Venezuela: Photojournalist threatened, tortured, then dumped at roadside

first_img VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence Medina, who works for the opposition news website Dólar Today, has reported on social networks that he was “tortured and threatened with death” while held but the identity of those who abducted him on 4 November is still unknown.The marks of violence were visible on his body when he was discovered at the side of a motorway near Caracas.On 1 November, he had reported receiving death threats on social networks in response to his photoreportage, published the day before in Dólar Today, on the conditions in Tocorón prison, located 130 km west of Caracas and one of the country’s most dangerous detention centres.Shortly before he was reported missing, one of his colleagues received a message from him saying: “They have taken me, urgent.”“We call on the authorities to do whatever is necessary to identify those responsible for kidnapping Jesús Medina and to guarantee this journalist’s safety,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin American desk. “The authorities must take threats against journalists seriously and must ensure that preventive protection measures are taken to avoid any recurrence of this kind of situation.”Medina went with Italian journalist Roberto Di Matteo and Swiss journalist Filippo Rossi to Tocorón prison on 6 October and asked permission to take photographs inside the prison. They were subsequently arrested, interrogated and held for several hours, and their material was confiscated.Venezuela is ranked 137th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Venezuelan authorities to guarantee the safety of Jesús Medina, a photojournalist who was found beaten and half naked beside a motorway yesterday, and to quickly identify those who abducted and held him for two days. Organisation New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further News August 25, 2020 Find out more News News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Follow the news on Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence News Receive email alerts November 7, 2017 Venezuela: Photojournalist threatened, tortured, then dumped at roadside June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders calls for Liu Xiaobo’s release as Chinese president passes

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Several Reporters Without Borders representatives were arrested near the Arc de Triomphe this morning in Paris after opening umbrellas bearing the words “Free Liu Xiaobo” as Chinese President Hu Jintao passed by in a motorcade on his way to deposit a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A total of six people – four Reporters Without Borders members and two other human rights activists – were taken to the 8th Arrondissement police station. Around 20 Reporters Without Borders members and a Canal Plus journalist were briefly detained by police at the Franklin Roosevelt metro station. Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Longmeng (王龙蒙) was among those who were stopped.The arrests reflect the French government’s determination to suppress any reference to human rights in China in order not to offend President Hu during the three-day state visit he began yesterday. By staging a peaceful demonstration in support of Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波) and all the other dissidents, writers and human rights activists detained in China, Reporters Without Borders aimed to tear down this crass and disgraceful veil of silence.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said: “It is unthinkable that France, the country of human rights, is saying nothing about the situation of China’s dissidents and the systematic repression on those who advocate democracy. How can President Nicolas Sarkozy go back on the promise he made during the 2007 campaign to put human rights at the centre of his foreign policy?”Despite the realpolitik, the umbrellas defied the silence at the Arc de Triomphe today, as did the doves of peace that Reporters Without Borders released yesterday in the centre of Paris. Both of these demonstrations were a tribute to the courage of Liu Xiaobo, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who must be released. The French government must ask President Hu to free him.center_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more November 5, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for Liu Xiaobo’s release as Chinese president passes Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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