Terrorism claims used to silence radio stations in Nord-Kivu

first_img Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s announced closure of five opposition radio stations in the Beni region of the eastern province of Nord-Kivu in a communiqué marked by irregularities. This type of measures makes it easier for the intelligence services to move against local media.Information minister Lambert Mendé announced the closures of the stations and the withdrawal of their licences in a communiqué broadcast by Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC) on 14 November. The stations are located in a region that is 400 km north of Goma, the provincial capital.The communiqué accused the five stations – RTGB (Radio Télévision Graben Beni), Radio Liberté Beni (RALIB), Radio Télévision Rwanzururu (RTR), Radio Ngoma FM and Radio Furu – of supporting terrorism and conniving with the ADF/NALU rebels.Owned by people affiliated with the opposition, all five stations are used to reporting the views of both ruling party members and members of the opposition.“Coming from one of the highest government levels, these closure orders display a disturbing degree of irregularity in both substance and procedure,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“It is hard not to see this as a political attempt to gag opposition radio stations. We call on the information ministry to rescind these orders, which obstruct the Congolese public’s right to pluralist news and information.”The orders violated procedure because, according to the law, it is not the information ministry’s job to announce the closure of radio stations. Any media closure on the grounds of content must be the subject of a procedure involving the Higher Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC), whose duties include regulating the media.This established procedure gives the media concerned a right to respond to charges, which clearly did not happen in this case. The media must also be notified in writing, not by means of a communiqué read out over the air.“We were never formally notified,” Radio Liberté Beni director Jina Ivoha told Reporters Without Borders. “A government is supposed to use written documents. You cannot close a radio station by reading a communiqué. This is politics pure and simple. Our stations have been shut down simply because the government did not like us.”According to testimonies, the communiqué is being enforced on the ground through threats made by the mayor of Beni, Bwanakawa Nyonyi Jean Edmond, as well as ANR agents.The communiqué read out on the air by RTNC was also inaccurate. It listed Radio Ngoma FM as one of the stations to be closed although it stopped broadcasting nearly six month ago for lack of funds, long before the resurgence in atrocities by the AFD/NALU rebels in the Beni region two months ago.Closure and confusionThe communiqué also mentioned a radio station that does not exist – “Radio Furu.” There is a radio station in the Furu district of Butembo (a city 54 km north of Beni) that is called Radio Espoir FM but it has not stopped operating. One of its representatives, Léon Tsongo, said: “The information ministry closed ‘Radio Furu’ of Beni, not Radio Espoir FM of Butembo, so we think it does not concern us.”The National Intelligence Agency (ANR) has moved quickly to execute the closures albeit in a somewhat confused manner.ANR officials arrived at Radio Liberté Butembo on 15 November with the intention of closing it because they confused it with Radio Liberté Beni, which was named in the communiqué. They nonetheless returned to Radio Liberté Butembo this morning and this time they did cut short its broadcasts and confiscate equipment.Radio Liberté Butembo manager Ulrich Muyeye said the government took issue with the fact that the station broadcast an opposition politician’s comment on a speech by Nord-Kivu’s governor on the massacres in the city of Beni.Later in the day, after a mediation meeting, the material was returned to the radio which was allowed to broadcast again.Germaine Mwanza and El Katé Maganiryo, two journalists with Radio Graben Kasindi (located 80 km from Beni, near the Ugandan border), were arrested by ANR officers on 14 November and were held for 48 hours in an ANR detention centre.Shortly after their arrest, Radio Graben Kasindi was illegally closed, probably because officials confused it with Radio Graben Beni, one of the stations named in the communiqué. Although released, the two journalists have been forced to stay in Beni and have not been able to go back to work.The ADF/NALU rebels have been held responsible for a number of shocking recent massacres in the Beni region in which, according to Nord-Kivu civil society sources, 120 people have died since 2 October.Security is often cited as grounds for gagging the media in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(photo : Lambert Mendé, Information minister) RSF_en center_img November 17, 2014 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Terrorism claims used to silence radio stations in Nord-Kivu Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Press release: FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field to attend UN Security Council meetings

first_img Afghanistan is making real progress in overcoming many challenges. However, there is still work to be done to help Afghanistan’s government and people achieve their goal of building a more stable and prosperous country. The UK continues to play our part in supporting this goal. We have committed up to £750 million for the 4 years up to 2020 to support the Afghan government’s work to improve security, reduce poverty, and increase access to health and education. This UN Security Council meeting will be a chance to, collectively and individually, express our full support for the efforts of the Afghan government to take forward a peace process, which will be vital for Afghanistan’s long term stability. Read the Minister’s speech on working together to persuade states not to obtain weapons of mass destruction. For journalists Further information The Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Minister Mark Field will today (18 January) begin a 2-day visit to New York, where he will represent the UK at the UN Security Council. On Thursday he will deliver a statement on counter-proliferation and on Friday attend the council meeting on Afghanistan.During his visit the Minister will also meet with the Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, host a meeting on climate change with Commonwealth countries and meet with representatives from the Wildlife Conservation Society.Speaking ahead of his visit Minister Field said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn On the Afghanistan meeting the Minister said: Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook The UK remains committed to a world without nuclear weapons. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is through gradual multilateral disarmament, negotiated step-by-step, within existing frameworks. With our international partners we must continue to prevent proliferation and must hold to account states that breach our rules. Email [email protected] Read the Minister’s speech on building regional partnership in Afghanistan. Media enquirieslast_img read more

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Steph Curry’s spark, Warriors superior bench and habit of winning make the difference against Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOTOS: See Warriors-Clippers galleryGranted, there were more than a few Warriors aficionados at Staples Center, but you don’t have to be from the Bay Area, or even be a fan of Evan Hunter’s books about fearsome herds of cats, to appreciate Stephen Curry and the Flying W’s. The crowd would have erupted at any point in the final minutes if the Clippers had made open shots or failed to commit cataclsymic fouls, like when Matt Barnes decked Andre Igoudala during a 3-point shot in front of the Clippers bench.Igoudala made all three tries, and Golden State led by four points with a minute left.Griffin, as irresistible as he was, had a layup blocked by Golden State’s Andrew Bogut with 3:31 left and the Warriors leading by two. But the really troublesome part was the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Paul and Griffin on the bench, and Golden State punching its way to a 9-0 run behind reserve forward Mareese Speights.“I still like our chances in a 7-game series against anybody,” Griffin said. “There was no championships won tonight. We won seven in a row and lost this one, so I don’t think that’s terrible. “When you play Golden State you can’t make defensive mistakes. The key is taking away their easy shots, the open 3-pointer they get. They always make you pay when you let down on defense. I felt good physically, but I still need to work on my rotations, the places for me to be.”It took the Warriors a while to figure out why they were here. They have already clinched the top record in the West and are now 61-13. They also have the fifth best point-differential of any team in NBA history. Three of the four teams ahead of them won NBA championships — the ‘72 Lakers, ‘96 Bulls, and ‘71 Bucks. The other one, the ‘72 Bucks, had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.So winning is pretty much a habit with them. “We were sleepwalking early,” Klay Thompson said, “but then we finally got into a rhythm.” The play that visibly charged up the Warriors’ bench was a solo performance by Stephen Curry, in which he drove the lane, dribbled back out, and pivoted so quickly that Chris Paul — the all-defense Chris Paul — sprawled on his back, as if in need of chiropractic help. Curry then faded back to hit a baseline shot, and cyberspace crackled with the image of Curry toying with Paul.“That play might have kicked us into gear,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.“You get a little adrenalin rush,” Curry said, “so those are cool moments, but I’m just glad I hit the shot. I didn’t see it, but I heard the bench reaction was really crazy.”“He’s got a great handle,” Paul said, with a slight laugh, “as you saw tonight. He uses his screens really well. About three times, I was right in his chest and he made the shots anyway.”That said, Curry and Paul basically had the same game, each scoring 27. Although Bogut was brilliant with his outlet passing and his rim defense, helping hold DeAndre Jordan to one field goal, the game was really won by the Golden State bench, which outscored the Clipper reserves 34-12.This is a function of Jamal Crawford’s injury, and he will be back soon, in some capacity. “It really wasn’t fair tonight,” Rivers said, “because I probably played our starters too long and they got tired.”Every L.A. starter, in fact, played at least 38 minutes, and that’s coming off an Eastern trip, with a tester at Portland tonight.“If you stay tuned, I’ve got Damien Lillard next,” Paul said. “It’s a point guard-driven league. Like my college coach (Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser) said, it’s a team game played by individuals.”And Rivers noted that Sunday night turned into Monday morning as the Clipppers were flying home from Boston.“They (Warriors) were out here for two days waiting on us,” Rivers said. “That’s what I love about the playoffs. Same amount of preparation, same amount of rest.”“We know we will run into Golden State down the line,” DeAndre Jordan said, momentarily forgetting the Clipppers will have to win at least one series first.Three facts:1. The Clipppers sold out their 181st consecutive home game Tuesday, the fifth-longest streak in the NBA.2. DeAndre Jordan hit two free throws with 1:26 to cut Golden State’s lead to one point.3. The Clippers shot 3 for 13 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed six turnovers.center_img [email protected] ANGELES >> The Clippers are being pulled by the league’s puppet strings, chasing the homecourt advantage from Boston to Portland. As Blake Griffin noted late Tuesday night, it might not be worth catching.“The homecourt advantage is not looking good for us,” Griffin said flatly after his 40 points could not avert a 110-106 loss to a nemesis they share with the rest of the league, the Golden State Warriors.“If this is how it’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”last_img read more

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