Blogger gets six months in jail for defamation

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Organisation SloveniaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the six-month jail sentence that Mitja Kunstelj, a well-known and controversial blogger, received on 13 May on criminal charges of defaming and insulting two journalists in his blog.“Regardless of the offending content – and we are not trying to defend Kunstelj’s posts – the very possibility that someone can be jailed for abusing freedom of expression is utterly unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It violates international conventions signed by Slovenia, including the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.“The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly said in its rulings that the penalties for defamation and insult must be strictly limited and proportionate. Imprisonment is completely out of the question because, by its nature, it intimidates those who provide news and information. This jail sentence must be quashed on appeal.“We urge the Slovenian authorities to decriminalize defamation, and we urge the European Union to encourage such initiatives in all member states. The EU’s credibility in its relations with its neighbours is it stake, especially with membership candidates, which are told they must take the utmost care to respect freedom of information.”A controversial figure with a troubled past in the Slovenian special forces, Kunstelj now keeps one of the country’s most widely-read blogs. In the offending posts, he used extremely crude terms to describe details of the private lives of two journalists with whom he used to be close.The court justified the sentence by referring to the blogger’s announcement that he would not pay any fine and that that he would continue to post similar blog entries. Kunstelj was also ordered to pay 10,000 euros in damages to each of the plaintiffs. Two other lawsuits are meanwhile pending against him.The sentence follows other disturbing developments for freedom of information in Slovenia.The car of Miran Šubic, a reporter for the daily Dnevnik, was torched outside his home in the northern city of Kranj on the night of 10 April. The fire spread to his garage and caused about 50,000 euros in damage.Šubic is convinced that the fire was meant to intimidate him in connection with his work. He has covered Kranj municipal corruption in the past and recently wrote about arms- and drug-trafficking in the region.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to do everything possible to identify the attack’s perpetrators and instigators. Contacted by Reporters Without Borders at the end of April, the police said they were treating it as a case of criminal “damage to the property of another person” but could say nothing else about the case for reasons of confidentiality.A European Union member since 2004, Slovenia is ranked 35th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo: Matej Leskovsek/Planet March 16, 2021 Find out more Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Slovenia May 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger gets six months in jail for defamation News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

Regulators Push Community Reinvestment Act Comment Deadline

first_img Tagged with: CRA FDIC OCC Regulators Push Community Reinvestment Act Comment Deadline CRA FDIC OCC 2020-02-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News February 20, 2020 1,123 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save Previous: Freddie Mac Transfers $9.1B in Risk Next: Mid America Adds to Servicing Department The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have extended the public comment period for proposed changes to the rules implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) until April 8, 2020.The proposed rules are intended to increase bank activity in low- and moderate-income communities where there is significant need for credit, more responsible lending, and greater access to banking services.The proposal will clarify what qualifies for credit under the CRA, enabling banks and their partners to better implement reinvestment and other activities that can benefit communities. The agencies will also create an additional definition of “assessment areas” tied to where deposits are located—ensuring that banks provide loans and other services to low- and moderate-income persons in those areas.The CRA was enacted in the 1960s as a response to redlining—a practice where banks discriminated against prospective customers based primarily on where they lived, or their racial or ethnic background, rather than creditworthiness.Under the current CRA framework, the primary banking regulators—specifically the OCC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Reserve—conduct regular examinations to evaluate banks’ activities to provide credit, services, and make investments in low and moderate-income communities where the banks operate. The act only applies to banks with federally insured deposits.The legislation was last updated in 1995. The proposed CRA rules would apply to federally insured depository institutions supervised by the FDIC and OCC, which conduct approximately 85% of all CRA activity.Chairwoman of the Housing Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters voiced opposition to , Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting’s proposal to update the legislation.“Under Comptroller [Joseph] Otting, the Community Reinvestment Act would become the Community Disinvestment Act. Such a radical change to the CRA demands a heightened level of public scrutiny,” she said.According to Committee member Patrick McHenry, reform of the CRA is a “long-time coming.”“The rise of mobile and online banking helps more consumers and communities than the CRA was intended to serve,” he said. About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Regulators Push Community Reinvestment Act Comment Deadline Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more