Reporters Without Borders Best of the Blogs 2013 Awards go to Togo and Iran

first_imgNews Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Follow the news on Togo to go further RSF_en March 11, 2021 Find out more Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says News News TogoAfrica center_img The Togolese journalist Fabbi Kouassie has won the Best of the Blogs “Reporters Without Borders Award” 2013 for her blog, Fabbikouassi’s Blog. The prize is awarded within the framework of “The Bobs – Best of Online Activism” contest, held each year since 2005 by Reporters Without Borders and the German radio station Deutsche Welle. It aims to promote the diversity and commitment of the international blogosphere and is awarded to bloggers who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the campaign for freedom of expression on the internet and against all types of censorship.In Fabbikouassi’s Blog (, the young human rights activist Fabbi Kouassi writes about controversial topics that are hushed up in the media of her own country with its autocratic government, and that are also barely discussed in the public spheres of other countries: everyday violence, the dangers journalists face and the constant fear of police brutality and oppression. Only recently, the police in Togo once again showed their violent face to journalists when they used tear gas to prevent them from demonstrating against a new media law. ( The prize honours her exceptional commitment to freedom of expression in a country which, despite all the abuses and irregularities, is often forgotten – like many other regions in Africa.Fourteen blogs in 14 different contest languages made it to the final of this year’s “Reporters Without Borders Award”. In total there were more than 4,200 entries for “The Bobs”. An international jury composed of 15 members selected the winners last weekend. The winner of the “Best Blog Award” is Li Chengpeng, one of China’s best-known bloggers, authors and social critics. Prizes in other categories went among others to bloggers in Morocco, Bangladesh and also an international collective. The public’s choice for the “Reporters Without Borders Award” is Kambiz Hosseini, who discusses the human rights situation in Iran in a weekly podcast. In total more than 90,000 online votes were cast for the competition.The prizes in the six main categories will be handed to the winners at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn on 18 June 2013. In addition, the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez will collect her prize at the re:publica internet conference in Berlin today. With her blog Generación Y, Sánchez won both the “Best Blog Award” and the Public’s Prize of the “Reporters Without Borders Award” in 2008, but wasn’t allowed to leave Cuba until last month. Last year the jury selected the Bengali blogger Abu Sufian, who fights against corruption and the arbitrariness of the courts, as the winner of the “Reporters Without Borders Award”. The Public’s Prize went to the blog Invisible Tibet, in which Tsering Woeser reports on human rights abuses in Tibet from Beijing. Help by sharing this information May 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders Best of the Blogs 2013 Awards go to Togo and Iran TogoAfrica Receive email alerts March 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Port Washington Man Threatened to Shoot Town Hall, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Port Washington man has been accused of threatening to shoot out the windows of North Hempstead Town Hall with a shotgun in retaliation for town workers removing trees from his property.Port Washington and Nassau County police arrested Michael Olson at his Revere Road home Wednesday on a charge of making a terroristic threat.Third Squad detectives alleged the 59-year-old suspect was irate when he called the town’s 311 call center and made the threat that prompted the deputy town supervisor to temporarily evacuate the building.Investigators apprehended Olson at his home two hours after the call was made, police said.Olson will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Copa America draw set for this week in Rio

first_imgRio de Janeiro: The draw for the 2019 Copa America will take place here later this week when a special ceremony will take place to select the groups for the 12-team tournament.The 46th Copa America will be played in Brazil from June 14 to July 7, returning to the South American nation after a 30-year absence.The competition features the 10 members of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) — Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela — plus guests Japan and Qatar.As the host, Brazil will be the No. 1 seed in Group 1, while Argentina will be the top seed in Group 2 and Uruguay will be the top seed in Group 3; the three countries were also the top three teams in the latest FIFA standings.Under Copa America rules, Japan and Qatar will not compete in the same group.The rest of the seeds will be left to chance, based on the order in which the names of the teams are drawn from four raffle drums.The draw will be held on Thursday at Ciudad de las Artes in Rio de Janeiro at a ceremony organised by Conmebol and the Copa America Organising Committee.Famous former players, including Cafu, Ronaldinho Gaucho, Zico and Marta will attend the ceremony. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

UP takes on soaring Ateneo

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After all, they are getting their act together at the right time.“This is not our peak yet. I feel there’s more to come,” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu after UP swept La Salle with a three-set triumph last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsUP tests Ateneo at 4 p.m., after Far Eastern University collides with University of the East at 2.The Lady Maroons will have their hands full against the Lady Eagles who, after dropping their first game to La Salle, have logged seven straight victories and show signs of slowing down. MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines has twice beaten defending champion La Salle, the only team that has beaten league-leading Ateneo so far.Small wonder the Lady Maroons are upbeat as they get ready to take on the Lady Eagles on Saturday in UAAP Season 81’s women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UP will have to make full use of its double-barreled gun in Tots Carlos and Isa Molde, who unloaded 24 points in its victory over La Salle (25-16, 26-24, 25-19), if it wants to hammer out another major upset.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more