Operation Condor’s lasting impact on Latin America’s media

first_img Americas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Americas Op-ed published on 11 September on Bío Bío Nacional’s websiteForty years after the Chilean military coup of 11 September 1973, Latin America’s conscience is still haunted by memories of the dust clouds from the attack on La Moneda, the presidential palace. Salvador Allende’s death and the rubble left by the bombardment endure as symbols of democracies crushed by the claws of Operation Condor, just as certain open wounds still endure. In the absence of justice, the time has come for repentance, albeit belatedly. But not, with few exceptions, in the ranks of the media.The Brazilian media giant Globo took the plunge on 31 August by publicly acknowledging in its daily newspaper that its support for President João Goulart’s removal in a military coup on 31 March 1964 was a “mistake.” “It was the Cold War and we thought we were saving democracy,” the newspaper said. But Argentina’s Clarín and Chile’s El Mercurio have yet to offer a mea culpa, although they also backed their countries’ armed forces when they seized power by force. The golden rule for them is business as usual, it seems.Globo’s act of contrition has not diminished its share of the Brazilian market. In Chile, El Mercurio and the Copesa media group continue to be the sole beneficiaries of the government’s support for the media, worth 5 million dollars a year. And Clarín continues to dominate Argentina’s airwaves, refusing to surrender any of its frequencies as required by the new Broadcasting Services Law – also known as the SCA or Media Law – whose full application is still on hold pending a supreme court decision.The media regulation introduced by the various currents of the South American left in the 2000s (in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay) is understandable in the light of the heritage of the Operation Condor years. Censorship and terror have ended but it cannot be said that media pluralism prevails, not real pluralism. The concentration of media ownership that was consolidated under the dictatorships has continued unchallenged since the return to democracy.This was one of the issues raised by the Chilean students who took to the streets in large numbers in 2011, and by the many participants in last June’s “Brazilian Spring” protests. And sometimes history pauses in its advance, as it did in Venezuela in 2002, Honduras in 2009 and Paraguay in 2012, when leading privately-owned media were accomplices to coups or coup attempts that should have been a thing of the past.The promotion of new media legislation has logically often met with opposition from the affected media. It is true that some governments have encouraged polarization that has hindered public debate. It is also true that some legislation, as in Ecuador, has tended to impose undesirable controls on the media and media content, as well as a fairer distribution of broadcast frequencies.But a redefinition of broadcasting, one that takes account of the region’s burgeoning alternative media and community radio stations, is badly needed. With the backing of the UN and OAS special rapporteurs, Argentina and Uruguay are dismantling the old, obsolete regulatory systems that were a hangover from the dictatorships. But the old status quo still prevails in Brazil and Chile.It is an irony of history that the supporters of Pinochet’s coup who wanted to “avoid another Cuba” must now acknowledge the truth of a comment by a Chilean journalist who spent many years in exile: “Chile is just like Cuba, no opposition newspapers are to be seen on the newsstands.” So, for goodness’ sake, dear media shareholders, do not invoke “media freedom” in defence of your dividends.Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders secretary-generalBenoît Hervieu, Reporters Without Borders Americas Desk Americas June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts September 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Operation Condor’s lasting impact on Latin America’s mediacenter_img May 13, 2021 Find out more News News News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Reports Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go furtherlast_img read more

Respect matters to Wenger

first_img Finally Wenger has a victory over Mourinho after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal earned the Gunners a 1-0 win in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley. Mourinho made a point of congratulating the Arsenal players afterwards as Wenger walked behind him, their long-running feud showing no signs of coming to an end. Press Association Arsene Wenger suggested a lack of respect was behind his decision to snub Jose Mourinho after the Arsenal boss claimed a first victory over the Chelsea manager at the 14th attempt. “I shook a few hands today after the game, but there’s nothing special there,” said Wenger, who shoved the Blues boss in last season’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. “I believe in a job where you have to respect people and respect everybody.” Mourinho said: “You see the images, you see where I am. (I was) there for the winners, to wait for them in a point where you only miss me if you want to miss me. “Every Arsenal player came in my direction, which was the easiest thing to do. “If other people didn’t come in my direction, that’s not a problem, that’s not a story, that’s not the end of the world.” Mourinho felt the better team lost, but was pointed in his praise of Wenger’s approach, saying Arsenal were “a team that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room”. “The best team lost. And the defensive team won,” Mourinho added. “If you want to be pragmatic, like I normally am, I say in a simple way, they score, they didn’t concede. Well done. Congratulations.” Mourinho insisted he did not have a psychological hold on Wenger’s teams, but described his 13-game unbeaten streak as an “eternity”. “What happened before is not normal,” the Blues boss said. “One game is one game and has no relation with other games. Thirteen matches is an eternity, it’s too much.” But Wenger, who disagreed that he compromised on his approach, felt the prior record against Mourinho played on his players’ minds and contributed to their display. The Frenchman said: “We abandon nothing. I believe today we defended because maybe it was a bit of a psychological hurdle, Chelsea, in the head of my players. “Personally I must honestly say it didn’t play on my mind at all. “But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team. “The way my team behaved during some periods of the game helped. It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way. “They were more concerned once we were 1-0 up to protect our lead than to play. We have to accept that. “I don’t think that’s giving up your philosophy. We wanted to win, we behaved like that. I’m quite proud of that.” Arsenal had Petr Cech in goal after his 11 trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. Wenger said: “He did well and maybe he had an influence on the Chelsea players as well. “They feel to score against him they have to score the perfect goal.” Wenger, who said midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) will be out for only “days”, now wants his Arsenal side to carry momentum into next week’s Premier League opener with West Ham. He said: “We have to turn up with the needed performance and the demanded performance in every single game.” Mourinho, whose side begin their title defence against Swansea and may again be without Diego Costa, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring problem, threw his runners-up medal into the crowd. He said: “I don’t want the medal. I don’t keep the ones when I win, imagine the ones when I lose. “The kid was there, an Arsenal kid and I think it’s a good memory for him. His team wins and he takes a medal from the losers.” Wilshere is likely to miss next weekend’s clash with West Ham due to the ankle injury he picked up in training on Saturday, Press Association Sport understands. last_img read more

Kenyan marathon stars withdraw from London worlds

first_imgKipchoge will miss out, exhausted he says after failing to beat the 2hr barrier.Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenyan athletics selectors have been forced into wholesale changes to the marathon team for the August 4-13 World Athletics Championships in London following the withdraw of four top runners including Olympic men’s champion Eliud Kipchoge.Kipchoge, who narrowly missed out on becoming the first athlete to run a sub-two hour marathon last month, said he needed to rest after the gruelling record attempt in Monza, Italy.He is joined on the withdrawal list by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who failed to win nomination for a parliamentary seat last month and is believed to be eyeing a shot at the Berlin marathon title in September.Other athletes who have backed out for consideration include three-time London marathon women’s winner Mary Keitany and former world half-marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat.In their absence, the selectors have named two-time women’s world champion Edna Kiplagat and Daniel Wanjiru, the reigning London marathon men’s champion, to spearhead the nine-member team which is expected to start preparations for the worlds in early June.The husband-and-wife duo of Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo, who won the men and women’s titles at the Paris marathon in April, have been named as reserves.Kenya marathon team for London world championships Share on: WhatsApp MenGeoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru, Gedion Kipketer; Paul Lonyangata (reserve)WomenEdna Kiplagat, Helah Kiprop, Flomena Cheyech; Valentine Kipketer, Purity Rionoripo (reserves)last_img read more

Kootenay swimmers burning up pool; Kelsey Andrusak earns national qualification

first_imgThere’s something fantastic happening in the Kootenay Swim Club.Kootenay Swim Club swimmers are returning with some amazing results at recent competitions in Fernie, Victoria and Kelowna.“It has been a terrific season thus far,” said coach Chris Wright.Last week in Kelowna, at the Kelowna Long Course Invitational, Nelson’s Kelsey Andrusak became the first Kootenay swimmer in the club’s five-year history to qualify nationally.“Kelsey qualified in three events; 50-meter Freestyle and 50 and 100-meter Breaststroke, and will have the opportunity to race against swimmers the best swimmers in her age range from across the country,” Wright exclaimed.Wright said Sam Mathew and Andrusak lead the way in high points category for their age group and achieving final swims at night which placed them either first or in the top three overall.   Morgan Robertson-Weir and Stevenson McCulloch showed that they were fit to stand up and race at a regional level throughout the meet, achieving top finishes in their heats and even getting a second swim at finals for McCulloch in the 200 Butterfly.Wright said Kootenay swimmers set more than 13 club records in Kelowna.The recent string of success started in Fernie at the Invitational meet, April 25-26.Robertson-Weir and McCulloch swam their regional standard in the 200 Individual Medley.   Together with Evelyne Upward, Kieron Sorenson, Georgia and Abi Anderson, the Kootenay team achieved 30 best times and took off over 300 seconds between all swimmers at Fernie. While some of the Kootenay swimmers were in Fernie, a few traveled to Victoria as Andrusak and Matthew achieved their Age Group National Standards in four events combined.   Andrusak achieved her age group national in the 50 and 100-meter Breaststroke while Matthew earned the gold standard in the 100 and 200-meter Breaststroke. The Kootenay Swim Club, which trains during the winter, is registered under Swim BC and Swimming/Natation Canada. All Kootenay Swim Club swimmers are registered Swim BC competitive swimmers and compete in the “O” category, if they choose to swim for a summer team afterwards.The Kootenay swimmers now travel to Wenatchee, Washington, May 29-31 to compete against top swimmers from the United States and Canada.last_img read more

Elections 2019: Shock as Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill loses seat

first_imgFianna Fáil Councillor and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Seamus O’Domhnaill has lost his seat on the seventh count for Glenties LEA.The Falcarragh man took the reins from former Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle (SF) last June.He has been a member of Donegal County Council since 2009. His 1,222 votes will now be redistributed.After his colleague Enda Bonner was voted out on the sixth count, just two Fianna Fáil candidates remain; Noreen McGarvey and Anthony Molloy who are currently sitting on 1402 and 1574 seats respectively. Here are the figures after the seventh count: Brian Carr (SF) +52 … 1263Marie Theresa Gallagher (SF) +291 … 1615Michael Mc Clafferty (Fine Gael) +35 … 1376Noreen McGarvey (FF) +231 … 1402Anthony Molloy (FF) +174 … 1574John Sheamuis Ó Fearraigh (SF) +32 … 1782Quota: 1,875, Electorate: 23,165, Turnout: 12,851, Spoiled: 147, Valid: 12,704Elections 2019: Shock as Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill loses seat was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CathaoirleachDonegal County Councildonegal election resultsfianna faillocal electionSeamus O Domhnailllast_img read more

Seeing Sound and Hearing Light

first_imgSynesthesia, the syndrome in which people’s senses become confused, may not be so off the wall.  Research at the University of British Columbia “flips the traditional view of how we perceive the world on its head.” Experiments show that our brains perceive the world by synthesizing multiple inputs.  The latest evidence of this is that we can “hear” through our skin.    BBC News and Live Science reported on experiments by Bryan Gick at the U of BC that show blindfolded subjects perceive words differently when receiving puffs of air on their skin.  He believes that this is very different from traditional interpretations of sense organs as independent channels of perception.  According to Gick, humans are “whole-body perceiving machines.”  The research, he believes, could lead to more effective hearing aids and prostheses for the blind and deaf.Our bodies are marvelously designed whole entities.  Evolution cannot “tinker” with one thing without affecting other things.  Applying a proverb by John Muir to anatomy, the more we try to pick out one function, the more we find it tied to everything else in the body.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MH370: Malaysia rejected evidence

first_imgCritical days were lost in the search for MH370 because Malaysian authorities initially rejected evidence from the British satellite company that the Boeing 777 with 239 aboard was in the Southern Indian Ocean.British sources have told AirlineRatings.com that within 24 hours of the disappearance of MH370 on March 8, Inmarsat advised the relevant Malaysian authorities of their findings but were rebuffed. “They didn’t want to know,” said the source.Inmarsat then approached the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) with its data and it immediately recognized the significance.The British satellite company was contracted to provide a data link to the Malaysian Airlines fleet and continued to get a signal every hour from MH370 till 8.19am Perth time.Those signals were picked up from its satellite 38,000km above the Indian Ocean and were relayed via a ground station in Perth. The Malaysian authorities were forced to take the findings seriously when the AAIB teamed with Inmarsat to represent the data around March 14 – five days after the Boeing 777 disappeared.It also took days before the Malaysian military radar tracking data was made available. That data showed that MH370 had changed course and flown across Malaysia toward the Andaman Sea but the search continued in the South China Sea east of the country. On March 16 the search was moved to the Southern Indian Ocean with the first aerial searches being conducted from Perth on March 18 – 10 days after the MH370 disappeared. Oceanographers agree that any chance of spotting a major debris field was lost.After ten days much of the debris that would have initially floated would have become waterlogged and sunk or been broken up in the heavy seas.And those seas and the prevailing currents would have spread the debris field far and wide.There has been much debate about the Inmarsat satellite data which is the basis of the search in the Southern Indian Ocean. However, the world’s most respected air crash investigation units the US National Transportation Safety Board, the AAIB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the French BEA, as well as Boeing and Rolls Royce agree on the validity of the data. However, not everyone is convinced with a vocal critic being Sir Tim Clark President of Emirates the world’s largest international airline.In a recent exclusive interview Mr Clark told AirlineRatings.com that he believes there is an international cover-up. He warned that there has not been “full transparency of everything that everybody knows.”last_img read more

SA ‘explorer’ for National Geographic

first_img22 August 2013 Palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger from the Institute for Human Evolution at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has been named an explorer-in- residence for US magazine National Geographic. Berger is renowned for his discovery of the most complete early hominin fossils discovered, Australopithecus sediba, at the Malapa cave at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Gauteng. “The explorers-in-residence programme was created to enhance National Geographic’s long-standing relationship with some of the world’s best explorers and scientists,” the magazine said. “Our explorers’ groundbreaking discoveries fuel the kind of critical information, conservation initiatives and compelling stories that are the trademark of the National Geographic Society.” Berger will continue his work at Malapa as an explorer – leading one of the largest palaeontological projects of over 100 scientists studying fossils. “We’ll be opening excavations again at the Malapa site and creating a virtual online laboratory where people from around the world can observe and interact with the preparation of early-human fossils,” Berger said. “We’ll also be developing an exploration academy to impart basic and advanced skills in exploration sciences to the next generation of explorers.” Berger was awarded the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration in 1997 and has written over 200 papers, several of which have been awarded “top science stories of the year” by Time, Scientific American and Discover magazines. “Lee Berger perfectly embodies the new age of exploration that the National Geographic Society is celebrating in its 125th year,” said Mission Programs’ executive vice-president, Terry Garcia. Mission Programs is run by National Geographic and offers conservation, research and exploration grants; the explorer programme falls under it. “We’re honoured to have the chance to work directly with this dynamic explorer who is a pioneer in his field,” Garcia said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte As social media lit up in South Korea in condemnation of Bell, 22, the ISU was set to meet later Thursday to discuss the claims, said media and communications manager Selina Vanier.American skate officials were not immediately available for comment.Lim’s All That Sports agency said there was reason to believe Bell’s act was deliberate, claiming Lim was skating close to the rink wall away from her rivals and the American collided with her from behind.Lim and Bell both train under coach Rafael Arutyunyan and the Korean skater’s management also alleged Bell had been “bullying Lim for months” leading up to the world championships, according to local media.The management company also claimed Bell failed to apologize after the incident, a point many on social media jumped on.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From L-R – Figure skaers Mariah Bell and Lim Eun-soo. Photo from AFPFigure skating’s ruling body is set to investigate claims America’s Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a warm-up at the world championships in Japan.Korean officials told AFP on Thursday that they had lodged a formal complaint following the incident, in which Lim’s management agency alleged Bell kicked their skater, causing a cut to her leg, while limbering up for the women’s short programme on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img The officials refused to speculate what action, if any, the International Skating Union (ISU) might take, admitting it was “difficult to prove” intent on Bell’s part.“At this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” a Korea Skating Union official said, adding that Lim’s parents also brought the clash to the body’s attention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”The 16-year-old Lim, skating in her first senior world championships, was patched up before scoring a personal-best 72.91 points to place fifth in the short skate at Saitama, just ahead of Bell. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “The problem with Mariah Bell was that she was skating too close to the edge and her blade stabbed into Eunsoo’s leg,” tweeted one fan.“Putting all bullying rumors aside, shouldn’t she have apologized?”The glitzy world of figure skating is more commonly associated with frilly skirts and hairspray but is no stranger to controversy, most notably when American Tonya Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run-up to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.Plenty of skating fans came out in support of Bell, while others called for calm.“First of all people need to CALM DOWN and analyze,” suggested one Twitter user.“Why would a veteran skater like Bell injure someone during a PUBLIC PRACTICE in front of hundreds of fans? None of the fans, who were taking notes, said ANYTHING about a collision.”Olympic champion Alina Zagitova leads the standings heading into Friday’s free skate at the world championships in Saitama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img