Hezbollah threats force rival party’s news media to close

first_img February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon News Reporters Without Borders condemns Hezbollah’s armed attacks and threats against four news media owned by the family of Saad Hariri, the head of Future Movement, the anti-Syrian majority party in the Lebanese parliament. All four news media – the terrestrial and satellite TV station Future TV, satellite TV news channel Future News, the daily newspaper Al-Mustakbal and Radio Orient – were forced to stop operating today. “Lebanon is undergoing a serious political crisis and the situation is very disturbing,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the gagging of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority’s news media is not a harbinger of even greater violence. The aggressiveness displayed by Hezbollah militants poses an additional danger for the many journalists covering the clashes on the streets of Beirut. We urge Hezbollah to refrain from attacks on the press.”Rockets were fired early this morning at Al-Mustakbal’s headquarters, starting a fire on one of its floors. Soon afterwards, gunmen surrounded the offices of Future TV, Future News and Radio Orient and threatened to open fire if they did not stop broadcasting. Witnesses said Hezbollah militiamen disabled their video surveillance systems and then disconnected their broadcast cables. Lebanese army soldiers protected employees as they left they buildings to go home.There have been clashes between Hezbollah militiamen and supporters of the anti-Syrian majority for more than 24 hours in several west Beirut neighbourhoods. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns armed attacks and threats by Hezbollah against four news media owned by the family of Future Movement leader Saad Hariri. “Lebanon is undergoing a serious political crisis and we hope the gagging of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority’s news media is not a harbinger of even greater violence.” RSF_en Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car News May 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hezbollah threats force rival party’s news media to close Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Lebanon Help by sharing this information News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News January 14, 2021 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Former HUD Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Defrauding Government of $843K

first_img A former loan guarantee specialist for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was sentenced to 26 months in a federal prison for defrauding the federal government of $843,000, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney General for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen, Inspector in Charge Gary Barksdale of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Special Agent in Charge Cary Rubenstein of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD-OIG).Brian Thompson, 54, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in October 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Thompson perpetrated his scheme from May 2013 to March 2014 while he worked for HUD’s Office of Loan Guarantee for Native American Programs, according to a statement of offense signed by the government and the defendant. According to multiple media reports, Thompson was able to gain employment with HUD as a loan guarantee specialist despite having a prior criminal record that spanned more than two decades. According to reports, HUD officials are examining their background check process to find where the breakdown occurred to allow Thompson to gain employment with the agency.As a loan guarantee specialist for HUD, Thompson’s duties included selling HUD REO properties for the best possible price in order to regain the money the government paid to the lender for the insured loan. During a nine-month period from June 2013 to March 2014, Thompson sold five parcels on behalf of HUD for a combined total of $843,000 and diverted the money to his own personal bank accounts. He then submitted fraudulent settlement statements in order to conceal his personal increase from the transactions.”Brian Thompson will be a federal inmate because of his crooked dealings,” Machen said.  “He ripped off the taxpayer and harmed the integrity of program designed to help underprivileged Native American homeowners.  Public service is a calling, not a get-rich-quick opportunity.  I want to thank the other public servants at the Office of Native American Programs who came forward and raised concerns about Thompson’s conduct.”In addition to serving the prison time, Thompson was ordered to pay the federal government $843,000 in restitution, and he will be placed on three years of supervised release after completing his prison term. He is also subject to a forfeiture money judgment of $645,700 in addition to the more than $150,000 that has already been sized from his financial accounts.”As today’s sentence demonstrates, those who attempt to defraud the U.S. government will be held accountable,” Barskdale said. “Postal Inspectors applaud the efforts of its law enforcement partners at HUD-OIG.  Our combined efforts brought the individual responsible for this crime, which involved the U.S. mail system, to justice.”  Print This Post in Featured, Government, News Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Fraud HUD REO properties 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. About Author: Brian Honea Home / Featured / Former HUD Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Defrauding Government of $843K Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Former HUD Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Defrauding Government of $843K Previous: Survey: Americans’ Attitude Mixed Toward Housing, Economy Next: Obama Nominee Withdraws Himself From Consideration for Treasury Undersecretary Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fraud HUD REO properties 2015-01-12 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily January 12, 2015 1,102 Views last_img read more