12 Jun
2021

Hamas government reinforces control over Gaza Strip media

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new system of accreditation that Ismael Haniyeh’s government has announced for all telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, broadcast media and news agencies based in the Gaza Strip.“This decisions seems above all to be motivated by Hamas’ desire to control the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go further News News News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Palestine RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes October 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas government reinforces control over Gaza Strip media WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new system of accreditation that Ismael Haniyeh’s government has announced for all telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, broadcast media and news agencies based in the Gaza Strip, which has been controlled by the Islamist party Hamas since June 2007.The press freedom organisation also calls for the release of three journalists who have been held without explanation since 12 October in the Gaza Strip town of Deir Al-Balah.Yusef Al-Mansi, the Hamas government’s minister of communication and information technology, told Reporters Without Borders that the aim of his directive, issued on 13 October, was “simply to regulate the work of the media in accordance with the law in effect since 1996.”“This decisions seems above all to be motivated by Hamas’ desire to control the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Islamist party is trying to give itself the tools that allow it to legally ban news media that show too much support for the Palestinian Authority. “After closing the state-owned Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, banning distribution of the pro-Fatah newspapers Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and Al-Ayyam and arresting dozens of journalists, the Haniyeh government is going one step further by issuing this highly questionable directive. The Palestinian Authority is no better, as news media affiliated to Hamas are no longer allowed to work in the West Bank.“One of the results of these coercive measures imposed by Hamas is to force Palestinian journalists to censor themselves. They are also helping to delay the return of foreign journalists, who pulled out of the Gaza Strip after British journalist Alan Johnston’s abduction. Pluralism and media diversity are threatened by this kind of decision.”The communication ministry’s directive has been greeted with concern by media owners in the Gaza Strip. Shahdi Al-Kashif, the head of the Ramattan news agency, told Reporters Without Borders that the political motives were much more important than the legal aspects.“Journalists are caught in a game of reprisals between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “Hamas is now asking us to register with the Gaza Strip government, while the Palestinian Authority bans any contact with this government, which it dissolved.”In a separate development, Hamas security services arrested three journalists – Yusef Fayad and Akram Al-Louh, who work for the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, and online reporter Hani Ismael – at their homes in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir Al-Balah on 12 October and took their computers. They are still being held without charge. Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

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31 May
2021

Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing

first_img Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea 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. Home / Daily Dose / Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing Many economists and analysts have said that strong wage growth is needed in order for facilitate a full recovery for the housing industry. The latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that real wages are on the rise, increasing by 22 cents year-over-year.In the real earnings report for February 2015 released Tuesday, the BLS reported that real average hourly earnings – hourly earnings adjusted for inflation – increased year-over-year from $10.32 to $10.54 year-over-year, an increase of 2.1 percent, despite a drop by one cent from January’s average of $10.55.Real average weekly earnings increased year-over-year in February by more than nine dollars, from $355.17 up to $364.56, while declining by 35 cents from January to February. The BLS cited the month-over-month decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek as the reasons for the slight month-over-month drop in real weekly earnings. The average work week remained unchanged at 34.6 hours from January to February while increasing by 0.6 percent year-over-year, from 34.4 hours reported in February 2014.The average hourly earnings increased by just three cents month-over-month in February from $24.75 to $24.78, while increasing by 48 cents year-0ver-year. Average weekly earnings ticked up by just $1.04 in February from $856.35 up to $857.39 while increasing by more than $21.00 year-over-year, from $835.92 reported last February. At the time the BLS February employment summary was released in early March, Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan stated that the slow wage gains were holding back the housing industry, but that he said he believed the strong hiring numbers (an average of 266,000 jobs added per month in the last 12 months).”We maintain our belief that once upbeat hiring translates into stronger income growth, which we believe it likely will, a stronger housing recovery will follow,” Duncan said.While Fannie Mae reported a slow start to the year economy-wise in its March 2015 Housing and Economic Outlook released earlier this week, recent improvements in the labor market suggest that the GSE’s prediction that the economy will rebound and “drag housing upward” in 2015 may still yet come true. The latest year-over-year increase in real earnings suggest that the wage growth analysts are hoping for to lift the housing market may be coming.”The economy is getting a boost from the strong employment numbers we’ve seen last year and at the start of 2015,” Duncan said in the report. “When this employment growth partners with income growth and consumers experience a rise in their personal household income, we should see a similar boost in the housing sector. Overall, we expect an improving 2015 with continued economic growth bringing housing above 2014 levels.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Market Real Wage Earnings U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Cold Winter, Soft Economic Growth Cause Housing Market to Stumble Next: Fabrizio & Brook Announces New Hire; Managing Shareholder Appointed as Case Evaluatorcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 25, 2015 1,200 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Housing Market Real Wage Earnings U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015-03-25 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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