SpainEurope – Central Asia The Spanish police forcibly expelled the Moroccan news agency MAP’s correspondent from a public conference in Madrid on the status of Western Sahara. Reporters Without Borders objects to the use of such repressive methods against a foreign journalist. June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive April 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spanish police bar Moroccan journalist from public conference on Western Sahara Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation News to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the action of the Spanish police in forcibly expelling Said Ida Hassan, the correspondent of the Moroccan state news agency MAP, from a public conference at the Ateneo cultural centre in Madrid on 21 April on the future of Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.Hassan and around 10 Sahrawi activists were stopped by security guards and plain-clothes police who were checking people as they arrived. The police escorted them to a spot about 100 metres from the building. When Hassan showed the police his press card, they said he was “not welcome” and checked his ID papers, he told Reporters Without Borders.“We fail to understand why the Spanish police refused to let a properly-accredited journalist attend a public conference,” Reporters Without Borders said. Treating a foreign correspondent like this is unacceptable and should not be repeated. Those in charge of the Ateneo and the Spanish authorities should explain this undemocratic behaviour.”Sahrawi activist Dahi Agaui claimed that Hassan’s exclusion was part of Spanish efforts to hide the truth about atrocities by the Polisario Front, an armed separatist group that wants independence for Western Sahara. Agaui heads an association of victims of Polisario Front violence.The Ateneo refused to make an comment, although approached several times by Reporters Without Borders.The National Union of the Moroccan Press (SNMP) has written a letter of protest to the Spanish government accusing the authorities of discriminating against Moroccan journalists. News RSF_en SpainEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Follow the news on Spain
Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon) and Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) will star in the new musical Himself and Nora off-Broadway. Directed by Michael Bush, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, the production is scheduled to begin performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre on May 14. Opening night is set for June 6.It was one of the world’s great romances. She was the country girl from Galway whose burning sexuality and acerbic wit inspired the genius of James Joyce (Bogart). Himself and Nora is a musical that reveals the private life of one of modern literature’s most controversial figures and illustrates the untold story of Joyce’s lifelong love and muse Nora (Bashor).The production will feature choreography by Kelli Barclay, set design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Keith Caggiano. View Comments Matt Bogart & Whitney Bashor
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo April 02, 2019 In light of the serious crisis in Venezuela, the Argentine government announced the creation of the Management Unit to Support Venezuela’s Reconstruction, February 14. The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship said in a press release that the unit’s mission would be to assist with humanitarian aid to meet the needs of the Venezuelan people. “The unit will gather and systematize information on humanitarian needs in the country, as well as on infrastructure needs and requirements and institutional strengthening,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship stated. “It will coordinate the receipt, management, and shipment of donations and other humanitarian aid.” The new unit has the support of the White Helmets Commission, a humanitarian civil organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. Its mission will also be to facilitate the participation of Argentine entities—private and academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations, among others—in various activities such as cooperation initiatives, human rights assistance, and education. Coordinating humanitarian aid On March 4, members of the White Helmet Commission, joined by Elisa Trotta Gamus, Venezuela’s diplomatic representative in Argentina appointed by Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, started training volunteers who will form the unit. The first training sessions took place at the Argentine Navy’s Buenos Aires Quartermaster Naval premises. “We are the ones responsible for coordinating humanitarian assistance in this unit,” said Alejandro Daneri, president of the White Helmets Commission, who highlighted the Argentine Navy’s support in training volunteers. “There is ongoing support to carry out this joint task.” The volunteers, Venezuelan nationals who immigrated to Argentina to escape the crisis in their country, learned how to receive donations and manage warehouses that store supplies, among other tasks. They will collect and sort food, medicines, and other basic supplies, such as pasta, sugar, powdered drinks, soap, toothpaste, and towels, among others, that will be sent as humanitarian assistance. “Our experts trained Venezuelans living in Argentina to manage and store donated supplies in warehouses, which will be sent to Cúcuta [on the Colombian-Venezuelan border],” Daneri said. “Humanitarian assistance is the most important [factor] in the Venezuela issue. People are having a very hard time.” The Argentine government estimates that more than 130,000 Venezuelans who were forced to leave the country are currently living in Argentina. According to the Organization of American States, there are more than 3 million Venezuelan refugees in Latin America—more than 1 million in Colombia alone—and the number could grow to more than 5 million by late 2019. In June 2018, a group of White Helmets traveled to Colombia to provide medical care to Venezuelans in Cúcuta, such as general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and psychology, as well as lab tests, diagnostic imaging, and medications. The six-month mission assisted thousands of Venezuelans, giving priority to women of childbearing age and children under 17. Daneri also highlighted the participation of White Helmets members in the humanitarian mission of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise mission, conducted from October to December 2018. The Argentine volunteers provided medical assistance to underprivileged communities from Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, as well as to Venezuelans who fled the crisis in their country. “Participating in that mission was a great experience, and it shows the cooperation and good relationship between the White Helmets and the United States,” Daneri said. Support for Juan Guaidó With the creation of the unit, the Argentine government reaffirms its backing for Guaidó’s roadmap, which emphasizes taking peaceful action, authorizing the entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela, and reaching out to the Venezuelan military to restore the constitutional order with their support. Days after the announcement, on February 23, Maduro’s government blocked the entry of basic supplies that were part of the international assistance on the borders that Venezuela shares with Colombia and Brazil. The Lima Group, along with the United States, condemned Maduro’s actions, the violence that took place, and the blockage of tons of humanitarian supplies. Leaders of the Lima Group, which includes Argentina, issued a press release on February 25 urging the Venezuelan military to recognize Guaidó as their commander in chief and to “stop serving as instruments of Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate regime.” On March 1, Argentine President Mauricio Macri hosted Guaidó in Buenos Aires, as part of Guaidó’s tour to strengthen support against Maduro’s regime. The leaders discussed how to organize the democratic transition in Venezuela and humanitarian assistance, among other topics. “Argentina welcomed many Venezuelans, and we are grateful for this grand gesture toward our fellow citizens,” Guaidó said during a press conference. “This is the start of a new stage for Venezuelan-Argentine relations. A relationship based on fundamental values, not on the interests of a few people.” On Twitter, Macri again condemned Maduro’s actions and confirmed Argentina’s support for the Venezuelan people. “The situation Venezuelans are going through is critical. Argentina will support all efforts to reconstruct Venezuelan democracy and restore decent living conditions for all Venezuelan citizens,” he said.