Mexican journalist murdered while under federal protection

first_imgIn August 2018, after the murders of two other journalists in Playa del Carmen – Rubén Pat and José Guadalupe Chan Dzib of Semanario Playa News (an online weekly) – Romero requested protection from the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Journalists, which gave him a “panic button” and four police bodyguards who followed him whenever he went out. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that Francisco Romero Díaz, a freelance crime reporter who was receiving Mexican government protection, was murdered today in Playa del Carmen, in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo. He was the fifth journalist to be slain this year in Mexico, now the world’s deadliest country for the media. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico News RSF_en The other journalists murdered this year in Mexico were Telésforo Santiago Enríquez, Jesús Eugenio Ramos Rodríguez, Rafael Murúa Manríquez and Santiago Barroso. Romero’s death means that Mexico is now the world’s deadliest country for journalists. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionViolence to go further Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more But he was not being escorted at the time of his murder. Rubén Pat was also receiving protection from the Federal Mechanism when he was killed. Organisation MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionViolence “The Quintana Roo authorities must quickly identify the perpetrators and instigators of this shocking execution-style murder and bring them to justice,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. RSF has been told that Romero received a phone call at around 5 a.m. today urging him to go at once to a nearby bar called La Gota to cover an important event. His lifeless body was found a few meters from the bar an hour later. He had been badly beaten and then shot in the head. A freelance crime and court reporter, correspondent for the regional daily Quintana Roo Hoy, who had founded a local news page on Facebook called “Ocurrió Aquí,” Romero had often received death threats in connection with his reporting. Help by sharing this information Reports News Receive email alerts Mexico is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Source: Facebook “Francisco Romero Díaz is the fifth journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico. The government must take bold decisions and completely overhaul the Federal Mechanism for Protecting Journalists, whose effectiveness is constantly being called into question.” April 28, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2019 Mexican journalist murdered while under federal protectionlast_img read more

Cricket News Ajinkya Rahane and the under-appreciation of scrapping through in tough situations

first_img New Delhi: Ajinkya Rahane was under pressure before he came out to bat in the Antigua Test. The Mumbai right-hander had not scored a Test century since the SSC Test against Sri Lanka in 2017. In the last two years, his averages have been 34.62 and 30.66. Even in the warm-up game, Rahane’s performances raised questions and he was at the crossroads of his career. In Antigua, West Indies had ripped out Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli. With the new Dukes Ball and on an Antigua pitch assisting the likes of Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder, it was tough going.When Rahane had managed just one run off 30 balls, there was a sense that he was getting bogged down and it would only be a matter of time before he was dismissed for another cheap score. At that point in time, Rahane decided to hang in and scrap rather than counterattack and fall cheaply. In the process of consuming 30 balls for one run, Rahane ensured that the early assistance for the bowlers from the wicket would go away. With the new ball losing its shine, it would be a bit easy for stroke-making. The nature of the wicket at North Sound did not allow flmaboyant strokeplay. It is in this broader picture that the 68-run and 82-run stand with KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari which helped India stage a revival.As Test matches go, there are still four days remaining. However, in the context of the conditions, Rahane’s knock has great value and has once again brought to the fore the art of scrapping through in a tough situation. It is this greatly under-appreciated art which has helped India win Test matches overseas in the recent past. Rewind to Melbourne 2018. On a pitch which had some early assistance, Hanuma Vihari consumed 66 balls for eight runs. The statistics, at first sight, will tell you that it was a struggle for Vihari. What the statistics do not reveal is that Vihari and Mayank Agarwal consumed 18.5 overs and negated the threat of the new ball. In Australia, the blueprint for success for overseas batsmen was to survive the new Kookaburra on a fresh pitch. Vihari’s eight was valuable as it allowed Agarwal to notch up his maiden fifty, Pujara his second ton in Australia and Kohli to score 82. It was this weathering of the new ball which was a significant factor in India winning in Melbourne. One has to go back even further to Johannesburg 2018. Pujara, who was in wretched form heading into the match, took over 50 balls to get off the mark. The right-hander managed 50 runs off 179 balls. In terms of strike-rate, it was a disaster. In terms of batting fluency, it missed the mark. But, Test cricket demands application and scrapping on a tough wicket and the Wanderers was a difficult deck for batsmen on that day. Pujara and Kohli, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only players to get into double figures as India managed 187. Pujara’s knock allowed Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar to bowl with their tail up and India managed a consolation win in Johannesburg. The wins in Johannesburg and Melbourne highlighted the value of a hard scrap for batsmen in Tests, which is never visually appealing but vital to a team’s fortune. After the end of the day, Rahane’s comment that he was not sad on missing his century adds more weight that a solid, gritty fifty is more valuable when it comes to determining the team’s fortunes. One has to just look at the broader conditions and situation to determine whether the knock is worth it’s weight in gold. highlights Ajinkya Rahane has not scored a Test century since 2017.India last lost a Test series in the West Indies in 2002.Ajinkya Rahane scored his 18th fifty in Tests.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Reading 2 – 5 Arsenal

first_imgArsenal started to heal the wounds inflicted by the Capital One Cup humiliation at League Two Bradford City with an impressive win at Reading.Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal an early lead and the Gunners were four up on the hour mark after Santi Cazorla became only the third Spaniard to score a Premier League hat-trick after Fernando Torres and Jordi Gomez.Reading, utterly outclassed, raised the prospect of the most unlikely comeback as Adam Le Fondre and Jimmy Kebe scored twice in the space of five minutes.But Theo Walcott, impressive in the central striker’s role he sees as crucial to his Arsenal future, snuffed out any Reading optimism with a composed finish that sends Arsene Wenger’s side up to fifth place in the table.As an exercise in recovery after the misery of Bradford, this will have done Arsenal’s confidence and morale a power of good – and supports Wenger’s claim that his side still have plenty to offer this season.It was a victory, however, that needs to be seen in the context of the limp opposition offered by Reading, who are now in serious danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, where they remain six points from safety. Royals manager Brian McDermott has overseen progress that has taken Reading a long way in a short time – but there were spells on Monday when what is required in the Premier League looked a long way beyond them.Arsenal dominated with embarrassing ease for long periods against a home side who, for the first hour at least, gave the ominous impression of a side simply passing through on their way back into the Championship. The presence of Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Arsenal a pace and movement Reading simply could not handle – with plenty of others, Cazorla chief among them, willing to join in to add extra attacking options.Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered a taste of things to come in a harrowing opening half for Reading when he forced a fine save from keeper Adam Federici inside two minutes.Reading had a couple of moments of encouragement when the powerful Pavel Pogrebnyak almost stole in behind Arsenal’s defence, and again when Noel Hunt glanced a header just over. But the visitors made good on their early threat after 14 minutes. Kieran Gibbs was the provider with a cross from the right, allowing Podolski to arrive in space and take a perfect first touch before firing past Federici.Podolski then shot narrowly wide before Walcott’s speed took him into open space behind Reading’s hopeless defence only for Federici to block with his legs.Federici was distinguishing himself amid the carnage around him and saved well from Jack Wilshere before Cazorla added an inevitable second just after the half-hour as he headed in Podolski’s cross.Reading were falling apart and Cazorla added the third soon after, again taking advantage of dreadful marking to swivel and beat Federici from close range. The plight of the home side was cruelly illustrated when their own fans broke into ironic cheers to mark a short spell of possession, an act hardly designed to offer encouragement. The Royals survived the first 15 minutes of the second half before Arsenal made it four, Cazorla completing his hat-trick after Wilshere found Podolski, who unselfishly set up the Spaniard for a simple finish.As the Madejski sat back and waited for Arsenal to add more goals, Reading suddenly came to life and two quick goals briefly gave this one-sided game a competitive edge.Le Fondre rounded Wojciech Szczesny to pull one back after 66 minutes and Kebe squeezed between two Arsenal defenders to at least give Reading some encouragement.In October when these teams last met, Arsenal recovered from 4-0 down to win an extraordinary Capital One Cup tie 7-5 in extra time, and perhaps home fans fleetingly spied revenge.But Walcott deserved a goal for his endeavours and it duly arrived with a stylish finish to end Reading hopes. Arsenal’s fans appreciated his efforts and constantly urged Wenger to sort out the England attacker’s contract impasse. When he departed late on, it was to a standing ovation.Reading boss Brian McDermott: “I was very pleased with the response in the second half. Now we’ll stick together and move on.“We’ve got to fight, no doubt about that – that’s the only choice we have.“We had to do that last year, the year before that and the year before that when we were in a similar position in the Championship.“I think people have forgotten where we have come from over a short period of time. But the fans got behind us, they saw in the second half we tried to have a go and get the goals back.” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: “At 4-0 we had a little wobbling period, and at 4-2 of course with what happened last week we became a bit uncertain before the 5-2 killed the game.“But overall it was important to go out and play and give the right answer on the football pitch.”last_img read more