Provincial journalist granted conditional release after getting jail sentence

first_img News Organisation Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas April 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial journalist granted conditional release after getting jail sentence News to go further Receive email alerts Newscenter_img August 25, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives VenezuelaAmericas News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Gustavo Azócar Alcalá, a journalist based in the western state of Táchira who had been detained since 9 July 2009, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on 26 March on a charge of “administrative corruption” but was granted a conditional release. The court acquitted him on charges of embezzling public funds and fraud.The charges were brought against Azócar as a result of a complaint by Táchira governor Ronald Blanco La Cruz in 2000 claiming that the show he presented on the privately-owned TV station Televisora del Táchira had failed to include spots that the Táchira state lottery had paid for.Azócar, who was also a correspondent of the national daily El Universal, is a well-known critic of both President Hugo Chávez and the governor, about whom he has made damaging allegations in the past. At the time of his arrest, he insisted he was being victimised at the governor’s behest because his reporting. The flaws in the prosecution case tended to support this claim.Azócar will have to report every week to a judge and is forbidden to change his address, leave Táchira or run for office until 2012, when the next presidential election will be held. _________8.10.2010 – Journalist still held in custody despite quashing of suspect case against himA court in the western state of Táchira has ordered that journalist Gustavo Azócar should remain in custody despite ordering the annulment of a criminal case against him. He is the only journalist currently in prison in VenezuelaReporters Without Borders said it feared that the journalist was being hounded for his critical stance towards the government and called for his release.Azócar, former presenter on privately owned regional Televisora del Táchira, Radio Notícias 1060 and former correspondent for the daily El Universal, was arrested on 29 July 2009 for allegedly referring on his blog, www.gustavoazocar.com to “corruption” and “fraud” cases against him.His wife, Mary de Azócar, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that the judge, José Oliveros Gómez, on 5 October threw out the case against her husband, ordered that the proceedings should start again from scratch and that he should remain in detention in the meantime.Azócar had faced “corruption” and “fraud” charges for failing to read official advertising spots on his radio program in 2000. The journalist, who had previously been imprisoned in 2006, was jailed again in July for having broken a ban on speaking about his case, something he has always denied.“The proceedings against Gustavo Azócar are not officially linked to his work, but this case has suspicious flaws. The fraud case was never proved and yet he remains in custody”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Azócar was briefly detained in 2006 but has never sought to flee since then. The use of preventive detention is not applicable if a case has been completely quashed, which is what has just happened. We fear the journalist is being hounded for his critical stance towards the government. Gustavo Azócar must be released”, it added. Strangely, Ana Casanova the Táchira state official who lodged the corruption complaint against Azócar, has twice cited health problems for failing to appear at hearings in the case. Following claims of major irregularities, the judge, Fanny Jazmina Becerra was removed from the case. The fierce critic of the government was physically assaulted live by Chavista member of parliament Iris Varela while presenting his programme “Café con Azócar”, on 20 November 2007 (see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So2xtMJPmUI&feature=related). Follow the news on Venezuela Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 7! Liza Minnelli Hits Da Club

first_img WHY WE LOVE IT Oh, did you happen to miss Liza with a Z’s foray into dance music the first time around? Don’t worry, guys, it’s right here! If you’re searching for a passive-aggressive tune (“I know you carry on behind my back with your secretary” is one of the lyrics) to sweat to, look no further than Minnelli’s 1989 club track “Don’t Drop Bombs.” It’s angsty, it’s campy, it’s fabulous, it’s Liza! View Comments LOOK OUT FOR… 1:38, when Liza inexplicably changes into a rippling, sky-blue bolt of fabric. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!center_img OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 382 out of 382 high kicks. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENTlast_img read more

The Goods: Yakima Hold Up Bike Carrier Review

first_imgA few months into using the Yakima Hold Up, I am left wondering why everyone is not using this bike rack. Rarely do I feel this confident that a product outshines its competition to the degree that the Hold Up does. The rear mounted bike rack can be installed in less than five minutes. It literally takes longer to read the directions than it does to mount the rack onto a hitch.Once in place, it securely transports two 29er mountain bikes or 700 cc road or cross bikes. Having utilized roof racks in the past, which result in tired arms and frustrations after a long ride, not to mention the ever present danger that you just might drive into the garage forgetting your bikes are up top, I find the Hold Up to be the perfect solution. It also outperforms other rear mounting racks that function by suspending bikes by the top tube. In my experience, that style of bike rack allows the bikes to bang together and can also result in worn out bearings if the wheels are not secured for long trips.Perhaps the best feature of the Hold Up is the mindless simplicity it lends to bike loading, unloading and transport. The rear tray sports a cradle for the back tire with an adjustable security strap. The front wheel of the bike is secured in its tray with a moveable arm that locks in place over the front of the tire. The front arm also has a built-in cable lock to allow you to secure your bikes if you decide to stop by your favorite watering hole or brewery post-ride. An additional feature for SUV’s and minvans is the easy to use built-in pivot system of the rack. Even fully loaded, the rack can be easily lowered to allow you to access the cargo area of a minivan or SUV. The rack can then be raised back up once you are finished loading or unloading your bike accessories. If you are still not convinced that the Hold Up is the best bike rack on the market, did I mention it sports a bottle opener? That’s right, pop a top on a cold one while you watch your poor riding companions struggle to load their bikes on top of their car long after you’ve loaded up your ride on the Hold Up.MSRP $439.00 (Extension for 2 more bikes $329.00); yakima.comlast_img read more