Information ministry bans 61 newspapers

first_img Reporters Without Borders calls on the information ministry to rescind two new decrees, one on 18 August declaring 75 newspapers defunct for failing to publish for the past three years, and one on 20 August banning 61 other newspapers on the grounds that they have no legal existence.Signed by information minister Lambert Mende Omalanga, the decrees are being fiercely criticized by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s media community. Citing article 16 of the 1996 press law, the first decree declares that 75 newspapers have ceased to exist because they have not brought out any issue for three years. The second decree, citing article 22 of the same law, declares that 61 newspapers “have no (legal) title allowing them to operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo and therefore do not exist as press organs.”Reached by Reporters Without Borders, the owners of several publications named in the decrees insisted that they did not meet the criteria for being banned, either because they have continued to publish issues during the past three years, or because they have a receipt showing that they are duly registered.It should nonetheless be acknowledged that some of the newspapers named in the 18 August decree have ceased to publish altogether or appear only sporadically and usually in the form of – often very politicized – pamphlets rather than real newspapers.“We prefer to regard this as an information ministry gaffe rather than a censorship attempt,” said Reporters Without Borders. “Nonetheless, it is important that the Congolese authorities should not use bureaucratic pretexts to harass the media, as they are doing here.“It is also questionable whether the ministry has the power to ban newspapers. This should be a matter for the regulatory authorities or, if appropriate, the courts. We call on the ministry to rescind these decrees at once and to allow the newspapers to continue publishing.”In response to the outcry from the media community, including the NGO Journalist in Danger, the information ministry has given the named publications 45 days to comply or to produce the required documents. However, the deadline extension only concerns those that owe back taxes or have not published for three years.Under the 1996 press law, newspapers must register but do not need a permit to publish. The DRC has several hundred publications, some of which appear very occasionally, and do not meet the criteria expected of a newspaper.The DRC is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 18, 2021 Find out more August 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information ministry bans 61 newspapers to go further Help by sharing this information Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News RSF_en Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Organisation News News Another 75 are declared defunct for failing to publish regularly February 24, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon LimerickPatti Cake$ Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Previous articleCitywide arts festival taking place this weekendNext articleMunster players make one fan’s dreams come true Alan Jacques Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – September 8, 2017 960 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday September 11.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who directed ‘Patti Cake$’?A. Marshall MathersB. Kanye WestC. Geremy Jasperlast_img read more

Home moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chief

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Home moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chief previous nextHousing MarketHome moves to shrink by 200,000 following Brexit vote, says L&G chiefLegaly & General Surveying Services MD says market is still ‘fragile’Nigel Lewis11th October 20160628 Views The Brexit vote may lead to some 200,000 transactions being knocked off the number of homes sold this year according to Legal and General Building Services’ managing director Steve Goodall.Speaking at a recent conference organised by Mortgage Finance Gazette, Goodall (pictured, below) said the UK long-term average was 1.5 million transactions a year, topping out at 1.6 million during the “heady heights” of 2006/7 before the financial crisis, then dipping down to 900,000 and now running at 1.2 million.“Because of what happened over the summer – i.e. the referendum vote for the UK to leave Europe – this year we night see a flatlining of transactions,” he said.“The equivalent number of transactions over the last three months may have actually dropped to around one million per annum.”Goodall also said transactions should be much higher overall, pointing out that current levels of transaction should be measured against the growing number of households in the UK. Therefore, he calculates, the market should be running at 1.7 or 1.8 million transactions a year not 1.2 million.“There are more people yet there are fewer housing transactions,” he said.The conference was attended by a mixed bag of industry leaders including Karl Knipe from Hertfordshire-based Kings Group and David Westgate, the recently-installed new chief executive of Andrews Property Group.During the debate Westgate said he thought changing demographics including greater labour mobility plus the building industry’s lack of house building are why transaction levels remains weak. “The house builders are drip feeding property into the market because fits in with their financial aspirations or their profit targets,” he said.Legal & General Brexit Steve Goodall October 11, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Ken Burns offers preview of ‘Central Park Five’ at HLS

first_imgThis week, PBS will air “The Central Park Five,” a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, which tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Convicted as teenagers, the five defendants spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist admitted to the crime and their convictions were overturned.At HLS on March 12, Burns and his co-producers, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, joined Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and two Central Park Five members for a film screening and panel discussion. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Prison Studies Project and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.After the screening, Ogletree moderated a discussion with the filmmakers and Central Park Five members Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson. “I think we set out to try to answer two questions: how could something like this happen, and who were these five?” said Burns.Read more about the screening and watch a video of the panel on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more