Treason Trial for Pakistani Journalist Signals New Pressure on Media

first_imgA prominent Pakistani journalist has been ordered to face a court hearing on accusations of treason next week, in a case the country’s press corps says is one of several recent attempts under the new government to intimidate the news media into silence.The journalist, Cyril Almeida, a leading columnist for the newspaper Dawn, has been summoned to appear before the High Court in Lahore on Monday. The accusation stems from an article he wrote in May that featured an interview with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was at loggerheads with Pakistan’s powerful military until he was ousted last year.In the interview, Sharif appeared to reinforce India’s accusation that Pakistan’s military aided the militants who carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed more than 160 locals and foreign tourists.Almeida’s summons to stand trial on a potentially capital offense for simply conducting an interview was instantly alarming to veteran Pakistani journalists, who were already worried that the country’s new government will continue the intimidation tactics favored by the military in the lead-up to the parliamentary election in July. Pakistan’s opposition and European observers said the military created an unlevel playing field before the polls, censoring the news media and pressuring candidates to secure a victory for Imran Khan, who became prime minister in August.On Tuesday, journalists, editors and other civil society groups will stage a demonstration against the court’s action against Almeida and what they say is pressure on media organizations to stifle criticism of the government and military.“This is the darkest period for journalism in the country’s history, no doubt about it,” said Afzal Butt, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.In the months before the election, several journalists were beaten or abducted, with only one thread tying them together: their criticism of the military.In June, columnist and political commentator Gul Bukhari was abducted in an army-controlled area of Lahore by unknown attackers, including men in military uniform. And Dawn, which Almeida works for, was prevented from being distributed in military cantonments, which make up large residential areas of most Pakistani cities.Almeida and the editors at Dawn declined to comment for this article, citing the upcoming trial.Before the election, while most parties decried the pressure on the news media, Khan was silent. In an interview with The New York Times weeks before the polls, he said that the pressure certain media outlets came under was deserved, as they supported Sharif, the ousted prime minister.But in the same breath, Khan insisted that the news media was free.“Pakistan’s media is one of the most vibrant medias in the world,” he said in the interview. “Watch the programs every evening. There are 10 current affairs programs going on; everyone expresses their views.”Many journalists and editors say the current hostility is more dangerous than pressure seen under previous governments: They see it as coming from all pillars of the state, with Khan’s government considered closely in sync with the courts and the military. The military is accused of pressuring the courts to block any opposition — or even criticism — of Pakistan’s powerful army, and military pressure was seen as a factor in the court’s ruling last year removing Sharif from office on corruption charges.Soon after the inauguration of Khan’s new government, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry raised hopes among the international news media when he said in an interview in August that he would ease visa restrictions for foreign journalists. But since then, editors and reporters have been on edge.In mid-September, Khan created the Content Committee, a board to coordinate and oversee the distribution of state advertisements to local newspapers and electronic media. The government is the country’s largest media advertiser and has not paid its recent bills, several newspaper publishers said, leaving hundreds of journalists and other media employees without salaries for the past four months.Editors and publishers fear that the Content Committee may favor media outlets deemed to be supportive of Khan’s government while indirectly punishing those that are critical by withholding needed advertising.“We have to wait and see if this is a monitoring body to favor some groups and curtail advertisement for others that in the past or present were critical to government,” said Mazhar Abbas, the former secretary-general of Pakistan’s journalist union.“The tactics are now different, to financially cripple strong media houses, unlike before where they may ban a newspaper for some time. By crippling the media houses, newspapers are curbing their reporting, reducing their pages,” Abbas added.Almeida is not the first journalist to be charged with treason, and Khan is certainly not the first Pakistani leader to be accused of hostility toward the news media. During Sharif’s second term as prime minister in 1999, Najam Sethi, a prominent journalist and editor, was beaten and arrested on suspicion of treason after he gave an inflammatory speech while visiting India. He was detained for several weeks, but the Supreme Court ordered the charges against him dropped.But Abbas and others say Almeida’s case is unique because his treason charges stem directly from an interview he conducted.“If an interview is now a crime, how can we do our jobs?” Abbas asked.This month, the Ministry of Information started a Twitter account called Fake News Buster, supposedly to debunk social media rumors. The move was a chilling reminder of the army’s warning to journalists before the election that their social media accounts were being monitored, hinting that they would be punished for any posts that were unfavorable to Pakistan.“This seems to be a well-thought, sinister move on the part of both government and military to remodel and regulate the country’s print and electronic media industry to strengthen the military’s narrative about politics and the economy at the cost of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms,” said Matiullah Jan, a prominent talk show host.The tendency by officials to “paint critics as anti-state and traitors is pressurizing and endangering the lives of journalists,” Jan added.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

Man Of The Year

first_imgShekar Ramanuja Sidarth, the University of Virginia senior, who shot to public fame after Republican Sen, George Allen ridiculed him as macaca at a campaign stop has been recognized as online magazine Salon’s Person of the Year 2006: “He becomes a symbol of politics in the 21st century, a brave new world in which any video clip can be broadcast instantly everywhere and any 20-year-old with a camera can change the world. He builds a legacy out of happenstance.” The incident, which may have been pivotal in the 2006 campaign and led to Allen’s narrow loss, flipping the Senate into Democrat hands. Noted Salon: “Allen was just a California transplant with dip and cowboy boots who had glommed on to the ancient racial quirks of his adopted home. Sidarth was the kid next door. He, not Allen, was the real Virginian. He was proof that every hour his native commonwealth drifts further from the orbit of the GOP’s solid South and toward a day when Allen’s act will be a tacky antique. Allen was the past, Sidarth is the wired, diverse future – of Virginia, the political process and the country.”The Global Language Monitor named Macaca the most politically incorrect word of the year. It’s a term that is likely to stick to Sidarth. Indeed, Sidarth gained easy entry into a much sought after political science class at his university with a three-word essay: “I am Macaca.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Who do you think will win the 2007 World Cricket Cup?

first_imgIndia, Australia and Pakistan, in that order, are favored to win the 2007 World Cricket Cup in Little India’s online reader’s poll. Here’s how the teams stacked up. Related Itemslast_img


first_imgIndia is considering banning Indian housemaids from countries that hrefuse to sign a labor welfare pact to prevent their exploitation.   A proposal from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs would bar women from traveling to non signatory countries. Such agreements have been reached with the United Arab Emirates Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan and are currently under negotiations with Malaysia, Oman, Yemen and Bahrain.An estimated 200,000 Indian women work as household service workers in the Gulf.The ministry is also advocating the establishment of a minimum wage and a security deposit from a foreign employer.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Don’t Go There!

first_imgA New York Jury has rejected a claim from a construction worker who sued a New York Presbyterian Hospital for administering an unwanted rectal exam after a workplace injury.Brian Persaud received eight stitches for a cut over his eyebrow at the hospital after he was hit by a beam. He resisted a request from emergency room personnel for a rectum examination to check for spinal injury, hitting a doctor while flailing around. He claimed that hospital personnel sedated him and performed the examination in retaliation.Persaud was charged with battery for hitting the doctor, but the charges were dismissed.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Irish Giant Enters India

first_imgIrish building materials giant Cement Roadstone Holdings has bought a 50 percent stake for $450 million in a rapidly growing cement manufacturer, My Home Industries Ltd.Hyderabad-based My Home produces 3.2 million tons of cement annually.For Dublin-based CRH, Ireland’s largest industrial company, this is the first Indian acquisition.   Related Itemslast_img

Viagra of the Himalayas

first_imgA matchstick-size mummified fungus from the Himlayas is the most expensive fungus in the world, selling for almost $50,000 a pound.The caterpillar fungus is known in Asia by its Tibetan name, yartsa gunbu, which means summer grass, winter worm, after its unusual characteristic in which the fungi gets inside a host insect, a ghost moth caterpillar, and ultimately killing and consuming it from inside.It is popular in the Himalayan regions and China for its aphrodisiac properties and known as the Viagra of the Himalayas. Related Itemslast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir doubtful for 2nd Test


first_imgPandit, a former India stumper, also had a word of praise Pandit, a former India stumper, also had a word of praise for the fast improving captain Aditya Tare and said his work behind the stumps has seen an upward graph from the beginning of the season. “He has done well, definitely. He has been handling three jobs ? behind the stumps, captaincy and batting, so naturally he has done a lot for the team. He has been performing well as well, especially behind the stumps he has done the job. Naturally the the national selectors will be noticing that. “From what I have seen in the first match and till the last game – the Ranji final – he has shown a lot of improvement in the technical aspects of wicket keeping as well. It is not an easy job. “Being a (former) wicket-keeper, I know standing behind the stumps for 150 overs or so in every match and then coming back to bat, and you have lot of thoughts in your mind in leading the team, takes a lot (of toll) as well,” he said. This Ranji season Tare ended up with a new championship record of 48 victims behind the stumps, the break-up being 45 catches and three stumpings. Though Mumbai have not won the Irani title for close to two decades, Pandit said its not because of lack of effort. “Mumbai history says that they always believe in winning the Irani Cup. There are also international players playing (in ROI). Traditionally the stalwarts have been playing. I remember that in 1985 when I played, Kapil Dev was bowling (for the Rest), so the topmost cricketer was playing in the tournament, but nowadays its different,” he said. He was confident his team members will handle the pressure well. “Everybody is aware about what they have been doing throughout the season. Its time for them to prove it again,” he said. PTI SSR GK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral: I suffered a lot at Wolfsburg

first_imgReal Madrid striker Borja Mayoral admits the past season on-loan with Wolfsburg was difficult for him.Mayoral is currently in Poland with Spain for the U21 Euros.”I’ve been working a lot and I’ve suffered a lot,” he said. “I have been without a call and on the bench most of the season.”Mayoral, however, revealed he spoke with coach Zinedine Zidane during the season.”When Madrid went to Munich, I met Zidane and he told me to keep working and fighting.”The striker is expected to be on the move again after the Euros.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s great BLUNDER: Why Real Madrid calm & Man Utd silent

first_imgCOMMENT: A bombshell. Out of nowhere. He wants out. Cristiano Ronaldo. An angry Cristiano Ronaldo.’Sell me’, he’s told Real Madrid. And as the world shakes, the calmest man in the room is one Florentino Perez…Okay, Ronaldo’s meltdown was unexpected. And there is an inconvenience. But there’s no panic from Florentino. As far as the Real president is concerned, he holds all the cards. As much as Ronaldo has openly declared “I’ll stay with Madrid until I’m 41”, the plan has always been to cut ties in 2019. It may’ve come two years early, but Florentino has long been prepared for the Portuguese’s sale. And it’s all been done in partnership with the player.One more season, that was what both men agreed before Christmas. Possibly two. Then Florentino would flog Ronaldo to China for a world record fee – and with his approval. It would be win-win. Real would fill their coffers. Ronaldo would leave as the game’s costliest player (something which he’d take great pride in regaining). And the profile he’s built across Asia would be cashed in. A couple of years in the Chinese Super League and then he’s off to the ‘States to wind down his career. It’s long been mapped out. Between Florentino, Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese super agent. This was the career path drawn up in late 2016. But then the Spanish tax authorities became involved.And this is where Ronaldo jumped too soon.With his comments to his Portugal teammates. His ultimatum via Mendes. Ronaldo has actually upset Florentino. Claims that either the president or one his directors should be publicly supporting him against these accusations has left Florentino aggrieved. can reveal the president, indeed everyone connected to the Real boardroom, had no forewarning of the tax authorities’ plans. The demand for over €14 million from Ronaldo took the board as much by surprise as the player. We can also reveal even inside the Hacienda office factions are split over their pursuit of the case.Further adding to Florentino’s frustration is the ultimation from Ronaldo that Real pay his outstanding bill or he’s off. The Real president doesn’t do blackmail. And he won’t countenance the prospect of doing something so extraordinary for one player, no matter where he sits in their history, when the same would never have been considered for others. A stand which, argues his confidants, will sit well in an election year.So for now, Ronaldo has boxed himself in. The options on the ground are slim. A return to Manchester United has been mooted. Filling the void at PSG left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also a possibility. However, after winning the Double and with a World Cup in Russia to focus upon, Ronaldo has told Mendes to scratch any possibility of entertaining early offers from China. That is, from homeland China…It’s no coincidence Inter Milan and their owners Suning have so far kept their powder dry in the opening weeks of the summer market. While Yonghong Li’s AC Milan have bought up the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Andre Silva and Franck Kessie, Inter have stayed on the sidelines. The long expected appointment of new coach Luciano Spalletti their only piece of business so far.A deal – this summer – for Ronaldo would make sense for all. Two years living and playing in Milan. Then to China and Inter’s sister club, Jiangsu Suning. Perfect, right? Erm, no. Not without Champions League football and the platform it offers to maintain Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or dominance over Leo Messi. That stuff, as we all know, matters to CR7.So what about United? The return of the prodigal son an’ all that?It has been considered inside Carrington. Both by manager Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward, the vice-chairman exec. And it hasn’t been dismissed, particularly with Chelsea and Manchester City also in contact with Mendes.But Mourinho’s move for Alvaro Morata, Ronaldo’s attacking teammate at Real, does suggest he’s not chasing ghosts this summer. He tried it with Patrice Evra in January, sure. But the charismatic Frenchman was available for next-to-nothing and viewed by Mourinho as a stop-gap solution to a troubling issue.Ronaldo is an entirely different case. And it must be noted that Morata and his minders have pushed so aggressively and openly to get a deal over the line on the promise that United’s attack will be built around the young Spaniard. The idea that Morata would accept moving to Old Trafford, along with Ronaldo, just doesn’t wash. Particularly with it emerging today that Sir Alex Ferguson has known about Ronaldo’s frustrations since their chat in Cardiff before the Champions League final.For Ronaldo, the United bus has drove on. As Mourinho told his students during a lecture at Lisbon Uni, “there’ll be a lot of changes. We need fresh blood”. And that’s unlikely to include the club’s old No7.We say unlikely, because this is Manchester United. Okay, we’re hedging our bets. But after what Mino Raiola and Gigio Donnarumma chose to do last week, can you blame us?But amongst all the drama, there’s one man not losing his head. No obvious move lined up. A €14m-plus bill to pay. And the prospect of an embarrassing climbdown. Ronaldo has painted himself into a very tight corner. And there’s only man, as Florentino knows, who can help him out of it.last_img read more

Liverpool legend Carragher takes fresh swipe at Diouf

first_imgLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher has taken fresh aim at former teammate El Hadji Diouf.Diouf has hit out at Carragher a number of times, and his latest comments were not well received.”As for Jamie Carragher,” said Diouf. “If he wasn’t a Scouser he was never going to play football in life.”I’m sorry for him. I only have this to say for him.”Taking to Twitter, Carragher responded by posting a picture of his 6-a-side team, stating: “Another thing the king of Senegal hasn’t done!!”Thursday night 6 a side @the_brunny winners Again! Another thing the king of Senegal hasn’t done!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) June 29, 2017last_img read more

Bulletin of the WHO Features Interview with MHTF Director Ana Langer on Comprehensive Agenda for Women’s Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 10, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As part of a theme issue on “Women’s health beyond reproduction – a new agenda,” the current issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization features an interview with Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Coordinator of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. The interview highlights some of the ways that maternal health connects with broader health concerns, including chronic diseases and conditions. For example, Dr. Langer points out that obstetric fistula, which occurs as a result of complications in childbirth, can have life-long effects, along with chronic illnesses, such as cervical cancer and obesity, which are linked with reproductive and maternal health, and also have far-reaching effects and implications.  The interview also touches on issues such as the under-representation of women in clinical trials, a critical challenge for efforts to address the full range of health challenges that women face, particularly when they live in low and middle income countries.In response to these challenges, Dr. Langer calls for a comprehensive agenda to meet women’s health needs:Governments and donors should continue their efforts to reduce maternal mortality, considering that MDG 5 is lagging farther behind than any other goal, and to curb HIV infection, which is now a feminized epidemic mainly affecting young women. But they should not wait until these problems are solved to embrace the emerging epidemic of chronic diseases. That, from my perspective, is short-sighted and a false dichotomy. We can address women’s health comprehensively by using some existing service delivery platforms for the “old” problems to start addressing the “new” chronic diseases epidemic. For instance, HIV services, which have been established in many places to treat chronically ill men and women, could be scaled up and used to screen for other chronic diseases. Maternal health services and family planning clinics, which exist in most countries, should also be used to raise awareness, screen for and provide counselling on chronic diseases. Many organizations and individuals are trying to help in that transition but it will take time. It is a change of perspective that the world is not embracing  very easily.Share this:last_img read more

13 New Job Openings in Maternal Health!

first_imgPosted on July 3, 2015August 4, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Are you interested in a job in maternal health? Check out new openings:(Deadline Monday, July 6!) Reproductive Health Research Intern: United States Agency for International Development, Arlington, VATemporary Project Coordinator: Women & Health Initiatve, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MASenior Program Coordinator: Jhpiego, Baltimore, MDSenior Program Officer: Jhpiego, Baltimore, MDSenior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor: Jhpiego, Baltimore, MDFamily Planning Policy Advisor: United States Agency for International Development, Arlington, VAHead of Communications: Girls Not Brides, London, UKSenior Technical Advisor: Jhpiego, GuineaSenior Technical Advisor: Jhpiego, GuineaSBCC Consultant: Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, Washington, DC/UgandaProgram Manager, Maternal Child Health: Samaritan’s Purse, MyanmarSenior Program Coordinator: MCSP, Washington, DCSenior Program Officer: Jhpiego, Washington, DCShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

PAC ’em in at the underground networking party

first_imgSome of us are moving a little slower this morning . . . last night’s PAC-fundraising-networking-event in Brooklyn kept us out late! Or maybe we’re not so young as we once were. We had a full house. Or should I say, a full underground-barroom. We networked – business cards were flying. We imbibed – I kept hearing rumors of a delicious pomegranate margarita but never could verify it. We talked about the PAC – which benefited nicely from the great turnout. (Way to go, members!) And congrats and thanks to Jason and Andrei, who won free sessions with our Freelancers U tax expert and personal financial planner for bringing friends with them. Six other lucky members, including Yinka, below on the right, also won Diner’s Decks in our raffle. Thanks for coming out!last_img read more

Freelancer benefit tomorrow (January 7)

first_imgThis week, you can make a huge difference for one uninsured freelancer. Accessing affordable health insurance is by far one of the greatest obstacles that freelancers face. In fact, 47% of respondents to Freelancers Union’s 2009 advocacy survey said it was their greatest work obstacle—above a lack of unemployment protection, client nonpayment, worker misclassification, and over-taxation. This social injustice becomes a scary reality when you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. On January 7 at 6pm in NYC, the One Case Silent Photography Auction will be held to benefit a freelancer recently diagnosed with breast cancer who is without health insurance. Whether you’re a humanitarian or an art lover (or a humanitarian art lover), come on out to show your support. Read more, from Lorenzo Dominguez’s article in the NY Examiner.last_img read more

Robots can’t tell stories (yet): The ongoing need for creative professionals

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Will robots steal our jobs as creative professions (in my case, as a brand storyteller)? It’s a strange question, but one that popped into my head recently when I attended a marketing technology conference in Boston.Many vendors displaying at the conference seek to automate marketing. They can help you “engage” with visitors to your website with a friendly chatbot (a robot that asks and answers questions); they can help you reach out to old prospects with automated emails that use artificial intelligence to customize messages and responses (again, robot-driven engagement); a few vendors even used artificial intelligence to set up meetings with potential customers, leading me to ask, “Mr. Robot, can you connect me with your human boss?”AI conquers the world (or does it?)Perhaps unsurprisingly, martech (marketing technology) vendors are in love with automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, and robots. I get it, and I’m not against technology at all. In fact, I constantly use digital tools in my brand storytelling work.I use them judiciously, thinking deeply about what I need to do manually and what I can do more effectively with technology. I think of myself as a “human + machine” blender, trying to get the best out of each.If you want to exasperate a martech vendor, ask them, “How should a creative professional analyze what functions they should automate versus which ones they should do manually?” Not one vendor was able to provide a coherent answer, or had even considered this basic question. They wanted me to automate everything, including the research, writing, and editing of my stories.Well, I’m not surrendering my livelihood to a bot.The complexities of crafting human storiesI described to one martech vendor how I craft brand stories for my B2B clients. I explained how I work to understand a client’s strategic goals, asking what the client wants the audience to feel and then do after reading the story.Next, I carefully collect and assemble information/data sources and story materials (interviewing experts, researching online, etc.), then look at each component to decide how they might be optimally integrated into a story that meets the client’s goals. Then I build the story and analyze whether it’s “working” or not, and then I tweak and revise (and sleep on it) and collaborate with my client until we’re happy with the whole thing.The vendor listened carefully, surprised by the complexity and subjective nature of each step in the creative process. “I’m the filter, the one making these tough calls as creative choices emerge,” I told him, “and every story is different because every storyteller has a different filter created by his or her life experience.”He paused for a moment, and I think (or hope) he learned something about crafting brand stories.The limits of automation/AIYou can’t automate everything, at least not yet. You can’t allow an algorithm, however brilliantly designed, to make the most important creative decisions in marketing. People matter, because they bring surprise, emotion, deep human connection, and the mysteries of creative expression.Every story represents a mystery, a puzzle, a long journey to find meaning, resonance, beauty and purpose. Every story’s goal is human connection (as novelist E.M. Forster advised, “Only connect”). Hard stuff to automate, all of that.I don’t want to read a story assembled, structured, and crafted by a robot that’s been designed by a team of engineers and mathematicians, no matter how brilliant those scientists. Stories are the most deeply human interactions we have, not just as the storyteller confronts the material and expresses meaning through his or her own filter, but also the mysterious interaction between the “finished” story and the reader who interacts with that story.I heard none of these thoughts at the marketing technology conference, except when hearing my own voice speaking into a wilderness of vendors handing out keychains. Perhaps I am being too harsh on these tech vendors—they are obviously brilliant, cutting-edge technical minds, but some things can’t be hacked or automated or made subject to an algorithm, including the magic of story.Sorry, robots: You’re not ready for primetimeI am a deeply human and emotional person and, by the way, a brand storyteller. I have only one function as a marketer, crafting stories that connect.That may sound simple but it’s actually the most complicated job in the world. After my three hours roaming around the martech conference, I’m not worried that a robot or algorithm will steal my storytelling job. Quite the opposite, I now view my job as more important, vital, and deeply-human than ever.And I apologize to my robot readers who may have been offended reading this: you’re not quite human enough for me, at least not yet.Boston-based Chuck Leddy is a freelance B2B Brand Storyteller who connects brands and customers through engaging stories. His clients include Sojourn Solutions, The Boston Globe’s BG Brand Lab, MITx, abas USA, and The National Center for the Middle Market. His website is read more

The Anatomy of a Successful Purchase

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10 Money Tips for Daylight Saving Time

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Turbo Introduces #RealMoneyTalk with Chrissy Metz

first_imgTo learn more about the campaign, visit and share your #RealMoneyTalk story with us, tagging @IntuitTurbo on Instagram and Twitter. You can read more about the Harris Poll survey findings on the Turbo blog at Method: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Intuit Turbo from January 23-25, 2019 among 3,050 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Intuit Turbo. Sharing openly about your finances is difficult to do. Be it with your family, friends, in your relationship or even unintentional exposure at work (ever been on a work trip where they plan to reimburse you, but you don’t even have enough on your credit limit for the hotel?).I basically ran from the topic of money as much as I could when I was in the depths of my financial struggle. I would sense the conversation heading in that direction and redirect it as quickly as possible. I don’t even think I was worried about exposing something I – at the time – thought would be embarrassing.It was that I didn’t even want to think about it. I didn’t like when others talked about money as it meant awakening that harsh voice inside that often reminded me I wasn’t financially “in the same place” as my peers and therefore not as good as them either. The topic of money would mean remind me of my bank account. Which reminded me of upcoming bills. Which reminded me of debt. Which, in my mind, set me apart (and not in a good way).According to a new survey commissioned by the credit and financial app Turbo (by the makers of Mint and TurboTax) and conducted online by The Harris Poll, had I said something, more than likely I would have learned I was NOT alone. Nearly 4 in 5 Americans have individual debt – that’s 79% of Americans with credit cards, car loans and student loans hanging over their heads (not including mortgage) and nearly two-thirds (63%) of this group are doing it alone. And what’s worse? They’re not talking about it. The survey’s findings say 51% choose to not talk about money with their friends or family.Turbo recently launched an empowering campaign addressing this very issue.To help break down the taboo of talking about money, Turbo partnered with actress Chrissy Metz as a spokesperson due to her own public confessions of struggling with money and debt.“I’m partnering with Turbo because the overwhelming response to sharing my #RealMoneyTalk story made me realize that we’re not talking about money — and I truly believe that the more we talk about it, the less alone we’re all going to feel,” shared Metz.Chrissy’s story is one many American’s relate to – money wasn’t even discussed in her home growing up because, well, there just wasn’t any to talk about! Watch Chrissy’s videos to hear more of her story along with social influencer Aja Dang’s own struggle repaying her student loan debt, and voices from people just like you. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat I Wish I Knew About Money Throughout the YearsMay 2, 2019In “Financial Literacy”Mint Success: Transitioning from College Kid to Young ProfessionalJune 3, 2016In “Budgeting”How to Patch Up a Leaky BudgetApril 25, 2018In “Budgeting” center_img Post navigationlast_img read more