Zambia: RSF decries sudden closure of three broadcast media

first_img Help by sharing this information News ZambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Organisation News Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend the licences of three privately-owned broadcast media – Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi. Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa August 25, 2016 Zambia: RSF decries sudden closure of three broadcast media March 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Zambia IBA employees and police raided Muvi TV’s studios on the evening of 22 August, evicted its personnel, seized its transmitter and sealed off access to the building. Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi then suffered the same fate. The closures come amid a tense climate for journalists since President Edgar Lungu’s reelection on 11 August – a victory that has been disputed by the opposition in street protests. At a news conference, IBA chairman Justin Mutale said that “before, during and after the 11 August 2016 elections” the tree media outlets had been “conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner” and had thereby posed a “risk to national peace and stability.” He did not elaborate. The legal basis for the closures is an article in the IBA Amendment Act that empowers the IBA to withdraw a broadcasting licence if it is “necessary in the interest of public safety, security, peace, welfare or good order.” “The Zambian government clearly wanted to silence these independent media and used the cover of a supposedly independent authority,” RSF said. “Regardless of the criticisms that can be levelled against the three media outlets, shutting them down without warning is completely disproportionate. We call for their licences to be restored at once.” Hellen Mwale, the head of the Media Institute of Southern African’s local branch, MISA-Zambia, described Muvi TV’s coverage of the presidential election as “fair and balanced” in comparison with other media. Muvi TV’s lawyer, Milner Kakubo, announced that the TV station will appeal against the closure. A hearing with the IBA has already been set for 14 September. Zambia is ranked 114th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Reports Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days News November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ZambiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression March 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

UN Women to Support Gov’t toward Gender-Responsiveness

first_imgThe gender-responsive training for prison guards is being organized for prison officials in all 15 counties, covering topics from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Psycho-social Counseling during Pre-trial Detention.The Deputy Representative of UN Women in Liberia, Sangeeta Rana Thapa, has committed her institution’s support to the government in efforts to promote a culture of respect for the rule of Law.Mrs. Thapa said the organization is ready to provide a comprehensive package of support to the government for giving a voice to women from different backgrounds and in different situations.Thapa spoke in Monrovia recently at the opening of a one-week gender responsive training for prison guards in the 15 counties. The program was organized by the UN Women offices in Monrovia.“Although women and girls constitute a minority of national prisoners in the country, their numbers are rising,” Mrs. Thapa said.She said most prisons have been designed for men, but the authorities have failed to meet the basic needs of female prisoners, including  protecting them from reported sexual violence.According to her, when a woman is released from prison, the person is most times stigmatized, victimized or abandoned by their families.She said that discriminatory criminal policies and laws related to adultery, prostitution, abortion, witchcraft or “protective custody” can have a particularly detrimental impact on women.“I am giving this background not to compromise the justice system, but to raise awareness of prison guards, which the training aims to achieve,” Mrs. Thapa said.She added that the training will also ensure that women in prison are treated with the care they deserve, which is one of the key tenets upon which the rule of law rests, ensuring the justice system is transparent and non-discriminatory.Women in Liberian prisons, as in other countries, are even more affected and have a disproportionately higher level of mental health, suicide, self-harm, drug dependence and other health needs compared to men in prison, she said.Mrs. Thapa said the gender training program for prison guards falls under the Women Access to Justice Flagship program that is aligned with the UN Women Strategic Plan (SP) 1, which is Women Political Environment.Mrs. Thapa, however, informed the gathering that the training is being organized for prison officials in all 15 counties, covering topics from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) to Psycho-social Counseling during Pre-trial Detention.“It is my hope that this effort will help make the justice system responsive to women’s needs while in prison as the issue of pre-trial detention is being highly considered,” she said.Meanwhile, Assistant Justice Minister for Correction and Rehabilitation, Eddie Tarawali, disclosed that plans are being crafted by his team to work in line with the laws of Liberia, to ensure that the condition of correctional officers are improved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STAFF SHOCKED AS AIB ANNOUNCE BANK CLOSURES ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Staff at AIB across Donegal have been left devastated this morning after the bank announced it was closing dozens of branches across the country.Donegal Daily understands that workers in Donegal were told of the pending bank closures this morning.A number of branches across the county are set to close as part of the shape-up including Falcarragh, Raphoe, Dunfanaghy, Gaoth Dobhair, Lifford, Moville, Bundoran and Milford. It is unclear yet as to how many jobs will be lost as part of the cost-cutting measures.The closures come just months after a voluntary redundancy package was offered to AIB staff across the country.It is believed that the deal was over-subscribed and not everyone who applied for redundancy packages got them.One AIB staff member in Donegal told us “We were told earlier this morning but were asked not to mention it until after 10am. “We’re not sure how it will hit people here but there will be closures of several banks across Donegal and that’s not good news.”The news has been confirmed by AIB head office. STAFF SHOCKED AS AIB ANNOUNCE BANK CLOSURES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more