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Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry

first_img January 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News Organisation Three journalists with Canada’s state-owned CBC TV, who set off from Toronto today to cover a dispute between indigenous groups and Canadian and other international mining companies in Panama, fear that they may not be allowed into the country because a CBC fixer who was supposed to prepare their visit was denied entry 10 days ago.The three CBC journalists – Mellissa Fung, Lynn Burgess and Paul Seeler – are on a flight that is due to land in Panama City at 10:15 pm.When CBC fixer Rosie Simms arrived in Panama City on 20 January, the Panamanian immigration authorities cited an unspecified “problem” with her passport as grounds for refusing her entry although she presented a perfectly valid passport that does not expire until 2015. They held her for four hours at the airport before putting her on a flight to the United States.“We are concerned that she was targeted because she had been in touch with some of the anti-mining communities in the country, and even more concerned that we will be met with the same fate when we arrive,” Fung told Reporters Without Borders.“What happened to Simms is reminiscent of what befell Paco Gómez Nadal and Pilar Chato, two Spanish freelance journalists affiliated to the NGO Human Rights Everywhere, who were deported last February, 48 hours after being arrested during a major protest by indigenous groups against various mining projects.“That outrageous violation of freedom of information must not be repeated. The tension arising from the controversy about mining cannot be used to justify any censorship whatsoever. This is a subject of public interest and not just in Panama. The international press must be able to cover this. We therefore demand that the three Canadian journalists be allowed into Panama.”The Canadian TV crew’s visit coincides with a resumption of parliamentary debates about mining legislation, including mining in territory that has been assigned to indigenous communities and is therefore supposed to be protected.A project by Toronto-based Inmet Mining was thwarted last October when a Panamanian court ruled in favour of Ngöbe Buglé, one of the indigenous “comarcas” that has been opposing mining by foreign companies in their territory.If the CBC crew is denied entry today, it will confirm the negative trend in Panama as regards respect for freedom of information. Panama has fallen more than 30 places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo: La Estrella PanamaAmericas Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 9, 2016 Find out more News News RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts November 22, 2011 Find out more December 7, 2016 Find out more PanamaAmericas Radio station owned murdered during media campaign against violence Follow the news on Panamalast_img read more

Bright bridges idea gets go-ahead

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live A DREAM about a beloved cousin lost to suicide which prompted a Limerick schoolgirl to start a suicide prevention project has led to the fulfillment of her dream.Limerick City and County Council have agreed to allow light boxes be placed on Limerick’s bridges, with positive messages of support for people in despair and darkness.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Katie Whelan from Rhebogue came up with the idea and with the help of Cllr Daniel Butler (FG) met this week with council staff to explain the idea and got the go-ahead.‘I’m absolutely delighted,” she told the Limerick Post.“Next step is find someone who will make the boxes for me – they have to be watertight and very durable to withstand conditions on the bridges”.See the next edition of the Limerick Post for full story Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSfeaturedKatie WhelanlimerickSarsfield bridgesuicide center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articlePictures – Action from UCD Marian’s 81-70 win over UL Eagles in National CupNext articlePictures – Action from Killester’s 68-67 win over UL Huskies in Women’s National Cup Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsBreaking newsBright bridges idea gets go-aheadBy Bernie English – January 12, 2015 805 last_img read more