August 25, 2020 Find out more RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas May 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military and officials raid a radio station and seize its transmitter Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders protested after military and telecommunications officials raided the studios of Radio Alternativa 94.9 FM in Caracas on 10 May. The officials seized the station’s transmitter, on the grounds it was not authorised to broadcast. Radio Alternativa has however been on air for five years. News Reporters Without Borders has protested against a lightning raid by members of the military and officials of the national telecommunications commission (Conatel) on a Caracas radio station and the seizing of its transmitter.”We are dismayed by this practice of storming into a radio station and suspending its means of transmission without explanation. In addition, is it really necessary that soldiers accompany Conatel officials? It smacks of intimidation”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”We are particularly shocked that this station should be sanctioned now, on the grounds that it is not authorised to broadcast, while it has been broadcasting for five years,” added Reporters Without Borders”The fact that 94.9 FM has already been allocated to another station should not prevent another one being allocated to Radio Alternativa.”Five soldiers and the officials from Conatel burst without warning into the studios of Radio Alternativa 94.9 FM, on 10 May 2005.The station staff said the officials did not identify themselves and gave a vague justification of “official sanctions” for confiscating the equipment.A correspondent in Caracas for the press freedom organisation Instituto prensa y sociedad (IPYS) told Reporters Without Borders that the station which has been broadcasting for five years, has constantly applied to Conatel for a licence but without success.An official at the national journalists’ college explained that Conatel had in September 2004 allocated the frequency 94.9 FM to Radio Tiburón, a station based in Guárico State in central Venezuela, which had caused interference problems to both stations for three months.Radio Alternativa 94.9 FM does not therefore have official permission to broadcast, but the Venezuelan law on telecommunications provides for an official investigation to be held before any sanction such as suspension is put into effect. In this case, Conatel has not respected the law. Help by sharing this information News News Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas Organisation to go further New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News January 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out more
The Ocean City Exchange Club has donated $7,000 to American Legion Post 524 to help fund monthly Coffee Express Care Package shipments to military personnel serving overseas. The program packs and mails items donated by many local businesses as a way to say “thank you for your service,” and also to bring a taste of the Jersey Shore to those far away.According to program Chairman John Laughlin, this is the ninth year that care packages have been assembled at Post 524 and shipped worldwide. Over 1,500 packages have been delivered to date.The Exchange Club donation, the result of funds raised during its annual Roger La Rosa Charity Golf Tournament, will fund the mailing of care packages well into the next year, according to Legion Adjutant Jack Hagan. “It’s kind of a costly program,” he said, “so we are very thankful.”Ocean City American Legion Post 524 members fill Care Packages with goods donated by local merchants. Boxes are shipped overseas to active duty military personnel.“Our main areas of focus,” said Exchange Club Board of Directors John Van Stone, “we call the three C’s: children, community, and country. Today’s donation really comes under that third C.”Both organizations receive letters from military personnel thanking them for remembering their sacrifices in the field. One such correspondence recently came from US Air Force Staff Sargent Andrew Mosley, stationed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.“I’m writing to let you know that I received a care package from the American Legion Post 524 and I was utterly blown away by your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity in sending it. Talk about bringing a slice of home to a weary warrior. I’m just over half way done with a six month deployment and all of the items in the package, from the popcorn, to the taffy, to the coffee from Ocean City, NJ just plain made me happy and hopeful about getting back home to the shore.” For more information about the Ocean City Exchange Club, visit ocxc.org or call Club President Jerry Kanefsky at (609) 432-4555.The Ocean City American Legion can be contacted by visiting legion524ocnj.org or by contacting Jack Hagan at [email protected] . The Ocean City Exchange Club presented a $7,000 check to American Legion Post 524 in support of their monthly Coffee Express Care Package shipments to military personnel serving overseas. Exchange Club members (shown l to r): Jim Solarski, John Van Stone, Bill Culp, Mark Cassidy present the donation to American Legion Coffee Express Care Package Chairman John Laughlin.