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Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation RSF_en “The systematic denigration and attempts to create the image of a press that is the enemy of the people are not just dangerous and counter-productive. They also reinforce the entire society’s mistrust of journalists, whose reporting is nonetheless vital in a country badly affected by violence and corruption.” Amid the growing tension, President Bukele announced on Twitter on 30 September that the government was launching a new TV news programme called El Salvador on the state-owned Canal 10 channel. Promoted by no less a person than the president, the new programme began being broadcast on 5 October. April 11, 2020 Find out more As well as the leading newspapers critical of the government, the El Salvador Journalists’ Association (APES) has also been the target of many attacks by the president and his supporters since the start of the year, especially on social media. One of Latin America’s leading practitioners of investigative journalism and an outspoken critic of the government, El Faro reported on 3 September that the authorities were negotiating with Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a criminal gang with 17,000 members, to get a reduction in the number of murders in El Salvador in return for better prison conditions for jailed members and votes for the president’s party, Nueva Ideas, which is run by a member of his family. June 12, 2020 Find out more Salvadorean authorities must not obstruct coronavirus coverage According to the president’s office, it will provide the government with “its own window, its own voice.” In other words, it will broadcast “propaganda financed with public funds,” said Edison Lanza, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an Organization of American States offshoot. During the first half of 2020, RSF reported that the Salvadorean media were having difficulty covering the Covid-19 crisis, in large part because of a lack of government transparency. News During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on 24 September, President Bukele accused the country’s leading online media outlets, El Faro, Revista Factum and Gato Encerrado, and the newspapers La Prensa Gráfica and El Diario de Hoy of lying, attacking the government and waging an orchestrated political campaign ahead of next year’s legislative elections. October 7, 2020 Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media El Salvador is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Although he claims to defend media freedom and, during the 24 September press conference, again promised to “guarantee freedom of expression 100% and freedom of the press to the utmost,” Bukele often adopts an aggressive stance towards the media and blocks many journalists on social media. And without providing any supporting information or evidence, Bukele also announced that El Faro was being investigated for money laundering. The newspaper responded that it was completely unaware of the existence of any such investigation and had received no notification from the judicial authorities. In July, El Faro began being subjected to a finance ministry audit that is marred by many irregularities, according to the newspaper’s editor, José Luis Sanz. News July 25, 2019 Find out more “President Bukele’s repeated attacks and threats against journalists critical of his administration signal an extremely worrying shift towards authoritarianism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried by the increasingly hostile environment for reporters in El Salvador, especially by President Nayib Bukele’s recent attacks and threats against critical and independent media, and calls on the authorities to stop denigrating journalism. Receive email alerts Bukele has denied the report but the judicial authorities opened a formal investigation on 7 September to determine whether the government really has maintained relations with the gang. source: ARVIN RECINOS / AFP Follow the news on El Salvador El Salvador: Online attacks and threats against Salvadorean investigative news site Newslast_img read more

Brand clinic: rejuvenate a craft business

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand and design consultacy Pi Global, suggests that brands need gentle nurturing as they pass from one generation to the next.Everything in the universe is governed by life stages: things are born, they reach their prime, they age and ultimately die (cheery eh?). But unlike us frail humans, businesses and brands don’t have to shuffle off their mortal coil in a paltry few decades they die only through neglect and, unlike us, they have the ability to thrive almost indefinitely.Family-run businesses become loved local brands and build up a loyal consumer base, but as the proprietors age, so do their customers.So how do craft bakers rejuvenate themselves without disenfranchising the people who have been their bread and butter over the years? The process of handing a business down a generation must be difficult, fraught with tensions and, sometimes, extremely painful. It’s easy to understand how parents who have put their hearts, souls and hard-earned cash into a business building it up from nothing, creating its personality and knowing it as well, if not better, than they know each other feel extremely uncomfortable at the thought of passing it down to a child, who has some pretty radical, if not alien, ideas for dragging the bakery into the 21st century.But unless that son or daughter is allowed to have their head and do what they believe is right, then the whole thing will fall apart anyway. The ability to retain the bedrock of what made the business strong while simultaneously setting about injecting new life and attracting younger consumers into the ’brand’ must surely be the biggest dilemma facing family bakers who are in this transition phase.So what’s the magic formula to smooth this passage? There isn’t one; every situation is different, involving different personalities and a whole raft of intricate functional and emotional issues, but what I would say is, ’Never throw away the Bath Buns with the bakery waste’. If the business and let’s remember that the business is a brand has a strong foundation, do not dig it up in an attempt to make it ’trendy’.Trend brands don’t live very long it’s a no-brainer! Great or serious brands are timeless; they fit the era in which they exist, without pandering to fads and fashion. This way they don’t have to reinvent themselves every two weeks at vast expense and potential damage to the longevity of the brand.Remember Mr Kipling? The visual equities of the brand were thrown away overnight and we all know the result. Understand the bedrock and gently evolve it. Make it work harder, identify the ’family jewels’ and treasure them. Introduce new ones and build on them. It’s entirely possible to breathe life into an old tradition without destroying what’s great about it. The only reason for throwing away existing equity is if the business is moribund if it has become so irrelevant that there is nothing worth holding onto. Then there is every reason to completely reposition it and create new equity.In summary, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it polish it!last_img read more

Targets to add excitement in Toyota Jamaica 100

first_imgMotor vehicle dealers Toyota Jamaica will today seek to rev up the Toyota Jamaica 100 Sporting Clays at the Jamaica Skeet Club, located at the Portmore Range in St Catherine. Today’s event will see a number of Jamaica’s leading shooters, top upcoming juniors, and respective class contenders square off for prizes and bragging rights. Registration is scheduled to run from 9-10:15 a.m., which will be followed by a 10:30 shotgun start. Today’s entry fee is $1,000, while women and juniors are slated to compete free. Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan is expecting a family-styled fun day with intense rivalries, keen competition, and a memorable staging from organisers Toyota Jamaica. “The course manager is Errol Ziadie, and he hopes to have 15 stations with some interesting targets, having just returned from some overseas shoots,” he said of what is expected to be an entertaining day of keen competition. Azan added that they are hoping to have new traps and new towers ready for today’s shoot, which should help to make the competition more compact and memorable.last_img read more


first_imgIT’S a deal that’s getting the whole county talking – a brand new Toyota for just €7,995!But that’s exactly what Kelly’s Toyota in Letterkenny and Mountcharles are offering from now until the end of June when the government’s scrappage scheme comes to an end.The Toyota Aygo is available for just €7,995 under the scheme; a saving of more than €2,300! And Kellys are also offering 3 Years Free Servicing & 1 Years Free Road Tax  on all scrappage and non scrappage Yaris & Aygo models.More details are pictured below.One cracking deal is the superb Toyota Prius which is now €4,000 cheaper under the scheme.For more telephone on 074 9121385 (Letterkenny) or 074 9735011 (Mountcharles), or email on [email protected] (Letterkenny) or [email protected] (Mountcharles). Or log on to http://www.kellystoyota.com/DONEGAL DEALERSHIP OFFERING A NEW TOYOTA FOR JUST €7,995! was last modified: June 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jazz arena evacuated after Warriors loss due to suspicious package

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Seconds after the final buzzer of the Warriors loss to the Utah Jazz Friday, Vivint Smart Home Arena was evacuated due to a suspicious package found by local officials in a nearby building.At approximately 9:30 pm MT, SLCPD found a suspicious shoe box under a table at a nearby restaurant. With the building evacuated, officials deployed a bomb squad and K-9 unit, which indicated that the package was a threat. Officials then ordered the evacuation of the arena and neighboring …last_img read more

Position Vacant – Sports Operations Manager (Victoria)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key leadership position of Sport Operations Manager – Victoria, based in our Melbourne branch office.  Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm EST on Friday, 15 May 2015. To see the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected]om.au. Related Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format_01-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

23 days agoBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn’t do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.He recalled to TMW, “I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.”It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely.”Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won’t rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football. He added: “In football, you know, anything is possible. I’d go back to playing in Italy.”However, for now, the defender insists he’s happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls’ thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday. And on Brighton, Montoya added: “I’m happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year.”- updated October 7 last_img read more

7 days agoPaolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Paolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliottby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaolo Maldini is losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott Management.Maldini returned to Milan last year to take up a director’s position. However, after overseeing his third coaching appointment, Maldini’s position is now in doubt.Fellow director Zvonimir Boban is in a more secure place and TMW says it was his decision to sack Marco Giampaolo.In contrast, Giampaolo had the confidence of Maldini.It’s also emerged that Elliott will demand a big January sale, with the need to cover a major reported debt. last_img read more

Video: Virginia Took The Lead Over Notre Dame On A Double-Reverse Flea Flicker TD Pass

first_imgUVA does a trick play against Notre Dame.uva trick playVirginia is leading No.9 Notre Dame 14-12 late in the second quarter, and the Cavs just took the lead on a beautifully-executed trick play. It began with running back Albert Reid in the Wildcat formation and quarterback Matt Johns lined up as a wide receiver. Reid handed to running back Taquan Mizzell on what looked like a jet sweep, but Mizzell instead pitched back to Johns, who hit a wide-open Keon Johnson for the score.UVA trickeration pic.twitter.com/EITkHAp2mZ— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) September 12, 2015Great play. Can the Cavaliers keep the upset bid going?last_img read more