Free expression hangs on outcome of international court’s prosecution of French journalist

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU July 8, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free expression hangs on outcome of international court’s prosecution of French journalist Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for former French journalist Florence Hartmann and hopes she will be acquitted on charges of contempt of court and divulging confidential information when the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issues its verdict, which is expected in the next few days.A former Yugoslavia correspondent of Le Monde who later worked as official spokesperson and Balkan adviser to ICTY chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, Hartmann is being tried in connection with what she wrote about the court in her 2007 book “Peace and Punishment”.“The right to free expression about cases handled by international courts depends on the ICTY’s verdict,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Only Hartmann’s acquittal will reaffirm this fundamental freedom, which is protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and which is being threatened by the ICTY’s prosecution.”“If Hartmann is convicted, it would seriously harm the development of the international courts, which has already been seriously compromised by this case,” the press freedom organisation continued. “How can you trust a court to establish the truth about cases of war crimes and genocide if the same court is bent on covering up information about how it works?Reporters Without Borders added: “The ICTY has it in for Hartmann above all because her book mentions the accords which some of its members reached with the Serbian authorities not reveal certain documentary evidence that had been made available to it. It is legitimate to ask whether the ICTY had a right to reach agreements to cover up documents that would help render justice.”When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Hartmann criticised the ICTY’s “legal fundamentalism” and its readiness to get bogged down in a superfluous trials, especially given its limited resources, instead of concentrating on its primary mission of trying and convicting war criminals. She was “very worried about the credibility and future of international criminal justice,” she said.Her lawyer, Karim Khan, argued in his final presentation to the court that none of the prosecution’s claims had been corroborated and that “decades of jurisprudence by the European Court of Human Rights on freedom of expression would be consigned to oblivion if a journalist were condemned for raising matters of public interest.”The prosecutor asked the court on 3 July to fine Hartmann between 7,000 and 15,000 euros. If the court complies, it will set a very disturbing precedent for both freedom of expression and international justice. Hartmann has said she will appeal if convicted.The existence of an agreement between the ICTY and the Serbian authorities to redact documents from the archives of the Supreme Council for the Defence of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montegro) implicating the Serbian government in war crimes was already known before Hartmann’s book was published.Several newspapers, including the New York Times, had written about it but none of them was prosecuted by the ICTY.The ICTY brought its “contempt of court” charges against Hartmann on 27 August 2008. Reporters Without Borders has posted key passages from her book on its website. December 2, 2020 Find out more News November 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Netherlands News NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News to go further NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

New Bankruptcies Hit 1-Year High in March

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post March experienced the highest monthly increase in new bankruptcy filings across all chapters— 43,425 of them— in 12 months, according to a press release from Epiq, a tech-enabled provider of intel to the legal services industry and corporations, which this week released its March 2021 bankruptcy filing statistics from its AACER bankruptcy information services business. Representatives from Equip say the increase is driven by 41,150 new non-commercial consumer filings, a 41% monthly increase as well as the largest individual month of new filing activity since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.Chris Kruse, SVP of Epiq AACER said bankruptcy filings in March saw large increases over February due to promising developments related to the coronavirus.”The vaccination roll-out and corresponding economic recovery are gaining momentum that will accelerate the return to pre-pandemic new bankruptcy filings levels,” Kruse said. “We approach the second quarter of 2021 cautiously anticipating the bankruptcy backlog that emerged during the pandemic may be peaking.”There were 106,958 total new bankruptcy filings across all chapters for the first quarter of 2021, down from 177,245 in the same period in 2020. The two largest increases in March were in non-commercial consumer filings with 30,802 new Chapter 7 cases and 10,265 new Chapter 13 cases, increases of 9,939 and 1,945 over February 2021, respectively. Commercial Chapter 11 filings were down 9% over February with 384 new filings in March.A study following the Great Recession found that higher numbers of bankruptcies could slow the foreclosure process for struggling homeowners, “modestly.””Filing for bankruptcy adds a little more than a year to a normal foreclosure process,” according to the study.The study went on to reveal how lenders also are affected by borrowers in bankruptcy.”Although foreclosure sale price, in nominal terms, exceeds a filer’s own estimates at filing, about 65 percent of lenders still lost money, and the average loss amounted to 28% of what was owed to the mortgage lender.”Of course, today’s foreclosures process is initially halted by COVID-19 related forbearance programs.Recent reports show the number of new forbearances declining, but many remain in extensions.After last month’s report, Kruse said he and his colleagues continue to expect new filings will “grow substantially in the second half of 2021, notwithstanding any likely short-term stimulus.”Epiq’s AACER bankruptcy information services platform is built with advanced data, technology to create insight and mitigate risk for businesses impacted by bankruptcies.The company offers complimentary bankruptcy statistics and monthly email updates for both commercial and non-commercial (consumer) bankruptcy filings for Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 cases.Registration for these free resources is available on its Bankruptcy Statistics and Trends page. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save 2021-04-06 Christina Hughes Babb Subscribe Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Home / Daily Dose / New Bankruptcies Hit 1-Year High in March Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 6, 2021 1,180 Views New Bankruptcies Hit 1-Year High in March Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Housing Market Competition Heats Up Next: Pandemic Forces Shifts in Migration Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babblast_img read more