Seizure of weekly’s property and bank accounts slammed as a form of “Indirect censorship”

first_img Follow the news on Panama September 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seizure of weekly’s property and bank accounts slammed as a form of “Indirect censorship” to go further December 7, 2016 Find out more Organisation News PanamaAmericas Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News Reporters Without Borders today reacted with alarm to a court order seizing property and bank accounts of a weekly newspaper at the instigation of a property dealer, which it condemned as “a form of indirect censorship”.A civil court in Panama ordered the seizure against El Periódico on 4 September, at the request of Herman Bern, who is regularly quoted in the press and whom the weekly had just alleged was being investigated for making a false tax statement.Editor, Omar Wong, said the step had been taken to silence El Periódico, which he called “a violation of freedom of expression”. Bern had to put up 250,000 dollars as security to obtain the order. RSF_en News “If Herman Bern is so sure of his rights, why does not he sue El Periódico for defamation in the usual way, as the law allows?” the worldwide press freedom organisation asked.“For a complainant to obtain a freeze in the newspaper’s financial resources in exchange for a payment looks like a way of silencing journalists and is therefore a form of indirect censorship”, it said. “Would the media have faced the same sanction if Herman Bern had been a simple citizen without support or influence?” the organisation wondered, adding, “We hope that this decision will be cancelled on appeal”.El Periódico crossed swords with Herman Bern as a result of revealing that the property dealer and state contractor for major public works, had under-estimated his statement of property and income. The newspaper said its information had been confirmed by the state body responsible for tax and financial audit, the Comptroller General’s Office. Herman Bern’s name had also been splashed on the front pages of Panama newspapers in connection with alleged cronyism in the awarding of public procurement contracts. He is reportedly close to the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) of President Martin Torrijos and has a son working for a prospective candidate in the forthcoming presidential election. December 9, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts PanamaAmericas RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama News Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption Help by sharing this information January 30, 2012 Find out morelast_img read more

Three new Gardai appointed to Donegal Roads Policing Unit

first_img Pinterest Three new Gardai appointed to Donegal Roads Policing Unit By News Highland – May 1, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMan arrested over disappearance of woman in Sligo releasedNext articleQuestions asked over lack of progress on Carndonagh business watch group News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Out of 87 new Garda Members appointed to Roads Policing Units throughout the country, three have been appointed to Donegal.The Garda Traffic Corps has undergone an internal examination and evaluation of their roles and functions with a view to improving their service to the community and their contribution to Road Safety.As part of this work the Traffic Corps will in future be known as Roads Policing.The newly selected members will be deployed throughout Dublin and the rest of the country with a view of strengthening existing Roads Policing Units and in certain instances creating new units within Divisions.Swinford in Mayo sees a new unit established with a Sergeant and 5 Gardaí appointed and Tipperary see’s their units also increase by 6 Gardaí while Clare will get an additional 1 Sergeant and 4 Gardaí. WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebooklast_img read more

Police officer may face lawsuit for assault

first_img Share Share 11120 Views   69 comments Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Police officer may face lawsuit for assault by: – May 29, 2012 Sharing is caring! Brian Mourillon seen bleeding and holding his head right after the incidentPolice officer Pelham Jno Baptiste may face criminal and civil charges by three citizens who claim that they were assaulted and battered by him.Twenty-two year old Brian Mourillon, Roy Massicot and Gregory Massicot of Vieille Case claim that a police officer assaulted them during the staging of the third Digicel Test Match at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium and they are seeking legal redress.Part of that unfortunate incident was inadvertently caught on camera by Sat Telecoms who was on the scene.The defendants were arrested and charged on April 26th, 2012 for offences including assault, battery and abusive language.The incident allegedly started at the Adam Sanford Stand when one of the defendants, Gregory Massicot was asked to “lean off” the railing and find a seat.The defendant claims that he did adhere to the request by the officer; however the officer subsequently returned and was minded to arrest him.His relative, Roy Massicot sought to inquire from the police as to the reason for issuing that arrest but was then accosted by him who claimed that Roy was obstructing him from executing his duties and “forcefully” removed from the stadium.Eye witness reports indicate that the men were heard arguing with the police after they were asked to be quiet several times.Brian Mourillon who can be seen receiving a blow to his head by the police officer in the three minute video was charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstruction and threats which he pleaded not guilty to when they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on May 10th, 2012.Roy Massicot was pleaded not guilty to obstruction of police while in the execution of his duties, assault and battery while Gregory Massicot pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, escape from lawful custody, assault on police and abusive language.The matter has been adjourned to 14th August, 2012.Meanwhile, one of Brain Mourillon’s relative who brought a copy of the video to Dominica Vibes News expressed outrage over the incident.“Watch that video and tell me if you see Brian assaulting or threatening anybody” she asked.The police have declined to comment on the matter as they claim it is “under investigation”.[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/43049763[/vimeo]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more