Venezuelan journalists work with risks to their physical integrity and freedom

The Free Expression Civil Association demanded the cessation of attacks and persecution against communication professionals

The Civil Association Free Expression, Journalists for Peace and Democracy, recognized this June 27, National Journalist Day, the work of communication professionals in the midst of the great difficulties they are experiencing in the country today.

They assured that journalists jeopardize their physical integrity and their own freedom to keep the Venezuelan community duly informed.

The organization indicated that it is time to demand, from those who exercise state control, that they respect the rights to freedom of expression and information and to the exercise of professional information work, guarantees that have been severely and with impunity violated during the last twenty years.

They stressed that it is vital for the country to get out of the crisis, which will allow journalists to properly report on the exact dimension of the problems, help with their informative and investigative work, and provide society with possible ways of solving a problem. ..

“We have witnessed the gradual dismantling of the vigorous network of print and audiovisual media in the private sector that Venezuela had until the end of the 20th century. The destruction of the national economy makes survival of the media difficult. Thousands of jobs have disappeared, wages have vanished and collective contracts have disappeared, some of them more than 60 years old, “said a press release from the association.

Deputies congratulated journalists in their day: «Thank you for being the most difficult obstacle that tyranny has had»

Free Expression stressed that in order for journalists and the media to be able to fully carry out their information work, it is necessary to guarantee access to sources of public information and that discriminatory practices against independent media and in favor of official media also cease. .

They underscored the importance of ending physical attacks on journalists, from which not even female reporters escape.

“Arrests, intimidating judicial measures, the destruction and theft of work teams, or physical and verbal aggressions for the simple fact of covering the most visible aspects of the national crisis and the multiple citizen protests they generate are constant. . These affectations occur in hundreds each year and there have been thousands during these two decades of the political model inaugurated in 1999, “the statement said.

Regarding the state media, they reiterated that they only offer the population a one-way speech of propaganda and proselytizing.

“This June 27, Expresión Libre finally expresses its solidarity, support and admiration for Venezuelan journalists who, despite these difficulties, carry out their work with suitability and great merit, as evidenced by the important awards that they have deserved abroad,” they pointed out.

Heads of US scientific agency they violated integrity to give reason to Trump

The political heads of the scientific agency of the United States Government – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – violated the entity’s integrity to agree with President Donald Trump.

An external investigation, compiled by The Washington Post, reached this conclusion on a statement that NOAA published contradicting its meteorologists and giving reason to Trump on the path that Hurricane Dorian was going to take when arriving in the United States last September .

Trump had displayed a manipulated map from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Dorian’s trajectory to defend his theory that the storm came to threaten the state of Alabama, something the president had insisted on.

NOAA’s branch of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama quickly contradicted Trump, stating that state “will NOT suffer any Dorian-related impact.”

“(Dorian’s) system is too far east” and its pace “will not be felt in Alabama,” stressed the NWS.

However, days later, NOAA released a statement defending that Dorian had indeed threatened the state of Alabama, leading to the external investigation commissioned by the National Academy of Public Administration, an organization dedicated to promoting good practice in government.

This investigation has concluded that both acting NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs and then-director of communications and chief of staff Julie Kay Roberts violated the entity’s scientific integrity, in which political interference is prohibited.

The investigation, however, does not propose sanctions for these officials.

The powerful category 5 hurricane – the maximum – Dorian, which reached winds of up to 295 kilometers per hour, devastated the Bahamas before its arrival in the United States, causing the death of more than 70 people and the disappearance of about 300 in the archipelago.

The Court declares that Emersan “violates the right to physical integrity” of its staff

The sentence, as reported by CGT, condemns the company to be responsible for the washing and disinfection of work clothes and EPIS

The Salamanca Court “again agrees with CGT and declares that Emersan violates the right to physical integrity of its workers, as reported by the union.

At first, CGT explains, in a car in April he estimated the precautionary measures. Now, in a judgment, the Court «ruling that the right to physical integrity of movement personnel from the province of Salamanca who have been in contact with patients suffering from covid-19 for not fulfilling the obligation to washing and disinfecting work clothes “.

As the sentence dictates in its ruling, the union reports, “condemns the Emersan company to cease such violation and be responsible for the washing, decontamination and, if necessary, destruction of work clothes and protective equipment staff of your movement staff from Salamanca who carry out the transfer of patients with covid-19, without in any case being the workers who must take the clothes to their home for this purpose, and must set up a collection and return system in the work center (bases in which the service is provided), of the work clothes of the staff ».

The ruling partially recognizes CGT’s claims, so this union “will continue to claim all those issues that it considers unfair for the proper development of the service”, and affirms that “if the company decides to appeal said ruling, showing how little it Its workers are interested, CGT is willing to reach the necessary instances and that it considers appropriate so that the health and safety of the workers is safeguarded ”.

In addition, the CGT union ask the Board to “take note of the practices of the companies to which they award essential services such as medical transport” and requires “the surveillance of these concessionaires so that they do not continue to be sources of virus contagion of the covid19 ».

The Basque Government is condemned for “violating the right to physical integrity” of the Ertzaintza agents

They condemn the Basque Government for “violating the right to physical integrity” of the Ertzaintza agents

The TSJPV says that it omitted “totally or partially” labor protection measures against the covid and that conduct created “a serious danger to health.” Very serious for the Basque Government
The Social Chamber of the TSJPV has partially estimated a lawsuit filed by the ErNE union and condemns the Basque Government for “violating the right to physical integrity” of the Ertzaintza agents for having “totally or partially omitted the labor protection measures ”That were“ required ”due to the pandemic generated by the covid-19.

In the lawsuit filed by ErNE, the union requested that the fundamental right to physical integrity and health of the Ertzaintza officials be declared violated “as the necessary preventive measures have not been applied” to preserve the right to integrity and Agents’ right to health since the state of alarm was decreed.

The ruling of the judgment ensures that the Basque Government “violates the fundamental right” of the Ertzaintza civil servants to integrity, in its exclusively physical aspect.

The TSJPV makes this consideration when estimating that the Executive has “totally or partially omitted the labor protection measures” that were “required” due to the pandemic generated by covid-19.

Therefore, it condemns him to carry out the omitted actions and that, at the time of the oral hearing, they were specified “in the need to provide all agents with the means of protection consisting of masks, glasses, disposable gloves, divers and infectious waste containers ”.

The judgment, against which there is an ordinary appeal, rejects other requests made by ErNE, such as those relating to the disinfection of rooms and vehicles because it has been carried out from the beginning.

The TSJPV, after analyzing the different measures adopted, determines the “infraction” of the Basque Government in matters of occupational risk prevention and considers that the autonomous Executive “has violated the right to physical integrity of the personnel who are part of the Ertzaintza”.

In his opinion, “his actions, or rather his omission during a certain period” has been a “significant risk that the injury may occur” and “has created a serious and certain danger to the health of the officials affected for this lawsuit ”.

However, the TSJPV recognizes that there are circumstances that “temper the significance of their inactivity” such as, for example, that this situation was “difficult to foresee”, at first, especially in relation to the “so negative” effects . “But, once they are known, to a greater or lesser degree, there is a clear setback in reacting quickly and effectively,” he added.