Editor beaten unconscious amid growing government hostility towards independent press

first_img February 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor beaten unconscious amid growing government hostility towards independent press Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RSF_en Reports Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a physical attack on Jean-Bosco Gasasira, the managing editor of the independent fortnightly Umuvugizi, who was beaten unconscious on 9 February in Kigali. It followed months of verbal hostility from the Rwandan government towards the more outspoken, privately-owned media.“When we condemned the threats being made against Gasasira, the intelligence services accused him of seeking cheap publicity,” the press freedom organisation said. “When we asked the Rwandan government to put an end to the hostility towards the more critical media, it responded that we were misinformed.” Reporters Without Borders added: “Now that an editor has just emerged from a coma caused by a beating, strong measures must be taken as a matter of urgency. This must start with a gesture from President Paul Kagame, who must finally learn to listen to the independent press instead of treating it as an enemy.”Gasasira was attacked and beaten senseless by unidentified assailants late on the afternoon of 9 February and was admitted to King Faisal hospital in a critical condition. He finally recovered consciousness today. After visiting him in hospital, information minister Laurent Nkusi announced that the police were investigating and had arrested a suspect. However, the person detained insists he had no role in the attack and was just one of several people who stopped to help the victim.Gasasira had received repeated telephone threats since last August, while his movements have been monitored by military intelligence agents. “I get calls from private numbers in which I am threatened with being beaten to death,” he told Reporters Without Borders before the attack.He refused to reveal to the authorities information about Bonaventure Bizumuremyi, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Umuco, who went into hiding after he, too, was seriously threatened. The intelligence services responded to the accusations by accusing Umuco and other privately-owned newspapers of seeking “cheap popularity.”Umuvugizi was also criticised by the Rwandan authorities for accusing economy and finance minister James Musoni of favouritism, an accusation that was also made by Umuco and another independent newspaper, the fortnightly Umuseso.Last year was marked by a considerable degree of hostility between the government and a sector of the independent press. It began with a physical attack on Bizumuremyi by four unidentified assailants with the aim for forcing him to stop carrying reports critical of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (FPR).The start of 2007 has seen a further increase in tension. At a news conference on 22 January, President Kagame turned on Umuseso reporter Emmanuel Niyonteze when he asked him about his rapprochement with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Since then Niyonteze has been receiving anonymous threats.The governmental press has also been displaying hostility towards some news media, especially the US public radio station Voice of America (VOA). During a news conference on 2 February, Franck Ndamage, a journalist with the state-owned weekly Imvaho Nshya, even called for VOA’s closure for alleged bias in favour of the Rwandan opposition.After expelling Sonia Rolley, the correspondent of the French public radio station, Radio France Internationale (RFI), without any explanation in June 2006, the government ordered the closure of RFI’s local FM relay station in November after breaking off diplomatic relations with France. RwandaAfrica to go further News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Help by sharing this information center_img February 13, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Rwanda News November 27, 2020 Find out more April 6, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica Organisation Newslast_img read more

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Bob Weir Announces Live Stream For Intimate Record Store Performance Tonight

first_imgCome September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will release his new, cowboy-inspired acoustic album Blue Mountain. Weir’s first solo album in 10 years and full batch of new songs in 30 years, Blue Mountain features an incredible cast of musicians including members of The National, Joe Russo and more. However, at the heart of it all is a man and his guitar.As such, Weir has played a handful of intimate performances leading up to the new Blue Mountain release and subsequent fall tour. One of these shows will be taking place tonight, at the famed Amoeba Records location in Hollywood, CA. Weir will perform a special acoustic set at the record store at 5 PM Pacific Time.For more information about this unique event, head here. For those who can’t make it out to see Weir’s performance, fear not! The event will be streaming in full, and can be accessed in the player below. Enjoy, and be sure to check out the full Live For Live Music channel on LiveList for an updated listing of all official live streams, great YouTube content and more.last_img read more

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Ireland cause upset at Cricket World Cup

first_imgIreland coach Phil Simmons has praised his players for this mornings win over West Indies in their opening game of the World cup in New Zealand and Australia.The Irish chased down a total of 305 to win by four wickets.Simmons says despite some poor displays on the run into the tournament they got their preparation right. The win adds to Irish victories against Pakistan in 2007 and England in 2011.last_img

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Tourism potential of Grianan of Aileach being wasted, warns councillor

first_imgAn Inishowen councillor has called on the Office for Public Works (OPW) to fulfil their promise of developing a Conservation Management Plan for the Grianan of Aileach in Burt. Sinn Fein’s Jack Murray held talks with the OPW in February 2017 to discuss how a tourism project could be developed for the site.Speaking to Donegal Daily, following his initial address of the issue at the Inishowen Municipal District meeting last week, Murray said: “In February 2017, I arranged for a meeting of local stakeholders and the OPW (as custodians of Grianan of Aileach) to discuss how we could develop the tourism project. “That meeting was hailed as hugely positive as the OPW undertook to develop a Conservation Management Plan, after which we could look at further promoting this spectacular site.“That was two and a half years ago. Yet, this plan has yet to be published and there is no indication of when it will be.“I am now exacerbated with the delay as what we’re asking for is very simple.“I believe that small tasteful signage is erected, telling the fascinating story of Grianan to visitors and explaining the numerous points of interest that can be observed from the view. “Ultimately I would like to see a tour guide employed there to bring the story to life for visitors, while also ensuring that someone is there to protect against damage or vandalism.“I firmly believe that Grianan could be the number one tourist destination in the north-west of Ireland if it received the proper focus and investment.“To date, we’re just met with delays and the local community is fed up of it.”Tourism potential of Grianan of Aileach being wasted, warns councillor was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giants honor Peter Magowan, the man who taught them how to celebrate their past

first_imgA New York City native who followed the … SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants honor their past as well as any franchise in sports.On Saturday morning outside Oracle Park, the Giants thanked Peter Magowan for showing them how to celebrate history.Magowan, the Giants’ longtime managing general partner who died on January 27, 2019, became the first non-player to have a plaque unveiled on the Giants’ Wall of Fame.“Can there be a more fitting tribute to Peter?” CEO Larry Baer asked.last_img read more

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Is The iPad Mini The “Real” iPad?

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#iPad mini#Say Sweet 16 dan frommer Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple’s iPad mini goes on sale this Friday, and big questions for Apple include: How will it affect overall iPad sales? Will it cannibalize bigger, more expensive iPads? Will it sell out, despite a price premium over competitors like Amazon’s Kindle Fire?Based on early reviews, it appears the iPad mini is on the verge of becoming the “real” iPad. That is, the full-size iPad (“iPad classic”?) will still exist indefinitely, but most people will end up buying the iPad mini. It’s less expensive, easier to handle, with the main immediate tradeoff — lower display resolution — something that most people won’t hold against it, if they even notice it. (Let’s not forget that most people on the planet have never seen a retina display, let alone purchased a retina iPad.)Apple has, of course, seen this movie before. The iPod mini, introduced in 2004, was a catalyst that sent iPod sales through the roof, bringing millions of new buyers to the iPod and to Apple in general. It wasn’t perfect, either — it had a much smaller storage capacity than the bigger iPod, and wasn’t that much cheaper — but it was cheaper enough and fun and colorful and small and people loved it.In 2003, the year before the iPod mini launched, Apple shipped 1.5 million iPods. In 2004, after the iPod mini went on sale in February, Apple shipped 8.3 million iPods — more than 5X as many. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting That multiplier is probably not going to happen here: Apple has already shipped 58 million iPads over the past year, and I’m not sure Foxconn could even make 300 million iPads over the next year if Apple asked it to. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the iPad mini at least helped Apple double iPad sales year-over-year by the time supply and demand is in sync.There are many reasons why the iPad isn’t the iPod all over again, or at least not exactly the same story. These range from competition to supply constraints to overall growth of the mobile device market to Apple’s already massive popularity. But I think it’s safe to say the iPad mini is going to be huge for Apple — and huge for Tim Cook’s prediction that the tablet market will outgrow the PC market.This post originally appeared on Splat F with Dan Frommer.last_img read more

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