KEEMTAAN Gi – NUMBER 27 ET CETERA
When we want to move away from politics to talk only about football, it – politics ¬— always finds a malicious pleasure in inviting itself into the debate. Like a hair in the soup. Let’s move on to the Karim Wade attraction in Qatar where he was the darling of fans nostalgic for his face. For a former powerful Minister of the Republic and beloved child of his predecessor in exile by his will, the Chief should have invited him to his side. The sport would have gained a unifying image around the “Lions”. It would also have given food for thought to our political scientists who have become celebrities through their rambling analyzes of the Madame Soleil genre, some of whom see the former Minister of Heaven and Earth as the Leader’s plan B to put an end to his most serious for the presidential election of 2024. A ballot for which his laudators and his courtiers, who know that they would no longer exist without him, push him to suicide. For the presentation of the national flag to the Lions in Qatar, it was by chance that the shirt bearing the number 27 was awarded to the Chief. Unfortunately for him, it turns out that this figure summarizes the summary of an article of the Constitution which stipulates that no one can exercise more than two consecutive mandates. Happy coincidence when arsonists stoke the fire, encouraging the Chef to an auto-da-fé. The same ones who will be the first to walk away from the fire once it is lit. And despite the chorus of disapproval, there are always opportunists to push him to the scaffold despite the warnings of some of his companions who have kept their lucidity. The golds of power or the desire to approach it blocking their view. This, like the one who administers the press sector and who still persists, despite the evidence, in denying that it is the press as a whole that supports Pape Ale Niang. His attempt to want to divide the corporation being doomed to failure. The funny thing is when he tears up the journalist status of the political prisoner, pointing out that he does not have his press card, which is due on December 1st. Pushing cretinism, he has already condemned the colleague with legal tricks.
KACCOOR BI – THE WITNESS
MIMI TOURE ON THE DEFEAT OF THE LIONS “LET’S REMAIN OPTIMISTIC AND FULLY COMMITTED BEHIND OUR GAÏNDES”
The former Prime Minister invites the Senegalese to remain optimistic and fully committed behind the Gaïndés, despite their defeat against the Dutch. The Lions failed yesterday to squeeze the Oranges. Kalidou Koulibaly’s band was crushed by 2 goals to nil during a hard-fought match. A defeat which aroused many reactions on the side of the Senegalese. Former football player, the former Prime Minister, Aminata Touré, reacted to the defeat of the gang to Sadio Mané, injured and forfeited from the Qatar 2022 World Cup. “Too bad because we held on well until the end ”, laments the former president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. However, Mimi Touré thinks that “we are used to the slow start and the rise of our national team which, I am sure, has some nice surprises in store for us. “We remain optimistic and fully committed behind our Gaïndés,” urges the former Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals. Let’s hope that the foals of coach Aliou Cissé, also African champions in 2022, will take up the challenge during their next meeting next Friday against Qatar, the organizing country. A meeting that will undoubtedly be fiercely contested for these two teams who both conceded defeat in their first match against Ecuador and the Netherlands respectively.
BOULEVARD ALIOU ARDO SOW (EX-VDN) A SADLY UNKNOWN NAME!
Where is Boulevard Aliou Ardo Sadio Sow? No Dakar taxi driver or even less local motorist can tell you. Yet, it is one of Dakar’s most famous and busiest boulevards. The daily “The Witness” is sorry that the so-called “Aliou Ardo Sow” is struggling to erase the name “Vdn”. Even in official press releases, the State services always speak of “Vdn” while forgetting that this large boulevard bears the name of the late construction magnate (Cse) Aliou Ardo Sow. In any case, in all self-respecting cities and towns, the names of avenues or squares recall heroes, historical figures, state clerks, marabouts, etc. who have rendered good and loyal service to the Nation. And in general, without expecting anything on the way back. As a reminder, in March 2022, the President of the Republic Macky Sall had proceeded to the naming of this first section of the Northern Clearance Route (Vdn) going from the roundabout Ecole Normale Supérieure to the roundabout of the International Center for Foreign Trade of Senegal (Cices) or Dakar Fair. Since then, the name “Aliou Ardo Sow” seems to be sadly unknown to users and residents of the “Vdn”. Too bad for this great man who did so much for this country!
RELEASE OF POPE ALE NIANG LA CAP LAUNCHES ITS SECOND ACTION PLAN
The Coordination of Press Associations (CAP) held an evaluation meeting on Monday, November 21, 2022 at the Maison de la presse Babacar Touré. The CAP thanks all the journalists, technicians and media actors of all ages but also all the populations who responded massively, on Friday November 18, 2022, to the march for the release of Pape Alé NIANG. Heartfelt thanks also to our elders and deans, sisters and brothers from other regions of Senegal, as well as those in the diaspora who have shown their support for this cause through a march or a sit-in. . Freedom of the press has thus been revived, invigorated in Senegal, through this national mobilization. Indeed, beyond media actors and professionals, civil society, political leaders and citizens who love justice and freedom have beaten the road to advocate a free and independent press. Because, our conviction is that each day that Pape Alé NIANG (already 13 days of detention) spends in prison, the press is gagged and threatened. The CAP reiterates its congratulations to the police who have spared no effort to supervise this march with rigor and professionalism. Today, all human rights and media organizations at national and international level have their eyes fixed on Senegal, which is losing its achievements at the risk of finding itself at the bottom of the list in the next ranking. worldwide for freedom of the press. Still in the dynamics of mobilization, the CAP has defined a second action plan marked by visits to chancelleries and diplomatic representations, meetings with civil society organizations, a digital campaign in the colors of the Mondial and another Council of Media. The watchword of the CAP remains intransigence for the release of our colleague Pape Alé NIANG.
BROADCASTING OF THE WORLD CUP: CNRA SUSPENDS TELE ITV
The National Audiovisual Regulatory Council announced, in a press release made public yesterday, its decision to suspend the broadcasting of Itv programs. He recalls that he had called on radio and television stations to refrain from harming RTS and to avoid any “illegal” retransmission of World Cup matches. “The Emedia group, by means of a press release, affirmed that it has no intention of respecting the exclusive rights of the RTS (…)”, we read in the press release. The TV channel of the E-media group is accused of having started the broadcast of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The decision was taken in application of article 7 in fine of law n ° 2006-04 of the January 4, 2006 establishing the CNRA. “The broadcasting of ITV programs is suspended as soon as television begins broadcasting a match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup”, underlines the document. And to add that in the event of a recurrence, after the resumption of the broadcasting of ITV programs after the match, the broadcasting of which has been undertaken, the said channel will be subject to heavier sanctions, in accordance with the regulations. As a reminder, the exclusive rights to the World Cup were granted by the RTS during a call for tenders. The Emedia group, in competition for these same rights, was quick to protest. A complaint was filed by the group with the competition department of the Uemoa commission.
MEDIA CDEPS EDITORS DENOUNCE THE SUSPENSION OF EMEDIA
Let us stay with the media to say that the Council of Press Broadcasters and Editors of Senegal (CDEPS) considers, with regard to the suspension of Emedia programs by the CNRA, that it is an extremely serious act to cut off the signal of a television. “No text currently gives the CNRA the right to cut off a television signal. If the CDEPS does not rule on the merits of the dispute between RTS and ITV over the broadcasting rights for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the CNRA cannot take sides with any competing party. Not holder of TV rights, the CNRA is not entitled to take any action without a court decision. It is the holder of the rights and not the CNRA who can take legal action. Under no circumstances can cutting off a television signal be a unilateral act. The problem arises of the legality of the acts taken by the CNRA by arbitrarily cutting off the signal of a television” indicates the president of the Cdeps Mamadou Ibra Kane. “This is another dangerous precedent against freedom of enterprise and freedom of the press. ITV suffers enormous damage by the cut of its signal, even temporary. The CDEPS invites the CNRA to suspend any action that would harm the interests of any company. The conflict between RTS and ITV is a legal problem that must be settled through the courts and not instrumentalize the Télé Diffusion du Sénégal (TDS) to cut off the signal from private television stations,” concludes Mamadou Ibra Kane, president of the CDEPS.
GUY MARIUS SAGNA AND THIERNO ALASSANE SALL WEAR THE FIGHT OF KING FAHD WORKERS!
During yesterday’s vote on the budget of the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, Guy Marius Sagna denounced the overexploitation of workers at the King Fahd, Terrou-Bi and Novotel hotels. According to the deputy, these workers are paid 40 hours after having worked 48 hours. Some of them are not even entitled to a restoration. The coordinator of the Frapp movement invites Minister Mame Mbaye Niang to fight to solve their problem as he did in 2011 against the candidacy of Me Wade. Regarding the renovation project of the King Fahd hotel, Thierno Alassane Sall raises grievances. “After the first endorsement, another was granted to the hotel manager in a context where he himself had recognized the dilapidated state of the infrastructure. He used this endorsement to go and make a loan of 20 billion, according to our information, to repair only 266 rooms out of 367, without touching the restaurants or the convention center, “he declared to Minister Mame Mbaye. Niang. Still Mamadou Racine Sy, definitely!
IBRAHIMA DIOP, MP FOR WALLU DIASPORA “MAME MBAYE NIANG IS ONLY PROMOTING THE 3RD CANDIDACY OF MACKY SALL”
The deputies invited the Minister of Tourism and Leisure to initiate a reflection on the issue of entry visas to Senegal and to apply, if necessary, the principle of reciprocity. According to the Wallu deputy of the diaspora, Ibrahima Diop, there is a notorious lack of tourist contribution at the level of the Diaspora. According to him, the air transport sector should be attached to that of Tourism. Because, he says, these two concentrate the greatest difficulties encountered by the Senegalese of the Diaspora. He believes that the minister is only obsessed with promoting his mentor’s candidacy in 2024 rather than worrying about these problems of our compatriots living abroad. MP Sira Ndiaye praised President Sall’s program in the tourism sector, in particular the 15 billion he released to support players during the Covid 19 period.
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