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A return to previous levels of censorship feared

first_imgNews July 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A return to previous levels of censorship feared to go further April 16, 2020 Find out more Update : On July 25th, the defamation complaint towards Jean-Luc Rahaga and Solo Rabfiringa was withdrawn. The journalists were released and cheered by their colleagues, strongly mobilised since their arrest.——————————————————————————————–22.07.2014Two newspaper journalists have been held on defamation charges since yesterday for publishing a reader’s letter accusing government ministers of involvement in the trafficking of rosewood. Their arrest comes just weeks after a disturbing comments about media freedom by the president.The journalists are Jean-Luc Rahaga, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Madagascar Matin daily newspaper, and Didier Randriambinintsoa, one of his editors, who uses the names of Solo Rabefiringa and Didier Ramanoelina.Currently held in Antananarivo’s notorious Antanimora prison, they are due to appear in court at 1 p.m. tomorrow.“Putting two journalists in prison for defamation is disproportionate,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “How can you justify depriving them of their freedom just for publishing a letter? What threat to society do they pose ?”Kahn-Sriber added: “Such severity raises questions about a politically-motivated decision to jail them. It is disturbing to see Madagascar return to censorship’s darkest hours. We call for the immediate release of these two journalists, who have no place in prison.”Rahaga was summoned to the national gendarmerie’s criminal investigation department at 7:30 a.m. yesterday and was interrogated for several hours without interruption. “I haven’t eaten or drunk anything for the past seven hours,” he told Reporters Without Borders at one point yesterday.Randriambinintsoa was summoned “for reasons concerning him” a few hours after Rahaga. The case was transferred in the afternoon to the prosecutor’s office, which issued an order at around 6 p.m. for the two journalists’ arrest. Such speed is rare in the Madagascan judicial system and suggests political pressure to handle the case quickly.Their arrests are the result of a defamation complaint by several persons, including Rivo Rakotovao, the minister responsible for land infrastructure and planning, in connection with a reader’s letter published on 12 July accusing him, environment minister Anthelme Ramparany and trade minister Narson Rafidimanana of involvement in the trafficking of rosewood.The arrests seem to confirm that the climate for freedom of information has deteriorated since Héry Rajaonarimampianina’s election as president last December after a four-year political crisis. Earlier this month, the president said there were “limits” to press freedom and warned journalists to “be on their guard,” while the prime minister asked journalists to stop putting “difficult questions” to the president.Madagascar is ranked 81st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 30, 2021 Find out more Madagascar : Sabotage silences TV channel that criticized coronavirus measures November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information (photo : Jean-Luc Rahaga and Solo Rabefiringa intering in Antanimora prison ) Reports RSF_en MadagascarAfrica RSF urges Madagascar to let journalists cover Covid-19 freely MadagascarAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Madagascar News Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

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NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concepts, JPL Will Manage the Studies

first_img Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Science and Technology NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concepts, JPL Will Manage the Studies From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 18, 2016 | 11:52 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a commentcenter_img Community News NASA’s Mars Exploration Program includes two active rovers and three active orbiters. Concept studies have begun for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/USGSNASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Such a mission would continue key capabilities including telecommunications and global high-resolution imaging in support of the agency’s Journey to Mars.The companies contracted for these four-month studies are: The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, California; Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California; Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia; and Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California.“We’re excited to continue planning for the next decade of Mars exploration,” said Geoffrey Yoder, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.The concept studies will address how a potential new Mars orbiter mission could best provide communications, imaging and operational capabilities. They also will assess the possibilities for supporting additional scientific instruments and functionalities, in addition to optical communications. The orbiter concept under study would take advantage of U.S. industry’s technology capacities by using solar electric propulsion to provide flexible launch, mission and orbit capabilities.The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, an organization designed to provide input to NASA from the Mars research science community, published a report six months ago on recommended science objectives for a Mars orbiter. These studies will provide input for assessing the feasibility of addressing these objectives. NASA also is pursuing partnership interest in contributing to this potential mission.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, is managing the concept studies under the direction of the agency’s Mars Exploration Program.NASA is on an ambitious Journey to Mars that includes sending humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s. The agency’s robotic spacecraft are leading the way, with two active rovers, three active orbiters, the planned launch of the InSight lander in 2018, and development of the Mars 2020 rover.For more information about NASA’s Journey to Mars, visit https://www.nasa.gov/journeytomars 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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