Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn News Reporters Without Borders is worried about a series of threats and attacks on Gabriel Bustamante, a journalist based in the small southern town of Ayolas on the Argentine border, who works for radio FM Ayolas and who is a correspondent for the newspapers La Nación and Crónica.Last week, Bustamante was the target of repeated murder attempts by Francisco and Valentín Vera, the brothers of Isidro Vera, a senior executive with the Yacyretá binational power company. Francisco Vera went to Bustamante’s home on 22 July and told him he had come to kill him, but neighbours managed to intervene. He went to the radio station the next day saying he had come to “finish the job.” Bustamante was there but succeeded in escaping.Francisco Vera’s threatening behaviour was apparently prompted by Bustamante’s criticism of Isidro Vera during his radio programme, in which he linked him to alleged corruption.Bustamante reported the threats to the police, who arrested Francisco Vera and held him for several hours but finally released him for “lack of evidence.”With a gun in his hand, Valentín Vera forced his way into the home of a neighbour of Bustamante on 24 July, apparently believing it was Bustamante’s home. The police arrested him and placed him under judicial custody. As a result of Valentín Vera’s armed intrusion, Francisco Vera was finally charged by prosecutor José Llano with “serious presumed injury” but he is now on the run.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to do everything possible to arrest and punish those responsible for these attacks, including the instigator. It is unacceptable that a journalist should be forced to live in constant fear of being murdered just because he criticised a public figure.Ranked 54th out of 175 countries, Paraguay has a fairly good position in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index but impunity prevails. The August 2007 murder of journalist Tito Palma and the January 2009 murder of journalist Martín Oscampos Páez are still unpunished. Both were killed for reporting cases of corruption. October 20, 2014 Find out more Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Paraguay February 10, 2017 Find out more ParaguayAmericas Help by sharing this information Organisation Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay News ParaguayAmericas to go further RSF_en News News July 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three attempts to murder provincial reporter
Beloved folk parody duo Flight of the Conchords have just made an exciting concert announcement, as the New Zealanders will hit the McKittrick Hotel for a five night run from June 1st through 5th. The band have a major reunion tour plotted for the summer, hitting major venues across the country for the 28-date tour. With the five-night run at the McKittrick, the Conchords will be able to test out their promised new material to an intimate audience.Flight Of The Conchords Confirm Reunion With 28 Summer Tour DatesThe run of shows comes just a few days before the tour is scheduled to begin, with a performance at the Capitol Theatre on June 9th. Tickets for the run unfortunately sold out quickly, but you can check the McKittrick website for any possible re-releases or other information.
Bruce Springsteen was in New York City over the weekend, where he attended the Kristen Ann Carr Fund benefit event at Tribeca Grill Loft on Saturday night. The one-night event in lower Manhattan aimed to raise money for medical progress against soft tissue cancer sarcoma, and was named in branding after the daughter of Springsteen’s co-manager, Barbara Carr, whose daughter passed away from sarcoma back in 1993.Related: Bruce Springsteen Shares Full ‘No Nukes ’79’ Madison Square Garden Performances To Live ArchiveSpringsteen’s surprise appearance was highlighted with a performance alongside the Tangier Blues Band, the rock outfit of notable rock photographer and director Danny Clinch. With Springsteen leading the way on guitar and vocals, the band performed a pair of covers including Johnny Rivers‘ “Rockin’ Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu” and blues standard “Down the Road Apiece”. Fans who couldn’t make it to Saturday’s event can watch the video below to relive the band’s performance of “Down the Road Apiece”.Bruce Springsteen with Tangier Blues Band – “Down the Road Apiece”[Video: Mitch Slater]The pop-up performance on Saturday acted as the latest gig in which Springsteen has delivered for his New York City fans over the last few years. Springsteen wrapped his highly-acclaimed theatrical show, Springsteen On Broadway, just this past December after 236 performances since launching at the Walter Kerr Theatre in October 2017. The show has since been professionally recorded and released as a concert special on Netflix.[H/T Billboard]