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National Assembly passes new media law

first_img March 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 National Assembly passes new media law News November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders joins the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ) in welcoming the new media law that the National Assembly adopted unanimously on 4 March. It replaces a June 2013 media law of which several controversial clauses were quashed by the Constitutional Court in January 2014 in response to a petition by the UBJ. Problematic provisions concerning the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, the National Council for Communication and heavy fines for media offences have been modified in the new law.“We join the UBJ in hailing the National Assembly’s unanimous adoption of the new media law,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “This is a great victory for media freedom in Burundi. We hope the next step towards media freedom and independence will be the law’s promulgation and ratification, and the decriminalization of media offences in the near future.”Telecommunications, information and communication minister Tharcisse Nkezabahizi issued a statement saying the government had agreed to amend the media law in order to strengthen journalism. The new law has to be approved by the senate before it can be promulgated.The UBJ also petitioned the East African Community Court of Justice in July 2013, asking it to overturn the media law on the grounds that it violated the East African Community’s founding treaty. Reporters Without Borders and eight other NGOs submitted an amicus brief in support of the petition.Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists (Photo: © Agence Afrique 2015) June 5, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica RSF_en Organisation Reports BurundiAfrica October 21, 2020 Find out more News News to go furtherlast_img read more

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Dodgers hit four home runs in rout of Red Sox

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores behind Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon on a single by A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers fans at Fenway Park celebrate the solo home run by Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel (12) celebrates a solo home run by A.J. Pollock (11) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs on his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez, right, reacts beside Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes after striking out swinging during to end the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese follows through on his two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, comes to the mound to relieve Chris Sale, center, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates his solo home run with J.D. Martinez (28) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale stands on the field after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, during the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores behind Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon on a single by A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ExpandBOSTON — The Dodgers’ offense hadn’t been itself for awhile.Over seven games before Saturday, the Dodgers’ hitters had combined for a .205 average and walked just 17 times while striking out 61. They had failed to drive up the pitch counts of starting pitchers like they had so often during the first half and their collective efforts produced just 22 runs in those seven games.Well, that’s over.Justin Turner led an awakening Saturday night, hitting one of the Dodgers’ three home runs and adding two doubles as the Dodgers chased Chris Sale from the game in the fifth inning and bombed the Boston Red Sox 11-2. That snapped a four-game losing streak wrapped around the All-Star break for the Dodgers, one of only two skids longer than two games they have had this season.“That’s more like it,” bench coach Bob Geren said, walking to the coaches’ room as the media entered the post-game locker room.Indeed, it was a more familiar script. The Dodgers had 20 baserunners (14 hits, four walks and two hit batters), took 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position and had the opposing starting pitcher out of the game before the end of the fifth inning for the first time since July 2.“I thought the at-bats tonight were pretty good,” Turner said. “We made a really, really good pitcher work really hard. We got his pitch count up and were able to break through in that fifth inning. Quality at-bats, taking walks, putting good swings on balls with guys in scoring position — yeah, it was a matter of time.“I think you play a 162-game season, there’s probably going to be a few little lulls in there where you have a hard time getting things going. But that’s kind of uncharacteristic of this offense. One through nine is able to put together quality at-bats over and over again. Hopefully, we had that little lull and now we’re right back where we’re supposed to be.” “There’s constant tinkering going on, trying to get different feels in the box,” Turner said. “I messed with a few things earlier today with our hitting guys in the cage that felt pretty good. A lot of times you do stuff in the cage but it doesn’t always carry over into the game. Tonight, it carried over and felt pretty good.”That was the physical part. There might have been some mental fatigue at work for the entire lineup in the seven-game “lull” as well, Turner admitted.“Yeah, I think it was good for all of us,” he said. “The way this team goes about our business — mentally engaged for nine innings, trying to win every pitch — gets exhausting for all our guys. So that was a nice four-day break. I think a lot of guys needed it. Maybe a little bit of a hangover yesterday but got back to feeling ourselves tonight.”That was evident from the start. Chris Taylor led off the game with a walk. Cody Bellinger beat out an infield single on a dribbler in front of the mound, extending the inning long enough for A.J. Pollock to come through with a two-out RBI single — giving the Dodgers their first lead since the Fourth of July.Turner homered in the third inning and Sale had already thrown 71 pitches by the time he took the mound in the fifth.Kike’ Hernandez led off with a single (the first of four times he reached base in the game) and Sale hit Austin Barnes with a pitch. After Taylor lined out, back-to-back doubles by Turner and David Freese produced three runs. Sale was done not long after.The Dodgers would break the game open late. But the early offense was enough to make things moderately comfortable for starter Ross Stripling who turned in his best outing since rejoining the rotation last month.The Dodgers right-hander held the Red Sox to four hits — one a solo home run by Xander Bogaerts — while striking out seven in five innings.“Definitely had everything firing today,” Stripling said. “I felt like with the mix I was able to keep them off balance a little bit and sneak some heaters past them for some punch outs. Got some freeze takes for some strikeouts. Kind of had everything working tonight.”The Dodgers put it away with four runs in a seventh inning that featured back-to-back home runs by Bellinger and Pollock off reliever Steven Wright. For Bellinger, it was his 31st home run of the season (and came on his 24th birthday). For Pollock, it was his first in the majors since April 17.“Felt like Opening Day,” Pollock joked.Max Muncy stole a run on the shift in the same inning. Muncy went from first to third on a simple ground ball back to the pitcher. The Red Sox were shifted to the right side against Corey Seager and no one was covering third base. Muncy trotted home when first baseman Christian Vazquez tried to hit a moving target as Bogaerts tried to hustle over and cover third. The throw went into left field.Muncy took a more direct route in the ninth, hitting his 23rd homer.“We talked about it — it was a matter of time. We’re too good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the breakout. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Turner experienced his own little lull. In 15 games before Saturday, he was 10 for 51 (.196).Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more