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

Sentenced to nine months on burglary charge

first_imgHAVING been earlier refused bail, a Limerickman appeared at the District Court in connection with an alleged burglary matter after he was arrested on foot of a separate bench warrant issued by the Criminal Courts of Justice at Cloverhill.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Charges of the theft of a mobile phone at Abrakebabra restaurant on O’Connell Street, on July 13, were also before the court, where it is alleged that the accused, Lee McNamara, approached the counter and stole the phone, valued at €450, after he allegedly forced open the door at 9am, while cleaning staff were working inside.On July 16 last, Gardai attended the reports of a break-in at Johnsgate Village where the defendant was spotted exiting a premises through a broken window.McNamara, aged 23, and described in court as “homeless,” was arrested by gardai and made admissions to bwweing on the premises. No property was stolen in the incident.A third charge relating to public order offences was also before the court where it was given in evidence that on June 17 last, the accused was intoxicated on Cruises Street, and was stopping members of the public asking for cigarettes. McNamara had 17 previous convictions and received an eight month prison sentence in January for Road Traffic Offences, and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and associated charges.In mitigation for the accused, Sarah Ryan solicitor, said that her client was taking shelter from bad weather when he was seen at the address in Johnsgate and was of the belief that it was a simple trespassing charge of the unoccupied house.It was also added that the McNamara was in fact homeless, and that the address given was a family home that he did not reside at. McNamara, who was in custody since the previous Sunday, entered an early plea.Judge Eamon O’Brien jailed him for nine months. Previous articleLimerick lose bravely in Croke ParkNext articleCharges struck out against father and daughter admin Facebook Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsSentenced to nine months on burglary chargeBy admin – August 2, 2011 691 last_img read more

U.S. Farm Exports Basking

first_imgThe rest of the economy may fuss about export deficits or celebrate small successes.Farm exports, though, are basking in the big win: the 36th year of surpluses and a 10percent increase in international sales.A U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate puts the ag export dollar value at $60billion in 1996, more than double since 1985.”We are the world’s largest exporter of farm products,” said Bill Mizelle, aneconomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We account for 23percent of all agricultural trade in the world.”Agriculture depends on those export dollars for 23 percent of its gross cash receipts.”For the overall economy, exports account for 11 percent of sales,” Mizellesaid. “So agriculture is twice as dependent on exports as the rest of theeconomy.”The No. 1 buyer is Japan, which spent $10 billion on U.S. farm products last year.Sales broke records in other Asian markets, including Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.In fact, China became agriculture’s biggest growth market, Mizelle said. Sales leaped175 percent to $2.4 billion.”We are the most competitive nation in the world in agricultural products,”Mizelle said. “We export things we’re good at (like cotton, peanuts and grains). Andwe bring in coffee, bananas and other items.”Many of our farm imports are either products we don’t grow or they’re grown whenwe’re not in season,” he said. “Trade helps improve the standard of living ofthe overall population. As incomes increase, people can buy even more.”The overall picture is positive. But markets for some crops fluctuate. The EconomicResearch Service figures Florida’s fresh winter vegetable market dropped from 57 percentin 1991-92 to 36 percent a year ago.”>Imports of horticultural products from Mexico are certainly up,” Mizellesaid. “But it’s not directly related to any increased production for exports (onMexico’s part).”When the peso was devalued, the Mexican domestic economy collapsed, so consumerdemand was reduced,” he said. “So our products, which normally would have goneto them, didn’t get sold. And their products, which would have been sold there, wereshipped to us.”We’ve had problems with spring freezes, too,” he said. “So Mexico hastaken advantage of our market, which added insult to injury for Florida.”Georgia agriculture depends on the export market, too. Although they don’t have exactfigures, Extension economists said many Georgia farm products are streaming out of theports of Savannah and Mobile.Extension economist Don Shurley said Georgia’s giant cotton crop goes worldwide. Lastyear Georgia grew 2 million bales, 10 percent of the U.S. crop.”Nationally we exported 9.4 million bales of the ’94 crop,”Shurley said.”That was 48 percent of the crop. This year, USDA’s latest projections are that ourexports will be 7.4 million bales. That’s down 2 million bales from last year. But it’sstill 41 percent of our total crop.”The dip in sales is attributed to a rise in world production, including in China, whichlowered imports of U.S. cotton.”Many people expect export figures for cotton to be higher than the USDA’sestimate,” Shurley said. “China has been a buyer in recent weeks. We’ve gotcommitments for almost 8 million bales, so it’s possible we’ll do better than thatestimate.”George Shumaker, an Extension economist in grains, said wheat exports for the ’95 cropare strong. He predicts they’ll stay strong for the ’96 crop. Soybean exports are strong,too, with estimates slightly up from last year.”What’s surprising is currently soybeans are worth about $1.75 a bushel more thanthey were the previous year,” Shumaker said. “So even at higher prices, we’restill competitive.Corn exports were up “just a little bit from ’94,” Shumaker said.”Again, we’re selling more bushels at much higher prices, which is extremelypositive.”last_img read more