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Political influence seen in prosecution of Chadian newspaper publisher

first_img News Reports Follow the news on Chad Organisation ChadAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en October 24, 2017 – Updated on October 25, 2017 Political influence seen in prosecution of Chadian newspaper publisher to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 1, 2020 Find out more Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Newscenter_img Juda Allahondoum, Crédit photo- Le Visionnaire November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information After a week in police custody, Allahondoum was finally brought before an N’djamena prosecutor yesterday and was transferred to prison pending trial on a charge of “pretending to be a journalist.” His trial has been scheduled for 2 November.The charge appears to be completely spurious because Allahondoum has been a journalist for more than ten years in Chad. He is the publisher of Le Visionnaire, a newspaper he founded two years ago. Before that, he was the publisher of the newspaper L’Union and he worked for other print and radio outlets. He has a press card issued by the High Council for Communication, which regulates Chad’s media, and he heads the Chadian media owners union.“We condemn this judicial farce and call for the immediate release of this journalist, who just did his job by reporting a story with supporting documents,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head RSF’s Africa desk. “The absurd charges brought against him raise doubts about judicial independence in Chad.”Following his arrest on 17 October, Allahondoum was held by the judicial police for nearly a week, during which he was subjected to interrogations designed to make him reveal his sources for the 11 October story in Le Visionnaire, which clearly upset the government.The article developed a story first published in the Lettre du Continent, a Paris-based newsletter, about the use of aircraft owned by the Chadian airline Air Inter 1 to transport arms to Syria.According to Le Visionnaire’s article, the civil aviation minister, who is also the sister of Chad’s First Lady, suspended the airline’s licence on 2 August but then inexplicably rescinded her decision. After it was announced that the United States was freezing visas for Chadian citizens – a freeze that the article linked to the minister’s actions – the minister was fired and Air Inter 1’s directors were placed under investigation.The article was accompanied by profiles of Air Inter 1 CEO Tarsi Mathias, First Lady Hinda Deby Itno, Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké, the CEO of ASkyAIr, President Zakaria Deby Itno’s son, and two ministers, including the First Lady’s sister.The president’s family is off-limits for Chad’s media and the few journalists who dare to violate the taboo are liable to be harassed. The publisher of the newspaper L’Eclairage, Nestor Déli Sainzoumi, was accused of defamation in July after publishing an article implicating the president’s brother, Daoussa Deby, in illegal sugar trafficking. Sainzoumi is still being tried. Chad is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. ChadAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Chadian newspaper publisher Juda Allahondoum’s detention for the past week and the way the proceedings against him have been manipulated in an attempt to make him reveal his sources for a story about a Chadian airline’s alleged involvement in arms deliveries to Syria. Receive email alerts News October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 12th

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter By News Highland – March 12, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 12th Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 12th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/12news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Previous articleDonegal bears brunt of Storm GarethNext articleLetterkenny MD votes in favour of legalising gaming machines News Highland WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Firkins announces shops closures and planned openings

first_imgTroubled bakery chain Firkins is closing three of its stores, just a few months after the chain was bought out of administration for the third time.However the West Midlands company – now trading as Newbridge Bakery – is set to open six stores in the region and insists it is trading positively.The 28-strong chain has closed shops in Kingstanding, Stourbridge and Harbourne in the last week, claiming they were “no longer appropriate for the needs of our growing business”. A spokeswoman said: “In Stourbridge, we are currently looking for new premises; in Harbourne, the deal has already been done for a relocated store that will be opening soon.” She added that the business was currently trading positively and that it was in advanced negotiations for a further five shops within the region. “We cannot reveal their location yet for commercial reasons.”There are no plans for further closures.The firm and 200 jobs were rescued by MD and sole director Ian Bolderston in December 2009, following his recovery of Firkins Bakery in 2006 and again in 2008.last_img read more