NUSOJ and Reporters Without Borders denounce the current wave of violence against the media in Mogadishu

first_img News News Reporter Yahye Ali Farah was slightly injured and was admitted to Dayniile hospital, according to HornAfrik journalists, but cameraman Abdi Dhaqane who also works with the Nairobi bureau of the London-based international news agency, Reuters, was seriously wounded. Abdi lost some on the fingers of his right hand and tissues from his right leg, according to fellow journalists and sources at Reuters Nairobi bureau. Organisation Shabelle Media Network also reported its inability to provide to the public the variety of the news reports that it used to furnish as journalists fled from Mogadishu with their families. Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation in Somalia, National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), are today outraged by the recent violence in Mogadishu and arbitrary shelling and shooting of civilians, including journalists and news media personnel. Follow the news on Somalia “The recent warfare is a perfect example of the increasing risks faced by journalists and media outlets in Mogadishu”, said Reporters Without Borders and National Union of Somali Journalists. “We call renewed attention to the fact that attacks against Somali journalists and media institutions are illegal under international humanitarian law, which protects civilian persons and objects”. “The media can never be counted a legitimate target”, said the two press freedom watchdogs. January 8, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica to go further SomaliaAfrica RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Heavy artillery fire also hit the headquarters of the Ayaamaha daily newspaper on Saturday, killing a passer-by. Reuters Nairobi Bureau also told the NUSOJ that they evacuated Abdi Dhaqane to Nairobi today to provide him with proper medical care. RSF_en April 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 NUSOJ and Reporters Without Borders denounce the current wave of violence against the media in Mogadishu Receive email alerts News March 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and National Union of Somali Journalists stated: “We firmly call for an independent enquiry into these renewed attacks on the press from the Transitional Federal Government, the Ethiopian forces and all other parts in the conflict. We ask the international community to help to determine what happened”. February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News Xog-Ogaal newspaper, one of the leading daily newspapers in Mogadishu and number of Mogadishu newspapers stopped publishing because of the increased fighting in the Somali capital. Help by sharing this information On Saturday, 21 April, the premises of HornAfrik Radio were hit by seven shells, wounding two of its news media personnel. The station was temporarily shut down, due to the fighting going on in its neighbourhood. On Thursday, 19 April, four shells hit the television studio and the newsroom of Global Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Mogadishu. Nobody was wounded in the shelling, but the broadcaster went off air. last_img read more

PREMIUMDecades on death row: Calls made for commutation of death sentences

first_imgLinkedin Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Facebook With dozens of Indonesia’s death row inmates having spent more than 10 years waiting for their execution dates, one government official and legal activists are calling for reform of what they consider to be an unjust and inhuman system.At present, 358 death row inmates – convicted of crimes ranging from drug-related offenses to terrorism – are awaiting execution in 22 correctional facilities across the country, data from the Law and Human Rights Ministry show. Fifty-seven have been waiting on death row for more than 10 years – including three who have been on death row for between 21 and 40 years and one who has been waiting for 41 years.“Many death row convicts have spent more than a decade in prison as if they have also received prison sentences as well,” Law and Human Rights Ministry research and development agency head Sri Puguh Budi Utami … Log in with your social account #DeathPenalty death-penalty death-row-inmate #DeathRow inmates #Inmateslast_img read more

Lake Santee couple earns ‘Community Paul Harris Fellow Award’

first_imgSubmitted : Rick and Mary Johnson are pictured with Greensburg Rotary Club President Jeff Emsweller and Bev and Larry Moore.Greensburg, In. — For 18 consecutive years, the Greensburg Rotary Club presented its annual Community Paul Harris Fellow Award to worthy community volunteers who were nominated and selected by a committee. The award is named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.At the Greensburg Hampton Inn and Suites, that tradition continued on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, as Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580, presented the prestigious award to Rick and Mary Johnson of Lake Santee.Nominations for the award must represent that of the Rotary 4-way test, which includes:First, is it the truthSecond, is it fair to all concernedThird, will it bring goodwill and better friendshipAnd Fourth, will it beneficial to all concernedFalling under that criteria, Rick and Mary Johnson were nominated to receive the award for their long standing dedication to the Decatur County area.In making the presentation, Rotarians Larry and Bev Moore honored the Johnson’s with Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates.“Rick and Mary are admired for their commitment, enthusiasm and sense of fair play,” Larry Moore read from the nomination letter. “They are constantly willing to give of their time, treasures and talents. They are truthful, honest in all of their dealings with others. They are all about the betterment of the community through their collaborative efforts with various organizations. They believe in building strong relationships and partnerships to build a viable community and they have always exemplified fair and honorable characteristics in all their efforts. It is with appreciation for their leadership, hard work and dedication that I take great honor in nominating Rick and Mary Johnson for the Community Paul Harris Fellow Award.”Rick has been active in the community as a volunteer for the Decatur County Community Foundation,  Board member of the Decatur County Family YMCA, where he served as President of the Board, chair for the annual campaign for three years and on numerous committees. He is an active member of the Greensburg Optimist Club and board member for the Speranza House. He also volunteers for the Lake Santee and Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department and takes an active role in their fund raising efforts. Also, Rick volunteers for Emergency Management and CERT in Decatur County and he constantly volunteers for the Lake Santee Property Association.Many times when Rick is volunteering for an event, his wife Mary is not far away. Mary is involved in the Lake Santee Women’s Club and past club president. She is a member of PEO and has served in numerous officer roles, serves as a volunteer for the Decatur County United Fund Strawberry Festival and also for the Decatur County Family YMCA including the Tree City Rolling Bike Tour and the Tree City Run. Mary also assists with fundraisers for the Lake Santee and Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Departments.“These two winners tonight truly represent the motto of Rotary International, which is ‘Service Above Self’,” Larry Moore said.As a result of the presentation of the Community Paul Harris Fellow Award, the local Greensburg Rotary Club will make a $1,000 contribution in each of their names to Rotary International Foundation. The money will be used to continue the fight to end Polio worldwide.With this award presentation on Monday, the Johnson’s join 32 other citizens in Decatur County who have received the award from the Greensburg Rotary Club, bringing the total contributed through this effort alone to $34,000 to the Rotary Foundation.The Greensburg Rotary Club was established in 1920 and will be holding its 100th year anniversary celebration in 2020. The Club, comprising of 36 professional men and women, meets at 12 p.m. on Monday’s in Classroom D at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.For membership information, contact Membership Chair Tami Wenning at the Decatur County Community Foundation or any Rotary member.  You may also visit the club’s website here.last_img read more

Ighalo’s Resurgence with Super Eagles Excites Kanu

first_imgOdion Ighalo Femi SolajaFormer Nigerian Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, was full of praises for Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, as the Changchun Yatai star in the Chinese Super League has rediscover his scoring tricks.The former Watford FC player, whose exploit in the Chinese league was complete opposite of his performance for Nigeria at the last World Cup in Russia has suddenly warmed himself back into the hearts of soccer loving Nigerian as the leading scorer with six goals in the AFCON 2019 qualification series. Kanu commended the striker for his ability to come out of his goals-drought to rediscover himself again for the national team.According to Kanu, “it is not possible for Ighalo to deliberately miss those scoring chances most fans are crucified him for, rather it was unfortunate that he did not make best use of the balls that could have buried mighty Argentina in that crucial match at the World Cup in Russia.“Fans need to appreciate the state of mind of a footballer. While in other clime they are encouraged, it is sad here we crucify them as if it is a deliberate act not to write ones name in gold with goals,” observed the former Arsenal legend.The Atlanta Olympic gold medalist expressed his happiness that all that is now history for Ighalo.“For Ighalo to have banished the ghost of Russia 2018 and return to winning ways in the national team shows that he has conquered the psychological problem within a short period. This is good for him and the country too,” remarked Kanu in an interview during the investiture ceremony of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) at the Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi’s Palace last TuesdayHe also advised football fans not to be too emotional at crucifying players saying that aside the fact that players have to go through a lot of rigorous training to reach that height, they are family men too.“When you throw stone at your hero just because he did not play to your expectation, you are not in anyway encouraging him to hit his prime again rather it’s the other way round. There is the need for us to cultivate the habit of encouraging and not the other way round,” he advised.Since his superlative opening goal in last year’s 4-0 rout of Cameroon in Uyo, Ighalo fired blank. His most culpable gaffe was the miss against Argentina at the World Cup.However, even when he resumed goal scoring by netting in Nigeria’s third goal in the 3-0 defeat of Seychelles away, many football fans still did not reckon with him, possibly on account of the relative strength of the opposition and possibly because the goal was from the penalty spot.All that changed after a five-star performance against Libya which saw him score five goals in two matches this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cichy, Bauman catapult Wisconsin to victory at home

first_imgThe circumstances looked bleak for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team four minutes into the second half Thursday night. The Badgers (5-2) were reeling from an 11-0 Boston College (3-5) run to make it 38-38 Golden Eagles and seemed to put the game out of reach.Enter sophomores Tessa Cichy and Nicole Bauman. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey made the fateful decision to let the two 5-foot-10 guards control the backcourt for the middle of the second half, and both contributed to bring the Badgers back from a 10-point deficit and explode to a 74-59 victory over the Eagles in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.Wisconsin was lacking any sort of energy or impetus to make a comeback prior to the substitution. But these young players know that it is there job to breathe life into the team and make the most of the opportunity when they step onto the court.“Whenever I come into the game I’m looking to provide energy,” Cichy said. “I felt like that at that point we did not have a lot of energy, and I said to myself ‘Well, I bring that’.”Both Cichy and Bauman played a scrappy first half, marked by diving for loose balls and chasing down long rebounds to allow second chance scoring opportunities. That type of play continued into the second half, and with Bauman at the point-guard  feeding Cichy playing the two guard, they had the chance to make an impact on the outcome of the game for the first time this season. Bauman pulled down four boards and Cichy came away with two steals by the final buzzer.Coming into the game, Cichy had only attempted two three-pointers in the season. But on Thursday evening, the Somerset, WI native’s all three attempts from beyond the arc found the bottom of the net. Her makes came at crucial points in the game, the first cutting Boston College’s lead to two at 44-42. Her next came with under ten minutes to play, and halted a 5-0 BC run, making it 45-49 and kept the Badgers in striking distance. Down by one with under six minutes left in the game, Cichy squared up and sunk a bomb from the left wing to put the Badgers up 55-53. That sparked a 13-0 Wisconsin run, and the Badgers never looked back.“Tessa is a very smart player, and she uses her brain more so than her physical part of her game,” Kelsey said. “She’s a very good shooter, knows when to take shots, and knows where to get the ball to. We needed that lift off the bench.”Bauman had an impact on the game in a much different way than her backcourt partner. She only attempted two shots, and finished the game with zero points in the scoring column. However, the other parts of her game made her an invaluable piece to the puzzle for the Badgers.“She was out there orchestrating,” Kelsey said. “You don’t always have to score to affect the game, you can make a big impact without putting the ball in the basket because your presence and energy and your command of what you’re doing and your confidence goes a long way.”Bauman also added stingy defense, shutting down junior guard Lauren Engeln. Engeln, like Johnson, is a transfer from the University of Connecticut. She only managed six points, and Bauman rejected her at the rim as a final statement with 1:24 remaining and riled up the 3,028 fans in the Kohl Center.“The gameplan going in was that she was going to take two dribbles and then spin left,” Bauman said. “We knew she was a driver more than a shooter.”The second half surge from the bench was much needed for the squad. In the first half, only three Badgers — junior Michala Johnson (14), fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz (10), and sophomore Dakota Whyte (2) — scored. In the second half, Cichy added 13 points and junior Morgan Paige caught the hot hand at the end and finished with 12. Wurtz went on to lead all scorers with 22 and Johnson had 21.Johnson scored her second half buckets because she was the beneficiary of several crisp entry passes from both Bauman and Cichy. Bauman said that rapid outside passing helped create wide open passing lanes and made feeding Johnson in the paint easy. Bauman had two assists and Cichy dished out 3 helpers on the evening.“Nicole and Tessa are both very good players,” Kelsey said. “These two really understand, they have high motors and high energy, we needed it and they came through big time for us.”last_img read more