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Call for “exemplary punishment” for police hounding of the media

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today condemned the aggressive posture of some police officers, particularly at the federal level, after assaults on journalists on the same day both in the Federal District (Mexico City) and in the state of Sinaloa in the north-west. Around 30 police officers with the Federal Preventative Police (PPP) threatened Rafael Leyva Mexía and Luis Vásquez Vega, photographers respectively on the regional dailies El Diario de Los Mochis and Noroeste in Los Mochis in Sinaloa state on 15 July, after they took shots of a police convoy just after it left the scene of a demonstration.They pointed guns at the journalists whom they accused of being from the “gutter press” before photographing them while heaping insults on them. Other journalists who arrived later where also aggressively questioned and had to take flight. Leyva Mexía and Vásquez Vega both made complaints to the Sinaloa state human rights commission. One of the two photographers told Reporters Without Borders that, in the light of a similar case involving journalists from the regional daily El Debate in May, they might also take the case before the federal justice ministry.In the second case, judicial police travelling in five vehicles intercepted Jacobo Velásquez Gordillo, journalist on the privately-owned national channel TV Azteca and technical staff in the capital at 2am on the same day as they were returning to their studios. They were forced at gunpoint to produce their identify papers. Police then seized their mobile phones and their camera battery on the pretext that they had tried to interfere with an investigation. Police officers rained blows onto Velásquez Gordillo as they tried to force him into the boot of his car. The journalists made a complaint for “abuse of authority” at the special prosecutor’s office responsible for civil servants. The Federal District Human Rights Commission has also made a complaint which it is waiting for the journalists to sign.“This abusive behaviour leaves the press even more vulnerable at a time when it is already exposed to threats from organised crime, particularly in the states like Sinaloa which are in thrall to the drug cartels”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The safety of Mexican journalists is more under threat than ever and this situation can only worsen still further if the authorities decide for reasons of state to close the cases lodged by the victims. There should be exemplary punishment”, the organisation added. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders called on the competent authorities to react forcefully after two cases on the same day in which police officers assaulted journalists, in the capital and in Sinaloa state – in a country where the media is already exposed to the violence of organised crime. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state July 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for “exemplary punishment” for police hounding of the media News Follow the news on Mexico Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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AJ Burnett happy to escape New York for Pittsburgh

first_imgHe led the major leagues with 25 wild pitches last year and allowed a career-high 31 homers.“I let a few too many people tinker with me, maybe,” Burnett said. “When you let that happen, you start doubting yourself sometimes. You wonder, ‘Am I doing it right? Is this how it’s supposed to feel?’ and things like that. In ‘09, nobody messed with me. I was able to do what I wanted to do on the mound, whether it was turn around, close my eyes and pitch upside down. Then you have a few bad games and you start changing and listening.”Pittsburgh is paying just $13 million of Burnett’s salary: $5 million this year and $8 million in 2013. The Yankees are paying the rest.In a smaller market with reduced expectations, there should be less pressure on the 35-year-old right-hander.“It’s going to be a fresh start,” Burnett said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m going back to the National League, where I can hit and bunt and get the joy back into the game.”A 13-year veteran, Burnett will move into the top spot in the Pirates’ starting rotation. General manager Neal Huntington thinks Burnett can return to his form of a few years ago.“Our scouts still saw very good stuff,” Huntington said. “They saw power to the fastball, although the velocity is down from four or five years ago. He’s still got good movement. He was still one of the better ground-ball pitchers in the American League last year, which is going to play well in our ballpark.”Burnett also will be expected to provide a leadership role for younger players.“Hopefully, I can just lead by example,” Burnett said. “I’ll take the ball every five days. I’m not going to make excuses. One thing I can take from my time in New York is I’ll never back down from anything. I’m not a cheerleader, shaking pom-poms. But I know right and wrong and, hopefully, I can share that with the younger players.”Notes: Burnett was scheduled to throw a bullpen session during Monday afternoon’s workout at Pirate City. …To clear a roster spot, INF Gustavo Nunez was placed on the 60-day DL to a right ankle injury. Two months ago, the Pirates claimed Nunez from the Tigers in the winter meeting draft. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)—A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.“It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I’m never going to get out of this funk,” he said Monday, a day after the Yankees dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects.After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009. Then he slumped to a 21-26 record with a 5.20 ERA over the following two seasons. NEW PIRATE ACE—Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett throws in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla on Sept. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File) last_img read more

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Pittsburgh Beats Howard 84-52

first_imgHoward’s Oliver Ellison, left, and Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, right, fight for possession in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/John Heller)by Nate BarnesAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Head coach Kevin Nickelberry wanted to limit Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna’s impact against his Howard Bison in Sunday’s game.And limit Zanna the Bison did, but that didn’t help in the game’s outcome as Pitt beat Howard 84-52.“We had to just battle him,” Nickelberry said. “We just wanted to use our two-headed monster and try to get him in foul trouble.”Nickelberry’s two-headed monster is 6-foot-9-inch Oliver Ellison and 6-foot-10-inch Marcel Boyd. They were the largest players Zanna faced yet this season, after he dominated an undersized and undermanned Fresno State front line Tuesday with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.The Bison cared so much about surrounding and harassing Zanna that they played a zone defense for the first time this season.“Bigs can’t beat us tonight,” Nickelberry told his team. “The guards have to beat us. And their guards killed us.”Zanna got in foul trouble early, according to Nickelberry’s plan, and played just six minutes in the first half. Zanna scored only four points on three shot attempts, and pulled in just three rebounds.It was Pitt’s guards, led by Lamar Patterson, who did in the Bison.Patterson helped Pitt to jump out to a 9-0 lead when he fed freshman forward Michael Young for a dunk and later sank a three-pointer.Patterson shot 4-of-4 from deep in the first half, 5-of-6 overall, and entered halftime with a game-high 16 points. His performance led the best shooting percentage in a half in school history, as Pitt made 81 percent of its field goals and opened up a 48-24 halftime lead.“Last game we just couldn’t find the touch,” Patterson said. “Today, we found it. That’s just how it is, some games it goes in, some games it doesn’t.”Patterson finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, next to five rebounds and four assists.“I’m a versatile player,” Patterson said. “I like to show different aspects of my game every time out.”Also on the perimeter, guards James Robinson, Cam Wright, Durand Johnson and Chris Jones combined to score 32 points.“It was a really good performance by us,” Dixon said. “The starting guards especially. James, Cameron and Lamar were really good.”Good shot selection proved to be a key.“I think we took a lot of bad shots in the last game and missed some open ones,” Dixon said. “Tonight we took almost all the good threes, and I think that was a big part of it. It usually comes down to shot selection.”The Panthers cooled off in the second half, but still shot 58 percent from the field. Defensively, Pitt held Howard to only 17 field goals and 36.2 percent shooting.Michael Young found the most success of any “big” Sunday, with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Other than Young, though, it was the play of Pitt’s perimeter assets that helped counter the Zanna’s ineffectiveness.“We tried to cut off what we thought was the head of the dragon,” Nickelberry said. “But obviously there were more parts to the dragon than I thought.”last_img read more

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