Bangladeshi journalist tortured by police, held for nearly a year

first_imgContinuing fears On his release from prison, Faridul told waiting journalists and an RSF representative that he was still very concerned for his safety. “My security could still be in danger because the police officer’s colleagues and underworld gangs feel threatened,” he said. February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en In stories published in May and June 2019, Faridul focused on cases of extortion and death threats in connection with alleged links between local drug cartels and Pradeep Kumar Das, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) at the police station in Teknaf, a border town 75 km south of Cox’s Bazar. News Before bringing Faridul before a judge, OC Pradeep staged a raid on his home on 21 September 2019, in which his men planted two illegal firearms, 400 yaba pills (a popular local drug) and bottles of alcohol, and then pretended to discover them. This “evidence” and the three other charges brought by Pradeep sufficed to get Faridul jailed without any hope of bail. September 7, 2020 Bangladeshi journalist tortured by police, held for nearly a year News Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News On 17 August, the Bangladesh high court ordered his release on bail. He was released 10 days later but he remains charged on a total of six counts, including illegal possession of drugs, alcohol and firearms, which could potentially result in his being imprisoned again. All-powerful police officer BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence Faridul Mostafa with his family after being released from Cox’s Bazar prison on 27 August 2020 (left). The photo on the right, provided by the police, gives an idea of the level of the torture to which this journalist was subjected (photos obtained by Saleem Samad/RSF). “He was brutally tortured in police custody before being brought before a court in Cox’s Bazar three days later,” his wife Hasina Akter, told RSF. She said his hands and legs were broken and the nails of his fingers and toes were pulled out with pliers by Pradeep himself. His eyesight has been badly affected by the red chili powder that was rubbed in his eyes, and he was forced to drink sewage water, which caused severe diarrhoea. “We urge Bangladesh’s highest judicial authorities to immediately dismiss the spurious charges against Faridul Mostafa, to assume responsibility for his medical costs, and to issue orders for him to be given effective protection,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “His horrific ordeal calls for deep reforms in the police and judicial system so that journalists can freely investigate corruption cases without fearing reprisals. The credibility of the rule of law in Bangladesh is at stake.” Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage to go further After Faridul himself began being the target of threats, he wrote letters to the prime minister, home affairs minister and police inspector general in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, on 28 June 2019 requesting protection against OC Pradeep. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Bangladesh His wife told RSF that the family did not dare to contest the charges in court or report this scandal to the press for fear of reprisals by the all-powerful police officer. It was only Pradeep’s arrest early last month for the murder of a retired army officer that finally loosened tongues and revived Faridul’s hopes. Receive email alerts As RSF reported at the time, local newspaper reporter Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly beaten to death by thugs acting on the orders of a local official in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, in July. News In June, RSF and four other NGOs wrote to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asking her to take concrete action to guarantee press freedom in the face of an alarming surge in physical attacks against reporters investigating corruption. According to RSF’s tally, at least 15 journalists have been subjected to serious violence in Bangladesh since a lockdown was imposed in late March in response to the coronavirus crisis. Two days later, OC Pradeep filed three complaints accusing Faridul of extortion. The alarmed Faridul fled to Dhaka but he was located by means of his mobile phone signal and, after OC Pradeep’s thugs arrested him there on 19 September 2019, he was brought all the way back to the police station in Teknaf. This is when the real nightmare began. Brutal torture May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists The editor of the Cox’s Bazar Bani daily and the Janatar Bani news website, Faridul Mostafa was finally released on bail from Cox’s Bazar prison on 27 August after being held for 11 months and five days for covering local government corruption linked to the region’s drug trafficking with neighbouring Myanmar. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is spotlighting the horrific story, one that remained unreported until very recently, of a journalist who was tortured and arbitrarily jailed for nearly a year for investigating the widespread corruption in and around the city of Cox’s Bazar in the far southeast of Bangladesh. February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Is It Hot in Here?

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Senate Budget Committee Approves Republican Tax Bill Next: Counsel’s Corner: Brigham Lundberg talks Foreclosure Environment Subscribe  Print This Post November 28, 2017 1,901 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Tagged with: Home value Forecast Housing Markets Pro Teck Pro Teck Valuation Services Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home value Forecast Housing Markets Pro Teck Pro Teck Valuation Services 2017-11-28 David Wharton About Author: David Wharton Home / Daily Dose / Is It Hot in Here? Share Save What a difference three years can make. Pro Teck Valuation Services has released a new Home Value Forecast, tracking housing market data between October 2014 and October 2017. During that period, many housing markets across the nation surged from “weak” to “hot.” That’s good news, but what is driving the change?Pro Teck’s Home Value Forecast analyzes market trends and historical data for the top 200 core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) in the United States and then tracks their recovery from “weak” to “hot.” (The other Market Condition Ratings include “soft,” “normal,” “good,” and “strong,” respectively.) Looking at the data from October 2014 through October 2017, that period saw the number of “hot” markets jump from only 7 all the way to 78. The number of “strong” markets also increased dramatically, going from 38 to 62.In October 2014, 22.5 percent of the CBSAs tracked by Pro Teck’s Home Value Forecast had a rating of “strong” or “hot.” Three years later in October 2017, that number had increased to 70 percent. In that same time frame, the number of CBSAs with a “soft” or “weak” rating drop from 39 percent to 10.5 percent.Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck Valuation Service, said, “Limited inventory and a backlog in construction has left a void in available housing stock, leading to a strong real estate market filled with competitive buyers, increased prices and many same-day sales.”Pro Teck’s analysis credits changes in foreclosure sales as a primary driving factor in this recovery. “During the recovery, metros with larger proportions of foreclosure sales as a percent of market sales saw a muted recovery,” says Pro Teck’s Home Value Forecast report. “Nowhere was this more evident than in Florida.” Between 2014 and 2017 helped spike three different Florida CBSAs from “weak” to “strong”: Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond, Florida, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida. In each of these CBSAs, the foreclosure sales as a percentage of market sales dropped from the 30 percent range to between five and seven percent between 2014 and 2017.You can read Pro Teck’s entire Home Value Forecast by clicking here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Is It Hot in Here? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

Gardai don’t believe that injured man was assaulted

first_imgNews Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Google+center_img Twitter Facebook Previous articleMore funding released for A5 preparatory worksNext articleTwo dogs shot after attack on sheep News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai say they do not now suspect that a young man found with head injuries in Rathmullan on Friday afternoon was assaulted.The 19 year old was transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he is recovering after treatment. He was found in what’s been described as a “semi conscious” state near Batt’s Lane on Friday afternoon, and had apparently been lying undiscovered for several hours.There was speculation he may have been assaulted, possibly after a beach party on Thursday night. However, gardai now say while their investigation is continuing, they do not believe there was foul play involved. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai don’t believe that injured man was assaulted By News Highland – June 12, 2011 last_img read more

Saint Mary’s promotes immigration awareness

first_imgSaint Mary’s La Fuerza, a club representing Latina culture on campus, is holding Action week in order “to create awareness about the realities of immigration in the U.S.,” said club vice president Brianda Salas, a sophomore. The first event held Monday was a viewing of the film “Papers,” which is “a documentary about undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 and graduate high school without legal status,” Salas said.The week will continue with a bilingual mass in Le Mans Hall’s Holy Spirit Chapel at 9 p.m. Wednesday.On Thursday, La Fuerza will host Immigration Monologues, which will be “a short presentation about the myths and facts about immigration, followed by the real-life stories of individuals who have gone through the struggles of life as an immigrant and other similar stories,” Salas said.Salas said La Fuerza will also host guest speaker Enrique Morones, the founder of Border Angels.Salas said Border Angels is a non-profit organization made of volunteers who work to stop unnecessary deaths of individuals who travel through the Imperial Valley dessert areas and the mountain areas surrounding San Diego County.Morones will deliver a lecture on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Vander Vennet Theater. Though the lecture will not be part of Action Week, it is related to its message, she said. “We believe that by bringing Enrique Morones, it will enhance the Saint Mary’s College mission of commitment for social justice as well as promote student activism,” Salas said. “We not only wish to raise awareness, we want to promote action.”Salas said she hopes these events will help break down existing stereotypes and misconceptions about immigration.“La Fuerza wants to dispel those myths by presenting facts and real-life stories that will draw our audience closer to the realities of immigration and how it affects everyone and anyone regardless of migratory status,” Salas said.The week as a whole is only part of the group’s mission to bring knowledge to campus about Latina Culture.“As a group, we want to promote diversity and cultural education on our campus and the community,” Salas said. “With this event, we believe we are doing just that, educating the campus on immigration not just through opinions but facts.”Salas said the club does not discriminate and embraces all cultures and backgrounds. “We welcome anybody, not just Latinas,” Salas said. “Everyone is welcomed to become a member of La Fuerza and share their uniqueness through La Fuerza.”last_img read more