Country’s first media law starts life as dead letter

first_img Follow the news on Turkmenistan Organisation For more information on Turkmenistan: – Read our previous statements- Read Turkmenistan page in our latest report on the “Internet Enemies”- Read Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov’s profile in our report on the “Press freedom predators”(Picture: STR/AFP) News March 13, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries January 9, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Country’s first media law starts life as dead letter News Help by sharing this information Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Receive email alerts RSF_en News March 31, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan The first media law in the history of Turkmenistan came into effect on 4 January. In principle, it proclaims freedom of expression and bans censorship but it has so far done nothing to narrow the gulf between the official discourse and the reality of one of the world’s most closed and repressive countries.“The reign of the arbitrary has prevailed until now in the media domain so the existence of a law is a small step forward but much will have to change before its principles and provisions are translated into facts,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “For the time being, some of its provisions, although very satisfactory on paper, border on the ridiculous when confronted with the reality of journalist practices. The state is supposed to ‘guarantee media pluralism and independence’ but in practice the media are monolithic and controlled by the state and independent journalism is unthinkable. We strongly urge the authorities to bring practice into line with their own legislation.“The attitude of the authorities, the political system, and the justice system will all have to change fundamentally for the rights enshrined in this law to acquire real meaning and for the public to feel sufficiently confident to claim them. Without real democratic reform, this law, like so many others, will remain a complete fiction.”Deloire added: “We nonetheless salute the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s contribution to the drafting of this law. Turkmenistan now has a law that recognizes that news and information providers have rights, and we will not hesitate to remind the authorities of the need to respect their own laws.”Passed by the Mejlis (parliament) on 22 December and quickly signed into law by the president, the “Law on the Mass Media” that took effect on 4 January in theory “determines the rules governing the collection, processing and dissemination of news and information” and “establishes the rights, duties and responsibilities” of news providers. The contrast is striking between the Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov regime’s highly repressive practices and the “principles of state policy in the media domain” that are spelled out in article 4. “The media are free,” article 4 says. “No one may ban or prevent the media from disseminating information of public interest except under the provisions of this law (…) citizens have the right to use all media forms to express their opinions and beliefs, and to seek, receive and impart information.” The article also forbids “media censorship,” “interfering in the activities of the media” and “monopolization of the media by persons or entities.”In practice, all the Turkmen media are directly controlled by the state, which uses them to circulate propaganda and severely punishes any failure to toe the official line. The president owns most of the national newspapers.There is just one privately-owned weekly, Rysgal (Success), which was launched in September 2010. It is dedicated to promoting private enterprise and does not pursue critical editorial policies. It is published by a group of businessmen, the Turkmenistan Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, which became the country’s second “political party” shortly after the official adoption of a multiparty system in January 2012.Like the ban on censorship in the new media law, the official abandonment of a one-party system was purely illusory. No opposition party has been created and elections continue to be non-competitive.The new media law is for the time being too disconnected from reality for a detailed analysis to be appropriate. Many of its provisions are protective in theory even if their wording is often debatable. Officially, journalists have the right to join unions and the right to use a pseudonym or not put their name to a story (article 30). The protection of sources is referred to as a professional imperative (article 31). Government offices are required to respond within three days to requests for information of public interest (article 37). The public’s access to foreign news media is guaranteed (article 59).But in the absence of wide-ranging reforms, all these good intentions will remain a dead letter.The law is strongly marked by a state-control approach. Regulation of the media, the mechanisms of which are not defined, remains under the control of state entities (article 6). Self-regulation is mentioned only as option (article 7). The limits to freedom of expression and the definition of information that must not be rendered public are too loosely worded (article 42).In pratice, a permanent news blackout exists in Turkmenistan, which has for years been one of the last three countries in the Reporters Without Borders press index, alongside North Korea and Eritrea.The dangers are considerable for independent journalists who try to work clandestinely. Two, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, have been held for more than six years in a prison in a desert area near the western city of Turkmenbashi. Ogulsapar Muradova, a woman journalist, died in detention in September 2006, almost certainly as a result of mistreatment.A Radio Azatlyk correspondent, Dovletmyrat Yazkuliyev, was sentenced to five years in prison on trumped-up charges in October 2011 before finally getting a presidential pardon a few weeks later. News December 18, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 10, 2019 2,184 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More Subscribe Tagged with: CoreLogic Ellie Mae National Bankruptcy Services Sign up for DS News Daily 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. CoreLogic Ellie Mae National Bankruptcy Services 2019-10-10 Seth Welborn  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, announced the availability of its updated RCT Express reconstruction estimating and risk assessment solution that now includes the ability to provide valuations for large tract homes (LTH). This update gives insurers the ability to better assess and price LTH policies, bringing more powerful coverage adequacy tools to the insurance industry.“The rising popularity of large tract homes has created new challenges for insurers, who have historically struggled to distinguish these structures from high value homes that have more custom attributes,” said Benjamin Abbott, Product Manager for CoreLogic Insurance Solutions group. “Because of the size of these LTHs, many LTH homeowners policies have valuations more suitable for a custom home.”__________________________________________________________________________Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that Mr. Cooper the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage servicer and a leading mortgage lender, has deployed the Encompass Digital Lending Platform and Encompass TPO Connect for its wholesale and non-delegated channels. TPO Connect optimizes lender’s wholesale and investor’s non-delegated correspondent channels through a fully equipped, customizable, and interactive web experience built on the Encompass Digital Lending Platform, allowing lenders with multiple channels to leverage a single solution.As a result of its acquisition of Pacific Union Financial in February 2019, Mr. Cooper acquired the Wholesale and Non-delegated Correspondent lending channels and technologies. This amounted to a total of five differing Loan Origination Systems (LOS) to manage and maintain, including some that were unable to support the mandatory URLA changes expected in 2020 and others that were inefficient and required supplementary manual upkeep.After successfully utilizing Ellie Mae’s Encompass for its Direct-to-Consumer Channel, Mr. Cooper turned to the Encompass Digital Lending Platform for some of their third-party businesses due to its system optimization, cost, ease of use, and quick implementation timeline. Use of TPO Connect and the Digital Lending Platform enabled Mr. Cooper to reduce the cost and complexity of its total solution footprint while allowing for a more seamless, true multi-channel lending platform experience.__________________________________________________________________________National Bankruptcy Services  recently announced that Matt Slonaker and Jeff Aiken have joined the leadership team.  Matt Slonaker is the EVP of National Business Development and Jeff Aiken is SVP of Operations.  Slonaker will lead the revenue growth strategy efforts and be responsible for aspects of customer acquisition, revenue growth management, marketing enablement and business development.  Aiken will be leading default operations and assisting Bonial & Associates, P.C.”Matt has a proven track record of building revenue growth programs and developing successful business development teams.” said NBS Chief Executive Officer Brad Cloud. “We’re glad that he is joining our leadership team and driving our organic growth in the mortgage, consumer and automotive industry segments.”Slonaker brings more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry to NBS and their affiliated law firm, Bonial & Associates, P.C. Prior to joining NBS, Slonaker served as Senior Vice President & Head of Enterprise Solutions Sales at WFG National Title.  Additionally, he has held executive sales leadership positions at Sales Benchmark Index, Chronos Solutions and Carrington Holdings. From new leadership to new tech and partnerships, get the latest industry buzz in this update. 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 Previous: Freddie Mac Announces $400M NPL Sale Next: Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud & Qualia Partnerlast_img read more

Brisbane’s love of a Hamptons style home hasn’t waned

first_img11 Eleanor St, Camp Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auThe post-war home at 11 Eleanor St, Camp Hill is listed for offers of more than $650,000.It has three bedrooms and is being offered for sale for the first time in 65 years. 36 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has a swimming pool, wine cellar, sauna, gym and media room.The second level has an open-plan living, dining, meals and kitchen area with bi-fold doors which lead to an outdoor barbecue kitchen on the terrace. 36 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise. Picture: realestate.com.auThe first level has glass doors which lead onto a timber deck and down to the pontoon.It is listed through Emil Juresic and Edward Smyth of NGU Realestate Head office.A much more understated home was the fourth most viewed in Queensland this week. 53 Wendell St, Norman Park.It is built down the hillside with all six floors offering city views.Timber from an original Norman Park jetty frames the glass entry door and inside are bubble feature walls. The view from 53 Wendell St, Norman Park. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoIt is listed through Emil Juresic of NGU Realestate Head office.A luxury home at 36 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise was the third most viewed listing on realestate.com.au in Queensland this week.The five-bedroom home comes with a price guide of $4.8 million to $5 million. Known as Stella is it one of only 34 residences on Cronin Island. The three-level home has an internal elevator and comes with a pontoon. 11 Eleanor St, Camp Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are timber hardwood floors, a terracotta tiled roof and storage space underneath.It is listed through Craig Loudon of WJ Tobin Real Estate – Carina.Rounding out the top five this week is a four-bedroom home scheduled for auction on April 21.The house at 44 Zigzag St, Red Hill is in an elevated position with views across Paddington.It has been renovated and updated, although original features including VJ walls, high ceilings and polished timber floors have been retained. 34 Jerome St, Coorparoo. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has open plan living areas with 3.6-metre-high coffered ceilings and a soaring void. Sliding French doors connect the interior of the home with a deck which has an integrated stone-top kitchen, barbecue and double wine fridge.The property has a swimming pool and a large back yard. 44 Zigzag St, Red Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auThe kitchen has stone benchtops, a breakfast bar, stainless steel European Smeg appliances, gas cooktop, and a butlers pantry.It is listed by Sonya Browne of Ray White — Paddington. 34 Jerome St, Coorparoo was the most viewed listing in Queensland this week. Picture: realestate.com.auBRISBANE’S love of a Hamptons style property hasn’t waned.More potential buyers checked out a Hamptons style home at 34 Jerome St, Coorparoo this week then another other Queensland listing on realestate.com.au.The five-bedroom home has city views and is just newly completed. 34 Jerome St, Coorparoo. Picture: realestate.com.auOn the upper level a sliding barn-door leads to the lounge, rumpus or theatre room which can either be closed off from the rest of the home or integrated with the entertainment area.It is listed through Denis Najzar and Savva Koulouris of Place Bulimba.The second most viewed home in Queensland this week, made an appearance on last week’s list as well.The luxurious home at 53 Wendell St, Norman Park has five bedrooms and was inspired by the owner’s international travels. 44 Zigzag St, Red Hill. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Health officials to lead ‘house-to-house’ search for COVID-19 patients

first_img“Ang mangunguna ‘yung LGU at ang public health authority, pangungunahan ito ng city or local epidemiological surveillance unit kasi sila talaga ang mga expert dito. Pati ‘yung resulta ng contact tracing, pati kung sino ‘yung te-testing, ililipat o ire-refer sa ospital,” DILG chief said. Año also said that visiting houses would only be done in areas where there is an outbreak or surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases and those that are under localized lockdowns. “Ang ating kapulisan naman ay mag-a-assist lang sa kanila para sigurado na ma-implement ang lockdown at sigurado din na maayos naman ‘yung paglilipat ng ating mga positive patients,” he added. MANILA – Health officials will spearhead the house-to-house search for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said. “Gagamit tayo ng ambulansiya para diyan at pagpapaliwanagan naman natin ‘yung pamilya kung bakit natin ginagawa… Kailangan ambulansiya kasi violation ng protocol kapag mobile atsaka ‘yung pulis kasi hindi naman trained ang pulis diyan,” he said. Año, in an interview with GMA 7’s “Unang Balita” yesterday, said that policemen will be present but will only assist local government officials and health personnel in the search for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19. The house-to-house search is in line with the government’s “Oplan Kalinga” program, which seeks to transfer COVID-19 patients whose homes are ill-equipped for home quarantine to temporary isolation facilities./PNlast_img read more