Jail term and radio station raid fuel concern in Zimbabwe

first_img November 12, 2020 Find out more News July 1, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jail term and radio station raid fuel concern in Zimbabwe ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government seems to be taking a tougher line with the media, raiding a community radio station and imposing a prison sentence on a journalist in the space of a week. The latest events follow weeks of gathering storm clouds for the media in Zimbabwe, a country that saw 22 media freedom violations in 2014 and whose president who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”“The two latest developments have sounded a new alarm for media freedom, which is already very troubled in Zimbabwe,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The authorities have reacted in a completely disproportionate manner to what these media outlets are alleged to have done. As the African Union’s current chair, Robert Mugabe should set an example of AU’s respect for its democratic obligations, including media freedom. This kind of harassment must stop.” November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports RSF_en News Follow the news on Zimbabwe Officers from police headquarters in the central city of Masvingo raided community radio station Wezhira on 29 June, two weeks after police questioned producer Wilson Mapoa for the third time on suspicion of broadcasting without a licence.Mapoa’s lawyer said the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe was already processing the station’s request for a licence and that the repeated interrogations were illegal inasmuch as the police should be putting their questions to the organization that owns the radio station, which they refused to do.Mapoa said the police had threatened to return, seize the radio station’s equipment and close it down. They also wanted to know where the station got the money to pay for the equipment.The raid came six days after freelance journalist Patrick Chitongo was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison (four of them suspended) for publishing three issues of a newspaper called The Southern Mirror without a permit from the Zimbabwe Media Commission, thereby violating section 72 (1) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).Chitongo said the three issues were produced as examples to be submitted to the commission along with a permit application. He is appealing against his sentence and his lawyer has requested his release on bail. Meanwhile, he continues to be detained.Zimbabwe is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica Organisation News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail to go further Photo: AFP Receive email alerts September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Chelsea announce £96.6m loss

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea recorded a loss of nearly £100 million for the year ending June 30, 2019 as the club released their latest financial results. However, despite the figures, the Blues insisted they are still compliant with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. Turnover grew marginally to £446.7 million with the club citing a lack of Champions League football, costs associated with changing manager and a record outlay on players Kepa Arrizabalaga, Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho for the £96.6 million loss. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says the club can’t be too “reactionary” in the January transfer window after having their ban lifted Chairman Bruce Buck said: “Consistent revenue growth and careful financial management over recent seasons has allowed the club to make significant levels of investment in the playing staff whilst maintaining compliance with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations. “This has contributed to another Europa League victory at the end of the 2018-19 season and a return to the highest level of European competition. “This solid commercial foundation, allied to a young and exciting team now led by Frank Lampard, means that the club is well placed to sustain its pursuit of success both on and off the pitch as well as maintain its financial stability over the coming years.”Tags: ChelseaKepa ArrizabalagaMateo KovacicUEFA Financial Fair Playlast_img read more