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first_img EcuadorAmericas News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further December 24, 2019 Find out more April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Ecuador Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources News Receive email alerts News June 15, 2020 Find out more News EcuadorAmericas Reporters Without Borders deplores President Rafael Correa’s verbal attacks on the press and above all his decision not to give any more news conferences. The aggressivity of some of the news media towards him is undeniable, but he should try to defuse the tension between the press and the government, the organisation said.“Yes, Ecuadorean society is very polarised and, yes, President Correa’s political and constitutional reform programme has elicited scathing reactions from the media, but this situation will only get worse if the president decides to boycott the press after stepping up his attacks on it,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Accepting high political office means exposing oneself to criticism and being held accountable to public opinion,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We still believe in the possibility of dialogue and we call on the president to reverse his decision not to give any more news conferences. An empty-chair policy is the worst of all solutions.”After describing certain media as “mediocre, corrupt and mendacious,” Correa acknowledged on 10 June that he had “made mistakes” in his clashes with the press. But then he went back onto the attack. Referring to the constituent assembly that will be named on 30 September, he called on 25 June for “strong laws” in the area of communications and said “in Latin America’s history, the press has always been against progressive governments.”He again laid into the media three days later after they reported a poll that gave his government a 63 per cent favourable rating, as against an earlier, Cedatos-Gallup poll with an 80 per cent positive rating, and he cited former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s use of the term “feral beasts” to refer to journalists.After often publicly criticising journalists in the past for being too pushy, Correa triggered an outcry from the media and journalists’ organisations when he referred to Sandra Ochoa of the daily El Universo as the “horrible little fatty” and accused her of “rudeness.” In a 24 May letter, he meanwhile told Reporters Without Borders that he would not withdraw the “public insult” complaint he brought against Francisco Vivanco, the editor of the daily La Hora, which means Vivanco will continue to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence and a heavy fine (see release of 21 May).To avoid more incidents of this kind in the future, Correa announced that he would no longer give any news conferences and would in future respond to the news media “in writing.” His Argentine counterpart, Néstor Kirchner, who is also at odds with certain news media, has never given a news conference since becoming president in 2003. July 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Correa urged to reconsider decision not to give any more news conferences Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders is worried about President Rafael Correa’s often violent verbal attacks on the media and, above all, his recent decision not to give any more news conferences. The organisation urges him to try to defuse the tension which has developed, with his help, between him and the media. last_img read more

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first_imgThe state of Nebraska, DOD and the communities neighboring Offutt Air Force Base are being asked to contribute to a $25 million levee improvement project needed to protect the installation from flooding.The cities of Bellevue and Omaha, and Sarpy County are each being asked for $2.3 million for the project, which would increase the height of 19 miles of levees along the Missouri River by two feet. The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, which is spearheading the effort, has pledged $4 million. The district is asking the state to pitch in $10 million, and DOD for $4 million, reported the Bellevue Leader.The improvements are mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) even though the Army Corps of Engineers, which built the levees in the 1970s and 1980s, says they meet existing standards. FEMA ordered the upgrades after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. Neither FEMA nor the Army Corps is willing to help pay for the improvements, said John Winkler, general manager for the natural resources district.If the levees are not raised, much of Offutt Air Force Base would be regarded as sitting in a floodplain, according to Winkler. In addition, thousands of acres south of the installation would be rendered undevelopable.“The longer we wait and delay the more expensive the project becomes,” Winkler told the Sarpy County Board last month. “Instead of a $25 million project, we’re going to soon be talking a $30 million project, a $35 million project, until a point in time where we’ll be unable to do it because no one will have the funds,” he said.Commissioner Don Kelly said the importance of Offutt to Sarpy County requires the county to pitch in, but he asked Winkler to expand the number of communities asked to contribute to the project.“I think we need to cast the net a little bit wider,” he said. “There are as many people that work out of Offutt Air Force Base that leave Bellevue at the end of the day and go off to residences in the county, or in Papillion, or down in Cass County, or over in Mills County or up in Omaha,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more