Former policeman arrested on suspicion of participating in journalist’s murder

first_imgNews January 13, 2021 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Follow the news on Venezuela to go further Reporters Without Borders hails the progress being made in the investigation into last month’s murder of journalist Orel Zambrano, the editor of the political weekly ABC, in Valencia, in the central state of Carabobo. One of the two suspected killers, former Carabobo state policeman Rafael Segundo Pérez, was arrested on 17 February.“We hope this arrest will enable the investigators to identify all those involved and the motive for this murder,” Reporters Without Borders said.Zambrano, who was also vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde as well as being a lawyer, was gunned down on 16 January by two men on a motorcycle. He had recently covered several drug trafficking cases including one involving the Makleds, an influential business family in the region.———————17.01 – Journalist gunned down by two hit-men, possibly in connection with his coverage of recent drug casesReporters Without Borders is dismayed by yesterday’s fatal shooting of Orel Zambrano, the editor of the political weekly ABC, in Valencia, in the north-central state of Carabobo. Zambrano was also vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde as well as being a lawyer.His murder came just three days after the attempted murder of Rafael Finol of the privately-owned daily El Regional, who was grazed by a bullet.“We offer our condolences to Zambrano’s family and colleagues, and we hope the investigators will quickly identify those responsible for both this murder – the motive of which remains to be established – and the attempted murder of Finol,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These two shooting attacks in the space of three days raise grave concerns about the safety of journalists. Zambrano may have been the victim of a reprisal for his recent coverage of a drug story. This possibility should be investigated.”Zambrano, 62, was gunned down at around 3 p.m. yesterday. He had just got out of his car and was walking towards a movie rental store when he was intercepted by two men on a motorcycle, one of whom shot him three times at close range. He died on the spot from a gunshot to the head while his assailants fled.Zambrano had recently covered several drug trafficking cases including one involving the Makled family, an influential business family in the region. Brothers Abdala, Alex and Basel Makled were arrested in possession of around 400 kilos of cocaine during a search of a family property on 14 November and are now the subject of an investigation by the national prosecutor’s office. New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Receive email alerts VenezuelaAmericas center_img News Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en February 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former policeman arrested on suspicion of participating in journalist’s murder Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Toto Announces North American Tour Dates

first_imgTOTO – 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR7/30 Vancouver, BC The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts7/31 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre8/1 Portland, OR Revolution Hall8/3 Oakland, CA Fox Theater8/4 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Grand Theatre8/5 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts8/7 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay8/8 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre (Orange County Fair)8/10 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino – Sunset Amphitheater8/11 Grand Junction, CO Las Colonias Amphitheater8/12 Littleton, CO The Hudson Gardens and Event Center – Outdoor Amphitheatre8/14 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie8/15 Austin, TX Stubbs8/17 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium8/18 Atlanta , GA Atlanta Symphony Hall8/19 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre8/21 Kansas City, MO Crossroads KC8/23 Windsor, ON The Colosseum At Caesars8/24 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheater8/25 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live10/20 Greeneville, TN Niswonger Performing Arts10/21 Montgomery, AL Montgomery Performing Arts Center10/23 Mobile, AL Saenger Theater10/24 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall10/26 Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall10/27 Melbourne, FL King Center For The Arts10/28 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater10/30 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live11/1 Charleston SC Charleston Music Hall11/2 Augusta, GA Miller Theater11/3 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre11/5 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre of Durham11/6 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center For The Performing Arts11/8 Washington D.C. Warner Theater11/9 Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana Casino & Resort – Tropicana Showroom11/12 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse11/13 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre11/15 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center11/16 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts11/17 Lynn, MA Lynn Veteran’s Memorial AuditoriumView All Tour Dates Toto has announced 21 new North American shows in support of their 40th anniversary as a band. The 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour will begin on July 30th in Vancouver at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts and conclude at Lynn Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Massachusetts on November 17th.It’s without question, that Toto is currently in the middle of a major resurgence around the world–especially considering this month’s double release from Weezer, who covered both “Rossana” and “Africa” to appease a trolling Twitter account, ultimately resulting in over five million plays of the tracks. On Toto’s side of things, however, the band recently released a Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun (Legacy Recordings – Sony), which debuted in the Top 40 in eight different countries. Their European tour earlier this year saw them performing to packed houses every night including sold-out stops at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London. Additionally, Toto recently announced the release of their definitive box set: All In via Legacy Recordings. This limited edition release is still available for pre-order here.As the press release describes Toto,Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations. Toto has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone while views on YouTube far exceed over a half billion.With over 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top-selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base. The 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour is the band’s most extensive run in years.Tickets for these new shows in October and November go on sale this Friday here. See the full list below, and rock out to Weezer’s cover of “Africa”.Weezer – “Africa” (Toto cover)last_img read more