CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Follow the news on Cameroon Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system “We condemn this premeditated attack, in which this journalist could have lost his life if it hadn’t been for his neighbours’ courageous intervention,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We urge the authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation that does not rule out the possibility that the attack was linked to the victim’s work. The authorities have a duty to protect reporters and to create conditions that allow them to work at a time of political turmoil, when the country has more need than ever of professional journalists.” RSF_en Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Chief investigative reporter at CameroonWeb, the country’s most popular news website, Paul Chouta was beaten and stabbed by three unidentified individuals as he left his Yaoundé home, sustaining injuries to the head, hands and feet. “He survived thanks to the intervention of neighbours, who rushed him to hospital for emergency attention,” the website said in a communiqué sent to RSF. RSF is still pressing for the release of Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue, two journalists with the leading Cameroonian daily Le Jour, who have been held since the evening of 28 January. They were arrested while covering a meeting of opposition leaders who dispute President Paul Biya’s reelection for a seventh term last October. Now that more than 48 hours have elapsed since their arrest, they have been registered as imprisoned journalists in RSF’s “barometer” of press freedom violations worldwide. They join Amadou Vamoulké, the former head of state-owned Cameroon Radio & Television (CRTV), who has been held for more than two and a half years. The 17th hearing in his Kafkaesque trial is due to be held on 1 March. News Well-known for his reporting and for interviews carried live on Facebook, on which he has more than 54,000 followers, Chouta is often the target of threats and hate speech. “He had to change his place of residence for safety reasons during last October’s presidential elections and is still very exposed because his stories often circulate widely online,” his editor, Emmanuel Vitus, told RSF. Receive email alerts May 31, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this morning’s knife attack on a leading investigative journalist in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, and calls for a thorough and independent investigation to identify those responsible. Help by sharing this information CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence News January 31, 2019 Knife attack on well-known Cameroonian investigative reporter Cameroon is ranked 129th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Organisation Le journaliste Paul Chouta après son agression jeudi 31 janvier à Yaoundé au Cameroun. Crédit : Paul Chouta to go further April 23, 2021 Find out more
Oxford University spent last week honouring Dambudzo Marechera, nearly four decades after expelling him. Events took place over the week, celebrating the work of the writer that one Zimbabwean newspaper called “the most controversial author Zimbabwe has ever produced.”After gaining a scholarship to New College, Marechera was expelled following a series of incidents, including threats to burn down the college. After growing up in poverty, he had previously been expelled from the University of Rhodesia in 1973 after a student demonstration.Professor Elleke Boehmer, co-organiser of the event, explains that Marechera had a “schizophrenic disposition, which was never formally diagnosed,” and was made worse by his “extreme isolation, as one of the only black students in a very white Oxford.” It was this combination of race and class prejudices, Boehmer suggests, that led to such behaviour.She stressed the continued relevance of the work, stating that “People now still relate to the crises which Marechera faced, especially in his native Zimbabwe.His thinking represents precisely the opposite to the kind of rigid, binary thought of someone like Robert Mugabe. He asked a lot of difficult questions, and crossed boundaries.”However, some object to the perceived double standards of the institution. Wadham second-year Sophie Lewis directed a production which combined two of Marechera’s plays, but split from the conference organisers “after a very difficult beginning.” Lewis objects to the idea of the University embracing the writer after rejecting him as a student.“I don’t want to see Marechera’s dramatics, his nationsroman, his poems, stultified by the academic institution he rejected, and which rejected him.”One English undergraduate said, “I always think it’s quite ironic when Oxford welcome back someone they barely cared about at the time. I don’t think they mean to be hypocritical, but there is the sense that they want to share in Marechera’s success.”Boehmer acknowledges that the celebration may “seem on the surface” to be hypocritical, welcoming back the writer now that he is safe and dead, but points out that ‘the English Faculty and academia has moved on. We’re now in a place where black writers’ work are discussed and celebrated. It’s a different Oxford from the one Marechera experienced.’“This isn’t in any way trying to excuse or make up for the past, but a genuine recognition and celebration of his work.”
Question: Who was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard?Answer: Helen Keller, in 1955Read about Keller’s life of letters and philanthropy.For more information on Harvard’s 375th celebration, visit its website.
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