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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Testing the metabolic theory of ecology

first_imgThe metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) predicts the effects of body size and temperature on metabolism through considerations of vascular distribution networks and biochemical kinetics. MTE has also been extended to characterise processes from cellular to global levels. MTE has generated both enthusiasm and controversy across a broad range of research areas. However, most efforts that claim to validate or invalidate MTE have focused on testing predictions. We argue that critical evaluation of MTE also requires strong tests of both its theoretical foundations and simplifying assumptions. To this end, we synthesise available information and find that MTE’s original derivations require additional assumptions to obtain the full scope of attendant predictions. Moreover, although some of MTE’s simplifying assumptions are well supported by data, others are inconsistent with empirical tests and even more remain untested. Further, although many predictions are empirically supported on average, work remains to explain the often large variability in data. We suggest that greater effort be focused on evaluating MTE’s underlying theory and simplifying assumptions to help delineate the scope of MTE, generate new theory and shed light on fundamental aspects of biological form and function.last_img read more

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