“Alone facing trafficking” – a report on the plight of Paraguay’s journalists

first_img News July 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Alone facing trafficking” – a report on the plight of Paraguay’s journalists News Follow the news on Paraguay Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable October 20, 2014 Find out more February 14, 2020 Find out more Organisation February 10, 2017 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further News Reports Open publication – Free publishing – More paraguay RSF_en The report develops a subject that Reporters Without Borders explored at the worldwide level in an earlier report in February.In the shadow of Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay is the western hemisphere’s biggest marijuana producer and a major hub of trafficking in drugs, arms and prostitution. Ruled from 1954 to 1989 by a military dictatorship backed by a contraband economy, it has since succumbed to international mafias, especially Brazilian cartels that have established rearguard bases there.Since the start of the last decade, it has also had to cope with the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), which started out as “revolutionary guerrilla” group but quickly turned to criminal activities.Journalists operate in isolation and with few resources, especially those based in border regions, trying to get information from authorities that are often poisoned by corruption or are themselves involved in the trafficking.If there is not as much violence against the media in Paraguay as in Mexico, Colombia and Central America, this is due to the high degree of self-censorship that is encouraged by direct pressure, a lack of support from news media for their correspondents and the almost total impunity for the most serious crimes of violence against journalists.This report also highlights a few reasons for hope, including cross-border solidarity between Paraguayan journalists and their Brazilian and Argentine colleagues, and the fact that the current government’s interest in transparency is encouraging the media and civil society to take up sensitive issues after being gagged for so long.Together with the FOPEP representatives who participated in this fact-finding mission, Reporters Without Borders believes that the following initiatives should be undertaken urgently with the aim of improving the ability of journalists to operate in Paraguay:-A reform of the judicial and penal systems leading to better administrative supervision of the activities of judges and police officers with the aim of ending impunity for murders of journalists and the most serious violations of media freedom.-Adoption of an access to information law that ensures that journalists and the general public are able to question and audit government policies.-Better regulation of the financing of the media and any other entities or organizations that produce news and information of public interest, with the aim of protecting them from any kind of infiltration by organized crime or use for money-laundering.-Restrictions on lawsuits with demands for exorbitant damages as they endanger the personal economic situation of journalists and sometimes the survival of their news media.Photo: AFP Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report entitled “Journalists alone facing trafficking” on the findings of a visit to Paraguay from 3 to 10 July. Carried out with help from members of the Forum of Paraguayan Journalists (FOPEP), the investigation’s aim was to examine the security and reporting challenges that organized crime poses to journalists in Paraguay. ParaguayAmericas Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay Receive email alerts ParaguayAmericas Related documents Download the reportPDF – 3.78 MB last_img read more

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Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Umphrey’s Slaying “The Floor” In Vegas

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee and TourGigs just released a new pro-shot footage from Umphrey’s night in Vegas on March 17th. Shot at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, the seventeen-minute video captures Umphrey’s throwing down for “The Floor.” The song was played during the nonstop second set of the evening, during which “The Floor” served as a sandwich containing “I’m On Fire.” You can check out the video for yourself below, courtesy of TourGigs.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Bowl | Las Vegas, NV | 3/17/2017Set 1: Flamethrower > Puppet String > Roctopus, Attachments, Out Of Order > Puppet String, Got Your Milk (Right Here) > Der Bluten Kat[1]Set 2: Gurgle[2] > Speak Up[3] > The Floor > I’m On Fire > The Floor, Kabump > Comma Later[4] > In a Silent Way > It’s About That TimeEncore: Glory > The Good Times Are Killing Me, Mad Love[1] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics[2] with Speak Up tease[3] unfinished[4] with Front Porch teaselast_img read more

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ONE DOWN: Syracuse overcomes early deficit, woes at faceoff X to beat Bryant in first round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Deep Syracuse attack proves overwhelming for Bryant in second halfMassa dominates faceoff X for BryantLamolinara shakes off early mistakes to shut out Bryant in 4th quarterConroy, Palasek suspensions to continue after violation of team rules In warm-ups, Bryant players wore shirts that asked a simple question on the back: “Why not us?”And as Syracuse fell to an early four-goal deficit midway through the first quarter, the scoreboard asked the same question. Bryant’s Kevin Massa dominated the faceoff X as SU had barely touched the ball. The visiting fans that had poured into the Carrier Dome bleachers chanting “I believe that we will win,” had every reason to believe as much, until late in the opening frame.That’s when SU’s defense kicked in. It pressured the Bryant attackers as far as 30 yards from goal and badgered the dodgers with checks at every turn. Altered shots sailed wide. Open ones did too. Faceoff victories were wasted and simple entry passes flew out of bounds.The answer to Bryant’s question became simple: too many turnovers.“You can’t turn the ball over to these guys like we did, just give it away,” BU head coach Mike Pressler said. “We had a couple ones where we just absolutely didn’t take care of it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd so a stinging SU (14-3) defense masked over Massa’s ownership of the faceoff X as the Orange unlocked the Bryant (8-11) zone and made the Bulldogs’ 21 extra possessions irrelevant as it regrouped for a 12-7 NCAA tournament first-round win in front of 2,826 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night. Syracuse advances to play Yale in a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md.Halfway through the first quarter, SU worked into its second settled possession of the game. Matt Harris had just taken the Orange’s only faceoff win of the night when Luke Cometti wheeled away from Bo Redpath to jump and rip a bouncing shot from the right hashes. Syracuse had held the ball for no more than a minute total.But Cometti’s shot bounced in for SU’s first goal. Bryant still led 4-1, but the play foreshadowed plenty. Syracuse still starved for possessions from the X, but compensated on defense and buried the looks it got on the other end.“We knew we were going to get our shots off if we were patient offensively,” SU head coach John Desko said.Bryant’s zone piled onto SU’s patience test. The narrow, shifting block of six players blocked out inside passing lanes. Long-stick midfielder Mason Poli defended the point, leaving the Orange to the wings and back corners of the zone.And there, eventually, SU cut it open.With about a minute to play in the first half, Henry Schoonmaker forced an open-field turnover on Colin Dunster and bolted across midfield.With 12 seconds to go, Kevin Rice was stranded behind the cage. His teammates in front of goal were locked down as Dylan Donahue bolted down to the right goal line, giving Rice an outlet. Donahue dished to Billy Ward up the right wing away from goal. And as the BU zone came out to defend Ward, he fired back down for Donahue to finish from a nearly parallel angle. SU surged into halftime with all the momentum, tied 5-5. Bryant’s lead was gone for good.“We tried to overload a side,” Rice said. “We ended up getting them rotating, which opened up some of those shots.”Cometti hardly caught the ball as he batted in his second goal to give SU a 6-5 lead 2:06 into the third quarter. And Bryant barely had the ball when Massa again turned Harris with ease to win another draw. Seconds later it was in Brian Megill’s stick and SU was breaking into attack mode.As the Bulldogs scrambled to fight back against an Orange team returning to its defense-dissecting form, the “I believe” chants grew slower, shorter and quieter and the turnovers multiplied. BU had 10 in the second half. SU had seven in the whole game.“It was just lack of execution,” Bryant attack Peter McMahon said.So when the BU fans rose to their feet with 30 seconds remaining to chant “Bry-ant Bull-dogs” it was not in celebration – it was a eulogy for their season. The ball was in an SU attack’s stick, and unlike those of Bryant’s, the ball would not come out.It’s why Syracuse advances to play Yale in the quarterfinals. And why Bryant’s season ends.“We’ve gotten down a couple times early in the first quarter in games, and kind of always prevailed,” Harris said. “Coach either calls a timeout in the past, or we make adjustments and we kind of always come out on top.” Commentscenter_img Published on May 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

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Sea Bright Dunesday Celebrates 20th Year with New Venue, Same Spirit

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneSEA BRIGHT – Few things have been the same in Sea Bright and neighboring towns since Super Storm Sandy devastated the area last fall.But on Saturday, at a new home, a touch of normalcy was restored to the borough with the return of Dunesday. With Donovan’s Reef – the regular home for the event – destroyed during the storm, the annual beach party for a charity was held at the Mad Hatter.Musician Pat Guadagno, one of several playing during Dunesday, sings and plays his guitar. Guadagno played for an hour in the afternoon during the 20th anniversary of Dunesday in Sea Bright.“This is about as special as Dunesday can be,” said Brian Kirk, who has run the event for two decades. “Not only is it the 20th anniversary, but to be able to bring people and money back to a town that needs it, it’s really special.”Despite the Mad Hatter also being damaged in the storm, owners decided to stay open outside for the summer, and give Dunesday a new Sea Bright home.“Brian approached me in January about having it here, and I just didn’t know if we would even be open,” Mad Hatter owner Scott Kelly said. “We were able to make it manageable for the summer.”The Mad Hatter will be knocked down and rebuilt in the fall. Because of the extent of the damage, most of the indoor facility has been destroyed and is not repairable, Kelly said.All proceeds from this year’s edition of Dunesday went to Sea Bright fire and first aid squads, which played a major role in the post-storm recovery in the town.“It was something that I can do, so I felt obligated to help,” Kirk said. “I’m fortunate that I have the ability to do something like this and to make Dunesday what it is.”Because of the storm, the Mad Hatter had to bring in food trucks and bathrooms plus get permission from the borough and state to run the event.Even with a different location, Kirk said the event came together smoothly and it was done without major media advertising.“Every Dunesday is different, but everyone came together once we found out we could do it here,” he said. “People tend to think that musicians should perform for free, and that annoys me. But, for a cause like this, they were happy to do it and I can say that I’m proud to be a part of this.”The 10-hour long event that ran from noon to 10 p.m. featured 10 bands and singers throughout the day.Dunesday was staffed by Donovan’s Reef employees who had lost their jobs after last year’s storm.“I’m nothing but gracious about this event here,” Dono­van’s Reef manager Susie Markson said, “to be able to bring this back to Sea Bright is great.”Markson, who said that she still has not returned home since the storm, said she is appreciative that Donovan’s employees were given an opportunity to work the event.“This year is much different,” Markson said. “The logistics of putting this together – between the portable bathrooms and ice truck and that stuff – compared to Donovan’s, where everything was controlled and fenced in, it’s really amazing.”Although Kirk said there was no monetary goal for Sea Bright fire and first aid squads, he said that any amount of money donated would be appreciated.“We just want to set it up and let it run,” he said.“I was out here every day after the storm,” Markson said, “and every day” Sea Bright fire and first aid squad members “were heroes.”Kirk projected that there would be approximately 3,000 attendees for the event at its peak near 5 p.m.“It’s great to have an idea 20 years ago and it turns into this,” Kirk said.“This is the Jersey Shore,” said Tim O’Neill, who has worked with Kirk at Dunes­day since its inception. “If this happened anywhere else, they probably wouldn’t be able to bounce back like this. People here take pride in this because it’s their beach and they didn’t want to lose it.”last_img read more

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Was that Port or Starboard?

first_imgThe motor yacht Satori rests atop old steamboat pilings at the Atlantic Highlands Marina as representatives from Tow Boat US inspect the damage. They were developing a plan to float the yacht off the pilings at high tide. The mishap occurred at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, as a Rhode Island couple were leaving from the marina for Florida. Security at the marina said no one was injured.last_img

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Expert view: Premier League clubs face mixed fortunes over race for French midfielders

first_imgArsenal will reportedly miss out on the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia after AS Monaco’s Champions League qualification, as the French outfit are keen on keeping hold of their strongest players.The French international has been on the Emirates radar ever since he scored in the Champions League first leg when the two sides met and, after a brilliant season, the commanding midfielder has attracted interest from all over Europe.Ligue 1 expert Jonathan Johnson suggests that Kondogbia was a ‘plan B’ for Arsenal anyway, with the London side after another French midfielder – Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.Johnson told the Transfer Tavern: “With Schneiderlin, Arsene Wenger will know what sort of player he will be getting; he has more Premier League experience than Kondogbia and it takes a while for a player to adapt.“I think Kondogbia is suited to that style of play, he’s big, very tough and he’s physical and i think he is a player we will see in the Premier League at some point in the future.“However, i’m not sure Monaco will want to let him go this summer. Having returned to the Champions League and having to go through the qualifiers, they will see him as a key player”.Johnson revealed that despite Monaco’s financial problems, they will not be forced into selling the French midfielder because the imminent departure of Radamel Falcao will help balance the books.He said: “They’re not in the best positions regarding Financial Fair Play, but a lot of that determines on whether they can get rid of Falcao.“That is what they’re trying to push ahead with at the moment, trying to seal his departure.“I know that Chelsea have been linked with him in the last week and if that move was to go ahead, it will take a bit of pressure off of the club.”Another Ligue 1 star in the transfer spotlight is Yohan Cabaye.Johnson claims that Cabaye is reportedly looking for a return to the Premier League this season in a bid to secure his place in the French national side before the European Championships in 2016.The former Newcastle talisman has had a mixed time of it at PSG, winning two Ligue 1 titles but with his role predominantly restricted to substitute appearances.Now with just a few international games before the European Championships, Johnson suggests that the midfielder will jump at the chance of some first team football, with the Premier League his most likely destination.The French football journalist said: “He’s holding on to his place in the France squad by the skin of his teeth.“It’s been a really frustrating first full season for him. I cannot see Cabaye being a PSG player at the start of next season and I can see, ideally for him, a move back to the Premier League happening, whether it’s on loan or a permanent transfer.“His only problem is that teams need to be prepared to pay Cabaye the same wages that he is on at PSG.”last_img read more

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O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clash

first_imgSteve O’Meara sensationally knocked out fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms in the first round of their light-middleweight showdown at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The previously unbeaten Toms was floored by a two-punch combination and failed to beat the count, losing his southern-area title in dramatic fashion.O’Meara, who was shading the round after a couple of eye-catching flurries and a crisp left cross, is now in contention for a shot at the British title.His record improves to 14-2 after the third stoppage victory of his career, while Toms must go back to the drawing board after a brutal end to an impressive run that had seen him win his first nine professional contests.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, had been expected to try to outbox Toms using his slick boxing skills.But when he landed with a straight right and a clubbing left hook it was clear Toms was badly shaken, and the count was completed before the Northolt southpaw unsteadily got to his feet.“Hopefully this win will be a stepping stone for me,” an overjoyed O’Meara told West London Sport.“I’m not surprised I stopped him but I am surprised it happened so quickly. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown a better punch.“I didn’t get the chance to show much of what I’ve been doing in the gym. Hopefully that’ll happen next time – I want to move on to bigger and better things now.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgery

first_img​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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HapagLloyd UASC Merger Gets Nod from European Commission

first_imgzoom The European Commission has given its approval to German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd’s proposed acquisition of Dubai-based shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC). The clearance is conditional on the withdrawal of UASC from a consortium on the trade routes between Northern Europe and North America, where the merged entity “would have faced insufficient competitive constraint,” the European Commission said.“European companies rely on container liner shipping services for their transatlantic shipments. It’s very important that the markets remain open. The commitments offered by Hapag-Lloyd ensure that the takeover will not lead to price increases on the routes between Northern Europe and North America,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.The merger of the two competitors will create the fifth largest container liner shipping company worldwide.The Commission examined the effects of the merger on competition in the market for container liner shipping on thirteen trade routes connecting Europe with the Americas, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and West Africa, as well as Northern Europe with the Mediterranean, and found that the merger, as initially notified, would have created links on the Northern Europe – North America trade routes between the consortia and alliances in which Hapag-Lloyd is a member and the NEU1 (ex-Pendulum) consortium, in which UASC is a member.In order to address the Commission’s competition concerns, Hapag-Lloyd said that it would terminate the participation of UASC in the NEU1 consortium, which would entirely remove the additional link between Hapag-Lloyd’s and UASC’s consortia, that the transaction would have created on the Northern Europe – North America trade routes.Although UASC will continue to operate as part of the NEU1 consortium during the notice period to guarantee an orderly exit, a monitoring trustee will ensure that no anti-competitive information is shared between the NEU1 consortium and the merged entity during that notice period.The Commission therefore concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the remedies proposed, would no longer raise competition concerns. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments.Hapag-Lloyd added that the company has “approvals of three more authorities pending now. For instance China, Japan, South Korea also approved already besides some others.”last_img read more

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