Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook profile for prince

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Organisation March 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Royal pardon for Internet user, condemned to three years of jail for creating spoof Facebook profile for prince News RSF_en Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more News Newscenter_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomes Fouad Mourtada’s release after receiving a royal pardon yesterday for Aid Mawlid Nabaoui, the holiday marking the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. Mourtada’s had been serving a three-year jail sentence for “usurping the identity” of King Mohammed’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, by creating a “false profile” in his name on the social-networking website Facebook. “This is a great relief,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Mourtada will be able to spend this holiday with his family tomorrow after 43 days in prison. Nonetheless, we regret that his release is the result of a royal pardon rather than a fair verdict and sentence. Moroccan bloggers will not be able to forget his imprisonment when they compose their blog entries.” Mourtada’s conviction on 22 February had raised a great deal of concern in the Moroccan blogosphere. He was arrested at his home on 5 February.———————26.02 – Moroccan bloggers worried after “disproportionate” three-year jail term for Internet user who created spoof Facebook profileReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the three-year prison sentence which a Casablanca court imposed on 27-year-old Internet user Fouad Mourtada on 22 February for “usurping the identity” of King Mohammed’s brother, Prince Moulay Rachid, by creating a “false profile” in his name on the social-networking website Facebook.“This is the first time a Moroccan has been convicted for an online offence and Mourtada was the victim of a summary trial,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are worried about the effect on freedom of expression on the Moroccan Internet as all of the country’s bloggers will feel targeted. This disproportionate sentence has shocked the Moroccan blogger community, which is one of the biggest in the region. A popular and well respected blogger already decided to stop blogging out of fear for his safety after what happened to Fuad Mourtada.”Plain-clothes police arrested Mourtada at his home on 5 February and held him incommunicado for 36 hours before transferring him to Casablanca’s Oukacha prison the next day.Reporters Without Borders wonders how the police identified Mourtada. “Did the police get his computer’s IP address? And if so, how? We have asked the ISP, Maroc Telecom, in which the French company Vivendi is a shareholder, to provide us with the relevant information.”When he saw his family on 12 February, he told them: “I did indeed create this account on 15 January. It remained online for several days until someone closed it down. There are so many celebrity profiles on Facebook. I never thought that by creating a profile of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid that I was doing him any harm. Also, I did not send anyone a message from this account. It was just a joke (…) I am not a criminal.”With around 4 million Internet users, the Moroccan blogosphere is one of the most active in all of the Maghreb.Call for Mourtada’s release NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Mortgages Rank Third Among Consumer Complaints in Latest CFPB Snapshot

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Mortgages Rank Third Among Consumer Complaints in Latest CFPB Snapshot Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Complaint Database Credit Reporting Agencies Mortgages  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Mortgages Rank Third Among Consumer Complaints in Latest CFPB Snapshot in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 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. Previous: New Home Sales Bounce Back in July from a Disappointing June Next: Atlanta Fed Launches Online Publication Covering U.S. Economic Issues Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 25, 2015 1,129 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CFPB Consumer Complaint Database Credit Reporting Agencies Mortgages 2015-08-25 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mortgages were the third-most complained about financial product nationwide in July, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s monthly consumer complaints snapshot for July released Tuesday.As of August 1, 2015, the Bureau has handled 677,200 consumer complaints across all products in slightly more than four years of operation, according to the snapshot.In July 2015, the Bureau handled 26,704 complaints. Approximately 17 percent of those complaints in July were on mortgages (4,498), making it the third-most complained about financial product during the month. The top two categories were debt collection (8,224, or 31 percent) and credit reporting (6,696, or 25 percent). CFPB found that the top three companies receiving the most complaints for a three-month period from March to May 2015 were Equifax, Experian, and Bank of America.Mortgages have been the most complained-about financial product since the Bureau opened in July 2011, accounting for about 28 percent of all complaints (about 189,600 out of 677,200).The Bureau’s July snapshot spotlights credit reporting complaints, which CFPB has been accepting since October 2012. In less than three years, the Bureau has handled approximately 105,000 complaints related to credit reporting. Between June and July 2015, the CFPB found that the number of credit reporting complaints shot up by 56 percent, from 4,289 to 6,969.  The number of credit reporting complaints handled from May 2015 to July 2015 increased by 45 percent from the same period the prior year, according to CFPB.More than three-fourths (77 percent) of the complaints  submitted on credit reporting involved incorrect information on reports such as debts already paid or not yet due that showed up on their report and therefore negatively affected their credit scores, CFPB reported.Out of the top five most complained-about companies, three of them were credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and Transunion). In fact, 97 percent of credit reporting complaints received from March 2015 to May 2015 were on one of those three nationwide credit reporting agencies, according to CFPB.”Whether a consumer is trying to get a mortgage, apply for a student loan, or buy a car, credit reports are fundamentally important in allowing people to access their financial goals,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said. “As we see a rise in the number of consumers complaining about this issue, the Bureau will continue to work to ensure that credit reports are fair, accurate, and readily available to all consumers.”The July snapshot highlighted complaints from the Los Angeles, California, metro area, which is the second-largest metro in the United States by population. As of August 1, 2015, the state of California has accounted for about 94,000 (14 percent) of the 677,200 consumer complaints the CFPB has handled since opening its doors in July 2011. Out of those complaints from California, 33,700 (5 percent) have come from the Los Angeles metro area.”Whether a consumer is trying to get a mortgage, apply for a student loan, or buy a car, credit reports are fundamentally important in allowing people to access their financial goal.”The CFPB found that although mortgages have been the most complained-about financial product over the four years of the Bureau’s existence, consumers in Los Angeles have submitted complaints on mortgages at a higher rate than the national average. About 35 percent of complaints the CFPB received from consumers in the Los Angeles area were mortgage-related, compared to a 28 percent nationwide average. The rates at which consumers in Los Angeles complained about credit reporting and debt collection were lower than the national averages, however. Credit reporting complaints accounted for 14 percent of those received by the Bureau from Los Angeles, compared to 16 percent nationwide; for debt collection, it was 22 percent for Los Angeles and 25 percent nationwide.The CFPB launched its consumer complaint database in July 2012. The Bureau caused some controversy when it began publishing complaint narratives in June 2015. The Five Star Institute and Black Knight Financial Services published a study in April adding more context to the consumer complaints.To view the entire CFPB monthly complaint snapshot for July, click here.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of DS News and DSNews.com. Share Savelast_img read more

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