Reporters Without Borders deeply concerned by the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng

first_img News Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation December 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders deeply concerned by the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia TV journalist William Soto Cheng, of the local channel Telemar, was gunned down in the streets of Buenaventura, central west Colombia on 18 December. Reporters Without Borders has called on the authorities to ensure that “the killers and those who ordered the murder are punished”, stressing that “early indications suggest that the murder was linked to the journalist’s work.” Reporters Without Borders has expressed its deep concern over the murder of journalist William Soto Cheng in Buenaventura, central west Colombia.Cheng, 46, who worked for the local television station Telemar was gunned down at point blank range by two men on a motorbike in the streets of the Pacific Ocean port of Buenaventura, close to the station’s offices on 18 December.”Since the early indications suggest the murder was linked to the journalist’s work, we call on you to do your utmost to see that the killers and those who ordered the murder are punished,” said Reporters Without Borders in a letter to the state prosecutor-general Luis Camilo Osorio.He was the 11th journalist to be murdered in Colombia in 2003 and Reporters Without Borders has said it believes that four of the previous ten victims were killed because of their work.”In common with four other journalists murdered in 2003, Cheng had spoken out against corruption or irregularities, implicating local elected officials or members of the security forces,” said the press freedom organisation. In his programme “Litoral Pacífico”, he systematically denounced irregularities apparently committed by local officials and leading figures in the region.He had alleged electoral fraud the day after municipal elections on 26 October, in which he suggested members of the army and the police were implicated.The ballot resulted in the election as mayor of Buenaventura of Saulo Quiñones, of the Colombian Liberal Party. Cheng withdrew his allegations and apologised after he was threatened with legal action.A journalist colleague said that earlier in the year Cheng had alleged embezzlement at the municipal sports institute. One of the managers of the institute had come to blows with him. The same source said that the journalist had recently been threatened and had been thinking of leaving Buenaventura.The four journalists killed in 2003 because of their work were: Luis Eduardo Alfonso (killed 18 March), José Emeterio Rivas (6 April), Guillermo Bravo Vega (28 April), Jaime Rengifo Revero (29 April). News RSF_en RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas last_img read more

‘Waiting for Superman’ stirs education debate at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgAn advance screening of the education reform film Waiting for ‘Superman’ played to a packed house Wednesday evening followed by a panel discussion that sparked a vigorous debate mirrored the controversy the documentary has touched off across the nation.Directed by Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for ‘Superman’ follows families across the nation in their quests to find better schools for their children. In so doing, the film promotes reforms closely associated with charter schools such as Harlem Children’s Zone, SEED and KIPP. Geoffrey Canada, Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate and Harlem Children’s Zone founder, and Michelle Rhee, M.P.P. ’97, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, both figure prominently in the film as part discussion about how to transform failing schools.Discussing the screening, Linda Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, said she worried the film would feed into the misconception that reform requires a superhuman leader. “I really worry about that message—that innovation means you have to be a missionary or a hero,” she said.Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media (which funded and produced the documentary), was also on the panel and defended his company’s work, saying the its focus was on individuals and good storytelling.“This film was not made for education experts,” he emphasized. “It was made to inspire an audience that doesn’t have a vested interest in the schools… The first [step] is to become inspired. Then we have a chance of sparking a movement.”The panel was moderated by David Ager, co-director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on sociology at Harvard College. Second-year HKS student Thackston Lundy, M.P.P. ’11, former director of operations at the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, appears in the movie and also participated on the panel.The Waiting for ‘Superman’ screening was hosted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and was a follow-on to CPL’s Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum, which brought movie industry professionals and students interested in social entrepreneurship together this past April to examine the power of film as a vehicle to catalyze social action.last_img read more

Calls for nominations issued for areas offshore Canada

first_imgThe Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has issued calls for the submission of nominations of areas of interest located in the South Eastern Newfoundland Region and the Jeanne d’Arc Region.Source: C-NLOPBCall for nominations, labeled as NL18-CFN02 for South Eastern Newfoundland and NL18-CFN03 in Jeanne d’Arc, will assist the C-NLOPB in selecting parcels to be included in subsequent 2019 Calls for Bids, which will close in November 2019.Following the call for bids in 2019, any successful bidders would be awarded licenses in early 2020.The C-NLOPB said on Thursday that it was issuing the call for nominations under its scheduled land tenure system.According to the Board, offshore safety and environmental protection are important in all of its decisions. The South Eastern Newfoundland Sector NL01-SEN and the Jeanne d’Arc Region were included in the Eastern Newfoundland Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) concluded by the C-NLOPB, with input from a multi-stakeholder working group in 2014.Also, for any lands entirely or partially beyond Canada’s 200 nautical mile zone, additional terms and conditions may be applied, either through legislation, regulations, amendments to licenses, or otherwise, to any resulting license from a call for bids to meet obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.To remind, the last call for nominations issued by the C-NLOPB was for areas of interest located in the Eastern Newfoundland region in January.last_img read more

Rwandan spy chief to face war crimes charges

first_imgRwandan Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has reportedly arrived in London to discuss with UK authorities the arrest of the Director General of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, Emmanuel Karenzi Karake.Rwanda is expected to vehemently contests proceedings seeking Kareke’s extradition to face war crime charges in Spain. A lawyer for Spanish and Rwandan victims, however, says he will be pushing to have Kareke moved to Spain as a soon as possible.Jordi Palou, who represents victims at the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the African Great Lakes, said Karake should stand trial for his alleged crimes. The arrest of Karake on Saturday, has threatened to strain Rwanda’s relationship with Britain Former DR Congo vice president found guilty of war crimes Rwandan protesters demand release of intelligence chief Related Rwandan chief of Intelligence Karenzi Karake arrestedlast_img read more