Never back down: A Feast For Action Lovers

Never back down is a 2008 martial arts action movie written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. This movie is about a cantankerous school student and how his life altered by learning sports. Sean Faris acts as Jake who is the protagonist of the movie. He is an American actor, model and producer. Amber Heard plays heroine namely Baja Miller and Dimon Hounsou appears as one of the martial arts teachers. Cam Gigandet plays the role of grudgeful character Ryan Mccarthy.

Coming to the story, One day in college, Jake (protagonist) becomes weird at the ground while playing. He gets provoked and tends to fight with his peer group resulting in getting suspended. Saddened and compelled by the happenings, his family shifts to another town and Jack joins another School. He feels uncomfortable about the new school and most of the time he is alone. One fine day evening, when Jack was heading back home, all of a sudden he notices a group of martial arts students leaving an impression in him.

The next day students of his college get a video of Jack’s fight in the playground where he studied earlier. As the video went viral within the College, Jack develops fame and everybody comes to know about him. Later, Jake goes to a party where he is unwillingly pulled into a fight with the MMA champion at the school, Ryan McCarthy. He gets defeated in front of everyone and later compelled to stay at his home and take rest. His friend Max Looperman then gives him the idea of learning mixed martial arts. He introduces Jake to a good martial arts teacher too. He was advised to suppress his anger and stay calm. His anger must be controlled and utilized for the sake of aggressive appearance during fights. This makes a mesmerising change in him.

IMG-20200503-WA0129The martial arts in the movie is combined with boxing skills. It poses more depth in emotional scenes. The reason this movie sticks to me so much is because it is capable of motivating us. We sometimes need a push to go through hard times and this movie is what I prefer. Never Back Down can motivate us to do a new level of competitive training every time. The editing of the movie needs to be appreciated. It is characterized by giving a fast pace cuts for action sequences and lengthy shots for setting emotional backdrop. For an action movie, the skills of actors to perform are inevitable. But what more significant is the skill of the director and technical team to present it. This is where Never Back Down wins.

The film poses a happy ending leaving days devoid of problems. The film is a feast for action lovers. It communicates with us that even terrible nature and misdeeds in one will get alchemized to goodness if we have the right one to teach us. A good teacher is entitled to discover goodness in his students. Mentor led Jake to figure out that his anger can be used in martial arts to appear stronger and aggressive.

Shani  Sherin

Vocabulary In The Period Of Corona


On the early days of 2020, we heard a word that was coronavirus. The first time we hear it and now that word turned to the part of our life, we hear that word on a daily basis now. On one hand, corona had made a pause to our normal life and it leads to high economical issues. The whole world facing a tragical period, on the other hand, corona had taught us lots of new words or words that we don’t use. But now that words are most important and normal to us.
The words created by corona were novel, Coronavirus, Covid 19, quarantine, self-quarantine, home quarantine, isolation, social distancing, incubation period, symptomatic, herd immunity, lockdown, curfew, reverse quarantine etc. Some of these are discussed below within the frame of the corona.

Novel: a novel means anything that new, young, fresh, unusual, unique etc. In the case of the corona the virus that made infectious the world is new, fresh and unique. Because of which we used term novel along with corona.

Coronavirus: it is a family of viruses that transmit between animal and people, that lead to illness and diseases like a normal cold, fever, cough etc.
It is also is known as novel coronavirus because it was a new coronavirus that doesn’t see before. That family had a different type of viruses. Even now the virus had changed many times in biologically. China faced L shaped coronavirus but that doesn’t match to virus reported in India.


Covid 19: an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus, that effected in china on the last of 2019 that’s why it called as COVID 19.

Quarantine: its the state of restriction on the movement of anything that maybe people, animal etc. That quarantine may include many types or we used it in different terms. That is,
Self-quarantine who quarantine them self for safe others.
Home quarantine: it also a part of quarantine which means quarantine in the home.

Isolation: it means away from others or being alone. In the present situation, isolation is used for isolating the symptomatic for the incubation period. Which means that person note allowed to make close contact with anyone.

Social distancing: its the safe or approximate distance amount should keep between people. This term was much more connected to us live this situation teach us to keep at least 2meter distance with anyone

Incubation period: its the period that had taken for infection of any disease. The current scenario that incubation period termed as 14 days.

Symptomatic: which means being shown any symptoms of a particular disease. Normal cough, cold, fever etc are considered as the symptoms of novel coronavirus or COVID 19

IMG-20200430-WA0051Herd immunity: its the resistance to the particular disease. Immunity power much more related to COVID 19.

Lockdown: the situation in which people are not allowed to freely enter and leaving. Now the whole world almost on the same stage was no one is allowed to lead a public life.

Curfew: its an order during that time some regulations apply, particularly stay home which was announced by public authority. For the first time, India had experienced a curfew were by the whole states in India followed the order of a public authority.

Reverse quarantine: its a practice were aged people, babies and other diseased persons not allowed for the normal life and the others can live a normal life with some safety measures.

Increase in our vocabulary may good for us but the situation that leads to this not much good for state or country. The whole world was waiting for the abolition of the corona, let it happen suddenly.

Sruthi kk

Ambedkar: A Voice For The Voiceless

Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar movie is directed by Jabbar Patel which goes through the strong statements against the casteism in India and his views about the political equality of Dalits. The movie tells about the great life history of Dr BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution. The movie goes through certain periods of his life and his tremendous efforts for the social uplifting of the untouchables.

The struggle taken by Ambedkar to abolish the cast system in India was portrayed from the beginning of the movie. He made his thesis related to the cast system in India , as he was studied economics in Colombia university. Even after he moved to London for his higher studies in law, he was haunted by the inner conflicts about the worsening situation in India and the injustice towards Dalit by higher cast society.

The movie also goes through the emotional phases of Ambedkar life. He had faced many loses in his life which was truly tragical. The first layer of the movie shows the deep struggles he had been made against social discrimination towards Dalits.
As the title of his biweekly publication says he was a voice for the voiceless, “Mookanayak”.

IMG-20200426-WA0002The movie also contend with many historical situations. The ideological incompatibility between Gandhi and Ambedkar is clearly pictured in the movie. In the scene of round table conference in London, both claimed that they were the real representatives of untouchables. Gandhi doesn’t countenance Ambedkar’s argument for a separate electorate for the untouchables and said that ” I would far rather that Hinduism died than that untouchability lived’. The Poona pact sequences, that is an agreement between B. R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on behalf of depressed classes and upper-caste Hindu leaders on the reservation of electoral seats for the depressed classes in the legislature of British India government made a huge impact to the movie.

IMG-20200426-WA0001The movie is repleted with assorted controversial sequences and Gandhi is portrayed as a customary politician and the movie asserts that he was against the ideology of Ambedkar’s view of Dalit politics. The movie wraps the whole life span of Dr.Br Ambedkar from his childhood to his conversion to Buddhism.

Mammooty who is one of the finest actors in India ,who played the role of Dr.Ambedkar. Obviously, he just lives on the screen as Ambedkar. It was a top-noteable and remarkable performance from the greatest actor. The sharp details he gave to the character like body language, gestures, facial expressions, attitudes were truly appreciable and the makers had made a clear observation in the entire casting of the movie.

The making of the movie must be challenging to the crew for rebuilding the pre-independent India and the old structures of the main cities like Pune, Bombay, Kolkata as well as villages. The art department and production design team had done a fine job in an international standard.

The lengthy sequences are the highlights of the movie especially the speech scenes which makes a great impact among the audience.
The movie breaks the stereotypical making pattern of Bollywood movies that is the movie only goes thorough the true events which are remarked in Indian history.

IMG-20200418-WA0000The movie was initially released in 2000 and slowly withdrawn from the social platforms. This consternation to the movie is cleary point outs to a political agenda which is made by various communalist lobby.

The movie has a substantial space in Indian cinema history as well as in Indian political history. In the current scenario of India, in which the Dalits still confronts discriminations from the society as well as from the authorities, the movie has great liability to persuade people to be a voice for the voiceless.

Vishnu M Ramakrishnan

Cracking The Voice Of Words


Tarun Kumar Acharya(29), a stringer of Odia TV channel Kanak TV, was on his way to home in Khallikote town of Ganjam district on May 27, 2014, night when a few assailants stopped his motorcycle and slit his throat. He died on the spot. The incident happened close to the Khallikote police station. He is survived by his wife, a 10-month-old daughter and old parents.

Though police initially suspected the brother-in-law of Acharya — Milu Acharya — to be behind the murder, they finally managed to track the mastermind, Prusty, an owner of a cashew-nut processing factory. The police, however, could arrest only one of the three of Prusty’s accomplices who were entrusted with the task of bumping off Acharya.

Few days before the murder, Acharya had published a news report in Odia daily Sambad about child labourers being employed at Prusty’s cashew-nut processing factory in Khallikote. Both the deceased and the mastermind had old rivalries over trivial issues. After Acharya turned a stringer with Kanak TV during the Lok Sabha elections, he had reportedly threatened Prusty. He reportedly used to abuse Prusty over the mobile phone.

IMG_20200424_201226When the news of child labourer being employed was published, Prusty saw it as an attempt by Acharya to finish off his business prospects. He was growing restive and wanted to teach a lesson to his old rival,” Ganjam SP Ashish Kumar Singh told The Indian Express.

Soon after the report was published in the newspaper, a hassled Prusty confided his growing problems with Acharya before three of his friends.

“They assured Prusty that Acharya would be cut to size. They were paid Rs 50,000 and three new SIM cards for the murder. The day before the murder the trio, who killed the journalist, stayed in an IB where they dined and got drunk. The next morning they started tracking Acharya’s movements. On May 27 evening, one of the killers called the journalist over the phone and spoke to him for 25 seconds,” said Singh.

An hour later, the three followed Acharya on two motorcycles as he made his way home, finally catching up with him less than 100 metres away from Khallikote police station.

“One of them hit Acharya’s motorcycle from behind. As he fell down, one of them slashed his neck with a knife. The blade tore through Acharya’s windpipe, instantly killing him,” a police official in charge of the investigation said.

IMG_20200424_200550The three were not even professional killers or else they would have taken a country-made revolver or something like that, available so easily in southern Orissa. It was Acharya’s misfortune that the knife struck his windpipe.”

After the murder, the trio fled to Berhampur town, without knowing that the journalist had died. As TV channels and newspapers started reporting the case next morning, the trio switched off their phones. But with the police chasing the cousins of the journalists, named in the FIR, they again switched on their mobile phones thinking that police were on a blind chase.

The cops even interrogated Prusty, the cashew nut processing factory owner, but were not convinced over the theory that he could kill the journalist over a small news report. Police were also veering to the conclusion that the journalist’s cousin, Milu Acharya was the main mastermind, as he had fled his home soon after the murder.

Unable to get any clues a week after the murder, the cops then started scanning the call records of the deceased journalist, more particularly the calls made in the last 2-3 hours before the murder. All the calls made to the journalist’s mobile were checked, but one of the phones was always switched off.

Indian authorities must thoroughly investigate the murder of Tarun Kumar Acharya, efficiently prosecute the case, and hold those responsible to account. It is imperative to bring the masterminds behind this murder to justice in order to combat the culture of impunity that persists in India.
Labeeba binth Latheef

AARAN’ Offers Moments that Deserve Applause


Building an atmosphere of panic and ambiguity in films are made possible through ingenious shot constructions. AARAN directed by Thanseem NK, released in Youtube a couple of days back has managed to accomplish this with ease. The film is brought up by SIAS MEDIA SCHOOL and Black Pepper Media. The first few minutes of AARAN is nerve-racking. A man is being chased, attacked and tied up by another one in an isolated street at night. What the attacker has got to do next and why he suppose to do that is unfolded and told subsequently.

IMG-20200422-WA0053As the name suggests, the protagonist is introduced here as a man from nowhere. His acts are curious and what more curious about himself is revealed at the end. In that sense, Aaran introduces us a stubborn man who is determined to take up revenge to every single mid deed happened to him in day to day life. The actor who played the psychic protagonist, Naheem Kakkad deserves to be mentioned for his controlled performance.

The running time of AARAN is about ten minutes. Though it is short in terms of duration compared to feature films, earning audience attention, keeping them entertained and hooked up is not an easy task. This is where team AARAN deserves many appraisals. The narrative is characterised by keeping the audience engaged with ‘why?’ and ‘what’s next?’.

The story or content of the short movie might be debatable, but the team’s conviction in the technical aspect of making should be uncompromisingly acknowledged. Night shots were qualitatively filmed and crafted. It is notable that the cinematography, as well as editing of the movie, is done by the director himself. The background score has played an inevitable role in the acceptance of AARAAN as a whole. Vishnu Das succeeded in creating and maintaining the mood whether it be – tension, thrill or humour, as the situation demands.

DSLR film making has revolutionized and as well as democratized the platform of cinema. It enabled people to conceive their thoughts, within a possible monetary limit.
Aaron may not be perfect. But as said by the maker itself, it is definitely a pit-stop in his journey with obsessive passion and aspiration towards cinema.

Aswin v Ravindran

Upgrading the Nature with Virus

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The world has been in lockdown because of the coronavirus. Vehicles are removed from the road. There are many people stay at home. This time the ozone layer was developing and the holes are cleaned. The spreading of CFC Gas had stopped because of lockdown.
Hopefully, the heat will come down. Of the CFC door Excessive use has caused the rupture of the ozone layer.

The city of Italy is scaring us because of Corona. But the news from the capital city is different: the roads are dominated by wild animals. We can see deer and rabbit on the roads. It is a comeback in nature.
World countries are wondering how to escape the rapidly spreading of Covid. China first imposed total restrictions on coronary areas over security. Coronavirus infects China in mid-January. China shut down 15 cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan. Flights and trains cancelled. The government asked people in other Chinese cities to stay home. People were allowed to go out only to buy food and medicine. After two months of restrictions, China has not completely recovered from the COVID. The number of new infections in China reached its highest level on January 25. It was just two days after the city of Wuhan closed. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 16, about 81,000 cases were reported in China. Scientists estimate that many cases have gone unreported. However, experts say China’s plans have worked out well. Wuhan officials responded slowly in the first days of the virus outbreak in December and January. A total of 80,796 people were infected with the disease in China. 3169 people have died. In recent days, however, the number of patients has come down drastically. China, the epicentre of the COVID-19 virus, was most affected. The virus has spread to the Chinese economy. Only single numbers of new COVID cases are currently reported in China. Previously it was a thousand and two thousand every day. No single death was reported in the past few days. On January 7th, WHO announced that a new virus, called the novel coronavirus, was spreading in China. By then, the virus had spread to tens of thousands in China. The first Corona death on January 11, the 61-year-old who visited the Seafood Market in Wuhan. The coronavirus had left Wuhan and had reached many countries by then. Wuhan is a coastal city in China. A transit hub with much connection to the rest of the world. Wuhan is home to about one core people. It is the seventh-largest city in China And the most populous city in China. A transit hub with over 10 highways and rail tracks. An important industrial city of China. Wuhan, with its many higher education institutions, had about seven lakh students. No one in Wuhan was allowed to leave the city. The city of Wuhan is accessible to all four sides of China and to all parts of the world. All this was shut down by the Chinese government. The best weapon was the application of technology. The most important of these is the Kovid 19 app. People were asked to download the app on their mobile phones. Not just the names of those affected by the corona. Their travels, the vehicles they ride, and the shopping centres they ride. China has collected millions of data using artificial intelligence and machine data. The government leaked all social media and mobile information. Using this data, we were able to understand all of the information in contact with patients. An employee of a shopping mall in Wuhan confirmed that the corona was infected. As soon as it is confirmed, the mobile information of the thousands of people who visited the mall reaches the government server at the same time. The government immediately converts these thousands to isolation. China’s actions were so fast and fast.

Death rate increasing in the world the virus was started in China, but this time its spreading all over the world .Some scientist was said that this is a bioweapon. And US has the highest death rate in the world. the over all death rate in world is upto one lakh . The death rate and virus spread is increasing day by day. In the case of India, Maharashtra state has the highest positive reports and The death rate in Maharashtra increasing day by day.

In this corona time people can donate money for state and Central Governments, actors ,non governmental organization and others have donated money for relief work. The government officials give the money in their salary that was goodness. But this time some online media spreading hate speech, communal harassment and others.
In this Corona quarantine period the world we live in a life of minimum exposure in everything. Minimum numbers of motor vehicles in the road, minimum number of factories are working, minimum number of celebrations, minimum number of festivals etc. Still we are alive. We can live a life like this. This how we want a life in future for the betterment of the nature and environment.
“Minimum quantity with maximum use” this is the motto we want to follow in upcoming days.

Mohammed Naseef.

Sepak Takraw: A Different Game

Sepak Takraw is a volleyball-like game that originated in Southeast Asia. The word sepak Takraw’s literal meaning is ‘Kick Ball’, 3 players compete against their opposition on a volleyball style court with a net across the middle. It differs from the similar sport of footvolley in its use of a rattan ball. In Indonesia,
Malaysia and Singapore, it is called sepak takraw. In Malaysia, it is also known as sepak raga.

The History:
The origins of sepak takraw remains a matter of intense debate in Southeast Asia, as several countries proudly claim it as their own. There is, however, some agreement that the game was introduced to Southeast Asia through commercial contact with China, where an ancient form of the game originated. It is believed that many variations of the game evolved from an ancient Chinese military exercise, where soldiers would try to keep a feathered shuttlecock airborne by kicking it back and forth between two or more people. As the sport developed, the animal hide and chicken feathers were eventually replaced by balls made of woven strips of rattan.
Rules of speak chakra
* Games of Sepak Takraw shall be played by two teams of three players
* Games should be played on a court that fits the regulation size and markings as set out by   ITSAF, with an official Sepak Takraw ball.
* The team to serve first is decided by a coin toss before the match commences.
* Play begins when the server is thrown the ball by a teammate and must then kick the ball over the net whilst keeping one foot in the service circle.
* Players may only touch the ball with their feet, head, knees and chest.
* Touching the ball with the hand or any other part of the body can result in a fault and a point for the opposition.
* Each team is allowed a maximum of three touches of the ball to return it back over the net without letting it touch the ground.
* Failure to return the ball over the nett before it hits the ground results in a point to the opposition.
In India
Sepak takraw is not very well known in India, although it was a demonstration sport at the Delhi Asian Games in 1982. The Sepak Takraw Federation with its headquarters in Nagpur, Maharashtra, was founded on 10 September 1982. It is recognized by the Indian Olympic Association and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports since 2000. So far, the Federation has conducted 14 Senior, seven Junior, and six Sub-Junior National Championships in different cities and is also conducting Federation Cup Tournament and zonal National Championship.
The game is very popular in the northeastern state of Manipur and some of the best players hail from there. In the 22nd King’s Cup International Sepak Takraw Tournament held at Bangkok, the India men’s team lost in the semifinals and claimed bronze in the team event. In the doubles event, the women’s team lost in the semifinals but won bronze medals.
India won the first medal in Sepak Takraw in Asian Games. India grabbed bronze at the men’s team regu Sepak Takraw competition at the 2018 Asian Games held at Ranau Sports Hall, Palembang, Indonesia from 19 to 22 August 2018.

An art, provides energy to body and mind

Dragon Kung Fu is a special kind of martial art which is entirely different from Karate, Aikido, Judo, Kendo, and Kenpo. By hearing the word ‘Kung fu’ in Dragon Kung fu, there is a chance for the deception that it is something poise to Shaolin, TAI Chi Quan, Wing Chun Quran, Bajiquan, and so on. But Dragon Kung fu is entirely different from other Kung fu and it has more specifications than any other martial arts.

The origin of Dragon Kung fu is a mystic and no one knows the actual story behind the history and origin of this martial art. It is said that Mr Abdul Rasheed Master was the man who introduced Dragon Kung fu in Kerala. He was a temple trained acrobat and no one has an idea about from where and how did he achieve this. He then taught Dragon Kung fu to the number of people across Kerala by taking many years.

Dragon Kung fu is not only a martial art but also it is the high life. It arouses the subconscious mind of the performer. Rather than fighting techniques, Dragon Kung fu can control over one’s mind through hypnotism, astral projection so on.

Attacking and defending, the themes and theories and treatment are the three aspects of Dragon Kung fu. The beginners first trained to attack the opponent and to defend. Kung fu has so many theories on science and psychology. It also teaches how to treat with medicine or with psychological treatment. The person who makes out these aspects will only be an original Kung fu practitioner. Meditation is the base of Dragon Kung fu. It helps one to identify the power of their subconscious mind and the one who meditates can only balance the attacking from the opponent.

Dragon Kung fu is differentiated into 46 chambers. The speciality of these chambers are the coming chambers will cover all the techniques we had studies in the previous chambers. The fighting in Dragon Kung fu starts from 7th chamber (boxing chamber). In the 7th chamber, the movements of hands are similar to boxing and the one who studied the 7th chamber will never get an attack on the face. Then comes 8th chamber (king chamber/Eagle chamber), it minimises all the fighting techniques of the 7th chamber and the one who enters into the 8th chamber will lose his/her confidence level as it washes out all the techniques in the 7th chamber.

Weapons practise in Dragon Kung Fu will start from the 2nd chamber. The whirling and rounding of the stick is the initial stage of weapon training then sanjak(weapon consist of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope) in 12th chamber and Kobudo (16 feet stick) in 16th chamber then comes the practice of knives, sword and stars in different chambers.

Dragon Kung fu teaches many spiritual powers. Astral projection is one such interesting power. It’s a kind of self-hypnotism with the help of meditation, one can leave their soul from the body and can travel anywhere and come back to the body whenever needed. Through astral projection, one can communicate with the soul of the people whether they are alive or dead.

In short Dragon Kung fu is a traditional martial art with 5000 years of legacy. Though it has so many peculiarities among other martial arts the main drawback of this art is it didn’t get much recognition compared to Shaolin Kung fu and others.


The hardest imprisonment: Being a prisoner

Once Dalai Lama said that  ” Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed and where individuals and nations are free“.
Each and every human being got birth in the same way. So rights should be the same to all.

The Indian Constitution guarantees six main fundamental rights to Indian citizens which includes

(i) right to equality,

(ii) right to freedom,

(iii) right against exploitation

, (iv) right to freedom of religion,

(v) cultural and educational rights, and (vi) right to constitutional remedies.

      Prisoners have their own Rights even though they are criminals. They are not getting these rights olden days the life of prisoners life are so pity   But now there was a slight change for it.
Earlier,  the whole Freedom was banded inside the society were Locked in the cell haring getting the basic needs. And had faced a lot of problems like cruel and unusual punishments, Bad health condition, the spread of disease, physical and mental harassment etc. And it led to having stress inside their mind.
Even though most prisoners are criminals,  but they are human beings.
Nowadays the number of death in prison custody has been increased. Most of the death is only because of the physical punishment from the jail guard and the police. Only the same number of natural death is happening to an aged person only because of serious illness.

The prisoners are committing suicide in jail because of thinking about the future.
On 23rd December 2018 a prisoner named Omar Christ has committed suicide in Chavakkad jail,  24 August 2018 a lady prisoner named Soumya has committed suicide in Kannur central jail and on September 12th, 2017 Banty chor had tried to commit suicide and on September 18th 2016. A murder case criminal  Ramkumar committed suicide in prison etc.

   Some times prisoners face physical and mental harassments from other prisoners as well as jail warden.
Imprisonment may for only months or for years or for life long by banning freedom.

          As the prisoners are also human, they have the right to life, Right to be free of inhuman and prisoners have to be provided water health care and a legal advisor. And Constitution is also providing the right like:

>Right to an attorney to defend himself, protect from torture, violence and racial harassment.

>Prisoners should be treated with their dignity and valued as a human being.

>No discrimination on the ground of race, sex   Color, religion, political National,  social organization, property,  birth or another status.

          According to 1894 The prison Act,   >Accommodation and sanitary conditions for prisoners.
>Provision relating to Mentel and the physical state of prisoners.
> Examination of prisoners by a qualified medical officer. >Separation of prisoners for male,  female with criminal, civil prisoners, Parole and temporary release are there.

         In India, the government is granting free parole and release for any prisoner on Independence Day as freedom. As like in India their where Jail in Gulf countries their punishments are very strict and prisoners are hanging in Gulf countries. The punishment and the freedom and the right to prisoners are comparatively harder than India.
If a prisoner is released from jail, society will consider him/his as a criminal. The society will not consider them.
Article 21 states that: Prisoners have the right to have protective homes, free legal aid, speedy trial, right against cruel and unusual punishments, right live with human dignity, Right to meet friends and family in jail and right to reasonable wage in jail for work.

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Miroslava Breach,: Fearless Threats

Inst-image-30Inst-image-32Inst-image-33Inst-image-31Miroslava Breach Velduca(1962-2017)was a Mexican investigative journalist and founder of MIR news agency. She is famous for investigative reports about human rights violations, drug trafficking and government corruption. She was one of six journalists killed in Mexico in 2017.
After graduation, she worked for two local newspapers in Los Cabos. In 1997 she joined in La Jornada newspaper as a correspondent. On 4 March 2016, a report by Breach was published in La Jornada, about the infiltration of candidate lists.
She was investigated social issues, such as human right violations, environmental damage in the region, illegal logging, female homicides, forced disappearances and drug trafficking. Her reports are mainly centralized to Chihuahua, a Mexican city.
Breach and family faced death threats from different groups, because of her reports.  In 2016 she reported about the illegal logging of “ Los Salazares” as a result of this report Breach and family received death threats.
On 23rd March 2017, she was shot eight times by a stranger as she droves her car to take her son to school. Her son Carlos was not injured. But Breach died on the way to the hospital. Governor Corral said that Breach had not reported receiving any threats, despite also saying that she had received threats on her life two years prior to her murder. Corral also stated that Breach’s family members were already receiving security from the Mexican state.
Then it founded that the main motive for the killing was likely revenge for Breach’s exposing reports against mayoral candidate  Miguel Salazar, causing him to lose the election. After reporting this story she began to receive death threats.
During the investigation of Breach’s murder, an audio record of Breach speaking to a PAN spokesperson was discovered on the computer of Jasiel Vega Villa, a suspect connected to Breach’s murder. In the tape, the spokesperson demanded to know who is Breach’s source(s) for the 4 March 2016 article that effectively ended candidacy of Miguel Salzar. Breach refused to disclose a source, alleging that she came to her own conclusions.
Breach’s murder came a week after the murder of Veracruz journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera and a few weeks after the murder of Cecilio Pineda. In response to the government’s failure to investigate and prosecute these cases, protests spread across Mexico to demand justice for Breach and the other journalists, in the days following Breach’s murder.
On the memory of Breach “Miroslava Breach Award “was established in 2017. It is open to all journalists and researchers from the Caribbean or Latin American nations and all submissions must be written in Spanish.
Salma C