Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months

first_img News RSF calls for release of Guinean journalist held for insulting president GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Follow the news on Guinea Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists News A reporter for state-owned radio and TV broadcaster RTG, Diallo was finally freed after a court in the capital Conakry today fined him 5 million Guinean francs (420 euros) for “insulting the Head of State,” the charge on which he had just spent 81 days in detention. He was convicted for comments about the president and ethnic violence in Guinea that he made on privately-owned Radio Lynx FM on 27 February.Detained ever since his arrest that very same day although Guinea abolished prison sentences for press offences in 2010, Diallo continued to be held even after a hearing on 13 April when the fine of 5 million Guinean francs was the only punishment requested by the prosecution.As Diallo was in poor health, he was transferred from prison to the rheumatology section of Conakry’s Ignace Deen Hospital on 2 March, but the conditions in which he was held in the hospital were very harsh, as RSF confirmed when it visited him there during a visit to Guinea in April. He was returned to prison on 26 April, two days before the date set for his trial, which was postponed because Guinea’s lawyers were on strike.“It is with relief that we welcome the end of this journalist’s imprisonment, which should never occurred in the first place because Guinean legislation has abolished prison sentences for press offences,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “Amadou Diouldé Diallo was detained arbitrarily for more than 80 days for nothing more than an appearance in a radio programme. It is high time that the press law adopted in 2010 is finally respected, and that the authorities stop imprisoning journalists just for doing their job.”Diallo’s release comes after a series of action on his behalf by RSF. During a visit to Conakry, RSF met with information and communication minister Amara Somparé on 8 April and called for Diallo’s immediate release. A memo with RSF’s recommendations on how to improve press freedom in Guinea was also given to the minister.The same week, RSF and the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) issued a joint call for Diallo’s immediate release and for the Guinean authorities to respect the country’s law decriminalising press offences.In Guinea, journalists are often taken into police custody or jailed in connection with their work. On 4 February, the sports journalist Ibrahima Sadio Bah was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of 500,000 Guinean francs (40 euros) on a charge of defaming the head of the Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFOOT), Mamadou Antonio Souaré. After more than three months in prison, Bah was finally freed on 11 May following a series of campaign actions on his behalf.Guinea has fallen 24 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2013 and is now ranked 110th out of 180 countries. RTG journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo, released after three months of arbitrary detention. Help by sharing this information May 19, 2021 Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months April 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes Guinean journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo’s release today after nearly three months in prison on a charge of insulting President Alpha Condé although Guinea has decriminalised press offences. The Guinean authorities must stop detaining journalists arbitrarily, RSF said. GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says RSF_en News March 17, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Napoli capitalise on Inter Milan’s slip to move top

first_img“It’s very pleasing to score 115 goals as a midfielder. That’s a good number,” Slovakian international Hamsik told Sky Sport Italia.Napoli’s win came after a 1-0 home defeat by Juventus a fortnight ago that saw them relinquish top spot to Inter and a poor goalless draw with Fiorentina last week that saw them fail to take advantage of Inter’s own 0-0 draw at Juve.“We are really happy with the performance,” added Hamsik.“I don’t know if it’s an advantage to be top of the table, but it can help us remember how strong we are.”The loss for Luciano Spalletti’s team also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves four points behind Napoli, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday.“We will probably need of something (in the winter transfer window) if we’re going to make that step forward,” admitted Spalletti.Fourth-placed Roma moved level on points with Juve as Argentinian centre-back Federico Fazio’s 94th-minute goal grabbed a 1-0 win over Cagliari, after Diego Perotti had earlier missed a penalty.The capital club are well in the title race, just four points adrift of Napoli with a game in hand, as they bid for a first Scudetto since 2001.– Koulibaly strikes early –Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli on their way in the fourth minute when he headed home Allan’s flick-on from a corner, and the away side looked out of sight with just 25 minutes gone when Piotr Zielinski collected Jorginho’s precise through ball and slotted home their second.Hamsik effectively ended the match as a contest with 30 minutes gone when he swept home Dries Merten’s pass first time past Salvatore Sirigu, scoring his first goal since the start of October and finally equalling Maradona’s record.Torino striker Andrea Belotti pulled one back in the 63rd minute, ending an eight-game goal drought that stretched back nearly two months, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.“My players knew what Inter had done and that can either help or hinder you,” said Napoli coach Sarri.“They can give you the hunger to retake the top spot, but can also pile extra pressure on. Today the lads did well to make something positive from the result at the San Siro.”Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Mauro Icardi levelled the scores with his 18th goal of the season, a smart volley just 71 seconds after Kevin Lasagna’s 14th-minute opener.But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark.Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widmer’s cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which Rodrigo De Paul gave the away side the lead.Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva’s cross off the bar, but were punished when Antonin Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Udinese’s players celebrate after their Serie A victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLIMilan, Italy, Dec 16 – Marek Hamsik equalled Diego Maradona’s record as Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer as they took advantage of Inter Milan’s first defeat of the season and moved top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Saturday.Inter went down 3-1 to Udinese at the San Siro earlier in the day and Hamsik, who now has 115 Napoli goals in all competitions, led the way as Maurizio Sarri’s side made the most of Inter’s loss with a three-goal blitz in the first half-hour that saw off Torino and moved them top on 42 points, two ahead of Inter, who drop back to second.last_img read more

Wriddhiman Saha shines as India A take lead vs West Indies A in 1st unofficial Test

first_imgComeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in their first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here.After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets as the visitors were placed at 299 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day.Saha, who was named in the Test squad for the West Indies tour next month after spending in the sidelines for more than a year due to an injury, was batting on 61 not out off 146 deliveries. He has hit six fours do far.The Bengal wicketkeeper batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after they were reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs.Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299. The stumps were drawn when Nadeem was out in the 99th over of the India A innings.Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck as India lost wickets at regular intervals.For West Indies A, pacer Miguel Cummins was the most successful bowler on the day with three wickets while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took two. Chemar Holder and Jomel Warrican got one wicket each.advertisementBrief ScoresWest Indies A: 228 all out in 66.5 overs.India A: 299 for 8 in 99 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 61 not out, Shivam Dube 71, Priyank Panchal 49; Miguel Cummins 3/36).Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso Read | Meet the 100-year-old fan who came to Lord’s to cheer IrelandAlso See:last_img read more