Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son

first_img MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico News News June 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Miguel Ángel López Velasco, an editor and columnist with the local online daily Notiver, was shot dead along with his wife and his son in their home in the east coast city of Veracruz early yesterday, just seven days after a reporter was found murdered in the northwestern state of Sonora.“The violence against journalists in Mexico never ends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the authorities to ensure that López’s work as a journalist is treated as the most likely motive for his murder and that those responsible are identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible.” López’s colleagues told Reporters Without Borders that the 55-year-old journalist, his wife and his 21-year-old son were asleep in their home in the northern Veracruz suburb of López Arias when unidentified armed intruders burst in and shot all three.Also known by the pen-name of “Milo Vera,” López had been working for Notiver for about 20 years, first as a crime reporter and then as a columnist and deputy editor of the crime and local news section. In his column “Va de Nuez,” he wrote about crime, kidnappings, corruption and abuse of authority in the Veracruz area. He had also written about the case of Evaristo Ortega Zarate, a journalist missing since April 2010.López had been threatened. In 2007, drug traffickers left a human head outside the Notiver office with this message (in which López’s pen-name was misspelled): “We are leaving you a present here (…) Heads are going to roll. Milovela knows it and many others know it too. These heads are for my dad. Yours truly, A son of Mario Sánchez and the New People.”The authorities have launched an investigation into López’s murder and, during a visit to Notiver yesterday, Veracruz state governor Javier Duarte promised that it would be pursued to the end and that would be no room for impunity in his state.“This is a cowardly murder,” he said. “It is not an attack on a media or a company. It is an attack on Veracruz society in its entirety (…) It is not an isolated event. On the contrary, it is part of a chain of criminal actions affecting the entire country.”Reporters Without Borders hopes his promises will be kept. It also hopes that the federal authorities will finally start implementing the “protection mechanisms” for journalists that were approved in November 2010.Mexico is one of the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media, which are exposed to violence by organized crime and have to censor themselves. A total of 75 journalists (nine of them from Veracruz) have been killed since 2000. Another 13 have gone missing since 2003.Violence has been spiralling in Veracruz since 2007, with residents often witnessing clashes between security forces and drug cartels. Last year was particularly violent for the state with a total of 179 murders, according to federal government figures. Recent media victims of the violence in Veracruz state include Noel López Olguín of the weekly Noticias de Acayucan, whose body was found on 1 June , and Evaristo Ortega Zarate of the newspaper La Opinión, who was kidnapped in April 2010.Most than 40,000 people have been killed in the nationwide offensive against drug trafficking which the federal authorities launched in December 2006. Reporters Without Borders continues to relay the “No more blood – No más sangre” campaign by leading Mexican cartoonists. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go furthercenter_img Reports RSF_en Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Political leaders need to know religious services are ‘utterly essential’ – Bishop of Raphoe

first_img Facebook Political leaders need to know religious services are ‘utterly essential’ – Bishop of Raphoe Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCalls for Minister to address deteriorating state of Donegal island roadsNext articleNPHET predicting 70% drop in Covid-19 hospital admissions by mid-March News Highland Pinterest Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook Twitter Twitter The Bishop of Raphoe says we need to let political leaders know that religious services are utterly essential.In a pastoral letter for Lent, Bishop Alan McGuckian says some people feel that by complying with restrictions on religious services that they are acquiescing that such gatherings are not essential.The Bishop of Raphoe in a Lenten address says parish communities all over Ireland took the utmost care to make sure that churches are as safe as possible.He praised the dedication of the clergy and countless numbers of volunteers who made this happen.He added that he longs for churches to be open for Mass and the sacraments as soon as possible and that political leaders need to know that religious services are utterly essential.The Bishop quoted Pope Francis saying; God and our worship of Him are central to us; ‘the right to worship must be respected, protected and defended by civil authorities like the right to bodily and physical health.’Pastoral letter in full -We’re almost a full year into the Pandemic now. What has it meant for you? I’m addressing that question to everybody who reads this in the full knowledge that the answer will be utterly unique in every case. For one person this time will have brought the greatest personal tragedies of a lifetime as a result of sickness and loss of lives. For another it will have meant serious limitations and loss, frustrations and disappointments. For others still it will appear as a time of challenge, refocus and even renewal of commitment in life. So, I ask you again; how has it really been for you? Is there something of all of the above going on for you? Challenge along with tragedy; refocus coming from frustration?The most glorious and significant thing about your life is that it is a walk with God. God is the centre of all things. To know God and to love and serve Him in the bits and pieces of your life, is always a possibility no matter how your life seems to be at any moment. You might doubt God; God doesn’t doubt you. Perhaps you feel totally unworthy of God’s love and concern; it may make no sense to you but God is desperately keen to be in relationship with you. Opening our hearts to God, worship of God is the most worthwhile and important thing that human beings can do. This pandemic experience may have made that very difficult for you. On the other hand it may have opened your heart up to see it afresh.It has been said by some persons in public service that ‘religion is non-essential’, that gathering for Mass and other religious services is less important than shopping or physical exercise or many other things. I know that some of you feel that, by cooperating as fully as we are with the government, we are acquiescing in the falsehood that God and his service and our public witness to him are not essential. Parish communities all over Ireland took the utmost care to make sure that our churches are as safe as possible, and I am grateful for the dedication of clergy and countless numbers of volunteers who made this happen. I want you to know that I long for our churches to be open for Mass and the sacraments as soon as possible. We need to let our political leaders know that God and our worship of Him are central to us; they are utterly essential. Pope Francis pointed out recently that; ‘the right to worship must be respected, protected and defended by civil authorities like the right to bodily and physical health’. And now Lent is upon us; and Lent is not a dreary burden but a marvellous annual, God-given opportunity for a personal and communal shakeup. I invite you wherever you are at – even in the midst of tragedy – to see Lent as a gentle and generous invitation from God to open your heart to new beginnings, to a new and deeper walk with God in your life.But, Lent has to be about a personal choice. I invite you to ask yourself: Am I slipping away from a sense of God? Does this long break from the public practice of the faith mean that I or those close to me are getting out of the habit? Will it simply seem not so important going forward? Could you be saying to yourself: “We got by without it for months on end …maybe it’s not that important,”? Use this time of Lent to take stock. Where am I on my journey with God? What is God saying to me at this moment? Be certain that he is calling you to turn towards him and come close. He is saying: ‘Come back to me with all your heart,” or simply, “Come to me you who labour and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”So, what do we do? We pray. If you don’t pray much put some new act of prayer into your day, every day. Do it, whether you feel like it or not. If it is the case that you say an awful lot of prayers already, then what you need to do is to be quiet; spend some time each day in silence and let God speak to your heart. In fact, all of us need to put at least some minutes of quiet into our day when we let God show us what is really going on. You could make a practice of joining something online. One of my most profound experiences over this pandemic has been leading An Tobar Domhain at 9.15pm from our Cathedral on the Cathedral webcam (www.churchservices.tv/letterkenny) and Raphoe Diocese FaceBook page. To know that I was joined by the People of God from across the Diocese helped me to stay connected with God and his people. You will be most welcome to join me and the Cathedral team each evening at 9.15pm during Lent for this time of Rosary and quiet reflection on our lives. The second thing is make a sacrifice. Discipline yourself in relation to something you like as a sacrifice. You know what it should be. The most important reason for our taking on prayer and fasting this Lent is not about any agenda of our own however important it is. The overarching good reason for praying more intensely during Lent and for backing the prayer up with a genuine sacrifice or fast is to beg God to live in our hearts. Eastern Christian theology says that what happens through the life of prayer, the sacraments and Christian living is that we become like God. God takes us where we are at, however weak and sinful we feel ourselves to be, he will slowly but surely over time make us more like Himself.That is the purpose of human life, of every Christian life; to become like God. Lent is a special time for committing to that process. It is not our work; it is all God’s work but it cannot happen without our cooperation. Lent, our time of prayer and sacrifice, is that cooperation. So many of us are longing for the day – let it be soon – when we can gather together to celebrate God’s love especially in the Holy Mass. However, no matter what happens or when it happens, Lent is a great gift NOW. Let us turn to God with all our hearts. By News Highland – February 17, 2021 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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