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RSF asks Tanzania to explain yesterday’s brief arrests of CPJ visitors

RSF asks Tanzania to explain yesterday’s brief arrests of CPJ visitors

first_img Organisation News November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Tanzanian authorities to fully clarify the detention of two visiting representatives of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for several hours yesterday. RSF_en Angela Quintal, the CPJ’s Africa programme coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, its sub-Saharan Africa representative, were released last night after being arrested at their Dar es Salaam hotel by a group of men who said they were working for the Tanzanian immigration authority. Tanzanian government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said the Tanzanian authorities had been trying to establish whether the “supposed CPJ journalists” had been authorized to enter the country. They were released after being questioned by the immigration authorities, but their passports were seized and only returned midday today, said the CPJ in a statement.It was Quintal herself who broke the news of their arrest on Twitter. Her Twitter account was used a few hours later to announce their release although they were still being questioned. CPJ executive director Joel Simon said the possibility that Quintal’s devices had been compromised was “extremely alarming.” Twitter later suspended her account. “We unreservedly condemn the arrest of these two staunch press freedom defenders” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The Tanzanian authorities have a duty to ensure the safety of these two journalists and their freedom of movement.” RSF is extremely concerned about the rapid decline in press freedom in Tanzania. Azori Gwanda, a reporter for Mwananchi, the leading Swahili-language newspaper, has not been seen since disappearing nearly a year ago while investigating a series of murders of local officials in the eastern Pwani region. Tanzania is ranked 93rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling ten places in the space of a year, one of the biggest falls registered by any country. November 8, 2018 RSF asks Tanzania to explain yesterday’s brief arrests of CPJ visitors Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Tanzania The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expression February 4, 2021 Find out more Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story News TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information November 5, 2020 Find out more News Reports Crédit: CPJ last_img read more

Video highlights diverse community

Video highlights diverse community

first_imgThe newest viral video on the Notre Dame campus is a product of the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Joyce Lantz, director of communications for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said the “Any Given Day” video, which has been viewed nearly 27,000 times, features students with diverse academic tracks and extracurricular activities to show prospective students the range of opportunities available to them at Notre Dame. “Students at Notre Dame go above and beyond the ordinary college student, making our students and our days extraordinary,” Lantz said. “Students enjoy the challenge of academic rigor, and there is always something happening on campus to attract their intellectual curiosity.” The video also emphasizes Notre Dame’s sense of community and Catholic identity, she said, making students “truly a part of something larger than themselves.” “Notre Dame offers a distinctive Catholic experience within an environment of universal moral values,” Lantz said. “This open and accepting community of faith urges one to examine issues from all angles; it also fills one with a sense of purpose, passion and meaning. Regardless of one’s individual faith tradition, he or she will feel affirmed at Notre Dame.” Senior Martha Dee, who appears in the video, said it highlights parts of the Notre Dame experience that most prospective students don’t get the chance to see. “I think it shows a lot of different facets of Notre Dame life, which is a good thing,” Dee said. “We tend to get a one-sided view of Notre Dame, the tradition and the Catholicism and the straight-edged student population, but I think this video gives a really cool and dynamic perspective.” Dee said the video not only depicts how students spend their time while attending Notre Dame but also the different paths they will take after graduation. “Not only is it giving a rock-star view of Notre Dame … but showing how these experiences here will ultimately lead to the rest of your life,” she said. “This is a jumpstart from where you then go into your career or into your future social life.”   Lantz said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions held a casting call to recruit students to appear in the video. “We were seeking students that could tell their Notre Dame story with authenticity,” she said. “We did not want to work from a script, nor present a ‘talking heads’ format.  Instead, we thought of the process in terms of conversations, conversations one could have with any Notre Dame student on ‘any given day.’” Dee said she was unsure of how the video would turn out while filming but is thrilled with the final product. “When we were shooting the footage, it was just a bunch of walking down the hall and doing the same things over again, and you’re like, ‘How are they going to put this together? What is putting on makeup in a room going to show a prospective student?’” she said. “But when all those little clips were put together, you got every single different view of Notre Dame you possibly could get. I loved the way it turned out.” The student reaction to the video over social media was impressive as well, she said. “It was on everybody’s Facebook page within 45 minutes of it being posted,” Dee said. “Everybody was like, ‘This is awesome! This is why I go to this school! I love Notre Dame.’” Dee said she got goosebumps and started crying the first time she watched the video, and she hopes prospective students get the same feeling. “I think for perspective students who are on the edge – they probably were accepted to a bunch of top-tier schools – looking at his video could give them a really cool look into Notre Dame that you may not otherwise see,” she said. Junior Caroline Ramsey said the video encapsulates the Notre Dame “work hard, play hard” mentality. “It shows that [Notre Dame students are] really involved in studies and involved in engaging in a lot of different activities and exercising their curiosity in so many ways, more than just academic,” Ramsey said. “It tried to show a picture of a whole life, a whole person. That’s what college is all about, educating the whole person. That’s what Notre Dame is about.”last_img read more

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

Marathon runner returns to reformed Ethiopia after exile

first_imgEthiopia this week unveiled a new 20-member cabinet featuring 10 women, becoming one of only a handful of nations to achieve gender parity in government.Since coming to power Abiy’s measures have included ending two decades of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, releasing jailed dissidents, welcoming formerly banned groups back into the country and announcing plans to privatise major state-owned industries.#Feyisa_Lilesa, respect earned not begged! You inspired generations of children and athletes and won you the hearts and minds of the Oromo Nation and the world! Thank you FM #Workneh_Gebeyehu for showing respect for this true Oromo patriot! pic.twitter.com/88UzVLcQIQ— Moa Abagodu (@Moa_Abagodu) October 21, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | After two years of political exile that began at the Rio Olympic Games marathon finish line the athlete Feyisa Lilesa returned home to Ethiopia on Sunday saying the African nation was now a freer place.Lilesa, now 28, won the silver medal at Rio but his anti-government protest — holding his wrists together in imaginary handcuffs in front of television cameras — against the former hard-line regime led him to remain in exile, choosing Flagstaff, Arizona, as his temporary haven.But on Sunday he was met at the airport by the country’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and other dignitaries in the government of reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who came to power in April.“There is quite a change in the country, now people can freely express their opinions and condemn the government freely,” Lilesa told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.“My sympathy goes out to martyrs that sacrificed lives and gave the freedom to come to my country and join my family. They faced the dark and became a light for us,” said a visibly emotional Lilesa.“I want to come back to my previous performance. I have a big hope to score a good result for my country and myself,” Lilesa said.last_img read more