Journalist to be tried for photographing police breaking up meeting

first_img October 27, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist to be tried for photographing police breaking up meeting CameroonAfrica CameroonAfrica News RSF learned on 15 September that Fotso was being held at judicial police headquarters in Yaoundé after being arrested while trying to take photos at an NGO-organized workshop on democracy that was deemed to be illegal and was cut short by the police.Fotso said he took out his camera to take photos of the scuffles between the police and the workshop’s organizers and participants, but did not take part himself. “It was at this point that the mass of policemen turned on me, confiscated my camera and took me by force to the police station,” he told RSF.“We call on the authorities to drop the charges against the journalist François Fogno Fotso,” said Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles. “The Cameroonian authorities must stop trying to intimidate media personnel.”The National Council for Communication (CNC), which regulates in media in Cameroon, is the only entity with authority to punish journalists who violate the country’s media legislation. RSF has nonetheless noted several cases of journalists being treated abusively by the security forces since the start of 2015. Such behaviour constitutes a grave violation of media freedom in Cameroon, which is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Cameroonian authorities to drop all proceedings against François Fogno Fotso, a reporter and publisher of the newspaper Génération Libre, who is to be tried tomorrow in Yaoundé on charges of disobeying the police and “rebellion.” RSF_en Follow the news on Cameroon Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Receive email alerts May 19, 2021 Find out more News News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Japan mulls turning helicopter destroyer into F-35B carrier

first_img View post tag: Izumo-class Share this article View post tag: F-35B Japan is considering turning one of its helicopter destroyers into a “multi-purpose aircraft carrier” as part of a review of the country’s National Defense Program Guidelines, Japan’s defense minister Takeshi Iwaya has confirmed.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the defense minister said the country is evaluating plans to convert one of its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into platforms capable of accommodating fighter jets.While the defense minister did not confirm, the plan would likely include F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) stealth jets.Japan already has a number of F-35A (the conventional takeoff and landing variant) on order and is preparing to procure another 100 F-35 jets. According to a Nikkei report which cited anonymous sources, the order would include both short take-off and conventional take-off variants.The Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces’ two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers measure 248 meters in length and currently operate 9 helicopters. Should they be converted for the operation of F-35B jets, the ships would have to receive a special thermion coating which would protect the flight deck from the temperatures created by F-35B thrusters.The US Navy is currently in the process of upgrading its 258-meter Wasp-class amphibious assault ships for F-35B operations. An F-35B jet flying from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Essex recently became the first F-35B ever to conduct a combat strike as it provided ground clearance operations in Afghanistan.Japan would receive an aircraft carrier for the first time the since World War II should the defense ministry go ahead with plans of converting one of its helicopter destroyers.center_img Photo: JMSDF file photo of helicopter destroyer JS Izumo View post tag: JMSDFlast_img read more

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