Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes

first_imgThe three visitors spent two hours on the premises searching computer files for the original recordings of Parra’s programmes, meanwhile preventing the station from broadcasting. The mayor made his intentions clear when he said later: “I have to silence them one way or another.” Goye, a member of the Front for Victory (FpV) party, has a reputation for clashing with the news media in Río Negro province. Three weeks earlier, he did the same thing to another station, Radio KMFM. On that occasion his representatives, armed with a warrant signed by Carlos Cuellar, visited the Radio KMFM studios twice, carrying out searches and seizing recordings of programmes by Santiago Rey, who also runs the online news portal Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche (ANB). Goye previously took legal action against ANB for “psychological distress” after the publication of an article criticizing the way the city council managed advertising billboards. Letters were also sent to Mensajero Digital and El Cordillerano, who had reprinted the article. The mayor recently lost an appeal against the province’s biggest newspaper, Río Negro, which published a story by the journalist Daniel Marzal on 16 June this year questioning his financial practices. His attacker, identified as Nicolás Ayuso, was immediately arrested by the police and sacked by his employer. The attack followed an altercation a few minutes earlier between a group of protesters and C5N staff. Finally, Argentina still has one journalist in prison — Néstor Pasquini who was jailed six years ago in Cordoba province and has been the victim of all-out judicial persecution. An open letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to the federal justice ministry has as yet had no response. Fedorischak, who works as a photographer for the newspaper Primera Edición and as a commentator for the TV station Misiones Cuatro, was taking pictures from the top of a gate outside the police station when three police offers came over and pulled him down. He was dragged along the ground for about 15 metres then into the station where several officers beat him and tried to suffocate him. His life was threatened and he was forced to strip and hand over his photographic equipment. A complaint was made against Fedorischak for verbally assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. For his part, he filed a complaint about his treatment at the hands of the officers. Unfortunately such violence is not confined to this province. Attacks on journalists took place during a day of demonstrations against the President Cristina Kirchner’s government on 8 November, the most dramatic and shocking of which involved Néstor Dib from the TV station Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), who was struck from behind while he was live on air: The journalist received no prior notice from the judge. “It was a clear breach of freedom of information and meant to intimidate us because we had been critical of the mayor’s administration. Such an unannounced search of a news organization is unheard of.” ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders notes with concern and regret that there has been an upsurge in assaults on journalists and breaches of freedom of information in Argentina, in its provinces especially. This has occurred against the backdrop of growing polarization in the media in the run-up to 7 December, the deadline for the Clarín media group, which is in dispute with the federal government, to appeal against the country’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA). Reporters Without Borders, which supports the law in principle, will return to the issue before that date. “At the end of last year, Argentina had a pretty good track record in freedom of information and journalists’ safety compared with many other countries in the region,” the press freedom organization said. “However, safety has deteriorated this year, particularly in the provinces, thanks to the failure of the public authorities to take action against all-too-frequent assaults carried out by local elected officials.“Such impunity must end, as must attacks on journalists from national news organizations who are associated with the editorial line taken by their employers as a result of growing polarization. It is the responsibility of those on all sides of the political spectrum and the justice authorities to work together on behalf of constitutional freedoms, including the freedom to report the news and hold peaceful debate.” In the city of Bariloche in Rio Negro province, just as the station Radio Horizonte (AM 94.5) was about to start a news broadcast at 9 a.m. on 23 November, the journalist Marcelo Parra saw three people enter the studio. They were a court official, a lawyer and a police officer and had been sent by the city’s mayor, Omar Goye. “They arrived with a search warrant signed by judge Jorge Serra to carry out a precautionary seizure of our archives,” Parra told Reporters Without Borders.“They wanted to see if they could find anything prejudicial to Omar Goye that might enable them to launch legal proceedings against us.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 4, 2019 Find out more News November 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Station closes after threats on airThree days earlier, on 20 November, the journalist Javier Rivarola, a commentator on the station FM Radio 21 was insulted and threatened on air by the member of parliament and FpV leader Ruben Contreras. The politician telephoned the station in mid-programme and accused the journalist of “inciting violence” and accused him of being responsible for an act of vandalism carried out at his home by a group of neighbours angry at water shortages in the town. The MP said: “You are all sons of whores. You are the son of a whore. This will not go on. What would you do if something happened at your house tomorrow? You just wait …” The journalist reported the MP for making criminal threats. Contreras played down the incident and said he would make a public apology. In the town of Aristobulo del Valle in the northeastern province of Misiones, Daniel Polaczinski, the owner of Radio U was forced to close the station and take time off from journalism after receiving threats from the chairman of the town council, Luis David Kochen. The journalist had reported a car accident involving the councillor, who appeared to be intoxicated. He got out of his car and threatened the other driver with a machete.“Kochen has a reputation for violence,” Polaczinski told Reporters Without Borders. “But I started to come under pressure after I broadcast the story of a road rage incident in which he was involved. He went to hit a guy with a machete. We broadcast the story, then I started getting abusive and threatening text messages on my cell phone, although I didn’t think they were important.” The threats intensified, and on 18 November the journalist received the following text: “You will be killed unless you drop the story about the accident.” Most of the messages were anonymous but were identified as coming from Kochen’s cell phone. Polaczinski immediately went to the police and lodged a complaint about the threats. On the same day, Kochen visited him at his home. “He asked me to withdraw the complaint, which would damage him politically, but I didn’t do it,” Polaczinski added. An investigation is under way but meanwhile the journalist and father of two fears for his family and has closed the radio, which he has owned for six years. These cases are the latest in a long list of recent attacks on journalists and media outlets. Also in Misiones province, the journalist Mario Fedorischak was assaulted by the local police on 10 November as he covered the arrival of a group of prisoners at a police station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News ArgentinaAmericas to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders was recently told about the particularly desperate plight of Mehdi Hossinzadeh, a detained journalist who, according to his family, has been tortured. The authorities have said nothing about his case since his arrest on 31 July. News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News A UN general assembly committee has expressed deep concern about “serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations” in Iran, especially in the crackdown following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election in June. In a strongly-worded resolution on 20 November, the human rights committee accused the government of stepping up its use of torture, flogging, amputation and other forms of cruel and inhuman punishment. Another journalist, Ahmad Zeydabadi, was sentenced today to five years in prison followed by exile on the northeastern city of Gonabad. At the same time, the amount of bail for a provision release was increased to 350 million toman (260,000 euros). Jila Baniyaghoob, a journalist who was held from 20 June to 19 August, says she is very worried about her husband, fellow journalist Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, who was arrested the same day as she was and is still being held. The authorities in Tehran’s Evin prison have not been providing any information about detainees to their families or lawyers since the 12 June presidential election. June 9, 2021 Find out more Journalists continue to be harassed while in prison. They can be interrogated at any time. New charges can be brought against them. They can be denied family visits for no clear reason. They can be put in solitary confinement for one wrong word, and they can be denied medical treatment. March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img After spending more than 65 days in solitary confinement in Evin prison, he was transferred to a wing with other inmates. But then, after just a week in cell 350, he was put back in solitary confinement, in section 209 of the prison. See a TV interview yesterday with Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari about the four months he spent in prison in Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLS48YulGJQ Organisation “I saw him last Monday,” Baniyaghoob told Reporters Without Borders. “He was very ill with fever. We are very worried by the lack of medical care. More than five months have gone by since Bahaman’s arrest, and his lawyer has still not been able to see him or have access to his case file.” Bastani, Norbakhsh, Foroshani, Abtahi and Zeydabadi were all convicted in the course of the Stalinist-style political trials that have been taking place in Tehran since August. Their lawyers were not allowed to see them or examine the prosecution case files and they were represented in court by lawyers appointed by the prosecutor-general who are linked to the intelligence services. During these sham trials, they were also forced to read out confessions that had been extracted under duress. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a cleric known as “blogging Mullah” who was serving a six-year jail sentence, was freed yesterday on payment of a record bail amount of 700 million toman (520,000 euros). A deputy minister in former President Mohammad Khatami’s government and an adviser to opposition candidate Mehdi Karoubi, he was arrested at his Tehran home on 16 June and spent 161 days in detention. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Aghaei, who also edits the blog Azad Tribun, is the third Farhikhteghan journalist to be arrested since the election. The other two, Masoud Bastani and Reza Norbakhsh, the newspaper’s editor, have both been given six-year jail sentences. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists “Despite such clear condemnation from the United Nations, the Iranian authorities continue to torture journalists and try them without any transparency, behind closed doors,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The UN general assembly must follow up this committee’s work by adopting a resolution denouncing the lack of transparency in the ongoing political trials and the illegal and arbitrary sentences being passed on opposition activists and journalists.” November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who works for Iranian and international news media, has meanwhile just been given a seven-year jail sentence, plus a suspended sentence of another five years in prison, on a spying charge. The latest journalist to be detained is Sasan Aghaei of the daily newspaper Farhikhteghan, who was arrested yesterday at his Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials after they had carried out a search. It is not known where he was taken. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Feasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at Shannonvale

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick City and County Council have informed Willie O’Dea TD that they have agreed to carry out a feasibility study on the need for a pedestrian crossing on the Old Cratloe Road at the entrance to Shannonvale.Willie O’Dea TD said, “Many residents of Shannonvale and surrounding areas had requested that a pedestrian crossing be placed outside their estate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Myself and Pat O’Neill have since met with senior engineers within the Council and have now been assured that a feasibility study will be done in the area and if a pedestrian crossing is warranted, the Council will apply for funding from the Department to do the job.The news has been welcomed by Local Fianna Fáil activist Pat O’Neill as well as the Fianna Fáil TD who have been working on the issue on behalf of local residents.Pat O’Neill who had helped secure the pedestrian crossing on the Clonmacken road said, “It was imperative that we acted as soon as residents brought this issue to our attention. The safety of local residents is paramount as there are a lot of elderly residents and young families living within the estate and for them to enjoy the convenience of the local amenities, their safety in crossing what is a very busy road needs to be taken into account.Pat concluded, “We have speed ramps in the area, but these are not serving their purpose and I have also asked the council to look at the height and shape of these, as some have caused damage to the undercarriage of cars due to being so severe.” Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolticisShannonvaleTransport NewsPoliticsTransportFeasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at ShannonvaleBy Staff Reporter – June 18, 2019 224 Facebook Previous articleLeggy Limerick & Stars of the Future- Talking points after Tipperary defeatNext articleTies between Shannon Free Zone and the Chinese Government stronger than ever Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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Scotia Sea tectonics from high-resolution satellite gravity

first_imgThe release of altimetric data from the Geosat Geodetic Mission by the US Navy [1] is leading to a much-improved understanding of tectonics in the Southern Ocean, a region in which remoteness and adverse physical conditions have limited the acquisition of geophysical data by research ships. The Scotia Sea is an outstanding example of back-arc spreading, which is revealed in some detail by free-air gravity anomaly maps derived from the latest release of data acquired south of 30°S [2]. Sea surface height data for this region have been reduced to a grid of free-air gravity anomalies, and are illustrated here by means of colour shaded relief and contour maps. The new data confirm the existence of a number of inactive spreading ridges within the Scotia Sea and surrounding small basins. The amplitudes and wavelengths of gravity anomalies over these ridges conform, in general, to the expected relationship with spreading rate, except in the central Scotia Sea, where a proposed Miocene slow-spreading ridge appears to have left no clear signature. The spreading ridge axis in the east Scotia Sea comprises seven or more segments, separated by small, mainly sinistral, offsets and exhibits a median valley with depths of 200–1000 m that is reflected in free-air lows of 10–40 mGal. Near both its northern and southern termini, the gravity signature of the ridge becomes less distinct, with a less pronounced axial low. The northernmost segments of the ridge are displaced in a right-lateral sense by a feature which appears to represent a southward migrating non-transform offset. Whereas the process of spreading in Drake Passage and the east Scotia Sea was comparable to mid-ocean ridges, that in the central Scotia Sea may have been disorganized, as observed in some western Pacific back-arc basins.last_img read more

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Mangrove-friendly crab culture, a lucrative source of livelihood

first_imgBased on a pilot-project in Palawan, a 4,000 square meterpen which was stocked with 2,040 pieces of crablets yielded 1,767 market-sizedcrabs weighing an average of 275 grams. The crabs were partially harvestedbeginning the third month until the sixth month. In all cases, mangrove crabs are marketed alive. With pricesnow upwards of P500 per kilogram, crab culture among mangroves might just beanother reason for coastal communities to protect their mangrove resources./PN According to a manual authored by SEAFDEC AquacultureDepartment chief Dan Baliao, growing alimango among mangroves mainly entailsstocking wild or hatchery-sourced crablets within a manageable area of between2,000 square meters to 1 hectare enclosed with nets or bamboo slats. The shapeof the area will depend on the topography and distribution of trees and roots. THE lush foliage of mangrove forests is now the pride oftheir host communities – a badge for environmental conservation, a naturalprotection from storm surges, and a potential tourist draw. This is a far cryfrom the times mangrove areas were seen as unproductive wastelands and weresoon cleared to make way for aquaculture ponds. Monosize crablets weighing between 30 to 50 grams each maybe stocked at 5,000 to 10,000 pieces per hectare. Crabs are fed with choppedtrash fish, animal entrails, mussel and snail meat, whichever is locallyavailable and economical. These are broadcast daily beginning at 10 percent ofbiomass before tapering to five percent towards the end of a culture periodthat may last between 45 and 60 days or when they reach at least 200 grams. Another important component is ditches that will serve asrefuge for the crabs. These should be able to hold water during the lowest lowtide and cover between 20 and 30 percent of the enclosure area. While minorroots of mangroves will likely be affected by the digging, cutting main rootsshould be avoided. Growing ‘alimango’ in mangrove pens While aquaculture appears to be the main culprit for thedestruction of mangroves in past decades, they are not mutually exclusive.Farming of fish, shrimps, and crabs within mangrove areas – termedaquasilviculture – may be done to combine the benefits of coastal protection,ecological productivity, and livelihood for nearby communities. Because some crabs tend to dig, enclosures should extend upto 70 centimeters beneath the soil. Meanwhile, the top should be not less than30 centimeters above the highest high tide. Crabs should also be prevented fromclimbing over the pen using a 30-centimeter net overhang or plastic lining ontop of the fence. “Mud crab culture in mangrove pens is the most lucrative andenvironment-friendly mangrove-friendly aquaculture system,” says Dr. JurgennePrimavera, scientist emerita of the Southeast Asian Fisheries DevelopmentCenter (SEAFDEC), referring to the grow-out of crabs, also locally known as alimango,a prized commodity with year-round demand in the market. Considering the natural ebb and flow of tidal waters withinmangrove areas and the obstruction of trunks and roots, aquasilviculture is notas straightforward as pond culture where the water level may be controlled.However, farming amphibious mangrove crabs, also called mud crabs, is seen asthe best option for aquasilviculture. Market-sized mangrove crabs harvested from SEAFDEC’s Dumangas Brackiswater Station. Photo courtesy of SEAFDEC/AQD. By Rex Delsar B. Dianalalast_img read more

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