RSF condemns the murder of Ecuadorean journalists by renegade Colombian rebels

first_img RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP Organisation EcuadorAmericasColombia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolenceHostages April 13, 2018 RSF condemns the murder of Ecuadorean journalists by renegade Colombian rebels News June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Americas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayscenter_img EcuadorAmericasColombia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolenceHostages 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the murder of two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver by the breakaway faction of Colombia’s FARC rebels that kidnapped them near the border between Ecuador and Colombia in late March, and calls for a transparent and exhaustive investigation by the authorities of both countries. Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has just confirmed the deaths of reporter Javier Ortega, photographer Paul Rivas and driver Efraín Segarra. Photos apparently showing the bodies of the three members of El Comercio, one of Ecuardor’s leading daily newspapers, emerged yesterday. They and their driver were abducted in Mataje, on 26 March, a locality in the northern province of Esmeraldas that is just a few kilometres from the border. They had gone to the border region to cover the clashes between government forces and armed groups that have been under way since January.“We condemn this appalling crime with the utmost firmness and we urge the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to provide a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding this murder, RSF deputy director-general Antoine Bernard said. The authorities of both countries have to conduct an independent investigation on the actions took during the last weeks in order to free the journalists. Responsibilities have to be established, and sanctioned if needed”.Many contradictory reports have circulated ever since their abduction was first reported. A communiqué signed by the breakaway FARC group, which was widely reproduced by media outlets and on social networks two days ago, claimed that they were killed in a military operation. An information that was firstly denied by both countries. They argued that the authenticity of the communiqué and the photos could not be verified earlier.Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno rushed back to Quito late yesterday from Lima, the capital of neighboring Peru, where a Summit of the America began today. On arrival, he said he was giving the abductors 12 hours to prove that the three hostages were still alive. “If not,” he added, “we will act with the utmost firmness (…) to punish these people who violate all human rights.”Ecuador is ranked 105th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Colombia is ranked 129th.last_img read more

3 fraud trends to watch for this holiday season

first_imgExpectations are high that holiday shopping will look quite different this year. Unfortunately, this uncertainty is allowing fraudsters to take advantage of consumers already on edge during a time of unprecedented change and upheaval.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-store shopping at brick and mortar stores will be significantly curtailed. Already, 30 percent of Americans plan to avoid in-store shopping as much as possible due to health concerns, according to Kount’s “The 2020 Holiday eCommerce Guide.” Recognizing the risks associated with hosting massive crowds of shoppers during a pandemic, major retailers, including Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Kohl’s, have all announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving this year. In any event, the holiday season is already well underway, after kicking off unofficially with a hugely successful Amazon Prime Day (October 13-14), and is expected to last much longer than usual. Home Depot, for example, has announced a two-month Black Friday shopping season extending from November 1 through the end of the year, with holiday pricing available throughout that period. Fraudsters Capitalize on UncertaintyWith the promise of an extended holiday season and a strong push toward online shopping, credit union executives should keep a wary eye on three concerning fraud trends:1. Account Takeovers. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, eCommerce account takeover fraud (ATO) rates have jumped by 378 percent. Among victims of such fraud, 41 percent reported that payment details were stolen and used to make purchases, 37 percent had money taken directly out of their accounts and 37 percent had reward points or credits stolen and used to buy goods or services, according to Sift’s “Q3 2020 Digital Trust & Safety Index.” Credit unions are clearly worried, as evidenced by the 46 percent of surveyed participants in CO-OP Financial Services’ October 8 FraudBuzz webinar who responded they were most concerned with ATO this holiday season.2. Curbside Pickup. Another rising area of fraud targets “Buy Online, Pickup in Store,” or BOPIS. Retailers are increasingly offering curbside pickup. Criminals have identified this channel as a point of weakness, recognizing it as a new channel with loose in-person authentication protocols. 3. eGift Cards. The third area of risk expected to rise this holiday season is eGift card fraud. This is nothing new — fraudsters have long targeted gift cards due to their anonymity and difficulty in being traced, and each year scammers steal $950 million through this channel, according to Kount. Common methods include purchasing gift cards with stolen payment data or asking for return credit in form of a gift card instead of cash or exchange. Some of the bolder schemes have used account takeovers to buy gift cards in bulk or involved the hacking of merchant POS systems to steal batches of gift card numbers.How to Keep Your Members SafeOf course, consumers are not powerless while shopping in-store or online, and your credit union has an important role to play in helping your members protect themselves.Talk to your members about common-sense online security to help protect against ATO fraud, which starts with using unique, strong passwords across their various online shopping sites. Also encourage them to use multi-factor authentication when available on eCommerce sites. It requires an extra step before checking out, but offers an extra layer of protection, because a fraudster is unlikely to possess both the consumer’s passwords and their smart phone or another device.Lastly, urge your members to sign up for a password management system, which can protect all their unique codes and allow them to be used across various shopping websites securely and conveniently.It’s been an unusual year, to put it mildly. But your credit union can do its part to keep the Grinches at bay and help ensure the holiday spirit stays alive this shopping season. 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ashley Town Ashely Town is Director of Fraud Services for CO-OP Financial Services (, a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. She can be reached at ashley…. Web: Details This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

Ballybacka the Queen at Cork

first_img The young son of trainer Aidan O’Brien brought Pat Fahy’s four-year-old to gain a head verdict over Shadagann, with Ger Lyons’ pair of Unsinkable and Unrequited filling the next two places. Fahy said: “Anybody could see she was extremely unlucky at the Curragh last time. Ballybacka Queen (10-1) got up close home under 7lb claimer Donnacha O’Brien to snatch the Cork Derby (Handicap). “I was really worried about the ground today, and walked every bit of it. I left it up to Donnacha to mind her if she didn’t travel on it. “She will probably go for another handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend and we’ll claim the 7lb again. We can go back for a Listed or Group race after that.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more