“I haven’t lost hope”

first_img Follow the news on Zimbabwe News Organisation August 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “I haven’t lost hope” Reports ZimbabweAfrica Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica to go further RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img September 1, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail November 12, 2020 Find out more News Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell Founded in 1999, The Daily News had a circulation of 150,000 when it was banned in September of 2003, the year it won the Reporters Without Borders / Fondation de France prize.After a two-year legal battle, the Media and Information Commission (MIC) refused on 18 July 2005 to let The Daily News reappear, although the supreme court had ruled that the ban was illegal.Forty-five of The Daily News’ journalists are to be tried on 12 October for working without official accreditation. They face two years in prison.Nkomo is both editor of The Daily News and executive chairman of the company that publishes it, Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ). He has been having the worst period in his career since The Daily News and its Sunday edition, Daily News On Sunday, were banned.__________________________________________________ “I haven’t lost hope””I am not surprised that we were shut down. We were radical in our reporting, as we were supposed to be. Those that shut us down were cowards who could not stand constructive criticism. The bunch that shut down The Daily News will soon come to an end and The Daily News will bounce back on the streets again.I have ceased to estimate a time as to when the paper will come back, but all I am saying is I will remain here as the boss of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) until the papers are back on the streets. It could be a few months or a few years, but I will still be here.I have had to endure heart-breaking years as the chief executive officer of ANZ but if the head loses hope, then the body loses hope. I have not lost hope. I have the responsibility to keep hopes high. I still think that The Daily News will hit the streets again one day. As I said, that day is not far away. Evil cannot continue to rule indefinitely.Since the closure of both The Daily News and Daily News On Sunday on 12 September 2003, we have spent Z$10 billion (182,000 Euros) on legal fees and costs related to the closure of the two titles. Our majority shareholder, Strive Masiyiwa, has financed us during the last 2 years. When the papers were shut down, he promised to continue supporting and funding us for two years and sadly, the two years are now up, without us getting the paper back on the streets. We have no option but to go back to him to support us in our battle to get a license. It might be a case of him drip-feeding us, as he has other commitments elsewhere.We have filed two cases in the Administrative Court and the High Court. It is unbelievable. I would like to put it this way: it is not a question of our believing or not believing in the judicial system in Zimbabwe. Even if I did not have confidence in the judicial system, I would still go there. There is no option. This judicial system is the only one we have. It is like our country, Zimbabwe. It is our one and only Zimbabwe. You cannot substitute it for another country.I am much saddened by the fact that we have had to lay off 167 workers including journalists as a result of this protracted legal battle. But I believe all those who worked for both The Daily News and Daily News On Sunday are burning in their hearts with the desire to come back and “tell it as it is.” That was our slogan at The Daily News – Telling It As It Is. Those workers who have been laid off know it was not our desire to do this, but the government’s. Once the papers are back, they will come back. Right now we have lost two floors of offices consisting both editorial and marketing, as a result of the MIC decision not to give us a licence. But a new dawn is close. When we come back we will be much stronger and more committed. Even some of our journalists, who are now residents outside the country, will come back and make The Daily News what it was. This is not far from being achieved. If God is for us, then we do not see those that are against us prevailing for long.” last_img read more

The Use of Psychological Operations by Organized Crime

first_img Despite the fact that organized crime did not have combat power to fight against the Brazilian Army during the pacification of the Alemão and Penha shanty towns, the perpetrators continued to promote hostile actions throughout the entire occupation, especially in the psychological operations field. Communist revolutionaries introduced the techniques, tactics and procedures used by Brazil’s organized crime in this irregular warfare during the 60s in Cuba, China, Albania, and other Iron Curtain countries. Later, the Brazilian guerrilla Carlos Marighela summarized it by writing the Mini Manual of the Urban Guerrilla (1969), known and currently used by the major terrorist and criminal organizations in the world. These lessons were disseminated when members of the armed struggle and common criminals were placed in the same cells inside the Ilha Grande penitentiary, in the early 70s. The Comando Vermelho (Red Command) was born from the symbioses between politicians and common criminals, which was the first organized crime gang in Brazil. Currently, it has international connections with several segments of transnational narcoterrorism, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC). During the pacification of some slums in Rio de Janeiro, it was possible to observe psychological actions directed at several different public audiences in the scenario: the Army troops, the criminals themselves, the local communities and the general public. Similarly, what is known as white, gray, and black propaganda was developed throughout the operation. In the beginning, graffiti on walls was removed by the troops prior to the pacification. However, new drawings and paintings praising the criminal gang and the initials of their main leaders were found in other places, displaying acronyms referring to the Comando Vermelho. More graffiti, including drawings and sentences mocking the actions of the Army, showed up during intervals between patrols. During very tense situations, and taking advantage of riots, banners and posters that were prepared in advance showed up, giving the impression that the mob had been grouped to increase the effect and visibility of the material. There were also very well written pamphlets along with the banners, manipulating and distorting the facts, and trying to create mistrust in the Pacification Force. The Comando Vermelho filmed and still films their actions during conflicts and then they edit the videos, showing the Brazilian forces supporters as targets along with negative images of the Police or Armed Forces, and dissatisfaction of the population because of the social exclusion of the slums. These videos have captions and music in the background, which praise organized crime. After they are ready, they are posted on YouTube and other Internet sites, even on social networks. The criminals also resort to diffusing rumors to threaten the troops and their collaborators through the community, simulating radio conversations (aware they are being monitored). They emphasize strength or association to terror by wrapping the drugs they traffic in specific ways. Besides clearly showing the contents, they use slogans such as “Libyan rebels”, “Somali corner”, “Respect the crime”, or “Missile launcher”. They always have the initials CVRL for the Portuguese acronym of Comando Vermelho Rogério Lengruber, the founder of the group, and some include an image of a drug dealer or a weapon. Maintaining the law of silence in the community is enforced through terror. The drug dealers who have criminal records with the Police have left the area, but those with a clean record remain in the community, fostering small volume illegal activities directed mainly at the local consumers. The collaborators of the Armed Forces have to be very discrete, with the risk of being “brought to justice” by the criminals. There are many rudimentary studios that produce low quality music with extremely vulgar language, praising explicit sex, organized crime, and depreciating the Police or the Army. These songs are very popular inside the slums and they are used to promote the moral degradation of the community to strengthen the criminals and to provoke the supporters of the forces. Though constantly repressed, it is often difficult to identify where the sound comes from inside the labyrinth of alleys and streets in a slum with a perimeter of 10 miles and 400,000 residents. At times, in the middle of the night, pre-set triggers were prepared in homemade devices with a timer to set parked vehicles on fire, but they were neutralized before being detonated. In other instances, barricades were prepared to stop or create obstacles for police vehicle traffic. These actions used to be very well planned because they had many people involved. Some spotters (watchdogs) were spread out in the neighborhood, monitoring the movement of the troops, and using mobile phones to talk or to send text messages, or even 2-way radios. Because of the great number of people benefitting from drug trafficking (vigilantes, salesmen, security guards, wrappers/prepares, carriers, among others), these activities were used to systematically create chaos and to wear down the troops, promoting fights, disobedience, and resistance to order. Normally, women, pregnant women, the elderly, and children who supported the illegal activities formed a barrier to protect the criminals against the troops by causing disturbances, exchanging aggressive words, or throwing different types of objects. This situation used to be extremely delicate, even for the use of non-lethal weapons (pepper spray, rubber ammunition, and others), because most of the time there were people ready to record these actions on tape and to dissipate the images to the media. In many opportunities, having been alerted that there would be a confrontation, journalists were standing by. Once they arrived at the scene, the mobs would form and the hostility would start. As described above, it is clear that members of the Comando Vermelho master many Psychological Operations techniques, directing them to many targeted audiences within the Theater of Operations. They know how to use social networks, the Internet, video editing, music recording, or even more rudimentary activities such as graffiti on walls or simply spreading terror through rumors and threats. The greatest challenge in efficiently repressing these actions by the opposing forces is the lack of legal freedom of the troops because of the rules of engagement. It is important to emphasize that the Army is employed under the Constitution. This means that all residents of the communities (regardless of how violent and outlawed they may be) had their rights and individual guarantees protected. The troops did not have authorization to enter homes to apprehend undocumented vehicles (police mission), or to perform other actions. The decision on the type of actions was made on a political level and caused a great problem to the Pacification Force on all hierarchic levels, but Brazilian Officers adapted to these conditions, detained the actions and accomplished the mission with an unprecedented historical success, turning the communities over to the state of Rio de Janeiro with security scores never before seen in that region. *Fernando Montenegro, retired Colonel of the Brazilian Army and twice Task Force combatant of the light infantry battalion. By Dialogo February 13, 2013 Hello pretty Charlito, Good DayThis article is interesting, but is rather large, I recommend you read it carefully. It is related to the actions of organized crime in Brazil. Crime is not crime, understand? If it isn’t, you can’t understand.last_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal off to flying starts in new Premier League season

first_imgBy Simon EvansLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Liverpool and Arsenal got off to winning starts with victories over promoted sides on the opening day of the new Premier League season yesterday.Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick, including two penalties as champions Liverpool won a seven-goal thriller with hugely impressive Leeds United at Anfield with the Egyptian grabbing the win from the spot in the 88th minute of a 4-3 victory.Arsenal enjoyed a more comfortable opening day with a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Crystal Palace beat Southampton 1-0 with Wilfried Zaha on target.Liverpool took just four minutes to get on target — Leeds debutant German defender Robin Koch was ruled to have handled a Salah shot and the Egyptian blasted home the spot-kick.Jack Harrison equalised for Leeds eight minutes later with a fine solo goal before Liverpool restored their lead in the 20th minute with Virgil van Dijk left unmarked to head in an Andy Robertson corner.Marcelo Bielsa’s side, back in the top flight after a 16-year absence, rallied again with Patrick Bamford slotting home after van Dijk had failed to deal with a ball over the top.Salah blasted Liverpool back in front, 12 minutes before the break but Leeds hit back for a third time through Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich, who made it 3-3.Liverpool secured the points in the 88th minute with another Salah penalty after substitute Rodrigo Moreno clumsily brought down Fabinho.“What a game, what an opponent, what a performance from both teams. A proper spectacle, I loved that,” said Klopp.“It is pretty rare you see that many goals in a game and we have left space for improvement in our defending but that is not unusual for a first game,” added the German.Liverpool are now unbeaten in 60 straight league games at Anfield — the kind of consistency that Mikel Arteta must dream about at Arsenal but the Gunners at least took care of business in West London.Alexander Lacazette fired the visitors ahead in the eighth minute after poor defending by the home side before new signing Gabriel made it 2-0 in the 49th and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the icing on the cake with a superb shot into the top corner.Crystal Palace forward Zaha scored his 50th league goal for the club as they beat Southampton 1-0 to secure a home victory on the opening day of a Premier League campaign for the first time.The hosts went ahead against the run of play as Zaha, who had managed only one goal in his previous 21 games, met Andros Townsend’s pin-point cross from the right with a side-footed volley past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the 13th minute.Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters was shown a straight red for a high challenge before referee Jon Moss changed it to a yellow following the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).West Ham United were hosting Newcastle United later yesterday while today Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.last_img read more

African Freestyle Football Championship Starts in Lagos

first_imgHowever, the 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship will be a fusion of freestyle football and entertainment as top musical and dance artistes will be performing, including Falz, Vanessa MDEE, KCEE, Mayorkun, Slim Case and Mr. RealFeet and Tricks International, organisers of the event has named former professional English footballer, John Fashanu; former Head of Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni; and former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, Superstar actresses, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh as brand ambassadors for this year’s Championship.All with enviable careers and celebrated globally are undoubtedly a perfect representation of the sporting excellence the brand stands for.Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo, said this year’s championship would be a mind-blowing competition for participating athletes and fans of the sport.“We have a dream of promoting freestyle football and exposing the country’s talents to be among the best in the world stage. Last year’s event was very successful and we believe this edition would even be better,” he said.One of the brand ambassadors, Samson Siasia, noted that it was great to have such a noble idea which provided an option for lovers of football.“Those who cannot do the rigorous one will just do their thing with freestyle. I look forward to the tournament because it’s going to be exciting,” Siasia said.After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and eight female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on Saturday September 15 in a keenly contested competition that is expected to produce the first African male and female Freestyle Football Champions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The first-ever African Freestyle Football Championship will start today with the qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos.Freestylers from various parts of the country and some others top ones on the continent are expected to be on parade.The championship will also host international freestyle professionals; Guinness world record holder, Iya Traore and Female freestyle legend, Raquel Benetti from Brazil.last_img read more

Neymar double helps red-hot Barcelona to 4-0 victory over Real Sociedad

first_imgNeymar scored a brace as Barcelona moved seven points clear at the top of La Liga after yet another convincing victory – a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.Luis Enrique’s red-hot side have now scored 14 goals in just three games after successive high scoring triumphs over Real Madrid and AS Roma respectively. The deadlock was broken on this occasion after just 22 minutes when Neymar smashed the ball into the back of the net from a Dani Alves low cross.Alves was also the provider of Barcelona’s second goal when he found Luis Suarez with a deep cross and the Uruguayan finished with an acrobatic effort just three minutes before the half-time break. Barcelona extended their lead on 53 minutes when Neymar sealed a double after meeting a cross from Jeremy Mathieu.It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Lionel Messi but he finally got on the score-sheet – his first league strike in two months – in added time as he tapped in a Neymar pass to complete the rout.Luis Enrique’s side move to 33 points with 11 wins from 13 games.– This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

‘Field of Dreams’ to be shown at Dodger Stadium following tonight’s game

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The 1989 film “Field of Dreams” will be shown on Dodger Stadium’s DodgerVision screens following tonight’s Los Angeles Dodgers- Colorado Rockies game.Fashion designer Max Azria will throw the ceremonial first pitch.Former Dodger outfielder Tommy Davis, the 1962 and 1963 National League batting champion, and former Dodger pitcher Tim Leary will sign autographs in the left and field pavilion plaza areas, respectively, from 4-6 p.m.The Veteran of the Game will be Marine Corps Sgt. Antonio Tinajero of Los Angeles, who enlisted in 2003, has served in four units and is trained as an infantry assaultman. Tinajero is assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Balboa Detachment in San Diego, recovering from injuries he sustained when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle while on patrol in Afghanistan.Tinajero’s accolades include two Purple Hearts and a Combat Action Ribbon.All auto gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and all stadium gates at 4 p.m. for the 6:10 p.m. game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more