US immigration urged to grant protection to threatened journalist who fled across border

first_img Reporters Without Borders urges the US immigration authorities to grant an emergency residence permit – followed as soon as possible by political asylum – to Ricardo Chávez Aldana, a radio journalist based in the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez, who was forced to flee across the border with his family to the Texan city of El Paso on 10 December.“The US immigration authorities must be aware of the level of violence in Ciudad Juárez, which has affected security on the US side of the border as well,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Chávez and his family would probably have been murdered if they had not rushed to cross the border. Reporting is a high-risk job when you cover organised crime and Chávez is not the first journalists to opt for exile, and will not the last one. For the sake of his safety, he must be allowed to enter the United States when necessary.”Chávez, who works for Radio Cañon, fled with his mother, wife and son across the border to El Paso after getting a series of phone calls threatening his family, several Mexican newspapers said. On 9 December, the day before he fled, he reported on the air that two of his nephews, Diego and Argenis Chávez Luis, aged 15 and 17 respectively, were among four youths who had just been killed in a shooting in Ciudad Juárez. In his report, he condemned the failure of the authorities to arrest those responsible and the freedom with which gunmen operate in the city.Initially determined to defy the threats, Chávez changed his mind and decided to flee although he does not have a passport. “Before crossing the border with my family, I knew we would be arrested by the immigration authorities but it is better to be locked up than dead,” he told Radio Cañon colleagues by telephone from the US side of the border, according to a report in the newspaper La Jornada.Chávez’s story recalls that of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, the correspondent of the regional newspaper El Diario, who fled across the border on 15 June 2008 after being threatened by the Mexican army and was held until 29 January 2009 in a detention centre in El Paso. News Receive email alerts News May 5, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas RSF_en News Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Gutiérrez is now living in the United States, where Reporters Without Borders has been supporting his attempts to obtain asylum.Two other Ciudad Juárez journalists went into exile last year because they were under threat. They are Horacio Nájera, a reporter for the daily Reforma, who has been in Canada since October 2008, and Jorge Luis Aguirre of the online newspaper La Polaka, who fled across the border to El Paso the following month. Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Reports December 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US immigration urged to grant protection to threatened journalist who fled across border MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go furtherlast_img read more

Severe weather heading east as Election Day approaches

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The same storm system that dumped up to 16 inches of snow from Wyoming to Colorado, shutting down major roads, is heading for the Mississippi River Valley.Severe weather is predicted later Monday and into the evening. The biggest threats from the severe storms will be damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes.On Election Day, the storm system will be heading toward the East Coast, with storms potentially stretching from Atlanta to Philadelphia. More strong winds and hail are expected, with tornadoes possible.New York and Boston may see strong thunderstorms, as rain and snow showers will be expected in the northern Great Lakes.Showers will be possible in and around Seattle, with snow in the Cascades and northern Rockies.Most of the central U.S., from Denver to the Twin Cities to Chicago, will be mostly dry and seasonally cool.Warm weather is expected in the southernmost parts of the country, from Los Angeles across to southern Florida. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

John L. Sanders Memorial – Evansville Bar Foundation

first_img2016 Grant AwardsThe Evansville Bar Foundation (EBF) will be presenting its 2016 grants at a luncheon which will be held on Wednesday, September 21, Noon at the Tropicana Conference Center.Grants will be awarded to Holly’s House, Youth Resources Teen Court Program, Indiana Legal Services, YMCA Youth & Government Program, Volunteer Lawyer Program of SW IN, Voices, Inc., CASA, Inc. and EBA Diversity Taskforce at this reception.Formed in 1999 by a generous donation from Evelyn Sanders, the widow of the late John Sanders, a longtime practicing Evansville attorney and continued by annual donations from members of the Evansville Bar Association, the Evansville Bar Foundation awards grants each year to deserving law related programs and organizations within the Evansville community.John Sanders’ love of the law, exemplified by his 75 years in the practice, serves as a strong guideline for the Foundation’s Statement of Purpose: Promoting Justice and Improving Lives Through the Law.  These recipients exemplify that purpose.  All EBF grant recipients and donors are invited to attend.Media welcome.For more information, please contact Susan Vollmer 463-3201.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more