Two journalists get one-year sentences for “insulting” interior minister

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Panama Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption to go further Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry Receive email alerts News News News August 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get one-year sentences for “insulting” interior ministercenter_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders protested today against sentences of 12 months in prison, commutable to a fine of 600 dollars, passed on journalists Marcel Chéry and Gustavo Aparicio of the daily El Panamá América on 8 August for a 2001 report that allegedly “insulted” then interior and justice minister Winston Spadafora.In a letter to supreme court president Adan Arnulfo Arjona, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said no prison sentence should be imposed when the case comes before an appeal court. “Prison sentences for press offences should be done away with altogether because they force journalists to practice self-censorship,” Ménard said.He pointed out that the UN special rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression had established in January 2000 that the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constituted “a serious violation of human rights.”The 2001 report by Chéry and Aparicio was about the use of a social investment fund (the Fondo de Inversión Social) in the building of a road to Iturralde, 40 km west of the capital. They said the road led solely to a private property owned by Spadafora, who is now a supreme court judge.The newspaper’s editor, Octavio Amat, said the two reporters had not accused Spadafora of any crime and had limited themselves to noting that the road just led to his property. Spadafora maintained that the report was inaccurate and was an affront to his honour and dignity.During the trial, the journalists questioned the independence of the presiding judge, Secundino Mendieta, on the grounds that Spadafora is now his superior in the judicial hierarchy. January 30, 2012 Find out more PanamaAmericas RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama PanamaAmericas News December 9, 2016 Find out more December 7, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

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Fianna Fáil aiming to ‘consolidate the gains made in 2014’ says…

first_imgNewsPoliticsVideoFianna Fáil aiming to ‘consolidate the gains made in 2014’ says Mayor James CollinsBy Cian Reinhardt – May 26, 2019 293 Twitter Facebook TAGSFianna Fáille 19Limerick City and CountyLocal Election 2019Mayor James CollinsNewspoliticsvideo Linkedin Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Previous articleFine Gael seats in Newcastle West ‘not a fluke’ says Cllr Liam GalvinNext articleNew poetry from critic Hugh McFadden Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsAppcenter_img Cllr James Collins was elected on the first count in the Limerick City West electoral area. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMAYOR of Limerick City and County, Cllr James Collins, was re-elected in the first count of the Limerick City West electoral area today.The Fianna Fáil councillor hopes the party can retain the six seats in the city this time around but believes with a “bit of a wind” behind them they might get seven.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up noting his party colleagues, Seán Lynch, and first-time candidate, Abul Kazam Azad Talukder, Mayor Collins said, “Azad is still in the running, as you know the system we have, Single Transferable Vote, one vote can carry a long way, maybe nine or 10 times, so Azad is still in the running I think he’s lying fifth or sixth at the moment.”Looking to other areas, the Fianna Fáil Cllr described Patrickswell and Clarina-Ballybrown as “a real ding-dong battle”.“There are three candidates there, and I think it may come down to the order of whoever gets eliminated first might elect the others.”Having started the 2014 term with 13 councillors, and finishing with 12 after one candidate became Independent, Cllr Collins is hopeful the party retains the 12 seats or increases the number.“We’ve consolidated the gains made in 2014. So we were the largest party, Fianna Fáil was the largest party. We were the largest nationally and we were the largest in the city and county,” he said.Speaking about the people contesting seats, Mayor Collins, said he has “huge admiration for everybody who puts their name on the ballot paper and face on the poster”.“Some of us will be successful today, and for others, it may not be their day,” he said. Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email Advertisementlast_img read more

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USC opens Pac-12 play at home against rival UCLA

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan With round robin tournaments and nonconference play in the books, the USC women’s volleyball team will begin   Pac-12 play tonight when the team squares off against crosstown rival UCLA in what is primed to be a critical match to determine the conference hierarchy.Stare down · USC sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio and the rest of the women’s volleyball team face a tough Pac-12 foe in No. 11 UCLA. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe No. 4-ranked Women of Troy (10-1) will put their  four-match winning streak on the line against the No. 11-ranked Bruins (9-1) in the 100th all-time meeting between the two L.A. rivals.USC head coach Mick Haley noted that though his team has been playing sound volleyball through its first 11 games, UCLA has a distinct advantage that his own squad will have to combat.“What I’m expecting to see [in UCLA] is a team that’s been practicing for eight weeks without having to go to school,” Haley said, referencing the quarter system that UC schools use. “I would think they’ll be very much in system and comfortable with what they’re trying to do.”The Women of Troy have stormed out of the gates to start the season, their only loss coming at the hands of the University of San Diego two weeks ago in their final nonconference tournament. UCLA has been equally impressive, also stringing together four straight victories after a road loss to Hawai’i.After the loss to USD, the Women of Troy have been particularly dominant, losing only one set in their last four matches.“We had two weeks of preseason practice before school started, and then we traveled three weekends in a row, so we’re still trying to utilize our talent correctly and get a rhythm going,” Haley said. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to being the product we can be by the end of the season. UCLA should be far ahead of us and that’s the way it usually is with these quarter schools.”The Women of Troy received a scare against Cal State Fullerton on Friday when junior setter Hayley Crone left the match in the third set after suffering an injury. Fortunately, Haley confirmed that she has recovered and will participate in tonight’s match.“She got [hit] in the head and got into a collision after that with another player,” Haley said. “It scared her and she started to hyperventilate and they checked her out for a concussion, but she looks to be 100 percent and she had a good practice today.”Haley’s team is coming off a strong performance against the Titans in which they cruised to a 3-0 victory despite Crone’s injury and inconsistent play in the third set. Though the Bruins represent a tough challenge, Haley is familiar with the Bruins’ system thanks to his 12 years of experience as USC’s head coach.“They have senior [outside hitter] Kelly Reeves, who played on a China tour with me and did a nice job for us,” Haley said. “She’s a good passer and is a very experienced player who can be a swing hitter on either side. They’ve got two returning players in the middle and they count on junior [outside hitter] Karsta Lowe to be their top point-getter.”Despite the success they’ve enjoyed in the beginning portion of the season, the Women of Troy will have much to work on to continue this success against strong Pac-12 opponents like the Bruins.“We have to overcome quite a bit to stay with these quarter schools that don’t start school until late September,” Haley said. “UCLA has a system just like ours, but they look like they’re in a much better rhythm than we are now, so the concern is whether we can sustain a rhythm. They have some things that they’re working on, but we can’t worry too much about UCLA right now because we have to work on getting better every day.”Tipoff for tonight’s game at the Galen Center is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.last_img read more

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