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Terrible blow to what is left of Russian editorial independence

first_imgNews RussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption AFP Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed by the latest blow to editorial independence in Russia, in which two journalists at the leading Moscow business daily Kommersant were fired, 11 of their colleagues resigned in protest and then more than 200 of the newspaper’s journalists issued a joint warning that its readers would now be denied unbiased coverage. Читать на русском / Read in RussianYesterday’s turmoil at the newspaper began when it was confirmed that two of its journalists had been fired over an article about a Kremlin ally, and 11 of their colleagues in the newspaper’s politics section then resigned en masse in solidarity. Reporters Maxim Ivanov and Ivan Safronov were dismissed for reporting that Valentina Matviyenko, an influential politician allied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, could be replaced as speaker of the Federation Council (the Russian parliament’s upper house) in the coming months.“I am leaving the Kommersant publishing group not of my own volition but as a result of a decision by the shareholder, who was extremely critical of the article about Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko’s possible resignation,” Safronov wrote in a Facebook post.A spokesperson for the newspaper’s owner, influential billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov, said Usmanov did not take “decisions on the firing or hiring of journalists.” But the information gathered by RSF confirms that Ivanov and Safronov were indeed fired as a result of pressure from Usmanov, who was critical, inter alia, of the fact that they did not name their sources for the story.Yesterday evening, more than 200 Kommersant journalists posted a joint letter on Facebook confirming the owner’ interference and emphasizing the professionalism of their two dismissed colleagues and the importance of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.The joint letter added: “Our readers, partners and advertisers will be deprived of high-quality and unbiased coverage of a number of domestic political issues (…) for a long time now.”“This editorial meddling in the Kommersant newsroom by the owner is a terrible blow to what is left of journalistic independence in Russia,” RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk said. “Respect for the confidentiality of journalists’ sources is an essential principle for which there is provision in Russian law. Reporters Without Borders would also like to express its total solidarity with journalists who mobilize to defend independent, quality journalism, which is threatened by increasingly blatant political interference.”The Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union issued a call for a strike, saying it was “deeply concerned by the situation” and condemning what it called a “brutal interference by shareholders in editorial policy.” The Russian Union of Journalists, too, pointed out that “shareholder meddling in editorial policy violates the constitutional right to free speech.”Kommersant was once regarded as the flagship of the Russian press but its prestige has declined steadily since 2008, when Usmanov bought the company that publishes it. After two editors were fired in late 2011 for publishing comments that supposedly insulted then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, 35 Kommersant journalists signed an open letter accusing Usmanov of trying to “intimidate” them.When Maria Karpenko was fired as its Saint Petersburg correspondent in March of this year, Kommersant said it was because her comments on the Telegram social network had “violated the newspaper’s editorial policy.” But Karpenko said she was convinced that the real reason for her dismissal was her critical coverage of Saint Petersburg acting governor Aleksandr Beglov during his election campaign.Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. May 21, 2019 – Updated on May 22, 2019 Terrible blow to what is left of Russian editorial independence RSF_en News News to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression News May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia Related documents cp_russie_demission_kommersant_rus.pdfPDF – 177.32 KB Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 5, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Foreclosure Activity’s Ups and Downs

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Share 1Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 12, 2019 1,899 Views Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Activity’s Ups and Downs Foreclosure Activity’s Ups and Downs Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: ATTOM default Foreclosure Reposessions About Author: Seth Welborn 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. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Foreclosure activity has increased month-over-month, according to the latest report from ATTOM Data Solutions. According to the report, there were 53,007 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in August 2019, up 4% from July 2019 but down 24% from a year ago. Nationally, one in every 2,554 U.S. properties received a foreclosure filing during the month of August.Foreclosure starts increased by 7% month-over-month in August, with lenders beginning the foreclosure process on 27,886 property owners that month. Counter to the national trend, 21 states and the District of Columbia posted month-over-month decreases in foreclosure activity in August. Including the District of Columbia (down 49%); Alaska (down 30%); Arkansas (down 29%); Arizona (down 28%); and Rhode Island (down 27%).Also counter to the national trend, 19 states posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure starts, including Georgia (up 43%); Louisiana (up 41%); Michigan (up 18%); Hawaii (up 13%); and Ohio (up 9%). Additionally, 81 of 220 metro areas analyzed posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure starts, including Atlanta, Georgia (up 50%); Cleveland, Ohio (up 55%); Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (up 5%); Detroit, Michigan (up 18%); and Cincinnati, Ohio (up 2%).Meanwhile, repossessions fell in August year-over-year by 47%, after 10 consecutive months of year-over-year decreases, but increased by 4% from the previous month. ATTOM also reported 16 out of 220 metro areas analyzed posted year-over-year increases in REOs in August, including Beaumont, Texas (up 81%); Honolulu, Hawaii (up 27%); Port St. Lucie, Florida (up 27%); Salisbury, Maryland (up 19%); and Des Moines, Iowa (up 6%).Hawaii (up 8%) was the only state to experience an annual increase in completed foreclosures in August. States with the greatest decreases in completed foreclosures in August, included: Kansas (down 92%); Mississippi (down 82%); Idaho (down 80%); Wyoming (down 79%); and Utah (down 79%).center_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Wildfires and Housing: Knowing the Risks Next: The Industry Pulse: Update on Altisource, Fund That Flip, and More Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News, Secondary Market ATTOM default Foreclosure Reposessions 2019-09-12 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

Disco Biscuits Take Over At The Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas [Gallery/Setlist]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits hit the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas last night, playing the first of three shows at the prized Sin City venue. While the next two nights are post-Phish late shows, the band had the city all to themselves last night, playing a monster performance to get early arrivers in the dancing mood.The show started with a set from the New Deal, who brought the house down with their jamtronica fusion. The Biscuits immediately started on an exciting note with a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” a song that has been in their repertoire throughout 2016. The band then kept the jams flowing non-stop, bringing a great run of songs throughout both the first and second sets.Watch the official stream of “Let’s Go Crazy” below, courtesy of the Disco Biscuits and nuts.tv.Check out the full setlist below, and catch a stunning gallery from Erik Kabik Photos as well.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, NV – 10/27/16I: Let’s Go Crazy, Voices Insane-> Rock Candy-> Munchkin Invasion, On Time-> Caterpillar (ending)II: Highwire-> I-Man-> Great Abyss (inverted)-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> I-Man -> HighwireE: I Remember When Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Trail Mix – Wilderado

first_imgAnother year of Trail Mix has come and gone.I’ve lost count as to how long we have been doing this, but I think we are just about at year ten. This year was as good, if not better, than any of them. Twelve incredible collections of music, some 250 artists and songs, all brought to you by the generosity of the folks making the music.This last blog post of 2018 showcases Tulsa, Okalahoma, roots rockers Wilderado. The band, whose previous recorded work has garnered international praise, took an unusual turn in recording and releasing their latest EP, choosing to return to the songs on Favors, a collection of songs released earlier this year, to reinterpret and record them acoustically.While the original edition is rich with slick studio production, nothing gets lost on the bare bones, acoustic approach to the songs on Favors. The ethereal harmonies remain, and there is a hypnotism in the reduction of each song down to its acoustic core.I recently caught up with singer/guitarist Max Rainer to chat about resolutions, revisiting these songs on the new EP, and Christmas gifts that make your mama cry.BRO – What provided the impetus to return to these songs and record them acoustically?MR – We started playing on Triple A radio with this song. They like to have you come in and do live sessions. Usually they’re early in the morning and in small rooms, so we decided to try and play the songs in a way that better for the atmosphere. I believe we did “Siren” first, then adapted the others. It was honestly some of the most fun writing I’ve ever done. We all have a soft spot for the pretty stuff.BRO – You and the band have three EPs behind you now. Plans for a long player in the works?MR – We do have plans for an LP. More than anything, and with today’s streaming format, we focus on writing and releasing music.BRO – Best Christmas gift you ever gave?MR – I had a good streak going of making my mom cry with my Christmas gifts to her. I can’t really remember what they were, but I remember the requirement being the gifts should make her emotional. One was a small clay rabbit, if that gives you any insight into the situation.BRO – We are featuring “Sorrow” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?MR – More than anything, “Sorrow” is about getting to know the other side of joy, its opposite. The other bits are about not letting moments of sadness define you, while accepting the fact that they will come and go. Who cares? Sit through it and look around, ya know?BRO – 2019 is upon us Got a resolution for the new year?MR – We really want to feel like we got better at writing and performing. I would love to have a rockin’ six pack, too. And whiter teeth. Way more hair and a defined jaw line.Wilderado’s tour schedule is pretty quiet until March, when they hit the road for a whole bunch of dates across the country supporting Mt. Joy. Fans in the Southeast who want to see the band need to put Shaky Knees Music Festival on the calendar, as Wilderado will be hitting that Atlanta festie in early May.For more information on Wilderado, when the band will hit a stage near you, or how you can grab a copy of the new EP, please check out the band’s website.And be sure to check out “Sorrow,” along with tracks from The Travoltas, Ryley Walker, Trapper Schoepp, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.Tune back in soon for the first Trail Mix of 2019!last_img read more