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RSF responds to Gabonese government spokesman’s criticism

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Gabon News Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News Organisation Responding to a Gabonese government charge of bias for not mentioning an attack on a state media outlet, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) emphasizes that it condemns all attacks on media and journalists without exception and reiterates its call to the authorities not to obstruct access to information. Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison News to go further September 13, 2016 RSF responds to Gabonese government spokesman’s criticism Receive email alertscenter_img January 24, 2020 Find out more RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa GabonAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression During a news conference in Libreville on 8 September, communication minister and government spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nzé criticized RSF for not reacting to an attack on the pro-government newspaper L’Union, and thereby questioned RSF’s impartiality.“We defend all media outlets and journalists whenever they are the victims of violence and abuses, regardless of their political affiliation,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We deplore the attack on L’Union as we do the attacks on opposition newspapers. No obstruction of the work of journalists should be permitted. This includes Le Monde Diplomatique reporter Olivier Piot, who was denied entry to Gabon on 10 September, in yet another example of the clampdown on media coverage being orchestrated by the authorities. Under what criteria are some journalists allowed into Gabon and other are banned?”After the unrest and violence in Libreville on the night of 31 August, RSF issued a press release condemning the attacks on several media outlets and has continued to closely monitor events in Gabon ever since.In that press release, RSF also urged the authorities to protect the media and to guarantee unrestricted access to information.The National Council for Communication voiced concern on 7 September but RSF is amazed that, given the gravity of the situation, there has been no official condemnation of the violence against the media and journalists except the attack on Gabon TV journalist Jean-Raoul Mbadinga at opposition candidate Jean Ping’s campaign headquarters on 9 September.RSF also questions the effectiveness of the measures taken by the government to end the acts of violence that keep on targeting and media and journalists and its measures to restore communications networks, which continue to be partially blocked or slowed down. Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more December 31, 2019 Find out more Credit : Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nzé / Gabonactu.com GabonAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression last_img read more

Operation Martillo: 2 recent busts continue success

first_imgBy Dialogo January 22, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The United States and the British Royal navies recently made separate narcotics seizures, marking continued success for Operation Martillo, an international mission that gathers 14 partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. On Jan. 13, the U.S. Navy announced it seized 313 kilograms of cocaine in the eastern Pacific in late December. The USS Rentz launched a helicopter that caught a go-fast boat carrying the shipment, which was worth an estimated US$10.4 million. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure and handed over to Ecuadoran authorities. The Rentz’ bust was its fourth in recent months, as it has confiscated about 3,000 kilograms of cocaine. “Overall, this mission has a high operational tempo. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on,” Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the USS Rentz’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement. “The success of [our most recent] operation reflects our continued commitment to countering the flow of illegal narcotics while maintaining a forceful presence.” On Dec. 26, a British Royal Navy ship seized a huge shipment of marijuana from a dilapidated fishing vessel in the Caribbean. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a British ship carrying U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Navy personnel, boarded the shipping vessel – called the Miss Kameney – after an overnight chase. Aboard the vessel, officers recovered about 250 kilograms of marijuana hidden in sacks and a crew of five suspects, who were detained and turned over to U.S. authorities in the Dominican Republic. Officials estimated the shipment’s value at more than US$1.5 million. “The operation, successfully conducted when most of us were enjoying a Christmas break, is testament to the hard work of our service personnel and of the demanding tasks we ask them to carry out,” Great Britain Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said in a prepared statement. “I am proud of the work of RFA Wave Knight and the role her crew has played in stopping these drugs reaching the streets.” The bust was the second major marijuana seizure in the year for the Wave Knight, which has been deployed in the Caribbean as part of Operation Martillo. In September, the crew aboard the Wave Knight seized 1,276 kilograms of marijuana from a small fishing vessel in the central Caribbean, south of Jamaica. In that case, seven suspects were detained. The drugs and the suspects were turned over to authorities in Jamaica. In remarks about the bust, Capt. Duncan Lamb, commanding officer of the RFA Wave Knight, recognized the strength of the international effort, which also includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain. It’s led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South. “The entire ship’s company – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and US Law Enforcement Team – as well as [headquarters] and prosecuting staff ashore in mainland USA are delighted with this result,” he said. “It has been a truly international team effort. … This operation is a notable disruption to the regional drug trade.” The Royal Navy said the Wave Knight took part in several operations in 2013 that seized or stopped three tons of drugs from being shipped. The ship worked alongside the HMS Lancaster, which seized 1.2 metric tons of marijuana and 400 kilograms of cocaine in the region before returning to Britain, the Royal Navy said. The Royal Navy’s success in the region is among the highlights of Operation Martillo’s successes. Launched two years ago in January, Operation Martillo (Spanish for hammer) brings together countries throughout the Americas and in Europe to better patrol maritime channels against drug traffickers. The operation is aimed at shutting down routes through Central America, but it has also yielded results in the Caribbean, which drug traffickers are increasingly using to move illicit drugs to the United States and Europe.last_img read more