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Seizures of newspapers, smear campaigns against journalists in Yemen, arrests in Bahrain

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bahrain March 17, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation YEMENSecurity forces surrounded the home of Akhbar Al-Youm reporter Mohammed Al-Louzi for three hours on 25 April because of his coverage of current events in Yemen. Members of the Republican Guard stopped Abdel Aziz Al-Majidi, the editor of the newspaper Al-Shahid, at a checkpoint the same day, preventing him from entering Taiz province. Copies of his newspaper were seized at the same checkpoint the day before.These were not isolated incidents. Several regional newspapers have not been distributed in Aden and Taiz provinces. The latest issues of the opposition newspapers Al-Qadiya and Al-Yaqeen were seized at the security checkpoint at the entrance to Taiz province on 23 April. Copies of Al-Yaqeen and Al-Shari’ were also seized by security forces at the southern entrance to Sanaa on 22 April. The driver transporting copies of the daily Akram Octobre to Taiz province was attacked. In a similar case of censorship, copies of Al-Oula Al-Youmiya were seized in the capital on 20 April and a distributor was detained for several hours.Several journalists have also been physically attacked by security forces. The photographer Rashid Al-Menifi was beaten by members of the security forces while covering a demonstration in Sanaa on 19 April. His camera was broken and he was taken to an intensive care unit. Dahan Al-Shamri, the correspondent of the newspaper Al-Wahdawi, was attacked by supporters of President Saleh on 22 April because of his coverage of the demands of young people in Bani Qais province.Journalists have been the target of a smear campaigns by certain media. Fikri Qasim, the editor of Hadith Al-Madina, a weekly distributed in Taiz province, has been one of the targets. His newspaper was confiscated recently because of its critical coverage (http://en.rsf.org/bahrain-journalists-still-being-harassed-20-04-2011,40…). The journalists and activists Samia Al-Aghbari, Bushra al-Maqtari and Tawakkol Karman have been the targets of an online smear campaign. The journalist Mohammed al-Abasi has received telephone threats.BAHRAINHaider Mohamed Al-Noaimi, a blogger and journalist who works for various media including the opposition newspaper Al-Wasat, was arrested by about 30 men who came to his home on the evening of 24 April and confiscated his computer and cameras before taking him away. They reportedly hit him during the raid. His Facebook profile, where he posted his articles, has been blocked since 3 April. Another Al-Wasat journalist, Nada Al-Wadi, was detained and questioned for around 10 hours on 20 April.Ahmed Yousif Al-Dairy, a netizen who has been detained with his two sons since 1 April, has apparently not been getting the treatment he needs for his diabetes. His lawyers have not been able to see him and the authorities continue to say nothing about the case. Like Zakariya Rashid Hassan, who died in detention on 9 April after being tortured, he was one of the moderators of the forum Aldair (http://www.aldair.net/forum/). His family fears he may have suffered the same fate. News April 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seizures of newspapers, smear campaigns against journalists in Yemen, arrests in Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa center_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News News German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furtherlast_img read more

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Keystone Bank Pleased with Empowerment Programme at Okpekpe Road Race

first_img”Our focus in Keystone Bank is to empower indigent women through training, education and other forms of learning, to achieve sustainable job creation and income generation in line with the global sustainable development goals,” said Bamawo who also explained why the bank partnered organisers of the Okpekpe road race as the United Nations Organisation has set promotion of gender equality and empower women empowerment as one of its millennium development goals.“Empowering grassroots and financially excluded women by giving them a voice necessitated the collaboration with the Organisers of Okpekpe road race to empower the women of Edo State and we are quite pleased with the results achieved in this first phase with 49 women trained and empowered to become business leaders. We look forward to replicating these initiatives across Nigeria,” she further said.Mike Itemuagbor, promoter of the race and chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the historic race thanked Keystone Bank for using the platform provided by the first road race in West Africa to be granted a label status by the IAAF.“IAAF road race label events are races that the IAAF designates as one of the leading road races around the world and Okpekpe is the first to be so designated in West Africa. “We are delighted with the support we enjoyed from Keystone Bank in terms of the women development programme it undertook in Okpekpe, providing them with the basic training they will need to conquer poverty and make them socially and economically relevant in the society,” said Itemuagbor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank, one of the fastest growing full service commercial banks in Nigeria has expressed satisfaction with the women empowerment programme it undertook at the first ever IAAF silver label road race in West Africa, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which came to a historic climax penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.All over the world the issue of women empowerment has continued to take the centre stage in development discuss and it is recognised that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life especially for women, men, families and communities.The bank’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability, Izore Bamawo, is delighted the globally rated Okpekpe International 10km Road Race offered Keystone Bank a very visible platform to empower about 49 women during its week-long programme in Okpekpe.last_img read more

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