Organisation News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Help by sharing this information News Photo : Court of Ouagadougou (Damien Meyer / AFP) “The financial penalties threaten to put L’Ouragan out of business,” Deloire added. “We hope that the legal appeal will lead to a reasonable and appropriate sentence reduction.” Reporters Without Borders welcomes a decision by the African Court on Human Rights to examine the case of two Ouagadougou-based newspaper journalists who are serving jail sentences for libelling a prosecutor.Issa Lohé Konaté, the editor of the weekly L’Ouragan, and Roland Ouédraogo, one of his reporters, were sentenced on 29 October 2012 to 12 months in prison, a fine of 4 million CFA francs (6,000 euros) and damages of 500,0000 CFA francs (750 euros).Reporters Without Borders issued a press release at the time condemning the disproportionate nature of the sentence and stressing that imprisonment was never an appropriate punishment for media offences.“We hope that the African Court, a higher judicial entity than the Ouagadougou court that imposed the sentence, will order the overturning of this decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is high time that the Burkina Faso authorities free these two journalists.”Konaté and Ouédraogo were convicted of contempt of court and defaming state prosecutor Placide Nikiéma in articles about him. Konaté admitted that the articles amounted to professional misconduct and apologized. For more information, visit Media Legal Defence Initiative’s website.——–31.10.2012 – Excessive prison terms and fines for two journalistsIssa Lohé Konaté, editor in chief of the weekly L’Ouragan, and Roland Ouédraogo, one of the magazine’s staff members, have been sentenced to 12 months in prison and a fine of four million CFA francs (6,000 euros), plus 500,0000 CFA francs (750 euros) in damages and interest.The High Court of Justice of the capital city of Ouagadougou, which handed down the sentence on 29 October, also suspended publication of the magazine for six months.Reporters Without Borders expressed deep concern over the harshness of these penalties. “Prison and heavy fines are never a fair response to errors made in the practice of journalism,” said Christophe Deloire, director general of the press freedom organization.In two articles published in its 1 August issue, L’Ouragan accused state prosecutor Placide Nikiéma of trafficking in counterfeit currency and of acting as enemy of justice. A second article in the following edition was headlined, “Justice denied, Faso prosecutor a hoodlum justice official?”Nikiéma then filed a legal complaint alleging defamation, abuse and contempt of court conducted through the press.Konaté has admitted that publication of the articles amounted to professional misconduct, for which he apologized. His attorney, describing the sentence as unjust, is planning to appeal.Deloire of the press freedom organization acknowledged that a legal response to the articles was understandable. But imposing prison sentences for a press law violation was “disproportionate and counter-productive,” he said. In addition, he said, the high court decision sets a dangerous precedent, especially in light of the expectation that Burkina Faso would decriminalize press law violations. News June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Burkina FasoAfrica Burkina FasoAfrica Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Follow the news on Burkina Faso News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further July 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 African Court to consider case of two imprisoned journalists April 27, 2021 Find out more
Facebook GARDAI are investigating an attack on a man in the city centre some time after 2am yesterday morning in Upper William Street.It is understood the victim, who is believed to be in his early twenties, was assaulted by a group of men and received a laceration to the face.He was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital, but was released a short time later. Print Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal NewsGardai investigate assault on manBy admin – May 5, 2009 476 Email Previous articleMan dies in road accidentNext articleCollins family to march in honour of Roy’s death admin
The first MHI Vestas 8.4MW wind turbine has been installed on the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, Norther NV, the owner and developer of the project, said.Source: Norther NVThe wind turbines are being transported in sets of four by Van Oord’s installation vessel Aeolus from Vlissingen in the Netherlands and installed at the site some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zeebrugge.The wind farm comprises 44 MHI Vestas 8.4MW units scheduled to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2019.Norther is the first Belgian wind farm to feature wind turbines with a capacity of 8MW or above and will be the largest offshore wind farm in Belgian waters once operational.Norther NV is a partnership between Elicio and Boreas, which in turn is a joint venture between Eneco and Diamond Generating Europe.
Edgar Lee Swinney, 89, of Versailles passed away at 1 am, Friday, September 13, 2019, at his home. He was born near New Marion on February 3, 1930, the son of Culver and Ethel Viola Andress Swinney. On November 6, 1949, he married a beautiful lady Ruth Ann Kamman at the Tyson Methodist Church in Versailles.They bought a farm west of Osgood and Ruth Ann passed away on August 19, 2007. They had two wonderful children David and Lisa. David married Melinda Sue Renfro on December 15, 1979, and they had three children, Matthew Ryan, Samantha Crystal, and Rebecca Leah. Matthew married Bridgett Ann Miller and their children are Sara Leeann and Zachary Daniel. Samantha has one son Jamieson Lee. Rebecca married Jarred Westerfeld and they have two children John David Wayne and Annaleah Sue. Lisa married David Lee Ebinger on March 22, 1980, and they had two sons Jeremy David and Joshua Edward. Jeremy died on February 23, 2002, at the age of 20. Joshua has five children Austin Joseph, Jeremy David, Alexis Renea, Jaelynn Nicole, and Isabella Beth.Edgar is also survived by his brother Robert Wayne (Carole) Swinney of Canaan, and his sister-in-law Jill Swinney of Greensburg. On November 29, 2008, he married a lovely lady Joyce Julia Klusman at the Hopewell Baptist Church and she survives.He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leslie Ray Swinney.Edgar Lee was a 1948 graduate of New Marion High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1952-1954 as a Sergeant during the Korean War. His boot camp was in San Diego and he was later stationed at Santa Ana, California Air Base. He was also stationed in Japan for six months with a helicopter squadron where his duties included filing and payroll for the 150 man squad. For service to his country, Edgar Lee received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life, he worked at Allisons General Motors in Indianapolis for nine years. He was also a farmer and raised and fed cattle from 1956 until his retirement in 2007. Edgar Lee was on the board of directors for the Ripley County Bank for 15 years and was a director for the Ripley County Farm Bureau for 6 years. He was a former member of the New Marion Baptist Church and was a 62-year member of the Hopewell Baptist Church where he had served as a trustee. He was a 58-year member of the Osgood Masonic Lodge and was active in Republican politics, serving on the Center Township Advisory Board for 6 years.Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at 11 am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 am until time of services Tuesday at the church. The Osgood Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 8 pm Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church building fund or the Hopewell Cemetery in care of the funeral home.