Mexican journalist seeking asylum still in detention at US border

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas Help by sharing this information News May 5, 2017 Mexican journalist seeking asylum still in detention at US border Mendez fled Guerrero after receiving death threats following an article he published exposing police misconduct. He hoped to find safety and refuge in the United States. Mendez has been in detention since February 5th, 2017. Yesterday RSF received an update from Mendez’s attorney, Carlos Spector, that ICE has for a second time denied his request to be released under parole on the grounds that Mendez “does not have substantial ties to the community.” On the contrary, Mendez has received an exceptional outpouring of support from the El Paso community, including from a local priest who has put his residence at Martin’s disposal should he be freed, as well as multiple community, journalism and press freedom organizations who have expressed grave concern over Martin’s detention, and have rallied behind his release. A harrowing letter from Mendez details the horrors of the detention center he is being held in. The following is an excerpt: “I have seen discrimination, abuse and humiliation from the very first day I set foot in this place. They transferred me to a detention center called West Texas Detention Facility located in the city of Sierra Blanca, Texas. In this place, I experienced the worst days of my life. It is known by the detainees as “el gallinero” (the henhouse) since the barracks resemble a stable for livestock or chickens, designed for approximately 60 people but currently housing more than 100 individuals, who are exposed to all kinds of diseases and who don’t have access to adequate medical attention. “The henhouse” of Sierra Blanca is small, with metal bunks, worn-out rubber mattresses, wooden floors, bathrooms with the walls covered in green and yellow mold, weeds everywhere and snakes and rats that come in the night. The guards look at the detainees with disgust on their faces and everything you say to them is ignored. There is very little food and all they tell you is that it is enough to survive. It is martyrdom to land in this place. Honestly, it is hell.”RSF calls on ICE to immediately free Mendez, who has been held without charge for almost 90 days.Mexico ranks 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The United States ranks 43rd. Mexico is now the deadliest country for journalists in the Western Hemisphere. The contact information for the officer who refused Mendez’s request for parole is below:Deputy Field Office Director Alfredo [email protected] contact Carlos Spector, Martin Mendez’s attorney, call 915-544-0441. Organisation United StatesMexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Exiled mediaImprisoned Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s decision by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to refuse parole for Martin Mendez Pineda, a journalist who has been detained for three months at the US border after legally seeking asylum from his home state of Guerrero, Mexico. Receive email alerts to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News RSF_en United StatesMexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Exiled mediaImprisoned 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reportslast_img read more

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Man falsely posing as an ETC representative

first_imgGreensburg, IN—In a new scam, a man is pretending to be an ETC representative and going door-to-door.A customer in the Greensburg area received a knock at her door from a man stating he and his crew were working in that area. The man stated they were working with ETC and Dish Network. The man was not in any type of uniform or logo apparel according to the customer.ETC advises that ETC does not have any ETC representatives or subcontracted representatives working with Dish Network or currently working in that area. If you encounter a similar situation they advise you to please use caution and/or contact your local authorities.last_img

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Lujan eliminated from state wrestling tournament

first_imgMiguel LujanSumner Newscow report — Wellington High School senior Miguel Lujan was eliminated from the Class 4A Wrestling Tournament in Salina. The Crusader, who went 1-1 on Friday, would open the day with a 4-2 decision victory over Andy Tope of Abilene in the consolation second round match this morning.That moved him to the consolation quarterfinals, where he was pinned by Samuel Christy of Spring Hill at 2:25. Lujan ends his season with a 39-13 record after going 2-2 in the tournamentFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down amw · 232 weeks ago Was sure fun following this guy the past couple of seasons. Thanks for representing wellington so well. Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 232 weeks ago Great season, Miguel! Wellington is proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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