Threats force another journalist to flee the region where he works

first_imgNews RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Colombia Reporters Without Borders is outraged that Fanor Zúñiga Hurtado, editor in chief and cameraman of the local TV station Más Noticias, was forced to leave the western region of Buenaventura on 24 July because of repeated threats since March. He is the sixth Colombian journalist so far this year to be forced to flee the region where he works as a result of threats. Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today that Fanor Zúñiga Hurtado, editor in chief and cameraman of the local TV station Más Noticias, has been forced to leave the western region of Buenaventura where he works because of repeated threats since March from leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).”News coverage will suffer in Buenaventura as a result of Zúñiga’s forced departure, especially as he was an independently-minded journalist who stood up to FARC pressure,” the press freedom organisation said.”His departure also exposes the inadequacy if not complete absence of any response from the local authorities aimed at ensuring the safety of journalists in war zones, with the risk that the impunity enjoyed by press freedom predators will become even more widespread,” Reporters Without Borders added.Zúñiga left Buenaventura after receiving threats over an editorial decision not to carry a report about the arrest of a former right-wing paramilitary. Seeing the decision as a sign of bias in favour of the paramilitaries and against the Marxist guerrillas, the FARC threatened to attack him or the studios of Más Noticias.The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), the local partner of Reporters Without Borders, said the threats against Zúñiga began on 13 March, when a stranger accosted his wife in the street and said: “Tell your husband to take good care of himself… because he is beginning to give me very good reasons to silence him.” This occurred after Más Noticias broadcast footage of a clash between FARC activists and police.Zúñiga was threatened again in April after refusing to broadcast footage from five videocassettes which the FARC had sent him.Since the start of the year, five other journalists have been forced to leave the areas where they were working as a result of threats. They are Claudio Gomajoa Buesaquillo of radio La Dorada Estéreo (in the southern department of Putumayo), Antonio Colmenares of La Opinión and Jorge Corredor of La Voz del Norte (in the northeastern city of Cúcuta), Julián Alberto Ochoa Restrepo of the TV station AUPAN (in the northwestern department of Antioquia), and Edwin Alberto Moreno Mojica of local radio station 88.3 Tame FM Stereo (in the northeastern department of Arauca). Many others have been subjected to constant harassment and have been told to leave. October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts Reports RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more July 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats force another journalist to flee the region where he works ColombiaAmericas News to go further News May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

Decatur County judge hands down 20-year sentence for meth dealing

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey has sentenced Michael Peterson to 20 years for dealing in methamphetamine. Peterson entered a guilty plea in April of this year for possession of methamphetamine, dealing in methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.Peterson has been ordered to 20 years, 10 are suspended to probation, with 5 probation years to be served with a condition of home detention.Decatur County Prosecutor Nathan Harter said, “We are very thankful to our officers for eliminating yet another methamphetamine gateway from our neighborhoods, especially one so close to one of our schools. These drugs are having increasingly larger impacts in this community and need to be taken very seriously. We hope with his time in the Indiana Department of Corrections, Peterson will be able to realize what his contributions to this drug problem do to the community and find more positive ways to contribute to bettering himself and the community we all share.”last_img read more