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Two community radio reporters could be tried for “disobeying the authorities”

first_imgNews RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America A judge will decide on 11 January whether community radio reporters Elia Xiomara Hernández and Elba Yolibeth Rubio are to be tried on charges of disobeying the authorities and “taking part in demonstrations that obstruct public services.” That was the outcome of judicial proceedings in the southern town of Amapala in which their rights were not respected.Hernández and Rubio, who work for radio La Voz de Zacate Grande, were arrested on 15 December while covering a protest by a family being evicted from land it had occupied in the locality of Coyolito on the southern island of Zacate Grande.At the moment of their arrest, they produced documents showing that they are journalists. They were nonetheless held illegally for 36 hours without being told the charges and without being allowed to make any phone calls. They were hit and they were denied medical treatment. Their equipment was also confiscated. And they are currently prohibited from leaving the districts where they live.“We deplore the decision to prosecute two journalists who were just doing their job and committed no crime, and we urge the authorities to drop all the charges,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Covering a protest is not the same as participating in it. We also demand that they be compensated for the suffering resulting from this arbitrary arrest. And those responsible for the violence against them must be called to account.”All the legal procedures have been violated in this case. They were not taken before the judge, Eris Armando Hernández, until 24 hours had gone by since their arrest. This normally results in all charges being dropped. Also, the local judicial authorities cannot initiate prosecutions. That is the prosecutor-general’s prerogative.In a separate development, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a ruling on 22 December requiring the Honduran government to protect journalist José Luis Galdámez, who has escaped several murder attempts and has received many death threats designed to make him abandon his work. Galdámez is the producer of “Tras la Verdad,” a programme on Radio Globo that has criticised President José Manuel Zelaya’s removal in a June 2009 coup. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Honduras HondurasAmericas HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img Receive email alerts Reports Help by sharing this information to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation December 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two community radio reporters could be tried for “disobeying the authorities” News December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

FAI flash red card to local newspaper for ‘very negative comment’

first_imgEmail Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsFAI flash red card to local newspaper for ‘very negative comment’By admin – February 24, 2011 678 Twitter Previous articleFriars’ generous gift remains unopenedNext articleMixed fortunes for Limerick admincenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp THE Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has criticised a Limerick newspaper (not the Limerick Post) for “addressing in such a negative manner, the work done by the association throughout the country”.City Council’s director of services, Pat Dowling, told councillors this week that the FAI had written to city council, following an address given in City Hall by businessman, Pat O’Sullivan, owner and chairman of Limerick FC, last December.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Not reading directly from the four page letter, Mr Dowling said the FAI voiced their concern that the newspaper’s coverage of Mr O’Sullivan’s presentation had included “very negative comment, rather than the good work done by the FAI throughout the country.“The FAI is at the very centre of things on the ground in Limerick to break down social barriers in the city,” the letter stated.“I and my colleagues can present to the Strategic Policy Committee the work done by us in Limerick,” the FAI executive wrote.Cllr Tom Shortt said he had been very impressed with Mr O’Sullivan’s contribution to the December meeting“Since then he has got a number of very good projects going, including training for young people with apraxia, which is very positive and while there was some unhappiness regarding the Barcelona match for Limerick, there was a perception that it could have gone ahead here – however, discussion is healthy, especially regarding the Market’s Field arena for soccer and other positive developments. I hope we see more people glad to crack the nut that is the Market’s Field,” he said.Emphasising the importance of the FAI playing a central role in the playing of soccer in Limerick city, Mr Dowling said he will be organising a meeting with the FAI and other key players in the development of the Market’s Field, including City of Limerick VEC. Printlast_img read more