South Sudan: Juba Monitor founder Alfred Taban held by security services

first_img August 21, 2020 Find out more July 18, 2016 – Updated on September 27, 2016 South Sudan: Juba Monitor founder Alfred Taban held by security services August 25, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on South Sudan Receive email alerts News South SudanAfrica ImpunityImprisoned RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years RSF_en South SudanAfrica ImpunityImprisoned Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Alfred Taban, a well-known journalist who has been detained by South Sudan’s security services for the past two days. Help by sharing this information to go further News December 23, 2020 Find out more Taban and Ana Namiriano, the editor of the Juba Monitor newspaper, were summoned to the headquarters of the security services in Juba on 16 July. Namiriano was allowed to leave after questioning but Taban (who founded the Juba Monitor in 2000, when it was called the Khartoum Monitor) was detained without any formal charge being brought against him. His state of health is worrying and it is not known where he is being held. “We urge the South Sudanese authorities to free Alfred Taban without delay and to ensure that his rights are respected and that he has access to a doctor,” RSF said. “This leading journalist’s arrest constitutes yet another violation of media freedom in a country that has endured extensive violations of civil liberties since the start of the civil war.” Several sources said the arrest of Taban, who also heads the Association for the Development of Media in South Soudan (ADMISS), was a reprisal for his 15 July “Let us speak out” column where he criticised President Salva Kiir and Vice-president Riek Machar, for their role in the violent crisis that started on 7 July 2016 and has resulted in at least 300 dead. Since the start of this latest violence, in which hundreds of people have been killed and thousands displaced, officials have intensified repressive measures and the security services have imposed curbs on free movement. They had already been targeting journalists and human rights defenders in particular since the start of the year and many journalists are now in hiding. John Gatluak Manguet Nhial, a respected journalist who coordinated and reported for Radio Naath FM in Leer, was killed with complete impunity in Juba’s Terrain Hotel on 11 July, probably because he is a member of the Nuer ethnic group. South Sudan is ranked 140th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, having fallen 26 places since the start of the conflict. News News Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allenlast_img read more

Maquoketa Speedway to host June 1 Stead Family Children’s Hospital Night

first_imgFunds will be raised in Maquoketa, Trackside Promotion will be donating a portion of the front gate ticket sales, the Jackson County Fair Board will be donating percentage of the profit for the concessions and there will be a 50/50 raffle, along with a helmet collection by the drivers and their crews during intermission.  All former patients and their immediate family members will be admitted and seated in the reserved seating free of charge. Before the races start, the crowd will present the children with an in-person wave to honor them. T-shirts will be sold for this special event. Schrader will be racing an IMCA Modified that evening and at Dubuque Speedway on Sunday, June 2. Fans are encouraged to wear Hawkeye black and gold apparel. For more information, call Tom Feller at 563 357-2582 or Nick McCrady at 563 940-7841.center_img This will be the first major fundraiser since the opening of the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in 2017. MAQUOKETA, Iowa – On Saturday, June 1, Trackside Promotions will hold a special night of racing at Maquoketa Speedway. It is to be declared UIHC Stead Family Children’s Hospital Night with special guest Ken Schrader. Mr. Jerre Stead was born and raised in Maquoketa. Special attractions for the children will include bus rides and the Batmobile car rides provided by Robert “Junky” Garien and B&G Salvage. There will also be plenty of celebrating for the children being honored.last_img read more