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  • Joint letter to Montenegro premier calling for reporter’s release

    first_img News Organisation RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Campaigns March 30, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and partner organizations wrote today to Milo Dukanovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, voicing concern about Jovo Martinovic, an investigative reporter who has been detained for nearly 11 months.A specialist in covering organized crime in the western Balkans, Martinovic is being held in a police investigation into drug trafficking but has not been formally charged by the Montenegrin public prosecutor’s office.Martinovic works for many international media outlets including the Economist, the Financial Times, and the CAPA news agency.The joint letter calls on the authorities to take account of the fact that Martinovic’s investigative reporting offers a logical explanation for why he was in contact with drug traffickers. RSF and the other organizations also urge the authorities to release him at once pending trial. Martinovic has been insisting on his innocence ever since his arrest in October 2015.Montenegro is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.September 19, 2016Milo Đukanović Prime Minister of MontenegroKarađorđeva bb81000 PodgoricaCrna Gora / MontenegroVia facsimile: +382 (20) 242 329Dear Prime Minister Đukanović:Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Project Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are jointly writing to protest the prolonged pre-trial detention and prosecution of Montenegrin freelance journalist Jovo Martinović, which we believe violate his rights to liberty and due process, and disregard Montenegro’s obligations to respect press freedom.We urge the relevant authorities to release Martinović immediately and to provide his attorney with all evidence against him. As explained below, we are seriously concerned that the investigation and charges against Martinović are motivated by his work as a journalist, rather than criminal behavior on his part, and as such should be dropped. If the prosecutor persists with the charges to trial, it is essential that the trial complies with international standards, including rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.Martinović was detained on October 22, 2015, on suspicion of participating in a drug trafficking ring, pending the completion of an investigation against him and 17 other suspects. On April 8, 2016, after nearly half a year in detention, the Special Prosecutors Office filed an indictment against Martinović and 13 others. As of today, no trial date had been set. Two special requests by Martinović’s lawyer to have his client released on bail pending trial have been rejected, most recently on September 9, though the authorities provided no detailed explanation for the rejection.The European Court of Human Rights, whose rulings are binding on Montenegro, has repeatedly clarified that judicial authorities should make decisions on pretrial detention based on evidence of specific facts and personal circumstances about the accused, and they cannot rely on “general and abstract” reasons. In Martinović’s case, we believe the authorities have not offered specific facts or circumstances to justify his continued detention, and he should therefore be released pending and during trial.With respect to the charges, the prosecutor alleges that Martinović committed criminal acts by facilitating a meeting between the buyer and seller of narcotics and installing a communication application – Viber (a popular and commonly used application) – on the phone of the alleged gang leader, Duško Martinović (no relation to the journalist). Jovo Martinović denies the charges and, with his lawyer, has explained to the prosecutor how his contact with Duško Martinović and the other alleged criminals was solely in the context of his work as a journalist.Over the past 15 years, Martinović has done extensive investigative reporting about crimes and war crimes, developing sources among criminal organizations. He’s worked with a wide array of international media and contributed reporting and research to The Economist, Newsday, Global Post, The Financial Times, and VICE media group, among others.In 2014, Martinović worked with VICE on a documentary series about a gang of gem thieves called the Pink Panthers, of which Duško Martinović is a member. At the time of his arrest, he was conducting research for the French production company CAPA Presse for a documentary film (La route de la Kalashnikov) about the smuggling of weapons from the Balkans to Western Europe, which subsequently aired on the French television channel Canal+.International journalists who have worked with Martinović attest to his integrity and professionalism. They point in particular to his skills at establishing direct sources in criminal organizations. On April 19, 2016, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent you a letter expressing deep concern about Martinović’s excessively long detention without charge prior to April 8, and the non-disclosure of evidence against him to his attorney. In this letter, international journalists vouched for Martinović’s character. On April 22, 2016, Reporters Without Borders issued a statement about Martinović that condemned his prolonged detention.Today, after 11 months in detention, five months after the indictment, the only evidence that the prosecutor has provided to Martinović are statements from two of his co-accused, who are apparently cooperating with the authorities in return for reduced sentences. In August, the daily Vijesti ran a series of articles alleging that Special Prosecutor Mira Samardžić has applied pressure on Duško Martinović to implicate Jovo Martinović in crimes he had not committed.Mr. Prime Minister, we are concerned that Jovo Martinović’s lengthy detention and prosecution is motivated by his work as an investigative journalist rather than in response to an alleged criminal act. This would show a lack of respect for Montenegro’s obligations to respect and safeguard media freedom. In addition, the Copenhagen criteria applicable to states negotiating European Union accession include respect for freedom of the press.If the prosecution has amassed probative evidence against Martinović, we call on the relevant authorities to give full access to that evidence to Martinović and his legal representatives so they can prepare his legal defense. We also call for Martinović’s release pending the outcome of his trial. Thank you for your attention to this important matter and we look forward to your reply.Sincerely,Christophe Deloire, Secretary General, Reporters Without BordersHugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia Director, Human Rights Watch Bas du formulaire Haut du formulaire Bas du formulaire Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists CC: NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález Head of the Montenegrin Mission to NATO Ambassador Dragana Radulović High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and VicePresident of the European Commission Federica Mogherini European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission Christian Danielsson European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro Mitja Drobnič Head of Mission of Montenegro to the European Union Ivan D. Leković Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović Ambassador of Montenegro in the United States Srđan Darmanović Ambassador of the United States of America to Montenegro Margaret Uyehara Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Montenegro Hans Günther Mattern Ambassador of France to Montenegro Véronique Brumeaux September 18, 2016 – Updated on September 19, 2016 Joint letter to Montenegro premier calling for reporter’s release MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Imprisoned November 11, 2020 Find out more Jovo Martinovic / the Martinovic family archive Receive email alerts MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Imprisoned to go further Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Montenegrolast_img read more

  • Did Dodd-Frank Achieve Its Stated Goal of Ending ‘Too Big to Fail’?

    first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Dodd-Frank Act still allows the Fed to make some of the same emergency lending programs used in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis despite the legislation’s stated purpose of ending such bailouts, according to a study by Norbert J. Michel, Research Fellow in Financial Regulations, the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at the Heritage Foundation.Michel called the fact that the Fed is still allowed to make such emergency lending “perhaps the biggest mistake of Dodd-Frank.””Congress should restrict the Fed to providing system-wide liquidity on an ongoing basis,” Michel said. “The Fed does not need emergency lending authority to conduct monetary policy.”The purpose of Title XI of Dodd-Frank as stated was to restrict the Fed’s emergency lending ability, thus protecting taxpayers from future bailouts. Title XI essentially forces the Fed to adhere to the classic prescription of the lender of last resort (LLR) policy developed by longtime editor of The Economist Walter Bagehot in the 19th century. The classic LLR policy is characterized by two norms: The central bank should prevent panic-induced contractions of the economy’s supply of money, and the central bank should provide short-term, high-interest loans to solvent institutions that provide good collateral.”Congress should restrict the Fed to providing system-wide liquidity on an ongoing basis.””[T]he central bank ensures that the entire banking system has enough liquidity (base money) to prevent a panic from spreading to the broader economy,” Michel wrote. “However, the classic prescription made clear that a central bank had no duty to save specific firms. To avoid sustaining insolvent private banks, the central bank was to provide temporary, high-interest-rate loans only to borrowers who could post sound collateral.”The Fed carries out the role of LLR for the U.S. economy through three functions: emergency lending, discount window loans, and open market operations. Broad-based emergency lending programs resulted in the Fed lending a total of $16 trillion during the 2008 financial crisis, which is a type of lending that perpetuates the too big to fail problem, Michel said. Despite this, Dodd-Frank allows the Fed to conduct that type of lending.””Congress should restrict the Fed to providing system-wide liquidity on an ongoing basis,” Michel said. “Emergency lending authority is unnecessary for conducting monetary policy.”To achieve this, Michel said Congress should:Revoke Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, which authorizes the Fed to lend to “any participant in any program or facility with broad-based eligibility” in “unusual and exigent circumstances.”Close the Fed’s discount window, which is a “relic of the Fed’s founding and is no longer necessary,” according to Michel.Improve system-wide liquidity by replacing the primary dealer system, which currently requires the Fed to depend on a small number of large firms, thus reinforcing the tag of “systemically important.”End the FDIC’s authority to provide guarantees. The FDIC used its systemic risk exception contained in Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act to guarantee hundreds billions of dollars worth of loans immediately after the 2008 crisis. Michel said the systemic risk exception should be eliminated.Retain and expand key Dodd-Frank transparency improvements, such as the provision that authorizes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the Fed’s emergency lending programs and requires the Fed to post the results of key GAO audits on its website.”Little evidence suggests that Federal Reserve emergency lending to individual institutions is either necessary or proper, but such lending clearly politicizes the Fed’s monetary policy,” Michel wrote. “Merely restricting the Fed’s emergency lending leaves intact the notion that the Fed should bail out firms—a dangerous view, to say the least. Title XI of Dodd–Frank failed to end the too-big-to-fail problem largely because it retained this belief.”Click here to read the entire study. About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 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  • One of ‘Golden State Killer’s’ youngest victims recalls attacker in her bedroom

    first_imgCourtesy of Margaret Wardlow(SACRAMENTO) — When Margaret Wardlow recalls her childhood in Sacramento, California, she divides it into two distinct time frames.There’s the Sacramento before 1977, which she described as “a beautiful place” where she took hikes with her beloved golden retriever along the American River, a community where “I totally felt safe.”Then there’s the Sacramento after 1977 when a serial rapist was on the loose — and she became his youngest victim.“As soon as the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department came out and announced that we had a serial rapist that was attacking in Sacramento, everything changed,” Wardlow tells ABC News’ “20/20” in an interview to air Friday night. “People were on edge.”At the age of 13, she read anything she could get her hands on about the attacker, she said.“I remember distinctly reading over one article three times and saying to myself, ‘There aren’t any more words that you haven’t read,’” she said.“I had a total obsession,” she added. “I don’t think I was the only person that was curious as to what was making this guy tick. And it was very clear that during the attacks he was using this fear that he was controlling people with, you know, by making them very much afraid of what he was saying to them and what he was doing to them.”Her mother convinced her she was too young to become a victim of the serial menace then known as the “East Side Rapist” and later as the “Golden State Killer.”“She definitely believed that we just weren’t, like, on the radar of this guy,” she said.But on Nov. 10, 1977, her life would be changed forever when at 2 a.m., she woke up to find the attacker wearing a mask and leather gloves standing at her bedside, the blinding light of his flashlight in her eyes.At first, she said she thought her mom and a neighbor friend were playing a practical joke. Then in a “harsh whisper” the intruder told her, “‘This isn’t a joke.’”“And I knew at that moment, this is not my neighbor, Bill,” she said. “This is the ‘East Area Rapist’ most likely. And he’s in my home.”She said he tied her up and blindfolded her. He did the same to her mother in an adjacent bedroom and stacked plates on her mom’s back. Having already read of the attacker’s modus operandi, she knew he listened for the rattling of the plates to tell him that the victim was trying to get away.She recalled that as she laid there bound, “a little voice inside of me said, you know, ‘You get out of a lot of stuff, Margaret. But you’re not gonna get out of this one. And just you need to understand that this is what’s gonna happen to you. You’re gonna get raped. But you’re gonna be OK. And he’s not gonna hurt me.’”She had every reason to be afraid. She said the attacker repeatedly threatened to kill her and her mother, and once during the episode held a knife to her.But having read so much about the attacker, she said she felt she “had the advantage.”“How many rape victims in this sort of situation with an unknown attacker have a dossier written about their attacker?” she said.“My instinct said, ‘Don’t let him see you sweat,’” she said.Every time he threatened to kill her or her mother, she defiantly told him, “I don’t care.”“It was the best answer I could come up with in order to, like, let him know, ‘I’m not afraid of you,’” Wardlow said. “He wants fear. And I knew that. So, I just told him, ‘I don’t care.’”She said she was briefly sodomized during the attack, but the rapist seemed to give in to her defiance.“He wasn’t getting what he wanted,” she said. “He wanted fear. He wanted to see fear in me.”She said he eventually fled the scene, sparing her and her mother.Wardlow, now 53 and married with a daughter of her own, said she realizes she was “extremely lucky.”“I think it was a combination, perhaps, of my age and my innocence that he realized once he was there,” she said.Police said that in the two decades after Wardlow was attacked, the “Golden State Killer” would roam California killing 12 people and raping more than 50 women.On April 24, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced there had been an arrest in the cold case. Joseph DeAngelo, a 72-year-old retired cop living in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, was identified through a DNA evidence as the suspected “Golden State Killer.”Wardlow said a retired Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy called her the night before DeAngelo’s arrest was publicly announced and told her the news.“I was elated. I could not believe it,” she said, adding that it was “the most beautiful, beautiful phone call I’ve ever had. I mean, I was just so excited.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Syracuse women’s soccer’s offense awakens in 1-0 win over Pittsburgh

    first_imgTaylor Bennett turned and pumped her first in the air. Teammates closed around Bennett, high-fiving and patting each other’s backs.A Pittsburgh handball had given Syracuse a free kick just outside of its opponent’s box. Bennett, the team’s free-kick specialist, lined up opposite the Pittsburgh wall of four players. She took two steps and sent a rocket through the wall. The ball sailed toward the upper left corner of the net. Pittsburgh goalkeeper Taylor Francis dove, touching her left hand on the ball, but it did nothing. Bennett’s shot flew past her and into the back of the net.“It could be one of the goals of the season,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said.Syracuse (8-5-3, 1-4-2 Atlantic Coast) notched a 1-0 victory against Pittsburgh (2-12-1, 1-6-0) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The win marked Syracuse’s first in ACC play and provided the desperate Orange with a critical three points.SU awakened offensively for the first time in conference play. The win marked the first time in league play that the Orange was not outshot, as it and the Panthers tied with 12 shots apiece, and the edge in shots on goal went to Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA key for Syracuse was the defense’s involvement in the offensive game. Three of SU’s four starting defenders registered a shot, with Bennett recording the lone goal of the contest.“We did very well keeping the ball,” junior defender Jessica Vigna said. “We played the ball quick and got it wide.”In the eighth minute, the Orange nearly took a 1-0 lead when Maddie Iozzi sent a roller from 40 yards out into the box. Sydney Brackett blocked out Francis’ view, and a last-ditch clearance effort from Pittsburgh defender Emily Pietrangelo kept the game notched at 0-0.Iozzi was active again in the 26th minute when she attempted a lofted pass into the box. The pass was broken up, however, by a Pittsburgh handball, resulting in a Syracuse free kick from 25 yards out. The free kick came from a late whistle after the crowd yelled at the refs about the handball and Bennett netted the ensuing free kick.In the 37th minute, Vigna sent a screamer from about 40 yards out that hit the crossbar. The junior center back stood there in shock, mouth open and head looking up in the air, before racing into the Pitt box to test the defense again.“I had a lot of space and it sucks that it hit the crossbar,” Vigna said. “But we hadn’t really tested the goalkeeper and I had a chance to.”In the second half, the energy stemming from the back end made its way to the front line. Alex Lamontagne came alive, recording three shots, with one narrowly missing wide left, after she beat two Pittsburgh defenders.Bennett came off late in the second half with an apparent right leg injury. The freshman center back was unavailable because she received medical treatment after the game.The offense remained on the attack all game, with continued involvement from the defense. SU controlled possession and passed well en route to the win.“We really needed those three points,” junior midfielder Alana O’Neill said. “We had to do whatever we needed to do to get those three points and the win.” Comments Published on October 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • ÔGrow the game’ strategy wins praise

    first_img16 Apr 2015 ÔGrow the game’ strategy wins praise England Golf’s strategy to grow the game of golf today won the praise of Sport England chief executive Jennie Price. She was among the key decision makers from the sport who joined delegates at the first England Golf conference to learn about the progress of the strategic plan, Raising Our Game. The strategy calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf. Its aims include halting the decline in participation and inspiring more players, more members and stronger clubs. The conference began with a review of 2014 which highlighted the achievements so far, including initiatives to encourage more people to play golf, especially women, girls and those with disabilities. Excellent championships, winning golfers, efforts to improve the image of the game and action to review governance and affiliation were also featured. Meanwhile, partners from across the sport spoke about their activities to support the strategy. Jennie Price applauded golf’s widespread support for the strategy and told delegates: “I am hugely encouraged by what I have seen in the last year. “You have tackled these problems in the right way, really thought strategically and the fact we now have Raising Our Game, a really strong strategy, is terrific.” She went on: “What you have to do now is keep up the momentum. You haven’t got to the back nine yet, there is still a lot to do in implementing this strategy, but it’s a really, really good start.” England Golf chief executive David Joy picked up the theme. “We have done a fantastic job to get to this point and today is about celebrating. “This is a great opportunity to say thank you to our 675,000 members, our 1900 golf clubs, our county unions, associations and partnerships who are providing great activities. “Now it’s time to push on and bring the growth that we know is there. We need to have the confidence to increase our momentum and keep moving forward.” Caption: Jennie Price (left) with conference presenter Di Dougherty (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more