Suspicious story from local police about journalist missing in San Luis Potosí

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en MexicoAmericas News News to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspicious story from local police about journalist missing in San Luis Potosí Follow the news on Mexico Reports The relief resulting from journalist Stephania Cardoso’s reappearance on 15 June after she was missing for a week did not last long because the Mexico City-based daily El Punto Crítico has revealed that one of its photographers, Federico García Contreras, disappeared mysteriously a month ago in the north-central state of San Luis Potosí.The last time García’s family heard from him was on 16 May, three days after he took a bus from Mexico City to Tanquián de Escobedo, a town near the state’s eastern border where rival drug cartels often clash. The town’s police chief nonetheless told his family that García was briefly detained on 18 May.“It is not yet clear whether García’s disappearance is linked to his work but it is known that he identified himself as a journalist on his arrival in the town where he went missing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The contradictory statements by the local police, who supposedly arrested him on 18 May, need urgent clarification and should be a priority of the federal investigation. Did García witness something compromising in a region where organized crime holds sway? The investigators must not ignore any possibility.”As soon as García arrived in Tanquián de Escobedo he notified his daughters. He called his family again the next day and reported having had a run-in with local police chief José Alberto Troas, who had forbidden him to conduct interviews on the grounds that it was too risky. The town is near the border with Veracruz, which in recent months has been the country’s most dangerous state for journalists.Although the family last heard from him on 16 May, police chief Troas told his daughters, when they went to Tanquián de Escobedo to look for him, that he was arrested in an inebriated state on 18 May and was held for two hours because he had disrupted a teachers’ meeting. After García was examined by a doctor, Troas said he ordered his men to take him to his hotel.The police chief’s account was partially contradicted by the doctor, who said she examined García on 17 May and found no sign of inebriation. Also, the woman who runs the hotel where he was staying said she never saw him being brought back by policemen.When these statements were brought to the police chief’s attention, he modified his story, saying García was released at the police station and chose to return to his hotel on his own. A friend of García called his daughters on 23 May to confirm that the hotel reception had not seen or heard from him for the past week. All of his possessions were found intact in his hotel room except his laptop and wallet.García’s daughters, Marisol and África García, reported his disappearance to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE).While almost all of the 85 murders and 15 disappearances of journalists in the past decade in Mexico remain unpunished, Reporters Without Borders notes that another arrest has been made in the murders of journalists Ana María Yarce and Rocío González Trápaga in Mexico City on 31 August 2011. Although this double murder was not linked to their work, the success of the investigation shows that impunity is not inevitable.center_img Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Help by sharing this information May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out more News MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

Taiwanese CPC, Pertamina sign deal for $8b petrochemical plant

first_imgThe statement added that Pertamina and CPC had been in talks over the project since late 2018. The two companies completed a feasibility study the following year.Read also: Pertamina picks Siemens to supply machinery for Balikpapan refineryOnce expansion of the Balongan refinery is completed in 2022, the facility’s fuel output capacity is expected to rise by 20 percent to 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), excluding petrochemical production, in meeting Indonesia’s growing demand for transportation fuels. Pertamina is working to develop six other refineries for similar reasons.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadali, who witnessed Friday’s signing, said his office had confirmed tax holiday incentives for the project in supporting the development. “This is a government priority project. We will absolutely support it,” he said.Pertamina previously said it planned for its Balongan facility to produce 1 million tons of ethylene each year. Ethylene, like most petrochemicals, is mainly used to produce plastics, allowing Pertamina to diversify revenue streams during periods of low fuel demand such as is happening amid the coronavirus pandemic.Consumption plunged 35 percent to 65,678 kiloliters per day in April from the daily average in January and February — before the country introduced a physical distancing policy requiring people to stay at home to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.Read also: Oil giant Pertamina delves into health industry amid drop in fuel demandDue to the falling demand, Pertamina projects its revenue to fall by up to 45 percent below initial expectations under a worst-case scenario.Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman told The Jakarta Post on May 18 that the oil company would prepare the base ingredients for pharmaceutical production, then either state-owned pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma or Kimia Farma with Pertamina would process the ingredients into pharmaceuticals.“We are still discussing the details,” Ganti Winarno, corporate secretary at Kimia Farma, told the Post Wednesday last week.Topics : State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina signed on Friday a head of agreement with Taiwanese counterpart CPC to develop a petrochemical facility in Balongan, West Java.The US$8 billion petrochemical facility, slated for commercial operation in 2026, represents the third phase expansion of Pertamina’s Balongan oil refinery.“This project is an important step in strengthening Pertamina’s petrochemical business such that, in the next 10 years, Pertamina can become a major petrochemical business player in the Asia- Pacific,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati in a statement that day.last_img read more