Request for presidential pardon for jailed journalist Patrick Palata

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo to go further Organisation On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Reporters Without Borders and its local partner organization, Journalist in Danger, have written to President Joseph Kabila seeking a presidential pardon for the journalist Patrick Palata, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence.Palata, a journalist with the commercial TV station Canal Congo Télévision which broadcasts from Matadi, capital of Bas-Congo province, has been held in Ndolo military prison in Kinshasa for almost two years.“Without going into the details of the case, in which the journalist and his lawyers have always maintained his innocence, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger are seeking clemency on your part and request that, by virtue of the powers invested in you under the constitution, you accord him a pardon and commute his sentence,” the two organizations said in the letter, sent on 27 June and delivered the following day to the president’s office in Kinshasa, the Palais de la Nation. As the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates its independence anniversary on 30 June, and prepares to host the 14th summit of the International Organization of the Francophonie four months later, the two NGOs believe the release of Palata would send a strong signal the French-speaking world and would demonstrate President Joseph Kabila’s desire to respect human rights and ensure that journalists are protected in their work. On 8 April this year, the Bas-Congo military court rejected an appeal against 20-year sentences imposed by the Matadi garrison military tribunal on Palata and 49 other people for organizing a rebel movement. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more February 18, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger noted that Palata, 34, has a five-month-old child born while he has been in prison and that there are signs that the journalist’s health may be deteriorating.Photo : Joseph Kabila (Gwenn Dubourthoumieu / AFP) Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Request for presidential pardon for jailed journalist Patrick Palata News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News News RSF_en last_img read more

LA Memorial Coliseum begins to see major changes

first_imgThe first section of nearly 10,000 new seats were recently installed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Eight temporary press boxes are also being erected to host members of the press. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan).The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been collecting history since its opening in the summer of 1923. It was constructed as a living memorial for the U.S.  Armed Forces in World War I, and it immediately became home to USC football. While it has never wavered as a sacred place for Trojans fans, the Coliseum has hosted many other sports teams throughout the years including the UCLA Bruins (1933-1981), the Los Angeles Rams (1946-1979, 2016-2019), and even temporarily the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1961).It has also served as a concert venue for some great rock legends such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Prince. While it is viewed as a piece of L.A.’s athletic history, the stadium has also been host  to political leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez. Its versatility has always prevailed, from hosting Pope John Paul II’s Papal Mass in 1987, to setting the Guinness World Record for highest number of fans in attendance at a baseball game for a Dodgers vs. Red Sox match in 2008. And soon enough, it will go down in history as the only venue to have hosted three Summer Olympics — in 1932, 1984 and 2028, respectively. Now, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is on its way to becoming the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum, which is scheduled for completion by Fall 2019. Despite these major renovations, the Coliseum has multiple seen changes in its 95-year history. Players used to enter through the 50-yard line tunnel until 1949, when it eventually got covered up. In 1993, the stadium underwent a notably smaller renovation, where all bleachers were replaced with individual seats.The Coliseum’s current renovation includes the installation of more handrails throughout seating areas, as well as the replacement of every seat to increase legroom and seat width. Beyond new seating arrangements, USC is  upgrading the stadium’s electrical and plumbing systems and improving Wi-Fi access in the venue.The preservation of the Coliseum’s history remains a top priority during the renovation. USC is looking to restore the peristyle end to make it closer to its original construction, leaving the iconic torch and Olympic rings. The jerseys displaying the Trojans’  Heisman winners will also remain in place.The renovated Coliseum will boast two new screens on the east end of the stadium to complement the 6,000-foot high-definition screen over the players’ tunnel, which was added in 2011. It will be complete with upgraded audio technology and new lighting, as well as luxury suites and club seats on the south side. The University is currently in the process of installing temporary press boxes to ensure its availability for the 2018 football season. Luckily for USC students, the student and band sections will remain where they have been. They remain a top priority so as not to compromise the experience for the home team.last_img read more

La Liga: Derek Boateng makes debut for side Eibar

first_imgGhana international midfielder, Derek Owusu Boateng, tasted the La Liga for the first time since June 3, 2014 as he played his first match for Eibar on Wednesday night in their 1-1 draw game against Villarreal at home.Boateng, 31, was handed a starting role by head coach Gaizka Garitano.He has been overlooked in their opening four matches against Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid and Elche.But the former Fulham player gets a chance to justify his inclusion in the squad.Boateng made a dramatic switch to Eibar after terminating his contract with Rayo Vallecano, a club he signed for in the summer but never played for them in a competitive match.last_img read more