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

NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

first_img× North Bergen’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony took place at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2018 in the veterans’ memorial area within James J. Braddock Park. Freeholder Anthony Vanieri served as master of ceremonies.Mayor Nicholas Sacco offered solemn reflections on the events of 9/11/01 and honored four North Bergen residents who lost their lives in the tragic events of that day: Christopher Amoroso, NBHS Class of 1990; Robert Cirri, NBHS Class of 1980; Sal Edward Tieri, NBHS Class of 1978; and David LaMagne. The ceremony also honored Sgt. Marcos Gorra, NBHS Class of 2005, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.A joint presentation of colors was provided by the North Bergen Police Honor Guard and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, followed by the North Bergen High School Advanced Chorus singing the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”Father Yuvan Alvarez presented the invocation and benediction. Also offering remarks were Superintendent of Schools George Solter, who spoke about the importance of teaching the significance of 9/11 to students who were not yet born when the tragedy occurred; Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, expressing his appreciation for law enforcement officers who lost their lives on that day or later endured hardships as a result of being first responders; and County Executive Thomas DeGise, with personal reminiscences of the event and its immediate impact.Among the many other dignitaries attending the event were Commissioners Julio Marenco, Hugo Cabrera, Allen Pascual, and Frank Gargiulo, Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and Assemblyman Pedro Mejia, Parking Authority Executive Director Bob Baselice, DPW Supervisor John Shaw, Library Director Sai Rao, and many other township officials and administrators.Women’s group donates school supplies to Fulton AnnexMayor Nicholas Sacco was on hand Friday, Sept. 7 to express the township’s appreciation to the women of GEMS, a local social group that raised funds and donations to provide school supplies and uniforms to students at Robert Fulton Annex.Kids from all grades were invited to come pick out backpacks and supplies from among the different designs.The donations were intended to provide assistance to the students of Robert Fulton Annex, many of whom are immigrants, as they cope with the challenge of an academic career in an unfamiliar language.GEMS conducted fundraising events and solicited donations earlier this year, raising about $1,000 in addition to the supplies. The money is going toward school uniforms for students who need them.The women’s group holds drives or social programs several times a year to give back to the community in various ways. This was their first such function at Fulton Annex.Museum passes available free at the LibraryNorth Bergen and Guttenberg residents can now reserve and borrow museum passes for free at the library and resource center.Library members can currently reserve free passes to the Newark Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Garden State Discovery Museum.Passes are available to borrow for three days (including pick-up and return), and there is a $20 refundable deposit required at the time of pick-up.Call 201-869-4715 ext. 3 with any questions. North Bergen celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15There’s an event almost every day during Hispanic Heritage Month in North Bergen. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the township will hold dozens of cultural and educational events to highlight and promote the contributions Hispanics have made throughout our history to keep our community strong.The North Bergen Free Public Library is hosting a vast array of events and activities, in addition to the parades and other fun celebrations taking place during the festive month. Among the many events scheduled are dance classes, Spanish films, art programs, cooking demonstrations, family activities, a carnival, and more. A full calendar of events taking place throughout the township is available at http://www.northbergen.org/_Content/pdf/HispanicHeritageMonth2018.pdf.National Hispanic Heritage Week was established in 1968 and expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988. The month includes the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, Belize, and Mexico.North Bergen hosts a thriving and robust Hispanic community comprising individuals from many countries who have made enormous contributions to our diverse society by sharing their talents, culture, traditions, and their deep connection to family values. The township strongly supports this celebration of the rich cultural traditions and significant achievements of our Hispanic and Latin American communities.Ceremony in Braddock Park honors 9/11 victims on 17th anniversarylast_img read more

Maluku administration approves land plot for Masela gas project harbor

first_img“We’re continuing to hold discussions related to land acquisition and preparing local workforces,” said Murad in a statement last week on March 9, adding that the plant was expected to begin construction in 2021.Read also: PLN, Pupuk Indonesia to buy LNG from Masela plantAbadi is one of two LNG facilities being developed in Indonesia. The other facility is British Petroleum’s (BP) Tangguh Train 3 plant in West Papua. The two facilities, once operational, are expected to double Indonesia’s LNG production capacity to 33.1 million tons each year to increase its global exports of the commodity. The development of a long-stalled, nationally strategic gas project in the offshore Masela Block has taken a step forward as the Maluku governor has allocated 27 hectares of land for the project’s harbor.Maluku Governor Murad Ismail issued on Feb. 14 letter No. 96/2020, which allocated a small plot of land on Nustual Island for the development of the harbor to be used to move items related to the establishment of the Abadi Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Masela Block. In a follow-up announcement received by The Jakarta Post on Sunday, the provincial administration said that acquiring the land – parts of which are currently owned by two different individuals – would take about eight months.The policeman-turned-governor previously gave the plant’s operator, Japanese oil company Inpex Corp, a recommendation for between 900 Ha and 1,000 Ha of land on a separate island to develop the plant itself. The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), which spearheads the government’s efforts on upstream gas-related matters, expects higher LNG exports to help offset Indonesia’s growing oil imports, which are a main contributor to the country’s trade deficit.Oil and gas imports reached US$1.75 billion in February, up 10.7 percent from the same month last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Despite being listed as a nationally strategic project, the Abadi LNG plant’s development has been delayed for 18 years due to a disagreement between Inpex and Indonesia over the block’s development plan, including whether the LNG plant would be built onshore or offshore.Locals have also resisted the project. The Maluku People’s Forum (Formama) told reporters in Jakarta in December of last year that members were unsatisfied with the project’s contribution to local residents’ welfare, as reported by Tribunnews.com. Contrary to Murad’s expectations, Japan’s Inpex expects to begin plant construction in early 2023 and have the facility operational by 2027, when it expects to produce 9.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum (mtpa).Read also: Construction of Abadi LNG facilities to contribute Rp 73 trillion to economyInpex Masela corporate communications manager Moch N Kurniawan said the company would continually engage stakeholders to ensure “we can execute the Abadi LNG project as per the plan of development agreed upon with the Indonesian government”.SKK Migas deputy of operations Julius Wiratno added in a statement on Monday that developers were facing a slight delay due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. They had to clean survey equipment to ensure employees were not affected by the virus.“We need about a month to disinfect survey equipment, particularly the equipment that comes from countries infected by COVID-19,” he said.Julius added that Inpex was currently working on the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) plans for the project.Topics :last_img read more