Monthly Archives: March 2019

Asia Media Cooperation Conference calls for greater convergence

BOAO, China, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Media representatives from 20 Asian countries shared their perspectives on the media’s role in global governance and Asian media’s cooperation in the “omnimedia” era during one of the roundtable discussions at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2019, which was initiated by the China Media Group and is now underway in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province.

Media representatives from 20 Asian countries gathered at the Asia Media Cooperation Conference which was held during the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2019. [Photo By: Li Jin]

The Asia Media Cooperation Conference, which has been held annually over the past six year, shares the belief that in the omnimedia era, new technology promotes the transformation of the media industry, changes the traditional media ecology and influences the pattern of international communication.

Guo Weimin, vice minister of China's State Council Information Office, makes a keynote speech at the Asia Media Cooperation Conference during the the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2019 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, March 29, 2019. [Photo By: Li Jin]

Guo Weimin, vice minister of China’s State Council Information Office, made a keynote speech at the conference on Friday. Guo said the emergence of new technologies such as AI and 5G has brought revolutionary changes to the media landscape.

He emphasized that the rise of digital media should not be seen as a threat to traditional media, but rather a boost for common prosperity.

Yan Xiaoming, vice president of China Media Group, delivers a keynote speech at the the Asia Media Cooperation Conference during the the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2019 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, March 29, 2019. [Photo By: Li Jin]

Yan Xiaoming, vice president of China Media Group, said that in just one year’s time, cutting-edge technologies like AI and 5G have turned from tools that that media reports about into tools that media use.

In this new era, there’s an urgent need for Asian countries to improve their say on the world stage, to match their economic competence.

Other representatives echoed that Asian media should seize opportunities and work together to decide Asian media’s say and development in the international community.

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All-Realestates.com: Ketan Tuteja No Longer Manager for the Real Estate Platform

DUBAI, UAE, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In the course of some changes of the real estate platform All-Realestates the previous managing director and main contact person Mr. Ketan Tuteja is no longer working for the company All Realestates Ltd. since September 2018. The real estate platform in the United Arab Emirates All-Realestates specializes in the brokerage of mostly high-priced real estate properties and offers the world’s largest range of apartments for this region.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the richest and financially strongest countries in the world. Therefore, the region is attracting more and more well-trained specialists and managers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For this target group, All-Realestates offers an ideal platform to find high-quality real estate. With more than 700,000 listed database entries, the company is one of the most important platforms for real estate in the United Arab Emirates.

The team around All-Realestates plans various innovations, in order to develop the service and the offer. The real estate platform already offers its customers a clear homepage and an all-inclusive service, with which customers and prospective customers are personally looked after in order to find a suitable property. Furthermore, the team supports customers and prospective customers with the financing, the insurance or also with possible modifications.

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Press contact: Sina Wirths
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‫أرباح لوميتيل ترتفع بأكثر من 200 بالمئة بعد أن أصبحت الشركة الأكثر شعبية للاتصالات في بوروندي

غيتيغا، بوروندي، 28 آذار/مارس، 2019 / بي آر نيوزواير / — احتفلت شركة لوميتيل Lumitel، وهي ماركة مجموعة فيتيل في جمهورية بوروندي، بعيد تأسيسها الرابع في السوق بنمو قدره 225 بالمئة في العام 2018، محققة أرباحا ما قبل الضريبة بقيمة 7.3 مليون دولار.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_vys1bal6/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

في العام الماضي وحده، شهدت العلامة التجارية زيادة في عدد المشتريكن بلغت  278000 مشترك – وهو أعلى رقم في السنوات الثلاث الماضية. وهذا أيضًا يمثل العام الثالث على التوالي الذي تحتل فيه لوميتيل 70٪  من سوق المشتركين الجدد في البلاد.

على الرغم مما بدا من ضعف محتمل للشركة عندما بدأت العمل في السوق في أيلول/سبتمبر 2016، استعادت محفظة لوميكاش الإلكترونية من لوميتيل الثقة بحلول نهاية العام 2018. وقد شهدت زيادة أربع مرات في عدد المشتركين الجدد مقارنة بالعام 2017، وبذلك وصل إجمالي عدد العملاء فيها إلى 320،000. هذا يمثل 47 ٪ من حصة سوق المحفظة الإلكترونية في بوروندي، لتحتل الشركة المرتبة الأولى بين جميع مقدمي الخدمات.

وقال السيد  نغوين هيو تان، المدير العام لشركة لوميتيل (ماركة فيتيل في بوروندي): “إن خدمة لوميكاش من لوميتيل تساعد البورونديين في دفع الضرائب والرسوم والتكاليف وفواتير الكهرباء والماء عبر الهواتف المحمولة بفضل الميزات المصممة خصيصًا لمنصة يو أس أس دي لشبكة 2 جي  للسوق.

بصرف النظر عن توفير الراحة للناس والتأكد من بقائهم متصلين بالإنترنت، تهدف فيتيل أيضًا إلى تحسين مستويات المعيشة في البلاد.

وقال السيد نغوين: “إننا ندير لوميتيل في بوروندي ليس فقط من أجل الإيرادات، ولكن أيضًا من أجل تعزيز التنمية الاجتماعية والاقتصادية، وكذلك لبناء العلاقات الدولية بين فيتنام وبرونودي. نأمل في خلق صورة جميلة لفيتنام في هذا البلد”.

من بين الأسواق العالمية العشرة التي تعمل فيها شركة فيتيل، سجلت بوروندي البلد الذي سجلت فيه شركة فيتيل الرقم القياسي لتصبح شركة الاتصالات الأكثر شعبية في أقصر فترة زمنية. في العام 2018، كان هامش الربح للشركة قبل الفوائد والضرائب والإهلاك ودفع الدين بنسبة 55٪، ليحتل سوق بوروندي بذلك المرتبة الثانية بين الأسواق الدولية لشركة فيتيل.

مع نجاح لوميتيل، تعتقد فيتيل اعتقادا راسخا بأنها ستواصل ريادتها في التحول الرقمي لهذه الدولة الواقعة في شرق إفريقيا وستكون على الطريق الصحيح لتصبح شركة رائدة في مجال الخدمات الرقمية وقنوات البث والدفع الرقمي.

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تعيين السير جيمس دتون رئيسا إقليميا لبيكتل لأفريقيا

المدير السابق لمشروع البنية التحتية في الغابون والحاكم البريطاني السابق لجبل طارق سيقود التزام بيكتل المتواصل بتوسيع النمو الاقتصادي للقارة

ريستون، فرجينيا، 28 آذار/مارس، 2019 / بي آر نيوزواير / — عينت شركة بيكتل السير جيمس دتون، وهو الحاكم البريطاني السابق لمنطقة جبل طارق وضابط متقاعد من البحرية الملكية البريطانية، رئيسا إقليميا لأعمال الشركة في أفريقيا.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_jyjjcb9x/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

يعود دتون إلى بيكتل بعد فترة ولايته في جبل طارق ويخلف أندرو باترسون، الذي أشرف على افتتاح المقر الإقليمي لشركة بيكتل في نيروبي، كينيا. يمثل وجود الشركة في نيروبي جزءًا من التزامها طويل الأجل بدعم النمو الاقتصادي في القارة من خلال مشاريع البنية التحتية والنفط والغاز والتعدين الرئيسية.

وقال دتون “يسعدني ويشرفني أن تم اختياري لهذا الدور، وأود أن أشكر أندرو على مساهماته المهمة”.

خدم دتون في سلاح مشاة البحرية الملكية البريطانية لمدة 38 عامًا، وتقاعد برتبة ملازم أول. انضم إلى بيكتل في العام 2010 وبعد تعيينات قصيرة في العديد من المشاريع في وحدة أعمال البنية التحتية أصبح مدير مشروع البنية التحتية في الغابون. غادر بيكتل لمدة عامين وشغل منصب الحاكم العام والقائد العام البريطاني  لجبل طارق قبل أن يعود إلى الشركة في العام 2016.

وفي دوره الجديد، سيعمل دتون على بناء علاقات الشركة التي تم تأسيسها في جميع أنحاء إفريقيا ومتابعة المشروعات التي ستدعم التوظيف المحلي والإنتاجية بطرق مستدامة. إن قيادته لمشروع الغابون، الذي دعمت فيه بيكتل التخطيط الوطني الرئيسي للحكومة للبنية التحتية وعمل مع مقاولين محليين لدفع التنمية، يقدم نموذجًا مفيدًا.

وقال دتون: “أتطلع إلى فعل الشيء نفسه في المزيد من المشاريع الرئيسية، مثل طريق نيروبي مومباسا السريع، والتي ستوفر فرصًا هائلة للمجتمعات المحلية والشركات”.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/0_oofx375x/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100012/type/1

وقد عين الرئيس الإقليمي لإفريقيا المنتهية ولايته باترسون مديراً عالمياً للتسويق وتطوير الأعمال في قسم بيكتل للبنية التحتية. وقال باترسون، “إن إفريقيا سوق ضخم، وتتطلع بيكتل إلى مواصلة دعم تطوير المشاريع التي ستترك إرثا تحوليا وطويل الأجل – ليس فقط من الناحية المادية ولكن من حيث الوظائف والمهارات ومؤسسات الأعمال ونوعية الحياة. هذا هو التزام بيكتل بجميع المشاريع التي نقدمها، وأنا واثق من أننا تحت قيادة السير جيمس سنواصل لعب دور ذي مغزى في النمو المستدام لأفريقيا.”

جدير بالذكر أن بيكتل أنجزت مئات المشاريع في أفريقيا على مدار أكثر من 70 عامًا. في صميم مشاريعنا الاستدامة، التي تشمل بناء قدرات العمال المحليين والشركات والمجتمعات المحلية.

حول شركة بيكتل

تعتبر شركة بيكتل من بين شركات الهندسة وإدارة المشاريع والبناء الأكثر احتراما في العالم. ومع عملائنا، نسلم مشاريع معلمية تعزز التقدم الطويل الأمد والنمو الاقتصادي. ومنذ تأسيسها في عام 1898، أنجزت شركة بيكتل أكثر من 25,000 مشروع استثنائي في 160 بلدا في القارات السبع. نحن نعمل من خلال أربع شركات عالمية: البنية التحتية. الأعمال النووية والأمن والبيئة؛ النفط والغاز والكيماويات، والتعدين والمعادن. وقد بنيت شركتنا وثقافتنا على أكثر من قرن من القيادة والالتزام الصارم بقيمنا، والتي في جوهرها السلامة والجودة والأخلاق والنزاهة. هذه القيم هي ما نعتقد، وما نتوقع، وما نقدم، وما نعيش. www.bechtel.com

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Kakao’s Blockchain Project ‘Klaytn’ Launches Its Public Testnet ‘Baobab’ to Drive Mainstream Adoption of Blockchain

  • Development environment ideal for blockchain services to flourish
  • New features enhancing performance and scalability
  • Intuitive Klaytn developer tools for service providers and developers

SEOUL, South Korea, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ground X, the blockchain subsidiary of the leading South Korean mobile platform, Kakao, has released its public testnet Baobab, along with the updated position paper, which highlights the technical architecture and direction of Klaytn.

Klaytn Launches the Public Testnet Baobab

After completing the trial run of the private testnet ‘Aspen,’ which was exclusively used by the partners for the past five months since last October, Klaytn released the public testnet ‘Baobab.’ Any service providers or developers interested in using Baobab can visit the official Klaytn homepage at www.klaytn.com. The Klaytn mainnet is set to launch by the end of June.

Baobab features new functions and developer tools that enhance security and usability based on the actual feedback from the partners via Aspen. First, the account system has been improved to support users to mitigate the rigorous demands of taking care of their own accounts, which traditionally existed as randomly generated character strings. In doing so, Klaytn has added account management functions to offer better flexibility in empowering users to choose their own account names to make them easy to remember.

In addition, Klaytn accomplished over 3,000 TPS throughput and 1-second block latency. In doing so, Klaytn has added ‘Transaction Types’ and ‘Service Chain’ features in order to offer the highest performance and flexible scalability. Transaction Types improve the traditional single transaction processing by defining additional transaction types with new capabilities and optimizations, which ultimately contribute to an efficient parallelization. Meanwhile, the service chains are scalability solutions for BApps (Blockchain Applications) with large traffic by adding and operating auxiliary blockchain networks.

Furthermore, Klaytn also provides useful developer tools to make the developer experience intuitive and productive. Newly added tools include ‘EP (Enterprise Proxy)’ that allows developers to easily use Klaytn with their mobile- or web-based development method, and ‘Klaytn IDE’ (Integrated Development Environment) that supports users to build, test, and deploy codes in the browser and locally. Such features are expected to enhance the existing services or create new services by efficiently utilizing blockchain technology.

According to Jason Han, the CEO of Ground X, heading the development and operation of the Klaytn platform, “We designed Baobab in a way that allows global service providers to verify Klaytn as a stable and reliable platform while developing and operating blockchain services for their massive user base.” He added, “We also completed the white-box penetration test to retain robust security as we expect to see invaluable digital asset transfer within our platform.” Jason also commented on the alleged crowdsale for KLAY via fraudulent channels by saying, “There is absolutely no way for individuals to purchase or invest in KLAY, so please beware of potential financial damage.”

Prioritizing its efforts to drive mainstream adoption of blockchain, Klaytn brings user-friendly blockchain experience and intuitive development environment for millions of users. Klaytn has also partnered with 26 initial service partners to create real use cases thereby seeking to substantiate the value and utility of blockchain technology. Continuing its community building endeavors, Klaytn also plans to hold meetups for developers around China, Vietnam, and the Philippines in Asia, as well as the U.S. and Europe.

About Klaytn

Klaytn is a public blockchain platform of the leading South Korean mobile platform, Kakao. Dedicated to validating the value and utility of blockchain technology by providing a blockchain service for mass adoption, Klaytn provides an intuitive development environment and friendly user experience. Klaytn seeks to continue advancing the platform to offer blockchain services for millions of users.

For more information, visit:
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https://medium.com/klaytn
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National Airlines and National Air Cargo Bring the First Relief Materials to Cyclone Idai Hit Mozambique

ORLANDO, Florida, March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — National Airlines B747-400F flew from both Toronto, Canada and Amsterdam, Netherlands to Cyclone Idai-affected Mozambique with 70 thousand kilos of relief materials from the Canadian Red Cross Society.

National Airlines and National Air Cargo Bring the First Relief Materials to Cyclone Idai Hit Mozambique

Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on 14 March, killing and displacing thousands of people and causing damage all across the country.  Relief organizations rely on National Air Cargo to deliver aid to the city which is reachable almost solely by air and sea due to the nearly 3000 sq. km. of flooded land.

National Airlines 747 Aircraft Loading at the Toronto International Airport

National swiftly responded to the request from Air Charter Service (ACS) to launch an urgent relief supply mission.  National Air Cargo, Inc. is ensuring Aid agencies that the relief materials are swiftly getting to the people and are currently working on additional relief movements. Governments across the world have offered support to the cyclone-ravaged Mozambique.

National Airlines Unloading at Beira, Mozambique Airport

National specializes in reaching the most challenging and demanding locations, should it be in relief operations or in troop support, and has always played a vital part in assisting relief movements to countries affected by natural disasters.

National’s freight forwarding and airline entities have been instrumental in bringing relief support during the Ebola out-break in Liberia, earthquake in Nepal, flood relief in Philippines, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, Super Typhoon Yutu-affected US Northern Mariana Islands.

National Airlines Pilots and Canadian Red Cross Relief Workers on Board NAL 747-400F

Christopher (Chris) Alf, National’s Chairman of the Board expressed, “Our hearts and prayers are with those affected in Mozambique. National Airlines is and will always be committed to prioritizing relief missions ahead of our commercial operations. The Mozambique mission request was received and activated within 24 hours.”

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About National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc.
National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida, owns National Airlines and National Air Cargo. National Airlines’ service as a global cargo carrier and passenger charter provider complements its sister freight forwarding companies. Together they provide sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistics solutions to get difficult-to-move cargo quickly and safely to wherever you need it.  Established in 1990, the global reach of National Air Cargo Holdings, Inc. is maintained via strategically located offices around the world centered by the U.S. headquarters in Orlando, Florida, and with quality centers located in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more at www.GoNational.com.

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Tanker Captain Feared Death in Migrant Hijacking

VALLETTA, MALTA African migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realized they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said Friday.

Nader el-Hiblu, the 42-year-old Libyan captain of the El Hiblu 1 ship, said he and five other crew members feared they could be killed during the horror that played out at sea this week. He said the threats by rioting migrants forced him to agree to their demand that he take them to Europe, not back to Libya.

They attacked the cockpit, heavily beating on the doors and the windows and they threatened to smash the boat, el-Hiblu said in an exclusive account given Friday to The Associated Press. He spoke by phone from the ship, which is now docked in Valletta, the capital of Malta.

They went nuts and they were screaming and shouting ‘Go back! Go back! Go back!’ he said.

Death and desperation

For years, the Mediterranean Sea has been a place of drama and death as desperate people from Africa and the Middle East board unseaworthy smuggling boats with dreams of a better life in Europe. Last year, 2,299 people died in the sea trying to head to Europe. The dangerous journey has killed 311 people so far this year.

The migrants revolted against heading back to lawless Libya, where aid groups say migrants are beaten, raped and tortured on a regular basis in detention camps. Some aid groups called the migrants’ actions self-defense against Europe’s inhumane migration policies.

Now, there are fears that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants from sinking boats if they fear they could lose control of their ships.

Rescue becomes hijacking

El-Hiblu said the drama began Tuesday afternoon when his tanker was traveling from Istanbul to Libya. He was contacted by a military aircraft flying above � though he isn’t sure if it was Maltese or Italian � alerting him of a boat with people who needed help.

He then approached the boat, which he said was carrying 98 men, women and children.

I took the people in the boat and there were six who refused to jump in, fearing that I take them back to Libya, he said. They refused to come with me and they fled while the plane was going after them.

The aircraft then contacted him with a second location and he went there, but lost contact with the plane and the boats, he said.

He then directed his ship to Libya, saying the migrants believed they were headed to Europe and were relaxed and happy and did nothing throughout the journey.

Call for help ignored

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, el-Hiblu alerted Libyan port authorities that he was nearing the coast and requested assistance from coast guard or naval forces, aware that the migrants would become upset at realizing they were returning to Libya.

But help didn’t come. When the Libyan capital of Tripoli came into view, about 25 of the male migrants began their attack, he said.

They all brought heavy metal tools and started to beat and smash the ship and threatened that they would leave the ship in pieces if the vessel continued to Libya, he said. It was horror. I didn’t care much about the boat, but the crew members.

El-Hiblu called the port in Libya again and told them the crew was heading north toward Europe, saying: they are going to kill me and kill us if we return. We are leaving.

Libyan Coast Guard Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ayoub Gassim said when the Libyan coast guard learned about the hijacking, they sent two boats in hot pursuit over a distance of 60 nautical miles (110 kilometers), but said the tanker was faster than their boats.

El-Hiblu insists, however, that the Libyan coast guard could have reached his tanker had authorities wanted to.

Italy rejects migrants

As the tanker moved north, news started spreading it was heading either toward Malta or the Italian island of Lampedusa. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has a strong anti-migrant stance, said Italy would not accept them.

At first, Malta also insisted it would not accept the vessel in its waters.

But Thursday morning, the Maltese armed forces stormed the vessel and detained five men suspected of leading the hijacking, taking them away in handcuffs when the ship docked in Valletta, the capital.

El-Hiblu was incensed, however, at his treatment by a Maltese security officer, who ordered him to take off his clothes for a body search and confiscated his phone. He said he was detained for a couple of hours in a cell in a police station near the port, under suspicions of being a human trafficker.

This filthy country treated me in a very disrespectable way after rescuing 98 people. They dealt with me as a criminal and accused me of illegal migration, he said angrily.

Maltese officials would not comment on the tanker hijacking case as they carried out an investigation. It was also impossible to speak to any of the migrants who had been on the ship to hear their side of the story.

Source: Voice of America

Burundi Extends Bans on VOA, BBC, Deepening Media Crackdown

WASHINGTON Burundi will continue to block broadcasts from two international media organizations and expand restrictions on their operations, the government announced Friday.

At a meeting in Bujumbura, the president of the National Council of Communication, Nestor Bankumukunzi, said the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Voice of America are no longer allowed to broadcast, effective immediately. The ban is indefinite and extends to journalists, both foreign and domestic, who provide information to either broadcaster.

“We are alarmed that reporters in Burundi are now forbidden to communicate with VOA and believe these continuing threats to our journalists undermine press freedom in the country,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “We stand with the people of Burundi against those who are restricting their access to accurate and reliable news and information.”

The BBC condemned the decision, calling it “a serious blow against media freedom.”

Last May, the Burundi government suspended both news organizations for six months, a week before holding a referendum on a new constitution. The outlets have been off the air since.

Rachel Nicholson, a researcher for Amnesty International, said Burundi’s government is angry at the broadcasters for different reasons.

The government was upset by a documentary the BBC broadcast last year, she said, about members of Burundi’s intelligence service operating secret sites where dissidents are detained and tortured.

Burundi has accused VOA of employing a journalist who opposes the government, Nicholson added. Patrick Nduwimana, the former director of Bonesha FM Radio in Burundi, is “wanted for participating in deadly violence that preceded the May attempted coup,” the National Council of Communications wrote in Friday’s statement.

“I think it’s really worrying to see the government personalize attacks on radio stations. They have such an important role to play, particularly BBC and VOA, particularly in the absence of independent Burundian radio stations operating from within the country,” Amnesty’s Nicholson said. “The BBC and VOA have such an important role to play in sharing information with people in Burundi.”

In a phone interview with VOA, Willy Nyamitwe, senior adviser to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, said the news organizations were banned for spreading falsehoods.

“Some international media are biased. Everybody knows some reports were fake reports, fake news,” Nyamitwe said. “So if people cannot even try to speak the truth, but if some people are using some media outlets only to spread lies, what other comments do I have to do?”

Nyamitwe also said that Burundi has an open media landscape and that all countries have the right to ban news organizations that spread lies. “There are thousands of journalists in the country. There are tens of media houses, radio stations, TV stations, newspapers, media online.

“So I think people are exaggerating thinking that there’s no media houses in the country,” he said. “I do know that even in the United States there are some media houses that have been called biased or fake news media houses.”

In its 2018 press freedom report, Reporters Without Borders ranked Burundi 159th out of 180 countries worldwide. It said security forces routinely harass journalists and pointed to the unsolved 2016 disappearance of journalist Jean Bigirimana as evidence of intimidation and violence against reporters.

Source: Voice of America