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2018-04-16 11:46:31


MONROVIA – With one Liberian newspaper going through a $1.Eight million (R21,7 million) defamation case and a Newpaper24 journalist fleeing the nation, there was no honeymoon interval for the press below the brand new authorities of President George Weah.
Accused of desirous to muzzle the media, the previous footballer-turned-politician has tried to reassure journalists saying they might have a “200 p.c freedom of expression and press freedom below my authorities“.
The Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ), nonetheless, has expressed concern over the $1.8-million in defamation fits in opposition to Entrance Web page Africa, a Liberian newspaper that has carried vital protection of successive governments.
“Liberia has a troubling historical past of libel lawsuits the place candidates ask for exorbitant damages merely to harass and intimidate journalists, ensuing of their imprisonment or the closure of stories retailers,” mentioned Angela Quintal, CPJ Africa programme coordinator.
“The federal government ought to transfer swiftly to reform Liberia’s libel legal guidelines to protect in opposition to their abuse on this approach,” Quintal added.
Throughout a go to to Monrovia in March, the UN’s rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye expressed concern over the implications of enormous monetary penalties in civil libel fits in opposition to Liberian journalists and newspapers.

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The Ministry of Info has denied any authorities involvement within the regulation fits in opposition to Entrance Web page Africa which relate to a non-public dispute following the publication of an commercial.
However the newspaper’s administration and the CPJ blame the scenario on its criticism of these in energy, highlighting the presence among the many complainants of a former member of Weah’s celebration and the absence of authorized motion in opposition to different media retailers.
 Concern of reprisals 
In one other media drama, the Newpaper24’s correspondent Jonathan Paye-Layleh left the nation, saying he feared reprisals by supporters of the president after Weah accused him of being in opposition to him.
“My fears transcend the potential of the president ordering my arrest some day and formally unsealing the indictment that he has already hinted (at) by his verbal assault,” Paye-Layleh mentioned in a message to colleagues.
“I concern extra that a few of the tens of 1000’s of Mr President’s supporters… may perceive his allegations in opposition to me to imply that I’m his enemy. And you may think about what may occur to me in some corners with out it essentially being by his directive,” he added.
Weah’s accusation in opposition to the journalist in March adopted a go to by UN deputy Secretary-Normal Amina Mohammed and a query from the journalist on the delicate topic of the organising a courtroom for the perpetrators of crimes dedicated in the course of the 1989-2003 civil warfare.

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Numerous figures instantly implicated within the civil warfare nonetheless occupy necessary positions within the political and financial spheres within the nation.
A number of days later, Weah mentioned he didn’t harbour any animosity in the direction of the correspondent and protested his dedication to press freedom.
However at a gathering final week, press bosses mentioned they have been “alarmed” by the current escalation of threats, intimidation and harassment of journalists, in line with The Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
“With the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, the Authorities is the largest participant within the media financial system,” the PUL famous, highlighting the difficulties confronted by the sector attributable to a gradual financial system and the will of some officers to “strangulate” the media by limiting promoting.
Weah tried once more to allay the sector’s fears final week when he met the heads of all of the nation’s media.
“I wish to promise you… 200 p.c freedom of expression and press freedom below my authorities. How can a person like me with comfortable coronary heart, humble background in addition to scores of pals within the nation clamp down on free speech. There isn’t any approach I can use my place to hunt individuals for expressing their views to criticise me,” he mentioned.
“Whereas it’s true the media and journalists are at liberty to jot down and criticise in no matter approach they see, it’s also incumbent of the media to say the achievements of the federal government,” he added.
 

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Transport Minister Blade Nzimande to intervene in bus strike

2018-04-25 16:16:18


JOHANNESBURGTransport Minister Blade Nzimande is to intervene within the ongoing nationwide bus strike.
Nzimande is about to satisfy with stakeholders on Thursday in a bid to discover a decision to the crippling deadlock.

On Wednesday, the strike continued after talks with Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant failed to interrupt the impasse between unions and employers.

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Bus drivers throughout the nation took their toes off the pedal final week, demanding higher salaries.
The strike, now per week outdated, put extreme strain on taxi ranks, with lengthy queues inconveniencing commuters.

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2018-04-25 20:36:20


Gauteng Schooling MEC Panyaza Lesufi was subjected to having an effigy of himself paraded in Tshwane on Tuesday due to his work in the direction of equalising training, he mentioned on Wednesday.

“These morons got here to our places of work to “hold” me! We defeated your racists grandparents, you might be nothing! (sic)” tweeted Lesufi. He added an image of a person standing subsequent to an effigy of him.

Lesufi mentioned the incident occurred exterior the workplace of Minister of Primary Schooling Angie Motshekga on Wednesday morning.

He mentioned an organisation in opposition to his strikes to combine Afrikaans and English faculties and assure locations for college kids, no matter language coverage, was behind it.

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“They’ve been threatening me, and my kids specifically, for fairly a while,” mentioned Lesufi, who went by one thing comparable in February.

“They’ve upped it now to this stage.”

He mentioned he has reported it to police. Nevertheless, he regards it as “an insult, to not me, however to those that need equal training for all children within the nation”.

He added that some folks had been sad that he needed faculties to be open for all kids, however wouldn’t simply depart it at that.

“We have got household. They do all this stuff to observe me, intimidate me.”

READ: ‘My life is in danger, however I’m not scared’ – Panyaza Lesufi on threats

His kids have been informed to inform their father “to cease doing what he’s doing”.

“I’m not anxious. I went by worse issues throughout these worse days of apartheid.

“It (the effigy) is an insult to anybody who believes in non-racial training for all.”

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2018-04-25 19:02:13

 Egypt’s parliament has handed a legislation that will impose fines on overly aggressive touts as a part of efforts to revive the nation’s tourism sector.

The legislation permitted this week would impose a high-quality of as much as $567 on anybody discovered to have pestered vacationers “with the intention of begging or selling, providing or promoting a very good or service.”

Guests to the pyramids at Giza and different main historic websites in Egypt are routinely harassed and adopted by younger males providing excursions, souvenirs, carriage or camel rides. Scams are frequent, and the tourism police hardly ever intervene.

Egypt’s important tourism sector has struggled by years of unrest because the 2011 rebellion.

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