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Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns ban on al-Jazeera

first_img July 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns ban on al-Jazeera News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters without Borders has strongly condemned the decision of the Algerian authorities to “temporarily freeze” the activities of the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera in Algeria and called for an immediate lifting of the ban.”This unfair decision amounts to nothing more nor less than censorship” said the international press freedom organisation, adding, “This is the first time for more than ten years that a foreign television channel in Algeria has been banned from covering news in this way.”This latest attack on press freedom was extremely worrying and appeared to sound a warning to all the foreign media in Algeria particularly in the light of conflict between the authorities and Algeria’s privately owned press which has been going on for months.The latest escalation raised fears of a further lurch towards repression on the part of the government following the re-election of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.The ministry of culture and communications on 30 June 2004 told Mohamed Daho, correspondent for al-Jazeera in Algiers, that his activities were frozen “until further notice”. He was told the official reason was a reorganisation under way of the work of foreign correspondents. Reporters Without Borders said it was surprised that this reorganisation had only affected the Qatar-based TV channel.A number of sources agreed that it was probably in reprisal for the broadcasting last week of a debate on Algeria on the channel’s popular programme “El-Itidjah el-Mouakass”. Opposition figures spoke in the debate openly criticising Algerian generals and President Bouteflika’s national reconciliation policy. The programme also aired the results of a poll organised by the channel that showed 72 % of viewers considered that there had been no improvement in the situation in Algeria. May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Follow the news on Algeria Reporters Without Borders expressed concern in February 2004 at the refusal of the culture and communications ministry to renew press accreditations for several Algerian journalists working for foreign media on the pretext that in future it would be banned to work for several media. Several correspondents for international media are currently still waiting for their accreditation. Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information May 18, 2021 Find out more Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections to go further News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation The channel is highly regarded by satellite viewers in Algeria along with other Arabic and French stations. News April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Africa All Access announces upcoming Basketball Clinic in Ghana

first_imgAfrica All Access will host an innovative basketball clinic on Tuesday August 15th, 2017 at The University of Ghana basketball courts– Legon.The clinic will be led by David West, a member of the current NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. He will be joined by basketball professionals TJ Warren (Phoenix Suns) and Rasual Butler (San Antonio Spurs) as well as leading coaches from Ghana.The clinic will bring together talented players from multiple regions of Ghana for a day of instruction and personal interaction with the NBA players. The Clinic will be for youth between the ages of 10–18. Rasual ButlerThe clinic will also include a “Solutions HUB”, which will showcase innovative technologies as part of a holistic approach to engage the young players. The HUB will highlight renewable energy solutions, clean water technology, electric vehicles, 3-d printing systems as well as health and wellness programs. David West stated, “This is a very personal project for me. I am committed to doing what I can to activate and support the young people in Africa.” He also said “Athletics is the conduit, but it goes much deeper than that. I want to work with the communities, with leaders to bring broader solutions addressing healthcare, education, entrepreneurship and technology innovation.”Africa All Access arose from the collaboration of David West and his partners at The African Union – US Mission in Washington D.C., Zoetic Energy and New Generation Power International. This group is focused on expanding the program’s mission throughout Africa. TJ WarrenJerome Ringo, Chairman and Founder of Zoetic Energy stated, “Ghana will serve as our pilot project with an eye towards expanding throughout Africa.” This type of collaborative event brings a diverse group together, including members of Africa’s diaspora to work in close concert on sustainable solutions.Ambassador ArikanaChihomboriQuao MD said, “The program planned for our Youths in Ghana is both Monumental and Historic. It’s going to take all of us children of Africa coming together and joining hands to build the Africa that we NEED, LOVE and WANT.David and Jerome exemplify what it means to have Africa born in you. On behalf of the African Union and the African Youths, thank you for joining us in celebrating the year of our Youths.”  Additional information can be found at All Access was created by like-minded individuals providing innovative solutions and committed to full engagement with partners and communities in Africa.last_img read more

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