Tanzania: Journalist must be freed and given medical care, RSF says

first_imgA few days before his arrest, Kabendera discovered that his phone had been blocked and he was unable to obtain any explanation from the telephone company, RSF has learned. Nine days before his arrest, he co-authored a story about tension within Tanzania’s ruling party and an alleged plot to prevent President John Magufuli from running for a second term. September 11, 2019 – Updated on September 17, 2019 Tanzania: Journalist must be freed and given medical care, RSF says TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Investigative journalist Erick Kabendera. Crédit : JamiiForums “All this is compounded by the fact that Erick Kabendera has been kept in pre-trial detention despite a considerable decline in his health, so the Tanzanian authorities no longer have any choice: he must be released and given medical treatment without delay.” Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic 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. November 5, 2020 Find out more to go further News In what condition will Kabendera appear in court tomorrow? Held since 29 July, he is reportedly suffering from respiratory problems and showing signs of paralysis in his legs that is preventing him from walking properly. Several relatives have told RSF they suspect the deterioration in his health is linked to his imprisonment.  November 27, 2020 Find out more A freelancer for respected media outlets such as The Guardian and The East African who specializes in investigative reporting on Tanzania’s politics and economy, Kabendera was originally arrested for questioning about how he had obtained his Tanzanian citizenship. Press freedom has deteriorated steadily since Magufuli became president in 2015. Laws have been passed restricting freedom of expression and information, newspapers have been closed and journalists have often been arrested. In an unusual joint statement about an individual case, the US and British governments called on Tanzania to guarantee due process for Kabendera and criticized the “irregular handling” of his arrest, detention, and indictment. Follow the news on Tanzania News February 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reports After several changes in the charges against him in the days that followed, he is now accused of “money laundering, tax evasion and assisting a criminal racket” – charges that do not allow release on bail. Originally set for 19 August, his trial has already been delayed twice because the prosecution said it needed more time to investigate. As the Tanzanian authorities prepare to bring investigative reporter Erick Kabendera before a court in Dar es Salaam tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to release him and allow him to receive appropriate medical attention without delay. Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story RSF_en Help by sharing this information After Azory Gwanda, a reporter for The Citizen and Mwananchi newspapers, went missing in November 2017, no serious attempt was made to find him and no serious investigation was ever conducted into disappearance. In June of this year, the foreign minister referred to him as having “died” but later retracted. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News “Arrest by plainclothesmen, three changes to the charges and several trial postponements due to a lack of prosecution evidence – everything suggests that the purpose of these proceedings is to intimidate and silence an investigative reporter critical of Tanzania’s government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Receive email alertslast_img read more

Shannon RFC and Limerick mourn passing of Pat O’Connor

first_imgLinkedin Email NewsLocal NewsShannon RFC and Limerick mourn passing of Pat O’ConnorBy admin – January 5, 2010 598 Advertisement Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img It’s with great regret and the deepest of sadness that members and friends of Shannon RFC learned of the passing of our vice President, Pat O’Connor. At 73 years of age, Pat succumbed to his health battle at 11pm on Monday 4th last in Milford Hospice and leaves behind a legacy of goodwill, dedication and unyielding commitment to Shannon RFC. Pat’s death will leave a massive void in the lives of those that knew him, and Shannon RFC may never see a man of his ilk, who worked tirelessly for the betterment of his beloved club.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A gentler more affable man you couldn’t meet, Pat was a man of quite purpose and his gentle nature belied his ruthless agenda when it came to the continuing success of Shannon.Pat O’Connor was a central figure to the success of Shannon in the AIB league over the years and whilst the players took the accolades, his role was every bit as important.As Chairman of Finance, Assistant Treasurer, Hon. Treasurer, Club Chairman and then Vice President, Pat led the club through some glorious times and it will be a source of great regret by Shannon’s members that his health prevented him from attaining the Presidency of the club.Pat has amassed a great many friends throughout the country and his absence at the customary pre match lunches with opposition teams will be noted with deep regret.It might come as a surprise to some within the club that he did actually run a business given his time dedicated to the club and probably the only other aspect of his life, bar his family, that vied for his attention as much as the club was his cattle.Memories of Pat O’Connor are thankfully, vast and happy. Everyone was referred to as “boss” and everyone treated with the utmost respect whether the issue was of major significance or a simple mundane matter. As long as the problem was about Shannon, it would be sorted.His spirit will remain and the drive and enthusiasm he had for Shannon RFC will live on in everything the club achieves in the future.To his wife Kate, daughters Jane and Trish, his son Noel and brother Noel and his extended family, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone in Shannon RFC and beyond  are with ye.Pat, you will be missed by all, May you rest in peace. Print Twitter Previous articleGive it a TriNext articleMunster v Scarlets pitch update adminlast_img read more

Valladolid house raid yields ‘drugs’

first_imgFive sachets of suspected shabu, asling bag, a cellphone, and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the house,the report added.      BACOLOD City – A former drugsurrenderer was arrested in a house raid in Barangay Tabao Proper, Valladolid,Negros Occidental.  Armed with a search warrant, officersof the municipal police station raided the house of 35-year-old Honorato TomacaJr. around 8:21 p.m. on Friday, a police report showed.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Valladolid police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more