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Heavy fines but no jail for editor convicted of defamation

first_img Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent RwandaAfrica News Organisation Help by sharing this information February 13, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more November 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy fines but no jail for editor convicted of defamation RwandaAfrica center_img Reports to go further Receive email alerts News BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist April 6, 2020 Find out more Jean Bosco Gasasira, the editor of the fortnightly Umuvugizi, has been convicted on charges of defamation and invasion of privacy but has been acquitted on the more serious charge of insult and abuse, on which he had been facing a possible sentence of more than two years in prison.In its verdict and sentencing issued on 13 November, the Kigali court also refrained from ordering Umuvugizi’s closure, which had been requested by the prosecutor’s office. The prosecution was the result of a complaint by a prosecutor and the head of the National Council of Women over an article claiming they had an extramarital affair.The court fined Gasasira 10,000 Rwandan francs (20 dollars) on the defamation charge and 1 million Rwandan francs (2,000 dollars) on the privacy invasion charge. It also ordered him to pay 1 million Rwandan francs in damages to each of the plaintiffs (a total of 4,000 dollars) and 400,000 Rwandan francs in legal costs. In all, he will have to pay 6,000 dollars.——————————————————————————–10.11.2009 – Prosecutor calls for more than two years against journalistReporters Without Borders today voiced outrage at a prosecution call to permanently shut down the independent bi-monthly Umuvugizi and to sentence its editor, Jean Bosco Gasasira, to a 26-month jail sentence for libel.The worldwide press freedom organisation urged the judge who is due to rule in the case on 13 November not to follow the recommendation made on 26 October by the judge, Silas Nsengiyumva, of the Kagarama lower court in the capital Kigali.The editor is on trial for “defamation, insult and interference in private life via the press”, based on a suit brought by Kigali prosecutor, Jean Bosco Mutangana and Dr Diane Gashumba, President of the National Council of Women. Both plaintiffs are seeking damages of 110 millions Rwandan francs (about 200,000 dollars) over an article in Umuvugizi written by the editor, claiming the existence of an extra-marital affair between the two. “The Rwandan authorities are exploiting the Jean Bosco Gasasira case – a dispute between a journalist and a judge – to attack the newspaper which they already have in their sights, to reduce pluralism in the press still further”, the organisation said.“We urge the Kagarama court to show wisdom and discernment. In Rwanda, as elsewhere, we are convinced that imprisonment and the permanent closure of a newspaper are disproportionate and pointless punishments in a case of defamation”.Reporters Without Borders has seen a copy of a letter sent to the president of the Kigali Supreme Court by Gasasira’s lawyer that reads: “The court will not allow the defendant to produce evidence of the truth of the supposedly defamatory information”. It added: “The court is preparing to convict Gasasira, to make jurisprudence and warn off other journalists from venturing into similar exposés in the future.”A clampdown is under way against media in Rwanda in the run-up to presidential elections in 2010, typified by the jailing of journalists Asumani Niyonambaza and Amani Ntakundi, and suspensions of the independent weekly Umuseso and Kinyarwanda-language programmes put out by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). News Follow the news on Rwandalast_img read more

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3,000 new jobs could be sailing in to Foynes

first_imgWhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement News3,000 new jobs could be sailing in to FoynesBy Editor – November 30, 2017 6560 TAGSBrexiteconomic driverFoynes PortJobslimerickSean Kelly MEP Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Emailcenter_img Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Foynes PortFOYNES could be in for a massive 3,000 jobs boost if the port exploits its full potential post-Brexit.And it’s deep-water capabilities will make it an attractive prospect for super trawlers as a transport link between Ireland and the rest of the EU.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon Foynes Port has massive economic potential and is of vital importance to Limerick, Cork, Clare but also to Ireland and to Europe.That’s the view of Seán Kelly MEP and Leader of Fine Gael in the EU Parliament, who hosted a meeting between EU policymakers on Shannon Foynes Port in Brussels last week.The Ireland South MEP underlined the importance of the Irish government’s commitment for the necessary development works and confirmed he will raise the project with An Taoiseach.Mr Kelly hosted the meeting in order to update key lawmakers in Europe on progress on the aim to harness the port’s massive potential as a 24-hour deep water facility, a designated core port in the Trans European Transport Network shipping network.“It has the potential to deliver massive economic benefits if super trawlers started coming into Shannon Foynes because of its size, it could generate up to 3,000 jobs. Add to that the tourism benefits – the potential is huge.The port also has another role to play, in that we have to meet our climate change objectives and one of the ways we can do that is transport and reducing road haulage – a lot could be directed through Shannon Foynes Port.He described the meeting as “very encouraging”.“The presentation by company chief executive Pat Keating and former TD Michael Finucane who is on the board was very well received here by MEPs, EU Commission officials and others in Brussels. But it is essential that we have a commitment from the Irish government for their part and I will be raising the issue with the Taoiseach for that reason,” MEP Kelly said.The attendance included MEPs, European Commission officials, and representatives from the European Investment Bank, the Federation of European Port Operators and Private Terminals, Irish Maritime Development Office and Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport officials. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Previous articleShannon’s O’Shea included in Irish side for Dubai 7sNext articleSarah Jane on University of Limerick board of Governors Editor Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Nigerian referee for Basketball World Cup

first_imgWorld basketball body picks referee Kingsley Ojieaburu for August tourney in SpainNigerian basketball referee, Kingsley Ojieaburu has joined a list of referees who will officiate at the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup billed for Spain in August this year, Complete Sports can report.Following his appointment, the board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF has expressed confidence in the referee while congratulating him on the recognition bestowed on him by the world basketball governing body.Meanwhile, in a bid to constantly measure up world standard and to further attract FIBA attention, the NBBF at the stakeholders’ forum held last week in Abuja has ruled that all technical officials, specifically referees and Technical Commissioners must undergo regular training.A total of sixty-one referees took part in the physical exercise and examination last weekend to determine their readiness ahead the jump-ball date of the DStv Premier Basketball Leaggue season while thirty-nine technical officials also wrote examination conducted by trio of Nigeria FIBA graded referees, Kingsley Ojeaburu, Babatunde Popoola and Olayinka Famogbiyele.The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the tournament previously known as the FIBA World Championship which to be hosted by Spain, will be the last time the tournament will be held on the current four-year cycle. The next FIBA World Cup will be held five years later, in 2019, to reset the cycle on a different year than the FIFA World Cup. The men DStv league will dunk-off on February 28 in Lagos while the Zenith Bank women league retain it phases format with the first phase billed for Abuja on March 19.Kwara Falcons basketball club of Ilorin and Gombe Bulls basketball club respectively have been promoted at the expense of Ebun Comets basketball club from the Atlantic Conference and Yelwa Hawks basketball club from the Savannah Conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League, both sides finished 8th  on the log at their respective conferences last season.last_img read more

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Ottawa Shuts Out The Devils, 2-0

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson felt he was playing well even if the results showed otherwise. Anderson put it all together against New Jersey on Dec. 17, making 34 saves in the Senators’ 2-0 win over the Devils.Kyle Turris provided the offense with a pair of goals. The spotlight clearly belonged to Anderson, who was 2-6-2 in his previous 10 starts.“Things weren’t going as badly as they looked,” Anderson said. “I just had a couple bad bounces here and there. Hopefully, my luck changed for the good tonight.”Anderson had some luck, but he was also very good. “You have to give Craig Anderson credit,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We looked like we could have shot 100 pucks, and nothing was getting by him.”Anderson earned his third shutout of the season and 29th in his NHL career. New Senators coach Dave Cameron improved to 2-1-1 since he replaced the fired Paul MacLean.The Devils, whose losing streak was extended to five games, went 0 for 5 on the power play — stymied by Anderson throughout.Turris gave the Senators a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:47 in on Ottawa’s first shot of the game. Turris was off balance as he deflected Erik Karlsson’s point shot past Cory Schneider for his first goal in 11 games.He added an empty-net goal in the final second of the game.The Devils, lethargic at the start, picked up their game after falling behind. New Jersey outshot Ottawa 10-4 in the first period but couldn’t beat Anderson.Patrik Elias, activated from the injured list earlier, came closest with a drive that rang off the post. The frustration built for the Devils in the scoreless second period as they outshot the Senators 16-4.Anderson came up with save after save and stopped Jaromir Jagr twice early in the period. The first was Jagr’s power-play blast from the left circle. Anderson later stretched to make a skate stop on Jagr, denying a 2-on-1 break with Scott Gomez.Anderson was on his toes throughout the period. One of his best stops was made with two minutes left when he turned aside a wrist shot by Elias.New Jersey kept pressing in the third, and Anderson made early close-in stops on Elias and Adam Henrique. “We were all over him, getting pressure, but we’ve got to find a way to get one in,” Henrique said. “That game was there for us. It’s a tough one to give up.”Anderson almost scored in the final seconds into the empty Devils net, but his clearing shot rolled just wide.“I’ve waited my whole life for a chance like that and I may never get it again,” Anderson said. “I hooked it a little, considering I’m a lefty. I knew I had to get it up in the air to have a shot. I thought it was in.”The Senators, while happy with the victory, know they won’t win many games being outshot 34-16. “I don’t think this was a game that we necessarily deserved to win, but we’ll take it,” Turris said.(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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