Ghani presidency’s first 100 days: hopes persist despite more violence against journalists

first_img Organisation The first 100 days of the government led by President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have seen significant advances for media freedom.The two leaders made several statements in support of freedom of information in September. Key measures favouring freedom of information have also been taken. They include modifying the access to information law, eliminating the Media Offences Commission, and the planned creation of a media regulatory body under a new media law.But this period has also seen the continuation of a wave of violence against journalists than was unleashed when election coverage began last October. The Taliban stepped up attacks on the civilian population more than a year ago, and their targets have included journalists and media.Reporters Without Borders has also noted at least nine arrests of journalists and bloggers, 55 attacks or threats against information providers, five abductions and four fatal attacks, in which two of the victims were foreign reporters. Despite this wave of violence, Afghan journalists have continued to play an important and responsible role in providing coverage of the elections and the post-election political crisis.“The main reason for the continuing violence and resulting instability has been the war waged by the Taliban against the desire for peace and democracy that the Afghan people demonstrated in the presidential election,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“But news media and journalists are increasingly being threatened by local government officials and military personnel. All of these abuses must be stopped,” Moini added.Reporters Without Borders reiterates the importance of the need for the Afghan government to address the following essential points and to consider the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders made in its March 2014 report entitled “Presidential election in Afghanistan: local media on the front line”:- Abuses against journalists, which mostly take place outside the capital, continue to go unpunished. At least 32 journalists have been killed in connection with their work since 2002. Women journalists are often singled out for acts of violence and intimidation.- The new interior and justice ministries must relaunch investigations into past murders and serious cases of violence against journalists. They must also ensure that the police investigate every new attack or threat against journalists and do what is necessary to punish those responsible and provide prosecutors and judges with complete case files.- The information ministry must foster editorial independence in the state-owned news media.- The government and religious authorities must defend the right of women to work as journalists, including TV journalists, in the same way that men do.Afghanistan is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders welcomes the appointment of several human rights and freedom of information defenders in the new national unity government that was finally formed on 12 January. They include Najiba Ayubi, a journalist on the Reporters Without Borders list of “100 information heroes,” and Ai Soltan Khirie, a renowned poet and journalist. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News January 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ghani presidency’s first 100 days: hopes persist despite more violence against journalists News RSF_en Receive email alerts News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan to go further Follow the news on Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom”last_img read more

Miller: Recapitalized Fannie, Freddie a (Bad) 20-year Option

first_img If you’re hoping to see the beleaguered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac adequately recapitalized, you’re going to have to wait another two decades or so. But Mary Miller, the Department of the Treasury’s undersecretary for domestic finance, is hoping to find another way. As she put it at Friday’s National Housing Conference Annual Policy Symposium in Washington, D.C., the current system of taxpayer-funded GSEs simply doesn’t work.Miller painted a rather grim picture of the GSEs, saying the entities have shut out far too many otherwise-credit-worthy borrowers by making lenders reluctant to lend and by putting the risk squarely on taxpayers’ shoulders. Miller’s portrait of the American housing market design shows a badly flawed system in which the average taxpayer will get the bill if the market were to crash again. This, she said, would happen despite the federal government’s significant presence in the housing market, which includes ongoing funding of the GSEs. But any perceived health in the current system is a false security, Miller said. The profitability of the GSEs in the past two years has, after all, “been driven by income from their retained portfolios, which benefit from being funded through Treasury capital … at low rates the private market cannot obtain,” she said. These portfolios remain significant sources of income for entities such as Fannie and Freddie. However, the GSEs are required to shrink their portfolios by 15 percent per year, meaning that the GSEs will not be able to replicate the levels of revenue they’ve achieved over the past two years. “In short, adequately recapitalizing the GSEs would take longer than many realize or would admit,” she said.To make “a fairer and more sustainable housing finance system” will take a lot more than simply refilling the coffers of Fannie and Freddie—which, she said, would take at least 20 years to do. In the meantime, unless the design of the system is changed, there is little more to go on than crossed fingers that nothing goes wrong until the 2030s.The cornerstone of this new design should begin with a return of private capital to the center of the system, Miller said. President Barack Obama has embraced this same idea since his first term, saying that the GSE’s current model simply allows private shareholders and executives to benefit at the expense of taxpayer losses. The new housing finance system must also provide borrowers widespread access to safe, responsible products, including 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, she said.Whatever happens will take a lot of work and a lot of patience. “There is no quick-fix solution around this,” Miller said. “Only legislation can protect taxpayers by responsibly winding down the GSEs and replacing them with a system where a government guarantee is transparent and explicitly priced.” Previous: May Housing Scorecard Shows Progress in Equity and Home Sales Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 6/16/2014 Department of the Treasury Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Mary Miller Recapitalization 2014-06-13 Scott Morgan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 13, 2014 941 Views About Author: Scott Morgan Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 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. Tagged with: Department of the Treasury Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Mary Miller Recapitalization Miller: Recapitalized Fannie, Freddie a (Bad) 20-year Option Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Miller: Recapitalized Fannie, Freddie a (Bad) 20-year Optionlast_img read more

Ashok Arora’s Plea At SC Withdrawn In View Of Plea Pending In Delhi HC Against His Suspension From Post Of SCBA Secretary

first_imgTop StoriesAshok Arora’s Plea At SC Withdrawn In View Of Plea Pending In Delhi HC Against His Suspension From Post Of SCBA Secretary Sanya Talwar6 July 2020 5:57 AMShare This – xAdvocate Ashok Arora’s plea was withdrawn in the Top Court on Monday on account of submission made by his Counsel that a suit challenging the impugned Resolution suspending him from the post of Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association was pending before the Delhi High Court.A single judge bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy took note of the submission by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAdvocate Ashok Arora’s plea was withdrawn in the Top Court on Monday on account of submission made by his Counsel that a suit challenging the impugned Resolution suspending him from the post of Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association was pending before the Delhi High Court.A single judge bench of Justice Hrishikesh Roy took note of the submission by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. Narender Singh Yaadav that since a suit has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the impugned resolution of May 8 by the SCBA Executive Committee suspending Arora, the Writ petition be disposed off as withdrawn.”It is submitted that petitioner has filed a Suit in the Delhi High Court to challenge the impugned resolution dated 08.05.2020 of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) whereby, the petitioner has been suspended from the post of Honorary Secretary of the SCBA. Therefore, the petitioner wants to withdraw this case. In view of the aforesaid development and the submission, the Writ Petition is disposed of as withdrawn” – Supreme CourtLast week, the Delhi HC had issued notice in Advocate Ashok Arora’s suit seeking quashing of his suspension from the post of Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) by its Resolution dated May 8, 2020.A bench of Justice Mukta Gupta while issuing notice to the plea challenging suspension of Arora vide the Executive Committee’s Resolution had allowed a week’s time to file replication and rejoinder and listed the matter for further hearing on August 6.On May 8, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) suspended its Secretary, Ashok Arora, with immediate effect after the Executive Committee (EC) took this decision in a meeting.Vide this Resolution, it was also decided that Rohit Pandey, the Assistant Secretary, will take over the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary.This development came soon after Arora had circulated a message amongst SCBA members, in an attempt to convene an Emergent General Meeting (EGM) on May 11 to discuss the the removal of SCBA President, Dushyant Dave, from his post for passing a Resolution on February 25 condemning public remarks made by Justice Arun Mishra in praise of PM Narendra Modi. Arora had alleged that Dave is using the office of SCBA for political purposes and called for his removal from the primary membership of the Bar Association as well.On June 5, SCBA issued a notice to Ashok Arora to show cause as to why ex-parte proceedings by a three-member committee should not be initiated against him for alleged imputations laid out in the notice.Soon after being suspended, Arora had sent out a message to members of the Bar accusing the EC of intimidating him on different occasions and further alleging that Dave’s conduct has brought disrepute to the Bar.In an extraordinary move, the Bar Council of India intervened in the issue to stay the SCBA resolution suspending Arora. The SCBA responded to this by stating that ‘BCI has no power to control Bar Associations’.Click Here To Download OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Scotland failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and now UEFA have given them more bad news

first_imgUEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish Football Association for its handling of Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Poland at Hampden Park.The governing body listed “insufficient organisation”, “field invasions by supporters” and “stairways blocked” among its concerns that arose during the 2-2 draw.The same action is being taken against the Polish Football Federation.Incidents listed by UEFA concerning the PZPN include “kit infringement”, “setting off and throwing of fireworks”, “throwing of objects”, and “crowd disturbances”.In addition to a young Scotland supporter entering the pitch during the second half to have a photo taken with Poland’s Robert Lewandowksi, whose 94th-minute equalising goal ended Scotland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s tournament, Poland’s fans could be seen setting off flares in the away end.Police Scotland have confirmed that a total of 21 arrests were made throughout the course of the match.Each were for “minor disorders”, with no major incidents reported, and those involved included fans for each team.UEFA’s disciplinary proceedings are to be held on October 22. 1 Scotland last_img read more