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Mounting threats and violence against the press

first_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Help by sharing this information Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment October 17, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting threats and violence against the press RSF_en News to go further BoliviaAmericas Follow the news on Bolivia News Reporters Without Borders today called on President Sánchez de Lozada to punish those responsible for a wave of threats and violence against the news media that has accompanied a government crackdown on opposition protests in Bolivia.”The army or intelligence services have been implicated in attacks on the press, and we call for investigations into the various cases so that those responsible can be punished,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in letter to the president.”We also call on you to give very clear instructions to the different branches of the state to respect press freedom, without awaiting the results of the investigations,” he added.An explosion on 15 October wrecked a transmitter that serviced Radio Pio XII, a Catholic radio station based in Oruro (200 km south of La Paz), and the TV station Televisión Universitaria. Both are now unable to broadcast. The radio station’s managers said two hooded men overpowered the caretaker and placed an explosive charge on the antenna. Government officials had previously criticised the station for its coverage of the crackdown.During the preceding three days, many threats had also been received by Radio Pio XII in Cochabamba (south-east of La Paz), the Erbol (Educación Radiofónica de Bolivia) network of radio stations, and Radio Pachamama and Radio Celestial, based in El Alto and La Paz.Intelligence agents on 15 October confiscated that day’s issues of the daily El Diario and the weekly Pulso. The first had a front-page editorial supporting calls for the president’s resignation, while the second reported that US embassy military experts were advising the Bolivian armed forces on how to handle the crackdown on protests.Monica Medina, the head of the TV station Radio Televisión Popular (RTP), reported on 15 October that her phone lines had been cut. RTP’s news director, Eduardo Godoy, said a new line was immediately installed. The station is critical of the government and had reportedly received anonymous threats that it would be attacked or its journalists would be targeted on the street if it remained on the air.The pro-opposition TV station Cadena A also reported getting threats from army personnel. Its programming was briefly suspended on 15 October and was replaced by music. Programmes resumed with a message from station director Amalia Pando saying she supported her staff in the face of external threats, without explaining what they were. Agence France-Presse quoted labour minister Adalberto Kuajara as saying there had been a “misunderstanding” and that the government respected press freedom.Walter Chávez, editor of the Bolivian edition of the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique and the bimonthly El Juguete Rabioso, on 15 October accused intelligence agents of harassing him in La Paz. He said he had received many telephone threats and had been forced to suspend a special issue due out the next day in which the newspaper was going to take a position on the president’s resignation.Carlos Colque, the Erbol radio network’s correspondent in Patacamaya (about 100 km south of La Paz), was hit in the back by a rubber bullet fired by a soldier just after being threatened by an army lieutenant-colonel.Bolivia has been gripped by serious unrest in the past three weeks. Trade union and indigenous leaders have called for a general strike in protest against a plan to export Bolivia’s natural gas through neighbouring Chile. El Alto, 15 km from La Paz, has been the focus of the unrest in the past few days. About 80 people have reportedly been killed in clashes with security forces since the crisis began. February 1, 2018 Find out more BoliviaAmericas On 15 October, as Bolivia’s political crisis continued to deteriorate, twonews media were silenced by an explosion, the issues of two newspapers wereconfiscated, and several media and journalists reported being the target ofthreats or physical attacks. Reporters Without Borders called on PresidentSánchez de Lozada to investigate these incidents, in which the press hasimplicated the armed forces and intelligence services. November 18, 2016 Find out more News Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile News June 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

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City Committee to Meet Today, Lay Out Guidelines That Would Aid Restaurants

first_imgGovernment City Committee to Meet Today, Lay Out Guidelines That Would Aid Restaurants City would suspend fees and make it easier for eateries to do business on sidewalks and in alleys By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 11:12 pm 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it At a 10 a.m. meeting on Thursday, May 28, the Economic Development and Technology Committee will lay out city guidelines aimed at helping the city’s ailing restaurants once they are allowed to do business.I commend city staff for working diligently to pull together a comprehensive set of guidelines since EDTECH met one week ago,” said committee chair Councilmember Victor Gordo.Guidelines were also released for retail and office buildings to reopen.According to documents received by Pasadena Now on Wednesday night, the city will temporarily suspend public hearings and public noticing required for sidewalk dining.Municipal codes will also be suspended that prohibit dining in parking lots.The city will also suspend several fees, including fees related to sidewalk dining, the city’s business license tax, banners/temporary sign permit, fire inspections, food sanitation inspections and permits for restaurants, environmental Health plan check and inspection fees for restaurants and the zoning parking credit program fee in Old Pasadena and South Lake.Last week, committee members encouraged the streamlining of any permitting process associated with any reopening, including alcohol Conditional Use Permits and signage.The committee also discussed the idea of closing Colorado Boulevard. in Old Pasadena, either partially or completely, to allow businesses with limited indoor space take advantage of sidewalks and the area reserved for curbside parking, an idea first pushed by former restaurateur Robin Salzer.Pasadena restaurants have suffered devastating financial losses after “Safer at Home” order resulted in closed dining rooms. For some, income has dropped by 90 percent, propped up only by curbside and delivery food service, according to published reports.Restaurants, large gatherings and schools are just about the last items that Gov. Gavin Newsom has not issued reopening guidelines on.Since Monday, Newsom has issued guidelines for reopening churches and retail businesses. Newsom also laid the groundwork for hair and nail salons and barbers, but so far those businesses are still prohibited from operating in Pasadena.On Wednesday the city reported no new deaths from the Coronavirus, but local cases have reached 900.Meanwhile, California became the fourth state in the nation with 100,000 coronavirus casesLast week state officials denied the city a variance that would have allowed city officials to open the city at their own pace, instead of remaining on the county schedule.“I look forward to input from residents and business operators beginning at tomorrow’s EDTech meeting so we can continue in the direction of putting Pasadena residents safely back to work,” Gordo said.To view the meeting, visit: http://pasadena.granicus.com/mediaplayer.php?camera_id=2&publish_id=9 More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a commentcenter_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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