Honduran leader asked to respect media as he begins second term

first_img Organisation As Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández prepares to be sworn in tomorrow for a second term, after an election marked by grave attacks against journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to respect the media and to take concrete steps to protect journalists. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Honduras December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ViolenceFreedom of expression News President Hernández’s first term saw a constant increase in violence against the media, impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and government manoeuvres designed to obstruct independent and opposition journalists.The elections on 26 November were marred by allegations of serious fraud that led to many opposition protests. In the ensuing tension, the authorities have cracked down hard on many journalists as well as demonstrators, and many attempts to censor independent and opposition media outlets have been reported.“President Hernandez and his new administration must, as a matter of priority, improve the safety of journalists by providing the National Protection Mechanism for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders with the resources it needs to deal with the reality of the dangers in Honduras,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“The Honduran authorities must also end the impunity for crimes against journalists and restore a climate of trust in the media. If no courageous decision is taken at the start of this new presidential term, media freedom and democracy will inevitably continue their downward spiral.”Arrests and violence during protestsRSF has registered many cases of violence and abuses against Honduran journalists, mostly by members of the security forces, especially the Public Order Military Police (PMOP) and the army. Josué Neptalí Rubí Corrales, the producer of the Telesur news programme Notivoz Estelar, was arrested by the army as he was covering a peaceful demonstration in the southern city of Nacaome on 11 December, and was detained for nearly 12 hours. Televida journalist Kevin Castillo was beaten up by soldiers and his camera was smashed to pieces in the southern city of Choluteca on 5 January,Cesar Silva, Rony Martínez, José Flores and Pedro Amador of Une TV, Claudia Mendoza of Univisión’s Primer Impacto programme and Gerson Maldonado of TV Azteca were beaten by soldiers and their equipment was smashed in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on 12 January. A teargas grenade fired by the PMOPbroke the leg of Dassaev Aguilar Moncada of Hispan TV (an Iranian news channel) in Tegucigalpa on 20 January.According to the Mesa de Derechos Humanos, a coalition of around 30 Honduran NGOs, at least 33 demonstrators were killed, 1,350 were arrested arbitrarily, 232 were injured and at least nine human rights defenders and 11 journalists were attacked from 26 November go 18 January.Smear campaigns and threatsThe past few weeks have also seen smear and hate campaigns against journalists on social networks. The targets have included ten reputable journalists known for criticizing the authorities: Gilda Silvestrucci of Radio Globo, Dasaev Aguilar Moncada of Hispan TV, Rony Martínez, Cesar Silva, Ivis Alvarado, Mauricio Rivera, Edgardo Castro and Jorge Aldana of UneTV, Ariel D. Vicente of Prensa Libre and Jairo Lopez of Canal 21 (who was the target of a similar campaign last year).Their photos and the names of their media outlets, together with a message saying “Discover the murderers who incite violence and hate” have circulated widely on Facebook and other social media. Human rights and free speech defenders such as C-Libre director Eddy Tabora have also been the targets of these posts.A complaint was filed with the department of public prosecutions on 18 January but no investigation has been initiated.The National Commission for Human Rights in Honduras (CONADEH) has registered many cases of journalists receiving anonymous phone calls or threats urging them to stop providing coverage of the current political situation in Honduras.On 21 January, the CONADEH address a formal request to the Honduran state, asking it “to investigate these threats, identify those responsible and bring them to justice as quickly as possible” and to provide journalists with emergency protection.RSF has asked the Honduran authorities to reinforce the National Protection Mechanism on many occasions, including during a visit to Honduras in October. The same request was reiterated in a joint statement on 19 January by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN High Commission for Human Rights that voiced great concern about the increase in harassment and threats against journalists in the wake of the elections.Boycott and expulsionThree foreign freelance journalists – Reed Lindsay from the US, Fahema Abdel Hafiz Sokaika from the UK and Edward Philip Augustin from New Zealand – were denied entry on arrival on 4 December at Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin international airport, where they had to spend 24 hours before being expelled. All three had come to do stories about the social and economic situation.Father Ismael Moreno, the director of Honduran radio station Radio Progreso, reported that its operations were sabotaged after it provided coverage of the protests taking place all over the country.Honduras is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alertscenter_img January 26, 2018 Honduran leader asked to respect media as he begins second term Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Le président Juan Orlando Hernandez lors d’une conférence de presse le 22 janvier 2018 (Orlando Sierra / AFP) HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ViolenceFreedom of expression News April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”last_img read more

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US — #WeeklyAddress: January 7 – 13: President Trump repeatedly attacks media on Twitter

first_img Jim WATSON / AFP January 14, 2019 US — #WeeklyAddress: January 7 – 13: President Trump repeatedly attacks media on Twitter Some federal agencies have disabled their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submission websites due to the government shutdown, which is going on its fourth week. Less than a week after the Interior Department stopped accepting public requests for information, the US Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General also disabled submissions on its FOIA webpage. Other agencies, like the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, are still accepting FOIA requests but will not process them until the government reopens. This is not the first time during a government shutdown that federal agencies have stopped processing or accepting FOIA submissions; during the 2013 government shutdown, the Interior Department, the Agriculture Department and the Transportation Security Administration closed their FOIA submission websites, and agencies including the National Security Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency stopped processing submissions. These websites are frequently used by reporters who seek to obtain information from federal agencies that may not already be accessible to the public. News Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Some federal agencies close FOIA submissions during shutdown Follow the news on United States Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of January 7 – 13: April 28, 2021 Find out more CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta was the subject of attacks from the White House and a conservative media figure this week. When Acosta asked President Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway during a January 8 press gaggle whether the president would tell the truth during his Oval Office address that evening, Conway responded: “Yes, Jim. Can you promise that you will?” before calling Acosta “such a smartass.” Three days later conservative social media provocateur Arthur Schwartz tweeted a video of a man with CNN’s logo pasted on his head getting run over by a golf cart, with the caption, “Spotted: Jim Acosta playing golf earlier today.” The tweet, which has been shared more than 6,000 times and liked by more than 20,000 accounts, was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr. Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst retweeted it and responded: “Joking about running over @Acosta with a golf cart isn’t funny. Threats against journalists aren’t funny. Sad to see so many people retweeting this trash.” RSF’s year-end roundup of abuses against journalists found the United States as one of the deadliest countries for journalists in the world, following an attack at the Capital Gazette, a local newspaper in Maryland. The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Newscenter_img to go further United StatesAmericas News United StatesAmericas President Trump repeatedly attacks media on TwitterPresident Donald Trump tweeted multiple attacks on the media throughout the week, at one point calling journalists “crazed lunatics” and referring to The Washington Post as a “lobbyist newspaper.” The tweets began on Monday morning before 8 a.m., when President Trump wrote that the “Fake News” have become “crazed lunatics,” and accusing reporters of writing “total fiction.” He referred to the media as the United States’ “real Opposition Party” and the “Enemy of the People!” While President Trump didn’t reference any reporting in his tweets, they were published at the start of the government shutdown’s third week and a day before President Trump’s Oval Office address regarding the contentious border wall. In the days that followed this address, the president continued to refer to the press as the “Opposition Party” and accused news organizations NBC and MSNBC of intentionally reporting stories “opposite of the facts.” June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. CNN’s Jim Acosta called a “smartass” by Kellyanne Conway Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Shannon singer fancied for UK Voice title

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Karl MichaelA SHANNON native is the bookies favourite to win The Voice UK after all four judges competed for him on last weekend’s show.Karl Michael who lived in Shannon until he was eight wowed the judges with his rendition of ‘No More I love you’s’ by Anne Lennox .Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 27-year-old London resident choose the Script frontman Danny O’ Donogue to be his coach explaining to the Dublin native that he was “half Irish”Karl, who attended St Aidan’s primary school in Shannon, said: “My mom Alice Burke is Irish and we still go back to visit Limerick, Ennis and Shannon as we have loads of extended family there, nan, uncles, aunts and cousins,” TAGSfeaturedKarl MichaelMusic LimerickShannonSt Aidan’s primary schoolThe Voice UK Previous articleLimerick lensman making wavesNext articleSuperValu calls on Limerick GAA clubs to enter the ‘Community Den’ Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsShannon singer fancied for UK Voice titleBy Guest Writer – May 30, 2013 738 Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img Facebook Email #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Linkedin #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy No vaccines in Limerick yet Print Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday last_img read more

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