JED and RSF press for release of Burundian journalist held in DRC

first_img Journalist in Danger (JED) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wrote to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s minister of justice and human rights, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, on 11 August asking him to intercede personally and urgently to obtain the release of Egide Mwemero, a Burundian journalist who has been detained in the DRC for the past ten months. Egide Mwemero works as a technician for Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), a Burundian radio station that has been banned from operating by the Burundian authorities since April 2015. He is currently being held in a completely illegal manner in Makala prison in the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa. News Credit : Bujumbura News Agency /Egide Mwemero Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian August 17, 2016 JED and RSF press for release of Burundian journalist held in DRC The letter – copies of which were sent to the DRC’s president and prime minister and to the head of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC – calls on Mwamba to put a stop to the stalling tactics being used by the prosecutor’s office to keep Egide Mwemero in detention. After expressing outrage at the way Mwemero has been held incommunicado for ten months in various detention centres operated by the security services in the eastern DRC and in Kinshasa, the letter provides the justice minister with a summary of all that this journalist has undergone. Mwemero arrived in Uvira, a Congolese city near the Burundian border, on 13 October 2015 on a three-day assignment to assist RPA’s partnership with the Uvira-based radio station Le Messager du Peuple. He was outside the radio station with two Congolese journalists when members of the DRC’s intelligence services arrived and, after greeting the two Congolese journalists by name, arrested all three. They released the two Congolese journalists later the same day but not Mwemero although he had entered the country legally and although he had his Burundian passport and a copy of this three-day assignment order on him. After being transferred to the city of Bukavu on 1 November 2015, he was handcuffed and put on a boat going to the city of Goma the next day. The day after that, he was flown to Kinshasa. During all this time, he remained in the custody of military intelligence. From 3 November 2015 to 28 April 2016 – for nearly seven months – he was held in a detention centre operated by the DMIAP (a military intelligence unit). After representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) found him there – with almost no clothes and without the right to wash – he was quickly taken to the military prosecutor-general’s department. From there, he was transferred on 30 April to Ndolo military prison, where he remained until 28 May, when he was secretly moved to Makala central prison. He continues to be held there in Cell 21 of Wing 1. On 9 June, the prosecutor’s office at the appeal court of the Kinshasa district of Gombe opened a case file (RMP 83310/KAD) in which Mwemero was accused of “espionage”. An investigating judge questioned Mwemero in Makala prison on 23 July. Two charges were cited at this hearing, not only “espionage” but also “entering the country illegally”, a charge that had not been mentioned before. It was clear from this hearing that Mwemero had provided no information to an enemy country and that his trip to Uvira complied with the regulations laid down by the DRC’s General Directorate for Migration. The prosecutor’s office therefore concluded that no charges could be brought against Mwemero. “Curiously, instead of releasing Mwemero, the prosecutor’s office staged a U-turn and sent the case to the High Military Court of Gombe,” the letter says. “This decision by the prosecutor’s office constitutes a denial of justice and a violation of one of the basic principles of law, non bis in idem, under which no one may be tried twice for the same cause.” The letter concludes: “No one seems to be concerned about Egide Mwemero’s continuing ordeal. For this reason, JED and RSF are turning to you, the Minister of Justice, to protest against his illegal detention and to ask you to intercede personally to end the stalling tactics to which this journalist is being subjected by the prosecutor’s office and the High Military Court of Gombe after more than ten months in detention.” The DRC is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. February 16, 2021 Find out more February 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression center_img February 24, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Organisation to go further Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Receive email alertslast_img read more

How Nick Mariano is adjusting to playing midfield for first time since 2007

first_imgNick Mariano didn’t feel comfortable at midfield even after practicing there throughout the fall. He spent all but three days in Syracuse over Winter Break to work out, but still felt unstable. With three weeks left until the season, he was still learning.Nineteen days before Syracuse’s season opener against Siena, which will come on Saturday, the new position felt more natural.“For some reason I just got really comfortable with the offense and defense,” Mariano said of the turning point of his preseason adjustments. “Obviously I’m still a little shaky on defense but offensively I thought I was starting to click better and starting to know my role.”Mariano said he hasn’t played much at midfield since he was in sixth grade in 2007, when Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and just months before the first iPhone would be released. Throughout middle school, throughout high school and when he led Massachusetts the past two seasons with 51 goals and 30 assists, all he played was attack.Since transferring to Syracuse, Mariano has shown to coaches the offensive prowess to contribute right away, but he’s still learning how to stick with opposing midfielders on rides after turnovers and play defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s one of the things we’ll work on,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We’d like him by the end of the season to be capable (on defense), but for now, we’re focusing on getting him off the field as quick as possible.”While Mariano is working out the kinks at midfield, Desko said he could also see time at attack and has been practicing at both spots leading up to the season. At attack, Mariano developed a niche for canning goals with lefty rips from just beyond goal-line extended. As he’d curl around from behind the net, he’d slip the ball into tight windows. Midfielder Tim Barber said he saw improvement from Mariano throughout January as he developed other moves. Barber said Mariano appears less hesitant to shoot and has been working on his new skills.“That just gives him the confidence to know he can shoot from the outside and shoot on the run,” Barber said, “which is a lot different from what he’s seen in the past at UMass.”In a scrimmage against No. 10 Brown on Saturday, Mariano caught a pass near the top of the restraining box. He wound up with the stick in his left hand and fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal.It was his first and only goal in SU’s three preseason scrimmages, but, if only for just one play, provided a glimpse at the offensive firepower he can bring to the Orange.Mariano is just the next player to follow a trend of Syracuse attacks converting to midfield. Two years ago, Derek Maltz and Billy Ward moved to midfield. Last year, Nicky Galasso scored 45 points from the midfield, the most on SU from someone outside of the starting attack line.A player with the dodging skills of an attack could take advantage of being guarded by a short stick instead of a long pole.“Hopefully it stays that way the rest of the season and I still have success,” Mariano said of being defended by short sticks. “It’s nice knowing I don’t have to get guarded by the No. 1 guy and get slid to every time I touch the ball.”As of now, Mariano’s switch to midfield is still a work in progress, but his offense isn’t the problem.And while he hadn’t started feeling comfortable defensively until three weeks before the season starts, he’s turning the corner just in time.“It was a big learning curve,” Mariano said. “… I think I’m starting to adjust each week, and I’m trying to get better every day and just help the team as best I can.” Comments Published on February 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more