Start of dialogue hailed after several days of violence against journalists prompted by approval of new constitution

first_img Follow the news on Bolivia to go further November 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Start of dialogue hailed after several days of violence against journalists prompted by approval of new constitution Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile News Receive email alerts A constituent assembly’s initial approval of a new constitution on 24 November in Sucre was followed by several days or rioting that took a heavy toll on the press. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the dialogue started by the government and some press sectors on 27 November and hopes it will be pursued and broadened. BoliviaAmericas Help by sharing this information RSF_en Condemning physical attacks on journalists in Sucre and La Paz during rioting that followed the initial approval of a new constitution on 24 November, Reporters Without Borders today hailed a dialogue which the government has started with the press as well as the appeals for responsibility made by some journalists’ organisations.The dialogue must be expanded to included the entire political class, both pro-government and opposition, and everyone must respect the pledges to give journalists the security they need in order to work, the press freedom organisation said.“The constitutional process in Bolivia should be the occasion for a full-blown national debate that is promoted and covered by media of all tendencies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But once again, both the reputedly pro-government and opposition media have been the target of partisan violence.“We welcome the dialogue between some sectors of the press and the government that was launched on 27 November. This dialogue should be broadened to include the entire political class, as the opposition groups have not been any kinder to the press than the pro-government activists. We hope that the cases of violence against journalists – whatever the source, including the security forces – will be properly investigated and that those responsible will be prosecuted.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The rule of law must be enforced by means of concrete measures, and this must be done without waiting for the new constitution to take effect.”Presidential spokesman Alex Contreras met with various media representatives on 27 November. They included Marcelo Arce, the head of the Federation of La Paz Press Workers, who said the government had given guarantees “so that journalists and the media are completely safe to continue to do their job, which is to report the news.”The following day, the National Press Association, which groups media owners, called for “peace to be restored” and for “the approval of the new constitution by consensus.”These positive signs followed a week of clashes between supporters and opponents of the new constitution desired by President Evo Morales. The constitution as a whole was approved on the evening of 24 November by 147 of the 255 representatives in the constituent assembly (in which the opposition refused to participated). The 147 who voted for the text were all members of the ruling Movement to Socialism (MAS). The press paid dearly in the subsequent rioting.In Sucre, where the constituent assembly has been holding its sessions, reporter Pablo Ortiz and photographer Ricardo Montero of the El Deber daily newspaper, reporter Adriana Gutiérrez and cameraman Pablo Tudela of the privately-owned television station PAT and Agence France-Presse photographer Aizar Raldes were physically attacked by police in the course of clashes between police and members of indigenous organisations on the one hand, and students and Sucre residents opposed to the new constitution on the other.“(The police) kicked me in the stomach, ribs and head but the gas-masks save us,” said Raldes, adding that he and his colleagues had to seek refuge in a house. Presidential chief of staff Juan Ramón Quintana announced an investigation. A sudden power outage in La Paz was meanwhile seen by many as deliberate sabotage of the live coverage of the constituent assembly debates by the Red Patria Nueva public radio.The Sucre-based Catholic educational radio station ACLO, whose Quechua-language programmes are partly produced by local indigenous communities, was forced to suspend broadcasting the same day as a result of threats by radical opposition students including members of the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, which has been responsible for physical attacks on public media in the past. ACLO journalists Grover Alejandro Pilco, Franz García and Johnnatan Condori fled the city.The vice-president of the Chuquisaca Region Civic Committee, José Luis Gantier, publicly accused the station of backing peasants and indigenous groups widely regarded as supporting the government (in part because of President Morales’ Quecha and Aymara ancestry, which has made him the target of racist attacks).In La Paz, three privately-owned TV stations, ATB (owned by the Spanish media group Prisa), PAT and Unitel (owned by Santa Cruz businessmen) and two radio stations, Radio Fides and Radio Panamericana, were attacked by pro-government demonstrators on the night of 26 November after a pro-constitutional reform rally by President Morales.Sacha Llorenti, the deputy minister for social movements, tried to dissuade the rioters. “We condemn the attacks on the media and we reaffirm our respect for press freedom,” he said, while deploring that fact that some media had tried to “undermine the process launched by the government.” On 24 November, President Morales accused media owners of pressuring their journalists to discredit the constituent assembly.Reporters Without Borders was also saddened to learn that BBC reporter Lola Almodóvar was killed in a traffic accident on the road between La Paz and Sucre. Her Reuters colleague, Eduardo García, was injured in the same accident.The week’s incidents left a toll of four dead (three civilians and a policeman) and hundreds of wounded. The ruling majority and the opposition continue to dispute whether a simple or two-thirds majority is needed to adopt the constitution, which must now be examined article by article before being put to a referendum. The constituent assembly’s mandate expires on 14 December. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Organisation June 12, 2020 Find out more Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News BoliviaAmericas November 18, 2016 Find out more News February 1, 2018 Find out more Newslast_img read more

GOING RED!: Local preschooler designs t-shirt for Heart Walk fundraiser

first_img Hannah Skinner took second place honors and Dru Jinright was the third place finisher.McKenzie will receive a 2016 Go Red T-shirt and a gift card and Hannah and Dru will be awarded T-shirts.Toney expressed appreciation to all pre-schoolers who participated in the T-shirt contest. She said it is important for children to learn the importance of keeping their hearts healthy and the T-shirt design contest is one way to raise awareness among children.“The T-shirts are great looking and share a very important message,” she said. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “The ‘Go Red’ shirts this year were designed by McKenzie Flowers, a preschooler at Heaven Sent Day Care in Troy,” Toney said. The shirts have a heart with a Band-Aid inside and the words, “Help Your Heart Feel Better.”Toney said all 4-year-olds at day care centers in the county were invited to participate in the 2016 Pike County Heart Walk T-shirt design contest.“We had about 50 entries and the Heart Walk Go Red committee selected the top three winners,” Toney said. “All three were from Heaven Sent.” Email the author Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder The shirts come in long and short sleeves. The long sleeve shirts are $15 and $16 and the short sleeves are $10 and $11, depending on the sizes.“The Pike County Heart Board encourages everyone to ‘Go Red’ on Feb. 5 and to wear red every Friday throughout the month of February,” Toney said. “‘Go Red Day’ is an awareness campaign that aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart disease. “Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year and that’s more than all cancers combined.“But that can be changed because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. That’s why the ‘Go Red’ awareness campaign is so important.”Toney said, since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women.“Nearly, 90 percent have made at lease one healthy behavior change,” she said. “More than one-third have lost weight and more than 50 percent have increased their exercise.”Toney said, in addition, six out of 10 women have changed their diets and more than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels.“Nearly 300 fewer women now die from heart disease and stroke each day,” she said. “Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the last 10 year. As we continue to educate people about heart disease and stroke and, as research continues into heart disease, even more lives will be saved.”The Pike County Heart Walk is set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Troy Recreation Center. Everyone is encouraged to participate and join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 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Proceeds from the sale of the shirts benefits the local Heart Walk fund-raising efforts.The Pike County Heart Board is encouraging everyone to “Go Red for Women” by participating in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 5.Annette Toney, co-chair of the Pike County Heart Walk, said “Go Red” T-shirts are now available at the Mapping and Appraisal Office downstairs at the Pike County Courthouse in Troy. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… GOING RED!: Local preschooler designs t-shirt for Heart Walk fundraiser By Jaine Treadwell Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 14, 2016 Latest Storieslast_img read more