Mexican authorities failed to protect journalist murdered in Quintana Roo

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to prioritize the protection of journalists after Rubén Pat, a local news website editor in Playa del Carmen, in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, became the second journalist to be murdered in Mexico in the space of two weeks. His murder follows that of magazine editor Luis Pérez García in Mexico City on 9 July. Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Rubén Pat had sought protection after receiving threats but had been granted very limited protective measures. The editor of the online weekly Semanario Playa News, he was shot six times in a café this morning, less than a month after the weekly’s crime reporter, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib, was himself the victim of an execution-style murder in a bar.After receiving threats via WhatsApp in May, Pat had requested urgent protection from the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Journalists, but had been given just a GPS and a panic button.When RSF contacted Pat after Chan’s murder, he complained about the inadequacy of these protective measures and reported that the threats were continuing. RSF then contacted the Federal Mechanism and requested urgent reinforcement of Pat’s protection. The request went unanswered.Pat was arrested arbitrarily, threatened and tortured by members of the local police in the nearby municipality of Solidaridad in June 2017, a few days after revealing information about links between local officials and criminal gangs.“The Mexican authorities must draw the inevitable conclusion from this terrible event, namely that the Federal Mechanism for Protecting  Journalists failed in its duty to protect Rubén Pat although his situation of vulnerability had been known for a long time,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. “We fully support the staff of Semanario Playa News and we call on the authorities to lose no time in identifying the perpetrators and instigators of this execution-style killing.”Two journalists murdered in two weeksThe Mexico City attorney-general’s office announced just yesterday that magazine editor Luis Pérez García, 79, was murdered, and did not die from asphyxiation in a fire in his Mexico City home, as was originally assumed when firemen, summoned by neighbours, found his body on 9 July. Officials now believe that intruders struck Pérez on the back of the head before setting fire to his apartment in order to conceal the fact that he had been murdered.RSF urges investigators not to minimize the possibility that Pérez was killed in connection with his journalism, and calls on the authorities to ensure that those responsible for this cowardly murder are identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible. Pérez had edited the magazine Encuesta de Hoy for more than 30 years and was a member of the Mexican Association of Radio Hosts (ANLM).Pérez and Pat are the seventh and eighth journalists to be murdered this year in Mexico. They follow Héctor González Antonio, Juan Carlos Huerta, Leobardo Vázquez Atzin, Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib and Pamela Montenegro.Last month, on the eve of Mexico’s elections, RSF called on the next president to lose no time in reining in this spiral of violence. These latest murders have only reinforced the urgency of the need to protect journalists in Mexico, which is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Source: Facebook News News April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico Reports MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence News May 13, 2021 Find out more July 24, 2018 – Updated on July 25, 2018 Mexican authorities failed to protect journalist murdered in Quintana Roo May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidence

first_imgNews100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidenceBy John Keogh – January 29, 2015 1715 From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22LIMERICK received another welcome jobs boost this week with the announcement of 100 new jobs from international ticket-seller Viagogo who are to double their workforce over the next three years.Initially based in the city centre, the Viagogo Group has transformed part of the former Flextronics building in the Kilmurry Business Centre into a 14,000 square feet purpose-built centre that was officially opened by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Viagogo head of communications Oliver Wheeler said that when they commenced operations in Limerick last year, they were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the level of support from organisations such as the IDA.“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new operations centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” commented Mr Wheeler.Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting job creation in every region of the country, to ensure that the recovery is secured and felt by people right across Ireland. The announcement that Viagogo, a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy.”The Viagogo Group operates www.viagogo.com, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The roles available in Limerick include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations.IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that Viagogo had made great strides since establishing in Limerick just last year and confirmation that it was to more than double its workforce was evidence of that great progress.“This news further enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent base for technology-based businesses. The available skillbase, a deciding factor in Viagogo’s expansion plans, is a huge plus in Limerick’s favour.“Limerick’s recent success in attracting foreign investment is a great example of the results that can be achieved when the business community from across the region joins together to show what great opportunities there are to invest here in Limerick,” Mr Shanahan added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articlePerkins joins Schumann and ShostakovichNext article#video CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSemploymentIDAlimerickMartin ShanahanMinister Richard BrutonViagogo WhatsApplast_img read more