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World Radio Day – authorities urged to free jailed radio reporter

first_img Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists February 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 World Radio Day – authorities urged to free jailed radio reporter June 5, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reports Help by sharing this information BurundiAfrica On the eve of World Radio Day tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Hassan Ruvakuki, a journalist who works for Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service and Bonesha FM, a Burundian radio station.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to heed a request by Ruvakuki’s lawyer for his release. “Hassan Ruvakuki has a right to a conditional release,” his lawyer, Fabien Segatwa, told Reporters Without Borders. “If this request, submitted immediately after the appeal verdict, is not satisfied, we will take it to the country’s highest appeal court.”The Reporters Without Borders petition for Ruvakuki’s release so far has 2,200 signatures. Sign the petition.The campaign by RWB, RFI and French External Broadcasting for Ruvakuki’s release has won support from news media and press clubs all over Africa. They include:- Burundi: Radio Bonesha FM, Iwacu Group, Radio Isanganiro, Net Press, the Burundian Journalists Union and Arib.Info- Mauritania: Le Calame and Cridem- Cameroon: Mutations (a daily)- Comoros: the Association of Broadcast Journalists and Technicians (SOIWUTI), Radio Fédération Tsinimoichongo (RFT) and Al-Watwan- Madagascar: Radio Tana, L’Observateur and La Gazette de la Grande Ile- Gambia: The Point- Niger: Radio-Télévision Saraounya (RTS) and the Niamey Press Club- Burkina Faso: Norbert Zongo Press Centre and the African Publishers’ Forum – Gabon: Gabonactu.com- Chad: Le Temps (a weekly), Alwihda and Ndjaména-Hebdo- Côte d’Ivoire: L’Inter- Guinea: L’Aurore, Le Lynx, La Lance, Le Populaire and L’Observateur- Nigeria: The NewsArrested in November 2011, Ruvakuki was initially given a life sentence in June 2012 on a charge of participating in “terrorist activity.” This was reduced to three years in prison on appeal on 8 January after the charge was changed to “participating in an association formed with the aim of attacking persons and property.”Ruvakuki was arrested just for being an enterprising reporter and going to neighbouring Tanzania to cover the emergence of a new Burundian rebel movement based there.All the information about the Ruvakuki case since his arrest in November 2011.Learn more about media freedom in Burundi.Burundi is ranked 132nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Burundi News News Photo : Hassan Ruvakuki (Alexandre Niyungeko) The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts News November 27, 2020 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more to go further BurundiAfrica Organisation last_img read more

Members of The Disco Biscuits, TAB, Nth Power, TAUK, Motet To Join Forces For The Funk Sessions In Denver

first_imgUPDATE 5/20/19:Organist/keyboardist Deshawn Alexander (The Marcus King Band) will be putting together his own D-Vibes Watermelon Funk outfit for a sweet and juicy support set at tomorrow night’s Funk Sessions. Alexander is no stranger to the Sessions, as he has sat in and guested on occasion in the past. Expect additional guests to be joining throughout the night._______________________________________________________________________Live For Live Music‘s The Funk Sessions keep rolling on! Last night, at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO, Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch put on an absolute clinic at his April edition of the monthly residency. With that performance now in the books, next up is the fifth installment on Tuesday, May 21st at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. At the May edition of The Funk Sessions, recent Colorado transplant and TAUK drummer Isaac Teel will lead a killer squad featuring bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band/Ghosts of the Forest) on trumpet/vocals, Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) on guitar/vocals, Joey Porter (The Motet) on keys, and Nicholas Gerlach (Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics) on sax. (Tickets available here).While Isaac Teel is perhaps best known as the drummer for instrumental rock fusion quartet TAUK, his abilities as a musician exceed his role behind the kit. Teel dropped his own solo album, Gentlemen’s Day, back in 2017 (under his first and middle name, Isaac Sinclair). The album saw Isaac mix his Gospel roots with R&B, blues, Afro-Cuban beats, and more into his own version of Urban Soul. He has also garnered a reputation for his smooth, soulful vocals, which he’s showed off during various special collaborative shows over the years. On this year’s Jam Crusie, he led the final session in the Jam Room featuring his TAUK bandmates as well as members of The Motet, Turkuaz, The U.N., The Nth Power, and more, propelled by the obscenely talented rhythmic one-two punch of himself and Star Kitchen drummer Marlon Lewis. The session also saw Teel welcome Kamasi Washington, Deshawn Alexander, Alison Shearer and more for covers of pop and R&B favorites like Destiny’s Child‘s “Jumpin’, Jumpin’”, Justin Timberlake‘s “Señorita”, Thundercat‘s “Them Changes”, and more. You can expect the same sort of soulful fare when Isaac leads The Funk Sessions next month. Check out some clips from Teel’s Jam Cruise 17 Jam Room session below: Marc Brownstein has been dropping bass bombs on the masses for almost 25 years with jam and trance-fusion titans The Disco Biscuits. His recent foray into a more funk-oriented atmosphere with side project, Star Kitchen, has proven that the bassist continues to finely tune his own ever-expanding musical acumen. With the Biscuits in town their annual Bisco Inferno run featuring a 2-night run at the Ogden Theatre followed by a Red Rocks performance with PNUMA Live later that week, why not throw in an early-in-the-week round of The Funk Sessions?As a longtime member of Trey Anastasio Band, Jennifer Hartswick has become one of the leading women in the jam and funk scenes, with an undeniable stage presence and ability to steal the show on both trumpet and vocals. She has kept plenty busy in various different projects over the years, including her recent tour with Trey’s latest new project, Ghosts of the Forest. Nick Cassarino, who came up playing with Big Daddy Kane’s band and later went on to form The Nth Power, lives, breathes, bleeds, and plays soul unlike any other. Hartswick and Cassarino are no strangers to each other, as they recently debuted their own duo project, touring around the nation and bringing plenty of passionate musical healing from city to city.  Holding down the local Colorado side of the crew alongside Teel will be The Motet keyboard wizard Joey Porter, making a return appearance at The Funk Sessions, as will the man, myth, and legend himself, saxophonist Nicholas Gerlach. With this powerful crew of musicians on deck, the May edition of The Funk Sessions is a perfect precursor to your Colorado Disco Biscuits weekend.Below, you can get a taste of the magic of The Funk Sessions with a full pro-shot video of April’s Adam Deitch-hosted The Funk Sessions from last night:The Funk Sessions #4 w/ Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Garrett Sayers, Wil Blades, Dominic Lalli, & More – 4/23/19 – Full VideoTickets for the May edition of Live For Live Music’s The Funk Sessions on Tuesday, May 21st at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom are currently on sale and available here.**SHOW INFO**Artist:  Live For Live Music Presents The Funk Sessions ft. Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Isaac Teel (TAUK), Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power), Joey Porter (The Motet), Nicholas Gerlach (Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics) + Support TBADate: Tuesday – May 21st, 2019Venue: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (2637 Welton St, Denver, CO)Ages: 16+Time: Doors 7pm / Show 8pmTICKETS: $15adv / $20doslast_img read more

Harvard Law School: The road to marriage equality

first_imgSince at least 1983, when a Harvard Law student wrote a third-year paper exploring a human rights argument for same-sex marriage, HLS has participated in anticipating, shaping, critiquing, analyzing and guiding the long path toward marriage equality.In the 1980s, Harvard Law students wrote papers and student notes  debating the pros and cons of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. Those students graduated and became advocates who argued before legislatures and courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, both for and against legal recognitions of same-sex marriage. Others eventually became judges whose decisions created a legal basis for marriage equality, and some became scholars whose contributions inspired a new generation of students, advocates, and judges to think critically and creatively about LGBT rights. Together, they helped shape the course of a social and legal movement that surprised many by its swift changes in both public perception and legal doctrine. Read Full Storylast_img read more

US Donates Ventilators to Bolivia to Support Hospitals in the Fight Against COVID-19

first_imgBy Voice of America (VOA)/Edited by Diálogo Staff September 25, 2020 On August 25, during the formal presentation of 200 ventilators donated by the United States at the Bolivian government palace, Bolivian Interim President Jeanine Áñez said that the medical equipment would be equally distributed across the country.Áñez welcomed the donation, which “will strengthen the health system,” in addition to other important measures, such as hospital refurbishment. She also confirmed that the South American country is focused on three objectives: to protect democracy, the economy, and the population’s health.For his part, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Bruce Williamson said that the donation, valued at $2.5 million, was possible thanks to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support Bolivia in the fight against the novel coronavirus.The donation follows a similar donation in July, together totaling 450 ventilators.last_img read more