Intelligence services draw up blacklist of journalists to be watched and arrested first

first_img November 12, 2020 Find out more News Reports ZimbabweAfrica Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the action of the Zimbabwean intelligence services in compiling a blacklist of at least 15 journalists working for independent news media who are to be subjected to “strict surveillance” and other unspecified “measures” in the run-up to next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. September 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence services draw up blacklist of journalists to be watched and arrested first to go further Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the action of the Zimbabwean intelligence services in compiling a blacklist of at least 15 journalists working for independent news media who are to be subjected to “strict surveillance” and other unspecified “measures” in the run-up to next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.“The Zimbabwean government’s paranoia is accompanied by systematic repression,” the press freedom organisation said. “This alarming blacklist is an outrage in the approach to what are crucial elections for Zimbabwe’s future. President Robert Mugabe will be held fully responsible if anything happens to these journalists.”The existence of the blacklist was revealed in an apparently-leaked copy of a single page with the government’s letterhead that was published in the independent Zimbabwean press on 26 September. Dated June 2007 and headed “2008 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections,” it contains a list of 15 leading Zimbabwean journalists under the subheading “Targeted journalists.”The foot of the page has this paragraph: “The following media personnel and others as discussed in the previous meeting are to be placed under strict surveillance and taken in on the various dates set. They’re working hand in hand with hostile anti-Zimbabwean western governments. Measures to be taken against the above including those in exile, are listed on page 4 summary.”The blacklist is headed by Abel Mutsakani, the editor of the website ZimOnline, and Gift Phiri, a freelance journalist and Harare correspondent of The Zimbabwean, a privately-owned weekly based in London. Phiri was arrested and beaten in detention in April before being acquitted by a Harare court of working without accreditation from the powerful, government controlled Media Information Committee. Mutsakani was shot by three gunmen in South Africa in July but miraculously survived.Also on the list are Vincent Kahiya, the publisher of the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent daily, its editor, Dumisani Muleya, and one of its journalists, Itai Mushekwe; Bill Saidi, the deputy editor of The Standard, a privately-owned daily, and Caiphas Chimhete, one of its journalists; Njabulo Ncube, the political editor of the privately-owned Financial Gazette daily and two of its journalists, Kumbirai Mafunda and Clemence Manyukwe; Zimbabwean Union of Journalists secretary-general Foster Dongozi and Wilf Mbanga, the founder of The Daily News, which is now closed; and journalists Valentine Maponga, Itai Dzamara and Ray Matikinye. Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail RSF_en ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Zimbabwe September 1, 2020 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Dots on the borderline

first_imgIn 2006, artist David Taylor was driving along a remote dirt road, eager to get an up-close look at the United States’ border with Mexico, when he spied “a cast-iron obelisk incongruously placed in the middle of the desert.” That chance encounter with one of the 276 monuments marking the international boundary, as it extends from El Paso, Texas/Juárez to San Diego/ Tijuana, led to a seven-year photography project. The result is a series of images of the monuments, the sites surrounding them, and the people Taylor encountered along his way, including border patrol agents, immigrants, smugglers, and drug traffickers. A selection of his photos will be on view at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in a show co-sponsored by the Harvard Art Museums titled “David Taylor: Working the Line.” The exhibit, which runs through May 18, will be introduced with a panel discussion this evening from 6-8 in the Tsai Auditorium.The Gazette spoke by phone with Taylor, who was in the Dallas airport en route to Harvard, about the show.GAZETTE: What did you think when you saw that first monument?TAYLOR: I had no idea what it was. I vaguely recollected seeing a photograph of one of them at one point in time or another and was wondering how many more there were because it had the number seven on it. The next step was deciding that I wanted to go see more because I was so fascinated by this anachronistic-looking monument with text describing that it was a marker for the boundary between the United States and Mexico. From there began a project to photograph all of them, although I didn’t really arrive at that immediately. It sort of simmered for a little while.About the same time, I fortuitously answered a request for proposals to produce public artwork for a border patrol station, not having any real clear understanding of what that might mean in its entirety. And then that effectively turned into a whole lot of access that enabled me to photograph within border patrol stations and along the international boundary. … The circumstances and chance encounters and complexity of all of those really came together in a way that I could never have imagined and led to a project that really encompasses the last six-plus years.GAZETTE: Is there any encounter that really stuck out for you?TAYLOR: Lots of encounters. Probably some of the most vivid were situations in which I would meet people who, for all of the clarity of their station, whether they be a smuggler or a border patrol agent or a migrant, they somehow had some aspect of them that definitely defied stereotype and expectation. Periodically I would meet individuals who would either by virtue of what they did, or what they said, or what their circumstance was, surprised me and trumped stereotypical portrayal.And that’s when I became very interested in the work. I think that there’s a very well-trodden, very monolithic portrayal of the border at this stage in the game. There are good guys and bad guys and the narrative of who is who is clearly defined. And while all of that exists, more often than not, the gray area and the nuance are more complicated and less clear-cut than the accepted narrative. So, for instance, meeting border patrol agents whose parents were from Mexico and had crossed the border illegally, or who might have crossed the border illegally themselves in their youth.GAZETTE: What do you hope people take away from this show?TAYLOR: While the photographs show a world that people might not be readily exposed to, I also think the photographs aren’t entirely consumed by spectacle and drama. I think a lot of the portrayals of the border are about that. I think that when you go into a lot of these spaces, whether they are out in the land or in an urban setting up against the border, or a border patrol station, life goes on. People go about their daily lives. I think that while I do offer a view … it’s a view into places that people don’t ordinarily get to see, and that place, that space does not necessarily conform to their stereotypical idea.GAZETTE: Who erected these monuments?TAYLOR: They were installed by an international boundary commission in the 1890s and the 1860s in two successful surveys. The first survey left 52 monuments, and the second survey brought the total up to 258. And then in the early 20th century there were 18 that were installed to more frequently mark the border in more urban areas. The monuments are jointly maintained and owned by both countries, and they are the literal location of the border. They are the physical expression of the location of the border. People often ask what side the obelisk is on, and the answer to that is “neither.” They are the border.GAZETTE: What are you working on next?TAYLOR: My next project traces the historic border between Mexico and the Western territories of the United States, what was the 1821 border with Mexico that runs from Brookings, Ore., to Port Arthur, Texas. That was a 2,300-mile border that was never fully realized. I, with a fellow artist from Tijuana, [am] going to do a site-specific intervention by marking the historic border.last_img read more

Groundbreaking ceremony for the National Life trail project Tuesday

first_imgNational Life Group,Thanks to a successful collaboration of public, private, and community based organizations, a safe and accessible pedestrian connection between downtown Montpelier and the National Life complex and adjacent residential neighborhood will soon become a reality. On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 the commencement of this much awaited project will be celebrated at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony, co-hosted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), the City of Montpelier and the National Life Group.Until now, employees at the National Life complex and residents of the adjacent Northfield Street neighborhood wanting to walk into Montpelier’s downtown had to choose between following a mile long route along the side of Northfield Street, or taking a makeshift path straight down the hill, fondly known as the ‘Goat Path’. Neither choice provided safe or accessible passage. The new trail will transform this tiny, treacherous path into a beautiful, woodchip covered trail and connect the city’s largest office building and the Northfield Street neighborhood with the downtown area.This project meets an important community need and falls squarely within the VTrans mission. VTrans is committed to supporting innovative projects that encourage alternative modes of transportation for Vermonters, and encouraging pedestrian travel is one way that VTrans can help to discourage sprawl, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. VTrans is sponsoring a VYCC crew that started work this week at the intersection of Route 2 and Northfield Street with the construction of safe and long lasting stone steps. It is anticipated that the trail will be completed in 2012.The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 12:00 noon at the top of the current trail behind the National Life Records Building, and will include speakers from VTrans, including Deputy Secretary Sue Minter, the City of Montpelier, the National Life Group, and the VYCC.Now celebrating its 15th season, the VTrans Youth Corps is a youth training, education and paid employment program, that is co-sponsored by VTrans and FHWA, in partnership with the VYCC. Each year, the program employs more than 50 youth who complete more than one dozen community-based projects all over the state on rail trails, community recreation areas, and other high visibility transportation enhancement projects. VTrans welcomes this chance to introduce young people to the value of community service and the many rewarding careers in the transportation industry.last_img read more

CAF officials in Kenya for final CHAN assessment

first_imgQualification for the championship, which is only open to footballers playing in their own domestic leagues, was completed in late August with the shock eliminations of two-time defending champion the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, a 2016 finalist.The 16 teams selected to play are Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.The championship is scheduled for January 12 to February 4, 2018.Share on: WhatsApp The Uganda Cranes team that qualified for the CHAN event. PHOTO FUFA MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspectors arrived in Kenya on Monday to assess the country’s progress towards hosting next year’s African Nations Championships (CHAN).The eight-member team’s visit was delayed a week due to uncertainty surrounding the disputed outcome of last month’s presidential election in Kenya.CAF vice-president Constant Omari Selemani is leading the inspection team that will visit training facilities and four stadiums before issuing a final verdict on Kenya’s readiness to host the biennial 16-team tournament for the first time.“We are on top of things and ready for the inspection. Construction work is going on all around the four stadiums, which should be ready and handed over to the government in a month’s time,” said Herbert Mwachiro, Kenya’s CHAN 2018 chief.last_img read more

Lacey City Council Seeking Youth Representatives to Council Advisory Boards

first_imgSubmitted by The City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.Eligible candidates should be 16 to 18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or its urban growth area. Applications will be accepted through June 1. The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term. The youth representative will be appointed by the Mayor.Interested volunteers can contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at [email protected]  Applications are also available in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, and on the City’s website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Fishmonger left devastated after theft of €5,000 boat engine

first_imgA fisherman and fishmonger has been left devastated after becoming the latest victim of a crime-gang carrying out engine thefts in south Donegal.Seamus McHugh is struggling to make ends meet selling fish around the various markets and stalls in his native county.But he is now counting the cost after heartless thieves stole the engine from his boat which was moored at Port Pier, Inver on Tuesday night last. The Yamaha engine is worth up to €5,000 and is not insured as insurance companies will not insure boatowners because they are vulnerable when the tide goes out.The theft is the latest in what has become a spate of such expensive engine thefts in south Donegal.One man had three engines stolen at Bruckless Pier.Seamus said there is no question that the thieves are well organised. “I had the bolts welded onto the engine as well as a lock and they still managed to get it off.“They knew exactly what they were at and they were even looking at other engines nearby with a view to stealing them at a later stage.“People have said to me that not everyone would buy a stolen engine that was being sold cheaply;y but who is to say that they are being sold on locally and not overseas?” he asked.Many have suggested installing CCTV along piers but because of privacy laws Donegal County Council has so far not installed cameras.Seamus said he is lucky that he can make ends meet as he has a business trading in fish which he can fall back on. “As much as it is so annoying and has set me back I can continue to make a living as a fishmonger.“But this kind of thing could have stopped someone from making a living. It’s just not on,” he said.Seamus also revealed that he could not get insurance for his engine.“Because the tides my engine is left exposed and the insurance company would not entertain me,” he added. Seamus operates his fish trailer at various parts of Donegal including Letterkenny and also at his shop at Mountcharles.Anybody who may know of there whereabouts of his engine can contact Seamus and speak to him personally.Fishmonger left devastated after theft of €5,000 boat engine was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preview: Bees hope to maintain home form

first_imgWill Scott Hogan find the net again for the Bees?Beaten by Huddersfield and Rotherham on their travels, Brentford aim to get it right third time against Yorkshire opposition when they host Sheffield Wednesday. The Bees have picked up 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six home matches.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 August 2016Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)BetVictor.com preview: Bees 9/5 for another home winVital statistic: Brentford have kept a clean sheet in their last three home league matches, while Sheffield Wednesday have not won away in their last seven.Injuries and suspensionsBRENTFORDRuled out: Alan Judge (broken leg), Yoann Barbet (ankle), Jack Bonham (back).SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAYRuled out: Marco Matias (abductor), Jose Semedo (muscular).Fitness test: Glenn Loovens (ankle). Possible starting line-upsBrentford: Bentley; Colin, Egan, Dean, Elder; Yennaris, Woods; Vibe, Sawyers, Macleod; Hogan.Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Hutchinson, Pudil; Wallace, Lee, Bannan, Abdi; Forestieri; Fletcher. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Brentford: L W W L W (9 points) • Home: W W W W D (13 points)Sheff Weds: L L D W L (4 points) • Away: L D D L D (3 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Brentford – 2: Egan; 1: Hogan, Yennaris.Sheff Weds – 1: Forestieri, Hooper.LAST FIVE MEETINGS13 Feb 2016: Sheff Wed 4 Brentford 026 Sep 2015: Brentford 1 Sheff Wed 214 Apr 2015: Sheff Wed 1 Brentford 021 Oct 2014: Brentford 0 Sheff Wed 028 Apr 2012: Brentford 1 Sheff Wed 2Brentford 0 wins, Sheffield Weds 4 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ohio FFA State Officer Team staying busy at National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio FFA President Mary Buehler is busy representing the Buckeye State at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo. Watch her talk with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood in the video below.last_img

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.” last_img read more