The last journalist imprisoned in the country is released

first_img February 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) is very pleased with the news of the release of Tamrat Zuma, director of publication of the weekly newspaper Atkurot, who has been detained for nearly ten months in Kerchiele prison in Addis-Ababa. “It is the first time since 1993 that a journalist is not in prison in Ethiopia. It is very good news but one must not forget that over thirty professionals working in the press are currently being taken to court and risk being imprisoned at any moment” explained Robert Ménard, general secretary of RSF. In most cases the authorities are at the origin of these legal proceedings.The organisation has called for the Ethiopian authorities to modify the press law of 1992 which is particularly strict and to do everything in their power so that Ethiopian journalists may work in complete freedom and security. “The government should also quickly take measures to allow the creation of private radio stations and television channels. The state monopoly over radio and television broadcasting prevents the institution of a real pluralism of news items”, added M. Ménard.Tamrat Zuma was released on the 4th of March 2002 after having paid a bail of 16 000 Birrs (about 2 180 Euros). The conditions under which he was held in detention were particularly trying and the journalist has lost over 10 kilos. He also suffers from diabetes.On the 15th of January 2001, Tamrat Zuma, director of publication of the weekly newspaper Atkurot, was taken in for questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Addis-Ababa. He was released three days later after having paid a bail of 10 000 Birrs (1 350 Euros). He was accused of having cited, in an article, comments from members of the opposition party from a radio station based abroad. On the 20 May he was again arrested and accused of slander and of “inciting violence”. He was also criticized for publishing an article about the mismanagement of a state-owned tannery and for an interview held with a former general who announced the “imminent overthrowing of the government”.Ethiopia has for several years been the largest prison in the world for journalists. In 1995 up to twenty-six journalists were imprisoned at the same time. Since 1991 and the arrival to power of the EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front), almost one hundred and eighty journalists have found themselves, at one time or another, behind bars. Many others have fled from the country through fear of reprisals. Prime minister Meles Zenawi is on the list of predators against freedom of the press established by RSF. March 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The last journalist imprisoned in the country is released EthiopiaAfrica Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Receive email alerts RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia EthiopiaAfrica Follow the news on Ethiopia Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home It is the first time since 1993 that a journalist is not in prison in Ethiopia. But RSF notes that one must not forget that over thirty professionals working in the press are currently being taken to court and risk being imprisoned at any moment. to go further News News May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Irish Wolfhounds team announcement sees return of ‘Tullow Tank’

first_imgFull-back Felix Jones will captain Dan McFarland’s strong Ireland Wolfhounds team against England Saxons at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night.Sean O’Brien will make his return from a long term shoulder injury having last played in September’s Guinness Pro12 clash against Glasgow Warriors.He’ll be joined in the back-row alongside Jack Conan and Dominc Ryan. Iain Henderson continues his return from injury, locking down in the second row alongside Mike McCarthy, while the front row consists of Mike Ross, Richardt Strauss and Jack McGrath.Kieran Marmion will combine with Ian Madigan at half-back with Gordon D’Arcy and Keith Earls forming the centre partnership. Captain Felix Jones is joined in the back-three by Fergus McFadden and Luke Fitzgerald.Kick-off is at 7.45pm tomorrow night.last_img read more

Pinnick Supports Nigeria’s Team to Amputees World Cup in Mexico

first_imgThe money is for the team’s preparations and travel expenses, and a further $5,000 contribution for the upkeep of the players during the competition.Pinnick who was presented the team jersey shared some moments with the players. He said the gesture was to show that football is one family in which the physically challenged are an integral part.“Even though we are under different bodies, football is football, there is no difference. The team is going to represent Nigeria, that is what is important. “It is also gladdens my heart to see how football provides a window for our brothers to continue to pursue their dreams to achieve a place in the world sports.“It opens new opportunities and hope for all physically challenged people. I urge the team to remain focused and keep their spirit high. I plead with all Nigerians to support them as they support the Super Eagles,” stressed Pinnick who captained Family United By Sports (FUBS) team which comprised several ex internationals like Victor Ikpeba, Godwin Okpara, Peter Rufai, Friday Ekpo, Friday Elaho against a Lagos SWAN team.The Nigeria Amputee team recently launched a public appeal for funding support to foot their bill to the World Cup following non-response to their requests for sponsorship from the Federal Ministry of Sports and Corporate Nigeria.They had failed to attend three previous editions of the World Cup to which they qualified, for lack of funds, and may possibly be suspended from the global competition for long years should they fail to attend for the fourth.The Nigeria amputee team requires about N40m to provide for flight tickets, pre-competition camping, procurement of standard amputee sports equipment, upkeep and other logistics for the delegation of 15 players and five officials.Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Kenya and Liberia are representing Africa in the 24 countries competition. While the Nigerian team is still searching for funds and yet to go into camping, their Ghanaian counterparts have been on a training tour of the UK where they played the Arsenal FC Amputee squad last Sunday. President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, at the weekend in Lagos donated N2.5million to assist Nigeria’s amputee football team participate in the Amputees Football World Cup scheduled to kick off in Mexico on October 24 through November. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more