Investigate injuring of journalist by state press group boss

first_img to go further November 12, 2019 Find out more News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa September 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigate injuring of journalist by state press group boss TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders demands an immediate investigation into an incident in which the new director-general of a state press group reportedly deliberately injured one of the organization’s journalists.Lotfi Touati, director-general of the Dar Essabah publications group, was driving a car that injured journalist Khalil Hannachi in front of company headquarters in Tunis at midday on 13 September. The incident occurred as journalists were demonstrating to demand that Touati resign, citing interference with editorial independence. The prime minister appointed him in August.“We energetically condemn the apparent targeting of Khalil Hannachi,” said Christophe Deloire, the press freedom organization’s director general. “Nothing can justify Lotfi Touati’s behaviour, which cannot be tolerated under the rule of law.” A thorough investigation leading to sanctions for injuries to the journalist is essential, Deloire said.According to eyewitnesses contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Touati started up his car while Hannachi was standing in front of it. The car rammed Hannachi, dragging him as he clung to the hood for several hundred meters. He was thrown off when Touati suddenly hit the brake. The injured journalist was immediately hospitalized. Doctors said his condition was stable, but kept him under observation.For his part, Touati filed an official complaint against Hannachi, accusing him of deliberately throwing himself on the car in order to harm Touati’s reputation and force his resignation. Touati was not detained.The incident came amid an escalating conflict between Dar Essabah journalists and the group’s newly appointed chief. Protests have been under way since 21 August, focused on Touati’s attempted assumption of unilateral control of editorial policy. Only a few minutes before Hannachi was injured, Touati had moved to name Nourredine Achour the group’s daily newspaper editor. Achour has been editor of the weekly Essabah Hebdo.Touati had not consulted the newspaper’s staff. As a result, they gathered in front of the headquarters to demand his resignation – the most recent of several such demonstrations. They booed him as he walked out of the building, shouting “Get out!”Other events leading up to the confrontation included Touati’s pushing out on 27 August of Jamel Eddine Bourigua, one of the three top editors of the daily Essabah. Touati also published a list of people authorized to write editorials. On 29 August, he had security forces block the delivery of 15,000 copies of his own daily, on which a list of journalists’ demands appeared on page 3. That page was replaced by a page of advertisements. These events led journalists to hold a one-day strike on 11 September.Reporters Without Borders reaffirms its support for editorial independence of public media, and for transparency in the appointment of their executives. The organization deplores official meddling with public media operations, and the grave consequences that interference can set in motion.The events at Dar Essabah underline the urgent need for creation of a independent body to guarantee the independence and pluralism of public media, and authorized to settle conflicts and head off crises. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Files For Bankruptcy

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Bankruptcy Wingspan Portfolio Advisors 2015-07-14 Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Files For Bankruptcy  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Bankruptcy Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Wingspan Portfolio Advisors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Tuesday in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the court confirmed to DS News.In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the company ceases operations while a trustee liquidates a company’s assets in order to pay off debt. A company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy continues operations only if the trustee decides to continue.”Since this is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the debtor no longer exists,” said Wingspan’s bankruptcy attorney, Dan Morenoff, of Dallas-based The Morenoff Firm. “A trustee now owns the estate. The parking brake has been pulled and the trustee is in charge.”The trustee, Michelle Chow, could not immediately be reached for comment.Wingpsan, which was founded in 2008 by Steve Horne, announced in October 2014 that it had received a multi-million dollar capital infusion from its stockholder investor group. Around the same time, Wingspan announced the divestiture of insurance claims management firm Dimont & Associates, which Wingspan acquired in May 2013, after Dimont received a recapitalization of its own.Also in October 2014, Wingspan announced that its founder and CEO, Horne, had been moved into a senior advisor role with the firm while Jason Spooner, EVP of national operations with Wingspan since 2012, was named president of the company. At that time, Horne said that with the divestiture of Dimont & Associates and the capital infusion, Wingspan was debt free. Horne said Wingspan had “experienced a fair degree of turbulence” with the industry’s shift out of the default crisis, and that the company has made moves to diversify its services and align its workforce to the new environment. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Wingspan Portfolio Advisors Files For Bankruptcycenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 7/15/2015 Next: Bank of America’s Net Income More Than Doubles in Q2; U.S. Bank, PNC Profitable Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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. Related Articles July 14, 2015 2,497 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more