Open letter urges incoming president to ensure that journalists no longer fear imprisonment

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Organisation News News December 4, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting RSF_en to go further PeruAmericas News Follow the news on Perucenter_img Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Receive email alerts April 1, 2020 Find out more News Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Mr. Ollanta Humala President of the Republic Government Palace, Lima, Peru Dear President Humala,Today you assume the office that the citizens of Peru conferred on you in an election on 5 June. At a forum organized on 29 April by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), during a campaign often marked by serious violations of editorial freedom, you promised, if elected, to refrain from bringing any prosecution against journalists in connection with their work. Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, hails your undertaking but asks you to go further.We were pleased to learn that on 21 July the Parliament’s standing committee approved an amendment to the criminal code eliminating prisons sentences for defamation. This major legislative step now awaits your signature. We hope it will be a first step towards the complete decriminalization of media offences in Peru. Your installation should mean that journalists will no longer have to fear imprisonment.The last presidential term was marked by a series of convictions that violated both the principles of Peru’s constitution and Inter-American legal standards. The most serious concerns Paul Garay Ramírez, a programme producer for Visión 47 TV and a correspondent for Radio La Exitosa, who has been jailed since 19 April. We call for his immediate release.Two and a half months later, on 6 July, a court in Libertad sentenced Hans Francisco Andrade Chávez, the producer of the América TV news programme “América Noticias,” to two years in prison and damages of 4,000 soles (1,000 euros) in a case brought by a Chepén municipal official, Juan Vásquez. It concerns comments that Andrade, who fortunately remains free pending an appeal, did not himself make. They were made by a political party representative in a studio interview. As the lawsuit named only Andrade, the court should have rejected it.Four other journalists were given jail sentences in defamation cases in 2010.This judicial challenge must not detract from the importance of media security and the need to combat impunity. A pall was cast over World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, this year by the fatal shooting of Radio Ollantay programme producer Julio Castillo Narváez, 41, in the city of Virú. Three suspects have so far been arrested but neither the identity of the instigator nor the motive has yet been established. Why such slow progress?Judicial proceedings are often delayed or blocked when they concern elected politicians, local government officials or police officers. This has been the case, for example, with Miguel Pérez Julca, a reporter who was gunned down in the city of Jaén in 2007 after accusing the local police of criminal practices. His murderers have still not been brought to justice.Similarly, no one understands former Pucallpa mayor Luis Valdez Villacorta’s second acquittal in February 2010 although he was repeatedly identified as the mastermind of the April 2004 murder of radio Frecuencia Oriental journalist Alberto Rivera Fernández. The rule of law requires judicial courage. It also requires an end to the targeted harassment of certain media and their representatives. The utterly illegal suspension of the radio station La Voz de Bagua Grande for 14 months after the June 2009 riots in Yurimaguas was decided at a very high level. Although the station resumed broadcasting in August 2010, its owner, Aurora Burgos, is now facing imprisonment on a charge of illegally using a radio frequency. Such persecution must stop.We would like to believe that the undertaking you gave on 29 April will result not only in an improvement in the ability of journalists to do their job but also in the removal of the obstacles to media pluralism and freedom of information that are highlighted in these various cases.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this request.Sincerely,Jean-François Julliard Reporters Without Borders secretary-general PeruAmericas July 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter urges incoming president to ensure that journalists no longer fear imprisonment February 10, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

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A Better Life Basketball Summer league playoff results

By on May 2, 2021

first_imgOKC defeated the Warriors, 81-68. This game was decided on how the Warriors’ attitude would be on game time. They had to come out strong on both ends and play the team ball that they were used to on the three-game winning streak coming to this playoff game; a big task to ask for OKC. The team to beat had their twin towers Dan Liming and Matt Mcmonagle dominating inside and from beyond the arc. Pat McMonagle, who we thought brought the intensity in the first half, and Justine Guthrie led them in the second half. Kevin Walker, our MVP candidate had his hands full scoring 35 points, but we all know that in the end Team ball will prevail.OKC: J Guthrie – 29, P Mcmonagle – 19, D Liming – 12, M McMonagle – 11, R Lawandy – 6, S Onarce – 3, J Okinko – 1Warriors: K Walker – 35, R Hoffman – 19, JP Anacreon – 12, K King – 2, M Lowry – 0The championship game will be on July 27 at 8:30 p.m. The Cavs beat the Spurs, 70-67. What a game. If you are from Bayonne, you missed a nail bitter. The Spurs led by 12 points for most of the game. Throughout the season they would lead big until the last 5 minutes. The Achilles heel of this team is holding a lead. Don’t get me wrong, the Spurs was my favorite team; they just have to figure out the 2 minute game. On the other hand, the Cavs always have a comeback in their DNA; that’s why this match up was a game to watch. The Cavs’ Derrick Holley’s clutch shooting and their team’s concept prevailed over the Spurs in overtime. This was one of the best games of the season; too bad someone had to lose.Cavs: Derrick Holley – 24, Zach Liu – 16, Jack Flynn – 14, Joe Stevenson – 6, Gee Bucoy – 6, R Baptiste – 4Spurs: JJ Hladik – 20, B Pipher – 19, J Fortune – 14, R King – 7, M Francgiacomo – 3, T Camacho – 2, F Cheng – 2 last_img read more

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​UN Climate Summit: Danish pensions to lead green transition with €47bn pledge

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgTorsten Fels, PenSam‘s chief executive, said: “It is important that the green transition is carried out rapidly, which requires ambitious political goals worldwide… Backed by Danish pension savings, we can as an industry help to make this plan real.”At the event, institutional investors from elsewhere declared their support for the initiative, which aims to inspire others to help mobilise further investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation around the world. Backers included Dutch pension fund PFZW, Norway’s Storebrand Asset Management, and the New York State Common Retirement Fund.Global efforts are to be coordinated by a coalition of public and private sector partners, the government of Denmark, Danish consultancy World Climate Ltd, and Peter Damgaard Jensen, chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) and chief executive of PKA.Per Bremer Rasmussen, chief executive of IPD, said pension funds in Denmark had managed to increase the level of long-term investment in the green transition and simultaneously create a good rate of return for pension savers.“This is a valuable experience that we would like to share, which is why the Danish pension industry already is reaching out to other international investors with the aim of creating even more momentum for the green transition,” he said.According to the IIGCC, citing 2018 data from Bloomberg, the investment sum pledged by the Danish pension funds equates to a 15% increase in total global annual investment in renewables – although these investments are to be spread over 10 years. Denmark’s government and several of its biggest pension funds have pledged to invest an additional DKK350bn (€46.8bn) between now and 2030 to support the green transition.The collaboration set out its stall at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York this week to lead the charge to finance efforts to deal with global heating. The new pledge is more than twice the amount the sector has already invested and promised to invest.Ahead of the launch of the UN event, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen and pension funds PensionDenmark, PKA, PFA and PenSam – alongside lobby group Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD) – announced plans for the industry to invest in green energy infrastructure and related investments, such as green stocks and green bonds.IPD said this represented a marked increase in the level of sustainable investment by the €410bn-plus Danish pensions industry, given that it had previously invested more than €16bn and planned to allocate another €4bn.last_img read more

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Minding confirms early promise

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Heffernan said: “She gave me a nice feel and is taking the right steps. She has a bit of class and hopefully she’s nice.” Ishebayorgrey continued his excellent recent form with a last-gasp win in the Racecourse Of The Year Handicap. Zunera appeared to have stolen a march on the field a furlong out when clear in front, but Colin Keane drove Pat Martin’s 3/1 winner into the lead in the dying strides to score by half a length from Zunera, who dead-heated for second with another fast finisher in Glimmer Of Peace. Martin said: “Colin always felt that he was getting there, and he’s a horse with great resolution. “He has an entry at Bellewstown over five furlongs but I’d say we’ll give him a break now. “He was behaving like a colt in the parade ring but it’s probably more to do with having a good few runs in a short space of time.” Keane completed a double when Toccata Blue got up late to land the Le Bruin Handicap. Ger Lyons’ 10/3 joint-favourite still had a lot to do when fellow market leader Maudlin Magdalen set sail for home, but Keane timed it right as he got up close home to win by half a length. Aidan O’Brien’s regally-bred daughter of Galileo found only one too good on her first outing, but she justified her 2-5 starting price with an excellent effort under Seamie Heffernan, who was happy to kick on at the two -furlong pole. That move put the race to bed, and though newcomer The Yellow Bus emerged out of the trio of chasing runners to take second, she was five and a half lengths down at the line. Minding confirmed the promise of her debut at Leopardstown when returning to the same track to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden in commanding style.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $49,133 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $300,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2015)–Longshot Ashleyluvssugar pressed the pace from his outside post position and went on to an authoritative 1 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 “You Can’t Make It Up” allowance purse at Santa Anita, as he covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.10 under Mike Smith.Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan pressed French-bred Sofast into and around the far turn, took a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and widened late on even money favorite Talco.Off at 8-1 in a field of eight older horses, Ashleyluvssugar paid $19.20, $5.80 and $4.00.“This was my first time on him on the turf, and he might be better on this than on synthetic,” said Smith. “I think it may be time to see if he can win a stake.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar won for the first time in three tries on turf and improved his overall mark to 9-4-0-2. With the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $215,504.“This is the first time he’s had a chance to really show himself on turf,” said Eurton. “He needs something tight (surface-wise). He’s not a big horse. He uses all of his energy trying to get through dirt and he couldn’t do it last time out (when sixth, beaten 11 ¾ lengths on a wet fast surface Jan. 11).”French-bred Talco, who exited a close fifth place run in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, was next to last around the Club House turn, pulled his way into contention turning for home while five-wide, but flattened out to finish second, a nose in front of Jules Journey.Off at even money, he paid $2.60 and $2.40.Jules Journey, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was mid-pack after the first half mile and just missed the place. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.20 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover of $49,133 into Friday and it’s expected Friday’s total pool will exceed $300,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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