The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism News NigerAfrica Organisation News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Niger May 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today deplored the jailing for six months on 7 November of Mamane Abou, editor of the independent weekly paper Le Républicain, for supposedly libelling the country’s finance minister.”This conviction makes no sense, as he was simply doing his job,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Nothing justifies such a heavy sentence either. Legal procedures were also not properly followed because he was tried in his absence while he was in Niamey prison.””His lawyers were not even told of the trial, which is evidently a political matter. The authorities sentenced him quietly without telling anyone. Niger claims to be a democracy that respects the rule of law but this is a very alarming violation of freedom of expression,” Ménard said, calling for the journalist’s release.Abou was also fined 300,000 CFA francs (450 euros) and ordered to pay 10 million CFA francs (€15,200) in libel damages. One of his lawyers, Oumarou Soulé, told Reporters Without Borders he was shocked by the failure to follow legal procedure and said he would immediately appeal again the sentence.Abou has been held in Niamey prison since 5 November accused of publishing confidential finance ministry documents showing that the finance minister had embezzled several billion CFA francs (more than €1.5 million). Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom News Reports Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further NigerAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor jailed for six months Mamane Abou, editor of the weekly paper Le Républicain, was sentenced to six months in prison in Niamey on 7 November for supposed libel. Reporters Without Borders condemned the arbitrary conviction and called for his release. July 16, 2020 Find out more
Wait, what? Steven Spielberg wants to remake West Side Story. That’s right. The Jaws director wants to breathe new life into those Sharks and Jets. According to Deadline, the Oscar winner has registered his interest in a do-over, so Fox has unlocked the movie title. No writer has yet been assigned to the project but talk about big shoes to fill. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story has a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, was adapted into the legendary 1961 musical film. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno it won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Check out—and sing-a-long—to the trailer below. View Comments
Freedom of expression and public health should be tightly balanced in this time of the pandemic, he added. President Rodrigo Duterte is to physically deliver his fifth SONA at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 27. “PRO-6 is in full alert status and uniformed personnel will be deployed in all places of convergence to maintain orderliness and to ensure that health protocols are being observed,” Gorero said. Western Visayas remains under “medium risk” modified general community quarantine until the end of the month. ILOILO City – Instead of gathering to hold protest actions, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 urged protesters to air their grievances for President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) online. Gorero said that PRO-6 will activate task group “SONA 2020” in coordination with other concerned government agencies. Police Colonel Gilbert Gorero, PRO-6 spokesperson, made the appeal as he noted the existing guidelines of the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) task force limiting mass gatherings amid the pandemic. A member of a religious group holds a placard expressing support for press freedom during a protest caravan in Iloilo City on July 24. Police authorities are urging protesters to air their grievances for President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address trough social media. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “We encourage protesters to use social media as an alternative venue subject to the limitations of laws,” said Gorero. The Philippine National Police also earlier urged groups to stage their protests online. During Duterte’s fifth SONA, only a maximum of 50 people will be allowed inside the venue./PN
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLeaf coach Chris Shaw gave star goal scorer Connor McLaughlin the day off Sunday when Nelson hosted Columbia Valley in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Good thing too because of late the Arizona native has logged more miles than Greyhound and needed the well deserved rest. “It was fun . . . it was a blast,” McLaughlin told The Nelson Daily when asked about his road swing last week with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League following Sunday’s 6-3 victory over the Rockies. “I had a whole bunch of fun with the (Smokies) and pulled out a couple of wins.”McLaughlin, 19, received the call from the Smokies to fill rosters spots from forwards Sam Mellor and Travis St. Denis. Both players were at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge playing for Canada West.Trail played Prince George and Quesnel during the three-game trip. One of the victories on the swing was powered by the 6’1”, 190-pound grinding forward from Nelson.Facing a 3-1 deficit, McLaughlin sparked the Trail comeback by scoring two goals six minutes apart to start the third period.The visiting Smokies scored two more times to rally to a 5-3 victory. McLaughlin added an assist for a three-point night good enough for second star status.“I’d like to keep my options open,” McLaughlin said when asked if he has any desires to leave Nelson for the bright lights of Tier II Junior A Hockey. “It’s good to have that option but I don’t want to burn any bridges.”McLaughlin, who scored 24 goals for Nelson last season, is on pace to for the same 20-plus stats this year. In 21 games McLaughlin has scored 11 times to tie teammates Gavin Currie and Patrick Martens for the goal scoring lead on Nelson. Currie leads the team in points with 33.“I getting lucky right now,” said McLaughlin, who scored twice during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Kamloops. “A few of (goals) are bouncing off me and into the net but I’ll take them any way I can get them.”[email protected]
George Bush and Osama bin Laden having dinner with Elvis Presley is a greater possibility than Australian cricketers being involved in spot-fixing, says pacer Stuart Clark, who feels the speculation was an attempt by the Indian media to sabotage their World Cup campaign.”I do not believe for one minute that any Australian player is involved in spot-fixing – there is more chance of George Bush and Osama bin Laden having dinner with Elvis at Gracelands. I do believe, however, that this is an unwanted distraction created by the Indian media to try and throw the Australians off their game,” Clark wrote in a column for the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.There were reports that Australia’s slow batting in the match against Zimbabwe was investigated by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. Clark said the ICC only fuelled the speculation by giving just a “no comments” response.”Maybe this is the conspiracy theorist coming out in me, but, having toured that part of the world, I understand how much winning the World Cup means not only to the Indian team but to the nation,” he said.”It was pleasing to see Australia’s team manager, Steve Bernard, come out and rubbish these claims but disappointing to hear the ICC provide an inadequate response by offering only a ‘no comment’.”Is it asking for too much for the ICC to offer a meaningful comment? Is it too much to ask that the game be presided over by a governing body that is capable of acting professionally?” he added.advertisement
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA Manitoba First Nation branded “American Indian refugees” by Ottawa has turned to the sale of Mohawk-made cigarettes and a casino to raise revenue for their cash-strapped community and escalate their battle with the federal government.Canupawakpa First Nation has struck a deal to sell cigarettes from Rainbow Tobacco, a Kahnawake, Que., tobacco company already fighting tax authorities in three other provinces.Canupawakpa Chief Frank Brown said the community, which is about 100 kilometres southwest of Brandon, Man., will begin selling Wolfpack and Deerfield cigarettes at a new smoke shop and casino unveiled Wednesday and set up near Hwy 2 and Hwy 83.The First Nation plans to sell the cigarettes and operate their casino outside Manitoba tax laws.Brown said the Dakota are a sovereign nation that never signed away any of their rights.“We are the non-treaty,” said Brown. “What we are saying is…Canada if we don’t have a treaty with you, we still hold title to our land before Canada came and we have rights, we have privileges.”Brown said the First Nation plans to sell tax-free cigarettes from their smoke shop to non-First Nations people.Brown said the First Nation will levy their own tax on the cigarettes and casino operations, which currently includes a Blackjack table, to generate revenue for his cash-strapped community of about 600. There are also plans to bring in VLTs.“Our finances are tight. We cannot finance houses for our people and our education,” said Brown. “We need to survive and live.Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson is already fighting tax authorities in three provinces.Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes have been seized in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) charged Dickson and two other men linked to his company in April with allegedly importing cigarettes into Alberta without a license.RCMP and AGLC agents seized 16 million Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes from the Montana First Nation in Alberta in January.The chief of the First Nation, Carolyn Buffalo, was also charged in connection to the raid.In July, AGLC agents and the RCMP also raided a gas bar in Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Alta., and seized Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes.Dickson said the raids and seizures won’t stop his fight to assert his rights to establish a tobacco trade between First Nations that is unencumbered by provincial tax laws.“We can sustain this as long as it is going to take. We are gaining support from all our people, from all the nations from all the territories. It is a fight that has to be won,” he said. “It comes down to jurisdiction. They have no rights on our territories. The Dakota and Mohawks have never signed any treaties with these foreign governments so our sovereignty is fully intact.”The Assembly of First Nations has also backed Dickson’s position.Brown said he’s not worried about a police raid.“Either they don’t raid us, that is good, but if they raid us that is good too,” said Brown. “If they raid us and seize and confiscate and charge, what laws are they using against? There is no process with non-treaty in Canada, so what laws are they going to legally use.”The Dakota never signed onto the numbered treaties that cover large swaths of Ontario, the prairies and the Northwest Territories.They are currently in Federal Court to affirm Aboriginal rights and title to their claimed traditional territory and to force Ottawa into negotiations for compensation and reparations.The Dakota also want Ottawa to admit they are not “American Indian refugees” in Canada, according to the statement of claim filed in 2009.The federal government, however, holds that the Dakota “do not have Aboriginal title, rights, entitlement or legal interest in lands situated in Canada that they claim to be part of the ‘territories of the Dakota Nation,’” according to the statement of defence.The case is [email protected]
Mumbai: Terming India a well-balanced and in-form outfit, former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas predicted that Virat Kohli and his men would reach the semi-finals of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. The former left arm bowler was however guarded when talking about his own country’s chances in cricket’s showpiece event to be held in England and Wales from May 30, while mentioning sling-arm pacer Lasith Malinga as a key factor. “Indian cricket has been dominating in the last two-three years. They have good back-up fast bowlers. They will do wonders. Indian team is very balanced. They will do well. My prediction is, India will definitely reach the semifinals (in the World Cup),” Vaas told reporters here on Tuesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhVaas is on a visit to Mumbai to inaugurate a local T20 tournament along with former teammate, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Meanwhile, Herath sounded optimistic about Indian spinners doing well in the World Cup. “They (the Indian spinners) have been playing well, especially (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav). That’s why they have picked right-arm leg spinner and the chinaman (in the squad) and the other guy also (Ravindra Jadeja)… and I am sure in the coming World Cup,they will do (give) their best,” said Herath, who has picked 433 Tests wickets. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHearth also remarked team are usually picking right-arm leg spinners or chinaman’s for their wicket-taking ability. “You may give extra runs but you need kind of wicket-taking options. That’s why they (the teams) pick the right-arm leg-spinner or chinaman (bowlers),” explained Herath, one of the best left-arm spinners of his times. Herath predicted that there will be a stage in the World Cup where the spinners would come into play. “The World Cup will be played all across England. In the later part, there will be some assistance for spinners as well at the same time, you can see some dry pitches as well. I am sure the spinners will get chance at one stage,” he added.
Gurugram: The district administration has completed the voter’s list in Gurugram. According to, the Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri one lakh voters will be added.Providing the data on the increase in the number of voters, the officials of district administration highlighted that in 2017 there 1033801 voters which in 2018 and 2019 increased to 1064351 and 1082870. There are a total of 21 lakh voters who will be casting their vote Among the major areas Pataudi has a total of 206569 voters, Badhahpur has 346769, Gurugram is at 319563 and Sohna is at 209969. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe district administration also not shied away from in mentioning the sex ratio figures and was transparent in the parity among the voters in terms of gender. At 912 to 1000 males, Gurugram city was the leader in terms of having the best sex ratio among the voters. There are 167094 men and 152469 women who are eligible to vote. At 872, Sohna region proved to be laggard. As compared to 112160 men there are only 97809 women voters. In the other two areas, Pataudi has 108765 men and 97894 women voters and Badshahpur has 182435 men and 164334 women voters. These two regions had sex ratio figure of 901 females to 1000 males. Combining all the regions the sex ratio has been registered this time has not crossed 900 and was pegged at 899 females to 1000 males. In 2011, the sex ratio figures were registered at 853 women to 1000 males. To improve the sex ratio figures the pink booths will be introduced for the first time.
New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Sunday visited the Lalita Park jhuggis which were gutted in a fire two nights ago.She met the distressed women affected by the fire who narrated traumatic tales of loss. According to DCW, there were no casualties in the horrific incident but women and girls have been left without even a change of clothes and have lost all of their belongings. The Delhi government has set up shelters and basic requirement of food and water was being looked after. However, women and girls need urgent supplies of basic household items and compensation to start their life afresh. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDCW Chief met two women who were in deep trauma as their daughters are getting married in May 2019 and they lost all the items and cash they had arranged for the marriage. Even their train tickets to Bihar were burnt in the fire. DCW Chief recorded the statements of these women and assured complete support to them. “Swati Maliwal is writing to the DM to ensure full and urgent compensation to all aggrieved. Further, she is seeking special compensation for the women whose daughters are about to be married,” said DCW press statement. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSwati Maliwal said, “I appeal to Delhi citizens to donate liberally to the families by providing clothes and household items to those affected by the fire. Delhi also needs to come forward and liberally donate to the women whose girls were about to be married and who lost everything in the fire. If anyone wishes to donate to these women, they can contact us at [email protected] and we shall connect you to them. We will try our best to rehabilitate them.”