According to the press law, complaints against media and journalists must first be handled by the Commission for the Verification of Press Offences, which transfers them to the courts when appropriate. Neither parliament, not the vice-president nor the NDS has the right to directly summon, arrest or threaten journalists. No formal action has been taken against Pajhwok, whose damning report was extensively documented. July 9, 2020 Two Afghan journalists arrested, news agency harassed AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionCovid19Internet Afghanistan’s biggest news agency, Pajhwok Afghan News, has meanwhile been harassed ever since 22 June, when it reported that 32 ventilators intended for Afghan coronavirus patients had been stolen and sold to Pakistan. Organisation AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionCovid19Internet One of the journalists, Mahboboalah Hakimi of Radio Bayan (Word), has been arrested twice in the past eight days. He was first arrested on 1 July when NDS agents arrested him at his home in Qalat, the capital of the southern province of Zabol, for alleging insulting President Ashraf Ghani by calling him an “unbeliever” in a Facebook post. Receive email alerts After finishing the search, the NDS grabbed Mangol and took back to NDS headquarters in Khost, where they questioned him for two hours and then released him, saying his arrest had been a mistake. News Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Farough jan Mangol, the Reuters news agency’s correspondent in the southeastern city of Khost, was arrested on 1 July when NDS agents searched his and his brother’s home without a warrant. His brother, Seifollah Hayat, is the local representative of the Committee for the Safety of Journalists. When Danish Karokhel, Pajhwok’s director, was invited by the parliamentary commission for culture for what was described as a consultation, he was subjected to a full-blown interrogation in which health ministry representatives took part and the news agency was accused of acting “against national security.” Just before his arrest, he had nonetheless denied being the post’s author in a video, explaining that someone had hacked into his Facebook account. “We call on President Ashraf Ghani and Vice-President Amrullah Saleh to respect the press law they promised to implement,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk. “The country’s authorities and security officials must respect this pledge and this law when taking action against ‘rumours and fake news.’ It is vital that the media should be able to do their work without impediment, in order to inform the public what is being done to combat corruption and any shortcomings.” RSF_en News to go further RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says The next day, Vice-President Amrullah Saleh accused Pajhwok of lying in a tweet: “NO ventilator is missing from the health ministry inventory in Kabul or the provinces. NOT ONE. Don’t fall into the trap of lies and dishonesty. When someone tells you the cat has stolen your nose, touch your nose first before chasing the cat, who is looking at you. Calm down.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of two journalists by Afghanistan’s National Department of Security (NDS) and the harassment to which the Pajhwok Afghan News agency has been subjected since covering the theft of ventilators intended for Afghanistan’s Covid-19 patients. News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan News He appeared in another video two days later, this one recorded by the NDS. And this time he confessed to being responsible for the original video and apologized to the president. Shortly after being released yesterday, he said he had been tortured and forced to make a confession. He was arrested again when he went back to the local headquarters of the NDS this morning to collect his personal effects.
March 15, 2018 3,077 Views Tagged with: Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Irving Dennis David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago On Thursday, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson announced new measures to protect the financial integrity of the department.”We simply need to do better. An updated system of internal controls will provide our agency with greater certainty that the dollars we spend are spent in a manner that satisfies all laws and regulations, and most importantly, the American people. We will approach this as any business would by increasing transparency and accountability. In the end, we will also support a culture that respects the fact that HUD funds belong to the public,” said Carson.According to Carson, these changes will work toward correcting lax internal processes and controls and the Department. Carson tasked HUD’s newly appointed CFO, Irving Dennis, to put together a plan and an internal task force focused on combating waste, fraud, and abuse.A former partner at Ernst & Young, Dennis said, “I’m excited to apply a business acumen to a task that is necessary for us as an agency. These new internal controls and management practices must be embedded into our organization to help prevent misuse and misappropriation of assets. The goal is to create more robust processes and systems of checks and balances to ensure our expenditures not only meet all of our requirements but pass a common sense ‘smell test.’”HUD’s media statement breaks down the proposed changes into four areas of focus:Agency-wide Governance: Implementing an Agency-wide governance structure that allows for more oversight, transparency, monitoring, and accountability;Finance Transformation: Developing a plan to restore discipline and accountability in the financial and reporting systems across the Agency.Grant Modernization: Developing a holistic grant modernization plan to improve grant processes and reporting, including improved IT systems.Process Improvement: Promoting a HUD culture focused on documented and repeatable process with a focus on transparency and cost reasonableness.HUD’s media statement also notes that the Office of the CFO is working with HUD’s Office of the General Counsel to review processes throughout the department “to ensure HUD is within all guidelines and utilizing resources effectively.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago HUD’s Carson: “We Simply Need to Do Better.” Previous: Delinquencies on the Decline Next: Facilitating Growth in a Changing Industry Landscape in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Irving Dennis 2018-03-15 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD’s Carson: “We Simply Need to Do Better.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago