Journalist harassed in run-up to appeal hearing in major defamation case

first_img China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting to go further Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Organisation Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites PeruAmericas PeruAmericas A Lima court is due to begin tomorrow to hear an appeal by Lima Airport Partners CEO Jaime Daly Arbulú against a court ruling in March ordering journalist Herbert Mujica to pay him 2,000 soles (660 dollars) in damages for alleging serious irregularities at Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. Daly appealed because he thought the damages award was too low. The hearing will be the latest stage in drawn-out legal battle for Mujica, a writer and political analyst who edits the Páginas Libres website and writes the Señal de Alerta column for the site. He is also the author of the 2007 book ¡Estafa al Perú! ¡Cómo robarse aeropuertos y vivir sin problemas! (Conning Peru: how to steal airports and live comfortably).The suit that the powerful Lima Airport Partners (LAP) brought against Mujica accused him of “aggravated defamation” in various articles and investigative reports about alleged irregularities in LAP’s management of the Lima airport concession, which it was awarded by the government. Mujica and his family claim they have been the target of various forms of harassment throughout the legal battle.“We are concerned about the harassment and threats that Mujica says he has received in connection with this lawsuit,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also fear that an excessive damages award would encourage self-censorship and deter journalists from risking a major scandal.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the judicial authorities to be reasonable and to take account of the relative strength of the parties to this dispute. We also call on the authorities to guarantee Mujica’s protection regardless of the outcome of this appeal.”Raúl Wiener of the daily La Primera and César Lévano, the newspaper’s editor, are also awaiting trial in connection with their coverage of LAP. Wiener was questioned on suspicion of terrorism 16 months ago when he reported that terrorism charges had been brought against 13 leading leftists. Follow the news on Peru News Newscenter_img News May 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist harassed in run-up to appeal hearing in major defamation case April 1, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts December 4, 2019 Find out more February 10, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending

first_img Share Share Share BusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics UWP Makes Recommendations for Government COVID19 Spending by: – April 3, 2020 Tweetcenter_img 136 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! The United Workers Party is calling government to take steps much bolder than social distancing to preserve the quality of life in Dominica.In a social media post on Thursday, Hon Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Lennox Linton said health and economy cannot be mutually exclusive.Linton says emergency public support is a large part of the global response to mitigating the full impact of COVID19.He believes that injecting money into the economy now will help stabilise it in the long-term and international partners cannot be relied upon to foot that bill.Among recommendations, he listed:Paid sick leave COVID19 patients and caregiversWage replacement or layoff protection grants of at least 90% of income or $1,000 monthly Monthly income support grants for self-employedSupplementary income for hucksters, retail, tourism, bus drivers and other sectorsDeferral of payment for utilities and rent, Grants for medium and small enterprisesImmediate settlement of redundancy benefitsWaiver of penalties of late tax filings and deadline extensionWaiver of vat on electricity for April-JulyImmediate generation of jobs for Dominicans in public works, farming, fishing and animal husbandryReduced landing taxes to LIAT and other airlinesHealth insurance and death benefits for COVID19 frontline personnelSuspended payments of mortgages and loansMonthly grants for vulnerable groups: self-employed, homeless, single parent households, domestic workers, people with disabilities, victims of and those at risk of domestic violence and in shelters, and frontline health workers.Other recommendations were made for health care and agriculture, among others.He laments that no mention has been made by the Roosevelt Skerrit Government of spending to fund the COVID19 management strategy.last_img read more