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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Renewable energy advocates call for expansion of Vermont net-metering program

first_imgHomeowners, businesses, and renewable energy manufacturers, installers and developers met today to call for the expansion of Vermont’s net-metering program. At a State House press conference, members of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the state’s leading trade association for the renewable energy industry joined Vermont home and business owners and leadership from the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee to discuss the role of Vermont’s net-metering law in creating jobs and deploying home-grown renewable energy to Vermonters.Afterward, the group testified before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.‘Net metering has been a cornerstone program for Vermonters growing locally produced, renewable power,’ says REV Board Chair and VERA V.P. Martha Staskus. ‘Expanding the program will spur the development of new renewable energy systems, produce additional economic growth, and create more jobs at no cost to the state.’Net metering allows Vermont rate-payers to generate their own power using renewable energy systems. Excess power they generate can be fed back to their utilities, running their electric meters backwards. This successful program originally enacted by the Vermont Legislature in 1998 has resulted in nearly 1,300 solar, wind, and digester installations across the state with a total capacity of over 11MW of local renewable power. About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.revermont.org(link is external)REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. MONTPELIER, Vermont | January 28, 2011 – ###last_img read more

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