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Ten TV journalists arrested, material seized in Kinshasa raid

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first_img News News Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Organisation February 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Without entering into the substance of the case, JED condemns the raid and confiscation of broadcast material by police officers, which has reduced this media outlet to silence. JED regards this attack on a media outlet as a serious press freedom violation that must be stopped at once. When reached by JED, Ms. Kilala said she had referred the case to the judicial authorities in order to demand her rights. “These are journalists who I recruited and who worked on my current affairs programme Kilartus,” she said. “We had a disagreement and I fired them. Instead of creating their own current affairs programme with their own name and logo, the they used my brand name and my logo. I have no particular problem with these journalists. I just want to protect my brand.” Six of them were released late in the evening, after Kin Lartus’ lawyer, Maki Makiese, intervened. The four other journalists – Jean Jacques Kabeya, Ritha Musau, Doya Mayi and Fretace Mbamanku – spent the night in police cells. Makiese told JED that the four journalists still being held are accused by Ms. Kilala, their former employer, of using “the emblems and names of her own current affairs programme.” Help by sharing this information News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists RSF_en JED’s press release follows: News to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more Journalist in Danger (JED) condemns a raid by members of the Congolese national police on Kin Lartus, a company that produces a current affairs programme that is broadcast by several Kinshasa TV channels. In the course of the raid, the police ransacked and seized journalistic material and arrested ten journalists who were there at the time. Various sources told JED that the group of police officers raided the premises of Kin Lartus at around 1 p.m. on 25 July as a result of a complaint by the producer of another TV current affairs programme called “Kilartus,” who accuses the company of “fraudulently” using its logo and name. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian July 27, 2018 Ten TV journalists arrested, material seized in Kinshasa raid Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journalist in Danger (JED), in condemning the heavy-handed police raid on the Kinshasa-based TV current affairs production company Kin Lartus on 25 July, in which the police arrested ten journalists, ransacked the premises and seized material. Immediately prior to the raid, two plainclothes police officers, one of them a woman, arrived at the premises of Kin Lartus and pretended to enquire about broadcast prices. While they were receiving an explanation, other armed police suddenly stormed into the offices, smashed equipment and seized material. The ten journalists present at the time were bundled into a vehicle that took them to police headquarters. Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

After loss to Huskies, Orange focuses on speeding up tempo

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first_imgSporting a somewhat bulkier version of Rip Hamilton’s trademark face mask to cover her newly fractured nose at practice on Tuesday, sophomore Skylar Sabbag could definitely vouch for the speed of the game this past weekend. ‘There was, like, 10 seconds left,’ Sabbag said. ‘Connecticut was taking a corner kick, and I was marking my player. The ball came to us, and I was trying to head it out. So she (the Connecticut player) was on my left, Alyscha (Mottershead) was on my right, and then we all went up, and I don’t remember what happened after that.’ What happened after that, among other things, was the final horn to a match in which the Orange held very little control over the pacing. In turn, SU was shut down. And pacing, thus far, has fluctuated with the success and tribulations of the Orange. It appears it will continue that way. A couple weeks ago, when facing highly ranked schools like Portland and Washington, Syracuse was trying to slow the game down. This week in practice, preparing for division foes in Notre Dame and DePaul, SU will need to find a way to speed it back up. Between then and now, Syracuse has gotten more comfortable as a team and, as a result, has been able to control possession a little easier against lesser opponents. But Sunday’s game served, at the very least, as a wake-up call that these Big East teams can run, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The focus of the next few practices will be on speed of decision making and technical execution under pressure as the Orange prepares for quicker, more decisive teams on the horizon. ‘We get the ball, and we take one or two touches,’ SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘When against these fast teams, you can’t do that. You’ve got to move the ball much, much quicker. Receive it and play it. We’re going to put some players under some pressure today, to perform individually in a one-on-one situation, and it’s going to be about competing on both sides of the ball.’ Wheddon needs to see how his players will react in the midst of constant pressure, often when it is difficult to communicate between teammates about who guards whom or who needs to be positioned where. These are all decisions the head coach wants to see his team make on the fly. ‘We’re really trying to make sure that players are aware on both attack and defense what their responsibilities are,’ Wheddon said. If the Orange is going to be able to run with the Irish, a team known for being both quick and technical, it is going to have to work on staying alert on both sides of the ball. Connecticut was able to force frequent turnovers because it chased and pressured the Syracuse defense. Casey Ramirez, one of SU’s defensive leaders, recognizes the effect of natural foot speed in every situation. ‘Always being on your toes,’ Ramirez said. ‘If someone gets past you, you always have to recover or watch the ball to make sure that they have to step past someone. If we get better at it, it makes you a better team in general. The faster you play, the better you are.’ Good defense breeds a good offense. Wheddon will be looking to put together some quick-shifting packages to outthink and outrun future conference opponents, because Syracuse can no longer afford to be outhustled. Ramirez is one of the quicker players on the team, but it will rest on the entire squad to pick up the pace. Sabbag has confidence SU will be up for the challenge. ‘I think we’re a fast team,’ she said. ‘I think we just need to play smart. We just need to stay with our players and really do whatever we can to not let them score.’ Last weekend, Sabbag suffered a similar injury to the Detroit Pistons’ Richard Hamilton. An injury Hamilton repeatedly attempted to overcome without the mask. But then he gave in, and he won a championship. Sabbag will now be looking for similar results from herself and the rest of the SU team. And the Orange hopes it will get off to the races. Said Sabbag: ‘Yeah, I’ll be alright. I can play with a broken nose.’ [email protected] Published on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more