Journalists caught up in violence of mining dispute and political protests

first_img to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more BoliviaAmericas News Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News RSF_en News Two local radio stations in the mining town of Colquiri were attacked with explosives on the night of 14 June and forced to suspend broadcasts, although fortunately no one was injured. The whole of the mining region has been shaken by serious violence and 23 people were injured, three seriously, in clashes on the same night as the attacks on Radio Vanguardia and Radio Cumbre. “Talks on the mining dispute resumed on 18 June under the aegis of the government,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This should serve as a reminder that freedom of information belongs to all those involved in the dispute (wage-earning workers and micro-entrepreneurs known as ‘cooperativistas’) for whom the radio stations can provide a useful forum for dialogue. “This backs up recent moves by both the government and parliament to improve the safety of journalists,” added the press freedom organization, which also requested the prompt identification of those responsible for the attacks on the Colquiri radio stations. Radio Vanguardia, owned by the workers at the Empresa Minera Colquiri, was the target of three explosions on the night of 14 June. One of its journalists, Rubén Quispe, told Reporters Without Borders: “We were in the studio when a stick of dynamite with a lit fuse was thrown on to the roof and the rear walls of the building.“I and my colleagues Shirley Ramos, Silvano Cartagena and Sonia Bautista decided to stop work temporarily. The explosions could have killed us.”Similarly at Radio Cumbre, journalists Marcelina Flores and Karen Nicolas among others decided to stop broadcasting because of safety fears. The editorial staffs at both stations are awaiting the outcome of the discussions before they resume broadcasting Radio Cumbre is owned by cooperativistas, who claim the rights to zinc deposits currently exploited by the company Sinchy Wayra, an affiliate of the Swiss group Glencore. Clashes broke out in Colquiri when local mine workers were angered when these two parties to the conflict signed an initial agreement on the future of the mine. The protests were not the first to expose journalists to danger in recent times. On 16 May in La Paz, some media workers were assaulted while they were covering a demonstration by medical students and doctors in protest against a decree extending their working hours.Carolina Ulloa, a journalist with the TV station Unitel, fainted from the effects of tear gas. Cameraman Cristian Rosendi of CNN Bolivia was injured in the face and Gastón Brito, a photographer with the agency Noticias Fides ANF, suffered a leg wound, both from missiles thrown by demonstrators.Protective movesAgainst this background, Reporters Without Borders welcomes the efforts at the highest level to improve the safety of journalists. Since 24 May, parliament has been discussing draft legislation to this effect submitted by the communications ministry and originally proposed by the La Paz Journalists’ Association.Its intention is to create an insurance scheme for journalists required to cover conflicts and social unrest, or high-risk events more generally. They would also be compensated in the case of accident or assault, in particular at night outside of working hours. It is proposed that the scheme would be financed by a 1% levy on the revenues of media companies, but this is still under discussion. This measure is a follow-up to a government decree that requires news organizations to ensure staff are provided with night-time transport. The decree was enacted after the double murder of brother and sister Verónica and Víctor Hugo Peñasco in El Alto on 25 February. Police made several arrests in the case and a 10th suspect has now been detained.A third journalist, Eugenio Aduviri of the newspaper La Razón was found dead on 12 May, believed to have been killed by one of the gangs known as “cogoteros” who strangle their victims, in the same outlying suburb of the capital. Four people were arrested in that investigation. Organisation June 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists caught up in violence of mining dispute and political protests center_img Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom November 18, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bolivia February 1, 2018 Find out more News Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile BoliviaAmericas last_img read more


Fitz & The Tantrums Announce Self-Titled Album, Lengthy Tour Schedule

first_imgLos Angeles-based neo-soul/indie-pop sextet Fitz & The Tantrums have announced the release of their latest self-titled album, which is set for a June 10th release via Elektra Records. The much anticipated follow-up to 2013’s More Than Just A Dream has already seen the release of the single “HandClap” (check out the official lyric video below).“‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” says lead vocalist Fitz in a statement. “It’s the X-rated version of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ happening on a dance floor.”The group has also announced a summer tour that begins in June, but also has a handful of previously-scheduled dates in April and May. Fitz & The Tantrums will headline NYC’s Terminal 5 on June 21st, among many other dates. Check out the album tracklisting and tour dates below:Fitz & The Tantrums Album Tracklisting1. HandClap 2. Complicated 3. Burn It Down 4. Roll Up 5. Tricky 6. Fadeback 7. Run It 8. Get Right Back 9. Do What You Want 10. Walking Target 11. A Place For Us  Fitz & The Tantrums Tour Dates:April16 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – 35th Annual Buzzfest30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ SunfestMay21 – Boston, MA @ DCH Hatch Shell – WBOS EarthFest June3 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl – KJEE Summer Roundup4 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre – Live 105 BFD 201613 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center – 96x Fest14 – Richmond, VA @ The National15 – Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Arts Center17 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival18 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club19 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom21 – New York, NY @ Terminal 523 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall24 – Rochester, NY @ Rochester International Jazz Festival25 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall28 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub29 – Milwaukee, MI @ Summerfest July14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE15 – Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Festival16 – Kansas City, KS @ Sporting Park Stadium – KRBZ’s Annual Beach Buzz Ball17 – North Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival19 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theater20 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 24 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s26 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater27 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre August18 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades19 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater20 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park23 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre26 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall27 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall28 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewery30 – Boise, ID @ Summerfield31 – Jackson, WY @ Pink Garter Theatrelast_img read more