Thugs attack Sicilian journalist who had been investigating drug trafficking

first_img News RSF_en Follow the news on Italy ItalyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about an assault on Massimiliano Pisano, a journalist based in Giardini Naxos in eastern Sicily who has been writing about drug trafficking in the area.A correspondent for the Catania-based daily La Sicilia, Pisano was waylaid by three thugs as he left a discotheque near Recanati at 10 a.m. on 7 August. They referred to his enquiries into drug dealing in local discotheques as they gave him a severe beating. He was hospitalised in Taormina and has had to take 10 days off work. The Taormina carabinieri are investigating.”This attack is a reminder of the often mortal danger that organised crime represents for journalists in Sicily, who have to do their job in extremely difficult conditions,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. He called on the authorities to “respond firmly to this worrying situation, so that a feeling of impunity does not take hold.” Gina Mauro, the newspaper’s chief editor in Messina, said Pisano had recently received several anonymous threats after writing many articles on local drug trafficking. Local correspondents ran considerable risk, he said, adding: “We would like to have conditions of work that allowed us to guarantee our readers the right to news.”Giuseppe Alfano, a reporter with La Sicilia who specialised in writing about the Mafia, was killed on 8 January 1993 by a shot fired into his mouth, a method of execution used by the Mafia for those deemed to have “talked to much.” to go further ItalyEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Organisation Newscenter_img News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more August 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thugs attack Sicilian journalist who had been investigating drug trafficking RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

€700 expenses for Limerick politician to attend pointless meeting

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleHotline appeal over information on missing Limerick manNext articleLimerick councillors divided over gay marriage admin A LIMERICK city councillor was paid almost €700 in expenses to attend a HSE meeting which cannot even make a decision.Meetings of the Regional Health Forum West have cost the taxpayer an average of €8,600 per meeting in members expenses alone, not counting expenses and wages for HSE staff.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal News€700 expenses for Limerick politician to attend pointless meetingBy admin – February 20, 2013 654 Facebook Email Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print TAGSfeatured And there has been strong criticism of the practice of dragging members and HSE staff from as far away as West Clare and Donegal for what amounts to a question and answer session with the questions being asked in writing in advance and answered in writing on the day.According to HSE figures, Limerick city councillor Joe Leddin (Lab) was paid €694.08 in mileage and overnight expenses for attending the September 2012 meeting, which was held in Manorhamilton.The next highest average payment for meetings went to Limerick county councillor Damien Riedy (FG) who was paid an average of €498 expenses per meeting.Members are paid according to how far they travel to attend and Cllr Leddin told the Limerick Post that the size of his payment relates to the fact that he had just been co-opted at the end of 2012 and the particular meeting was in Leitrim.“The meeting goes on all day and it because it was so far away there was an overnight. Other meetings are held in Galway and with average expenses for that drive at around €120, there’s no financial benefit but the advantage of attending is that we can discuss the answers we get and ask further questions”.However, he concedes that the way the meetings are organised “is all wrong.“There is no reason on earth why people from Limerick should have to go all the way to Leitrim to listen to discussions about hospitals and the health service up there and vice versa. It would be much better to revert to the old arrangement where local members met locally, did their business and were out in an hour at a fraction of the cost.“With all of the reform of local government that is coming in now, it should be possible to reform the organisation of the HSE Forum as well”.Members of the Forum have no say in making changes or forming legislation in the health services and some former members from the Mid West resigned because they believed it represented bad value for money.Above: Limerick city councillor Joe Leddin. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus WhatsApp Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Chelsea signing Werner out to prove he can emulate RB Leipzig exploits

first_imgChelsea striker Timo Werner believes he can become the team’s top scorer this coming season. The German managed an impressive 34 goals in 45 games for RB Leipzig last term. And Werner wants to continue that form in the Premier League with Chelsea. Speaking at a press conference with Germany’s national team, when asked about his ambitions for the coming season: “I think that’s more of an incentive. “What the club demands of me are no less than I demand of myself.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… center_img read also:Australian Cricketers Smith, Warner out of IPL “The club has brought me to score goals and after 28 [league] goals for Leipzig I have not come to London to say a few is enough for me now. “I want to prove it there as well as at Leipzig. “For me, this feels less like pressure, but also from the club side more like anticipation that I can help celebrate successes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more