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Well-known Cameroon reporter held for nearly two years

first_img News April 19, 2021 – Updated on April 20, 2021 Well-known Cameroon reporter held for nearly two years to go further Follow the news on Cameroon Receive email alerts News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Paul Chouta, a well-known Cameroonian journalist and whistleblower who has been held arbitrarily for nearly two years and has been subjected to an absurdly drawn-out trial on a charge of defamation and spreading fake news. After 26 hearings, the trial’s penultimate stage is finally scheduled for 6 May. RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more News May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information A reporter for the Cameroun Web media outlet, Paul Chouta has been detained since 28 May 2019 as a result of a complaint brought by the novelist Calixthe Belaya over a video of her in a heated argument with a man that he posted online without getting her permission. Chouta’s provisional detention and trial over a video lasting just a few minutes have already dragged on for an absurd amount of time. On 6 May, the judges are due to meet behind closed doors to discuss the verdict they will issue at a later date. Chouta has already been held almost as long as the maximum sentence they could pass, which is six months under the penal code and two years under Cameroon’s cyber-crime law.He is being held in Yaoundé’s main prison, one reserved for the biggest offenders. His cellmates include men charged with terrorism, with links with Boko Haram or links with separatist movements in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. In May 2020, he was treated for Covid-19 after displaying symptoms of the virus, which is circulating in Cameroon’s prisons.“There is an enormous discrepancy between what this journalist is alleged to have done and the treatment he has received for the past two years,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The substance of this case could have been examined long ago. What grounds could there be for still detaining him aside from the desire to sideline a journalist who bothers people? We call for his release.”Before his arrest, Chouta was often threatened for reporting that was critical of the authorities, Cameroun Web editor Emmanuel Vitus told RSF. In January 2019, a few months before his arrest, he was the target of a knife attack by three individuals who have never been identified by the authorities. After his arrest, people close to him were subjected to repeated intimidation attempts by the police.Arbitrary arrests of journalists are common in Cameroon and often lead to long spells in prison. The victims include Amadou Vamoulké, 71, the former head of state-owned Cameroon Radio & Television (CRTV), who has been detained on a spurious charge for nearly five years and is being subjected to an interminable trial.He is in poor health but no measures have been taken to protect him against Covid-19, which is circulating as much in Kondengui prison, where he is being held, as it is in Yaoundé’s main prison.Emmanuel Mbombog Mbog Matip, a journalist arrested on a fake news charge in August 2020, is also being held arbitrarily. He was detained provisionally for an initial period of six months that expired on 7 March, but he is still being held.Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19ImprisonedWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Newslast_img read more

New CIO for Harvard

first_imgHarvard University announced today (July 12) the appointment of Anne H. Margulies as chief information officer.A senior manager with 30 years of strategic planning, information technology, and administrative leadership experience, Margulies is currently assistant secretary for information technology and CIO for the state of Massachusetts. This will be her second stint at Harvard. She served as assistant provost and executive director for information systems from 1995 through 1998.Margulies takes on a reconfigured CIO role that will provide leadership for applied technologies that support the University’s teaching and research mission, in addition to having direct oversight of the technology functions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Working with senior academic and administrative leaders and with technology professionals across the institution, she will provide strategic leadership, technical planning, and organizational management of technology programs that focus on the University’s academic, administrative, and infrastructure technology needs.“This is a critical piece of our effort to better organize and utilize University resources and create efficiencies across campus,” said Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp. “These two IT departments have developed separately over time, and it only makes sense to ensure that they are working in concert.”Margulies will report to Lapp on most technology-related matters and to the FAS dean on matters related to the academic and research computing needs in that area. She also will coordinate with the Office of the Provost on technology matters related to the University’s overall academic mission.“As dean, I am committed to providing our faculty and students with the most effective support and compelling tools available,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“Today, information technology is not only a backbone of our daily lives, but also a critical component of cutting-edge education, research, and administration,” he said. “I am excited by Anne’s return to Harvard, as she brings a wealth of experience and a demonstrated ability to apply technology and build organizations that will help bolster our mission of teaching and research.”Margulies will assume her position in early September.“No one doubts that information technology is playing an increasingly important role in education and research everywhere. From my discussions with many faculty and senior leaders across Harvard, it is clear that the University is ready to chart a new course for its own IT future,” Margulies said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with faculty, students, and staff to formulate an innovative vision for IT that is right for Harvard, and to make it a reality.”last_img read more