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Tanzanian minister says missing journalist “died,” but offers no explanation

first_imgNews RSF_en TanzaniaAfrica Protecting journalists Disappearances The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts July 11, 2019 Tanzanian minister says missing journalist “died,” but offers no explanation TanzaniaAfrica Protecting journalists Disappearances Organisation After the Tanzanian foreign minister’s casual reference in a BBC interview to the death of a journalist missing for the past 19 months, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accuses the government of displaying a lack of consideration in its handling of the case and demands the release of the details of its investigation. News November 27, 2020 Find out more November 5, 2020 Find out more February 4, 2021 Find out more Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Reports Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tanzania to go further News Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic The journalist, Azory Gwanda, who worked for the Kiswahili newspaper Mwananchi and its English-language version The Citizen, disappeared in the eastern coastal region of Rufiji on 21 November 2017 while investigating the unexplained killings of local officials.Asked during an interview yesterday for the BBC programme “Focus on Africa” if he knew where Gwanda was, foreign minister Paramagamba Kabudi referred to him as having “died,” without going into any detail. He added: “The state is not only dealing with Azory Gwanda. The state is dealing with all those who have unfortunately died and disappeared in Rufiji.”Gwanda’s disappearance has been the subject of many civil society requests for information to which the Tanzanian government never responded. RSF is among those who have been pressing for a proper investigation into his fate.“After a year and a half of silence and minimization of this case, the sudden announcement of this journalist’s death without any explanation is shocking,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “If the authorities did carry out an investigation, we demand the publication of its findings. A journalist’s disappearance or murder must not go unpunished.”Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 25 places in a single year. last_img read more

Condell Road development not the answer to housing crisis

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list Advertisement TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Facebook Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsAppcenter_img TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Condell Road housing development, Pat O’Neill pictured at the proposed site by Limerick City and County Council for 43 Housing Units. Picture: Keith WisemanA standalone housing scheme on the outskirts of Limerick city with “no proper infrastructure and no facilities” will not work.That’s according to community activist Pat O’Neill who says there has been a huge outcry over the proposed housing scheme development on the Condell Road with 50 objections lodged, including one from Clonmacken Residents Association.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Pat, who represents the residents’ group, has coordinated meetings between residents and councillors following local concern over the proposed development.One of the main objections from the people of the Northside to this 43-unit social housing scheme, he explained, is the location of the development.He claims there are no facilities convenient to the proposed site and that it is “isolated and situated on a flood plain with no metropolitan bus stop nearby and no provision for one either as part of the proposal”.“We rallied together to challenge this knee-jerk idea of the council officials. If history tells us anything is that a sole housing scheme with no proper infrastructure and no facilities will not work.“Everything is wrong with this proposed development. We want to learn from the mistakes of the past. We welcome a new housing scheme for the area but not as a knee-jerk reaction to the current housing crisis. Let’s do it right and proper so that everyone stands to benefit,” he declared.A spokesman for Limerick City and County Council said it was incorrect to say that the houses would be built in a flood zone as the planned location was not subject to flooding.The site of the proposed development is located approximately 800 metres, around a ten-minute walk to the Jetland retail hub area, which is serviced by public transport.“The Council believes it is important to ensure that the future residents of this development have adequate social and community infrastructure within a reasonable walking distance of their homes.“The general area is a location of planned future development with an existing permission on adjoining lands for around 400 new housing units to be developed by commercial entities. New bus routes tend to follow demand, and as the population in this area increases, public transport links to the city may be developed by Bus Eireann,” the spokesman added. Email Previous articleDundalk earn hard fought win over a spirited Limerick FC teamNext articleLimerick to be first void free city in Ireland Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsHousingCondell Road development not the answer to housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – September 1, 2018 4224 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more