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Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR

first_img Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence June 17, 2019 Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR Help by sharing this information Florent Verges et Charles Bouessel, journalistes pour l’agence France-Presse (AFP) en RCA. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that two French journalists were beaten by police and then arrested while covering a banned opposition demonstration in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on 15 June, and calls for those responsible to be identified and punished. Vergnes and his AFP colleague Charles Bouessel were then subjected to an interrogation lasting several hours during which they were accused of helping to organize the protest. Part of their equipment was smashed and confiscated. They were finally freed after being held for six hours. Follow the news on Central African Republic “Members of the Central African Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB) gave me several kicks, punches and blows with their guns when I identified myself to them as an accredited journalist,” Agence France-Presse reporter Florent Vergnes said. Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence The CAR is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation News April 6, 2021 Find out more RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites Receive email alerts to go further News CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says RSF_en “The withdrawal of the charges against these two journalists is essential but far from sufficient,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk “The police who violently attacked these two journalists in the course of their reporting and then used trumped-up charges in an attempt to disguise their blunder must be prosecuted and punished appropriately.  How this case is handled will serve as a test of the state of press freedom in the CAR.” News Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR News December 13, 2019 Find out more May 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Privatising Shannon Airport would be ruinous-Mayor of Clare

first_imgPrint Email WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal NewsPrivatising Shannon Airport would be ruinous-Mayor of ClareBy admin – November 21, 2011 510 Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook A private operator take-over would be focused on profits and not the strategic interest of the region.PRIVATISING Shannon Airport would be ruinous, not just for the airport, but for the region, according to the Mayor of Clare.Mayor Pat Hayes said that under no circumstances should a private operator be allowed to step in.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar appointed international consultants Booz and Company to carry out a study on future options for Shannon and Cork airports.But Mayor Hayes said that a private operator take-over would be solely focused on profits and not the strategic interest of the region.“The reality is that a private operator would opt for a lower number of services if that’s what delivers higher profits – the bottom line is all that would matter.“My concern is that, based on his comments so far, the Minister is only focused on making the airport profitable”.Mayor Hayes said that the privatisation of Aer Lingus is an example of the damage that could be caused in this kind of take-over, as the move had resulted in the loss of the Shannon/Heathrow route.“That was a calculated move by the airline to develop a base in Belfast in the misguided belief it would be more successful than Shannon.“They abandoned Shannon in pursuit of greater profits and it caused huge damage to us here. “That’s what we would be exposed to under private ownership, whether through full privatisation or a concession/lease option”.The Mayor believes that the airport must remain in State ownership and that a solution to its current difficulties lies in marketing of the region by tourism industries.“The recent ‘New Directions’ report by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation showed that seven out of every 10 overseas holiday visitors to the West currently arrive via an east-coast airport or port.“That’s startling and shows to me that tourism agencies are marketing the east coast as the access point for the West and not Shannon, which from a tourism perspective is outlandish and from a Shannon Airport perspective even worse”. Previous articleCall to change car registration to reflect home countyNext articleHave your sporting say and win adminlast_img read more

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