Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bihar: JD(U) leader held for assault on journalist over liquor raid


Bihar: JD(U) leader held for assault on journalist over liquor raid’

A senior district leader of ruling JD(U) was arrested on Saturday on the charge of assaulting a television journalist in the wake of a raid at an eatery in his name from where the liquor was found.

JD(U) leader Dinesh Kumar Singh was arrested from Patna and will be brought to Chapra, superintendent of police Anysuya Ran Singh told PTI.

Following a tip off, an excise department team on Friday night raided an eatery in the name of Dinesh Kumar Singh, and recovered a half-filled liquor bottle and some empty bottles of alcohol, the SP said.

Singh, former Saran district president of JD(U), has given the eatery, located in the compound of the Divisional Commissioner’s office, to another person on lease.

The journalist, Santosh Gupta, alleged in an FIR that Singh suspected he had given the tip off to the excise department and assaulted him.


Deniz Yucel German journalist detained in Turkey moved to prison

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German journalist detained in Turkey moved to prison

Deniz Yucel says it’s like he ‘won back a little bit of my freedom’

Thomson Reuters Posted: Mar 01, 2017 

A German-Turkish journalist whose arrest in Turkey has badly jolted relations between Ankara and Berlin was quoted on Wednesday as saying the conditions of his detention had improved markedly since his transfer to prison from a police cell.

He has since been moved again to a second prison.

Deniz Yucel, who holds German and Turkish citizenship, was arrested on Monday on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting public violence, after first being detained on Feb. 14.

Yucel, who faces up to 10½ years in jail if convicted, denies the charges.

The arrest has provoked sharp rebukes from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who told reporters that German-Turkish relations were facing one of their greatest challenges of recent times.

Merkel underscored her concerns during a rally in the northern town of Demmin on Wednesday evening, telling members of her Christian Democratic Union that the German government would “do everything in its power” to secure Yucel’s release.

Independent journalism is a basic pillar of democracy that can “never be questioned, even when it is uncomfortable,” she said.

missing journalist José Yactayo Rodríguez Found Viciously Murdered in 5 Days

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Peruvian slain Journalist  Jose Yactayo was found murdered on Friday

Second Peruvian Journalist Found Viciously Murdered in 5 Days

  • Jose Yactayo was found murdered on Friday, the second Peruvian journalist killed in 5 days

    Jose Yactayo was found murdered on Friday, the second Peruvian journalist killed in 5 days | Photo: Facebook

“Journalism is in mourning,” said the National Association of Journalists, adding “These crimes cannot and should not go unpunished.”

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On Friday Peruvian police announced they had discovered the body of missing journalist José Yactayo Rodríguez in a rural area outside of the capital, Lima.

Yactayo had been reported missing since last Saturday after he failed to return from a production meeting.

Police said that Yactayo’s brutally mutilated body was found in a half-burned suitcase by sugarcane farmers in the Andahuasi region about one hour north of Lima.

During the 1990’s Yactayo was an editor and producer for two of the most important broadcast news shows in the country, América Televisión and Frecuencia Latina. For the past 12 years he had worked at an independent production company.

While it’s not clear if Yactayo’s murder is connected to his journalism, friends said his disappearance was part of a  “sinister game,” noting that his cell phone had been used several times during the past week and an unknown voice had replied to voicemail messages.

journalist charged over bomb threats to U.S. Jewish groups


Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, the first case to emerge from a federal investigation into a surge of threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and schools that has rattled American Jews.

Federal prosecutors described a vicious, months-long harassment campaign in which Thompson allegedly used fake email accounts to accuse the woman of possessing child pornography, driving drunk and, finally, making bomb threats targeting Jewish groups.

U.S. authorities are examining more than 100 threats made against JCCs by phone this year, which appear unrelated to the Thompson allegations. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey met with Jewish leaders on Friday to discuss the ongoing investigation.

A criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan accused Thompson of threatening organizations including a Jewish museum in New York and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). All occurred after the first flood of phone threats in early January.

The hoax threats against JCCs have stoked fears of a resurgence in anti-Semitism and forced the evacuation of many centers, including some with day care for young children.

Prosecutors said Thompson wanted to portray his ex-girlfriend as an anti-Semite, a characterization he repeated on Twitter. It was unclear if he shared those sentiments, and his recent posts did not include explicit anti-Semitism.

But the ADL said he had been “on the radar” due to his past activities, including “rants against white people.”

Thompson was a reporter for the Intercept, a news website, until he was fired last year for allegedly inventing sources and quotes.

Intercept editor Betsy Reed said the website was “horrified” by his arrest.

Reporting with a blindfold: What it’s like to be a journalist covering North Korea


Reporting with a blindfold: What it’s like to be a journalist covering North Korea

Communist country described as ‘possibly the most difficult place on earth to get information out of’

By Diana Swain, CBC News Posted: Mar 04,

CBC’s Asia correspondent has been reporting on Kim Jong-nam’s death, and the subsequent murder investigation by Malaysian police, by pulling together information from other countries to try to figure out what happened, an unfamiliar experience for journalists accustomed to going to the heart of a story to report on it.

“You have to piece together these bits and pieces of information, and try to come up with a broader narrative,” he says.

The odd death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, has focused a spotlight on the secretive country. But that light isn’t revealing much for journalists trying to investigate what happened.

“North Korea is possibly the most difficult place on earth to get information out of. The curtain is very tightly drawn at all times,” says Saša Petricic.

Petricic has been to South Korea, but that’s as close as he got to the so-called “hermit kingdom,” adding “the average North Korean probably knows very little, if anything, about this case,” in spite of the fact it’s been making headlines around the world.

While CBC journalists have been to North Korea in the past, those visits are tightly controlled and usually at the invitation of the ruling party when there’s something it wants Western media to see — unlike now.

“They’ve been holding news conferences,” Petricic says of North Korean authorities who’ve responded to the worldwide attention on the story. “But not inside the country, not in North Korea.

Kim died en route to hospital last month after being attacked by two women as he stood in line at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The incident was caught on overhead security cameras and appears to show the two women smearing Kim’s mouth with a rag that Malaysian authorities believe was coated with deadly VX nerve agent, a banned chemical weapon.

The two women were this week charged with his murder, widely speculated to have been ordered by his estranged half-brother.

While Western news agencies such as the Associated Press or Agence France-Presse have bureaus in Pyongyang, their work is monitored and restricted by North Korea’s communist government.

Another journalist shot dead by apparent hit squad in Mexico

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Mexican slain Journalist   Cecilio Pineda.

Jose Antonio Rivera and Peter OrsiAssociated Press

A journalist was murdered in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities said Friday, adding to a long list of reporter killings in what is considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media professionals.

The Guerrero state prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead Thursday evening in Ciudad Altamirano while in a hammock at a car wash waiting for his car to be serviced. Prosecutors said two attackers arrived on a motorcycle and one of them fired a handgun, according to eyewitness accounts.

Authorities were investigating, and there was no immediate word on whether his killing may have been related to his work.

Pineda was the founder of La Voz de Tierra Caliente, collaborated with various other media outlets and also published reports via Facebook, said Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator for the Americas at the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, who has been working to document the case.

Lauria told The Associated Press that according to a witness, Pineda was shot at least 10 times, including once in the neck and four times in the chest.

Pineda was apparently receiving threats on a weekly basis, mostly through social media, according to Lauria. He added that Pineda escaped a previous attempt to kill him in September 2015 when a gunman shot at him at his home.

The man who shot at him then had apparently told Pineda’s wife he was there to warn him that his boss didn’t like what he was writing. Shortly after, Pineda said he received a phone call from the local organized crime boss nicknamed “El Tequilero” again warning him to lay off, according to government records.

One week after that attempt, a federal government unit that protects journalists had arranged for federal police to relocate Pineda and his family after judging his risk level to be “extraordinary,” according to documents provided by the government. On the day of his scheduled departure, Pineda sent an email saying he was ill and unable to travel. Several more attempts were made to relocate him over the next year, but he never left.

Pineda told authorities that he had mainly covered crime and local politics since 2008. He complained of receiving threats from organized crime and politicians and began leaving names out of his stories.

In October 2016, officials from the unit met with Pineda again. He said he had changed homes and cars and had not received new threats. He declined to move to the government safe house because he said he would not be able to support his family. The unit decided to close his case.

Two weeks later, Pineda told them one of the Tequilero’s hit men had called to tell him to be careful. Pineda said he was holed up in his house afraid to leave.

The unit again offered him and his family shelter outside the area, but he declined again and the case was closed.

Patricia Colchero, head of the interior ministry’s human rights protection unit, said her entity had not found a way to protect Pineda if he would not leave the area.

“The area is very difficult and he was doing journalism calling out organized crime, calling out politicians who were tied to organized crime,” Colchero said. “He received major threats.”

Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez Heredia called the Pineda “a model journalist” who “was very exposed” for his work reporting in a dangerous area.

According to the CPJ, at least 37 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992 for motives confirmed as directly related to their work. Forty-nine more were slain during the same period in circumstances that have not yet been fully explained.

“Mexico is clearly the worst, most dangerous place for journalists in the Western Hemisphere,” Lauria said. “And what makes it worse is the impunity surrounding most of these cases that perpetuates a climate of violence where journalists are left wide open to attacks.”

Ciudad Altamirano is in one of the most conflicted parts of Guerrero, an area where heroin-producing poppy crops are grown in a region disputed by several drug gangs.

Associated Press writer Jose Antonio Rivera reported from Acapulco and Peter Orsi reported from Mexico City. AP writers Maria Verza and Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed.

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