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Somalia’s new media law ignores calls for journalists to be protected

first_imgNews January 8, 2021 Find out more Concerned about a new media law that contains significant improvements but fails to prevent imprisonment for media-related offences, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Somalia’s most senior federal authorities to decree an urgent moratorium on arrests of journalists, without which press freedom will not be able to progress. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en August 28, 2020 Somalia’s new media law ignores calls for journalists to be protected “The amended media law contains some encouraging articles but they are undermined by the criminalization of journalistic acts, which continues to the part of the law despite our recommendations, and it does not decree a moratorium on arrests of journalists,” RSF editor-in-chief Pauline Adès-Mével said.“Somalia is still, and will continue to be, one of the continent’s most repressive countries as regards arrests of journalists. We call on the federal authorities to go further with media law reform in order to enable Somali journalists to work freely and without constraints, otherwise the government’s promises of efforts in favour of press freedom and democratic values will remain unfulfilled.”During a meeting in Paris in November 2019 with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, RSF urged the rapid adoption of a national mechanism to protect and secure journalists. Somalia continues to be Africa’s deadliest country for journalists, with more than 50 killed in the past ten years. Efforts have nonetheless been made to combat impunity in recent years. A police officer who shot a journalist dead at a checkpoint was convicted in absentia and given a prison sentence. Two soldiers were discharged from the army for mistreating reporters. And, in response to a request from the NUSOJ, a court ordered the attorney-general’s office to investigate the more than 50 murders of journalist that remain unpunished. Help by sharing this information Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo delivers a speech during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 26, 2018. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP News SomaliaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression March 2, 2021 Find out more But, despite RSF’s recommendations, the new law is not accompanied by any moratorium on arrests of journalists, which continue to take place at an alarming level, one of the highest in Africa. There are major concerns about the new law’s criminalization of journalistic activities. Article 3 makes it illegal for journalists to be compelled by threat or force – for example, by political or armed actors – to publish “information which conflicts with the interests of the country, security, the economy, politics and society.” The new law does not protect the confidentiality of sources and makes it possible for journalists to be held responsible for the consequences of disclosing confidential information. It allows journalists to be fined for violations without limiting the size of the fines. And it says that verdicts and sentences can be appealed before unspecified “competent jurisdictions,” opening the way to prison sentences. Somalia is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region The long-awaited package of amendments to the controversial 2016 Media Law that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as “Farmaajo,” signed into law this week has not, as many had hoped, eliminated the possibility of journalists being jailed in connection with their work. It does contain major advances that will help to guarantee freedom of expression and opinion and press freedom, as enshrined in the 2012 Federal Provisional Constitution. It also provides for public service broadcasting, thereby helping to promote editorial independence and public accountability, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a press freedom NGO that is RSF’s partner in Somalia. News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News to go further RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Follow the news on Somalialast_img read more

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Does the Unborn Child Feel Pain in an Abortion?

first_imgCultureWatch 13 July 2013Those who seek to justify the killing of unborn babies resort to all sorts of myths and falsehoods to make their case and assuage their conscience. They in fact have to live in a world of lies and misinformation in order to defend their willingness to destroy the unborn, and make that defence seem palatable.Denying the humanity and personhood of the unborn child is of course one main way in which they proceed. And that is always the case with those who seek to oppress others: they seek to dehumanise the victims. Thus slave owners dehumanised blacks, just as baby-killers dehumanise the unborn.Thus it is customary to hear that the unborn baby is just a blob of cells. As such, an abortion does not hurt it or cause it any pain. After all, ‘how can a clump of cells experience pain?’ the pro-abortionists argue. This rhetoric is just that: rhetoric. It is really about dehumanising the victim and ignoring the evidence.Science has shown us quite clearly that babies do indeed feel pain. For example, surgeon Robert Shearin argues that unborn babies can experience pain at quite an early age: “As early as eight to ten weeks after conception, and definitely by thirteen-and-a-half weeks, the unborn experiences organic pain. . . . [At this point she] responds to pain at all levels of her nervous system in an integrated response which cannot be deemed a mere reflex. She can now experience pain.”http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2013/07/13/does-the-unborn-child-feel-pain-in-an-abortion/last_img read more

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Andre Ingram takes the stage again for the Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img But whether or not he gets his points in his latest stint, Ingram said it meant more to him to be called up with 16 games to play instead of getting a more honorary nod with two games to go last year. He appreciates that although the Lakers are all but out of the playoffs, there are some stakes to the games he’s playing.“Last year was amazing, but this year, it means a little more,” he said. “This is not just an Andre Ingram Day, it’s a Los Angeles Lakers game that you need to win, and this trip will be a good one to get some wins on. So that’s really the focus, genuinely to help the team win any way I can, whatever part I play in it.”Ingram is a beloved teammate in the G League, where two-way point guard Alex Caruso said he enjoys sharing the floor with him. While he might not get many chances with some of his other Laker teammates, they’re getting a flavor for why Ingram’s story has resonated so widely.“I think it’s an unbelievable story of just perseverance and just having a goal and having a dream,” LeBron James said. “So he has a great spirit, even with everything he’s been through, and we’re happy to have him for as long as we got him.” CHICAGO — You’d think that age brings a heightened sense of intuition – that one can sense a change in the winds more naturally.But Andre Ingram admits otherwise: The Lakers surprised him twice.“You know, really no inclination,” he laughed. “Yeah, they got me again.”The 33-year-old was stunned again to learn he had been called up for a 10-day contract on Monday morning, as he was trekking with his G League teammates through O’Hare airport on the way to a game in Wisconsin. Instead, he stayed in Chicago and now plans to join the Lakers through their entire five-game trip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe story he authored last season – the one that was at one time the subject of a possible movie deal – was unforgettable: After a decade toiling in the NBA’s developmental league and scoring more 3-pointers than anyone at that level, Ingram notched 19 points while hitting four of his five shots from deep in his NBA debut last April.His first appearance of this NBA season was less memorable: Ingram subbed in with 4.3 seconds left in the third quarter, specifically to run a play to end the period. Walton subbed him out again to start the fourth.Still, it didn’t stop a number of fans from applauding Ingram as he checked in – a sign of just how far his story has traveled. And Ingram, who ended up playing two minutes in the 123-107 victory over the Bulls, didn’t mind his small role in the moment.“Grateful for the time I was out there,” Ingram said, laughing. “If that’s how I can help out on any particular night, that’s what it has to be. I have no problem with that at all.”Ingram was able to fire off one shot attempt – a miss – off a pass from Rajon Rondo. He caught an inkling that the Bulls knew the Lakers would be trying to pass to him in the game’s closing minutes. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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