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12
Jun
2021

Parliament close to adopting draconian media bill

first_img News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Organisation RSF_en December 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament close to adopting draconian media bill June 13, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Help by sharing this information center_img KenyaAfrica Follow the news on Kenya News November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports KenyaAfrica Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Reporters Without Borders believes that a proposed new media law currently before Kenya’s parliament would, if adopted, represent a big step backwards for press freedom in a country known for diverse and outspoken media. The “Kenya Communications Amendment Bill 2008,” also known as the “ICT Bill,” would reinforce government control over media companies and programme content.“It is particularly shocking that the political class is uniting behind the ICT Bill while journalists are unanimous in criticising it as draconian and vindictive,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to respect and reinforce independent regulatory bodies and not subordinate them to a minister’s discretionary powers.” The press freedom organisation added: “This bill must not be adopted as it stands. We call for it to be withdrawn and reexamined in consultation with media professionals.”Currently in its third reading – the penultimate legislative stage before adoption by President Mwai Kibaki – the ICT Bill provides for heavy fines and prison sentences for press offences. It also envisages the creation of a government-appointed “communications commission” that would be in charge of granting broadcast licences. The information minister would be empowered to “issue policy guidelines” to the commission although it is described as “independent,” while article 86 of the bill gives the minister the unilateral power to interrupt broadcasts, dismantle radio and TV stations and tap telephones. The internal security minister, for his part, is empowered to seize broadcasting equipment.If adopted, the ICT Bill would even give the information minister power to control programme content, as the commission he appoints would also be responsible for ensuring the “good taste” of broadcasts.David Makali, the head of the Nairobi-based Media Institute, said: “Culturally diverse societies such as Kenya do not have a universal value of what is good or abhorrent, and the discretion of the editor, guided by professional ethics and the existing laws on public nuisance and morality, is in our view adequate.”But Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka insisted last week that the ICT Bill would reinforce the media’s “professionalism.”The bill has sparked an outcry among Kenyan journalists and in the international community and, on 1 December, the Media Institute and Kenya Editors Guild called for it to be withdrawn to allow for more consultations. If it is adopted in its current form, the Media Institute has threatened to challenge its constitutionality.“Regulation of professional or editorial content should be left to the professionally inclined mechanisms of the existing Media Council,” Makali said. “Given this government’s track record of relations with the media over the past six years, the media has cause to be apprehensive that the amendments as proposed will seriously curtail media freedom.”Reporters Without Borders points out that in a report issued on 6 March – entitled “How far to go? Kenya’s media caught in the turmoil of a failed election” – it urged the Kenyan authorities to be less mistrustful and hostile towards the media and to help them strengthen their ability to regulate themselves, work together and train journalists. April 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

20
Oct
2020

Support Cobb in 21st District Dem primary

first_imgOn June 26, New York state voters will have an opportunity to cast an important primary vote for our representation in Congressional District 21 for the 116th Congress. There are many qualified candidates on the Democratic side, but one has set herself apart as most deserving: Tedra Cobb.Considering the many reasons to choose a candidate, these stand out: integrity, energy, intention, leadership and experience. Tedra Cobb is the only candidate who matches all criteria with a record of elected public service and bipartisanship.Unlike our current representative, Elise Stefanik, Cobb has lived in the district for decades, raised a family and started a business, all the while serving her community. With a pubic record of accountability, Cobb’s supporters in her home county of St. Lawrence enthusiastically embrace her candidacy, providing us with the largest number of petition signatures of any Democratic congressional candidate in this race –which bodes well for the election win in the fall.Tedra Cobb embodies the independence, grit and kindness of the North Country. Her election effort has exhibited the leadership necessary to bring the district the kind of candidate we deserve: one who listens, one who is accessible to the constituents and one who is representative of our best selves. It’s for these reasons that I ask you to vote for Tedra Cobb to represent the people of Congressional District 21.Julie A. WashSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

26
Sep
2020

Ancelotti: Everything went wrong in Chelsea defeat

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know About2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has admitted that both the team’s strategy and the players’ attitude were wrong in the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea It was Ancelotti’s first return to Stamford Bridge since his departure as Chelsea boss in 2011, but it resulted in the joint-heaviest league defeat of his managerial career, equalling a 4-0 loss against Atletico Madrid as Real Madrid manager in February 2015. “It is not difficult to analyse this game. We were not good enough defensively, we were too open and with the ball, we made a lot of mistakes with passes so it is not a good day. “We were too slow, we lost a lot of duels in middle and we were not in the game. Usually, we are used to playing a different game but today, we were not good enough. We didn’t fight and everything was wrong, the strategy, the fighting spirit, the attitude. “But what we can do is learn from our mistakes because it is the first game [since his arrival] where we didn’t compete. Usually in the other games, we didn’t win but we competed until the end of the game. “We have to be focused, to analyse the game with what we did wrong… We have to look forward to another game [against Liverpool on Monday Night Football] that will be difficult but it can give us motivation because it’s a derby and try to do our best. Everyone will take their own responsibility and try to do better.” One of the surprises of the day was a second successive start for 18-year-old Billy Gilmour, who followed his sensational FA Cup performance in midweek with another star turn against Everton. There was plenty of praise from Frank Lampard as he discussed Gilmour’s full Premier League debut, saying: “With Billy, I always felt that the more he trained with us, the better he got very quickly so for me, when he plays, he’s just going to get better. “I’m not going to jump the gun because it’s two outstanding performances in, but when you watch his intelligence and his receiving of the ball, even for the second goal with how he swivels on the ball, he’s always checking his shoulder, he plays a simple pass but he plays it right and with the perfect weight and he’ll put his foot in. “The confidence of him today and his personality, it’s been a great start for him. I’m not too worried about him because I know what he’s like as a boy, he’s a good one and he’ll know the right things. He has a big future, I hope. Loading… “He’s receiving the ball in difficult areas of the pitch where if you don’t move it quickly, our play could break down or if you give it away in those areas, it’s dangerous. You need confidence to do that and Jorginho and Billy have it. “The most pleasing thing for me with Billy today was that he showed those balls in the first half but when he stepped up and played as one of the higher midfield players, he instantly took it on board, arriving in their box and playing balls higher up the pitch. “He showed that he can do both, which is a great thing for me in thinking about how the midfield looks at times.” Chelsea added more points to the board in their race for Champions League football and remain in fourth, with Everton also keeping themselves in the hunt for a spot in Europe next season. However, Lampard has remained cautious about a potential top-four finish, saying: “It can change very quickly [being in the top four] as it has this season. We can’t look around too much, we just have to worry about ourselves. “We have to keep ramming home the point that we’re in the driving seat in terms of fourth position but it means nothing if we take our foot off the accelerator and after the last two performances, we have a little template that we need to carry on with. “There’s still a long way to go. Manchester United are in great form, their acquisitions in January have given them a nice spring in their step so they’re going to challenge but so are quite a few teams. Even if it looks like a small cushion, I don’t feel that way. I feel like we need to focus on ourselves and get ourselves right and fight to the end for it. “It’s in our hands and when I described us as underdogs, I was looking at it in the big scheme with quite a few games to go and points to fight for. I’m not going to jump in and say we’re favourites [for fourth] because there is a lot of work to be done. “At times, we’ve had inconsistencies for different reasons and we have to fight against that ourselves and hope we can get enough points. I don’t know whether we’re underdogs or not but it certainly doesn’t feel like we’re favourites because there’s too far to go.” Read Also:​Chelsea’s Lampard considers return of Ancelotti Speaking about Everton’s European hopes, Ancelotti said: “We think that we can compete to fight for Europe for the next season, we are still there and of course, with this kind of performance, we have to forget [it]. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

09
Sep
2020

Eagles Train ahead of Corsica Friendly

first_imgPlayers expected at the team’s Best Western Hotel camp Wednesday night include; Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Mikel Agu and Abdullahi Shehu.An interesting game is at hand for the three-time African champions, against a team that has only lost once in the nine matches it has played since forming a squad in 1967.The only defeat the Corsica Senior Team has suffered was a 0-1 reverse to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a friendly in Bastia on May 14, 1998. The Lions were then preparing for the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France.The only time Corsica had played 1998 FIFA World Cup champions France was in February 1967, and the former won 2-0.Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football has appointed Tunisian arbiter, Youssef Essrayri, as the referee for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo.Essrayri, 40, who became an international referee five years ago, will be assisted by compatriots Yamen Melloulchi (Assistant Referee 1), Hassen Abdelali (Assistant Referee 2) and Said Mohamed Kordi (Fourth Official).The match commissioner is Andy Quamie from Liberia and Kotey Alexander Neequaye from Ghana will be referee assessor.The encounter at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, 10th June will open the curtain on the qualifying race in Group E for Cameroon 2019, with only the group winners guaranteed slots at the finals. Libya and Seychelles are the other teams in the pool.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles had their first training session in Ajaccio, France Wednesday morning ahead of Friday’s friendly match against the Corsica Senior team at the Stade Francois Coty.last_img read more