Murder attempt against pro-Chávez journalist in Portuguesa state

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives VenezuelaAmericas RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more January 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder attempt against pro-Chávez journalist in Portuguesa state News Help by sharing this information News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outletscenter_img to go further News VenezuelaAmericas Receive email alerts Organisation Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Follow the news on Venezuela Reporters Without Borders today condemned a murder attempt against Rafael Finol, political correspondent on the privately-owned daily El Regional in Acarigua, Portuguesa state, central-western Venezuela. The 62-year-old journalist was leaving his office on the evening of 13 January when two people travelling in a Tucson-type truck opened fire on him and then took flight, witnesses said. A nine-millimetre bullet grazed the journalist’s head, leaving him with only slight injuries.The motive for the attack is as yet unclear but Finol himself, who quickly recovered after hospital treatment, said he was convinced that it was for political reasons. “I knew this would happen after the recent interview I had with President Chávez”, he said. “It was the work of the extreme-right who want to kill me”, he told colleagues.Finol, who is an avowed supporter of the President, also said that he had recently been active in the Palestinian cause. Members of the local press, who spoke to Reporters Without Borders, were unable to confirm whether the journalist or the newspaper had previously had any threats. Rafael Finol and his family are now under protection. “First of all we are relieved that Rafael Finol has recovered and we hope he can quickly get back to work”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “An investigation should now swiftly establish if the attack was linked to his work, since theft can already be ruled out. An attack of this kind should also mean that security should be provided at the offices of El Regional”, it added. Newslast_img read more

CRICKET: Kohli turns off social media ahead of Pakistan clash

first_img“The more relaxed you stay in these situations it’s a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally.” Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  India skipper Virat Kohli admitted Saturday that he is steering clear of social media ahead of Sunday’s high-profile Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan.Kohli, one of the superstars of world cricket, commands almost 16 million followers on Twitter and 14 million on Instagram.However, he is aware of the potential pitfalls of social media when India tackle Pakistan in cricket.“The biggest thing is to stay off social media,” Kohli said at the Oval on the eve of the big game.“If you’re too distracted listening to too many suggestions or players or criticism, then you can’t focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team as well.last_img read more


first_imgDay One of qualification in the annual primary school athletics  challenge kicked off Tuesday at Finn Valley in keeping with other regions of the county.The ultimate aim is to join the list of qualifiers on May 30th again back at the superb facilities in Stranorlar.Many stand out performances amongst the 400 plus participants representing 12 schools and it’s the same all over again on Day Two today, Wednesday, with a further 12 schools registering. We will have more pictures and results tonight. PICTURE SPECIAL: FINN AREA SCHOOLS ATHLETICS QUALIFIERS was last modified: May 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL: FINN AREA SCHOOLS ATHLETICS QUALIFIERSlast_img read more