BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News RwandaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence EnvironmentFreedom of expression Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more Asked about the existence and nature of the complaint, the BBC press office told RSF that it did not “comment on matters related to its personnel” and that all of its journalists had to “respect the broadcaster’s strict editorial standards.” Help by sharing this information Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk added: “It is astonishing and dangerous that a reputedly independent international broadcaster caved in so easily to alleged pressure from the Rwandan authorities, especially as the BBC has itself been the victim of the extensive censorship that the Rwandan authorities enforce on all those straying from the official line. This decision contributes to the terrorization of journalists working on this sensitive subject and reflects a dangerous externalization of the Rwandan government’s policy of intimidating and suppressing independent journalism.” RwandaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence EnvironmentFreedom of expression Jacques Matand Diyambi, a Congolese journalist working at BBC Africa in Dakar, Senegal, was fired for “serious misconduct” as a result of his interview last November with Charles Onana, the Franco-Cameroonian author of a new book about the 1994 Rwandan genocide entitled “Rwanda, the Truth about Operation Turquoise.” The letter Diyambi received from his editor notifying him of his dismissal, which RSF has seen, said BBC Africa had received a “complaint” about the interview from the Rwandan government accusing the BBC of being “unfair, biased and inaccurate” and reserving the right to “take sanctions” against the broadcaster. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns BBC Africa’s decision to fire a journalist over an interview about the Rwandan genocide that supposedly annoyed the Rwandan government. The dismissal was “disproportionate” and will help to intimidate journalists who tackle this controversial subject, including those outside Rwanda, RSF said. Diyambi’s dismissal has triggered a wave of outrage. In Senegal, the Union of News and Social Communication Professionals (SYNPICS), in which Jacques Matand heads the BBC section, has accused the editor in chief of BBC Africa’s Senegal office of acting without thought for the consequences and of “failing to accept that she is ultimately responsible for everything that is broadcast.” It examined the controversial theory that in 1994 then Rwandan rebel leader Paul Kagame (now the country’s president) may have had a role in President Juvénal Habyarimana’s death in a plane crash, an event that triggered the genocide in which more than 800,000 people died. In Democratic Republic of Congo, where Diyambi is from, the president of the National Union of the Congo Press (UNPC), Boucard Kasonga Tshilunde, has threatened to issue a call to “all Congolese to stop listening” to the BBC and to all local media that retransmit BBC broadcasts “to stop doing so.” Rwanda’s new penal code is still tough on journalists RSF_en @RSF_Inter center_img News @Jacques Matand News Follow the news on Rwanda February 13, 2020 BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Reports to go further But Rwandan minister of state for foreign affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe told RSF that his government “never formally complained” to the BBC about the interview, adding that, “it’s an internal problem within this British media group.” Rwanda is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more “This decision is both regrettable and disproportionate,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “If the BBC thought this journalist failed in his duty to be balanced, there were many other ways it could have told him this or got him to reflect other viewpoints, without imposing such a drastic sanction.” The BBC has been banned from broadcasting its very popular Kinyarwanda-language programmes in Rwanda since 2014, when it broadcast a TV documentary about the Rwandan genocide that the Rwandan authorities branded as “negationist” (genocide denial). Organisation October 10, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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Vote for the Netizen of the Year!

first_img March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Vote for the Netizen of the Year! RSF_en The nominees for the 2013 Netizen Prize are: Itsmania Pineda Platero (Honduras), Cheikh Fall (Senegal), Oumarou Mohamed Lamine (Mali), Suren Gazaryan (Russia), Murat Tungishbayev (Kazakhstan), Assen Yordanov (Bulgaria), Huynh Ngoc Chenh (Vietnam), Mosireen (Egypt) and Shiva Nazar Ahari (Iran).Download the list of nominees 2013 Since 2008, this prize has been awarded to journalists, bloggers and other netizens who have made a distinguished contribution to the defence of freedom of expression on the Internet. Organisation Related documents cp_netizen2013_ar-2.pdfPDF – 229.9 KB To support their efforts and to mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders and Google award the Netizen Prize every 12 March with the aim of drawing the public’s attention to the need to defend online free expression. From today until 5 March, Internet users can vote for the nominee they think best represents the fight for online freedom of information by going to the Reporters Without Borders YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/netizen2013).center_img Nine netizens have been nominated by Reporters Without Borders. We have chosen online news and information providers who have distinguished themselves through investigative reporting, projects or other initiatives which have helped advance online freedom of information and which are likely to inspire fellow netizens around the world. The nominee who has received the most votes will be announced on 7 March. The winner will be invited to the award ceremony at Google France’s headquarters in Paris on 12 March. Read in Arabic (بالعربية)I vote online !Two billion people worldwide now have Internet access but a third of them lack access to an Internet that is free and open to all because of government censorship, filtering and online surveillance. Around 180 citizen-journalists, bloggers and other netizens are currently in prison because of their online activity. To stimulate online interest, the winner of the Netizen Prize will this year for the first time be elected by the Internet public, who are invited to cast their vote online. News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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W. Virginia teachers end strike as governor signs bill giving them 5 percent pay hike

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — West Virginia teachers and students could head back to class as early as Wednesday after the governor signed a bill which gives the educators a 5 percent pay hike and ends their nine-day strike.Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill at an afternoon news conference Tuesday, announcing the agreement also grants a 5 percent pay raise to all state employees.“I have always believed in education and believe it should be our centerpiece,” Justice said prior to signing the bill as he sat on a stage with lawmakers and teachers’ union officials standing behind him. “Today we are making an investment, we are making an investment in education.”He said he will also write a letter to the state superintendent asking for “flexibility” in the 180-day school requirement so that students and teachers won’t have to make up the nine days they were out of the classroom.“Our children have suffered enough. We need to return some sense of normalcy to the education process,” Justice said.The state Senate and House both voted unanimously to approve the bill.The 35,000 education employees walked off the job on Feb. 22, demanding higher pay and better benefits after the governor signed a 2 percent pay raise for next year. Justice reconsidered after an initial round of protests, and the House of Delegates later approved a 5 percent increase.But the Senate’s insistence on a 4 percent raise Saturday prompted the union to extend the strike.West Virginia teachers were among the lowest paid in the country, earning an average annual income of $45,240, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They had gone without a pay raise for four years.Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and AFT-West Virginia President Christine Campbell both praised the deal as a “victory.”“I’m proud to be in West Virginia today to stand with the educators and school personnel who stood strong and stood together to fight for what they need to do their jobs and stay in the profession, and for what their kids need to thrive,” Weingarten said in a statement.Campbell added: “The strike and its strong outcome should be seen as a shot across the bow to every lawmaker who may underestimate the support teachers have, the hard job they do and their willingness to stand up for what they deserve as they educate the next generation.”Earlier in the day, Justice announced on Twitter that a deal had been reached.“I stood solid on the 5% Teacher pay raise and delivered,” Justice wrote in his tweet. “Not only this, but my staff and I made additional cuts which will give all State employees 5% as well. All the focus should have always been on fairness and getting the kids back in school.”Justice said the pay raise will be paid for by reducing spending in other areas of state government.During the committee meeting earlier Tuesday, state Sen. Craig Blair said the deal included at $20 million spending reduction. He said cuts will likely be made to general services and Medicaid.But Justice noted the state’s Medicaid system ended the last fiscal year with a $173 million cash surplus.“There’s no need to worry one instant about a Medicaid cut,” Justice said. “We’re good there, we’re good.”Teachers said they were eager to get back to the classroom.“Hopefully this shows them we stand up for what we believe in,” middle school teacher Penny Light told ABC News. “When you truly believe in something, you can stand up for it — and the lawmakers work for us, not themselves.”Teacher Terry Moss added: “We’re very excited, ready to go back to school.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Marco Benevento Shares Free Download Of Late-Night NOLA Set

first_imgIt’s been a few weeks since New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and we’re still wrapping our head around the magic that occurred throughout the city during all hours of the day and night. Marco Benevento especially had a powerful presence in the city during the two-week marathon, with multiple shows with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as his solo band–which features Karina Rykman on bass and Andy Borger on drums.On Thursday night / Friday morning of the second weekend, Marco Benevento played a show with his band at the legendary Tipitina’s that started after 2:00 in the morning. That set was recorded live, and Marco himself mixed and multi-tracked the tape for fans to download for free. You can cop your own free download here via Royal Potato Family.Setlist: Marco Benevento | Tipitina’s | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/18The Story of Fred Short (Suite), Greenpoint, Heartbeats, Pepper, Dropkick, Coyote Hearing, RISD, Woah!!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Bus Ride, At The ShowUpcoming Marco Benevento Dates:May 19 – Miami, FL – Rhythm Foundation BenefitMay 25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer CampJune 1 – Weston, MI – Camp GreenskyJune 14 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10June 15 – Hammonton, NJ – BeardfestJuly 14 – Greenfield, MA – Green River FestivalSeptember 8 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Music FestivalSeptember 14 – Telluride CO – Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalSeptember 15 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Other Sidelast_img read more

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