Court closes newspaper and issues arrests warrants for staff for “contempt”

first_imgNews Receive email alerts News Organisation News RSF_en LiberiaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Help by sharing this information March 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court closes newspaper and issues arrests warrants for staff for “contempt”center_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists December 16, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Liberia Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more LiberiaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today condemned the “disproportionate” measures taken on 4 March by a Monrovia court, which closed the offices of a privately-owned weekly, the Forum Newspaper, until it paid a fine of 200 US dollars and ordered the arrest of its managing editor and other editorial staff for “contempt of court” on the grounds that they ignored several summonses.”Closing a newspaper and issuing warrants for the arrest of all its journalists are serious actions that are clearly out of all proportion in a libel case,” the press freedom organization said. “The premises of the Forum Newspaper must be reopened unconditionally, and the arrest warrants must be withdrawn. The Liberian courts should abstain from such dramatic action, especially in an election period, as it deserves universal disapproval.”Reached by telephone, Forum Newspaper managing editor Augustus Fallah told Reporters Without Borders he never received any summons and regarded the court’s decision as “politically motivated.” He said he was trying to raise the sum needed for the reopening of the newspaper’s premises and that the staff were meanwhile working at home. They were able to bring out the 8 March issue as usual.A libel suit was brought against Forum Newspaper on 5 January by Melee Kermue, a Senate candidate from the center of the country and director of the NGO Hope International for Liberia, over a report headlined “Wanted Hope International Boss Escapes Justice from the US,” which claimed that he left the United States as the US authorities were about to bring charges in a drug trafficking case. Kermue is seeking 2 million US dollars in damages. last_img read more

Euro 2020: Swiss hit four against Gibraltar, Georgia frustrate Denmark

first_imgRelatedPosts Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Blatter urges FIFA to suspend Infantino Switzerland took 37 minutes to break down a stubborn Gibraltar side before easing to a 4-0 win while Denmark were frustrated by Georgia in a 0-0 draw in Group D of the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Sunday. Ireland stayed top of the five-team group with 11 points from five games, two ahead of Denmark, while Switzerland are one point behind in third and with a game in hand. Georgia have four points while Gibraltar have none and have yet to score a goal. Edimilson Fernandes was close twice early on for Switzerland and Loris Benito rattled the woodwork before Gibraltar were forced to change goalkeepers in the 23rd minute as Dayle Coleing went off injured to be replaced by Kyle Goldwin. The Gibraltar defence still held firm until Denis Zakaria nodded in from a corner in the 37th minute. Admir Mehmedi added the second with another header, from a Fabian Schaer cross, in the 43rd minute and Ricardo Rodriguez fired home the third in first-half stoppage time after the ball pinged around the Gibraltar area. Granit Xhaka had several attempts to get on the scoresheet after the break, with one effort well saved by Goldwin. The Swiss had to be content with one more goal three minutes from the end when Mehmedi’s shot hit a defender and rebounded to Mario Gavranovic who dispatched the ball into the net. Denmark were frustrated by Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Loria and the woodwork in Tbilisi. Loria twice denied Martin Braithwaite with fingertip saves as Denmark dominated the first half. Valeri Qazaishvili had Georgia’s best effort with a long-range shot which flew narrowly wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post in the 76th minute. Denmark substitute Christian Gytkjaer cracked a shot against the crossbar with Loria beaten in the 82nd minute but, despite 59 per cent of possession, they created few openings and had to settle for a point. Reuters/NAN.Tags: denmarkEuro 2020GeorgiaGibraltarSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at USC

first_imgAustin Vogel | Daily TrojanLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was the featured speaker of the 13th annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture in the Davidson Executive Conference Center Wednesday night. Titled “From Valley Boy to First Jewish Mayor of Los Angeles,” Garcetti discussed the role of his mixed heritage growing up, how Judaism can be an effective medium for activism and his position as the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles.last_img

Extra train service for All Ireland replay

The game between the Premier County and Kilkenny will throw in at 5 o’clock on Saturday week in Croke Park.The additional service will leave Birdhill at 11:50am and stop at Nenagh at 12:16pm – it will then stop at Roscrea at 1 o’clock before travelling direct to Heuston station arriving at 2:30pm.The return service will leave Dublin at 8:40pm and there will be no change at Ballybrophy. Tickets can be bought on line at www.irishrail.ie