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We should Stop Stigmatizing Freelance Journalists

Working as Freelance journalist is very challenging in deed.  This is especially so for those working in societies where freelance journalists lack representation and sense of community

The threats and enemies are many. From fellow journalists, press officers and sometimes authorities are harsh and ambivalent towards freelancers. Despite the fact that freelance journalist produce three quarters of newspapers item, they are hardly…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on February 11, 2014 at 15:25 — No Comments

Paris Fourm adopt Journalists Safety Plan

Participants at a United Nations forum that met in Paris have drafted an action plan to improve the safety of journalists and ensure that crimes committed against them do not go unpunished.



More than 500 media professionals have been killed in the course of their duties over the past decade, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which hosted last week's forum.



It points out that many more have been assaulted, abducted, sexually…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on September 19, 2011 at 8:06 — No Comments

Kenya Teachers strike over overcrowding

Kenyan teachers in public schools have started a strike to protest the diversion of funds meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding.

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) national chairman Wilson Sossion says the union's 250,000 members are taking the dastard industrial action after upon the expiry of a seven-day strike notice to the Labour Minister John Munyes following government's failure to meet the Union's demands. The strike has threatened to paralyze learning… Continue

Added by GEORGE OKORE on September 6, 2011 at 15:29 — No Comments

Rwandan newspaper suspends operations after death threats

The publishers of the bimonthly Ishema, Fidèle Gakire on August 28, 2011  suspended  publication for a month  due to  serious threats he has reportedly been receiving. The newspaper has had problems ever since it ran an opinion piece in mid-July that called President Paul Kagame a “sociopath.”

 

“Ishema’s decision reflects the unease that independent…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on September 1, 2011 at 14:28 — No Comments

Move fast to save South West Somalia

Major donors especially USA and UN must move fast and save the situation in South West Somalia where residents are facing food and water crisis. Without the quick intervention of international community, the situation is turning from worse to worst. My visit to the region yesterday found that NGO like International Community Empowerment and Pastoralists Education Programme (ICE-PEP) are doing a lot in the region , but is overwhelmed by the dire humanitarian situation.

Added by GEORGE OKORE on August 12, 2011 at 13:23 — No Comments

Donors asked to rescue neglected South West Somalia region



The international community has been challenged to provide food and other relief supplies to region of South West Somalia, which has been neglected despite the dire humanitarian situation there.

Speaking in Nairobi, the chairman of Peace and Development and Research Engineer Salah Shek Osman appealed to donors and relief agencies to assist South West Somalis, currently experiencing the worst drought in recent memory. He asked donor agencies to move fast and…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on August 12, 2011 at 9:03 — No Comments

Another Somalia journalist shot dead

A media executive with SiMBA radio was shot to death by sniper fires on August 4, 2011 at the premises of the radio in Bakaro market, controlled by the Somalia government.

 

 Farah Hassan Sahal, one of the management of the SIMBA radio was killed by sniper fires at the radio compound in Mogadishu’s Bakara market, while trying along with other media executives, to move the radio equipment into the safer zones of Mogadishu, “to secure the rest of the equipment remained undamaged…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on August 5, 2011 at 9:36 — No Comments

UNESCO boss condemns murder of Afghan Journalist

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) head  has condemned the murder of an Afghan journalist and called for those responsible for his death to be brought to justice.



Ahmad Omed Khpalwak, 25, was a freelance reporter for the Pashto service of the BBC and the Afghan news agency Pajhwok. He was among 19 people killed in a Taliban attack on 24 July in Tarin Khot, capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, which also left dozens of others… Continue

Added by GEORGE OKORE on August 3, 2011 at 8:49 — No Comments

Ugandan journalist remains in custody

Ugandan journalist who mysteriously disappeared on  July 13 , 2011 is being held by an anti-terrorist unit on suspicion of involvement in “subversive” activities

Augustine “Rouks” Okello, a presenter on Lira-based Radio Rhino FM is being held in an undisclosed location in Kampala by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT), which still has not taken him before a judge.

Okello was arrested as part of a probe into the death of Edison Muzoora, a dissident colonel who deserted the…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on July 26, 2011 at 17:04 — No Comments

Ethopian Editor finally released on bail

An editor with state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) Haileyesus Worku,, and one of his reporters, Abdulsemed Mohammed, were last week  finally released on bail of 5,000 birr (205 euros) after being held for 15 months on charges of illegally selling state-owned news content for personal gain.

 The court has scheduled a hearing for November 12, 2011 to hear defense arguments. The two journalists are meanwhile banned from leaving the country. They were arrested on…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on July 26, 2011 at 9:03 — No Comments

Sudan fines another woman journalist for reporting rape allegations.

Sudanese journalist Amal Habani, a woman reporter for the daily Al-Jarida has been fined  2,000 pounds (600 euros) or a month in jail for reporting a woman activist’s claims that she was raped by members of the security forces.

As Habani refused to pay the fine, she was immediately taken to Omdurman women’s prison, northwest of the capital, to begin serving the jail sentence. Habani was convicted by Judge Modather Al-Rasheed of the Khartoum media court, who fined her editor, Saadeldin…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on July 26, 2011 at 8:56 — No Comments

Al Shabaab condemned over radio station attack

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)  has strongly condemned  continued attacks on the media by Al-Shabaab militant group by imposing severe restrictions over a private radio station in Middle Shabelle region after threatening to take over illegitimately.

 

Radio Jowhar, the only FM station in Jowhar, the headquarters of Middle Shabelle…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on July 25, 2011 at 12:23 — 1 Comment

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The Protection of Children Is not Only a Parental, but Social and Governmental Responsibility

I was happy to see that Google is reminding us of Universal Children's Day as one can see here below from the famous Google Doodle. Yet, one has to focus on the UN Resolution 836 (IX) and which are the fundamental values of that resolution which has to be observed not only by parents, teachers, governments but by entire societies. Therefore, also children that are stateless or living in war areas, have those rights and are entitled to protection of the locals and the international community. …See More
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