African Court to consider case of two imprisoned journalists

first_img 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 alertscenter_img 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 morelast_img read more

Gardai investigate assault on man

first_imgFacebook 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 Twittercenter_img 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 adminlast_img

Tragedy Stricken: A Pike County resident digs into the past of her ancestors to figure out what really happened to the family of Pike County resident Alonzo Boutwell

first_img “Dixon Boutwell’s family was one of means for those times and he had purchased a 48-acre tract of land in north Texas, an investment of sorts I would guess,” Boutwell said. “What he planned to do with the land, I don’t know.“Dixon Boutwell had four children and, after his death, it was decided that Alonzo and his family would go to Texas to live and develop the land. They traveled to their new home in a Ford roadster that had been purchased in Elba. When they arrived in North Texas on Nov. 27, 1928, a barn had been built on the property, the lumber had been delivered to build the house and 2,200 citrus trees had been ordered for planting. The family was to stay at the Red Wing Travel Camp until the house was built.”Little is known about the family’s activities after they arrived at the travel court, except the owners were, evidently, familiar with the family and its routine.“When, on Dec. 8, the family was not up and stirring in the early morning, the owner went to check on them,” Boutwell said. “He found the door open and went inside. He realized immediately that the family was dead.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Marsha Boutwell’s curiosity about the deaths of the Alonzo Boutwell family was spurred by the dates of death on five family graves in the Center Ridge Cemetery.“I was walking through the cemetery and noticed the five graves with the same dates of death,” Boutwell said. “There were two large graves and three smaller ones of slightly different length, indicating those were children’s graves. I realized that something tragic had happened.”As Boutwell began to research old newspapers, the story began to unfold. Published 3:00 am Tuesday, December 9, 2014 This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Email the author Tragedy Stricken: A Pike County resident digs into the past of her ancestors to figure out what really happened to the family of Pike County resident Alonzo Boutwell On July 7, 1928, Dixon Boutwell of the Center Ridge community in Pike County died of a massive heart attack while attempting to turn-crank his touring car.The death of the patriarch of the Boutwell family set off a string of events that would end in tragedy on Dec. 8, 1928 at the Red Wing Travel Court in a small town in north Texas.On that date, Alonzo Boutwell, his wife, Mattie F. Jernigan Boutwell, and three young children were found dead at the travel court. The tragedy rocked the entire Pike County community. The day the five bodies arrived by train in Troy was reported to be one of the saddest days in the county’s history.center_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Latest Stories By Secrets Revealed Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Rock Building receives additional help from city The Pike Activities Building, more lovingly referred to as the “Rock Building,” has seen better days, but Monday Troy Mayor… read more The apparent cause of death was asphyxiation from gas fumes from the stove.“Just why the stove was on and who left it on, no one knows, but the family had been dead for several hours,” Boutwell said. “What is important to remember is that the family was accustomed to a wood-burning stove. Gas would have been new to them.”Mattie Boutwell was known to suffer from the after effects of malaria.“She would have hard chills and they found rocks that had been heated and placed in her bed for warmth,” Boutwell said. “She could have heated the rocks on the stove and left the gas on or Alonzo could have. That is one theory.“But others at the travel camp, reported hearing children crying in the night and a man’s voice telling them to be quiet and go to sleep. It’s possible that, when Alonzo got up to see about the children, he could have lighted the stove to warm their quarters and left it on. But either way, the gas escaped and the Alonzo Boutwell family died. The last sounds to have come from the Boutwells’ quarters were those of crying children.”The Boutwell family had been in North Texas for short time when tragedy struck.According to school records, Helen Boutwell, age 9, had enrolled in school on Dec. 3.“Not knowing anything about the family and what arrangements would be made, a mortuary took the bodies of the five family members and prepared them for burial,” Boutwell said. “I suppose it was the mortuary that sent a photograph to the family to show they had been well cared for. The family had been placed in ornate caskets with Alonzo and Mattie on either side of the three children whose caskets where raised in tiers between their mama and daddy.”The news of the death of the Alonzo family was sent by telegram to a Troy banker who delivered the news to Alonzo Boutwell’s sister, Julia Irene Grimmer in Troy.“Back then, on those dirt roads, it could have taken 30 minutes for Irene Grimmer to reach her mother’s house,” Boutwell said. “I can only imagine how excited her mother, Martha Mattie Eddins Boutwell, was to see her daughter arrive. But I can’t image what it was like for Martha Boutwell to hear that her son, his wife and her three grandchildren were dead. Just a few months earlier, she had lost her husband. I can not image the pain.”The Alonzo family was buried at Center Ridge Cemetery. The church and the churchyard were filled to overflowing. Grief hung over the Pike County community so heavily that the entire community was brought to its knees, Boutwell said.Boutwell’s son, Cliff Boutwell, lives in the Dixon Boutwell home.“Every time I drive up to Cliff’s house, I can see Martha Boutwell standing on the porch, ready to welcome her visiting daughter, not knowing the grief before her. Print Articlelast_img read more

Belgium Joins 8MW+ Club as First Norther Turbine Rises

first_imgThe 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.last_img read more

Edgar Lee Swinney, 89, Versailles

first_imgEdgar 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.last_img read more