Two journalists attacked during vice-president’s news conference

first_img January 7, 2021 Find out more September 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists attacked during vice-president’s news conference Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Organisation RSF_en August 21, 2020 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! May 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Guatemalacenter_img News Receive email alerts News In the latest display of government hostility towards the elPeriódico daily, security agents roughed up two of its journalists, reporter Pavel Vega and photographer Alex Cruz, during Vice-President Roxana Baldetti’s news conference yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Guatemala City.After being denied access to the news conference without explanation, Vega and Cruz managed to sneak in anyway. When Vega began asking questions, the vice-president left and her security agents attacked the two journalists verbally and physically, breaking Cruz’s camera equipment.This latest incident came just two days after elPeriódico accused the government of spying on it.Editor José Rubén Zamora said the government had to be spying on his newspaper because it issued an official response to an elPeriódico report about the vice-president’s acquisition of a luxurious property before the newspaper had published its report.The government’s response had accused elPeriódico of waging a smear campaign against the president and vice-president.“We condemn this assault on elPeriódico’s journalists,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “Representatives of a government that claims it is being systematically attacked by a news media cannot legitimately respond by denying access to information or by acts of intimidation.”This is by no means the first time that elPeriódico has been subjected to government intimidation attempts.President Otto Pérez Molina and the vice-president have brought many libel suits against Zamora, who was banned from leaving the country and had his bank accounts frozen last January. ElPeriódico gets no state advertising and its reporters are denied access to the presidential palace.In a separate development, police arrested Prensa Comunitaria journalist Norma Sut Sansir yesterday as she was going to cover a demonstration in Camotán, in the southern department of Chiquimula. Her news organization said she has been falsely accused of attacking police officers.Guatemala is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía GuatemalaAmericas GuatemalaAmericas Newslast_img read more

Former Canuck winger Rick Rypien, found dead Monday

first_imgFormer Vancouver Canuck forward Rick Rypien, 27, was found dead Monday in his Southern Alberta home town.Alberta RCMP confirm police attended a home in Coleman Monday afternoon where  a man was found deceased.Rypien’s death is not considered suspicious and has been deemed a sudden death.The 5’9”, 190-pound winger had recently signed on with the Winnipeg Jets.Rypien had a reputation as a tenacious fighting foward, who often beat down larger opponents. He quickly became a fan favourite with the Canucks and while playing in the minors in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Moose.Last season as a Canuck he was suspended for lashing out at an opposing fan during a game in Minnesota against the Wild.He then took a leave of absence for personal reasons, playing only nine games for Vancouver during the team’s Stanley Cup run season.Rypien, who spent six seasons with the Canucks, did not have drug problems but is believed to have suffered from depression.In 119 career NHL games, he had nine goals and seven assists and racked up 226 penalty minutes.He played his junior hockey with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League and signed as a free agent with the Canucks franchise.Rypien is the second professional hockey player to die this season.In May, New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment. The 28-year-old had just completed his first season with the Rangers after spending his first five years in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota Wild.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Senior Bombers Basketball Team

first_imgA young, L.V. Rogers Bombers squad got a taste of the big stage after competing at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament in Langley.The Bombers won the final game of the season, defeating the Charles Best Blue Devils 56-41 in consolation play. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports want to send the Bombers off on a great off season of preparation for the next campaign with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coaches Jeremy Phelan and Dean Studer, Jake Anderson, Stryder Scott, Josh Matosevic, Vinnie Watson, Kai Shave, Eamon Studer, Darian Johnson, Brock Dixon, Dyllen Dixon and Robbie Dixon.last_img read more