Court imposes prison sentences for newspaper report on school essay that mocked imaginary president

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court imposes prison sentences for newspaper report on school essay that mocked imaginary president Help by sharing this information RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali Reporters Without Borders voiced disappointment at the prison sentences imposed today on five journalists and a school teacher on charges of insulting President Amadou Toumani Touré, either directly or as accomplices, in connection with a school essay about an imaginary president’s mistress.The sentences passed on four of the journalists were suspended. The other journalist received a prison term that matched the time he had already been detained. Only the school teacher, who got a longer jail term, was not freed at the end of today’s trial.“The outcome of this trial was extremely disappointing, even if it resulted in the immediate release of all the journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The court saw fit to punish a crime of lese-majesté worthy of another age, while at the same time finding an apparent solution to the crisis.”The organisation added: “This case has damaged relations between the government and media, and has rendered a disservice to press freedom activists by setting a sad example to authoritarian governments, which will able to argue that even democracies impose jail terms on journalists who supposedly attack the president.”Seydina Oumar Diarra, also known as “SOD,” the Info-Matin reporter and author of the offending report, who was arrested on 14 June with school teacher Bassirou Kassim Minta, was sentenced to 13 days in prison, the number of days he had spent in pre-trial detention. Minta got two months.Info-Matin editor Sambi Touré, who was arrested on 20 June like the other four journalists, got an eight-month suspended sentence. The other three editors – Ibrahima Fall of Le Républicain, Alexis Kalambry of Les Echos and Hamèye Cissé of Le Scorpion – who reprinted the original SOD article in a show of solidarity, got three-month suspended sentences.Minta, the teacher, was also fined 100,000 FCFA (150 euros) and was told he was banned from teaching. The other five defendants were each fined 200,000 FCFA (300 euros). The court barred the public from attending the trial on the grounds that it was a “sex case.”The state prosecutor’s grounds for arrested the six defendants was SOD’s article, headlined “Lycée Nanaïssa Santara: the president’s mistress.” Originally published in Info-Martin on 1 June and later reprinted in the other newspapers, it was about the humorous essay subject that Minta gave his final-year literature students – the story of a “female student and economic prostitute” who became pregnant by a fictitious president and fought for her child to be recognised. French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali RSF_en MaliAfrica May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mali Reporters Without Borders voiced disappointment at the prison sentences imposed today on five journalists and a school teacher on charges of insulting President Amadou Toumani Touré, either directly or as accomplices, in connection with a school essay about an imaginary president’s mistress. Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. MaliAfrica Organisation to go further May 17, 2021 Find out more News News Newslast_img read more

Call for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, Limerick

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter WhatsApp Limerick City and County Council has announced details of a competition for a new public art installation on O’Connell Street in the heart of Limerick city centre.The commissioning of a new piece is part of the multi-million euro revitalisation project of O’Connell Street, that is currently going through the Part VIII (Part 8) planning process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The new artwork will be in place on a permanent basis and is intended to reflect the current transformation of Limerick City and the region, while also taking into account the significant Georgian legacy that O’Connell Street retains, as well as its later Victorian and Edwardian interventions – styles which extended outwards as the city grew and prospered.Consideration must be given to visual impact on the street and positive impact on the environment.The commission must be no taller than the top of the adjacent building parapets.The selected artist or artist team must be open to future collaboration whereby the artwork may be shown on multimedia, as images of the commission may be used for marketing purposes.Consideration should also be given to the need to incorporate the selected commission into the larger O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project, and the need to coordinate the installation of the artwork.Proposals from individual artists, collaborations, collective responses, and interdisciplinary practices are sought and welcome in equal measure.The Public Art Competition is being run as part of the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project which will see Limerick’s main thoroughfare transformed into a pedestrian priority area, with improved surfaces, more street furniture, a shared road surface and priority bus lane.A briefing meeting will be arranged for artists, curators and creative producers interested in the commission and will be held on 19th August 2019 in Istabraq Hall, Corporate Headquarters, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90 at 4pm. The briefing session will be filmed and posted online.The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 9 September 2019 at 12pm.Selection of the Commission will be announced in December 2019, with an anticipated completion date of artwork by end 2020.For more information about the Public Art competition please see eTenders website, RFT number 155363.For more information on the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation project visit are available for viewing at Planning Department, Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 WV78 or Customer Services Department, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick V94 EH90 until 23 August 2019.Submissions either via MyPoint ( or by post to the Planning Department must be submitted/ received by 6 September 2019. Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Facebook NewsCommunityCall for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, LimerickBy Staff Reporter – August 9, 2019 791 Previous articleArts and sports funding is now up for grabsNext articleLimerick Post Show, August 9, 2019 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair strengthens governance advisory with Emer Timmons Non-Executive appointment

first_imgShare Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Following this week’s group Annual General Meeting (AGM), the governance of FTSE100 listed Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has confirmed the appointment of former BT Group executive Emer Timmons as a new Non-Executive Director.A ten-year BT Group leadership executive, Timmons will advise PPB governance on international development projects and commercial strategy and initiatives.Timmons currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Miami-based mobile technology systems provider Brightstar Corp. From 2006-2016, Timmons held a number of senior executive roles at BT Group focusing on international projects and business development.Joining PPB’s Non-Executive advisory, Timmons has been further appointed as a member of the firm’s audit committee.Gary McGann, Executive Chairman of Paddy Power Betfair Plc, commented on the appointment of Timmons: “We are delighted to welcome Emer as a non-executive director. She brings with her a wealth of global experience specifically in sales and marketing, retail and distribution and will serve as a great addition to the board.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more