Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly

first_img Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City February 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Djibouti DjiboutiAfrica News December 9, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts “This is an operation aimed at silencing the only small newspaper that still resists,” Daher Ahmed Farah told Reporters Without Borders. “With Le Renouveau reduced to silence, the gagging of press freedom and free speech is complete, after 30 years of absolute rule, suppression of the opposition, poverty and social tension – all this under the eyes of western democracies such as France and the United States, which have a military presence in Djibouti.” DjiboutiAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities to abandon a libel prosecution against the opposition weekly Le Renouveau after a court ruled on 11 February that the prosecution case was incomplete.Journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah, the brother of Le Renouveau managing editor Daher Ahmed Farah, was released provisionally on 10 February after three days in detention and appeared in court the next day on the charge of libelling the national bank governor, President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law, in an editorial.The judge ordered an adjournment until 18 February after discovering that the prosecution case file contained no copy of the issue with the offending editorial.It is unclear on what legal grounds Houssein Ahmed Farah is being prosecuted instead of his brother, who is currently out of the country. Daher Ahmed Farah, who also heads the opposition Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), told Reporters Without Borders his brother did not write the editorial. “It was an article without a byline, and in such a case it is the managing editor, myself, who assumes responsibility.”The printing material which the police took from the newspaper has not yet been returned. As a result, the newspaper is still unable to appear.———–08.02.2007 – Weekly editor’s brother kept in custody, but three others releasedAfter spending 24 hours in police custody, journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah was taken today before the state prosecutor, who ordered that he remain in detention. He is the brother of Daher Ahmed Farah, the managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, which did not appear today as the police have seized its printing material.Hared Abdallah Barreh, who is in charge of distributing the newspaper and who is a member of Daher Ahmed Farah’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), and Farah Abadid Hildid, the president of one of the party’s federations, were released during the day yesterday, while Daoud Farah Iyeh, one of Daher Ahmed Farah’s cousins, was freed last night.————–07.02.2007 – Police arrest brother and cousin of opposition weekly’s managing editorAfter being sought by police for five days, Houssein Ahmed Farah was arrested today and taken to the criminal investigation department, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his brother, Daher Ahmed Farah, managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau and head of the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), an opposition party. July 17, 2020 Find out more to go further News August 4, 2020 Find out more La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked The newspaper has been formally accused of libel in an article published on 1 February about a businessman who reportedly paid an indemnity to the national bank governor, who happens to be President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.———-05.02.2007 – Authorities again harass opposition weekly Le RenouveauReporters Without Borders today condemned the government’s renewed harassment of the staff of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, including its managing editor, Daher Ahmed Farah. The newspaper is the mouthpiece of one of Djibouti’s main opposition parties, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD).“After three years of relative peace, Le Renouveau is again the target of government hostility,” the press freedom organisation said. “Rather than setting the police and judicial authorities on one of Djibouti’s few dissident publications, the authorities should realise that it is archaic to try to control news and information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Those who work for Le Renouveau and Farah’s family and associates must be left in peace as they are being hounded over an article of which the sole shortcoming was to have irked the regime.”The police raided Farah’s home without a warrant on 2 February claiming they were looking for Farah’s brother. Farah is currently out of the country. The next day, the police arrested Hared Abdallah Barreh, an MRD member who is in charge of distributing the newspaper, and Farah Abadid Hildid, who heads one of the party’s federations.The two men are currently being held at the headquarters of the police criminal investigation department. MRD vice-president Souleiman Farah Lodon and MRD secretary-general Souleiman Hassan Fadal were meanwhile interrogated successively by the state prosecutor and the police, and then released. The police raided Farah’s home again on 4 February and seized a computer.The police raids and arrests have been carried out as part of a judicial investigation into an article published by Le Renouveau on 1 February. Headlined “Omar Aïdid incurs the wrath of the authorities,” it was about the arrest of a businessman involved in a dispute with the national bank president, who is President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.The Guelleh regime has had Farah in its sights for more than a decade. He was arrested four times in 2003, spending a total of 90 days in prison. His brother Houssein spent nine days in prison in June 2004 for allegedly endangering the First Lady’s life when he braked sharply in his car to avoid her passing motorcade. He was covering a street demonstration at the time. News One of his cousins, Daoud Farah Iyeh, was arrested yesterday for unknown reasons, the same source said. As the police have seized its printing material, the newspaper can no longer be produced. Newslast_img read more

Report on boosting island and coastal communities “gathering dust”

first_img Twitter By News Highland – February 18, 2015 Report on boosting island and coastal communities “gathering dust” A report published more than a year ago on boosting island and coastal communities has been “gathering dust”, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine has heard.A group of island representatives told the committee it was disappointing that the Promoting Sustainable Rural, Coastal and Island Communities report had made little progress since it was launched in January 2014.The report made 29 recommendations on boosting island and coastal communities through activities such as aquaculture, inshore fishing, tourism and seaweed activities.Chairman of the Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation Jerry Early from Árainn Mhór says not enough is being done for Islanders:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/gerraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Previous articleBoyle signs up at Finn ParkNext articleDonegal priest says Government small schools reforms not enough News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny last_img read more

News story: The Veterans’ Gateway records over 10,000 enquiries as it celebrates its first year in service

first_imgDesigned to offer a one stop shop through which veterans can access advice on a vast range of areas, from housing to health concerns, the Veterans’ Gateway has seen over 37,000 click throughs to external sites, with the majority of users requesting advice on finance.With requests coming from as far afield as Thailand, South Africa and St Maarten in the Caribbean, the service caters to veterans of all ages and backgrounds. 81% of users are under 65 years old, and 56% of web visitors access the site via mobile phones.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: We are committed to delivering for our veterans, and the Veterans’ Gateway is making sure those who served our country are getting the support they and their families need. This £2m project has helped 10,000 ex-service men and women in its first year, making the transition between service and civilian life as smooth as possible. Every day our troops and veterans inspire our nation and it is right we deliver for them in return for the sacrifices they have made. The vast majority of veterans go on to live healthy and fulfilling lives, and most find employment within six months of leaving the military. But we need to offer support to those who find the transition more challenging. I’m proud to see the great work that goes on behind the scenes of the Veterans’ Gateway, and I’ve been inspired by the community spirit of all who dedicate their time and knowledge to supporting those in need. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood today visited the Veterans’ Gateway service centre near Cardiff in South Wales. He met with veterans who now work as call handlers, using their experiences in the Armed Forces to benefit others, and giving back to the service community.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:center_img The 24-hour service is delivered by a Royal British Legion-led consortium with Poppyscotland, Combat Stress, Connect Assist, the Ministry of Defence and SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, on behalf of the Veterans’ Gateway consortium, said: The number of people contacting the Veterans’ Gateway continues to grow and we are reaching new groups of people including young veterans who need our support in finding the right information, advice and help. We have also seen increasing numbers of users being able to self-refer and gain better access to the services available to them. The Veterans’ Gateway can become a key resource for veterans and their families seeking support. With over 30 referral partners, it is truly a team of teams.last_img read more