Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to drop all charges against a journalist who was arrested while covering evictions of homeless people from a park in Oregon, and urges officers to respect journalists’ First Amendment right to report on police activity without fear of retaliation. News Help by sharing this information Police in Medford County, Oregon, arrested award-winning journalist April Ehrlich on September 22 for interviewing homeless people displaced by Oregon wildfires as officers swept their park encampment. Ehrlich, a reporter for NPR affiliate station Jefferson Public Radio and vice president of Oregon’s Society for Professional Journalists, had been on the scene since the early morning to document police enforcement of a 24-hour eviction notice. After Ehrlich declined to go to the police-designated “media staging area” at a park entrance, where it was impossible to fully observe interactions between officers and campers, police arrested her for proceeding to enter the zone being cleared. Ten other people were arrested at the scene the same day. Though Ehrlich was released later that afternoon, she faces baseless charges for second-degree criminal trespassing, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. If convicted on charges of interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest, Ehrlich could face $6,250 in fines and 364 days in prison. Second-degree criminal trespassing carries a prison term of 30 days and fines of up to $1,250. “It is appalling that the Medford Police arrested and brought criminal charges against April Ehrlich for reporting on a matter of public interest in a public park,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Manager for RSF USA. “These charges should be dropped and the Medford Police Department should take steps to ensure authorities do not subject journalists to such punitive measures in the future.” The United States ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on United States RSF_en to go further United StatesAmericas September 28, 2020 – Updated on September 29, 2020 US — Journalist facing criminal charges for reporting on homeless encampment in Oregon April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Robyn Beck / AFP News
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Andy BealeA study by the Consumer Federation of America and the Credit Union National Association on planned holiday spending found wide gaps between high- and low-income groups.The groups surveyed 1,009 people on their financial situation and how much they’re planning to spend this holiday season. Based on the results of the survey, they expect holiday spending to fall this year nationwide, but they also found big differences between the planned holiday spending of the rich and the poor.Thirty-seven percent of low-income respondents said they plan to spend less this year than last year, compared to only 19 percent of high-income respondents. This indicates that low-income Americans are less likely to feel their financial situation is improving than high-income Americans.The study also found 63 percent of low-income respondents, compared to only 21 percent of high-income respondents, said they were concerned about debt payments. And 83 percent of low-income respondents said they did not have extra funds available to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense, compared to only 13 percent of high-income respondents that said the same. continue reading »
The special hospital for medical rehabilitation ‘Biokovka’ from Makarska, which has been dealing with health tourism since 1961, is investing 8 million kuna in the reconstruction and raising the standards of the entire hotel, and the works should be completed this spring.After the complete renovation of about 50 of the 115 bathrooms last year, and the successful air conditioning of all 115 rooms in which the installations were changed, the final phase of the renovation of the well-known rehabilitation facility owned by the County has recently begun.The plan is to renovate all other 67 bathrooms in the accommodation, which will raise the service in these two parts of the “Biokovka” building to an even higher level. The money was provided from the hospital’s budget, says director Marko Ožić Bebek, adding that they were able to invest thanks to successful business and good financial management. “If everything goes according to plan, we plan to expand the accommodation capacity, arrange the beach facility and in that area improve and expand the year-round catering offer. ” concluded Ožić Bebek.By the way, Biokovo is a public institution, registered for the provision of predominantly public health services (treatment and medical rehabilitation, accommodation and nutrition, treatment for outpatients, etc.) as well as for catering and tourism services, of which in the last few years total revenues. The main focus and strategic commitment of Biokovo is in the direction of health tourism. Biokovka has 247 rooms, which have 495 beds, ie with extra beds a total of 560 beds.