Belarus: “A government can’t change the course of history by concealing the facts online”

first_img Credit : Sergei GAPON / AFP August 26, 2020 Belarus: “A government can’t change the course of history by concealing the facts online” Organisation News to go further News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Belarusian government’s use of Internet cuts and news website blocking in an attempt to conceal reality and deprive the population of reliable, independent coverage of the country’s continuing protests and other developments.As well as still arresting journalists, the authorities are increasingly clamping down on online information and organizing long-term Internet censorship as an alternative way to suppress independent reporting.The information ministry has blocked more than 70 websites since 21 August, including the site of Radio Svaboda (the Belarusian service of Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), the site of Belsat (a TV channel run by exile journalists based in Warsaw), the Belarusian sites of The Village and Warsaw-based Euroradio, and the Belarusian version of the Russian alternative media outlet MediaZona.The censors are also targeting electronic messaging services such as ProtonMail and VPNs. Users trying to connect keep on getting the same message: “Access is limited by decision of the Information Ministry under the law ‘on the media’ of the Republic of Belarus.” However, the information ministry is not giving any reason for the blocking, which the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) has condemned. The BAJ’s own site has been blocked since 9 August, the day that the disputed presidential election was held.Erratic InternetThe Belarusian Internet has meanwhile been subject to disruptions for more than two weeks. Mobile Internet began being unstable when polling stations opened on 9 August and became completely inaccessible after the results were announced in the evening. For three days, specialized software such as TOR or VPNs were needed to access the Internet and circumvent the censorship of certain messaging services and websites.The authorities denied being behind these incidents, claiming they were the result of a cyber-attack from abroad. Experts at RIPE-NCC, the regional Internet registry for Europe and the Middle East, nonetheless argued the Belarusian government was indeed responsible for the disruptions.When the Internet was cut again for about an hour on the evening of 23 August, the national telecommunications company blamed the blackout on a technical problem – a disruption similar to the one reported on 17 August. “Although less visible than arresting journalists, the measures taken to prevent access to online information are just as oppressive,” RSF deputy editor-in-chief Catherine Monnet said. “The Belarusian government’s efforts to stifle the truth and deprive the public of reliable and independent information are deplorable. The different channels of information, which are essential for both journalists and public in times of crisis, must be restored. A government can’t change the course of history by concealing the facts online.”Ruled since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been reelected in the first round every five years, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsEvents InternetFreedom of expression Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsEvents InternetFreedom of expression June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Week Ahead: Bank of America Reports Earnings

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Bank of America Reports Earnings in Daily Dose, Featured, News Previous: OwnAmerica Attracts 1.8 Million SFR Properties in First Month Next: Mortgage Production Contributes to BOA’s Strong Q3 Earnings Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Bank of America the week ahead 2016-10-16 Kendall Baer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Bank of America the week ahead Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Bank of America Reports Earnings October 16, 2016 1,046 Views Mortgage production was up for Bank of America in Q2 despite a drop in mortgage income during the quarter as well as a substantial overall drop in profits, according to Bank of America’s second quarter 2016 earnings statement.Net income for Bank of America in Q2 was $4.2 billion ($0.36 per share), down from $5.1 billion ($0.43 per share) in the year-ago quarter. The mortgage production portion of the consumer banking segment grew by 8 percent up to $20.6 billion during the second quarter.Mortgage production includes first mortgage and home equity originations; the amount represents unpaid principal balance in the case of loans and the principal amount of the total line of credit in the case of home equity originations.The noninterest income portion of consumer banking dropped over-the-year from $2.71 billion down to $2.58 billion due to lower mortgage banking income, lower service charges, and the impact of certain divestiture, according to the report. The mortgage banking income in particular took a hit in Q2, falling over-the-year from $639 million in Q2 2015 all the way down to $44 million in Q2 2016 (it was $242 million in Q1 2016).Bank of America’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul Donofrio, said there were four items that caused the year-over-year decline in net income for the bank as well as the drop in mortgage banking income.“First, we sold an appraisal business last year, so there was revenue in last year’s second quarter that isn’t in this quarter,” Donofrio said. “Second, we had some servicing sales in the second quarter of last year for a gain that we didn’t have this quarter.”What will Bank of America’s earnings hold for Q3? Find out on Monday, October 17th at 8:30 A.M. EST.Thursday, October 20—Existing-Home Sales for September 2016, NARThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported a decline in the pace of existing-home sales for the second consecutive month in August, down to an annual rate of 5.33 million. The industry will see how existing-home sales fared in September when the NAR publishes the September 2016 report on Thursday, October 20.With affordability being a concern in some markets because of price appreciation outpacing wage growth and job gains, on the surface it seems like existing-home sales are down after hitting a post-crisis peak in June.But when compared with historical averages, things don’t look so bad for existing-home sales, according to NAR’s August 2016 EHS Over Ten Years report. The report showed that the total number of homes sold nationwide in August 2016 was higher than the 10-year August average, as was the total number of homes in all four regions.“Comparing August of 2006 to August of 2016 fewer homes were sold in 2016 in the US and all regions, the Northeast enduring the biggest decline of 51.4 percent,” said Michael Hyman of NAR. “The U.S. had a drop of 18.9 percent while the West had the smallest drop in sales at 8.3 percent over the 10-year period.”This week’s scheduleMonday, October 17Bank of America Q3 earnings reportTuesday, October 18Goldman Sachs Q3 earnings reportComerica Q3 earnings reportHousing Market Index for October 2016, National Association of Homebuilders, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, October 19Morgan Stanley Q3 earnings reportU.S. Bancorp Q3 earnings reportHousing Starts for September 2016, HUD/Census Bureau, 8:30 a.m. ESTThursday, October 20BNY Mellon Q3 earnings reportExisting-Home Sales for September 2016, National Association of Realtors, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, October 21SunTrust Q3 earnings report The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Kendall Baer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more