Government uses arrest on “seditious libel” charge to repress journalists

first_img Receive email alerts February 14, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government uses arrest on “seditious libel” charge to repress journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more Reports RSF_en News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent to go furthercenter_img April 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News Sierra LeoneAfrica Sierra LeoneAfrica Follow the news on Sierra Leone Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about a series of arrests of journalists on “seditious libel” charges by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police.“All these arrests of journalists by the CID is very disturbing,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “The authorities are making arbitrary use of seditious libel charges to intimidate media personnel. “This is obvious from the way journalists are bounced from one hearing to another in judicial proceedings that drag on without ever reaching a conclusion. We call on the government to drop all the proceedings against journalists and to end this politically-motivated use of the judicial system to harass them.”Kahn-Sriber added: “It is not right for the CID to get involved in these cases and thereby short-circuit the Independent Media Commission (IMC). In cases of alleged defamation, the IMC, which could use reinforcing, should be left to do its job, so that it can fully play its role as media regulator and guarantor of media ethics.”A total of seven journalists have been arrested since October and two newspapers have been searched by the police.The latest journalist to be detained on a seditious libel charge is Theophilus Gbenda, the producer of a programme on Culture Radio, who was arrested on 11 February in connection with a broadcast in which a guest made comments about a land case that irritated Vice-President Sam Sumana.Gbenda was summoned by the IMC but before he had time to respond to the summons, the police arrested him. He appeared in court yesterday but the judge did not take any decision on the charges and no date has been set for a trial.The CID arrested Premier Media managing director Dr. Julious Spencer and editor Alusine Sesay on 15 January on a complaint by information minister Alpha Kanu accusing them of defaming the government. While they spent the day in police custody, the CID went to Premier Media’s office and confiscated a great deal of multimedia equipment.Jonathan Leigh, the managing editor of the Independent Observer newspaper, and Bai Bai Sesay, its editor, were summoned for questioning by the CID on seditious libel charges on 14 January, also as result of a complaint by the information minister.This was three days after the police raided the Independent Observer, seized computer equipment material, and arrested one of its journalists, N’Fa Allie Turay, releasing him after several hours of interrogation.Leigh and Sesay were already arrested on 18 October over an article about the president. Charged with 26 counts of seditious libel, they were finally freed on 4 November on bail of 500 million Leones (85,000 euros). The trial was to have started on 18 November but has been postponed eight times without any decision being taken on the substance of the case. The next hearing is set for 19 February.Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a human rights activist and host of the radio programme “Monologue,” was arrested and held for several hours on 2 January in connection with the alleged defamation of transport and aviation minister Balogun Logus Koroma, who is normally regarded as friendly to the media.Sierra Leone is ranked 72nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 press freedom index, which Reporters Without Borders published on 12 February. This is 10 places lower than its ranking in the 2013 index. Newslast_img read more

PIL Seeks Formulation of Guidelines For Protection Of Medical Professionals & Institutions From Violence In Case Of Medical Accidents; Bombay HC Seeks State’s Reply [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesPIL Seeks Formulation of Guidelines For Protection Of Medical Professionals & Institutions From Violence In Case Of Medical Accidents; Bombay HC Seeks State’s Reply [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap23 Sep 2020 3:11 AMShare This – xCalling it a concern of seminal importance, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the State and sought a reply within two weeks, in the PIL seeking directions for formulation of guidelines for protection of medical professionals and medical institutions from violence and attacks in case of medical accidents etc.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginCalling it a concern of seminal importance, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the State and sought a reply within two weeks, in the PIL seeking directions for formulation of guidelines for protection of medical professionals and medical institutions from violence and attacks in case of medical accidents etc.Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a criminal PIL filed by Dr.Rajeev Joshi, MD Pediatrics who has been practising medicine 1987. Dr.Joshi alleges non-implementation of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010. He also contends that provisions of the said act are inadequate to curb the menace of violence against medical professionals and institutions. Therefore, he seeks guidelines to be framed and directions be issued to the State “to implement Guidelines in order to protect medical professionals and institutions from mob violence at the behest of the friends and relatives of the patients.” “Insufficient protection to Medicare Service Institutions and Medicare Service Personnel is a serious violation of their Right to Practice Medical Profession, without any hindrance and also their Right to Life”, petitioner argues.In Tuesday’s hearing, the bench noted-“A concern of seminal importance is raised in this PIL petition. The concern relates to alleged non-implementation of the provisions of the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010 as well as the amendments introduced in the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.”Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare appeared for the State and sought two weeks time to file a reply affidavit. Court granted the request and directed the matter to be listed on October 13, 2020.The petition states-“Unfortunately, the violence against medical professionals is a global phenomenon.According to the World Health Organization, about 8-38% of healthcare workers suffer physical violence at some point in their careers. However, it is more acute in our country.”Referring to an October 2017 issue of Indian Journal of Pediatrics, the petition goes on to state that according to Indian Medical Association, 75 per cent doctors have experienced violence at some point in their career. Thereafter, the concern expressed by the petitioner is exemplified by a case cited in the petition wherein irked by the death of his pregnant wife due to alleged negligence during operation by a woman surgeon at the government medical college hospital, her husband murdered the doctor at her clinic in 2012.Moreover, the petitioner contended that on account of attacks on resident doctors, IMA had gone on strike in Maharashtra in 2017. The petition states-“The public is becoming increasingly intolerant to a large number of social issues because of poor governance and vote bank politics. Laws to prevent violence against doctors do exist but they need to be made more stringent and implemented properly. It is submitted that, no doubt, in 19 States, there is specific law in this regard. With effect from April 28, 2010, the Respondent No. 8 has brought into effect the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010, running in just nine Sections.”Apart from directions for formulation of guidelines, the petitioner has also suggested constitution of a committee of experts to look into the definition of medical accident and possibility of covering Medical Accidents with suitable insuranceAdvocate Nitin Deshpande appeared on behalf of the petitioner. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

(Updated with Police Chief statement) Potential threat is being handled by WHS administrators

first_imgSubmitted by Wellington School Superintendent Rick Weiss — On Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014, a report was made to Wellington High School administrators of a written statement in the boy’s restroom indicating a potential threat at a future school event. According to the statement there was no immediate intent to cause harm. The Wellington Police Department was contacted and according to policy the building was inspected and canvassed for items that could disrupt the school day. All precautions will be taken to ensure a safe environment for WHS students at all times including future events at the school. The school district will work in cooperation with all law enforcement authorities on this situation.   By Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief — Wednesday, February 12th Wellington Police were notified by Wellington High School Administrators regarding the discovery of a “threatening message” found on WHS campus.WPD responded, began an investigation and discovered the “message” had first been seen on Tuesday, February 11th, however, prior to school Administrators being notified, the “message” was altered making it unreadable. WPD is continuing this investigation. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 339 weeks ago Watch and learn, Caldwell. Report Reply 1 reply · active 339 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 339 weeks ago Really, “thumbs down”? Maybe I should have said “It’s probably just “reports from neighboring towns about someone driving around taking pictures”. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down wellmom · 339 weeks ago I would just like to say thank you to the school administration/WPD for notifying parents about this. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Fourth of July Celebrations

first_imgThe Monmouth County Historical Association is hosting the first of what will be an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House on Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, on Saturday.“(The reading is) very family-oriented,” said Mary Ann LaSardo, a member of the Historical Association’s Board of Trustees and whose own grandchildren will be at the event.“I think that’s going to be one of the most important parts of this is to get children interested in the history of the United States and the history of Monmouth County,” she said.The ceremony will kick off at 10 a.m. with church bells ringing to honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Audience members can then line up to read a paragraph from the Declaration. Lemonade and cookies, and tours of Shrewsbury’s historic Allen House will follow the reading.Some events of interest: Capt. Ron’s Fishermen boat leaves Municipal Harbor at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday to take passengers to view the Macy’s fireworks show. The boat returns by midnight. More information at Streak will voyage up the East River to Manhattan and view the Macy’s fireworks show Saturday. More information at Independence Day Celebration at Holmdel Park in Holmdel to be held Saturday, July 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Games and contests. See for information.Hazlet:Fireworks on Sunday, July 5 at 9:30 p.m., setting off from Veterans’ Park. More information at Long Branch:Fireworks and Summer Concert will be held Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at Franklin Lake Park. More information at Park:Fireworks will be set off from the beachfront on Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. More information at–  By Dan Russo. Jaclyn Shugard contributed to this article Keansburg:Keansburg Amusement Park’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show to be held at dusk on Friday and Saturday. More information at Bank:On Sunday, July 5, the 27th annual concert of patriotic and gospel music at First Presbyterian, 255 Harding Road, part of the Tower Hill Concert Series. Concert and Armed Forces Salute start 7:30 pm. Strawberry festival and live music begins at 5 p.m. on the patio. Free, but donations accepted. $5 charge for strawberry desserts. More information at Highlands:The Mariner, one of the only wooden excursion boats left in the Navesink-Shrewsbury area, will take passengers to view the Keansburg fireworks show Saturday. Tour of local lighthouses and viewing the sunset in Sandy Hook Bay. The Mariner launches from the Atlantic Highlands Marina Saturday at 7:30 p.m. More information at read more

Leafs have all the shots but Posse get the goals in 4-2 victory over Nelson

first_imgIt’s four losses and counting for the Nelson Leafs.Princeton Posse scored twice in the opening four minutes to double the Nelson Leafs 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday in Samilkameen Country.The loss is the first of a three-game road swing through the Okanagan Conference.Nelson, failing to take advantage of a loss by Murdoch-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks to Creston Friday, has not won since October 22 when the Leafs defeated the Columbia Valley Rockies.Jaden Janzen and Alex Demchuk gave the home side the early lead after beating Andrew Walton in the Leaf nets.Carsen Willans, with his fourth of the season, cut the margin to 2-1 before the period ended as the Leafs pounded Princeton goalie Phoenix Logan-Hill with 14 shots.Nelson, tossing everything but the kitchen sink at the Posse, continued its assault on the Princeton goal with 12 more shots in the second, but was denied by Logan-Hill.In the third the teams combined for three goals in a span of 49 seconds, but it was the Posse scoring two of the markers to pull out the victory.Eric Kubis and Kurtis Bond completed the scoring for Princeton while affiliate player Colton Dawson, with his first ever Junior Hockey goal, replied for the Leafs.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Posse 39-22.The Leafs continued the road trip Saturday in Kelowna against the Chiefs.BLUELINES: The Leafs record falls to 12-7-0-1. . . .The Posse officially ended the scoring streak of Nelson sniper Patrick Martens at 14 games. During the streak Martens, falling to fifth in KIJHL scoring race, scored 18 times while adding 14 helper for 32 points. . . .Nelson’s high-powered offence has hit a low during the losing streak. In five previous games before the streak, all wins, the Leafs averaged five goals per game. During the recent four losses that goal output has dropped to three per game, with three of the games Nelson only managing two goals. . . .The Leafs had defenceman Walker Sidoni and forward Matti Jmaeff back in the lineup. Jmaeff has struggled of late and not scored in four [email protected]last_img read more

Richter scores hat trick to help Nitros even KIJHL Final against Wranglers

first_imgThe series now shifts to the Central BC Interior for Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday in 100 Mile House.Despite being outshot 30-22 in the game, it was the host squad that struck for two first period goals by Richter to open a 2-0 lead.The teams exchanged second period goals — Justin Bond cutting the lead to 2-1 with a power play goals 55 seconds into the frame before Richter scored this third of the game three minutes later.In the third 100 Mile House pushed to get back into the game, out shooting the Dynamiters 12-4 in the period.However, Allstar netminder Tyson Brouwer was solid between the pipes, stopping all 12 shots before Tanner Witt scored Kimberley’s fourth goal into an empty net.Witt and Korbyn each finished the game with two points for Kimberley.The win was the 13th of the playoff run for Brouwer against three losses.Kimberley needs to win at least one game in 100 Mile House to guarantee the series returns to the Bavarian City for Game six (Saturday) and, if necessary, seven (Sunday). Not so fast 100 Mile House Wranglers.The defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs are not willing to let their title go without a fight.Jason Richter scored a natural hat trick to power the Nitros to a 4-1 decision over the 100 Mile House Wranglers Sunday in KIJHL Finals action in Kimberley.The victory evens the best-of-seven series a 1-1.100 Mile House struck first in the series, edging Kimberley 2-1 Saturday.last_img read more

North Peace Fall Fair going on this weekend

first_imgThis year’s North Peace Fall Fair will be held this weekend. A wide range of activities are planned including a tractor pull, heavy horse pull, and pancake breakfasts Saturday and Sunday just to name a few.There will be a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. with Sunday’s parade featuring classic cars.After an extended absence to the fair lineup the log sawing and spike driving competition will return.- Advertisement -The talent show will be held on Saturday with cash prizes up for grabs, and that evening the family dance is scheduled.There will also be bouncy castles on site for children.The cost to enter is $10 per day for adults, and $5 per day for seniors and children. Weekend passes can be purchased for $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children. Camping is also available for $40, however those wanting to do that are asked not to come prior to 5 p.m. today.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA view up the lake from the boathouse at Glenveagh Castle.A GOVERNMENT Minister has today confirmed that visitor services – including bus drivers and guides – at Glenveagh National Park are under review and may be outsourced.Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, insisted that there are no plans – whatsoever – to sell national parks or to privatise the management, preservation or conservation of these parks.But he said more outside contractors may be brought in to run other services in the parks. Minister Deenihan commented: “There are six national parks in Ireland. They are exceptional places. They are owned by the people. They are held in trust by those living today for future generations. This will not change. There are no plans whatsoever to sell these parks. There are no plans whatsoever to privatise the management, preservation and conservation of these parks.”The core work of the national park staff including regional management and rangers is to secure and preserve the national parks so that they can be enjoyed by visitors and conserved for future generations.Staff of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) undertake this work at the six national parks and also oversee a network of nature reserves, Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across the State.His statement said visitors to national parks can also enjoy other services, including education services, catering services, recreational services, transport services, viewings of historic properties at some of the sites, and other services. For many years, some of these services have been directly provided by private individuals and companies such as the provision of boat trips, pony trekking or jarvey trips. Other services have been provided – on a fixed term contract to the Department – by contractors, for example catering facilities at national parks in Killarney, Glenveagh, Connemara, and Ballycroy, Co Mayo. Cleaning contracts at Ballycroy, Connemara, Glenveagh and Killarney National Parks are also in place.Minister Deenihan said his Department is always looking at ways to improve the tourism and education dimensions and visitor services at national parks. For example, the Department – in partnership with a Donegal based enterprise – has introduced an innovative service that allows visitors the opportunity to hire electric and hybrid bicycles at Glenveagh National Park visitor centre, from where they can explore the national park and the surrounding countryside in a low impact and environmentally friendly way.The Department is also examining ways to expand education services on an outreach basis by working with agencies such as the Heritage Council.“In this way, augmenting the facilities that are available to visitors to the national parks through working and co-operating with others is not a new phenomenon,” said the statement.“The priority is to manage, preserve and conserve the national parks, to provide excellent access and services to the public, and to do so whilst making the best use of the resources we receive from the taxpayer. As has always been the case, the Department will continue to explore the potential of using alternative models to augment its visitor services and nature education services nationally.” MINISTER CONFIRMS VISITOR SERVICES AT GLENVEAGH UNDER REVIEW was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

US plastic maker to open SA facility

first_img28 June 2012ColorMatrix, a subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange-listed PolyOne Corporation and a leading innovator of liquid colour and additives for plastics, has announced plans to open a new facility in South Africa as the company eyes growth prospects on the African continent.The new facility, which will be located in the Montague Gardens industrial precinct in Cape Town, South Africa, is expected to open in August and will support customers throughout Africa.Services will include sales, technical support and an on-site laboratory for rapid colour development, the immediate target market being manufacturers of plastic bottles and other containers for drinks and personal care products.“ColorMatrix is dedicated to helping our customers grow by advancing the performance and value of polymer-based goods globally,” William Ravenna, ColorMatrix’s MD for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement on Monday.“Opening this facility in Cape Town will provide us with a strong, customer-focused presence in this important region.”Robert Patterson, PolyOne’s chief operating officer, said that when PolyOne acquired ColorMatrix last year, “we committed to a global ‘invest to grow’ strategy that would add value to our customers and our shareholders. Our new facility in South Africa illustrates our commitment to this strategy.“While these operations will initially focus on ColorMatrix products and services, this affords us an excellent foothold to leverage other PolyOne businesses and services throughout the region in the future,” Patterson added.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more