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President deals major blow to press freedom

first_imgNews Dear Mr. PresidentReporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to share with you its concern about parliament’s adoption yesterday of the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008, otherwise known as the ICT Bill.As you are aware, this particularly draconian bill has sparked an outcry among Kenyan journalists and in the international community. If it is signed into law, it would, in our view, represent a big step backwards for press freedom in a country known for its diverse, outspoken and professional news media. Kenya would lose its status as a model country as regards the protection of freedoms. It would set a negative example which the predators of press freedom in Africa would undoubtedly exploit.The ICT Bill violates all democratic standards by providing for heavy fines and prison sentences for press offences. It also envisages the creation of a government-appointed “communications commission” that would be in charge of granting broadcast licences. Article 86 of the bill gives the information minister the power to interrupt broadcasts, dismantle radio and TV stations and tap telephones, while the internal security minister, for his part, is empowered to seize broadcasting equipment without referring to any other authority.Such police powers should not, in a democracy, be placed in the hands of politicians. It would represent a complete denial of the principle of the separation of powers and would give a formidable weapon to the enemies of the rule of law.Furthermore, we are astonished that the bill would even give the information minister power to control programme content, as the commission he appoints would also be responsible for ensuring the “good taste” of broadcasts. It is not the job of any government minister to pass judgment on the quality of news and information, especially as the concept of “good taste” has no legal value.We therefore call on you not to sign this bill into law. Your refusal to ratify this bill would send a very strong signal. It would demonstrate your respect for the Kenyan press and for the independent regulatory bodies, which we moreover urge you to strengthen.We hope you will give this request your careful consideration.Respectfully, Paris, 11 December 2008 Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en April 6, 2020 Find out more Related documents Letter to President Mwai Kibaki PDF – 149.78 KB Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent January 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President deals major blow to press freedom Reports Follow the news on Kenya Organisation center_img Receive email alerts KenyaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that President Mwai Kibaki signed the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008 into law today.“This is a major step backwards in the history of press freedom in Kenya,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We have for weeks been joining Kenyan journalists in denouncing this bill’s reactionary and repressive nature. We do not understand President Kibaki’s decision, which will seriously undermine civil liberties in his country.”“I have assented to the bill,” President Kibaki said in a statement issued late today. “I wish to reiterate the commitment of my government to the ideals of press freedom and democracy and assure the media and the public in general that we shall not roll back on the gains we have made in this regard. I however wish to appeal to the media to recognise that freedom must go hand in hand with responsibility. While press freedom is a cardinal pillar of democracy, this is a right that carries with it special duties and responsibilities.”Also known as the “ICT Bill”, the new legislation provides for heavy fines and prison sentences for press offences. It also gives the government, above all the information and interior ministries, authority over the issuing of broadcast licences and the production and content of news programmes.Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, which is in a coalition government with President Kibaki’s alliance, had said it would file a legal challenge to the law if Kibaki ratified it. “That is the party’s position,” a spokesman said on condition of anonymity. “If the president ratifies this bill, the ODM will take it to the courts.”———-12.12.2008 – President Kibaki urged not to sign draconian media bill into lawReporters Without Borders has written to Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki urging him not to sign the Kenya Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008 into law. Otherwise known as the ICT Bill, it was adopted by parliament on 10 December.This is the text of the letter:HE Mwai Kibaki,President of the Republic,Nairobi, Kenya News KenyaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more June 13, 2019 Find out more News Jean-François JulliardSecretary-Generallast_img read more

Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24

first_img“Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law.  He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph.”Angels reliever Justin Anderson, who played with Cox in the minors and in spring training, posted his thoughts on Twitter.“We all now have our own Angel in heaven at home with Our Lord. @Aaroncox19 you were a hell of a friend, and a great guy to be around. You will be missed brotha!” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “He had a special gift that allowed him to connect with so many teammates, coaches and members of the staff,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “It’s tragic that he is no longer with us. He will live on in the minds of countless people in this organization.”Trout and his wife also released a joint statement about Cox.Related Articles Aaron Cox, the brother-in-law of Mike Trout and a former Angels pitching prospect, died on Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by the Angels. Cox was 24. The cause of death was not announced.“The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015,” read an Angels statement. “We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends.  Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization.”Trout had left the Angels recently to attend to what the team called a personal family matter. Trout is currently on the disabled list with right wrist inflammation. He is eligible to be activated on Thursday, but Manager Mike Scioscia said on Wednesday they don’t know when he will return.Cox is the younger brother of Trout’s wife, Jessica. Cox attended Millville High in New Jersey, just like Trout. The Angels drafted him in 2015. He was out in 2017 after being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training. He retired last week, having not pitched at a level above Class-A.last_img read more


first_img:09 Quick movie review. Do yourself a favor and go see “21 Jump Street.” Fun – nee! Now it’s stupid funny of course but it’s funny and wild. Not for the kids to be sure. I give it three basketballs. I would have only given it two basketballs but “Ice Cube” is in the movie and he’s friends with Doctor Dre and…well…you know I ain’t trying to get “Dr Dre” mad at me.:08 Speaking of movies…yes I was, a second ago…If you people would please stay focused! Hey fellas when’s the last time you watched the Magnificent Seven? Still the No. 1 cowboy movie of all time, but here’s a few questions I know you can’t answer:No. 1 Name the original Magnificent Seven: (Their real names, you knucklehead) No. 2 What year was the movie made? No. 3. Who played the bad guy? No. 4. For extra points, can you still hum the song? (You know you used to be able to.)Now for you real cowboys that think you can answer these questions correctly the first person that calls me…that’s right I said calls me! And hums the theme song…will get four free tickets to the next Champions Old School First Friday Par-Tay—Friday April 6 starring The Flow Band and D.J. Mean Gee and the city’s first swimsuit show of the summer (That ought to get you humming)—and if you hum the song right I’ll throw in two extra tickets. Hit me up at 412-628-4856. If I don’t pick up, start humming anyway.:07 Don’t look now Boys & Girls but Andrew Bynum is quickly becoming the 2nd best center in the NBA behind Dwight “Superman” Howard.:06 For those of you that want to follow Fred Crawford over the cliff with the Miami Heat, be my guest but I am telling you the Bulls don’t care about-um. The Bulls win the East after the Heat fight through the likes of the Celtics, Magic and Hawks and they will play my Lakers when all is said and done for the title. Take it to the bank!!:05 War!!! What is it good for??? Nothin!!! I am just saying. The world needs to find a better way!:04 The Pittsburgh Pirates start their season in a few weeks…yeaaaa!:03 No I am not done. Mom, Dad, take the steps you need to get your son and his friends moving in the right direction for success. No. 1. Pull the pants up and dress as well as you can when you can. No 2. Stop smoking, drinking or snorting on something. (Curtis Mayfield…Stone Junkie 1972).No. 3. For goodness sake if you don’t do anything else can you please teach your young men to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Women…all the time…yeah dad, that means you too.:02 The “Volley with the Starrs” Volleyball Tournament was a smash hit. Eight teams and a hundred plus people showed up at the Penn Hills YMCA to see the United Rays Corvette Club beat Champion Enterprises in the final…What? Wait hold on a minute…Say again! Yeah I know, but they get the win anyway. Ok, ok, ok but just listen. I know they didn’t have six women like they should have and I know they didn’t have a teenager like they were supposed to but the rules don’t apply when you have real pretty cars…Say what??? Oh will you please shut up and give them the damn trophies. (But yes there will be blood next year…I promise!!!):01 At The Buzzer: This may be the biggest and best First Friday Old School Par-Tay ever…ever…ever, ever, ever!!! Here’s the deal. Get Ready For Summer Swimsuit Fashion Show (That’s Right I said it!) The Flow Band (Yeah Mon!)—The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club and their cars)—D.J. MEAN Gee out of Washington P.A.—J.T.’s Award Winning Soul Food *Cash Kitchen and *Free Parking *50/50 Raffle *The Fabulous Diamond Models—Vendors with “Good Stuff” and Prizes and Surprises—All this for only a $10 Donation—And yes there will be Eating, Drinking and Dancing including The Corvette Club Soul Train Dance Line—And You Can Bet Your Last Money It’s Gonna Be A Stone Blast Honey!!DOUBLE OVERTIME:00 Eddie Jefferies, the original “Rankin Gangster” is back! T.J. McConnell gone, Ron Everhart gone, “Big Play” Willie Gay gone …next thing you’re gonna tell me is Hines Ward ain’t coming back…what? C’mon Man! Finally a tip of the Stetson to boxing legend Bert Sugar…No sound was ever sweeter.~ Game Over ~ BILL NEAL :10 For the most part half of you think I don’t know what I am talking about most of the time and the other half of you…those who really know me, know that I don’t know what I am talking about. But I know this. “Tiger” is back and I told you he would be! Now you haters…please shut up! Yo Tiger, can a brother get your old phone book? I am just saying. last_img read more

Sandy Hook Foundation and Littoral Society Celebrate End of Summer

first_imgSANDY HOOK – The American Littoral Society and the Sandy Hook Foundation are co-hosting their annual End of Summer Party, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 at the North Beach Pavilion.The setting on North Beach enables guests to enjoy the sunset and night time view of the New York City skyline while dining on unique and award winning delicacies made possible by historic and legendary restaurants in the area.The event also includes an auction with unusual and highly-sought after items on the block, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers of coastal scenes.Dancing will be to the music of the Bobby Lynch Band.The auction will feature unique experiences and prizes, including a Delaware Bay bird-banding excursion, which includes a two-night stay in spring, 2016 at a Cape May beach house for up to five guests. The high bidder and guests will join world-class ornithologists for a unique experience of banding endangered Red Knots as they make a critical feeding layover in Delaware Bay during their annual trek from South America to the arctic.Although the evening is a major fundraiser for both the foundation and the society, because of the significance of the Sept. 11 date, there will also be special recognition during the evening to commemorate the 2001 disaster.Housed in the historic Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters, the Sandy Hook Foundation is the official friends group of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook and supports the park in all circumstances, notably the preservation of the iconic Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Keepers’ Quarters.The American Littoral Society headquarters is Building 18 on Fort Hancock’s Officer’s Row, a resident there since 1961 when the society began its work of restoring miles of New Jersey coastal wetlands shores. Since that time, the Society has been in the forefront of empowering people to care for their coast through advocacy, education, and conservation with the result of restoration of healthy, resilient habitats.Proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations. Tickets begin at $140. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.littoralsoci- ety.org or www.sandyhookfoundation nj.org or call Laurie Bratone at 732-291- 0055 x. 110.last_img read more

Amazing Animals on Parade

first_imgYou have to admire animals.  They have tricks humans still need to learn, and possess technologies that engineers are striving to imitate.Spiders:  Don’t let the black widow scare you; it’s only a picture on Science Daily.  Scientists are amazed at how these animals produce one of the best dragline silks in spiderdom.  It is the strongest and toughest spider silk found so far.  It can absorb enormous amounts of energy.  They are just now teasing out the genes that produce the proteins that produce this ideal material.  If we can learn to copy the secret formula, you may find it on your skin some day.  It could lead to “lightweight super-strong body armor, components of medical devices and high-tech athletic attire.”  That sounds both creepy and cool.Geckos:  Speaking of spiders, spiderman outfits may soon become a reality.  A team has succeeded in manufacturing “gecko tape” better than the gecko foot itself (for the physics of gecko foot adhesion, see 12/06/2006 and 08/27/2002).  Reporting in PNAS,1 a team at University of Ohio claims their nanotube-based gecko tape is four times stronger than natural gecko feet (cf. 11/06/2006).  It can adhere to almost any surface and just peel off for immediate reuse.  The researchers envision applications in microelectronics, robotics and space applications – to which the imaginative reader can envision products for the shelves of Toys R Us.  They didn’t mention if their tape is self-cleaning like a real gecko foot (01/04/2005).  Now, if they can get the dispenser to eat flies and reproduce itself, they’ll really be onto something.Starfish, Insects, :  We mammals pride ourselves on our advanced systems, but the so-called lower forms of life are not so low.  A press release from the European Science Foundation remarked that the immune systems of invertebrates are “anything but simple.”  The article gushes about how many surprising advanced technologies they have to resist disease.  Their immune systems are even fine-tuned enough to prevent autoimmune reactions.Honeybees:  Scientists used to think that the queen bee controlled the hive, like an autocrat, but new findings at University of North Carolina challenge that view and make the situation more complicated.  Somehow, the experienced worker bees arrive at a consensus and signal one another when it is time to move the hive, says a report on Science Daily.  The queen, in fact, is a passive recipient of signals.  The workers tell her when to lay eggs, when to stop, and when to fly.    Bees are the most-studied insects of all, but these findings are contrary to the received wisdom about beehive social behavior.  How does the hive organize itself and make these important decisions without central leadership?  Scientists are not sure, but know it involves additional signals apart from the familiar waggle dance they use to point to food sources.  These signals include piping (vibrating their wings rapidly in contact) and vibration signals (a kind of grab-and-shake move).  However it works, it produces group cooperation with “remarkable efficiency.”  Maybe we should try these moves in the next business meeting.  If someone isn’t cooperating, grab and shake.Electric fish:  Loving couples who feel one another’s electricity should get a charge out of this.  Some electric fish in African waters court one another with “electric duets,” reported a press release from Cornell University.  The males “sing” to their mates with specialized electric pulses.  It must be lovely in a fishy way; even, shall we say, stunning? 1Ge, Sethi, Ci, Ajayan, Dhinojwala, “Carbon nanotube-based synthetic gecko tapes,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0703505104, published online before print June 19, 2007.Mention of evolution is usually rare in such stories.  When brought up, it’s usually in the form of bald assertions of dogmatism (b.a.d.), like, “scientists showed that invertebrates have evolved elaborate ways to fight disease.”  Such statements neither motivated the research nor explained it after the observations.  Just brush off such fluff and get to the amazing facts.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Manmohan Singh named member of Parliamentary panel on Finance

first_imgFormer PM Manmohan SinghFormer prime minister Manmohan Singh, who is hailed as the architect of economic reforms in the country, is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, it was announced on Tuesday.Incidentally, M. Veerappa Moily, who was a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, is heading the committee on Finance, which also has Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia as its members.Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP’s) Jayant Sinha, the Harvard-educated investor and son of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, is also a member of the Committee so are S.S. Ahluwalia and Kirit Somaiya of the ruling party.In 1991, Manmohan Singh, as finance minister in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government, had ushered in economic reforms that changed the face of the country.Rahul Gandhi is a member of the Committee on External Affairs, while Congress president Sonia Gandhi does not figure in any of the panels announced. In the last Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi had been a member of the Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Sports.Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is a member of the Committee on Home Affairs headed by party colleague P. Bhattacharya.There has been a host of senior leaders in the Committee on Defence including BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi, former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda and deputy leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh.The committee also includes Olympic silver medalist in shooting and Rajyavardhan Rathore of BJP and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) chief Rajeev Satav. Former General B.C. Khanduri, who missed the ministerial bus due to age factor will now head the Committee on Defence.advertisementNationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar is a member of the Committee on HRD while his party colleague Praful Patel is on the Committee for Industry headed by Janata Dal (United) JD(U) leader K.C. Tyagi.Former defence minister and Congress leader A.K. Antony is now a member of the Committee on Railways along with party veteran Motilal Vora.BJP veteran L.K. Advani is a member of the Committee on Information and Technology headed by young Anurag Thakur (BJP). He is also a member of the Committee on Public Undertakings headed by senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar.Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan is a member of the Committee on Urban Development while former petroleum minister Mani Shankar Aiyer is a member of the Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas. Ahmed Patel, political secretary to the Congress president, is also a member of the committee.Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose, who teaches History at Harvard, is a member of the Committee on External Affairs which is headed by former Union minister Shashi Tharoor of Congress. Supriya Sule of the NCP and Kanimozhi of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are members of the committee.BJP’s Satyapal Singh, who quit as Mumbai Police Commissioner to join politics and defeated Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) supremo Ajit Singh in his home turf of Baghpat in Western Uttar Pradesh, is a member of the Committee on Agriculture.Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of the BJP and Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, are also members of the committee headed by former Union minister Hukmdev Narayan Yadav.Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav is a member of the Committee on Labour while Amar Singh, who was his close associate sometime ago, is on the Committee on Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs.Sachin Tendulkar is a member of the Committee on Information Technology so is Advani. Varun Gandhi, who failed to find a place in Team BJP when Amit Shah took over is also in the Committee along with party members Hema Malini and Paresh Rawal. Young BJP member Anurag Thakur heads the committee.Rekha, a nominated member, is a member of the Committee on Food, Public distribution and consumer affairs.Non-NDA parties which have got chairmanship include Trinamool Congress member K.D. Singh (Transport) former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi–also Trinamool–(Railways), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member Pinaki Mishra (Urban Development), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK’s) P. Venugopal (Rural Development), Satish Chandra Misra of Bahujan Samaj Party (Health) and K.C. Tyagi of JD-U (Commerce and Industry).last_img read more

Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth in women’s vault final despite broken ankle

first_imgIf the Asian Games had a medal for grit and determination, Dipa Karmakar would’ve been up on the podium receiving it on Wednesday. Instead, she was left to hide her tears behind a hundred-watt smile after finishing fourth in the women’s vault final.The daughter of a weightlifting coach in Tripura stood at her starting mark, waiting to do the same ‘handspring to double salto’ manoeuvre that had fetched her a surprise Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medal earlier this year.The difference was that this time, she stood there with a hairline fracture in her right ankle.As the crowd of 2,000 appreciative and knowledgeable gymnastics fans waited with bated breath, Dipa didn’t think of the 10 painkillers she had had to pump into her five-foot tall, 49kg body in order to get to that starting point. All she could think of was the vault in front of her and the difficult landing ahead that would put her either among the medallists or the also-rans.Dipa sprinted and completed the two-and-a-half-somersault manoeuvre. But as she landed, her hand touched the mat. It had gone wrong at the end, and once the giant scoreboard confirmed her score and a fourthplace finish, Dipa couldn’t hold back her tears.For the support staff who had shared in Dipa’s agony, it was heartbreaking to see the earnest 21-year-old girl’s dream shattered. Ditto for the handful of Indian fans who had come to cheer for her with the hope that she could keep up with Olympic gold and silver medallists and a world championship silver medallist.advertisementTo be sure, few athletes would have attempted to compete with a crack in the ankle. But Dipa wanted the special Asiad glory for herself and the country, and wanted to do it with the ‘Pedinova’, the move named after a famous gymnast, that had landed her in the national consciousness with her exploits in Glasgow.Dipa walked through the tunnel back to the basement in silence, gently adjusting the white-coloured band which kept her long hair tied back neatly. While the medal ceremony took place, the young Indian was waiting for the mandatory dope test.”I am disappointed,” Dipa told Mail Today as she fought back tears. “Had my hand not touched the floor, I could have even won silver. I did the high vault which not many people in the world attempt,” she added proudly.Asked about having 10 painkillers a day, Dipa was frank: “I wanted to compete with a broken foot and am not disappointed with my performance. I came to Incheon wanting to win a medal.”She will now take a break to get her ankle treated. The next year is a big one where Dipa will compete at the world championships in Glasgow.”A bronze there can get me an Olympic quota place,” she said. Gold eventually went to Unjong Hong of China while Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan took silver. Vietnam’s Ha Than Phan wore the bronze medal around her [email protected]last_img read more

5-Star DE Recruit CeCe Jefferson Makes Landshark Gesture As He, Hugh Freeze Bob Heads To Lil Jon

first_imgThe Ole Miss Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Back in late December, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson told reporters that Ole Miss was the leader to land his services this upcoming National Signing Day. Judging by the Instagram video he posted Saturday night, it doesn’t look like much has changed.Jefferson posted a video of himself, four-star linebacker recruit Jeffery Holland and Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze bobbing their heads to a Lil Jon song. He then made the team’s “Landshark” gesture. Freeze followed suit.Turn up coach freeze! With @holland_jeffA video posted by Hi Im Carl (@thatboycece7) on Jan 24, 2015 at 5:59pm PST Jefferson would be a huge get for Ole Miss, which currently has the 17th-ranked class in the country, according to 247 Sports.last_img read more