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Who killed Deyda Hydara ?

first_imgReports Follow the news on Gambia Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom January 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who killed Deyda Hydara ? RSF_en GambiaAfrica to go further July 23, 2019 Find out more January 27, 2020 Find out more News GambiaAfrica Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders is publishing a report of its investigation into the 16 December 2004 murder of its correspondent in The Gambia. There is a body of suspicion, based on a very similar modus operandi, that shows a resemblance between this murder and cases that have never been resolved by the police, said the organisation. It calls on President Jammeh to appoint an independent commission of investigation. Help by sharing this information Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Reporters Without Borders is publishing a report of its investigation into the 16 December 2004 murder of its correspondent in The Gambia, Deyda Hydara. It calls on President Yahya Jammeh to appoint an independent commission of investigation after discovering that “most witnesses are afraid of being questioned by the authorities”. The worldwide press freedom organisation has also asked for a personal meeting with the Gambian president to present its recommendations.Killers used known modus operandiThe report published after an on-the-spot investigation by a Reporters Without Borders representative in Gambia and Senegal on 21-27 December 2004, reconstructs in detail the events of the night of the murder, on the 13th anniversary of the founding of the tri-weekly The Point, edited by Deyda Hydara. Based on previously unheard testimony it retraces events in the hour leading up to the ambush and concludes that the journalist was “murdered by well-organised professionals in a premeditated operation” which could well have been aimed at “the entire management of The Point”.Reporters Without Borders also makes a link between this operation against one of the country’s most respected journalists and several other acts of brutality that targeted the opposition press in 2003 and 2004, for which nobody was ever charged.The organisation highlights common features to some of the attacks, in particular the use of cars with no number plates. The murder of Deyda Hydara also appears to be linked to a series of threats against the independent press in Gambia.Reporters Without Borders publishes in full two anonymous letters sent to Gambian journalists in 2004. The first was signed by a disbanded group of self-proclaimed supporters of the president and the second, unsigned, contained threats of violence against journalists who challenged the government. Reporters Without Borders also re-explores a murder attempt the previous year “in similar circumstances” against a lawyer, Ousman Sillah, who has since sought refuge in the United States. There is a body of suspicion, based on a very similar modus operandi, that shows a resemblance between these cases that have never been resolved by the police, said the organisation.Reporters Without Borders also points to the atmosphere of “extreme tension” against which the murder was perpetrated against the co-founder and co-owner of The Point who was also correspondent in Gambia for Agence France-Presse (AFP).Days before Hydara’s death, Gambia’s parliament passed two extremely repressive laws against the press. In its report, the organisation repeats an appeal to President Jammeh not to promulgate these two new laws and to agree a legislative framework for the press via a process of negotiation with the journalists’ union. Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia Organisation August 6, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Related documents rapport_deyda_hydara_en_1.pdfPDF – 810.3 KB last_img read more

How Magic Johnson reportedly torpedoed the Lakers’ shot at landing Kawhi Leonard

first_imgLeonard and his camp had asked the teams he was considering — reportedly the Lakers and Raptors, and to a lesser extent the Clippers and Knicks — to avoid letting any information about the process make its way to the media. When Johnson, who in April had abruptly resigned as Lakers president of basketball operations, told ESPN in late June that Leonard had asked to meet with him, despite Leonard’s request for privacy. Related News Magic Johnson’s inability to keep secret that Kawhi Leonard had requested to meet with him may have been the beginning of the end of the Lakers’ chances of signing the free agent, a fate that was sealed after information leaked about the topics discussed in that meeting, according to The Athletic. In a deep dive into Leonard’s largely private free agent process — under the headline “‘We have a deal ready. Are you in?’ Inside the Clippers’ pursuit of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George” — The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick report that Johnson’s actions created trust issues. Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal Jerry West explains how Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard, Paul George The machinations of Leonard’s landing with the Clippers are symptomatic of issues the NBA reportedly is investigating surrounding this summer’s free agent process.Meanwhile, Magic Johnson’s failure to keep under wraps his meeting with Leonard isn’t the only reason he won’t be playing for the other NBA team in Los Angeles, but it certainly was a factor.center_img That apparently created some concern for Leonard’s camp.The meeting was scheduled shortly after he was to meet with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and GM Rob Pelinka.Shortly after Johnson — who wasn’t in the Lakers’ official meetings with prospective free agents — met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, information leaked about the topics of their conversation, which “sealed the fate of the Lakers,” per The Athletic story.”I truly believe that when Magic started telling the media about the meeting he had with Kawhi and Dennis, that sealed the fate of the Lakers,” an unidentified person involved in the process told The Athletic. “I think that right there was when Dennis and Kawhi decided, ‘We can’t trust the Lakers as an organization.’ And that was it. I think that was it for them.”The LeBron James-Anthony Davis-Kawhi Leonard super team in LA wasn’t going to happen.With the Lakers eliminated from the pursuit, the Clippers were left needing to get another superstar to lure Leonard back to Southern California. Acquiring someone like, say, All-Star Paul George, Leonard’s camp had told the team, would be key. According to The Athletic, the Clippers checked in with the Wizards about Bradley Beal and the Rockets about James Harden but neither was available. (Leonard also reportedly reached out to Kevin Durant and also expressed an interest in pairing with Jimmy Butler, but Durant ended up with Kyrie Irving and the Nets and Butler was dealt to the Heat.)The Clippers ultimately acquired George from the Thunder in a blockbuster trade that Leonard had encouraged George to request. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP, then shocked the NBA landscape by announcing in late night that he would sign with the Clippers. Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on missing out on Kawhi Leonard: ‘You just don’t look back’last_img read more

Townsend scores wonder goal as Crystal Palace stun Man City

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola warned his Manchester City players they must learn from their mistakes after a shock 3-2 home defeat by struggling Crystal Palace left them four points behind leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.The win ended City’s perfect home form in the league this season after nine victories from their opening nine matches and arrived 28 years to the day since Palace lost won on the road against the Blues.It also featured a magnificent 30-yard volley from Andros Townsend that was heralded instantly as a goal-of-the-season contender.But after defeat at Chelsea earlier this month City have now lost two of their past three league fixtures and know they are in a real fight to hold onto their league title in a New Year that opens with Liverpool visiting the Etihad on January 3.“I said at Stamford Bridge, I have few regrets,” said Guardiola. “You just have to improve and these kind of situations won’t happen in the future.”Guardiola was also left to ponder his team selection, having left Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench in the first half as the pair recover from injury lay-offs.The City manager was also without injured Brazilian Fernandinho and took the gamble of playing England centre-half John Stones in the holding midfield role — not that Guardiola was in the mood for second guessing himself.“I don’t know. I’m only the manager,” he said. “I don’t know what would have happened if Kevin had started, Sergio had started.“Fernandinho is not fit and John played so well there (in the League Cup tie) at Leicester, I wanted to give him another situation. He played well. He was quick, except once on the ball in the beginning.”The afternoon had looked routine for City when Ilkay Gundogan rose to meet Fabian Delph’s 27th-minute cross and headed in the opening goal.City had not lost any of their previous 52 league games against teams outside the traditional “big six”, a run dating back nearly two years to a defeat at Everton in January 2017.– Quickfire Palace –But Palace turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes just after the half hour. First, Stones’ challenge on James McArthur pushed the ball to Jeffrey Schlupp, who capitalised on some uncertain defending from Kyle Walker, driving the ball past him and diving keeper Ederson.Just two minutes later, a free-kick was headed out by Bernardo Silva to Townsend and the former England winger connected with an incredibly well-executed, first-time left-foot volley that soared above the diving Ederson from fully 30 yards.Guardiola brought on Aguero early in the second half but, almost immediately, City fell further behind when Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross found the head of Townsend, whose effort struck the right-hand post.Max Meyer gathered the rebound, forcing a panicked Walker into making a challenge referee Andre Marriner judged to be a foul and Luka Milivojevic showed admirable composure to convert the penalty.De Bruyne sparked a late City fightback, and scored an 85th-minute consolation with a deep cross that floated over the head of Vicente Guaita and into the goal.“Today was one of those bonanza days,” said winning manager Roy Hodgson.“You get your work rate as it should be, you get your shape and discipline as it should be, then you also score goals.“To score three goals away from home against a team of this quality says a lot… and makes you wonder where they have been up until now.”last_img read more

Japan look to give ailing Ikee a lift at world swim

first_imgJapan’s swimmers have promised to lift the spirits of ailing team mate Rikako Ikee in her battle with leukaemiaGwangju, South Korea | AFP |  Japan’s swimmers have promised to lift their game at next week’s world championships to lift the spirits of ailing team mate Rikako Ikee in her battle with leukaemia.The 19-year-old poster girl for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was diagnosed with the illness earlier this year and is continuing treatment back in Tokyo.Asian champion Yui Ohashi, one of Japan’s biggest medal hopes in South Korea after taking silver in the 200 metres individual medley two years ago, insisted Thursday that Ikee was on the mind of all the swimmers.“It’s a huge blow that Rikako can’t be here to fight with us but she’s battling hard too,” Ohashi told AFP.“Hopefully she can see us giving it everything to produce the kind of results that will give her courage and the added motivation — that I’m sure she already has — to return to competition.”Ikee shot to fame at last year’s Asian Games where she captured a record six gold medals.But she tweeted in February that she had been diagnosed with leukaemia after experiencing problems during a training camp in Australia.Japan’s swim queen would have been a favourite to win 2020 Olympic gold in the 100 metres butterfly and a serious medal contender in the 200m freestyle in her home city.Japanese coaches in Gwangju have spoken to the athletes about Ikee, revealed head coach Norimasa Hirai the morning after arriving in South Korea.“Coach (Yoji) Suzuki has said in meetings it was important to fight hard for Rikako too,” said Hirai. “But knowing Rikako’s character she will be anxious about Japan’s results. If we give everything we have, and hopefully come away with a few medals, it will give her a lift. But first we have to get the job done.”– Alarming dip –In the absence of Ikee and Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino, who has suffered an alarming dip in form since his Rio gold in the men’s 400m individual medley, Japan’s swimmers could struggle in Gwangju after finishing 14th in the medals table at Budapest in 2017 with four silver and three bronze.“I don’t want to predict medal tallies,” said Hirai. “I don’t want to add pressure. But they’re relaxed, they’re enjoying the Korean food and they’re and in good spirits.”While Hungary’s triple Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu has not lost a major final in the women’s 200m medley since 2012, Ohashi has medal chances in both the 200m and 400m.“I’ll need to be at 100 percent,” said Ohashi, who recently completed a spell of high altitude training in Arizona.“I’m trying not to overcomplicate things. I have to be aggressive — if I don’t go out strong, I’ll struggle over the second half of races.”Another potential hope for Japan is Ippei Watanabe, who holds the world record in the men’s 200m breaststroke.“I want to leave everything out there,” he said. “I want to come back with the gold medal, a new world record and a big smile on my face.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Growing Pains?

first_imgPitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) celebrates with fello0w freshman tight end Scott Orndoff (83) and other teammates after making a touchdown catch in the second quarter of the NCAA football game against New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier2013 was predicted to be a growth year for the Pitt Panthers football squad because of the slew of 1st and 2nd year players scheduled for major playing time. Well sometimes kids grow up sooner than planned. Aubrey BruceAs far as I am concerned, the upcoming competition of Pitt might become the victims of the “tough love” of the fresh faced, youth-based Pitt Panthers football squad. Pitt smashed New Mexico 49-27 Saturday at Heinz Field and the boys from the “frosh” brigade did not give their rear ends a chance to develop “booty sores” as a result of “benchitis.” Head coach Paul Chryst pointed after the game that; “It’s hard to say you’re surprised when you’re around these guys as much as we are. You definitely appreciate it and you’re happy for them to have some success.”Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd did not “wait till next year.It appears that Boyd is poised to make an impact sooner than later.  Remember, just last year he was on the sidelines of Clairton High torturing high school cornerbacks who had the dubious distinction of being assigned to cover him. Boyd said after the game that; “It’s real fun because once our offense is rolling, I can do multiple things. I can get deep passes [and] bubble screens. It just opens up way more.” Pitt senior quarterback Tom Savage seemed just as hyped with the possibility of being the “field general” charged with guiding this overabundance of young talent. Even though he was intercepted early in the game Savage was still brimming with confidence. “I’m going to take shots downfield and I’m going to try and put balls in there. Obviously, I’ve got to learn from that mistake and never do it again.” I hope that again Savage was not saying that he would never be intercepted again because in the real world that is almost like saying; “I will never sin again and I will be perfect” anyway Savage did a great job against New Mexico. Now the Panthers are scheduled to face Duke. Don’t you feel goose bumps. Pitt’s starting offense consists of two freshmen. Their second team is made up of six freshmen. The second team QB, tailback, tight ends, right tackle and center. The first team defense is a bit longer in the tooth starting only one first team freshman and he is Bam Bradley at linebacker. However, the second team boasts six freshmen and three sophomores. It is my opinion that coach Paul Chryst is navigating the University of Pittsburgh football program back to the road of success even in the football rich ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). The Panthers might be fresh faced but I predict that they will be inflicting some old damage on their conference as well as non-conference opponents before the 2013 season ends.Eye of the Tiger“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger. Face to face, out in the heat. Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry. They stack the odds, still we take to the street. For the kill with the skill to survive.” From the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ I have my Cincinnati/Steelers credential sitting right in front of me. I couldn’t make the trip for reasons I choose not to disclose at this time but that is another story. I feel a bit like a hybrid of James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy and Barry White. Two narrators that would have you thinking intergalactic travel and the third creating and narrating for you a fast track to the boudoir.Will the 2013 chronicles of the Pittsburgh Steelers be more about their victories on the field as opposed to exploits after dark and at home? Are the men of steel just star stuck or will they have an unexpected winning and successful season? As I gazed upon my 2013 press box credentials for the hard fought Steelers/Bengals game at Cincy, I felt a twinge of guilt for not being there, through no fault of my own. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a $100 million quarterback, not a $50 million or $25 million field general, but a $100 million…signal caller. Ben Roethlisberger has played three straight games including the second to last game of 2012 played at Heinz Field a game that the Bengals defeated the Steelers by three points. Last weekend was the 2013 season opener a game in which the Black and Gold was defeated by the Tennessee Titans and the course, the primetime showdown this past Monday night in Cincinnati a game in which a tight end made a careless bonehead play and a contest in which “Big” Ben threw another “spirit” killing interception attempting to make a splash play downfield; as opposed to taking what the defense gives you. For almost the entire game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was frustrated because Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor covered Bengals star receiver A.J. Green like a glove and held Green to a paltry 4 catches for a measly 41 yards and those catches came after the Cincy offensive coordinator made adjustments and began to toss the rock to Mr. Green underneath. See, the Bengals realized that they were not going to get a splash play in Ike Taylor’s pool because they had no life jackets and because someone might drown; so they began to stay in the shallow end. To their credit when they implemented that strategy; Green became effective especially down the stretch because before that series of plays he was a non factor, no matter how much you scramble around and avoid getting sacked when coverage is tight throw the ball away and live for another day. Are the Pittsburgh Steelers are experiencing growing pains, or just plain pain? Time to head to the kitchen and pour myself a stiff martini. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741)last_img read more

Atlantic Highlands Offers Jet Ski Docking At Harbor

first_imgCurrently, personal watercraft have no permanent docking area at the harbor, but can be launched there for a $15 a trip. This is the second season the harbor, which sits on Sandy Hook Bay, has allowed personal watercraft to use the facility.Initially, room will be available for nine watercraft, but the state permit allows for up to 14 spaces.“Basically, if it takes off, we’ll add the additional five,” Hubeny said.In May, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued a Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) permit for the 14-space personal watercraft dock. The CAFRA permit, which governs coastal areas, is good for five years, Hubeny said.Atlantic Highlands is renting personal watercraft space at themunicipal harbor.The project is costing the borough $38,400 for the EZ Port Max 2i docks and piles, he said.According to Hubeny, the municipal harbor commission began discussing the personal watercraft docking about two years ago. Harbor Manager John Amici “has always been creative about bringing more revenues to the Harbor,” Hubeny said.The floating docks will be removed for the cold weather.The harbor has 481 boat slips, with about 455 or about 95 percent occupied, and 172 moorings, with about 135 or about 80 percent occupied, Hubeny said.The Municipal Harbor office is at 2 Simon Lake Drive, 732-291-1670, [email protected] Story and photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The borough has begun seeking renters for its new service – regular docking space for personal watercraft at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor.The floating dock space is expected to be in place by the end of the month, occupying an area just west of Pier 1 – or an unused area between Sissy’s at the Harbor restaurant and the fishing boats, said Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny. The cost for space rental is $1,000 for the season, running March 1 to Oct. 31. Because the docks are being placed mid-season, the rental fee for the rest of the year is being pro-rated, working out to about $250 to $275, according to Hubeny.last_img read more