Sudanese authorities urged to end systematic censorship

first_img Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal News News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent May 19, 2016 Sudanese authorities urged to end systematic censorship April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressurePredators Follow the news on Sudan Help by sharing this information After members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) seized Al Jareeda’s issues on 9, 10, 12 and 13 May, the newspaper stopped publishing for two days in protest. When it resumed on 16 May, that day’s issue was also immediately confiscated in what some observers regarded as a punishment for the protest.The seizures are estimated to have cost Al Jareeda 90,000 Sudanese pounds (6,600 US dollars) in lost income.The NISS has not felt the need to provide any explanation for the repeated seizures. Al Jareeda had published articles about a recent wave of student demonstrations in connection with which intelligence officers beat two students to death.In the previous two months, the NISS had already carried out 12 unjustified seizures while 15 journalists were fired at the behest of the authorities. The NISS targets newspapers that criticize the government, mention President Omar al-Bashir’s indictment by the International Criminal Court, or cover the wave of protests.In late April, the NISS banned all newspaper coverage of events linked to the demonstrations, the opposition and human rights.“The increase in repressive measures against the press is a reaction to the growing unrest in Sudan,” RSF said. “We urge the authorities to end the arbitrary confiscation of newspapers and to stop harassing journalists, who have an essential role to play in informing the public.”It is against this backdrop of growing censorship that the justice ministry formed the committee, which includes the NISS, to discuss the proposed press law. The authorities have yet to share the text of the proposed law with those most affected – Sudan’s journalists.Sudan is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. April 10, 2020 Find out morecenter_img to go further News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the seizure of five issues of the daily newspaper Al Jareeda in the space of a week. This latest escalation in censorship comes as a committee formed by the justice ministry prepares to discuss a new press law. Organisation SudanAfrica Condemning abuses Economic pressurePredators Demonstration of journalists in Khartoum March 2016 ASHRAF SHAZLYAF/AFP Receive email alerts March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Early-Stage Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped in Q4 2017

first_img According to the MBA’s Fourth Quarter 2017 National Delinquency Survey, general downward trends for mortgage delinquencies continued as 2017 wrapped up, even after the impact of a historically damaging hurricane season.”The 30-day delinquency rate actually dropped by 15 basis points in the fourth quarter of 2017, as homeowners affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria either became current on their payments or moved to later stages of delinquency,” said Marina Walsh, MBA’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “However, while the earliest-stage delinquency rate dropped, the 60-day and 90-day delinquency rates did increase in the fourth quarter of 2017. Despite the hurricanes and these quarter-over-quarter results, most states are seeing overall mortgage delinquency rates at lower levels than a year ago.”According to the MBA survey, the percentage of loans in the foreclosure process at the end of the fourth quarter was 1.19 percent. This placed Q4 2017 down 34 basis points year-over-year, and down 4 basis points from Q3.Serious delinquency rates, covering loans that are 90 days or more overdue or actively in the process of foreclosure, increased 39 basis points between Q3 and Q4, hitting 2.91 percent for Q4 2017. However, that total is still 22 basis points lower than in Q4 2016.On a seasonally adjusted basis, however, mortgage delinquency rates did increase across all types of loans, including FHA, VA, and conventional.According to the latest Mortgage Monitor Report from the Data and Analytics Division of Black Knight, Inc., mortgage delinquencies hit a 23-month high as 2017 wrapped up, surging by 164,000 year-over-year. However, outside of hurricane-affected areas, Black Knight reported that the national mortgage delinquency rate was actually 11 percent below long-term norms. In these same areas, the total number of past-due or in-foreclosure homes dropped by more than 140,000 as December 2017 wrapped up.Last year also saw the fewest foreclosure starts nationwide of any year since 2000, with the annual total sitting at 649,000. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Early-Stage Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped in Q4 2017 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 12, 2018 2,467 Views Previous: New York Buys Distressed Mortgages to Fight Zombie Homes Next: Quickening Mortgage Innovation in an Industry Slow to Change  Print This Post Foreclosures hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes MBA Mortgage Delinquencies National Delinquency Survey 2018-02-12 David Wharton Tagged with: Foreclosures hurricane harvey Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria hurricanes MBA Mortgage Delinquencies National Delinquency Survey Home / Daily Dose / Early-Stage Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped in Q4 2017 Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more