Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension

first_img TogoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Follow the news on Togo News March 8, 2021 Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Togolese authorities to rescind the unjustified four-month suspension that the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) has imposed on L’Alternative, an investigative biweekly, for allegedly defaming a government minister. The HAAC ordered the suspension following a hearing on 4 February, two days after the newspaper published an article describing the minister of urbanism, housing and land reform as a “forger” because, it said, he used forged documents when administering the property of the family of a recently-deceased wealthy businessman.The HAAC accused the L’Alternative of insulting the minister in the article and of producing no evidence in support of its claims at the hearing.This is not only disputed by the editor but also by one of the HAAC’s own members, Zeus Komi Aziadouv, who published a letter disowning the decision. The HAAC “did not remain true to what took place at the hearing” and instead satisfied the minister’s request for the newspaper to be sanctioned, Aziadouv wrote.L’Alternative editor Ferdinand Ayité meanwhile published a long letter detailing both what took place at the hearing and all of the newspaper’s research before publishing the article, including its attempts to get a response from the minister.“A disgruntled minister complains about an article, the journalist provides a detailed account of the serious research that went into it, and yet a long suspension is imposed on the newspaper,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “Like the editor himself, we call for this decision to be rescinded, which follows several controversial sanctions against Togolese media outlets. We also urge the authorities to increase the HAAC’s independence so that its decisions are those of a fair and impartial regulator.”When reached by RSF, Ayité described the suspension as “arbitrary,” accused the HAAC of discrediting itself “to the point of falsifying its own hearings in order to gratify a minister,” and said he had referred the HAAC’s “excessive power” to the supreme court. “We are awaiting a decision even if it is hard to trust Togolese justice,” he added.Defending the suspension when reached by RSF, HAAC president Willybronde Telou accused Ayité of lacking the qualifications to be a journalist and dismissed all the newspapers criticizing the HAAC as “rags.”Last November, L’Alternative and its editor were fined 4 million CFA francs (just over 6,000 euros) for allegedly defaming officials in a sensational article in June claiming that several ministers and other senior officials were embezzling vast amounts of money from the importation of petroleum products.At the start January, the HAAC banned the Indépendant Express weekly newspaper outright for nothing more than a report claiming that ministers had stolen “golden spoons” at a reception. Immediately prior to this extremely severe sanction, the weekly’s editor, Carlos Ketohou, was detained illegally for five days over the same article.Togo is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says News Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more TogoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News to go further RSF_en September 15, 2020 Find out more Le directeur de publication du journal togolais l’Alternative, Ferdinand Ayité. Photo Facebook. last_img read more

Essequibo table tennis sub-association hosts successful championship

first_imgAPPROXIMATELY 25 racquet-wielders converged on the Anna Regina Secondary School’s auditorium on Friday, August 18, to participate in the Essequibo Sub-Association’s table tennis competition, which was held for the first time in almost 20 years, according to one of the organisers. The event proved to be quite exciting with a number of thrilling finishes as the players enjoyed the atmosphere and vocal fans.Among the winners of the various categories were Under-13 – 1st Timothy Theophil and 2nd Royden Morris; Under-15 – 1st Jean Marc, 2nd Timothy Theophil and 3rd Emanuel Jeffrey; Under-17 – 1st Emanuel Jeffrey, 2nd Marc Mahase and 3rd John Applewhite-Hercules; Under-21 – 1st Emanuel Jeffrey, 2nd Navindra Sorujlall  and 3rd Romario Persaud. Meanwhile in the open category, former national Under-19 cricketer Nathan Persaud proved too dominant, relegating Romario to second place and Sephron Dyal third.The winners were all presented with trophies which were donated by well-wishers including the Department of Youth. The organisers were Region 2 Sports Officers Debra Daniels and Nathan Persaud.More competitions are scheduled for other venues as the Association seeks to develop, sustain and promote the sport in Region 2. (Errol Stephney)last_img read more

Coláiste Ailigh putting talents on show at Ceiliúirach 20 Bliain

first_imgColáiste Ailigh in Letterkenny will present an evening of “Ceiliúirach” or celebrations in An Grianán Theatre on Thursday 24th of October to begin the celebrations of the school’s 20th year.This show will showcase the talent of the students across all years and will see almost 75% of the school’s students take to the stage to perform a variety of Song, Dance, Drama and Music in all of the school’s languages.The staff of the school have a full year of celebration planned, with details of more events to be released soon, but with a history of school shows which are of exceptional quality, the obvious place to begin the celebration is on the theatre’s stage. The talented students of Coláiste Ailigh, with many all-Ireland champions among them, rehearsing for what promises to be be a fantastic show.Ceiliúirach rehearsals at Coláiste AilighMicheál Ó Giobúin said: “Mar céiliúirach ár mbreithlá 20 bliain a cheiliúradh, tá muid ag súil go mór leis an ocáid seo. Is iomaí cúis cheiliúrtha agus cúis bhróid a bhí againn le 20 bliain anuas. Beidh tallanna na ndaltaí agus na múinteoirí le feiceáil go soiléir ar an Deardaoin agus tá ticéidí ar fáil.”“Coláiste Ailigh was established in September 2000. We are delighted to be celebrating twenty years of success in the areas of education, sport, drama, art, music, business, fashion, creativity and science. I am very proud of all our students, past and present and I really appreciate the opportunities afforded to them by our very committed and professional staff who are led on this occasion by Maistreás Uí Róis.”Tickets are selling fast with the final few available at An Grianán Theatreúirach rehearsals at Coláiste AilighColáiste Ailigh putting talents on show at Ceiliúirach 20 Bliain was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:CeiliúirachColaiste Ailighlast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders beat Browns in OT thriller

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look for their first win this season as Baker Mayfield and the Browns come to town.The Heisman Trophy winner Mayfield will make his first NFL start after coming off the bench to lead the Browns to their first victory in 635 days — a 21-17 victory over the Jets last Thursday.The Browns’ winning drought has nothing on Raiders coach Jon …last_img read more

Promotion quota Bill set for delay

first_imgA contentious bill providing for reservation to SCs and STs in government job promotions is set for a delay notwithstanding the urgency displayed in bringing it, with government on Wednesday citing paucity of time in passing it during the current session of Parliament.The indication that the bill will be delayed was given by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held consultations with him and Defence Minister A K Antony soon after introduction of the proposed legislation saw a scuffle between members of Samajwadi Party and BSP in Rajya Sabha.”There is no time now,” Shinde told reporters when asked whether the Constitution Amendment Bill would be passed by Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon Session.On the strong opposition to the bill witnessed in Rajya Sabha, he said, “We will convince them. It is a question of giving justice to the SC/STs who have been struggling for ages.”He said the Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were keen to have such a law in place.Shinde disapproved of BSP chief Mayawati’s bitter remarks calling Congress and BJP ‘snakes’.”It cannot be said. Our intention is very clear. The intention of the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi is very clear. Justice has to be given to them,” he said.Shinde said Congress had also tried to bring the bill earlier but had not succeeded.He said SC/ST MPs and MLAs have been demanding for the past two-three years reservation in promotion in government jobs.advertisementlast_img read more

Beach Boys Make Commitment To Education Organization

first_imgBeach Boys lead singer, Mike Love, announced today the band will be making a year-long commitment to City Year, a national education-focused organization that unites young AmeriCorps members for a year of service in high-need public schools.Beginning in August and for one year, all Beach Boys concerts will highlight City Year through a special video tribute when performing “Be True to Your School.” Beach Boys fans will be encouraged to make a $10 donation to City Year by using their cell phones to text the word “SCHOOL” to 20222. In addition, City Year will have a booth and representatives at concerts which take place in communities where City Year serves. The Beach Boys have been selling out amphitheaters, concert venues and county fairs across the country. The current tour runs through November, but the band will be announcing new dates for 2014 in the coming weeks.“It’s so rewarding to be in a position to help young people find their way through City Year,” said Mike Love. “When I think back on early life before the Beach Boys, I remember those special people who encouraged me to discover my passion and follow my path. Too many kids lose their way, drop out of school, and never realize their true potential. Be True to Your School was a high school anthem in the early sixties, and for me, fifty years later it’s about inspiring our youth to reach for their dream. City Year makes that possible every day, and I’m grateful to shine a spotlight on their incredible work.”Love was City Year’s recipient of the ‘Seven Generations Award’ at its 2013 National Leadership Summit in May 2013. As one of the organizations highest honors, Mike was ‘jacketed’ in City Year’s signature red jacket worn by all 2,700 corps members.“Mike is a true champion of service and education,” said AnnMaura Connolly, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. “He has a profound compassion for young people, and is committed to doing what he can to help them meet their potential. We are deeply grateful to Mike and The Beach Boys for their extraordinary commitment to supporting the work of City Year AmeriCorps members across the country through this exciting partnership.”As lead singer of the international sensation, The Beach Boys, Mike Love was the first artist to respond to President George H. W. Bush’s call for service as part of the Points of Light Foundation in 1990. Love began StarServe, “Students Taking Action and Responsibility to Serve,” the first Points of Light Initiative which enlisted high profile celebrities to inspire young people to serve their communities. StarServe distributed teachers guides, posters and recognition letters from celebrities to every school in the country — 169,000 at the time — to support teachers and students in creating innovative service projects in their communities.In addition to his leadership of service, Mike Love created the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. Love and his wife Jacquelyne co-founded the Lake Tahoe School, which combines cutting edge curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, and environmentally conscious education for students pre-K through eighth grade. Love’s charitable efforts also include joining a group of students from Cathedral Catholic High School led by Father Kelly who volunteered their labor of love, making much needed repairs to the Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate Mexico. After Hurricane Katrina, Love helped the American Red Cross raise $250,000 in just one hour for families affected by the storm. Alongside The Beach Boys, Mike Love partnered with Operation Smile during their critically acclaimed 50th Anniversary tour which benefited children worldwide. He recently performed a benefit concert for The Foundation for the Children of the California’s, which raised one million dollars to support the expansion of three new surgical suites. A longtime supporter of environmental causes, Love was among speakers at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janiero and Earth Day on the Mall in Washington, D.C.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more