Djibouti clamps down on journalists in run-up to poll

first_img Help by sharing this information April 5, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 Djibouti clamps down on journalists in run-up to poll The BBC journalists, who included Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo, were arrested on 1 April and were detained for a total of 18 hours without being able to communicate with the outside world. After being questioned for eight hours, they were held overnight and were put on a flight out of the country the next morning. The journalists, who all had accreditation, were not told why they were arrested and expelled. The BBC’s written request to the authorities for an explanation has so far gone unanswered. Before being arrested, the journalists had interviewed the foreign minister and an opposition candidate. “We are deeply shocked by the way Djibouti’s authorities have treated duly accredited journalists,” RSF said. “It is clear that the government wants to gag the media and prevent any independent coverage of the opposition. We therefore believe that the conditions necessary for a transparent and democratic election have not been satisfied.” It is safe to assume that Djibouti’s president for the past 17 years, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, will win his bid for a fourth term. An opposition coalition called the Union of National Salvation (USN) has described the election as a “sham.” The government has been clamping down hard on all forms of dissent for months, arresting opposition politicians, human rights defenders and journalists. RSF already condemned the harassment of journalists in January. Djibouti is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF_en to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest and expulsion of a BBC reporting team that went to Djibouti to cover the run-up to the 8 April presidential election, and points out that a democratic election cannot be held amid such a level of censorship. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Djibouti Supporters of the USN – Photo HOUSSEIN I. HERSI / AFP August 4, 2020 Find out morecenter_img AfricaDjibouti Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression July 17, 2020 Find out more Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked December 9, 2020 Find out more News Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City AfricaDjibouti Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Organisation La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF sayslast_img read more

Labour candidates go on solo run on Limerick doorsteps

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RESIDENTS in City North and City East are bewildered with Labour Party local election candidates who they claim have been canvassing on their doorsteps under the guise as independents.Sinn Féin candidate for Limerick City East, Séighin Ó’Ceallaigh, has accused a Labour rival in the same ward of “masquerading as an independent”. According to Ó’Ceallaigh, Derek Mulcahy has been distributing election material with no mention of his candidacy for the Labour Party.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “He describes himself as a peace commissioner but makes no mention of the Labour Party. Residents of Garryowen drew my attention to this leaflet while canvassing in the area. It really is quite a bizarre document and speaks volumes for the level of embarrassment that Labour candidates must feel about their parties performance in government,” said Mr Ó’Ceallaigh.In response, Mr Mulcahy denied that his election flyers do not reference the Labour Party.“All my canvassing leaflets have the Labour Party logo on them and I am a peace commissioner. If people need a document signed I am more then happy to accommodate,” said Mr Mulcahy.“Garryowen is one of the oldest communities in Limerick that does not have its own community centre. The letter I put out in Garryowen is letting the people know that if I am elected to Limerick City and County Council I will make this a priority,” he explained.Meanwhile, Anti Austerity Alliance candidate for City North, Cian Prendiville, has also accused Labour rival Frankie Daly of “pretending to be an independent”. A campaign leaflet issued by Mr Daly, who is standing in Limerick City North, makes no reference his party, and the AAA claim many who he has talked to believed he was an independent.“Labour are running scared. The fact that their leaflets don’t mention the Labour Party is a further sign that this party are trying to scam working class people. They know they are facing a wipe out and are trying every trick in the book to avoid that. Labour are obviously well trained in lying during elections, but this is a new low,” said Mr Prendiville.According to Frankie’s campaign manager Richard Fahy, 300 campaign posters, 10,000 flyers and 6,000 leaflets were distributed in City North in the run up to this Friday’s local election all with the Labour party logo.“Frankie did put together a low quality leaflet, a bio, for people who asked for a little more information. Maybe you could ask Cian Prendiville to clear up the confusion on whether he’s a member of the Anti Austerity Alliance or the Socialist Party,” Mr Fahy concluded. Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Facebook Linkedin Previous articleThings get dirty in last leg of election race in LimerickNext articleKiller tells trial Dundon ordered murder from prison cell Alan Jacques Email TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceLabour PartyMusic LimerickSinn Fein WhatsAppcenter_img Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Advertisement NewsPoliticsLabour candidates go on solo run on Limerick doorstepsBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2014 951 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

Big sale for sprawling Carrara property

first_img3 Garden Grove St, Carrara.The house is on a 956sqm block across from the main river.Garden Grove features a range of houses on the riverfront and dry blocks.The highest sale recorded on the street is $1.735 million for No. 42 in 2008. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago3 Garden Grove St, Carrara.“This is the highest sale ever for a dry block in the street,” Mr Genc said.“Even higher than some waterfronts that have sold in the street as well.”The renovated split level home features high ceilings, aluminium shutters and plenty of entertaining areas. 3 Garden Grove St, Carrara sold for $980,000 – a record for a dry block on the street.A CARRARA property has sold for $980,000 — the highest sale in the street for a dry block.The residence at 3 Garden Grove St was on the market with Genc & Co agents Isaac and Maria Genc.last_img read more

NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother dies of coronavirus complications

first_imgThe mother of Minnesota Timberwolves centre Karl-Anthony Towns has died of complications from the coronavirus.Last month, Towns posted a video on social media urging people to take the virus seriously after his mother, Jacqueline, was put into a medically-induced coma.She died on Monday, more than a month after contracting the coronavirus, aged 58.Her family said it was “heartbroken” by her “untimely passing”.“Jackie was many things to many people – a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend,” said the family.“The matriarch of the Towns family, she was an incredible source of strength; a fiery, caring, and extremely loving person, who touched everyone she met. “Her passion was palpable and her energy will never be replaced.”The Timberwolves said: “In the four-plus years we were fortunate to know Jackie, she became part of our family.“As Karl’s number one fan, Jackie provided constant and positive energy for him and was beloved by our entire organisation.”last_img read more

Kindergarten Open House at The Northwest Christian Private Schools

first_imgSubmitted by The Northwest Christian Private SchoolsIs your child ready for kindergarten? Join us for an informative hour on how you can help your child prepare for their transition to kindergarten. Tour our child-friendly classrooms, meet our principal, and speak directly with our teachers.Check out how our curriculum and activities will create a love for learning in your child and prepare them for future learning endeavors. Kindergarten is where foundations for life are made! Come be a part of our amazing program. Noted early learning consultant and child care expert, Julie Weber, will also be on hand to help answer your questions.Join us on April 19 for one of our two informational sessions.  The first session starts at 1:00pm and the second session starts at 2:00pm.Community Christian Academy kindergarten and elementary school is located on the campus of Northwest Christian Private Schools in Lacey. Our address is 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516.The Northwest Christian Private School campus consists of a preschool and childcare center, our Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School, home of the Navigators. We offer preschool through twelfth grade on one beautiful 14 acre campus.If you are looking for a safe, warm, loving school where your child can flourish, come visit us at our kindergarten Open House or call today for a tour.For more detailed information about our Kindergarten Programs, please visit our web site.To learn more about all of our schools on The Northwest Christian Private Schools Campus, go our web site. Facebook40Tweet0Pin0last_img read more