Gbagbo camp to block access to independent and opposition websites

first_img Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election November 27, 2020 Find out more News Organisation News The Côte d’Ivoire Telecommunications Agency (ATCI) announced in a directive dated 24 March that it intends to block access to several independent and anti-Gbagbo websites. Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of the directive and is distributing it.“Internet operators and service providers are prohibiting access from within Côte d’Ivoire to the following websites: www.abidjan.net, www.lavoixdugolf.net, www.connectionivoirienne.net, www.primaturecotedivoire.net, www.koaci.com, www.lebanco.net and www.informateur.net,” says the directive signed by ATCI director-general Sylvanus Kla. “This list is not exhaustive,” the directive continues. “This decision is adopted in the strict framework of National Defence and Public Security and takes effect from the date it is signed (24 March).”“The websites targeted by this act of censorship continue to be accessible although six days have elapsed since the ATCI directive,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Does this entity really intend to censor them or is it a warning or act of intimidation towards those who operate them?“Either way, the target is clear. They are independent sites or ones with pro-Ouattara propaganda. Equivalent sites offering pro-Gbagbo propaganda are not affected. The ATCI’s director-general, Sylvanus Kla, is one of the leaders of the pro-Gbagbo ruling party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI). The war in Côte d’Ivoire is now invading the new media terrain.” Côte d’Ivoire’s two political rivals, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, are both on SlateAfrique’s list of the Top 5 most connected leaders in Africa . Both understand the role the Internet can play in their popularity and wage a cyber-war on Facebook, Twitter and other online social networks. Each camp distributes newsletters defending its leader and attacking his rival.Mobile phone texting services were cut a month ago by the ATCI on the orders of Gbagbo’s interior minister. RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Receive email alerts March 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gbagbo camp to block access to independent and opposition websites October 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en Côte d’IvoireAfrica Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information Reports to go further October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Measles outbreak continues in Donegal

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest Measles outbreak continues in Donegal Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsApp Twitter The measles outbreak is continuing in Donegal. The HSE has confirmed that as of today in total there are 7 cases of measles confirmed in the Donegal area.Additional suspect cases are being investigated. A number of children who were exposed to measles have been advised to remain at home to prevent further spread of the virus.The HSE wishes to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of patients, their families, GPs and NoWDOC, hospital staff, laboratories, schools and child care facilities.Dr Anthony Breslin, Public Health Specialist said “Measles is a serious and very infectious illness. The current outbreak is having a significant impact on a large number of people. Measles can be prevented by the MMR vaccine.”Measles is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through the air when the infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles infection typically causes a rash, fever, conjunctivitis (red eyes), cough or runny nose. The rash usually starts four days after the other symptoms. The rash starts on the forehead, spreads behind the ears and then down the trunk. Measles infection can have serious complications such as pneumonia, seizures and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). 1-2 people out of every 1,000 who become infected with measles will die.The best way to prevent measles infection is with 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. It is 99% effective at preventing measles infection. The first dose of the MMR is usually given to children at 12 months of age, with a second dose given at 4-5 years of age. The MMR vaccine has been used for many years and is very safe. Anyone born since 1978 who is unsure if they have received two doses of a measles containing vaccine, such as MMR, should speak with their GP. Most people born before 1978 have had measles infection and will not get measles again.While the majority of children in Donegal still receive the MMR vaccine, the numbers have been dropping slightly over the past few years. As soon as vaccination rates fall, old diseases re-emerge. This is why measles outbreaks are occurring in Ireland and across Europe. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – February 19, 2019 Previous articleMinister says not having grasp on Irish language was ’embarrassing’Next articleDisgust after scenic picnic area destroyed by vandals News Highland Homepage BannerNews Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more