Media regulator’s sanctions to blame for climate of mistrust in Gabon

first_imgThis is not the first time that the HAC has targeted Gabon Media Time. It was suspended for a month in July 2019 for criticizing the financial management of some of the country’s hospitals. Dubbed the “Axe” by many journalists, the HAC announced yesterday that it was suspending Gabon Media Time, one of the country’s most popular news sites, with immediate effect because its representatives had ignored a summons to attend a meeting of the HAC to hear a libel complaint. The complaint was brought by Karine Arissani, the executive secretary of Gabon’s Rail Transport Regulatory Agency (ARTF), who accused Gabon Media Time of “insulting, revolting and mendacious” allegations “questioning her integrity” in an article about her in March. The Gabonese Media Owners’ Organization (OPAM) issued a statement last week criticizing the HAC’s systematic imposition of sanctions that are “often questionable or unjustified” and calling for a “new approach” aimed at promoting a free and independent press. The HAC’s most recent previous victim was, a news website regarded as a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge web technology, which was suspended for a month in March for publishing a statement by a government critic. Organisation RSF_en Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment According to RSF’s tally, the HAC has arbitrarily suspended 15 media outlets in Gabon since its creation in February 2018, often over articles criticizing the president or his close associates, the government or even the HAC itself, which has not hesitated to initiate proceedings of its own accord in order to settle scores with opposition or independent media. “It is not surprising that Gabonese media representatives, who must be tired of the repeated arbitrary suspensions, do not even respond to summonses from a regulator whose policy of systematic sanctions is largely to blame for Gabon’s fall in the World Press Freedom Index in recent years,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The many arbitrary or disproportionate sanctions have created a climate of mistrust. The sole aim of this policy has been to bring independent and critical media into line but, two years after the HAC began working, it has clearly failed. A thorough overhaul of this regulator is essential so that Gabon’s journalists and media can again work without fear of reprisals.”center_img Help by sharing this information The HAC’s policies are largely responsible for Gabon’s six-place fall in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, in which it is ranked 121st out of 180 countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a complete overhaul of Gabon’s media regulator, the High Authority for Communication (HAC), after it suspended yet another media outlet for three months, contributing to a dangerous decline in press freedom. Source : Facebook April 30, 2020 Media regulator’s sanctions to blame for climate of mistrust in Gabon Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Newslast_img read more

Expert urges Kiwis to have children

first_imgExpert urges Kiwis to have children before falling fertility rate leads to unbalanced populationNewsHub 9 August 2020Family First Comment: Family First has already talked about and researched this, and raised the alarm. See the data….“Please have children.”That’s the plea from a New Zealand researcher as fertility rates drop throughout the western world, including in New Zealand.The number of babies born in New Zealand has been steadily declining since the 1960s. And 2020 is no different with the average woman having fewer than two children – the number needed to ensure replacement of the population – in her lifetime.As education and work opportunities for women increase and the cost of raising a child goes up, family sizes are shrinking.But despite the economic challenges, a low birth rate has been hailed by climate change campaigners for years. The environmental impacts from overpopulation are huge and, as a result, there is a growing childfree movement.But Dr Pushpa Wood, who is the director of Massey University’s financial education and research centre, says the falling birth rate will cause real issues in the next 30 years.Wood says if the downwards trend continues New Zealand will be left with an ageing population, more retired people needing care, and fewer people to care for them.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: March 28 to April 4, 2016

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 28 to April 4, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Monday 06:00 thru Monday 06:00  WEEKLY BOOKINGS 03-28-16 THRU 04-04-16  OXPD1 Red Leaf, Reno S.27Ponca City, OK501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOFailure to appear3/31/16 Head, Jay E.50Argonia, KS500 N. K49 HWY, Argonia, KSSUSODriving under the influence4/3/16 SGSO1 Tredway, Kelly D.34Winfield, KS300 W. Main, Oxford, KSOXPDViolation of bond4/3/16 Robison, Kenneth R.50Tecumseh, OKI-35 MP33, Mulvane, KSKHPDriving under the influence, Transporting an open container4/2/16 Beaty, Lucas D.32Arkansas City, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/1/16 Decker, Franklin L.27Wellington, KSGreenwood County JailSUSOProbation violation/Probation violation3/30/16 NAMEAGEHOMETOWNLOCATION OF ARRESTAGENCYCHARGESDATE OF ARREST  Stowell, Connie M.18Wellington, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation3/28/16 Vaughn, Christopher J.23Mulvane, KS501 N. Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation3/31/16 SUSO13 Eckstrom, Caleb C.42Argonia, KS1000 W. 7th, Conways Springs, KSSUSODriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Driving while license cancelled4/3/16 Wells, Joseph L.24Derby, KS416 E. Hickory Ct.OtherFailure to appear3/31/16 TOTAL18 Coleman, Kirk D.46Wichita, KSDouglas County JailSUSODriving while license cancelled; Operate vehicle without liability insurance/ Failure to appear/Failure to appear3/29/16 Bell, Nikki J.21Wichita, KSKTA I-35 MP16, Wellington, KSKHPFailure to appear (X2)4/1/16 Becker, Robert W.48Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation violation4/1/16 Davis, Cody J.25Wichita, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/2/16 Schmeidler, Eli E.26Wellington, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation3/28/16 Skiles, Jessica L.30Mulvane, KSTopeka Correctional FacilitySUSOProbation violation3/29/16 Jacobs, Paul R.22Wellington, KS217 S. Meridian St., Wellington, KSSUSOFailure to appear3/31/16 KHP2 OTHER1 Gratzer, Michael L.34Wichita, KS116910 S. US 81 HWY, Peck, KSSUSODriving while license cancelled3/28/16last_img read more