Six Gambia Press Union journalists pardoned and released

first_img News RSF_en News News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Help by sharing this information to go further Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom August 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gambia Newscenter_img September 4, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six Gambia Press Union journalists pardoned and released Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the six journalists – all members of the Gambia Press Union – who were given two-year jail sentences on sedition charges on 6 August were released yesterday evening from the prisons where they were being held, Mile Two and Mile Jeshwang, after receiving a pardon from President Yahya Jammeh.“The happy ending must not be allowed to eclipse the injustice these six leading journalists suffered,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Despite being innocent, they spent a month in prison, far from their families and, in some cases, at a danger to their lives because of poor health. We hope they can now be safely reunited with their families and colleagues and that, in the wake of this pardon, the president will now loosen the vice on the Gambian media.”The six GPU journalists were freed after the state TV station GRTS quoted the president’s office as saying they had been “pardoned” by the president. Reporters Without Borders has been told that President Jammeh’s grounds for issuing the pardon were to mark Ramadan.Relatives of the journalists talked today to Reporters Without Borders about their joy. “Last night, I could not believe it,” one said. “The ordeal is over,” another said. “We have been courageous and now we hope that the persecution will end.”The Banjul high court convicted the journalists on six charges ranging from defamation to “seditious publication” for issuing a joint statement on behalf of the GPU calling on President Jammeh to recognise his government’s responsibility for journalist Deyda Hydara’s murder in 2004. Read the GPU statement The six freed journalists are: – Sarata Jabbi-Dibba, Gambia Press Union vice-president- Emil Touray, GPU secretary-general- Pa Modou Fall, GPU treasurer- Pap Saine, publisher of the independent newspaper The Point and Reuters correspondent- Ebrima Sawaneh, The Point editor- Sam Sarr, editor of the opposition newspaper Foroyaa Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder January 27, 2020 Find out more GambiaAfrica GambiaAfrica July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist living in fear for his life after report on illegal logging

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very worried about a newspaper reporter in the western province of Aceh who has had to go into hiding after being threatened and beaten by an army officer over a report about illegal logging. The reporter, who just uses the name Ahmadi, works for the local daily Harian Aceh.“It is unacceptable just days after World Environment Day on 5 June that a journalist is being treated like this for writing about deforestation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Indonesian authorities, especially the defence minister, must react by punishing the army officer responsible for these threats.”In its recent report “Deforestation and pollution, high-risk subjects,” Reporters Without Borders noted that local and foreign journalists are frequently threatened or bribed in connection with their coverage of illegal logging in Indonesia, which leads the world in deforestation. Read the report.During a visit to Alapan district on 19 May to do a story on flooding, Ahmadi and another reporter, Aziz of News Investigasi Medan, noticed illegal logging taking place on land place belonging to the local police station. When they contacted a local army officer, Lt. Faisal Amin, for a comment, he told them not to write anything about it.Harian Aceh ran a story by Ahmadi on 21 May linking Lt. Amin to the illegal logging. The same day, Ahmadi was “invited” to meet with Lt. Amin on a military base. When he arrived, his mobile phone and laptop were taken from him and, when he tried to recover the phone, Amin let off several shots with his firearm and shouted: “You liar. You have humiliated me three times. I told you not to publish it but you insisted.”Lt. Amin then beat Ahmadi about the head, face and chest and threatened to kill his family if he did not retract the article’s claims. Ahmadi nonetheless refused and, after four hours of mistreatment, he was released. He filed a complaint at the Simeulue district police station before going to a hospital for treatment to his injuries.Yuli Maroko, a regional army spokesman, subsequently acknowledged that Ahmadi had been given a beating by a “military officer” but no action was taken against Lt. Amin. Soldiers were sent to protect Ahmadi’s family at their home.Ahmadi has been living in hiding, far from his family, since the incident. He told Reporters Without Borders: “I want justice to be done. I want my assailant to be tried before a civilian court. I also request protection for my family and myself during and after the trial. Despite the appointment of a new commander in the district of Simeulue and his attempts to reassure me about our safety, I am still worried.” Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation News June 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist living in fear for his life after report on illegal logging News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Wrong Priority

first_imgI am all for high school sports.  After all, I coached at least one sport every year I taught.  However, there comes a time when the real purpose for high schools is to prepare their students for a well-rounded future.Where am I coming from with this idea?  Norman Chad in the Indy Star talked about 2 high schools in Texas trying to outdo each other with football stadiums.  One has built a $60,000 stadium, so its rival outdid them by building a $70 million facility.  Talk about the wrong priorities!!  Why would you need a seating capacity of 12-18,000 for a Friday night high school football game?Batesville is building an addition to their high school which is well below these figures, and they are making sure that all aspects of the academic world are covered.  They are providing additions to the arts, to health and physical education, to athletics, and several other aspects to the high school experience. This building projects sure makes more sense to me!last_img read more