Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government

first_img Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go further Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica News RSF_en Receive email alerts Newscenter_img June 1, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government BurundiAfrica Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has requested that Burundi’s intelligence service drop its legal proceedings against Burundi Press Agency (Agence burundaise de presse, ABP) journalist Aloys Kabura. Kabura has been detained in the central prison of Ngozi (northern Burundi) since 31 May 2006. The journalist, who recently wrote an article implicating the police in sugar smuggling, was apprehended for comments he made in a bar in Kayanza (northern Burundi), publicly criticising the government.Kabura was arrested late on 31 May in Kayanza by the Burundi Police, who had an arrest warrant from the city prosecutor, Jean-Paul Manwagari. His arrest arose from a charge of “rebellion” filed by the national documentation service (an intelligence agency), who accused the journalist of having made “defamatory statements about the government in the presence of witnesses on 21 April.” Kabura is accused of having criticised the government’s attitude and the brutality shown by the police when 20 journalists were confined illegally in the home of a deputy in Bujumbura for half a day on 17 April. According to the penal code, the journalist is subject to a sentence of two months in prison and/or a fine of 5,000 Burundi francs (approx. 4 euros).The ABP journalist, who claims to have been under surveillance and threatened by police, had written a news report in January on the smuggling of sugar to neighbouring Rwanda, which was allegedly covered up by the police.MORE IN last_img read more

Scheme to reduce vacant property rates

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleShannon figures soarNext articleWind weather alert downgraded John Keogh Printcenter_img NewsScheme to reduce vacant property ratesBy John Keogh – January 15, 2015 690 TAGSbusinessCllr James Collinscommercial rateslimerickLimerick City and County Councilvacant properties Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick County Council meet for the last time after 115 years in existence A NEW Business Incentive Scheme aimed at providing some financial relief for the owners of vacant properties was introduced as part of Limerick City and County Council’s 2015 budget.Rather than a universal bill of 50 per cent of the going annual commercial rate, as had already been the case in Limerick city, a sliding scale of charges will now be introduced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a move that is aimed at softening the blow for the owners of smaller or rural commercial properties, charges will now be dependent on the rate that the property would be liable for if it was occupied.Properties that incur a commercial rate of less than €2,500 will now pay nothing, those liable for rates of €2,500 to €9,999 will pay 50 per cent, while those eligible for rates in excess of €10,000 will pay 75 per cent of the commercial rate.It is hoped that the scheme will be of benefit to the owners of small businesses that have ceased trading, who do not have the means to pay high commercial rates.Cllr James Collins, leader of the Fianna Fáil metropolitan group, told the Limerick Post: “The rationale behind this is there is a belief that there are people who own large commercial properties in the city centre, and they’re happy to sit on those properties and leave them vacant rather than allowing their competitors to move in.“So we asked if we could devise a sliding scale where the larger properties pay a higher percentage and smaller properties with a smaller rental value pay a lower percentage, if any.” Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

New Mastersounds & Turkuaz Take Over In Philadelphia [Gallery/Video]

first_imgThough their tour is winding down, the energy at a Turkuaz and New Mastersounds party is anything but! The two funk ensembles have been touring the country for the past month, displaying their energetic performance styles and collaborating regularly. The two bands joined forces once more at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA last Saturday, December 10th, bringing the house down for an unforgettable party.Check out a clip of some fresh NMS funk below, as captured by 215music.A full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of photographer Stephen Olker.Turkuaz is ringing in the New Year in style for two nights at Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here. Load remaining imageslast_img read more