounter here on Thursday. Save Jos Buttler (23 off 10 balls) at the top of the order, none of other Royals batsmen looked the part as CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s immaculate reading of the track once again helped the defending champions. Left-arm spin duo Ravindra Jadeja (2/20 in 4 overs) and Mitchell Santner (1/25 in 4 overs) checked the run-flow as Royals batsmen were always playing a catch-up game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEven Imran Tahir (0/28 in 4 overs), who went for a few more runs compared to the other two spinners, ended with decent enough figures. Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) failed once again with seamer Deepak Chahar (2/33 in 4 overs) trapping him leg before. Buttler belted Shardul Thakur (2/44 in 4 overs) for a few boundaries before he mistiming one which was easily caught by Ambati Rayudu. Once Buttler was gone, Royals lost the momentum as wickets fell at regular imtervals. Steve Smith (15,22 balls) struggled once again as he slog swept Ravindra Jadeja towards deep mid-wicket only to find Rayudu. Samson also top edged a sweep which was caught by substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey. Rahul Tripathi’s struggles in the middle-order continued while Ben Stokes’ 28 off 26 balls wasn’t good enough. It was Shreyas Gopal, who struck a few meaty blows en route his 19 off 7 balls to take the target past 150 despite the home team playing as many as 42 dot balls. Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) vs Chennai Super Kings. read more

First phase rerun EC removes Malda SP 3 days before polls

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Saturday removed Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh and resisted him from performing any poll duty. Ajoy Prasad, commandant of the State Armed Police (Second Battalion), was asked to take charge of the district, latest by 10 am on Sunday.The five Lok Sabha constituencies of Malda North, Malda South, Balurghat, Jangipur and Murshidabad will be going to polls on Tuesday, April 23. Incidentally, the Malda SP happens to be the sixth IPS officer to be removed, including the Commissioners of Kolkata Police and Bidhannagar City Police, after the announcement of polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe removal of Ghosh barely three days before the polls in the district is reminiscent of a similar move by the EC just two days before the first phase of polls, when Cooch Behar SP Avishek Gupta was removed. Sources in the Commission said that BJP had raised allegation against Ghosh because he was just two months short of the ECI mandated ‘three years term in the same post’. Incidentally, in 2016 Ghosh – the then SP of South Dinajpur, was removed before the Assembly polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPrasad, who is taking charge of Malda, is a 2010 batch IPS officer and had served as Special Superintendent in the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Commission is satisfied with the scrutiny of the first phase of polls in Cooch Behar and will write to the EC for holding re-poll in only one booth at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. The BJP has demanded re-poll for 350 booths in Cooch Behar but the Commission, after two rounds of scrutiny, has disagreed. Meanwhile, Special Observer for Bengal Ajoy V Nayak said on Saturday that the condition of Bengal is similar to that of Bihar 10-15 years ago. “This is not good for democracy. The people and the political parties of Bihar had understood that the situation could not continue and so there was a change,” he said. When asked about the deployment of force, the Special Observer who was instrumental in conducting the 2015 Bihar election successfully, said: “At present we have a force that is enough to cover more than 92 percent of the booths. We have a target of making it 100 percent. But this not good for a healthy democratic situation,” he added.last_img read more