News Americas Organisation October 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Americas RSF_en News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more The United States rose twelve places to 36th position. The release of Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj after six years in the Guantanamo Bay military base contributed to this improvement. Although the absence of a federal “shield law” means the confidentiality of sources is still threatened by federal courts, the number of journalists being subpoenaed or forced to reveal their sources has declined in recent months and none has been sent to prison. But the August 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in Oakland, California, is still unpunished a year later. The way the investigation into his murder has become enmeshed in local conflicts of interest and the lack of federal judicial intervention also help to explain why the United States did not get a higher ranking. Account was also taken of the many arrests of journalists during the Democratic and Republican conventions.The index’s most spectacular fall is Bolivia (115th), which plummeted 47 places. Its institutional and political crisis has exacerbated the polarisation between state and privately-owned media and exposed journalists to violence because of their presumed links with the government or opposition. One state media employee was killed. Unlike Hugo Chávez’s government in Venezuela (113rd), Evo Morales’ government has tried to defuse the media war by repeatedly offering to talk with the opposition.Peru (108th) still leads the way as regards the number of physical attacks on journalists, but the level of violence continues to be greater in Colombia (126th) and Mexico (140th), where armed groups and drug traffickers threaten the media’s survival in some areas. While the number of journalists killed in these two countries has fallen, more are fleeing into exile. There have been signs of opening by Raúl Castro’s government in Cuba (last in the Americas at 169th), but they have not changed the human rights situation. Twenty-three dissident journalists are still in prison and press freedom is still non-existent.Jamaica (21st) and Trinidad and Tobago (27th) are joined in the top 30 this year by Surinam (26th), which has been included in the index for the first time, as has Guyana (88th). The latter’s low position is due to tension between President Bharrat Jagdeo’s government and the press, and to the state’s monopoly of radio broadcasting. Haiti (73rd) continues to rise slowly and Argentina (68th) has also improved, but Brazil (82nd) has barely shifted because of several serious cases of violence against the press. June 7, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News Americas Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Americas June 3, 2021 Find out more
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Fruits of Calvary Assembly of God Church at Wismar, Linden hosted a health fair which saw residents accessing free medical services.Among the services offered were medical advice from a doctor on site, eye tests, HIV, blood sugar and pressure testing, nutritional advice from the Food Policy Division, a blood drive, and dental check-ups.According to Senior Pastor Walter Lewis, this was just one of the church’s activities to celebrate its Jubilee Year.“So many people are inflicted with all kinds of aches, all kinds of conditions medically, and some of them are not even aware of some things that might be affecting them; and so we thought if we can do something like this, at least we can sensitise some people about some things that might be affecting them.At least they can be able to take further steps in terms of getting treatment. So we decided we could have them here at our location. So we have asked the hospital and relevant medical institutions to come on board with us”, he explained.Reports are that more than two persons were immediately taken to the hospital via ambulance after it was discovered that their condition needed emergency care.The Linden community has continuously benefited from health fairs and outreaches, and more than often feedback indicated that high blood pressure and glucose levels are alarming.As such, the Food Policy Division has offered advice on how to maintain health levels. Several persons also took the opportunity to donate blood to the blood bank at the event.