Violence and intimidation against media in run-up to second-round election

first_imgNews Organisation October 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence and intimidation against media in run-up to second-round election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Liberia News November 27, 2020 Find out more Photo of the Love FM and Love TV premises (Glenna Gordon / AFP) Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists June 12, 2020 Find out more LiberiaAfrica December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a dangerous increase in acts of violence and intimidation against radio and TV stations and newspapers since the first round of Liberia’s presidential election on 11 October. Election rivalry has exacerbated tension between the media and the candidates’ political parties.“The situation of the media and journalists has worsened significantly since the first round and various journalists have said they are afraid,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The climate of violence must stop so that the second round, scheduled for 8 November, can proceed normally. We urge the authorities to ensure that the media are able to operate properly because they play a crucial role during elections, and we call on the candidates to appeal to their activists and supporters to calm down and to respect the opinions of others.”The press freedom organization added: “We also express our support for the agreement that the police and various political parties signed on 17 October banning acts of intimidation and physical attacks on journalists.” The main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), refused to sign it, describing it as a “trap.”In one of the latest acts of violence, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Monrovia headquarters of Love FM and Love TV, starting a fire that caused considerable damaged and forcing both the radio and the TV station off the air for several hours. Owned by Love Media, Love FM and Love TV are said to support CDC leader Winston Tubman, who is running against President Sirleaf in the second round. Love Media news director Jallah Griefield said the station had received several threatening text messages about its pro-CDC position. A suspect has been in police custody since 18 October.Unidentified persons have tried to intimidate several journalists at Truth FM, a radio station that opposition parties regard as pro-government. Programme host Patrick Honnah, for example, has received several threatening phone calls and text messages. There were similar incidents during the run-up to the first round. On 12 September, the CDC ordered Boima J.V. Boima, a reporter for the New Democrat daily, to delete photos he had taken of a man who had been run down by a CDC car during a campaign swing through the north. The drive had fled, leaving his victim unconscious in the road.CDC officials also ordered reporter Peter Toby to delete photos showing a man who had been hit over the head with a bottle during the party’s primary in Montserrado county. Reporters Without Borders condemns such practices, which are completely unacceptable. News LiberiaAfrica Help by sharing this information Reports to go furtherlast_img read more

Students contest suitable costume ideas

first_imgThe Gender and Women’s Studies program at Saint Mary’s College and the Gender Studies program at Notre Dame came together Monday to present “What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You?,” an event featuring monologues and skits designed to spark conversations about the cultural insensitivity of many popular costumes.  Payton Moore, a junior at Saint Mary’s, opened the night with a skit showing the prevalence of culturally offensive costumes and the lack of realization that some costumes are inappropriate.  “It’s like if I accidentally punched Nikki in the face, and said ‘Oh sorry, but come on you’re just being too sensitive. It isn’t like I meant to punch you in the face.’ Fact of the matter is I still punched her in the face causing harm which is foul,” Moore said.  She said she used this example to impress the point that just because there may be no malintent behind a costume, there can still be offense.  Angela Bird, a Notre Dame sophomore, followed Moore’s skit with an anecdote in hopes of instilling a similar message. Bird recounted her experience with a “Native Americans and Hoes” themed party and the effect of her standing up against the politically incorrect theme.  “I posted a picture of the ‘It’s not a costume, it’s a culture’ poster on the event wall. The picture was quickly taken down and I received a message from the hosts soon after,” Bird said.  The hosts told Bird that no one was hurt by politically incorrect theme parties and she was wasting her time by interfering because the party was ironic.  “Satire is supposed to move upwards and hit the powerful, not those who are already vulnerable,” Bird said.  Jamie Wagman, associate professor of history and gender and women’s studies at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes this event would inspire more events centered around open discussion.  “I see this as a starting point … we have many people committed to keeping the conversation alive, but we need students to get involved,” Wagman said.  Abby Palko, director of undergraduate studies in the gender studies program at Notre Dame, expressed similar hopes.  “I want students to realize they have a voice and can be heard,” Palko said. “We need to keep the dialogue going between Saint Mary’s and Notrelast_img read more

Gift of the Givers responds to Philippine disaster

first_imgThe scale of destruction wrought by super-typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines will not be known any time soon, but South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers has begun plans to ship much-needed humanitarian supplies to the most affected areas. The NGO has made R2-million available immediately to buy essential supplies for victims in the most affected eastern part of the island chain.Gift of the Givers is responding to a call from the Filipino government for international assistance in the aftermath of the catastrophic natural disaster. Early estimates put the death toll at 20 000, but that is expected to rise, and say that the typhoon has left more than 500 000 people homeless and without access to clean water and food.The Filipino military has been evacuating citizens like this pregnant woman caught in the part of the destruction (Image: Government of the Philippines)Winds exceeding 320 km per hour and waves topping 7m made landfall on 8 November, wreaking destruction up to 3 km inland on the island archipelago. Tacloban, the provincial capital of Leyte, bore the brunt of ferocious winds where it is estimated that at least 10 000 people have been killed. It is small towns like Guiuan, where Haiyan first hit, destroying 80% of the village, which will receive assistance from Gift of the Givers.With a second typhoon expected to strike the Philippines later this week the NGO is in a race to get emergency food and medical supplies to desperate communities cut off from the outside world. Initial supplies will be shipped from the organisation’s warehouses in South Africa and Dubai, or be purchased on the ground in the Philippines.Included in the emergency food supplies is Sibusiso Ready Food, a protein-rich food supplement developed by the NGO. The high-energy soya and groundnut-based supplement was developed to provide energy-rich food to HIV and tuberculosis patients, and malnutrition sufferers. It has proven to be an effective remedy to food shortages in the aftermath of disasters such as Haiyan.A CALL FOR HELPAs it has before, the organisation has asked South Africans to donate money or goods for the humanitarian effort. The NGO needs to collect non-perishable food items, blankets, disposable nappies, sanitary pads and medical supplies.Once details of the devastation become clearer Gift of the Givers will dispatch search-and-rescue teams to the area to assist with clean-up and rescue operations. The organisation’s teams will include volunteer paramedics, primary health care personnel and medics with advanced life support skills. Teams such as these were among the first to respond to the destruction wrought by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and are operating in war-torn Syria.AFRICA’S LARGEST AID AGENCYGift of the Givers was honoured earlier this year with a two-part postage stamp by the South African Post OfficeBeginning in 1992 with an aid mission to conflict-ridden Bosnia, Gift of the Givers has grown into the largest Africa-based and founded aid organisation in the world. It has provided assistance in Niger; after the earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, during the floods in Limpopo and Mozambique in 2010 and 2013, and is the only aid agency operating in Somalia.Labelled South African brand ambassadors, with a postage stamp celebrating its good works, the Gift of the Givers was founded by Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman after his Sufi spiritual advisor Muhammed Saffer-Effendi told him to start an NGO.Sooliman gave up a lucrative private medical practice to set up a humanitarian organisation that has disbursed more than R1-billion and has operations in more than 40 countries across the globe.Constantly networking or flying to asses needs in disaster areas Sooliman has said he has dispensed with the need to rest.“I can’t look away; there is far too much hardship and difficulty in the world. Helping other people is a way of saying to God ‘thank you’ that my family is safe.”First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 signed into law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall and Evin Bachelor, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramWith the President’s signature, the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 has passed. The new law increases the debt limit for family farmers seeking to reorganize under Chapter 12 bankruptcy to $10 million from an adjusted $4.4 million.The bill languished in Congress since March, but recently gained traction and passed through both houses quickly. The Senate approved it in early August.  The House passed the change to Chapter 12 on July 25.Chapter 12 allows eligible family farmers and fishermen to stay in business and reorganize their debts through a repayment plan.  The recent action by Congress more than doubles the debt limit for Chapter 12 eligibility from its current amount of $4.4 million, adjusted for inflation from the original $1.5 million limit established when Congress created Chapter 12 in 1986.  If the President signs the current bill, a family farmer or fisherman with an aggregate debt of no more than $10 million will be eligible to use the special protections of the Chapter 12 bankruptcy process.The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY), explained that the increase to the debt limit reflects higher land values and the growth over time in the average size of U.S. farming operations. He stressed that the changes are necessary so that farmers have additional options to manage the current farm economy because farmers are “currently facing a fifth year of declining net farm income…. [p]rices are low, inputs are high, and current trade policies make the future unknown.”According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, farmers and fishermen filed a total of 535 Chapter 12 bankruptcies from June 2018 to June 2019, up from 475 in the previous year and 482 in the 2017 period.  Ohio had nine of those cases in each of the past two years and six in 2017. These numbers will likely continue to grow with the recent change made by Congress, as more farmers will qualify for the special protections of Chapter 12.last_img read more

NAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and More

first_imgThe controller for the light has preset gel settings. And you can control all this with the new Aputure app. They’re really pulling out all the stops here. The app can work with the 120, 300, and RGBW lighting models, allowing you to control the lights and save presets.Price: $1,699Release: Late Summer 2019New Lantern AttachmentThe new lantern attachment wants to get rid of flimsy, unreliable china balls and reduce the time you spend setting up lights. With supposed breakdown and setup times of 30 seconds each, Aputure’s new lantern looks like the fast shooter’s best friend.Specs:Stop diffusion soft box ball (26″)Create 360-degree, omni-directional, soft light source4-leaf flexible barn doorsCompatible with Bowens mount light fixtureCompatible with strobe and LED lightEasy to set up and release Release Date: “Coming soon”RGBW LightAputure’s answer to the ARRI Skypanel is here. The new light supposedly offers full color spectrum and saturation customization. Earlier, we covered the LiteMat Spectrum, and here we have another solution that gets rid of gels completely and focuses on lighting-based effects.The main features:Superior brightnessUltra-bright soft lightPowerful lighting effectsRobust constructionDurable build quality, ready for any film setBallast-free design with separate control box for easier rigging Price: UnknownRelease: UnknownStay tuned this week for more Aputure announcements.For more NAB 2019 coverage, check out these articles.NAB 2019: Blackmagic Design Announces New Battery Grip for the BMPCC4KNAB 2019: SmallHD Announces Their Camera-Controlled 7″ MonitorNAB 2019: Sony Announces the Latest 4K Broadcast BeastNAB 2019: AVID Announces Stellar New Media ComposerNAB 2019: DaVinci Resolve 16center_img At NAB 2019, Aputure’s 300d II is upon us — as are some other new releases — and we’re ready to have our socks knocked off.Aputure has become the go-to lighting company across all aspects of production. Even their smallest lights pack a punch at a reasonable price. Well, it seems like they’ve done it again with their new 300d Mark II. (This hasn’t been officially announced yet, so as we hear from Ted and the team at Aputure, we’ll update this post with details.)They’ve also finally finished the LEKO attachment that we heard about at NAB 2018. The mount is supposedly called the “Spotlight Mount.” Also they’re finally releasing their answer to the ARRI Skypanel with an RGBW Light that comes in around 1/3 of the Skypanel’s price. There’s also now an Aputure App that allows you to control your lights from your phone.There’s a lot to look at, so let’s get right to it.Powerful New 300d Mk IIThe new light is 20% brighter than the 300d. The power ballast comes with a C-stand attachment, so you don’t have to hang it by wires, and there will be 8 lighting presets, such as strobe, explosion, and flash. You can also power the new light with two V-mount batteries.Aputure clearly keeps outdoing themselves. Whether it’s the control box or the power of the light, the company never stops listening to their customers and making the gear that we all want. Aputure will save us all. (I say this all the time, but I actually mean it this time . . . like, totally).SPECS:Up to 90,000lux @ 1 meter with Fresnel 2X20% brighter than the original 300dNew all-in-one fanless control box0% – 100% dimming controlImproved handbrake locking yoke with 360-degree rotationDMX512 compatibilityModular Bowens mount for lighting modifiersPrice: $1,299Release: AugustSpotlight MountRemember last fall when Aputure announced they were woking on a  LEKO attachment? Well, here’s what they’ve done: the new Spotlight Mount. It’s glorious, and we’re not worthy. Here’s hoping we see it released sooner rather than later.Here are the specs for the mount:Aluminum alloy die castings. Durable and lightweight designPrecision optical system gives a high output, high resolution, and even beamsInterchangeable spotlight lens design with your choice of 19″, 26″, and 36″ lensesThree-layer-shutter allows for more control over light shapingBowens mount design compatible with Aputure 120 and 300 series LEDsDual-slot slit design allows for simultaneous Iris and Gobos useAccessories: Gobo X3 (Tree, Window, Breakup) Gobo Holder and Gel Holderlast_img read more

Communal violence rocks Bihar town again

first_imgOne person was killed and three others, including a security personnel, were injured in a fresh round of communal violence in this central Bihar town on Friday where tension has prevailed since members of two communities clashed the previous day during a procession for immersion of idols of goddess Durga. District Magistrate Naveen Kumar confirmed death of one person and wounds received by three others in the latest violence. Giving details, he said residents of Jakarganj locality attacked Vishnu Yadav and Bittu Kumar in Gaurakshmi colony early on Friday morning, leading to the death of the former at a hospital where the latter who received bullet injury in his leg is undergoing treatment. The DM said “we have arrested 12 residents of Jakarganj and a number of swords have been recovered from their houses. “After opening fire, the attackers hurled stones at security personnel who rushed to the spot. One Rapid Action Force commando and a local resident were injured in the incident. They are being treated at a hospital”. Situation is tense, but under control, the DM added. Talking to PTI in Patna, Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey confirmed the casualty besides “bullet injury to only one person” which he blamed on “skirmish between anti-social elements which followed opening of fire from one side”.“ Situation had been brought under control on Thursday itself. The immersion of idols too took place late in the evening. Situation has once again been brought under control after the early morning incident,” the DGP said.Stone-pelting Trouble began on Thursday morning when a stone was thrown at the procession being taken out for immersion of idols near the Arwal More. The devotees blamed by-standers belonging to another community for the same after which both sides indulged in heavy stone-pelting which had left 14 people injured. Several shops in the area were set on fire by the rampaging mobs and the situation was brought under control after prohibitory orders were issued.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut calls Alia Bhatt India’s official sweetheart

first_imgBollywood queen Kangana Ranaut, who just returned from US after wrapping up Hansal Mehta’s Simran attended the Times Lit Fest at Mehboob Studios to speak on the topic ‘Being Kangana’. The gorgeous star was in an extremely jovial mode as she not only posed for the shutterbugs but also spoke to the media after her session.ALSO READ: Kangana’s revenge plans for Alia-Ranveer’s jibes at her on Koffee With Karan ALSO READ: Hrithik-Kangana legal battle gets uglier After addressing questions about her upcoming movies Simran and Rangoon, when Kangana was asked about Alia’s comments made on her at Koffee With Karan, she laughed and said, “I love Alia, she is so talented and such a lovely girl, I am pleased that she wants to know about my whereabouts. I don’t think it’s offensive. Alia is one person I try and reach out to, I love her work and her spirit. I haven’t seen her latest film but I believe she is incredible in it. She makes us very proud.”She also added that Alia is India’s official sweetheart.Not only Alia, onlookers around her also told us that when further coaxed about Ranveer Singh’s comments on the same show, the jovial star laughed and said, “Ranveer is my buddy and he is very curious about my love life…  I remember once he tried to grill me about it but like we all know I am very mysterious and I don’t give in.”Well after Kangana’s such candid and sporting reactions on both Alia and Ranveer’s comments, we believe it’s time to put all the rumour mills to rest. Kangana once again proves that she’s the real Queen of Bollywood.advertisementINDIA TODAY EXCLUSIVE: Kangana opens up on being called witch, whore, psychopathlast_img read more

10 months agoNeville: Solskjaer personality just what Man Utd need

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer personality just what Man Utd needby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the personality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just what Old Trafford needs.The Norwegian took over a United’s interim manager on Wednesday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and faces his first match at another former club, Cardiff City, on Saturday evening.Neville told Sky Sports, “He is so popular, he is one of the most popular players that exists at Manchester United in terms of what he achieved at the club and that goal in 1999.”He is a gentleman, he really is. He is a good person and has immersed himself in coaching. When he finished as a player he obviously became the reserve team coach at Manchester United. He wanted to learn the ropes.”He will be better for that experience at Cardiff. We have a stigma in this country of managers that have been sacked.”What it means is he is more mature and more experienced after having that experience.” last_img read more

20 days agoArsenal fullback Tierney admits PSG striker Mbappe toughest he’s faced

first_imgArsenal fullback Tierney admits PSG striker Mbappe toughest he’s facedby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney admits PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is the toughest opponent he’s faced.Tierney came up against Mbappe in the Champions League with Celtic.He told Arsenal’s YouTube channel: “The one who posed the most difficulties? Kylian Mbappé. He was so fast, like his entire team. It’s the toughest game I’ve played in my career, there was Daniel Alves and Mbappé on my side. “If I learned from this meeting? Yes, great, we suffered 7-1. But when you face the best players in the world, you learn anyway whatever the outcome. But yes, it was hard, my most difficult evening.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more