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Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists

first_img July 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our appeal.Sincerely, News Paris, 10 July 2015 Follow the news on Mexico Reports News As your four-day visit to France gets under way today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO that defends freedom of information, would like to refer you to the disturbing situation of the media in your country and, in particular, the violence that journalists constantly face.On 5 May, you publicly reaffirmed your “complete commitment to Mexicans’ freedom of expression and right to information” and you added that “the free expression of ideas and the right to be correctly informed are fundamental for consolidating our democracy and accelerating our progress.”We think it is important to contrast these commendable comments with the reality on the ground for Mexican journalists. What with murders, kidnappings, physical attacks, a failure to punish these crimes of violence, widespread self-censorship and a concentration of media ownership in too few hands – much needs to be done. Solutions must urgently be found to the grave problems affecting freedom of information in Mexico.Since 2000, RSF has registered a total of 86 murders of journalists and media workers in definite or probable connection with their work, of which 15 have taken place since you became president. These figures make Mexico the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media and have resulted in its being ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 RSF press freedom index.Since the start of the year, RSF has had to alert public opinion to several grave acts of violence against journalists in Mexico:- Six journalists and media workers have been murdered in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was the latest victim. After receiving death threats during elections in early June, he was gunned down on 2 July as he left the radio station where he worked. The police have yet to identify the perpetrators of any of these murders.- Radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres was kidnapped in the state of Guerrero in May and was held for 20 days. He was freed because his family paid a ransom. The police have not identified its kidnappers.- There were many physical attacks against journalists during Mexico’s election campaign in early June. RSF is aware of at least ten attacks against journalists whose only crime was to have been covering events.- Journalist Pedro Canché spent nine months in prison in the state of Quintana Roo before a court finally recognized that his rights had been violated and ordered his immediate release on the night of 28 May. He had been accused of “sabotage” after posting photos of local protests and a video critical of Quintana Roo’s administration. Several NGOs blamed his prolonged detention on interference by Quintana Roo’s governor. Impunity is unfortunately the rule in Mexico, partly because of collusion between organized crime and certain politicians and government officials. Some politicians do not hesitate to attack journalists in public statements, instead of supporting them, which just compounds the harassment to which they are exposed. A few days ago (on 1 July), the governor of Veracruz accused some journalists of being in constant contact with organized crime – the last straw in what is one of the deadliest states for journalists.The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión), created in 2006, and the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, created in 2012, constitute positive judicial advances but they have not been equal to the needs, partly because of bureaucratic red tape.RSF does not doubt that this disturbing state of affairs spurs you to do everything possible to improve the situation of journalists in Mexico. As you said in an address on 15 April when a new president of the Communication Council took office: “The traditional media and new information technologies strengthen our democracy by creating dialogue, debate and understanding. Out of personal and democratic conviction as President of the Republic, I will continue to work to guarantee the full application of the freedoms recognized by our Constitution.”We therefore ask you to consider our recommendations to: MexicoAmericas Read the letter: here – Carry out a complete overhaul of Mexico’s justice system in order to combat impunity while providing journalists with real protection.- Increase the resources of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión).- Strengthen the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, establishing effective protective measures with a requirement that all local and federal authorities implement them. This mechanism must be given the capacity to act preventively and to intervene as soon as threats are received.- Implement the recommendations on combatting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, reinforcing the existing mechanisms and reinforcing the protection of journalists that were accepted during the Universal Periodic Review in October 2013.- Pay special attention to the most dangerous states for journalists and press their administrations to combat impunity effectively. Christophe DeloireSecretary-General Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News (Logo: AFP) 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more President Enrique Peña NietoResidencia Oficial de Los PinosManuel Acuña 144, San Pedro Iztacalco08220 Ciudad de México, D.F. Mexico Organisation Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Dear President Peña Nieto, MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders has written to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who begins a four-day visit to France today, about the violence against journalists and news media in his country. The letter calls for urgent measures to protect media personnel and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them. Related documents letter_to_enrique_pen_a_nieto.pdfPDF – 79.34 KB to go furtherlast_img read more

PHH Moves Forward With Updated Servicing Standards

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / PHH Moves Forward With Updated Servicing Standards Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily January 3, 2018 1,506 Views In a statement released Wednesday, PHH said they will implement new servicing standards as part of a settlement with a multi-state group of state attorneys general, as well as following a “testing and reporting process to ensure compliance with the Servicing Standards for a period of three years.”The $45 million settlement was reached between PHH and the Multi-State Mortgage Committee, a group consisting of state attorneys general from every state except New Hampshire, as well as mortgage regulators from 45 different states.PHH’s statement read that they “ … have agreed to resolve concerns raised by the MMC arising from its servicing examination conducted in 2010 and believe that settling this matter is in the best interest of PHH and its constituents. Our decision to resolve this legacy matter under the terms of the settlement agreement and consent orders is not an admission of liability or that we violated any applicable laws, regulations or rules governing the conduct and operation of our Servicing business during the relevant time frame.”PHH also said that, while they would adhere to the mandated servicing standards, but that they largely already line up with PHH’s own current internal servicing standards. “We have made and will continue to make the necessary enhancements in our operations to ensure we remain compliant and continue to serve our customers in a fair and appropriate manner.”In a Wednesday press release, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “The foreclosure crisis continues to devastate communities across New York. We have zero tolerance for the types of practices that helped create the crisis—and will hold mortgage companies to account.”The complaint by the attorneys general states that, during the period between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2012, PHH “threatened foreclosure and conveyed conflicting messages to certain borrowers engaged in loss mitigation.” PHH is also accused of charging unauthorized fees for their services. The settlement does not address any conduct occurring in 2013 or later.Of the $45 million settlement, $30.4 million will go to affected borrowers, $8.8 million will go to state mortgage regulators, $5 million will go to states that took lead on investigating and working out the settlement, and $1 million will go toward claims administration.Borrowers who lost their homes due to foreclosure during the indicated time period will be eligible for a minimum payment of $840. Those who were foreclosed upon, but did not lose their home, will receive a minimum payment of $285. PHH Moves Forward With Updated Servicing Standards  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Average Credit Scores for Potential Homebuyers Dip Next: Rental Property Management: Beware of Fraud Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Default Servicing Foreclosure Housing Crisis mortgage servicing Multi-State Mortgage Committee PHH Corp. PHH settlement Settlement Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Default Servicing Foreclosure Housing Crisis mortgage servicing Multi-State Mortgage Committee PHH Corp. PHH settlement Settlement 2018-01-03 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more