TV Azteca gives up hope of finding two journalists who went missing two months ago

first_img Help by sharing this information July 11, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV Azteca gives up hope of finding two journalists who went missing two months ago NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders fears the worst after the disappearance of TV Azteca Noroeste reporter Gamaliel López Candanosa and Gerardo Paredes Pérez on 10 May in Monterrey. For the past six months, López’s beat was general news and crime, in a region where drug traffickers are active. Alfonso Teja, TV Azteca’s news director in Monterrey (in the northern state of Nuevo León), said yesterday he has “given up hope” that two employees who went missing on 10 May, reporter Gamaliel López and cameraman Gerardo Paredes, will be found alive. “The state attorney general’s office has told us the anti-kidnapping unit that was investigating their disappearance has abandoned the case,” Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying. “We have received no message from the journalists and the police have told us they have no clue as to where they might be.” Asked if he thought organised crime was behind their abduction, Teja acknowledged that López had “ventured into sensitive territory.”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to continue the investigation.____________________________________________________________15.05.07 – TV reporter and cameraman missing for past five days in MonterreyReporters Without Borders today said it feared the worst after the disappearance of TV Azteca Noroeste reporter Gamaliel López Candanosa and cameraman Gerardo Paredes Pérez on 10 May in Monterrey, in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, and called on the authorities to step up the search for the two journalists.“This brings the number of journalists who have gone missing since 2003 without being found to seven,” the press freedom organisation said. “Saúl Martínez Ortega, a journalist who disappeared on 16 April in the state of Sonora, was found murdered nine days later. So we have ever reason to fear the worst, especially as Nuevo León is particularly exposed to organised crime and drug trafficking. We appeal to the local and federal authorities to work together to find López and Paredes quickly.”The last time the two journalists checked in with their TV station was at about 4 p.m. on 10 May, after covering the birth of conjoined twins in a Monterrey hospital. The TV station vehicle they were using has not been found. The Nuevo León state police “anti-kidnapping” unit was asked to investigate after their disappearance was reported on the evening of 13 May, the Monterrey prosecutor’s office said.López has worked for TV Azteca Noroeste for 11 years. The station’s management told Reporters Without Borders that “for six months he covered the army’s presence in the region because of the violence.” The Milenio daily newspaper said López had profiled alleged murderers in June 2006 and covered two messages left by a drug trafficker. The station’s management also told Reporters Without Borders he has a regular slot in which he takes issue with the practices of certain public officials. News Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Holcomb Focuses On Job Training As He Unveils 2018 Agenda

first_imgHolcomb Focuses On Job Training As He Unveils 2018 Agenda By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — With 92,000 vacant jobs across Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb Wednesday rolled out a 2018 agenda that placed workforce development at the top.“This year we are going to be focused on people,” Holcomb said. “For Indiana to remain ranked No. 1 in 2017 and beyond, we have to make sure our workforce is skilled up to meet the needs of the future.”A year after Holcomb was elected governor, he unveiled his 2018 agenda to a gathering of the media, government officials and others in the Statehouse atrium.Much of the governor’s emphasis was on preparing students and adults for the jobs that will keep Indiana growing.In Indiana alone, 350,000 people don’t have high school diplomas and 712,000 Hoosiers started college but didn’t finish — for a total of more than a million Hoosiers who have left part of their education unfinished.“Just imagine if we broke the cycle and helped them get on the path of upward mobility,” Holcomb said.Starting at the lowest level of education, Holcomb wants to provide that path so Hoosiers can get the skills they need so they are ready for work.“The students that graduate high school have to be ready to either go to college or find meaningful training in the field of their choice,” Holcomb said. He created a new state agency, the Office of Apprenticeship, to begin connecting high school students with job experiences.Throughout 2018, Holcomb stressed the importance of strengthening K-12 STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math — and create work-based learning to help both high school students and adults, which would take affect in 2019.By 2021, Holcomb wants every Indiana school to offer at least one computer science course, a goal of his which requires legislative action.As part of Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda rolled out in January, he implemented nextlevelsjobs.org — a website where employers can post jobs and Hoosiers can search for better jobs. Through Next Level Jobs, Hoosiers can receive the training they need for higher paying jobs at no cost to them.Since the start of the year, 213,000 Hoosiers have visited the website. Holcomb said it is a start to the change he’d like to see, but he wants more people to fill out the application and actually get a job.The Indiana Democrats responded to the governor’s plan saying Republicans have talked about workforce development for years, but no progress has been made.“Just look at the numbers, past efforts haven’t made a dent,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody in a statement. “Hoosiers worked just want a shot at gaining the skills to earn bigger paychecks.”Zody said rather than increasing jobs, Holcomb’s administration should focus on increasing educational attainment and raising wages.Holcomb also unveiled other parts of his agenda — which got positive feedback from Statehouse Republicans.“The governor has put forth a bold agenda, and we look forward to working with him on workforce and other critical issues facing our state and finding the best solutions for all Hoosiers,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said in a statement.Much of the plan, however, included issues presented during the 2017 legislative session, like the opioid crisis, infrastructure work and delivering great government service.During the 2017 General Assembly, a five-year road plan was passed which would implement a tolling study, create a second rail track along the South Shore Line and a variety of other projects. Holcomb’s 2018 agenda calls for continued support.The opioid crisis remains another focus as more than 286,000 people have reported using opioids that weren’t prescribed to them. To attack the drug epidemic, Holcomb plans to strengthen enforcement, expand recovery options and make it easier for Hoosiers to locate and access treatment.The plan also requires physicians to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, INSPECT, before issuing prescriptions for opioids.“We are going to seek every resource that is needed,” Holcomb said. “It’s not just money is needed. It’s how we are organizing and working together and how quickly we can get people into treatment and make sure the treatment is better.”After his announcement Holcomb was asked about his position on Sunday alcohol sales and guns— two issues that will most likely be raised during the 2018 session. Holcomb didn’t respond directly, saying he will work with the legislature on lawmakers’ proposals.Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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