News blackout and military censorship follow coup

first_img Help by sharing this information News Guinea BissauAfrica Organisation Last week’s coup in Guinea-Bissau, in which Prime Minister Carlos Gomez Junior and Interim President Raimundo Pereira were arrested, has been followed by grave violations of the right to information, including threats to journalists, a news blackout and media censorship. We urge the new military government to restore the media’s right to report news freely.“The 12 April military coup has led to serious restrictions on the freedom to report news and information, although this is vital at times of political unrest, Reporters Without Borders said. “A news blackout, in which all radio and TV stations were closed, has been followed by military control of media content. We hope that the return to political and institutional normality promised by the ruling junta will result in full restoration of media activity.”At a meeting with media executives on 16 April, the military high command said they could resume operating as long as they did not mention that protests that have been taking place in the capital. The goal of “constructing peace and national unity” was cited as grounds for this restriction. Reporters Without Borders regards it as the introduction of military censorship.As well as frequent power cuts and disruption of communications that prevented journalists from working properly, no radio or TV station was able to broadcast programmes or news reports during the weekend after the military high command suspended all media activity for the sake of “national cohesion.”“Anyone contravening these orders would have been exposed to severe reprisals or would have had to go into a hiding,” a media source told Reporters Without Borders. Only Guinea-Bissau’s state-owned Radio Nacionale, which is occupied by soldiers, continued to broadcast music and military communiqués appealing for calm.António Aly Silva, a well-known blogger (Didatura do Consenso,“Dictatorship of Consensus”), was arrested and beaten by soldiers while he was photographing military installations on 13 April. They released him a few hours later but confiscated his equipment.A few hours after attacking the prime minister’s residence on 13 April, soldiers began controlling everyone entering and leaving the premises of RTP-Africa, a Portuguese news media. Soldiers threatened RTP-Africa journalists at gunpoint and stole cameras and other equipment from them.Ranked 75th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Guinea-Bissau has undergone frequent coups since independence in 1974. As a result of violence by the security forces and by individuals linked to drug trafficking, the climate is rather hostile for journalism and media freedom. Reporters Without Borders issued a report on Guinea-Bissau in 2007 report entitled “Cocaine and coups haunt gagged nation.”Photo : Radio Nacionale (AFP/Seyllou) Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RSF_en April 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News blackout and military censorship follow coup Follow the news on Guinea Bissau July 27, 2020 Find out more Guinea BissauAfrica center_img News News January 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Guinea Bissau: attack by gunmen silences opposition radio station in Bissau News Guinea-Bissau: reporter beaten by policeman while covering Covid protest April 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Potential job losses at Roberts Bakery

first_imgUp to 49 jobs could be lost at Roberts Bakery in Northwich, after Frank Roberts and Sons announced it was entering into a period of consultation with staff.In March 2010, the bakery announced an £8.5m modernisation project at its Northwich site, which currently employs 814 staff. The bakery said the changes were being made as part of a business reorganisation project linked to the modernisation of equipment in certain parts of the bakery. MD Mike Braddock told British Baker: “We have invested in new infrastructure, including roads and despatch areas, and new equipment, such as bagging, slicing and basket-washing facilities.“The bread market is an increasingly tough environment to operate in. Wheat, fuel, gas, electric and oil prices have all gone up. It is vital we remain competitive to secure the long-term success of the company. “Changes are not likely to take place until September. We expect to lose between 10 and 49 jobs after consultation over voluntary redundancy, natural retirees and temporary staff has taken place.”The firm acquired Aldreds Bakery, and the central bakery of craft chain P&A Davies in June and October 2010 respectively. Braddock revealed that Aldreds, which makes morning goods for Sainsbury’s, Aldi and others is now breaking even and P&A Davies, which makes gluten-free rolls and savouries, is expected to break even shortly.>>Roberts loaves get new look>>Roberts snaps up central bakery of P & A Davies>>Roberts sees expanion with Aldreds expansionlast_img read more

Investors go mad for it

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New PM Castex: France’s low-profile coronavirus czar

first_imgCastex, 55, mayor of Prades, a small town in the southern Pyrenees mountains, is no stranger to the corridors of power since his time as an advisor to ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy.”A senior civil servant who knows the health world perfectly well and who is impressively efficient,” said the now former premier Philippe when Castex was nominated to design the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.France’s gradual easing of the lockdown has been regarded largely as a success, with life returning to normal across the country but with no sign of the feared “second wave” yet.Castex was twice chief of staff for Xavier Bertrand, who was health minister and then labour minister under the presidencies of Jacques Chicac and Sarkozy. The new French prime minister Jean Castex is a low-profile civil servant and local politician from the right, who recently gained prominence for drawing up policy to ease the coronavirus lockdown.For supporters, Castex is a hugely impressive bureaucrat who will rapidly master the brief of prime minister and handling relations with President Emmanuel Macron, who sits atop a presidential system where the premier is very much number two.But detractors have already rubbished the appointment, asking why Macron has bothered to replace Edouard Philippe, also a right-winger who has served for three years, with more of the same. At the time Castex had to deal with a number of sensitive cases, such as a pension reform and a law which forced strikers in the transport sector to provide a minimum service. “His warmth and charm are incredible and he is naturally humble and empathic,” said a colleague who worked with Castex when he was head of the health cabinet, who asked not to be named.”I’ve never seen anyone with such unanimous support all the time,” said the same source.Castex’s politics are resolutely right-wing and has said in the past that his is “completely comfortable with that fact.”Father of four daughters, Castex was until January the coordinator between ministries in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and head of the National Sports Agency. “He’s a jack of all trades, he has connections everywhere and he knows what to do at the right time and in the right place,” said ex-advisor to Sarkozy Franck Louvrier. Xavier Bertrand, now head of France’s northern Hauts-de-France region, tweeted that “I know and I appreciate the qualities” of Castex as “a servant of the state.” “They will be essential in the difficult times that we are going to face,” he said.But left-wing MEP Manon Aubry was dismissive. “Everything changes so that nothing changes! A man of the right replaces a man of the right to pursue the same anti-social and anti-ecological policies,” she said on Twitter.Topics :last_img read more

Giroud pens new Chelsea deal

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Chelsea have triggered a 12-month extension in Olivier Giroud’s contract to secure his future until the end of next season, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.The 33-year-old was desperate to secure a move away from Chelsea at the start of the year to boost his hopes of starting for France at Euro 2020. Talks between Chelsea and Inter collapsed and Giroud was left to fight for game time at Stamford Bridge before Euro 2020 was pushed back 12 months due to COVID-19.Giroud had been free to discuss a Bosman transfer with foreign sides from January onwards and received a proposal from Serie A side Lazio.Tags: ChelseaCOVID-19Ginaluca Di MarzioOlivier Giroudlast_img read more

Guus Hiddink urges Baba Rahman to toughen up defensively

first_imgChelsea interim manager, Guus Hiddink, has urged Ghana international  Baba Rahman to toughen up and dominate defensively in order to make him a leading star in the Premier League.The defender has been the subject of much criticism after Chelsea’s lackluster display against Manchester City which saw the Blues hammered by 3 goals.Rahman was singled out for playing poorly which Chelsea fans taking to twitter to criticize him.However, the Dutchman has jumped to the defence of Baba Rahman stating he will be a leading star in the Premier League should he toughen.“When you come in you have your impressions of players, and from Baba I had the impression after a few days that he was too quiet but very skillful in both legs.””He has his left foot from nature but he can handle very well his right foot, which is unusual for left-footed players. “This week I played him in some [training] games in the right-back position, because I was curious to see if he could do it. He did it without any problems. He’s a skillful player but to survive also in the Premier League, he must make it difficult for a manager to take him out of the team.“He has the skill but he must also be able to be dominant defensively. He’s working on that. He’s a very nice person and I said to him: ‘Be a nice person outside the pitch but be less nice on it.’“With experience I hope he can make the next step, because he has the skill. He has to get the attitude of: ‘This is my area and whoever comes in, I kill them.”Baba Rahman was signed in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of £ 21million.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Where will Ron Rivera coach in 2020? Giants, Browns top NFL landing spots after Panthers firing

first_imgRon Rivera is still a good NFL head coach. He just wasn’t the right coach any longer for the Panthers, who fired Rivera midway through his ninth season.With the stability he brought to Carolina, his reputation around the NFL and the spike of penultimate success — leading his team to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season — Rivera will be in play for other presumed openings that will be created on or before “Black Monday.” 4. Jacksonville JaguarsFile them under another southeast alternative for Rivera. The Jaguars have some good talent up front on their 4-3 but need reinforcements at linebacker and the secondary to reestablish the dominant defense they had just two seasons ago with Todd Wash. Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Leonard Fournette and Dede Westbrook are good offensive foundation pieces, too. The Jaguars can go back to winning faster with Rivara then by sticking with Doug Marrone.5. Washington RedskinsYou can’t rule out the team that Rivera coached against in his final game for the Panthers. They also could use some defensive-minded discipline and steadfast nature after sticking with Jay Gruden for way too long with limited results. But then again, why should Rivera attach himself to Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice but with a reeling defense in an unfamiliar ownership and shaky front-office environment when the Giants are the much better job and fit for him?The odds are strongly with Rivera to land in New York, with Cleveland a relative close second, should those teams look for positive change as expected. There are plenty of teams better positioned to become big winners sooner than the rebuilding Panthers with whom Rivera would be more of an asset. Rivera’s sudden availability will get notice around the league for owners looking to make an upgrade.“I will coach again.” pic.twitter.com/YhFOJ9zWmV— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) December 4, 2019MORE: Panthers’ 11 best coaching candidates to replace Ron RiveraHere are the five landing spots that make the most sense, with two clear leaders because of direct connections to Rivera, should they move on from their current coaches.1. New York GiantsPat Shurmur is likely on his way out with the Giants on track to end the 2019 season on a 12-game losing streak. Rivera coached the Panthers to that Super Bowl four years ago, but then-Sporting News executive of the year and current Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was the architect.Daniel Jones has some promise as a young franchise quarterback and Rivera is used to having an elite all-purpose back like Saquon Barkley. He has meshed his coaching well with Mike Shula, his former Panthers offensive coordinator who’s currently in that same capacity for the Giants.Defensively, Rivera messed with the 3-4 in the Carolina for the first time as a play-caller with mixed results: A better edge pass rush but a much-worse run defense. The Giants have lost their way trying to incorporate that base alignment with James Bettcher. The Giants’ history has been about a strong front four, and that was the foundation of Rivera’s best Panthers teams. He could help re-establish that scheme to get him and the team back on track defensively.The Giants unfortunately lost rookie standout inside linebacker Ryan Connelly to a torn ACL, but he can easily be the new Luke Kuechly for Rivera’s new defense. While Jones can be molded as a top-flight QB and leader on the other side of the ball. In a copycat league, the Giants can turn the Panthers’ best winning blueprint into their own, much like the Bills and former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott have done elsewhere in New York.2. Cleveland BrownsThe Browns’ defense needs some fixing, and reuniting Rivera with Steve Wilks to fix the front and the secondary would make a ton of sense. Rivera also would bring some much-needed discipline and accountability to every part of their team, something that Freddie Kitchens has been incapable of doing.With Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, the Browns have an offense that’s ready to win big now, and Rivera can find the right man to maximize and streamline all those skill players in a better scheme, with an emphasis on bolstering the line. Rivera’s gritty mind-set as a former linebacker would be ideal to match wits with Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh in the AFC North, too.3. Atlanta FalconsThis would be weird, wouldn’t it? That’s why it’s a distant third. Geographically speaking, this wouldn’t be too big of a move, and it would come with the revenge bonus of facing the Panthers twice a season. But for now, the Falcons may end up sticking with Dan Quinn.If they don’t, you can bet Rivera’s name will come up for Arthur Blank as a one-time successful and still highly respected division rival. The Falcons, with Matt Ryan, have an offense ready to win now and a 4-3 defense in need of some fixing, with the right personnel upgrades on the defensive edge and secondary.last_img read more