Public TV station’s decision to pull talk show sparks more controversy

first_img News July 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public TV station’s decision to pull talk show sparks more controversy Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the decision by public TV station Canal 7 to suddenly withdraw the morning talk show ‘Desayuno’ (Breakfast) from its programming on 7 July.This is the second time a state-owned broadcaster has suddenly yanked a programme since the start of the year. Follow the news on Argentina ArgentinaAmericas Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en to go further November 19, 2020 Find out more News July 6, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Reporters Without Borders voiced surprise today at the decision by public TV station Canal 7 to suddenly withdraw the morning talk show ‘Desayuno’ (Breakfast) from its programming on 7 July, saying it feared the move could be linked to the current tension between the media and President Néstor Kirchner’s government.“This is the second time a state-owned broadcaster has suddenly yanked a programme since the start of the year, while state advertising is being assigned in an arbitrary fashion, to reward or punish journalists,” the press freedom organisation said.“Without prejudging the reasons for the withdrawal of ‘Desayuno,’ we have to recognise that it comes at a time when press freedom has suffered a setback in Argentine,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Instead of letting the situation continue to deteriorate, the government should enter into a dialogue with the media.”Hosted by Victor Hugo Morales, an Uruguayan journalist known for his irreverence, ‘Desayuno’ was broadcast for the last time on 7 July, ending a seven-year run. “I was told 10 days ago the show would stop, but I was assured that we could go on until the end of August,” the show’s executive producer, Eduardo Metzger, told Reporters Without Borders. Metzger finally got a call on the night of 7 July saying that morning’s show had been the last.The order came from Néstor Piccone, who took over as programme coordinator after journalist Rosario Lufrano was appointed as the new head of Canal 7 on 23 May. “We analysed all the programming after our arrival and we decided this show was stale,” Piccone told the daily newspaper Clarín. “What’s more, it is a current affairs programme, and we already have one,” he added.Metzger and Morales doubt this was the real reason. “The new management wanted to influence the show’s editorial line, but we had an independent attitude and that obviously upset them,” Metzger said. Morales added: “I have the feeling I was of no use to the management’s goals, and I take that as a complement. The government clearly has no time for anything to do with press freedom.” He turned down Canal 7’s alternative job offer.The atmosphere at Canal 7 has been very tense since the new management’s arrival and the firing of Marcela Pacheco as presenter of the evening news programme on 6 June after she openly criticised a gathering President Kirchner had organised on the third anniversary of his inauguration on 25 May, which is also the national holiday.Kirchner and his wife, Sen. Cristína Fernández de Kirchner, reiterated their criticism of the press during independence day celebrations on 9 July. The president lambasted the daily La Nación for colluding with the 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The journalists who cover parliament were described as “ignoramuses” and “dimwits” by the first lady. Presidential chief of staff Ánibal Fernández urged the press to conduct a “self-criticism.”Three Argentine current affairs programmes suffered the same fate as ‘Desayuno’ during the first half of this year. The privately-owned radio station Lu 12 Radio Río Gallegos in the southern province of Santa Cruz stopped its programme ‘Séptimo Día’ on 3 May under pressure from the province’s deputy governor, who threatened to withdraw lucrative state advertising.Similar pressure seems to have been behind the decision of local TV station 5 ATS in the northern province of Tucumán to withdraw its programme ‘Periodismo de Verdad’ in March. And José “Pepe” Eliaschev learned on 30 December 2005 that the programme ‘Esto que pasa’ that he hosted on state-owned Radio Nacional, which was very critical of the current government, would not continue in 2006 “on orders from above.” Reporters Without Borders wrote at the time to the president’s chief of staff about this decision, but got no reply. December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

END OF DUTY: Thousands honor late Midland sheriff

first_img Twitter Previous articleWest Texas educator set for Harvard programNext articleoat051519 Antonio Branco.jpg Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Local News Facebook Facebook Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Gary Painter’s wife Patsy Painter leans over the casket to give her husband a last kiss. Mourners from across the state gathered at the Midland County Horseshoe Arena Thursday to honor the legacy of service left by Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter, who was called an icon in law enforcement. Sheriff Painter, 72, served 34 years in office in Midland County and had plans of running for reelection. He was found unresponsive early Sunday morning at his home, which led to an outpouring of condolences from residents and other law enforcement officials for his family and the community in the wake of his loss. Painter grew up in the farming community of Edmondson in Hale County. He was raised on a cotton and grain farm and graduated from Plainview High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1966 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the first tour in the DMZ and the second outside of Danang. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Ribbon with six devices. He also earned the Presidential Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He would enter law enforcement in 1970 with the Department of Public Safety and later work at both Culberson County Sheriff’s Department and then the Presidio Sheriff’s Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Sul Ross State University in police administration and joined the Midland County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. Midland Police Chief Seth Herman said his time employed at MCSO was life changing. “I met a man who was not only a law enforcement legend, but was kind, compassionate, direct, honest, courageous, selfless and believed wholeheartedly in doing nothing more than serving the citizens of this county and the men and women who serve his department,” Herman said. The police chief went on to say that Painter was one of his greatest influences, next to his father. Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe echoed sentiments expressed at the funeral about Painter’s willingness to mentor others and said working as a deputy under Painter’s leadership in Midland for seven years gave him the tools to be successful in his role today. “There’s many things I still utilize to this day that I learned from him like how to work with people, how to inspire and motivate,” he said. Painter was elected president of the Western State Sheriff’s Association this year and previously held the title of president of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas. Rowe said Painter was a pillar in the community, but “his reach is well beyond the county line here in Midland, Texas.” Victoria Chief Deputy Roy Boyd drove about seven hours with fellow lawmen to pay respects to the late sheriff. “For us, it’s just extremely important to make sure to show up and honor the service that he provided and the legacy that he’s left behind,” Boyd said. “He was somebody that everybody looked up to, someone who was respected greatly.” Midland County resident Kaitlin Merriam attended the funeral along with about 2,000 others on Thursday while her family watched the live-streamed broadcast of the ceremony at home. “I’m just speechless right now…honestly I’m numb,” she said. Merriam said her family had been close to the sheriff even before they moved out to the county in 2001. She said his wife, Patsy Painter, was the secretary at her elementary school and both families shared the same local place of worship. “Our families have been connected through it all,” she said. Merriam said one time she had run away from home and a former deputy was dispatched to the area. The deputy had requested backup and “Gary showed up and told me to get my act together.” Boyd said it was not uncommon for Painter to take someone under his wing and take care of that person. Midland County Judge Terry Johnson said Painter had the heart of a servant and shared a memory of the sheriff’s heroism during an incident on Nov. 15, 2012, after a train hit a parade float carrying veterans and their families. “The burning image that I’ll take to my grave is a mountain of an iconic lawman standing in the middle of all that chaos doing what needed to be done,” Johnson said. The judge thanked Patsy Painter during the service for holding down the fort while “he took care of the rest of us.” “Rest easy Sheriff Gary Painter, we’ll take it from here,” he said. WhatsApp END OF DUTY: Thousands honor late Midland sherifflast_img read more