TogoAfrica News News Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced astonishment today at the action of the Togolese authorities in turning back Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, the visiting correspondent of the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, on his arrival at Lomé international airport on 22 April, two days before yesterday’s presidential election.”We really wonder about willingness of the authorities to let the foreign press do its work,” the press freedom organization said. “The expulsion of a French journalist can only make us question the intentions of the Togolese government, coming as it did at a time of great tension and when our organization was calling on the authorities for calm and conciliation.”Almost immediately on his arrival, De Saint-Exupéry was ordered to reboard a Paris-bound flight. Le Figaro said the border police, clearly acting on instructions, referred to “exceptional circumstances” and to “a lack of accreditation” for covering the presidential election. The newspaper said accreditation was requested 10 days in advance and was never granted.This is not the first time in recent months that a foreign reporter has been denied entry. A visiting RFI correspondent was banned from entering the country in February, shortly after President Gnassingbé Eyadéma’s death.In a statement issued today, the French foreign ministry said the Togolese government had “notified the closure of its land, sea and air borders” beginning on 22 April (the day De Saint-Exupéry was turned back). March 8, 2021 Find out more News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Follow the news on Togo RSF_en April 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Le Figaro correspondent turned back on arrival two days before election Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says TogoAfrica News Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more September 15, 2020 Find out more
A revised precautionary catch limit for Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) in the Scotia Sea of 4 million tons wasrecently adopted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The limitwas based on a total biomass of 44.3 million tons, as estimated from an acoustic and net survey of krill across the Scotia Sea sector of the Southern Ocean, and a harvest rate of 9.1%, as determined from an analysis of the risks of exceeding defined conservation criteria. We caution, however, that before the fishery can expand to the 4-million-ton level it will be necessary to establish mechanisms to avoid concentration of fishing effort, particularly in proximity to colonies ofland-breeding krill predators, and to consider the effects of krill immigrating into the region from multiple sources.
LETTER TO EDITOR: Andrew Horning Calls For DebatesI understand why Larry Bucshon refuses to debate. An incumbent’s best strategy is to stay away from any unscripted challenges, and simply float to reelection on free media and piles of cash. That’s worked for him and many other entrenched congress-critters for years now.But it shouldn’t be tolerated.You’d never think of hiring a janitor without interviewing the applicants face-to-face. Should hiring a congressman be so much less important and rigorous than hiring janitors?The job of US Congressman is important enough that there should be serious, in-depth and in-person job interviews with tough questions and non-scripted answers. Voters should see what their options really are; not just the crafted “message” and marketing that special interest money buys.Elections are the power of peaceful revolution. We certainly need such a revolution. But that precious power of peaceful change requires information; it’s quality and quantity should be commensurate to the importance of the job at hand.I’m the Libertarian candidate for District 8 US House of Representatives, and I’d like you to know what ALL your options are. So I encourage all citizens of the 8th District, and challenge my fellow candidates, to public job interviews.I propose one public forum and/or debate in each of District 8’s counties; with at least three televised debates. I propose the format discourages canned speeches and maximizes public interaction. And of course I propose that these forum/debates include all candidates who will be on the ballot in 2014; whether the incumbent refuses to participate, or not.It’s a societal shame that the debates, public forums and media coverage of the past have all but disappeared, and that the information needed to make better choices has become hard to obtain. Voters need better information. It’s time voters demand it.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail