Moroccan authorities urged to release Ali Anouzla

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Comité pour la protection des journalistesAfrica Freedom of Information CentreAliansi Jurnalis Independen (Alliance of Independent Journalists)Arabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association Mondiale des Journaux et des Éditeurs de Médias d’InformationAssociation of Caribbean Media WorkersBahrain Center for Human RightsCambodian Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Media Freedom and ResponsibilityEgyptian Organization For Human RightsElectronic Frontier FoundationEspacio PúblicoFondation MaharatFondation pour les Médias en Afrique de l’OuestFoundation for Press FreedomFreedom HouseGlobe InternationalIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInitiative for Freedom of Expression – TurkeyInstituto Prensa y Sociedad de VenezuelaInstitut Studi Arus Informasi (Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information)International Press InstituteInternational Publishers AssociationJournaliste en dangerMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Rights AgendaNorwegian PENPacific Islands News AssociationPEN InternationalPublic Association “Journalists”Reporters sans frontièresSouth East European Network for Professionalization of MediaUnion des Journalistes de l’Afrique de l’OuestWorld Press Freedom CommitteeAssociation Vigilance pour la democratie et l’Etat civiqueAssociation tunisienne des femmes democratesAdala (Association justice), MoroccoAssociation marocaine pour le journalisme d’investigationAssemblée des citoyens, MoroccoCentre de Tunis pour la liberte de la presseCentre for Law and Democracy (CLD)Community Media SolutionsFree Press UnlimitedFront Line DefendersGulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR)International Media Support (IMS)Ligue Tunisienne de defense des droits de l’hommeMedia Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI)Nawaat.orgRegional Center for Training and Development of Civil Society, Sudan Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara The following is a letter signed by over 50 organisations, initiated by the Committee to Protect Journalists and International Media Support, calling on Moroccan authorities to free jailed editor Ali Anouzla:Open appeal to the Moroccan authoritiesOver 50 freedom of expression organisations call for immediate release of Moroccan editor Ali Anouzla20 September 2013 – We, the undersigned press freedom and freedom of expression organisations call on the authorities in Morocco to immediately release Ali Anouzla, editor of the Arabic edition of the news website Lakome, who was arrested on 17 September 2013, in connection with an article published on his website.According to information available to us, police arrested Ali Anouzla at his home and seized computers and hard drives from the journalist’s home and the offices of Lakome. We understand that the journalist is currently being held in Casablanca, pending charges.Anouzla was arrested in connection with a 13 September news article published on the Arabic edition of Lakome, which included a link to a video posted on the website of the leading Spanish daily El País. The video, embedded from YouTube, allegedly sharply criticized King Mohammed VI of Morocco, accusing him of despotism and corruption, and called on Moroccan youth to engage in jihad. YouTube has since removed the video.While Lakome’s article was critical of the video, on 17 September, Morocco’s general prosecutor stated that the video was “a clear invitation and a direct incitement to take part in acts of terrorism in the Moroccan kingdom” and that publishing threats from Al-Qaeda was a criminal action. He added that victims of terrorist attacks in Morocco had requested the authorities to initiate a judicial investigation into several newspapers that had reposted the video. However, Lakome did not post the video itself, but only a link to a website containing the video.The Moroccan Ministry of Justice also reportedly said it would take legal action against El País.The French edition of Lakome also published an article on the same day as the Arabic edition that included a direct link to the YouTube video, but its editor has reportedly not faced any official charges or harassment in connection with the article.We are concerned that Ali Anouzla was singled out for linking to media content, which was already widely available through other sources, and that the Moroccan authorities may decide to prosecute him under the country’s sweeping anti-terrorism law, which has been criticised for failing to uphold international fair trial guarantees.We also remind the Moroccan authorities that under international legal standards, restriction of the right to freedom of expression for reasons of national security, including under anti-terrorism legislation, must meet certain conditions known as the “three-part test” developed by the UN Human Rights Committee. National security cannot be used as a pretext for imposing vague or arbitrary limitations, such as in this case, and may only be invoked when there exists adequate safeguards and effective remedies against abuse. As highlighted in the Johannesburg Principles, developed in 1995 by a group of international experts, expression may be regarded as a threat to national security only if a government can demonstrate that the expression is intended to incite imminent violence; is likely to incite such violence; and that there is a direct and immediate connection between the expression and the likelihood or occurrence of such violence.Lakome is well known for its extensive coverage of corruption and abuses within the Moroccan government since its establishment in 2010. Anouzla has been investigated multiple times by the Moroccan authorities in connection with the website’s coverage, most recently in June after he accused the Moroccan intelligence services of instigating a smear campaign against him.We call on the Moroccan authorities to immediately release Ali Anouzla and allow the country’s media to participate in public debate on issues of great public concern to Morocco.Sincerely, June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information September 21, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Moroccan authorities urged to release Ali Anouzla News Receive email alerts News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 15, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists to go furtherlast_img read more

Freddie Mac: What’s Influencing Housing Affordability Now?

first_img Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-03 Nicole Casperson Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Freddie Mac: What’s Influencing Housing Affordability Now?  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Share Save Tagged with: Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac: What’s Influencing Housing Affordability Now? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlinescenter_img In a recent report by Freddie Mac, the relative influence of regulatory and geographic constraints on housing affordability was examined, discovering that the restrictive land use of cities and metropolitan areas have reduced affordability.According to the GSE’s September Insights report, many cities geographic constraints have had a greater impact on housing costs. And while regulatory reform can help moderate housing costs, “geographic constraints are permanent and limit the impact of regulatory relief.”The insights also discovered that house prices are 2.4 times higher than in the non-geographically constrained group, and the house price to income ratio is twice as high. Meanwhile, increases in demand cannot produce more housing, “thus prices must adjust by a larger amount.”In addition, the homeownership rate in the geographically constrained group, which includes cities like San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, “is only 56 percent compared to 64 percent in both moderately constrained and non-geographically constrained areas.”Sean Becketti, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac said a thought experiment can illustrate the impact of regulatory relief and the limits on that relief in a city that also is constrained by geography.“Imagine that San Francisco’s land use regulations were relaxed significantly,” Becketti said. “The ensuing reduction in house values would encourage migration to San Francisco, but the city’s geographic constraints guarantee that housing would still be expensive despite the reduction in regulation.”“And, over time, existing homeowners would find it more and more in their economic interest to lobby for the restoration of stricter regulations,” Becketti added. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Nicole Casperson Previous: Unraveling the Equifax Data Breach Next: Capitalizing on Housing Market Growth Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago October 3, 2017 1,488 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Belmont Racetrack’s Triple Crown Chef

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The June 9 Belmont Stakes will be Chef Drew Revella’s fifteenth at Centerplate Inc., which coordinates the racetrack’s restaurants and catering. But this year he is racing to prepare for a bigger crowd than usual.Even with that cushion of experience and his yearlong preparations now coming to a close, there’s no telling what challenges 90,000 hungry guests might bring on the day of the event.“There’s a love of that chaos,” Revella says. “It’s not like every other job.”The third and final leg of the American Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of them all at 1 1⁄2 miles. That, coupled with the fact that front-runner Justify, the horse that won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in May, has the potential to become the thirteenth-ever Triple Crown winner, makes it likely that the crowd at Belmont Park’s Elmont arena will be full.Triple Crown years have a markedly different feel, Revella says, adding that he is not generally a horse racing fan. He said it was incredible when, in 2015, he saw American Pharoah cross the finish line and win the Triple Crown.“I had one manager who worked with me over 10 years, she was literally crying in my arms because it was such an emotional experience to be part of something that exciting,” Revella recalls. “When you’re down on the track and you feel the horses run by, there’s a feeling you get that — it’s very hard to put words to it — but people know it who watch it.”Such moments are rare, though. Catering executives and employees rarely catch a glimpse of the events they work.“I’ve been [at the Belmont Stakes] for two years — haven’t seen it,” says Robert DiChiaro, regional vice president of Centerplate Inc., the event’s caterer. “I’ve worked Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups, Final Fours — very rare that I’ve seen anything.”He shrugs it off and catches the highlights the next day.Revella describes working the event as a “near-death experience.” In a similar fashion to the horses’ circuit, Revella moves in circles around more than a dozen satellite kitchen stations, making sure everything is going according to plan. Food preparation begins about nine days before the event, but the bulk of the work can be done only in the hours before race day to preserve freshness.Revella, 47, of Staten Island, might clock in as early as 2 a.m. during those last few days of preparations, coordinating with hired vendors to execute the menu he crafted specially for this year’s 150th anniversary. His primary focus will be catering to a VIP echelon of guests (nearly 6,000) who have paid as much as $1,200 for a premium experience.“We have a very New York-centric theme this year,” Revella says. “We’re taking some old subway signs and displaying food on that, and there’s pictures of Old World New York.”Some of the new menu items this year include Brooklyn-cured GMO-free pastrami, hot dogs, sausages and an array of other charcuterie. Revella aimed to source food as locally as possible, tapping Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens, which produces urban rooftop-grown lettuces that Revella will hand pick ahead of the event.Revella, who attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., says he started cooking at age 6, helping out with the family business — a catering hall. He says he was “bouncing around in the kitchen throwing ingredients in soup kettles.”Now, as a regional executive chef for Centerplate, he says he channels that fun-loving creativity into how he leads his kitchen staff. In a high-stress role such as preparing for the Belmont Stakes, he urges his staff to stay calm.“Never panic,” he tells them. “There’s always a solution. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.”After thousands flood Belmont Park for the big day, Revella says he will likely “fall down,” but come 8 p.m. he’ll start tweaking his ideas for next year’s event. And June 10 is a regular racing day at Belmont Park, which means the Centerplate team has to be ready to go the next day.“We still gotta open for another normal day on Sunday,” DiChiaro says. “It’s organized chaos.”last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Predators’ Wayne Simmonds leaves game after taking shot to leg

first_imgThe Predators may have lost a key trade acquisition.Wayne Simmonds left Nashville’s matchup with Dallas on Saturday after he took a puck to the knee off of a shot from Roman Josi. He fights hard for loose pucks, delivers big hits and sets the tone on the ice whenever he is out there.And in a series against one of the toughest defensive teams in the NHL, the Predators will need a player like that down the stretch.Dallas finished second in the NHL allowing a mere 2.44 goals against per game. NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Logan Couture says ‘I thought I lost my testicle’ after block He has one goal and two assists in 17 games with Nashville, but so much of what Simmonds does doesn’t show up on the scoresheet.center_img NHL playoffs 2019: Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov suspended one game for boarding OUCHIES 😥Be ok, #WayneTrain! pic.twitter.com/45ViWadGlZ— FOX Sports Tennessee (@PredsOnFSTN) April 13, 2019Simmonds went to the locker room with a notable limp and he did not return to the bench when the trainer came back a few minutes later.The 30-year-old winger came over to the Predators in a trade from the Flyers at the deadline. Related Newslast_img read more