RFI signal in Bukavu cut one week ago

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today strongly protested after the signal of Radio France International (RFI) was cut in Bukavu, capital city of Sud-Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.The communications and media minister and government spokesman, Lambert Mendé Omalanga, said yesterday that RFI had been taken off air “one week ago, for national security reasons”.Mendé said that the government accused RFI of “inciting soldiers to disobedience and rebellion, and causing trouble in the barracks, while our country is at war”. A month earlier, the authorities accused the radio station of “throwing oil on the flames” and inciting soldiers to mutiny.“The minister is hounding the French international radio by cutting its signal in Bukavu, as it did in Bunia, capital of Ituri province in the north east”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “In taking this step, the Kinshasa government is denying the Congolese people vital access to pluralist news, especially in the east of the country. We urge the Congolese authorities to restore RFI’s signal in Bukavu without delay,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders wrote to the minister on 6 May after the cutting of the RFI signal in Bunia was announced , saying, “You should be aware that a media presence in areas that are unstable or experiencing an armed conflict is necessary so that all the actors can have adequate access to news and information.”The radio’s management told Reporters Without Borders that it condemned the closure and reaffirmed that its coverage of Congolese news was “irreproachable, completely professional and impartial”. “Our leaders do not seem to realise that by closing radio stations, they are openly demonstrating that they have things to hide”, one journalist in Bukavu, who asked for anonymity, told the organisation. “In this way, the authorities force us to only listen to local radio stations, most of them already committed to their cause”. “Gagging the press at all costs clearly shows that there is a hidden agenda,” said one official with a humanitarian organisation.”Kinshasa has for several years criticised the French radio’s coverage of Congolese news. The special correspondent for RFI in Kinshasa, Ghislaine Dupont, was expelled from the country during the presidential election campaign on 3 July 2006. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News RSF_en February 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo June 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RFI signal in Bukavu cut one week ago Receive email alertscenter_img Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News February 16, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Organisation Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Newslast_img read more

Criminal checks

first_imgEmployers and voluntary organisations, many of whom will access the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) information for the first time, will be able to take it into account when judging a person’s suitability for a post. This service will strengthen safeguards for protecting children and vulnerable adults by providing employers with much wider access to criminal records information. But remember that you must get the employee’s permission first.CRB privacy statementThe CRB is committed to compliance with the Data Protection Act and has a legal duty to do so. It will take every precaution to protect a person’s data. The following principles apply when they process personal data:l data is only processed with the knowledge and consent of the person in questionl only data that is actually nee-ded is collected and processedl the data is only seen by those who need it to do their jobsl the data is retained only for as long as it is requiredl the data is accurate and is only used as part of the CRB processl decisions affecting employees are made on the basis of reliable and up-to-date datal the data is protected from unauthorised or accidental disclosurel on request, an employee will be provided with a copy of data held on theml there will be procedures in place for dealing promptly with any disputesl all will apply whether the data is held on paper or electronically.A CRB check costs £26 for the standard check and £44 for an enhanced check.Standard and enhanced disclosuresBoth these levels of disclosure contain details of all convictions on the Police National Computer, including ’spent’ convictions ones that happened some time ago and normally do not need to be revealed, as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Both levels also contain details of any police cautions, reprimands or warnings. Also, for posts involving contact with children, they contain any relevant information on the government department lists held by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills.The essential difference between standard and enhanced is that enhanced disclosures are for positions that involve a greater degree of contact with children and vulnerable adults, such as regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge. This difference is reflected in the depth and detail of checking that is carried out. Enhanced disclosures also involve an extra level of checking with local police force records.l For general enquiries, call 0870 9090 811 or visit http://tinyurl.com/6yhunn5last_img read more

Freeport Man Sentenced for Murdering Wife

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison for killing his 22-year-old wife and then lighting a fire in the family’s home in an attempt to cover up the crime three years ago.Loventino Cassadean had pleaded guilty last year at Nassau County court to second-degree murder.“This case should serve as a reminder that we must be vigilant in our efforts to end domestic violence and punish the abusers,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said that the 52-year-old man repeatedly stabbed his wife, Felicia Cassadean, with a knife in a residence on Craig Avenue on Sept. 3, 2012. He then lit a fire in the residence.Freeport Department and the firefighters responded, extinguished the flames and found the victim’s body inside. The victim’s two children were visiting her mother in Guyana at the time.Nassau County police arrested Cassadean shortly after the victim’s body was found.last_img read more

Whitewater Canal flows again

first_imgMetamora, In. —  The Whitewater Canal in Metamora is flowing and the Ben Franklin canal boat is running on the hour from noon to four, Wednesday through Sunday into, under and through the Duck Creek Aqueduct.The Metamora Grist Mill was placed on the National Historic Register in 1973 and the Whitewater Canal was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark 1992.The Ben Franklin will take you through this national treasure for $6 adults, $3 children and $5 seniors.last_img