RFI reporter Ahmed Abba released !

first_img April 23, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News Follow the news on Cameroon Radio France Internationale’s Hausa-language correspondent, Abba was arrested in July 2015 in Maroua, in Cameroon’s Far North region, after covering the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram. As he has been held for 29 months, he should qualify for immediate release. After his arrest, Abba was held incommunicado for nearly three months and was tortured by the intelligence services. He then faced the possibility of being sentenced to death by court martial. A military court finally sentenced him in April to ten years in prison on charges of “failing to report acts of terrorism to the authorities” and “laundering the proceeds of an act of terrorism.” The military appeal court has quashed his conviction on the first charge but upheld his conviction on the second one. “Nothing can compensate the lost years in prison but we are relieved to know that Ahmed Abba will soon be reunited with his family,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “This is a mixed decision inasmuch as only part of Abba’s conviction has been overturned and he has to pay exorbitant court costs. We maintain that he should never have been imprisoned.” For the past two years, RSF has constantly called for Abba’s release and criticized the lack of transparency of the judicial proceedings against him. In its most recent release, issued jointly with the Committee to Protect Journalists, RSF said Abba had been the victim of a “judicial conspiracy” and again demanded his release. Cameroon is ranked 130th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News to go further CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedFreedom of expression Ahmed Abba, le correspondant de RFI en haoussa. © RFI-KISWAHILI Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Receive email alertscenter_img News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court May 19, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Help by sharing this information CameroonAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedFreedom of expression News Up date 23.12.2017: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes radio reporter Ahmed Abba’s release after a military appeal court in Yaoundé reduced his jail sentence on terrorism charges from 10 years to 24 months. December 21, 2017 – Updated on December 23, 2017 RFI reporter Ahmed Abba released !last_img read more

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Reporter arrested in Ferguson: “I was just doing my job”

first_img Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News News United StatesAmericas Gerald Trey Yingst, a journalist with the News2Share website, was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, while covering a demonstration on 22 November during the wait for the grand jury decision not to indict a white policeman who gunned down an unarmed African-American teenager.Reporters Without Borders condemns his arrest and interviews him below.The police said Yingst failed to respect an order to disperse. Yingst and witnesses deny this, and video footage shows they are right. Denise Reese, a journalist with RT’s Ruptly video agency, was also arrested for doing her job on 26 November.In August, Reporters Without Borders condemned the arbitrary arrests of 15 journalists during the demonstrations in Ferguson that immediately followed Michael Brown’s death. President Obama said at the time: “Police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their job.”Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk, said: “The police must let journalists do their work of gathering information and cover the rioting for the public. We urge the US authorities to not leave police abuses unpunished and to do everything possible to guarantee the safety of journalists during protests.”Extracts from the interview with Yingst:I was standing on the sidewalk when I saw a police officer coming towards me, yelling at people in the street. I thought I was doing the right thing as I was on the sidewalk but apparently I was supposed to be on the other sidewalk. It was very unclear. Then I was arrested and taken to jail. It did not make a lot of sense. They took me to jail for four hours. I had never been to jail before. I was booked, got a mugshot. Originally I was charged with ‘failure to disperse’ and then with ‘unlawful assembly.’ It was very unclear why. A protester who was also charged with ‘unlawful assembly’ had hit a police cruiser earlier in the night.The police were very inaccurate on how they reported what happened but thankfully there was a video to prove that I was on the sidewalk the whole time (…) and not on the street. I was wearing my media credentials and had a camera. That in my mind was an appropriate ID for a journalist.I was there in August and I was aware that other journalists had been arrested then but I never thought it would happen to me. It did not cross my mind that I was making a statement: I was just doing my job.Even though I was arrested for doing my job, I am going to continue to cover Ferguson because it is important to me. I hope my arrest can be used as an example of things that are not right. I hope the police recognize that and do not arrest journalists in the future for doing their job.The United States is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, 13 places lower than in the 2013 index. to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information November 26, 2014 – Updated on June 8, 2016 Reporter arrested in Ferguson: “I was just doing my job” News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Arsenal fans send transfer plea to David Alaba after Lucas Hernandez joins Bayern Munich

first_imgArsenal fans send transfer plea to David Alaba after Lucas Hernandez joins Bayern Munich Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySo when the German giants wrapped up a deal for Atletico Madrid left-back Hernandez on Wednesday, Gooners immediately began dreaming about the prospect of Alaba arriving in north London.Hernandez has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena and Bayern finally got their man for a club-record fee of €80million (£68m).The France World Cup-winner has signed a five-year contract with Niko Kovac’s side and will join up with his new team-mates ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Arsenal fans are urging the club to make a move for David Alaba (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans are collectively calling for David Alaba to join them this summer after Bayern Munich completed a club-record deal for Lucas Hernandez.Last week, Alaba admitted that he’s open to the idea of leaving Bayern and, in the candid interview, the 26-year-old left-back once again raised the fact that he’s a lifelong Arsenal.‘I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been an Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way,’ he said.The Austrian, who has won a Champions League and seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern, has also made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League one day.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 80 million for Hernandez !? Mmhmm Bayern 😂😂??That means Alaba to Arsenal is basically done— Mr Peanutbutter (@DatGuySheeks) March 27, 2019 PLAY by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Comment Read More Coming Next Top articles Read More Full Screen struggling Manchester United captain Harry… Read More Lucas Hernandez joins Bayern for a club-record fee of €80m (Picture: Getty)Hernandez, though, is not necessarily a straight replacement for Alaba as Bayern as both players are capable of playing in a number of positions.Alaba has played across the back four and is also comfortable in central midfield, while Hernandez has experience at centre-half as well as at left-back.However, this didn’t stop Arsenal supporters getting excited… Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Mar 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Skip Video Settings SPONSORED Read More Advertisement Skip Ad 1/1 1 min. story / Read More MORE: Former Liverpool ace names the world’s best two goalkeepersShould Arsenal make a move for David Alaba?Yes!0%Nah, will never happen0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results About Connatix V67539 Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe North West Cancer Support Group has announced that their major fundraising event on September 28th has been cancelled.The ‘Bling Ball’ was scheduled to take place at an Chúirt Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair to raise much-needed funds.The group provides subsidised flights from Donegal Airport to Dublin for cancer patients. In a statement on her Facebook page, organiser Mary Mc Ginley of Burtonport who founded the charity, said the lack of support has forced the decision.“It is with much disappointment we have to cancel the event. This is due to the lack of support we have received.“We would like to than everyone who have paid for tickets – a refund will be sent to you,” said the statement.The organisers have also paid tribute to An Chúirt Hotel for their understanding and support in making the decision. The €50 a head event offered a five course meal and music for the night by the popular Crystal Swing.The provision of the subsidised flights to Dublin are mainly dependent on this annual fundraising event.However a spokesman for the group said they will continue to seek to provide the subsidised service for cancer patients.CANCER GROUP FORCED TO CANCEL BALL BECAUSE OF LACK OF SUPPORT was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Bling BallcancelledNorth West Cancer Support Grouplast_img read more


Will Vilane make North Pole history?

first_imgSouth African mountaineer Sibusiso Vilaneis pictured atop Mount Everest with RobertAnderson. Vilane hopes to become the first blackperson to complete the Three PolesChallenge.(Images: Sibusiso Vilane)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sibusiso VilaneExplorer+27 72 698 7600RELATED ARTICLES• Paddling for a good cause• Barefoot on the roof of Africa• Antarctic team did it for children• Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top• Parlotones to climb Kili for charityShamin ChibbaMountaineer and motivational speaker Sibusiso Vilane once told the assembly at a briefing in Parliament that when he reached the top of Mount Everest for the first time, he dropped to his knees and “thanked the Lord for taking me to the top of the mountain”.Then he wept, stood up and smiled.“I was grateful there was an African standing on top of the world,” he recalled.It was probably the best explanation he could conjure for a feeling that couldn’t be expressed in words.Now Vilane is looking to conquer nature again by crossing the flat sea ice of the Arctic Ocean.A trek to the North Pole – the last phase of the Three Poles Challenge – is the next adventure for the 41-year-old.He follows in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge, who was the first person to complete the trio of challenges, and if he is successful, Vilane will be the first black person to achieve the feat.While most South Africans embark on Easter activities in the first week of April, Vilane is spending the period between 4 and 13 April traveling 120km across the Arctic Ocean, in a bid to reach the pole.He’s already completed the first two parts of the challenge: the South Pole in 2008 – which he reached with Team Extreme partner and fellow South African Alex Harris – and the daunting Mount Everest, which he summited twice in 2003 and 2005 using different routes.He was recognised as the first black African to complete each of those expeditions.“I have an inherent desire to inspire others and to share something positive with people. I also want to leave behind a lasting legacy,” he said of his feats.Vilane started his trek from the Norwegian village of Longyearbyen before setting off to a spot located a chilly 89 degrees north of the Arctic Circle.From there he’s crossing the ice on skis to the North Pole, accompanied by a team from Norway. Since the group is skiing in the summer, up to 8-10 hours a day, the sun is continuously above the horizon, providing them with 24 hours of daylight.Once they reach 90 degrees north, which is the North Pole, they will be picked up by helicopter and a charter flight will return them to Longyearbyen.Preparing for the gruelling ArcticVilane faces many potentially fatal dangers – he has to endure temperatures as low as -50 degrees C, be on the lookout for polar bears and avoid weak spots in the ice that he could fall through.He also has to be wary of the shifting sea ice that is thinning by the day.To prepare for these gruelling conditions, Vilane’s training programme included running and cycling. He also spent a lot of time pulling a car tyre, which he says is a standard training method for most explorers who embark on this expedition.“Your muscles take strain because you exert them on tough terrains while pulling a heavy load,” he explained.Full-fledged adventurerBorn in Mpumalanga province in 1970, Vilane began life as a cattle herder in Swaziland. His family relied on the money he earned and they forbade him from attending school until he was 10.In 1993, he started work as a game ranger at Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland.His career as an explorer began when he met his first climbing mentor John Doble in 1996. In that same year Vilane and the former British High Commissioner to Swaziland climbed a number of peaks in the Drakensberg together.Besides the Three Poles Challenge, Vilane officially joined the exclusive Seven Summits Club in 2008 when he climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska.After reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1999, it took him just nine years to conquer the six other peaks and be officially accepted into the club.Inspiring others through his featsIt is no wonder that the man who received the Order of Ikhamanga in 2006, for his contribution to mountaineering, would turn his achievements into something fellow South Africans can learn from.Vilane earns a living not from climbing, but from talking about it. He is a motivational speaker who thrives on inspiring others, especially young people, to achieve their goals.“They will learn to persevere, to have the will to succeed and give life a purpose. I would be looked at as a role model and an inspiration,” he said of his service to society.He abides by one line that he believes gives people determination: “Each and every one of us has got what it takes to be great.”For Vilane, mountaineering and exploring is for everyone, and whoever has the desire and a clear mind to take on the challenges will succeed.“It is my desire to inspire Africans who think they cannot do these things. Africans have been sitting back because of a lack of exposure and a lack of funds.”He relies on three traits that he says each mountaineer needs: self-belief, self-motivation and a strong desire to succeed, because “it’s important to have the ability to persevere, despite the difficulties that lay ahead of you.”Explorers key in tackling environmental crisesVilane is adamant that mountaineers and explorers do not interfere with nature and that they actually help in curbing some of the ecological issues we currently face.“We are sensible and responsible when we hike or climb. We take care of the mountain; we do not bring it down with us.”He said that he and other explorers are helping expose the issues that affect the world.He also said that without adventurers, life would be quite dull and that we would not have as much knowledge of the world.“How would we know if the Arctic ice was melting if people did not explore it?”Vilane the family manAsked about his family’s reaction to his latest expedition, Vilane said that Nomsa, his wife of 17 years, and his children were not surprised.Nomsa doesn’t mind him exploring as she knows Vilane can take care of himself.One of his children has also taken up climbing. In 2010, at the age of 17, his eldest daughter Setsabine climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her dad. And according to Vilane, she is keen to do it again.“I will be happy if one my children wanted to climb Everest because I will be there for them. I have seen fathers and daughters, and fathers and sons climbing together and it is wonderful; a great bonding experience.”Exploration, he said, has made him a better person in all spheres of life and has helped him to appreciate nature, people and his family.For the love of adventureIn an interview with CNN reporter Nkepile Mabuse for the magazine programme African Voices, Vilane said that the reason there were few black mountaineers was not because they lacked the ability to do it, but they just did not understand it.“For the majority of black people, when I tell them I am going on an expedition, they ask, ‘What do you gain from it?’ They look at the material gain,” said Vilane.He added that South Africans failed to understand the idea of having to temporarily give up the comforts of home to go on a gruelling excursion up a mountain.Vilane, however, does it for the inner satisfaction and sense of achievement. He added that the feeling of being at the top of a mountain cannot be duplicated.“Even if I try to explain it to you, you will not grasp it until you do it yourself,” he said.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd striker Martial deletes his social media accounts

first_imgMan Utd striker Martial deletes his social media accountsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Anthony Martial has deleted his social media accounts.The Instagram and Twitter profiles of Martial have been deleted.Following the link to @martial_9 on Instagram brings up the following message on the picture-sharing app: “Sorry, this page isn’t available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Go back to Instagram.”A similar message appears on Twitter when trying to reach the profile @AnthonyMartial.Martial has taken drastic social media action in the past, twice deleting every single picture from his Instagram account – once in 2017 and once in 2018.The French forward is United’s joint-top scorer this season with nine goals, the same amount scored by midfielder Paul Pogba. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoAston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Euros

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Eurosby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says an inspirational chat with Aston Villa assistant John Terry has turned his focused towards Euro2020.The Villa midfielder has struggled so far this season, having watched peers Mason Mount and James Maddison selected ahead of him for the recent England squad.Asked if an England breakthrough is on his mind, Grealish told Standard Sport: “Yeah definitely.”I think the position I play at the moment there are so many talented players out there: Madders, Dele [Alli], Mason Mount and [Jesse] Lingard, so many good young English players.”So there is a lot of competition there but I know I can play. I back myself to get into the England team.”[I need to] add goals and assists to my game. At the start of the season I know I haven’t been playing to the standard I know I can. I can perform better. From being in the Championship last year, now to being in the Premier League it is going to take a bit of time.”I was speaking to John Terry the other day and he said it always took him five or six games to get to the standard he knew he could be at and I think that is the same as me at the moment.”I know how good I actually am, how good I can be and I want to start adding goals and assists to my game, I am sure I can force my way into the England team.” last_img read more

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a month agoLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urges calm after FC Cluj setback

first_imgLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urges calm after FC Cluj setbackby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi urged calm after 2-1 Europa League defeat to FC Cluj.Lazio had the lead through Bastos, but eventually were overrun.“Without doubt, as is often the case, we deserved more and it’s a very disappointing result,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“It was above all an excellent first half performance. I am convinced we will go through to the next round and we must always believe in what we’re doing. We should’ve finished the game earlier.“It’s also fair to say the referee should not have awarded that penalty. If we’d gone 2-0 up, we would not have had these issues. We’ve got to keep our heads up, as on Sunday there is an important game against Parma.“These two defeats with Cluj and SPAL are very disappointing, because we need to be more effective in attack and kill games off when we’re in control.“We have to analyse why we keep running out of steam in the second half. This was basically a photocopy of the match against SPAL, despite the fact we’ve worked on those errors over the last three days.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth midfielder Harry Wilson knows Klopp keeping tabs on him

first_imgBournemouth midfielder Harry Wilson knows Klopp keeping tabs on himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth midfielder Harry Wilson knows Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keeping tabs on him.Wilson has shone on-loan with the Cherries this season.He told Sky Sports: “He was happy with how the loan [at Derby] had gone, he said I had a great season.”Throughout last season, I was getting texts off him if one of our games was on tele that he had watched. It was good to know that when you go out on loan, you’re not just forgotten about, which may happen at some teams.”We have a loan guy who you keep in regular contact with, so when you’re getting regular messages off the manager, it always gives you that boost.”Of course I wanted to play in the Liverpool first team this year, but if that wasn’t the case, I wanted to be playing in the Premier League. I was delighted when I heard Bournemouth wanted to take me and I’ve started off well.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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