Two imprisoned TV journalists consigned to oblivion in runup to elections

first_img Organisation March 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two imprisoned TV journalists consigned to oblivion in runup to elections Reporters Without Borders voiced “great concern” today that, although general elections are due in exactly two months (on 15 May), two journalists with the Oromo-language service of the state-owned Ethiopian Television (ETV), Shiferraw Insermu and Dhabassa Wakjira, continue to be subjected to prolonged detention on suspicion of links with an Oromo separatist group. News Receive email alerts News RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home RSF_en May 21, 2021 Find out more to go further February 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced “great concern” today that, although general elections are due in exactly two months (on 15 May), two journalists with the Oromo-language service of the state-owned Ethiopian Television (ETV), Shiferraw Insermu and Dhabassa Wakjira, continue to be subjected to prolonged detention on suspicion of links with an Oromo separatist group.”As Ethiopians get ready to vote, two journalists continue to languish in a prison where cases of torture and mistreatment are regularly reported by international organizations,” Reporters Without Borders said.”Ethiopia is violating the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights just a few kilometres away from the Addis Ababa headquarters of the African Union,” the press freedom organization continued. “Whatever the charges against them, these two journalists have rights, and these have been clearly flouted by authorities who have defied the decisions of the federal high court. Insermu and Wakjira should have been released immediately under Ethiopian law. Reporters Without Borders added: “The circumstances in which they were thrown in prison leads us to suspect that there is absolutely no basis for the charge of terrorism that has been brought against them.”Insermu and Wakjira were initially arrested at home in Addis Ababa on 22 April 2004. The federal high court ordered their release on bail on 9 August but only Insermu was freed. He was re-arrested eight days later and released again on the federal high court’s orders in mid-October. As ETV refused to rehire him, he was seeking work as a journalist elsewhere when he was arrested for the third time on 11 January.Wakjira has meanwhile been held without interruption for nearly a year as the prison authorities ignored the various court orders to free him. According to the information obtained in Addis Ababa by Reporters Without Borders, both journalists were taken before a court on 2 March but the hearing was postponed. They are both currently held in the main Addis Ababa prison, known as Kerchiele.According to our information, they are charged under articles 32, 252 and 522 of the criminal code with passing government information to the leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), planning attacks, criminal association of a terrorist nature and raising funds with a view to carrying out acts of terrorism. Insermu, in particular, is accused of sending government information to the OLF’s radio station Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo (the Voice of Oromo Liberation – SBO) “by e-mail or other means.”A former colleague now living in exile said Insermu and Wakjira were detained along with other Oromo employees of ETV who have since been released. Their arrests followed the broadcasting of a report about the use of violence by police to disperse an Oromo student demonstration on the Addis Ababa university campus on 4 January. The police arrested many demonstrators, especially members of the Macha Tulema social aid group who were protesting against the government’s decision to move Oromo regional bodies from Addis Ababa (called Finfinne by the Oromos) to Adama (also known as Nazret), 100 km east of the capital.Founded in 1974, the OLF is an armed movement that is opposed to Amhara and Tigrean dominance in Ethiopia and proposes that the Oromos of southern Ethiopia should form a separate country together with the Oromos of northern Kenya. The OLF is back by Eritrea, the former Ethiopian province where a guerrilla coalition waged an independence war against Addis Ababa from 1962 to 1991. Following Eritrean independence in 1993, the two countries fought a deadly territorial war from 1998 to 2000.Oromo community organizations and Oromo state employees are often the targets of government repression on the accusation of being OLF spies. The human rights report issued on 28 February by the US State Department, which has in the past tended to favour Ethiopia, was very critical of human rights violations “especially against persons suspected of being OLF members.”The difficulties encountered by Reporters Without Borders in obtaining information in Ethiopia about these two journalists indicate how sensitive the issue had become. After cross-checking, the organization has established that at least 12 Oromo journalists have fled to neighbouring countries since the start of 2004 to escape the repression in Ethiopia.Garuma Bekele, the managing editor of the weekly Urji, Tesfaye Deressa, its editor, and Solomon Nemera, one of its reporters, spent nearly four years in prison, from 1997 to 2001, for allegedly “participating in terrorist activities” and “publishing inaccurate news.” They had simply raised questions about an official statement that three men killed by the security forces were OLF members. EthiopiaAfrica Follow the news on Ethiopia Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more News EthiopiaAfrica Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditationlast_img read more

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Inter-American Air Forces Academy Conference Share Common Issues With Partner Nations

first_imgBy Dialogo June 08, 2010 Top senior enlisted military leaders from 22 partner Latin American and Caribbean nations shared common issues and established personal lines of communication at an Inter-American Air Forces Academy conference May 17-22 on Lackland. It was the first conference specifically designed for those partner nation’s senior enlisted leaders to collectively discuss common enlisted issues and collect information about IAAFA and USAF education and training programs. “This is an historic event for IAAFA,” said Chief Master Sgt. Andres Alvarez, IAAFA superintendent. “The key was to bring them here so they could see what capabilities they have to use our school in developing their enlisted personnel.” Our USAF and IAAFA NCOs were spectacular in making this IAAFA historic international event happen particularly the organizers, supporters and briefers representing our nation. “It was important to not only share senior enlisted issues but also discuss common ground and what courses and programs we can support them with to strengthen our nations partnerships and capabilities.” The conference was a chance to develop personal partnerships, share common mission needs and facilitate mutual understanding, said Chief Alvarez. He added the focus was common themes shared as senior enlisted leaders, and exposure to enlisted development, education and training, and personnel development programs provided at IAAFA and 37TRW (BEAST, BMT and ALS) for USAF personnel. Chief Master Sgt. Harold Clark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Command Chief Master Sergeant, said IAAFA’s ability to provide education and training to partner nations in the Air Forces Southern and Northern Commands is a top priority for theater engagement plans. “It is absolutely limitless of what we can do, but the overall objective is enhanced regional stability,” said Chief Clark. “We’ve found over the years if we work with each other, we’re stronger and regional stability is increased.” Chief Clark also said the formal and informal discussions will aid in the continued development of common ground templates for unified responses to natural disasters, countering narcotics trafficking and fighting narco-terrorism. Jamaican Force Sgt. Major Errol McKenzie hopes the conference becomes a yearly event and will serve to further enhance the region’s partnerships. “We can achieve and be successful only if we come together, work together, help and learn from each other; then we can be able to secure our nations,” he said. “I leave here having made friends for life.” Uruguay Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Raul Parapar said he discovered a common thread of issues by exchanging and sharing information with his counterparts, and picked up ideas on recruiting and teaching methods. “I’ll share the information and what I’ve learned with my colleagues so in the future the efforts will be synergized with everybody else,” he said through an interpreter. “We have never been to IAAFA before and it showed me the different capabilities (available) to our instructors.”last_img read more

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Argentina settles football coach Sampaoli’s exit terms

first_imgMoscow, July 15 : The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has settled the terms of exit of their head coach Jorge Sampaoli following the national team’s disappointing performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The AFA will pay Sampaoli $2 million for early termination of his duties instead of the $20 million indicated in his contract which was initially valid until 2020, Sputnik news agency quoted daily sports newspaper Ole as reporting on Sunday.The 58-year-old specialist took charge of the South American giants in May 2017 with the two-time champions struggling to qualify for the World Cup.After an underwhelming qualification campaign, Argentina managed to set off to Russia, where the team scraped into the knockout stage with a 2-1 win over Nigeria only to be sent home after losing 3-4 to France.In June, the media reported that the Argentina players unanimously voted for Sampaoli to be sacked as the team’s head coach after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland and thrashed 0-3 by Croatia in their opening World Cup games. IANSlast_img read more

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Champion’s league action

first_imgUnited are 2 points behind group leaders Wolfsburg who are away to PSV Eindhoven.A win for City tonight away to Sevilla could guarantee a place in the next round with two group games to go.All of tonight’s matches start at 7.45last_img

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