RSF calls for Tanzanian investigative reporter’s immediate release

first_img At a press conference yesterday in Dar es Salaam, the head of the police confirmed Kabendera’s arrest and said he was being questioned on suspicion of having obtained his Tanzanian citizenship fraudulently.A freelancer for respected media outlets such as The Guardian and The East African, Kabendera is known for his investigative coverage of Tanzania’s politics and economy. He co-authored a story on 20 July about tension within Tanzania’s ruling party and an alleged plot to prevent President John Magufuli from running for a second term.“Using a team of six people and two days of questioning – so far – just to verify identity papers clearly suggests an attempt to intimidate a journalist who is critical of the government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “This journalist must be released without delay. His arrest is the latest manifestation of the steady decline in press freedom since John Magufuli became president in 2015.”RSF has learned that Kabendera’s family and lawyers were finally allowed to see him today. An application has been filed for his release on bail. It will be heard tomorrow morning.What with arrests of journalists, media closures, legislation designed to restrict free speech and the freedom to inform, and impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, the press freedom situation has deteriorated dramatically in Tanzania in recent years.In an interview three weeks ago, the foreign minister referred to Azory Gwanda, a journalist who has been missing for more than a year and a half, as having “died” but he later retracted. Two press freedom defenders who were investigating Gwanda’s disappearance were deported at the end of last year. The leading independent daily The Citizen was suspended for a week in February for a supposed exchange rate mistake.Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 47 places since 2016, more than any other country in the world during the same period. Reports TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Crédit : Jamii Forums Organisation News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arbitrary detention of Erick Kabendera, a respected investigative reporter who was taken from his home in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, on 29 July by six men in civilian dress claiming to be police officers carrying out an arrest. News TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story July 31, 2019 RSF calls for Tanzanian investigative reporter’s immediate release Follow the news on Tanzania The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more November 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Tajikistan turns to Chinese model of large-scale Internet censorship

first_img Receive email alerts News November 15, 2018 Tajikistan turns to Chinese model of large-scale Internet censorship Organisation Credit : Ferghana Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the way the Tajik authorities are responding to protests by resorting to large-scale Internet censorship and blocking, which is drastically restricting the right of Tajik citizens to be informed.The automatic reaction from the Tajik authorities to any difficulties is to block the flow of information online. Independent media, social networks, instant messaging services and censorship circumvention tools have all been largely inaccessible in Tajikistan since an increase in tension on 6 November.The targets include the news website Asia-Plus, Facebook and YouTube, the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, and the messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram. Many Internet users who routinely use VPNs to circumvent website blocking report that the best-known VPNs are also blocked.Internet censorship had become common place in Tajikistan in recent years but had usually remained below the current level. Leading news websites such as Ferghana and Akhbor are permanently blocked while others are blocked more sporadically.“The normalization of large-scale Internet blocking is unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The Tajik authorities should realize that reacting to all problems with censorship just encourages rumours. The international community should not accept the spread of the Chinese model of Internet filtering.”Nuriddin Karshiboyev, the head of the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT), an RSF partner, used the term “administrative feudalism” to describe the phenomenon. “We have repeatedly pointed out that blocking online media and alternative news sources violates citizens’ constitutional rights,” he said.As usual, the authorities have denied carrying out any blocking and have blamed “technical problems.” National access to the Internet has nonetheless been a government monopoly since the start of 2018, which means the authorities can now block anything online without having to ask individual Internet service providers.This capability was seen in action in the summer, when the authorities tried to restrict coverage of the murders of four foreign tourists.The current wave of blocking came in response to tension in some parts of the country and the publication by Asia-Plus of an article about the economic privileges granted to certain businessmen close to the government. Follow the news on Tajikistan Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media RSF_en TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Demonstrators gathered in the southern town of Khorugh on 6 November to protest against the reinforced security presence in the region, and its behaviour. Dozens were killed or injured in a prison mutiny the next day in the northern city of Khujand.Tajikistan is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in 2018 World Press Freedom Index. #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemiccenter_img News May 14, 2021 Find out more to go further August 25, 2020 Find out more TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms InternetFreedom of expression News News Help by sharing this information Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president November 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

OPD, ECSO attempt to deter domestic violence situations

first_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 OPD, ECSO attempt to deter domestic violence situations OPD, ECSO patch logos The Odessa Police Department and Ector County Sheriff’s Office have the ability to defuse a domestic violence situation quickly. Even if the person assaulted doesn’t want to press charges against their significant other or family member, OPD and ECSO can pursue criminal charges. OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur said over the phone Thursday those steps can be taken, the arrest can still be made and at that point the victim becomes the state of Texas. “If we respond to a family violence situation and the victim doesn’t want to file charges, we can still file charges if we believe that the violence will continue,” LeSueur said. Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said during a phone interview Thursday the sheriff’s office often pursues charges when the victim chooses not to. He said family violence is a real thing and it happens far too often. Griffis said it doesn’t just affect the victim, but it can affect the entire family. “I’ve told many ladies on these types of calls myself that this isn’t love,” Griffis said. “Love doesn’t hurt. Love is supposed to feel good. Some of these ladies have been in these situations for so long it’s all they are used to and it’s hard to break that cycle.” Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said it’s not uncommon for domestic violence victims to be uncooperative during the investigation. He said despite victims being uncooperative the district attorney’s office can still get a conviction. Bland said one of the main ways the district attorney’s office has halted domestic violence victims from changing their stories was a grant that purchased hand-held cameras to OPD to videotape the victim’s story after the assault took place. “We’ve taken steps to shore up these cases,” Bland said. “In the end, we have to do the best we can with the evidence that we have. Sometimes what you’ll have is the victim doesn’t want us to go forward and they actively work against us and they don’t cooperate. Often times after we’ve gone through the case and they appreciate the fact that we went forward and took action even though they didn’t want us to.” ECSO recently pursued charges on 24-year-old Julian Romero after he reportedly assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend, who didn’t wish to press charges, an ECSO affidavit detailed. Romero was arrested and charged on June 15 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, after he reportedly cut his girlfriend in the finger with a steak knife. The reported assault happened at 7:39 a.m. in the 9500 block of Grissom Avenue, the affidavit stated. Romero’s girlfriend stated she and Romero got into a verbal argument that turned physical, the affidavit detailed. The girlfriend was cut on her right pointer finger from an item described as a “steak knife.” The girlfriend was reportedly transported to Medical Center Hospital. The girlfriend didn’t wish to pursue charges, but the responding ECSO deputy did want to pursue charges due to the severity of the incident and injury, the affidavit stated. Romero was transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has one bond totaling $20,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show. He also has a parole violation that was issued by the state on Tuesday. Local NewsLaw Enforcement Pinterest TAGS  Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOAT060719 Texas Tech OSU 10Next articleThe Best-Kept Secret: 529 Education Savings Plans Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more