Death threats to journalist “very worrying”

first_img Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti May 5, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats to journalist “very worrying” Organisation HaïtiAmericas News October 11, 2019 Find out more November 14, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Haïti June 11, 2019 Find out more Another journalist murdered in Haiticenter_img News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very worried” about death threats made to leading Haitian journalist Liliane Pierre-Paul, programme chief and news show presenter on Radio Kiskeya.A letter arrived at the radio station on 30 April containing a 12 mm cartridge and a written demand for her to read each day for the next week a statement calling for France to pay Haiti an indemnity of $21.7 billion, the sum President Jean-Bertrand Aristide recently asked France to pay to compensate for the 90 million francs indemnity it imposed on Haiti in 1838 in exchange for recognition of Haiti’s independence. The letter also threatened to attack French citizens.”These threats to one of the most prominent figures in the privately-owned media are extremely serious, especially because of the general climate of impunity in the country,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Since the threats seem to come from organisations considered close to the ruling Lavalas party, we will hold the authorities responsible before the world if anything happens to her,” he said.The letter Pierre-Paul got bore the names of the grassroots organisations Domi Nan Bwa, Cercueil, Bale Wouze, Bœuf, Pilate and Tête-ciel. The first three are close to Fanmi Lavalas and Domi Nan Bwa claimed responsibility for the December 2001 murder in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve of radio station Echo 2000 journalist Brignol Lindor after opposition figures had taken part in programme he hosted. Reporters Without Borders considers these groups that threaten journalists to be unofficial armed militias with the job of targeting government critics and opponents.Pierre-Paul also received death threats in January 2001, when two pro-Aristide grassroots leaders, Paul Raymond and René Civil, called for her elimination because her name was on a list of what they claimed were members of a planned opposition-backed government. Radio Kiskeya itself has been threatened several times. The station was forced to suspend broadcasting last September after it got word that someone intended to burn it down. Nearly 30 Haitian journalists have fled abroad in the past three years after being threatened by Aristide supporters and two journalists have been murdered. As a result, Aristide has been put on the Reporters Without Borders worldwide list of 42 predators of press freedom HaïtiAmericas to go furtherlast_img read more

THE BBC have secured the rights to the Rugby Leagu

first_imgTHE BBC have secured the rights to the Rugby League World Cup 2021, cementing their commitment to Rugby League over the next four years.As well as showing the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup in October/November 2017, the new deal means the BBC will now retain free-to-air rights to all 31 matches of the 2021 home tournament. Live coverage of at least 16 matches will be on BBC One or BBC Two, with the remaining matches available on Red Button and online.Rugby League already has a strong presence on the BBC with 40 weeks of coverage on network TV every year with the Super League Show and Ladbrokes Challenge Cup programmes transmitted from February to October. There are more than 50 commentaries a season on BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra from the Betfred Super League, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and England internationals with ongoing coverage on the BBC Sport website including news, analysis, features, video clips and podcasts.For the first time ever, BBC Sport will also show a match from every round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup leading up to the final. One match from the early rounds (one to five) will be streamed on the BBC Sport website bringing viewers the latest from the community game. The network televised matches on BBC One and BBC Two start in May from round six onwards.Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid lead, Jon Dutton said: “We are pleased that the BBC will show all 31 games throughout the 2021 World Cup live. This is a very significant moment for the sport and will enable visibility and profile for the tournament like never before. We look forward to working with the BBC to create excitement not just for the tournament but also across many platforms in the build up to the World Cup.”Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, added: “This is the biggest international event in the Rugby League calendar and we’re delighted to have secured the rights to it, building on our extensive portfolio of the sport and this year’s World Cup down under.“Securing comprehensive rights for Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England means we will once again bring audiences to the heart of the action via first-class coverage on the International stage, and unprecedented coverage of the event will be available on the BBC.”last_img read more