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2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies

first_imgAlthough Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras are not officially at war, the statistics are cause for great concern. At the end of 2020, RSF’s annual Round-up showed that Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, with at least eight journalists murdered. The killings, often carried out savagely, targeted reporters because they had investigated links between organized crime and member of the political class. Another conclusion to be drawn from the RSF study is that many of the killings could have been prevented. At least 45 per cent of the victims* had reported receiving threats and had made them public – either in the media they worked for, on their social network accounts, or directly to local security forces. News Organisation In the framework of  “In Danger: Analysis of Journalist Protection Programs in Latin America,” a UNESCO-supported project, RSF analysed the major methods by which journalists were murdered in order to better understand the challenges that media protection programs must take into account. RSF based the study on information from its Barometer, which reports major attacks on journalists worldwide (see note on methodology below). RSF_en Murder of journalists, the most extreme form of censorship, is only the most visible part of anti-press violence. This practice takes place within a larger regional context of permanent threat and structural violence. Human rights advocates and all those who condemn the powers that be, whether in politics or criminal organisations, are affected in systematic form. Fifty per cent of the murdered journalists were working as reporters, photojournalists or cameramen, contributing to at least one news organization. An analysis of the RSF data also shows that 39 per cent of the victims covered topics with a political connection. Other issues most frequently covered by the murdered journalists were crime and corruption. Journalists most often targeted were those working in the field, reporting on and criticising illegal schemes in their regions Journalists’ investigations of political issues, corruption, and organized crime in small and medium-sized cities in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras account for 139 murders of media professionals 2011-2020, a study by Reporters Without Borders shows. Half of these journalists had received threats related to their work. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state The majority (93 per cent) of the victims were men. This should not lead to the conclusion that women journalists in the region are better protected. In the region as a while, where 41 percent of reporters are women, these journalists are also reduced to silence by violent threat campaigns and harassment, generally online, directed at them and their families. At times these campaigns are run by local political bosses. June 3, 2021 Find out more AmericasBrazilColombiaMexicoHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeImpunityFreedom of expressionUNESCOViolence June 7, 2021 Find out more Reports AmericasBrazilColombiaMexicoHonduras Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsOrganized crimeImpunityFreedom of expressionUNESCOViolence Programmed executionsThe study deliberately uses the term “target” because, in 92 per cent of  cases,  evidence showed that the attackers deliberately focused on a specific journalist. Of all deaths recorded in 2011-2020, only 7.2 per cent (10 of 139 cases) occurred in the course of dangerous assignments, when a journalist may not have been killed intentionally. Follow the news on Americas Most of the victims were men, living in small cities Journalists have been reduced to silence because the political and public safety environment in their region does not guarantee conditions in which they can practise their profession safely. In addition, most of the media organisations for which they work are too economically strained to protect them. And 10 per cent of them are independent journalists or contributors to community radio stations. More effective protection programmes urgently needed May 13, 2021 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News The statistics do not fit the popular image of an investigative journalist who works for a major newspaper based in a capital city, who is killed for having reported information of national importance. To the contrary, most of the journalists murdered  in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Honduras in 2011-2020 lived far from major urban centres, often worked in precarious economic circumstances, contributing to several media organisations, and covered issues that directly affected local officials and inhabitants. Related documents note_on_methodology_.docx.pdfPDF – 51.51 KB WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information However, only 10 of the 139 murdered journalists – none of them women – received government protection. This number represents 7.2 percent of total victims, and nearly 16 per cent of those who had received threats. These data pose the question of why only a minority of murdered journalists had received protection, and why the 10 journalists who did receive protection were murdered. Receive email alerts Some of the journalists were killed in their workplaces, while in newsrooms, studios.  But most (58 per cent) were attacked near their homes, or while traveling between home and work. The details of the great number of these crimes were also often identical: The journalists were tracked by their attackers, and the killings were clearly mapped out by professional hitmen. Structural violence Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News to go further The RSF study also shows that risks are greater for journalists who work in small cities.  Of those who were killed, 56 per cent lived in cities with populations of less than 100,000. And at least 54 per cent of journalists killed in cities with populations of 100,000 to 500,000 – medium-sized municipalities in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia – had already received threats before they were murdered.  When a country is the scene of structural violence against the press, individual journalists’ freedom of expression is not the only issue at stake. The entire society’s collective right to be informed is also affected. In the words of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: “Journalism can only be freely practiced when those who do so are not victims of threats or physical, psychological, or moral attacks or other acts of harassment.” May 5, 2021 Find out more One of the goals of  “In Danger,” a project that has received UNESCO support, is to understand how national journalist protection policies can change this grim reality. The project aims to evaluate the operation and effectiveness of journalist protection mechanisms in the four countries in question. Acting on the principle that governments are responsible for guaranteeing conditions allowing the free and safe practice of journalism, RSF will present a detailed report to public authorities that includes strategic recommendations designed to contribute to the consolidation of these measures. In 2020, Latin America was the region with the greatest number of journalists killed for practising their profession. Taken together, four countries account for 80 per cent of journalist murders committed in this part of the world during the 10-year period. In that timeframe, 139 journalists and media workers were killed in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Honduras, according to data collected by RSF.Data analysis was carried out in partnership with Volt Data Lab, which produced the graphics that illustrate this publication.last_img read more

Limerick finish season undefeated with away win to Kerry

first_imgAdvertisement Email Limerick maintained their 100 per cent winning record on Sunday when they defeated Kerry to complete a perfect league campaign, finishing 5 points clear of their nearest competitors. Limerick 4 wins from 4 in their league run with on game going down as a no result due to a suspect Covid-19 case before the game in which Limerick shared the points.Limerick made the short and familiar journey to Galway due to an unplayable ground in Tralee, Kerry still being the home team giving skipper Arslan Anwar the call at the toss. Incidentally, he would lose the toss and Kerry put Limerick into field on what was a sluggish outfield due to some light rainfall in recent days.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kerry however, were not sluggish in their start to the innings as their openers needed no second invitation to find the boundary off some uncharacteristically loose bowling from Limerick as the home side settled into their innings. Despite this lightning start, Arslan looked to counter and the trusty pair of Shani Alam and Farman Yousafzai came on at first change to steady the ship and bring Limerick back into the game. Shani was on the money and his spell reaped dividends. He took 3 wickets and Farman only went for 14 off his 18 deliveries as Limerick tightened the screw on their opponents.Once Limerick got into the tale, it was a matter of a procession as Kerry lost wickets at regular intervals and in doing so losing a lot of momentum. What once looked like a sizable total was reduced to just 115 leaving Limerick with a run rate of just under a run a ball needed from their 20 overs.Former Kerry player Azeem Khan and last week’s hero Swaroop Burra gave Limerick the start they needed before Swaroop lost his wicket in the fourth over to opposition skipper John Roux. Limerick would lose Farrukh Bhagat in the next to bring Kerry back into the game as the Limerick innings needed rapid reconstruction. Australian Tim Smithies came in at 4 and pushed the ball around the field finding the gaps and keeping the score ticking over as Limerick edged closer to the total. The two put on a 50-run partnership before Azeem was caught on the boundary at the end of the 14th over. Captain Arslan Anwar came in at 5 and played a sensible captain’s knock as he and Smithies (36*) steered Limerick to victory with 9 balls remaining giving the away side a 7 wicket victory, a superb end to an extraordinary season for the first XI. The team enjoyed a meal (socially distanced of course!) after the game in celebration of their achievements this year.It was a clean sweep for LCC at the weekend with wins also coming in Div 3 and Div 2 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Limerick 4th XI captain Gavin Devereux lifted the Div 3 league on Saturday when his side beat Cork Harlequins ensuring them the trophy and another piece of silverware for the club in what is turning out to be a very rewarding year with still one final yet to come and one league up for grabs.Limerick’s 3rd XI ran out easy winners against Cork County on Sunday in the Mardyke, a rain-affected game was reduced to 15 overs in which Limerick ran out comfortable winners by 36 runs. Limerick opener Saurabh Teke approving himself to be the big difference between the two sides with a quick fire 74 off just 49 deliveries as Limerick raced the 136-5 from their first innings giving the home side too much to chase in reply.The post Limerick finish season undefeated with away win to Kerry appeared first on Sporting Limerick. WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Print Previous articleMan arrested for Robbery in Limerick on August 27, 2020Next articleNew strategy to transform Limerick’s cycling environment Jack Neville NewsLimerick finish season undefeated with away win to KerryBy Jack Neville – September 8, 2020 101 last_img read more

Post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics

first_imgDescription of the Job Sensitive PositionNo Additional Information Position NumberP00001 Recruitment PoolAll Applicants VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia, a small city with a vibrantarts scene, nationally recognized museums, award-winningrestaurants, and abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.Richmond’s location in the middle of the state allows for day orweekend trips to the beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains, andWashington, D.C. Furthermore, Richmond is TIME magazine’s No. 2city in the United States for attracting millennial talent, and isone of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country. Anticipated Hiring Range$50,004 DepartmentPsychiatry The Department of Psychiatry, within the School of Medicine atVirginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) in Richmond, Virginia,invites applications for three full-time postdoctoral researcherpositions, available immediately.The positions will be located at the Virginia Institute forPsychiatric and Behavioral Genetics ( VIPBG ) (www.vipbg.vcu.edu).VIPBG is world-renowned for its contributions to the geneticepidemiology of behavior and psychopathology. Its faculty andaffiliates represent diverse disciplines including moleculargenetics, psychology, epidemiology, and statistics. Accordingly,the successful candidates will have access to a range of trainingopportunities during the course of their postdoctoralresearch.Most postdoctoral training is expected to take two years, althoughin some instances one or two additional years may be available. Thesuccessful applicants will participate in a rich and diverseresearch environment to study the causes, consequences andcorrelates of psychiatric disorders. This research training programis funded through an NIMH T32, and has a primary focus onpsychiatric disorders, their etiology, co-morbidity andtreatment.Opportunities are available for travel to work with the Institute’smany national and international collaborators, to give conferencepresentations, and to attend workshops to further develop researchskills.Specific responsibilities will include:• To acquire and apply research skills consistent with the specificaims of funded T32.• To collaborate with their primary mentor and other members of theresearch education team.• Documentation of all analytic procedures through open scienceapplications.• Manuscript preparation and submission to peer reviewed academicjournals.• Contribution as a co-author to manuscripts led by other membersof the research team.• Presentation of findings at professional conferences. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Reference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3Other DocumentOptional Documents Special Instructions to Applicants Posting Details Normal work days Preferred Qualifications Hours/Week Required Qualifications Open Until FilledYes Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Position TypePost Doc A history of interest in and contributions to the scientificliterature concerning some aspect of statistical or psychiatricgenetics is desired. A track record of peer-reviewed publicationsis preferred. Job CategoryResearch Applicants should have a PhD or MD/PhD and a background in one ofthe following fields: psychiatric epidemiology, behavioralgenetics, psychology, mathematics, statistics, biology, orsimilar.Proficient written and oral communication skills are desired.Applicants must work well both independently and in collaborativeenvironments; strong interpersonal skills are also beneficial. Dueto government regulations, this position is only available to USCitizens and Permanent Residents. Job Open Date03/20/2020 Organizational Overview CampusMCV Campus Resource CriticalNo • Please be sure that the Cover letter (1-2 pages) includes astatement of your research interests and future career plans.• Required Other Documents- Transcripts Job Code/Title Normal work hours Remove from posting on or before Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Working TitlePost-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric and StatisticalGenetics Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/98199last_img read more