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  • Authorities use judicial proceedings to intimidate media

    first_img ColombiaAmericas News ColombiaAmericas October 21, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more August 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities use judicial proceedings to intimidate media to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Colombia Receive email alerts RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Organisation Reports President Alvaro Uribe’s personal call on 22 August for a criminal investigation of journalist Daniel Coronell is one of the latest and worst examples of attempts by the authorities to intimidate part of the press. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arbitrary way the Colombian authorities have of late been using summonses and other legal proceedings against journalists and news media whose reporting has clearly annoyed them. President Alvaro Uribe’s call for a criminal investigation of leading journalist Daniel Coronell on 22 August is one example. We hope no investigation will take place.“Will the press soon have to obtain permission from the executive, legislature or judiciary in ordere to be able to tackle sensitive issues such as the civil war or corruption?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “Do the Uribe administration’s recent successes in combatting the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) give it a particular legitimacy to harass certain journalists, try to use them as police or judicial auxiliaries or, worse still, try to damage their reputation?”The press freedom organisation added: “We note that the journalists targeted by these different procedures have for a long time been in the government’s sights because of their editorial decisions. We remind the authorities that the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is essential to the media’s work and is guaranteed by the constitution, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and constitutional court rulings. All these legal manoeuvres indicate a deliberate strategy to intimidate the press.”The supreme court’s criminal chamber and a house of representatives commission have recently summoned several journalists for questioning in investigations into alleged links between politicians close to Uribe and paramilitaries – links collective dubbed as “parapolitics” – and investigations into possible irregularities in the passage of a constitutional amendment allowing a third presidential term.According to the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation, and the daily El Espectador, these investigations have heard testimony from Rodrigo Silva of the privately-owned national radio station Caracol Radio and Edgar Velosa and Sandra Pureza of its sister TV station Canal Caracol.Uribe said Coronell, the producer of the news programme Noticias Uno on public television station Canal Uno and editorial writer for the privately-owned magazine Semana, should be the subject of a criminal investigation for failing to immediately disclose former parliamentarian Yidis Medina’s claim in a 2004 interview that the government offered her money to vote for the constitutional amendment that allowed Uribe to be reelected. Medina had asked Coronell at the time not to use the interview or quote her, and the interview was not broadcast until April of this year.Medina, whose name has given rise to the term “Yidispolitics” for political corruption, was charged by the supreme court on 25 June. President Uribe claimed that Coronell was guilty of obstructing the judicial proceedings against her by keeping certain information and sources to himself.Repeatedly threatened by paramilitaries and forced into exile for a period in 2005, Coronell has often criticised Uribe. In a live radio broadcast on 9 October 2007, the president accused him of being a “liar,” a “bastard” and a “professional slanderer’ (see release of 15 October 2007). Coronell afterwards received threats from the Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles), a group of paramilitary origin.William Parra, a correspondent of the Latin American satellite TV news station Telesur, and Carlos Lozano, the editor of the Communist Party weekly Voz, have meanwhile been summoned for questioning in an investigation into alleged links – dubbed “Farcpolitics” – between the guerrillas and certain leading opposition figures.The accusations are based on information which the authorities claimed to have found in the laptop of Raúl Reyes, the FARC deputy leader killed in Ecuador on 1 March. Parra and his Telesur colleague Freddy Muñoz had already been accused of complicity with the guerrillas (see release of 27 November 2007) while President Uribe himself had accused Lozano, a former mediator with the rebels, of guerrilla links. 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  • Not the Correct Choice of Words: Nick Kyrgios Clarifies his Comment on ATP Being Corrupt

    first_img atpnick kyrgiostennisus open First Published: August 28, 2019, 10:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nicholas Kyrgios called ATP a corrupt organisation right after his 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-4 win over American Steve Johnson in the first round of US Open on Wednesday but has now come out and clarified his comment, saying he chose the wrong words.Kyrgios, who is a polarising factor in tennis owing to his exceptional tennis skills but volatile behaviour, was issued a record $113,000 fine by the ATP for actions at the Cincinnati Masters. He smashed two racquets and used a profanity in describing an umpire as a “tool” after being assessed a time violation in a loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov. He also called the umpire “rubbish”, “a disgrace” and “the worst ref in the game.” When asked in the press conference on Wednesday if the fines concerned him, he said, “Not at all. ATP is pretty corrupt anyway. I’m not frustrated at all.”In the first round of US Open, Kyrgios was at the best of his behaviour and produced some brilliant tennis to advance to the second round, in a quarter which has been left wide open by the loss of top seeds Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas.Kyrgios took to Twitter to put out a statement, where he sent he intended to say that ATP showed “double standards” and not that it was “corrupt”.”I would like to go on record to clarify my comment about ATP being corrupt, it was not the correct choice of words and my point and intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption.I want to clarify a couple of things…. pic.twitter.com/wRCWcj3tJc— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 28, 2019″I know my behaviour at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and not being sanctioned.”That’s my issue and continues to be. To be clear I know I’m not perfect and do not pretend to be and I acknowledge I’ve deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that’s not happened”I’ve had huge support from Chris Kermode and I’ve given it in return, so I want to clarify my comments but stand by my beliefs and sentiments around double standards,” Kyrgios wrote.Meanwhile, The ATP is considering whether to punish Kyrgios for a “major offense” over his comment on the tour. A tour spokesman issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Gayle Bradshaw, the ATP’s executive vice president for rules and competition, would determine what to do about Kyrgios’ comments.The 2019 ATP Rule Book says a “major offense” may be punished by a fine of up to the amount of prize money won at a tournament and a suspension of up to a year.Kyrgios, who won has won ATP titles earlier this year at Acapulco and Washington, will next face French wildcard Antoine Hoang. last_img read more

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