Radio journalist gets 25 years on conspiracy charges

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Rwanda News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en to go further November 27, 2020 Find out more News March 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gets 25 years on conspiracy charges RwandaAfrica Newscenter_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that a Kigali court has sentenced religious radio station director Cassien Ntamuhanga to 25 years in prison for allegedly conspiring against the government.Cassien Ntamuhanga, who ran Amazing Grace radio, was convicted on 27 February of forming a criminal gang, conspiracy against the established government or president, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiracy to murder. He pleaded not guilty on all charges when the trial began last November. His lawyer said he will appeal.“We are outraged by the Kigali court’s decision to sentence the journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga to 25 years in prison,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.“This harsh and disproportionate sentence reflect the authoritarian nature of President Kagame’s government and its growing desire to gag all dissent in the run-up to the 2017 presidential elections, when Kagame could be tempted to run for another term although the constitution currently forbids this. We call for this verdict to be overturned on appeal.”The prosecution requested a life sentence for Ntamuhanga and his three co-defendants. One of them, the very popular singer Kizito Mihigo, got a ten-year jail term after pleading guilty. Demobilized soldier Jean-Paul Dukuzumuremyi got 30 years. The third co-defendant, Agnès Niyibizi, was acquitted on a charge of acting as treasurer of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition party in exile that the government regards as a “terrorist” organization.All four were arrested in April 2014, at a time when Rwanda was commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide and many people were criticizing a growing government crackdown.Colleagues say Ntamuhanga never had any problems until he was reported missing on 7 April 2014. The police finally confirmed a week later that he was in their custody without saying where he was arrested, leading the Rwanda Media Commission to suggest that he was held illegally from 7 to 14 April.During his trial, Ntamuhanga accused the police of detaining him illegally and extracting a confession under duress.Rwanda is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 13, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports RwandaAfrica Help by sharing this information last_img read more


Village of Hancock officials alert residents of lead contamination in water

first_imgVillage officials say they have increased the amount of zinc orthophostate in the village water system to help slow the pace of corrosion and therefore lower the levels of lead. The heightened levels of lead are due to corrosion, the village believes. Hancock officials say they are concerned about their residents’ health. The following statement has been to sent to 12 News: The village says the water department has detected two houses with elevated levels of lead in the water during routine testing from June to September 2019.center_img HANCOCK, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Village of Hancock Water Department is alerting residents to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. The village of Hancock is concerned about the health of their residents because lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years-old or younger. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to parts of your body. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones which may affect brain development. They recommend running your water for 15 to 30 seconds to help flush out lead and using cold water to prepare baby formula.last_img read more


Murcia road crash kills 3

first_imgAccording to police investigators, the 21-year-oldJemark Cunanan was driving a motorcycle with Aringa, Gozon and Dumdumaya as backriders when they crashed against a parked truck around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 8.     Aringa, Gozon and Dumdumaya were rushed to the CorazonLocsin Montilebano Memorial Regional Hospital here where the attendingphysician declared them “dead on arrival.” These victims sustain injuries on the body after a road crash in Barangay Salvacion, Murcia, Negros Occidental on Jan. 8. MURCIA MUNICIPAL POLICE STATION/NOCPPO Cunanan was detained in the Murcia municipal policestation’s lockup facility./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – Three persons were killed in a roadcrash in Barangay Salvacion, Murcia, Negros Occidental.  The fatalities were identified as 27-year-old MilvenKim Aringa, 22-year-old Mark Christopher Gozon and 25-year-old Tommy Dumdumaya,a police report showed.last_img read more


10 months ago​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenal

first_img​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


9 months agoCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decision

first_imgCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


24 days ago​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenal

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd keeper De Gea: We must beat teams like Arsenalby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea believes they must win games such as the home clash against Arsenal.The Red Devils were unable to turn their possession into more than a single goal, and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.It was a tough clash against a fellow top-four hopeful at home, and De Gea knows they will rue not being able to get all three points.”This is Manchester United. We’re playing at Old Trafford so we have to win these games,” De Gea said to reporters.”We have a young team but the lads have to react and play better than they are. We are a team. We know we have to improve and we are all working really hard to do it.”We had a lot of good chances – of course, they did too, but I think we had the better ones.”We have to keep learning. We have a young team, so it’s time to keep looking forward and try to win the next game.” last_img read more


Activists detained after boarding palm oil tanker off Spain

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling “Save our Rainforest” and “Drop Dirty Palm Oil” banners.A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from Wilmar International linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, was bound for Rotterdam.Greenpeace says the activists from Indonesia, Germany, Britain, France, Canada and the U.S. are being detained in a cabin on the ship.Palm oil is used in a huge array of consumer goods from makeup to snacks. Wilmar supplies Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate.Greenpeace said the Stolt Tenacity’s captain was informed in advance that the protest, staged Saturday, would be peaceful.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Cohen Media Group purchases Landmark Theatre chain

first_imgLOS ANGELES — An Oscar-winning production and distribution company is getting into the movie theatre business.Representatives from the Cohen Media Group say Tuesday the company has purchased Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest independent theatre chain.Landmark Theatres has 252 screens in 27 cities and has been under the ownership of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment since 2003.CMG has been behind such Oscar-nominated and winning films as “The Salesman” and “Faces Places.”CMG founder Charles S. Cohen said in a statement that he admired the way Landmark has evolved to fit the changing independent film landscape.Cohen said the theatrical chain is a good fit with the CMG business , one of which restores classic films like the Merchant Ivory collection and the Buster Keaton catalogue.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Govt eyes Rs 50000 cr public procurement through GeM in FY20

first_imgNew Delhi: Public procurement worth Rs 50,000 crore is expected to take place through the commerce ministry’s online marketplace GeM during 2019-20, an official said. In 2018-19, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) touched Rs 17,325 crore mark in terms of value of transactions as compared to Rs 5,885 crore in the previous financial year and Rs 422 crore in 2016-17. “We are targeting Rs 50,000 crore worth of transactions to be carried out through this platform in 2019-20,” the official said. The ministry launched the GeM on August 9, 2016 with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform for government departments, ministries and agencies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMeanwhile, the commerce ministry, in a statement on Monday, said 2018-19 has witnessed a multifold increase in total value of transactions on the portal and doubling of number of sellers at the marketplace. It said over two lakh sellers are offering more than eight lakh products on this platform. It added that training of over 1.3 lakh buyers and sellers has been conducted across 28 states and Union Territories to enable them operate the platform seamlessly. “MoUs have been signed with 12 banks for payment integration to facilitate a cashless and paperless payment system on the platform,” the ministry said. Public procurement of the Central and State governments runs into over Rs 2 lakh crore annually.last_img read more


Case against Gambhir for rallying without permission

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the directives of the Election Commission (EC), the Delhi Police on Saturday registered a case against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir for holding an election rally without taking permission, a police officer said on Saturday. East Delhi Electoral Officer K. Mahesh on Saturday asked the police to take action against Gambhir for rallying in Jungpura on Friday without permission and violating the model code of conduct. “We have registered Delhi Police (DP) Act against Gautam Gambhir and are taking action against him under Non Cognizable Report,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal said. Gambhir is the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the East Delhi Constituency.last_img


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