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

Limerick climbers to scale four peaks for Pauline

first_img Previous articleLimerick soldiers to be pardonedNext articleSouthhill benefit Guest Writer Email Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch WhatsApp TAGSclimbersMilfordMusic Limerick Twitter Advertisementcenter_img A GROUP of Limerick climbers will scale the highest peaks in each province of Ireland in just 48 hours to raise money for the Milford Hospice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Don Caulfield (30) from Pallaskenry was inspired to do the challenge after his aunt Pauline Keyes died of cancer in November.The group, whose collective journey will be over 800 miles in just two days, will climb a total of 3,626 metres taking in Mweelrea in Mayo, Slieve Donard in Down, Lugnaquilla in Wicklow and Carrauntoohill in Kerry.Don, a youth worker in Moyross, said the Milford Care Centre were amazing with Pauline. “She died two days after her 40th birthday after just eight weeks of aggressive cancer. Milford couldn’t have been better. They even organisied a birthday celebration for her and were so accommodating when it came to visitors,” he said.The group will climb to the summits on Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19. To donate see RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harvest Fair cancellation puts pressure on care centre #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy NewsLimerick climbers to scale four peaks for PaulineBy Guest Writer – May 9, 2013 862 Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday last_img read more

Court-issued writ illegal, PECO tells consumers

first_imgILOILO City – It is “business asusual”, beleaguered Panay Electric Co. (PECO) assured consumers in a letterthat criticized as “illegal” the court-issued writ of possession that allowedMORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) to “forcibly”  take over some of its properties. Contreras specifically called outAtty. Elamparo for “malicious statements on air, of an alleged meeting with thejudge of a certain MORE personality the day before the writ was served,alluding to the court’s conspiracy with the plaintiff.” Contreras is scheduled to hear PECO’sMotion of Clarification today, March 6. “PECO will be seeking clarificationand rectification from the local RTC during the upcoming hearings,” accordingto Cacho. On March 2, Contreras warned both MOREPower and PECO to “strictly observe the gag order” issued by Judge Amular whopreviously heard their expropriation case. “The fight is not yet over,” declaredCacho. Despite the “illegal seizure” of PECOproperties by MORE Power, Cacho assured consumers “your PECO family is stillthe one that continues to operate and attend to your needs.” “There is a pending case in the SupremeCourt and a minor court like the RTC cannot execute anything with finalityuntil the case is decided in the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land,”read part of the letter signed by PECO president and chief executive officerLuis Miguel Cacho. In a Manila press conference on March3, Elamparo discussed PECO’s supplemental petition to its existing request forthe Court of Appeals (CA) to nullify three Iloilo court orders that paved theway for MORE Power’s “forcible, deceptive and intimidating” takeover of itsstations and facilities. By coming out with the letter, PECOappears to be taking its case directly to consumers. “Our valued customers may go to thePECO main office to apply for connections, inquire about their bills, andsettle their bills. Our accredited collection agencies and banks are alsocollecting payments as usual,” according to Cacho. He further assured consumers, “We areexhausting all legal remedies to regain control of our own substations,vehicles, materials, and equipment.”center_img Contreras also warned MORE Power andPECO against resorting to “any form of propaganda” that would undermine thecourt’s integrity and credibility. The letter was referring to theRegional Trial Court, Branch 23 of Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras. “PECO still owns all its powerdistribution assets,” according to Cacho. “While MORE Power may have takencontrol of some of our facilities, they do not own any of these.” She also stressed she was “notdissuaded to further hear the case with utmost impartiality.” “We will also be filing cases againstthose parties involved in the unjust implementation of the writ of possession,”Cacho added. PECO asked the CA to issue a temporaryrestraining order stopping the continued implementation of an Iloilocourt-issued writ of possession, as well as a status quo ante order that would“restore” its possession of the substations and other properties that it claimswere illegally seized by MORE. She lamented that Contrerasdisregarded the pending Supreme Court (SC) case on the constitutionality ofMORE Power’s franchise and the standing order on the suspension of theexpropriation proceedings against PECO issued by Judge Antonio Gerardo Amularof RTC, Branch 35. He advised consumers not to pay toMORE Power “because they have no legal basis to operate our services yet and,as such, your payments to MORE Power may just go to waste.”/PN On Feb. 29, PECO legal counselEstrella Elamparo described as “unprecedented in its irregularity” the takeoverof PECO’s properties, and “illegal, if not criminal” the manner by which it wasaccomplished. Meanwhile, Cacho reassured consumers“our operations continue as usual.”last_img read more