Journalists to spend New Year’s Eve in prison for first time since military rule ended in 1999

first_imgNews to go further December 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists to spend New Year’s Eve in prison for first time since military rule ended in 1999 January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders today voiced its solidarity with three Nigerian journalists who will miss the New Year celebration because they will spend the night of the 31 December in prison in the oil town of Port Harcourt, the capital of southeastern Rivers State. This is without precedent since the return to civilian rule in 1999.“The judicial authorities are imposing a grim ordeal on three journalists under pressure from the governor of an unstable state,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Nigerian press is still in the grip of harsh legislation, a brutal police force and authoritarian governors. On this New Year’s Eve, we call for their release and we reiterate our commitment to the independent press and, in particular, to the three Port Harcourt prisoners who are exposed to dangerous challenges.”Clem Ofuokwu, the editor-in-chief of privately-owned radio station Rhythm 93.7 FM, and news presenter Cleopatra Taiwo were arrested on 19 December by agents from the State Security Service (SSS), an intelligence agency, for falsely reporting two days before that a bridge had collapsed on the road out of Port Harcourt at Choba.The station was closed and they were taken to the police station together with news manager David Obi and programme manager Loknan Dombim. After the broadcast of a formal apology by the station’s owner, Obi and Dombim were released the next day on condition they report daily to the police.However, Ofuokwu and Taiwo were charged with “conspiracy to publish and disseminate false news” and “intent to cause public panic and fear and disturb the peace.” They have been placed in custody until 3 January, when a court is to rule on their lawyer’s request for their release on bail.Owei Kobina Sikpi, the publisher of the privately-owned Weekly Star newspaper, is meanwhile on the point of completing his third month in detention. After being arrested at his newspaper’s press on 11 October and being held for six days at an undisclosed location, he was brought before the Port Harcourt high court on 17 October and charged with seven counts of “publishing false news.”The offending reports were for the most part about allegations of money laundering by Rivers State governor Peter Odili, clashes between the army and separatist militia in the Niger Delta region and former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s presence in Nigeria. All of Sikpi’s requests for release on bail have been rejected. Help by sharing this information Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Follow the news on Nigeria News NigeriaAfrica center_img NigeriaAfrica News RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts February 8, 2021 Find out more Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Newslast_img read more

Humane Society Hopes Families Will Adopt Their Own German Shepherd After Breed’s Big Win at Westminster

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Make a comment More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday As 5-year-old, German shepherd Rumor was crowned Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night, the six German shepherds currently awaiting adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA howled in joy.Buddy, a 1-year-old exuberant pup who loves tennis balls, couldn’t have imagined a better choice. It was reported that five-year-old A.J. danced circles in his kennel and six-year-old Steve squeaked his favorite toy in celebration. The other three German Shepherds joined in the festivities by treating all shelter residents to a round of dog cookies.“It’s unusual to have so many German shepherds at our shelter at one time,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “We hope that Rumor’s big win will inspire people to adopt a shepherd of their own.”German shepherds are extremely intelligent dogs that make loyal family pets. Weighing in at between 75 and 95 pounds, German Shepherds are large breed dogs that require regular exercise and plenty of mental stimulation. The breed is easy to train and are very loyal to their owners, but may be wary of strangers and other pets. German Shepherds are great working dogs and are commonly employed as seeing eye dogs, police canines, drug sniffers, and as part of search and rescue teams.The adoption fee for all dogs at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is $125 and includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip and up-to-date vaccines. All adoptable pets can be viewed on the organization’s website at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCAThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, non-profit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals. The animals in our care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes. To learn more, visit 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Community News Humane Society Hopes Families Will Adopt Their Own German Shepherd After Breed’s Big Win at Westminster From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 6:59 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Churches ramp up anti-gay marriage campaign

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Oct 2012Church leaders will use their Sunday sermons this month to implore their congregations to speak out against gay marriage.With three weeks left for submissions on the bill to legalise gay marriage, the New Zealand Christian Network has asked members to write to the Government in opposition of the law change.In an email to be “read out in churches” this month, the network encourages Christians to “take time to seek God’s heart before writing their submission with grace and truth”.National director of the New Zealand Christian Network Glyn Carpenter said it was “highly probable that this bill will not be good for New Zealand”.“This bill on its own will not bring about the destruction of society as we know it,” he said.“Marriage is already facing a number of challenges, and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that families and society are weaker and poorer as a result.“What politicians should be doing is looking at what needs to be done to strengthen marriage, not spending time debating bills whose main outcome would be to further undermine it.”Mr Carpenter urged anyone concerned by gay marriage to write a submission opposing it “and to do so with language and a tone of voice that is gracious and respectful”.“It is possible to talk so much or speak so loudly that people can’t hear what we are saying,” he said.“It is also possible for language to reflect a tone of voice which does not communicate the love we are called to display.”The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to allow same-sex couples to wed has already passed its first reading in Parliament. read more