Community radio host’s 12-year-old son killed in shooting

first_img The son of radio La Calentana Mexiquense’s founder and presenter, Indalecio Benítez Mondragón, was killed on the night of 1 August when masked gunmen fired on Benítez’s car at the entrance to the community radio station, located in his home in Luvianos, a small town in the central state of Mexico.Reporters Without Borders offers its heartfelt condolences to the Benítez family for this tragic event.Benítez has just pulled up outside when the gunmen emerged from his home and opened fire. His 12-year-old son, Juan Diego Benítez, was hit three times and died on the spot.Benítez said he had never received threats in connection with his journalistic work before the shooting but did not rule out the possibility that he was targeted because of his news coverage. He added that he was now very concerned for his family’s safety.“We urge the National Commission for Human Rights to take all necessary measures to protect Benítez and his family,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “The possibility that the shooting was linked to Benítez’s reporting should be taken seriously by those carrying out the investigation for the Mexico state prosecutor’s office.”La Calentana Mexiquense aims to support and provide a service to the community of Luvianos, a town located near the borders of two states – Michoacán and Guerrero – that are drug-trafficking hubs.“The attack could have come from either side,” Benítez said, alluding to the police and organized crime. They have clashed constantly in Luvianos since 2009, when Los Zetas, a drug cartel that is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” arrived in the town, followed by La Familia de Michoacan and Los Caballeros Templarios. This was the second fatal act of violence targeting a journalist in less than a week. TV cameraman Nolberto Herrera was found stabbed to death in his home in the north-central state of Zacatecas on 29 July.Attacks and threats against the families of journalists with the aim of silencing them are common in Mexico and usually go unpunished. Mexico is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en August 5, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community radio host’s 12-year-old son killed in shooting May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Organisation center_img Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 13, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Major Sunshine Coast retail and entertainment hub in residential growth spot gets green light

first_imgBirtinya Town Centre renderA MAJOR retail and entertainment precinct on the Sunshine Coast has been given the green light.Stockland has announced that it has been granted planning approval for its proposed $830 million Birtinya Town Centre masterplan development.The development was approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday.The 18 hectare development, approved by the Sunshine Coast Council on Monday, will include a new shopping centre, a service station, an entertainment precinct, a hotel, apartments, drive-thru restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana.“This masterplan approval defines the shared vision for a vibrant mixed use precinct for the $5 billion Oceanside community on the Sunshine Coast,” Stockland CEO and managing director Mark Steiner said.“With the regions’ above average population growth, 130,000 residents are forecast to livewithin the main trade area by 2031. “Our vision for the Birtinya Town Centre is to deliver a true people’s place, with lifestyle amenity for the community now and into the future.”The town centre will be located on Kawana Way and adjoining the Sunshine CoastHealth Precinct, which incorporates the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine CoastUniversity Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoCycle ways, walkways, boardwalks and bridges will link the town centre to Birtinya Island, Bokarina Beach and the Business Village.Stockland Queensland general manager Kingsley Andrew said the Birtinya TownCentre masterplan was the “next big catalytic project for Oceanside”. “… bringing together commercial, apartments and mixed use development with open green space to create jobs and drive future investment across the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.“This will be Oceanside’s dynamic urban heart, a place that is centralised and accessible – aplace that connects people for business and fun, and, importantly, creates a regionaldestination for the Sunshine Coast.”The developer estimates that more than 550 jobs will be created during construction, with more than 14,600 new full time jobs on completion.The first stage of the town centre masterplan is the $87 million Stockland Birtinya ShoppingCentre, with works expected to commence before Christmas.last_img read more