Foreign journalists not welcome in Venezuela

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on President Nicolas Maduro’s government to stop blocking the international media’s reporting in Venezuela. In recent months, the obstruction has included expulsions, the seizure of material and equipment, and outright censorship. to go further The latest victims include two Brazilian journalists – Record TV reporter Leandro Stoliar and cameraman Gilzon Souza de Oliveira – who were deported last month while investigating an offshoot of Brazil’s Petrobras scandal – suspected corruption involving the Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht and state agencies in Venezuela.They were quickly arrested by the Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia (SEBIN), the Venezuelan government’s intelligence and counter-espionage agency, were held for ten hours and were subjected to several heavy-handed interrogation sessions in which they were called “state terrorists” and were threatened with being imprisoned “for ever.”“I felt like a prisoner, like a criminal,” Stoliar later said, after their material had been seized and they had been sent back to Brazil, via Peru.Journalists turned back on arrivalMore than 20 journalists and media workers of at least nine different nationalities have been denied entry at Maiquetía international airport (20 km north of Caracas) since last August. The official grounds have been violation of immigration regulations and other bureaucratic pretexts. Most of these expulsions have occurred in the days preceding the major street demonstrations that the opposition has been organizing in Caracas.In the run-up to a big protest on 1 September, five Al Jazeera TV journalists, including Teresa Bo, Lagmi Chávez and John Holman, were expelled the day after they arrived. Marie-Eve Detoeuf, a reporter for the French daily Le Monde, was told that she was “non-admissible” because she did not comply with immigration rules. Colombian journalists César Moreno of Radio Caracol and Dora Glottman of Caracol TV, and US reporters John Otis of NPR and Jim Wyss of the Miami Herald also suffered the same fate.Three Peruvian journalists working for the Mexican TV channel Televisa – Ricardo Burgos, Leonidas Chávez and Armando Muñoz – were sent home shortly arriving on 26 October with the aim of covering a major anti-government demonstration. Rodrigo Abd, an Argentine photographer with the Associated Press, was also denied entry the same day.Joshua Partlow, a reporter with US and Canadian dual nationality working for the Washington Post, was denied entry a few days later on the grounds that his work visa was not in order, although he had visited Venezuela repeatedly during the preceding months.When Bernard de la Villardière, a French reporter for the M6 TV channel, arrived on 11 December with a five-member crew (four French journalists and a Swiss cameraman) to do a report on daily life in Caracas, they were escorted back to their plane without explanation. As their press visa applications had been refused, they had come on tourist visas.Finally, Aitor Sáez, a Spanish journalist working for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was expelled on 22 January without any explanation.“We find it hard to believe that all these foreign journalists were expelled simply because they failed to comply wth the bureaucratic requirements,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“The lack of grounds or inconsistency of the reasons given by immigration officials for denying access creates a climate of uncertainty and constitutes a threat to freedom of information. In the grave economic and political crisis that Venezuela has been experiencing for more than a year, the work of journalists, and especially foreign journalists, is vital and should not be blocked by the Venezuelan authorities on any pretext.”Humberto Márquez, the head of the Foreign Press Association (APEX), told RSF that airport officials often act “in a discretionary manner.” Sometimes they object to the lack of receipts for professional equipment. At other times, they say that Venezuela’s ministry of communication and information (MINCI) was not notified by the consulate of the journalist’s country. All official information about foreign journalist accreditation is available on the MINCI website.The lack of a receipt was used to expel Kay Guerrero, a US-based Venezuelan journalist working as a producer for CNN, when she arrived with her cameraman, Peter Kavanagh, on 28 August, just three days before the big protest on 1 September. Their equipment was seized on arrival at the airport and the only way for them to recover it was to leave immediately.CNN stripped of local signalA chain reaction from the Venezuelan authorities ensued when CNN en Español broadcast a major report on 6 February about an alleged passport-for-cash racket operated out of the Venezuelan Embassy in Baghdad that implicated Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami.President Maduro publicly accused CNN on 12 February of “manipulating” the facts and of waging a propaganda war against his country. He added: “CNN, get out of Venezuela, get out!”CONATEL, the state telecommunications agency, complied three days later, on 15 February, by suspending CNN’s local signal without warning, putting an end to the news channel’s broadcasting in Venezuela.This act of censorship was widely condemned by the Venezuelan media. It was also criticized by the Organization of American States, which called it an attack on freedom of expression, democracy and the Venezuelan people’s right to information.RSF points out that back in December 2015, foreign reporters who wanted to cover that month’s parliamentary elections had to sign a good conduct pledge to avoid the withdrawal of their accreditation.Venezuela is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. 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South Dakota public schools now required to display ‘In God We Trust’ on walls

first_imgWilliamSherman/iStock(PIERRE, S.D.) — Students in South Dakota can expect to see a new message on their school walls this upcoming school year: the national motto “In God We Trust.”A new bill signed by Gov. Kristi Noem took effect this month, requiring all public schools in the state to display the motto.The display must be located in “a prominent location” in each school, such as the school entryway, cafeteria, or other common areas, according to a summary of the bill. It also must be “easily readable” and not smaller than twelve inches wide by twelve inches high.The style of the display will be left up to the school principal and can range from a mounted plaque to student artwork.The bill also adds that if a lawsuit or complaint is filed against the school as a result of the display, the “attorney general shall provide legal representation at no cost.”Concerns about the bill have already sprung up in the state’s second-largest city, where an official said the school district has heard talk of a legal challenge.“We are a conservative area so [support for the bill is] probably about half and half,” Rapid City Area Schools district spokeswoman Katy Urban told ABC News. “We have a lot of community members who are very supportive of it, but we’ve also had a number of people, staff members included, who are very uncomfortable with it.”In May, a group of students from the district’s Stevens High School proposed to the school board an alternate version of the motto that included the names of Buddha, Yahweh and Allah, as well as the term “spirit,” Urban said. The group noted that the bill seemingly favored Christianity over other religions.“That conversation didn’t go any further,” she said. “The board didn’t have any conversation about alternative versions.”When asked why, Urban said that was a question for the school board.The Rapid City Area Schools district has completed the stenciling of “In God We Trust” on the wall of its 23 public schools. The work cost the district a total of $2,800, according to Urban.President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law officially declaring “In God We Trust” to the nation’s official motto in 1956. The phrase was then placed on United States coins largely because of the “increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War,” according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Juventus respond to Mikel Arteta’s push to sign Adrien Rabiot for Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Bournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:52FullscreenBournemouth 1-1 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bournemouth-1-1-arsenal-mikel-arteta-post-match-press-conference-2077072/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We have told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sporting director Edu Gaspar, as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.‘Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear.‘It’s only about the transfer fee of the clubs.’According to Swiss newspaper Blick, Hertha have offered €25 million (£21.3m) to Arsenal for Xhaka.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Juventus respond to Mikel Arteta’s push to sign Adrien Rabiot for Arsenal Mikel Arteta is keen to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window (Getty Images)Earlier this month, Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that Rabiot has found it difficult to adjust and claimed the 24-year-old’s quiet personality has not helped.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has struggled to settle into our football, but that is normal,’ said Sarri.‘He also came off an injury and struggled more in the first half in Germany [against Leverkusen], but he came out towards the end.‘He is also quite introverted, which doesn’t help him to settle.’ Comment Mikel Arteta faces a battle to keep Granit Xhaka at Arsenal in January (BPI/REX)Arsenal, meanwhile, will face a battle to keep Granit Xhaka next month.Following the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Xhaka’s agent claimed that the midfielder has already agreed personal terms with Hertha Berlin and the Bundesliga club must now agree a transfer fee with Arsenal.‘Look, I will say it frankly and honestly, we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin,’ José Noguera told Blick. Adrien Rabiot is reportedly on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist (Getty Images)Juventus are planning to turn down any offer Arsenal make for Adrien Rabiot in the January transfer window, according to reports in Italy.Earlier this week, The Times reported that Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his options in midfield and has identified Rabiot as a potential signing for the upcoming window.Rabiot joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer but has started just five games in Serie A so far this season.However, Sport Mediaset report that Juventus are not willing to let Rabiot leave in January and will not even consider a loan offer from Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Dec 2019 11:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lottery Officials Offer Dollar Incentives to Team Nigeria

first_imgThis financial pledge is coming at a time that both officials and athletes are on the edge waiting for Team Nigeria’s first medal.Meanwhile, all expectations of a possible medal from weightlifting and the women’s 400m events concluded Sunday night yielded no medal.Maryan Usman’s efforts in the +75kg Snatch and Jerk could only place her 9th in the overall ranking while Patience Okon George and Margaret Bamgbose semi final placed them 8th and 7th positions respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Team Nigeria continues its search for the first medal at the Olympics in Rio, a delegation of National Lottery Trust Fund and National Lottery Regulatory Commission, led by Habu Gumel and Mr Adophus Ikpe respectively have promised monetary incentives to further propel the country’s athletes to win medals.The delegation who has been supporting Team Nigeria equally announced $2,000 for any athlete who wins gold while a silver medallist would be rewarded with $1,500 and bronze winner with $1,000.last_img read more

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