RSF_en November 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thugs threaten to kill journalist, what are authorities doing? “Unpatriotic Citizens, Read this Tobaski warning. It is left to you to make a choice. You choose to live or die. You must take one. I know that you know what my name Mofala means in your own language Mandinka. You are stubborn fucking guys who want to destroy the image of the APRC Government and our affectionate President Yahya Jammeh. You think that you can apply for permit to bring the Tnisian,Egypt, Algeria,Seria and Libya situation here. I will come with my team of patriotic killers who kill for the love of our country and our president. The police are not the best guys to deal with you. I have stepped in voluntarily to kill all of you and if you deny this just ignore my warning. I know that you are dealing with Gambian dissidents abroad, but you will not survive it at all. For the fact that your stupid colleagues who called themselves Journalists give me your email addresses shows that you are easy to finish. (…) We will get all of you and slaughter you like Tobaski Rams. We will come for you without any further information. We will fuck you to death soon. None of you will escape. From Mofala Jato and his team of patriotic killers.”See below a screenshot of the threatening message. News July 23, 2019 Find out more Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom GambiaAfrica News January 27, 2020 Find out more —–26.10.2012 – Two journalists threatened with death in hostile e-mailsReporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by death threats received in e-mails yesterday by the journalists Baboucarr Ceesay and Abubaccar Saidykhan, against whom charges of conspiracy and inciting violence were dropped earlier this week.“The conditions that journalists face in Gambia have deteriorated to alarming extent,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Since August this year, Yahya Jammeh, a predator of freedom of information, has been increasing judicial and administrative pressure on journalists working for independent news organizations”.“Encouraged by these methods, the Gambian president’s supporters are prepared to resort to murder when journalists dare to criticize the government. We urge the authorities to call a halt to their campaign to undermine the credibility of the media and to guarantee journalists the safety they deserve, starting immediately by opening a proper investigation into the threats received by Baboucarr Ceesay and Abubaccar Saidykhan”. Organisation GambiaAfrica Help by sharing this information Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Follow the news on Gambia News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by an increase in threats and intimidation attempts against freelance journalist Abubacarr Saidykhan, who – along with Daily News reporter Baboucarr Ceesay, the Gambian Press Union’s vice-president – already received death threats by email in October.After talking to Saidykhan, Reporters Without Borders is amazed that the presence of police who are supposed to protect him has had no deterrent effect on those responsible for the threats, and calls on the authorities to accept that they have a duty to take effective action.Saidykhan has been under close watch for weeks by unidentified men often stationed outside his home. Two days ago, a car pulled up next to Saidykhan as he was standing at this gate, and one of the four men inside addressed him as follows:“We told you that we would come for you without any further warning. We have learned that you are a very stubborn journalist. The next time we meet you, your head will be hammered by one of our patriotic killers. Just continue to ignore our warnings.”“The increase in the threats received by Saidykhan is symptomatic of the decline in the situation of the media in Gambia since August,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The boldness of these ‘patriotic killers’ – supporters of President Yahya Jammeh bent on using death threats to terrorize journalists – is indicative of the impunity and protection they enjoy.”Deloire added: “We call on the authorities, who have been given a description of the vehicle and its licence plate number, to take all necessary stops to identify the passengers. A failure to react would show that these thugs were sent by the government and that Saidykhan is on his own and has no effective protection.”Shortly before he was shot dead in December 2004, Deyda Hydara, the editor of The Point and correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Reporters Without Borders, received similar threats to the ones that Saidykhan has been getting. Photo : Baboucarr Ceesay et Abubaccar Saidykhan Related documents Death threats PDFPDF – 693.1 KB to go further The two journalists were arrested and charged in early September after calling for a peaceful demonstration against a wave of executions of prisoners ordered by Jammeh in August. Each received the following e-mail yesterday: August 6, 2020 Find out more
Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comMY WAY OR THE HIGHWAYAfter writing this column for twenty-seven years I can easily delude myself into believing that the reason no one writes in with complaints is because people agree with my opinions. Of course, I am fully aware a more likely reason is because no one reads them.Be that as it may, should you have read “Gavel Gamut” recently you know the general topic has been the state of discourse and discussion in America. More to the point, why do so many people seem so angry with people whose only sin is to voice an opinion with which others disagree?While even every day conversations among friends now sometimes turn into shouting matches and hurt feelings, the worst practitioners of “My way or the highway” are the cable television news anchors and the editorial writers of large newspapers. These pundits with public pulpits who are purveyors of pusillanimous perfidy often take it upon themselves to state as a fact that some statement by some public figure is false. Frequently no foundation is laid and no leeway is given for a statement being a mistake.Usually the public figure who is maligned as mendacious, not misguided, has no opportunity to respond. An attack is launched and in our contemporary world of instant Internet access by millions of ill informed users the attack becomes the reality.An electorate that forms its opinions on such marshy grounds might support government actions which are anathema to our nation’s welfare. Also, a steady diet of such diatribes could result in a backlash against the First Amendment. That would truly lead to a national disaster.I know calling for self-policing by the media could morph into a call for government policing of the media. So what alternatives do we have? There are many, of course, but I would like to suggest we encourage the application of a few self-imposed procedures that might help make our current hostile environment more positive.These procedures are neither secret nor complicated and have been slowly and carefully crafted over many years. Well, maybe next week.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.com FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Idina Menzel It’s not just a track on her brand new album! Tony winner Idina Menzel took to Twitter on September 23 to announce that she is engaged to Aaron Lohr. The news follows Menzel’s self-titled record release and filming for her Beaches remake. “As if this week couldn’t get any better I have wonderful news,” Menzel tweeted. “My man and I are engaged! We are so happy. It’s a beautiful time.”Menzel and Lohr bought a house together last August; the Los Angeles Times reported that they splashed out $2.675 million on a gorgeous 4,708-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Encino. The pair also shared some racy scenes in the Public Theater’s 2005 production See What I Wanna See and appeared together in the 2005 film version of the Tony-winning musical Rent. Menzel has a son with her ex-husband, fellow Rent star Taye Diggs.Menzel soared to stage fame as Maureen in the original stage version Rent. She garnered a 1996 Tony nomination for that role and won a 2004 Tony for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. Her screen roles include Enchanted, Kissing Jessica Stein, the TV hit Glee and the voice of Elsa in Disney’s wildly popular Frozen. Menzel returned to Broadway in 2014 as the star of If/Then and earned a Tony nomination for her performance. Lohr’s off-Broadway credits include Bare: A Pop Opera and Radiant Baby. In addition to Rent, his film credits include Newsies and The Mighty Ducks films. View Comments Star Files Aaron Lohr & Idina Menzel(Photo: Facebook.com/AaronLohr)
One of the defining characteristics of the No. 4 Wisconsin men’s basketball team this season has been its ability to rebound from adversity, whether that be bouncing back after a loss or persevering through the struggles of a star player. There was more evidence of that again Saturday as the Badgers rebounded quite nicely by, well … rebounding. The last time that UW and Michigan State met, Feb. 20 at the Breslin Center, Wisconsin was boxed out of the gym, being pounded on the glass 41-24 by the Spartans. This time around, the Badgers hit the boards hard, holding Michigan State to only three offensive rebounds (a season-best) and were only slightly out-rebounded 27-23. “Just better position,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said about the improvement. “Both teams were going hard. Sometimes, it’s the way the ball bounces; sometimes it’s how active your players are. Yeah, there’s no question in the first game [rebounding] led to a [loss].”Making the improvement even more impressive is that Wisconsin improved without the services of the team’s leading rebounder, Brian Butch. The junior, whose season could be over after a broken and dislocated right elbow, could only sit on the bench and cheer for his team Saturday, yet the Badgers still managed to step up their rebounding. “Today, I thought that we handled it pretty well on the glass and made that pretty close to even,” Ryan said. “And you’ve got to do that when you’re playing a team that big. Especially when you’re without one of yours.”Better Neitzel for BadgersWisconsin also improved in their defensive coverage on Spartan guard Drew Neitzel, who in East Lansing toasted the Badgers for 28 points on 10-17 shooting. While scorer still managed 22 points Saturday, he was only 8-17 from the field, including 4-10 from 3-point range.”He just didn’t have the burst to come off [screens], and they did a good job stepping up on him,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. “Did we make them pay? I thought we had our moments, but in general, they probably won that battle.”Junior guard Michael Flowers once again drew the assignment of manning up against Neitzel and believed that the team as a whole did a better job of defending against the Spartan point guard.”Both games, it could have been better,” Flowers said. “This game, we did a lot better job of hedging the screens and getting back and finding our men. Help and recover was a huge part of containing Neitzel. It was a defensive effort by the whole team.”It’s a good thing, too, as the Badgers will likely have to defend Neitzel once again — Friday in the Big Ten tournament. “I really don’t want to have to guard him again,” Ryan said. “Let me put it to you this way: I don’t know if Mike does.”Flowers, however, relishes the challenge of guarding one of the top scorers in the league and hopes to improve should the Badgers end up facing the Spartans again.”I’ve studied him a lot, and hopefully I’ll do a better job guarding him if we play him again,” Flowers said. “Guarding guys like Drew Neitzel will help me become a better defensive player. If I become a better defensive player, then I’ll help the team.”NFL state of mindDuring his post-game press conference, head coach Bo Ryan was asked about how his team was defending slip-screens, which led to several Michigan State baskets early on. At one point, he explained that the Spartan players were so wide open that even “Terrell Owens could’ve caught those passes.”Why the rip on the Dallas Cowboys’ receiver?”He left the Eagles,” the Chester, Penn., native said. The football references didn’t end there, as later when discussing Kammron Taylor’s willingness to keep shooting, Ryan referenced none other than “Broadway” Joe.”Joe Namath would still look in the mirror, even as he was getting older and he wasn’t as good lookin’, and what did he say? He’d say he couldn’t wait until tomorrow,” Ryan said, before throwing out the punchline. “‘Because I get better lookin’ every day.'”Even Ryan couldn’t help but chuckle at his reference. “I know Joe Namath might’ve been a stretch there,” Ryan said.