Two years after Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill

first_img News February 12, 2021 Find out more The police enquiry into the murder of Sunday World reporter Martin O’Haganhas drawn a blank and his killers are still at large. O’Hagan, who wasgunned down on 28 September 2001, investigated links between the NorthernIrish police, military intelligence services, armed groups and drug gangs. Organisation RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Receive email alerts RSF_en United KingdomEurope – Central Asia News September 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two years after Martin O’Hagan’s murder, the investigation is at a standstill March 23, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened On the eve of the second anniversary of the murder of Irish investigative journalist Martin O’Hagan on 28 September 2001 in Northern Ireland, Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the lack of progress in the police investigation, which has ground to a complete halt.In a letter to the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Murphy, the organisation urged the authorities to appoint a new team of investigators, independent of the police of Lurgan in County Armagh, where O’Hagan was gunned down outside his home, and to deploy all human and financial resources necessary to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation.”The impunity enjoyed by Martin O’Hagan’s murderers is an insult to the memory of this journalist, who was killed for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in the letter. “The feeling of impunity that has taken hold poses a real danger for Irish journalists, who are the target of increasing threats and harassment from the paramilitary groups,” he warned.”The inability of the police to identify those responsible is a threat to press freedom, and the growing vulnerability of journalists is liable to foster widespread self-censorship,” Ménard added.According to the police, eight suspects have been detained and then released for lack of proof. Thirty-two searches have also been carried out, but with no results to show for them. The investigation is at a standstill, but has not been closed.The police reject claims that senior security officials fear that their alleged links with the paramilitary groups would be exposed if O’Hagan’s killers were brought to justice. But some journalists claim that the investigation has been deliberately blocked because an informer or an agent for the security or intelligence services was part of the group that killed O’Hagan. Mick Browne, a former colleague of O’Hagan who has investigated the murder, maintains that an officer now in charge of the police enquiry was himself the target of an investigation by O’Hagan.According to the Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Seamus Dooley, death threats against journalists have increased since O’Hagan’s murder, most of them coming from loyalist paramilitary groups. Several journalists with the Sunday World, the Irish weekly O’Hagan worked for, and the Andersonstown News Group have been the target of intimidation. On 12 September, a photographer with the North Belfast News, a weekly that belongs to the Andersonstown News Group, received a death threat from a loyalist paramilitary gang. The group’s management said it followed a series of threats against journalists covering the gang’s activities.Aged 51 and the father of three children, O’Hagan used to write for the Sunday World about the links between the Northern Irish police, military intelligence units, armed groups and drug gangs, and he testified in a libel court case about allegations of collusion between the police and Protestant armed groups in the 1980s.The day after his murder, a caller to the BBC claimed responsibility on behalf of the “Red Hand Defenders,” a name used by loyalist paramilitary groups, especially the “Loyalist Volunteer Force” (LVF). O’Hagan had previously been the target of many threats as a result of his investigations aimed at proving that loyalist militia, especially the LVF, killed Catholics with the sole aim of covering up their drug trafficking activities. An abortive attempt to killed him in the early 1990s was attributed to loyalist terrorist Billy Wright. News Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing Follow the news on United Kingdom News Help by sharing this information United KingdomEurope – Central Asia to go furtherlast_img read more

Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for the cash he was carrying

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports The two people who were arrested for the 14 June murder of radio journalist Garrid Muñoz Tello – army sergeant Albeiro Otálvaro and army civilian employee Fanny Estela Lozano – reportedly confessed on 17 June to killing him in order to rob the large sum of cash he was carrying. Muñoz, the founder of Arauca-based radio La Voz del Cinaruco, travelled to Bogotá on 13 June to collect the equivalent of 80,000 euros from another army sergeant. He met Otálvaro and Lozano while in Bogotá and they travelled with him to Villavicencio, in the central department of Meta, where they rented the motel room in which Muñoz’s body was found.___________________15.06.07 – Regional radio station founder murdered, two suspects quickly arrestedReporters Without Borders today voiced shock and sadness in reaction to the murder yesterday of Garrid Muñoz Tello, aged 68, founder of radio La Voz del Cinaruco, who was gunned down by a man and a woman as he drove his car in Villavicencio, in the central department of Meta. Police quickly said they had arrested and detained two people : one is an army sergeant, Albeiro Otálvaro and the other one is an army civilian employee, Fanny Estela Lozano.”While the state of press freedom has remained highly critical in Colombia, murders of journalists have tended to decrease in recent years,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The death of Garrid Muñoz Tello is a reminder that this country is still one of the most dangerous in the world for the press.””Naturally, we are pleased at the immediate arrest of his suspected killers. We very much need to know if their motives were linked to their victim’s work,” it added.The murdered journalist was a fierce critic of several local politicians and armed groups. “Garrid Muñoz Tello was never afraid to tell the truth. Sometimes he did it with a radiant sense of humour that was typical of him, which we will miss from now on, and sometimes much more seriously and incisively,” editorial staff at La Voz del Cinaruco told Agence France-Presse.The headquarters of La Voz del Cinaruco is based in the eastern department of Arauca on the border with Venezuela, which is rife with guerrillas from the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), currently in peace talks with the government, and extreme-right para-militaries, which have refused to disarm.A US Army elite commando is currently working with Colombian armed forces in the struggle against guerrillas and to protect an oil pipeline, which transits the area, owned by North American multinational, Occidental Petroleum. The department is also on a notorious drugs routeGarrid Muñoz Tello was the first Colombian journalist to be murdered since the start of 2007. ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders is appalled at the murder yesterday in Villavicencio, central Colombia, of Garrid Muñoz Tello, founder of regional radio La Voz del Cinaruco. The station broadcasts from the eastern department of Arauca, which is crawling with armed groups and drug-traffickers. October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more June 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for the cash he was carrying Receive email alerts Follow the news on Colombia RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News ColombiaAmericas News RSF_en Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Concussion Management for Young Athletes

first_imgHead injury, including concussion, continues to be a concern in youth sports and it especially present in lacrosse – they are among the five most frequent injuries for both boys and girls high school lacrosse.It is important to understand that even when the highest standards are kept, no current helmet can eliminate concussions. All current helmet standards are designed to reduce the risk of severe brain injury and skull fracture, not to prevent concussion. There are substantial efforts towards developing standards and helmets that can reduce the risk of concussions, but this remains a challenge.It is important to be aware of signs and symptoms of concussion and be prepared to take care of the injured. Tribe Lacrosse has experienced coaches who closely monitor athletes and if any of them exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors suggestive of a concussion he shall be removed from practice or competition. Athletes are advised not to return to play until evaluated by a healthcare professional with experience in the evaluation and management of concussions. Athletes diagnosed with or suspected of a concussion should not return to activity for the remainder of that day.If you want to learn more about lacrosse and how to join the team you can visit http://tribelacrosse.org/ or call (530) 988TLAX. Subscribe Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Cover Story Concussion Management for Young Athletes From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 11:40 am More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more