DRC: Growing crackdown on media in Mongala province

first_img News In all, last week’s order targets five privately-owned radio stations and 13 journalists, who are accused of disturbing public order or violating journalistic ethics. One of them, Radio La Voix de Bumba presenter and reporter Fabrice Ngani, was detained from 26 May to 4 June on governor Crispin Ngbundu’s orders and is still charged with defamation and “insulting the provincial authorities.” RSF has been trying for weeks to reach the governor, without success. Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders to go further The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. “In the absence of any clear offence by the media outlets concerned, this order must be regarded as purely political in nature and as the latest episode in a crackdown on the media that Mongala’s governor launched several weeks ago,” RSF’s Africa desk said. “This is an extremely grave series of attacks on Congolese media and journalists of the kind that the country’s political authorities have pledged to prevent since the new president took office last year. If such harassment of media and journalists who are just doing their job is not urgently stopped, it will be impossible to realize the promised changes in defence of press freedom.” News The Governor of Mongala Province, Crispin Ngbundu, in November 2019. Source: Facebook Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Organisation Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression center_img February 24, 2021 Find out more The United Nations and several press freedom NGOs, including Journalist in Danger (JED), a local organization, have condemned the increase in abuses against journalists in the DRC of recent weeks. RSF and JED are supporting the creation of a dedicated mechanism for the protection and security of journalists, which President Félix Tshisekedi has promised. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the persecution of journalists and media outlets in Mongala province, in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls on the country’s highest officials to intervene to ensure that the media can operate freely and in accordance with recent promises. Escalating a crackdown that began in May, the provincial authorities issued an unprecedented order on 17 June – of which RSF has obtained a copy – for the immediate dismissal of six journalists: Fabrice Ngani, Victor Mbonzo, Trésor Emeka and José Lingili of Radio La Voix de Bumba, Olivier Péguy Yenga of Radio Mongala and Benjamin Mondonga of Radio Mwana Mboka. At the same time, the authorities ordered the suspension of several other journalists for one to three months, including Albert Mohila of Radio Mwana Mboka, Alain Bakenya of Radio Mongala and Paulin Bolembe of Radio Rurale de Bumba. News Related documents Décision Mongala 17/06PDF – 191.01 KB Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma June 24, 2020 DRC: Growing crackdown on media in Mongala province Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression And on the same day, the provincial authorities also decreed the suspension of several radio programmes of a political nature until further order with the declared aim of “restoring lasting social peace in Mongala province in general and the territory of Bumba in particular.” Bumba constitutes the eastern third of Mongala. News February 18, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Scott Firman possesses even-keeled approach while flying under radar as long-stick midfielder for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Scott Firman will likely never be too extroverted when it comes to lacrosse, regardless of what happens. You’ll probably never see him demoralized either.In his two years at Syracuse as a long-stick midfielder on the faceoff unit, he’s experienced both ends of the spectrum with faceoff success and it’s trained him to value each side.“My highs aren’t too high, my lows aren’t too low,” Firman said. “I think when you do set expectations like that, you’re kind of setting yourself up for either great success or failure.”It’s especially necessary for a defensive player, he said, since the key after a mistake is to get off the field and forget about it. That even-keeled approach has helped cultivate the mind of a sophomore who largely flies under the radar, partly because his scrappy, rough-housing style of play takes precedence over a flashy skill set.Coming in the same recruiting class and from the same high school as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2013, SU midfielder Jordan Evans, Firman has surprised some — albeit not those who know him within the program — with his performance for No. 1 Syracuse (11-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He wasn’t under the radar for us,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s done a terrific job all year. He’s getting a lot of experience, got some last year, a lot this year.”Evans and Firman, both from nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High School, have been playing lacrosse together since first grade. Evans said that throughout their youth, coaches would stick Firman on the other teams’ best player, no matter where he was on the field.Off the field, he’d be trained to go up against bigger and faster opponents, too. Firman has two older brothers, Nick, a senior on the lacrosse team at Mount St. Mary’s (Maryland), and Matt, a former Colgate hockey player. They’d rough up the younger Scott, engaging in street hockey, backyard football, backyard lacrosse, knee hockey and anything else they could get their hands on.So when the 6-foot, 195-pound Firman locked down 6-foot-4, 240-pound Myles Jones for part of Sunday’s ACC title game, there was little that could faze him.“Playing with the older kids and having the older brothers that he’s had beat the crap out of him since he was younger,” Evans said, “I think that definitely helps him when you get in these games where maybe this guy is kind of like his older brother.”Firman was mainly a close defender in high school. He was the No. 4 prospect at that position according to Inside Lacrosse, but possessed the versatility that has allowed him to fill the long-stick middie role with the Orange.It was a skill set ingrained in him that Syracuse needed right away.“For him to come in and give us the depth at long stick … and if we needed to bring him down at close defense, he could play there also,” Desko said. “So he’s a pretty well-rounded player.”Evans said Firman’s low-key demeanor allows him to be even more effective when he “shows” his game rather than “speaks” it. He stood in silence for 17 seconds before uttering the phrase “mental toughness” as the one he’d use to describe Firman.“I think it takes a lot to rattle me,” Firman said.And now that he’s emerged as an integral piece of Syracuse’s midfield, he’s no longer overlooked.He may not be a household name, but is still on the front lines for the best team in the country.“I don’t know if I overshadowed him but he did fly under the radar a little bit,” Evans said. “People now know that he can do a lot of great things.” Commentslast_img read more

Whicker: Lakers played at a breakneck pace that delighted LA fans

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> And that’s why you hire Luke Walton.The Lakers were facing another season of rampant losing, this time without Kobe Bryant. At last, their obsessive fan base had a reason to take up bowling on game nights.Then Walton showed up with a way of playing that should come equipped with a tree of lights and a Funny Car. If the season opener against Houston means anything, it means that the 2016-17 Lakers will be taking a 200 mph joyride. Even if it crumples up against the guardrail every now and then, it will be a trip.The first quarter Wednesday night ended 38-38. The first time the Lakers played Houston last year, they scored 45 points … in the first half. “Hey, Nick, this is the first time I’ve won this first game since I’ve been with you,” he said.The Lakers won because they took up defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Rockets to 18 points on 6-for-21 shooting. Clarkson scored 12 points in the period, including the elongated 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a four-point edge with 1:48 left.Harden satisfied his fantasy followers with 34 points and 17 assists, but the Lakers got him in foul trouble, and he was 1-for-5 in the final period. Walton used a number of Lakers to guard Harden, including Metta World Peace for 2:27, just to pick up three fouls and get inside Harden’s head.“Those weren’t fouls when he started playing in this league,” Walton said. “But when he was out there picking up Harden full-court, that set the tone for us. I thought our effort defensively in the second half was much better, and our small lineup was really good.”“We were able to do a lot of switching and communicating,” Clarkson said. “And the pace we played at was fun for everybody. We were out there playing and smiling. The coach has brought in a different vibe.”Walton is only one of the factors that have unleashed the Lakers. There is no Bryant to accommodate, and no Roy Hibbert for the Lakers to tow around. Walton had said that nothing would really bother him this year as long as the Lakers retained their passion. That shouldn’t be hard for a team this young and this liberated.Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick in the draft, said hello in solid fashion. He hit 3 of 4 shots in the first half, including a 3-pointer, but Walton had to like the way Ingram handled his first defensive possession, which matched him up against (gulp) Harden. But Ingram stood his ground and followed Harden to the corner, and Harden had to force a 3-pointer over Ingram’s endless reach.Sure, Ingram looks more like a flagpole than usual when he stands next to NBA muscle, but he played quite comfortably.“I like to have him bring it upcourt,” Walton said of the 6-foot-9 rookie. “Even if he’s not scoring, he’s making passes, he’s engaged into the game. I think he’s been great.”And Clarkson, Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. gave Walton the viable bench he envisioned. It outscored Houston’s subs 55-26.On Tuesday, Nance was talking about the final game last season, when Bryant’s epicurean 50 shots added up to 60 points and a win over Utah — which was abetted by lots of rebounding and defense from rookies and second-year men who had been ground down by 65 losses.Nance said he wouldn’t forget that night, that it showed “what we could do if we came together for a cause.”He also talked about what he missed and didn’t miss with Bryant gone.“You miss his presence, his competitiveness,” he said. “But now a lot of us can show what we can do.”Maybe the Lakers aren’t back, but the show is.center_img On Wednesday, both L.A. and Houston shot 60 percent in the first half.No one is advocating the Lakers continue to scatter like pigeons when the other team drives. Houston scored 42 first-half points in the lane. But there was no backdown in the way D’Angelo Russell continued to take shots, the way Julius Randle continued to run and finish, the way center Timofey Mozgov, this offseason’s walking symbol for inflation, competed underneath.Oh, and the Lakers also won, 120-114, braving the best of James Harden and getting a massive fourth quarter from Jordan Clarkson, who wound up with 25 points.“We had to get that losing stink off us,” Clarkson said, “from the last couple of years.”He looked up at Nick Young, who was on his way out of the room.last_img read more