News Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile The 30-month jail sentence that a La Paz court imposed on Rogelio Vicente Peláez Justiniano, the editor of the monthly Larga Vista, on 4 March on charges of defamation and “dissemination of insults” has highlighted the urgency of decriminalizing media offences in some countries of Latin America.Article 27 of Bolivia’s publishing law stipulates that these offences continue to be covered by the criminal code. Peláez could have chosen to be tried under the publishing law or the criminal code, each of which would have involved a different court. He chose the criminal code and now plans to appeal against his conviction.“The sentence is not final and could change,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But it poses a challenge to Bolivia’s legislators. The criminalization of media offences violates the American Convention on Human Rights, which Bolivia signed, and fosters censorship and self-censorship by journalists who cover matters of public interest, as in this case.“A jail sentence in a libel case is both wrong in principle and counter-productive in practice. It does nothing to correct or redress the information that has been reported or the opinions that have been expressed, and it just reflects badly on those who issue the sentence or give it their approval.”The case against Peláez was filed in October 2010 by Waldo Molina Gutiérrez, a lawyer repeatedly been accused by Larga Vista of “illicit enrichment” for demanding fees of more than 450,000 dollars for representing 285 people who had contributed to the formerly state-run State Employee Retirement Fund (FREP). A criminal court ruled in November 2008 that Molina could collect these excessive fees, which he received in July 2009. It was then that Larga Vista began covering the case.Peláez told Reporters Without Borders that the court that convicted him had made no attempt to shed light on the substance of the corruption allegations against Molina. A jail sentence in this kind of case is rare in Bolivia and, according to some local and national media, is unprecedented.Welcome decreeThe double murder of two Aymara-language journalists – Verónica Peñasco Layme and her brother, Victor Hugo Peñasco Layme – in La Paz on 25 February meanwhile continues to reverberate within the media and beyond. At least five street demonstrations have been staged in response to their murders, the motives of which are still unknown.Reporters Without Borders welcomes a government decree ordering the media to provide transport for their employees between home and work during the hours of 10 at night to 7 in the morning. According to the decree, which took effect on 29 February, media that fail to comply will be fined, with the amount of the fine being paid to the journalist concerned. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Organisation BoliviaAmericas Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom March 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 30-month jail term for editor in libel case brought by lawyer to go further Follow the news on Bolivia June 12, 2020 Find out more BoliviaAmericas Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment February 1, 2018 Find out more November 18, 2016 Find out more News News
PGNiG and Cheniere continue cooperation in LNG supplies. (Credit: PGNiG) Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has received another supply of U.S. liquefied natural gas from Cheniere, continuing the cooperation between the two companies to provide secure supplies of natural gas to Poland. Under the 2018 contract between both companies, starting from 2023 the annual LNG volume to be delivered by the US producer will increase to 1.95 bcm after regasification.On April 28th, 2020 the LNG carrier with the symbolic name “GasLog Warsaw” anchored at the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście, delivering approx. 70 thousand tons of LNG, which after regasification equals about 95 mcm of natural gas. This is the third supply from Cheniere under a long-term contract with PGNiG, and the second delivered this year under the contract. The cargo arrived from the Sabine Pass export terminal on the Gulf of Mexico.“Despite the current turmoil in the world related to the coronavirus pandemic, LNG supplies flow to Poland as planned and without any disruptions. In this respect, we can count on the reliability and timeliness of our contractors,” commented Jerzy Kwieciński, President of the PGNiG Management Board. “LNG import is one of the pillars of our country’s energy security, which we base on solid foundations of cooperation with our American partners among others. In the case of LNG from Cheniere, the supply volume will increase significantly from 2023, reaching about 1.95 bcm of natural gas annually,” added the PGNiG President.“Cheniere is pleased to continue to reliably deliver LNG to our customer PGNiG,” said Anatol Feygin, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Cheniere. “We are committed to the goal of providing a secure source of U.S. natural gas for Poland, now and in the future.”PGNiG and Cheniere Energy have been working together for several years. In June 2017, the first load of American liquefied gas in history arrived in Poland – a spot supply from Cheniere. At the end of 2018, both companies concluded a long-term LNG supply agreement, and the first cargo under this contract arrived in July 2019. In the meantime, PGNiG received a few spot supplies of LNG produced by Cheniere. The current delivery is the third under a long-term contract between PGNiG and Cheniere signed in 2018. The previous one arrived on April 1, 2020. According to the agreement, the volume of supplies covers a total of around 0.7 bcm in the entire period of 2019-2022, and throughout the period of 2023-2042 it will cover a total of approx. 39 bcm of natural gas after regasification, i.e. approx. 1.95 bcm after regasification annually. Source: Company Press Release Under the 2018 contract between both companies, starting from 2023 the annual LNG volume to be delivered by the US producer will increase to 1.95 bcm after regasification
Press Association In the build-up to Podolski’s first goal just before half-time, City striker Nikica Jelavic went down under Mikel Arteta’s challenge inside the Arsenal half. It looked a foul on first viewing and while replays were less conclusive, Bruce was furious no free-kick was given. “The first goal, you have to say, it’s a typical Arsenal goal,” he said. “Sometimes you hold your hand up and say it’s a real quality goal. “But the big turning point in the game, we’re talking about a refereeing decision again. “I think everybody in the ground expected a free-kick to be given, we didn’t get it and again, a bit of quality from Arsenal – it’s a terrific finish from Podolski – and after playing really well we’re 2-0 down at half-time.” The Tigers had chances before that, with strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long both threatening while Tottenham loanee Jake Livermore hit a post. Bruce said: “We had a real few chances, they really haven’t threatened our goal at all for 35 minutes, and then within seven minutes of half-time the game’s over. “(Long’s) was one where I don’t think he was expecting it to come to him, but we’ve had two or three. The keeper’s made a wonderful save from Jelavic, James Chester’s had a chance over the bar, Jake Livermore’s hit the post. “So we’ve had our opportunities and you hope you can take one. We haven’t and as I said, the first goal from Arsenal was a wonderful piece of football and then the second one, the whole game-changer for me, is that decision. “That’s wrong, that I’m talking about a referee’s decision.” Long was withdrawn at half-time and Bruce explained: “He’s got a whack to the back of his calf. He’ll be touch and go for the weekend, I would have thought.” Bruce also revealed forward Sone Aluko’s absence from the matchday squad was due to a hamstring injury. Hull started brightly at the KC Stadium but Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal a 31st-minute lead and Lukas Podolski’s double secured a 3-0 win for Wenger’s men. That ensured they would hold on to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League ahead of Everton and Wenger said: “It was a big win. Arsene Wenger praised a patient performance from his Arsenal side as they saw off Hull to remain on course for Champions League qualification. “The first half was very physical, played at a very high pace, our defenders needed to be very strong on crosses in the air. “We looked dangerous when we went into their half and took advantage of that. “In the second half, when we scored the third goal we controlled the game completely.” Ramsey’s goal capped an impressive first league start since Boxing Day for the Welshman, while Wenger was also able to recall Mesut Ozil for his first appearance since March 11 following hamstring trouble. And the manager said: “We were having problems scoring goals away from home and (Ramsey) and Ozil give us a cutting edge in the final third that makes us much more dangerous. “Ozil has always the timing of the pass, the incisiveness of his passing helps you turn quickly from defence to attack. “Football is down to quality of the players and you could see that today.” Opposite number Steve Bruce was encouraged by his side’s performance but bemoaned missed opportunities and what he saw as a game-changing decision by referee Jon Moss.
Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not know when striker Danny Welbeck will be back in contention, but hopes midfielder Aaron Ramsey can be fit to tackle Swansea on Monday night. Welbeck missed the win at Hull because of a knee problem, and has not trained since. Ramsey, meanwhile, suffered a heavy kick to his leg against the Tigers, where he scored in the 3-1 victory. “Every big club wants to win it, Arsenal is a big club and it is definitely a target for us all.” The former Newcastle defender added: “Of course it is not finished yet but so far, it is a good season. “We have picked up a lot of wins, a lot of good results. “I really hope we can carry on playing well until the end, and if we do we will say it was a good season.” Wenger confirmed: “Welbeck is doing better, but he is still not in training, he has missed now more than a week. “There is no major damage, but we have to see how it progresses over the next two or three days.” While Welbeck may not recover in time for Arsenal’s second successive Monday night kick-off, the prognosis on Ramsey is more positive. “From the Hull match we had Ramsey who took a big kick, he is getting slowly better. He could be back in training soon,” Wenger said on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com. Captain Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, is continuing his rehabilitation having been out since the end of November following a calf injury and then an ankle problem, but remains “short” for the Hull game, says Wenger, as does midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain following an inflamed groin. Full-back Matheiu Debuchy returned from three months out after shoulder surgery to play in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley, but has since picked up a hamstring problem. The France international is confident the Gunners can last the distance next season, having paid for a slow start to the campaign back in the Autumn but recovering to win 18 out of 22 games in all competitions since the turn of the year. “I am convinced that we will challenge for the title [next season],” Debuchy told Arsenal Player.