Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town

first_img November 14, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti At least five journalists have been the victims of physical or verbal attacks in the past month in Petit-Goâve, a coastal town 65 km west of Port-au-Prince.The latest victim was Guyto Mathieu, the director of Radio Préférence FM and correspondent for the Haïti Libre news website, on 9 September. He has repeatedly been subjected to insults and derogatory comments.According to a Petit-Goâve journalists organization, a group opposed to the local government is responsible for these verbal attacks against Mathieu, who was threatened during a demonstration on 4 September. Mathieu is regarded as a supporter and defender of Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, a parliamentarian who is one of the targets of the Petit-Goâve opposition.Other journalists have been victims of the political polarization in Petit-Goâve. Pro-Thimoléon demonstrators attacked reporter Ephesien Joseph on 29 August, the local media sources said.Duralph Emmanuel François, another journalist, was also attacked recently, while a local judge threatened Radio Vision Plus director Gibsonne Bazile with arrest.“We urge the local authorities to protect Petit-Goâve’s journalists, who are too often being identified and targeted as political actors at a time of considerable polarization,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“The local government’s defenders and opposition representatives must agree to put an end to these repeated attacks on journalists in the area.”The protest movement against Thimoléon and Petit-Goâve mayor Sandra Jules –accused by the opposition of embezzlement – is continuing despite the justice minister’s nationwide ban on demonstrations during the first week of school after the summer break.Haiti is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News HaïtiAmericas News Organisation HaïtiAmericas September 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town Follow the news on Haïticenter_img News Receive email alerts News to go further Another journalist murdered in Haiti RSF_en October 11, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Suarez is carrying Liverpool – AVB

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Liverpool have been carried by the superb form of Luis Suarez this season. Villas-Boas knows the chances of extending Spurs’ run of 12 unbeaten Barclays Premier League matches will largely depend on whether they can shackle Liverpool’s prolific hitman when the teams meet on Sunday. Although Villas-Boas has his own prolific talisman in Gareth Bale, the Portuguese said: “(Suarez) is a tremendous player. He is making the difference. (He is) a top player and is taking almost the team on his shoulders with his goal-scoring ability.” Press Associationcenter_img Villas-Boas added: “He is someone we must be wary of. He had a tremendous game at White Hart Lane and we have to be careful with his strengths.” Liverpool are 10 points off the Champions League places, but they would be far worse off had they been without their Uruguayan striker, who tops the scoring charts with 28 goals in 38 games in all competitions. Along with Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, Bale and Suarez are the leading contenders for the PFA Player of the Year award, which is announced next month. As has been the case with Liverpool and Suarez, Bale’s superb efforts this year have led to claims that Spurs are overly-reliant on their star forward, who has scored 21 goals. Tottenham’s former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel denies that is the case, though. “That’s ridiculous. That’s a poor comment,” said an angry Friedel, who spent three years at Liverpool when he first came to England. “Gareth is an exceptional player and we have a lot of exceptional players. “These comments about one-man teams… I mean, people talk about if Barcelona didn’t have Lionel Messi they wouldn’t have 40 goals but they do have Messi and they get the 40 goals. “Real Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo. We have Gareth Bale. If Chicago Bulls didn’t have Michael Jordan they wouldn’t have won all those championships, but they did so they won. “Every good team has their star players. Gareth is playing well for us. We are a better team for it, but we have some exceptional players that can step in and do the job.” last_img read more

MBB : Not quite there: Orange winning despite lack of scoring in most recent matchups

first_imgJim Boeheim wasn’t the least bit pleased with Syracuse’s offensive performance in its last two games.The Orange is undefeated, but following a grind-it-out, 62-56 win over Marshall on Tuesday, the SU head coach picked apart his team’s offense as if he had a team in turmoil.‘Offensively, we probably had 10 fast-break opportunities that we didn’t convert, that you have to convert those,’ Boeheim said. ‘We just made some bad decisions, bad pass, bad decision, you’ve got to convert those. We just didn’t and it’s disappointing.’The Orange’s (9-0) inability to finish fast-break opportunities and a cold shooting streak from 3-point range are two of the biggest reasons for Boeheim’s displeasure with his team’s offense this week. But despite shooting 21 percent (6-of-28) from beyond the arc, SU pulled out four- and six-point wins against No. 12 Florida and Marshall. With two of its tougher nonconference opponents out of the way, No. 3 Syracuse now looks to correct its scoring deficiencies to remain undefeated against a weaker George Washington (4-4) team.SU and the Colonials play Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorge Washington fell 81-54 to then-No. 24 California in its only other matchup with a ranked team this season, so there’s hope that the Orange could steady the offense and please Boeheim.‘The last two games we played two pretty good teams. We have not played well,’ Boeheim said. ‘We have not played well on offense, by any stretch of the imagination, by any interpretation of good offense at all.’By forcing 19 turnovers, including 12 steals on SU’s part, the Orange had opportunities to blow away Marshall. But as Boeheim alluded to, Syracuse’s moves in the open court erred on the side of reckless.Upon grasping a loose ball late in the last minute of the first half, SU forward Kris Joseph pushed the ball in transition. He drove to the hoop but then attempted to pass back to a trailing Scoop Jardine.Marshall guard Damier Pitts was within range of Jardine and knocked the ball away out of bounds. Possession was given to the Orange, but Syracuse failed to score after having a fast-break opportunity.‘Just make simple plays,’ said forward C.J. Fair, who shot 0-of-4 on Tuesday. ‘Sometimes we go for the home run and come up short. So we just got to make the simple play and find our rhythm and hit shots we normally hit.’After scoring 90-plus points in three straight games, Syracuse’s offense regressed in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City. In back-to-back games, the Orange got off to a slow start and failed to score 70.Against Stanford in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game, the Orange pushed the ball up court in transition off a missed free throw in the second half. Down 43-41, Jardine threw an alley-oop attempt to James Southerland which would have tied the game.The toss was mishandled, and the Cardinal took over. Still, SU came away with a win.‘It’s only a matter of time when we start clicking,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘So as long as we’re doing everything that we’re supposed to do on defense, our offense is going to come. Because I don’t think we can get any worse than we’re playing offensively now.’Relying on defense to win early games will serve as a lesson down the road, and Fair said playing a couple of games in which Syracuse isn’t ahead by dozens will prepare the Orange for the tough Big East slate.The poor execution returned in the second half against the Thundering Herd, too. Leading 39-26 and pushing on a fast break off a rebound, Jardine had Waiters to his right and Joseph coming on his left. The point guard dished to Waiters, who drove into the lane and then tried to fire a hard bounce pass back across the paint. But the pass never got through, and despite having numbers on the break, the ball went the other way as SU center Baye Keita committed a foul.Marshall and Florida were of a different caliber than most of the teams SU faced early in the season. And though George Washington may be a lesser opponent on Saturday, the Orange’s game after that — a trip to North Carolina State — could again test Syracuse if it’s faulty offensively.‘You think coming into these two games if you play this way, you could lose one or both,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we’ve got to feel fortunate that we’ve won both, but we’ve got to also try to get better on the offensive end.’[email protected] Comments Published on December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more