A group of journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat

first_imgNews April 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A group of journalists attacked by police in the state of Gujarat India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Organisation Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific In a letter sent to the interior minister of the state of Gujarat, Gordhan Zadaphia, Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF) denounced the attack on some twenty journalists by police in the state of Gujarat (west of the country). “After accusing the media of exaggerating the extent of the recent wave of inter-community violence in the state of Gujarat, the authorities of this state chose the most reprehensible way to act by preventing the press from doing its job,” said Robert Ménard, RSF general secretary. RSF called on the minister to provide the resources needed to the commission of enquiry so it could carry out its investigation completely and ensure that the appropriate sanctions be applied. According to information obtained by RSF, some twenty journalists and media professionals were attacked on 7 April 2002 by police officers at Gandhi Ashram, a quarter of Ahmedabad (state of Gujarat, west of the country). The journalists were covering two peace demonstrations that were disrupted by members of Gujarat Yuva Morcha, the youth section of the BJP (party in power). As the incidents began, Deputy Commisioner of Police V. M. Parghi told Pranav Joshi, a cameraman with the private television station NDTV, to stop filming. After Joshi asked why he was to stop, he was hit in the head and fell to the ground. Witnesses said that the police charged the journalists, threatening them with their guns. The incident ended about ten minutes later, after Shivanand Jha, head superintendent, who had done nothing until then, ordered his men to withdraw. Harsh Shah and Harshyal Pandya, respectively photographer with the daily Indian Express and journalist with the private television station ETV, were, like Pranav Joshi, seriously wounded during this attack. Pranav Joshi was hospitalized and placed in intensive care. A photographer with the Times of India was also hit in the ribs and kicked. Dhimant Purohit, correspondant for the Aaj Tak TV channel, Sanjeev Singh, NDTV reporter, Amit Dave, photographer with the Jansatta newspaper, Ashish Amin, reporter, Ketan Trivedi and Gautam Mehta, respectively journalist and photographer with the Gujarat Samachar newspaper, have also been beaten. Journalists filed a complaint against the deputy superintendent shortly after this incident. The minister of the interior for the state of Gujarat issued a communiqué during the night of 7 April, denying that the police officers attacked the press. But another official communiqué, issued several hours after that of the ministry, stated that a commission of enquiry was being set up and would be chaired by a retired judge of the High Court. The commission is to issue its report in three weeks. On 8 April, the Gujarat government announced that superintendents Shivanand Zha and V. M. Pargi were being reassigned, and that a criminal investigation was being launched. In the beginning of April 2002, Sonal Kellog, journalist with the Asian Age newspaper, was beaten up by Gujarat police while she was interviewing Muslim women who had complained of police atrocities. Receive email alerts to go further RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 March 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News June 10, 2021 Find out more News IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Radio Free Europe correspondent freed after two weeks as hostage

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News RSF_en Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders today said it was extremely worried by the disappearance of an Iraqi correspondent of the US-funded Radio Free Europe. “Journalists working for government-funded media continue to be a favourite target of the armed militia operating in Iraq.” News to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more News February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release yesterday of Jumana Al-Obaidi, an Iraqi journalist employed by the US radio station Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), who was kidnapped on 22 October while on her way to the environment ministry in Baghdad for an interview. Her driver was shot dead shortly after her abduction.“All of us are very relieved that Jumana’s ordeal is now over,” RFE/RL president Jeffrey Gedmin said. “Journalists like Jumana put their lives on the line every day. They are dedicated journalists, brave people, and Iraqi patriots. We are proud to know them.”An RFE/RL spokesperson told Reporters Without Borders that Obaidi “is in relatively good shape and is currently in a safe place.” The identity of her kidnappers and the circumstances of her release have not been made known.Reporters Without Borders points out that there is no news of the current whereabouts or fate of 14 other journalists taken hostage in Iraq.———23.10.07 : Radio Free Europe correspondent missing, probably kidnapped, her driver shot deadReporters Without Borders today said it was extremely worried by the disappearance of an Iraqi correspondent of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). Her driver’s body was found after she went missing yesterday in Baghdad. Two RFE/RL correspondents have already been killed since the start of the year.“The circumstances of her disappearance suggest she could have been kidnapped,” the press freedom organisation said. “The number of kidnappings of journalists has fallen this year, compared with the previous two years, but yesterday’s development suggests that the threat still exists. Journalists working for government-funded media, especially those funded by the US government, continue to be a favourite target of the armed militia operating in Iraq.”In the past four years, Iraq has become one the world’s biggest centres for hostage-taking. A total of 85 media workers have been kidnapped since the US-led invasion in March 2003. Of these, 43 have been released, 27 have been murdered by their abductors, and the fate of the other 15, including the RFE/RL correspondent, is unknown.Iraq is also the world’s deadliest country for the media, with a total of 205 journalists and media assistants murdered there since March 2003.The name of the RFE/RL correspondent who went missing yesterday has not been released. RFE/RL said police found her driver’s body in the northeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Bonuk. He had been shot dead. So far, no trace of the journalist or her car has been found and no group has claimed responsibility for her abduction.The two RFE/RL correspondents already killed this year are Khamail Khalaf and Nizar Al-Radhi. Khalaf was kidnapped by two gunmen as he left his office in Baghdad on 3 April. His body was found two days later. Radhi was killed when gunmen opened fire on a group of journalists who had gone to a news conference in the city of Amara, 365 km south of Baghdad, on 30 May. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information November 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Free Europe correspondent freed after two weeks as hostage Newslast_img read more

Property Taxes a Struggle for Northeast Homeowners

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Housing Confidence High as 2017 Winds Down Next: Fannie Offers $10M for Affordable Housing Solutions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Which region in the U.S. lags behind in paying taxes on its residential and commercial property? According to the annual property tax payment analysis by LERETA, a leading national real estate tax and flood service provider, the data points to the Northeast, which leads the country with an 8.9 percent delinquency rate in residential and commercial property taxes. LERETA analyzed delinquency data on 58.2 million records across the U.S. and found a nationwide delinquency rate of 8.4 percent. Approximately 2,474 jurisdictions across the country were included in this year-end review. The Northeastern region scored higher than the national data, indicating a delinquency rate of 8.9 percent in this region. A little more than 800,000 of the more than 9 million parcels reviewed in the Northeastern region indicate property tax delinquency.The southern region also showed a high delinquency rate at 8.8 percent, or around 3.3 million of the 38.4 million records analyzed in this region. That again shows an average that’s well above the national delinquency rate.“We are in a unique position to analyze the effect of current assessor, tax amounts and delinquent data on a portfolio because of the sheer volume of data available to us,” John Walsh, CEO of LERETA, said. The Midwest region of the country scored lowest with a delinquency rate that was below the national average at 6.4 percent, or around 400,000 of the 6.4 million records analyzed in the region. The Western part of the U.S scored closer to the national average with a delinquency rate of 6.9 percent, or around 300,000 of the 4.3 million records analyzed by LERETA.This annual year-end analysis is designed to identify jurisdictions where property tax payments were not made by the economic loss date for the collecting agency. According to the report, an account becomes delinquent when the due date for a tax return or other established liability has passed and the amount due remains unpaid. Penalties and interest begin to accrue on the unpaid tax until the entire balance is paid in full. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Delinquency Homeowners LARETA Northeast property tax records region U.S. 2017-12-19 Staff Writer Property Taxes a Struggle for Northeast Homeowners Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Property Taxes a Struggle for Northeast Homeowners Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago December 19, 2017 1,610 Views  Print This Post Tagged with: Delinquency Homeowners LARETA Northeast property tax records region U.S. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more