RSF urges Gambian government to press ahead with media reform

first_img August 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom July 23, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information The Gambian media have flourished in the past year of unprecedented openness under President Adama Barrow but the previous regime’s repressive media laws are still in effect and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the authorities to carry out the necessary reforms quickly in order to establish an environment favourable to media freedom. In an independence day address on 18 February (the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration), President Barrow said his government was drafting an “information bill” and that a committee on media law reform had been set up to review the existing legislation and to help draft a new media law and a constitutional amendment that would enshrine freedom of expression in the constitution.The president’s remarks have confirmed information minister Demba Ali Jawo’s earlier promise to overhaul the draconian laws imposed during more than two decades of dictatorship and terror under President Yahya Jammeh, who was finally removed in January 2017. And they confirm that a new era for the media is truly under way in Gambia.In the past year, around 30 journalists have returned from exile, no journalist has been arrested, the first privately-owned TV channel, QTV, has been launched and the national radio and TV broadcaster GRTS has ceded its monopoly of the airwaves to the 16 commercial and community radio stations that are now broadcasting news and political discussion programmes in local languages.“We welcome the Gambian government’s determination to work to ensure media freedom and pluralism but there is an urgent need to accelerate the reform process,” RSF said. “The media were gagged for too long by the press freedom predator Yahya Jammeh. The repressive media laws must be overhauled as quickly as possible to give journalists legal security and allow them to report the news freely without fear of reprisals.”Saikou Jammeh, the secretary general of the Gambia Press Union, is among those who have been pressing the government for new media laws that are in line with international standards.The Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) called on Gambia to repeal its media laws on sedition, false news and criminal defamation in a ruling issued on 14 February in response to a case brought by four Gambian journalists who had to flee the country because of these laws. Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency tortured two of them before they left.Around 110 journalists fled into exile during the 23 years of terror under President Yahya Jammeh, which included draconian censorship, the arbitrary arrest and detention of journalists, and newspaper editor Dayda Hydara’s unpunished murder. Gambia is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News February 20, 2018 – Updated on February 28, 2018 RSF urges Gambian government to press ahead with media reform Follow the news on Gambia Newscenter_img GambiaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression News to go further GambiaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression January 27, 2020 Find out more Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia RSF_en Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Organisation Credits : Nicolas Leblanc / item last_img read more

Anoushka Shankar Celebrates Career Discography At New York’s Town Hall [Full-Show Video]

first_imgAnoushka Shankar‘s 2019 spring tour came to an exciting end with a show at The Town Hall in New York City on Sunday night. The acclaimed sitar player and composer has spent the past couple months performing around the country in promotion of her 2019 compilation album, Reflections, which takes listeners back through the last two decades of her accomplished career.Her performance on Sunday may have taken place at the tail end of a dreary weekend in New York City, but the mood inside was anything but bleak, as Shankar and her backing band amazed the fans in attendance with a vibrant mix of Eastern music from her career discography.Related: Remembering Ravi Shankar With His Landmark Monterey Pop Festival PerformanceAs with most Indian classical performances centered around a sitar player, the mood and energy inside the midtown Manhattan venue felt quite relaxed as a barefoot Shankar took her seat at the center of the stage with her six backing musicians seated around her. Shankar opened her performance with a slightly-lengthy rendition of “Voice of the Moon”, which began slow but eventually worked its way to a median tempo as she and her flutist Ravichandra Kulur spent some time musically dancing with one another before eventually trading solos.What makes Anoushka unique to within the Indian classical genre is her ability to mix the styles and sounds Eastern classical with that of more familiar Western instrumentation and composition, as evidenced by the inclusion of a cellist and grand piano player in her band. Together, the two combined the vastly different musical universes with the duet performance of “Fathers” alongside her pianist, Danny Keane. They then transitioned right into “The Sun Won’t Set”, with Kulur filling in for the song’s vocal part—which was sung by Shankar’s half-sister Norah Jones on the original recording.The latter half of Sunday’s performance featured Shankar presenting a suite of music which she composed for the 2017 reboot of the 1923 Indian silent film, Shiraz, telling the romance story behind the building of the Taj Mahal. The suite was as dynamic as it was long, but kept the listener intensely focused in on where the music may be headed next from its start to finish. The highlight(s) of the lengthy suite had to be the incredible back-and-forth play between her tabla and mridangam players Ojas Adhiya and Pirashanna Thevarajah, who each furiously hammered away on their percussion instruments in a manner (and time signatures) that would put most Western drummers to shame.Fans can watch Shankar’s performance from Sunday in full via the pro-shot video below.Anoushka Shankar – The Town Hall – 5/5/2019[Video: TownHallNYC]Shankar’s 2019 spring tour may have come to an end on Sunday, but fans in Los Angeles can still experience her music with a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 19th, where she’ll be celebrating the centenary of her late father and sitar legend, Ravi Shankar. Fans can head to Shankar’s website for more info.last_img read more

SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The Philippines won a gold in the men’s fours and a couple of silvers in the women’s fours and women’s triples. Thailand came in third in the men’s pairs to complete the podium. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Playing their best, PH gals falter vs world-class Thais WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines scored its fourth lawn bowl medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games after taking the silver medal in the men’s pairs events Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Angelo Morales and Pancho Marcelito lost in the final against Malaysian duo Hizlee and Fairul Izwan, 20-13, in the gold medal match. ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse readies for home opener against Detroit

OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon. read more

Womens volleyball team treks to state up north

It’s going to be a long weekend in Michigan for Ohio State’s women’s volleyball team.  This weekend was the toughest last year, and coach Geoff Carlston anticipates many of the same challenges.  After falling short to Penn State last week at home, the Buckeyes face two top-ranked Big Ten teams this weekend.  No. 14 Michigan State’s 14-4 record matches that of the Buckeyes. However, the Spartans fell  to the unranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 3-0, while the Buckeyes swept Iowa, 3-0. The Spartans’ inability to compete with Iowa exposed a weakness the Buckeyes will attempt to take advantage of.  “Our focus is still on our side of the net because that we control,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes take more risks offensively and maintain a strong middle. Once established, this opens the offense to more aggressive play. Quick decisions and few mistakes give the Buckeyes an edge over the Spartans.With a quick turn-around, the Buckeyes face No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday night. The Wolverines are also working on a quick turnaround, as they will face No. 1 Penn State Friday night.Carlston knows the quick turn-around is tough on the players, especially on the road. Their top priority is to re-group and get as much rest as possible. Without a practice between the two matches, the team will have to mentally address weaknesses and keep defensive strategies strong, Carlston said. Despite the NCAA rankings, the Buckeyes and the Wolverines may be more evenly matched than it appears. Michigan is 16-3, while the Buckeyes are 14-4. Both teams fell to Big Ten powerhouses Illinois and Wisconsin. Both teams also have a mix of young players, which they work to incorporate into the core of game play.“Our athleticism is putting us in the mix with the top teams in the conference,” Carlston said.  OSU takes on Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Bucks travel to Ann Arbor Saturday to face Michigan at 7 p.m. read more

Salah feels special to play for Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah has been incredibly impressive this season for Liverpool so far and he admitted that he can feel like it is something special to play for the Reds and he enjoys it.His team managed to eliminate Manchester City after beating them 3-0 at home and 2-1 at Etihad – and the winger admitted that he had never seen something like this before in his career as the atmosphere at the home game was incredible.The Egypt international spoke about the way it feels like to play for Liverpool as he said, according to CNN:“There’s something very special about playing for Liverpool.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The Champions League nights are special for the fans too. You can feel it on the streets.”“The atmosphere in that first game against Man City was the first time I had really seen something like that.”“When we saw the draw, everyone knew it would be a difficult game. I knew it would be difficult but I said we had to be positive and win.”“That’s what we did.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho on Ronaldos mega move to Juventus

first_imgJose Mourinho has weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105 million move to Serie A with Juventus, congratulating the club for the ‘complete transfer’.Mourinho, who worked with his fellow countryman Ronaldo during his time as Real Madrid boss, believes that the Italian league will benefit greatly from acquiring one of the two best players in the world.As reported by Give Me Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “In England, the Premier League is the most competitive championship with top players. Now there are three dimensions to look at.”“Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league and Spain for Messi.”“Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Juventus have dominated the top division in Italy, winning 7 consecutive league titles on a run which has included securing the last 4 as part of a domestic double and their success looks likely to continue with the arrival of Ronaldo.Mourinho, however, continued by saying his arrival could galvanise the rest of the competition.“If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano become stronger, that they will win again and again and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure,” he added.“For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more