Still repressive print media bill rejected in parliamentary vote

first_img Organisation June 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still repressive print media bill rejected in parliamentary vote October 7, 2020 Find out more News ChadAfrica Reporters Without Borders notes the National Assembly’s decision on 2 June to reject a print media bill that had been presented by the government. The bill was to have replaced Decree No. 5, which the president issued on 20 February 2008, the day after the launch of a rebel offensive on the capital, N’Djamena.“The adoption of a new press law is overdue because Chad’s journalists have been operating for more than two years under a very repressive decree issued in exceptional circumstances,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We nonetheless welcome the National Assembly’s rejection of this bill, which consisted of just superficial improvements to Decree No. 5 and still envisaged prison sentences for journalists.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the Chadian authorities to move resolutely ahead on the decriminalisation of press offences and to give priority to dialogue with organisations that defend journalists in order to reach a consensus on a new bill that will meet with the National Assembly’s approval.”The National Assembly voted on two bills during the 2 June plenary session. The first bill, on the broadcast media, was adopted. The second bill, on the print media, presented by Mahamat Saleh Malloum, deputy rapporteur of the Committee on Communication, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, was rejected by 31 against, 23 votes for and 18 abstentions.Reporters Without Borders spoke with National Assembly president Nassour Guelendouksia Waiddou on the eve of the session.The print media bill would have shortened the prison sentences allowed under Decree No. 5 but would not have eliminated them. Press offences punishable by two months to 5 years in prison would have been punishable by one to three months under the bill. It also envisaged the special offence of “insulting the president” and granted too much power to the High Council for Communication (HCC), the media regulatory body.A national conference on the media and communication held in the spring of 2009 urged the government to repeal Decree No. 5 altogether and to set about amending Law No. 29 of 1994. But the government ignored its recommendations and instead submitted its print media bill. As a result of the bill’s rejection, Decree No. 5 is no longer in force and Law No. 29 of 1994 is reinstated.Led by the Union of Chadian journalists (UJT), organisations that defend journalists had been very critical of the bill and the government’s attempt to get it adopted by means of an emergency procedure, without any debate.“The problem was the method used by the government,” UJT president Evariste Ngarlem Toldé told Reporters Without Borders on 2 June. “The government wanted to force it through. We are pleased that the parliamentarians rejected the bill.”“But the battle is far from won,” Toldé added. “The National Assembly passed a special powers act the same day. It allows the government to adopt any bill by decree from 3 June to 4 October. We fear the government will use this provision to quickly come back with a new bill before October. We must get down to work with the National Assembly and other Chadian organisations to propose a new, consensus bill to the government.”Reporters Without Borders urges the government to prioritize consultation, to follow the recommendations of media experts in the drafting of a new press bill, and to renounce the newly-adopted special powers act so that a new bill cannot be adopted by decree. Help by sharing this information December 1, 2020 Find out more News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Chadcenter_img to go further News RSF_en Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid ChadAfrica last_img read more

131 arrested on ‘calmer’ night during Dutch virus curfew

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say that the fourth night of the Netherlands’ coronavirus curfew passed more peacefully than the previous three nights that were marred by rioting. Even so, officers arrested 131 people, mainly for public order offenses and incitement. Underscoring the role of young people who have been forced to stay home from school for weeks due to the country’s tough lockdown, police said Wednesday that most suspects arrested for inciting riots using social media were under age 18. The rioting has rocked the Netherlands, which has a caretaker government after Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling coalition resigned earlier this month. The pandemic is expected to be a key campaign issue ahead of a general election scheduled for March 17.last_img

Race Ahead 2014: Multisport Events

first_imgYough Xtreme Adventure RaceOhiopyle, Penn., April 26Set in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, this adventure race is comprised of four disciplines: paddling, running, mountain biking, and rappelling. In under 10 hours, solo racers or teams will be expected to, in total, run 20 miles  in between sections, peddle 25+ miles of steep singletrack and fire roads, paddle 9 miles of the classs III section from Ramcat to the Middle Yough River takeout, and descend a 140-foot rappel (just for good measure). americanadventuresports.comOdyssey Wild, Wonderful 24-Hour Adventure RaceOak Hill, W. Va., May 17Ever wanted to do an adventure race but didn’t know how to do one of the sports? If it’s kayaking you don’t know, this wild and wonderful race just might have the solution you’re looking far. Go solo or as part of a 2-,3-, or 4-person team. Expect to trek through the woods with only map and compass as your guide, shred the recently developed singletrack, and hop on board an experienced guide’s raft as they help you navigate the class IV+ New River Gorge. oarevents.com Sierra Nevada SilverbackSaluda, N.C., SeptemberEven for the most seasoned adventure racer, the Silverback is one of the most difficult multi-sport events in the world. A solo-competitor event, this adventure race starts off with whitewater kayaking on the Green River, an 8-mile course that includes the world-class Narrows section of whitewater. From there competitors will don mountain bikes and cruise for another 8 miles through a challenging loop in the Green River Gamelands. Finally, the race ends by trail running that same 8-mile loop. Needless to say, finishing this thing will surely put some hair on your chest. greenrivergames.comKing of the Smokies TriathlonLake Junaluska, N.C., AugustSince launching the race four years ago, race director Bill Wilkins has sought to continue providing triathletes with a challenging yet well-organized event every year. Wilkins has worked diligently to establish a training program for local athletes who want to get serious about tris, citing the King of the Smokies motto “courage, commitment, challenge” as the tools for success. The triathlon itself attracts beginners and professionals alike and includes both sprint and international distance courses with an open-water swim, a back road bike ride, and a run around Lake Junaluska. kingofthesmokies.comRed River Gorge American ClassicSlade, Ky., November 1Known as The Fig XI, this adventure race is the last in Kentucky’s Unbridled Adventure series, three adventure races that are hosted by Flying Squirrel Adventures and Kentucky State Parks. The Fig is not recommended for inexperienced racers or racing teams, as it requires competitors to run, pedal, paddle, and scramble their way through some of the steepest terrain in and around the Red River Gorge. flyingsquirreladventures.comBest of the RestDUATHLONSJerry’s BaddleSaluda, N.C., April • jerrysbaddle.orgAmphibious DuathlonCharlotte, N.C., August 2 • usnwc.orgRussell Fork BaddlunElkhorn City, Ky., October 11-12 • rfbaddlun.blogspot.comTRIATHLONSWinter Challenge XI Off-Road TriathlonSpringfield, S.C., February 15 • winterchallenge.netGreat Greenbrier River RaceMarlinton, W.Va., April 26 • wordpress.greenbrierrivertrail.comInaugural Laurel Lake Half Ironman TriathlonLondon, Ky., July 12 • laurellaketri.comNew River Trail Challenge TriathlonFoster Falls, Va., September 20 • dcr.virginia.govADVENTURE RACESPalmetto Swamp Fox Adventure RaceCharleston, S.C., March 15 • kandoadventures.comREV3 Shenandoah Epic Adventure RaceLuray, Va., April 26 • rev3adventure.comSpecial Operations Adventure RaceHighlands, N.C., June 21 • soarhighlands.orgMUD RUNS & OBSTACLE COURSESMad Anthony Mud RunWaynesboro, Va., February 22 • runthevalley.comCarolinas Spartan SprintCharlotte, N.C., March 22 • spartanrace.comSuperhero ScrambleUnion Point, Ga., April 26 • superheroscramble.comWarrior DashMechanicsville, Md., May 10 • warriordash.comMad Mountain Mud RunHendersonville, N.C., May 31 • madmountainmudrun.comTough MudderDoswell, Va., June 14-15 • toughmudder.com_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img read more

COVID-19: Regional leaders mull withdrawing from race if elections not postponed

first_img“I am not sure the pandemic will end before December. If the regional election is going to be held on Dec. 9, I better withdraw my candidacy.”Purnomo verbally conveyed his intention to the PDI-P Surakarta chapter’s executive board chairman and the city mayor, FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo, who expressed full support of the move.Read also: Three parties ready to nominate Gibran if PDI-P picks another candidate in Surakarta”We’ll soon send a letter to the Central Java PDI-P [chairman] regarding this matter,” Rudy said. At least two candidates who are expected to run in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in Central Java have expressed thoughts about stepping back from the race if the voting day remains set at Dec. 9, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic may not be over by then.Surakarta mayoral candidate Achmad Purnomo and incumbent Wonogiri Regent Joko “Jekek” Sutopo, both of whom are politicians of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), separately announced that they would soon submit letters of withdrawal for their candidacy to the party’s Central Java chairman if there was no change to the election date.”I choose to focus on handling COVID-19 rather than conducting a political campaign during the pandemic,” said Purnomo, who is currently the deputy mayor of Surakarta city. Jekek said the government should maintain its focus on addressing the pandemic in the meantime. “There’re still a lot to do regarding the outbreak. We can postpone the election, but not the COVID-19 response.”The government and the House of Representatives previously agreed to reschedule the voting day for this year’s simultaneous regional elections to Dec. 9 from September due to the health crisis.The decision was made after a hearing conducted on April 14 involving the House Commission II overseeing home affairs, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).The government said it would soon draft a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the postponement of the voting day, which is scheduled to be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions.The KPU previously suggested three alternative dates for the voting day, namely Dec. 9, 2020, March 17, 2021, and Sept. 29, 2021.Topics :last_img read more