RSF_en to go further News June 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated boycott of media group by government November 17, 2018 Find out more October 31, 2011 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts May 6, 2011 Find out more RSF condemns harsh penalties for online content in Mauritius News Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam launches blistering attack on independent media MauritiusAfrica MauritiusAfrica Follow the news on Mauritius News Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the Mauritian government’s discriminatory behaviour towards La Sentinelle, the country’s leading media group. The latest example was the exclusion of La Sentinelle’s journalists from a news conference by the finance minister on 27 May, in a violation of the right of access to information. There have been various kinds of discriminatory measures since 2006.“The crisis in relations between the government and La Sentinelle, which has reached unprecedented proportions, is all the more surprising in a country with a long tradition of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It bears all the hallmarks of an attempt by the government to asphyxiate the media group in an act of political revenge.”The press freedom organisation added: “We condemn this behaviour by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who often boasts of his country’s modernity but in this case is reacting in a retrograde fashion.”La Sentinelle chairman Jean-Claude de l’Estrac told Reporters Without Borders: “The measures discriminating against us are not new. We have been subject to a systematic boycott by the authorities for the past four years. The harm that this is causing us is now assuming alarming proportions.”In the 27 May incident, police stationed outside the capital’s main government building were given orders to deny entry to journalists from L’Express and 5-Plus Dimanche, two of La Sentinelle’s publications. A Radio One journalist was told: “These journalists are not invited to the finance minister’s news conference and will be turned away if they come.”The political pressure was stepped up during the campaign for last May’s general elections, which returned the government to power. The prime minister, who accuses La Sentinelle of supporting the opposition, warned the editors of L’Express that they would pay the price.The threat began to be carried out as soon as the new government took office in May. A directive was issued to all the ministries, parastatal agencies and libraries to cancel subscriptions to L’Express, depriving La Sentinelle of a not insignificant part of its income.The political boycott of La Sentinelle began four years ago, after a series of critical articles and editorials in L’Express. Air Mauritius, in which the state has a majority stake, ceased in 2006 to make any of the group’s publications available on its flights. The same year, the prime minister told state information services to stop placing any advertising in La Sentinelle’s newspapers.La Sentinelle asked the supreme court on 31 May to issue an injunction preventing state officials from denying its journalists access to public events. The court refused to issue the injunction but has set a hearing for 7 June at which the government will be asked to explain its behaviour.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During his semi-annual report to Congress, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said the CFPB continues to look at its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt credit unions from its rulemaking and cited instances where the bureau has used some exemptions for small financial institutions.Several Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee questioned the director about a March 14 letter penned by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio). In the letter, a bipartisan group of 329 members of Congress called on the director to use the bureau’s authority to exempt credit unions from its rulemaking. continue reading »
“You never know in football. We need to bring the right profile, the right striker to help the team. It is impossible to guess in football.” Lyon forward Clinton N’Jie looks to be that man, with Spurs understood to be close to securing a reported £10million deal. “He is another player in the list, in the papers,” Pochettino said. “If you ask me if I know N’Jie, yes, I know N’Jie. He is a player who can play in different positions. “He is fast, he is a very good player who can play in different positions.” Mauricio Pochettino is not sure why it did not work out at Tottenham for Roberto Soldado, simply saying “football is not mathematics”. Having arrived two years ago among a clutch of post-Gareth Bale acquisitions, expectations were high as Spurs forked out what was a club-record fee that could have risen to £26million. However, Soldado failed to reach the heights he scaled during his time with Valencia and is now set to leave north London to return to his homeland. Press Association Sport understands a £10million move to Villarreal is in the offing for a player who managed just one Premier League goal last term. It ends a frustrating chapter for Soldado and those connected to Tottenham, whose head coach Pochettino found it difficult to explain why it did not work for the player in England. “I don’t know,” he said. “Football is not mathematics. “Sometimes there are a lot of reasons that are difficult to explain. I think it wasn’t easy for him to adapt his game in England at Tottenham.” The exit of Soldado and Pochettino’s admission that Emmanuel Adebayor has no future at White Hart Lane leaves Spurs worryingly light up front. It means Harry Kane is the sole out-and-out first-team striker at the club right now – a situation the Argentinian head coach plans to remedy by bringing in another centre-forward. “Sometimes you have five strikers like Liverpool last season and they were sixth in the table,” he said. “Harry Kane scored 31 goals and Adebayor score two and Soldado scored five. Press Association