Reporter threatened after helping to dismantle Hong Kong ring

first_img Hong KongAsia – Pacific A self-styled “truth seeker” based in Slovakia who edits the online newspaper “La Voce,” Papaleo specializes in investigating organized crime and has already worked on several stories involving corruption and international trafficking.Using his own name, he set about acquiring the reputation of a corrupt, alcoholic and drug-taking journalist in 2010 and 2011 in order to increase his appeal to the criminal circles he wanted to infiltrate. His latest investigation, begun in 2012, led to the arrests and trial of several suspects. It also resulted in death threats against Papaleo and a lack of interest on the part of the police in the European countries concerned.“After risking his life to do investigative reporting, Papaleo is being rewarded by death threats from the criminal underworld and the indifference of many European officials who have been alerted to the situation,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“The Slovakian and Italian authorities must get involved and must help a citizen who has rendered a service of public interest. Concrete measures must be taken to protect Papaleo so that he can recover a normal life after exposing himself to great danger for more than two years.”In 2012, Papaleo started establishing contact with Czech and Slovak criminals involved in money-laundering in Hong Kong and Dubai, who decided to use him as the frontman of an operation to launder millions of euros involving the creation of two shell companies and many bank accounts.After travelling to Hong Kong to open two bank accounts for this purpose, he tried to report what he had learned to the Czech and Slovak authorities, and to Interpol, on his return but they showed little interest.So Papaleo went back to Hong Kong and reported his findings to the Special Bureau for Narcotic and Financial Crimes, which took him seriously and began an investigation. After the Hong Kong police arrested the head of the ring in May 2013, Papaleo received several death threats. Since then, the Hong Kong police have been asking the European authorities in vain to provide him with protection.As a result of the complete lack of support from the European authorities, Papaleo went into hiding after testifying at the trial in Hong Kong last month.Papaleo’s financial situation is also poor because he has earned little from the story although it enabled the Hong Kong authorities to bring down a ring that was laundering a great deal of money. The care he took to always act legally makes the lack of both protection and recognition all the more shocking. Follow the news on Hong Kong Reporters Without Borders urges the relevant authorities to protect Antonio Papaleo, an Italian journalist who is being threatened after infiltrating the criminal underworld to investigate money laundering between Prague and Hong Kong. to go further RSF_en News In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television Help by sharing this information News May 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Hong KongAsia – Pacific May 28, 2021 Find out more June 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter threatened after helping to dismantle Hong Kong ring Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Organisation News News April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

‘A period of heightened threat’: How law enforcement is responding to attacks on houses of worship

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) — In a little over a month, there have been at least five attacks on houses of worship of three different faiths across the U.S., capped off with the deadly shooting at a California synagogue this weekend.On March 24, a little over a week after the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, there was a fire at a mosque in Escondido, California.Two days later, the first of three historically black churches was burned in Louisiana. Two more fires tied to the same suspect happened the following week.On April 17, two days after a fire burned the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the cause of which is still being determined, a man was arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two gasoline canisters, two bottles of lighter fluid and butane lighters.Deadly bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter prompted a visible increase in police presence in front of churches in major American cities like New York.Finally, on April 27, there was a deadly shooting at a synagogue in a suburb of San Diego.“The reality is we are in a period of heightened threat,” said John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security and current ABC News contributor.“We are experiencing an increase in targeted attacks against people and places associated with religious worship and beliefs. That said, the FBI and state and local law enforcement are very aware of the threat and are working aggressively to address it,” Cohen said.The latest attack, where one woman was fatally shot and others were injured inside a Poway synagogue near San Diego, has led to increased security efforts across the country.In Chicago and Los Angeles, police spokespeople have confirmed that officers are doing more patrols and increasing their visibility around synagogues and other religious institutions in the wake of Saturday’s shooting.The same is true in the New York City area, which has more Jewish residents than in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv combined, according to multiple population reports. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he was directing state police to “increase their security presence at synagogues and houses of worship.”“We must come together during this troubling time to root out hate in all its forms and show the nation we will never be divided by these despicable acts of violence,” Cuomo said in a statement.Cohen said there are three ways that law enforcement can help secure houses of worship: outreach to local religious leaders, increased physical security and visible deterrents and covert surveillance like undercover officers.“This is a concern that has been elevated for some time. They have been tracking the increase in targeted acts of violence and hate crimes directed at both faith-based facilities as well as individuals because of their faith,” Cohen said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sabahn Quaye: ‘Any idiot’ can coach Hearts of Oak

first_imgBlack Stars team manager and currently the operations manager of Hearts of Oak,Sabahn Quaye believes ‘any idiot’ can coach the Ghanaian giants because the structures in the club are already set up for success.The Phobians are struggling to name a permanent coach to replaceMohammed Polo which has left them without a trainer since the start of their pre-season training.Talks with ex-Dwarfs coach Prof Mintah to take over the side fell through while Herbert Addo is refusing to accept the offer tabled by the Accra-based giants.Despite the absence of coaches since the start of the pre-season last week, Quaye says the team is working well because the structures for success are already up and running at the club.“Excuse my language, any idiot can coach Hearts of Oak, provided the system is working well with discipline in the team,” Quaye told Kumasi-based Metro FM.“If God says it is Herbert Addo, who should take over as coach of Hearts of Oak, so be it and if he says no, so be it. “All the technical team members from Steve Bugri to me are experienced and if it is Herbert Addo who would be appointed as coach, he is also experienced.“The head coach, although not named officially, has been working hand in hand with Steve Bugri, the assistant coach and is expected to join us next week.”Hearts are secretly embarking on a massive recruitment drive to augment the squad to the challenges ahead.last_img read more