Prior censorship makes a comeback

first_imgNews Follow the news on Sudan April 10, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more June 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prior censorship makes a comeback News Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts The editor of the Sudanese daily Ajras al-Huriya yesterday decided to suspend publication of the newspaper for one week in protest against the imposition of official censorship.The previous evening Sudanese security forces raided the premises of Ajras al-Huriya and those of several other papers, including Arabic-language opposition daily, al-Midan, and seized a number of copies.“We condemn the seizure of these publications by the Sudanese authorities”, Reporters Without Borders said. “The seizures on 5 June confirm a return to prior censorship of the Sudanese written press, following the first signs of renewal of the practice in mid-May.”“It amounts to an extremely serious setback for press freedom in this country. We offer our full support to these newspapers which are going through a difficult period. We hope that they will be able to express themselves freely when they resume publication.” Ajras al-Huriya had on 6 June been prevented from appearing for the third consecutive day. Other newspapers have received telephone calls telling them they did not have the right to cover some sensitive issues, such as the International Criminal Court or the doctors’ strike, under threat of being censored. ——————————————————————————————–2010.20.05 – Return to prior censorship of print media fearedReporters Without Borders is concerned that prior censorship could be restored in Sudan after security forces raided several newspapers yesterday in Khartoum, demanded to see the articles in preparation and prevented two newspapers from publishing several reports and editorials.The raids came just three days after the authorities closed down the opposition daily Rai al-Shaab and arrested four of its journalists. See the previous release .“After 20 months of prior censorship by the intelligence services, President Omar Al Bashir decreed an end to this practice in September 2009,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Last night’s developments seem to call this into question. We fear the government could be in the process of restoring censorship, which would be a historic reversal for press freedom and would signify a return to the darkest days of state surveillance of the print media.”After swooping on several newspapers last night, the security forces ordered the withdrawal and confiscation of several pages from Ajras al-Hurriya, a newspaper that supports Southern Sudan’s former rebels, and the independent newspaper Al-Sahafa. Fayez al-Silaik, the editor of Ajras al-Hurriya, said more than half of the pages of today’s issue were censored, making publication impossible.Reporters Without Borders also condemns threats by the local authorities against two independent radio stations in Southern Sudan, Miraya FM and Bakhita. Information and broadcasting minister Paul Mayom Akech accused Miraya FM of “exceeding its mandate” by broadcasting reports that were divisive and incited ethnic violence. He gave the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which operates the station, a week to “put the editorial body in order,” failing which the station would be closed. Radio Bakhita also risks losing its licence if it does not modify its programme content. The government of Southern Sudan is accusing it of devoting too much time to covering political developments instead of broadcasting religious programmes.Picture : Sudanese newspapers (AFP / Ashraz Shazly) center_img RSF_en to go further News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent SudanAfrica News Organisation SudanAfrica March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Adare businesses losing millions over lack of parking

first_imgEmail TAGSbusinessLimerick CountyNewspolitics Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Advertisement Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Linkedin Twitter Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Previous articleHazey Haze – This is my CityNext articleBeirne to make Six Nations debut against Wales Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBusinessPoliticsAdare businesses losing millions over lack of parkingBy Alan Jacques – March 14, 2019 884 WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Stephen Keary, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtBUSINESS owners losing millions in revenue in Adare due to lack of car parking in the heritage town are rightly “pissed off”.So said Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary at this Tuesday’s meeting of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to the former mayor, parking is an “acute and chronic” issue in Adare.“The existing facilities are not fit for purpose,” Cllr Keary told the council executive.He went on to suggest that pay for parking should be used in the popular County Limerick tourist town.“It has the type of traffic movement to justify that.”Cllr Keary also called on the Council to put a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on a site, adjacent to the roundabout in the town centre, for parking.“People are getting very frustrated. Businesses are losing millions annually. They are pissed off with the inadequate parking. I will do all I can,” he declared.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien took the view that there is the perception that the Council has an “anti-Adare bias”.“The perception is that Adare gets everything but I don’t think that is an accurate perception,” Cllr O’Brien said.Sinn Fein councillor Ciara McMahon believed that parking “badly needs to be looked at” in Adare.“There’s no two ways about it,” she insisted.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan took the view that visitors arriving into Adare need to see parking if they are going to use it. He felt it hugely important that any additional parking in the town is not “hidden away”.Former Fine Gael TD and Senator, Dan Neville was part of a deputation from Adare Community Trust Group to make a presentation to the Council on parking at this Tuesday’s meeting. He told council members that at a recent funeral in Adare all cars outside the church were ticketed due to the lack of parking.Adare Community Trust Group revealed that there are over 90 businesses in the town with 1463 people employed locally and only 110 on-street parking spaces. They called for the Council to “step up to the mark” in providing additional spaces.Director of Operations for the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Caroline Curley explained that the council executive were doing what they can to increase parking in Adare. Print Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blowlast_img read more

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