Attacks and threats force two radio stations off the air

first_img Follow the news on Haïti October 30, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks and threats force two radio stations off the air Organisation HaïtiAmericas RSF_en Help by sharing this information Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today condemned a shooting attack on an independent radio station in the Haitian capital on 28 October and the threats that forced a provincial radio station off the air the day before, and the organisation called on the government to protect journalists and carry out investigations to establish who was responsible for the violence.”Once again we ask the Haitian authorities to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by those who attack the news media,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “It is especially worrying that this latest violence follows verbal attacks on the press by government officials and supporters,” he said.In the attack on privately-owned Radio Caraïbes in Port-au-Prince on 28 October, gunmen used automatic weapons to fire on the outside of the building, causing considerable damage to its facade and to the car of the station’s sports reporter, Harold Domond. No one was hurt, however.Witnesses said the gunmen came in a car with official plates. News editor Jean-Elie Moléus told AFP yesterday that Radio Caraïbes often received threats. The station suspended its broadcast briefly after the attack.Radio Maxima, a privately-owned station in the northern city of Cap-Haitien, suspended its news programming on 27 October after receiving threats from government supporters, its management said. The station’s director, Jean Robert Lalanne, is a local leader of the opposition, which has been calling for President Aristide’s departure for the past year.A report posted on the website of the independent Radio Métropole on 22 October said government criticism of the press has been mounting in the past few weeks. The report quoted remarks made the previous day by Prime Minister Yvon Neptune implying that the press did not report the news accurately.In a ranking of 166 countries worldwide according to respect for press freedom, published by Reporters Without Borders on 20 October, Haiti was placed in 100th position, among the lowest in the western hemisphere. Journalists working for independent news media are often threatened or physically attacked.Since 2000, some 30 journalists have gone into exile and two have been killed: Jean Dominique, the director of Radio Haïti Inter (on 3 April 2000) and Brignol Lindor of Radio Echo 2000 (on 3 December 2001). HaïtiAmericas to go furthercenter_img News Another journalist murdered in Haiti News News June 11, 2019 Find out more October 11, 2019 Find out more News Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti November 14, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Genius axes 68 jobs with closure of Hull factory

first_imgGenius Foods is to close its production facility in Hull with the loss of 68 roles – just months after announcing another 115 redundancies across the business.The company said a drop in production volumes following the decision by some of its European customers to switch to own-label lines had made operating the Hull site “unviable”.News of the closure comes just months after Genius – which currently makes own-label and branded lines – announced it was to become a purely branded business, a move that would result in 115 workers being made redundant. It plans to end production of own-label lines by the end of this year.A total of 156 positions are being lost across the business, as 27 roles are being created at the Genius production site in Bathgate, West Lothian, which will now supply all its export customers.“We fully understand the shock and disappointment of this announcement for all of our employees,” said Genius Foods’ chief executive Jeremy Bradley. “It has been necessary to respond to the change in activity at Hull.”The company said it will provide a “comprehensive support package” for affected workers, with local outplacement assistance and retraining, as well as opportunities to relocate within the business.“The priority of the entire Genius team is to do everything possible in the coming weeks and months to support the hard-working and dedicated employees at the site,” added Bradley.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Push & Pull” Video From New SiriusXM ‘Jam Files’ Session [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee recently stopped by SiriusXM‘s Jam On for a special in-studio performance, which premiered on Monday as part of the satellite radio station’s Jam Files sessions.On the heels of sharing video of “In The Kitchen”, Umphrey’s McGee has shared another video from their Jam Files session with “Push & Pull”. Written by guitarist Brendan Bayliss, the song was released on Umphrey’s 2018 it’s you album, a follow-up to the band’s it’s not us.  Both albums were released last year coinciding with the band’s 20th anniversary. Since debuting the song live at Summer Camp Music Festival last May, the band has only unleashed “Push & Pull” live eight times since.Watch video of Umphrey’s McGee performing “Push & Pull” from their Jam Files episode below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Push & Pull”[Video: SiriusXM]Hosted by Ari Fink during the band’s recent three-night New York City run, Umphrey’s Jam Files episode will continue to air at the following times on Sirius XM’s Jam On (channel 29) throughout the week:Saturday, March 9th, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)Sunday, March 10th, at 3:00 p.m. (EST)Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of their upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

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