RSF decries flaws within unit intended to protect Colombia’s journalists

first_imgNews Organisation Reports A new police bodyguard was nonetheless assigned to Osuna but, on 2 May, another Osuna’s bodyguard received anonymous threatening phone calls on their private line, followed by infected emails summoning them to a bogus court hearing the same day and the same time to a meeting at the UNP that Osuna was also supposed to attend. “These irregularities within a body that is supposed to protect endangered journalists is extremely worrying,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. October 21, 2020 Find out more In the past five months, Osuna has been the victim of information thefts, break-in attempts at his office, and acts of intimidation by men on motorcycle while driving in his car. The UNP has nonetheless supposedly been protecting him since August 2014 and stepped up his protection in early 2015 after computers were set on fire inside his home.The UNP’s effectiveness and above all its integrity are therefore at issue.As a result of these latest events, Osuna tried to have his police “bodyguard” changed and suggested a replacement, because he suspected that the bodyguard appointed by the UNP could be directly linked to a paramilitary group he is writing about and to the continuing acts of harassment. Osuna also discreetly asked the UNP to explain its appointment system.The bodyguard somehow illegally learned of Osuna’s request and the UNP’s rejection of Osuna’s proposed alternative on the grounds that this person did not “fulfil the required conditions. At the same time, the UNP provided Osuna with no further information about its appointment process. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeCorruptionViolence center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeCorruptionViolence May 11, 2016 RSF decries flaws within unit intended to protect Colombia’s journalists News “The Javier Osuna case highlights the enormous difficulties encountered by Colombian journalists who cover sensitive stories and is indicative of the level of corruption in Colombia. The Colombian authorities have a duty to protect Osuna and must urgently overhaul the UNP and make it more transparent.”Read the full report: “Periodistas en riesgo”Journalists in dangerIn 2015, on the 15th anniversary of the UNP’s creation, RSF, the Foundation for Freedom of Expression (FLIP) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER) launched a campaign called Periodismo en Riesgo (Journalism in Danger) to draw attention to the UNP’s flaws and call for its reform.This is not the first time Osuna has denounced the way he is persecuted. In an open letter in September 2014, which RSF relayed, he wrote about the difficulties of being an investigative reporter in Colombia and the lack of importance assigned to journalism in his country.Colombia is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about failings within Colombia’s National Protection Unit (UNP), which is supposed to protect journalists, and reiterates its support for Javier Osuna, a Bogotá-based freelance journalist who for years has been the target of phone tapping and repeated intimidation attempts.last_img read more


Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office

first_img April 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for office Mark D. Killian Managing EditorBe they Democrats or Republicans, the state needs more lawyer-legislators, according to Chief Justice Charles Wells.Addressing the Board of Governors in Tallahassee in March, the Chief Justice said lawyers — especially young lawyers — have the talent and expertise necessary to effectively serve the state and their communities.“The important thing is that we have people who are truly oriented toward public service,” Chief Justice Wells said. “What is increasingly clear to me is that the legislature is where the decisions of this state have to be made in the entire spectrum of the quality of life in Florida.”More lawyer-legislators would not just advance the interests of the profession or the judiciary, but benefit the state as a whole, Wells said.“I know that there is a lot of public sentiment or comment that people don’t want lawyers in these offices, but I don’t think that is really true,” he said. “I think that if lawyers are willing to make the sacrifice to perform that kind of service — especially young lawyers, lawyers in their 30s, and law firms that have talented people who could perform that type of public service in office — Florida truly needs that type of talent in the legislature.”There are currently 31 lawyers in the 120-member House of Representatives and 13 of 40 senators are lawyers.Wells said lawyer-legislators are needed now more than ever “because the passage of laws in all sorts of areas just demand there be technical expertise by people who are trained in the law.”Wells said he is encouraged by the fact that a number of young lawyers were elected to the legislature in 2000.“But we need more lawyers, and more lawyers that would see that serving in the legislature is something that would really benefit their communities and this state,” he said. “I think there can be really no substitute, and the time is now that we get members of the legal profession actively involved in the legislative process.”Wells asked the members of the board to go back to their communities and recruit lawyers to run for state office. Chief Justice asks lawyers to consider running for officelast_img read more


Chelsea fans bombard David Luiz’s restaurant with one-star reviews ahead of Arsenal transfer

first_imgChelsea fans bombard David Luiz’s restaurant with one-star reviews ahead of Arsenal transfer Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Aug 2019 1:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Chelsea fans claimed Luiz’s restaurant was infested with rats (TripAdvisor)Meanwhile, Arsenal are also set to announce the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The Gunners have also rejected the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Chelsea fans called Luiz a ‘rat’ in their reviews (Google)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementOne fan wrote: ‘Terrible service, disgusting food.’While another supporter aimed a barb at Luiz: ‘Saw people having photos with a big rat that had curly hair.’Chelsea fans also took to Trip Advisor to bring down the rating of Luiz’s restaurant, which is located in Mayfair. Advertisement David Luiz is leaving Chelsea to join Arsenal (Getty Images)Chelsea fans have flooded David Luiz’s restaurant with negative reviews as the Brazilian closes in on a surprise move to Arsenal.The Gunners are looking to sign a new centre-back before Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline and have now agreed an £8 million fee with Chelsea for Luiz.The 32-year-old is undergoing a medical with Arsenal and is expected to finalise his move to Chelsea’s rivals.Reports in France also claimed that Luiz did not train with Chelsea on Wednesday as he attempted to force through a move to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENTLuiz’s actions have angered Chelsea supporters, who have bombarded the Brazilian’s restaurant Babbo with a series of one-star reviews on Google. Advertisement David Luiz restaurant Babbo was flooded with negative reviews (Google) Commentlast_img read more


Man nabbed in Arevalo drug bust

first_imgOcampo was detained. He faces charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN ILOILO City – A 23-year-old man wasarrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Zone 10, Barangay Calaparan, Arevalodistrict. Five sachets of suspected shabu wereseized from Jericho Ocampo, a police report showed. Operatives of the Regional DrugEnforcement Unit staged the entrapment operation which led to the arrest of thesuspect around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Ocampo, a son of a retired policeofficer, was caught after he allegedly sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugsfor P5,500, the report added. last_img