On 6 September 2002, the weeklies Misamu and Gabaon were suspended for three months by order of the National Communication Council (Conseil national de la Communication, CNC). The regulatory body has accused the two newspapers of publishing news “that undermines confidence in the state and the dignity of those responsible for the republic’s institutions”.”Once more, the CNC and the Gabonese authorities are attacking the private press. In Gabon, as soon as a newspaper denounces the misappropriation of funds or criticises the state’s highest-level officials, it risks being censured or suspended,” stated Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard in a letter to Prime Minister Jean-François Ntoutoume Emane. The organisation asked the prime minister to intervene to ensure that the CNC measure is cancelled and do everything possible to expand press freedom in Gabon.The weekly Misamu was suspended for reporting on the “disappearance of 3 billion CFA francs (approx. 4.5 million euros) from the public treasury.” The newspaper also announced the possibility of “non-payment of civil servants’ wages during the month of September 2002.” Meanwhile, the newspaper Gabaon was punished for “violently” criticising Senate President Georges Rawiri in its 9 August edition, according to a CNC communiqué. Finally, two other publications, Le Nganga and La Lowé, were “given notice” for articles undermining the prime minister’s dignity, according to the authority responsible for regulating the media.Reporters Without Borders notes that in 2001, the newspaper La Griffe and its international version Le Gri Gri International were also suspended by the CNC. The regulating authority also prohibited the publication director and editor-in-chief from practising their profession as journalists. September 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two private newspapers suspended for three months News Reports RSF_en Follow the news on Gabon Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News January 24, 2020 Find out more to go further News GabonAfrica Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison GabonAfrica December 31, 2019 Find out more
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Former IBF, WBC, WBA champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (42-8-1, 31 KOs) had no trouble against an over-matched Cris “The King” Paulino (14-2, 4 KOs) and forced the Filipino to retire at the end of the 2nd round.It was a scheduled ten round bout and so Vic captured the WBC Asian Boxing Council super bantamweight title at the Alexandria Basketball Stadium, Sydney, Australia. Ray Wheatley of the World of Boxing reported that Paulino “connected with accurate combinations in round one against the aggressive Darchinyan, who had problems finding the range against the the mobile sharpshooting Filipino.” However, the 39-year-old former world champion – who lost to Joseph Agbeko in 2009 – stepped up aggressively in round two and dropped Paulino with a powerful body shot. Paulino took the mandatory eight count but finished on unsteady legs forcing his cornermen to throw in the towel to save him from further punishment. Another Filipino Jorbert Delos Reyes (15-6-1, 10 KO’s) was stopped by undefeated former Australian lightweight champion George Kambosos (9-0, 5 KOs) in the fourth round of a scheduled twelve round Pan Asian Boxing Association title bout. Wheatley reported that “the action see-sawed in rounds one, two and three as both Kambosos and Delos Reyes took command of the contest in an entertaining 135 pound bout that had the fans on the edge of their seats. But at 2:34 of round four, referee Pat O’Connor crowned Kambosos the winner after he dropped Delos Reyes with a perfectly timed right hand bomb to the head.” Delos Reyes taken to hospital but was later released and will return to the Philippines later this week to marry his fiancé.” –
With the dire needs of Ebola centers to get more support from local and international partners to carry out smoothly their operations, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has donated several items, including used clothes, lappas, bed sheets, chlorine and disinfectants, to ELWA Ebola Center II.The donation was made last Friday.Speaking during the donation ceremony in Monrovia, the country director for Liberia OSIWA, Madam Massa Crayton, her organization’s donation came about as an effort to help eradicate the Ebola disease in the country.She said she understood that Ebola is being kicked out of the country, noting that the cases are reducing. At the same time, however, everyone should join in the fight against the killer disease.“We decided to donate these items to help fight the disease because OSIWA is an organization that takes initiatives.”She called on all Liberians global partners to help fight the disease and save the country from the disaster.The manager of ELWA Ebola Center II, Mr. Nathaniel Dovillie, expressed appreciation to OSIWA for the support which the organization continues to give in the fight against Ebola. He recalled that OSIWA recently donated a Toyota Pickup to the health Ministry in the fight against the virus.The ELWA ETU II center had been working tirelessly in making sure that patients who get to the Ebola center receive better treatment and make sure that more lives are saved.“We are now reporting empty beds and there are not enough patients in the Ebola center.Mr.Dovellie gave the OSIWA delegation the good news that 15 persons were being discharged last Friday or Saturday.He said the center had discharge nine Ebola survivors last week and there were 48 cases of Ebola in the center as of Friday. The center is doing all it can to release more survivors shortly.OSIWA follows the development of open societies by supporting and building partnerships with local and regional groups that promote inclusive democratic governance, transparency and accountability, and active citizenship.The organization helped create and spin off the West Africa Civil Society Institute, a pioneering institution dedicated to building and strengthening civil society organizations. The initiative also supports public education and awareness-raising activities on human rights issues, natural resources management, and freedom of information. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is active in 10 countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone) and focuses on law, justice and human rights, and economic and political governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
APTN National NewsFour First Nations in Ontario are involved in a human rights complaint against the federal government. They say that the current method of funding aboriginal education discriminates unfairly against larger First Nations, and are seeking a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Ottawa attempted to have the case thrown out, saying that it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of the CHRC, but a federal court decided that the CHRC can indeed handle the complaint.Michael Hutchinson sits down with Patrick Macklem, a law professor at the University of Toronto and spokesperson for the four First Nations, to talk about the complaint and its implications.UPDATED: The original version of this story incorrectly named the Ontario Human Rights Commission as the human rights body handling the complaint. The complaint is being handled by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.