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Magazine editor sentenced to six months in prison

first_img June 13, 2019 Find out more Reports RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today protested against the six-month prison sentence imposed on 9 August on journalist and Member of Parliament Njehu Gatabaki, editor of the magazine Finance. He was convicted of publishing a “false and alarming report” in December 1997 that accused President Daniel Arap Moi of having instigated ethnic bloodshed in Molo shortly before the1992 elections in which some 1,500 people died.”This journalist has been the target of veritable harassment by the President, and his imprisonment, soon after the adoption of a new law on the press, bodes ill for the future of press freedom in Kenya”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to President Moi calling for Gatabaki’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.The 1997 article, entitled “Moi ordered Molo massacre”, alleged that President Moi gave the orders for members of his own ethnic group, the Kalenjin, to attack members of the Kikuyu community in the Molo area resulting in clashes in which many Kikuyu died. The court found the article liable to alarm the population and threaten civil peace. The judge said she was imposing an exemplary sentence because its was Gatabaki’s job, as an MP, to make the laws, not break them.Gatabaki, who stands by the article, has 14 days to appeal. Nonetheless, he has already been jailed in the Kamiti high security prison. He was originally detained on 4 December 1997 but was released on bail pending trial, originally scheduled for February 1998. The sluggishness of the Kenyan judicial system seem to have been responsible for the trial delays. The magazine Finance is one of the few forums of expression for opposition politicians in Kenya. August 14, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine editor sentenced to six months in prison KenyaAfrica KenyaAfrica Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Newscenter_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Kenya News Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Organisation 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