Thirty-one IFEX members appeal to President Kabila for improvement in press freedom

first_img February 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders September 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thirty-one IFEX members appeal to President Kabila for improvement in press freedom Twenty-nine members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a worldwide coalition of press freedom groups, yesterday voiced their support for the open letter which fellow IFEX members Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sent to President Joseph Kabila on 30 August.Voicing concern about the “constant decline in the climate for journalists and steadily shrinking space for free expression” in the Democratic Republic of Congo as next year’s presidential election approaches, the 31 organisations jointly call on President Kabila to:- Declare a moratorium on imprisoning journalists on charges of defamation or insulting the authorities, so that the media can play their role as a fourth estate in the run-up to the 2011 presidential election and can help combat corruption and any possible attempts at electoral fraud.- Create the proposed Higher Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC) as soon as possible. By having responsibility for regulating the media and by being empowered to ensure that all the candidates have equitable access to the state-owned media, this independent council will help to combat media abuses and the danger of excessive media politicisation during the coming election year.The 31 organisations that have signed the appeal are: Adil Soz, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Cartoonists Rights Network International, Centre for Media Studies and Peace Building, The Committee to Protect Journalists, Ethiopian Free Press Journalists’ Association, Exiled Journalists Network, Freedom House, Free Media Movement, Globe International, Human Rights Network for Journalists, Independent Journalism Centre, International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, International Press Institute, Journaliste en Danger, Maharat Foundation, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Media Rights Agenda, Media Watch, National Union of Somali Journalists, Observatoire pour la Liberté de Presse, d’Edition et de Création, Pacific Islands News Association, Pakistan Press Foundation, Public Association “Journalists”, Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, and World Press Freedom Committee.The 30 August open letter to President Kabila can be read here .Communication minister and government spokesman Lambert Mendé Omalanga criticised the letter in a communiqué broadcast on Radio-Télévision Nationale Congolaise in which he insisted that “press freedom is improving in the DRC.” Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger wrote to the minister today pointing out the spurious nature of the arguments he used and reiterating their concern about the dangers to which journalists are exposed in the DRC.Among the requests made in the 30 August letter to Kabila was the release of Le Journal editor Jullson Eninga, who had been held for five months on a treason charges. He was finally tried and acquitted on 6 September and was released the next day. [More information: http://en.rsf.org/republique-democratique-du-congo-newspaper-editor-acqu…. News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go furthercenter_img News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News February 24, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Japanese investment bank launches $45 million fund to seed domestic ‘mega solar’ plants

first_imgJapanese investment bank launches $45 million fund to seed domestic ‘mega solar’ plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Environmental Finance ($):Daiwa Securities Group has launched the Daiwa GI Green Fund, called the “Solar Fund,” with a committed capital of totally ¥5 billion (US$45 million).The two asset managers of the fund, which will invest into large-scale solar projects in Japan, are GI Capital Management and Daiwa Real Estate Asset Management.The fund seeks to deliver stable operations by building the ‘mega solar’ plants with funding that partially finances the projects’ pre-construction phase and by receiving funding from financial institutions.Daiwa, with ¥67 trillion ($605 billion) assets under custody, has established Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure (DEI) to expand its business in the energy and infrastructure sector. As the Solar Fund is part of this expansion, it is planned that Daiwa will transfer its interest to DEI in the future.More ($): Daiwa launches solar fundAsset Publishing and Research Ltd.:Daiwa Securities Group and GI Capital Management are establishing the Daiwa GI Green Fund that will invest in large-scale solar power projects in Japan.The launch of the fund forms part of Daiwa’s plan to expand into the renewable energy space. It set up the Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure Co with the purpose of boosting its energy and infrastructure assets.According to Daiwa, its interest in the solar fund will eventually be transferred to the new Daiwa energy company.The solar fund’s business activities will contribute in achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 13: Climate Action.Daiwa Real Estate Asset Management is also a partner to the fund. Daiwa and Daiwa Real contribute in accelerating the introduction of renewable power generations in Japan through the funding of large-scale photovoltaic solar power plant projects.More: Daiwa Launches New Solar Fundlast_img read more

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The best sportsperson of Cazin is Isak Abdagić

first_imgIn the hall of Centre for Culture of Cazin, Isak Abdagić has been chosen the best sportsperson of Cazin in 2012.Isak Abdagić (19) received this award for being a very successful table tennis player of BiH national team.Promising young athletes: Suljić Šeherzada, Dizdarević Irman, Toromanović Omar, Salkić Sumeja, Misaljević Juso, Nadarević Fata, Nadarević Anesa, Japić Hamza, Ekmedžić Zehra, Adilagić Džana, Osmanagić Ismail, Čizmić Lajla, Topić Jusuf, Dolić Ernad, Jašaragić Emina, Ćehajić Lamija, Dautović Edvin, Ljubijankić Adis, Hodžić Amar, Civić Adnan, Mizić Dženan, Abdagić Armin, Omanović Omar, Badić Isak, Hamulić Nermin, Rekić Arman, Civić Edina, Džinović Muhamed, Vukalić Kenan, Ćoralić Melita, Silić Amra, Čoralić Edvina, Keranović Suljo were also awarded.The best coaches of Cazin are Hegić Jasenko, Durdžić Bećo , Pjanić Husnija, Ćoralić Sead, while the best teams are table tennis club Stens 73 in men category and handball club ”Krajina” in women category.last_img read more

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