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Freelance journalist Josh Wolf stays in prison after mediation fails

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first_img News News United StatesAmericas Freelance video journalist and blogger Josh Wolf will spend his 200th day in prison tomorrow after an attempt at judicial mediation failed yesterday. Both federal judge Joseph Spero, who was handling the mediation attempt, and Wolf’s lawyers declined to give the reasons for its failure.Wolf will remain in prison for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury and allow it to see his unedited video of a 2005 protest in which a police car was slightly damaged. The grand jury investigation into the attack on the car is currently scheduled to continue until July, but it could be extended until January 2008. If no further mediation attempt is scheduled and Wolf continues to refuse to cooperate with the grand jury, he will remain in jail until the term of its investigation ends or he completes 18 months in prison, which is the maximum penalty for contempt of court in such a case.“The failure of this unprecedented mediation is one more blow to professional secrecy for journalists in the United States, which has suffered a great deal at the hands of the federal judicial authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “One might have expected that Judge Spero would have agreed to an alternative penalty to prison, which is hard to justify. We hope further mediation will take place soon and that Wolf will be freed.”______________________________07.03.07 – Judicial mediation due to start on the eve of Josh Wolf’s 200th day in prisonReporters Without Borders today welcomed the fact that judicial mediation will start tomorrow in the case of jailed blogger and freelance video journalist Josh Wolf, and that this could lead to his release. On 10 March, Wolf is due to complete his 200th day in a federal prison in Dublin, California, for refusing to surrender his unedited video to a federal grand jury investigation.“Such mediation is unprecedented in this kind of press case and ought to be used to redress a flagrant miscarriage of justice, however belatedly,” the press freedom organisation said. “Joseph Spero, the judge named as mediator, should bear in mind that journalists are not meant to be police auxiliaries or informers and their role as news providers gives them the right to protect the confidentiality of their sources and material. Wolf’s detention has been used to put pressure on him and it is time for it to stop.”The case goes back to 2005, when Wolf filmed a protest in San Francisco against a G8 summit.After refusing to comply with a federal subpoena to hand over his unedited video and testify to a grand jury investigation into an attack on a police car during the demonstration, he was found in contempt of court and was initially imprisoned from 1 August to 1 September 2006. He was sent back to Dublin prison, near San Francisco, on 20 September after judges rejected an appeal. In all, he will have spent 200 days in prison on 10 March.William Alsup, the federal judge who imprisoned Wolf, finally ordered judicial mediation on 14 February and assigned the job to Judge Spero.The right of journalists to professional confidentiality is recognised by 33 states of the union. The house of representatives of the northwestern state of Washington unanimously passed a “shield law” of this nature on 16 February. Other shield laws are being debated by the states of Missouri, Utah, Massachusetts and Texas. Reporters Without Borders wants similar legislation to be adopted by the federal congress. Organisation to go further Receive email alerts March 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist Josh Wolf stays in prison after mediation fails Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Yesterday’s attempt at mediation between the federal judicial authorities and Josh Wolf failed, so this 24-year-old freelance journalist will tomorrow be spending his 200th day in a federal prison. Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed, but hopes another attempt at mediation will be held very soon. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

HLP CEO Discusses the Company’s Closure

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first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HLP CEO Discusses the Company’s Closure Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HLP CEO Discusses the Company’s Closure in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News, Technology The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Poised for Growth: Advantages of Property Preservation Outsourcing Next: Freddie Mac Transfers $2.5B in Credit Risk Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HLP has announced that it will close its operations effective on December 31, 2019, following a decision by the board of directors last month. After this date, HLP will permanently stop providing all services and any agreements HLP has with servicers or other organizations will end. HLP made the announcement this morning via an email and newsletter from HLP President and CEO Mark Cole.Founded in 2009, HLP collaborated alongside “the key stakeholders who work with families on homeownership—nonprofit counselors, advocates, lenders, servicers, investors, attorneys, and government.”According to Cole, part of the reason for HLP’s closure is the growing economy, and the resultant trend toward historically low rates of mortgage delinquencies.”I believe we should view HLP’s closing as ‘mission accomplished,'” Cole said in a statement. “We were created during the financial crisis to solve a specific problem that was crushing the housing industry. Diverse groups worked together and created a unique technology that served as a bridge to the mortgage industry for hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure. But times have changed and now most servicers have built their own customer portals to serve at-risk homeowners. A decade later, we can take pride that we help the industry make this transition and move on to other challenges.”Cole went on to discuss HLP’s role since the financial crisis.”In the past decade, we’ve helped more than 750,000 families seeking help,” Cole said. “That work has had a profound and lasting impact on individual families, neighborhoods, cities, and our nation. We also demonstrated that collaborating across sectors produced quicker, better solutions. Finally, we applied lessons learned from the mortgage crisis into a broad range of other programs and services—like pre-purchase platforms, post-purchase support, state mediation programs, MyLoanHelp, and HLPGuru—that improved homeownership sustainability.”Earlier this year, HLP was selected by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) to power its national initiative to increase homeownership among people receiving financial counseling from nonprofit counseling organizations nationwide.In 2018, HLP, alongside Soldier On and Citibank, worked to provide eligible veterans and their families with rehabilitated, single-family homes and providing the financial education needed to maintain successful, independent permanent housing as part of the “Homes for Veterans” program.”It’s been an amazing ride and I feel very fortunate to have been a part of this work,” Cole concluded. “It’s tough to say goodbye but I am confident that we have made the right decision. We owe a debt of gratitude to many people and hope they take equal pride in the difference made in the lives of families and communities across the nation through our collective work.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img HLP 2019-11-06 Seth Welborn Subscribe  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago November 6, 2019 1,285 Views Tagged with: HLP Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 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. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Mandela’s complex legacy cherished by some, challenged by others

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first_imgSoweto (South Africa), Jul 16 (AFP) A black and white photo of Nelson Mandela in boxing attire greets visitors to the gym where the liberation hero trained in the 1950s before delivering the knock-out blow to apartheid decades later.”He used to train here, I feel strong… Physically and mentally I get some strength,” said gym-goer Kgotso Phali, 18. The red and white walls of the gym, located in South Africa’s Soweto township, smell of fresh paint. The Donaldson Orlando Community Centre (DOCC) has been restored to its former glory to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth. Mandela, South Africa’s first black president known locally by his clan name “Madiba”, died in 2013. “People had to carry passes — all these things are gone now. We are free,” thanks to him, said Andy Zameko, who said he was proud to work out in the same gym as Mandela. Mandela would visit the gym several times a week to train and forget the ordeal that was the fight against the white supremacist regime. “The walls of… the DOCC are drenched with sweet memories that will delight me for years,” Mandela wrote to his daughter Zindzi from his cell on Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 years. A copy of the letter, dated December 9, 1979, is displayed on a wall in the gym. Nearby, young musicians seek to catch the attention of passing tourists in front of Mandela’s former home which has been transformed into a museum. “(He) makes us united. Now we are all united. (Blacks) can perform in theatres like the Joburg Theatre now — it was not the case before,” said guitarist Vincent Ncabashe, 49.advertisement Others recognise the achievement but are disappointed in the post-apartheid reality. “Madiba is so inspiring for me,” said hip-hop singer Thobane Mkhize who sported a striking bouffant haircut. “But we are not living his dream,” said the 24-year-old musician. “The parliament is like a (sitcom), it is no longer a parliament because politicians are busy with corruption. Instead of being united, we are busy looking at the colours of the skin,” he added. “There was need for a figure to reconcile black and whites,” said Genevieve Assamoi, a 45-year-old from Ivory Coast. “He was crucial in ensuring that blacks did not take revenge on whites and to allow the whites to feel safe.” “Without him, we would still be stuck in the same place,” said policeman and father-of-three Mpho Ngobeni. At a nearby petrol station in Soweto, two white men in khaki outfits completed the purchase of a car from two young black men — an unusual scene in the sprawling black-majority township. “The white people also got a chance (to stay in South Africa),” said Kaelen Viljoen as he struggled to hide the handgun clipped to his belt. The 22-year-old had also brought along a baseball bat, perched on the front seat of his 4X4. “I always have a weapon with me and I would not have left it at home when I came here,” said Viljoen, visiting Soweto for the first time in his life. “We called a lot of guys and we were very worried to come here, because he said there are a lot of black people here, and white people driving around here, is going to be a big problem. (But) after we met the guys we bought the car from, we actually love it, they are very friendly.” Maxwell Huis, 44, a homeless father-of-two said the reality delivered by Mandela was starkly different to that which he had promised. “He sold the black people to the whites. There should have been a civil war — it would have changed things,” he added as he foraged for wood to burn. Mtate Phakela, 19, sees Mandela’s legacy very differently. “He gave us a revolution without a war. He gave us the idea of freedom through peace,” said the teenager. “But we are not economically free.” Economic divisions still plague the country with the median monthly salary for whites at around 10,000 rands (USD 753, 638 euros) but just 2,800 for the black community. “He did his best,” continued Mtate. “The people who came after could have done better to free us economically.” (AFP) SCYSCYlast_img read more