Gabon public media strike over government meddling

first_img Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands December 31, 2019 Find out more May 4, 2018 Gabon public media strike over government meddling © Steve Jordan / AFP Called by the Union of Communication Professionals (SYPROCOM), the strike is unprecedented in scale. The provision of news has been reduced to a minimum service consisting of two daily news bulletins on the two TV news channels. No other programmes are being broadcast. “For the past two years, the communication minister has been in the habit of issuing instructions to editorial staff, so that everything functions to his liking,” SYPROCOM vice-president Edgard Ndziembi Doukaga told RSF. The grievances of the striking journalists include the government’s management of Gabon 24, a parallel public TV news channel created in 2016 that is directly attached to the communication ministry. Its journalists are paid almost twice what their counterparts at Gabon TV get (or are supposed to get, only they have not been paid for more than a year). During a broadcast on Gabon 24 in March, in which the agriculture minister was a guest, the channel’s director-general received a phone call from the communication minister ordering him to stop the broadcast. The director-general carried out the instruction to the letter: the programme was immediately interrupted.SYPROCOM representative Angèle Révignet also criticized the way the communication minister organized auditions for Gabon TV and Radio Gabon presenters in order to teach them to present the news “in the way he likes.” Révignet added: “It’s very simple: everything is managed at the ministry, from the programming to the financing.” When reached by RSF, communication minister Alain Claude Bilie By Nze confirmed that he had organized these auditions. “There is nothing wrong with that,” he said. “I asked for qualified professionals, who were free to refuse.”The striking journalists are demanding a return to editorial independence within the public broadcast media, which continue to be the main source of news and information for the Gabonese public, both in the capital, Libreville, and in the provinces.“After being turned into what seem to be little more than government PR operations, Gabon’s public broadcast media have not only lost their credibility but also the support of their journalists,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The authorities should respond to this show of discontent by finally developing real public service media that are not subject to interference and provide an impartial news service for all Gabonese.”Gabon is ranked 108th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the same position as last year. GabonAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expression to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the authorities to respect public broadcast media independence in Gabon, where nearly 700 employees at state-owned Radio Gabon and Gabon Télévision have been on strike since 30 April in protest against government meddling in editorial policy, unpaid salaries and antiquated equipment. November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gabon RSF_en center_img Reports January 24, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa GabonAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information News News Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison Receive email alertslast_img read more

Governor Signs All 10 of Sen. Liu’s Bills Passed This Year

first_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Government Governor Signs All 10 of Sen. Liu’s Bills Passed This Year Published on Monday, October 7, 2013 | 12:55 pm Make a comment Herbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Governor Brown has signed all 10 of Sen. Carol Liu’s bills passed by the Legislature this year.Liu, D- La Cañada Flintridge, authored legislation to help Caltrans sell state-owned houses along a proposed State Route 710 extension, streamline student testing in schools, promote arts education, and enhance interagency collaboration at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The Governor has until Sunday (October 13, 2013) to sign or veto legislation sent to him this year.“I look forward to authoring more bills that improve the lives residents of the 25th Senate District, help improve our public schools, and assist our most needy citizens,” said Liu, Chair of the Senate Education Committee. More details are available on Liu’s Website at Liu’s signed bills included:• SB 116 extends the Emergency Food Assistance Program check-off on state income tax forms. These taxpayer donations generated nearly $350,000 for food banks last year.• SB 238 allows the Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest to vote as a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board member on matters related to projects located within or affecting the Forest.• SB 247 eliminates unnecessary testing of second graders and requires the California Department of Education to find assessments in English and mathematics that are more relevant to the learning abilities of these young students.• SB 416 authorizes CalTrans to fast track sales of surplus properties purchased decades ago for a planned State Route 710 extension Los Angeles, Alhambra, South Pasadena, and Pasadena. The homes will never be needed to make room for an extension, and the sales will generate revenue for local transportation projects.• SB 571 and SB 789 will help the California Arts Council continue raising funds with an Arts special interest license plate and create a new state income tax check off for the “Keep Arts in Schools!” fund.Sen. Liu represents about 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Altadena, San Marino, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Glendora, and Upland. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Community Newslast_img read more

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria Now Fourth in Africa

first_imgNigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains her 44th spot in the world with 1,427 points, as against October’s 1,431 points, in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings released on Thursday.Tunisia who led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North Africans dropping four places to 26th in the world with 1,493 points.Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1,505 points and places 23rd in the world. Morocco rests in third place, with Congo DR in fifth, after garnering 1,440 and 1420 points as world 40th and 49th respectively.Belgium, France and Brazil remain unchanged as the highest ranked with 1,727, 1,727 and 1,676 points respectively.According to a report on the FIFA website, defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six ranking points.Brazil , though still 50 points behind France, added seven after wins over Uruguay, who is seventh-ranked and 55th-placed Cameroon.Meanwhile, the big climbers include African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7).The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest ranking position till date.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Dec. 20.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more