RWB calls for protection for its Honduran correspondent, Dina Meza

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Related documents carta_de_apoyo_a_dina_meza_de_rsf-2.pdfPDF – 159.75 KB Interior Minister Arturo CorralesSecretaría de Estado en el Despacho de SeguridadAldea el Ocotal, Antiguo local de la Academía Nacional de PolicíaTegucigalpa, HondurasParis, 9 July 2014Dear Minister,I would like to draw your attention to the repeated acts of intimidation to which our Honduras correspondent, Dina Meza, has been subjected. Reporters Without Borders is an international organization that defends freedom of information. It has consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO. Ms. Meza, a journalist and human rights defender, is our organization’s voice in your country.Forced to leave Honduras temporarily in 2013, Ms. Meza has often asked the authorities to provide her and her family with protective measures in order to guarantee their security, as they have been directly threatened. Ms. Meza has told us that she has encountered considerable difficulties in getting in contact with the police.She recently wrote to the Interior Ministry’s special prosecutor requesting assistance, but received no reply. In her letter, Ms. Meza also reiterated her request for information about the Interior Ministry’s investigation into herself.Reporters Without Borders joins its correspondent in appealing to you to recognize the gravity of the threats against her. This is an urgent request, one that other international human rights organization such as Amnesty International and Front Line Defenders have also already made.The threats of torture and death received by Ms. Meza have increased since the start of July. These threats are made by telephone, email and even directly to her on the street. She is often followed and photographed by unidentified individuals.In the past, Ms. Meza has investigated land conflicts in the Bajo Aguán region and cases of corruption in private-sector companies. She recently carried out a regional investigation into attacks on journalists for the Salvadoran development NGO Comunicándonos. As she continues to do investigative reporting despite the attempts to intimidate her, Reporters Without Borders paid tribute to her courage by including her in its list of 100 “Information Heroes.”We urge you to treat these threats with the utmost seriousness. They are also direct attacks on freedom of information, a right guaranteed by articles 72 and 75 of the 1982 constitution, where it is written: “Everyone is free to express their thoughts by any means of dissemination without risk of prior censorship.”I thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more News HondurasAmericas center_img to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Honduras Reports Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general July 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB calls for protection for its Honduran correspondent, Dina Meza Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americalast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Joe Jonas’ DNCE Set for Grease: Live & More

first_img View Comments P.S. The 61st Annual Obie Awards, which recognize excellence in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater, will be held on May 23 at Webster Hall; Lea DeLaria has been enlisted to return as host. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Joe Jonas’ DNCE Set for Grease: LiveThey’re the ones that we want! Joe Jonas (not to be confused with his little brother Nick, who is a Broadway alum) will appear on Grease: Live with a slew of Main Stem faves including Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens. PEOPLE reports that Joe and his DNCE bandmates have been tapped for the upcoming telecast on January 31; they are set to play Johnny Casino and the Gamblers during the infamous school dance sequence at Rydell High. Did we mention that we’re already knee-deep in our viewing party plans?Joe Iconis’ New Tuner Will Bow at BSCWe’re dreaming of those summer nights…in the Berkshires. Joe Iconis’ (Be More Chill, Smash’s “Broadway Here I Come”) new musical will make its world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company this summer. Directed by Leah Gardiner and inspired by the Blaxploitation movies of the 1970’s (think Shaft), the production will play a limited engagement August 12 through September 3. Opening night is set for August 19 at the St. Germain Stage. Other productions slated for BSC’s season include a revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, helmed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, which will run July 15 through August 13, officially opening on July 20 at the Mainstage.$100,000 Kleban Prize AnnouncedHugh congratulations to Stacey Luftig and Daniel Goldstein, who have been honored with the 26th annual Kleban Prize, each winning $100,000, payable over two years. Luftig takes home the accolade for most promising musical theater lyricist, and Goldstein most promising musical theater librettist. Established in 1988 under the will of Tony winner Edward L. Kleban (A Chorus Line), the Kleban Foundation has awarded approximately $5,000,000 to 62 artists including Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and EGOT-er Robert Lopez. This year’s private ceremony will take place on February 8 at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.Broadway Backwards Sets 2016 DateBroadway Backwards, the annual celebration where the LGBT community sees its stories told through the great songs of musical theater by a plethora of Great White Way mainstays, will return for its 11th edition on March 21. This year’s one-night-only event is set to play at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and benefit Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.Will Adele Pen a Broadway Musical?Did we mention how much we love The Late Late Show host James Corden? The Tony winner recently filmed Carpool Karaoke with Adele and brought up the possibility of the songstress achieving the EGOT. “The Tony’s pretty unlikely…I ain’t got time for that,” she remarked. Corden, however, was convinced that one day she should be “writing a huge musical,” to which Adele replied: “What if no one cares then?” Trust us, Adele, whether its next year or decades from now WE WILL CARE. Check out the video below!last_img read more

Wet track conditions KO Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 2) – Races for tonight at Marshalltown Speedway have been canceled because of wet conditions. Next Friday night, May 9 is the annual Cliff Chambers Memorial program presented by Local UAW 893.last_img

Trojans face biggest test of the season

first_imgPodcast: Sports editors James Bianchi and Kenny Legan discuss the most important game of the Trojans’ season.The No. 24 Trojans, so accustomed in recent years to being the favorite when playing at the Coliseum, will find themselves in a new role Saturday — the underdog.Poised · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, seen taking a snap against Stanford, will need to provide some offense of his own if the Trojans want to keep up with the high-powered Oregon offense. The last time the teams met the Ducks won 47-20. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (5-2) host top-ranked Oregon in a prime time 5 p.m. matchup that will be aired nationally on ABC.ESPN’s College GameDay will be on campus, and the eyes of the nation will tune in to see if a No. 1 team loses for the fourth straight week.Surprisingly, USC will not be the team looking to avoid a fall but rather the one looking to do the tripping. Saturday marks the first time the Trojans have faced a No. 1 team since 1992, and the first time one has visited the Coliseum since 1988.But confidence is present in the Trojan camp.“We definitely have the capability of beating Oregon,” sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley said.Some of the Trojans’ bravado likely stems from their 48-14 drubbing of Cal two weeks ago, which was USC’s first complete game on both sides of the ball this season.USC has had a bye week since then, giving it extra time to prepare for the Ducks’ aptly named “blur offense.”Barkley said the key to the game would be the turnover battle, emphasizing that when he is in control, USC’s offense needs to protect the ball.That is not a bad idea, considering the Ducks (7-0) lead the nation in turnover margin.But it was not that statistic that vaulted Oregon to the top of the national polls. Rather, it was its offense, which is playing at a tempo almost unheard of in college football and scoring a ton of points while doing so.The Ducks run one play after another at a breakneck pace. On average, the time between their plays is about 23.2 seconds, almost 32 percent faster than the national average. Oregon makes its living on tiring out opposing defenses, which means the Trojans expect to substitute more.“We’re going to try to play more guys than normal,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We’re going to need some people who maybe haven’t played that much or made significant plays to step up for us. We can’t leave our main guys out there the whole time. [The Ducks] just play too fast.”Oregon has torched opponents for 55.8 points per game and averages 569 yards per game. It will be up to the Trojans’ defense to slow the Ducks’ attack enough to keep the score close.Freshman cornerback Nickell Robey said USC’s success will be determined by how well it can translate what the players have worked on in practice into the game Saturday.“Coming into this game, you just got to pretty much have a plan, and just go to that plan and execute,” Robey said.A bye week came at a good time for the injured Trojans, who could see multiple players return from ailments, including senior linebacker Malcolm Smith, redshirt sophomore defensive end Wes Horton and freshman tailback Dillon Baxter.Yet, others remain questionable. Redshirt sophomore defensive end Nick Perry and junior offensive tackle Tyron Smith continue to battle ankle injuries.Whatever hype surrounds this game, that amount would surely be multiplied if the Trojans had not lost on last-second field goals to Washington and Stanford. Otherwise, the Trojans would be undefeated and among the nation’s top-rated teams.So do the Trojans need this game to get back on the national radar?“I don’t think [a win] puts us on the map,” Kiffin said. “’SC’s been on the map for a long time and it will continue to be.”last_img read more