Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East

first_img News SYRIAReuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on 28 March after being held for two days but Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that two other journalists were arrested on 27 March. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan, who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen. Reporters Without Borders has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State Security in Damascus.Reuters announced on 28 March that Basma and Baltaji were in good health and back in Lebanon, their country of origin, after being held by the Syrian authorities for two days. A Syrian official said they were arrested because they did not have work permits and were filming in an area where no filming was allowed.As previously reported, the Syrian authorities have also withdrawn the accreditation of the Reuters correspondent in Damascus, Khaled Ya’qoub Oweis, accusing him of filing “unprofessional and false” reports, and have banned the media from visiting the southern city of Deraa (http://en.rsf.org/syria-reuters-news-agency-targeted-by-28-03-2011,39894…).JORDANAt least 10 Jordanian journalists were physically attacked when the security forces used batons and tear-gas to clear the camp that the young protesters of the “24 March Movement” had established in Amman’s Abdel Nasser Square (also known as Dakhliyeh Circle):- Firas Nassan, the editor of the newspaper Al-Ghad’s website, was injured when his ankle was hit by a stone and had to be taken to hospital.- Aziza Ali, a woman journalist who works for Al-Ghad’s arts and culture section, also had to be hospitalized.- The photographer Saher Guidara sustained an injury to a foot from by stones thrown by thugs. He said he was surprised by “stones raining from the sky.”- The head of Al-Ghad’s photo department, Mohammed Abu Ghosh, and the Chinese agency Xinhua’s photographer, Numan Al-Qazaa, were prevented from filming and were threatened with being beaten.- Thugs armed with sticks attacked the photographer Mohammed Hanoun and a cameraman working for the satellite TV station Al-Quds.- A Reuters photographer was attacked by members of the security forces.- The regional director of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya, Saad Silawi, was attacked by members of the security forces as he was covering their use of force to disperse the protesters. His video camera was broken.- His colleague, Ghassan Abou Louz, was prevented from filming.Nidal Mansour, the head of the Centre for Defending the Freedom of Journalists, issued a statement condemning the government’s silence about the attacks on demonstrators and journalists and the scenes of violence that had taken place in full view of the media’s cameras.OMANTwo programmes hosted by the journalist Salim Al-Amri on state-owned Oman Radio – “Li-Kul Maqaal Maqaal” and “‘Anayen Faniya” – have been suspended by the authorities. Al-Amri said he received a letter from the information ministry telling him to stay at home. No reason was given. In an interview for Muscat Daily on 28 March, he linked the suspension to his refusal three weeks before to interview Hussein Hamoud Al Abry, a doctor working for the health ministry, about protests in the Sohar region because he was told not to ask certain questions. Another reason he gave was his participation in a demonstration outside the information ministry on 8 and 9 March calling for media freedom.Despite the information ministry’s denials, journalists and intellectuals have begun circulating a petition condemning the information ministry’s decision and other free speech violations and calling for the resumption of Al-Amri’s programmes and respect for the right to protest.GAZA STRIPMohammed Maher Abdul Nabi, the correspondent of radio Sawt Al-Quds, was theatened by members of the security forces on 27 March for reporting on the air that doctors at Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip had been negligent after an Israeli raid.Reporting live from the hospital, Nabi said that the relatives of victims and journalists were at the Beit Lahiya morgue when someone noticed that one of the supposedly fatal victims was still alive. This victim was rushed back to another wing of the hospital where he died 30 minutes later. Nabi interviewed a relative accusing the doctors of negligence.Six plainclothes policemen accosted Nabi and asked him to accompany them to the health ministry. When he refused, they forcibly escorted him to a room in the hospital where the director threatened to file a complaint if did not retract the story.YEMENNew York Times reporter Robert Worth was denied entry on 25 March. Worth, who had come to cover the anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking the country since mid-February, was detained at Sanaa international airport for about 12 hours and then put on a flight to Dubai.The Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera announced the closure of its Sanaa bureau on 25 March following the withdrawal of all of its journalists’ accreditation. Two days before the announcement, an Al-Jazeera cameraman was attacked by soldiers while covering a sit-in in Taiz province and had to be hospitalized with a fractured hand.As already reported, Al-Jazeera’s Sanaa bureau was attacked at dawn on 22 March by around 20 gunmen who ransacked its equipment. Three days before that, two of its correspondents, Ahmed Zidan and Abdulhaq Saddah, were expelled on the ground that they were “working illegally in Yemen” and “inciting violence.”LIBYAReporters Without Borders continues to be concerned about four Al-Jazeera journalists – Mauritanian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Tunisian reporter Lotfi Messaoudi, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Ataloua – who are still held by the Libyan authorities, despite their promises to release them.The organization is nonetheless relieved to learn that Tunisian journalist Fatma Ben Dhaou of the newspaper Le Quotidien is back in contact with her editors and relatives,BAHRAINThere has been no news of the blogger Ali Abdulemam since 16 March when around 40 gunmen raided his sister’s home, where he had been holed up since the arrests of several government opponents. His niece has described the incident on Facebook. Since then, his Twitter blog has been silent, aside from a message saying he was turning off his mobile phone, “which isn’t like him,” relatives say. He was released under a royal pardon on 23 February after several months in prison.Fellow blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, who was also one of the government opponents freed in February, did not escape the wave of arrests on 16 March. He has not been allowed to contact his family since his arrest. As he was tortured during his previous spell in prison, Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the possibility that he is being mistreated again.The blogger and human rights activist Sayid Yousif Al-Muhafdah has also been missing since 19 March, when the authorities arrested two activists and four doctors in a series of nighttime raids. The police have threatened his family, telling them they will return every night if he does not report to the police station.Reporters Without Borders calls for an immediate halt to the harassment of Bahraini Internet users and for the release of bloggers who are being held in violation of the right to free expression. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistscenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News News May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Palestine May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A second Troy is the burning ambition for film industry

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? WhatsApp TAGSfilmLimerick City and CountyNewsTroyTroy Studios Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleWATCH: John Kiely on the importance of improving year on yearNext articleHigh flying Munsters welcome leaders Con to Greenfields Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Advertisement Email Linkedin Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print A SECOND Troy studio is on the cards for Limerick, such is the success of the film production site at the former Dell computer factory in Castletroy.Members of Limerick City and County Council’s Economic Development Enterprise and Planning Committee have been told that the success achieved by Troy has sparked the search for another premises to start a second studio.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Innovate Limerick chief executive David Cantwell said that an important part of his organisation’s work is to make the Mid West a more attractive location for film production.“Troy is a success story and we have been working with Screen Ireland and Screen Training Ireland to develop the sector. There’s up to €500 million in film project funding floating around looking for somewhere to get started.”Mr Cantwell said they are currently seeking suitable premises and while Limerick is a likely location it could also go to the county or other big Mid West towns.Either way, he said there would be Limerick jobs created, and “well-paid jobs” at that.“It doesn’t have to have as a big a floor space as Troy but it does need height and that is very important. It could well be a smaller concern able to accommodate some of the lower budget productions.“Troy is aimed at the big-ticket productions for Netflix and the like but they tend to stay a few months and then leave, taking their skills with them.“If we had smaller productions rolling over the whole time, it would be an enormous advantage in training people in the skill sets they need for the industry.Other projects that Innovate is currently involved in include developing an ehub in Abbeyfeale and helping to develop the Kilmallock business park.The company has also acquired the former social welfare building in Limerick City and Theatre Royal to facilitate expansion and establishment of the Digital Collaboration Centre.Responding to Cllr Stephan Kearey (FG), who asked whether Limerick has the necessary skill sets to fill those additional jobs, Mr Cantwell said it is a “new industry and we are somewhat reliant on attracting outside skills.“But there is a lot of work being done on films in particular and at third level. We are now establishing the Mid West Film Eduction and Training group.”“There are 450 people working n Troy right now and there’s a good representation of local people working there, particularly on sets.”Mr Cantwell added that it was the industry itself which was saying that there is a requirement for another facility.Cllr Bridie Collins (FF) said the further growth of a film industry in the Mid West “could be used as an argument for support for Shannon airport.“If Limerick is becoming a hub for film investment – they seem to tie up,” she said. NewsBusinessLocal NewsPoliticsA second Troy is the burning ambition for film industryBy Bernie English – December 12, 2019 256 last_img read more

Borrowers are Getting Back Into the Black

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Tagged with: Home Equity Underwater Borrowers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Borrowers are Getting Back Into the Black Related Articles Home Equity Underwater Borrowers 2017-01-08 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Homeowner equity improved over the first three quarters of 2016 to levels not seen since before the recession, according to the Black Knight Financial Services Mortgage Monitor for November 2016 released Monday.The report found that 4.4 percent of homeowners, or 2.2 million, were in negative equity‒‒the fewest since early 2007‒‒and roughly 1 million homes returned to positive equity over the first three quarters of 2016. This has created $4.6 trillion in available equity, or nearly $118,000 available per borrower. This is the highest market total and highest average per borrower total since 2006 and is within 6 percent of peak totals.“There are now over 39 million borrowers with tappable equity, meaning they have current combined loan-to-value ratios of less than 80 percent,” the report stated.Homes in the bottom 20 percent by price were also nine times more likely to be underwater than those in top 20 percent, according to Black Knight.Ben Graboske, EVP for Data and Analytics at Black Knight, said that whereas negative home equity was once a widespread national problem‒‒with roughly 30 percent of all homeowners being underwater on their mortgages at the end of 2010‒‒it has now become much more of a localized issue.“By and large, the majority of states have negative equity rates below the national average of 4.4 percent,” Graboske said. There are, though, some pockets where homeowners continue to struggle.”Three states in particular stand out: Nevada, Missouri, and New Jersey, all of which have negative equity rates more than twice the national average, he said. Atlantic City leads the nation, with 23 percent of its borrowers underwater, followed by St. Louis at 20 percent.“On the other hand,” Graboske said, “even though the total equity tapped via first-lien refinances hit a seven-year high of more than $70 billion over the first three quarters of 2016, that means less than two percent of available equity has been tapped so far this year. That equity also continues to be accessed safely, with the resulting average post-cash out LTV of 66 percent at near 10-year lows and the average credit score above 750.”Much like the negative equity situation, tappable equity is geographically concentrated as well, although in different areas, he said. The top 10 metropolitan areas contain half of all available lendable equity, and California alone accounts for nearly 40 percent, despite having only 16 percent of the nation’s mortgages.Click here to view the entire Mortgage Monitor for November. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: The Falling National Foreclosure Rate Next: Regulator Releases HSBC from Consent Order About Author: Scott Morgan 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. Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Borrowers are Getting Back Into the Black January 8, 2017 3,405 Views  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more