Los nominados para el Premio al Netciudadano 2013 son: Itsmania Pineda
Platero (Honduras), Cheikh Fall (Senegal), Oumarou Mohamed Lamine
(Malí), Suren Gazaryan (Rusia), Murat Tungishbayev (Kazajistán), Assen
Yordanov (Bulgaria), Huynh Ngoc Chenh (Vietnam), Mosireen (Egipto), Shiva Nazar Ahari (Irán).
ITSMANIA PINEDA PLATERO Flickr An independent journalist, blogger and human rights defender from Comayaguela, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Itsmania Pineda Platero is one of the leading experts on crime in a country that has one of the world’s highest rates. She is above all an expert on the “maras,” the gangs of extremely violent young criminals that have spread throughout Central America and have taken root in immigrant communities in the United States. She has acted as a mediator with gangs on several occasions and once managed to get the feared Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13) to spare the life of a newspaper photographer. She is still the only expert recognized by the Honduran courts as able to decipher the symbols and signs that gang members use to identify themselves, above all in tattoos. Pineda also knows a lot about indigenous culture and, together with a group of community artists and activists, founded a collective called Xibalba Arte y Cultura in 1989 that is dedicated to the social rehabilitation of young people who have left gangs or who are in danger of joining them. And she keeps a blog called Xibalba that provides valuable data about the security situation and human rights in Honduras. A vocal critic of the June 2009 coup d’état and its impact on freedom of information – 23 journalists murdered since the coup – she was behind the creation of a women’s group called “Journalists for Life and Freedom of Expression.” Its first march in December 2011, which she led, was violently dispersed by police and soldiers in front of the presidential palace (video below). After she received repeated death threats in 2012, Reporters Without Borders helped her to obtain personal protection. Links Website Demonstration of the group “Journalists for Life and Freedom of Expression”
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