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RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwide

first_img Related documents RSF’s 2015 Round-upPDF – 2 MB RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today publishing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists held hostage, imprisoned or missing. Organisation center_img According to RSF’s tally, 54 professional journalists – including one woman – are currently held hostage worldwide, a 35% increase on last year. It is no surprise that Syria is the country where non-state groups are holding the biggest number of journalists – 26. Islamic State alone is holding 18, mainly in Syria and Iraq.“A full-blown hostage industry has developed in certain conflict zones,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We are very alarmed by the increase in the number of reporters held hostage in 2015. The phenomenon is above all linked to the big surge in abductions of journalists in Yemen, where 33 were kidnapped by Houthi militias and Al-Qaeda in 2015, against two in 2014. Thirteen are still being held hostage.”The number of journalists currently imprisoned, 153, is 14% fewer than this time last year. A total of 161 citizen-journalists and 14 media workers are also detained. China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for journalists, closely followed by Egypt, with 22 journalists currently held.Eight journalists were reported missing in 2015. These disappearances occur mainly in conflict zones, where instability makes it harder to conduct investigations to locate missing journalists, if indeed there is any investigation at all.Libya, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain reliable information, is the country most affected by this problem. Four Libyan journalists and an Egyptian cameraman, all employed by privately-owned Barqa TV, were reported missing this year in Libya.In response to the scale and variety of dangers facing journalists, RSF has produced a fully revised and amended version of its Safety Guide for Journalists in partnership with UNESCO. Designed for reporters going to high-risk areas, it is full of practical advice on dealing with the dangers awaiting in the field and stresses the importance of preparing well before leaving. The handbook is available in print and online versions in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. News December 15, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwidelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Pasadena Eviction Moratorium Still in Effect

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Eviction Moratorium Still in Effect Proper documentation required to guarantee protection By ANDRÉ COLEMAN Published on Monday, August 31, 2020 | 9:26 pm More Cool Stuff Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Although the state legislature passed legislation on Monday that will require tenants to pay 25 percent of back rent not paid during the moratorium for the remainder of the year, Pasadena’s eviction moratorium remains unchanged.According to information released by the city on Monday, “Landlords may not pursue no-fault evictions or evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who can’t afford to pay because of the pandemic.”Tenants can use the moratorium as a defense in court but must appear in court to use that defense.Tenants must give landlords notice in writing that they have been impacted by the coronavirus and provide documentation of that impact in writing.The city’s moratorium will end when the city lifts its state of emergency. Once it ends, tenants have six months to pay back rent that went unpaid during the emergency. Landlords cannot charge late fees on rent that was not paid during the moratorium.Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom cut a deal that would force tenants to pay 25 percent of their unpaid moratorium rent from September through January to remain in their homes.Renters making above 130 percent of their regional area median income (AMI) will need to provide additional proof of COVID-related economic hardship to avoid eviction. The measure expires Feb. 1, at which point a tenant must pay their rent in full to avoid eviction.“The governor’s new compromise bill (Assembly Bill 3088) is compromising people’s lives,” said local housing advocate Ryan Bell. “Those on the frontlines of that gamble are those least able to bear the burden: Black and Brown communities and the lowest income tenants without savings and other backup plans.“The only way to stop the spread of Covid-19 is for people to stay home, but with the loss of the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, millions will face eviction due to no fault of their own. Tenants are demanding a complete ban on evictions until 90 days after the governor lifts the state of emergency.”According to a recent study by the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy, about 365,000 renter households in Los Angeles County are in imminent danger of eviction once an order halting evictions is lifted.According to the study, which was published in late May, by early May nearly 600,000 people in L.A County had lost their jobs and had no unemployment insurance or other income replacement.Nearly 450,000 of those people live in 365,000 units of rental housing, and 558,000 children live in those households.The study also found that people in 120,000 households in L.A. County will become homeless soon after orders stopping evictions are lifted. Top of the News last_img read more

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Cuts to local authorities force two Oxford homeless shelters to close

first_imgOxfordshire’s two biggest providers of shelter for the homeless are being forced to close due cuts in funding.Simon House, located on Paradise Street in Oxford, and Julian Housing, based in Oxford and Abingdon, will be ‘decomissioned’ by April 2018. This follows the Government’s £1.5 million cut to homelessness provision across the county.In response, the County Council and all five county districts resolved to provide a ‘realistic solution despite difficult circumstances’. They pledged £2.94 million over the next three years to counteract government cuts, but this will only provide 141 beds, less than half of the 286 currently available.The funds from the County Council will be used to create a hostel with 56 beds in Oxford, which will allocate spaces to regions across the country. South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have contributed around £215,000 to the project. Oxford City council will continue to provide its £1.4 million a year funding, but has said that it will be unable to increase its funding in response to Government cuts.Andrew Smith, the MP for Oxford East, praised the city council for maintaining their support, but criticised the Government’s decision, saying that cuts “make a mockery of ministers’ claims that they want to tackle rough sleeping when they are pulling the rug from under the local providers.”Simon House, which has beds for 52 people, will be closed over the next year. Julian Housing, which has around 150 beds and is run by Oxford Homeless Pathways, is expected to have its resources dispersed across the county over the following 6 months.Lucy Faithful House, which provided 61 beds, was forced to close in January 2016 after Oxford Homeless Pathways had 38 per cent of its budget cut. The shelter had been offering support to rough sleepers in Oxford for 30 years.Oxford City Council and several activist groups have expressed disappointment that the county’s funding has been cut. Claire Dowan, chief executive of charity Oxford Homeless Pathways, told the Oxford Mail the decision to withdraw more than half of the county’s beds for the homeless was a “significant cut” to an “essential and vital service”.Ms Dowan said she “did not expect” such drastic reductions, and added about a quarter of the charity’s cash currently came from the Government.She added, “Against a backdrop of ever increasing need in our city for support and accommodation, we are extremely concerned about the on-going decline in government funding and the increasing numbers of rough sleepers.Oxford City Council expects that the number of rough sleepers in Oxfordshire will increase in the coming years. Concerns that changes to homelessness provision will lead to increased numbers of deaths due to conditions such as hypothermia have been raised by campaigners. Kate Cocker, director of Crisis Skylight Oxford, said that charities will be forced to fill the gap that cuts to government support will create in local authority funding.There is currently no legal obligation for local authorities to offer or maintain homelessness provision.last_img read more