dinsdag 22 december 2009

Newspaper publisher held for a week on charge of insulting president

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders correspondent Jules Koum Koum managed to visit newspaper publisher Jean-Bosco Talla in Yaoundé's Kondengui prison on 17 December 2009. Arrested on 10 December, Talla was brought before a court in Mfoundi on 16 December and pleaded not guilty to a charge of insulting President Paul Biya.

"I just published passages from a book," he told Reporters Without Borders. "I don't see what crime I committed and I am therefore not worried." Talla is due to appear in court again on 21 December.

"We once again remind the Cameroonian authorities that there are never grounds for arresting a journalist in a defamation case," Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Talla's immediate release.

The publisher of the privately-owned weekly "Germinal", Talla was arrested on 10 December and was taken to the State Secretariat for Defence (SED), a police unit tasked with combating organised crime. After being held there for four days, he was transferred on the evening of 14 December to Kondengui prison and was taken before the state prosecutor the next day.

Talla was arrested for publishing passages from Ebale Angounou's book "Blood for Blood" in issue No. 46 of "Germinal". Banned by the Cameroonian authorities as libellous in 2001, the book claims that, before becoming president, Biya pledged fealty to his predecessor, Ahmadou Ahidjo, in a secret pact that was sealed by "a homosexual act."

A particularly combative journalist, Talla has been targeted by the authorities in the past. In late June he reported receiving anonymous death threats a few days after the publication of a report by the Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development (CCFD) about personal assets allegedly acquired by President Biya with public funds. Talla had helped to prepare the report.


Another journalist is currently detained in Cameroon. Lewis Medjo, the publisher of the weekly "La Détente Libre", has been imprisoned in the southwestern city of Douala since 26 September 2008 for publishing a report about an alleged ploy by President Biya to get the Supreme Court president to retire early.

A court sentenced him on 7 January to three years in prison and a fine of 2 million CFA francs (about 3,000 euros) on a charge of "disseminating false news."

The government continues to keep articles in the criminal code that punish press offences harshly. If a newspaper article is deemed to be libellous, sentences of up to several years in prison can be passed on its author or the newspaper's publisher.

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woensdag 16 december 2009

State: Bijlmer Style gaat de politiek in

De mannen Gikkels en Robert Coblijn van Stg. Bijlmer Style gaan de politiek in. Met alle aandacht daarvoor in de landelijke media was dat wel duidelijk. Gikkels was al een uitgesproken persoon en Roberts daadkracht leverde al drie verzamel albums op. Dat wordt nu gecombineerd in een beweging die van muziek uitbreidt naar de politiek. Hip Hop gaat de politiek in: klaar voor de battle op het klassieke strijdtoneel.

Lees het hele artikel op:
De doofpot versie:
Ongecensureerd:
BNN's www.StateMagazine.nl

Auke

Cameroonian editor under arrest

New York, December 15, 2009, Committee to Protect Journalists — The managing editor of a private newspaper in Cameroon has been held in police custody since Thursday, accused of insulting President Paul Biya, according to local journalists and news reports.

Managing Editor Jean-Bosco Talla of the weekly Germinal was picked up by police in the capital, Yaoundé, on Thursday and taken to the State Secretariat for Defense, headquarters of the military police, for questioning over a front-page item, according to the same sources.

The item was an excerpt from a 2001 book published in Yaoundé by Daniel Ebalé Angounou, a former government informant, alleging that late President Ahmadou Ahidjo’s handover of power to Biya in 1982 was linked to sexual relations between the two. The item was part of a series of special reports on the 20th anniversary of Ahidjo’s death in exile, which was widely covered by the local press.

Defense lawyer Jean-Marie Ngoua told CPJ that Talla could be formally charged under Cameroon’s criminal libel statutes this week.

“Jean-Bosco Talla should not be imprisoned for quoting a book,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “We urge authorities in Cameroon to abandon the practice of using criminal insult laws to send journalists to prison.”

Germinal editor-in-chief Duke Atangana Etotogo told CPJ that police lured Talla with a phone call from a purported source who wanted to meet him. Talla, who has faced arrest and threats over his investigations into the private wealth of Biya and other dignitaries, is the second journalist now in custody for his work in Cameroon, according to CPJ research. The other is Lewis Medjo of the defunct tabloid La Détente Libre.

More info:

Committee to Protect Journalists
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CPJ is a New York-based, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide since 1981. For more information, visit www.cpj.org.

zondag 13 december 2009

Dret & Krulle winnen de GPNL 2009

En verder? Gefeliciteerd! Dret & Krulle, ook bekend als Vaderloze Troepen, hebben de finale van de Grote Prijs van Nederland (GPNL) gewonnen. Volgens de site van GPNL wisten de MCs uit de Bijlmer de jury te overtuigen met “hun sterke samenspel en eenheid. Van begin tot eind bleef de energie hoog. Dret & Krulle zijn helemaal klaar voor de podia en festivals.”

Winnaar Grote Prijs: Dret & Krulle
MCN Publieksprijs: Dret & Krulle
Musicmaker Beste Muzikant prijs: DJ Friss (dj van Kraawntje Pappie)

Rock/Alternative:
Winnaar Grote Prijs: The Cosmic Carnival
Singer/songwriter:
Winnaar Grote Prijs: Eefje
Dance/Producer:
Winnaar Grote Prijs: Pitto

Meer info:

maandag 7 december 2009

Nieuwe ‘beste wensen’ verzinnen

Dit was de nieuwjaarsfoto van vorig jaar voor dit jaar. Nu een nieuwe bedenken voor het komende jaar, wat een nog moeilijkere tijd belooft te worden. Zou dus een nog simpeler antwoord uit moeten voortkomen. Aldus de logica van Winston Churchill.

Vrij vertaald: “Uit intense complexiteit, komt intense simpelheid…”

zaterdag 5 december 2009

Loting WK 2010 in Zuid-Afrika

Miljoenen kijken naar de loting van het Wereldkampioenschap Voetbal 2010 in Zuid-Africa op TV. Kinderen worden opzij geduwd: “Niet voor het beeld staan! Ik kan niet door je heen kijken!” De jonkies beseffen dat er iets belangrijks op TV gebeurt. Beginnen het ook te volgen en proberen de reden van alle ophef te begrijpen.

Over de hele wereld kunnen de voetbalfans op het moment van de loting niet gestoord worden met iets anders. Zo lijkt het. Zo ook in een Kameroens-Nederlands gezin in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Mama Quinta rent de keuken in en uit. Eén oog op het fornuis en het andere gefocust op de TV -ze doet het succesvol- een tafereel als in vele andere huishoudens.

Wat is er te zien op het lichtgevende voorwerp in de woonkamer? Een aangename onderbreking van zorgen om de economische crisis die hard toeslaat. Handen die in glazen kommen roeren. En de namen van de deelnemende landen eruit plukken. Wie gaat er tegen wie spelen? In dit huis begint er een vooruitzicht op een extra gespannen zomer zich te vormen. De loting: de leeuwen van Kameroen tegen de Nederlandse.

Group E
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Als beide teams door de play-off en de semi-finales komen dan is het één groot feest! Als beide er al vroeg uitgaan dan wordt de zomer een stuk minder leuk. En gaat de aandacht weer terug naar de normale dagelijkse zorgen. Zo goed en kwaad er spraken is van normale zorgen in tijden van crisis. Als één van de twee teams eruit ligt door een directe overwinning van de andere, nou… dan wordt de zomer nog een stuk moeilijker.

De show van de loting gaat zonder een noemenswaardig incident. De show is even mooi als spannend. De promotie campagne voor het WK in Zuid-Africa is de mooiste ooit voor een voetbal competitie. Volgend jaar komt het Wereldkampioenschap Voetbal -het spel van het volk- naar het moederland: Afrika.

Auke

dinsdag 1 december 2009

All City Writers


The title, All City Writers, describes a vast research on the Writing movement, focusing particularly on the process of its exportation from New York to all of Europe during the 80s. The first part of the research analyzes how graffiti in media such as movies, videos, magazines, and books from New York influenced Europe. When images of the New York subway arrived in London, Paris, Munich and Amsterdam, a huge milestone was set: a first generation of European graffiti writers started to follow the letters, the method, the techniques, and the general lifestyle of New York in the 70s.

The whole project developed from the consideration that many of the stories that writers experience are just lost in time. Other than the pictures of their pieces, the adventures, and sensations a writer lives through often just disappear like so many other bits of oral culture. For that reason, All City Writers contains the largest contribution of texts ever published in this field. With 1.230 pictures, 620 articles and more than 250 writers involved who contributed their own stories to the project All City Writers is a heavy-weight of graffiti literature – and that not just in terms of the actual size and weight of the book.

The book, a massive volume of more than 400 pages, has been conceived as an imaginary newspaper. The chronicles it contains have not been penned by real journalists or narrators, but by people who define themselves as ‘writers’. In this volume, a chorus of uncensored voices in the first person reveal their knowledge of European cities, their infrastructures, interstices and neighborhoods. This is the generation who in the last two decades of the 20th Century imported the countercultural phenomenon from New York commonly known as “Graffiti”.

At the outset , the obsessive repetition of a tag and the search for urban fame became a widespread and spontaneous act , an infinite ego trip that was rarely dissociated from the reproduction of the chosen letters. In these pages, European writers abandon the compulsive act of tagging for a moment , to narrate the city and cast a personal eye – not always detached – on the trains, the streets and the urban surroundings that common citizens generally cannot or will not acknowledge.

The chapters that compose this book focus on specific themes, comparable to the sect ions of a daily newspaper, presented here as special reports on the New York subway, the European network or the first urban strongholds.The combination of these elements, including, among others, a detailed, in-depth description of the phenomenon’s explosion in Italy during the 90’s, provides a unique history of the variety of pathways they explored and documents the desires of an entire generation intent on describing and interpret ing their cultural movement . Trough historic and detailed documentation deriving from a singular urban episode, the New York City Subway, Al l City Writers wants to investigate the evolution and the consequences of a countercultural phenomenon, which in the last decades has provoked a change in the rules of aesthetics and communication in modern day society.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In concurrence to his studies in Graphic Design and Architecture, collaborations with Stefano Boeri Milano (2002-2005) and Moneo - Brock Madrid (2006-2008), since 1993 Andrea Caputo has under taken a personal study of street culture and the consequent social and aesthetic influences, actively participating in the International Writing movement with the publication of editorial and expository projects.


ABOUT THE BOOK

410 full color pages, 33cm x 48cm - portrait size, coated and uncoated papers, hard cover, more than 250 writers involved, 1230 pictures, 620 articles, 50 info-graphics ,fully English language version and Italian sect ion in mother language limited version.

DISTRIBUTION

All City Writers is distributed world wide by Critiques Livres Distribution SAS, France. Cover price : 49 Euro.
All City Writers will be available in the best bookshops starting from November 2009.
The book will be also available at the publisher website (www.kitchen93.fr) and in every European Carhartt store/retailer.

English version (international diffusion): ISBN 9782859800130
Italian version: ISBN 9782859800147

House Of Hiphop presenteert documentaire over Westcoast Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop platform House Of Hiphop zal in december een eerste documentaire presenteren. Onderwerp van deze documentaire is de Hip-Hop scene aan de westkust van de Verenigde Staten. De documentaire “Westcoast Special, A documentary about Westcoast Hip Hop Music” is zondag 20 december voor het eerst te zien in P3 te Purmerend voordat Westcoast artiest Xzibit het podium betreed.

Westcoast Special is ook te zien tijdens de andere optredens van Xzibit, 22 december in het Paard van Troje in Den Haag en 23 december in Hedon in Zwolle. Na deze 3 premieres is Westcoast Special ook elders in het land te bekijken. Locaties en data zullen binnenkort bekend gemaakt worden op www.houseofhiphop.nl.

De documentaire onderzoekt de ontwikkeling en de relevantie van de huidige Westcoast Hip-Hop scene aan de hand van interviews met artiesten als Ice Cube, Xzibit, Kurupt & Daz (Tha Dogg Pound), funkheld George Clinton, DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Too $hort en E-40. Gedurende de documentaire zijn de artiesten aan het woord en zij geven hun mening en visie op de Westcoast Hip-Hop scene. Muziek voor de documentaire wordt geleverd door 2 Nederlandse producers met grote liefde voor de Westcoast Hip-Hop: Big2 van the Opposites en Fabian Dech van Gotcha!

In navolging van de website, de optredens, de masterclasses en de TV items, brengt het platform House of Hiphop nu dus deze documentaire. De visie die op de andere uitingen van toepassing is, geldt ook voor Westcoast Special. De documentaire is namelijk gemaakt zonder budget en vooral uit liefde voor Hip-Hop.

Een voorproef van Westcoast Special is nu te bekijken in de vorm van een trailer.
Deze trailer is hier te bekijken: [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x63opUwSVQ ]


Meer info:
House Of Hip Hop http://www.houseofhiphop.nl/