Number of journalists and netizens in prison now tops 65

first_img News February 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Number of journalists and netizens in prison now tops 65 Reporters Without Borders has not received any news of several other journalists and netizens who were also reportedly arrested in recent days. At the same time, the Internet has been experiencing a great deal of disruption since the evening of 6 February and some mobile phone companies are no longer allowing users to send SMS messages. The measures appear to be part of a concerted effort by the authorities to prevent opposition protests during the Islamic Revolution’s 31st anniversary celebrations on 11 February. In an open letter to international media that have been invited by the Iranian authorities to cover the 31st anniversary celebrations, ten Iranian exile journalists said they had detailed information from Iran about the government’s plans to give the impression that it is supported by most of the population. It not only wants to prevent an opposition rally on Azadi Square, where President Ahmadinejad will give his speech, but also to ensure that there will only be government supporters in the square, the letter said. Inviting foreign journalists to cover the Islamic Revolution’s official anniversary was a trap, the journalists wrote. A government that has already arrested, jailed and charged journalists working for foreign news media, now wanted to demonstrate its popularity to the entire world and thereby conceal the protests, they said. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that, as a result of arrests in the past few days, the number of journalists and netizens detained in Iran now exceeds 65. “This is a figure that is without precedent since Reporters Without Borders was created in 1985,” the organisation’s secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, said. “The detainees include journalists based in Tehran and the provinces.” – Akbar Montajabi of Etemad-e Mell (a daily closed by the authorities) – Ahmad Jalali Farahani (arrested a day after being fired from the Meher News agency) – Mahsa Jazini of the Isfahan-based daily Iran – Somayeh Momeni of the monthly Nasim Bidary – Zeynab Kazem-Khah, an arts reporter for the ISNA news agency – Amir Sadeghi, a photographer with the daily Farhangh Ashti – Hassan Zohouri of the Mirass Farhanghi news agency- Ehsan Mehrabi of the daily Farhikhteghan- Vahid Pourostad of the daily Farhikhteghan RSF_en News In a press release yesterday, the intelligence ministry announced the arrests of seven journalists for “collaborating with Zionist satellite TV stations.” The journalists are accused of “receiving professional training abroad in the preparation of a velvet revolution,” disturbing public order and “collaborating with Radio Farda (Radio Free Europe).” A senior Radio Farda representative denied the allegation and said the station had no journalists in Iran. Intelligence ministry officials arrested at least eight journalists yesterday and the day before and took them to unknown places of detentions. Those arrested include: Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders wrote to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay on 4 February voicing concern about the situation in Iran and requesting an interview. The organisation also wrote to the foreign ministers of the European Union’s 27 member countries urging them to recall their ambassadors from Tehran “to protest against the arbitrary repression of government opponents, denounce the judicial farce of the Stalinist-style show trials and publicly express your concern about the imminent risk of executions.” Organisation June 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran News The press freedom organisation has learned that Ali Mohammad Islampour, editor of the Qasrnews blog and editor of the Navai Vaghat newspaper, was arrested on a charge of “publishing false information liable to upset public opinion” on 3 February after being summoned by a revolutionary court in the western city of Kermanshah. News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election The letter added: “You are going to Iran not only as media representatives of the free world, but also as representatives of your Iranian fellow journalists who are either in prison or in exile outside Iran. Your host is a government that is anti-freedom, anti-free media, and one that violates the most basic human rights of its people.” June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Fannie Mae: Less Affordability Amid Steady Growth In 2016

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Economic Outlook Fannie Mae Housing Affordability Housing Outlook January 14, 2016 3,380 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Score One Victory for U.S. Bank Next: Counsel’s Corner: Updated HMDA Creates Concerns Over Privacy, Increased Costs Following up the exuberant growth of 2015’s housing market would be a tough act if anyone expected it could be followed. Most forecasts for 2016 come to the same conclusions as those of the National Association of Realtors‒‒optimistic about steady growth, but tempered with an understanding that growth will be more modest this year.As Fannie Mae sees it, the year ahead will be less like a person in love and more like one in a satisfying long term relationship. Growth in the U.S. housing market will continue for its seventh straight year, but there will be bills to pay.In the housing market’s case, those bills will come in the form of affordability, which Fannie Mae says will shrink, especially in the lower-end of the market, where strong home price gains still outpace household income growth.Fannie Mae’s  Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group expects consumer spending to underpin economic growth this year, as it did in 2015, and for residential investment and government spending to help drive growth, despite some drag from net exports.Overall, the ESR Group expects the economy to grow 2.2 percent and the pace of improvement in total home sales should be about 4 percent in 2016.“We ended 2015 with a positive jobs report, an annual record high for auto sales, and the housing market poised to be the strongest since 2007,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. However, he said, “despite our expectation of only a small rise in mortgage rates, home price and income dynamics should inhibit home purchase affordability.”Overall, the housing market and its place in the economy will not be without its obstacles. Duncan cited China’s deteriorating economic activity, a stronger dollar, geopolitical turmoil, and uncertainty about monetary policy as lingering risks to the rosy outlook for the year ahead.“We ended 2015 with a positive jobs report, an annual record high for auto sales, and the housing market poised to be the strongest since 2007.”Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie MaeEd Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute in Dallas, cautioned against oversimplifying the economic picture, particularly in light of mounting debts and tighter job markets among younger adults.“The housing sector of the economy, in particular, needs to be re-evaluated,” Delgado said. “Although the housing market made strides this past year, the homeownership rate now stands at the lowest level in 48 years, millennials are saddled with $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, and job prospects for recent grads are bleak. As such, President Obama’s efforts on the housing front cannot be counted as a victory. There now exist barriers of entry for homeownership among first-time homebuyers, millennials, and minorities.”In light of the Fed’s first rate hike since 2006‒‒which Fannie Mae expects to see hit 4.2 percent by year’s end‒‒Duncan said that single-family starts should accelerate to 17 percent this year. But only, he said, “if easing housing supply shortages and a continued strong pace of household formation pan out.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of DS News and DSNews.com. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Featured / Fannie Mae: Less Affordability Amid Steady Growth In 2016 Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Scott Morgan Fannie Mae: Less Affordability Amid Steady Growth In 2016 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Featured, Market Studies, News Economic Outlook Fannie Mae Housing Affordability Housing Outlook 2016-01-14 Scott Morgan Share Save  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

Govt continues to ignore CCJ orders, Guyana’s constitutional stipulations

first_imgPresident David Granger Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo…caretaker Govt fails to resign…President yet to take up urgent meeting request with Opposition LeaderThe Government of Guyana continues to defyFormer Opposition Chief WhipGail Teixeiraboth the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Constitution of Guyana by not resigning as ordered by the court, which ruled to enforce the constitution of Guyana.With the Government being toppled following the passage of the No Confidence Vote on December 21, 2018, the CCJ ordered that Articles 106 of the Constitution of Guyana be enforced. Article 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution states, respectively: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” And “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The CCJ on the matter of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) ordered that the Opposition Leader and the President select a new Chairman as a matter of urgency.The selection of a GECOM chairman is of paramount importance considering the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling and the President, himself, has said a Chairman can be appointed by Monday, but there has been no word on when the President and Opposition Leader will meet.This is despite the fact that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo took the initiative to write to President David Granger, inviting him to a meeting over the weekend or at any time. Jagdeo’s invitation even contained his personal phone number. But up to the press conference, the Government has been lacklustre about taking up Jagdeo’s offer and has not confirmed when this meeting will take place.When contacted by this publication on Saturday, People’s Progressive Party Executive Member Gail Teixeira confirmed that the Opposition received a reply from the Government to Jagdeo’s invitation.It is not, however, a response confirming that a meeting will take place. The former Chief Whip noted that the two sides have been exchanging correspondence since Friday and have not settled on details for the meeting. That exchange, according to Texieira, is continuing.“So (never mind) the bravado of the President, ‘oh we can have a Chairman by Monday’, cut away the fluff and you have more fluff,” Texieira subsequently complained during a live broadcast programme. “Because the President’s response does not say, ‘yes, I’m available to meet, let’s set up a meeting’”.In handing down its consequential orders on Friday, the CCJ had urged Guyana’s political leaders to appoint a new GECOM Chairman with the utmost urgency. This is especially in light of its previous ruling validating the December No-Confidence Motion, thus, triggering the need for fresh elections.Subsequently, President Granger had announced, in his address to the nation, that a new Chairman could be appointed as soon as Monday. According to Granger in his video address, “it is clear that elections have to be held in the shortest possible time and, therefore, it is crucial to appoint a chairman of the Elections Commission. This could be done as early as Monday if the Opposition is prepared to act in a consensual manner and in good faith”.It is following Granger’s commitment to meet that Jagdeo subsequently wrote the Head of State, proposing that they meet urgently. The Opposition Leader indicated to the President that he is available to meet at any time— even over the weekend— to work on a list of names for consideration for appointment to the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission in accordance with the Constitution.Failure to adhere to ConstitutionMeanwhile, the Government, in a statement on Saturday, called itself an “interim” Government – in apparent defiance to term itself as a “caretaker” as stated by the CCJ – and committed to curtailing its powers and legal authority in accordance with the Constitution and the CCJ ruling.“This means that while the Government will continue its routine management of the country, it will also address urgent issues that are in the public interest. It is also prepared to consult with the Opposition on matters which require the agreement of both sides,” the Government said in the statement.However, no mention was made in the statement whether Cabinet and the President stood resigned, nor was an election date named in the statement.In clear defiance of the Constitution of Guyana, the Government said it “accepts that it is an ‘interim’ Government but emphasises that Cabinet has not stopped functioning and Government must continue to provide public services. The Constitution of Guyana at Article 106 (7) states that notwithstanding its defeat in the National Assembly, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election”.In the same breath, the Government said that it agreed with the Court that it is of greatest importance that the President and the Leader of the Opposition conclude the process of appointing a new Chairman of GECOM.According to the Government in its statement, it met with the Opposition three times in the past week to “hammer out” the list of six nominees in accordance with the CCJ guidelines. It noted that the process has not been completed.Shifting responsibilityThe statement, however, also goes back to shifting the responsibility for an election date to GECOM, even though the President is responsible for proclaiming a date in accordance with the Constitution. In addition, GECOM itself has said previously that it will be ready whenever a date is set.“With this No-Confidence Motion, it means once the date is set, it will be held… it is our constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and Local Government Elections (LGEs) whenever they are constitutionally due; so whether it is in the 90 days, then it is GECOM’s responsibility to conduct elections,” Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GECOM Yolanda Warde was quoted saying by the State media on December 27, days after the No-Confidence Motion was passed.In its statement, however, the Government stated “the Elections Commission is responsible for holding elections and not the Executive. GECOM, therefore, has to advise the President of its readiness to conduct elections”.“The Government maintains that credible elections are the hallmark of a democratic State. Credible elections are dependent on, in part, the integrity of the Official List of Electors,” it states.PSCMeanwhile, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) expressed its concern and noted that the President and Opposition Leader need to appoint a Chairman of GECOM as “a matter of urgency”. The PSC also noted that this must be done from the list submitted by the Opposition Leader.“Within the spirit of the orders of the CCJ, the PSC, therefore, expects the President, GECOM, and all the political actors to act responsibly by adhering to the Constitution and the ruling of the CCJ,” the statement says.last_img read more