Repugnant conviction of prominent weekly The New Times

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 5, 2021 Find out more News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Russia Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information News News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Reporters Without Borders today condemned as “repugnant” a defamation conviction handed down by a Moscow court to the independent weekly The New Times for a report into police corruption and abuse. The verdict, obtained through false testimony, nullified the newspaper’s solid, truthful investigation headlined “OMON slaves” – in reference to the OMON riot police – published in February this year, the worldwide press freedom organisation said, calling for it to be acquitted. The New Times was also ordered to refute some of the information in the report and to pay a fine of 4,330 roubles (more than 100 euros) for moral injury.The organisation reaffirmed its backing for the newspaper, which has distinguished itself by its serious investigative reporting on sensitive issues that are in the public interest. The paper’s deputy editor, Ilya Barabanov, was in August 2010 awarded the Peter Mackler prize for Courageous and Ethical Journalism for the “OMON slaves” report.In the report, Barabanov exposed abuse of power within the OMON, which comes under the control of the interior ministry. He described how OMON police officers were encouraged to violently put down demonstrations, exploit illegal immigrants and to make prostitutes pay for their protection. The story was produced from a series of interviews with former officers. Moscow’s General Directorate of Internal Affairs (GUVD) sued The New Times claiming that Barabanov’s report was an attack on its dignity and reputation and was based on unchecked sources. The head of the GUVD on 2 September obtained an order from the Moscow court to search the newspaper’s offices to identify the sources of the report.. Finally, the officers were pressured to give false testimony in the court case against the newspaper. Most of those who had been interviewed withdrew their comments soon after the article was published, claiming they had been distorted. At a hearing on 19 November, former OMON officer, Sergey Taran, said that he could not recall the subjects raised by the journalist. Barabanov told Reporters Without Borders that the reason for the U-turn was that the had been threatened and bribed by the GUVD. The officer had been re-hired by a GUVD service, shortly before the hearing. The New Times condemned this pressure in a new report, headlined “How to break the OMON soldiers”.These reactions confirm the serious dysfunction and abuses within this body that were exposed by Ilya Barabanov’s investigation, the organisation said. In condemning The New Times, the Moscow court discourages quality investigative journalism that aims to expose and inform the public about serious social problems such as abuses on the part of the Russian police services, it added. November 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repugnant conviction of prominent weekly The New Times Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Oxford Finance Provides $23.5 Million Credit Facility to Prosper Life Care

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Oxford Finance Provides $23.5 Million Credit Facility to Prosper Life Care Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Oxford Finance LLC (“Oxford”), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to healthcare services and life sciences companies worldwide, today announced the closing of a $23.5 million senior credit facility and revolving line of credit to Prosper Life Care Inc. (“Prosper Life” or “the Company), a management company with over three decades of combined experience in healthcare, Prosper Life specializes in assisted living and memory care. The proceeds were used for the acquisition of two assisted living/memory care facilities located in Massachusetts totaling 214 units. Prosper Life Care was formed in 2019 with the purpose of creating a lasting impact on the residents of assisted living and memory care communities. The Company operates with the goal to improve communities through efficient use of process, technology, and equipment. This is done by living by the Prosper Life core values of making life fun, making the community a home, and delivering purpose to everyone. “Although this is Oxford’s first transaction with Prosper Life Care, the Company’s principals and investors have a long history of success in the space,” said Tracy S. Maziek, head of healthcare services at Oxford Finance. “We anticipate much success for this team in the future.” “We could not have selected a better partner than Oxford for financing,” added Russ Papia, president of Prosper Life Care. “We all had to think outside the box to get this deal across the finish line during a pandemic. The team at Oxford was extremely professional, responsive, and understanding throughout the process.” About Oxford Finance LLC Oxford Finance is a specialty finance firm providing senior secured loans to public and private life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide. For over 20 years, Oxford has delivered flexible financing solutions to its clients, enabling these companies to maximize their equity by leveraging their assets. In recent years, Oxford has originated over $6 billion in loans, with lines of credit ranging from $5 million to $150 million. Oxford is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., with additional offices in San Diego, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and the greater Boston and New York City areas. For more information, visit https://oxfordfinance.com/ About Prosper Life Care Prosper Life Care is a forward-thinking management company specializing in assisted living. With a combined experience of over three decades in healthcare, Prosper Life Care’s leadership team has a passion for providing care that enhances a person’s life. This is carried out by improving quality of life for not only the residents, but the staff that are responsible for providing care. To find out more about Prosper Life Care, please visit https://prosperlifecare.com/ View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005659/en/ CONTACT: Media Selma Bašić Oxford Finance LLC 703-519-4900 Tel [email protected]  KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT MANAGED CARE FINANCE HEALTH BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSUMER SOURCE: Oxford Finance LLC Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 10:33 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 10:33 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005659/en WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsBusiness Twitter Twitter TAGS  Facebook Previous articleAt Home Resumes Growth Strategy with Four New Locations in FebruaryNext articleNo cheering, no bars, less intimacy to ensure safe Olympics Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more