Alarming details about election-related violence against journalists in Mexico

first_img News June 19, 2018 Alarming details about election-related violence against journalists in Mexico Follow the news on Mexico RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Reports These election-related attacks against journalists and media were monitored by RSF and Propuesta Cívica under a project called Press Alert / Alerta Prensa (#AlertaPrensa) that began in January and will continue until September. Broken down by type of attack and region, the attacks are being displayed month by month on the Press Alert monitoring and observation website.The “attacks” registered by the Press Alert project include oral, written or online threats, acts of physical violence, smear campaigns in the media or online, and cases of judicial harassment linked to the elections to be held on 1 July, the most important in Mexico’s history. A total 3,406 public offices are being elected, including president, deputies, senators and the governors of nine of Mexico’s 20 states.In the 40 attacks on journalists during the first five months of the year, a total of 45 journalists were affected, of whom 16 were women journalists. Together with the four attacks on media outlets, these alarming figures highlight the difficulty of covering elections in a country blighted by violence.Eleven Mexican journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2017. Another four have already been murdered so far this year (and a fifth case is being investigated). At the same time, the political class is also being targeted. At least 112 candidates and pre-candidates have been murdered in Mexico since September 2017.The number of attacks has been increasing as the elections draw nearer. Propuesta Civica observed the same trend when it carried out a similar monitoring project during the elections in 2012.“We call on Mexico’s politicians and authorities, both federal and local, to do more to prevent the dangers associated with election coverage, and to reinforce appropriate protective measures and/or to propose new ones,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The Mexican press as a whole must also address this problem and establish specific provisions for this kind of work.”Propuesta Cívica director Sara Mendiola added: “The Mexican authorities must ensure respect for the work that these reporters do, because the importance of their work in the democratic process needs no further demonstration.” Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceFreedom of expression MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceFreedom of expression Organisation From January to May of this year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its Mexican partner, Propuesta Cívica, registered 45 attacks against journalists and four against media that were linked to the current elections in Mexico. These alarming figures show how journalism is being undermined and targeted by political actors, and increasingly so in the run-up to the poll. Uneven regional distributionMexico City, Puebla and Morelos, where most of the attacks were registered, are not among the most violent states for the media.Attacks against journalists and media also occur in the states with the highest levels of violence and organized crime activity, such as Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Guerrero. But journalists in these states tend not to report such attacks for fear of reprisals. They also have to censor themselves much more, resulting in media coverage grey zones.Reporters and columnists most targetedThe eight candidates who perpetrated attacks are running for mayor, governor or senator.Non-existent protection mechanismsThese provisional figures on election-related attacks are very worrying. The steady increase in their frequency as the election gets nearer, the profile of the targeted journalists and the lack of effective protective mechanisms for election reporting are reinforcing an untenable climate of mistrust and danger for Mexico’s journalists, who are already exposed to a level of violence that is without parallel in the West.In the cases monitored by the Press Alert project, none of journalists sent into the field to cover campaigns – often to dangerous regions – had specific equipment or had been given appropriate training for this kind of work, and therefore did not know how to respond or where to turn in the event of this kind of attack.RSF and Propuesta Cívica will hold a press conference today to present these figures. Journalists who attend will be given fact sheets with the contact details of entities to which attacks can be reported and which can advise on how to deal with them.- See the RSF/UNESCO Safety Guide for Journalists- See the Press Alert/Alerta Prensa website Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News to go further ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Net Neutrality in Danger !

first_img Follow the news on United States RSF_en Organisation News June 7, 2021 Find out more News In a unanimous decision on April 6th, 2010, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FCC exceeded its authority when it sanctioned Comcast for deliberately preventing subscribers from using peer-to-peer file-sharing services to download large files.”We call upon Congress to support the FCC’s initial decision. New legislation is needed to give the FCC the resources to prevent Internet providers from abusing Net neutrality. We also call upon the FCC to reclassify broadband as a “telecommunications service” so that it can keep the Internet open and free”, added Reporters Without Borders.In 2002, under the Bush administration, the FCC decided to classify broadband Internet service providers in the same category as Internet applications companies like Facebook, leaving them outside of the legal framework that traditionally applied to companies that offer two-way communications services.Many countries already violate the principle of Internet neutrality by blocking access to online publications which displease them. Reporters Without Borders strongly believes the Internet must be used to transmit information to the greater public without reference to its origin or destination, and that users alone should decide what content they want to access.Abandoning the neutrality principle in the United States would increase the risk of creating a centralized network similar to the Chinese model, granting access providers improper and decisive power over content transmission United StatesAmericas April 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Net Neutrality in Danger ! United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is asking Congress to take a stand in favor of Net neutrality after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority under existing legal framework to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing specific websites.“This is a major stepback”, the organization said “The ruling is contradictory to the government’s commitment to Net neutrality and equal access to the Internet for all American citizens. It allows Internet service providers to control Internet traffic, rerouting people to sites and search engines they own. This is not only a commercial decision, it also has enormous consequences for the free flow of information. The neutrality principle has made the Internet an open, creative and free space. It is already being put under threat by the world’s authoritarian states, led by China and Iran. It would be disastrous if the United States was to go against this key principle.”In 2007, Comcast, the largest cable company in the US, was caught interfering with consumers’ ability to download files from file-sharing services like BitTorrent. The FCC opened an investigation into the matter on January 2008 and in August of that year, after concluding Comcast had violated its Internet principles,ordered the company to change its policies. Comcast appealed the ruling a month later, arguing the FCC’s net-neutrality principles could not be enforced. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

What’s Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy This artist’s concept shows a diagram of how the inside of Ceres could be structured, based on data about the dwarf planet’s gravity field from NASA’s Dawn mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDAIn the tens of thousands of photos returned by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the interior of Ceres isn’t visible. But scientists have powerful data to study Ceres’ inner structure: Dawn’s own motion.Since gravity dominates Dawn’s orbit at Ceres, scientists can measure variations in Ceres’ gravity by tracking subtle changes in the motion of the spacecraft. Using data from Dawn, scientists have mapped the variations in Ceres’ gravity for the first time in a new study in the journal Nature, which provides clues to the dwarf planet’s internal structure.“The new data suggest that Ceres has a weak interior, and that water and other light materials partially separated from rock during a heating phase early in its history,” said Ryan Park, the study’s lead author and the supervisor of the solar system dynamics group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.Ceres’ gravity field is measured by monitoring radio signals sent to Dawn, and then received back on Earth, by NASA’s Deep Space Network. This network is a collection of large antennas at three locations around the globe that communicate with interplanetary spacecraft. Using these signals, scientists can measure the spacecraft’s speed to a precision of 0.004 inches (0.1 millimeters) per second, and then calculate the details of the gravity field.Ceres has a special property called “hydrostatic equilibrium,” which was confirmed in this study. This means that Ceres’ interior is weak enough that its shape is governed by how it rotates. Scientists reached this conclusion by comparing Ceres’ gravity field to its shape. Ceres’ hydrostatic equilibrium is one reason why astronomers classified the body as a dwarf planet in 2006.The data indicate that Ceres is “differentiated,” which means that it has compositionally distinct layers at different depths, with the densest layer at the core. Scientists also have found that, as they suspected, Ceres is much less dense than Earth, the moon, giant asteroid Vesta (Dawn’s previous target) and other rocky bodies in our solar system. Additionally, Ceres has long been suspected to contain low-density materials such as water ice, which the study shows separated from the rocky material and rose to the outer layer along with other light materials.“We have found that the divisions between different layers are less pronounced inside Ceres than the moon and other planets in our solar system,” Park said. “Earth, with its metallic crust, semi-fluid mantle and outer crust, has a more clearly defined structure than Ceres,” Park said.Scientists also found that high-elevation areas on Ceres displace mass in the interior. This is analogous to how a boat floats on water: the amount of displaced water depends on the mass of the boat. Similarly, scientists conclude that Ceres’ weak mantle can be pushed aside by the mass of mountains and other high topography in the outermost layer as though the high-elevation areas “float” on the material below. This phenomenon has been observed on other planets, including Earth, but this study is the first to confirm it at Ceres.The internal density structure, based on the new gravity data, teaches scientists about what internal processes could have occurred during the early history of Ceres. By combining this new information with previous data from Dawn about Ceres’ surface composition, they can reconstruct that history: Water must have been mobile in the ancient subsurface, but the interior did not heat up to the temperatures at which silicates melt and a metallic core forms.“We know from previous Dawn studies that there must have been interactions between water and rock inside Ceres,” said Carol Raymond, a co-author and Dawn’s deputy principal investigator based at JPL. “That, combined with the new density structure, tells us that Ceres experienced a complex thermal history.”Dawn’s mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington D.C. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Italian Space Agency and Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. For a complete list of mission participants, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission.More information about Dawn is available at the following sites: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov http://www.nasa.gov/dawn More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Top of the News center_img Science and Technology What’s Inside Ceres? 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Limerick’s Rubberbandits confirmed for Electric Picnic

first_imgEmail Rubberbandits will play Electric PicnicLIMERICK’S Rubberbandits have confirmed a slot at this year’s Electric Picnic. The duo BlindBoy Boatclub and Mr Chrome along with Willie O’DJ will rock the Comedy Tent in what Rubberbandits are calling a “snakey post Edinburgh gig”.Their 2010 appearance at the Picnic was cited as the top pick of the event in a poll of Festival goers that year. Rubberbandits have released a video for new song ‘Fellas’. An ode to male sexual exploration, the lyrics to Fellas are the most explicit yet from the Limerick duo but the video has won over many fans and was retweeted by Dara O’Briain, Russell Brand, Frankie Boyle and Panti Bliss.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The duo’s Continental Fistfight show is currently running at Edinburgh Festival Fringe until August 25.The video can be found www.youtube.com and on www.facebook.com//pages/Rubberbandits Previous articleVomiting bugNext articleGarda looking for masked nursing home burglar Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. WhatsApp New Limerick festival to rival Edinburgh Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Steve makes magical return to Electric Picnic Facebookcenter_img TAGSEdinburghFellasFrankie BoyleRubberbanditsRussell Brand Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Munster announce the signing of Haley from Sale Sharks Limerick Post Show | Willie O’Dea on Limerick and Rubberbandits NewsLimerick’s Rubberbandits confirmed for Electric PicnicBy Eric Fitzgerald – August 5, 2014 811 Why should I not have the right to vote for whom I want? Van Graan rings the changes for Edinburgh knockout game last_img read more