US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa News June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US Army releases journalist after four-days of unexplained detention Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 28 June of freelance journalist Ahmed al-Majun, president of the local branch of the Iraq journalists’ union in Tikrit, north of Baghdad. He had been arrested in the city along with his son on the night of 23-24 June and held at the US base in Speicher, 15 kilometres north of Tikrit. The Journalistic Freedom Observatory in Iraq said that al-Majun had been subjected to interrogations, the content of which he had been forbidden to reveal.The US Army made no comment on the reasons for his detention, nor that of Ahmed Nuri, cameraman for Associated Press, whose release has also been urged by the worldwide press freedom organisation. —————————————————————–25.06.2008US and Iraqi soldiers arrest another journalist in TikritReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of journalist Ahmed Al-Majoun in a raid by US and Iraqi soldiers on his home in Tikrit (180 km north of Baghdad) early yesterday. His son was also arrested. Majoun heads a journalists union based in Salah El Din, the province of which Tikrit is the capital. No reason has been given for their arrests.“We are disturbed to see that, just a few weeks after the arrest of Associated Press cameraman Ahmed Nouri, the armed forces are still not respecting the work of journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “The arrests of Majoun and his son are unjustified. We call on the US forces to say exactly what they are charged with or else release them.”A joint US-Iraqi military unit arrested Majoun and his son at around 2 a.m. yesterday after forcing their way into his home using stun grenades that damaged the front door and windows. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said the soldiers stayed in the house until dawn. It is believed that Majoun and his son are being held at the US military base in Tikrit. The US military has refused to comment on their arrest.Nouri, the AP cameraman, has been held at the same base since 4 June despite a joint appeal for his release by Reporters Without Borders and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. He was also arrested at his home by US and Iraqi soldiers. IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en News December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img read more

These are the places where you can still find affordable properties

first_imgThere is still good value in the Whitsunday’s region with this home at81 Gordon St, Bowen listed for just $288,000 Picture: Brisbane’s property market may appear affordable to buyers from southern states, buying a house close to the CBD can still be out of the price range of some buyers.According to PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo, those with a budget of less than $500,000 had fewer options in Brisbane now than they did just a year ago.In the first half of 2017 that price range could access 15.3 per cent of the market, but by the second half of 2017 it would only access 10.6 per cent.But Dr Mardiasmo said all hope was not lost, there were still places where such a budget could score an affordable property in an area predicted for future growth.“What we’re now seeing in the market is a diminishing pool of available properties at the lower and mid-price range, especially in the capital cities of Brisbane and Hobart that were once touted as affordable,’’ she said.Dr Mardiasmo has come up with a list of four areas outside of Brisbane which are still affordable and have good growth indicators for local jobs and a sustainable economic future.Among other factors she selected areas with on par or higher rental yields than the closest capital city, as well as on-par or lower vacancy rate compared to the closest capital cityThe area also needed to be earmarked for a significant amount of future development work and have low unemployment figures.In Queensland the tops areas according to Dr Mardiasmo were Whitsunday Regioanl Council, Ipswich City Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Southern Downs Regional Council.Dr Mardiasmo said Whitsunday Regional Council area has plenty of job opportunities including for technicians, trade workers, labourers and managers. She said unemployment at 6.7 per cent was is much lower than both Brisbane 7.4 per cent and Queensland 7.6 per cent.She said buyers were urged to secure their properties now because there were still incredibly affordable property prices and promising capital growth on offer.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe area has a median house price of $375,000, median unit price of $220,000 and median land price of $165,000.“As the majority of the Whitsunday’s population choose to rent (36.4 per cent), investors are urged to capitalise on the strong conditions offered in the area’s rental market,’’ she said.The Ipswich City Council has a median house price of $347,500, a median unit price of $318,750 and median land price of $190,000.“Also in December 2017, yields continued to stand out for houses at 4.8 per cent and units 6.2 per cent,’’ she said.“This offers much more appealing conditions than Brisbane’s house and unit yields of 3.8 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.’’ Toowoomba Regional Council had a median house price of $380,000, median unit price of $304,000 and median land price of $180,000.“First home buyers are urged to take advantage of the affordable property prices and gain the rewards of solid capital growth,’’ Dr Mardiasmo said.She said the area had much more favourable conditions for investment than Brisbane.The Southern Downs Regional Council area has a median house price of $280,000, median unit price of $225,000 and median land price of $108,500. It has a very low vacancy rate and strong rental yields for houses and units.“Investors are urged to capitalise on solid returns and strong capital gains,’’ Dr Mardiasmo said.last_img read more