Murder of Brazilian Journalist Furthers Alarming Trend
RIO DE JANEIRO — Gleydson Carvalho’s radio program was on the air in the provincial beach city of Camocim when two gunmen burst into his studio. During a musical interval, they subdued the receptionist and told a technician to stay quiet. Then they did their work, unloading three rounds and killing Mr. Carvalho, a journalist known for crusading against political corruption.
The shooting of Mr. Carvalho on Thursday sent shock waves through Ceará, a state in northeastern Brazil, while raising alarm among human rights groups as part of a spike in execution-style killings of journalists outside major urban centers around the country.
“It all happened very fast,” Ricardo Farias, a technician at the radio station who witnessed the killing, said in televised comments in Ceará. “He received threats that they were going to kill him, and he would say on the air that he was threatened but unafraid of anyone,” Mr. Farias added. “I always said he shouldn’t act like that.”
At least three other journalists have been killed in Brazil this year in retaliation for their work, bringing the number of such cases before the killing of Mr. Carvalho to 16 since 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a news media advocacy group in New York. The circumstances surrounding six other cases remain unclear. ...
Mr. Lauría said that 65 percent of the journalists murdered in Brazil since 2011 had been reporting on corruption and that government officials were suspected to be the perpetrators in 52 percent of the cases, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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'Journalists are being slaughtered' – Mexico's problem with press freedom
Rubén Espinosa’s coffin was carried to the graveside under a blistering Mexico City sun, accompanied by a round of applause from his friends and colleagues – and the howling of his beloved cocker spaniel, Cosmo.
As the body of the murdered photographer was carefully lowered into the ground, weeping mourners clutched each other for support – and grappled with the realisation that they could be next.
Espinosa, 31, was found dead in a Mexico City apartment on Friday, alongside four women. All had been beaten, tortured, then shot in the head. The killings came just two months after Espinosa had fled the gulf coast state of Veracruz following death threats over his work.
Journalists and press freedom groups have expressed growing anger at Mexican authorities’ failure to tackle escalating violence against reporters and activists who dare to speak out against political corruption and organised crime. ...
Espinosa was the 13th journalist working in Veracruz to be killed since Governor Javier Duarte from the ruling Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI) came to power in 2011. According to the press freedom organisation Article 19, the state is now the most dangerous place to be a journalist in Latin America.
Mexico's journalists in fear after murder of reporter in 'safe haven' city
In a Mexico City cemetery reporter Pedro Canche looks haggard as he lays a hand-written note among yellow flowers on the grave of a young colleague.
“I owed it to him to come here because we’re in the same state of persecution,” he says, eyes scanning the empty graveyard for anyone lurking in the nearby trees.
He’s paying his respects to Ruben Espinosa, a 31-year old photojournalist murdered in Mexico City on July 31. He was killed along with four women, including an activist, in a flat in a calm middle-class neighbourhood. All the bodies showed signs of torture, some of the women had been raped, and all had execution-style shots to the head. ...
The city’s role as a place of respite has been growing with attacks against journalists skyrocketing under President Enrique Pena Nieto. In the last three years, Article 19, the international press freedom group, has helped relocate 70 internally displaced journalists here. ...
That judgment is all the harder to make here because there is deep distrust of the government’s will to defend journalists and of their killings. Not one of the 13 murders of journalists from Veracruz has been successfully investigated.
Mexico Governor to Be Questioned in Journalist Killing
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City investigators will travel to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to question its governor about the killing of a photojournalist, the mayor of the Mexican capital said Monday.
Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said all lines of investigation remain open in the case, including possible political motives, and the investigative team will go to Veracruz on Tuesday.
Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte has told local media that he has no knowledge of the incident, which occurred on July 31 in a Mexico City apartment where four women were also slain.
Photographer Ruben Espinosa had fled Veracruz recently, saying he feared for his safety due to his work covering protests.
Thirteen journalists have been killed in the state of Veracruz since Duarte took office in 2010.
Drug boss, journalist among six killed in Mexico bar shooting
Mexico City (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on a bar in the Mexican state of Veracruz, killing six people including a local boss of the Zetas drug cartel and a journalist, officials said.
Five men wielding high-power guns burst into the bar in the eastern city of Orizaba, shooting dead journalist Juan Heriberto Santos and Jose Marquez Balderas, a local Zetas boss known as "El Chichi," in addition to four others, the state government said in a statement, citing witnesses. ...
Two other journalists were also in the bar but were unharmed, officials said.
The editor of the local newspaper where they work, Luis Dominguez, said the two reporters told him the gunmen sprayed Santos with bullets then kicked him in the head "in a tremendous rage" before leaving the bar, a popular hangout with local crime reporters.
Dominguez said one of the gunmen also beat the two journalists from his daily, El Buen Tono, with a bottle. One of the reporters was slightly wounded, he told Radio Formula.
The headline refers to the new story in Veracruz, but the story also updates the recent killings in Mexico City of a Veracruz photojournalist, a political activist and others.
Mexico Bar Shooting Leaves Six Dead, Including Journalist ...
Mr. Duarte on Tuesday gave a deposition to Mexico City investigators about the killings of Mr. Espinosa and the four women, in a rare case of a top public official forgoing immunity to testify.
“I responded to all their questions and made clear that I had nothing to do with the events,” Mr. Duarte said in a statement posted on the state’s Web page. “While I don’t believe in immunity, neither do I believe in public lynchings.”
The governor’s critics argue that both Mr. Espinosa and Nadia Vera, the left-wing political activist killed alongside him, were targeted because of their connection with frequent protests against Mr. Duarte in Veracruz.
Mr. Espinosa worked for Proceso, a leading Mexican news magazine that has been sharply critical of Mr. Duarte. Proceso’s correspondent in Veracruz, Regina Martinez, was murdered three years ago in her apartment in Xalapa, the Veracruz state capital. Officials say the incident was a robbery, a version of events neither Proceso nor many human-rights advocates believe.
“The investigation of Regina’s death was a mess,” said Mariclaire Acosta, the Mexico director of Freedom House, a New York-based rights group. “An environment has been created. There’s impunity. There’s persecution of freedom of expression.”
New York Times Editorial
The Murder of Mexico’s Free Press
The day before the Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was murdered in Mexico City in late July, the governor of Veracruz, the province Mr. Espinosa had fled fearing for his life, gave other journalists a warning.
“Behave,” Javier Duarte, the governor of Veracruz, urged reporters. “We’re going to shake the tree and a lot of rotten apples will fall.”
Mr. Duarte said that his warning was meant to deter journalists who are sympathetic to drug traffickers and other criminals. But many Mexican journalists understandably saw it as a threat to journalists who produce critical coverage of local officials.
Since 2010, at least 41 journalists have been killed in Mexico. Roughly 20 have disappeared. Mexican journalists are targeted by powerful criminal organizations and in some instances by government officials who don’t want their misdeeds exposed. The majority of cases remain unsolved, leaving journalists in many parts of the country with a terrible choice: they censor themselves or get silenced by a bullet. ...
Ending these assaults on the press requires forceful action by Mr. Peña Nieto. He should repudiate Mr. Duarte’s warning — the two men belong to the same party. And beyond investigating and prosecuting past crimes, he and local officials must take concrete steps to protect journalists who risk their lives doing their jobs.
Writers slam ‘censorship by bullet’ in Mexico
Demanding an end to “censorship by the bullet” in Mexico, more than 500 international writers and intellectuals called on President Enrique Peña Nieto to do more to prevent the murder of journalists in a country they say has “no safe haven for the profession”.
The tough letter underscores what activists slam as the government’s lukewarm response to human rights crimes and forced disappearances in a country wracked by drug violence. It comes as Mr Peña Nieto is trying to rebuild credibility in the wake of the embarrassing escape of the country’s top drug lord, the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students nearly a year ago, and a string of conflict of interest scandals involving his wife and finance minister.
In an open letter published by PEN International and the Committee to Protect Journalists, writers and journalists including Salman Rushdie, J.M. Coetzee, Junot Díaz, Colm Tóibín, Noam Chomsky, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Christiane Amanpour and Jon Lee Anderson demanded urgent action.
“Mexican reporters in particular are in deadly peril,” the letter said. “Organised crime, corrupt government officials, and a justice system incapable of prosecuting criminals all contribute to reporters’ extreme vulnerability.”
A report by rights group Article 19 earlier this year concluded that attacks on the media had surged 80 per cent since Mr Peña Nieto’s term began in December 2012.
South Sudan reporter murdered, the seventh journalist killed this year
Newspaper reporter Peter Julius Moi was shot dead on Wednesday in South Sudan days after the president is alleged to have made a thinly veiled threat against journalists who “work against the country”.
Colleagues at his paper, the bi-monthly New Nation, believe it was a targeted killing. His money and phone were not taken by the gunmen.
Moi, who was murdered after leaving work in the capital Juba, also reported for a business weekly, The Corporate. He was the seventh journalist to be killed this year in a country devastated by a prolonged conflict between government forces and armed groups.
Journalists pointed out that South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, had said on Sunday, - before leaving for peace talks in neighbouring Ethiopia: “Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country.
“If anybody among them [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time.”
Two Pakistani media workers shot dead in Karachi in 24 hours
Gunmen in Pakistan shot dead a journalist on Wednesday, police said, less than 24 hours after a technician working for the country's most popular news channel was killed in a similar attack.
It was unclear who was behind the shootings in the southern port city of Karachi, or if they were linked. Police said bullet casings in the attack on the technician matched those from the recent murders of four policemen.
"Journalists are being continuously targeted," said Amin Yousaf of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. "It’s time authorities do something instead of just giving lip-service to the issue."
Pakistan ranks among the world's most dangerous countries for journalists, with 14 recorded deaths in 2014, the International Federation of Journalists has said.
Colombian journalist shot to death in Huila State
A Colombian journalist was shot dead on Thursday in front of the radio station where she worked, according to news reports. Flor Alba Núñez Vargas had received threats in connection with her reporting, a local journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). ...
An unidentified gunman shot Núñez, a TV and radio reporter, in front of La Preferida Estero radio station in the southern city of Pitalito, according to news reports citing Col. Santiago Camelo, the police commander of surrounding Huila State. Camelo said Núñez was shot once in the back of the head and died at a local hospital. ...
Villalba also told CPJ that Núñez had filed stories on soldiers forcibly rounding up young men on the streets of Pitalito and conscripting them into the Colombian army. Although Colombia has a military draft, such operations are illegal. The Constitutional Court forbid the practice in January. Villalba said Núñez later received threatening phone calls from military personnel but never reported them to authorities. CPJ contacted a spokesman at the Colombian army's press office today who said that no one was available to comment on the allegation.
Villalba said Nuñez had also reported on the arrests and trials of drug traffickers and other local criminals who could have been angered by her coverage. The Bogotá-based Foundation for Freedom of the Press, or FLIP, said one possible motive was that Nuñez had recently posted photos on her Facebook page of a criminal band that carried out robberies in Pitalito.
While security in Colombia has improved in recent years, impunity is entrenched and threats and violence against journalists continue, according to CPJ research. Problems such as overburdened prosecutors and mishandling of evidence have delayed criminal investigations for years. Colombia ranked eighth on CPJ's 2014 Impunity Index, an annual survey spotlighting countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free.
Reuters now has: Publisher And Two Secular Writers Hacked To Death In Bangladesh
The publisher has since died.
The publisher has since died.
2 Writers, Publisher Stabbed, Shot in Attack in Bangladesh
Two writers and a publisher were stabbed and shot Saturday at a publishing house in Bangladesh's capital, police said.
The attack in Dhaka comes amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh. At least four atheist bloggers have been murdered in the impoverished country this year.
Three men entered the office of the publishing house, Shudhdhoswar, and attacked the writers and the publisher, said police officer Abdullah Al Mamun. Local police chief Jamal Uddin Meer said the assailants then locked the wounded men inside the office before escaping. "We had to break the lock to recover them," Meer said.
The publisher, Ahmed Rahim Tutul, was a close friend of Bangladeshi-American blogger and writer Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death on the Dhaka University campus while walking with his wife in February. Tutul was also the publisher of Roy's books.
In other words, at the distance of a lethal weapon? I think it's referred to as xenophobia.RTH10260 wrote:Anybody still wondering why many Europeans wish to keep Islam and its followers at arms length?
Keeping 1.6 billion people (23% of the world's population) at the point of a lethal weapon makes complete sense if a handful of radical are causing problems.
Or does it?
If the lethal weapon s in the others hand it's called selfpreservation.esseff44 wrote:In other words, at the distance of a lethal weapon? I think it's referred to as xenophobia.RTH10260 wrote:Anybody still wondering why many Europeans wish to keep Islam and its followers at arms length?
Keeping 1.6 billion people (23% of the world's population) at the point of a lethal weapon makes complete sense if a handful of radical are causing problems.
Or does it?
Among many I am unhappy that these crowds come in uncontrolled and the extemists cannot be filtered out in advance. I go so far as to design an 'extremist' being a person that does not intend and want to adjust to the local rules and customs of the country he/she is seeking shelter in.
What an incredibly.......beige....attitude.RTH10260 wrote: I go so far as to design an 'extremist' being a person that does not intend and want to adjust to the local rules and customs of the country he/she is seeking shelter in.
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Had to look that one up. Quoting from Wikipedia two snippetsFlatpointhigh wrote:That's not even beige. It's the attitude of aNationalists Tribalistsof any hue.
andTribalism is the state of being organized in, or advocating for, a tribe or tribes. In terms of conformity, tribalism may also refer in popular cultural terms to a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group.
I guess that matches for the general opinion in Europe, with the many points of view from language over nations built during history including the many local ethnic variationsTribalism implies the possession of a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group.
I don't see what this has to do with journalism. As I pointed out on the other thread, this video is a propaganda hit piece produced by the Christian Broadcast Network which it the propaganda arm of the Pat Robertson Militant Chrisianists and their organizations such as the 700 Club. They have also been known to birth and certainly supported birthers such as Justice Roy Moore and his ilk.RTH10260 wrote:viewtopic.php?f=51&t=7701&p=697476#p697476
These folks are journalists like tofurkey is a turkey. You can fool some of the people.........
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Says the person who posted this earlier today:RTH10260 wrote:Now back to the regular programming on Journalism.
If you are truly interested in what threatens journalists, a better resource than LiveLink would be The Committee to Protect Journalists.Anybody still wondering why many Europeans wish to keep Islam and its followers at arms length?
Mexico is becoming one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists
On Friday, Mexican photojournalist Juan Carlos Landa was found dead in central Veracruz, a state on Mexico’s Gulf coast.
Officials in Veracruz offered few details about the death of Landa, who was abducted outside his home in Córdoba on November 10. ...
In fact, according to human-rights group Article 19, by the end of September this year, 2015 had already become the most deadly year for journalists in Mexico since current President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012. ...
According to a report from Article 19, seven journalists had been killed in Mexico between January and the end of September this year, more than the five killed in all of 2014 or the four slain through all of 2013.
The total for 2015 is only slightly less than the 11, 12, and 10 journalists killed in Mexico in 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively — three years during which the drug war was at its peak.
UN urged to act after journalist deaths hit 10-year high
This year has been the deadliest in a decade for journalists, with reporters increasingly killed away from the battlefield, new data shows.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says 110 journalists were killed in 2015, up from 66 last year.
RSF said nearly two-thirds of journalists who died in 2015 were killed in countries supposedly at peace, despite the traditional assumption that war reporting is the most dangerous role.
The most high-profile case was the Charlie Hebdo massacre, when the Kouachi brothers gunned down a dozen people at the satirical magazine’s Paris offices, including eight journalists: cartoonists Charb, Cabu, Tignous, Wolinski and Honoré, and reporters Elsa Cayat, Mustapha Ourad and Bernard Maris.
Christophe Deloire, RSF Secretary-General, said: “The 110 journalists killed this year need a response that matches the emergency. A special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay.”