Reporters Without Borders expresses concern at arrests and attacks on journalists in Abidjan

first_img News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation Receive email alerts News News Reports to go further ———————— Radio France International, the BBC and Africa n°1 were back on air on30 March but the authorities gave no explanationfor the interruptions.However a spokesman at Radio France Internationalsaid it was “very likely deliberate” because of the “tense situation” in Abidjan during demonstrationsheld by opposition parties.————————- March 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders expresses concern at arrests and attacks on journalists in Abidjan Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential electioncenter_img RSF_en Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Three journalists were arrested and another beaten by police during demonstrations in Abidjan in support of the Linas-Marcoussis accords. Reporters Without Borders urged Laurent Gbagbo to call to order security forces responsible for policing opposition demonstrations. Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has urged Laurent Gbabgo to call to order members of the security forces responsible for policing opposition demonstrations after three journalists were arrested and a fourth beaten by police.Journalist Al Séni and photographers, Messmer Agbola, and Kady Sidibé, working for the opposition daily Le Patriote, were arrested and later released covering demonstrations in support of the Linas-Marcoussis accords on 25 March in Abidjan.A few hours beforehand, members of the security forces beat up Willy Aka, photographer for the independent daily L’Intelligent d’Abidjan and destroyed his equipment.”The four journalists were covering demonstrations organised by the opposition and banned by Laurent Gbagbo. The police made no distinction between them and the demonstrators,” the international press freedom organisation said.”It is a very disturbing situation that threatens all the media, already destabilised by a year of political and military crisis. The authorities should ensure that people’s right to be informed is respected. We call on Laurent Gbagbo to do everything in his power so that the security forces allow journalists to work freely and safely, despite the political problems shaking the country and particularly the capital, Abidjan for several days.”Elsewhere on the same day, three international radios, Radio-France Internationale, the BBC and Africa n°1, stopped broadcasting from the capital. The reasons are still unclear and it was not possible to check with the company that relays the broadcasts if there was a technical explanation.Shortly after the current crisis began, in September 2002, the three stations went off the country’s airwaves for several weeks. October 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

4 steps to getting a raise

first_imgResearch your valueYour value is your weapon in fighting for a raise. Do research by looking at salaries for comparable jobs in your field. If your job performance is top notch, show evidence of that and provide reasoning for why you’re among the best at what you do.Ask at the right timeFinding the right time to ask for a raise is essential. It’s always a good idea to find a time when your value is high and your superiors know it. Completing a big project or getting new responsibilities are evidence of your worth. Avoid high stress times, like when end of the year reviews are taking place.Practice negotiatingYou may think going over a few things in your head is enough, but it’s always a good idea to practice out loud and practice on someone who (like your boss) will probably debate you. This will help you see where your argument is weak, so you can improve your pitch and go in strong.Be positiveStart off by talking about how much you enjoy working with your company and the work that you’re doing every day. If your employer knows you like where you’re at, they may be more likely to invest in you. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

French MPs back (symbolic) ban on smacking children

first_imgFrance24.com 30 November 2018Family First Comment: Interesting approach – but still flawed“France’s bill would not sanction parents who continue to “discipline” their children as its main goal is “educational” – a way to encourage society to mend its views. But it will slap down a 19th-century addendum to the Civil Code’s definition of parental authority, which is read out to couples during their wedding vows and that specifically allows for “disciplining” children.”The French National Assembly voted Friday in favour of a largely symbolic ban on parents smacking their children, a practice which though condemned by the UN still enjoys widespread support in the country.The bill on “corporal punishment or humiliation” seeks to ensure that parental authority is exercised “without violence” of any sort, including “physical, verbal or psychological” violence.MPs voted it through 51-1 early Friday morning, after a late-night debate, and it will now pass to the Senate.The draft law was proposed by an MP from the centrist Democratic Movement party, Maud Petit, but received the backing of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche, and was boosted by the health minister Agnès Buzyn and the Secretary of Equality, Marlène Schiappa.Previous governments have attempted to ban the practice, but have been thwarted by conservatives. Eric Ciotti, an MP from conservative party The Republicans, said it was “propaganda legislation” pushing “pseudo official morality”.According to the non-governmental Childhood Foundation, 85 percent of French parents resort to corporal punishment. Schools have long been banned from physically punishing children, but not parents.READ MORE: https://www.france24.com/en/20181130-france-mps-national-assembly-back-ban-smacking-childrenlast_img read more

Historic farms sought for rural preservation award

first_imgPhoto: Indiana LandmarksIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2019 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued use of historic farm buildings in Indiana. Since it was established in 1992, owners of 28 historic farms all over the state have been honored with the award.Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during Farmers’ Day festivities at the Indiana State Fair in August.  The nomination is simple and asks for:a brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings, and landscape elements.a description of how the farm’s historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations, and how they have been preserved or adapted.high-res digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. Historic images are also welcome.The award winner receives an attractive outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodations in Indianapolis for the Farmers’ Day ceremony.Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.The Arnold Award for Rural Preservation nomination form is available on Indiana Landmarks’ website or call Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534 or e-mail [email protected] Deadline for nominations is May 31.last_img read more