Freelance journalist Carmelo Díaz Fernández released

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further News Organisation RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago June 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist Carmelo Díaz Fernández released Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas RSF_en News CubaAmericas News News May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba Carmelo Díaz Fernández is the first of 27 journalists arrested during the “black spring” of March 2003 to be released from prison. After 15 months in prison he was granted a special form of release for health reasons. He had been sentenced to 15 years in jail in April 2003. Reporters Without Borders has welcomed the 18 June release of freelance journalist Carmelo Díaz Fernández, for health reasons, after 15 months in prison. But the international press freedom organisation pointed out that Fernández “should never have been imprisoned in the first place, because all he did was exercise his right to free expression. We hold the Havana authorities responsible for his state of health,” it added.The organisation strongly condemned the state monopoly on news imposed by the Fidel Castro government and called for the release of the 27 journalists still in prison.Cuba is, with China, the largest prison in the world for journalists. Castro is slated by Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s 37 “predators” of press freedom.Fernández was released, with another dissident who was arrested and sentenced with him in March 2003. The journalist was granted a permission to leave prison equivalent to house arrest, for health reasons. The 67-year-old, who has serious heart problems, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that he hoped to get a visa to emigrate to the United States where some family members already live.He was arrested overnight on 19 March 2003 during the Cuban “black spring” crackdown that saw 75 opposition figures arrested then sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years. He was sentenced at the beginning of April to 15 years in jail for his trade union and freelance journalism that was held to be “counter-revolutionary”. Fernández, who was in good health before his arrest, began to suffer from high blood pressure when he was held while awaiting trial at the headquarters of State Security in Villa Marista.Six months after his sentence an echocardiogram carried out at the insistence of his daughter, herself a doctor, led to the discovery of an abnormality in heart function that required surgery. On 15 December 2003, he was transferred from Guanajay Prison in Havana to the prison hospital of Combinado del Este, in Havana Province.A Christian activist, Fernández is editor of the Cuban Independent Trade Union Press Agency (APSIC), an executive board member of the Unitary Council of Cuban workers (CUTC) and president of the banned Christian Trade Union, founded in 1995. He devoted himself to the national centre for trade union training and the right to work. He was written numerous articles about Cuban education, economy and society on the sites cubanet.org and cartadecuba.org and is correspondent in Cuba for the Venezuelan magazine Desafios. A total of eight dissidents have been released since the start of year, two of them journalists. Four of them were from among the group of 75.Cuba’s “black spring” provoked strong international protest and the European Union reacted by imposing sanctions on the Havana regime.A Freedom Night was held on 18 June in Strasbourg by the local council, Reporters Without Borders and the collective Solidarity Free Cuba for the release of journalist and poet Raúl Rivero and all Cuban dissidents. Those attending included Cuban writer Zoé Valdès and Spanish author Jorge Semprun. more information October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Council confirms the testing of septic tanks has now begun

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Previous articleReilly to look into Donegal Paediatric Diabetes Service after concerns are raised in the DailNext articleNowDoc withdraws controversial new operating procedures News Highland Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – April 2, 2014 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council has confirmed this morning that in the interim period between the EPA drafting its mid year report and its publication today, the septic tank inspection programme has begun in the county and approximately 10% of inspections have now been completed.This morning, EPA figures to the end of February showed that Donegal was one of four counties which had not yet commenced inspections. However, in a statement to Highland Radio News a short time ago, the council confirmed that testing has now begun.The council says homeowners have been and will be notified in advance of the inspection and provided with advice on what to expect from an inspection and how to prepare for it. The inspections will continue across the 5 electoral areas over the coming months and, as indicated by the EPA, Donegal County Council is committed to completing the programme allocated to the county under the National Inspection programme.Nationally, there’s been a failure rate of just over 50%, with no indication yet of what the situation will be in Donegal. Council confirms the testing of septic tanks has now begun Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner

first_imgGovernor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick as acting Pennsylvania State Police commissioner to succeed Colonel Tyree C. Blocker following his planned retirement on March 23. Evanchick will serve as acting commissioner until the next commissioner is approved by the General Assembly.“I thank Colonel Blocker for his many years of dedicated service to the State Police and am pleased to appoint Lt. Col. Evanchick as acting commissioner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick’s 36 years of experience with the State Police, beginning with his service in NE Pennsylvania to his most recent role as deputy commissioner of operations, have been served with integrity and commitment to the State Police and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the department.”Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick enlisted in the PSP in 1981, after two years as a police officer with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department. As he rose through the ranks, he served as a station commander and troop commander, as well as the director of the department’s Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He was promoted to deputy commissioner of operations, overseeing the administration, coordination, and supervision of field operations for the PSP in 2017.“I have been proud to call myself a Pennsylvania State Trooper for nearly four decades,” said Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick. “It is a distinct honor to be named acting commissioner, following in the footsteps of a man the caliber of Colonel Blocker, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the 6,300 enlisted and civilian members of the department.”Colonel Blocker previously announced that he will retire from the department effective March 23, 2018. Colonel Blocker has served as the 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police since August 2015.Colonel Blocker began his career in 1975 as a trooper, rising to the rank of major before temporarily retiring in 2005.“As I look back on nearly 33 years of service with PSP, I am filled with gratitude toward the men and women of the department that make it ‘the first and finest’” Colonel Blocker said. “Without them, we would not be able to provide the professional, quality police services that the citizens of Pennsylvania expect and deserve. I am confident that Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick and the rest of the department leadership will continue to guide the organization forward.”For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. March 22, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more