News Receive email alerts Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison December 31, 2019 Find out more RSF_en GabonAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Gabon Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern about the deteriorating situation in Gabon, where the authorities continue to obstruct the publication of independentnewspapers. The satirical bi-monthly Sub-Version was recently seized and fouremployees from the paper were detained at Libreville airport. The NationalCommunications Council (Conseil national de la communication, CNC) also recently suspended a second paper, the bi-monthly La Sagaie.”We condemn these measures, which hinder the development of privately-ownedmedia in Gabon. Suspending a media outlet is a very serious penalty. We can onlyconclude that the authorities use this means of punishment to deprive citizensof access to independent or critical news sources,” said Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard. In a letter to CNC Chairperson Pierre Marie Ndong, the organisation urged the council to reconsider its decisions and allow the media outlets to resume their activities.Border police at Libreville International Airport seized all copies ofSub-Version’s third issue on 17 September 2003. The paper is printed inCameroon. Four staff members who had come to pick up the copies of their paperwere also detained and questioned. They were released later in the afternoon.The authorities accuse the bi-monthly of inciting an “insurrection” amongcitizens and attempting to “destabilise republican institutions.”In addition, the bi-monthly La Sagaie learned of its suspension in a letter on23 September. The paper was banned indefinitely and accused of making a “call to tribalism” and “threatening state security.”Reporters Without Borders recalls that the privately-owned newspaper Misamu remains closed more than five months after the CNC decided to supended the publication indefinitely on 13 May. Moreover, Noël Ngwa Nguema, a priest who isthe founder and editor-in-chief of Misamu and Sub-Version, faces constantpressure and intimidation tactics. September 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two recently-launched independent newspapers prevented from publishing January 24, 2020 Find out more Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News to go further Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information GabonAfrica Organisation
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A funeral mass was offered Aug. 25 at St Joseph of the Palisades Church for Sylvester Sanzari, 62, of West New York. He passed away Aug. 21. Born in Jersey City he was a retired employee for the West New York Department of Public Works. He was the brother of Philip, Michael, and Lawrence Sanzari, Susan Pleger, Sharon Wellenheider and the late Debra and Joseph. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers made eastern Long Island the first place in the nation to forbid 19 and 20 year olds from buying cigarettes and other tobacco products starting next year following an intense debate.The county legislature voted 10-8 late Tuesday night to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 19 to 21 within Suffolk, imposing $1,000 fines for retailers that violate the new law.“This is about preventing addiction,” said Suffolk Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai), one of the lawmakers who voted for the bill, referring to the hundreds of thousands who die each year from tobacco-related illnesses and the thousands within the 19- to 21-year-old age group who pick up the habit each day for the first time.The move comes after CVS recently announced is will phase out the sale of cigarettes at its pharmacies nationwide this year and New York officials encouraged other drug stores to follow suit.The new law, which now goes to County Executive Steve Bellone for signing, also bans the sale of cigars, rolling papers, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 19 and 20 year olds starting in 2015. A similar law has been proposed in Nassau.Opponents and advocates voiced their concerns throughout the afternoon and into the evening, encompassing everything from its potential effects on health and costs to discussion over curtailing freedoms, over-regulation and whether or not the new restrictions would actually be enforceable. Even those who voted against the bill made pointed statements in favor of increased education for youth and anti-smoking initiatives.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) joined Republican lawmakers in opposing the increase, echoing concerns of others that there existed several flaws in the legislation, one of which being, she said, the inability to effectively enforce it. She added that the onus would fall onto shop owners, who would be held responsible should a 19- to 21-year-old purchase cigarettes in their shop.Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) also crossed party lines to vote against the bill, asking: “How many other types of conduct are we going to now prohibit for adults?”“We send our young people off to go ahead to fight for us all over the world, we encourage our young people to be able to enter contract, we have our young people go ahead and be able to vote and yet this is an effort to tell them ‘you’re good enough for some things but not for this,” Minority Leader John M. Kennedy (R-Nesconset) said in explaining his vote. He suggested that the state should pass the law instead.Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (D-North Amityville), a military veteran, said that when he first heard of the idea to raise the age he harbored concerns about preventing those who could serve our country in times of war from smoking a cigarette, but decided in the end to vote on the side of potentially saving lives, “for the public good.”