BBC’s Kinyarwanda broadcasts suspended indefinitely

first_imgNews Reports RwandaAfrica Help by sharing this information RwandaAfrica The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) ordered the suspension of the BBC’s radio broadcasts in the Kinyarwanda language for an indefinite period on 25 October while it investigates the “genocide denial” accusations that have been made against the British broadcaster.The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) has called the suspension illegal because the RURA did not comply with the requirement to consult the RMC first.“The fact that the RURA, a technical agency that is also responsible for sanitation, transport and postal services, took it upon itself to act as arbiter over freedom of information clearly shows this ban’s political dimension,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“Unable to manipulate the RMC, the government turned to a more docile agency. This measure is disproportionate and lacks any logical basis. Why suspend the BBC’s Kinyarwanda radio broadcasts when it was a BBC TV documentary in English that angered the government?“It should be recalled that the BBC is one of the few independent media to broadcast in the local language. Suspending its Kinyarwanda programming obstructs much of the Rwandan public’s access to news and information. We call for the immediate restoration of the BBC’s Kinyarwanda broadcasts in order to guarantee access to independent and diversified information.”——————————————————————————————–24.10.2014 – Rwandan parliament calls for BBC to be bannedThe parliamentary motion was prompted by a controversial documentary about the 1994 genocideThe Rwandan parliament passed a resolution on 22 October calling on the government to ban the BBC and bring “genocide denial” charges against the presenter and producer of a controversial TV documentary about the 1994 Rwandan genocide that the BBC broadcast in early October.The vote came a few days after President Paul Kagame himself accused the BBC of “denying the genocide” of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority by members of the Hutu majority.“This parliamentary resolution is not surprising inasmuch as the Kagame government allows the political opposition no room to exist in Rwanda,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“It is extremely worrying that the BBC, one of the few independent media that manages to be seen or heard within Rwanda, is in the process of being banned. We call on the government to implement the democratic principles it so readily professes in international forums and to let the media express themselves freely.”Members of student organizations consisting mainly of genocide survivors staged demonstrations outside the BBC’s Kigali bureau and parliament a few hours before the resolution’s adoption and handed in a memorandum calling on the government to rescind the BBC’s licence to broadcast in Rwanda. They also demanded a formal BBC apology to the Rwandan people and the entire world.Entitled “Rwanda, The Untold Story,” the documentary caused a storm by interviewing US-based researchers who, with the help of maps, argued that the number of Hutus killed in the genocide was much higher than generally recognized. The Rwandan government declined the BBC’s requests to be interviewed for the documentary.According to the United Nations, an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered from April to July 1994.The Kagame government has a history of refusing to comment on the human rights situation and imposing extreme censorship on freedom of information.At least five journalists have fled the country this year because of persecution, and several were arrested and threatened by the police before and after ceremonies in April marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. Good Morning Rwanda, Flash FM’s popular phone-in programme, was banned in June. The US State Department condemned all of these developments.An official denial of the claims made in the documentary was posted on the Rwandan government website but is no longer available online. In 2009, the Rwandan government suspended the BBC’s radio broadcasts in Kynyarwanda because of a programme about the genocide that was also described at the time as revisionist.Any formal reference to ethnicity is punishable by imprisonment on a charge of promoting “divisions.” Over the years, the term “Rwandan genocide” has gradually been replaced by “genocide of the Tutsis,” thereby pre-empting any questioning of the official history.Rwanda is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about freedom of information in Rwanda BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist April 6, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Rwanda RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News October 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BBC’s Kinyarwanda broadcasts suspended indefinitely November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts February 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Fury over latest raids on home of elderly attending mass

first_imgA county councillor has slammed those responsible for two more attacks on the homes of elderly people which took place while they were at mass.The heartless thieves broke into the homes of two more pensioners while they were at mass in the village of Killea this morning (Sun).This is the fourth such robbery in the past two weeks. Gardai are still trying to assess what was taken in the latest raids.The thieves caused considerable damage when they entered the neighbouring homes and ransacked the properties looking for valuables.It comes just two weeks after thieves broke into the homes of elderly pensioners in the nearby villages of Raphoe and St Johnston.Both money and jewelery was taken in those raids and the homes were also ransacked when the elderly mass-goers returned to their homes. Local county councillor Paul Canning has condemned those responsible for the heartless attacks.“You can’t get any lower than this. These poor people are simply going about their own business and going to mass on a Sunday morning and this is what happens to them.“It’s horrible to think that they are being watched so that when they leave their homes these people breaking into their homes.“It would appear that patio doors are an issue and they can simply smash them and get into homes no matter how many locks are on them,” he said.Councillor Canning said the law has to come down heavier on people who commit these callous crimes. “In my opinion, the courts simply aren’t coming down strong enough on people who carry out crimes such as thing.“They get a slap on the wrists from the judge and they are released to commit these crimes again.“We have to get tougher and we have to show these people that if they prey on our old people or anybody for that matter then they will pay a serious price for it,” he added.The daughter of one of the pensioners targeted two weeks ago in a similar raid posted a message on Facebook earlier condemning the latest raids. Jacqueline Young, whose mother had jewelery and cash taken from her St Johnston home said “Probably the same scum who did the house in Raphoe while pensioners were at mass and then my mum’s house an hour later.”Gardai are due to carry out a full forensic investigation into the scenes of the latest break-ins later today.Fury over latest raids on home of elderly attending mass was last modified: September 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:attackburglaryGardaiKilleamassraidlast_img read more

Medupi power station ‘ready by December’

first_img29 July 2014 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she is confident that construction of South Africa’s new coal-fired power plant, the 4 764 MW Medupi power station near Lephalale in Limpopo province, will be completed by December. Brown said this in Cape Town on Tuesday when she, along with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the top management of state electricity company Eskom, appeared before Parliament’s portfolio committees on public enterprises and energy. The R105-billion power plant is expected to ease the pressure from Eskom’s ageing power grid, which in recent months has been battling to supply electricity to both residential and industrial customers. Brown said that despite many challenges and construction delays, she was “very confident” that the synchronisation of Medupi’s Unit 6 into the national power grid would happen by December. Medupi is one of the two large coal-fired stations that Eskom is currently building. It will the first South African power station to have “super-critical” technology, and one of the world’s largest dry cooled stations, so it will much more efficient than older coal-fired stations. The other station, Kusile, is located in Mpumalanga province and will have the same technology but with the addition of flue-gas desulphurisation, a state-of-the art technology used to remove oxides of sulphur from the exhaust flue gases of coal-fired power plants. President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation address last month, said the government would pave the way for a “radical transformation” of South Africa’s energy sector as it moved to address one of the major constraints to faster economic growth in the country. This transformation, he said, would require “structural changes in the manner in which government departments, affected state-owned companies and the industry as a whole address the energy challenges”. It would also call for an injection of capital and human resources into the sector, as well as innovative approaches to fast-track procurement and delivery by the government in the sector. On Tuesday, Brown stressed the importance of increasing Eskom’s power supply capacity, saying the parastatal’s performance was vital to the country’s economic growth. She added that she wanted Eskom’s new CEO to be announced no later than mid-August. Former CEO Brian Dames stepped down at the end of March. “Following this, I have urged the board to move rapidly to fill all the other critical vacant executive positions to ensure the sustainability of the company.” She said she had also given Eskom’s board until September to produce a plan on ensuring the sustainability of South Africa’s national power grid. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Rakitic urges Barca teammates to pull together

first_imgBarcelona and Real Madrid are set to face-off against each other in the Spanish El Classico next weekend, with Leo Messi expected to skip the derby after picking up an elbow injuryThe Argentinean wizard had to leave the pitch in the 26th minute in Saturday’s showdown against Sevilla at Camp Nou after suffering an arm fracture.The Blaugrana are looking to take on Inter Milan in midweek’s Champions League clash before facing Los Blancos, and the 31-year-old forward won’t be able to help his teammates in none of those matches.Ivan Rakitic, the Croatian midfielder, has urged his fellow teammates to show compactness and team spirit, and demonstrate they can win without Messi.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…According to the Sport360 that broadcasted Rakitic’s words, the former Sevilla man hopes Barca players can “pull together” and overcome a frustrating period.“We’re not happy, but that’s football,” Rakitic told Movistar. “He had the bad luck to hurt himself trying to support his fall and we saw quickly it didn’t look good.“Now we have to pull together, show that without Leo the team can move forward and wish him a quick recovery.”As things stand, it will be the first El Classico in 11 years without Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

Tamangs widow to go on indefinite fast

first_imgBharati Tamang, widow of slain All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang, has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to press for immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a court in Kolkata issued a warrant of arrest.Bharati made the threat on Tuesday, but till this date no action has been initiated after the issuing of arrest warrant, AIGL General Secretary Pratap Khati said today. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying?” he wondered and gave the apex probe agency a 24-hr deadline to initiate the arrest.”The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not know why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, I have decided to go on fast onto death,” Khatin quoted Bharati Tamang as saying.  The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay and gave the agency 24-hour time failing which the fast will begin.last_img read more

Dekho Re to return on weekends at Lal Dighi from today onwards

first_imgKolkata: The musical extravaganza ‘Dekho Re’ at Lal Dighi will be back on every weekend from October 28 onwards, with more features including heavy discounts on available MSME products.It may be recalled that “Dekho Re” is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, created to develop Lal Dighi as one of the favourite weekend destinations in the city. It was named by the Chief Minister as well.This will be a programme held on every Saturday and Sunday, in which music, food and handicraft goods are available at the one place. Moreover, the beautiful decoration and lighting arrangement will create an atmosphere altogether that no one would want to miss. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life’Dekho Re had started in April 2017, but remained suspended for the past few months due to the monsoon. It is going to start again from October 28, sources said.A high-level meeting was held in this connection on Thursday, in which Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Minister of State for Tourism Indranil Sen, senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and state Information and Cultural Affairs department were present.Sources said that a proposal has come up in the meeting, on whether discounts can be given on MSME products that will remain available for sale at Lal Dighi during the programme of. KMC is the nodal authority to organise the programme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA letter would be sent to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles department in connection with the matter related to giving discounts on the products that get sold from stalls during the programme on weekends.A senior official said that the initiative will make ‘Dekho Re’ more attractive and at the same time, it will also help in promotion of the MSME products.Moreover, initiatives will also be taken to make different products of Haringhata Meat available at Lal Dighi during the programme.Haringhata Meat is an undertaking of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) department. There will be a talk in this regard with the top brass of the ARD department.With the initiation of ‘Dekho Re’ from October end, people from different parts of the city and its surrounding areas will get another place of attraction in the city in winter.last_img read more

Niagara Falls has turned black and smelly too

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Niagara Falls has turned black (and smelly too) NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant.The water board for the city of Niagara Falls, New York, says Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins.Video taken from a helicopter shows black-colored water along the Niagara River’s U.S. shoreline below the falls that border the country and Canada. The inky water enveloped the dock for the popular Maid of the Mist tour boats.Officials say the blackish water contained accumulated solids and carbon residue but no organic oils or solvents. They described the odour as “normal sewer water discharge smell.” The board says the discharge was within permitted limits.The black water dissipated by Sunday.center_img Share Tuesday, August 1, 2017 last_img read more