Congolese government shows double standard over media concentration

first_img Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month News March 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information The dismantling of the Talassa media group follows its publication in March of several articles that shed light on strange goings-on, such as a huge increase in the numbers of voters is regions that were sympathetic to the president, and the lack of a judicial investigation into the deaths of some 20 people in Brazzaville when the army arrested Colonel Marcel Ntsourou in December last year. Last year, the biweekly newspaper Talassa was twice banned from publishing, first in June along with three other known for keeping their distance from the government, on grounds of “publishing seditious articles, disseminating false news, manipulating opinion and inciting violence, and defamation”, and then for four months in February this year for repeatedly failing to respect the council.In December, three newspapers, La Griffe, Le Nouveau Regard and La Vérité, were also banned from publishing indefinitely for “undermining national security and a repeat offence of misrepresenting and distorting facts in order to abuse people’s good faith”. The Republic of Congo is ranked 82nd of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Receive email alerts to go further News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison News News RSF_en May 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Congolese government shows double standard over media concentration Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups that are critical of the government.On 5 May, the chairman of the Talassa group, which includes a business newspaper, a bi-weekly, a monthly, a website and a printing plant, as well as an communication agency, was informed that its “certificate of declaration”, granted by the High Council for Freedom of Communication (CSLC) in November 2001, had been withdrawn. The decision, based on a 2011 law on freedom of information and communication which bans concentration of ownership in the communication and information business, could lead to the group’s closure. “Reporters Without Borders is astonished that such an offence appears to target only groups whose publications are critical of the government,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“Similar groups headed by people close to the Congolese government have not been punished. Is this meant to silence critical voices on the eve of the planned referendum on the amendment of the 2002 constitution which could allow President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, in office since 1997, to serve another term?” For example, the group Bassin du Congo-SA, which is led by a close ally of the president, owns the Adiac news agency, which is mostly financed by the government, as well as a daily newspaper, a website and a printing plant. The group DRTV, owned by a senior government official, General Norbert Dabira, has a radio station and two television stations. May 4, 2021 Find out more March 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Take a Mental Vacation and Revive Your Senses at the Castaway Restaurant

first_img Top of the News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News We were seated on the patio at a comfortable table, all around us were cozy nooks with upholstered bench seating, closer to the edge were fire pits. It was a beautiful evening, the sun was taking its dive toward the west and a soft breeze rustled the trees. Sitting on the patio was like taking a vacation, I felt myself relaxing. But then again, it could have been the champagne I was sipping. There are four side dishes you can order with the steaks; Classic Potato Puree, Grilled Broccoli and Broccolini, Crispy House Fries, and Roasted Tricolor Cauliflower. We decided to forgo the vegetables (we after all, had tomatoes) and ordered the two potato dishes. I loved the fries, they were crispy with a fluffy center and dusted with garlic and parsley. Ketchup and a house-made ranch was included for dipping. We also ordered the potato puree with chives and horseradish, which was absolutely smooth and creamy. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena I had never been to the Castaway so I had no expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. From its beautiful interior to the vast patio, the Castaway is one nice-looking restaurant. The Castaway boasts a view from every table and looking around the restaurant I believe it. Steaks were next on our list and what a list there was to choose from. There were two American Wagyu choices, two Black Angus and a Pasture Raised, Grass-Fed choice from Tasmania. I’m not big on Wagyu so I went for the Filet from Revier Cattle Company in Minnesota. My companion decided to try the NY Strip from Tasmania. Taking its cue from the studios that Burbank is famous for, the menus are fashioned like scripts and courses have names like Prologue and Ensemble. We started our meal with the highly-recommended Cheese and Charcuterie plate. You can choose from a plate of four or seven combinations of meats and cheeses. Of course we got seven and had the chef choose. Thinly sliced Bresaola (cured and air-dried tenderloin from Italy), Culatello Di Zibello (rear leg of pig aka “little ass” from Italy), Spinata Picante (smoky and spicy chorizo salami from Italy), and Duck Prosciutto (spiced magret breast from France) where the meats we enjoyed. I liked them all but I did have a couple of favorites. The chorizo salami was killer as was the little ass. For cheeses we enjoyed the St. Andre (cow’s milk triple cream from France and the only soft cheese on the menu), Red Dragon (cow’s milk cheddar with mustard seed and Welsh brown ale from England), and Midnight Moon (hard and nutty goat’s milk cheese from Holland). Various condiments dotted the beautifully arranged plank and lightly-grilled bread completed it. My companion and I really enjoyed this assortment of salty, sweet, and smoky meats and cheeses. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News I couldn’t resist ordering the Heirloom Tomato salad it sounded so delicious and it was. Thick slices of ripe, juicy, heirloom tomatoes where topped with a basil whipped goat cheese and roasted strawberry chia seed jam. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and slices of fresh strawberries completed it. The salad was luscious. If you enjoy good tomatoes give it a try. With our main course we deferred to Sommelier Paul Coker. He chose a Spanish Tempranillo from the Muriel winery in Rioja Alavesa. The wine was a Gran Reserva and had an oaken beginning and a silky finish. It paired well with the hearty steak without overpowering it. Make a comment More Cool Stuffcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Now some people are purists they like their steak prepared simply with a little salt and pepper, a caramelized crust and pink interior, and that’s how the steaks were prepared. I, however live for the sauces and I was not disappointed. The steaks were served with four sauces, each one different, each one delicious. Bordelaise, deep and rich; Bearnaise, light and herbaceous; Horseradish, zesty and creamy; and Chimichurri, tart and garlicky, I tried them all, I loved them all. Even with the fantastic sauces, the steaks were the stars. Deep brown crusted, with a bit of char, the meat was buttery-tender and full of flavor. Not dry, not overdone (and I like my medium), the steaks made the meal. Don’t forget to try the shallot marmalade that is included with the steaks, it too is fantastic tasting. You’d think we’d stop there but you would be wrong. We were encouraged by our very attentive and competent server to try pastry Chef Stephan’s dessert extravaganza. Dubbed, Midnight in Paris, it is a multi-layer sensation chock-full of French pastries. From macarons filled with Madagascar vanilla bean ganache to a light pate au choux filled with maple cream and topped with candied bacon, there was something for everyone to love. Raspberry ice cream was topped with a Champagne float, a fresh fruit salad had a delicious vanilla bean simple syrup and Valrhona chocolate ganache was served in tart cup. Seriously, if you are out and about with friends and want dessert and a view, get this it will make your day! Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  27 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it The Castaway is located in the hills above Burbank at 1250 E. Harvard Road. For reservations or more information call (818) 848-6691 or visit faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday It’s summer and the evenings are Southern California cool, what better place to wile away an hour or two but on the patio of the New Castaway restaurant? Did I say NEW Castaway? Yes, after a 10 million dollar renovation that took almost a year the Castaway has re-opened with a new look, new chef, and a whole new steak-forward menu. First Heatwave Expected Next Week center column 1 Take a Mental Vacation and Revive Your Senses at the Castaway Restaurant From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 1:55 pm Executive Chef Perry Pollaci (The Royce and Cut Throat Kitchen) has created a menu that features steaks, fresh sides and fish and chicken for non-steak eaters. They’ve even got a couple of vegetarian dishes. Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty Good food, great view and lovely surroundings, the new Castaway is worth a quick drive to Burbank. Take a mental vacation while giving your senses something to bring them to life. Business Newslast_img read more