Guatemala Moves to Protect Journalists Following Violent Attacks in 2012

first_img Guatemala is to launch a new security program aimed at protecting journalists against organized crime. The program, which has received support from Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, will address issues of impunity, the security of reporters and the environments they work in. “The situation for journalists in Guatemala, and particularly for those outside the capital, is complex,” said Oscar Ismatul, deputy secretary of communications for the presidency. “This is the first step towards creating an effective system of protection for journalists where the state is part and guarantor of their integrity.” The move reflects growing concerns over the safety of reporters and media professionals in Guatemala. Last year, the Center for Informative Reports on Guatemala [Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala, or CERIGUA] recorded 36 attacks against journalists. So far in 2013, it said, two reporters have been killed, and 15 have been attacked or threatened. “President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice-President Roxana Baldetti have a deep commitment to free press,” Ismatul said. “Guaranteeing freedom of expression and the integrity of media workers is a commitment of this government and must be a commitment of all politicians in the country.” UN program aims to protect journalists worldwide The Journalist Protection Program is a United Nations initiative that aims to strengthen peace, democracy and development worldwide. Guatemala is set to become the country in Latin America to approve the plan after similar versions were established in Mexico and Colombia last year. Guatemala’s decision to adopt the UN initiative comes just weeks after the U.S. government announced it would open a safety training center in El Salvador for Central American journalists, in an attempt to protect them against similar threats. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that a journalist is killed in the line of duty somewhere around the world once every eight days, and that nearly three out of far are targeted for murder. The rest are killed in the crossfire of combat, or on dangerous assignments such as street protests, according to the New York-based CPJ. Local journalists constitute the majority of victims in all groups, said the organization, while the murderers go unpunished in about nine out of 10 cases. Fallen journalists honored at Newseum ceremony On May 13, the names of 84 journalists who died worldwide covering the news in 2012 were added to a memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., along with those of six journalists killed in previous years whose deaths were recently brought to the Newseum’s attention. The Newseum is an international nonprofit museum founded in 1997 to educate the public about the value of a free press in a free society. Since then, it has welcomed more than three million visitors. Its soaring, two-story glass memorial gallery is inscribed with the names of 2,244 reporters, photographers, broadcasters and news executives from around the world who have died since 1837 supporting freedom of the press. The Newseum ceremony’s keynote speaker was Richard Engel, chief correspondent for NBC News. Engel, 39, was on assignment in Syria last year when he and several members of his TV news production crew were kidnapped and held hostage for five days — enduring psychological torture and mock executions while NBC and the U.S. government worked to secure their release. “We are being killed off,” said Engel, noting that his fellow journalists take risks “to understand the world and how it changes. We go to where the cracks are.” The honored reporters died “doing what they loved. They died in the line of duty with their boots on and their pen in hand.” Brazil among riskiest countries for reporters In fact, Syria was the deadliest country for journalists in 2012. A total of 29 reporters were killed in that war-torn country last year, followed by Somalia (12 deaths) and Brazil and Pakistan (which each recorded seven deaths). Among the dead Brazilian journalists honored at the Newseum ceremony were Eduardo Carvalho, owner and editor of the website Ultima Hora News, who was shot to death by a gunman on a motorcycle as he arrived home with his wife. A retired police officer, Carvalho frequently published news about crime and had received numerous death threats. Another victim was Valério Luiz de Oliveira, a sports commentator for Rádio Jornal who had received death threats for his opinions about a local soccer team. Likewise, Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes, a journalist known for criticizing government officials on his website Vassouras Na Net, was killed with his girlfriend after they were kidnapped from their home. Marques Lopes had survived a previous attempt on his life in 2011. Also on the 2012 list: Colombia’s Guillermo Quiroz Delgado, a freelance newspaper and TV reporter killed during a demonstration against a local gas company; Ecuador’s Byron Baldeón, a freelance photographer shot in front of his home in El Triunfo, about 50 kilometers north of Guayaquil, and Mexico’s Adrian Silva Moreno, a freelance crime reporter shot to death in Puebla by unidentified gunmen after covering an oil theft investigation and a gunfight involving organized crime. By Dialogo May 24, 2013last_img read more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive in Charlotte after seven-hour plane delay | NFL News

first_imgTampa Bay departed for Charlotte just before 9.30pm ET, according to NFL Network, which was first to report the team’s travel issues. The team finally landed at 11.27pm.Tampa Bay (6-3) play the Carolina Panthers (3-6) on Sunday.What went wrong for Brady and the Bucs?Sky Sports’ NFL writer Cameron Hogwood…The NFL can be a fickle business, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the latest reminder of just that.Everything was looking dandy entering November. Bruce Arians’ team were being eulogised as a playoff-bound juggernaut led by a Tom Brady sticking it to Father Time, and with a suffocating Todd Bowles defence taking names at the line scrimmage.Two weeks later, and the Bucs are licking the wounds of a 38-3 demolition at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, having just about escaped East Rutherford with a 25-23 win over the New York Giants earlier in the week.The performance against the Saints was as ugly as it was ever going to get, and one Arians will be hoping proves a mere anomaly.Read the full feature here… – Advertisement – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrived in Charlotte more than seven hours late after mechanical issues with their plane delayed their arrival ahead of Sunday’s match against the Carolina Panthers, according to reports.The flight was scheduled to depart Tampa International Airport at 2.25pm ET and land in Charlotte at 3.55pm ET, according to ESPN.The delay forced the team to hold team meetings and eat a meal inside the airport. The Buccaneers followed social distancing protocols by congregating in areas with restricted access to the general public or outdoors. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Live NFL November 15, 2020, 5:00pmLive on The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come up against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday – live on Sky Sports NFL at 6pm – as they look to recover from a crushing defeat to the New Orleans Saints; The team were forced to hold team meetings at Tampa International Airport as they waited to take off Last Updated: 15/11/20 8:42am Tom Brady and his Tampa team-mates were left to wait at the airport
Tom Brady and his Tampa team-mates were left to wait at the airport

New coaching staff and quarterbacks take the field

first_imgFootball spring practice opened Tuesday afternoon, and the team’s focus is on improving everyday. Everyone had some first day kinks, but players said that it felt good to be back on the field.“It feels great,” senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers said. “I’m playing faster. This is probably the smoothest I’ve been since I’ve been here.”Junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster agreed but also mentioned the quick turnaround from hard workouts to full practice.“My legs are kind of tight and sore,” Smith-Schuster said. “Yesterday was our first day squatting, so then to come out here full speed running … but it feels good.”Coaching TurnaroundWith first-year head coach Clay Helton at the helm, a slue of new coaches has been added to the staff including his brother, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton.“It was a great first day,” Tyson Helton said. “A lot of excitement, a lot of focus which is the way it should be. There’s a lot of talent out here, and I’m looking forward to working with them every day.”The coaches have been well-received by many players who are saying that they are totally on board with the new staff as well as their new implementations.“This coaching staff is amazing — they make me want to work hard and be perfect,” Rogers said.Offensive players said there was going to be a lot more action for the receivers on offense this year to create a more balanced offensive scheme.“We have new signals and plays, so we have to adjust to that,” sophomore tailback Ronald Jones II said. “The team likes the new plays and new systems. There are a lot more receiver sets because we don’t really have a fullback yet. It looks like we’re going to be a lot more balanced this year, which is good.”Quarterback FrenzyFour quarterbacks saw significant reps for the Trojans on day one including redshirt junior Max Browne, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene and true freshman Matt Fink. Tyson Helton said he was impressed with his quarterbacks for where they were at the beginning of the season.“Quarterbacks were about where you’d think for a first day; there’s a lot of things we need to correct but pretty good overall,” Helton said. “There were a couple jitters early, but once they got in the groove, I think they realized ‘Hey, this is just like anything I’ve always done.’”Browne and Darnold are expected to be the frontrunners in the quarterback competition, but Greene received a significant amount of reps during practice as well. Helton said he was specifically impressed with the play of Browne, Darnold and Greene.“They understand the plays and the mechanics of the plays, we just have to get better and better on the technique side of things,” Helton said. “The young freshman Matt Fink, it’s his first day out here, so limited reps, but we wanted him to have some success, so we put him in certain situations, and he took advantage of them.”Dealing with the different quarterbacks is a challenge for receivers according to Smith-Schuster, but he had nothing but praise for them after practice.“Max Browne has a cannon that we have to get used to,” Smith-Schuster said. “Sam Darnold has that accuracy, and Jalen Greene, who has that speed, but also throws with his left hand. Trying to catch from different quarterbacks is kind of hard, so I’m glad we’re doing it at the beginning of spring.”last_img read more