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Al Jazeera is demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo.

Posted by African Press International on July 4, 2013

Serious development as the Egyptian Armed Forces removes the democratically elected president Mr Morsi. Many people, especially those belonging the Muslim Brotherhood, are being rounded up.
Other cruel things happening is as follows:
Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr managing director is being held 

Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast equipment has been seized

•APTN ordered to withhold feed from Al Jazeera channels

Al Jazeera management is now demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo.

Egyptian forces raided Al Jazeera premises overnight. 28 Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr staff members were detained, with most released later. The channel’s managing director Ayman Gaballah and Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast engineer Ahmad Hasan remain in custody however.

In the latest development, Associated Press Television News has been ordered to deny Al Jazeera channels access to their live services. Cairo News Company (CNC) has also been told to withhold access to broadcast equipment such as SNGs.

Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, condemned the moves:

“Ayman and Ahmad must be released unharmed immediately. Media offices should not be subject to raids and intimidation. Journalists should not be detained for doing their jobs.

“There are big events taking place in Egypt and the world tunes in to Al Jazeera at times like these. The viewing public will not accept being cut-off from news and information. Regardless of political views, the Egyptian people expect media freedoms to be respected and upheld.

Al Jazeera management is grateful to all the media organisations giving themr support on these matters.

It is no doubt that Al Jazeera has always reported comprehensively in Egypt, even in difficult circumstances. They say they will continue to do that with their usual approach of encompassing all opinions with accuracy, balance and fairness.



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Army must ensure security and defend democracy in Egypt

Posted by African Press International on July 4, 2013

Norway regrets that the political process did not lead to a broadly supported solution for Egypt and that the army finally intervened, removed President Morsi from power and suspended the constitution. Norway has consistently encouraged President Morsi and the opposition to find solutions to the country’s major challenges through a broad and inclusive process. We must acknowledge the fact that they have not succeeded,” commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. 

“Norway gives its full support to the democratisation process in Egypt. It is vital that a civilian government is rapidly formed and that the process towards democratic elections is started. All groups in Egyptian society must be included in the time ahead.

“The army is now responsible for ensuring stability, safeguarding the civilian population and preventing violence. The obligation to protect the population applies to all groups. I would particularly warn against imprisoning politicians. No one is served by political repression or violent confrontations,” said Mr Eide.

Like many other countries, Norway has given its full support to the development of an Egyptian democracy and has expressed its view that the outcome of democratic elections must be respected. Over the last year, the parties have not reached agreement on fundamental aspects of democracy. Norway has therefore cooperated with both the regime and the opposition in an attempt to find a political solution to the growing conflict.

“Norway upholds the right of the Egyptian people to demonstrate in support of their views. A broad popular and democratic movement is entitled to be heard. I would warn all concerned against an intensification of the already serious situation as this could further deepen divisions,” said Mr Eide.




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Kenya: A need to unite leaders who have betrayed Luhya unity

Posted by African Press International on July 4, 2013


Youth leader in Kenya Rashid Mohamed who recently hit headlines over alleged financing Busia and Bungoma county attack has accused Ford Kenya nominated Member of Parliament Patrick Wangamati and former Member of Parliament Burudi Nabwera for betraying Luhya unity.

Speaking in Kakamega where he met the youth, Rashid said he is going to join hands with youthful politicians in the region to run Luhya politics.

The prominent businessman cum youth leader said he will have to work with Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, former Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo and former National Assembly speaker Kenneth Marende. He further added that he is calling for his endorsement as a youth leader to restore luhya unity.”It is time to drop elders like Wangamati who have killed luhya unity and bring together youth with development ambitions” said Rashid.

According to Rashid, Western Region has been torn apart due to poor leadership from selfish politicians.

He said when elected to be luhya spokesman, he will prioritise the youth in development, education, peace, infrastructure and luhya votes going to one basket.

The meeting brought together over 200, youth and Cyrus Jirongo who promised to support the youthful politician to steer the region’s politics.



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Kenya: Crackdown on drugs and illicit brew

Posted by African Press International on July 4, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal in Kenya

KISUMU County Commissioner Lorna Odero has today directed the district commissioners to crack down drug and illicit brew peddlers in the county.

Odero asked the DCs to make their areas drug free and warn of any laxity to arrest those involved.

She also orders the police in the county to ensure thorough inspections of public vehicles and suspected cars that are used to ferry the drugs and alcohol.

“I have instructed all the security agents in the county to deal strictly with cases of drugs,” she said.

Odero also warned those chiefs alleged to be colluding with changaa brewers and remind them of their responsibilities.

The county boss said the county recorded high usage of alcohol and drugs nationally and called all the chiefs to apprehend all the dealers.

Odero also warned the DCs and chiefs who are reluctant in fighting the drug peddlers in their areas saying they risk loosing their jobs.

“We cannot sit back and watch our youths being rendered useless by people with vested interest,” Odero stated.

She further asked young people in the county to desist from drugs and engage in productive activities.

The administrator urged members of the public to be vigilant and volunteer information to police to apprehend those involved in drugs.

This comes just a day when Kisumu West DC, Gilbert Kittyo impounded over 700 litres of illicit brew in Sunga village.

The brew included changaa and molasses which they poured down and intercepted the equipment that they use in brewing.

Kittyo warned the chiefs in his area that they will face stern action if they fail to eradicate the drug menace.

“I will sack those chiefs who fail to perform their duties before I am sent packing by my bosses,” he warned.




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