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

Trawick to open music series tonight

first_img Williams was born in Georgiana and grew up in Montgomery. He married Audrey Sheppard of the Shiloh community near Brundidge.“There are Hank Williams’ fans all over the country but he is especially popular in Alabama because he is one of our own,” Trawick said. “I’ll sing some Hank Williams songs that may not be familiar to many but, to me, they are some of his best. And, of course, I’ll play everybody’s favorites – “I Saw the Light,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Jambalaya.”Trawick has been playing country music for almost as long as he can remember and the “old stars” of the Grand Ole Opry are among his favorites. “I went back to country and played with Southern Comfort and that was a good experience, too,” Trawick said.Nearly eight years ago, Trawick found another outlet for his music as the music director of the Brundidge folklife play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime.” The play features eight of Trawick’s original songs and he is also the lead guitarist and a vocalist for the traditional songs also featured in the play.Rather recently, Trawick has started to write more of the music that he calls roots music.“What I write is more like Jimmie Rodgers’ music,” Trawick said. “It’s roots music. And roots music has a lot of heart and soul in it. That’s what is missing in much of the music that is being played today. Roots music is an outgrowth of church music. It strikes a chord because we can all relate to it.”Trawick said he doesn’t think a songwriter can write roots music unless he or she has experienced hard times.“It’s just so full of feeling and you can’t fake that,” he said.The opening concert for the month-long celebration of America’s roots music just might include a few of Trawick’s original songs.“I might slip a few of them in,” he said with a smile.The New Harmonies’ concerts at the Gazebo are free and open to the public. Bring a picnic and or just come, sit back and relax and celebrate American’s roots through its music. Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2009 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Skip Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “My daddy played music and he was a big Hank Williams’ fan,” Trawick said. “Every Saturday night we were by the radio listening to the Grand Ole Opry so I grew up loving country music and the traditional gospel songs that we sang in church.”Trawick and his brothers formed a trio that was called the Trawick Trio and they played and sang traditional gospel music.He later played with the popular local country band, “Sidekicks.” He also played blues around the area with Little Jimmie Reed.He found his niche with Street Feet Blues and the band had a rather hectic schedule that took the band, on a regular basis, to places throughout Alabama and gained for it a good measure of popularity in high places in Atlanta, Panama City, New Orleans and blues hotspots in Mississippi. Print Article Latest Stories The “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” concert series opens at 5:15 p.m. today with Lenny Trawick in concert at the Stephens Gazebo on the square in downtown Troy.Trawick will highlight country music with special emphasis on the music of legendary country music singer/songwriter Hank Williams, the unquestionable “Father of County Music.”“Hank Williams died when he was 29 years old and he written and recorded about 129 songs,” Trawick said. “I don’t know of any other country music artist who has been that prolific. Hank Williams is a legend.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Vincent Bonsignore: Greinke, Gonzalez, Jansen keep Dodgers alive

first_img“I’ve got a $10 bet on it,” he said. “So it’s important.”Whatever it takes, right? After spending most of his career in laid-back San Diego and putting up huge numbers far removed from the national radar, Adrian Gonzalez was finally hoisted onto the big stage and delivered a signature moment for everyone to witness.And when pushed to the limit, Kenley Jansen emphatically said enough is enough.Greinke redeemed himself. Gonzalez introduced himself.Jansen, well, he just lived to tell about it.As for the Dodgers, they resurrected themselves in a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship series Wednesday at sun-splashed Dodger Stadium to avoid elimination and extend their season at least one more game.They aren’t out of the woods yet, the Cardinals still holding a 3-2 lead as the best-of-7 series shifts back to St. Louis for the final leg.But with Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw taking the hill in Game 6 on Friday, all of a sudden the possibility of pushing the Cardinals to a seventh game is very, very real.And we all know crazy things can happen in a deciding game.Oh, did we mention the Cardinals coughed up a 3-1 lead to the San Francisco Giants last year in the NLCS?It can’t happen again, can it?Why not?“We know what we have in the clubhouse,” Carl Crawford said. “We believe in ourselves. We trust one another.”They did on Wednesday, reporting back to work stubborn and unyielding after a chilling 4-2 setback in Game 4 the night before hurled them into this mess.But comforted by the confidence that Greinke and Kershaw were lined up to breathe new life into their fading World Series hopes, and comfortable in the role of underdog after yielding all pressure to the Cardinals, the Dodgers played free and easy and finally found the big hits and critical outs that previously eluded them.“To be honest with you, I just think guys weren’t ready to lose today,” Crawford said.And now they head back to St. Louis, where one of the best pitchers in baseball takes the mound for them in the biggest game of his career Friday.“Not one of the best,” Gonzalez corrected. “The best.”Kershaw will have a worldwide audience to prove just that.Thanks to Greinke, who shook off another odd inning in which he coughed up a two-run lead immediately after being handed it — he did the same thing in Game 1 — to go into lockdown mode and give the Dodgers ample time to reboot and rebuild a lead.Greinke’s déjà vu moment occurred in the top of the third inning, or right after he and Juan Uribe stroked RBI singles in the bottom of the second to stake him to a 2-0 lead.But just like in Game 1, his old nemesis, Carlos Beltran, drilled an RBI triple off the center-field fence followed by an RBI double by Matt Holliday and all of a sudden the score was tied 2-2.Greinke stood on the mound thinking, not this again.“Yeah,” he said. “I don’t know why that happened, but it was the same part of the lineup too, I think. Beltran, same thing.” His failure to hold the lead in Game 1 resulted in a 13-inning marathon ultimately won by the Cardinals, mostly the result of the Dodgers’ horrendous habit of abandoning runners in scoring position.But with losing not an option Wednesday, the Dodgers went right back to work.Gonzalez played the most prominent role, blasting a solo home run in the bottom of the third to put the Dodgers ahead 3-2 — removing Greinke from the hook in the process — then drilling another home run in the eighth inning to push the lead to 6-2.Dodgers fans have come to expect such heroics from Gonzalez, but aside from his hometown San Diego Padre fans, who enjoyed him for five seasons, it’s a side of Gonzalez most of baseball is unfamiliar with.His short time in Boston yielded no playoff appearances and San Diego was not an adequate media market.So he went about his business efficiently but quietly, his hitting brilliance underappreciated on a mass level.That is changing with the high-profile Dodgers in the playoffs, and his two home runs were an emphatic statement of his skill set.More importantly, with the Dodgers down Matt Kemp and with Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier fighting compromising injuries, it’s a Gonzalez they’ve desperately needed.“It seems that he’s kind of stepped up here,” Dodger manager Don Mattingly said. “Maybe the fact that Hanley has not been able to do what he’s been doing in the past, and Adrian maybe feels that responsibility.”On Wednesday, he delivered with a home run to put them back in the lead and another that helped them survive Jansen’s uneven ninth.And yes, he punctuated both by flashing double-fisted Mickey Mouse ears gestures — much to the anger of the Cardinals, who don’t take kindly to the Dodgers’ glitzy celebrations this series.Nothing personal, according to Gonzalez. Just good, clean postseason fun.“You’re in the playoffs. You’ve got to have fun. If you’re not having fun in the playoffs, then you don’t deserve to be here,” Gonzalez said. “Just enjoying every moment of it.”The Dodgers hope to enjoy of few more of them this weekend.It’s off to St. Louis now, and what awaits them is anyone’s guess.All they know is they got there.And with Kershaw pitching Game 6 on Friday, the possibilities are endless. When given a second chance to be the ace he was paid to be, Zack Greinke didn’t disappoint.And now maybe the Dodgers will play long enough for Greinke’s fantasy football league team to climb out of the cellar.“I’ve got a bet that I won’t be in last place by the time the season’s over,” Greinke said. “So I needed (the season) to go to Sunday for that.”The next time you hear someone say it isn’t about the money, think about Greinke and his obsession with fantasy football.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more