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Journalist threatened by paramilitaries after angry exchange with President Uribe on the air

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first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the accusation of “liar” and other charges made by President Alvaro Uribe against leading journalist Daniel Coronell in an argument on the air on radio La FM on 9 October. Coronell afterwards received death threats in an email signed by the paramilitary group called the Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles), a predatory group still active in the north of the country.The president’s public accusations against Coronell, the news director of state-owned Canal Uno television and a columnist for the magazine Semana, came just five days after Gonzalo Guillén, the correspondent of the Miami-based El Nuevo Herald newspaper, had to flee the country after similar public accusations by the president led to his getting 24 threatening phone calls. President Uribe accused Guillén on 2 October of helping notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar’s former mistress, Virginia Vallejo, write her newly-published memoir “Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar,” in which she described Uribe’s alleged links with Escobar (see 4 October release).“Following our open letter of 4 October to President Uribe, we appeal again to him to take more care with what he says,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We recognise his right to defend himself against the accusations made against him, but there is no justification for these vehement attacks that endanger journalists, as demonstrated by the threats received by Coronell, who was already forced to leave the country with his family in 2005, and by Guillén, who has had to go abroad now.”The press freedom organisation added: “President Uribe’s person attacks are one thing, and death threats from paramilitaries who claim to support him are another. The government should have every reason to demonstrate its goodwill by being more active in its pursuit of those who threaten the lives of journalists, especially the sinister Aguilas Negras.”During a live interview with a radio La FM presenter on 9 October, Uribe asked her to telephone Coronell about a column he had just written about Vallejo’s allegations. When she got through to Coronell, he and Uribe had a one-hour argument on the air in which Uribe accused him of being a “coward,” a “liar,” a “bastard” and a “professional slanderer.”Uribe also challenged Coronell about his reasons for going into exile in 2005 (see release of 16 August 2005), expressing doubt about the threats he received at the time. Coronell said the threats came from the computer of former parliamentarian Carlos Náder Simmonds, a onetime Uribe ally who has been convicted in the United States of drug trafficking.A few hours after the argument, Canal Uno received an email for Coronell containing death threats. “You were warned that the next time you meddle in the chief’s business, you will be digging your own grave,” the message said. “Anyone who attacks our president is signing his own death warrant.”Reporters Without Borders is also shocked by the release on 10 October of Fernando Soto Zapata, who spent five years and eight months in detention for the 2002 murder of Orlando Sierra Hernández, a journalist with the daily La Patria. The contract killer was given a 19-year sentence, but was allowed an astonishing amount of time off for good behaviour.Soto was filmed as he shot Sierra twice on 30 January 2002. His accomplices, Luis Miguel “Tilín” and Luis “Pereque” Arley Ortiz, received 28-year sentences in May 2005. Ferney Tapasco González, a former parliamentarian and Liberal Party chief in the central department of Caldas, was never prosecuted although he was suspected of putting out the contract. Sierra had often written about Tapasco’s alleged crimes. RSF_en October 21, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies October 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist threatened by paramilitaries after angry exchange with President Uribe on the air April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information Reports News to go further Reporters Without Borders is outraged by President Alvaro Uribe’s personal attacks on Daniel Coronell, the news director of state-owned Canal Uno television and a columnist for the magazine Semana, who received death threats from a paramilitary group after an argument with Uribe on the air.last_img read more

Float Fest, Music And Tubing Festival, Announces Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop, Modest Mouse, & More

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first_imgFloat Fest is an outdoor camping music festival that will take place at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, on July 21st and 22nd. The festival is set apart by the fact that it also serves as a tubing event, inviting 20,000 music fans daily to take the opportunity to float down the San Marcos River during its two days.For its fifth year in 2018, Float Fest boasts a truly impressive artist lineup as well, tapping Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dog, Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Lil Wayne, Glass Animals, Toadies, Cashmere Cat, White Denim, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Com Truise, The Suffers, and more for performances.With Tame Impala heading the lineup, Float Fest marks the third announced appearance the massively popular Australian psych-rock act will be making this year in addition to headlining at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival and California’s Desert Daze. The group last performed in the United States when the band headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The Australian rockers’ set marked only their second U.S. date of the year, which made sense considering they planned to take a bit of a hiatus in 2017.This year, Float Fest has expanded its capacity after an embattled back-and-forth with Guadalupe County officials. While the festival originally requested a permit for 30,000 fans daily, the two parties eventually settled on 20,000 after locals complained about the influx of traffic to the area as well as waste and noise left by attendees. In response, Float Fest founder Marcus Federman and his attorney filed a 150-page safety and traffic plan detailing how the large-scale festival plans to deal with parking control, waste management, and the distribution of 120 police officers. The plan also shared past efforts to ensure the San Marcos River isn’t unduly affected—over the past three years, the festival has spent $10,000 on mesh bags for floaters to use as trash bags in addition to crews cleaning the river during and after the event.As Federman shared with Community Impact, a local news source, “I hope the commissioners would agree and acknowledge that it’s been a different permitting process this year. … What we put in here will be followed to a T, and if it’s not, it’ll be with everybody’s knowledge and acceptance.”For more information on Float Fest and to purchase tickets, you can head over to the festival’s website here.[H/T Pollstar]last_img read more

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