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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Don’t Miss Out: Reservation Deadline is July 9 for Light Up the Night at Descanso

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€91,650 lottery funding for city groups

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Advertisement Previous articleJazz ensembles sound out end of year partyNext article#WATCH Mid-West forum aims to avoid skills shortage in face of unprecedented job creation launched Alan Jacques WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Email WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook TAGSAcquired Brain Injury IrelandBergerie Trust LtdFine GaellimerickLimerick Family Planning ClinicLottery grantsSenator Maria Byrne Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live €91,650 has been allocated in lottery grants to community and voluntary organisations in Limerick City, which provide healthcare related and social care services for the local community.According to Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne, more than120 community groups and voluntary organisations around the country will receive funding from the national lottery to support their work. “Here in Limerick City, the Limerick Family Planning Clinic is to receive €1,650 to upgrade their premises,” she said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bergerie Trust Ltd is to receive €50,000 to carry out renovations which are necessary to continue their work in providing sheltered housing for the elderly. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is to receive €20,000 to purchase a vehicle for its Limerick City service and is to receive €20,000 to fund a variety of programme. “This funding will make a real impact on the services that volunteers and groups can deliver and help them continue to make a difference to the lives of the many people who use these services. We are using the economic progress to make people’s lives a little better, and funding allocations like this one are very much part of that,” Senator Byrne Alan [email protected] NewsLocal News€91,650 lottery funding for city groupsBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2016 994 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more