Investigative reporter fears for her life, requests protection

first_img BoliviaAmericas Reporters Without Borders joins other national and international NGOs that defend freedom of expression in urging the Bolivian authorities to provide adequate protection to the journalist Mónica Oblitas and her family at once. Oblitas has been getting threats in connection with an investigative report and fears that she and her 20-year-old son could be killed.Employed by ¡OH!, a magazine linked to the daily Los Tiempos, Oblitas told Reporters Without Borders she has received repeated threats ever since she exposed the corrupt practices of Ericka Hinojosa Saavedra, a forensic doctor at the Institute for Forensic Research (IDIF) in El Alto, a city just to the west of La Paz.Without carrying out proper examinations, Hinojosa was reportedly selling bogus medical certificates to people who said they had been injured or had been the victims of violence. The national prosecutor general’s office fired Hinojosa after her activities had been exposed but, according to Oblitas, the judicial investigation has suffered unexplained delays.Oblitas exposed Hinojosa by going to her office on 28 March and obtaining one of these false medical certificates in return for payment of money. She recorded Hinojosa’s agreement to the deal and the issue of the certificate on a hidden camera. The story was covered in April in the Sucre-based daily Correo del Sur and the La Paz-based daily La Prensa.Since then, Oblitas has been getting anonymous calls and messages containing death threats, which she has been reporting on her personal blog. The text messages received on her phone have included: “Your days are numbered,” “Do you like to play with forensic doctors,” “The next certificate will be yours” and “Disappear.”“Your son is wearying a nice red jacket,” one of the messages said, implicitly warning that her family could also be targeted. Three unidentified individuals in a car broke the windows of her home in April. She has been receiving threats constantly since then, she added.“In the absence of any response from the authorities to her distressing situation, Oblitas has turned to international organizations such as ours,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But it is the job of the competent authorities to ensure her protection. We cannot do it for them. We therefore call on the Bolivian judicial authorities to quickly take the necessary measures.”The press freedom organization added: “We also hope that the information provided by Oblitas will be used to establish the truth in what is a major scandal.” Organisation News News BoliviaAmericas February 1, 2018 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Bolivia Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomcenter_img Help by sharing this information September 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative reporter fears for her life, requests protection News to go further Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment News June 12, 2020 Find out more Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile November 18, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Hillsides Attends Las Candelas 62nd Anniversary Celebration

first_imgcenter column 1 Hillsides Attends Las Candelas 62nd Anniversary Celebration From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 6:05 pm Business News HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community Newscenter_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Ryan Eisenberg, Hillsides Education Center director, with Jeannie Flint, Las Candelas president.Las Candelas, a Glendale-based non-profit organization helping emotionally challenged children in the community, hosted its 62nd Anniversary Celebration Benefit Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Boutique on March 2 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center. The theme for the event was “Surrounded by Love.”Several staff from Hillsides, a premier provider of child welfare services in Los Angeles County headquartered in Pasadena, were guests. Las Candelas has provided financial support and volunteer activities to Hillsides Education Center (HEC) and Hillsides program for transition-aged youth, Youth Moving On, for more than 20 years.“Las Candelas is such a wonderful component to the HEC community, bringing assemblies, a school store, and field trips to our school, which enrich the learning and lives of our students,” said Ryan Eisenberg, the director of HEC, who attended the luncheon. “The members give so much of themselves and get involved directly with the students, which I love.”During the event, Las Candelas celebrated three long-time active members: Ann Ways, a member for 40 years, Marilyn Butler, a member for 37 years, and Marian Corbett, a member for 36 years. Guests were treated to an opportunity drawing and a fashion show featuring the collection of fashion designer Ali Rahimi, who is known for dressing “A-List” celebrities for their red carpet appearances, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Angela Bassett.Hillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services for children, youth, and their families in Los Angeles County, many of them in the foster care system. Hillsides Education Center is a therapeutic residential and day school offering individualized education for students with social-emotional, learning, and/or behavior challenges for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Hillsides Youth Moving On program provides youth formerly in foster care and probation affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them become responsible, self-sufficient adults. For more information on Hillsides, please visit www.hillsides.org. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a commentlast_img read more