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Newspaper publisher held for past two months over article

first_imgNews News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further RSF_en February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more The court has not even begun to consider the criminal defamation case against himReporters Without Borders is appalled that newspaper publisher Mike Mukebayi has been held without any justification for the past two months because of a libel suit. The length of his pre-trial detention is out of all proportion, especially as judicial examination of the case has not yet begun.The publisher of Congo News, Mukebayi was arrested exactly two months ago, on 21 August, on a charge of “detrimental allegations” in connection with an 18 July article about Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo that was headlined: “Monsengwo: shame and dishonour of a cardinal who sold out to the government.”An arrest warrant was also issued for the newspaper’s managing editor, John Tshingombe Lukusa, whose present location is unknown.“Regardless of the substance of the case and the grounds for a libel suit, detaining a newspaper publisher for two months over a single article is completely unacceptable,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“Such a measure is manifestly unwarranted. Defamatory comments in an article do not turn a journalist into a danger for society. We call on the authorities to release Mukebayi and to try his case in a manner that respects both his rights and freedom of information.”Held in Kinshasa’s Makala prison, Mukebayi has appeared twice in court since his arrest but the substance of the case has yet to be considered, with the court just extending his pre-trial detention and ignoring his lawyer’s requests for conditional release. The legal detention limit has repeatedly been extended.The most recent hearing, scheduled for 16 October, was cancelled because the judge did not turn up.The case is all the more absurd because no complaint was filed by any the persons who might have felt they had been libelled by the article. The only item in the prosecution case file is a complaint by a certain “Vianney” who no one has met or heard of.“Detrimental allegations” is a criminal offence in Democratic Republic of Congo. Under article 28 of Law 96-002 of June 1996, the publisher, editor and author of a defamatory article are all held responsible.If Mukebayi is found guilty of “detrimental allegations” as defined in article 81 of the criminal code, he will face a possible one-year jail sentence and a fine.Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Help by sharing this information News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian (photo: Mike Mukebayi) Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News October 21, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper publisher held for past two months over article Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the race between Mike Braun (R) and the United States Senator Joe Donelly (D) will be a political barn burner?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT Jobs” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our siteFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Jury Selection Wraps up in Jupiter Triple Murder Trial

first_imgJury selection resumes this morning at the Palm Beach County courthouse and may wrap up in the trial of the accused gunman who took three young lives at a Jupiter party on Super Bowl Sunday in 2017.Police say Christopher Vasata shot and killed Kelli Doherty, Brandi-el Salhy and Sean Henry outside a home on Mohawk Street.Police have never addressed the third alleged shooting.It’s unclear what the motive for the shooting was, but police records point to drugs being at the center of the case.The scene of the crime, the house along Mohawk Street, has been sold.Jury selection will resume at the Palm Beach County courthouse Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.last_img

Fiammetta: Badgers wind up in promising NFL situations

first_imgAs one of the greatest sports years Wisconsin has ever seen winds down, the NFL Draft provided the state with one more reason to celebrate.Five former Wisconsin Badgers were selected in this weekend’s draft, the most since 2006, when five were also taken. They have all entered promising situations, where their talents could vault them to the top of their teams’ respective depth charts or their teams’ needs greatly favor their chances for success. In some cases, both hold true.DE J.J. Watt: Houston Texans, Round 1, Pick 11Defensive end J.J. Watt was the first Badger to go, as the Houston Texans selected him with the 11th pick in the first round. After a team MVP-season that saw the 6-foot-6, 292-pound Watt record 62 tackles (21 for loss), seven sacks, three fumbles caused, two recovered and one interception, the Pewaukee native enters a very welcoming situation in Houston. The Texans had the NFL’s 30th-ranked defense last season, allowing 376.9 yards per game. Houston also recorded only 30 sacks in 2010, tied for 23rd in the league.Watt will step in and immediately challenge for the starting defensive end spot opposite Mario Williams, one of the top young ends in the league. In five seasons, Williams has 230 tackles, 48 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. New Texans defensive coordinator – and former Dallas Cowboys head coach – Wade Phillips will likely want as many pass rushers on the field as possible, obviously favoring Watt’s chances to get on the field.OT Gabe Carimi: Chicago Bears, Round 1, Pick 29At the scouting Combine in February, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi declared himself the top tackle in the draft. Though some scouts were ultimately turned off by Carimi’s boasting, he couldn’t really be faulted after winning the 2011 Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and anchoring the left side of the offensive line with John Moffitt (see below). In four seasons at UW, the 6-foot-7, 314-pound Carimi succeeded perennial Pro-Bowler Joe Thomas and started a full 13 in three of them (he missed three due to injury in 2008).Carimi’s talent is undeniable, but the question he must answer is where he is most suited to play in the NFL. Carimi played only left tackle at Wisconsin, but throughout the draft process, he was commonly characterized as most likely to end up on the right side. Whenever the NFL labor situation is resolved and training camps can occur, the Bears will determine the best fit for their O-line in front of quarterback Jay Cutler. For now, it appears last year’s right tackle J’Marcus Webb will man the left tackle spot, as he is typically regarded as more athletic.TE Lance Kendricks: St. Louis Rams, Round 2, Pick 15 (47th overall)Through his four years at Wisconsin, Lance Kendricks continued to enhance the reputation of the Badgers’ tight end lineage. Following in the footsteps of Owen Daniels, Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham, Kendricks was one of the nation’s top tight ends last year. He finished with 43 catches, 663 receiving yards and five touchdowns, and was a runner-up for the Mackey Award (given annually to the nation’s top tight end).In St. Louis, Kendricks will have a chance to contribute immediately. However, the Rams’ offense is still growing under last year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford figures to improve, but the Rams’ offense is still a work in progress. All-Pro running back Steven Jackson has played in 12 games or more every one of his seven seasons in the league, and last year he received 330 carries. He finished with 1,241 yards, giving him the lowest yards per carry average of his career, 3.8. St. Louis’ wide receivers are also largely uninspiring – Donnie Avery is the most accomplished of the group, but even he’s not guaranteed a roster spot as he attempts to return from ACL surgery.Former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is now the Rams’ offensive coordinator, and he figures to gear the offense significantly toward the tight ends. The Rams currently have seven tight ends on the roster, and Michael Hoomanawanui appears to have the inside track on the starting role, though he’s hardly a lock. As a second-round pick, Kendricks will have a solid opportunity to work his way through St. Louis’ depth chart and provide Bradford with a reliable receiving option.OG John Moffitt: Seattle Seahawks, Round 3, Pick 11 (75th overall)After drafting Alabama’s offensive tackle/guard James Carpenter with the 25th pick in the first round, the Seahawks selected offensive guard John Moffitt with the 11th pick in the third round (they didn’t have a second-round pick). Both are expected to be week 1 starters for Seattle, and Moffitt may switch from left to right guard next to Carpenter.The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was an Associated Press first-team All-American and a consensus (coaches and media) first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010 after starting all 13 games alongside Carimi. With Moffitt and Carpenter now in the fold, the Seahawks have a young, rugged offensive line that has the potential to develop into one of the best in the NFC. Seattle drafted left tackle Russell Okung with the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft, and he started 10 games in 2010. The Seahawks have questions at quarterback (Matt Hasselbeck is reportedly unlikely to return, leaving unproven Charlie Whitehurst as the top QB), but their receiving core (Benjamin Obomanu, Mike Williams and Golden Tate) is young and promising.OG/C Bill Nagy: Dallas Cowboys, Round 7, Pick 49 (252nd overall)Offensive guard/center Bill Nagy was two picks away from being 2011’s Mr. Irrelevant, the title given/forced upon the final pick in the draft every year. Yet, the Dallas Cowboys gave Nagy a shot with their second pick (a compensatory pick) in the seventh round.Nagy likely won’t be a starter for Dallas, but his versatility – he played right guard, center and blocking tight end at UW, sometimes all in one game – was likely what caught Dallas’ eye. The 6-foot-2, 302-pound Nagy isn’t an elite athlete by any means, but he will provide solid depth on the O-line and at tight end for a team that desperately needs to better protect quarterback Tony Romo, who missed 10 games last season with a broken left clavicle.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. What do you think of these five former Badgers’ NFL prospects? Let him know at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

Sumner Court Docket: Dec. 3, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Michael Dwyer, born in 1985, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; and theft, a level 7 felony.Dwyer is accused on Nov. 4, 2014 of committing a theft at 715 E. Botkin in Wellington. He allegedly damaged a window screen panel and metal door frame to break into the house. He is then accused of stealing a 2012 Dodge Ram 2500 (worth about $35,000), 410 shot gun Turkish Mauser 8-MM rifle, Nintendo DSI XL gaming system Proscan 7”, Proscan 7” tablet computer, jewelry, 37-inch RCA TV, Snap On Solis car computer scanner (worth $8,500), $300 in cash, Toshiba Notebook computer, Millermatic 252 MIG welder (worth $8,500), and miscellaneous other property.Allegedly, Dwyer stole about $57,967 worth of property.•••••Christopher Stangl, born in 1975, of Wellington was charged with possession of stolen property, a level 9 felony; criminal possession of firearm by convicted felon, a level 8 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to analyze or distribute a controlled substance, a level 5 drug felony.Stangl is accused on Nov. 19, 2014 of unlawfully getting control of a .410 shotgun and 1938 mm rifle and Toshiba computer, known as the property allegedly stolen by another, Michael Dwyer, with intent to deprive the owner permanently of the possession. After Dwyer allegedly stole the property, he gave the items to Stangl to sell and split the proceeds and he allegedly gave the computer for Stangl to keep.He also is accused of possessing a .410 shotgun and 1938 8mm rifle; after having been convicted of criminal threat, a felony for which he was sentenced on Nov. 18, 2012. Stangl got the firearms from Dwyer and was storing them at the parent’s house in Wellington.Stangl also allegedly possessed drug paraphernalia, in a hollowed out book containing digital scales with meth residue which he intended to use to analyze or distribute a controlled substance.•••••James Drouhard, born in 1991, of Danville, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and assault, a Class B misdemeanor.On Nov. 8, 2014, Drouhard is accused of angrily grabbing another around the neck in anger because he had told police about an earlier incident and told him he was going to take him to the ground before attacking him.His court deposition is Dec. 4.••••• Stephen Jones, born in 1967, of Belle Plaine was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.On Nov. 4, 2014 at the Kansas Star Casino, Jones is accused of cashing out a voucher of another person without his permission and taking $144 in cash. When apprehended he had a baggy containing meth in his pocket.His court deposition is set for Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m.•••••Nathan Allton, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Allton is accused of pushing and punching another person in the Dore parking lot after the person tried to break up a fight on Aug. 24, 2014.•••••Tyler Hatfield, born in 1987, of Eureka was charged with driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.Hatfield is accused on Nov. 12, 2014 of driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix on U.S. 81 near Belle Plaine when his driving privileges was revoked. He also allegedly had marijuana in a small glass jar inside the vehicle.His court deposition is Dec. 4.•••••Guadalupe Martinez, born in 1971, of Manzanola, Colo was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Martinez is accused on Nov. 14, 2014 at the GM Plaza gas station on U.S. 166 near South Haven of angrily striking a woman in the head three times causing bumps or swelling. He is also accusing kicking a car door handle and breaking it.On Nov. 20, Martinez pled guilty to criminal damage and is placed on one year probation.•••••Tommie Lee Barrett, born in 1981, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a vehicle, a level 9 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; burglary of a vehicle, a level 9 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.On Nov 17-18 at the Kansas Star Casino, Barrett is accused of entering a blue Dodge Ram pickup parked at the casino and stealing about $6 in cash, bluetooth headphones and charger, a pocket knife, and a blue magna flashlight. He then allegedly broke into a 1993 Maroon Buick and stole a purse, watch, cellphone, about $80 in U.S. currency and medication when all items were covered with a blanket.last_img read more

Vikings’ Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement

first_imgMinnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, arrives at the courthouse with his wife Ashley Brown Peterson, right, and attorney Brian Wice for an appearance Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. A judge presiding over Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case may consider whether the Vikings star should be arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana while out on bond. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)CONROE, Texas (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.The All-Pro running back was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The case revived a debate about corporal punishment, which is on the decline in the U.S. but still widely practiced in homes and schools.Outside the courthouse after accepting the plea deal, Peterson told reporters that he regretted what happened with his son.“I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone of you could even imagine and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child,” he said. “I’m just glad this is over. I can put this behind me, and me and my family can continue to move forward.”Peterson was not allowed to be near his son while the case was pending. The plea agreement will allow him to have contact with the boy.“Adrian wants to get on with his life and have his relationship with his son and get back to playing football,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Peterson has been on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner to take care of his legal problems. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status.“We will review the matter, including the court record, and then make a determination on his status,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We cannot provide a timetable.”Peterson has said he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas. The boy suffered cuts, marks and bruising to his thighs, back and on one of his testicles, according to court records.Peterson had tentatively been set to go on trial Dec. 1. If convicted of felony child abuse, he could have faced up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Instead, he received what is essentially probation, was fined $4,000 and must complete parenting classes and perform 80 hours of community service.Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said this was the best resolution of the case and that Peterson did not get any special treatment because he’s a professional athlete.Last month, a visiting judge denied a request by prosecutors to remove Case as judge in the case. Prosecutors had accused Case of being biased against them and wanted a new judge appointed.The plea deal made moot a pending motion by prosecutors to revoke Peterson’s $15,000 bond for alleged marijuana use.Corporal punishment is legal in every state. The Texas Attorney General’s Office notes that belts and brushes “are accepted by many as legitimate disciplinary ‘tools,’” but “electrical or phone cords, boards, yardsticks, ropes, shoes, and wires are likely to be considered instruments of abuse.”Texas law says the use of non-deadly force against someone younger than 18 is justified if a parent or guardian “reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare.”___AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juanlozano70.last_img read more

St Andrew’s Kirk celebrates 200th Anniversary

first_imgIn commemoration of the 200 years of its existence, the St Andrew’s Kirk, located opposite the Georgetown Magistrates Courts, on Friday launched its bicentennial celebrations to reflect on the significance of the church and what has been achieved during those years.Members of the church have scheduled activities throughout 2018 in celebration of this important milestone. Present at this gathering was Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, along with Reverend Maureen Massiah and members of the congregation.After an opening prayer and remarks from the chairperson, the gathering wasMinister Cathy Hughes giving her remarks on Fridayentertained by a musical rendition, followed by a brief historical overview of the church. This was done by Wadecia Donald, who explained that the building is one of the oldest churches in Guyana, with rich historical and architectural significance. It is a Presbyterian church that was made of bulletwood and stained-glass windows. The church gets its name from Andrew, a fisherman and one of the first disciples of Jesus after he was baptized by John.In 1811, the first sill was laid by H.E.H.W Bentick Esq; and in 1818, the building was finally opened to public worship under the leadership of Rev Archibald Brown.At first the original structure was constructed along the lines of the Romanesque Revival architectural style, but with a few changes, it is now considered to be Gothic Revival architecture. Presently, the building is 15 percent larger following these changes, which includes the introduction of the north and south entrances.The St Andrew’s KirkMinister Hughes, who is also a member of the church, stated how important and special this event is to her. “It is my pleasure, my joy, to be here this morning at this very special launch of our 200th anniversary celebrations. I stand with pride to say that my mom was baptised in this church, so was I (and) my siblings. I even got married in this church, so St Andrew’s is very close to my heart. I want to say that this church has made a valiant contribution to the development of Guyanese society,” she said.Meanwhile, the present and first female reverend of the St Andrew’s Kirk, Rev Maureen Massiah, reminded that although it is the reflection of the church’s rich history, emphasis must also be placed on the true purpose of the building.“We tend to make much of it, (but we should never forget) that we don’t honour the church building, but we honour God in this building. It is very important, because sometimes we forget,” she stated.When asked about the proceedings on Friday, an elder member of the church responded, “Proud. We feel rededicated to continue the work we’re doing, and to encourage other members to come out and support the church and keep us going, because it’s important that we serve the Lord. We’re off to a good start. I think today was very good, and they did a very good job in bringing the history up to date; so it was good.”Several activities have been planned to occur throughout the year. The celebrations will continue with a tea party on March 31.last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: Finn Harps and Shelbourne are all level at the break in an incident packed first-half at Tolka Park.League leaders Finn Harps are keen to get back to winning ways after consecutive defeats against Athlone Town and Wexford Youths respectively.They got off to the perfect start this evening when Damien McNulty, back from suspension, fired Harps ahead with a powerful header from a corner. Harps were then given another boost when Shelbourne striker Mark Sandford was given a straight red card.A long ball punting forward by the Shelbourne defence was gathered by Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher.Sandford challenged for the ball and bundled into Gallagher in what looked like an honest challenge.However, the referee deemed it a dangerous tackle and gave him a straight red card to the shock of the Tolka Park crowd. Both sides battled in a frenetic first-half and several yellow cards were flashed.TEN man Shels were given a huge boost just before half-time when the referee awarded them with a penalty.Referee Andrew Mullally adjudged Keith Cowan to have dragged back Adam O’Connor.Veteran striker Philip Hughes made no mistake from the spot and levelled the match.AIRTRICITY FIRST DIVISION: HARPS AND SHELS LEVEL AT THE BREAK IN INCIDENT PACKED FIRST-HALF was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsnewsShelbourne FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Warriors Wednesday: A no-good, very bad week to forget

first_imgThe less said about the last week of Warriors’ basketball, the better.But how could anyone refrain from talking about it?Golden State lost all three games on its state of Texas road trip, falling to Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.In the process, the Warriors lost their No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and in the NBA’s net rating rankings. Remember a few days ago, when it seemed like the Warriors were invincible? They’re not. Without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green — and …last_img

Eureka claims AIBT

first_imgMakaila Napoleon scored 10 of her team-high 23 points in the first quarter and the Eureka High girl’s basketball team found no trouble against McKinleyville, winning 58-36 in the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament championship game Saturday afternoon at Arcata High.Saturday’s AIBT championship win is Eureka’s second straight. The Loggers beat Arcata 69-65 to claim the AIBT last season.McKinleyville (2-1) stayed even with Eureka 4-0) through the first few minutes of the game as both …last_img