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Journalist freed after being held illegally for 139 days by intelligence agents

first_img News RSF_en GambiaAfrica Organisation News January 27, 2020 Find out more News GambiaAfrica Follow the news on Gambia Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Newscenter_img to go further Help by sharing this information August 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia October 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist freed after being held illegally for 139 days by intelligence agents Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Malick Mboob, a former reporter with the pro-government Daily Observer and now the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital’s communication officer, was finally released yesterday after being held illegally for 139 days in the cells of the National Intelligence Agency in Banjul.He was arrested on 26 May on suspicion of writing articles for the Freedom Newspaper, a US-based news website that is very critical of the Gambian government. Someone hacked into the site on the night of 22 May, obtaining lists of subscribers and contributors.—————————-20.07.2006 – Journalists targeted with more arrests and harassmentReporters Without Borders today condemned the arrests of Sam Obi, the managing director of a new, privately-owned newspaper based in Banjul, the Daily Express, and one of his journalists, Abdul Gafari, who were held from 14 to 18 July at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).The organisation also voiced concern about the disappearance of two other journalists who have may have gone into hiding. One is Ebrima Manneh of the pro-government Daily Observer. The other is Sulaymane Makato, former assistant editor of The Independent, a privately-owned biweekly that has been prevented from publishing since 28 March. Makato was briefly the Daily Express’s acting editor earlier this month.“President Yahya Jammeh’s police state is stepping up the pace of arrests and harassment in the run-up to elections scheduled for September, tightening the vice on the few representatives of an independent press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn these methods, as we have so often in the past, and we urge the international community to remind the government it should try to prove itself worthy of its position as the country that is the seat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”Obi and Gafari, both Nigerian citizens based in Banjul, were arrested during the night of 14 July and were taken to NIA headquarters. They were finally freed on bail on the evening of 18 July. Obi said he was not tortured and no charges were brought against them. Nonetheless, they were ordered to go back to NIA headquarters yesterday with their newspaper’s registration certificate.The Gambia correspondent of Radio France Internationale’s English-language service, Obi, brought out the Daily Express’s first issue on 1 July, the day that the African Union summit began in Banjul.Gambian Press Union president Madi Ceesay said the Daily Express upset the authorities by publishing a civil society coalition’s statement objecting to a ban on a free speech forum that should have taken place on 25-26 June, a few days before the AU summit. But officials attributed their arrests to an article suggesting that Ghanian President John Kufuor’s arrival in Banjul for the summit was stirring up discord within the local Ghanian community.The pro-government Daily Observer published a letter on 5 July accusing the Daily Express to “tarnish the image of this country,” which prompted Makato to resign as its acting editor. Makato said he received three anonymous SMS messages on 13 July warning that the NIA had him in its sights. One, received at 6:24 p.m. said: “Good day Mr editor your guys at Daily Express are with NIA beware of strange calls or invitations from even your colleagues becos they are after u to arrest u.” Another, received at 6:40 p.m., said: “Last warning get out before late.” There has been no news of Malako since 14 July. The NIA insists that it is not holding him. He may have gone into hiding.Meanwhile, there has been no word from Manneh since 7 July. His family thinks he also may have gone into hiding to escape arrest by the NIA. Several organisations have accused the NIA of holding him, but this is denied by information minister Neneh Mcdoll-Gaye. Manneh’s brother, Lamin, said: “I went to the NIA, the police and the paper where he works. All of them denied knowledge of his whereabouts.”Two other journalists are currently being detained or prosecuted by the Gambian authorities. Malick Mboob, a former reporter of the Daily Observer has been held since 26 May. Lamin Fatty of The Independent, who was freed on bail on 12 June, faces six months in prison on a charge of “publishing false news”. After several postponements, his trial is currently scheduled to begin on 27 July. July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Government confirms end to freedom of movement: with potential exceptions

first_img New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab leaves a cabinet meeting earlier this weekMark Thomas/REX/Shutterstock Completely free movement of people will end as the UK leaves the EU, a government white paper has confirmed today.BrexitDraft EU employment legislation state of play: July 2018Home Office reveals details of settlement scheme for EU nationalsThe much anticipated strategy document, entitled The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, does however hint that certain individuals – including skilled workers and students – will be granted certain migration privileges.Full freedoms will end at the end of the transition period, in December 2020. The paper confirms that EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in EU countries before the end of the this period should be eligible for “settled status” after 2020.It adds that trade agreements which cover trade in services will include provisions for the movement of people (known as Mode 4 commitments).It says: “Mobility is a key element of economic, cultural and scientific cooperation, ensuring professional service providers can reach clients, advanced manufacturers can deploy key personnel to the right place, and scientists can collaborate on world-leading projects.”The paper suggests that future economic partnerships between the EU and the UK and vice versa should include certain “reciprocal arrangements” on moving staff but remain “consistent with the ending of free movement”.The government says the aim of this is to:support businesses to provide services and “move their talented people”;allow citizens to travel freely without a visa for tourism or temporary business reasons;facilitate mobility for students and young people;ensure smooth travel while strengthening UK borders; andprovide other mobility provisions for example for UK workers living in the EU to benefit from pensions and healthcare entitlements.It’s hoped that employers with workers in EU countries with whom the UK has a trading agreement should also be able to access “intra-corporate transfers” so they can train staff and move them between offices – similar to how this currently works with non-EU countries.Workers travelling for short-term business reasons “in limited and defined circumstances” would also be able to move between countries freely. In terms of policing this post-December 2020, the white paper proposes that “tourists and business visitors should not routinely have to face questions about the purpose of their visit”.The paper also suggests that there could be “reciprocal” arrangements with the EU for the payment of certain limited benefits or social security.The government is now awaiting a key report from the Migration Advisory Committee, due in September 2018, which will provide important evidence of “the role of migration in the wider economy” and data on migration patterns.The contents of the white paper are broadly in line with comments by home secretary Sajid Javid earlier this week, who said there would be “no automatic right” to work in the UK after the Brexit transition period.It does hint, however, that certain provisions will be made for “talented people” and students, although there is virtually no detail on this at present, as Jackie Penlington, a senior associate at Stevens & Bolton, pointed out:“The white paper is fairly scant on actual detail relating to future EEA immigration. While the paper does state fairly repetitively that free movement will end, it’s worth noting that the free movement provisions will continue until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.”She added: “What may be promising for employers is that the UK wants to agree reciprocal provisions on business visitors and intra-corporate transfers and will discuss potential temporary mobility provisions for researchers, scientists and self-employed professionals.“Also welcome are the comments that the UK will seek reciprocal mobility provisions with the EU as well as with other close trading partners. However, without concrete proposals, it’s not something that businesses can get too excited about at this stage.“Worryingly for employers, there’s no detail or even mention of lower-skilled EEA workers. This is clearly concerning for many UK employers who rely heavily on an EEA workforce. Once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, many employers are likely to face a recruitment headache to fill lower skilled roles, particularly in some sectors such as agriculture and hospitality.”The launch of the white paper by new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab today did not go as smoothly as he might have hoped: reports suggest that there were shouts of complaint when there were not enough copies to go around and speaker John Bercow had to suspend proceedings while late copies were distributed.The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will now look over the full proposals before further negotiations with the UK next week. V 18 Nov 2018 at 6:58 am # David 17 Jul 2018 at 3:22 pm # What kind of English will EU citizens learn? There’ll surely be continued demand for English. International English is the most popular brand because it adheres to the rules and has fewer colloquialisms. It’s easier to understand.British English is ungrammatical to people who have studied International or North American English, which are simply more correct forms. As an British national and English teacher, i’m concerned that the British English language will be completely undermined beyond Brexit and held against us forevermore. Even now I have bitchy Australians at work using Brexit and linguistic collquialisms to highlight the stupidity of the British people and their terrible NHS. 2 Responses to Government confirms end to freedom of movement: with potential exceptions Reply Sounds like the City is catered for. What about the rest of the economy?center_img Government confirms end to freedom of movement: with potential exceptionsBy Jo Faragher on 12 Jul 2018 in Europe, Brexit, Latest News, Global HR, Personnel Today Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article Reply Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Maersk to reactivate semi-sub rig for Petronas well

first_imgThe value of the firm contract is approximately $20.4m, including integrated drilling services, mobilisation, and demobilisation fees. It is currently warm-stacked in Aruba after ending its latest contract offshore Trinidad and Tobago. The contract is expected to start in Q3/Q4 2020, with an estimated duration of 75 days. The Mærsk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000ft. Maersk Drilling has secured a contract for the semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer, which will be employed by Petronas for a one-well exploration campaign in Block 52 offshore Suriname. The contract includes an additional one-well option. “It is great to work for Petronas again with a quick reactivation of Mærsk Developer for this campaign in the exciting Suriname-Guyana basin. This will showcase our ability to smoothly and efficiently establish operations in new jurisdictions, as Mærsk Developer will become the first of our rigs to operate offshore Suriname”, said COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.last_img read more

McCutchen ready to play

first_imgIn this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen looks to the dugout after sliding into third with a triple. McCutchen won the National League MVP honor Nov. 14. McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He also scored 97 runs, stole 27 bases and had a .404 on-base percentage. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pirates star Andrew McCutchen expects to come off the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Tuesday.McCutchen pronounced himself “good to go” after taking live batting practice Monday. The reigning NL MVP is batting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs in 109 games.McCutchen, who has been out with a rib injury, wore padding on his torso while facing a Pirates farmhand at PNC Park before Monday’s game against Atlanta.McCutchen says the BP session was “basically reassurance there that I can go out face some live pitching, get my swing ready for the games.”McCutchen experienced sharp pain while taking a swing in an Aug. 3 loss at Arizona. He was placed on the DL on Aug. 11 after not playing for a week.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 13th November 2019: Erling Håland opens up about FIVE ‘girlfriends’ he…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/APAdvertisement 56oNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscoaaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq7y4t3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2iyWould you ever consider trying this?😱4bxxeCan your students do this? 🌚8vRoller skating! Powered by Firework There’s a practice among footballers to bring the match ball home after they have scored a hat trick in a game. Well, Norway’s hottest young talent Erling Håland has already netted in five hat tricks this season with ease, and takes the match balls along to sleep.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/APThe 19 year old is making his presence felt across competitions. The Red Bull Salzburg forward is the current top scorer in the Austrian Bundesliga with 15 goals, and is also leading the scoreboard in the UEFA Champions League with 7 goals, one more than the Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski. He ha also secured five hat tricks.The teenager, who made his international debut against Malta back in September, has been a regular starter under Lars Lagerbäck as Norway is playing the 2020 Euro Qualifiers. In a recent interview in Oslo, the young striker grabbed all the media’s attention.Advertisement Speaking to Norwegian news outlet Dagbladet, Håland was asked about his consistent trios, to which he replied: “They lie in bed and I sleep well with them. I look at them every day. The best thing is to score goals.”Håland has five match balls for his club, three in the Austrian Bundesliga, one from Austrian Cup in a 7-1 win against ESV Parndorf ,and one from the Champions League match against Genk, where the Die Mozartstädter dominated with a 6-2 victory.Advertisement “In Salzburg there are five. They are my girlfriends,” the young attacker added.Håland’s fifth triplet came in Sunday’s 3-0 rout of Wolfsberg, and the striker will be starting in the European qualifiers against Faroe Island on Friday. Advertisementlast_img read more

Celebrating Independence Day With The Declaration

first_imgStory and photo by Joseph SapiaSHREWSBURY – Out of state in Maine, Katie Kingsberry knew she had to get home, driving for 12 or so hours to get back to the borough by the morning of Independence Day.Why?Kingsberry, 32, wanted to be one of the approximately 30 readers of the Declaration of Independence on this Fourth of July at the historic Allen House. Read as she did last year in the inaugural event.“I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the values our country was founded upon,” Kingsberry said.“I think it’s just good to remember the history of our country,” said Kingsberry’s friend, Jenna Ciongoli, 32, also of Shrewsbury who read a paragraph of the Declaration with her son, Gus, 3. “It’s very emotional.”Ciongoli, who also read last year, noted in these polarized political times that the founding fathers had a “common cause.”“I think we’ve lost that,” Ciongoli said.The event was sponsored by various parties: the Monmouth County Historical Association, which owns Allen House at the corner of Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue; Christ Episcopal Church, diagonally across the intersection; Shrewsbury Borough; Shrewsbury Historical Society; Shrewsbury Garden Club; and the county library. The idea of the Independence Day Celebration is “to remind people where we came from, how historic Monmouth County” is, said Mary Ann LaSardo, a Rumson resident who co-chaired the event. The county was important in the American Revolution, LaSardo said.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association.“The Battle of Monmouth was a turning point in the war,” said LaSardo, a county Historical Association trustee.An estimated 350, or 150 or so more than last year, attended the reading, said Charles H. Jones III of Rumson, the other event co-chair.“This started as a kernel of an idea,” said Linda W. Bricker, president of the Monmouth County Historical Association. “To see the diversity of the group that gathered here is wonderful.”Leeann Arnts of West Long Branch attended the ceremony because she traces her ancestry back to Elizabeth Allen, sister of Judah Allen who built a house at the site in the late 1600s and farmed the land. She said her family always talked about its history, which also includes the well-established, local Throckmorton and Van Note families.“New Jersey needs to focus on its rich history,” said Arnts, 59, an assistant music teacher at Shrewsbury Borough School.Will Githens of Neptune City portrays a Colonial patriot at the Shrewsbury reading of the Declaration of Independence July 4. His wife, Pati, works for the Monmouth County Historical Association. “Shrewsbury is doing this. The youth need to know the history and keep it going.”Jim Weythman of Red Bank said he liked “just the appropriateness of the ceremony.”“Lots of Fourth of Julys get lost in fireworks, beer, picnics,” said Weythman, 71.Maggie LaRocca, 35, of Rumson attended to “celebrate the true meaning of the day” and try “to share a little bit of history with my son,” Mac, 3.“We talked about it on the way over,” said LaRocca, saying she talked about how people got together in the 1700s to provide for our freedom.“It’s tough to explain history to a child,” LaRocca said. “You try to show it to them.”People stand in line, awaiting their turn to read a part of the Declaration of Independence July 4 in Shrewsbury.The event came to be through a discussion between LaSardo and Pati Githens, executive assistant at the county Historical Association. They were looking to do an event at Allen House.“An idea sprung up over breakfast,” LaSardo said. “We were hoping for 50 people last year and got 200.”“Last year was a shocking success,” said Jones, also a county Historical Association trustee.Freehold Borough’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 is the only other public one of its kind in Monmouth County organizers of the Shrewsbury event were aware of, Jones said.The event kicked off with Christ Church ringing its bell 13 times for the 13 colonies at the time the Declaration was signed in 1776.Lillian G. Burry, a member of the county Board of Freeholders, began the reading, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands, which have connected them with another…”“It’s just so meaningful to me,” Burry said. “I think it’s a wonderful tradition, so much meaning behind it. This is all where the Revolution occurred.”Borough Mayor Donald Burden read the last paragraph. Burden is co-author with Rick Geffken of Farmingdale of the recently released book, “The Story of Shrewsbury Re-Visited, 1965-2015.”People attended, expressing “patriotic spirit and the incredible history that surrounds us in Monmouth County, particularly regarding the Revolutionary War,” Bricker said.On display was an 1880 printing of Benjamin Owen Tyler’s 1818 published version of the Declaration. F. Neal Warner of Freehold Township had donated the 1880 printing to the county library.While the Declaration remains very alive, certain lines were cringe-worthy for Kingsberry and Ciongoli – such as “that all men are created equal.” And they noted blacks did not have equal rights in 1776.The ceremony was over in about an hour.“It’s not heavy-duty,” Weythman said. “At the same time, (it was) kind of inspirational.”last_img read more

What Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins expects of himself to close out the season

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Before, it bothered DeMarcus Cousins when he sat on the sidelines.It frustrated him when he healed his left Achilles tendon for nearly a year. It upset him when he faced a minutes restriction during his return. It irked him when he often sat out during crunchtime.After playing 11 games with the Warriors since rehabbing his left Achilles tendon, Cousins …last_img

No Antonio Brown? No problem for Derek Carr at seventh training camp practice

first_imgNAPA — At some point, Antonio Brown will jump in to the Raiders’ passing game with both feet.Until that day arrives, Derek Carr looks as if he can get along just fine without him.That’s the way it appeared Saturday, anyway, as the Raiders held the seventh of 16 practices during the Napa phase of training camp.Carr was sharp, particularly in the red zone, during a non-padded session, spreading the ball around to a host of receivers. There was a jump-and-catch end zone fade to Tyrell …last_img

‘Create jobs, buy Proudly South African’

first_img26 November 2012Promotion of locally manufactured goods is critical to South Africa’s growth and job creation, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Monday.“All of us have a vested interest in promoting our country as an investment and tourism destination of choice,” Motlanthe said at Proudly South African’s “Buy Local” summit in Johannesburg.Motlanthe said Proudly South African had, since its inception, sought to “whet the appetite” of domestic and international consumers for locally produced goods.“No doubt this has contributed to the building of national pride, patriotism and social cohesion,” he said.He said interventions by the government, such as the local procurement accord signed last year, would go a long way towards ensuring competitiveness, investment and labour retention through locally produced goods.“As we deliberate on ways to improve the sale of locally manufactured products, we must be reminded that we live in a global village where goods and services no longer recognise borders … Thus as we seek to promote South African products, we must do so well aware that our people are spoiled for choice.”Motlanthe was accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Economic Development Minister Ibrahim Patel.Davies said there were a range of sector specific programmes to assist different sectors of the economy.“Our interventions seek to ensure that those manufacturers are going to be competitive, they are going to assist in providing jobs and are environmentally sustainable,” Davies said.He said that through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), more than R15-billion had been provided to support the country’s motor manufacturing industry, with spin-off effects for the motor component industry.“We’ve seen advances in agro-processing industry in this country, we’ve seen progress being made by the film industry, but we still have a long way to go,” Davies said. “We have agreed as government that our main response to the global economic challenge is to invest in infrastructure.”Through the local procurement accord, local companies were set to benefit from the infrastructure build.Proudly SA CEO Leslie Sedibe said South Africans needed to learn more about the benefits of buying local.“By buying local you are not only creating jobs but you are contributing to the broader development of Brand South Africa; and local products are cheap because there are not extra tax costs,” he said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

World leaders gather to remember Mandela

first_imgUS President Barack Obama watches news coverage of the passing of Nelson Mandela in the Outer Oval Office on Thursday 5 December 2013. Obama and his wife Michelle, as well as former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, will be among the global leaders attending the memorial service for Mandela on Tuesday 10 December.(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)MEDIA CONTACTS• Phumla WilliamsCabinet spokesperson and acting chief executive officerGovernment Communication and Information System+27 83 5010 139Over 70 global leaders – including four US presidents – as well as royalty and international celebrities are heading to South Africa for the week of mourning for Nelson Mandela, which will include a massive memorial service on Tuesday and an official state funeral on Sunday.Tomorrow, 10 December, over 80 000 people will gather at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg for the memorial service in honour of South Africa’s first democratically elected president. The stadium is where Mandela made his last major public appearance, at the final of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The service will be a final chance for grieving South Africans to unite in a mass celebration of Mandela’s life ahead of the smaller, more formal state funeral at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December.While Tuesday’s memorial service will likely be one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, only a handful of dignitaries will attend Sunday’s state burial in Mandela’s ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. “We’re trying to keep that to the family,” foreign ministry spokesperson Clayson Monyela told Talk Radio 702.“The world literally is coming to South Africa, and the large number of high profile guests arriving is unprecedented,” Monyela said.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said international heads of state and royalty had started arriving in South Africa. Representatives from almost every global organisation will attend.“I don’t think it has ever happened before. All organisations of the world.” Chabane said. “We also have princes and princesses, kings and queens coming.”US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will be accompanied by three of his country’s former presidents: Jimmy Carter, George W Bush and Bill Clinton and their wives, as well as 26 congressmen.Thirteen presidents from Africa and 15 from the rest of the world have confirmed attendance. Presidents David Cameron of the UK, François Hollande of France, Joachim Gauck of Germany, Enrique Pena of Mexico and Mahmud Abbas of Palestine will be at the memorial service, as will UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, who will lead a delegation made up of four of her country’s former presidents. Britain’s Prince Charles will represent his mother, Queen Elizabeth, at the funeral in Qunu.African leaders who have confirmed are President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, President Jakaya Kikwere of Tanzania, President Joseph Kabila of the DRC, President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, and President Macky Saul of Senegal.Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and singer-activist Bono, as well as British billionaire Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel are expected to be among the celebrity mourners at FNB Stadium.‘A special place in the hearts of people’“The fact that international leaders are making their way to South Africa at such short notice reflects the special place president Nelson Mandela holds in the hearts of people around the globe,” Chabane said.“We are touched by the fact that many countries have declared periods of mourning, ordered that flags be flown at half-mast and draped or lit landmarks in the colours of the South African flag. We truly appreciate these gestures.”South Africans have held permanent day and night vigils outside Mandela’s Johannesburg home since his death on the night of 5 December. Sunday marked the formal start of a week of official mourning for the country’s greatest statesman.Before the funeral, Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days from Wednesday 11 December in the amphitheatre of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where was sworn in as president in 1994.Every morning for three days, his coffin will be carried through the streets of the capital in a funeral cortege, to give as many people as possible the chance to pay their final respects.The official memorial service at FNB Stadium will start at 11am with gates opening to the public at 06h00.“Entry to the stadium will be in a first come, first served basis,” Chabane said. No private vehicles will be given access to the stadium, with people urged to make use of public transport, such as the Gautrain, Metrorail and Rea Vaya. Mourners can also attend satellite services at Ellis Park, Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums, where the events at FNB Stadium will be broadcast on giant screens.last_img read more