Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas News Follow the news on Cuba Organisation Harassment of dissidents has never really stopped since Raúl Castro became president in 2006 but, if they are detained, it is usually for short spells. The arrest of Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter for the independent Hablemos Press agency, could prove to be the exception and could hark back to an era when dissidents were detained for longer periods.Martínez was arrested on 16 September and has been held ever since on a charge of insulting the president, which could lead to a three-year prison sentence.Initially held at the National Police detention and deportation centre in Havana, he was transferred on 27 September to Valle Grande prison in La Lisa, in Havana province.”It is hard to see how the investigation into a spoiled consignment of medicines that Martínez was carrying out at the time of his arrest, or his earlier revelations about cholera and dengue, which the authorities confirmed, could result in a charge of insulting the president,” Reporters Without Borders said.”This charge is totally absurd, just as any attempt to make an example out of this case will be futile. Information of public interest should be disseminated, discussed and debated. Such a debate is clearly lacking in the official media, one of whose journalists is still detained while others have chosen exile. We call for Martínez’s immediate release.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Cuban government must accept civil society’s right to ask questions and report information in accordance with the conventions on civil and political rights it signed in 2008, but has not yet ratified. Will the other members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) remind it of the need to respect this principle?”Hablemos Press editor Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez tried without success on 21 September to obtain permission to visit Martínez, who was arrested near José Martí international airport. Dissident journalists who were present were threatened with arrest and some were briefly detained.According to the latest information, Martínez was transferred to Enrique Cabrera Hospital on 20 September for treatment to blows he received to the left eye.Martínez is being persecuted by the authorities, who want him to go back to Camagüey, where he was from, although he now lives and works in Havana. In the past 10 years, he has been sent back to Camagüey ten times, although the law on internal migration, which used to make it hard for provincial residents to move to the capital, was relaxed at the end of 2011.He is the third Hablemos Press journalist to be detained this month.Government journalists defectThe day that Martínez was arrested, Mairelys Cuevas Gómez, an editor with the Communist Party newspaper Granma, took advantage of a working visit to Mexico to go the US border and request asylum.She was following the example of Luis López Viera, the sports editor of Juventud Rebelde, another official newspaper, who asked the British immigration authorities for asylum a month earlier, on 15 August, as the London Olympics were ending.Reporters Without Borders would like to hear the Cuban government’s reaction to the departure of journalists it employs, and to know more about the fate of José Antonio Torres, another reporter for the Cuban state media, who has been held for more than a year on an unexplained charge of spying. May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en CubaAmericas Newscenter_img to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more September 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of independent journalist accused of insulting president Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Fifth and sixth-graders fall to Bucksport 41-30

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by (see all) Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth football team of fifth- and sixth-graders lost for the first time this season as Bucksport rode its strong running game to a 41-30win on Saturday.Landon St. Peter and Hunter Curtis provided most of the offense for Ellsworth.St. Peter rushed for 196 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes from Curtis good for 43 yards and two more touchdowns.Curtis also rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe two also led the Ellsworth defense, St. Peter with seven tackles and Curtis with five.Ellsworth made a late bid to cut into Bucksport’s big lead.Passes of 17 and 26 yards from Curtis to St. Peter cut the score to 41-30 with eight minutes to go.Alex Hamilton then recovered a fumble on Bucksport’s next series of plays, but Ellsworth couldn’t generate further offense as time ran out.The fifth- and sixth-graders will play at Hampden on Saturday. Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020last_img read more

Wrestling: Locals claim top-4 finishes at state championships

first_imgFRYEBURG — Five Hancock County wrestlers advanced to the upcoming All-State championships with top-four finishes in Saturday’s state championship meet at Fryeburg Academy.Mount Desert Island’s Baylor Landsman earned the best finish of any local wrestler on the day with a third-place effort at 170 pounds. After beating Tyler Avery of Madison and losing to eventual eventual champion Tyler Cox of Medomak Valley, Landsman beat Evan Cash of Wells in the consolation semifinals and Alex Munson of Mattanawcook Academy in the consolation title bout.For Ellsworth, Matt Reid and Noah Hughes claimed fourth-places finishes at 126 pounds and 160 pounds, respectively. Reid earned a quarterfinal win over Maine Central Institute’s Malik Keresey and a consolation semifinal win over Zac Spizuoco of Dexter, and Hughes won a 15-5 major decision over Medomak Valley’s Nolan Grubb in the quarterfinals before beating Foxcroft’s Sam Robinson in the consolation semis.For Bucksport, Grayson Fernald posted two wins at 195 pounds to claim fourth. In the heavyweight class, Gavin Billings claimed fourth with wins over Madison’s Clarke Leblanc and Belfast’s Ben Watts.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport placed 15th as a team with Ellsworth claiming 17th and MDI finishing 20th. Wells won the team title with a whopping 130 points, 34 more than second-place Mattanawcook.Landsman, Reid, Hughes, Fernald and Billings are now eligible to compete in the New England qualifying (All-State) meet. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 29, at Noble High School in North Berwick.last_img read more