Independent press faces daily obstacles in covering opposition figures’ trial

first_img May 18, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Reports Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship News Equatorial GuineaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more Equatorial GuineaAfrica News June 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent press faces daily obstacles in covering opposition figures’ trialcenter_img June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders has urged President Teodoro Obiang Nguema to ensure that the independent press can cover the trial of 144 opposition figures accused of conspiracy without obstruction and with a sense of security. “Independent journalists have faced daily pressure since the opening of the trial,” protested Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general. “It appears that the authorities are deliberately seeking to prevent the independent press from circulating information about this political trial,” he added.On 23 May 2002, the trial of 144 defendants, including certain opposition party leaders, opened in Malabo. They are accused of an “attempt on the life of the head of state, conspiracy and incitement to rebellion”.According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, journalists from the independent press are verbally threatened by presidential guards and police on an almost daily basis. In addition, these journalists have difficulty finding seats in the courtroom, as journalists from the official press are given priority seating.On 2 June, Rodrigo Angue Nguema, a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the BBC and the PanAfrican News Agency (PANA), was unable to attend the trial’s ninth hearing. Police officers and presidential security guards prevented him from entering the courtroom, allegedly because the journalist had used a sidewalk that the police had “sealed off”, even though he showed his press card to police officers.The previous evening, presidential security guards threatened to bar Nguema and Pedro Nolasco Ndong, president of the Equatorial Guinea Press Association (APSOGE), from entering the court if they continued to “have contact” with the accused. According to Nguema, he is seen as lending too much attention to the brutal treatment of the defendants.On 29 May, police officers also confiscated the equipment of a photographer from the independent newspaper “La Opinion”.Reporters Without Borders previously expressed its serious concern about the constant deterioration in press freedom in Equatorial Guinea in a 23 May letter to the head of state. On 22 May, the vice-minister for information announced his intention to force foreign press correspondents to acquire official accreditation from the ministry. This temporary accreditation is to be mandatory and renewable “on a case-by-case basis”. last_img read more

Limerick politician calls for “cultural change” to stamp out “misogyny” in…

first_imgLimerickNewsLimerick politician calls for “cultural change” to stamp out “misogyny” in politics and societyBy David Raleigh – February 23, 2021 541 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick WhatsApp Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleHayes moves to within two wins of 750 – Weekly Racing NewsNext articleMass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population David Raleigh center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Cllr Elisa O’Donovan, Social Democrats. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA LIMERICK politician has said a “cultural change” is needed in Irish politics and society to stamp out “misogyny”.Independent Councillor, Elisa O’Donovan, who was elected to Limerick City and County Council in 2019, said she has experienced misogyny from other politicians as well as members of the public.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Yes, it’s endemic in most political parties, it’s why I left party politics, it’s toxic towards women,” Cllr O’Donovan said.“It’s a culture change we need really,” she added.Cllr O’Donovan was speaking after she she said she “blocked” a man from contacting her on social media and text messages, after she had appeared on a RTE news report, last Sunday.“Yesterday I appeared on the news for less than 15 seconds. This “irritated” a man so much that he contacted me on Facebook, I blocked. Then on WhatsApp, I blocked and then by text message, I blocked.”“When @HalloranCathy (RTE Mid Western Correspondent) contacted me last week I didn’t respond to her. I knew this is the response I would get.”“For the last year I’ve done everything I can to shrink myself as a politician. I am no longer a party leader in Limerick. I don’t put in any press releases to media. I go to Council and do my work for constituents.”Cllr O’Donovan, a former member of the Social Democrats, complained that “the misogyny towards me is so pervasive and consistent”.“This low value speech on me personally is suppressing my political speech. I am calling it out this year and highlighting it. Ignoring it is not working for me anymore.”Speaking after posting her comments online, Cllr O’Donovan said she had previously “reported” to gardai previous incidents of receiving online messages,  “but I won’t this time”.“Honestly I’d be at Henry Street (Garda Station) everyday if I had to report all the harassment I get online,” she added.Cllr O’Donovan has received support from colleagues across political parties, including from former Mayor of Limerick, Fianna Fáil Cllr James Collins, who said, he too had “reduced my social media interaction for the same reasons”.“No wonder it is so difficult to encourage people to enter and remain involved in politics,” Cllr Collins added.Social Democrat TD, Holly Cairns, told Cllr O’Donovan in a tweet: “Your political speech is so important to so many people, Elisa, we’re all behind you.”Sinn Fein TD for Galway West/South Mayor, Mairead Farrell, also offered her support, and tweeted: “Really sorry to hear that, solidarity.”Limerick Labour councillor Elena Secas described it as “totally unacceptable” and told Cllr O’Donovan to “stay strong, you are a great, very hard working councillor”[email protected] tweeted: “Every politician needs to call this out for what it is, only through continually highlighting can we keep this up for discussion and challenge it. Otherwise we can’t hope for higher female representation.”Responding to Cllr Collins, @davydublin47 tweeted: “James, it’s not that difficult at all to get people involved in politics so stop with the pity party, there was always odd balls around long before the internet, Use the block button.”Edward Donovan @CadoudalChouan told Cllr Collins: “Many of the women blame negative comments on misogyny. Yet you too receive negative comments. So it is not only misogyny.”Cllr O’Donovan posted a series of screenshots of a text conversation between her and a male in which she told him “don’t ever contact me again”.Earlier a message sent to Cllr O’Donovan, read: “U couldn’t have come across any more irritating on rte news if u tried. Well done.”, to which Cllr O’Donovan replied, “Thanks. Being irritating to anonymous men on the internet is my favourite hobby.”Another message read: “I’m not the one putting myself in the public eye. Maybe u need to have a good long look at urself.”Cllr O’Donovan replied: “You are incredibly rude and I am blocking you. Take a good long hard look at yourself. I’m a political representative not a celebrity.”last_img read more