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“Terror, threats and corruption” – report of fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus

first_imgReports RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Open publication – Free publishing – More caucasus Organisation RussiaEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Related documents Download the report (russian)PDF – 2.54 MBDownload the report (english)PDF – 2.49 MB to go further Follow the news on Russia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown (Picture: STR/AFP – Map: BBC)————–Террор, угрозы, коррупция: отчет по миссии на Северном Кавказе«Совсем недавно мир отметил пятую годовщину убийства журналистки Анны Политковской, однако Северный Кавказ остается черной дырой международной реальности. Ситуация со свободой прессы, впрочем, как и с правами человека, остается по-прежнему пугающей. Спустя два с половиной года после нашего последнего визита журналисты продолжают работать в военных условиях и повсеместной коррупции, что делает их работу катастрофически тяжелой», – сообщила международная организация по защите свободы информации «Репортеры без границ».Сегодня «Репортеры без границ» представляют отчет о расследовании ситуации со СМИ в Республиках Чечня и Дагестан. Представители организации исследовали эти два региона с 9 по 13 сентября 2011 года, с целью пообщаться с журналистами, представителями местных властей и правoзащитниками. Они сообщили о своих первых выводах 14 сентября в ходе пресс-конференции, проведенной в Москве совместно с сотрудниками ПЦ «Мемориал» (Приз Сахарова в 2009 году) .Чечня и Дагестан представляют собой две крайности кавказского конфликта: первая была свидетелем его зарождения, вторая сегодня находится в самом сердце военных действий. После двух войн Чеченская республика во многом реконструирована, однако ее жители и журналисты заплатили высокую цену за эту «стабилизацию»: результатом стало тотальное отсутствие плюрализма, нарушение прав человека и массовая коррупция, развитие культа личности главы республики и навязывание пуританской версии Ислама. Самоцензура беспредельно властвует в редакциях, уже пострадавших за время двух военных конфликтов. Она укреплена повсеместной безнаказанностью, что делает все более сложным получение информации о происходящем за великолепным фасадом, который с успехом возводится властями.Соседняя республика Дагестан парадоксальна. Нападения и убийства все продолжаются в условиях безнаказанности. Тем не менее, относительный плюрализм, не отделимый от социального многообразия, еще сохраняется. Но сегодня поддерживать его стало как никогда сложно в связи с экономическими трудностями и попытками манипуляций во многих сферах. Конкретные действия со стороны локальных и федеральных властей с целью положить конец безнаказанности при нападении на журналистов могли бы стать первым необходимым шагом, чтобы ослабить тиски запугивания и самоцензуры в регионе. Власти должны перестать считать, что независимая прессa – криминальна и обязательно связанa с неофициальными вооруженными силами.«Будучи далеко от восхваляемой Москвой «нормализации», Северный Кавказ продолжает крутиться по неконтролируемой спирали, первоочередными жертвами которой являются гражданские лица» – делают вывод «Репортеры без границ». «СМИ играют ключевую роль в процессе выхода из этого порочного круга: они должны предоставить платформу многостороннего обсуждения мнений, ретранслировать беспокойства гражданского общества деятельностью властей, напоминать последним их прямую обязанность защищать население от насилия и коррупции… Настало время для властей наконец осознать, что свобода прессы является не частью проблемы, но его решением». (Фото: STR/AFP) Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News Читать доклад на русском“The world has just marked the fifth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, but the Russian Caucasus, which she specialized in covering, is nowadays a blind spot in the international media’s coverage,” said Reporters Without Borders, which today releases a report on the state of the media in Chechnya and Dagestan.“The media freedom situation in the Russian Caucasus, like that of human rights in general, is still very worrying,” the organization added. “Two and a half years after our last visit, journalists continue to be exposed to a climate of violence and corruption that makes their work very difficult.”Reporters Without Borders representatives visited Chechnya and Dagestan from 9 to 13 September, meeting with journalists, government officials and human rights activists. They presented their initial findings at a news conference in Moscow on 14 September, which was held jointly with the Russian human rights organization Memorial (winner of the 2009 Sakharov Prize).The situation in Chechnya and Dagestan could not be more dissimilar. The first saw the start of the Caucasian civil wars but now the focus of destabilization have moved to the second. After two civil wars, Chechnya is now largely rebuilt but its citizens and journalists are paying a high price for “stabilization” – a complete lack of pluralism, human rights violations, massive corruption, a personality cult and imposition of a puritan Islam. Self-censorship reigns within the traumatized and intimidated media, reinforced by a climate of complete impunity that makes it increasingly difficult to gather information about a hidden face that the authorities can easily deny.Neighbouring Dagestan offers a paradoxical picture. The current wave of violence does not spare its journalists, who are physically attacked and murdered with impunity. But it maintains a degree of pluralism that is an intrinsic part of the republic’s heterogeneity. Nonetheless, economic difficulties and attempts to manipulate the media have rendered this pluralism more fragile than ever.Concrete measures by the local and federal authorities to end impunity for those who attack and kill journalists would represent an important first step in loosening the vice of intimidation and self-censorship in the region. The independent media, where they exist, must stop being criminalized and identified with the armed insurrection.“Far from being ‘normalized,’ as Moscow claims, the Russian Caucasus continues its uncontrolled downward spiral in which civilians are the first victims,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The media have a key role to play by offering a platform for dialogue between all points of view, relaying civil society’s concerns to the authorities and reminding them of the urgent need to protect the population from violence and corruption. It is time the authorities realized that media freedom is part of the solution, not the problem.” News May 21, 2021 Find out more October 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Terror, threats and corruption” – report of fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasuslast_img read more

Market Still at Risk of Future ‘Zombie’ Property Wave

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Market Still at Risk of Future ‘Zombie’ Property Wave Sign up for DS News Daily Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Market Still at Risk of Future ‘Zombie’ Property Wave Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2021-02-25 Christina Hughes Babb February 25, 2021 1,342 Views  Print This Post Previous: Do New PSPA Limits Undermine Efforts to Combat Discrimination? Next: Factors That Defined Housing in 2020 Among the country’s stock of some 99 million residential properties, abandoned or vacant foreclosed-upon homes (or “zombie” properties, as they have come to be known) so far in Q1 2021 represented just one out of every 14,825. That is down from 13,074 in 2020 Q4, according to the property analysts at ATTOM Data Solutions.“These days, you can walk through most neighborhoods in the United States and not spot a single zombie foreclosure. That continues a remarkable turnaround from the last recession when many communities were dotted by abandoned properties,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer with ATTOM. “The trend does remain on thin ice because foreclosures are temporarily on hold, and the market is still at risk of another wave of zombie properties when the moratorium is lifted, depending on the general state of the broader economy. For the moment, though, zombie properties remain pretty much a non-issue in the vast majority of the country.”Northeastern and midwestern states continue to see the highest number of zombie properties in the first quarter, with New York at 2,064; Florida with 926, Illinois with 759, Ohio at 633, and New Jersey with 363 zombies. In the West, California tops the list but only saw 130 zombie properties statewide.“It’s good to see the number of zombie foreclosures continue to fall,” said Rick Sharga, EVP at RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “But states with vacant properties caught in long judicial foreclosure processes should take steps to accelerate the disposition of those properties. This would reduce the health risks of having homes vacant during a pandemic, and provide much-needed affordable housing inventory to prospective homebuyers.”In a nutshell, first-quarter 2021 data shows that empty homes at some point in the foreclosure process continue to disappear as the housing market remains strong and the federal government keeps trying to protect homeowners from an economic slide stemming from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.The detailed report on the state of zombie properties can be read on ATTOM’s website. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babblast_img read more