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Cameroon’s bogus account of journalist’s death is “obscene,” RSF says

first_img Help by sharing this information Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. News CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence According to this official version, Wazizi died in a military hospital in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, on 17 August 2019, four days after being transferred there from Buea, and his death was the “result of a severe sepsis” not of “any act of torture.” The statement also claimed that his family was “in close contact” with him while he was in the hospital and was “informed” of this death. RSF_en A presenter on Buea-based Chillen Media Television (CMTV), Wazizi was arrested in Buea on 2 August 2019 and was held at the police station in Muea, a suburb of Buea, until 7 August, when soldiers came and took him to the headquarters of the 21st Motorized Infantry Battalion in Buea.            Follow the news on Cameroon This was categorically denied by one of Wazizi’s brothers, when reached by RSF. He said neither Wazizi’s lawyers nor any member of the family had any contact with him after soldiers removed him from Muea police station in Buea on 7 August 2019 and no member of the family was ever informed about his death. He also insisted that Wazizi was “in perfect health” at the moment of his arrest by the police on 2 August 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the bogus account of regional TV presenter Samuel Wazizi’s death that the Cameroonian authorities have provided after finally admitting he died while in military custody ten months ago, and calls for an impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances leading to his death. “The explanations provided by the Cameroonian authorities are obscene and unacceptable,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Samuel Wazizi’s family was never notified of his death. His brother’s emotion was unmistakable when RSF reached him by phone and he realized the information was now official. The circumstances of this journalist’s death deserve an impartial and independent inquiry that includes an autopsy. He was well at the time of his arrest. Given the many grey areas and the scant credibility of the belated explanations so far provided, only an additional and transparent investigation will establish the facts.” RSF has established that Wazizi’s lawyer, was one of the last persons to see him alive. Wazizi told him his arrest was linked to comments he had made on the air criticizing the government’s handling of the unrest in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. None of his lawyers and no member of his family was able to contact Wazizi after that meeting between him and Nkea in Muea police station. News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system June 6, 2020 Cameroon’s bogus account of journalist’s death is “obscene,” RSF says News RSF has seen several photos of Wazizi that were reportedly taken in Yaoundé on 13 August 2019. They show injuries to a foot, hand and shoulder suggesting that he had been tortured while in custody during the preceding days. Ever since his arrest, Wazizi’s lawyers had constantly been requesting access to him and asking what charges were being brought against him. They were never told that he had died. CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Receive email alerts News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more The statement signed by the defence ministry’s press spokesman that was read out on the state radio and TV broadcaster CRTV yesterday fell far short of providing a credible explanation of how Wazizi came to die two weeks after his arrest in Buea, the capital of the English-speaking South-West Region, in August 2019. to go further April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

How to start saving without making big mistakes

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Americans are not prepared for the unexpected.Just 37% say they would have enough money in savings to pay for a $1,000 hospital visit or a $500 car repair, a December 2015 Bankrate survey found.Health issues or car expenses might be hard to predict, but “you can set aside money so you can pay for them and avoid going into debt if they do arise,” says Leslie Tayne, a New York-based debt resolution attorney.Indeed, not having enough money set aside for unplanned emergencies is a big error. It’s 1 of 6 savings mistakes you should avoid. continue reading »last_img read more

Report NPS Doubtful About DSMEs Restructuring Plan

first_imgzoom South Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS), one of the main debt holders of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), has not decided whether to accept the debt restructuring plan aimed at saving the country’s financially-troubled shipbuilder, Yonhap News Agency reports. The pension fund, which holds around one third of bonds sold by DSME, has still not decided on the restructuring measures amid “doubts over the financial situation”, Yonhap said referring to a statement issued by the NPS.The decision is expected to be made by the end of next week.If the fund does not accept the proposed measures, the proposed rescue package for the shipbuilder may be compromised.In late March 2017, creditors of DSME unveiled a restructuring plan for the company, which includes KRW 2.9 trillion (USD 2.6 billion) of fresh funds.Korea Development Bank (KDB) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) proposed a restructuring plan which sets out three key principles – debt restructuring should come first, financial assistance should follow later, and all stakeholders should bear a burden of losses.The funds will be injected only if all stakeholders agree on debt restructuring and DSME undertakes intensive self-rescue measures.Furthermore, labor union of DSME is ready to accept proposed 10 percent wage cuts for workers until the company improves its financial performance. In addition, workers agreed to halt labor negotiations as part of the self-rescue plan.Separately, banks have agreed to provide a safety net for future orders won by DSME. Banks would provide a refund in case the shipbuilder cannot deliver the ordered vessel, Yonhap cited industry sources as saying.In 2016, DSME reduced its full-year loss to KRW 2.7 trillion from KRW 3.3 trillion seen in 2015. The company managed to trim its loss having committed to a stringent self-rescue plan that entailed disposal of its non-core assets, such as its IT business, as well as its buildings and floating docks with a total worth of around KRW 500 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

THE TOP 10 TORONTO THEATRE ARTISTS OF 2017

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ExpandTanja-Tiziana Not only did Crow’s Theatre’s artistic director oversee the opening of the company’s handsome new east-end space, which has already altered the geography of our theatre scene, but he helmed a huge range of shows, from the farcical The Wedding Party (RSVP for its return next month!) and the poignant The Boy In The Moon to a pair of pieces that wooed the indie music crowd (True Crime and A&R Angels). He also found a way to theatricalize Claude Vivier’s haunting Musik Für Das Ende for Soundstreams. Meanwhile at Stratford he directed an elegant yet gut-bustingly funny production of Tartuffe that had up-to-the-minute Trump jokes. For the past couple of decades, my late colleague Jon Kaplan would lovingly compile this list, and he’d run the names by me so we could discuss them. Of course, Jon loyally monitored all of these artists’ careers – sometimes (as is the case with the number-one artist) from their first show. I’m following his rule that to be considered for inclusion, an artist has to have presented at least two shows in the year. “We want to turn on the east end at night,” says Crow’s Chris Abraham at the company’s new Streetcar Crowsnest. Expand Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook 2. TOM ROONEY, ACTORThere’s no question that Rooney is one of the country’s best actors. What’s incredible is how effortless he makes his craft look, whether he’s tossing back Tartuffe’s ridiculous mane, bitching out juicy bons mots while wearing a ridiculous wig in The School For Scandal or – most memorably – playing contrasting twins in The Wedding Party. In The Wedding Party, Tom Rooney, here with Moya O’Connell, delivered a master class in effortless acting. (Photo by Guntar Kravis) Expand 1. CHRIS ABRAHAM, DIRECTOR/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Login/Register With: 3. CHRISTINE HORNE, ACTORHorne got lots of press last year when she wrote in Intermission magazine about not being able to pay her rent at the same time that she was on the cover of NOW Magazine’s Fall Stage Guide and starring in lots of plays. Let’s hope the ecology has changed enough so she can keep giving us performances as varied as her ones this year.READ MORElast_img read more