Journalists tortured in DRC on provincial governor’s orders

first_imgThe level of press freedom violations and abuses against media workers continues to be alarming in the DRC and is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa. In June, RSF voiced alarm about Governor Crispin Ngbundu’s offensive against the media in the northwestern province of Mongala, where the provincial authorities fired or suspended journalists, suspended several political programmes until further notice, and closed privately-owned radio stations. News They were then taken to police headquarters in Lodja, where they were detained and tortured for several hours. Although badly injured, as RSF has confirmed from photos, they were taken the next day to the governor’s residence, where they were tied up and left in the sun all day while being ordered to admit they had been “manipulated” by their radio station’s owner. After they refused to admit to being manipulated, they were taken back to the police station for a second night of detention and were finally released on the evening of 22 August, when they were admitted to Lodja’s hospital with serious injuries. Radio Losanganya manager and editor François Lendo, who was also arrested during the original raid on the radio station on 20 August, had meanwhile been released after several hours without any explanation being given. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by shocking press freedom violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a journalist and a radio technician were detained and tortured last week on the orders of a politically embattled provincial governor. The DRC’s authorities must do everything possible to protect media personnel from harassment by regional officials, RSF said. August 26, 2020 Journalists tortured in DRC on provincial governor’s orders Organisation Journalist Hubert Djoko and radio technician Albert Lokongo were arrested by members of the armed forces (FARDC) and national police during a raid on the headquarters of privately-owned Radio Losanganya in Lodja, a city in the central province of Sankuru, on 20 August. Djoko and Lokongo were initially taken to the stadium in Lodja where Sankuru governor Joseph Mukumadi, who was holding a meeting there, publicly threatened them and accused them of defending the political interests of their radio station’s owner, Lambert Mende Omalanga, a former information minister and long-standing political rival of the governor. On the same day as the original raid on Radio Losanganya, the soldiers and police also raided the local branch of the national state radio and TV broadcaster RTNC, which is located in the same building. The RTNC branch has been closed until further notice while Radio Losanganya has been ordered to broadcast nothing but music. Material and equipment were seized from both stations. When RSF and JED met jointly with President Félix Tshisekedi on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum on 12 November 2019, he expressed support for the idea of a moratorium on arrests of journalists in connection with their work pending an overhaul of the 1996 press law. RSF and JED also urged him to quickly establish a mechanism to protect and secure journalists, in which the first step would be to appoint a network of focal points in government agencies and ministries concerned with press freedom. Neither of these measures has so far been adopted. RSF_en Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma February 24, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityViolence Related documents djokolokongo.pdfPDF – 314.09 KB Receive email alerts to go further According to Journalist in Danger (JED), an NGO that defends press freedom in the DRC and is RSF’s local partner, the governor accused both RTNC and Radio Losanganya of “broadcasting hate-filled programmes” and of “sabotaging” his actions “for political reasons.” Lendo, Radio Losanganya’s manager, says neither radio station received any official communication about the reasons for the raids or for the “barbaric” way Radio Losanganya’s two employees were treated while detained. RSF contacted the governor several times but he did not want to answer our questions. “There can be no justification for the physical mistreatment inflicted on the two Radio Losanganya employees or for the local media closure orders,” RSF deputy editor-in-chief Catherine Monnet said. “These unacceptable incidents must be the subject of a full and transparent investigation as soon as possible, and those responsible for these barbaric actions must be prosecuted and punished. At the same time, everything must be done to protect media workers from harassment by regional authorities.” Help by sharing this information News Anti-media offensive Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News Albert Lokongo (left) and journalist Hubert Djoko (right) February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Potpisan Sporazum o zajedničkom financiranju državne brzobrodske linije Pula – Mali Lošinj – Zadar

first_imgThe agreement on joint financing of the state high-speed line 9141 Pula – Unije – Mali Lošinj – Ilovik – (Silba) – Zadar, was signed on Monday in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure between the Coastal Transport Agency and representatives of counties and cities covered by the line. Primorje – Gorski Kotar and Zadar counties and the cities of Pula, Mali Lošinj and Zadar.It is a high-speed line, which by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia from December 2016, after several years of seasonal maintenance, became a year-round state line, and which transported more than 24 thousand passengers from June to August this year. The fee for the maintenance of this line for the period from June to December is about 4.5 million kuna, and its co-financing with 78.4 percent is provided by the Agency for Coastal Shipping, Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Zadar County with a total of 10.8 percent and the cities of Pula, Mali Lošinj and Zadar with a total of 10.8 percent.The agreement was signed by Agency Director  Paula Vidović , Zadar County Deputy Prefect  Šime Mršić , Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Deputy Prefect  Marina Medarić , Mali Lošinj  Mayor Ana Kučić , Pula Mayor  Boris Miletić  and Zadar Island Economy, Entrepreneurship and Development Head  Ivica Katić .In September, the State Aid Program for the Development of Ports Open to Public Transport for the Period 2017-2020 was adopted, which, for the first time, opens the possibility of using EUR 80 million in grants to finance projects from all 28 port authorities in all 7 coastal areas. – island counties. ” We will announce a tender to award grants to finance projects in ports, which should contribute to greater accessibility of islands throughout the year, better passenger services, greater environmental sustainability and traffic safety, as well as access to employment, education and other services to island communities. .”, Minister Butković pointed out and added that with this goal, only this year, HRK 55 million was allocated for the infrastructure of ports of county and local importance, and HRK 7 million for the reception of fishing boats in ports. Podsjetimo kako je od početka 2017. godine do srpnja ostvaren rast broja putnika od 8,6 posto i broja vozila od 9,3 posto, u odnosu na prethodnu 2016. godinu. Na potrebu daljnjeg razvijanja obalnog linijskog prometa osvrnula se državna tajnica za more Maja Markovčić Kostelac, koja je uz ministra Butkovića prisustvovala potpisivanju Sporazuma, a koja je istaknula da linijski promet predstavlja jedan od stupova razvoja otoka, ali i razvoja turizma.“Ovakav primjer, kao što je ministar rekao, imamo namjeru slijediti i u razvoju međuotočnog povezivanja, a isto tako i u jačanju pomorskog prijevoza kao dijela urbanog, gradskog prijevoza u gradovima, dakle, u povezivanju pojedinih dijelova gradova, odnosno, gradova i njihove bliže okolice, na otocima i dužobalno.”, Added State Secretary Markovčić Kostelac and announced an increase in funding for regular transport next year.Related news: OPEN OFFERS FOR SPEEDBOARDS AND BOAT LINESlast_img read more

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Syracuse defense holds off Tar Heels attack after early goal before breaking down in overtime loss

first_imgTwo and a half minutes into overtime, North Carolina had a four-on-two opportunity stopped just outside Syracuse’s 18-yard-box when defender Erin Simon intercepted a pass.Less than a minute later, Maddie Iozzi blocked a shot taken by UNC’s Summer Green.But in the sixth minute of the extra period, Green dribbled along the right sideline and sent a cross on the ground and right in front of the goal for an easy one-touch finish by Paige Nielsen.The Orange (5-10-4, 2-7-1 Atlantic Coast) competed with No. 5 North Carolina (12-2-2, 9-0-1) for over 95 minutes before losing 2-1 in overtime in its season finale at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. After surrendering a goal in the 17th minute of the game, SU’s defense defended the Tar Heels’ forwards by winning tackles and forcing them to play on one side of the field at a time.“To take North Carolina to overtime is a moral victory in itself,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. “Unfortunately it doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but I thought our players worked really, really hard defensively.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange was eliminated from postseason contention over two weeks ago, but Wheddon said his team has still been practicing with enthusiasm.Entering Sunday’s game, SU’s game plan was to keep the Tar Heels from opening up space with cross-field passes.“If you allow them to knock the ball around and keep switching the point of attack all the time, they’re a very dangerous team with a lot of pace,” Wheddon said. “If you allow them to do that, they can expose you. I thought that we took that away from them at times.”Throughout the entire season, Syracuse’s defense competed with some of the nation’s top teams — then-No. 13 Notre Dame, then-No. 2 Florida State and then-No. 24 Clemson. Before Sunday, the Orange hadn’t scored a goal since Oct. 4 while its defense held those teams to just two goals or less.Once again, SU’s defense only broke down twice, but it still wasn’t good enough to earn a positive result.“It’s really frustrating,” senior Alexis Koval said, “just because you put in that much effort for that long and it doesn’t come off your way at the end.”With about five minutes before halftime, a pass was sent over the heads of Syracuse’s defensive players and into the middle of the 18-yard-box. Center defender Taylor Haenlin sprinted back and slid to kick the ball to the side of the field.At the start of the second half, Syracuse went 10 minutes before having an offensive possession on North Carolina’s side of the field. The Orange struggled to clear the ball out of its own end and the Tar Heels earned two corner kicks in that span.A few minutes later, Haenlin got in a footrace with UNC’s Emily Bruder down the sideline. Haenlin deflected the ball, but didn’t alter Bruder’s path toward SU’s goal. From just a few yards to the side, Bruder’s shot hit the outside of the net for a Syracuse goal kick.“I think (the defense) really did amazing,” junior Maya Pitts said. “I think Taylor did a really well job today containing their forwards.”After a disappointing five-win season, Koval said she is excited for the future. With 11 freshmen and 8 sophomores, Wheddon stressed all season that this was a growing year.Syracuse can only go up from here, Koval said.“It’s a good sign,” Koval said. “We just played the fifth team in the country so if we can stay with them, we can stay with anyone.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

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‘Everybody has one’

first_imgThis time of year is “purgatory” for sports writers. All of us who rely on pro football for our weekly injection of testosterone are presently making our way to the back alleys of bootleg DVD land where we wait patiently for the bootlegger to whisper in our ears, “psst, got those uncut copies of Super Bowl XLVI.” That particular product will probably continue to be a hard sell around this neck of the woods in consideration of the fact that “dem dere Stillers” did not make it to the Promised Land to close off the 2011 campaign. I was truly interested at what the fans might have to say to embellish the underachieving year of the Black and Gold. Armed with my digital recorder I invaded “dawntawn.” I was not disappointed. Simply put; opinions are like, let’s just say everybody has one.I hovered around Market Square in the hope of at least hearing an argument or a siren or two. I was truly disappointed in how the day was going until I ran into Reginald Portis, brother of the “Duke” of Portis, Richard and the “Duchess” of Portis, Connie. Richard once was a practitioner of the “pugilistic” arts and at age 70 informed me that he still works out religiously and to these cataract laced eyes still appeared to be quite fit.I asked him to give me his assessment of the current day Pittsburgh Steelers and his comparison to the teams of old. He looked at me with a gleam in his eye. “Well,” he said, “the philosophy of the Steelers is a far cry from when Chuck Noll was the head coach. The playbook was usually run, run, run and throw deep. They would put you to sleep with the run and put the sleeper hold on you with the pass. It was more of a chess game. Plus you didn’t have all of the rules to help the offense score and make it a more exciting game.” Portis went on to say that, “ball control is good as long as a team holds the lead but if the opposing team happens to somehow grab the lead late in the fourth quarter, chances are the team that held may wish that they could recover some of those ball control minutes.”Maybe not from the mouths of babes but certainly from the mouths of fans.Cedric Stinson from Blawnox overheard our conversation and shadowed me as I was exiting the square. “Hey,” he shouted, “I’m a Steelers fan too. I heard what the other gentleman was saying and I agree with a lot of it but I have issues with a few of the things that he said.”I was finally able to catch my breath long enough to ask him: “what might those issues be?”“Point number one for me is that the offense that Chuck Noll ran was good for those days but it would be hard to run that same offense and use that same playbook against these pass happy offenses and eight men in the box defenses. Just look at Tim Tebow and how the Broncos manhandled the Steelers last year in their playoff game at Denver. The Steelers put seven and sometimes eight men in the box and they got smoked with the pass by a running quarterback.” I said, “can, I can I?”He continued on, “plus the Steelers who are supposed to have better wide receivers and a more experienced quarterback looked as if they had the less experienced guy and Tebow looked like an old vet. And the defense,” my tape recorder was smoking now, “looked old and tired. Everybody was crying crocodile tears when Hines Ward finally gave up the ghost and James Farrior met the ‘Turk’ as Chuck Noll used to call him.”It seems to me as if this guy never met a mike that he didn’t like. My cell phone mercifully rang. It was a bill collector who at that very moment probably thought that I had lost my mind or that she was losing hers by the way that I answered the telephone, “Hey baby what was that; you want me to pick up the baby from school?” That bit of improv was crafty on my part being as though my youngest is fast approaching 30. The customer service rep on the other line was now becoming assertive. “Is this Mr. Aubrey Bruce?” she asked. I was smiling now because I was killing two birds with one stone. “Yeah baby of course it’s alright you just caught me at a weird time. Okay, see ya when I get home.”Cedric jumped right back in. “Can I say one more thing, before you go?” By this time I had come to know him on a first name basis. “Cedric I wish I had the time,” I said looking at my watch just to maintain my sanity, “but I have to pick up my little one.” I was now praying hard for God not to leave my toes crossed permanently at the telling of this little “white” lie.As I left the city center and proceeded to turn and walk back up Fourth Avenue a huge smile broke out across my face. I have been fortunate and blessed to have covered and reported on one of the greatest, maybe even the greatest professional football franchise in the history of sports. The Steelers Nation even though showing an obvious bias for the home team still has an uncommon intellect about the game and an unparalleled passion about their team. Steelers’ fans love talking about and rooting for their team, with or without a shot and a beer.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 421-583-6741.)last_img read more

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FLORIDA SHIPPER TUTTIPAESI FLIES LATE TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES BY A NECK AS VETERAN JOCK DECARLO SCORES WITH FIRST-EVER SANTA ANITA MOUNT; MOTT TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.82

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2016)–With Glory and Mike Smith seemingly headed for victory, Florida invader Tuttipaesi split horses and shot through a gap two paths off the rail to grab Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes by a neck as veteran jockey Chris DeCarlo scored in his first-ever appearance at The Great Race Place. Trained by Bill Mott, Irish-bred Tuttipaesi covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.82.Breaking from the outside in a field of five older fillies and mares, 6-year-old Tuttipaesi settled nicely off the pace and was full of run around the far turn.“She’s tactical,” said DeCarlo, 47. “Going down the backside, Alex (Solis, on Fresh Feline) kind of came out and I didn’t want to lose my cover and have to be three-wide all the way around. I was able to tuck in behind Mike (Smith, aboard Glory) the whole way, his horse was running well.“At the top of the lane it was tight. I didn’t have anywhere to go but there was a little separation at the eighth pole and once she got her head in there, she was able to muscle her way through. She’s a tough filly, she’s a fighter. She’s the kind you want. She won’t back away from a challenge.”Owned by Kentucky-based Valor Ladies, LLC (a sister company to Team Valor, Int.), Tuttipaesi, who is based with Mott at Payson Park Training Center in South Florida, was the second choice at 5-2 and paid $7.40, $3.60 and $2.80. Third in a Grade III Stakes at Gulfstream Park Jan. 9, Tuttipaesi collected her first graded stakes win and improved her overall mark to 17-7-2-3. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $495,929.“I didn’t have to tell Chris anything,” said Riley Mott, son of and assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “He did a good job. She was in tight turning for home but was pretty valiant. I wasn’t sure (she’d win) until 100 yards from the line, when she got out. I know she’s game. She showed it in her previous races. This is a pretty special win.”Glory, who overtook favored Her Emmynency turning for home, stalked the favorite through fractions of 24.50, 48.51, 1:12.14 and 1:36.33.“I had to move a bit earlier than I wanted to,” said Smith. “Going into the far turn, Fresh Feline came up on our outside and when that happened, I had to go with them and it turned into too long of a run. In saying that, she ran too good to lose.”Off at 7-2, Glory, who finished three quarters of a length in front of Fresh Feline, paid $3.60 and $3.00.Fresh Feline proved third-best at 18-1 and paid $4.00 to show.Her Emmynency, who broke from the rail with Joe Talamo up, was very erratic out of the gate but settled into a steady stride on the lead and caved readily when challenged three sixteenths out, finishing last.First post time for a 10-race program on Easter Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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