Death threats force another journalist to leave northeastern region

first_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage again today that yet another Colombian journalist has been forced to stop work and flee to another part of the country after being repeatedly threatened. The latest victim is radio journalist Edwin Alberto Moreno Mojica, who had to flee the city of Tame in the northeastern department of Arauca after criticising the mayor.”This case joins the already overlong list of violations against journalists in Colombia, where nothing seems to be done to ensure their safety and guarantee press freedom,” the organization said.Reporters Without Borders also expressed astonishment at a recent comment by Vice-President Francisco Santos accusing the press of acting as an “echo chamber for terrorism.” This comment was “deeply shocking,” the press freedom organization said, “especially when Colombian journalists are constantly caught in the crossfire of the army, paramilitaries and guerrillas just for doing their job.”The producer of “Informativo 88.3,” a programme on local radio station 88.3 Tame FM Stereo, Moreno gave a lot of coverage to a campaign for the removal of the local mayor. The Foundation for Press Freedom in Colombia said the death threats were directly linked to Moreno’s editorial support for the campaign.Moreno received an anonymous phone call on 12 January in which he was told, “Shut up or we will shut you up.” Two days later he was told in another message: “This is a second warning, the third one will put you in great danger.”On 10 February, Moreno had also called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to establish an office in Tame with the aim of facilitating the demobilization of the paramilitary United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC), which control the area. The Foundation for Press Freedom in Colombia said Moreno feared that this position had put his life even further in danger. Radio journalist Edwin Alberto Moreno Mojica been forced to stop work after being receiving death threats. Reporters Without Borders is outraged by this latest blow to the already desperate situation of press freedom in Colombia. News ColombiaAmericas Follow the news on Colombia News Help by sharing this information Organisation Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats force another journalist to leave northeastern region October 21, 2020 Find out more to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

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Fresh outbreak in Vietnam grows to 82, company closed

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has reported 82 new coronavirus cases, hours after confirming the first two infections in nearly two months. Seventy-two of the cases came from an electronic company in Hai Duong province, where a 34-year-old female employee tested positive after her colleague was found to carry the virus from Osaka, Japan, several days earlier. The Health Ministry says the woman who was tested in Japan carried the U.K. variant, which could spread faster. The company with over 2,200 workers was closed for disinfection and the provincial authority locked down surrounding communities to curb the outbreak. Over 3,000 people in the area will be tested. In neighboring Quang Ninh province, 10 people tested positive after a man working at the airport was confirmed to be infected.last_img read more

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Is Angels vs. Astros season-opening series in peril after Houston rodeo is canceled?

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Major League Baseball has not announced any alterations to the schedule, but the possibility remains that it could cancel or postpone games, play them in alternate locations or play them in major-league stadiums with the crowds restricted or eliminated.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Questions about the Angels’ season-opening series in Houston grew louder with the cancellation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.The Houston Astros, who are scheduled to host the Angels on March 26 in the first game of a season-opening four-game series, released a statement saying there have been no changes to their schedule so far.“We are in regular communication with the city, county, local health authorities and MLB,” the statement said. “We have not adjusted our game schedule at this point – including our exhibition games.”Obviously, the Angels’ games against the Astros are just a small slice of the worldwide situation in which large gatherings are being canceled or postponed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

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