Congolese authorities expel troublesome journalist

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_img News News Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison RSF_en Sadio Kante Morel, a freelance journalist who has been in the government’s sights for months, was expelled from the Republic of Congo on the night of 22 September on the spurious grounds that she is not Congolese and was residing in the country illegally. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica A former Reuters reporter, Kante Morel has often been virulent in her criticism of the government, in contrast to many of her colleagues, who resort to self-censorship as a way to survive.When armed men invaded TV journalist Elie Smith’s home on 10 September, Kante Morel was the first one to report it. In September 2013, police roughed her up when she tried to cover the trial of Marcel Ntsourou, an army colonel.Respect for media freedom has been declining in recent months amid plans to hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would allow President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to run for another term in 2016.The Republic of Congo is ranked 82nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo : Sadio Kante Morel) Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville March 5, 2021 Find out more Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release Organisation center_img to go further Receive email alerts News Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month In the Malian capital of Bamako, where she has found refuge, Kante Morel said she is the victim of an act of injustice. As someone born in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville, she automatically has Congolese citizenship. “Was this a bureaucratic error or an excuse for getting rid of journalist who had become a nuisance?” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The authorities’ recent behaviour towards the media inclines us towards the second hypothesis. Either way, we urge the government to immediately rescind her expulsion, which is unacceptable.” March 31, 2021 Find out more May 4, 2021 Find out more September 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Congolese authorities expel troublesome journalist News Help by sharing this information last_img read more


Odessa police charge mother with child abuse

Posted On Jun 2 2021 by

first_img Facebook Pinterest Local NewsCrime By admin – February 28, 2018 Twitter Darlene Flores An Odessa mother was charged by police after she reportedly slapped her son multiple times, leaving bruises on his face.Officers were first called about child abuse around 6:31 p.m. Monday at Burnet Elementary, 3511 Maple Ave., according to an Odessa Police Department news release.The 11-year-old victim’s teacher told police he had come to school with bruises on his face, the release stated. While being questioned by detectives, the child told police his mother, 33-year-old Darlene Flores, had slapped him about five times because he wasn’t doing his chores, was being disrespectful and his grades were bad.Police interviewed Flores, the release detailed, who admitted she had lost control and slapped her son several times.Flores was charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony.Jail records show Flores was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Tuesday and released the same day on a $15,000 bond. WhatsApp Previous articleSULLUM: Don’t feed the Russian troll hysteriaNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 28 admin Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Odessa police charge mother with child abuse Facebooklast_img read more


‘Congress can revoke Mindanao martial law sans anti-terror law amendments’

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_img “That is the only ground for extension of martial law. But it is clear since day one that the martial law or its extension in Mindanao has no basis,” he said. “It is high time that we lift bring back normalcy in the region.” “Do not dangle lifting martial law in Mindanao in exchange for the speedy passage of the Human Security Act,” Drilon said in statement. “The passage or non-passage of the amendments to the Human Securities Act is not a ground for extending martial law in Mindanao.” It has since been in effect after Congress, in special joint sessions, voted to approve its extension thrice — from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017; from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018; and from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019./PN “The Constitution is clear: martial law may be declared if actual rebellion exists and Congress may extend the declaration if the rebellion persists and public safety requires it,” said Drilon, citing Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution. Lorenzana earlier said that he is not keen to recommend another extension of martial law in Mindanao but the enactment of a stronger law amending Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007 should be done. According to the Ilonggo lawmaker, President Rodrigo Duterte must lift the martial law in the entire island of Mindanao as there is no need for such declaration there. center_img “I hope they will not use martial law to put pressure on Congress to pass the amendments to the Human Security Act. The non-passage of the amendments to the Human Security Act should not be used as a basis or justification to further extend martial law. The amendments need thorough debates,” Drilon said. MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana should not dangle the lifting of martial law declaration in Mindanao with the Congress’ amendments on Human Security Act, Sen. Franklin Drilon said. Drilon added the Congress can revoke martial law any time sans amendments to the Human Security Act as, as what Lorenzana has said, the martial law has been going on for too long. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by the Islamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.last_img read more