News magazine’s appeal hearing delayed, ban remains in place

first_img News News TogoAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says “If Mey Gnassingbé believes he has been defamed, then he has right to sue Tribune d’Afrique for damages,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But we are shocked that the prosecutor’s office also requested a permanent ban on the magazine. This is going too far. We suspect it was an act of revenge aimed solely at eliminating a publication that upsets the authorities.”François Cantier of Avocats Sans Frontières France added: “Togo’s communication and press law provides for a maximum fine of 1 million CFA francs for defamation but the authorities fined the magazine 6 million CFA francs. It was also wrong to convict David Cudjoe Amekudzi as he neither wrote the offending article nor is he the magazine’s editor or publisher. He is just its representative in Lomé and, as such, should not have been concerned by this libel case.” Tribune d’Afrique’s publisher, Aurel Kedote, and its editor, Max Savi Carmel, are to attend tomorrow’s hearing along with Amekudzi, who holds the position of publications manager as well as Togo representative. The lawyer representing the magazine will be Jil-Benoît Kossi Afangbedji.The article that prompted the huge damages award and fine on charges of libel and dissemination of false information was headlined “Drug-trafficking at the top. Togo involved. Mey Gnassingbé named.”After Tribune d’Afrique filed its appeal, the authorities allowed it to continue to be distributed in Togo. But after two more issues that continued to upset the Togolese authorities, the magazine was notified in mid-September that implementation of the distribution ban would no longer be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal. It has not been distributed in Togo since then.The sanctions were imposed on Tribune d’Afrique at a time when many print media were being prosecuted in Togo, prompting Reporters Without Borders to write to President Faure Gnassingbé in September protesting again “the abusive use of legal actions against the media.” Thereafter, all the other prosecutions were dropped, leaving Tribune d’Afrique as the only one subject to sanctions.Regarded as a critic of the government, Tribune d’Afrique has often been targeted by the Togolese authorities in recent years. After it published an exclusive report about the president’s weekend palace in Agou, 100 km outside Lomé, in August 2009, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC) ordered it to “stop hounding Togo.” Thereafter, the magazine received around 20 summonses from the HAAC without sanctions ever being imposed.Tribune d’Afrique is distributed in seven of the eight countries that make up the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU): Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Togo and (intermittently) Senegal. The regional bimonthly Tribune d’Afrique’s appeal hearing opened today in Lomé but was immediately adjourned at the request of the lawyers representing Mey Gnassingbé, the president’s half-brother and a member of the president’s office, who brought a successful libel suit against the publication last year.Accepting the claims of Mey Gnassingbé’s lawyers that they had not had enough time to prepare their case, the court ordered an adjournment until 14 April.“Mey Gnassingbé’s lawyers are just stalling in order to win more time and meanwhile the magazine continues to be banned in Togo,” said Reporters Without Borders and Avocats Sans Frontières, which are providing Tribune d’Afrique with moral and legal support.The two NGOs call on the Togolese authorities to lift the ban provisionally pending the next hearing in two months’ time.______________________________________09-02-2011- Appeal court urged to lift distribution ban on regional news magazineA Lomé court will begin tomorrow to hear an appeal by the Benin-based regional bimonthly Tribune d’Afrique against a 25 August ruling under which it was permanently banned from being distributed in Togo and was ordered to pay a fine of 6 millions CFA francs (9,000 euros) and damages of 60 millions CFA francs (90,000 euros) for linking Mey Gnassingbé, the president’s brother and member of the president’s office, to drug-trafficking.Reporters Without Borders and Avocats Sans Frontières, which are providing Tribune d’Afrique with both moral support and legal assistance, call on the Togolese judicial system to quash the sanctions imposed by last August’s ruling. 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Coco Gauff, 15-year-old tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams, is out at Wimbledon

first_imgJuly 8, 2019 /Sports News – National Coco Gauff, 15-year-old tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams, is out at Wimbledon Beau Lund Coco is terrific! https://t.co/13vsVKdjFP— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 5, 2019“She’s one of my role models,” Gauff said of Obama’s tweet about her, according to People. “So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist.”But above all, it’s Gauff’s athletic performance on those famed grass courts that has garnered attention for the young phenom.After beating Williams, she beat Magdaléna Rybáriková to reach the third round, where she faced Polona Hercog of Slovenia.That match on Friday cemented her place in history, as she fought back from two match points, including a second set tiebreak, to come out on top. In doing so, Gauff became the youngest player to make it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1991.Gauff also caused some conversation with her entrance in the mixed doubles Wimbledon tournament, when Brit Jay Clarke left original partner Harriet Dart to instead play with Gauff at the last minute. They did, however, lose in the opening round.“If somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it,” Gauff said after her loss on Monday. “But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”“I’m only 15,” she continued. “Like, I’ve not nearly gotten or developed my game. I started tennis at six. I’m so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailShi Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) — Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis player who burst onto the professional scene with a stunning victory over Venus Williams last week, is leaving Wimbledon with a loss in straight sets — and a host of new fans ready to motivate her for the next tournament.“Your journey is far from over, @CocoGauff,” tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted. “Looking forward to watching your future successes on the court and off. #BigFan”Gauff’s eye-catching debut at Wimbledon came to an end Monday in the fourth round with a loss to Romanian star Simona Halep, 27, who was seeded No. 7, 6-3, 6-3.center_img Written by The No.1 Court crowd rises to acknowledge all the excitement @CocoGauff has given us And remember – this is just the beginning… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/UBiOYSxPeU— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019“I hope they learned about me that I’m a fighter,” Gauff said in a post-match press conference after her loss about her new fans. “I’ll never give up. I hope they learned from me that, I mean, anything is possible if you work hard, just continue to dream big.”It’s likely Gauff’s Wimbledon success, which made her an overnight sensation, will outlive her loss. In the first round of ladies’ singles, Gauff beat her icon, Williams, 39, 6-4, 6-4. To get there in the first place, Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon.She and her parents became visibly emotional after that match, and they quickly won over tennis fans everywhere. In an interview with GMA, Gauff’s parents credited Venus and her sister Serena Williams for paving the way.“We hadn’t seen many African-American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis],” Gauff’s father, Corey, said.Gauff, who has been competing while taking school tests, has been humbled and excited by the attention she’s getting — including from Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and Michelle Obama.last_img read more

Other Sports Saina Nehwal Crashes Out, Parupalli Kashyap Lone Indian In Korea Open Badminton

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incheon: Parupalli Kashyap was the lone Indian to survive in the singles event after star shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth made first round exits at the Korea Open badminton tournament in Incheon on Wednesday. Kashyap registered a comfortable 21-16 21-16 over Lu Chia Hung of Chinese Taipei in a men’s singles match match that lasted 42 minutes. The first round casualties for India included World Champion Sindhu, who bowed out of the tournament after going down 7-21 24-22 15-21 at the hands of USA’s Beiwen Zhang, Sai Praneeth and Saina — both retired hurt in their respective first round matches.  World Championships bronze-medallist Sai Praneeth was trailing 9-21 7-11 when he conceded the match to fifth-seeded Anders Antonsen of Denmark due to an ankle injury. London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was trailing 21-19, 18-21 and 1-8 against South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun when she was forced to retire. Saina’s husband and personal coach Kashyap said she retired because of gastroenteritis problem. Also Read |  When Saina Nehwal and her husband met Hrithik Roshan”It seems she had a relapse of the gastroenteritis that bothered her early in the year. She was feeling dizzy and vomited yesterday. In fact, she went to the stadium straight from the hospital today,” he said. “Still she could have won but when it went to three games, she didn’t have anything left in her tank. We need to check with the doctor when we go back. It has been a difficult year for her.”  Also Read | Saina: Manav Kaul to essay role of Nehwal’s coach Pullela Gopichand in biopic?Saina had a 2-0 head-to-head record against Eun in their previous matches. Saina has had a tough year owing to injuries. She won the  Indonesia Open at the beginning of the season but has struggled since then. At the China Open Super 1000 event last week, she made a first-round exit. Sindhu also seems to be facing a rough patch after the high of winning the World Championships. The Olympic silver-medallist was knocked out of the China Open by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week.  Interestingly, the 26-year-old former winner here had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel. The Chinese-born American prevailed over the Indian twice last year at the India Open and Denmark Open.last_img read more