Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president

first_img EcuadorAmericas Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Follow the news on Ecuador Organisation News Receive email alerts Rodrigo Fierro of the daily El Comercio was sentenced to six months in prison on 19 September for allegedly libelling former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC). Reporters Without Borders believes the sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador. September 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to six months in prison for libelling former president Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Reporters Without Borders protested today against the six-month prison sentence passed on columnist Rodrigo Fierro of the Quito-based daily El Comercio on 19 September for allegedly libelling a former president by accusing him of serving the oligarchy.”This sentence sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom in Ecuador by encouraging journalists to censor themselves,” the organisation said, stressing that it strongly opposed the criminalization of press offences.In a letter to supreme court president Armando Bermeo, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged higher court judges “to rule out a prison sentence a priori” if they uphold the guilty verdict when the case is heard in appeal.The organisation pointed out that The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression determined in January 2000 that “the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.”Fierro was sentenced as a result of a libel suit by former president León Febres-Cordero, now a parliamentary representative for the Social Christian Party (PSC), over a column published on 29 May in which Fierro said his government had “served the plutocratic oligarchy that rules the country.” Fierro has appealed against the sentence. News EcuadorAmericas Help by sharing this information April 10, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News News December 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Watch moe. Jam Hard On David Bowie Cover During Five-Song Second Set

first_imgLast night, moe. hit the beautiful Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME, continuing a three-night run in the New England state with their potent jamming grooves. The night opened with a great set from The Wood Brothers, getting things ready for some serious jam rock from moe.The group opened up with “Okayalright,” treating fans to a number of their prized originals in the first set, including a set-closing “Plane Crash.” One of the biggest highlights came in the second set, when the band broke out into a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame.” While the band has played the tune before, they took their time on this version in the midst of a five-song set, and really let the jams develop.Don’t take it from us though… You can watch the video of “Fame” below, courtesy of the band. Get ready to jam!You can see their full setlist from last night’s show, below.Setlist: moe. at Thompson’s Point, Portland, ME – 6/17/16I: Okayalright, Hi & Lo > Big World, Same Old Story, Downward Facing Dog, Plane CrashII: Crab Eyes, Silver Sun, Fame, Water > BulletEnc: Jump Aroundlast_img read more

Federer, Nadal Renew Rivalry in Dream Final

first_imgAs Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won match after match at the Australian Open, making their unlikely way through opposite sides of the draw, tennis fans couldn’t help but look ahead. Could the two old rivals, almost six years on from their last meeting in a Grand Slam final, possibly meet for one more match for the ages in Melbourne?Federer and Nadal each had to survive epic five-set matches in the semifinals, but they did not disappoint. And now, the dream final tennis fans had hoped for when favorites Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were upset in the first week is going to happen today Rod Laver Arena. What’s at stake is bigger than just Federer-Nadal XXXV, or even the Australian Open title. There’s also history to play for: If Federer wins, he’ll add an 18th Grand Slam trophy to his career record total, putting distance between himself and his rivals. If Nadal wins his 15th, he’ll pass Pete Sampras for sole possession of second place on the all-time list, and pull tantalizingly close to Federer’s 17.‘’The historical context of that match, whether it becomes 17-15 with the French Open next, or 18-14, that’s such a big difference in the historical march for both those guys,’’ former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick told The Associated Press in Melbourne a few days ago. ‘’That might be, as far as history goes, the biggest match ever in Australian Open history and maybe Grand Slam history. What’s at stake there is beyond what pretty much any player can comprehend.’’The magnitude of the moment is not lost on the players themselves. ‘’Rafa’s definitely presented me with the biggest challenge in the game,’’ Federer said after his semifinal win over U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka. ‘’I’m happy we’ve had some epic, epic battles over the years, and of course, it would be unreal to play here.’’Nadal said neither player could have imagined making the final of the year’s first Grand Slam after coming back from their respective injuries in 2016 – Federer, his knee; Nadal, his wrist.Both men took time off last season and had difficult draws in Melbourne because of their lower rankings.‘’For me, it’s a privilege,’’ Nadal said. ‘’It’s a very, very special thing, I think, for both of us to be in the final of a major again, have another chance to compete against each other after a couple of years having some problems.’’Nadal has dominated Federer in their head-to-head match-ups – he has a 23-11 record overall and has won nine of their 11 matches in Grand Slams.But Federer likes his chances on the hard courts at the Australian Open this year – he believes they are playing faster than in years past, which suits his game better than Nadal’s.Federer should also be fresher for the final, having spent far less time on court than Nadal during the tournament (13 hours, 40 minutes vs. 19 hours) and having an extra day to rest in between the semifinal and final. Both men have survived two five-setters, but Nadal’s were far longer and more draining.Federer may also have the edge confidence-wise. Nadal’s results have dipped dramatically in recent years and he’s struggled to play well against the top players. He hasn’t been past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open, also the last major he won.Nadal, though, remains one of the fittest players in the game and is certainly hungry for major success again after years of disappointing losses.Whoever wins, the match is sure to be memorable. A massive crowd is likely at Melbourne Park, as well, after organizers decided to open the 7,500-seat Margaret Court Arena for fans to watch the match on a giant screen.‘’I just know that two of the greatest players of tennis are going to square off on Sunday,’’ Grigor Dimitrov said after his nearly five-hour loss to Nadal in the semifinals. ‘’And it’s going to be (an) amazing match.’’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more