DRC: Congolese reporter charged with violating Covid-19 restrictions

first_img Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression February 24, 2021 Find out more News “We urge the authorities to drop all charges against this journalist, who had no place being in prison,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The Congolese authorities and security forces must allow journalists to work freely. Their job of reporting the news is absolutely essential for combatting the coronavirus epidemic effectively.” Froger added: “This latest imprisonment of a journalist also speaks to the urgency of adopting a moratorium on arrests of journalists in the DRC. Only firm political decisions of this kind, taken at the highest level of the state, will be capable of reducing the still very numerous abuses against journalists in the DRC.” The programme director of Fondation Daniel Madimba, a radio station based in Mbuji-Mayi, the provincial capital, Faustin Mbiya was arrested on 9 May on his return from producing a broadcast in Tshilenge, 25 km to the east. He was freed on bail of 300,000 Congolese francs (160 euros) on 12 May pending trial on charges of “violating emergency health measures” and “insulting the provincial authorities.” Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma May 15, 2020 DRC: Congolese reporter charged with violating Covid-19 restrictions Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian RSF_en According to RSF’s tally, a total of 26 journalists have been arrested in connection with their coronavirus coverage in sub-Saharan Africa since the start of the epidemic, and around 20 have been attacked while gathering information about the epidemic (with 90% of the attacks being carried out by members of the security forces). The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. February 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Kasaï-Oriental province, in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to drop all charges against Faustin Mbiya, a radio journalist who was held arbitrarily for three days for violating Covid-19 lockdown measures. Journalism is an essential activity during a crisis, RSF said. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News News Faustin Mbiya. Twitter Organisation The victims have included Tholi Totaly Glody, a reporter for Alfajari TV in the DRC’s Haut-Katanga province, who was deliberately run down by a police car in March while travelling on a motorcycle to cover compliance with the lockdown ordered by the governor. February 18, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression to go furtherlast_img read more

Chambers unite in support of Shannon Airport

first_imgCHAMBERS representing businesses that directly support over 100,000 jobs across the Mid-Wet and West have united in one voice in a submission to government today for supports to help Shannon Airport navigate the current crisis and establish a new model for aviation in Ireland.The submission from Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Shannon chambers, which collectively represents 1,358 businesses across the Shannon Airport catchment, the proposals have been forwarded today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan ahead of a meeting sought by the group with him last week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The chambers, in their joint submission, state that the ability of firms located in Ireland to do business internationally, and the attractiveness of Ireland for foreign firms, labour, and tourists depends on aviation.  “As such, the business community in the Mid-West and West of Ireland is deeply concerned following recent decisions by Delta and United Airlines not to resume flights from Shannon Airport in 2021.“These concerns have been further exacerbated by recent reports regarding the potential transfer of Aer Lingus aircraft serving routes to the US and UK away from Shannon Airport to alternative UK regional airports,” the submission states.The chambers say that Ireland’s travel restrictions are among the most restrictive in Europe and the longer these restrictions are in place, the greater the risk they pose to our competitiveness and future economic recovery.“While the business communities of the Mid-West and West appreciate that public health advice must take priority, we cannot ignore the fact that government-imposed travel restrictions are forcing airlines to make decisions that will have severe repercussions for regional economies. It is now time for the government to intervene and provide a support package for stricken airlines in order to ensure our connectivity into the future.”The chambers call on government to adopt a strategic approach to support for airlines that are struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19 and to follow the footsteps of Austria and France by ensuring that any support package has strong environmental conditions attached.They also urge Minister Ryan to take the opportunity to advance the main objective of Project Ireland 2040 through the attachment of binding conditions for strategic route development into regional airports that will assist in addressing the regional economic imbalances.They outline seven asks that cover both the current crisis and the need to adopt new aviation policy measures that will enable growth at airports in the regions, in line with the objectives of Project Ireland 2040.The specific asks are:As soon as public health advice allows, implement fully the recommendations of the Aviation Recovery TaskforceProvide support packages for airlines who will maintain and develop routes from Irish regional airports. Any such supports should have conditionalities attached regardingNew route development into strategic markets to strengthen regional airport connectivityTargets on carbon emission reductionsIn support of Regional Spatial Economic Strategy, undertake an assessment of economic activity around regional airports to identify the strategic routes that present the highest economic value for the corresponding regional economiesAlign the Regional Airports Programme with EU criteria so that both Shannon and Cork airports can access capital supportsAlign National Aviation Policy with Project Ireland 2040 and strengthen the role of airports as key strategic assets for balanced regional development. The business communities call for the establishment of an independent body with statutory oversight for balanced air traffic development across the Irish airport network.Specifically relating to operations at Shannon Airport, the chamber further requests the government to:Urgently appoint Chair to lead Shannon GroupIn addition to direct Government funding, allow cross subsidisation to use profits from other divisions within the group in support of strategic route and cargo operations development to ensure the long term-viability of Shannon Airport.“The critical importance of Transatlantic and European routes with Aer Lingus into Shannon airport cannot be overstated,” the submission states. “This connectivity to other markets is vital for FDI and indigenous businesses operating across Industry and Tourism in the Mid-West and West.“As we continue to navigate through the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, we urge the Minister to ensure that these links to vital markets are protected and new routes developed in support of economic recovery.” Previous articleWATCH: Bermingham “thrilled with result, not so much the performance”Next article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos Meghann Scully Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Email Twittercenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsChambers unite in support of Shannon AirportBy Meghann Scully – September 10, 2020 188 TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostShannon airport Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more