Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign

first_img November 28, 2019 Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign Reports Namibia incumbent President and candidate Hage Geingob goes through voting procedures on November 27, 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Namibia RSF_en After Angula took part in a panel debate on the One Africa TV channel about the so-called “fishrot” scandal – concerning alleged “corruption” in the allocation of Namibia’s fishing quotas the news agency said his participation in this “highly controversial” discussion had compromised its editorial stance and its reputation.This scandal has dominated the campaign for today’s presidential and national election. Fishing is Namibia’s second-largest industry after mining and documents provided by WikiLeaks to the country’s leading daily, The Namibian, and international media outlets indicate that ministers took bribes in exchange for granting access to Namibia fishing grounds.Two ministers have had to resign and one of them has been arrested.Other government officials have reacted by attacking the media. A few days ago, the president’s office issued a statement accusing journalists of trying to “tarnish” the president’s image and waging a disinformation campaign with the aim of swaying voters.Previously, at the start of the month, trade minister Tjekero Tweya likened journalists to “flies” who were “poisoning” the population with false information.“This series of attacks against journalists constitutes a major blow to the image of the country that has Africa’s highest ranking in the World Press Freedom Index,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“By covering corruption, journalists are just doing their job and acting as the allies of good governance. We call on the authorities to put a stop to these verbal attacks, which are undermining Namibian democracy. We also firmly condemn the Namibian Press Agency’s decision to sanction a journalist who just voiced an opinion, one that is moreover well supported by the facts.”President Hage Geingob is seeking another term in yesterday’’s election, in which there are ten other contenders. He is expected succeed despite the “fishrot” scandal’s impact.Namibia is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression to go further Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of verbal attacks on journalists by government officials in the run-up to yesterday’s elections in Namibia, and the state-owned Namibian Press Agency’s decision to suddenly cancel freelance journalist Vita Angula’s contract after he participated in a TV discussion about corruption. Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News December 8, 2008 Find out more NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression Letter to information minister about South African journalist held overnight Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Police investigate the death of Alvin Liverpool of Grand Coulibri

first_img Share Tweet Sergeant Kenth Matthew.Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew has reported to Dominica Vibes News that an investigation has been launched into the death of Alvin Liverpool of Grand Coulibri by the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.Sergeant Matthew says the deceased in his attempt to evade the police jumped into a 150 200 foot precipice.“On the afternoon of Wednesday 12th October 2011, a police patrol came upon a sizeable marijuana field in the Grand Coulibri area when their sudden appearance surprised a man, 39 year old Alvin Liverpool of Grand Coulibri who was in that field then. On seeing the police, Alvin promptly ran away and jumped into a 150-200 foot precipice in an effort to evade them.”According to Sergeant Matthew, mounted a search and found Mr Liverpool’s body severly mangled.“Officers, familiar with the area, feared the worst; that is to say, they believed that by using that mode of escape, Alvin may have caused himself grave injury. Other colleagues joined them and they all mounted a search during which they found Alvin’s severely mangled body on some rocks below where he had jumped. He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital where a doctor pronounced him dead sometime after 3 am today, Thursday 13th October 2011. Investigations surrounding the circumstances of Alvin’s death has started,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 34 Views   one comment Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share LocalNews Police investigate the death of Alvin Liverpool of Grand Coulibri by: – October 14, 2011last_img read more

3 things South Dakota State said ahead of NCAA tournament 2nd-round matchup with Syracuse

first_imgNo. 3 Syracuse (25-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) meets No. 6 South Dakota State (27-6, 15-1 Summit) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday. The Jackrabbits most-recently beat Quinnipiac in the first round and look to prevent the higher-seeded Orange from advancing to the Portland Regional.Here are three things South Dakota State said before Monday’s Round of 32 matchup with SU.The Big MomentSouth Dakota State head coach Aaron Johnston wishes he knew why the Jackrabbits play so well in big games. “It would make my job a lot easier, I guess,” he joked. On Sunday, Johnston and SDSU players fielded questions on “hostile crowds” and playing what effectively is a home game for Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, but Johnston noted the Jackrabbits have always delivered.They won the Summit League Championship in four of the past five years. The one year they didn’t win the championship, they were without their best player, Macy Miller, who missed the game recovering from a torn ACL in her right knee. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At times, we probably need to celebrate our successes more, because we’ve had a lot,” Johnston. “We don’t want to live in a world where we’re just constantly feeling like we’ve got to put it out there for everybody to see, look at us. And when things don’t go well, I don’t think we just close the doors and lock up shop and try to hide from the world either. I just think our team has been really consistent.”Three seasons ago, the Jackrabbits lost by one point to No. 4-seed Standford when Miller’s last-second layup was blocked at the rim. A matchup with the Orange gives South Dakota State gives it another chance to take down a top-four seed. “An avalanche of feelings come back,” Johnston said. “They are tough and heartbreaking. I know our players still think about that, but we don’t live in the moment.”End of the benchSyracuse generally uses a nine-player rotation. Against Quinnipiac a day earlier, South Dakota State opted for a tighter rotation, Johnston said, and the Jackrabbits “wore down” towards the end of the game. Though he wouldn’t say SDSU would go deeper into its bench against the Orange, he said the “pressure” of the game will dictate who the Jackrabbits will sub in and out as the game goes along.“In hindsight, I think that’s something we’ll have to look at as we go forward,” Johnston said of the tighter rotation. “You want to have the right group of people on the floor at the right time.”Name devaluationAs the lower seeded team, South Dakota State isn’t worried about the pressure of playing in a game against the No. 3 Orange. Syracuse has name value. So does its point guard, Tiana Mangakahia, who is widely regarded as one of the best point guards in the country. But Johnston and others on SDSU don’t think the Jackrabbits lack the personnel for an upset.“I would not say there are no nerves at all, because I think every game we play in, there will be some nerves,” senior guard Madison Guebert said. “I think this team has a lot of experience and many players that have played in big environments and big games before so that experience will help us.”South Dakota State matched up with Oregon, Marquette and Baylor this year, taking “chances” with its scheduling, Johnston said. Two years ago, it went down to the wire with Stanford, now a No. 2 seed in the 2019 tournament. The Jackrabbits aren’t void of experience in big games.“I think for us, trying to play against a team with those type of elite players happens not just playing here in the last 24 hours, but happens over several years of playing against those types of teams,” Johnston said. “Over the years, you hope that all those chances that you take in scheduling get you ready for these kinds of moments to rise to the challenge.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more