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Liquid cocoa and fake dollars thrown at embassy to point finger in disappearance

first_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports News News April 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liquid cocoa and fake dollars thrown at embassy to point finger in disappearance Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders activists clad in white overalls threw buckets of liquid cocoa and fake dollars at the gates of Côte d’Ivoire’s embassy in Paris today to point the finger of blame in the case of missing French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer on the eve of the first anniversary of his disappearance in Abidjan on 16 April 2004.The protest was part of a demonstration to demand the “truth for Guy-André” that took place peacefully and lasted half an hour. Members of the Truth for Guy-André Kieffer Support Committee and the journalist’s wife, Osange Silou-Kieffer, also took part. “We threw cocoa because it is the ‘black box’ of those in power in Abidjan and because Kieffer was investigating the embezzlement of cocoa earnings by government officials at the time of his disappearance,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We demonstrated outside the Ivorian embassy today because the ball is now in the government’s court in the investigation. To prove its good will, the government must allow the investigation to advance.” The organization said this meant agreeing at once to a French judge’s request for Ivorian citizen Michel Legré, the leading suspect in the disappearance, to be transferred to France for two months for questioning.The political obstruction in both Paris and Abidjan that is blocking the investigation by French judge Patrick Ramaël was one of the key points stressed at a news conference held today at the foreign press centre (CAPE) at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. The brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, Legré was the last person to see Kieffer before he went missing. Ramaël charged him on 21 October 2004 with “abducting and holding” Kieffer. On 13 December, he requested Legré’s temporary transfer to France for questioning. Legré is currently being held in an Abidjan detention centre where he is subject to all sorts of pressure that prevent him from talking freely.When Ramaël last visited Côte d’Ivoire from 12 to 26 February, his request had still not been received by the Ivorian authorities. Kieffer’s wife was told yesterday the request had finally reached the Ivorian justice ministry.Aged 54 and the father of two children, Kieffer was last seen at around 1 p.m. on 16 April 2004 in a shopping centre in Abidjan, the business capital of Côte d’Ivoire. He specialised in commodities and business, working for the French business daily La Tribune from 1984 to early 2002, when he moved to Abidjan and began freelancing for La Lettre du Continent and several Ivorian newspapers. Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Reporters Without Borders activists clad in white overalls threw buckets of liquid cocoa and fake dollars at the gates of Côte d’Ivoire’s embassy in Paris today to point the finger of blame in the case of missing French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer on the eve of the first anniversary of his disappearance in Abidjan on 16 April 2004. October 29, 2020 Find out more News October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential electionlast_img read more

Regime jails journalist for eight years and suspends more publications

first_img News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) said today it was deeply shocked at the eight-year jail sentence passed on an elderly and ailing Iranian journalist, Siamak Pourzand (see photo), 71, and called for his immediate release. “It is outrageous to imprison a journalist of that age, especially when he is ill,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard.He also expressed concern at the suspension of the country’s main reformist daily newspaper, Bonyan, and urged Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to “block these steps taken by the judiciary and ensure respect for the Constitution, of which he is the official protector.” Seven publications have been suspended in Iran since the beginning of the year. Despite the release today of journalist Ahmad Qabel, of Hayat-e-No, eleven journalists are still imprisoned in Iran and the country’s supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is on RSF’s worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Pourzand was sentenced on 3 May 2002 by the Teheran press court for having “undermined state security through his links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries” He admitted all the charges and said he would not defend himself. RSF is concerned however that psychological pressure might have been used to force him to confess. He was seized by security police on 29 November last year and held in a secret place for four months without access to a lawyer or a doctor. As head of Teheran’s artistic and cultural centre, he was also a cultural commentator for several reformist newspapers that have since been shut down.The daily paper Bonyan was suspended by the court on 4 May for “many repeated offences” and for using the name and logo of a weekly of the same name. Many banned journalists, including Alireza Alavitabar, editor-in-chief of the suspended paper Sobh-é-Emrouz, , and Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, of the pro-reform weekly Hamchahri, who was jailed for 23 months on 17 April, have written in Bonyan, which is popular in universities and has become a place for debate among reformists because of its stand against conservatives.Also on 4 May, the reformist government daily Iran, which is controlled by the official Iranian news agency IRNA, was suspended after publishing an article deemed “offensive to the sacred principles of Islam.” The next day, the head of the country’s conservative judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Sharudi, ordered the suspension lifted but said the paper would still be prosecuted. The offending article was a review of a book by the writer Tuka Maleki about Iranian women musicians which scandalised the conservative clergy. Banafsheh Samgis, who wrote the review, and Mohsen Sharnazdar, editor of Iran’s music supplement, are being prosecuted and now risk arrest. Iran’s editor-in-chief, Abdolrassul Vessal, said the paper had received 96 formal complaints about material it had published. Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more May 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime jails journalist for eight years and suspends more publications February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Since the recent UN Human Rights Commission meeting that failed to condemnIran, the regime has stepped up its attacks on the reformist press andjailed Siamak Pourzand, 71, for eight years. Seven publications have beensuspended so far this year. RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

Cameroon hires new head coach

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Five-time African champion, Cameroon, have hired former Portugal international Toni Conceicao as its new national team coach.Cameroon’s sports ministry announced that the former right-back, whose full name is António Conceição da Silva Oliveira, was given a two-year contract. He replaces Dutch great Clarence Seedorf, who was fired after a second-round exit at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Cameroon will host the next African Cup in 2021, having last won the title in 2017 under Belgian coach Hugo Broos.Conceicao made just one appearance for Portugal as a player but has managed a number of clubs in his home country and abroad, including three separate stints at Romanian side Cluj.His first game with Cameroon will be a friendly against Tunisia on October 12. Tags: TOni Concaicaolast_img read more