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Surprising silence from authorities about disturbing surge in press freedom violations


first_img News Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast Receive email alerts News Dominican RepublicAmericas News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has learned with concern of the figures compiled by the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) for cases of threats, intimidation and abusive prosecutions against journalists since the start of the year. Published in the national daily El Nuevo Diario on 5 October, they unfortunately confirm the increase in violence against the media, which the organisation had itself already noted.According to the SNTP, a total of 32 journalists have been physically attacked or threatened, while 21 others have been the subjects of judicial proceedings. More than half of the cases were in the capital, Santo Domingo, or the provinces to the east of the capital.“Any journalists daring to report on drug trafficking, corruption or conflicts of interest in the activities of a public figure can expect reprisals, while the courts are never as quick to convict a journalist’s assailants as they are to summon a columnist or TV producer at odds with the authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on both the political and judicial authorities to learn the lessons from this situation and to set about changing it by opening talks with the SNTP and the Association of Dominican Journalists (CDP),” the press freedom organisation added.The SNTP stressed the fact that the murder of Normando García, a cameraman and producer with regional TV station Teleunión, on 7 August in Santiago de los Caballeros (see 8 August release) still has not been solved. Although the motive remains to be determined, his death has added to a toll that highlights the continuing threats to the safety of journalists and the continuing tension between the media and authorities.Journalists who have been the targets of lawsuits and prosecutions include Alicia Ortega, a producer with the privately-owned national TV station SIN Canal 7, who covered a case of fraud involving the company WM Comercializadora Interamericana. The company’s lawsuit accusing her of defaming and insulting it, and “attacking its honour” was finally declared inadmissible by a court on 26 September. Media support for Ortega, whose office was the target of bombing, favoured this outcome.Journalists and members of the public signed a petition about the lack of judicial response to a physical attack on independent journalist and writer Vianco Martínez by the bodyguards of impresario Saymon Díaz on 23 August.Journalist representatives have also protested about the many lawsuits that tourism minister Félix Jiménez – also a tourism sector entrepreneur – has brought against journalists, including Manuel Quiterio Cedeño, a columnist with the national daily El Caribe. In some cases, the lawsuits have been preceded by death threats or physical attacks, as in the case of Manuel Antonio Vega, a journalist based in the eastern town of Hato Mayor who writes for the national daily Listín Diario and produces radio and TV programmes. A parliamentarian and a judge’s wife are both currently suing him.One of the most serious cases of threats involves Carlos Corporán, a journalist based in the southern city of San Cristobal who produces “El Sensor de la Tarde”, a programme on radio Sur 91.9, and reports for El Nuevo Diario. Reporters Without Borders is very concerned for his safety, especially as human rights high commissioner Domingo Porfirio Rojas Nina claimed on 30 September that a plot is under way to kill Corporán in connection with allegations about drug trafficking implicating local judges. Corporán is currently getting police protection but there has been no progress in the investigation into the threats against him. Follow the news on Dominican Republic to go further RSF_en Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Reporters Without Borders hopes that talks between journalist representatives and the authorities will help to curb a wave of violence and judicial harassment of the media since the start of the year. Some 50 cases have been reported by the National Union of Press Workers. October 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Surprising silence from authorities about disturbing surge in press freedom violations Dominican RepublicAmericas News Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 February 15, 2017 Find out more June 25, 2015 Find out more Organisation September 22, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more


Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid


first_img Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Twitter Local NewsUS News WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 This preview image of a digital embed shows a sample of Roman Catholic diocese funding claimed compared to what an AP investigation revealed before and during the pandemic after receiving small business aid from the Paycheck Protection Program.center_img Facebook Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Previous articleSt. John’s shuts down No. 3 Villanova in 70-59 upsetNext articleWilliamson’s 28 points lead Pelicans past Suns, 123-101 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


Former ND electrician dies


first_imgFormer Notre Dame electrician Royce McDaniel Eck died Tuesday evening, according to a University press release. Eck was 92 years old.A World War II veteran, Eck spent two years in the Air Force before being discharged in 1946, according to his obituary in the South Bend Tribune. He went on to work at Notre Dame for 30 years before retiring in 1985.According to the Tribune, there will be a viewing at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home in Goshen. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Eck’s family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Center for Hospice.Tags: electrician, Royce McDaniel Eck, Staff Deathlast_img


Groy set to step in for injured Konz


first_imgCenter Peter Konz (66) has been constantly peppering Ryan Groy, a utility man of sorts for the Badger offense, with questions regarding the Illini’s defense all week in preparation.[/media-credit]The first time Ryan Groy stepped into a starting role on Wisconsin’s starting offensive line, he might have had an excuse for a mistake.This time, with starting center Peter Konz sidelined two to four weeks with a dislocated ankle? There’s little margin for error.Wisconsin, now ranked No. 17 in the BCS, controls its postseason destiny after the losses by Ohio State and Penn State this past weekend. Should the Badgers win out, they’ll represent the Big Ten Leaders division in the conference’s inaugural championship game Dec. 3. After that, a BCS bowl berth is beyond feasible.Konz suffered his injury in Saturday’s 42-13 win at Minnesota when running back Montee Ball was tackled into Konz’ left leg as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior center was making a block on the edge. Konz immediately crumpled to the ground, and after several minutes without much movement, was carted off the field. Fortunately for the Badgers, x-rays found no surgical damage anywhere in Konz’ ankle.So with a road game at Illinois looming Saturday and the season finale at home against Penn State the week after, Groy slides into a role he’s well accustomed to. Earlier this season, Groy filled in for left guard Travis Frederick when he sprained his MCL in Wisconsin’s season-opener against Nevada-Las Vegas. That was after spending the majority of last season as a fullback where he started two games, with some spot duty along the offensive line mixed in.“It’s hard, but it’s also very, very beneficial,” Frederick said, who’s bounced between guard and center himself. “When you have a position like that where you know three [different] positions, that’s just more that you know about the game in general. You see a look, you can see it from a center standpoint and you can see it from a guard standpoint. Even from [Groy’s] standpoint, you can see it from a fullback standpoint. You know where people are going and the way the things move better as a whole.”At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Groy’s figure bellows “center.” But as evidenced by his experience as a fullback, the Middleton native boasts stunning mobility for one of the biggest linemen on one of the nation’s biggest offensive lines.When he was thrust into the forefront of the offense following Frederick’s injury, both Konz and left tackle Ricky Wagner, unprovoked, labeled him the team’s quickest offensive lineman.“I’ve seen a huge change between last year and this year in just his ability to understand the defenses,” Konz said of Groy, with clear emphasis on “huge.” “It’s one thing to memorize plays, but it’s another to change those plays in the middle of the game or practice. That’s something he’s going to be able to do.”Indeed, when Groy suited up for his first start along the offensive line in Week 2 against Oregon State, the Badgers missed nary a step in a 35-0 shutout that saw UW gain 397 yards of total offense, 208 of which came on the ground. The offensive line cleared gaping holes for Wisconsin’s running backs, who together averaged 5.1 yards per carry.Saturday against the Illini, however, Groy will be charged with proving he’s more than an athletically gifted big man – he’ll need to set Wisconsin’s offense against Illinois’ 12th-ranked scoring defense.“Right now, I’ve been a center for the last couple of weeks,” Groy said. “I’ve been in this position; instead of going in and having to know three positions, I’m going in knowing I’m just center. I’m just preparing for that.”Lying behind Konz on Wisconsin’s depth chart for most of the season, Groy has witnessed a lineman widely perceived to be one of the nation’s best centers. Konz is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center, and he very well could be a high NFL draft pick if he chooses to leave UW after this season.“He’s just very aware of the game and the defense he’s going against,” Groy said of Konz. “He’s a really athletic guy, and his knowledge of the game is really something that I admire and I’d like to follow.”The first step in doing so comes in this week’s preparation, as Groy said that Konz, Frederick and several other linemen have put in extra film sessions to prepare for Illinois. Konz admitted to peppering Groy relentlessly over how to handle whatever Illinois might throw at him, from run blocking to zone schemes and safety blitzes. When Groy didn’t hesitate on any answers, Konz knew he had found the key to prepping his substitute.“The biggest thing was comfort. At this point, for me, there’s telling him every single in and out of what I’ve learned. It’s not going to sink in, and I know that. You’ve really got to go through some experiences, you’ve go to go through some losses and personal hard times in the game, on the field, to be able to pick up some of these,” he said. “But as far as him feeling comfortable – because I know he can play as good as anybody in the Big Ten if he’s feeling comfortable – just him knowing it in his own mind is the key to this week.”last_img read more