first_imgSimferopol, CrimeaMayya stands next to Soviet Union memorial, Simferopol.WW photo: Greg ButterfieldOn Sept. 20, the 15th day following a cease-fire agreement brokered by Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ukrainian troops loyal to the far-right junta in Kiev bombed a chemical plant in Donetsk, sending a mushroom-shaped cloud over the capital city of the Donetsk People’s Republic.In the neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic, hundreds gathered the same day in Stakhanov for the funeral of three local fighters of the People’s Militia who died in a Ukrainian military attack on Sept. 18. A young militiaman mourned for his dead mother, a militia fighter beheaded in the attack.While the Kiev regime carried out numerous cease-fire violations and continued its war crimes and military buildup against the newly independent Donbass region, the U.S. Congress lauded the oligarch president, Petro Poroshenko, at a joint session in Washington on Sept. 18.Here in Simferopol, capital of the Crimea region of the Russian Federation, these crises loom over Ukrainian revolutionaries and anti-fascist activists.Crimea separated from Ukraine through a popular referendum following the U.S.-backed coup that seized Ukraine’s government last Feb. 22. Members of the Marxist Union Borotba (Struggle) have gathered here in Crimea, along with others forced into exile under threat of arrest or death by the Kiev junta and its neo-Nazi footsoldiers.But their immediate, urgent task is fighting for the lives and freedom of two of their own: Vladislav Wojciechowski and Nikolay Popov.The two Odessa activists are being held in administrative detention for 60 days following their arrest on the night of Sept. 12-13. They are charged with plotting to create “a terrorist Ukrainian Red Army.”Wojciechowski is a Borotba member and a survivor of the May 2 neo-Nazi massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions. Popov is affiliated with the Communist Party of Ukraine.Family members report that Wojciechowski was brutally beaten during the raid on his apartment, carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine and neo-Nazis. Explosives were planted during the search. Forced confessions were taken from both men under torture.“I associate Vladislav’s arrest with his political activity, solid citizenship and anti-fascist struggle,” says Alexei Albu, Odessa Regional Council deputy and Borotba leader. “We see how the government is trying to intimidate anyone who holds a different point of view on the events taking place in Ukraine.“This is a great signal to me, as a deputy, of what can happen in case I return to Odessa. But I can say with confidence that such intimidation will not work on me. We still will go back to a liberated city.”Borotba is appealing to international human rights groups and attorneys to investigate and represent the two activists.“We encourage everyone to paste leaflets, write graffiti and post about it on the Internet,” says Victor Shapinov. “We are looking for maximum impact. The fate of our friends depends on our actions today.”In the U.S., the International Action Center has joined the call for Wojciechowski and Popov’s immediate release. Readers are urged to contact the nearest Ukrainian embassy or consulate and the White House in Washington, D.C. Let them know you hold Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama responsible for the youths’ safety.In the U.S., contact Igor Sybiga, Chief of the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, 240 E. 49th St., New York, NY 10017; phone: 212-371-6965; fax: 212-371-5547; email: [email protected]; website: House switchboard: 202-456-1414; comment line: 202-456-1111; submit messages of protest to President Obama at Whitehouse online.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The director and presenter of a programme called “El Pueblo Habla” on independent Valle TV, Hernández, 54, was gunned down in broad daylight in Nacaome, the capital of the southern department of Valle, as he was about to board a bus to go home. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Shot by two men aboard a vehicle who immediately drove off, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries a few hours later. He was the first journalist to be murdered in Honduras in 2019. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” March 19, 2019 Journalist murdered in southern Honduras, first this year Hernández was an outspoken journalist who often accused local politicians of corruption in his programme. A few days before his murder, he posted an opinion piece on Facebook calling for President Juan Orlando Hernández’s resignation. HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence RSF is meanwhile very concerned for the safety of Leonel García, a journalist who was very close to Hernández. The presenter of the independent TV news programme “Noticias Dígalo Cómo Quiera,” García often worked with Hernández and, just before the latter’s murder, had accused Nacaome mayor Victor Flores and local parliamentarian Alfredo Saavedra of corruption. Condemning TV journalist Gabriel Hernández’s murder in southern Honduras on 17 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges investigators to prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to his journalism and calls for urgent reinforcement of the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. His outspoken commentaries had prompted many death threats, which he reported to the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists last year. But officials at the Mechanism decided that he was not in any serious danger and refused him protection. The past few months have seen many threats and attacks against independent media in Honduras, especially in the south of the country, where two journalists, Jairo López and Edgar Andino, have been harassed and threatened by officials and local police in recent weeks although they are getting protection from the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports Organisation Help by sharing this information Last month, after receiving threats, García asked the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists for emergency protection, but his request was also turned down. RSF managed to contact García today. He is extremely upset and fears that he could also be murdered. Receive email alerts News News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Follow the news on Honduras RSF_en Honduras is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News “The Honduran authorities must conduct an impartial investigation into this appalling murder and prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to the victim’s journalism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists must also be reinforced and its criteria for granting protection must be urgently reviewed in order to provide Leonel García and his family with the protection they need.”last_img read more

first_img News Receive email alerts Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison December 31, 2019 Find out more RSF_en GabonAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Gabon Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern about the deteriorating situation in Gabon, where the authorities continue to obstruct the publication of independentnewspapers. The satirical bi-monthly Sub-Version was recently seized and fouremployees from the paper were detained at Libreville airport. The NationalCommunications Council (Conseil national de la communication, CNC) also recently suspended a second paper, the bi-monthly La Sagaie.”We condemn these measures, which hinder the development of privately-ownedmedia in Gabon. Suspending a media outlet is a very serious penalty. We can onlyconclude that the authorities use this means of punishment to deprive citizensof access to independent or critical news sources,” said Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard. In a letter to CNC Chairperson Pierre Marie Ndong, the organisation urged the council to reconsider its decisions and allow the media outlets to resume their activities.Border police at Libreville International Airport seized all copies ofSub-Version’s third issue on 17 September 2003. The paper is printed inCameroon. Four staff members who had come to pick up the copies of their paperwere also detained and questioned. They were released later in the afternoon.The authorities accuse the bi-monthly of inciting an “insurrection” amongcitizens and attempting to “destabilise republican institutions.”In addition, the bi-monthly La Sagaie learned of its suspension in a letter on23 September. The paper was banned indefinitely and accused of making a “call to tribalism” and “threatening state security.”Reporters Without Borders recalls that the privately-owned newspaper Misamu remains closed more than five months after the CNC decided to supended the publication indefinitely on 13 May. Moreover, Noël Ngwa Nguema, a priest who isthe founder and editor-in-chief of Misamu and Sub-Version, faces constantpressure and intimidation tactics. September 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two recently-launched independent newspapers prevented from publishing January 24, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands News to go further Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information GabonAfrica Organisation last_img read more