October 9, 2020 Find out more News AngolaAfrica Organisation December 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint call for end to criminal libel prosecution of journalist Writer and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais is to appear in court in Luanda on criminal defamation charges on 15 December in connection with his 2011 book about human rights violations in Angola’s diamond mining industry, entitled “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola.”In a joint letter to the UN and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights special rapporteurs for freedom of expression and the situation of human rights defenders, Reporters Without Borders and 16 other human rights and free speech NGOs have urged them to press the Angolan government to end this prosecution.The letter argues that the proceedings constitute a violation of this journalist’s right to freedom of expression, a right guaranteed by several international conventions to which Angola is party. To read the letter, click here.This is not the first time that Marques has been the target of judicial harassment in connection with his reporting. Even since the late 1990s, he has been the victim of arbitrary arrests, prolonged judicial proceedings and bans on travel abroad – all aimed at silencing one of this wealthy African country’s last independent journalists. Ruled with an iron hand for the past 35 years by President José Eduardo dos Santos, Angola is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo: Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais Receive email alerts Follow the news on Angola February 17, 2021 Find out more News Related documents 20140811_sr_urgent_apeal_rafael_marques_de_morais-2.pdfPDF – 199.21 KB to go further News News AngolaAfrica Help by sharing this information Cyber-attacks against Angolan news site and reporter Crackdown on reporters covering Luanda demonstration Angolan police unleash dog on reporter covering protest October 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en
ELLSWORTH — The DEFY Dolphins took forth place at the State’s YMCA swim championships this past weekend in Orono.In addition to breaking five team records, DEFY brought home eight individual state championships and two relay championships. The team also won the 11-12 age group on the boys’ side.DEFY swimmers Colin Aponte, Owen Frank, Dasha Herrington, Nick Partridge and Hannah Wood brought home individual state championships. Aponte and Partridge won two each in 11-12, and Hannah Wood won two in the 15-plus division. Wood’s 200-yard IM time of 2 minutes, 12.58 seconds set a team record.Ava Sealander set team records in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles. She joined Wood, Sidney Hamilton and Ellie Clarke on the team that swam the 200 freestyle relay in a team-record 1:40.66.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCamden Holmes, who won two state titles for Ellsworth High School in February. qualified for the YMCA national championships with a time of 21.96 seconds in the 50 freestyle. He and Sealander will travel to North Carolina for the event in April. Sam Alvarado received the state’s YMCA Citizen Award.