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Info net: Concern after the disappearance of a journalist and the threat of imprisonment of another.

Ce mercredi 18 janvier 2023, c’est le journaliste Zéphirin Koloko qui a donné l’alerte : «Selon nos informations,  le chef de Chaîne de la Radio Amplitude Fm a été enlevé hier autour de 20h par des hommes non identifiés au moment où il régnait le chez lui, pour une destination inconnue. Depuis hier, sa famille est

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This Wednesday, January 18, 2023, it was the journalist Zéphirin Koloko who gave the alert: “According to our information, the head of the Radio Amplitude Fm channel was kidnapped yesterday around 8 p.m. by unidentified men when he ruled home, for an unknown destination. Since yesterday, his family has had no news of him. According to his neighborhood, unidentified men have been prowling around his residence for the past few days between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Information confirmed by his wife that I have just had on the phone. Prior to Martinez Zogo's kidnapping, his wife's car was sabotaged twice. Brakes cut by unknown persons. She almost lost her life two days ago in an accident. Currently Martinez's last two telephones are in the hands of his captors,” declared the editor of the newspaper “L'avenir”. The latter believes that the kidnapping of Matinez Zogo would be the work of one of the clans which are engaged in a fierce battle between them for the succession of Paul Biya, head of state for 40 years and who will be 90 years old next month. “The battle for the succession began with the muzzling of journalists. The press must mobilize more than ever,” concluded Zéphirin Koloko. This alert comes 24 hours after another on the case of journalist Jean François Channon, Director of publication of the daily newspaper Le Messager. “For the publication of a right of reply on the Jebale affair, I have just spent 8 hours at the central judicial research service of the national gendarmerie. I am accused of having published a right of reply which implicated the sub-prefect of Yaoundé 7, elite of Jebale who filed a complaint against not Le Messager or his DP but against his brothers in the village around the right of reply quarrel. I was heard at length at the goodwill of an investigator with harsh attitudes. In the end I should normally, according to the terms that were reminded to me, be put in custody to be taken to the prosecutor tomorrow morning. Faced with my difficult state of health, (as a reminder, I had a stroke) I was asked to come back in the morning at 8 am to be presented to the Public Prosecutor. I will therefore be there tomorrow morning at 7:30 am to await instructions to go to the Public Prosecutor's Office according to the arrangements made by the Central Judicial Research Service of the National Gendarmerie. It is the public prosecutor who will decide the fate of the DP of the Messenger that I am. So I come home completely shocked by the treatment I received, namely the inability to take my high blood pressure medication, do my daily physio session and above all warn my family “explained the boss of the legendary newspaper founded in 1979 by Pius Njawe of late memory. “As a reminder, on September 13 and 15, 2022, Le Messager newspaper published an article on a land dispute on the island of Jebale in the department of Wouri. In the aftermath of this publication, a so-called collective of Jebale chiefs sent a right of reply which Le Messager published on September 20, 2022. In the said right of reply the authors indexed an elite of Jebale currently in administrative responsibilities as sub-prefect of Yaoundé 7. The latter lodged a complaint for defamation with the Central Judicial Research Service of the National Gendarmerie in Yaoundé. The DP was therefore cited for having allowed this publication, ”explained Jean François Channon. These explanations aroused an avalanche of support for the journalist from his colleagues.

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Infos: The Congo and World Bank launch Digital Acceleration Project

Congolese officials and the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region, on January 24, 2023.   –   Copyright © africanews Clearrf By Rédaction Africanews and Laudes Martial, correspondent in Brazzaville, The Congo Last updated: 27/01 – 22:48 Republic of the Congo The view of a cybercafé is commonplace in The Congo. Gloire Ness

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Congolese officials and the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region, on January 24, 2023.   –  

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The view of a cybercafé is commonplace in The Congo. Gloire Ness a 21-year old from Bacongo in Brazzaville managesa small business.

On a daily basis, he has to deal with issues ranging from blackouts to poor access to Internet.

“The difficulties primarily from the Internet connection. Customers often say it's a little slow. It's not the quality we want. Still you’ve got to deal with it anyway.”

In order to positively impact at least 2 million Congolese, the Digital Transformation Acceleration Project was launched Tuesday (Jan. 24). Local authorities took out a multi-million dollar loan to fund it. The World Bank contributed 100 million dollars for a five-year period.

According to the project managers, the Congo will benefit in the near future from a grant of 15 million euros (10 billion CFA francs) from the European Union (EU).

“The World Bank is pleased to contribute to the financing of this strategic pillar as part of its Digital Economy initiative for Africa, which aims to support countries in their digitalization efforts,” Franz Drees-Gross, the Director of Infrastructure in the World Bank’s Africa West region said.

The project aims to ramp up the government's ability to providing more efficient digital public services and to increase access to Internet for underserved populations.

The community aspect includes what are called “dead spots”, that is to say areas where economic operators, based on their specifications, are not bound to provide bandwith coverage because it is not profitable for them. Therefore, the State, which has the obligation to provide universal service, must ensure the connectivity of all citizens,” project coordinator Francis Seck Mangouani explained.

The Digital Acceleration Project launches as another one is currently being deployed. For several years now, the Congo has been trying to improve its interconnection with other countries in the sub-region, notably Gabon, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

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            In this photograph taken Tuesday July 19, 2011 armed soldiers stage a night patrol at an isolated outpost in the Kruger National Park's Sabi River valley.   –   Copyright © africanews Denis Farrell/AP2011 By Rédaction Africanews and AP Last updated: 26/01 – 13:39 Sudan A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much

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            A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts.

            The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse decades of progress made in Africa, according to an index of governance compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that notes 23 successful and attempted coups since 2012.

            “This phenomenon of coup d’etats that was common in the '80s seems to have become fashionable again in certain parts of Africa,” said Ibrahim, a British billionaire born in Sudan who is using his fortune to promote democracy and political accountability in Africa.

            His foundation's report cited eight successful coups just since 2019. Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have seen two each during that time, further destabilizing a part of the world already under siege by Islamic militants.

            Pervasive security problems

            The report's authors also found overall security problems pervasive: Over the past decade, nearly 70% of Africans saw security and rule of law decrease in their countries, they said. More than 30 countries declined in this category, according to the index.

            South Sudan ranked at the bottom, followed by Somalia, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

            Government violence against civilians and political unrest increased across Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the report says, with governments using restrictions to clamp down on dissent.

            “Although this trend predates the pandemic, existing antidemocratic tendencies have been accelerated by the introduction of restrictive measures and emergency provisions that have been left in place for an extended time period,” it said.

            The index did chart improvements in some economic, education and gender equity categories, Ibrahim said. However, the report only analyzed data through the end of 2021 so did not take into account the full impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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                        Infos: Cameroon denies asking foreign mediation with separatists amid Canada’s claim

                        In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 5. 2018, people sit under campaign election posters of President Paul Biya, in Yaounde, Cameroon.   –   Copyright © africanews Sunday Alamba/Copyright 2018 The AP. All rights reserved. By Rédaction Africanews Last updated: 25/01 – 14:24 Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to

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                        The Cameroonian government has denied that it asked any country to mediate in its conflict with separatists trying to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in its minority English-speaking regions. The latest comes after Canada last week said it had received a request to work on a peace process.

                        In a statement issued on Monday, Cameroon said it had “not entrusted any foreign country or external entity with any role of mediator or facilitator to settle the crisis”. 

                        In response, a spokesperson for the Anglophone separatists, said they had taken note of the government's latest statement while Ottawa on Tuesday said it was in touch with both sides in the conflict, maintaining that it’s statement still stands.

                        Since 2017, factions of secessionist militias have been battling government troops in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon. 

                        The conflict with government troops has left at least 6000 people dead and nearly 800,000 people displaced according to the Canadian government.

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