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 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

Closing rural PSNI Stations will compromise community policing – Dallat

first_img WhatsApp Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleDonegal Lotto winner is a 77 year old Grandmother from RedcastleNext articleBudget 2012 – as it happens News Highland Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook The SDLP is expressing concern at the potential closure of local police stations.A plan to close 40% of police stations across the North was presented to the policing board last week. The 34 stations slated for closure include Castlederg, Fintona and Dromore in Tyrone and Dungiven, Garvagh and Eglinton in County Derry.The proposed closures are now going out to public consultation, with final decisions expected by April of next year.East Derry MLA John Dallat says when the station in Claudy closed, people were promised a full community service would be provided from Eglinton, and now it too is set to close with local services to be provided from Strand Road and Coleraine.John Dallat says it’s difficult to see how a community policing service can be run that way………..[podcast][/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – December 5, 2011 Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Closing rural PSNI Stations will compromise community policing – Dallat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newsx Adverts Google+ Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more