Condoleezza Rice asked to intercede after grim week for Gambian journalists

first_img GambiaAfrica Organisation GambiaAfrica Receive email alerts RSF_en Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia News July 23, 2019 Find out more News Follow the news on Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder August 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders wrote today to US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice expressing its “deep concern about the steady disintegration of democracy in Gambia and, in particular, about the unacceptable abuses being endured by its journalists,” already hard hit by the unsolved murder of a leading newspaper editor at the end of 2004.The letter stressed that the climate of hostility has got worse since the still unpunished murder on 16 December 2004 of Deyda Hydara, who was the joint founder and editor of The Point newspaper as well as being the Banjul correspondent of Agence France-Presse and of Reporters Without Borders, and who was regarded as Gambia’s leading journalist. “We would above all like to draw your attention to the disturbing ordeal undergone by Gambia’s journalists in the past week, compounding their grief about Hydara on the first anniversary of his execution-style killing,” the letter said“Acting with contempt and violence, the Gambian government displays behaviour that is unworthy of a would-be democracy,” the letter continued. “President Yahya Jammeh’s hostility towards the independent press is all the more appalling as he enjoys political impunity, despite his outrageous comments in recent years and the many press freedom violations that have taken place in his country. The close ties which the United States maintains with Gambia should not continue to serve as protection for a government that is becoming more repressive by the month.”Reporters Without Borders pointed out in its letter that, together with Hydara’s colleagues and family, it had several times called on the Gambian government to set up an independent commission of enquiry in order to redress the incapacity of the Gambian police and intelligence services to carry out an effective investigation.“Under the indifferent eyes of the international community,” the letter said, “Gambia has set a dangerous example to the African continent since last year. It sends a signal to African democrats and independent journalists that disagreeing with one’s government means risking one’s freedom or even one’s life and that this scandalous situation will elicit no protests from the democracies. We must stress, nonetheless, the courage and steadfastness of Gambia’s journalists, who have always been faithful to the path of dialogue and legality despite the violence they have often suffered.”The Reporters Without Borders letter pointed out that three developments highlighted the Gambian government’s hostility to press freedom during the week of 12 to 16 December.The participants in a conference on press freedom organised by the Gambia Press Union (GPU) on 15-16 December in Banjul in homage to Hydara had planned to go to the scene of the murder on Sankung Sillah Street, in an industrial part of the district of Kanifing, on 16 December in order to mark the end of a year of mourning. However, the delegation found their access to this dirt street blocked at 4 p.m. by a unit of armed anti-riot police, who said they had “received orders to prevent entry into the sector.” When photographer Ramatoulie Charreh of the privately-owned Daily Observer took a photo of the scene, she was beaten unconscious and had to be hospitalised.Previously, Gambian information minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye had agreed to make a statement at the opening session of the GPU conference on the morning of 15 December, but she never turned up. The only officials who came were a police officer and a member of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).And by being obstructive, Gambian officials prevented the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk from travelling to Banjul on 12 December to attend the GPU conference. There has been no official explanation for the government’s failure to provide a visa in time, although Reporters Without Borders filed a visa request on 24 November. French citizens requesting a visa to go to Gambia are normally given one within 48 hours. to go further December 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Condoleezza Rice asked to intercede after grim week for Gambian journalists Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Newslast_img read more

Man charged with stolen firearm during traffic stop

first_img Pinterest Man charged with stolen firearm during traffic stop Ivan Rodriguez An expired registration led to a man being charged with a stolen firearm Wednesday.Police conducted a traffic stop around 3:32 p.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of North County Road West due to an expired registration, an OPD press release said.The driver identified himself as 20-year-old Ivan Rodriguez, the release detailed, and officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle.Officers found Rodriguez to be in possession of a loaded handgun, the release said, which had been reported stolen out of Midland.Rodriguez was charged with theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.Jail records show Rodriguez was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Thursday and released the same day on a $15,000 bond. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Local NewsCrime By admin – January 19, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleConvicted felon facing more charges after traffic stopNext articleOPD: Man driving on wrong side of road found with narcotics adminlast_img read more

Franchises in tourism: An opportunity to enter the global market. Yes, it is possible

first_imgANDRIJA ČOLAK, SURF’N’FRIES: RETURN ON INVESTMENT OF MOBILE SURF’N’FRIES STANDS IS 45 DAYS  Damjana Domanovac and Jadranka Apostolov from the Place2Go franchise presented their print magazine. “The pleasure of reading magazines on fine paper still exists. We cannot compete with the speed of digital media, but there are specialized editions with professional content and top photos that always have an audience. We now have four franchises: in Croatia, France, Slovenia and Serbia, and 90 copies of the magazine sold”, Points out Jadranka Apostolov.  When we talk about the franchise sector, in the tourism sector we have great franchises that are gradually expanding globally to all parts of the world. The Museum of Illusions, Carwiz, Direct Booker, Place2Go, Surf’n’Fries, etc.… and soon some domestic famous players are expected to step through the franchise model into the global franchise business market. “In the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, our task is to gather franchisors from different parts of the economy and their continuous education and create positive conditions for business. We also want to work on promoting franchises and their better position in Croatia, but also on their better placement in the world. There are about 200 franchises in Croatia at 1000 locations and they employ about 13 people, but only 12 percent are domestic franchises. That share needs to be increased”, Said the assistant director of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Emma Culi on the occasion of the presentation of Croatian franchises from the Franchise Business Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce  CARWIZ BECAME A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT! THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL IT IS EXPANDING TO THE GLOBAL MARKET  The conference is an event held once a year, and its main goal is to network business people of Croatian origin from all over the world, increase investment of emigrants in the homeland and support Croatian companies that are export-oriented by connecting with Croatian chambers and Croatian businessmen around the world. .  ANDRIJA ČOLAK OPENS THE FIRST AGENCY FOR CONSULTING IN FRANCHISE BUSINESS IN TOURISM – CFCG  MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS AS A CROATIAN TOURIST EXPORT PRODUCT: 16TH MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS OPENS IN SHANGHAI  Perhaps the most internationally present and most famous Croatian franchise, the fast food franchise Surf’n’Fries, which operates in 20 countries on four continents, was presented by Andrija Čolak. “The biggest step forward with product quality was our attractive packaging design, which does most of the marketing. We now have a variety of format sizes, from large restaurants to small stalls, and we are also working on a fully automated airport concept, which will deliver food and drinks to the customer in 35 seconds. It is interesting to point out that a good number of franchisors in the world are precisely those of Croatian origin”, Concluded Colak. Photo: HGKcenter_img RELATED NEWS: FRANCHISE IN TOURISM Kristina Ercegović, the founder of Business Cafe, points out that as much as 47 percent of our business is arranged with coffee. “It was on the merger of small entrepreneurs that this project of mine was created. The concept is simple and has now been present for more than nine years in seven countries with more than 20 visitors. Through it, jobs worth millions of euros were created “, Adds Kristina Ercegović.   A presentation of successful Croatian franchises was held at the Meeting G2 conference, which will be held from November 4 to 6 at the Zagreb Forum. Nino Dubretic, Direct Booker FROM POMFREE BAR TO A GLOBAL FRANCHISE IN 10 YEARS. AWAKE DREAM  MUSEUM OF ILLUSION THROUGH THE FRANCHISE MODEL CONQUERS AMERICA AND SOON THE WHOLE WORLD Direct Booker is currently the fastest growing private rental agency in the region. Director Nino Dubretić presented the work of this online platform and his vision of business through the franchise model “We now work from Dubrovnik with 91 employees and manage 7000 accommodation units. In Europe, as many as 30 percent of tourist facilities are not on websites like Airbnb and Booking. There is potential for our franchise. We are now present in seven countries under one brand with unique technology and support”, Points out Dubretić. HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE OPENED MUSEUMlast_img read more