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News to go further Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific The magistrate in charge of the McCulloch/Sadler case in Banda Aceh announced his decision on 3 October that the two women were to remain in custody. They should have been released on 1 October, but under Indonesian law the authorities have the power to detain suspects for a maximum of 40 days if further investigations prove to be necessary. The police should, at the end of their investigations, have gathered sufficient evidence to bring charges, and the case then passes into the hands of the magistrate. The latter decides whether the case is to be brought before the court and, if appropriate, fixes a date for the trial. So far there is still uncertainty about the charges to be brought against the two women: initially arrested for violating immigration laws, for which they could face a prison sentence of up to five years, it is possible, however, that they could be accused of “spying” or even of “collusion with separatist armed movements”.________________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the abusive detention of British journalist Lesley McCulloch. She has been in police detention at the Banda Aceh police headquarters on the Island of Sumatra since 11 September, accused of fraudulent use of a tourist visa. Banda Aceh is the capital of the province, which is prey to separatist fighting by GAM (Free Aceh Movement) rebels. “It is intolerable that no foreign observer whatsoever has been authorised to report on the situation in Aceh,” stated Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of the organisation, adding that “legal artifice cannot mask the authorities’ real intentions which are to silence any discordant voices”.The British researcher, who lives in Australia and until recently taught at the University of Tasmania, has also worked for the Australian radio and television company ABC and the newspaper Green Left Weekly. She is also well known for her frequent contributions to Asian magazines on the question of the independence of Aceh. Ms McCulloch has been visiting the province for a number of a years in order to carry out research and to write about the conflict which has lasted for 26 years. She has reported in detail on the Indonesian military’s abuses of human rights and has brought to light the economic and financial interests underlying the conflict. She was arrested on 11 September by a group of soldiers, together with an American nurse, Joy Lee Sadler, and their local interpreter, Fitra Bin Amin, as they were leaving a village in the south of the province. Ms McCulloch’s luggage was searched, and her laptop and camera closely examined, in an attempt to find evidence linking her with the rebel groups. The police claim that she had in fact visited a GAM base. Later her house in Aceh was also searched. She has been detained since then, is not allowed to make telephone calls or give interviews, and since 14 September the police have been closely monitoring her meetings with her lawyer. She is also apparently being deprived of sleep and sexually harassed. No decision about her case has yet been taken. She is accused of violating Articles 40 and 52 of the immigration law because she took advantage of her tourist visa to carry out activities in relation to the GAM. She risks a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a fine of nearly 25 million rupiahs. Ms McCulloch had to wait for six days before being granted the legal status of suspect. This is in total violation of the Indonesian penal code, which demands that a status be attributed within 24 hours following the arrest.No foreign presence is tolerated in the province of Aceh, and the authorities are exasperated by what they consider as unjustified support by journalists, human rights groups and intellectuals for the separatist movement in Aceh. Already in March 2002, the Indonesian government refused to renew the press visa of the Jakarta correspondent of the Australian daily papers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, Lindsay Murdoch. News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua IndonesiaAsia – Pacific August 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Indonesia September 23, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist detained in Aceh province November 19, 2020 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Help by sharing this information
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Automatic Stay—The Ultimate Creditor Protection Next: Fannie Mae: Consumer Housing Confidence Update Subscribe Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago January 7, 2021 7,141 Views 2021-01-07 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Homeownership vs. Renting: Trends in Affordability Share Save Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Commentary, Daily Dose, Events, Featured Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Commentary / Homeownership vs. Renting: Trends in Affordability Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago When it comes to affordability, homeownership across 63% of America is still more cost-effective than renting, according to researchers at ATTOM Data Solutions. ATTOM’s report showed that in the most populated urban markets, renting remains more affordable. ATTOM’s 2021 Rental Affordability Report shows that owning a median-priced three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 572 of the 915 U.S. counties analyzed for the report.This is true despite median home prices that are rising more than average rents over the past year in 83% of those counties and which have risen more than wages in almost two-thirds of the nation.“Home-prices are rising faster than rents and wages in the majority of the country. Yet, homeownership is still more affordable, as amazingly low mortgage rates that dropped below 3% are helping to keep the cost of rising home prices in check,“ said ATTOM’s Chief Product Officer Todd Teta. “It’s startling to see that kind of trend. But it shows how both the cost of renting has been relatively high compared to the cost of ownership and how declining interest rates are having a notable impact on the housing market and homeownership. The coming year is totally uncertain, amid so many questions connected to the coronavirus pandemic and the broader economy. But right now, owning a home still appears to be a financially-sound choice for those who can afford it.”The report goes on to break down owning versus renting regionally—that’s where the researchers learned that ownership is more affordable in counties with a population of less than 1 million, especially among those with less than 500,000 people.The report found most affordable rental markets in the South and Midwest and the least affordable in the West.It found the most affordable places to own also is in the South and Midwest. The least affordable places to own are reportedly are in the West and Northeast.ATTOM’s analysis, which can be read in full at ATTOM.com, incorporates recently released fair market rent data for 2021 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics along with public record sales deed data from ATTOM in 915 U.S. counties with sufficient home sales data. Visit ATTOM.com for full methodology.