first_img News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts If the Prohibition of Hate Speech Bill is passed in its current form, a journalist could be jailed for an article that is deemed to be “threatening, abusive or insulting” and could be sentenced to death by hanging if it “causes any loss of life.” The bill has already passed its first reading in the senate, but could be amended on second reading.The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill also contains many provisions that could create serious problems for journalists. For example, they could be imprisoned for publishing content “likely to be prejudicial to the security of Nigeria, public safety, tranquillity, public finances and friendly relations of Nigeria with other countries.”“In their current form, these bills contain vague and imprecise provisions with extremely harsh penalties that violate international law and are likely to be used to gag the media,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These bills provide new possibilities of prosecuting journalists who use their right to criticize in a country where the legislative arsenal is already very oppressive and is already often used to suppress free speech.”Nigerian civil society is very critical of the bills and dozens of people demonstrated outside the national assembly in the capital, Abuja, on 27 November, calling on the senate to abandon them.Nigeria’s criminal code, terrorism law and 2015 cyber-crime law already provide for imprisoning media personnel and are often used to arbitrarily arrest journalists who criticize corruption and misgovernment.Recent victims include Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the online newspaper CrossRiverWatch, who has been held since August on treason charges for criticizing the governor of Cross River State.Bills designed to criminalize hate speech and disinformation have been proposed in several African countries in recent months, including Cameroon and Ethiopia.Nigeria is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News News Follow the news on Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about two bills intended to combat hate speech and online disinformation that Nigeria’s senate is currently discussing. As they stand, they provide for disproportionate penalties and could become dangerous weapons against the freedom to inform. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms NigeriaAfrica Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation News RSF_en February 8, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2019 Two bills before Nigerian senate threaten press freedom Senate President Ahmed Lawan (L) is being sworn in as Senate President during the inauguration of the Nigerian 9th National Assembly in Abuja. 06/2019 Kola SULAIMON / AFP last_img read more

first_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation News News Reporters Without Borders condemned an armed attack today on Al Aamal,a Gaza City-based radio station.”President Abbas and Prime Minister Haniyeh cannot continue to turn a blind eye to these campaigns of vandalism and intimidation.” to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemned an armed attack today on Al Aamal, a Gaza City-based radio station operated by the Workers Union, which is linked to President Mahmoud Abbas’s party, Fatah.“The recent clashes in the Gaza Strip between Fatah and Hamas members were already making the work of journalists very dangerous,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists are now also the victims of targeted vandalism aided at silencing media considered too supportive of one or other faction. President Abbas and Prime Minister Haniyeh cannot continue to turn a blind eye to these campaigns of vandalism and intimidation.”Since Hamas came to power in January 2006, dozens of Palestinian journalists were physically attacked. Reporters from public media were attacked while covering Hamas events. Foreign journalists were also targeted. Six were kidnapped in 2006.Today’s attack on Al Aamal’s studios in the northern Gaza City district of Abderrahamane was carried out by members of the Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) and an official security force controlled by the Hamas government. Reporters Without Borders was told that RPG-type rockets were fired at the building, forcing the station off the air. Then gunmen stormed inside, destroying equipment and putting the antennae out of service. Fortunately, no journalist was injured in the attack.Al Aamal was previously attacked on 12 October, when gunmen threw grenades at the entrance and ransacked the offices before taking off. June 3, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News February 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second attack on Fatah-affiliated radio station in four months Follow the news on Palestine May 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Executive director Les Reed reiterated the club’s position after they allowed striker Rickie Lambert – who coincidentally will face his former club at Anfield on the opening day of next season – to join Liverpool in a £4million deal earlier this month. “Lallana’s been here long enough, we’ve brought him to this level and we feel that perhaps he should give it a little bit longer,” he told BBC South Today. “Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee. “If we do take money it will be because it’s the right amount and it enables us to improve the team and move forward.” Southampton are holding out for more money for Lallana as they owe former club Bournemouth a 25 per cent sell on fee. Reports in Germany claim Liverpool have opened talks with Bayern Munich over a deal for Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who is being considered as an alternative should they not be able to seal the Lallana deal. Rodgers is also looking to offload a few players this summer but a deal to take winger Oussama Assaidi to Stoke on a permanent basis has reached an impasse on two fronts. The Moroccan enjoyed a promising loan spell at the Britannia Stadium last season and Mark Hughes is keen to secure the 25-year-old permanently. Brendan Rodgers’ interest in the England international, currently at the World Cup in Brazil, is long-standing and the Reds have tabled a couple of bids – the last a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £25million. There was some hope there may be movement once Southampton appointed a successor to Mauricio Pochettino but the arrival of Ronald Koeman this week does not appear to have altered Saints’ stance. However, Liverpool’s valuation – they reportedly want £2million more than the £3million Stoke believe he is worth – and the fact the player is currently sidelined with a knee injury is holding up negotiations. “We can’t do anything until we know where he is regarding his recovery,” Potters chairman Peter Coates told The Sentinel. “We do have a serious interest but we have other irons in the fire to make sure we have got the right balance in that area.” Liverpool have been warned they face a fight to sign Adam Lallana from Southampton this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgWhen junior Alando Tucker took to the microphone in the media room of the Kohl Center after Wednesday night’s 72-54 victory over Indiana, he looked like a man who had just gotten off a very turbulent plane flight — relieved beyond words that the ride was over. He expressed as much, prefacing his post-game comments by taking a sigh of relief that Wisconsin’s three-game losing skid was dead.”I just need to sigh before answering any questions,” Tucker said, adding that answering questions about the team’s streak of losing five of the past six had weighed on him. “It feels good now, jeez. It’s like lifting some weights up off your back.”Tucker led the way for Wisconsin with 29 points, a season-high for him in regulation play (Tucker had 38 against Eastern Kentucky, a game that went to double overtime), and was special enough to cause Indiana coach Mike Davis to refer to him as “one of the two best players in the league, with [Illinois’] Dee Brown.” However, it was the play of several members of the UW supporting cast that truly stood out in the game as senior Ray Nixon and freshman walk-on Kevin Gullikson both made huge contributions to the Wisconsin cause. “I was seeing that they were opening lanes, by guys knocking down shots,” Tucker said, making note that the baskets by Nixon and Gullikson forced the Hoosiers to not simply crash on Tucker every time he received the ball. Nixon notched 13 points, three rebounds and three assists, making five of his eight shots. After trying to assert himself more offensively the past few games, Nixon was finally able to break through. “Yeah, he was active,” Ryan said. “I thought he did a good job of [moving the ball] besides knocking down some shots tonight — that always looks good too, especially from him, because he can shoot it.”Nixon’s increased aggression was evident several times, such as when he authoritatively rejected a shot by Robert Vaden early on. Or in the second half when Nixon bombed into the lane for a dunk and then collected an offensive rebound on a free-throw miss the subsequent possession. Gullikson corralled seven boards and collected seven points to set two new career-highs.”We got a great lift from Kevin Gullikson,” Tucker said of his fellow forward. “He’s giving us some newfound energy that we didn’t have coming into this game.””Kevin Gullkson, he just did everything,” Ryan said of the performance. “I really like the way he is developing.”Sophomore guards Tanner Bronson and Michael Flowers also both had their moments during the game. Flowers played with reckless abandon after garnering his first career start, picking up seven rebounds (tied with Gullikson for the team-high) while Bronson was able to connect on his first career 3-pointer, a shot which brought the crowd to a fever pitch. After the game, Ryan said he was debating who to give the game ball to in the locker room.”It was a toss up between [Gullikson] and [Bronson],” Ryan said of the game ball.It isn’t every day that a 29-point effort doesn’t result in the awarding of a game ball.Lineup changeFor the first time this season the Badgers altered their starting lineup, as Flowers got the nod over sophomore Brian Butch. Butch went down late in the Badgers’ loss at Purdue with a left ankle injury. “Brian wasn’t able to go in practice the whole time, so he didn’t get the reps and I went with the guys that had the most experience of doing what we wanted to do defensively,” head coach Bo Ryan said after the game. “[We knew] Brian would be on the floor, but if we could get a chance to keep him off the floor [we’d take it].”Butch made his first appearance in the game with 16:37 left to play in the first half after Jason Chappell picked up his second foul. Butch ended up playing just eight minutes against the Hoosiers, picking up four points and one board. He made his only shot from the field — a 3-pointer. He left the game for good with 15:13 left to play in the game, after picking up his third foul.”Brian came in and gave us a spark when he did play, both times. Fortunately we we’re able to keep him off [the court a lot],” Ryan said.last_img read more