Colombian candidates urged to respect journalists’ work

first_img Reports to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Related documents Carta a candidatos 2014PDF – 213.67 KB News Help by sharing this information RSF_en ColombiaAmericas ColombiaAmericas RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morecenter_img May 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Colombian candidates urged to respect journalists’ work Receive email alerts News April 27, 2021 Find out more News To the 25 May presidential election candidatesClara López Enrique Peñalosa Marta Lucía Ramírez Juan Manuel Santos Calderón Óscar Iván Zuluaga Dear Presidential Candidates,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, would like to remind you before the 25 May presidential election of the crucial importance for the public interest of what journalists do and the need to guarantee their security at all times in order to ensure a peaceful democratic climate.The successful presidential candidate must treat media freedom and the fight against impunity for crimes of violence against journalists as priorities for Colombia, which is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in our organization’s press freedom index.Reporters Without Borders asks you to make it a point of honour to ensure that the safety of journalists is respected during these sensitive elections. Colombia’s voters are going to the polls just weeks after riot police attacked four journalists who were covering May Day demonstrations in Medellín. One of these journalists, Esteban Vanegas, was improperly accused of attacking the police.Twelve days later, riot police fired teargas at photographer José Luis Torres, RCN Noticias reporter Eider Marines and Telenoticias reporter Jhon Fredy Ocoró as they were covering a protest against the lack of drinking water in the western city of Buenaventura. In the absence of any reaction from the city’s police chief, many of its journalists went on strike.It is essential that the presidential candidates should undertake to end the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for threats, physical attacks and murders targeting journalists in Colombia. Reporters Without Borders has registered 19 murders of media personnel in connection with their work during the past 12 years and three presidential terms. They all remain unsolved except that of Efraín Alberto Varela Noriega in the western department of Arauca in 2002, whose murderer was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2007.The fact that murders committed before 2000 are subject to a 20-year statute of limitations make this level of impunity all the more disturbing. Colombia should treat murders of journalists as crimes against humanity – which are not subject to any statute of limitations under Colombian and international law – as it has done in the case of the murders of José Eustorgio Colmenares Baptista and Guillermo Cano. The statute of limitations took effect in January of this year for the 28 January 1994 murder of Jesús Medina Parra. If nothing is done, impunity will also be eternal for the 27 May 1994 murder of Abelardo Martín Pinzón and the 3 September 1994 murder of Martín Eduardo Múnera.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its request to the authorities to set up a proper protection mechanism for professional and non-professional journalists by reinforcing the interior ministry’s National Protection Unit programmes. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights stressed this need in its latest report on freedom of expression on 23 April.Yonni Stevens Caicedo, a journalist working for local TV stations TV Noticias and Más Noticias, was murdered on 19 February, seven months after receiving death threats. Reporters Without Borders had criticized the ineffectiveness of the measures taken by local police after the initial threats.In outlying regions, the danger to journalists may also come from agricultural or industrial quarters, as was the case with Exequiel Henao Guzmán of Radio Super de Popoyán, who was threatened by three people, presumably mine employees, while researching a story about the San Antonio mine collapse, near the southwestern town of Santander de Quilichao, on 4 May. The day before, Radio Tulúa journalist Eugenio Lucas was the target of a grenade attack at his home. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to investigate these threats thoroughly in order to identify those responsible and ensure that the threats are not carried out.I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the fact that, as in 25 other Latin American countries, media offences are still punishable by imprisonment in Colombia. Only Uruguay and Argentina have abolished prison sentences for libel, slander and insults. Reform hopes were raised in Colombia by a supreme court decision in July 2013 quashing a jail sentence for newspaper editor Luis Agustín González in a libel case. Unfortunately, there has been no progress since then.I thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely, RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Colombialast_img read more

Broncos’ Elway building around his quarterback for a change

first_img___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — For the first time in four years, John Elway didn’t spend his offseason analyzing quarterbacks ad nauseam. He’s set at QB at long last with second-year pro Drew Lock, who won four of his five starts last season, his only loss coming in the snow at Kansas City.“It feels a little better … without having to worry about that position,” Elway said as he prepared for the NFL draft, in which half of the Denver Broncos’ 10 picks are in the top 100. April 16, 2020 With in-person visits forbidden, NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe. Fangio said scouts and college personnel appraisers are fond of suggesting that nine-tenths of the evaluation of a player is based on what he did in college, with just 10% coming off the NFL scouting combine, college pro days and personal interviews.“This is the year that it’s really put to the test,” Fangio said. Associated Press “We still have enough needs on both sides of the ball that I think the best player will still be the philosophy used for the most part,” coach Vic Fangio said. Although Elway wouldn’t be averse to grabbing a passer in the latter rounds, the turnstile at quarterback in Denver has finally stopped.“We’re thrilled the way Drew finished, finished 4-1. I think where we sit right now there is no question that Drew is the guy,” Elway said, adding, “We’re always going to try and surround the quarterback with people that he can be successful with and also protect him.”Here are some other things to keep in mind as Elway enters his 10th draft:DEFENSE FIRSTcenter_img Broncos’ Elway building around his quarterback for a change Elway has selected a defensive player with his first draft pick six times in his nine drafts. The outliers: QB Paxton Lynch in 2016, LT Garett Bolles in 2017 and TE Noah Fant last year. Lynch was a bust and Bolles has been flagged 46 times in 48 games, but Fant looks like a gem after a solid rookie season.Elway demurred when asked if he plans to exercise Bolles’ fifth-year option: “Don’t know yet. We’re going to wait until after the draft on Bolles.”PLAYOFF DROUGHTThe Broncos are counting on a third straight solid draft class to help them end a four-year playoff drought, something that became a tad easier when the league voted to add another wild-card team in each conference to the Super Bowl chase. “Yeah, we’re close,” Elway said. ”… the last couple of drafts have been pretty successful and so you know we’ve got to keep building on that. I’m excited about (having) a bunch of picks again this year and so if we do the right things, and if the young guys get better … then we’ll have a chance to get competitive.” FILM STUDY While stressing that Lock has “a long way to go” Elway said he feels he’s finally found a worthy successor to Peyton Manning, who retired four years ago.“Now is the fun part of trying to fill around him,” said Elway, who began that task with the free agent signings of O-lineman Graham Glasgow, running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Nick Vannett and backup QB Jeff Driskel.It continues in the draft. The Broncos own the 15th overall selection in the first round.The Broncos’ biggest needs are fortifying the front line and giving Lock more targets, necessities that intersect with two of the draft’s deepest positions.A wide receiver class like none other could land Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III or Jerry Jeudy in Denver, or Elway might take a tackle if the likes of Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is there at 15.last_img read more

WDFW Tentatively Plans 24 Days of Razor Clam Digging in April…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has proposed a series of razor clam digs in April and May to cap a season packed with more “beach days” than any time in the past 25 years.After a nine-day opening that runs through March 24, state shellfish managers plan to end the season with another 24 days of digging on morning low tides at various beaches from April 4 through May 17.Final approval of those digs depends on the results of marine toxin tests, which have consistently shown this season that the clams are safe to eat.“We’ve had a great season so far and we expect it to continue that way in the months ahead,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We have an abundance of clams on most beaches, which makes for some terrific digging opportunities.”Proposed digging days in April and May, along with the remaining digs in March, are posted on WDFW’s website.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. No digging is allowed on any beach after noon.Counting the new dates in April and May, Ayres said WDFW plans to provide a total of 286 “beach days” of digging on Washington beaches this season – the highest number since 1989. He defined a “beach day” as one beach open for a single day, so four beaches open for one day counts as four beach days.Annual razor clam seasons typically end in mid-to-late May, when the clams begin to spawn and are less desirable for eating, Ayres said.He reminds diggers they will need a valid 2015-16 fishing license to participate in razor clam digs effective April 1, the beginning of the new license year. Various types of fishing licenses are available online, by phone (866-246-9453), and from authorized license dealers throughout the state.Meanwhile, state wildlife managers are urging clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.“Nesting season for snowy plovers and streaked horned larks begins in early April, coinciding with the scheduled clam digs,” said Anthony Novack, district biologist for WDFW. “Snowy plover nests are difficult to see, so it’s easy to disturb or destroy them without even being aware of it. If an adult is scared off its nest, it leaves the eggs exposed to predators like crows and ravens.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line, Novack said.Dig dates in May for Copalis and Mocrocks will be announced after harvest from the April digs has been analyzed. Upcoming digs in April and May are scheduled on the following dates, pending favorable marine toxin results:· April 4, Saturday, 7:23 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 5, Sunday, 7:57 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 6, Monday, 8:32 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 7, Tuesday, 9:09 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 8, Wednesday, 9:48 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 9, Thursday, 10:32 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 10, Friday, 11:23 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks· April 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 2, Saturday, 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 3, Sunday, 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 7, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 8, Friday, 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 9, Saturday, 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 10, Sunday, 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 15, Friday, 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 16, Saturday, 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 17, Sunday, 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harborslast_img read more