first_imgNews News Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News March 12, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa of abusing his authority in having Fred M’membe, the editor of the country’s only privately-owned newspaper, The Post, arrested and prosecuted for criticising him in an editorial.“In countries such as Zambia where the laws criminalize press offences, the powerful enjoy the arbitrary right to have any journalist thrown in prison at will,” the press freedom organisation said. “This is both archaic and outrageous. If the president can publicly criticise M’membe without going to prison, M’membe should have the right to question the president’s policies without being treated like a bandit.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the judges who hear the case of M’membe versus Mwanawasa to act with composure and fairness and to acquit M’membe.”M’membe was charged with libelling the president and detained when he surrendered to the police at Kabwata police station at midday on 8 November. His shoes, belt and watch were confiscated and he was put in a cell with three ordinary detainees. He was finally released on bail at the end of the day and was due to appear in court the next day.The police had taken deployed extraordinary resources in an effort to arrest M’membe on the morning of 8 November after he was unable to report to the police station the day before in response to a summons, although he had let it be known that he would go on 8 November. Instead of waiting for him to show up, the police launched a “manhunt,” according to a member of The Post’s management, Amos Malupenga, surrounding the premises of the newspaper and raiding M’membe’s home.M’membe’s offence was to have run an editorial in the newspaper’s 7 November issue in which he condemned the president’s “foolishness, stupidity and lack of humility” and questioned his ability to govern in a more rational fashion. “We say this because it is very difficult for us to understand how a man can erupt like a volcano when a simple, humble and honest advice is given to him,” the editorial said.Zambia has in recent weeks been shaken by a political crisis over a proposed new constitution. Thousands of demonstrators demonstrated outside parliament on 1 November to press for the new constitution to be adopted before presidential elections in 2006 in which Mwanawasa is expected to seek another term. Mwanawasa has said Zambia does not have the resources to promulgate a new constitution before then.The day before The Post’s critical editorial, Mwanawasa had publicly criticised M’membe and accused him of harbouring political ambitions. “Every day, it concentrates its attacks on me,” the president said, referring to The Post. “I am incapable, I am inefficient, I lack capacities, I must be kicked out, I am arrogant, and so forth. Their energy should be directed towards persuading people to register en masse so that they can vote me out, because if they don’t, I will surely come back.” Follow the news on Zambia Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days Receive email alerts to go further Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more ZambiaAfrica November 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police launch manhunt before finally arresting editor who criticised president RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more ZambiaAfrica last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link84Shares Advertisement Xhaka caused a stir (Picture: Getty/Visionhaus)David Seaman believes Granit Xhaka was out of order for his conduct towards Arsenal fans, but hailed Unai Emery’s handling of the situation.Xhaka earned headlines after he told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ and cupped his hand to his ear as he was roundly booed off the pitch in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, and legendary Gunners stopper Seaman is adamant that an Arsenal captain simply cannot behave in that manner.He also expressed his surprise that Xhaka – who removed a picture of him captaining the north London side from his Instagram account in the aftermath of the incident – has not issued a public apology to the Arsenal support, however, he thought Emery was impressive in the manner in which he responded to the awkward scenario. Comment David Seaman slams Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka but praises Unai Emery’s ‘brilliant’ response Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery said in the immediate aftermath of the row: ‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’And Seaman heaped praise on Emery as he slammed Xhaka for his conduct.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Putting his hand to his ear and swearing at the crowd; its just something as an Arsenal captain you cannot do,’ said ex-goalkeeper Seaman.‘You’ve just got to get on with it, get off (the pitch) and deal with it afterwards. I thought Emery was brilliant in the press conference when he said he would deal with it internally.‘The only thing that surprises me is that Xhaka hasn’t come out an apologised to the fans.’Should Granit Xhaka be stripped of the Arsenal captaincy?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Paul Merson defends Granit Xhaka following outburst against Arsenal supportersMORE: Unai Emery urges Arsenal fans to stick with the club after Granit Xhaka incidentlast_img read more

first_img New Delhi: West Indies were putting up a good fight in the second ODI against India at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday. Evin Lewis slammed his sixth fifty and Nicholas Pooran was finding the boundary on a regular basis as West Indies stayed ahead of the DLS par score after the match was reduced to 46 overs with the Windies chasing a revised target of 270. However, Although Lewis fell for 65, Pooran was still batting well. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s two wickets in the 35th over and a sensational collapse of four wickets for four runs saw West Indies losing by 59 runs. Speaking after the end of the match, West Indies coach Floyd Reifer said the West Indies middle order needed to show grit and fight in order to win matches on a consistent basis.”We got to continue to learn from this experience. Guys in the middle order, we got to show more fight, a bit more grit. More determination to build those longer partnership. Again we were in front today and then we found a way to give away our wickets, so it’s just a matter of us now to learn from our mistakes, continue to learn from our mistakes and try to dig deeper,” Reifer remarked.Reifer said the side was in the rebuilding process and along the path, there will be plenty of bumps. “It’s not an uphill task (to win), like I said in the past interviews, we are rebuilding, we are building our side again. And when you are building a side, you get speed bumps along the way. It’s how you bounce back from them. Our meeting will be how we assess today and things we need to do better going the next game,” Reifer said. West Indies had some things to smile for as Chris Gayle broke Brian Lara’s record of runs in ODIs to becoming the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODIs. In the same game, Gayle had become the first West Indies player to play 300 ODIs. Reifer hailed Gayle’s contribution. “300 game for a West Indian, obviously he is the first to have done it. It is a great achievement I feel honoured to be here working with him. I have played with and against him and now I am coaching so it was great to see his 300th game,” Reifer said. Chris Gayle became the first Windes player to play 300 ODIs.Gayle overtook Brian Lara’s tally of runs in ODIs.India has taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in three-match series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more