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

Norwegian oil fund sees losses as US equities drop in value

first_imgNorway’s sovereign wealth fund saw its value decline by NOK53bn (€6bn) over the course of the second quarter, as the kroner strengthened and US equity holdings suffered negative returns.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management, in charge of the NOK6.9trn Government Pension Fund Global, said fixed income returns were impacted by a rise in yields across its main markets as he announced overall returns of -0.9%, ahead of its benchmark.Fixed income accounted for over a third of assets at the end of June and returned -2.2%, as only securitised debt seeing a positive return.Both euro-denominated bonds and US Treasuries saw negative returns, and the overall basket of government bonds returned -2.9%, on par with the returns from corporate bond holdings. Asian equity holdings boosted the fund’s overall equity returns to -0.2%, despite North American holdings returning -1.4%.The fund singled out Chinese, Japanese and UK equities for praise, as Chinese holdings were the strongest performer over the second quarter, returning 9.2%.Japanese equities returned 2.3%, well above the 1% average achieved by all holdings in Asia, and UK stocks returned 3.3%.Only a small number of equity sectors saw positive returns – among them financial stocks, heathcare and telecoms, latter which the fund said was boosted by the potential for mergers in both the US and Europe.Oil and gas stocks returned 1.1%, boosted by a combination of a recovering oil prices and companies implementing cost-cutting measures.“The return was also boosted by expectations of lower capital expenditure and so stronger cash flow ahead,” the quarterly report noted.The fund’s 2.7% property portfolio saw positive returns, as unlisted holdings worth NOK142bn saw returns of 4.4% compared to losses of 5.5% from its listed real estate portfolio.The sovereign fund grew its real estate holdings over the quarter with two acquisitions.last_img read more

NegOcc cops to probe SAP fund anomalies

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police authorities in Negros Occidental is launching an extensive investigation on the supposed anomalies in the distribution of financial aid to economically displaced residents due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. On Monday, Colonel Romeo Baleros, police provincial chief, said he directed PNP units all police chiefs in the province to prioritize the investigation of graft and corruption cases against local officials on the distribution of cash aid under the social amelioration program (SAP).  “I gave particular orders to the chiefs of police to direct their intelligence officers and investigators to go to the field to validate reports. This will encourage increased vigilance among the people in the barangays,” according to Baleros. He further directed these police chiefs to establish “action centers” with dedicated hotline numbers which will receive and act on any reports of irregularities on the SAP distribution. center_img Meanwhile, Baleros has encouraged all Negrenses to report to the nearest police station through their posted hotline numbers any information on anomalies that they know, assuring that their identities will be protected./PN The Negros Occidental Provincial Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit was also tasked to assist the stations. last_img read more

Donald Cerrone explains why he does not intend to bad-mouth Conor McGregor

first_img WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Watch Conor McGregor Interact With Donald Cerrone Back In 2015 And How Things Are NowAlso Read | Conor McGregor Goes Back To Boxing Roots Prior To UFC Bout Against Donald Cerrone COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 23rd December, 2019 16:19 IST Donald Cerrone Explains Why He Does Not Intend To Bad-mouth Conor McGregor Donald Cerrone stated that he is not going to talk badly about the Notorious One as he does not really care. He said that McGregor plays his part in life. Conor McGregor is one of the most polarizing superstars in UFC. While he is appreciated for his talent inside the cage, most MMA fans do not appreciate his behaviour outside the octagon. Trouble always seems to find the Irishman wherever he goes. Conor McGregor will take on Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in a highly anticipated fight.Also Read | Jorge Masvidal Glad To See Colby Covington’s Jaw Break, Vows To ‘baptize’ Conor McGregorUFC News: Donald Cerrone on why he will not bad mouth Conor McGregorThe Cowboy recently did an interview with MMA Junkie ahead of his fight with the Irishman. He discussed why he has no intention to bad-mouth McGregor. Donald Cerrone stated that he is not going to talk badly about the Notorious One as he does not really care. He said that McGregor plays his part in life and does whatever he wants. Cowboy added that he is as wild and crazy as Conor McGregor, but in a different way. Donald Cerrone also believes that McGregor is over scrutinized at the moment and that he lives his life under a microscope. FOLLOW UScenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor Wants To Fight Donald Cerrone In His Return, Confirmed His ManagerUFC News: Donald Cerrone explains he is only interested in talking about the fight with Conor McGregorDonald Cerrone further explained why he is only interested in talking about the fight and nothing beyond it. He said that he is not interested in bringing up anything from the past or outside the octagon. Cowboy said that people want to blow up and make a big deal out of anything that Conor does. The only thing that Donald would be talking about is their upcoming fight at UFC 246. Cowboy also added that he does not care what the Irishman does outside of the octagon. He assured that McGregor’s past will not be brought up when the two meet during the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference. First Published: 23rd December, 2019 16:19 IST Written By Danish Ansari last_img read more