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National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) 2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Insurance Corporation Limited (now NIC Holdings Limited) is a leading insurance company in Uganda. It was established in 1964 as a wholly-owned government parastatal; and privatised in 2005 with Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI) purchasing a 60% stake in the insurance business through its special purpose vehicle, Corporate Holdings Limited. IGI is the largest private sector insurer and fastest growing insurance company in Nigeria, with operations in Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Europe and America. The company established two wholly-owned subsidiaries; NIC General Insurance Company Limited (NIC General) which took over the general insurance business; and NIC Life Assurance Company Limited (NIC Assurance) which took over individual and group life assurance. National Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
Maryland parish pre-school teacher gravely wounded in bombing Sister also wounded as the pair cheered their mother’s marathon run Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Boston Marathon Bombing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Kathleen Dubois says: Comments (3) Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis April 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm Please help support her. Liz Harlan, her former and future employer has set up a trust fund. Donate at http://www.thebrannockfund.com Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Erika Brannock, 29, who teaches preschoolers at Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center in Towson, Maryland, is recovering after losing part of her left leg because of injuries she suffered in the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo/Russell Street Report[Episcopal News Service] Erika Brannock, 29, who teaches preschoolers at Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center in Towson, Maryland, has lost part of her left leg after being injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.Brannock and her sister, Nicole Gross, 31, a personal trainer at Charlotte Athletic Club in North Carolina, were at the finish line to meet their mother, Carol Downing, as she completed her third marathon. Gross had reportedly helped Downing train for the race.The blast broke both of Nicole Gross’s legs and she also suffered a severed Achilles tendon, according to media reports.Brannock, Gross and Gross’ husband, Brian, were outside the LensCrafters on Boylston Street, one of the bloodiest sites along the course, according to the Baltimore Sun newspaper.Runners continue towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 12 as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the race’s finish line, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world-famous race. REUTERS/Dan LamparielloDowning, of Monkton, Maryland, was running a half mile from the finish line and was not injured. The Sun reported that it took her six hours to find her daughters.Brannock was raced to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where doctors amputated her left leg below the knee, Brian Gross told the Boston Globe newspaper. Doctors are also “keeping an eye on the other leg and are concerned with her foot,” Gross said.Photos of Nicole Gross taken moments after the blast appeared in several newspapers and online. The family issued a statement April 17 asking the media to stop using the images, saying they are “tremendously painful” for the family, according to WUSA television station.Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a prayer service at 7 p.m. April 17 “for healing and restoration in continuing support of all those affected the violence in Boston, especially Erika Brannock and her family,” according to the church’s website. Episcopalians from nearby Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton and Holy Comforter in Lutherville will be part of the gathering.During football season, Brannock dons Baltimore Ravens gear for Purple Fridays, a schoolwide celebration of the team.Jonathan Ralton, left, of Boston, and runner Kelly Daughtery, of Portland, Oregon, third from right, pray during a Eucharist and Vigil for a Day of Violence at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul near Boston Common on April 16. Ralton was volunteering at the Boston Marathon a little over a block away from the blast. AP Photo/The Christian Science Monitor, Ann Hermes“She is such a Ravens fan, we’re going to have an honorary Purple Friday and photograph it and send it to her and her family,” the Rev. Kenneth H. Saunders III, Trinity’s rector, told the Globe. “The children have rallied around at school. We’re just praying for her and that she comes back to us soon.”The Los Angeles Times reported that family and friends were setting up a fund to help pay for her medical care, educational and living expenses after her return home.Brannock was one year from finishing her master’s degree in early childhood education, said Liz Harlan, the former director of the Trinity Episcopal Children’s Center, according to the Times. She told the Times that she hired Brannock to work at a new preschool after observing her skills in the classroom—where she said Brannock instinctively knew when a child needed to nestle into her lap or take a walk down the hall to avoid a meltdown.The National Association of Episcopal Schools called for prayers for Brannock and her family. The NAES has also posted resources to help schools help their students in the wake of the bombings.Brannock’s cousin Jocelyn Wood-Garrish told the Sun that the teacher was “aware and taking the news [about her injuries] very well,” adding that there were more surgeries to come. Brannock was communicating with the family by writing, and had requested pictures of the students she teaches. “I’m in awe of my cousin’s bravery,” Wood-Garrish said.The Los Angeles Times reported that Downing said on her Facebook page that Brannock had undergone two surgeries and had many more to go.A Boston couple took the “panicked, scared and cold” Downing back to their home, according to the Sun, where they gave her something to eat and drink, and had her take a shower. They also gave her a fleece jacket, which she kept, and stayed with her at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where Gross had been taken, until family arrived.“With all the chaos and to be in a city where I don’t know anyone, it reminds me that there are some good people in the world,” Downing told the newspaper. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Comments are closed. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By ENS StaffPosted Apr 17, 2013 Christopher Wu says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY April 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm Continued prayers go out to all who were touched by the events in Boston. Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Rev Sandra Moyle says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 18, 2013 at 9:17 am I am awed by the gifts of the Divine Healer given in the midst of this tragedy: the resiliency of this family and the skill of surgeons and doctors and the hospitality of strangers. Please post more news on the fund being set up. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska
Featured Jobs & Calls Posted Oct 31, 2018 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Mauritius bishop cautions against ethnic and religious census Anglican Communion Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Africa, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab [Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop Ian Ernest of Mauritius has warned that a national census on the population’s ethnic and religious background “would only aggravate those divides that already exist.” The Creole ethnic group makes up around a quarter of the island-nation’s population. This group, descended mainly from slaves, are said to face discrimination in the areas of education, jobs and housing. The majority Indo-Mauritian population hold most of the top political posts in the country.Read the full article here. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY
Nike Human Race 10k to be “world’s largest running event” 66 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 25 July 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: corporate Events Sports manufacturer Nike is organising a global running event on 31 August 2008 which it claims will be the “world’s largest running event”. The Human Race 10k will involve race events in 25 cities around the world, but people can join in with their own event or solo run by registering at nikeplus.com.Runners can use the specially branded “Nike + iPod or Nike+ SportBand to track your miles on race day and then download miles on nikeplus.com to have your results officially counted as part of the race”.The main purpose of the event is “to celebrate runners and their sport while uniting athletes world-wide”. However, runners can choose to benefit one of three partner charities – the Lance Armstrong Foundation, UNHCR and WWF. Runners can encourage friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them, with the online pledging being handled by Global Giving.http://nikeplus.nike.com/nikeplus/humanrace/index.jsp About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New trustees for Institute Howard Lake | 7 July 2011 | News The Institute has four new trustees and one re-elected following the AGM on Tuesday.Stephen George of Maggie’s, Joseph Cuff of Diabetes UK (and the Institute’s Welsh representative) and Julie Hunt were elected as new trustees. Gordon Michie of Relationship Marketing is a new trustee for Scotland. Stephen Pidgeon of Tangible was re-elected for a second three-year term.Jo Swinhoe, formerly appeals director of the Alzheimer’s Society was elected a Fellow. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 217 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 One charity a month to receive £5,000 website grant from White Fuse Melanie May | 15 February 2017 | News White Fuse is giving away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website.The grants are for small and medium sized charities / nonprofits in the UK, Canada and US with a turnover of less than £1m, and cover all setup costs of the website including content strategy, design, development and launch to a value of £5,000. The charity will need to cover the support and maintenance costs on a monthly basis.Charities can apply on an ongoing basis on the White Fuse site, with White Fuse reviewing these applications monthly and selecting one to offer a grant to.The agency has recently launched a new platform to help charities build websites and is offering the grants to accompany this launch.Transform Foundation also recently announced grants to help charities redevelop their sites in association with RaisingIT, as well as grants to help with Facebook advertising. 216 total views, 5 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Charity Website Charity Website Design donated services Funding About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Birmingham, Ala. — More than 1,000 people rolled, walked, watched and cheered on the night of June 9 as Alabama celebrated 40 years of marching in the streets for LGBTQ rights and liberation. Central Alabama Pride organized the week’s events, with people attending from all over the state, including from regional associations: Rocket City Pride (Huntsville), Equality Shoals (Muscle Shoals), Druid City Pride (Tuscaloosa), Pride on the Plains (Auburn), Montgomery Pride and Mob Pride (Mobile).Over 100 exuberant contingents were there, with a significant number of churches making a statement against extreme right-wing Christian nationalism, like that of former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Notoriously anti-LGBTQ, Moore was recently defeated in a bid for the U.S. Senate.Grand marshals included the Magic City Acceptance Center, an affirming space for LGBTQ 13-to-24-year-old youth; PFLAG Birmingham (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays); and TAKE Resource Center (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering), which supports trans women of color.Connections between liberation struggles were made through a small group from the local National Organization for Women and a larger representation from Planned Parenthood. Some participants wore vests marked “Clinic Escort,” a reminder that defense of clinics offering abortion has been necessary in Birmingham since a fascist right-winger bombed the New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in 1998, killing one person.The largest contingents were hundreds of dramatically enthusiastic workers. They were marching under the logos of their corporate bosses — Apple, Honda, T-Mobile and others. Companies trying to co-opt Pride events for advertising and recruitment is not a new capitalist tactic. It dates at least from 1977, when racist, anti-labor Coors Beer first sponsored an anti-LGBTQ event in Colorado.But the huge contingents of workers suggested another possibility, springing from the recent pushback of Google workers against their company’s Pentagon contract. (WW article, tinyurl.com/yc5vrf2n) On this Birmingham night, hundreds of workers marching in the heart of the Deep South, waving rainbow flags and exulting in LGBTQ lives, offered hope of their uniting to fight independently for social justice and workers’ rights.Lessons for the continuing LGBTQ struggle from the historic battles and campaigns of the Black Civil Rights Movement in Alabama are alive in the present moment. In September, Birmingham became the first Alabama city to pass an LGBTQ-inclusive human rights ordinance. The recently elected young Black mayor, Randall Woodfin, has asserted: “Birmingham is the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” with a duty to lead in ensuring the rights of everyone, “no matter their race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identification.” (randallwoodfin.com)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
February 5, 2021 Find out more to go further KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia April 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More court rulings violating freedom of expression January 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a 21 April ruling by a court in the western city of Ural ordering a local newspaper, Uralskaya Nedela (Ural Week), and one of its reporters, Lukpan Akhmedyarov, to pay 20 million tenges (136,000 dollars) in damages to an oil industry company, especially as the size of the award could force the weekly to close.The press freedom organisation supports the newspaper’s decision to appeal and hopes that the ruling will be overturned or that, at the very least, the size of the damages award will be reduced significantly.In an article headlined “Hidden invitations to tender” that was published on 6 August 2009, Akhmedyarov criticised the fact that the company Tengizneftestoy seemed to be so sure of winning a contract that it began assembling equipment and workers before companies had been asked to submit bids. Tengizneftestoy acknowledged during the trial that it had acted as Akhmedyarov claimed but nonetheless insisted it had been defamed by the article. Reporters Without Borders is puzzled by the verdict. Why has the newspaper been found guilty if it reported the facts correctly? The article simply provided information with no defamatory content.Reporters Without Borders is particularly shocked by the size of the damages, even if less that the amount demanded by the company. The court was clearly aware that it would have the almost certain effect of bankrupting the newspaper. Reporters Without Borders believes the aim was to silence it for good.An administrative court in the southern city of Almaty meanwhile fined Guljan Ergalyeva, the editor of newspaper Svoboda Slova (Free Expression), 250 dollars on 23 April for depositing flowers at the independence monument in the city’s main square and for talking about the importance of freedom of expression and assembly during a banned demonstration on 17 April by the opposition party Azat after its congress. The court accused her of organising the demonstration. Reporters Without Borders regards the fine as disproportionate.Two members of the “For a free Internet” movement appeared in court on 23 April for participating in a “flash-mob” protest against the telecommunications company Kazakhtelecom, which blocks access to websites without having the authority to take such action. Irina Mednikova got a warning while Zhanna Baytelovoy, the alleged organiser, was fined under article 373 of the administrative code.Reporters Without Borders urges the Kazakh judicial authorities to overturn all of these rulings. As holder of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s rotating presidency, Kazakhstan should make an effort to bring its legislation and judicial practices into line with international standards. Follow the news on Kazakhstan News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Help by sharing this information Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Organisation News News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections News RSF_en October 30, 2020 Find out more
to go further Receive email alerts Radio Nizkor’s Claudia Julieta Duque is an investigative journalist who has been harassed, threatened, followed and kidnapped in 2001 after covering fellow journalist Jaime Garzón’s August 1999 murder in Bogotá. She was able to prove in 2009 that the Colombian Department of Security (DAS) was behind most of these intimidations. The criminal proceedings against her alleged torturers are finally progressing for the first time in more than a decade. Jorge Armando Rubiano Jiménez, a former senior official in the intelligence agency known the Administrative Security Department (DAS), pleaded guilty on 20 March to “aggravated torture” of Duque.At the same time, the repeated attempts to intimidate Duque have intensified as the proceedings have progressed and she recently reported renewed intimidation of her parents. She and her lawyer, Victor Velásquez, also the target of threats, fear that various kinds of external pressure will undermine the independence of the prosecutor in charge of the case. Several former DAS officials who are still close to the government have every interest in seeing the proceedings grind to a halt.“We call on the Colombia authorities to guarantee the safety of Duque and her family and to ensure that the justice system is able to function in an independent manner, so that those responsible for both the current threats and Duque’s abduction and torture in 2001 are punished,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.Duque initiated the criminal proceedings in 2004 because she was being threatened. She has had to flee abroad three times after attacks in 2001 and 2009. Although complaints were filed in 2001 and 2004, it was only in December 2011 that the prosecutor’s office of the National Unit for Human Rights decided to begin a formal criminal investigation into seven former DAS officials for “aggravated torture.”Several of the suspects were placed in preventive detention, including former DAS official Jorge Noguera Cotes, but this did not help the investigation. Another former DAS official, Hugo Daney Ortiz, even tried to flee after benefitting from an unjustified release order but ended up surrendering.Ronald Harbey Rivera, a former DAS detective also suspected of participating in the persecution of Duque, is supposed to be questioned on 23 April. It is vital that his formal interrogation goes ahead. So far Rubiano is the only suspect to have pleaded guilty.Duque and her lawyer were received by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on 26 March to discuss her case with Colombian officials, including representatives of the prosecutor-general’s office. Duque told Reporters Without Borders that these representatives showed no interest in taking charge of the investigation.Threatening and abducting Duque are far from being the only violations of freedom of information in which the DAS has been implicated. They include the notorious chuzadas, an illegal-phone tapping scandal that resulted in a complaint being brought against former President Alvaro Uribe by international NGOs and news organizations.In February of this year, it emerged that thousands of emails between journalists and the spokesmen of the FARC rebels were intercepted by a surveillance unit almost certainly under Colombian government control.Colombia is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in the latest annual Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Slideshow: COLPRENSA Organisation News April 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repeat threats to journalist as her torture case advances April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out more