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RSF concerned about reporter missing in Tanzania

first_img Reports December 7, 2017 RSF concerned about reporter missing in Tanzania Gwanda is a correspondent of Tanzania’s leading Swahili-language newspaper, Mwananchi, and its English-language version, The Citizen, which are published by the Nation Media Group.In a statement issued by the publisher, his wife said that she last saw him on 21 November in a white Toyota Land Cruiser with two men, and that he seemed very frightened. Since then, no one has answered any of his three telephones.In recent months, Gwanda had been investigating a series of mysterious murders of policemen and local officials by men on motorcycles in the Pwani region, which lies just to the east of the Dar es Salaam region“We join the Nation Media Group in calling on the police to step up the investigation and do everything possible to locate this journalist,” RSF said. “The conditions in which the media operate in Tanzania have worsened, partly because of the government’s behaviour, and ensuring that this kind of attack does not go unpunished is essential to avoid undermining journalism as whole.”The climate for the media has declined in Tanzania since John Magufuli became president in 2015 and began adopting very critical positions towards the media. Tanzania is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceDisappearances to go further Azory Gwanda, photo Facebook TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceDisappearances RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Tanzania Receive email alertscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Tanzanian police to speed up their investigation into the disappearance of Azori Gwanda, a newspaper reporter who went missing in the eastern Pwani region two weeks ago. Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic News February 4, 2021 Find out more Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Help by sharing this information November 5, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Newslast_img read more

Vietnam to expand restrictions to fight avian flu

first_imgApril 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam will get rid of small live-poultry markets, cull ducks, and convert to factory-style farming in 15 cities and provinces to beat back the H5N1 avian influenza virus, under plans announced yesterday.An existing ban on poultry raising in Ho Chi Minh City will be extended to Hanoi, Hue and Danang, Quang Ninh, and the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho, among other places, according to a report published yesterday by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Free-range waterfowl breeding will be banned, the Agriculture Ministry announced.Poultry vaccinations will begin in August, and the program will expand to high-risk areas in early October, AFP reported. The estimated $6.3 million for each year of the 2-year program will be paid by the Vietnamese government.Compliance with the existing rules for containing avian flu has been spotty, according to a Bloomberg News story.A government report issued April 18 said poultry checks remain inconsistent at international borders, many farmers don’t know how to prevent flu among birds, dead poultry are not properly disposed of, and sick poultry continue to be consumed, according to the Bloomberg story. In Ho Chi Minh City, where poultry raising has been banned, chickens still roam freely, the story said.”The awareness of people and administration at all levels of the danger of the disease is not yet complete,” the report said. “The implementation of our laws on animal health is not yet serious, especially on reporting about the epidemic, trading, transportation, and the slaughter of poultry.”As Vietnam pushes for internal changes, Asian nations are emphasizing collaborations among countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended a 2-day conference in Bangkok today by pledging greater cooperation in fighting avian flu. Specifically, the conference emphasized developing vaccines, improving data-sharing, and defining public health responses, AFP reported.Asian countries should push harder to stockpile antiviral medication and develop vaccines, experts said.”Each individual country should develop their own bird flu vaccine, and we should not be preoccupied and worried about the infringement of intellectual property,” said Senator Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of Thailand’s senate foreign relations committee, as the conference wrapped up today.A World Health Organization (WHO) official emphasized speedy sharing of information.”Collaboration in research can lead to a better understanding of the problem, and this is important because this is an evolving or changing infectious agent,” the WHO’s Southeast Asia regional director, Samlee Plianbanghcang, told AFP. “The avian influenza virus can modify and change itself, so we need to be constantly updating, exchanging information between countries.”last_img read more