RSF and JED call for investigation into violence against journalists covering protests

first_imgNews RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression to go further Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression February 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Please find below JED’s communiqué:“Journalists attacked during unrest in Kinshasa In a letter on 22 September to Evariste Boshab, the deputy prime minister responsible for internal affairs and national security, Journalist in Danger (JED) has called on him to launch an urgent investigation to identify and punish those responsible for abuses against journalists during the violence that swept Kinshasa on 19 and 20 September. In this letter (copies of which were sent to the president, the prime minister, the prosecutor-general and the armed forces auditor-general), JED points out that, in his toll of the clashes between opposition protesters and police, the deputy prime minister referred to persons killed, public buildings and schools set on fire, political party headquarters torched, and homes ransacked, but at no point mentioned the many journalists and media workers who were the victims of violence by the security forces although they were just doing their job. According to our information, some ten journalists and media workers were roughed up, physically attacked or arrested by the various components of the security forces on both the first and second day of the demonstrations in Kinshasa. JED condemns this gratuitous wave of violence against Congolese and foreign journalists who were just doing their job, violence that is a flagrant violation of the law guaranteeing media freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The letter provides the deputy prime minister responsible for internal affairs and national security with the details of the following cases as examples of this violence, in case his omission was not deliberate: 1) Radio France Internationale’s DRC correspondent Sonia Rolley, Agence France-Presse reporter and photographer Eduardo Soteras and TV 5 journalists Dady Songhozo and John Kinkendu were arrested by Military Police (PM) on the morning of 19 September on Boulevard Triomphal, far from where the demonstrations were taking place. They were then manhandled and taken to Kokolo camp, where they were held for several hours and were stripped of all their belongings, their reporting material, money and mobile phones. 2) Dosta Lutula, a journalist with Kinshasa-based Canal Congo Télévision (CCTV), was arrested by otherwise-unidentified police while covering an opposition demonstration on 19 September. He was bundled into a police jeep and was taken to Tshatshi military camp, where he was given a prolonged beating. At around 1 a.m., he was taken to Kokolo camp, where he was roughed up again and was undressed. He was finally released the next day at around 6 p.m. after his camera and cassette tapes had been confiscated. 3) Kevin Inana, a journalist with the daily La Prospérité, was arrested near the Huileries traffic circle by a group of uniformed riot police who were firing shots and using teargas to disperse demonstrators. After chasing him, the police asked him to identify himself. As he displayed his press card, they beat over the head with their batons and threw him to the ground. He was left with a broken arm. 4) Eliezer Thambwe, a reporter and presenter of “Tokomi Wapi,” a magazine programme broadcast by several Kinshasa-based TV channels, and his cameraman, Dieumerci Makesela, were arrested separately by police while covering the same demonstration on 19 September. Thambwe was arrested at the Victoire traffic circle and was released shortly thereafter. Makesela was arrested on Avenue des Poids-Lourds and was taken to a police special services detention centre where he was held for 72 hours. His camera was confiscated prior to his release. Media worker associations organized a round-table in July about safety for journalists with the aim of avoiding any recurrence of this kind of violence at a time of widespread concern about an upsurge in political unrest in the DRC. At the end of the round-table, the media workers proposed consultation with the authorities responsible for public safety with a view to prevent dangers to journalists during this period of tension.”The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Organisation center_img Credit : EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED) in urging the government to investigate and identify those responsible for the violence and abuses against journalists during street demonstrations on 19 and 20 September in Kinshasa. 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The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties Share Save This week, the Census Bureau will release its Vacancies and Homeownership Report. According to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions, over 1.5 million (1,530,563) U.S. single-family homes and condos are vacant, representing 1.6% of all homes. The report revealed that there are a total of 9,612 “zombie” homes or properties facing possible foreclosure which have been vacated by their owners nationwide, with the highest number of zombie properties in New York (2,428), followed by Florida (1,634), Illinois (985), Ohio (891) and New Jersey (463).Counties with notably high percentage of vacant homes included Ashtabula County, located northeast of Cleveland. According to Stacker, 23.3% of total homes are vacant in this country, and Ohio holds one of the highest rates of zombie homes in the country, with a total of around 891 in the state. Around half of these vacant homes are in the Cleveland-Elyria metro area, with 431 homes. Additionally, the top two zip codes nationwide with the highest number of zombie properties (with at least 100 properties in pre-foreclosure) are Cleveland zip codes 44105 (57) and 44108 (54).Some of the highest vacancy rates can be found in New Jersey. In Cape May County, New Jersey, 60.6% of total homes are unoccupied, however, nearly all are homes for seasonal or recreational use, as about half of the county’s residential real estate is vacation homes. New Jersey does still have some of the highest rates of zombie homes in the country, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. There are 463 zombie homes in New Jersey, and the 1,566 in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area.New York, according to ATTOM, has the highest number of zombie properties, at 2,428, with many of these homes located in New York City. However, Jefferson County, located in northern New York state near the St. Lawrence River, holds the highest percentage of unoccupied homes. With 15,384 out of 60,041 homes, or 25.6%, of total homes unoccupied in Jefferson County. According to Stacker, the area has seen an exodus of residents, dampening demand and activity in its housing market. In 2017, Jefferson County suffered the second-most dramatic population decrease of 2.8% in the United State.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.First American Real House Price Index (October 28)NAR Pending Home Sales Index (October 28)S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller (October 29)House Financial Services Hearing on LGBTQ Discrimination in Housing and Lending (October 29) Subscribe October 25, 2019 2,095 Views About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Foreclosure Vacancy zombie homes 2019-10-25 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Previous: Using Data to Your Advantage Next: Industry Impact: HUD to Address FHA Regulation The Week Ahead: Update on Vacant Properties The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Vacancy zombie homes Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Syracuse relies on guard Cornelia Fondren to make up for depth issues in rotation

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Cornelia Fondren pursed her lips, scrunched her eyebrows and threw her hands down to her side.She started jogging back on defense after committing a charge and one possession after shooting an air ball.Fondren scored 11 points in the first half of Syracuse’s last game, but only scored five and committed two turnovers after the break as Wake Forest took the lead for good.“In the first half we kind of let Fondren go too much left,” WFU head coach Jen Hoover said after beating SU on March 5, “and so we talked about that a little bit at halftime, that we really had to force her to her right and take away that left side a little bit.”While the Orange’s loss in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament likely affected its seed in the NCAA tournament, it showed Fondren’s transformation. Wake Forest created a plan to stop the junior, and when it did, the Demon Deacons stopped the entire SU team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFondren is Syracuse’s (21-9, 11-5 ACC) most versatile player and her emergence throughout the year has provided head coach Quentin Hillsman with lineup flexibility. With depleted guard depth due to torn ACLs for Brittney Sykes and Diamond Henderson, Fondren’s role may be more important than ever.Eighth-seeded SU will face ninth-seeded Nebraska on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament and Hillsman said he expects Fondren to continue to be a player that SU counts on.“She’s playing good for us,” Hillsman said. “Obviously playing all those minutes and playing multiple roles and positions, that’s been big for us. I think she’s really been effective in whatever role we’ve put her in.”Last year, Fondren was a player that came off the bench and averaged three points and 12 minutes a game. This year, she is third on the team in minutes per game (28.7), second in assists per game (2.7), second in steals per game (2.1) and second in rebounds per game (5.5). In 18 of 30 games, Fondren has led SU in assists, steals or rebounds.Fondren’s combination of quickness, athleticism and aggressiveness has allowed the 5-foot-8 junior to play at every position on the floor this season except for center. But despite being so reliable, Fondren said she doesn’t feel any added responsibility. “I just have to do my job,” Fondren said. “Keep doing what Coach keeps asking of me.”Against Wake Forest and for much of the season, Syracuse was at its best when forcing turnovers in the full-court press. Backcourt-mate Alexis Peterson leads the ACC with 2.4 steals per game and the duo sparks the Orange in transition.As the two guards SU counts on the most, Hillsman looks for more of the same from Fondren and Peterson against Nebraska.“There are a lot of things we need to do to take care of our own business,” Hillsman said. “I think it does start with Cornelia and Alexis up front (in the press).”In 14 of the first 15 conference games Fondren failed to score double digits. Now though, in the past two games she’s scored 13 and 16 points, respectively.With limited depth and only do-or-die games left, Fondren’s contributions are needed.Said center Briana Day: “I think once she gets going, everyone will get going.” Comments Published on March 18, 2015 at 12:11 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more