HondurasAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News May 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Honduras RSF_en November 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist’s work ban takes effect, setting bad precedent in Honduras Reporters Without Borders condemns the outragous ban that has prevented Globo TV presenter Julio Ernesto Alvarado from working as a journalist for the past two weeks and reiterates its support for all the journalists who have been targeted by the authorities since a coup in 2009.The host of the Globo TV programme “Mi Nación,” Alvarado was handed a written notification of the ban by a sentence enforcement court official on 29 October. It is the first time that a journalist has been formally notified of such a ban in Honduras.It is hard to say why Alvarado’s work poses such a threat to President Juan Orlando Hernández’s government. What did he do?The ban is the result of a December 2013 criminal defamation prosecution in response to a complaint filed against Alvarado in 2006 by Belinda Flores Mendoza, the former dean of the economics faculty at the Autonomous National University of Honduras, after he reported on his show that she was the subject of charges before the supreme court.Ordered at the time of Alvarado’s conviction in December 2013 without taking immediate effect, the ban was condemned in November 2014 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which asked the Honduran authorities to suspend the proceedings as “precautionary measure” while it examined the case.Although the authorities did not comply with the request to suspend further proceedings in the case, the IACHR’s intervention had the effect of allowing Alvarado to continue working.Alvarado’s last possible appeal against his conviction, filed in October 2014, was rejected by the supreme court on 4 September 2015, creating a bleak precedent for freedom of expression in Honduras.Throughout these drawn-out proceedings, it has been clear that the authorities were determined to use all possible means to prevent Globo TV and its sister radio station from functioning.“The Honduran government’s persecution of Radio Globo y TV is unacceptable,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“It is time to end Julio Ernesto Alvarado’s ordeal and to let Honduran journalists work. This work ban is unprecedented in Honduras. We urge the sentence enforcement judge to quash the sentence. This is the only possible solution for Alvarado. We also urge the authorities to comply with the undertakings they have given to the IACHR.”This new twist in the Alvarado case is the latest of many Honduran rebuffs to the IACHR. On 21 October, just eight days before the written notification was delivered, the government had undertaken to maintain the stay on implementing the ban. But the day before, the same authorities had prevented Alvarado from travelling to Washington to plead his case at an IACHR hearing.Alvarado naturally refused to sign a copy of the document when he received the formal ban on 29 October. His Globo TV colleagues have since then tried to keep his programme going, with Alvarado providing help from a far, but the situation is becoming too complicated to manage.Although courageous, he has no other solution but to stop presenting the programme for while.Honduras is ranked 132nd ouf of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reports Organisation News Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas to go further Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more
The Times of Israel 16 February 2017Family First Comment: This is called ‘an ambulance at the TOP of the cliff’ – a worthy investmentKnesset lawmakers will vote on legislation Sunday to grant tax benefits to couples who take a marriage preparation course.The legislation was initiated by MK Yehuda Glick of the Likud party and co-sponsored by parliamentarians across the political spectrum from Merav Michaeli of the Zionist Union to Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home.The course is designed to provide couples with the tools to strengthen family ties, properly deal with problems in marriage and prevent cases of domestic violence.Under the proposal, the Welfare and Social Services Ministry would encourage institutions to offer the marriage preparation class, and couples that take the training would receive a tax break.In addition, the Treasury would reimburse the newlyweds for their marriage fee, as well as the charge for the prep-course itself.http://www.timesofisrael.com/knesset-weighs-tax-breaks-for-studious-newlyweds/?utm_source=The+Times+of+Israel+Daily+Edition&utm_campaign=4b63812c0b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_02_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_adb46cec92-4b63812c0b-55656521Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
CHENNAI Super Kings (CSK) left it until late to defeat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) despite a blazing knock from Shane Watson at the top of the order in an IPL 2019 match in Chennai yesterday.Watson (96*) hit 9 fours and 6 sixes during his stay at the crease. His departure led to the match going into the final over but the result never looked in doubtCSK got off to a poor start, scoring just 3 runs from the first 2 overs. The pressure eventually led to Watson and Faf du Plessis going for a quick single that led to Deepak Hooda running out the South African.Suresh Raina was the next man in and while he started in a circumspect manner, he eventually found his rhythm. He smashed Sandeep Sharma for 22 runs in the bowler’s first over and that was the impetus the home side needed to kick on in the chase.Watson followed suit and began to attack the bowlers, even getting into a staring match with Rashid Khan after smashing the leg-spinner for a boundary in his first over.Raina eventually departed for a well-made 38 but Watson continued to plunder runs at will, with new man Ambati Rayudu playing a more cautious innings.The opener eventually departed 4 short of a century, but by then had done enough to ensure the home side would end up on top.The runs did dry up towards the end of the innings and a close finish looked on the cards. CSK needed 9 off the final over and Kedhar Jadhav hit a six on the second ball of the over to calm the nerves.Rayudu was out on the next ball, holing out to Vijay Shankar at mid-off but a scrambled single did the job for the home side.Earlier, after being put in to bat, half-centuries from David Warner and Manish Pandey helped propel SRH to 175-3 in their 20 overs.Warner (57) and Pandey (83*) led the way with the bat even as CSK successfully managed to strangle the flow of runs towards the end of the innings.CSK got the big wicket of Jonny Bairstow early, with Harbhajan Singh getting him to edge one behind the stumps to MS Dhoni.However, Warner played a gritty innings that complemented Pandey’s free-flowing knock as the two put on a 115-run stand for the second wicket.Pandey had been in poor form since the previous season but finally came good, playing an innings that consisted of both good cricket shots and aggressive strokeplay.His time at the crease saw him hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes, his return to form a timely one since Bairstow will be joining up with the England team soon.Warner was eventually stumped by Dhoni off Harbhajan’s bowling but Vijay Shankar joined Pandey in the middle and the two put together a 47-run stand.They could have taken SRH to a bigger total but some good bowling by CSK eventually saw Shankar depart too and the runs dried up as the innings drew to a close.