MauritaniaAfrica Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release News July 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor held illegally after detention order expires News MauritaniaAfrica to go further Follow the news on Mauritania Receive email alerts News July 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information May 20, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2020 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing detention of Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy (http://www.taqadoumy-fr.com/), who has been held since 18 June following a presidential candidate’s complaint. A court detention order expired at 3:40 p.m on 26 July and since then he had been held illegally.“We support the request by Dehah’s lawyer, Ould Ebety, for his arbitrary detention to be ended,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Dehah must be freed because the judicial order for his detention has expired and the authorities are breaking the law by keeping him in prison.”Dehah’s trial should have taken place yesterday but was postponed until 5 August, the day that Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is due to be sworn in as president.———————————–مدير موقع تقدمي معرّض للسجن لمدة خمسة أعوام26.07.2009 – Detained website editor now facing up to five years in prisonReporters Without Borders condemns the charges of “violating public decency”, “inciting crimes” and “publishing court statements still under the seal of confidentiality” that were brought against Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy, on 24 June. Dehah, who has been held since 18 June, was taken to Dart Naim prison after being charged.“We urge the authorities to explain the charges brought against Dehah, who has not yet been tried, and to produce evidence to support them,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are out of all proportion to the article that prompted his arrest. We suspect the authorities are using this prosecution to silence the website.”Dehah faces a possible five-year jail sentence when he is brought to trial, which should be within the next month.He was arrested on 18 June at the behest of the orders of the Nouakchott prosecutor’s office as a result of a complaint by presidential candidate Ibrahima Moctar Sarr, the head of the opposition Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renovation (AJD/MR), over an article posted on Taqadoumy on 22 April.Headlined “The sudden fortune of Ibrahima Sarr,” the article referred to “the purchase by Mr. Sarr of a villa costing 30 million ouguiyas (about 83,000 euros) on the Nouadhibou road in an area known as ‘university lands’, one of the capital’s most elegant neighbourhoods.” Sarr and his family described the article as “defamatory and baseless.”More information
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 accreditation
Blues-rock guitarists Eric Krasno and Marcus King will both play a pop-up, pool-side performance at Dead & Company‘s “Playing In The Sand” event down in Riviera Maya, Mexico on Saturday. The duo set was announced on Friday, and will take place at 1 p.m. local time at the pool of the Barceló Maya Colonia Hotel on Saturday afternoon, as attendees at the four-day destination event will look to continue their south-of-the-border party into the heart of the weekend.Both Krasno and King had been at sea the past few days, as both musicians were part of the ongoing 2019 installment of JamCruise. The two helped lead an all-star performance in the ship’s Spinnaker Lounge on Day 2 of JamCruise on Wednesday, where they rocked the boat alongside drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Deshawn “D-Vibes” Alexander (Marcus King Band), and Kevin Scott (The Invisible Whip). The pop-up performance on Saturday will act as the latest live collaboration between the two musicians/friends, as the guitarists have come to develop quite the tandem with recurring sit-ins at each others’ shows over the last few years as King’s career continues to blossom.Dead & Company had the day off on Friday following an impressive night one performance on Thursday. Fans and snowbirds who are at the event were also invited to check out the Dead-themed photo gallery event at The Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday morning, which featured showcased work from renowned GD photographer, Jay Blakesberg.Regardless of what beach-side plans attendees may have had for Saturday afternoon, fans should still try to make their way over to the Barceló Maya Colonia pool by 1 p.m. later this afternoon for a pre-Dead & Co. jam session.