“Justice for Deyda Hydara” radio spot launched in run-up to African Union summit in Banjul

first_img Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom News August 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Receive email alerts GambiaAfrica Reporters Without Borders appealed today to radio stations broadcasting in Africa to regularly transmit a short radio spot about the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara from now until the end of a two-day African Union summit in Banjul on 2 July. “My father was killed just a hundred yards from a police barracks a year and a half ago. Since then, the government has done nothing to identify his murderers,” Baba says in the spot. Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Reporters Without Borders appealed today to radio stations broadcasting in Africa to regularly transmit a short radio spot about the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara from now until the end of a two-day African Union summit in Banjul on 2 July.The Gambia correspondent of Reporters Without Borders and Agence France-Presse and co-editor of the tri-weekly The Point, Hydara was gunned down in Banjul exactly 18 months ago, on 16 December 2004. Less than 30 seconds long, the spot was prepared by Reporters Without Borders and Hydara’s son, Baba Hydara.“My father was one of the Gambia’s greatest journalists,” Baba says in the spot. “He was killed just a hundred yards from a police barracks a year and a half ago. Since then, the government has done nothing to identify his murderers. Justice for Deyda Hydara!”The spot concludes with this comment by Reporters Without Borders: “As the African Union holds a summit in Banjul, Reporters Without Borders points out that the Gambia is one of the most hostile countries in Africa for journalists.”The spot can be downloaded in MP3 format in both English and French from the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org).In June 2005, Reporters Without Borders appealed to radios broadcasting in Africa to point out that the only thing the Gambian government had done in the six months since Hydara’s murder was to try to discredit him.Reporters Without Borders today also hailed the courageous position on Hydara’s murder taken in the US Congress by Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat, California’s 29th district). Schiff said: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark the 18-month anniversary of a tragic event that is symptomatic of the deterioration of press freedom in the Gambia and elsewhere.”He added: “Resistance to impunity is essential to maintain civil peace and demonstrate a commitment to democratic values. In a time when repeated anonymous attacks against media professionals have created tense relations between the state and the media in many countries, Deyda Hydara’s unrequited murder is deeply worrisome to those who are committed to democracy and justice in Africa. I hope that the Gambian Government will take this occasion to reverse its record on press freedom and set an example for the rest of the region.”Schiff will also write to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh expressing support for the call by Reporters Without Borders and the Gambia Press Union (the country’s main journalists’ association) for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Hydara’s murder.The letter says: “As the Gambia prepares to host the Summit of the Chiefs of State of the African Union (AU) in July and hold an important presidential election in September, I urge you to reaffirm your government’s commitment to human rights and press freedom.” GambiaAfrica RSF_en News Follow the news on Gambia June 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Justice for Deyda Hydara” radio spot launched in run-up to African Union summit in Banjul Help by sharing this information January 27, 2020 Find out more to go further News July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgNewsWine world newsBy admin – February 11, 2010 560 Pinot noir fraud could land 13 winemakers in jailFRENCH wine makers could face up to 12 months in jail following the unfolding of what Decanter noted as the world’s biggest wine con. E&J Gallo are at the centre of the con as being the recipient of what they believed to be over 3.5 million gallons of pinot noir, but in fact, according to wine experts and a French court, was in fact phoney pinot noir.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With enough to fill 16 million bottles, Gallo, the American wine producer, bought the wine under the label of being from the Languedoc-Roussillon area. But authorities were alerted after suspicions were raised as to the amount of pinot noir being exported from the region was thought to far exceed historic levels. Thirteen people have been charged with selling the wine labelled as something in fact it wasn’t. It is believed that Gallo paid in the region of €4 million for the wine over a two year period. WhatsApp Email Australian wine producers face 25% drop in industryThe Australian wine industry is facing the prospect of reducing volumes by approximately 25% if proposals by Australia’s various statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations representing the industry, are accepted.Capacity among producers equates to around two million tonnes while demand currently runs at 1.5m tonnes.  As an industry insider observed: “There is a significant overhang and Australia needs to put some ‘tension’ back into its demand and supply chain. It needs to look at sustainable dollars per tonne not production: tonnes crushed.”Drinks International say “that the proposal, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, is that wine producers will be asked to submit their production figures and business plans to a sort of ‘clinic’, region-by-region, where they will be scrutinised. If their business is deemed unsustainable, they will be offered government money to cease wine grape growing”. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Linkedin Print Previous articlePart-time hours to full-time beautyNext articleMan held following firearm find adminlast_img read more