Journalist receives six-month sentence and harsh fine in defamation case

first_imgNews January 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist receives six-month sentence and harsh fine in defamation case News RSF_en Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast Dominican RepublicAmericas Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Help by sharing this information Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Johnny Alberto Salazar, head of the community radio station Vida FM and the online newspaper vidadominicana.com in Nagua has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and fined 1 million pesos (25,600 dollars), on 18 January, for libelling the lawyer Pedro Baldera, chairman of the human rights commission in the northern province of María Trinidad Sánchez.The journalist plans to appeal once the full verdict has been pronounced on 26 January. “Whatever the truth of the offending statements, we believe this is a dangerous sentence that is disproportionate in itself and at odds with the American Convention on Human Rights in whose name no one should be jailed for what they say or write,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Parliament must urgently approve the bill decriminalizing press offences, which has been before it for almost five years.“We should like to believe that the appeal judge will be able to assess the danger caused by the legal precedent, not only for Johnny Alberto Salazar but also for the whole of the profession in the country.”The press freedom organization also deplores the refusal of Judge Selma Bonilla to allow the press to attend the hearings leading up to the conviction although the trial took place in public and was in the public interest. We hope this affront to the right to report the news will not occur once again at the appeal.The lawyer brought the case as a result of Salazar ‘s recent criticisms of the human rights committee, accusing it of protecting criminals and people linked to organized crime.“This sentence is a black mark for press freedom in the Dominican Republic,” Salazar told Reporters Without Borders. “Those who opposed us can’t stand the fact that through our radio station and other media outlets that serve the people we put ourselves at the service of the community without answering to any particular political, economic or social sector.” When the verdict was announced, Nagua residents and civil society representatives got together spontaneously to raise the cash to pay the journalist’s fine.“The money that the people of Nagua are putting into the case will go towards building social welfare projects for the many needy families in the province because we are certain that this absurd verdict will not be upheld by the superior court,” Salazar said. News to go further Organisation Dominican RepublicAmericas February 15, 2017 Find out more Follow the news on Dominican Republic June 25, 2015 Find out more September 22, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

Spring storm hits Northeast, bringing NYC the most April snow in over 30 years

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It may be spring, but it feels like winter for the Northeast after a fast snowstorm moved through Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and New England Monday morning.The snowfall rate at New York’s LaGuardia Airport reached 2 inches per hour. Over 250 flights were canceled at New York City area airports Monday morning.New York City saw 5.5 inches of snow — its heaviest April snowfall since 1982 when the city was dumped with 9.6 inches.The snow has already stopped falling and started melting but the weather forced the New York Yankees to cancel today’s home opener. The game will be played Tuesday instead.Monday night’s New York Mets game was also canceled and rescheduled for July.Here are some other snow totals:— Morris County, New Jersey: 7.3 inches— Fairfield County, Connecticut: 7.5 inches— Westchester County, New York: 7.8 inchesAnother storm is formingNow a new storm is taking shape which will bring more spring snow and heavy rain from the Northern Plains through the East Coast the next few days.By Monday night, heavy snow will be falling from Montana to Wisconsin. Some spots will see whiteout conditions and hazardous travel for the evening commute.On Tuesday afternoon, the heavy snow will hit the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.Six to 12 inches of snow is possible for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.Heavy rain is expected from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast on Tuesday and severe storms with winds, hail and tornadoes could breakout from the Ohio Valley to Gulf Coast Tuesday night.An enhanced threat for severe wind damage was been issued for parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, including Louisville and Cincinnati.The front will continue to move east with rain possible along the East Coast Wednesday afternoon.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more