Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist

first_img News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned anonymous death threats made against Lem Piseth, of Radio Free Asia in Cambodia after he reported on damage from deforestation in the Kompong Thom province in the centre of the country.The authorities had banned all national media from carrying extracts from a report on deforestation in the area, recently released by the NGO, Global Witness. The journalist has now fled the country to take refuge in Thailand.Piseth, aged 38, was on his way to Kampong Speu in southern Cambodia on 16 June when he received a call on his mobile phone from a number he did not recognise. When he replied a man’s voice said to him: – “Is that you Lem Piseth?- Yes. Who are you?- You are insolent. Do you want to die?- Why are you insulting me like this?- Because of the story about the forest and know this, there will not enough land to bury you in.”The unknown caller then hung up and when the reporter tried to cal the number back, he found himself through to a call centre.“It is obvious that the Global Witness report on the over-exploitation of the Cambodian forests is upsetting some people,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Since this report was released, all media have been subjected to unjustified state censorship. We urge the authorities to identify those who made these threats so that Lem Piseth can safely resume his work”.Following publication of the Global Witness report, Piseth wrote four articles on the damage resulting from deforestation in Kompong Thom province, particularly in the Tumring region, where it has been particularly disastrous. While reporting in Kompong Thom, the reporter said he was followed by police and the military. He had to leave the hotel room he was staying in for several nights, at the request of the owners who gave him no explanation.Information Minister, Khieu Kanharith, said on 8 June that “the media has had a week to put out news (about the report) and that is more than enough. Newspapers can refer to it but not reproduce it. If this ban is not respected, we will take the necessary legal steps”.Radio Free Asia is among several media which have continued to talk about the report. A man went to the radio’s broadcasting centre and asked the journalists to stop mentioning the report.Soren Seelow, a journalist on Cambodge Soir was sacked without notice on 10 June for having mentioned the Global Witness report but there were hopes that a strike by staff at the paper could lead to the case being resolved. Organisation CambodiaAsia – Pacific CambodiaAsia – Pacific Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream to go further June 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist Follow the news on Cambodia December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more News February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Ocwen Reaches Settlement In HAMP, FHA Suits

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHA HAMP Mortgage Servicers Ocwen Settlements 2016-06-24 Brian Honea Ocwen Reaches Settlement In HAMP, FHA Suits Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Atlanta-based mortgage servicing firm Ocwen Financial disclosed that it has agreed to pay $30 million to “in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of two trials” revolving around a pair of lawsuits that accused the company of falsely certifying its compliance with federal mortgage programs.The cases, known as the Fisher Cases because of whistleblower Michael Fisher, revolve around accusations stemming from 2012 that Ocwen lied to the Federal Housing Administration about its compliance with Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, rules, as well as FHA insurance programs.According to Ocwen’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 22, those suits sought damages intended to triple the total HAMP and FHA payments made on Ocwen-serviced loans, or roughly $5,500 to $11,000 per alleged false claim. Ocwen’s defense, according to the filing, was an assertion that it had “sound legal and factual defenses” to the allegations.Ocwen, however, announced that it would instead settle by paying $15 million to the Unted States (which made the HAMP and FHA payments on the Ocwen-serviced loans) and another $15 million for “private citizens’ attorneys’ fees costs.” As part of the settlement, the company will not admit to any liability or wrongdoing for the alleged actions.According to the SEC filing, the Department of Justice agreed to seek final approval for the settlement.“We have accrued $30 million with respect to the settlement in principle because we believe this amount is both probable and reasonably estimable based on current information,” Ocwen wrote in its SEC filing, adding, “There can be no assurance that the settlement in principle will be finalized and approved by the United States and the Court.”In the event the settlement in principle is not ultimately finalized and approved by the Department of Justice, the Fisher Cases would continue and “we would vigorously defend the allegations made against Ocwen,” the company wrote.Ocwen spokesperson John Lovallo issued the following statement: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement in principle to resolve these two cases. Even though we have solid legal and factual defenses, we decided to settle to avoid prolonged and distracting litigation and the associated legal costs. Ocwen believes the proposed settlement is in the best interests of the company, its borrowers, employees and shareholders. We look forward to returning our full focus to what we do best—helping homeowners stay in their homes.” Tagged with: FHA HAMP Mortgage Servicers Ocwen Settlements Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: How Will Brexit Affect American Markets? Next: New York Takes Aim at Zombie Properties Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago June 24, 2016 1,856 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Reaches Settlement In HAMP, FHA Suits The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

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Musical Version of True Blood in the Works

first_img Apparently, True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who played Captain von Trapp opposite Carrie Underwood on NBC’s live telecast of The Sound of Music last year, is in on the project. The Telegraph reports that Moyer assisted Barr in putting together samples of the musical presentation. The vampire musical genre, which encompasses such gems as Dance of the Vampires, Lestat and Dracula, may be getting another entry. A musical version of True Blood, HBO’s popular Alan Ball’s popular series about telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and the denizens (bloodsucking and otherwise) of Bon Temps, Louisiana, is being planned, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper. True Blood, which is jam-packed with stage stars, begins its final season on HBO on June 22. “This was something that I pitched to HBO and Alan Ball,” composer Nathan Barr, who has scored all seven seasons of the series, told The Telegraph. “I think we’re really going to try to return to the roots of the show.” Barr is looking to present a workshop of the musical in 2015.center_img View Comments So what do you think? Are you juiced for a musical version of True Blood, or do you think the idea sucks? Tell us!last_img read more

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