Judicial persecution of Bahraini news providers continues

first_img German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors March 17, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Follow the news on Bahrain News News Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the five-year jail sentences that a court passed today on the photographer Hussain Hubail and the cyber-activist Jassim Al-Nuaimi. Seven other activists received similar sentences.“Many Bahraini news providers are getting long jail terms” said Lucie Morillon,head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “Far from theinternational community’s cameras and attention, the authorities are cracking down on freedom of information and its actors. It is time that the persecution and sham trials ended. We again call for the release of all the detained journalists and cyber-activists.”A well-known press photographer who freelanced for various media including Agence France-Presse and Voice of America, Hubail was arrested at Manama international airport as he was about to board an international flight on 31 July 2013 and was incarcerated in El-Hod El-Gaf prison, where he was unable to contact his family or his lawyer for several days.He was finally charged a month later with belonging to the “14 February medianetwork,” “calling for and participating in illegal demonstrations”, “inciting hatred of the government” and “being in contact with government opponents in exile”.Hubail has said he has been mistreated and tortured in detention – claims that were never the subject of an independent investigation by the authorities.On 15 December 2013, Reporters Without Borders and nine other human rightsorganizations asked Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion andprotection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Juan Méndez, the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to investigate the detention and torture of three Bahraini news and information providers including Hubail.In May 2013, the independent newspaper Al-Wasat awarded Hubail a prize for aphoto of demonstrators in a cloud of teargas.Nuaimi was arrested at his home by masked plainclothes security men on 31 July 2013 (the same day as Hubail) and was charged with inciting anti-government hatred and calling for illegal demonstrations in messages posted on social media. He has also reported being mistreated and tortured. Four days after his arrest, he was transferred to Dry Dock prison, only to be taken before a prosecutor and forced to sign a confession, he said.During a hearing on 27 January, Nuaimi testified that he was not in Bahrain when the offending messages were posted and that he had sold his computer before they were posted, so he could not have been responsible.Three other Bahraini news and information providers have received jail sentencessince the start of the year. The photographer Abdullah Salman Al-Jerdabi, who was arrested on 13 September 2013, was sentenced on 22 January to six months in prison on charges “of participating in an illegal demonstration” and “misuse of social networks”.The blogger Ali Maaraj was sentenced to 30 months in prison on 8 April on charges of “insulting the king” and “improper handling” of information technology”. And the photographer Ahmed Humaidan was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 26 March for “allegedly taking part in an attack on a police station in Sitra” in April 2012 although he was nowhere near the police station at the time.The situation of freedom of information is more than worrying in Bahrain, whichis ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders pressfreedom index. RSF_en April 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial persecution of Bahraini news providers continuescenter_img News Help by sharing this information News October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals

first_img Previous: LoanDepot Delays IPO at the 11th Hour Next: Stewart Title Announces Strategic Partnership With zipLogix in Daily Dose, Featured, News New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Bill Dudley New York Fed U.S. Economy U.S. Housing 2015-11-13 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Dudley also noted the importance that the forward momentum the jobs market picked up in October persists. The well-below-expectations jobs reports in August and September caused many to speculate that the labor market was faltering—but 270,000 jobs were added in October, about 50 percent higher than expected.“Those concerns should be at least partially put to rest given the strength of the October employment report, recognizing that the employment news can be volatile on a month-to-month basis,” Dudley said. “Most noteworthy to me are the strong payroll employment gains in October and the solid 0.3 percent rise in aggregate hours worked.  Over the past three months, payroll gains have averaged 187,000 per month, not much below the average payroll growth of 213,000 per month during the first half of 2015.”Earlier in the week in a public address in Rhode Island, however, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren hinted that the Fed may not raise the rates at December’s meeting.”Given persistently low wage and price pressures, and the relatively slow real GDP growth forecast in the SEP, a more gradual path of normalization may be necessary to ensure reaching the 2 percent inflation target,” Rosengren said.Click here to read Dudley’s full speech.Click here to read Rosengren’s full speech. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. About Author: Brian Honea Subscribecenter_img Tagged with: Bill Dudley New York Fed U.S. Economy U.S. Housing  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 13, 2015 1,275 Views Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Bill DudleyIn an address about the economic outlook in the United States and monetary policy at the Economic Club of New York this week, New York Fed President and CEO Bill Dudley praised the progress housing fundamentals have made during the economic recovery but refused to offer his views on whether the Fed would raise the short-term interest rate in December.Dudley stated at the onset of his speech that he would not address the topic of whether the “normalization” process would commence at the Federal Open Market Committee’s next meeting (its last of 2015) in mid-December. He said his view on whether or not the Fed will raise rates depends on how the incoming data influences his assessment of more improvement in the labor market and his confidence that inflation will return to the Fed’s 2 percent target rate.The weak advance report on Q3 GDP growth (1.5 percent, compared to 3.9 percent in Q2) and the weakness of the manufacturing sector have caused some concern among many that the U.S. economy is losing forward momentum, Dudley said.But there are many positives to offset those negative economic metrics, one of which is housing, according to Dudley.“In particular, domestic demand continues to grow at a solid pace as increases in consumer spending, housing and business fixed investment all contributed to the third quarter’s 2.9 percent annualized gain in real domestic final sales,” Dudley said. “A large decline in the pace of inventory accumulation was the main reason why real GDP growth faltered in the third quarter. Because the contribution to growth from inventory investment can be quite volatile on a quarter-to-quarter basis, the growth in real final sales probably provides a better sense of the state of economic activity than does the GDP figure.”The fundamentals supporting domestic demand have been solid—consumer spending has increased supported by real income gains, and household net worth is rising—and housing fundamentals have been solid as well, according to Dudley.“Housing prices are rising and the constraint on growth in residential investment now appears to be more on the supply side, as building contractors struggle to mobilize the resources needed to construct more homes,”  Dudley said. “The National Association of Home Builders’ index rose in October to the highest level since late 2005. While the housing indicators will likely continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis, I expect the gradual improvement in the housing sector to continue.”“While the housing indicators will likely continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis, I expect the gradual improvement in the housing sector to continue.”Bill Dudley, New York Fed President Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more