Government soldiers attack radio journalists in Sud-Kivu province

first_img February 18, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceImprisoned Organisation Help by sharing this information Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo FEDERICO SCOPPA / AFP center_img RSF_en Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian to go further Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Reporters Without Borders joins Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in Democratic Republic of Congo, in condemning raids by members of the armed forces (FARDC) on two radio stations in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu on 8 May and the arrests of two journalists, one of whom is still held.RSF calls on the authorities to punish those responsible for these abuses and to release Eboko Amani, the journalist who is still detained. Amani was arrested on 9 May near Fizi, a town in the south of Sud-Kivu province, after his radio station mentioned the alleged role of FARDC members in the murder of a bandit. In the FARDC operations on 8 May, soldiers raided Radio Umoja and Radio Baraka – both based in Baraka, a city near Fizi – in search of journalists who had broadcast an appeal by civil society groups for a two-day general strike in the city in protest against violent crime. News Here is the press release that JED issued on 10 May: “Journalist in Danger (JED) expresses deep concern about the physical safety of journalists operating in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu, which has seen several attacks by members of the Democratic Republic of Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) in the past few days against journalists who were doing their job. According to information corroborated by JED, Eboko Amani, a reporter for Radio Muungano in Sebele, a village 12 km outside Fizi, a town located 165 km south of the Bukavu, the provincial capital, was arrested at his home at around 3 p.m. on 9 May by FARDC members and was taken to Fizi, where he is being held in a completely illegal manner at the local FARDC headquarters. Amani was arrested for broadcasting a report on 7 May about the murder of a bandit on the Sebele road by FARDC members. At around 9 p.m. on 8 May, a group of armed soldiers attacked Radio Baraka and Radio Umoja in Baraka, a city about 190 km south of Bukavu, seeking those in charge of these two radio stations because they broadcast a message by local civil society groups calling on the local population to observer a two-day general strike in the city in protest against the high level of violent crime. After first going to Radio Baraka and finding no journalist there, these uniformed soldiers went to Radio Umoja and arrested Gilbert Wasokye, a journalist who was hosting a live programme. He was forcibly taken to FARDC headquarters, where he was held in a cell for several hours, until released at around 9 a.m. on 9 May. Radio Baraka director Luc Lokendo told JED: “The civil society message that we relayed did not incite the population to rise up against the local authorities. In our various news programmes, we interviewed the territory’s administrator, who urged the public to go about their usual occupations as normal, and we interviewed civil society representatives, who called on the public to heed the strike call.” JED firmly condemns these attacks on media outlets and journalists in Sud-Kivu province and calls on the military commanders and local and provincial authorities to terminate this interference by the security services in the work of the media.” The DRC is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News May 11, 2016 Government soldiers attack radio journalists in Sud-Kivu province Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceImprisoned last_img read more

The duo who upended intuition

first_imgTrusting one’s intuition to make good decisions is still a popular practice, but it shouldn’t be.Behavioral scientists have long known that the human mind is hard-wired for error and that our misplaced faith in “gut” judgments is further proof of innate human fallibility.After writing several best-selling books that examined unsung mavericks who changed the way people think about and operate in baseball and on Wall Street by using data to help sidestep such cognitive blind spots, author Michael Lewis set his sights on the two men who first identified the flaws embedded in our thinking.In his new book, “The Undoing Project,” Lewis explores the colorful lives of Daniel Kahneman and the late Amos Tversky, who were sometimes called the “Lennon and McCartney of psychology.” During the 1970s and ’80s, the brilliant Israeli-American psychologists had pioneering insights into human judgment and decision-making that gave birth to the field of behavioral economics.Their findings also transformed psychology and had deep impact across the social sciences, as well as on medicine, law, business, and anywhere that algorithms are relied upon as a substitute or hedge on the inherently flawed human mind.Although the pair created an important, well-known body of work that still resonates, Lewis said that the story he wanted to tell wasn’t about their breakthrough discoveries, but about their close, offbeat partnership and the effects that collaboration had on the world.“What it was, was two guys who loved each other sitting in a room thinking about some unbelievable, interesting [stuff],” said Lewis, during a talk at Harvard Business School (HBS) Tuesday evening with Michael I. Norton, the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at HBS.The introverted, self-doubting Kahneman, now retired from Princeton University, was a child fugitive hiding out in barns during Nazi-occupied France who went on to win the 2002 Nobel Prize in economic sciences. Tversky, meanwhile, was a military hero and an outgoing, fun-loving iconoclast who struck nearly everyone he knew as the smartest person they had ever met, Lewis said. He heard the claim so often during his research that it became the metric for the world’s shortest intelligence test. “The longer it takes you to figure out that Amos is smarter than you, the stupider you are,” Lewis joked.An audience filling a lecture hall at HBS listens with rapt attention to Lewis and Norton’s conversation. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThough stars in their own right, together the pair exploded the era’s prevailing theories and assumptions about human decision-making and put forward the idea that people are largely irrational, programmed to make certain mistakes in judgment that stem from their innate cognitive biases.Eventually, Lewis said, they arrived at two central truths: First, “We want the world to be a more certain place than it actually is, and we’re continually trying in our minds to make it seem more certain, more predictable than it actually is” by using cognitive “tricks” to explain the unexpected. Second, “We need to preserve doubt about yourself and your thoughts and to resist certainty not only in yourself, but in the people who would advise you.”Lewis said the early spark for the book, whose title came from the pair’s effort to “undo the false view of human nature” as well as the unfinished work left after they ended their collaboration, came from Harvard Law School’s Cass Sunstein ’75, J.D. ’78, and Richard Thaler, a behavioral economist at the University of Chicago.In their New Yorker review of Lewis’ 2003 blockbuster “Moneyball,” about the then-emerging use of data analytics to exploit “market inefficiencies” in the way baseball scouts evaluated talent, Sunstein and Thaler pointed Lewis in the direction of Kahneman and Tversky’s research, noting that it was the intellectual foundation for such analysis.“I tucked that away, not quite sure what I was going to do,” Lewis said.Eventually, Lewis met Kahneman in 2007 while he was writing the mega-hit “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” They began a series of deep conversations over the next five years, with Lewis prodding and probing the reluctant, ever-dubious scholar to open up about his life and partnership, a topic Kahneman never felt merited a book. But the gimlet-eyed Lewis knew he had a remarkable story on his hands and refused to let go.“This was one for the ages, I thought, and if I didn’t do it, someone was going to come along and do it probably after he was dead. And the likelihood of that being a good book was very, very low,” Lewis joked about how he finally convinced Kahneman: “If anyone should have the right to write a bad book, I should.”Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, with whose members Lewis spent some time while preparing to write the book, sponsored the talk. The group is a consortium of scholars studying decision research, as well as behavioral scientists and economists, that was launched in 2013 by Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at HBS and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and by Iris Bohnet, a professor of public policy and director of the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS.SaveSavelast_img read more

Steuben County reaches nearly 200 positive COVID-19 cases

first_imgFor the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth. As directed by the CDC, the health department says they are collecting information from 48 hours before the first symptoms arrived.  For more coronavirus coverage, click here. City of Hornell (2)Village of HammondsportVillage of Wayland STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Steuben County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus, including the addition of four cases on Sunday.center_img The Steuben County Health Department has now reported a total of 195 positive cases of the coronavirus. The health department has provided a breakdown, including where the residents who most recently tested positive live. The breakdown is as follows: Officials say that one or more of the latest cases is related to a previously reported individual. The health department says one of the additional cases is related to the mass testing conducted at Elderwood at Hornell and a case from Hornell Gardens. The health department says that all of the individuals that tested positive are being closely monitored by the Steuben County Health Department and are all quarantined. Officials say the health department is in the process of conducting investigations to identify any close contacts of the infected individuals.last_img read more