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

Should EMV chip cardholders be allowed to change PIN at ATM?

first_imgWhether or not to offer EMV chip cardholders the ability to change their PIN at the ATM is one of many considerations facing the U.S. payments industry as it continues on the path to EMV migration.To provide direction to ATM owners and issuers planning to enable EMV PIN change at the ATM, the EMV Migration Forum recently issued a white paper on the subject.“In order to make an informed decision, it is important for ATM owners and issuers to understand how this service functions in the magnetic stripe world today, and what should be considered when deciding if, where, when and how to offer PIN change at the ATM when implementing EMV chip technology,” EMV Migration Forum Director Randy Vanderhoof, said in a press release.In addition to PIN change and unblock information, the paper takes a closer look at: continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jamaica moving to amend gun court act

first_imgThe Jamaica government has introduced legislation aimed at having non-capital murder offences involving firearms heard by a judge without a jury.Seeking amendment of Gun Court ActJustice Minister Delroy Chuck has tabled the amendment to the Gun Court Act that indicates where “a decision has been taken to amend the Gun Court Act to provide for non-capital murder offences committed with a firearm to be tried in the Circuit Court Division of the Gun Court by a judge sitting without a jury”.It also noted that the Bill not only seeks to give effect to that decision, but also provides for consequential amendments to the Jury Act.Chuck said it makes sense to allow a judge alone to try all gun crimes in relation to non-capital murder “because all other gun offences are tried by a judge alone.“We see no reason why a judge alone cannot try the cases instead of a judge and seven jurors,” he added.Last year, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, during debate on the Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act, told legislators that the present legislation provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone, but there is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder committed with a firearm.“In such a situation, the current law provides that trial is with jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence (in the non-capital category)… will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Currently, capital murder cases which involve a gun must be tried with 12 jurors, while non-capital murder cases can be tried with seven jurors.last_img read more