12 Jun
2021

Military justice threatens confidentiality of sources in corruption case

first_img November 11, 2020 Find out more Chile: RSF calls for exemplary investigation into Chilean photographer’s murder News Organisation Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Reporters Without Borders accuses Chile’s military justice system of violating freedom of information by pressuring the staff of the political weekly The Clinic to reveal their sources for a series of reports about alleged corruption and embezzlement involving many army officers.The Clinic owner and legal representative Pablo Dittborn, publisher Patricio Fernández, editor Andrea Moletto and Mauricio Weibel, the reporter who wrote the stories, were summoned for questioning at the start of October by Rodrigo Acevedo, the military judge in charge of investigating the leaks leading to the exposure of the so-called “Milicogate” scandal.However, Chile’s military courts have not been empowered to investigate cases involving civilians since 2011 and, in theory, are limited to handling cases directly linked to the armed forces.Officially, the magazine’s owner and staff members were just questioned as witnesses but in practice they were pressured to reveal their sources. The confidentiality of the media’s sources is nonetheless guaranteed by Chile’s press law (Ley de Prensa) and by rulings on this subject issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which Chile is required to respect.“This violation of the confidentiality of sources and attempted intimidation by the Chilean military justice system are unacceptable and constitute a grave violation of media freedom and democracy in Chile,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Latin America bureau. “We urge the Chilean authorities to respect the press law and Chile’s international obligations.”Weibel’s reports exposing the Milicogate scandal were published in The Clinic in August. They revealed the existence of a major ring involving officers and other military personnel who allegedly embezzled millions of dollars in public funds from 2010 to 2014 and spent the money on holidays, parties, horses and casinos.The government has so far said nothing publicly about the corruption scandal or the methods used by the military justice system in an attempt to hush it up. The government’s silence is all the more worrying because it is the first time that Chile’s military justice system has interrogated journalists in this manner.Weibel was given police protection in 2012 and 2013 after he wrote a book containing revelations from the 1973-1990 military dictatorship’s secret archives. At the time, he received many threats, his home was broken into and his laptops were stolen.Chile is ranked 43rd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News ChileAmericas November 27, 2015 – Updated on May 12, 2016 Military justice threatens confidentiality of sources in corruption casecenter_img Receive email alerts to go further November 26, 2019 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Chile July 6, 2020 Find out more ChileAmericas last_img read more

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20 Nov
2020

Facing runoffs, Georgia’s Republican senators ask the state’s top elections official, also a Republican, to step down.

first_imgMr. Raffensperger responded quickly in a statement of his own. “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” he said. – Advertisement – Mr. Trump has continued to falsely insist the election was being stolen from him. The move by the senators, who have both been closely aligned with the president, also underscores the infighting taking place among Republicans even as the party braces for a bitter showdown during the January runoffs. Some conservatives fear that impugning the electoral process will depress the vote among Republican voters, who may not turn out if they do not trust the legitimacy of the electoral process. “We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement, which did not offer any specific allegations or explain how they believed Mr. Raffensperger had fallen short. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they said. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.” “Trump is gonna cost the GOP the Senate,” Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter. “His supporters are internalizing that the election in Georgia was stolen so why bother even trying.”In a briefing before the statement was issued on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Mr. Raffensperger’s office, sought to debunk the various allegations that had circulated and said the election had run smoothly, despite long lines at times during early voting. He noted that the average wait time to vote on Election Day was two minutes — “that’s unheard of in this state, ever.”“The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said, adding, “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.” – Advertisement – Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia on Monday called for the resignation of the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as they accused his office of failing to oversee an honest and transparent election without evidence or citing specific concerns. Their extraordinary joint statement on Monday came as a rift among Republicans in Georgia has intensified as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead over President Trump has steadily grown, pushing the president’s supporters to lash out against Mr. Raffensperger, who is a Republican. – Advertisement – “I know emotions are running high,” he added. “Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president.”Mr. Raffensperger said that the process of reporting results had been orderly and followed the law.The results in Georgia have drawn widespread notice and alarmed Republicans, as Mr. Biden is outperforming Mr. Trump by more than 10,000 votes in a state Mr. Trump won in 2016. Both senators have been forced into runoff races against Democrats, contests that could determine control of the Senate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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21 Sep
2020

Suarez gets Gerrard’s vote

first_img Press Association Gerrard’s pin-point delivery saw Martin Skrtel head in a second from a corner before Jordan Henderson’s brilliant through-ball, from the captain’s initial pass, saw Suarez bag his first. All three goals came in a 14-minute spell from the 23rd minute and while the game was effectively over at half-time Suarez left no room for debate by beating the excellent Maarten Stekelenburg at his near-post from Gerrard’s assist. The win lifted Liverpool back into second place and lifted spirits after a disappointing defeat at leaders Arsenal last week. “It was the perfect response,” Gerrard told LFC TV. “Earlier on in the week we were disappointed with our performances individually and collectively but the only way you can put that right is to bounce back. “At home the onus is on us to take the game to the opposition. Every time we struggle at Anfield it is when we are slow out of the blocks and don’t press aggressively.” Manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with his side’s response, particularly with the way they came out in the second half having been so far ahead, having 68 per cent possession and 32 goal attempts. “They had good players and if you are not aggressive enough in certain areas they can get goals,” he said. “It was about our hunger and continuing to turn the screw and we did that very well. “I thought some of our combination play was outstanding, we looked a really good side. “When I first came in here there was a real vulnerability, nervousness, around the group ahead of these games for some reason. “But now the mentality is good, the focus is good and we are becoming relentless in these types of games and that is what Liverpool is about.” Struggling Fulham were woeful and defeat increased the pressure on Martin Jol, who remains confident he will stay in charge to guide the Cottagers to safety. “Just before Southampton, which is a good team, away from home (on October 26) we had a very good spell,” said the Dutchman. “We won three out of four against normal teams (Crystal Palace, Stoke and, in the Capital One Cup, Everton). “That is what you have to do. You have to try and get points against these teams and hopefully in the next seven or eight months we will get results against top teams as well. “There’s a lot more teams we can get results against. There’s the top sides and then maybe outside the top seven or eight they are not better than us. “Those are the games when we have to get results.” ends Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has cast his vote for team-mate Luis Suarez to win the Ballon d’Or – although he had to check the rules to make sure he was allowed to do so first. The Uruguay striker scored twice in the 4-0 win over Fulham to take his tally to eight in just six league matches he has played this season. Nominations for the world player of the year apply to the calendar year so his tally for the Reds is 18 in 20 league games. But the 26-year-old will not win the trophy as part of the criteria refers to “overall behaviour on and off the pitch” so Suarez’s 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic counts against him. That has not stopped Gerrard picking Suarez for one of the three votes all national team captains are given. “I voted for him in my top three,” said the midfielder. “I asked if the rules can be that you can vote for one of your own players and they gave me the green light so he got one of my votes. “I think everyone knows how much I rate him, I think we are very lucky to have him and we have to enjoy him while he’s here. “For me he is one of the top four or five players in the world for sure.” Suarez’s form this season is likely to be decisive in whether Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, which in turn is likely to be the deciding factor in whether he remains at the club or not. He was very close to scoring back-to-back Anfield hat-tricks as it was his header from Gerrard’s free-kick which came off Fernando Amorebieta for the opening own goal. last_img read more

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