Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes CBS radio’s resumption of normal broadcasting at 9:30 a.m. on 23 October after being closed for a year. Its return to the air turns the page on the government’s closure of four radio stations amid rioting in Kampala in September 2009.The press freedom organization nonetheless remains concerned about the climate for the media in Uganda. After the murders of two journalists last month in still unclear circumstances and other cases of physical violence and intimidation, we urge the authorities to do everything possible to protect the media and respect free speech in the run-up to next February’s elections.CBS and three other stations, Suubi FM, Radio Two Akaboozi Kubiri and Radio Sapienta, were shut down in September 2009 amid rioting that caused dozens of deaths. Accusing them of “inciting revolt,” the authorities claimed they had encouraged supporters of the king of the traditional kingdom of Buganda to attack members of the Ankole ethnic group, to which president Yoweri Museveni belongs. The stations denied the charge.CBS was the last for the four stations to resume broadcasting. The others managed to get the suspension order lifted more quickly.More information Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more October 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CBS radio station allowed to resume broadcasting after year-long closure Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election UgandaAfrica Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily January 13, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en to go further News Follow the news on Uganda March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information UgandaAfrica News
Commentary: Journalism Education Not Immune From Anti-Media RhetoricBy Ryan GuntermanTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – One’s first, professional press credential is something that is celebrated in the world of student journalism. For many, the feeling is an emotional combination of Christmas morning, a surprise birthday party and the season premiere of their favorite Netflix show.As a journalism educator of 15 years, the thrill of seeing this joy was equally as fulfilling. Therefore, it was a moment of celebration when both the Clinton and Obama campaigns approved access for several of my students during the 2008 Indiana Primary. In 2016, the enthusiasm was replaced with fear when the Trump campaign granted similar privileges to one of my high school seniors.This emotional 180 had nothing to do with politics. My students have covered candidates of both parties at the local, state and national levels. Not once did I hesitate in encouraging them to do so.Until 2016, when the safety and wellbeing of the young adult for which I was responsible could not be guaranteed due to one, five-letter word on her lanyard.Attacks on the media do not discriminate between those journalists who are working toward the honor roll or Pulitzer Prize. President Trump does not inform his crowds and Twitter legion that a high school diploma is required to be the “enemy of the people.” There’s not a minimum print circulation or Nielsen rating to be labeled “fake news.”“The dirty war on the free press” targets all in the field. Including our children.While the motivation behind this “war” is to discredit accurate information and credible journalists, its casualties are increasingly becoming the very institutions responsible for preventing the journalistic falsities President Trump claims to despise.The Indiana High School Press Association has championed the core values of truth, courage, integrity and freedom since 1922, and the state’s scholastic journalism programs have a long history of adhering to those very principles. Hoosiers should be proud to know the top middle and high school media outlets can be found right here, and our academic standards for journalism, publications, and mass media courses are a national model.However, the anti-media message that had been reserved for CNN and The Washington Post is now being utilized to discredit, and even suppress, Indiana’s young reporters. Examples of school administrators and community leaders engaged in the restriction of classroom press freedom can be found from Evansville to Fort Wayne, New Albany to Gary, Richmond to Terre Haute and every region in between.This opposition even made its way into the Statehouse during the recent legislative session. When the House defeated a bill to protect the First Amendment rights of student journalists for the second, consecutive year, one heard the phrase “fake news” echoing on the chamber floor.While explaining why his fellow representatives should join him to deny freedom of the press within Indiana school hallways, Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, said the legislation was an effort “to make the school look the same way as these people that write about the fake news on a daily basis.”Following his remarks, a bill that was approved 88-4 by the very same elected officials in 2017 failed when it received 42 more “no” votes in 2018.However, students aren’t the only ones finding themselves caught up in a “war”, not of their own making. This conflict has also enveloped those adults responsible for molding the objective, fair information distributors for which the #MAGA crowd says it clamors.Indiana is one of the few states that requires educators leading journalism and student media courses to be certified in the area of study just as those who teach math and English. These teachers have trained experts and the foundation of the First Amendment.All of that importance and credibility is shattered by an angry, baseless accusation mimicked from the commander in chief.The lessons of responsible reporting and resolving a societal ill are rendered irrelevant. It is undone by the continuation of these fake news, “enemy of the people” talking points that advance an agenda so those in charge can “win” over those who should be holding them accountable.As a result, we have situations where journalists are being attacked, verbally and physically, and large segments of the public are more likely to believe false information from someone in power rather than the truth via those who are not.The most-skilled, beloved journalism teacher would find little success in countering these tactics when they originate from the community, students’ parents and even their own supervisors.What little hope does the truth have against such opposition?This isn’t 2008 anymore.FOOTNOTE: Ryan Gunterman is executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association and an editor with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Seismic services provider Polarcus has begun seismic surveys in the Neptune Energy-operated Petrel field, located in the Bonaparte Basin offshore Australia, which is the first substantial investment in Petrel for five years.Polarcus Asima seismic vessel; Source: PolarcusNeptune said on Wednesday that the study would expand the area of seismic data the company holds and significantly increase the quality and breadth of data to allow Neptune and its partners to plan for the future.Neptune, on behalf of the Petrel JV, has entered into a non-exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus, which is acquiring the Petrelex 3D seismic survey.Neptune Energy Australia Managing Director, Janet Hann, said: “The Bonaparte Basin presents exciting growth opportunities for Neptune, and Petrel may play a significant role in our future aspirations for the area. We look forward to working closely with our partners as we deepen our knowledge of Petrel in order to define the potential for further development.”Polarcus secured approval for an Environmental Plan allowing acquisition of new 3D multi-client data to be acquired across the field.The Polarcus Asima vessel began the campaign on November 30 and will continue into late January 2020, subject to operational conditions, covering 2,900 Km2 of territory. Data from the survey will be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.Neptune holds 54% of the project and alongside its partners Santos (40.25%) and Beach Energy (5.75%) is investing in new broadband technology over an expanded area in order to get a better understanding of the significant potential resources that Petrel holds.Bonaparte basin map; Source: Neptune EnergySpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.