Do newspapers focus too much on crimes committed by refugees, thus creating an exaggerated public fear of the danger they pose? Or do they too often ignore them out of a misplaced concern that they would be fuelling racism? Depending on who you talk to in Germany, you will get very different opinions. Left-wingers believe the press over-report, cynically exploiting the fact that refugee crime sells newspapers. The right meanwhile harangue the “politically correct” media for failing to inform the public of a growing crime wave. As an editor who has to make calls on what does and doesn’t appear on our website, I can say it is a mighty hard call. I am well aware of the fact that a horrific crime with an asylum seeker as the suspect - such as the rape-murder of a teenage girl in Wiesbaden in June - will bring readers to our website. In a time of declining advertising revenues, news organizations face pressure to maximize their readership. So are we journalists pushing … [Read more...] about When should the media report on murders by refugees?
Murders by state 2017
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil had a record number of murders last year, with homicides rising 3.7 percent from 2016 to 63,880 according to a study released on Thursday, just months before a presidential election in which violence has become a key issue. In 2017, Brazil had a murder rate of 30.8 per 100,000 people, up from 29.9 in 2016, according to data published by the Brazilian Public Security Yearbook 2018. Drug-scarred Mexico, which also suffered a record number of murders in 2017, had a homicide rate of around 20 per 100,000 people. The yearbook is published by the Brazilian Forum of Public Security, a think tank. Triggered by ever-more violent gangs capitalizing on tighter law enforcement budgets and a political void in the wake of massive graft scandals, growing violence is a key voter concern ahead of the October election. Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro, who leads polling in the presidential race excluding jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, wants to … [Read more...] about Brazil suffers record murder tally in 2017, ahead of election
Updated 1:10 am CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 MEXICO CITY (AP) — A watchdog group says killings of land and environmental activists rose in 2017, with Mexico and the Philippines registering worrying increases in such murders. Brazil saw the most deaths ever reported in one country. Global Witness said Tuesday that at least 207 people who were protecting land and resources from business interests were slain last year. That's up from 201 the year before. That makes 2017 the deadliest year since the group began formally recording such deaths in 2015. The group says its figures are almost certainly vast underestimates. Latest Houston & Texas News Now Playing: Now Playing Lone Star Legal sues HUD Fox 26 Houston Fox 26 News Brief for July 23, 2018 Fox 26 Houston Police investigate officer-involved shooting in southwest Houston Fox 26 Houston Katy mother hit by car while walking with daughter dies Fox 26 Houston City of Houston under heat … [Read more...] about Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet
A man spent almost 40 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of two murders which the so-called Golden State Killer may have committed. Craig Coley spent 39 years in prison for the killing of his ex-girlfriend and her young son in 1978 in California.The 70-year-old was exonerated in 2017 after prosecutors realised the DNA evidence at the scene in the Simi Valley did not match his.Now, investigators have submitted DNA samples from the strangling of Rhonda Wicht, 24, and Donald, four, to see if they match up with former police officer Joseph DeAngelo.He is accused of being the Golden State Killer, who terrorised California in the 1970s and '80s with a series of murders and rapes.Also known as the East Area Rapist, the attacker killed 13 people and raped nearly 50 women.DeAngelo, 72, appeared in court last Friday charged with eight counts of murder, with more charges expected.He was arrested last Tuesday after investigators matched crime scene DNA with genetic material stored on an … [Read more...] about Was an innocent man jailed for murders by the Golden State serial Killer?
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Those who know William Bosanko know better than to ask his opinion about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Martha Wagner Murphy’s husband is under orders not to reveal details of what she does for a living.The two of them have led the final efforts at the National Archives to make public all government records about the JFK assassination almost 55 years ago — a project that swelled to encompass 5 million pages spread across more than 300,000 documents.It was all supposed to draw to a close last October, but President Donald Trump gave the CIA, FBI and other agencies another six months to argue for continued secrecy for some material. Then Thursday, the deadline day, the White House announced an unspecified number of documents would remain secret until Oct. 26, 2021. It cited “identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs … that outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”The … [Read more...] about The JFK saga: Even the (supposed) final release of murder-related docs has caveat