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Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists

first_img July 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our appeal.Sincerely, News Paris, 10 July 2015 Follow the news on Mexico Reports News As your four-day visit to France gets under way today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO that defends freedom of information, would like to refer you to the disturbing situation of the media in your country and, in particular, the violence that journalists constantly face.On 5 May, you publicly reaffirmed your “complete commitment to Mexicans’ freedom of expression and right to information” and you added that “the free expression of ideas and the right to be correctly informed are fundamental for consolidating our democracy and accelerating our progress.”We think it is important to contrast these commendable comments with the reality on the ground for Mexican journalists. What with murders, kidnappings, physical attacks, a failure to punish these crimes of violence, widespread self-censorship and a concentration of media ownership in too few hands – much needs to be done. Solutions must urgently be found to the grave problems affecting freedom of information in Mexico.Since 2000, RSF has registered a total of 86 murders of journalists and media workers in definite or probable connection with their work, of which 15 have taken place since you became president. These figures make Mexico the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media and have resulted in its being ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 RSF press freedom index.Since the start of the year, RSF has had to alert public opinion to several grave acts of violence against journalists in Mexico:- Six journalists and media workers have been murdered in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was the latest victim. After receiving death threats during elections in early June, he was gunned down on 2 July as he left the radio station where he worked. The police have yet to identify the perpetrators of any of these murders.- Radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres was kidnapped in the state of Guerrero in May and was held for 20 days. He was freed because his family paid a ransom. The police have not identified its kidnappers.- There were many physical attacks against journalists during Mexico’s election campaign in early June. RSF is aware of at least ten attacks against journalists whose only crime was to have been covering events.- Journalist Pedro Canché spent nine months in prison in the state of Quintana Roo before a court finally recognized that his rights had been violated and ordered his immediate release on the night of 28 May. He had been accused of “sabotage” after posting photos of local protests and a video critical of Quintana Roo’s administration. Several NGOs blamed his prolonged detention on interference by Quintana Roo’s governor. Impunity is unfortunately the rule in Mexico, partly because of collusion between organized crime and certain politicians and government officials. Some politicians do not hesitate to attack journalists in public statements, instead of supporting them, which just compounds the harassment to which they are exposed. A few days ago (on 1 July), the governor of Veracruz accused some journalists of being in constant contact with organized crime – the last straw in what is one of the deadliest states for journalists.The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión), created in 2006, and the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, created in 2012, constitute positive judicial advances but they have not been equal to the needs, partly because of bureaucratic red tape.RSF does not doubt that this disturbing state of affairs spurs you to do everything possible to improve the situation of journalists in Mexico. As you said in an address on 15 April when a new president of the Communication Council took office: “The traditional media and new information technologies strengthen our democracy by creating dialogue, debate and understanding. Out of personal and democratic conviction as President of the Republic, I will continue to work to guarantee the full application of the freedoms recognized by our Constitution.”We therefore ask you to consider our recommendations to: MexicoAmericas Read the letter: here – Carry out a complete overhaul of Mexico’s justice system in order to combat impunity while providing journalists with real protection.- Increase the resources of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión).- Strengthen the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, establishing effective protective measures with a requirement that all local and federal authorities implement them. This mechanism must be given the capacity to act preventively and to intervene as soon as threats are received.- Implement the recommendations on combatting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, reinforcing the existing mechanisms and reinforcing the protection of journalists that were accepted during the Universal Periodic Review in October 2013.- Pay special attention to the most dangerous states for journalists and press their administrations to combat impunity effectively. Christophe DeloireSecretary-General Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News (Logo: AFP) 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more President Enrique Peña NietoResidencia Oficial de Los PinosManuel Acuña 144, San Pedro Iztacalco08220 Ciudad de México, D.F. Mexico Organisation Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Dear President Peña Nieto, MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders has written to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who begins a four-day visit to France today, about the violence against journalists and news media in his country. The letter calls for urgent measures to protect media personnel and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them. Related documents letter_to_enrique_pen_a_nieto.pdfPDF – 79.34 KB to go furtherlast_img read more

Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock win Sky Bet Championship October awards | Football News

first_img “I am thankful to the players around me because they are putting it on a plate for me and it is just my job to finish those chances.”Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October.   Image:Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October Not content with ten Manager of the Month awards already during his storied career, Warnock picks up another after guiding Boro through an unbeaten month with 14 points from six unbeaten games and into the Play-Off places.- Advertisement – Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October.Goals galore as Posh returned to their favourite style under Ferguson, displaying their attacking prowess, collecting 19 points from seven unbeaten games, moving into the Play-Off places and hitting the net 17 times in the thrill-a-minute process.Ferguson said: “The players were outstanding during the month of October, to win the amount of games that we did against the calibre of opponent that we did is excellent.“The mentality of the players was superb. The players were disappointed that we didn’t take all three points against Burton Albion, but in that game we had plenty of opportunities to score. The players are in a good place at the minute and long may that continue.”Sky Bet League TwoPlayer: Paul Mullin, Cambridge United Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ben Amos has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for October.Finally given an opportunity to shine at The Valley, Amos has done exactly that, not conceding a goal in six October games and making crucial stops in every match, including breathtaking reaction saves against Sunderland and Northampton.Amos said: “Keeping all those clean sheets was a great achievement, but you can’t do it on your own.“You need everyone from the front players to the boys at the back doing their bit so it’s testament to them, and it seems a little bit daft that one player gets it when there’s been all that effort from everyone to get those clean sheets.“It’s great from a personal point of view to have hit the ground running this season, but the most important thing is the team doing well and we want to get promoted this season – and I think we’ve got the capability to do it. As long as I feel I’m doing my best and the team is achieving its goal, I’m happy.”Manager: Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United Warnock said: “It’s been such a difficult time up in the north east, so it’s nice to be a bit of good news put a few smiles on faces. It’s a talking point for the fans, and the sooner we can get them back into stadiums the better.“We’ve played some cracking football, and there’s great camaraderie in the squad. I can’t stress it enough how much I’ve enjoyed working with them. Everybody in the dressing room wants to listen, and the way some of them have improved, that’s what I enjoy most in management.”Sky Bet League OnePlayer: Ben Amos, Charlton Athletic Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for October.  Any doubts about his ability to replicate League One form in the Championship were dispelled in a blistering spell of eight goals in six games, showcasing his positioning and poaching instincts, bravery in the air and underrated link-up play.- Advertisement – Cambridge United striker Paul Mullin has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for October.After a second straight nomination for the hard-working forward, he picks up the first EFL Player of the Month award of his career. He scored eight in seven October games alone, even pirouetting for the third goal of his hat-trick against Port Vale.Mullin said: “I’m made up to win the award, but it’s more a reflection of the team as a whole. It’s the players around me who have created me the chances, and I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to put them away through October.“I scored four goals in September but that wasn’t enough to win that month’s award, so I thought I’d double it in October! I’m obviously really pleased to have continued the strong start to the season, and to come back and win the award in the following month after being nominated in September is a good thing, but more importantly we’ve been picking up the points.”Manager: Michael Flynn, Newport County  Brentford manager Thomas Frank said: “Ivan is growing and his goals are of course the talking point, but for me goals are one thing.“They are hugely important and it’s massive that he has already got into double figures. However, in terms of his link-up play and his workrate and the pressure, he is getting better and better on that and getting fitter and fitter so I’m really pleased with him for that as well.”Toney said: “It is my job to score goals. I’ve come to a club where the striker gets a lot of chances.- Advertisement –  Newport County manager Michael Flynn has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for October.The spirit Flynn has engendered in his Newport team continues to amaze and lead to remarkable feats. Three of their six victories in October, which lifted them top of League Two, were secured by winning goals from the 88th minute onwards.Flynn said: “It’s a reward for all of the players and the staff because I couldn’t do it all on my own. It’s a good appreciation and shows the togetherness that we’ve got.“Every win is just as important because you can only get three points but, looking at it over the month, you would have to say that the 3-0 win against Bradford City was the most convincing in October. I thought we were very, very good against a good team at a tough place to go. That was very pleasing.“We’ve installed belief into the players and our philosophy is keep going until the end. We never know when we’re beaten, but I think the way that we’re playing has been fantastic. We’re creating a lot of goalscoring opportunities and dominating possession now, which is very pleasing to say because we’re doing it our way. We’re playing attractive possession-based football and it’s given our just rewards. The players that have come in have adapted to that really well, and the players that were already here have taken it on board. – Advertisement –last_img read more

As Team USA tops Spain, Kyle Kuzma makes his case for a final roster spot

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Among the younger generation, Donovan Mitchell led the Americans with 13 points – rivaling the 16 points scored by his former teammate Rubio. Walker’s new Celtics teammates, Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown, combined for 20 points as Team USA shot 55 percent from the field while holding Spain to 41 percent.It was enough to remind the basketball world that even a less star-studded USA team is still a formidable opponent. Still, Popovich marveled at the offensive gel of the Spanish team, hoping that with time, the Americans will find a similar kind of chemistry.“We hope to get close to something like that offensively,” he said. “It was a great experience for us.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma made some strides to help himself Friday night, in the USA’s 90-81 exhibition win over Spain, a slightly past-its-prime basketball power. But still sharing a court with NBA stalwarts such as Ricky Rubio and Marc Gasol, Kuzma held his own with seven points, five rebounds and three assists – potentially helping make his case that he belongs in red, white and blue next month on the international stage.In a year in which his more heralded teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis have bowed out of international duty, Kuzma has a golden opportunity to represent the Lakers on Team USA. Asked if he’s done enough to make the final roster, Kuzma said yes.“I’m not one to really grade my performances, but I think my energy was at a high level,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can really control.”While scoring has been Kuzma’s staple as a Laker, USA basketball coaches such as Popovich and Steve Kerr have told him to focus on the less flashy aspects of the game: defensive rebounding, guarding his man, going after loose balls, making the right pass. The messages seemed to seep through: Kuzma shot six times, but also added five rebounds and three assists in his 17 minutes of play, leading several fast breaks off of rebounds or deflections.With Kuzma on the floor, the USA outscored Spain by 13 points – a higher plus-minus rating than any other player. ANAHEIM — If Honda Center had a say, it’d be a no-brainer: Kyle Kuzma would be on the team.He was the clear crowd favorite among the traditionally Lakers stronghold of Anaheim, the audience rumbling with a rallying cry of “KUUUUUZ” every time he was featured for Team USA.“Hearing Kuz every time I touch the ball,” he said, “it’s a friendly reminder how loyal the fans are.”But the USA Basketball roster is not ruled by the mob – it’s up to a group of men led by the often inscrutable Gregg Popovich, who is in his first year leading the program. While Kuzma’s odds are as good as ever – the national team needs to make only two cuts to reach the 12-man group they’ll take to the FIBA World Cup in China – much of the buzz from a week of camp in L.A. indicates that he’s still squarely on the bubble. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs It wasn’t a perfect effort. The 24-year-old also had a pair of turnovers on fruitless drives to the rim, as well as an inbounds pass to an empty stretch of the sideline that made Popovich’s shoulders slump.Few know what Popovich’s body language and tics actually mean in relation to his player assessments, much less how that will influence roster decisions. But over the course of two weeks on the court with the Spurs coach, Kuzma said he’s gotten a good feel for what’s expected.“At the end of the day, as long as you’re playing hard, playing defense, rebounding, that’s what (Popovich) wants,” he said. “That’s what he kind of prides all his teams on. As long as we do that, we can kind of stay on his good side.”The team will take all 14 current players to Australia before making final cuts, needing all the depth it can get with P.J. Tucker’s decision to bow out with an ankle injury. Popovich called the exhibition a “baptism” for a group that is relatively inexperienced in international competition.The few All-Stars who remain on the roster had good nights: Kemba Walker had an effortless-looking 11 points and eight assists, crossing up even the best Spanish guards. Khris Middleton had an efficient 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’: the ‘gigantic monster’ lying in wait for PSG

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s “Yellow Wall” — the South Stand at Signal Iduna Park — has been described as a ‘gigantic monster’ ready to intimidate opposing teamsDortmund, Germany | AFP |  Packed with passionate home fans, Borussia Dortmund’s imposing south stand – dubbed ‘The Yellow Wall’ – is the ‘gigantic monster’ lurking to test Paris Saint-Germain stars like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the Champions League on Tuesday.“It’s just a fantastic feeling that I haven’t had before,” is how Dortmund’s star striker Erling Braut Haaland described scoring in front of ‘Die Gelbe Wand’ (The Yellow Wall) at Signal Iduna Park.The 19-year-old has bagged nine goals since Dortmund snapped him up for 20 million euros ($22 million) from Salzburg. Five of them have come in his three home appearances games, including one in the 4-0 thrashing of Frankfurt on Friday.“If you are the opposition, it crushes you — but if you have her at your back as a goalkeeper, it’s a fantastic feeling,” is how ex-Dortmund shot-stopper Roman Weidenfeller describes the experience of the imposing terrace.For Bundesliga games, the south stand, which is 100 metres (328 feet) wide and 40 metres high, is packed with 25,000 fans, but capacity is reduced to 16,000 to meet UEFA regulations for Champions League games.– ‘Huge, roaring monster’ –Nevertheless, the noise will be deafening when the Dortmund team walk out for Tuesday’s last 16, first leg tie.“Just look at the south stand in Dortmund,” Johnny Rotten, lead singer of British punk band The Sex Pistols and a passionate Arsenal fan has said on the matter.“They all stand, chant and make such a noise that the stand seems like the pharynx of some huge, roaring monster. It’s fantastic.”Dortmund fan Max Kiwit, 27, has been coming to the stadium with his family since he was four and told AFP why he is a regular on ‘The Yellow Wall’.“Because here, everyone can let go of their emotions. No one will complain if they get elbowed in the head” or if they get showered by beer when Dortmund score to send thousands of plastic cups flying, he said with a smile.Season tickets for the south stand start at 219 euros ($237), but are often passed down from generation to generation.The waiting list is often counted in years, as Max’s girlfriend Sabrina Rupp discovered to her cost.“Until I was 13, I had a season ticket,” she admits regretfully.“I gave it back, and that’s the worst mistake you can make, because after that it’s almost impossible to get it back.” Share on: WhatsApp ‘The Yellow Wall’ is often described as the beating heart of Signal Iduna Park.It’s from there that designated fans lead the chants, yelling into megaphones while drummers beat out the rhythm.The fans in the south stand sees themselves as the 12th man of the Dortmund team.– Malaga mayhem –On the run to the 2013 Champions League final, where Dortmund lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich at Wembley, the wall played a key role in the quarter-final at home to Malaga, when the hosts found themselves 2-1 down with 90 minutes on the clock.With Dortmund seconds from elimination, the fans erupted, inspiring tired legs to one last push.Pandemonium broke out when forward Marco Reus, then defender Felipe Santana grabbed goals in added time to seal a fairytale 3-2 win after a goalless first leg in Spain.The delirious scenes at the final whistle are part of club folklore.“I don’t think it’s something you can really grasp unless you’re experienced it yourself. It was unbelievable,” said defender Mats Hummels.Former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp explained what the PSG team can expect on Tuesday.“You come out and the stadium explodes… you look to your left and it looks like 150,000 people are standing there going crazy,” said Klopp, who led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.As the Malaga game demonstrated, PSG need to play until the final whistle as Dortmund can never be written off with their backs to ‘The Yellow Wall’.last_img read more

Afro-optimism ‘must become action’

first_img9 May 2011African countries should now focus on converting optimism in the continent’s future into action, business and government leaders said during the closing session of the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Friday.“The mood has changed from thinking of Africa as a forgotten continent to Africa as a continent that holds hope,” said Bank of Botswana governor Linah Mohohlo. “But we cannot afford to be complacent.”Mohohlo called on African countries to be much more welcoming to investors and to “quickly learn how to manage the risks” that would inevitably increase as more international capital flowed into the continent’s economies.“What we have to pursue with vigour is inclusive growth that will generate additional opportunities and contribute immensely towards poverty reduction.“And we must include women,” Mohohlo added, “because when you educate a woman, you educate a village, a society, a country and, ultimately, the continent.”Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Added Hailemariam Desalegn said the continent needed to build capacity at all levels in order “to deliver and discharge its policies and responsibilities”.Nestle board chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said the first question was “whether Africa’s economic boom will allow it to break the cycle of poverty”, while KPMG International chairman Timothy Flynn said the real challenge was “how do we accomplish the things [we have to do] and get people to come together.”Flynn said that, in light of what he had learned about the increasing efforts to deepen African regionalisation, he would accelerate the integration of his company’s businesses across the continent.Eskom Holdings chairman Mpho Makwana said African countries should focus on developing their skills and human resources, especially by harnessing the talents of Africans in the Diaspora. “We need to make the building of robust private sectors an urgent priority and promote true entrepreneurship, because that is how jobs are created,” Makwana said.Oando Nigeria group chief executive Jubril Tinubu said it was also critical for African countries to improve their educational systems, in order to ensure that they had the skills they would need to pursue the opportunities that were emerging.Source: World Economic Forumlast_img read more

Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel

first_img Sasha Foo, Posted: December 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With all the new development at Liberty Station, you might not notice the North Chapel. Built in 1942, one year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it was a vestige of the old Naval Training Center and a memorial to the men and women of the “Greatest Generation” who went to war.However, a recent change in the lease has raised fears that the chapel’s historic character could be altered or destroyed. In the last few weeks the McMillan Company, which holds the master lease at Liberty Station, sold the lease for the chapel to a Michigan company called Seligman and Associates.Arlene Paraiso, who is fighting to preserve the chapel’s historic characteristics, said Seligman is using an operator for the property that has moved into other historic sites and ripped everything out. “This company, 828 Venues, they look for historical buildings to revive, and if you look at every single one of them, they’re all gutted to the studs. And when I say gutted, I mean everything is taken out; you see bricks and you see studs and it’s just barren,” Paraiso said.The North Chapel, with its stained glass windows and hand carved wooden pews, is still used for occasional weddings and serves as a regular house of worship for two congregations every Sunday. The church members have been told they won’t be able to use the chapel after December 31.In a statement from the Mayor’s office, press secretary Christina Chadwick said the chapel will be used for a range of events, including but not limited to weddings and religious gatherings. “It will now be up to the operator to work out specific agreements for those interested in using the North Chapel for an event,” Chadwick said.In a letter addressed to the new leaseholder, Mayor Kevin Faulconer wrote that he opposes any plan that affects the historic nature of the North Chapel. “I am writing to confirm my serious concern about any alterations to the chapel’s historically protected characteristics,” the Mayor stated.Two thousand people have signed an online petition to save the old NTC landmark.Several city council members have said they want more information on the new leaseholder’s deal. December 4, 2018 Updated: 5:40 PMcenter_img Lease change raises fears about future of NTC Chapel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo last_img read more