Judge rules that press court, not criminal court, should hear “spying” case

first_img August 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge rules that press court, not criminal court, should hear “spying” case Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile BoliviaAmericas A La Paz court has ruled on 5 August that the government’s “spying” case against La Razón reporter Ricardo Aguilar and the newspaper’s editor, Claudia Benavente, should be heard by a press court and not a criminal court, as the prosecutor-general wanted.Ruling in favour of Aguilar and Benavente, presiding judge Virginia Crespo said she was taking account of Bolivia’s constitutional provisions, its press law and the international conventions it has ratified.The decision was greeting enthusiastically by the many journalists and civil society representatives in the court, who see it as a good precedent for freedom of information. Prosecutor Héctor Acre said he would not appeal.“We hail the judges’ decision to refer the La Razón case to the press court,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “It shows the authorities that they are not above the law as regards press offences. But it is just a first step and we still demand the withdrawal of all charges against La Razón’s journalists.”The authorities accuse Aguilar and Benavente of revealing state secrets in an article in the newspaper’s Animal Político supplement on 13 April about the complaint that land-locked Bolivia recently brought against Chile before the International Court of Justice in The Hague in an attempt to recover access to the Pacific Ocean.The prosecutor-general charged Aguilar with “espionage” and Benavente with “complicity” on 22 April. Then, on 7 May, a court ordered Aguilar to reveal his sources for the report within five days.La Razón’s lawyer responded by filing a counter-motion against the judge in charge of the case, Jhonny Machicado, and prosecutor Facundo Coronel, accusing them of incompetence. Bolivia is ranked 94th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 1, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go furthercenter_img Organisation News News BoliviaAmericas Follow the news on Bolivia Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more November 18, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

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Clippers face challenges after All-Star break

first_imgMoves could be madeEven before Griffin went down, the Clippers were rumored to have interest in Kevin Garnett of Brooklyn and Amar’e Stoudemire of New York. Now that Griffin will be out for an extended period, don’t be surprised if one or both end up with the Clippers if their respective contracts are bought out. The question is, how much help would they bring? Garnett is 38. He’s a certain Hall of Fame selection, but he’s averaging just 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, well below his respective career averages of 18.3 and 10.2. Stoudemire, still just 32, is averaging 12.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. His career averages are 20.1 and 8.2. Garnett is a power forward like Griffin, Stoudemire is a center. One thing’s for sure: Coach Doc Rivers — also president of basketball operations — will make a move if he can.Defense, defenseThe Clippers entered play Wednesday allowing 100.8 points per game, which ranks them 21st in the league. Expect Rivers to continue to pound into the heads of his players the importance of playing defense throughout a game — not just for half of it. The Clippers have shown over and over again that when they slack off on defense, their offense also suffers. Suddenly they go from looking terrific to very beatable. Rivers shouldn’t let up and should consider benching players for periods of time if they’re taking it easy on the defensive end.Jordan will rise up Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan has become quite a leader on this team. Expect the 6-foot-11 defensive beast to cement that role and rise to the challenge of helping off-set the absence of Griffin. He had a career-high 27 rebounds in Monday’s victory at Dallas. That’s not to mention that — though he hasn’t complained much — must feel slighted and in turn motivated by again being left off the Western Conference All-Star team, especially after Rivers and the rest of the Clippers lobbied on his behalf.Keep an eye on standingsThe just-concluded eight-game Grammy road trip, during which the Clippers went 3-5, was a vital stretch. Not as vital as the upcoming 14 games. Three of them will be against Houston, two against Memphis. They are currently third and second, respectively, in the Western Conference standings. There will also be games against San Antonio (7th, West), Portland (4th, West), Golden State (1st, West), Oklahoma City (9th, West) and Dallas (5th, West). That’s 10 games against conference opponents, each of whom is either in the playoff mix or, in the case of OKC, just on the outside looking in. Without Griffin, it’s going to be difficult to move into the top four even though the Clippers were just 1 1/2 games out of the fourth spot before Wednesday. The Clippers don’t seem to be in any real danger of falling out of the top eight — which would mean no playoffs — but it could happen. If they finish seventh or eighth, that would mean a likely first-round playoff match against either Golden State or Memphis.Better off the benchStabilizing the bench won’t be easy. Spencer Hawes figures to start several of the games Griffin will miss. When he does, that means Glen “Big Baby” Davis will be the first big off the bench, and though he provides an emotional spark, Davis is averaging only 10 minutes per game. He now might have to play twice that much. Hedo Turkoglu, who is 6-foot-10 but more of a small forward, is averaging 9.5 minutes and figures to be called on more. Turkoglu can provide instant offense with his 3-point shot — he’s shooting 48.1 percent (12 of 25) from long distance. As for Doc’s son Austin Rivers, the young guard is averaging 6.6 points and 1.8 assists in 14 games with the team. He’s playing better than when he first arrived, but he’ll need to play even better if the bench is going to be trusted to hold leads. As for sixth-man Jamal Crawford, his work speaks for itself. The Clippers are no doubt hopeful starting shooting guard J.J. Redick, who recently missed four games with back spasms, can stay healthy so Crawford can provide his magic off the bench instead of having to start for Redick.center_img The NBA All-Star break, which begins Thursday, would seem to indicate the halfway point in the regular season. That’s a misnomer because all the teams have played at least 50 of their 82 regular-season games.The Clippers (34-19) had played 53 before their game Wednesday against the visiting Houston Rockets at Staples Center, which means the Clippers will have only 28 games left after the break.For teams that are high-flying and itching for the playoffs, that’s good. For the Clippers, perhaps not so much because they just lost Blake Griffin for at least a month, and perhaps more, after he had elbow surgery Monday.Here are five things to watch for in the supposed second half:last_img read more

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