“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

Martin Keown launches scathing attack on Arsenal’s mentality and lack of responsibility

first_imgMartin Keown launches scathing attack on Arsenal’s mentality and lack of responsibility Phil HaighMonday 2 Dec 2019 8:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link177Shares Comment Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich on Sunday at Carrow Road (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have a deep-rooted mentality problem, with no steel or determination, says former player Martin Keown.The Gunners began life under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg on Sunday with a 2-2 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.They twice had to come from behind to rescue the point, while a string of superb saves from goalkeeper Bernd Leno also kept them in the game in the second half.The draw makes it eight games without a win for Arsenal in all competitions and leaves them eighth in the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENTUnai Emery was dismissed as manager last week, but Keown does not see that changing things as the problems at the club date back a number of years.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There’s no magic wand and it certainly wasn’t there today,’ Keown said on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday. ‘The problems that existed before the last manager still exist. Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg and assistant Per Mertesacker are in charge, for now (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s passive defending that I’m not really comfortable with. I think David Luiz and Mustafi were lucky to play in this game. They are too passive. They are not aggressive‘This is a mentality problem at the football club and it has not just happened overnight, it has been there for years.‘Arsenal have lost that steeliness, that determination. They don’t work together as a unit. The distances between the units are not right, they have to work on it on the training pitch.’Ljungberg has been tasked with turning the club’s fortunes around in the short-term, but a number of candidates are being looked at for the permanent role.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKeown is not entirely convinced the Swede is the man for the job, although hopes that his commitment levels as a player can transfer into management.‘When Wenger first came, back in the good old days, there was a responsibility as a team,’ continued Keown.‘They can be drilled to do that but there is a responsibility, they must want to do it.‘That mentality has to change and it has to be done on the training pitch.‘Freddie has to be able to do it. Has he got the capability to coach it? He was a diligent player but has to become that as a coach.’Arsenal have the chance to get their first Premier League win since 6 October when they host Brighton on Thursday.MORE: Paul Scholes slams Freddie Ljungberg for not wearing a suit in his first Arsenal matchMORE: Robert Pires claims Arsenal are ‘still sick’ from Unai Emery’s reign after Norwich City draw Advertisementlast_img read more

Ziemke kicks off cancer event in sneakers

first_imgStatehouse—State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. The Suits and Sneakers event aims to shed light on ways of reducing cancer, like exercising, eating healthy and following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for recommended cancer screenings.last_img