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CPJ’s #WhereIsAzory Campaign Highlights Missing Tanzanian Journalist

first_imgTanzanian freelance journalist, Azory Gwanda, was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday, April 8 launched the #WhereIsAzory campaign to bring attention to the case of a Tanzanian freelance journalist Azory Gwanda, as Friday, April 5, 2019, marks 500 days since he was last seen.The campaign intends to raise awareness about Gwanda, and will call on Tanzanian authorities to carry out a credible investigation and publicly account for his fate. Supporters can participate by sharing the hashtags #WhereIsAzory and #MrudisheniAzory on social media.“Azory Gwanda is a freelance journalist reporting about his community, and he must not become just another statistic,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.“Through this campaign, we want to ensure that Gwanda’s case becomes a priority for the Tanzanian authorities, and that we get much-needed answers about what really happened to him. Until that time, Tanzanian journalists will not feel safe,” Quintal said in a statement posted on CPJ’s website.Gwanda was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017, according to CPJ research. He told his wife, Anna Pinoni, that he was taking an emergency trip, and would return the next day, but since then, his whereabout has remained unknown.In an interview with Mwananchi newspaper, Pinoni said she thought her husband’s disappearance might be linked to his work reporting on a series of mysterious killings in Tanzania’s Coast region, a view shared by others with whom CPJ has spoken.In Tanzania, journalists and media outlets are wary of retaliation if they are too vocal about Gwanda’s case. When two CPJ representatives were detained overnight and interrogated in Tanzania last year, they were specifically asked about their interest in Gwanda. His disappearance comes amid declining press freedom in the country, including government-ordered media shutdowns, fines, restrictive regulations, and arbitrary arrests of journalists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pochettino hits back at Wenger

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino tells Wenger to focus on Arsenal after trophy jibe Jamie Smith 23:54 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Pochettino & Wenger Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Premier League Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur Newport County FA Cup Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Arsène Wenger The Tottenham boss has hit back at his Arsenal counterpart after the Frenchman appeared to aim a barb at Spurs Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsene Wenger made a “mistake” by talking about Tottenham’s lack of trophies.Before Arsenal beat Chelsea to book a place in the EFL Cup final on Wednesday, Wenger appeared to aim a dig at both Liverpool and Tottenham.The Frenchman suggested the media “celebrate teams who haven’t been in a final for 25 years – and kill us”, even though Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the last four years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger’s comments were widely assumed to be a barb aimed at Pochettino and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, both of whom are yet to win a trophy in English football.And ahead of Spurs’ trip to Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Pochettino hit back at Wenger.”I’m so young and only five years in the Premier League, in two clubs, Southampton and Tottenham, but there’s no point to talk about another team,” Pochettino told reporters.”Praise? Of course we receive praise. Football is not only to win trophies, it’s the circumstances of different clubs.”He is and will always be one of the best managers in the world, I respect him, but I think he needs to talk for himself and for Arsenal.”He is a special manager, but everyone sometimes makes a mistake and for me he made a mistake to talk about us or a different team.”TEAM NEWS: @ChrisEriksen8 & Hugo Lloris (illness) continue to improve and are recovering with gym work. pic.twitter.com/GhP8qdnxsf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 25, 2018Newport knocked out Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United in the third round and Pochettino believes the pitch at Rodney Parade will be a typical FA Cup leveller.”Today they are playing a rugby match. It is not an easy pitch but we will not complain about the pitch,” Pochettino said. “It will be tough, it’s not about going there and thinking just because we are Tottenham we are going to win. That is important.”We need to show massive respect to the opponent. In my mind, it’s not a League Two team. It’s our opponent, I don’t care about their level. We need to give our best or we’re going to have a massive problem.”I saw their last game in the FA Cup against Leeds United. They’re a very physical team, with some quality players, and in the end the motivation will be massive for them. Of course, it will be a very tough and dangerous game.”We are aware but another thing is to be concentrated and focused and ready to fight. It will be a big battle. [We must] put ourselves in the same level as them, same motivation.”No complaints, no excuses, try to believe we’re going to play against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus in the Champions League. If we’re not ready to compete from the beginning, we’re going to struggle.”Pochettino plans to use teenage midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the Cup tie, but is considering resting star striker Harry Kane.last_img read more