Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Erbil

first_img News Reporters Without Borders today joined the Kurdistan Journalists Union in condemning the abduction yesterday of Nabaz Goran in the northern city of Erbil and the beating he received for several hours before being set free. Goran contributes to several media in Iraq’s Kurdish region.“These practices are unfortunately only too common in Iraq,” the press freedom organisation said. “The authorities have a duty to find a way to put a stop to this kind of criminal activity. As a first step, this means conducting serious investigations in order to identify and punish those responsible.” A freelance contributor to the Media and Halati newspapers and the website, Goran was kidnapped outside the Hotel Dam Dam in Erbil at about 10 p.m. yesterday. His abductors, five men in military uniforms, drove him out of the city, beat him with clubs and hose-pipes and told him to “hold his tongue” before setting him free a few hours later.Goran is known for being outspoken in his criticism of the authorities. Two lawsuits were brought against, but were withdrawn after mediation by the Kurdistan Journalists Union. RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa News April 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Erbil News Follow the news on Iraq News to go furtherlast_img read more

Landlord offering concessions to lease up Century 21’s old FiDi store

first_imgASG Equities’ Raymond Gindi and Century 21 25 Church Street (Photos via ASG, Google Maps)The Gindi family is shopping for a tenant to fill the 60,000-square-foot hole that Century 21 left behind — and it’s offering up a discount.The family’s ASG Equities is offering free rent while the space at 25 Church Street is being built out, Crain’s reported. The landlord is also putting walls back up to once again separate the property from 22 Cortlandt Street.After Century 21 filed for bankruptcy and closed its stores last year, the Gindis purchased the retailer’s intellectual property for $9 million. The family said they would reopen select stores, but not the Financial District location, which it has owned for nearly three decades.Read moreReturn of the retailer: Century 21 relaunchesCentury 21 Stores files for bankruptcy, blames insurersBen Ashkenazy threatened to “go nuclear” on Century 21 family: lawsuit “[A new tenant] is going to be a pivotal piece in the revitalization of the Financial District,” George Karnoupakis, ASG’s head of asset management, told the publication.The landlord’s preference is to lease the entire space to a tenant for a flagship store, though the property can be split up for multiple users. The property spans five floors, the upper two being office space.Though Lower Manhattan’s retail availability has increased, asking rents have remained at around $365 per square foot, according to data from Cushman and Wakefield. Availability increased to 23.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, up from 18.2 percent a year earlier.[Crain’s] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* century 21Financial DistrictRetail Leasing Message*last_img read more