Government still blocking search for journalist Guy-André Kieffer 100 days after disappearance

first_imgNews RSF_en Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Organisation Reports Reporters Without Borders today accused Ivorian officials of continuing to obstruct investigation of the disappearance and apparent kidnapping of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer as the chief witness in the case claimed finance minister Paul-Antoine Bohoun Bouabré was involved. Reporters Without Borders today accused the Ivorian government of “still doing all it can to ensure the truth never emerges” about the April disappearance of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer and said impunity remained the rule in Côte d’Ivoire. The promise to the journalist’s family that everyone involved in the case could be questioned had been broken and was “just a trick to appease international public opinion,” it said.Kieffer, 54, a French-Canadian freelance economics reporter based in Abidjan since early 2002 and writing for the Paris-based newsletter La Lettre du Continent and several Ivorian publications, was last seen in an Abidjan shopping-centre on 16 April – 100 days ago on July 25. Married with two children, he had worked for the French business daily La Tribune from 1984 until he came to Côte d’Ivoire.Despite the government’s obstruction, Ivorian and French investigators have made some progress. Michel Legré, brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife Simone and the last person to see the journalist alive, implicated finance minister Paul-Antoine Bohoun Bouabré when he appeared recently before Judge Patrick Ramaël, the chief French investigator. He said the minister personally handed him an envelope containing one million CFA francs (1,500 euros) just a few hours after Kieffer disappeared.The judge has established that Legré, currently in jail in Abidjan in connection with the case, returned to the shopping centre hours after the disappearance and then went to the airport, where Kieffer’s car was found in the car-park three weeks later.Ramaël has complained to his Ivorian opposite number, Judge Koffi Kouadio, that the authorities have not allowed him to question two soldiers mentioned by Legré, on grounds that their superiors could not find them. Mrs Gbagbo’s security chief, Anselme Seka Yapo, and the president’s defence adviser, Bertin Gahié Kadet, have also refused to be questioned by Ramaël. The French judge has also examined Kieffer’s computer, which Legré handed over to the authorities, and found it had been switched on a few minutes after the journalist disappeared and that several files had been opened. His mobile phone messages had also been checked at the same time. This suggests he may have been kidnapped in connection with his work.Judge Ramaël plans to go to Côte d’Ivoire for a third time in early September and will shortly make a new formal request to the authorities for permission to take evidence in connection with the case. July 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government still blocking search for journalist Guy-André Kieffer 100 days after disappearance October 29, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica News Help by sharing this information RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Côte d’IvoireAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Four Dead, Twelve Injured After Gunman Opens Fire Outside Of The BPM Festival

first_imgIt is with a heavy heart that we report on the tragedy at The BPM Festival, a ten-day dance music event taking place in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The festival’s final day was marked by sadness, as a lone gunman opened fire outside of the Blue Parrot nightclub and killed four people, injuring 12 more in the process as well.The BPM Festival is known as one of the elite destination events in the electronic music scene, as artists from all around the world flock to the shores of the Mayan Riviera for music, beach life, and tropical explorations. This heartbreaking event occurred just outside one of the nightclubs hosting a BPM event, as part of the fest’s 10th anniversary.The festival released the following statement about the tragic incident:It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured. The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.The BPM Festival Familia~~~Es con mucha tristeza que compartimos los reportes confirmados de la policía que las acciones de un sujeto solitario en Blue Parrot hace unas horas, resultaron en sucesos fatales con cuatro fallecidos y doce heridos. Este acto de violencia inició en Calle 12 frente al club y tres miembros del equipo de seguridad de BPM están entre esas vidas que perdimos, mientras trataban de proteger a los asistentes en el interior de la sede.The BPM Festival ha estado trabajando en estrecha colaboración con las autoridades locales (Seguridad Pública / Policía Turística) durante el festival, para asegurar el bienestar de todos los asistentes. Estamos conmovidos con el dolor de este acto de violencia sin sentido, y cooperando plenamente con la policía local y funcionarios del gobierno a medida que continúan su investigación.Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con todas las víctimas y sus familias y todos aquellos afectados por estos trágicos acontecimientos.La familia The BPM FestivalOur heart goes out to the loved ones of each and every victim of this attack, as well as everyone who lived through this horrific experience.last_img read more

Wisconsin returns to form in 3-0 rout

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team returned to its winning ways Wednesday night as it clawed past the Northwestern Wildcats 3-0 (30-17, 30-27, 30-19).Bouncing back against Northwestern from last Saturday’s defeat by the No. 4-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions was essential for the Badgers not only to prove there was no hangover left from the loss, but also as part of its goal to win the Big Ten conference.Recovering from the Penn State loss had an added importance for senior co-captains Sheila Shaw and Aubrey Meierotto, who both posted negative hitting percentages in the Penn State match.Both Shaw and Meierotto got back on track Wednesday with 10 and nine kills, respectively.”[Bouncing back from the loss is] a good feeling,” Meierotto said. “It shows that our team, just because we did take that one loss, we’re not going to hang our heads about it. We’re going to take it as a learning experience and move on from there.””The team had time to get over that [loss],” head coach Pete Waite added. “We focused on what our goals are in getting better. We had a couple of good practices and they came with more of an attitude and [were] very confident tonight.”UW got off to a fast start and never looked back following a 7-0 run in the first match, led by a number of Taylor Reineke kills and assisted blocks.Reineke finished the night with 10 kills and no errors on 19 attempts (.526 attacking percentage) and seven block assists — an impressive stat line. However, Reineke did it in a quiet manner behind Audra Jeffers’ team-high 15 kills.”That’s a great night, and often she does it in a silent way,” Waite said of Reineke’s performance. “She hurt [Northwestern]. She was a weapon offensively and a force blocking.”However, the Wildcats did give Wisconsin a challenge in the second game behind Brittney Aldridge’s seven kills.Northwestern pulled within two points at 28-26, but after a Wisconsin time out, the Badgers regrouped and put the game away with a kill each from Audra Jeffers and Maria Carlini.While Aldridge, one of the more consistent attackers in the Big Ten (third in the conference, with a hitting percentage of .363), led Northwestern in a close game two, Wisconsin limited her to only two other kills in the match.Courtnie Paulus led the Wildcats with a team-high 13 kills on a number of drop shots that caused problems for Wisconsin.”I think we adjusted between games two and three,” Waite said. “We changed our defense a little bit to put people in those spots, and they didn’t [get those dump shots off] after that. They didn’t succeed after that.””It wasn’t hard,” Reineke added. “They’re usually very active at the net with dumping and we were ready for that because we practiced it.”Another adjustment Wisconsin had to make was in its defense versus the unorthodox offense that Northwestern head coach Keylor Chan runs for the Wildcats.With two setters — one in the back row and one in front — Northwestern’s style of offense is definitely uncommon. However, the Badgers had no problems at all against it in the three-game rout.”I didn’t think it was too difficult,” Waite said. “[Their offense was] different, but not too hard.””Our serving was good enough that we kept them off the net so that [setter Stephanie] Jurivich wasn’t able to score,” Waite added.The Badgers got back on track in game three after a somewhat shaky game two, finishing off Northwestern with a 30-19 win.Game three was ample opportunity for some of Wisconsin’s bench to see action, as Katie Lorenzen relieved Jackie Simpson at setter and recorded 15 assists.Amanda Berkley also saw more minutes in the back row, as she was able to dig seven balls, and freshman outside hitter Morgan Salow recorded the game-winning kill.Wisconsin has only one day of practice before it tips off against Indiana Friday at the UW Field House. Waite will be seeking his 100th Big Ten win, and Meierotto needs nine kills to reach 1,000 for her career.last_img read more