Cartoonist Zunar could get 43 years in prison for nine cartoons

first_img(logo : AFP) News to go further RSF_en Organisation News Receive email alerts March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Alhaque, will be facing up to 43 years in prison on nine counts under the Sedition Act at the trial, which starts tomorrow after being postponed from 7 July.The nine cartoons criticized corruption in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s government and the high-profile trial of opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim.“We deplore the persecution of Zunar and urge the Malaysian authorities to drop all the charges against him,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“This iniquitous trial is the latest example of the Najib Razak government’s political reprisals against Zunar, reprisals that it now takes openly. Its repeated use of the Sedition Act, which in this case criminalizes political cartoons, is totally illegitimate and disproportionate.”In the past two years, the Malaysian government has repeatedly used the Sedition Act, a draconian law dating back to 1948, to bring judicial proceedings designed to silence dissenting voices and compel journalists and content providers to censor themselves.The proceedings against Zunar are of the type known as a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) or gag suit. Even if Zunar does not get a jail sentence, the proceedings have a chilling effect, they deter the public from expressing their views and protesting, and they encourage cartoonists and media outlets in general to censor themselves.Zunar has already been detained twice under the Sedition Act, for two days in September 2010 after he published a book of his cartoons called “Cartoon-o-phobia” and for three days in February 2015 after the police raided his office on 28 January and seized about 100 of his cartoons and other works. The Malaysian authorities have banned seven of his works as “detrimental to public order.”Malaysia is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific January 29, 2021 Find out morecenter_img February 22, 2021 Find out more News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News September 8, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cartoonist Zunar could get 43 years in prison for nine cartoons Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Follow the news on Malaysia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns well-known cartoonist Zunar’s trial on a sedition charge for posting nine of his cartoons on Twitter, and urges the Malaysian authorities to stop harassing him judicially and psychologically. New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truthlast_img read more

The Path to Monetary Policy Normalization

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Path to Monetary Policy Normalization Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Featured / The Path to Monetary Policy Normalization in Featured, Government, News 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 Tagged with: Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Nomalization St. Louis Fed  Print This Post About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Watchdog Joins Calls for More Oversight of Non-Bank Servicers Next: The Week Ahead: Looking to UK for Affordable Housing Model Share Save 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. When it comes to the normalization of monetary policy on the part of the Federal Reserve, it comes down to two possibilities: either slow normalization or no normalization, according to St. Louis Fed President James Bullard in Santa Barbara, California, this week.While speculation persists about another rate hike by the Fed in June, which would be the first time the Fed has raised the federal funds target rate since the historic liftoff in June, Bullard discussed two possibilities for monetary policy normalization: the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)’s scenario (slow normalization) and the market-based scenario (little or no normalization).“The FOMC has laid out, via the Summary of Economic Projections, a data-dependent ‘slow normalization,’ whereby the nominal policy rate would gradually rise over the next several years provided the economy evolves as expected,” he said. “Market-based forecasts of FOMC policy, in contrast, envision ‘almost no normalization,’ whereby the policy rate would be changed only a few times in the next several years.”James Bullard, St. Louis Fed PresidentBullard said the three factors that favor the FOMC’s scenario are relatively strong labor markets in the U.S., an inflation rate that is closer to the FOMC’s target of 2 percent, and waning headwinds in global economic markets. According to Bullard, U.S. labor markets are “relatively tight,” although job gains for April, announced the day after Bullard spoke in Santa Barbara, were somewhat disappointing (160,000) compared with February and March. Bullard pointed out that the Fed’s labor market conditions index is well above historical averages. With the inflation factor, Bullard said that large movements in oil prices have had a substantial impact on headline inflation, and these measures have been trending higher as of late. On the waning global economic headwinds, Bullard said international influences on the U.S. economy appear to be waning in the first half of 2016 and that recent readings indicate a decline in financial stress; also, the effects of a stronger U.S. dollar appear to be waning.For the market-based scenario, Bullard pointed out two factors: slow GDP growth and low inflation expectations. GDP grew at an annual rate of just 0.5 percent in the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)’s first Q1 estimate, which may be partially attributable to seasonality. Bullard said that market-based measures of inflation expectation began a downward trend late in 2015 after enjoying a relatively satisfactory summer in 2014.Which scenario is closer to being correct? Is it the FOMC’s projection of a gradual pace of rate increases over the next several years, or the market-based scenario that expects to see only a few increases in the federal funds target rate over that period?“Evidence from labor markets, inflation readings and global influences suggests the FOMC median projection may be more nearly correct,” he said. “Evidence from readings on GDP growth and market-based inflation expectations suggests the market view of the path of the policy rate may be more nearly correct.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Monetary Policy Nomalization St. Louis Fed 2016-05-06 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 6, 2016 1,239 Views last_img read more

Fraser-Price to leave MVP

first_img(SPORTSMAX) – SportsMax.tv has been reliably informed that two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has officially said she is parting ways with the MVP Track Club at the end of this 2015/2016 season.Fraser-Pryce, 29, who won a bronze medal in the 100 metres last week Saturday night, informed head coach MVP Stephen Francis, Wednesday night of her decision.She anchored Jamaica through to the final of the 4×100 metres relay at the Olympic Games in Rio yesterday and intends to lead the team to a gold medal in the final today.President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James, told SportsMax.tv that he could neither confirm or deny that the decorated sprinter, who joined the club in 2007, is leaving at the end of the season following what will be her last Olympic campaign.Under the tutelage of Francis, Fraser-Pryce won back-to-back Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012.She also won World titles in the 100 metres in 2009, 2013 and 2015. She became the first Jamaican woman to win three gold medals at a global championships when she won the 100 metres, 200 metres, and anchored the Jamaican team to gold at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow in 2013.last_img read more