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Journalist convicted – it’s time to decriminalize press offences

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first_imgNews March 5, 2021 Find out more At the closing ceremony of the meeting of the African Media Leaders Forum in Dakar last month, you said you were “for decriminalization of press offences”, declaring: “When press offences are decriminalized, it means that there are solutions other than criminal litigation … The level of democracy in Senegal can allow us to decriminalize press offences and allow the journalist to conduct his investigations.” However, on 18 December the Dakar Criminal Court suspended publication of the magazine Exclusif and sentenced its managing editor El Malick Seck to six months’ imprisonment and ordered him to pay 100 million CFA francs in damages. The offences were alleged to have taken place in June this year in the fifth issue of Exclusif which contained an article by El Malick Seck headlined “Sidy Lamine Niasse: blackmailer”. The journalist wrote that Sidy Lamine Niasse, the head of the Walfadjri media group, had kept the outgoing government at arm’s length and the then-president Abdoulaye Wade had “fired a financial shot across its bows”. Exclusif alleged that 460 million CFA francs (more than 700,000 euros) – not 400 million – had been paid into the group’s bank accounts from the public coffers. Without commenting on the substance of a dispute between colleagues, Reporters Without Borders finds it regrettable that Senegal continues to impose custodial sentences on those found guilty of press offences. As you know, our organization has for several years been encouraging the authorities in Dakar to decriminalize press offences. In May this year, shortly after your accession to the highest state office, we wrote to you to draw your attention to the new press code that had been before the National Assembly for several months and which would improve the health of the sector and afford greater protection to journalists. We urged you to use your influence to persuade the members of Senegal’s parliament to approve the code. We also asked you to support the decriminalization of press offences as advocated in the bill, so that journalists who committed offences in the course of their work would receive fairer and more appropriate penalties than prison sentences. Reporters Without Borders welcomes your recent statements in support of decriminalization of press offences, but would encourage you to turn this commitment into action. Only the National Assembly’s approval of the bill as expeditiously as possible will ensure that your comments do not remain empty words. It is time for your country to carry through this reform, which was carried out several years ago by other African countries such as Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. Thank you for you attention in this matter.Yours sincerely,Christophe Deloire Secretary GeneralPicture : President Macky Sall (AFP/Seyllou) Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders sent an open letter today to President Macky Sall of Senegal in response to the suspension a week ago by the Dakar Criminal Court of the magazine Exclusif and the sentencing of its managing editor, El Malick Seck, to six months’ imprisonment. The press freedom organization notes the discrepancy between the president’s comments in favour of decriminalizing press offences and the prison sentences that continue to be handed down on journalists. It urges him to use his influence to persuade members of the National Assembly to approve the new press code submitted to them several months ago. Here is the text of the letter:Macky Sall President of the Republic Dakar, SenegalParis, 28 December 2012Subject: Conviction of the journalist El Malick Seck and the decriminalization of press offences. Dear PresidentReporters Without Borders, an international organization that campaigns for freedom of information, wishes to make you aware of its surprise and puzzlement at the discrepancy between your comments in favour of decriminalizing press offences in Senegal and the prison sentences that continue to be handed down on journalists in the country. Follow the news on Senegal SenegalAfrica to go further News Receive email alerts RSF asks Senegal to amend its new press law Help by sharing this information December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist convicted – it’s time to decriminalize press offences The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF decries exceptional press freedom violations in Senegal Reports SenegalAfrica last_img read more

Arramount Furniture confirm appointment of interim examiner

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first_img Previous articleCalls for a referendum on judges’ salariesNext articleFormer Magdalene laundry inspires art students admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Emailcenter_img Print WITH a Limerick based outlet, Arramount Woodcraft (Holdings) Limited and its fully owned trading subsidiaries trading as Arramount Furniture confirmed that it has sought the appointment of an Interim Examiner, Mr Kieran Wallace of KPMG to allow the Company sufficient time to negotiate with potential investors and to complete appropriate arrangements with creditors with the objective of putting in place long term arrangements to secure its future.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Arramount Furniture was established in 1995 and is one of Ireland’s leading furniture stores. Arramount Furniture currently operates seven different stores nationwide in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Newbridge, Tullamore, Athlone and Mullingar. All stores will continue to trade as normal throughout this period. The company’s current difficulties stem from the current economic downturn and reduced consumer demand. Management would like to confirm that all orders where deposits have been taken will be delivered and customers who place deposits during Examinership will receive their ordered furniture.Lane Bros Ltd trading as Arramount Furniture Tralee, which is a franchisee of Arramount Woodcraft (Holdings) Ltd, will not be affected by the Examinership and will continue to trade as normal.Arramount Furniture will continue to trade as normal throughout the period. The company is confident that the process of Examinership will enable a solution to be found that will ensure it is set up to continue trading successfully and profitably in the future. The process of Examinership in Ireland provides a standstill period of time whereby creditors cannot pursue claims against the Company.  The company has sought this protection to allow it to put in place new refinancing arrangements for creditors and bankers.Arramount Furniture is the trading name of Woodcraft (Holdings) Limited and its subsidiariesArramount Woodcraft (Limerick) LimitedArramount Woodcraft (Cork) LimitedArramount Woodcraft (Dublin) LimitedArramount Woodcraft (Mullingar) LimitedArramount Woodcraft (Newbridge) LimitedArramount Athlone LimitedArramount Distribution Limited Linkedin NewsLocal NewsArramount Furniture confirm appointment of interim examinerBy admin – June 24, 2009 994 last_img read more