Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a community radio journalist in Equateur province, in the northwest of Democratic Republic of Congo, who was arrested on 22 February for allegedly defaming a provincial parliamentary representative. February 24, 2021 Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Organisation Based in the town of Bikoro, where he works for the popular community radio station Radio Liberté Bikoro, Christophe Yoka Nkumu was transferred yesterday to a prison in the provincial capital, Mbandaka.Nkumu was arrested after reporting that Bikoro parliamentary representative Djimy Nkumu was making personal use of a car allocated to the public health authorities for combatting Ebola. When reached by RSF, he said his report did not name the representative and just focussed on what had happened to the vehicle. “This journalist, who is just accused of defamation, should not be in prison,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We call for his immediate and unconditional release. It is time for Congolese politicians to stop taking justice into their own hands by systematically jailing journalists who criticize them. Only significant concrete measures such as a moratorium on arrests of journalists and an overhaul of repressive media legislation will end these repeated abuses.”RSF tried without success to reach the provincial governor and the parliamentary representative who brought the complaint against Nkumu.Journalism continues to be a dangerous profession in the DRC. In Mongala province, Equateur’s immediate neighbour, Radio Liberté Lisala director Erick Ngunde was arrested on 13 February after hosting a programme about political tension in the province. Although now released, he has been suspended from working as a journalist. In the eastern city of Goma, Radio UB-FM reporter Nanou Kazaku sustained a gunshot injury while covering a demonstration on 17 February.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 18, 2021 Find out more News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News February 3, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further Rebel militia threats against two radio journalists in eastern DRClast_img read more

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Regional Devlopment Minister in the North accepts A5 decision

first_img The Regional Development Minister in the North Danny Kennedy has said he will not appeal a judges’s quashing of the decision to go ahead with a new £330m A5 dual carriageway project.Last week, Mr Justice Stephens granted the department a seven-day stay to lodge any appeal to his ruling on the A5.Mr Kennedy said it was his intention to “accept the ruling”.The decision effectively means a return to the drawing board for DRD, who will face the entire procedural process from scratch, including another public enquiry, should they wish to keep the project alive.The Treasurer of the Alternative A5 Alliance, Hamilton Hassard, says he’s glad the Minister has seen sense….. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 15, 2013 Twitter WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook News Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Facebook Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hamraw.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Regional Devlopment Minister in the North accepts A5 decision Previous articleCllr Gallagher calls for public contracts to be given to local servicesNext articleFine Gael ‘Thatcherites’ fail to block anti property tax council motion News Highland last_img read more

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Sticky situation: Truck carrying 41,000 pounds of honey overturns on highway

first_imgIndiana State Police(INDIANAPOLIS) — An overturned semi-truck caused what the Indiana State Police are calling a “sticky situation” Wednesday when it spilled 20 tons of honey on Interstate 80/94.The spill closed down three lanes of traffic for several hours while crews worked to remove the truck and its payload of 41,000 pounds of amber honey.According to a press release from the Indiana State Police, the semi was traveling eastbound when its axle broke, causing the vehicle to roll over when its driver lost control.The truck’s 41,000 pounds of honey was being hauled in 13 containers. Five of the containers sheared through the trailer’s roof and fell out during the crash, with several of the containers leaking honey onto the roadway.In addition to the honey, the truck was leaking diesel fuel as it had just refueled.Indiana State Police urged commuters to avoid the area because of what they called “gawkers” slowing down to view the wreck from the opposite lanes.It’s not known how long the accident will take to clean up, but police expect it to be an extended cleanup and closure.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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