TV presenter freed conditionally after being held for five months

first_img News October 29, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more RTI presenter Hermann Aboa was released provisionally from Abidjan’s main prison this afternoon after five months in detention. He continues to face prosecution on charges of threatening the nation’s defences, attacking and conspiring against state authorities, undermining national territorial integrity, participating in an armed band, participating in an insurrectional movement and attacking public order.Reached by telephone shortly after being freed, Aboa told Reporters Without Borders: “I have just got out. I am on my way home. This evening I will be with my wife, my children and my parents. For the time being, my release is just provisional but I am very happy. I would like to thank you and all the others who supported me.”“We welcome Aboa’s provisional release, a measure that we have been demanding ever since his arrest in July,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It was not right to keep him in prison as the media legislation in effect in Côte d’Ivoire decriminalizes media offences. This is a relief for him and his family.”Aboa’s lawyer, Ayié Niangoran, said: “My client is due to be examined on the substance of the charges in a few days. This is very important. We will finally find out what these proceedings are based on.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The prosecution must prove the charges against Aboa. If it turns that that he was arrested because of his activities as an RTI journalist, these proceedings must logically be abandoned.”Another detained journalist, Franck Anderson Kouassi, was also granted a provisional release today. Kouassi used to head the now disbanded National Council for Broadcasting Communication (CNCA), which regulated the broadcast media.More information on the Aboa case:23.11.2011 – Jailed journalist Aboa denied bail, others summoned and threatened .06.09.2011 – Open letter to Alassane Ouattara requesting Hermann Aboa’s release .10.08.2011 – State broadcaster back on the air, but presenter still detained . News News RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation center_img Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections December 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV presenter freed conditionally after being held for five months Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential electionlast_img read more

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How Arsenal beat Tottenham to the signing of William Saliba

first_img Comment William Saliba has been in outstanding form since his return form injury (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s porous defence cost them a place in this season’s Champions League and again threatens to undermine their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League this term.They do, however, appear to have a genuine star on their hands in the formidable shape of Saliba, much to the annoyance of current Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel who questioned the decision to cash-in on their prize asset so early in his career.Speaking to L’Equipe last week, Puel said: ‘It’s done. Saint-Etienne have held their rank these past few years. Finishing fourth is a great result. Work was done in the short-term.‘Is this model viable? I don’t think it can make the club a success. Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow.‘It’s hard to accept that we sell our best player, a young kid, to help fill the coffers. When you have to sell your gems to round up the budget and then do short term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re being reactionary.’MORE: Senior Arsenal players frustrated by Unai Emery’s post-training meetingsMORE: Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 3:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares How Arsenal beat Tottenham to the signing of William Saliba William Saliba signed for Arsenal in the summer before rejoining Saint-Etienne on loan (Picture: Getty)Arsenal beat Tottenham to the signing of William Saliba despite their north London rivals offering a more attractive financial package.Saint-Etienne reluctantly agreed to the sale of the 18-year-old for £27million on the condition that he was allowed to rejoin them on a season-long loan deal.Arsenal had been confident of signing the player before Tottenham showed significant interest and, according to The Athletic, were prepared to offer a higher salary and guarantees of regular first team football.Saliba, however, only had eyes for Arsenal, while head of football Raul Sanllehi used his close relationship with the French club’s president, Bernard Caiazzo, to get the deal over the line.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe teenager’s return to Saint-Etienne’s starting XI, meanwhile, following a groin injury has coincided with a series of improved results, culminating in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Monaco during which the central defender put in another commanding display. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Martin Keown defends Kieran Tierney and reveals Thierry Henry also complained about rough Arsenal teammates

first_imgMartin Keown defends Kieran Tierney and reveals Thierry Henry also complained about rough Arsenal teammates Martin Keown has revealed that Thierry Henry went ‘beserk’ at Arsenal players who were rough on him (Getty Images/Stadium Astro)Martin Keown has defended Kieran Tierney for being aggressive during Arsenal’s training sessions and has revealed that Thierry Henry would also ‘go beserk’ at teammates who gave him rough treatment.Last week, reports claimed that some Arsenal players had told Tierney to tone down his ferocity during their training sessions shortly after the Scotland international had joined the Gunners from Celtic.But Keown has dismissed the complaints from Arsenal’s players about Tierney’s intensity and claims that during his time under Arsene Wenger, such a high level of competition in training helped improve the mentality of the team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m told the players told him to told him [Tierney] down a little bit,’ Keown told Stadium Astro.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think I’d have been saying, ‘this is how I train’.‘Everyone knew that [with me]. I wore screw-in boots in training. Thierry Henry used to go beserk because he thought I was trying to kick him in training every day. Thierry Henry was not given an easy ride in Arsenal’s training sessions (Getty)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘As it was back then. I can tell you on the training pitch it was white hot, it was very competitive.‘The likes of Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, these guys were winners, World Cup winners, and they wanted to win everything – five-a-sides, four-versus-four, two-versus-two – you couldn’t let anyone down.‘And it breathed that in the football club, so it’s good to have that sort of person and I’m pleased if that’s now what he’s trying to re-create.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 11:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Kieran Tierney was reportedly told by Arsenal’s players to tone down his intensity (Getty)‘But I just couldn’t wear moulded boots, I had to wear screw-in boots.‘I was quite tough. I wanted them to experience, some of the young strikers, what they were going to experience in the Premier League.‘I wanted to be at my best, and I think Tierney’s the same. He shouldn’t apologise for it. In fact, that should be the level of training.center_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Author shares stories of her difficult childhood

first_imgOn Tuesday night, in the Town and Gown Ballroom, author Alexandra Fuller discussed her best-selling 2003 book, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, in a  Visions and Voices event.Best-seller · Fuller shared with audience members her opinions on the value of free speech, applauding the United States’ for protecting that right. – Alison Brett | Daily TrojanThe work documents Fuller’s childhood in Rhodesia, current-day Zimbabwe, during the country’s struggle for independence. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight explores the themes of war, love and death. Aside from Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller’s other nonfiction books include Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, which won the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage; The Legend of Colton H. Bryant and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.Fuller has also written numerous articles in publications including  Harper’s, National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine and Vogue.Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight won the Royal Society of Literature’s Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for best regional novel of the year and became a finalist for Guardian’s First Book Award and a New York Times notable book.At the event, Fuller described her childhood and compared it to her adulthood living and writing in the United States. She discussed the process of publishing Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight as well as her other three nonfiction books, which are also  memoirs.Fuller argued that the meaning of freedom of speech in the United States by saying that though the Constitution grants the right to speak freely, the right can sometimes not be used. For this reason, Fuller said that people from Zimbabwe seem very outspoken.“What I love is that my right not to lose my voice is protected,” Fuller said. “The U.S. gave me freedom of speech.”Fuller said that people in the United States can be labeled — she gave the example of how knowing she is vegetarian or African-American can change the way people view her.“Just because we are given freedom of speech doesn’t mean that we have an equal right to use it,” Fuller said.On the subject of apartheid, Fuller said that people longs for a sense of power. Power in her childhood came from English speakers and though the movement seemed to be about gaining power, apartheid leaders did not achieve the goal in the end.Fuller also spoke about the difficulty of being a female writer.“Thank you for having me to speak,” Fuller said. “The statistics have shown how many women are being published and how many women are being reviewed … and the statistics are appalling.”Students in attendance found the event moving.“I thought it was great that she could talk about something so serious and intertwine bits of humor throughout. I’m really excited to read her book,”  said Taylor Andes, a junior majoring in biology.Nikita Johri, a freshman majoring in cognitive science, thought that the author had interesting views on war.“It was incredibly interesting to hear her opinions and her viewpoints on war, on humanity and on just her life experience after reading the book,” Johri said.The night opened up to a question and answer session, which ranged from questions about Fuller’s opinions on war and the death penalty to appreciation for Fuller’s book from someone who grew up in Rhodesia in the audience.A reception and book signing followed Fuller’s talk and the event, which was free to students. The planners gave the first 100 students a free copy of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.last_img read more

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