News News Receive email alerts Organisation In response to a petition from the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ), the Constitutional Court has quashed certain provisions of the media law that was promulgated on 4 June 2013.The court’s ruling, issued on 7 January, invalidated articles providing for huge increases in fines and other penalties that could be imposed on journalists in an arbitrary manner.“While we obviously approve the suppression of these articles, we deplore the fact that other draconian provisions are still in effect, namely, those that force journalists to reveal their sources, restrict their investigative ability and reinforce the punitive powers of the National Communication Council (CNC),” Reporters Without Borders said.The Union of Burundian Journalists has also petitioned the East African Community’s Court of Justice, based in the Tanzanian city of Arusha.———————-04.06.2013 – New law’s promulgation sets Burundi back 20 years“This is a black day for freedom of information in Burundi,” Reporters Without Borders said after President Pierre Nkurunziza today promulgated the media law that parliament passed in April. “The country has gone backwards more than 20 years.”Reporters Without Borders campaigned for months against the law’s adoption by parliament and then against its promulgation by the president.The new law restricts journalists’ ability to do investigative reporting, weakens protection for sources, increases fines and requires all journalists to have a university degree regardless of their work experience. For more information about the new law, click here.More information about media freedom in Burundi:- Press releases- RWB country file——–07.05.2013 – Media law’s threat to freedom of informationReporters Without Borders wrote an open letter to President Pierre Nkurunziza today voicing concern about freedom of information in Burundi and asking him not to promulgate a media law that has been passed by the country’s parliament.The text of the letter follows:Dear President Nkurunziza,In the wake of World Press Freedom Day just three days ago, Reporters Without Borders urges not to promulgate the media law that parliament passed last month.Approved by the national assembly at the start of April and by the senate on 19 April, the proposed law is very controversial and comes at a difficult time for the Burundian media, a time exacerbated by Hassan Ruvakuki’s long detention and several serious physical attacks on journalists.You should not interpret the many objections that have been voiced by the media and international bodies as a sign of hostility towards your government’s actions in general. They just reflect a legitimate concern.By restricting your subjects’ accessibility to journalists and by drastically increasing the jail terms and fines for media offences, the proposed law would considerably limit investigative reporting and would probably increase self-censorship.With two years to go until the next national elections, its promulgation would have disastrous consequences for pluralism, transparency and democracy in general in Burundi.In this grave and decisive period, we therefore count on your goodwill.By preventing this law from taking effect, you will demonstrate your commitment to freedom of information. But if you promulgate it, you will send an extremely negative signal to your fellow citizens, the international community and all of Burundi’s partners.Our organization is convinced that you will display the required vision and allow the media to fully play their proper role, one that is so necessary for the vitality of democracies. I thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, to go further Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general RSF_en Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Follow the news on Burundi BurundiAfrica News Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more January 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Constitutional court quashes some articles, but not enough Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Help by sharing this information October 21, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa BurundiAfrica June 5, 2020 Find out more
September 27, 2020
Glenn Stanton – Christianity Today 13 July 2012Just 60 years ago, those who had stable employment were seldom poor. Forty years ago, education became the gulf which separated the haves from the have-nots. For the past 20 years or more, though, the unexpected factor in whether our neighbors and their children rise from poverty is marital status. Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institute, explains: “The proliferation of single-parent households accounts for virtually all of the increase in child poverty since the early 1970s.”The Christian’s attention to the well-being of marriage among the various strata of society is about far more than mere traditionalism or empty moralism. Marriage is unarguably a central love of neighbor issue.Bill Galston, a senior fellow at Brookings who served as President Clinton’s domestic policy advisor, has explained that an American today must only do three things to avoid living in poverty: graduate from high school, marry before having a child, and have children after age 20. Only 8 percent of people who do these three things are poor, while a stunning 79 percent who fail to meet these expectations live in poverty.Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute makes important observations of how marital status is related to poverty in his important new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010. In 1960, the poorly and moderately educated were only 10 percent less likely to be married than the 94 percent of college-educated Americans who were married. The comparison between the two groups largely held until 1978. Today, these two groups are separated by a 35 percent margin.http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/julyweb-only/seeing-family-as-a-social-justice-issue.html
September 24, 2020
Mary E. Flack, age 90, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born June 29, 1926 in Hancock County, Tennessee she was the daughter of the late John L. & Sirilda Jane (Middleton) Marcum. On September 14, 1946 she became the wife of Charles John Flack, and he preceded her in death on June 7, 1997.A homemaker, she was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church.Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene (Paul) George of Brookville, Indiana and Angela (Larry) Parmer of Shelbyville, Indiana; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry C. (Cheryl) Flack of Bluffton, Indiana; a sister, Lila Lee Fruits of Brookville, Indiana; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.Besides her parents & husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Addie Gilbert & Nan Long, and two brothers, Neil and Lon Marcum.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Her grandson, Jeremiah George, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1:00 P.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in Sims Cemetery in New Fairfield, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Flack family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
September 18, 2020
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Thirty-eight overs was all it took for Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ already slim chances of winning the Regional Four-Day Championship to vanish completely.Starting their rescheduled fourth round match against Barbados Pride 23 points behind leaders Guyana Jaguars in second and needing every available batting and bowling point in order to top the standings, the hosts were bundled out for 90 in their first innings.Their batting demise confirmed Jaguars as champions for a fifth straight season, with Leon Johnson’s side now holding an unassailable lead with 154.2 points, following the completion of their complement of matches last weekend.For Hurricanes, opener Montcin Hodge was the only batsman to pass 20 with 24 as fast bowler Keon Harding ripped through the innings with five for 29, to record his second five-wicket haul in his 10th first class outing.Test seamer Miguel Cummins supported with three for 24 while Jamaican pacer Marquino Mindley picked up two for 19.In reply, captain Shamarh Brooks stroked an unbeaten 79 as Pride finished on 154 for four to finish the day with a 64-run lead.Their highly-regarded top order failed to leave Barbados on 92 for four but Brooks and Test wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, on 28 not out, have so far posted 62 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand.Brooks, without a century this season, has faced 144 balls and struck 11 fours.Hurricanes had earlier lost Keacy Carty to the first ball of the encounter at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, caught at slip by Jonathan Carter off Cummins, and never really recovered.There was no sign of the pending collapse when Hodge and Devon Thomas (11) put on 36 for the second wicket – the highest stand of the innings – but once Harding had Thomas caught at backward square, Hurricanes slipped into terminal decline.
September 16, 2020
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell short yet again in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup against Virginia Monday night with a score of 49-37.The Virginia Cavaliers defense, schemed by coach Tony Bennett, is famous for holding teams to very few possessions and points. This is typically true for the Badgers as well, so it makes perfect sense that each of these teams were unable to score more than 50 points or even shoot 40 percent from the field.This was always going to be a defensive matchup and it proved to be exactly that. The Badgers shot a dismal 31 percent from the floor and made only three of their 20 three-point attempts, which makes it nearly impossible to win even if their defense plays stellar.Ethan Happ led the way for Wisconsin with 14 points on six of 10 shooting and added eight rebounds and a steal as well. The only other Badger to finish in double digits was D’Mitrik Trice, who had 10 points, but missed all five of his three point attempts. This was a difficult road matchup for Wisconsin, especially for the younger players who have never had to deal with a defense as tough as Virginia’s. With so few possessions available in a game as slowed down as this one, there is very little margin for error, and that is a lot to ask from players at this point in their careers.The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Devon Hall and Kyle Guy with 16 and 17 points, respectively. These were the only Virginia players to reach double digits in scoring. The Badgers did a great job of limiting Virginia offensively, but were unable to get the points themselves to actually take advantage of that.The Badgers move to 3-4 on the season and have now dropped three of their last four games, all to ranked teams. If they are going to seriously contend for making the NCAA Tournament, they are going to need to start gelling because there are only so many opportunities to get quality wins over the course of a season.The Badgers will get a great chance to redeem themselves and show what they are capable of in a game against Ohio State Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center at 4 p.m. The game will be available to stream on FOX, immediately before the Big Ten Championship football game.