RSF calls for release of six journalists held for “false information”

first_img February 14, 2017 – Updated on February 15, 2017 RSF calls for release of six journalists held for “false information” Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 16, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is stunned and dismayed to learn that six mostly very senior journalists have been detained since 12 February for reporting that bonuses were paid to members of the army’s special forces who staged a mutiny in the southeastern town of Adiaké.center_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Reports October 29, 2020 Find out more UpdateReporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that the Ivorian judicial authorities yesterday (14 February) ordered the provisional release of the six mostly very senior journalists held since 12 February on charges of “publishing false news” and “inciting army personnel to insubordination and rebellion.”RSF is nonetheless concerned that the charges have not been lifted. The six journalists are still under judicial investigation and could still be subjected to a criminal trial. RSF urges the judicial authorities to drop all the charges against them.The six journalists, who include three newspaper publishers and an editor, are being held in cells at the gendarmerie’s Agban barracks in the Abidjan district of Williamsville. RSF is very worried by their detention, especially as media offences are decriminalized in Côte d’Ivoire. The six detainees are Coulibaly Vamara, publisher of Soir Info and L’Inter; Yacouba Gbané, publisher of Le Temps; Bamba Franck Mamadou, publisher of Notre Voie; Hamadou Ziao, L’Inter’s editor; Ferdinand Bailly of Le Temps; and Jean Bédel Gnago, Soir Info’s correspondent in Aboisso (a town near Adiaké).They are all charged with “publishing false news” and “inciting army personnel to insubordination and rebellion” in articles published on 10 and 11 February about payment of bonuses to the Adiaké-based special forces who staged a mutiny for more pay on 7-8 February. The government issued a statement denying the reports.“We call on the Ivorian authorities to respect their own laws and to release these six journalists at once,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “As media offences are decriminalized in Côte d’Ivoire, journalists should not be jailed, regardless of what they report in their articles. Legal recourse is available if what they write is considered preposterous or defamatory.” Gbané and Bailly were questioned for eight hours on 11 February at the gendarmerie’s department of investigations on prosecutor-general Richard Christophe Adou’s orders, and were asked to name their sources within the special forces and defence ministry.The other journalists were summoned for questioning the next day. If convicted on these charges, they face the possibility of jail terms of one to five years and fines of 300,000 to 3 million CFA francs.RSF points out that article 68 of Côte d’Ivoire’s press law clearly states that “the penalty of imprisonment is excluded for press offences.” Only the National Press Council (CNP), which regulates the media, has the power to impose penalties on journalists for violations.This is the third time since Alassane Ouattara became president that journalists have been arbitrarily detained for media offences. Three Notre Voie journalists – publisher César Etou, assistant editor Didier Dépri and chief political correspondent Boga Sivori – were arrested in November 2011 and were held for 13 days before being tried and acquitted. News News Côte d’IvoireAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Help by sharing this information Sia KAMBOU / AFP last_img read more

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Lecture ties Catholic values and investments

first_imgSr. Helen Alford, economics professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, discussed how Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and impact investing mutually benefit one another as a result of interdisciplinary dialogue during the latest installment of the “Ten Years Hence” lecture series Friday in the Mendoza College of Business.“Impact investing has something to offer the Catholic Social Tradition, and the Catholic Social Tradition has something to offer impact investing,” she said.Glory Kim | The Observer Impact investing, a form of investing which integrates environmental and social objectives with the pursuit of profit, can assist CST in being “reliable, concrete and relevant,” Alford said. Conversely, CST prompts other disciplines – particularly impact investing – to embrace notions of human dignity and the common good, which Alford said are informed by Catholic teaching.Specifically, impact investing helps explore sustainable business methods for attaining philanthropic goals, Alford said. Finding more sustainable means of philanthropy is so important, she said, because traditional charity cannot currently meet the needs of the impoverished.“Nobody’s saying impact investing should get rid of charity,” she said. “There’s always going to be a role for charity.”“Impact investing can challenge the Church to think about the potentially crucial role of profit-making business, and hence of private investment, in confronting poverty,” she said.  “I’m not sure that the Christian tradition has really taken that seriously enough.”Alford said impact investing offers the Church the opportunity to occupy a more engaged and prominent position in society.“We could really handle very well this dialogue between Catholic Social Thought and impact investing,” she said. “The Church could grow really to a much more leading position, could be part of the innovators in society.”Alford said impact investing can in turn benefit from CST because of the tradition’s emphasis on individual human dignity and solidarity – an emphasis which would help impact investing maintain its integrity even as businesses expand and begin to lose sight of the importance of individual relationships.“If we have a really strong combination of solidarity and subsidiarity in a serious way – these ideas are there for the taking in the Catholic Social Tradition – they help create an approach to scaling that keeps the focus on the poor customer and the importance of relationships for that person,” she said.The potential for CST and impact investing to learn from one another other is too great to ignore, Alford said.  Because of their size and influence, Catholic universities such as Notre Dame have an important role to play in encouraging the conversation between the two disciplines, she said.“Notre Dame and the Mendoza College are really trying to live up to the very exciting and important mission that Catholic universities have in societies today – offering very useful and new vistas for people in this dialogue between the Catholic Social Tradition and all the forms and branches of knowledge that we can think of,” she said.Tags: catholic social tradition, impact investing, mendoza college of business, Sr. Helen Alford, Ten Years Hencelast_img read more

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Sammy’s Zalmi to take on Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi defied cameo knocks from the West Indies pair of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, to beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs here yesterday and storm into tomorrow’s final of the Pakistan Super League.Playing in the second playoff qualifier at the Dubai International Stadium, Zalmi were propelled to 181 for three off their 20 overs by opener Kamran Akmal, who blasted 104 from 65 deliveries.West Indies right-hander Marlon Samuels chipped in with an unbeaten 37 while South African Dawid Malan got 36.In reply, the left-handed Gayle smashed 40 off 31 balls at the top of the order before Pollard arrived to lash a 26-ball 47 down the order, but their efforts proved in vain as King could only muster 157 for seven.Barbados-born England all-rounder Chris Jordan helped cripple the innings with an excellent spell of three for 26 from his four overs while seamer Wahab Riaz (3-24) also claimed three wickets.Kings lost the usually prolific Babar Azam cheaply for one in the second over, a dismissal which triggered a slide which saw them slump to 35 for four in the ninth over.However, Gayle then took control of the innings, pummelling two fours and four sixes in an entertaining knock while adding 45 for the fifth wicket with Pollard.When the Jamaican missed a yorker from Wahab and was bowled in the 12th over, Pollard stepped up to energise the run chase with an innings marked by four fours and three sixes.He seemed to be taking Kings to a sensational victory before Wahab struck again, getting the Trinidadian to edge a full, wide delivery behind.Earlier, Akmal struck six fours and seven sixes to lift Zalmi after they were sent in. He put on 97 with Malan for the first wicket and a further 77 for the second wicket with Samuels who counted three fours and a six in a breezy 22-ball innings.Zalmi now take on Quetta Gladiators in the final in Lahore.last_img read more

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