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Confrontation in northern city between jihadists and last journalists

Confrontation in northern city between jihadists and last journalists

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the beating that radio presenter Abdoul Malick Ali Maïga received from jihadists in the northern city of Gao on 5 August after commenting on the fact that protesting residents had prevented them from amputating an accused thief’s hand that morning.Maïga had just made his comment and was still presenting the evening news programme on radio Adar Koima (Joy of the Hill) when members of the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) burst him in and took him away.Adar Koima journalist Oumarou Mohamed Lamine told Reporters Without Borders that the station is now off the air. “We are waiting for our colleague to recover and then we will reopen the radio station, perhaps at the weekend,” he said. “The suspension of broadcasting is just a temporary decision.” On the media situation in Gao, Lamine said: “Of the six radio stations that used to broadcast in Gao, ours is the only one still operating. The population needs us in order to be able to have information about what is happening in the city. We are afraid that (the Islamists) will come back, but we will keep going.”Lamine added: ” We are working with a skeleton staff and we have reduced the number of programmes. Now we just broadcast from 6 to 10 pm. We used to be 13 journalists but now we are just six. There are rumours that MUJAO still wants to target our station but we are determined to continue our battle. Our mission is awareness raising, education and information. Our evening news programme is vital for the population.” Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the gravity of this incident. It shows that a trial of strength is taking place between Islamists who want to impose the Sharia and deprive the population of independent news coverage, and media that are trying to survive amid the chaos and provide a minimum news service.The Adar Koima episode began on the evening of 4 August, when the station reported during its news programme that MUJAO was planning to amputate the hand of a young recruit who had been caught stealing. The next morning, a large number of residents gathered in Gao’s Independence Square in order to prevent the punishment from being carried out.In reprisal, the Islamists swooped on the radio station at around 8 pm, as Maïga was referring to that morning’s events. Interrupting the programme, they took him off to an unknown location, beat him with rifle butts, and dumped him, unconscious, outside Gao’s main hospital two hours later. Maïga finally recovered consciousness at around 2 am. Agence France-Presse quoted a hospital doctor as saying he had abrasions over one eye and was still in intense pain.The Islamists only released Maïga after Gao residents staged another demonstration outside police headquarters and, according to Radio France Internationale, set fire to the car of Aliou Mahamar, the MUJAO-appointed police chief who was blamed for the attack on Maïga.”It is important that the journalists employed by Gao’s last radio station should be able to continue working safely, especially as the station’s closure would leave the city without any news media,” Reporters Without Borders added.Meanwhile, all is far from well in the south of the country. The press club and organizations that defend journalists’ rights staged a one-day media stoppage three weeks ago in protest against an attack on Saouti Haidara, the dean of Mali’s press corps, three weeks ago.Long an example of freedom of information in Africa, Mali has experienced a constant and dramatic deterioration since a military coup in March and the occupation of the north of the country by various armed groups. Organisation RSF_en August 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Confrontation in northern city between jihadists and last journalists RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali May 5, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Follow the news on Mali June 8, 2021 Find out more MaliAfrica to go further Receive email alerts MaliAfrica News News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Photo : Members of Movement for unity and jihad in West Africa (MUJAO in french), in a street of Gao (AFP/Issouf Sanogo) Help by sharing this information News May 17, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants

Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants

first_img 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is calling for gifted students nationwide to apply for a Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholarship, the only merit-based, need-blind scholarships for gifted kids in the nation. The CDB Scholarship provides the opportunity for any gifted student, regardless of race or income, to go to the high school of their choice. Since its establishment in 2002, 72 of these students came from California with 11 selected in 2014. Over the last 16 years, the Scholarship has enabled 175 scholars from 29 states to attend high schools throughout the United States. For more information, go to www.educationaladvancement.org/caroline-d-bradley-scholarship.Scholarship funds can be used to attend the high school that best meets the recipient’s individual academic and personal needs, including independent, parochial, day, boarding, charter or alternative schools. IEA also provides Scholarship recipients with academic guidance throughout their high school careers, and creates a peer network with ongoing communication and interaction.“The CDB Scholarship addresses the unmet needs of our gifted children,” said IEA President, Elizabeth Jones. “While gifted students make up 5-7 percent of the student population, they receive less than 0.1% in funding. In 2014, roughly $70 billion was allocated to schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Of this, $11.5 billion was spent for special needs kids, while only $10 million was designated for gifted students. This scholarship gives gifted children the chance they need to grow and live a purposeful, meaningful life in whatever way they choose,” said IEA President, Elizabeth Jones.Students apply for the CDB in the seventh grade and are required to complete a rigorous application process that includes three essays, middle school transcripts, two recommendations, and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores of at least the 97th percentile on nationally-normed standardized tests, and score competitively with high school seniors on the SAT-1 Reasoning test. Caroline D. Bradley Scholars are also required to maintain top grades in challenging high school courses.The 2015 deadline is April 21, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of admission directors and school administrators from top secondary schools, colleges and universities across the country, after which the chosen Finalists will participate in a personal interview. For more information, please visit at www.educationaladvancement.org. Make a comment Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News Education Nation’s Only Merit-Based High School Scholarship for Gifted Seeks Applicants Deadline for Free High School Scholarships is April 21 – Open to All From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 | 12:45 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more