Concern about two journalist held since June 2011 for “terrorism”

first_img Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 10, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News EthiopiaAfrica News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Receive email alertscenter_img Follow the news on Ethiopia to go further EthiopiaAfrica Reporters Without Borders is very worried about two journalists, Woubeshet Taye and Reyot Alemu, who have been detained since June 2011 and were given long jail sentences more than a year ago on terrorism charges.Taye, who was the deputy editor of the Amharic-language weekly Awramba Times, was transferred on 19 April to a detention centre in Ziway, 130 km southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa. Alemu, a columnist for the national weekly Fitih and recent winner of an international media freedom prize, is in very poor health.“Nine months after a new prime minister took over following Meles Zenawi’s death, the Ethiopian government continues to be as inflexible as ever,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The prolonged detention of these two innocent journalists, Taye’s recent transfer to a place far from his family, and the lack of medical care for Alemu are indicative of the government’s intransigence and have dashed all hope of a more tolerant attitude to media freedom.”The authorities have given no explanation for Taye’s transfer to the detention centre at Ziway, an isolated village, which will mean that this wife and son will have to travel more than four hours in order to visit him.Alemu, who was awarded the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on 16 April for “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression,” continues to be held in Kality prison, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, where officials are apparently unconcerned about an alarming deterioration in her health.The two journalists were sentenced to 14 years in prison under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law in January 2012. The federal supreme court reduced Alemu’s sentence to five years in prison eight months later but Taye’s has been left unchanged.Ethiopia is ranked 137th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about media freedom in Ethiopia- Press releases- Country file- A Reporters Without Borders report published in January 2012 entitled “Journalists are not terrorists” News April 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about two journalist held since June 2011 for “terrorism” News Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

Record Store Day Reveals 2019 Releases: Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, More

first_imgRecord Store Day has revealed the list of exclusive releases for their 2019 celebration, set to go down on Saturday, April 13th at independent record stores nationwide.The Grateful Dead has two scheduled releases, as the band will issue their previously announced Sage and Spirit compilation as well as The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 in both 2-CD and 2-LP formats. Jerry Garcia also has two separate Record Store Day releases on deck, including Jerry Garcia Band’s Electric On the Eel and a live collaboration from 1975 featuring Garcia, David Nelson, Frank Wakefield, Brantley Kearns, and Pat Campbell.Other highly anticipated releases include The Allman Brothers Band‘s Bear’s Sonic Journals: Fillmore East. Feburary 1970; Bob Dylan‘s original test recording of Blood On The Tracks; Janis Joplin‘s Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 celebrating her Woodstock performance; Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s High & Mighty; Jeff Tweedy‘s Warmer; Pearl Jam’s Live At Easy Street and many more.Head here to see the full list of Record Store Day’s 2019 list of exclusive releases.last_img read more

USC Hybrid High graduates first class

first_imgFamily and friends gathered in Bovard Auditorium Saturday to honor the inaugural graduating class of USC Hybrid High School.The commencement ceremony began with an introduction by Hybrid High Principal Mide Macaulay. Vanessa Ruiz, the class president, then repeated the introduction in Spanish, demonstrating the diversity of the school, which is 59 percent Hispanic.Hybrid High School, which is operated by the Rossier School of Education’s charter management organization Ednovate, was founded with the goal of providing individual attention to students and lowering drop-out rates. This year, the school achieved a 100 percent graduation rate.Karen Gallagher, dean of Rossier School of Education, praised the graduating class for collectively earning over 400 college acceptances to 98 different schools. Each of the 85 graduates has been admitted to at least one four-year college, and six have been admitted to USC.“I want to welcome all the Hybrid High graduates — the college-goers and agents of positive multi-generational change,” Gallagher said. “You are fully committed to being change agents, who strive to improve your own lives, as well as the lives of your families and communities, now and in the future. Your success is a tribute to your hard work and dedication.”The ceremony’s keynote address was delivered by USC President C.L. Max Nikias, who shared with students what he termed the “three keys of success”: knowledge, character and good judgment.Nikias stressed that students must constantly listen and read to keep up with the rapid growth of knowledge in the information age.“Your learning experience does not end the moment you receive your diploma. For all of us, learning is a lifelong journey,” Nikias said. “You should find ways to keep yourself informed, and allow others to inform you with new points of view. You should challenge the ideas of others and encourage them to challenge you.”Nikias went on to highlight the importance of good character in guiding the students through life.“Your character is going to be your destiny, and the quality of your character inevitably shapes the course of your life. Character is not about being nice — it’s about earning the trust and respect of your family and friends, and, more importantly, earning the respect of your community,” Nikias said. “You build your character with small acts of honesty, humility, integrity and generosity. The road to true character is a path you must travel alone.”Nikias closed his speech by advising students to exercise good judgment and to commit to their decisions.“Every day, all of us are faced with hundreds of decisions. The difference between success and failure is the ability to consistently make good choices,” Nikias said. “Fortune favors the bold. If you have good judgment, you will make bold decisions that will lead you down an exciting path of adventure, discovery and success.”The valedictorian of the class of 2016, Juan Castro, reflected on the struggles and triumphs that had brought the graduates to this point. He emphasized that, no matter where they would go in the future, they would always be linked by their place in the Trojan Family.“Soon, we will be constellations — stars connected through space. We will be distant stars, illuminating the name of our Trojan Family, but this is the end and a new start. We will be apart, but together,” Castro said. “Our Trojan Family fire is all we need, and everything we have.”last_img read more

Dethroned MNS Doe blames GFA for defeat

first_imgDethroned Central Regional Football Association chairman Martin N.S. Doe has rubbished the electoral process that saw his contender, Roy Arthur, elected as the region’s new chair.Arthur, a former CEO of BA United, secured 26 votes to beat Doe, who had 24 out of the total votes cast on Thursday.Doe was seeking for an EIGHTH term in office as representive of the region on the Ghana Football Association Executive committee. Now he says the electoral process was flawed.“The same people who nominated me also nominated Roy Arthur. I never saw the form and I even accosted the election committee chairman that it is improper for somebody to file in Accra when the elections are conducted in Cape Coast.”“It is also improper for somebody to go into an election not knowing the details of documents submitted by a candidate for that election. Roy is not a qualified candidate and for me he is not a worthy winner. We must maintain the sanctity of our regulations.”Doe then blamed the GFA’s Election Committee for his shocking defeat. “The process itself was flawed with all manner of irregularities. Oguaa United, a member of the association wrote to the GFA and the association never had the courtesy to respond to its letter. [They] followed it [up] and nothing came.”MNS Doe has hinted he will to go to court to prove that Roy Arthur was not qualified to stand for elections in the Central Region.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more