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Report of investigation into Franco-Congolese journalist’s death

first_img Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED) today published a report on their investigation into Franco-Congolese journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi’s mysterious death in a military hospital in Brazzaville on 2 February, 12 days after he was injured in a fire at his home that killed his girlfriend and her two children.The report, which is being released just a few days before a presidential election in Republic of Congo, tries to address some of the questions surrounding Ossébi’s death, which is still a complete mystery. Did he die a natural death as a result of injuries sustained in the fire, or was he murdered? Was the fire started by accident or was it arson?The failure to carry out an autopsy on Ossébi’s body or a forensic investigation at the scene of the fire may mean that the truth will never be known. Senior police officials have minimised the importance of the case and have even questioned that Ossébi, who wrote for the online opposition newspaper Mwinda, was a journalist.Three days before the fire, Ossébi wrote an article accusing a French bank of reaching an illegal financing agreement with the Société Nationale de Pétrole du Congo. An anti-corruption activist, Ossébi was also involved in the complaint which Transparency International brought before a French court accusing President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and two other African leaders of illegally amassing property in France.The report is based on the findings of a visit that Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger, its partner organisation in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, made to Brazzaville from 20 to 27 May.The Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger representatives obtained unpublished documentary evidence including amateur video of the destruction of Ossébi’s house just 14 hours after the deadly fire. The team also met more than 80 people including relatives of the victims, Ossébi’s friends and neighbours, journalists, members of a commission that is supposed to be investigating the fire, senior police and intelligence officials, diplomats and a member of the government. It also spoke by telephone from Paris with a dozen leading French and Congolese figures.Noting the absence of a proper investigation, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger urge the commission that was appointed to conduct enquiries to do so in a thorough manner, without ruling out any hypothesis, and then to publish its findings as soon as possible. As Ossébi had dual French and Congolese citizenship, they also urge the Congolese government to seek the help of the French police and judicial authorities in this case and invite the French government to open a parallel investigation in France. The two organisations finally call on the victor of this weekend’s presidential election, in which Sassou-Nguesso is running for another term, to guarantee that journalists will be free to work without being exposed to threats, intimidation or violence.Download the full report in French : Reports Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica July 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report of investigation into Franco-Congolese journalist’s death March 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville to go further March 5, 2021 Find out morecenter_img See amateur videos of the destruction of Ossébi’s house : News Related documents Rapport_Ossebi_fr.pdfPDF – 430.88 KB May 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month Receive email alertslast_img read more

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News story: Matt Hancock calls for world to unite in responding to the challenge of mental health

first_img This summit is a landmark moment in changing the way mental illness is perceived and treated globally. The world must unite and take this opportunity to deliver parity for mental health so it is treated the same as physical health. Countries from across the world are in London today to agree action to tackle one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Whether it’s challenging discrimination, promoting wellbeing at work, adopting new technologies, or empowering young people to take steps to a healthier future, long-lasting commitments will be made at this summit which will be a step towards achieving better mental health care for all. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock will launch the government’s ambition to put mental health on an equal footing to physical health across the world, at the first ever annual ministerial mental health summit in London on Tuesday 9 October.Key political figures, innovators, experts, policy-makers and people with lived experience of mental health from around the world will come together at the 2-day summit to agree global action to tackle mental ill-health.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spearheaded the Heads Together initiative, will join ministers and delegates from more than 50 countries at the summit. Together they will take part in a variety of discussions and expert panels, encouraging them to rethink their current attitudes towards mental health.The global ministerial mental health summit is hosted by the UK government in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with support from the World Health Organization (WHO).The event will also see the launch of a short film from Time to Change called ‘It’s time to talk (about mental health)’. The film features A-list American actress Glenn Close and contributors from Nigeria, India, Kenya and the UK.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: After generations of mental health being the poor relation to physical health, many of us hope that this first ever global mental health summit will be a tipping point that prioritises more action on mental health. We’ve made major progress on mental health stigma in England, and hope the Summit acts as a springboard for change across all countries and cultures, so that there is no shame attached to mental health anywhere in the world.center_img Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said:last_img read more

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WDA plans £150m tie-up to deliver high-tech schemes

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