Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2010)

first_imgThere were detained by men in plain-clothes who had come with an arrest warrant for Ali Hekmet, another member of the Press Freedom Defence Committee, and once there, arrested them instead. Ahmadi was released a few hours later but the two journalists, and Mashaallah Shamsolvaezin, the committee’s spokesman, who was arrested on 28 December, are still being held in an unknown location. ———- Journalist Sasan Aghaei, of the daily Farhikhteghan was released on bail on 28 March, after 120 days in custody. ———— Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release of four journalists and bloggers, on 7 and 8 March:- Mehrdad Rahimi, blogger arrested on 2 January, was released on 8 March.- Yashar Darolshafa, netizen arrested on 2 February, was freed on 8 March.- Ahmad Jalali Farahani, contributor to Meher News arrested on 7 February, was released on 8 March.- Zeynab Kazem-Khah, journalist on ISNA, arrested on 7 February, was freed on 7 March. Reporters Without Borders confirms the arrests of four other journalists.- 2 February, arrest of Ali Malihi, journalist on the daily Etemad in Tehran- 6 February arrest of Naimeh Dostar in Tehran – 9 February, arrest of Hamid Mafi, journalist for several local and national newspapers, including Hadiss Qazvin and Farhangh Ashti in the city of Qazvin, northern Iran – 9 February, arrest of Hamid Ghaznavian, journalist and children’s rights activist, in Qazvin Omid Montazeri, a journalist on Shargh and Kargozaran and a contributor to several newspapers, was arrested on 28 December 2009 and sentenced on 30 January 2010 to six years in jail by the 15th chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court. His lawyer was not permitted to attend the hearing. As a roundup continues in Iran of opposition and media figures orchestrated by the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards, Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay at the arrests of Rozbeh Karimi, Mehrdad Rahimi, Behrangh Tonkaboni, Kivan Farzin, Mehdi Ghilani and Farshad Azizi. The worldwide press freedom organisation has heard nothing more of several other Iranian journalists and bloggers who were also reportedly taken into custody recently. ———— —————29 March 2010 – Prisoners bailed or released on licence to mark Iran’s New Year Parisa Kakaei , a journalists and blogger (http://parisad.blogspot.com/), was arrested today after being summoned by the intelligence ministry. She was reportedly transferred to Tehran’s Evin prison. Omid Mehregan, journalist on the opinion pages of several newspapers, was released yesterday while awaiting trial, after 15 days in custody. Mazyar Sameii, contributor to several literary magazines, including Naghad noo, was freed on 17 February while awaiting trial. Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release on 13 March of three journalists and bloggers:* Vahid Pourostad, a blogger arrested on 8 January 2010* Lilli Farhadpour, a contributor to Meher News, arrested on 7 February* Somayeh Momeni, a journalist on Nasim Bidary, arrested on 7 February These journalists were all released on bail while awaiting trial. Masoud Bastani, a journalist on the daily newspaper Farhikhteghan, was transferred on 24 January to a prison outside of Tehran.He was arrested on 4 July 2009 and had been held since then at Evin prisonin the capital. He was tried, along with many other journalists, in aseries of “show trials” in Tehran from August onwards. He was sentenced tosix months in prison by the 15th chamber of the revolutionary court on 1stNovember.Neither his lawyer nor his family was given any reason for this unusualtransfer. His wife, journalist Mahsa Amrabadi said, ”They transferred himto another prison to put him under even more pressure”. Bastani has told his family that he was in a cell with four common-law criminals, all of whom are under sentence of death. ——– However, several other journalists, whose situation is very worrying, were denied the right to visits or were not allowed releases on licence. One of them was Masud Lavassani, a journalist and blogger arrested on 26 September and sentenced in December 2009 to eight years in jail. Another such case was that of human rights activist and reformist journalist Mehdi Mahmudian, who was arrested on 16 September. At the request of these journalists’ families, Reporters Without Borders had not added their names to its barometer. The legal authorities also allowed three journalists a release on licence. They were: Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, Kivan Samimi Behbani and Saide Lylaz, held since June 2009 and sentenced to prison terms of three to six years. The legal authorities also allowed three journalists a release on licence. They were: Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, Kivan Samimi Behbani and Saide Lylaz, held since June 2009 and sentenced to prison terms of three to six years. The state of health of Nader Karimi, a journalist on several publications including Gozaresh, Feker and Syasat rouz, is giving rise to very serious concern. He is suffering from several illnesses relating to a wound dating back to the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988 and requiring specialised nursing care. He was arrested in Tehran on 21 November 2008 for an alleged breach of the country’s security and for espionage. He was sentenced to ten years in prison by the 28th chamber of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. Mazadk Ali Nazari, editor of the website Journalists for peace, was freed on bail on 8 February while awaiting trial. He had been arrested in Tehran on 1st November 2009. 1st March 2010 – Five released, two arrested, two convicted Intelligence ministry agents arrested journalist Rozbeh Karimi, who worked for the currently banned dailies Shargh and Kargozaran, at his home along with his wife, Forough Mirzai, on 2 January, to go further Journalist Mostafa Izadi of Etemad-e Melli (a newspaper that was closed by the authorities last July) was released on bail on 1 February pending trial. He had been held for 34 days. Azad Lotpoury, the editor of the Kurdish and Farsi-language newspaper Yaneh, was released on 28 January on payment of 40 million toman (35,000 euros) in bail. Ali Moazemi, a journalist on the opinion pages of several newspapers and director of the blog “Here and now“, was arrested on 7 March 2010,after being summoned by the intelligence ministry. His family have had no news since of the reason for this arrest of where he is being held. ——- Six arrests reported in the past few days means that the total of journalists and netizens held in Iran now surpasses 60. The latest to be arrested were Omid Mehregan, who writes opinion pieces for several pro-reform newspapers, and Noushin Jafari, who writes for the arts and literature pages of the daily Etemad. Plain-clothes men went to their home on 3 February and took them off to an unknown location. Hamid Mafi, journalist for several local and national newspapers, including Hadiss Qazvin and Farhangh Ashti in the northern city of Qazvin, arrested on 9 February 2010, Ehsan Mehrabi, journalist on the daily Farhikhteghan and journalist and blogger Naimeh Dostar were all released on 13 March. March 18, 2021 Find out more 19 March 2010 – Two releases Ali Kalai, arrested on 7 February, Ardavan Tarkameh, arrested on 27 January and Parisa Kakaei, a journalist and director of a blog (http://parisad.blogspot.com/) arrested on 2 January 2010, were also released on bail while awaiting trial. ——– —————- Sussan Mohamadkhani Ghiassvanad, a writer and online journalist, was arrested by intelligence ministry agents at her home in the city of Karaj on 11 March 2010. She managed to contact her family two days later. She is currently being detained in Ghezel Hessar jail. The state of health of Nader Karimi, a journalist on several publications including Gozaresh, Feker and Syasat rouz, is giving rise to very serious concern. He is suffering from several illnesses relating to a wound dating back to the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988 and requiring specialised nursing care. He was arrested in Tehran on 21 November 2008 for an alleged breach of the country’s security and for espionage. He was sentenced to ten years in prison by the 28th chamber of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. ———-7th March 2010 Follow the news on Iran ——— 29 March 2010 – Prisoners bailed or released on licence to mark Iran’s New Year 17 February 2010 – Arrests, orchestrated by the intelligence ministry and the Revolutionary Guards, continue in Iran June 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2010) 5 March 2010 – Some journalists released but arrests of netizens continues 8 June 2010 – One-year prison sentence against blogger and women’s rights activistBlogger, journalist and women’s rights activist, Jila Bani Yaghoob, was informed on 8 June that the 26th Chamber of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced her to one year in prison and banned her from working as a journalist for 30 years.Yaghoob and her husband Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee were arrested on 20 June 2009 with around 20 other journalists during demonstrations that followed the contested re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iranian president. She was released on 24 August but her husband was sentenced to five years in prison.Badrolssadat Mofidi, Secretary General of the Association of Iranian Journalists and a contributor to several newspapers, was freed on 7 June on payment of bail of 100 million tomans (75,000 euros). She was arrested on 28 December 2009 and held in section 29 of Evin prison. ———7 June 2010 – Release of a journalist Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release on 1st June of Mohammad Sadegh Javadihessar, an editorialist on the banned daily Etemad-e Melli. The journalist had been arrested on 30 December 2009 after being summoned by the intelligence ministry. His home was searched for seven hours. Azam Vismeh, online journalist with Parlemannews, the official website of the reformist parliamentarians, and Mahbobeh Khanssari, a contributor to the agency Cultural Heritage, who were arrested at their homes on 1st June, were only able to tell their families of their detention at Evin jail on 5 and 6 June 2010. IranMiddle East – North Africa —– Hamid Mafi, journalist for several local and national newspapers, including Hadiss Qazvin and Farhangh Ashti in the northern city of Qazvin, arrested on 9 February 2010, Ehsan Mehrabi, journalist on the daily Farhikhteghan and journalist and blogger Naimeh Dostar were all released on 13 March. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has learned of the release yesterday of four journalists and bloggers:- Abdolreza Tajik, freelance journalist committed free expression activist and contributor to the daily Farhikhteghan, who was arrested on 28 December 2009, – Behrangh Tonkaboni, journalist on Farhangh é ahangh, arrested on 5 January 2010, – Rozbeh Karimi journalist for Shargh and Kargozaran, who was arrested on 2 January 2010, – Mashaallah Shamsolvaezin, spokesperson for the Iranian Journalists’ Association and the Committee for the Defence of Freedom of the Press, who was arrested on 28 December 2009. Two journalists were released on bail on 17 March pending trial: Akbar Montajabi of the closed daily Etemad-e Melli, who was arrested on 7 February, and Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee of the closed daily Sarmayeh, who was arrested on 20 June 2009. Organisation Reporters Without Borders also learned of the release of four journalists on 18 and 19 March 2010: Ali Moazemi, journalist on the opinion pages of several newspapers and director of the blog “Here and Now”, arrested on 7 March 2010; Kivan Farzin, journalist on Farhangh é ahangh arrested on 5 January. Two journalists on the cultural monthly, who were arrested at the same time as Farzin, Behrangh Tonkaboni, and Arvin Sedaghat Kish, were freed on 28 February. Blogger Ali Anjam Rooz was arrested at his home during a search by plain-clothes intelligence ministry agents on 27 February. It is not known either why he was arrested or where he is being held. Several journalists and bloggers have been freed on bail while awaiting trial or released on licence, to mark Iranian New Year. Lilli Farhadpour, an Iranian journalist and writer, was arrested at his home on 21 January 2010. His son, Behrangh Tonkaboni, editor of the cultural monthly Farhangh é ahangh (Culture and Harmony), was arrested on 5 January. Receive email alerts However, Reporters Without Borders learned of the arrest on 25 February of the journalist Henghameh Shahidi, after she was summoned by the intelligence ministry. She was taken to Evin jail and two days later sentenced on appeal by the 54th chamber of the Tehran court to six years in prison and a fine of 50,000 tomans. Her lawyer, Mr Mostafaei, said, “The speed of sentencing is astounding. The verdict was upheld the very next day after the journalist’s arrest. Emadoldin Baghi, journalist and leading human rights figure in Iran, was denied the right to spend the New Year with his family, despite putting up bail in a significant sum. Meanwhile, journalist Nassrin Vaziri of the ILNA news agency was released on 20 January subject to a guarantee that she would be present for her trial. She had been held in the capital’s Evin prison since her arrest on 28 December. Without saying why she was arrested, Tehran prosecutor Abass Jafari Dolatabadi said: “The investigation of her case is complete so she has been freed.” ——-center_img Also on 14 January, two journalists from the newspaper Atrak, Mehdi Ghilani and Farshad Azizi, were released on bail set at 100 million tomans (about 75,000 euros) while awaiting trial. They were arrested respectively on 6 and 7 January 2010, following bloody clashes involving students at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad. ———–2 June 2010 – Two women journalists arrestedReporters Without Borders has learned that two women journalists and bloggers who work for pro-reform newspapers and websites were arrested at their homes yesterday by men in plain-clothes. They are Azam Vismeh, who works for Parlemannews, the official website of the pro-reform parliamentarians, and Mahbobeh Khanssari, who writes for the Cultural Heritage agency. The reasons for their arrest and their place of detention are still unknown.Journalist and researcher Mohammad Norizad’s sentence of three and a half years in prison and 50 lashes was confirmed on 29 May by a Tehran appeal court. Norizad, who kept a blog (http://mohammadnurizad.blogfa.com/), was convicted on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting the authorities.Norizad worked for several years as a columnist for the daily Kayhan, the leading mouthpiece of Iran’s conservatives. Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009, he began to openly criticise the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, the government and the judicial system.Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, a journalist who worked for the now closed daily Sarmayeh, was returned to Tehran’s Evin prison on 29 May after two months of conditional release. He is serving the five-year jail sentence he received following his June 2009 arrest. On the day he was returned to prison, the trial of his wife, fellow-journalist Jila Baniyaghoob, began before a Tehran revolutionary court. She is accused of propaganda against the Islamic Republic. Arrested together with her husband at their Tehran home on 20 June 2009, she was released on 20 August 2009 on payment of 100 million toman (90,000 euros) in bail.Mazyar Khosravi, the editor of the Hammihannews (http://hammihannews.com/news/9857) website, has been released pending trial. He was arrested in Tehran on 2 May on a charge of publishing false information because he allegedly posted reports and eye-witness accounts about an attack on the university campus by Basij militiamen on 14 June 2009, two days after President Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection. Many students were serious injured in the raid and, according to some sources, five were killed. The BBC broadcast video footage of the attack.——————30 May 2010 – Arrests of journalists continueAzeri journalist Akbar Azad, a contributor to the magazine Varlighe and the weekly Yarpagh, one of Iran’s leading Azeri-language newspapers, was arrested at his Tehran home by several men in plain clothes on 25 May. When previously arrested on 10 September 2008, he spent 50 days in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison and was released only after payment of 50 million toman in bail.Two other Azeri journalists are currently detained. They are Said Matinpour of Yarpagh and Rahim Gholami, a contributor to several local newspapers in the northwestern city of Ardabil. Arrested on 11 July 2009, Matinpour has breathing problems that have not received the necessary medical treatment in prison. Gholami has been held since 29 October 2009.Two journalists who were arrested on 15 May, Ramin Jabary and Mostafar Jamishidei, were subsequently released pending trial. They each had to pay 15 million toman in bail. Jabary was freed on 17 May. Jamishidei was freed on 27 May. There have been more arrests of journalists in the past few days. Mohammad Sadegh Javadihessar, a columnist for the now-closed daily Etemad-e Melli, was arrested on 30 December after receiving a summons from the intelligence ministry the same day. Books and his computer’s hard disk were confiscated during a seven-hour search of his home. His family has received no word of him since his arrest. Kaveh Ghassemi Kermanshahi, a journalist who is a member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, was arrested by intelligence ministry agents at his home on 2 February. It is not known where he is being held. News Several human rights activists were arrested on the same day, among them the blogger and activist Naghipour Nasour. The director of the website http://www.nasour.net/ was arrested at home in Qazvin by agents in plain-clothes. The reasons for his arrest and the place in which he is being detained are still unknown. 5 February 2010 – New arrests bring total of journalists and netizens held to more than 60 Elsewhere, Alireza Saghafi, editor of the magazine Rah Ayandeh (banned in May 2008) and member of the Iranian Writers Association, was released on 14 February. He had been sentenced to three years in prison by Tehran’s revolutionary court. He was previously arrested on 1st May, one hour ahead of demonstrations called to mark the 1st May, and had been released on bail of 70 million tomans on 10 June 2009. ——— Maziar Samiee and Yashar Darolshafa, two journalists who contribute to Sarpiche, a news website that can no longer be accessed, were also arrested at their home on 2 February and taken to an unknown location. Sameii writes for several literary reviews such as Naghad Noo as well. ———- News 22 January 2010 – New arrest Also on 2 January, Mehrdad Rahimi, who is director of the blog (http://shahidayeshahr.blogfa.com// ), was arrested after being summoned by the intelligence ministry and she has reportedly been taken to Evin prison. However, several other journalists, whose situation is very worrying, were denied the right to visits or were not allowed releases on licence. One of them was Masud Lavassani, a journalist and blogger arrested on 26 September and sentenced in December 2009 to eight years in jail. Another such case was that of human rights activist and reformist journalist Mehdi Mahmudian, who was arrested on 16 September. At the request of these journalists’ families, Reporters Without Borders had not added their names to its barometer. Shahidi had previously been arrested on 29 June 2009 when she spent 50 days in solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison. She had been released on 2 November 2009 on the order of the 26th chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court, on putting up bail of 9,000,000 tomans (8,000 euros). The weekly Hemat, a conservative pro-government publication, was suspended on 14 January 2010 on the order of the Tehran prosecutor for “insulting highly placed officials of the regime”. It was the paper’s second ban in less than a month, and for the same reason. Hemat had carried a photo on its front page of former president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, flanked by several other figures in the regime and captioned “Rafsanjani’s men”. Iran’s Press Authorisation and Surveillance Commission, the censorship arm of the Islamic Culture and Orientation Ministry, suspended Hemat on 4 February 2009. The paper was allowed to publish again two months later. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Two journalists working on the newspaper Atrak, Mehdi Ghilani and Farshad Azizi, were arrested on 6 and 7 January 2010, after bloody clashes at a student demonstration at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad. They are being held at an undisclosed location. ——– News Ahmadinejad Foad Sadeghi, director of the website Ayandenews, was arrested at his workplace on 12 February and taken to an unknown destination. The online journalist who founded the now-censored website Baztab is close to Mohsen Rezai, former commander of the Revolutionary Guard and a candidate at the 12 June 2009 elections. Ayandenews has been blocked several times since 12 June for posting news about demonstrations and for failing to respect the official line. Mohammed Ali Ramin, a loyal adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly warned and threatened media, especially print media, since taking over as deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance in October. A warning is often the first step towards a newspaper’s definitive closure. A charge of “insulting the president” is the legal method most often used by Ramin to stop newspapers publishing criticism of Ahmadinejad. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists 19 February 2010 – Five released Behrangh Tonkaboni, editor of the cultural monthly Farhangh é ahangh (Culture and Harmony), and journalist Kivan Farzin, were arrested at their workplace on 5 January. The newspaper’s main office was searched and computers and books seized. At the same time intelligence ministry agents searched the home of Tonkaboni’s mother, Lilli Farhapour, who is also a journalist and writer. Reporters Without Borders learned on 3 March of the release of three journalists: – Noushin Jafari, journalist for Etemad, arrested on 3 February – Reza Norbakhsh, editor of the daily Farhikhteghan, arrested at his workplace in Tehran on 4 August, and who had been sentenced to six years in prison for “taking part in illegal demonstrations” and for articles posted on the news website Jomhoryat- Mortaza Kazemian, journalist for several reformist newspapers, arrested on 28 December 2009, was released after spending 34 days in solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison. Journalist Said Laylaz had his sentence of nine years in jail reduced to three years by the Tehran appeal court. Kambiz Norrozi, head of the Association of Iranian Journalists, sentenced on 17 November to two years in jail and 76 strokes of the whip for making “publicity against the regime and disturbing public order”, had his sentence reduced on appeal to one year in prison. 16 March 2010 Journalist Sasan Aghaei, of the daily Farhikhteghan was released on bail on 28 March, after 120 days in custody. Reporters Without Borders also learned of the release of four journalists on 18 and 19 March 2010: Ali Moazemi, journalist on the opinion pages of several newspapers and director of the blog “Here and Now”, arrested on 7 March 2010; Kivan Farzin, journalist on Farhangh é ahangh arrested on 5 January. Two journalists on the cultural monthly, who were arrested at the same time as Farzin, Behrangh Tonkaboni, and Arvin Sedaghat Kish, were freed on 28 February. 29 January – Transfer These journalists were all released on bail while awaiting trial. 8 January 2010 – Daily arrests 15 January 2010 – Suspension Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists ——- Help by sharing this information Kivan Samimi Behbani, a freelance journalist and former editor of the independent monthly Nameh (The Letter) that was banned in 2005, who was arrested on 13 June 2009, was sentenced on 2 February to six years in prison. He was also banned from carrying out any political or journalistic activity. He has come under substantial pressure to renounce his humanitarian commitment and was recently transferred into a single cell in section 209 of Evin jail. Emadoldin Baghi, journalist and leading human rights figure in Iran, was denied the right to spend the New Year with his family, despite putting up bail in a significant sum. Nemat Ahmadi, a lawyer who represents several imprisoned journalists, Mahsa Hekmet, another Etemad-e Melli journalist, and Mohammed Reza Zohdi, the former editor of the now closed newspaper Arya, who now writes for several other pro-reform newspapers and is a member of the Press Freedom Defence Committee, were arrested yesterday and were taken to an unknown location. News In a continuing crackdown on the media in Iran, 15 newspapers received warnings this week for publishing comments by former reformist President Mohammad Khatami or former chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani on the way the authorities have been handling the country’s crisis. The 15 newspapers targeted by the latest warnings were Tehran Emrouz, Arman Ravabet Omoumi, Farhikhtegan, Jomhouri Eslami, Asrar, Etemad, Jahan-e San’at, Poul, Afarinesh, Rouzan Etemad, Etelaat, Tose’e, Rouzan, Mardom Salari and Bahar. IranMiddle East – North Africa Several journalists and bloggers have been freed on bail while awaiting trial or released on licence, to mark Iranian New Year. ——Website editor arrested for video of university campus attacksMazyar Khosravi, the editor of the Hammihannews (http://hammihannews.com/news/9857) website, was arrested on 2 May in Tehran on a charge of publishing false information as a result of a Tehran University complaint accusing him of posting reports and eye-witness accounts about attacks on the university campus by Basij militiamen on 14 June 2009, two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection.Many students were serious injured in the attacks and, according to some sources, five students were killed. See a BBC report on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GVfGLJO4Iw&feature=player_embeddedReporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned of the release of the following four journalists and bloggers pending trial:- Mojtaba Gahestoni, the editor of the Sokhango.blogfa.com (http://sokhango.blogfa.com) website, who was arrested on 2 March and released on 4 April- Said Jalali, a blogger and contributor to the Human Rights Rapporteurs Committee, who was arrested on 1 December 2009 and released on 29 March- Said Kalnaki, a blogger and member of the Human Rights Rapporteurs Committee, who was arrested on 1 December 2009 and released on 13 March- Foad Shamss, a blogger who was arrested on 30 November 2009 and released on 10 March.“We are in prison because we are journalists”Around 20 imprisoned journalists issued a joint letter for World Press Freedom Day on 3 May in which they protest against their detention. The letter, which is circulating online, says: “This year, we bloggers and journalists are celebrating World Press Freedom Day in prison. We have been jailed and given unjust sentences for wanting to inform, for writing articles, for carrying out interviews and for participating in the debate about freedom and democracy. Purely and simply for doing our duty as journalists.”Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Ali Mohammad Islampour, the editor of the pro-reform newspaper Navai Vaghat, who had been arrested on 3 February, was released provisionally on 3 March, and that Omid Montazeri, a journalist with the pro-reform newspapers Shargh and Kargozaran, was released provisionally on 5 April. Journalist Abolfazl Abedini Nasr was arrested at his home in the city of Ahvaz on 2 March by several men in plain clothes. The men, who all wore hoods, broke down the door of his house and brutally beat him. He had been earlier arrested on 30 June 2009 and freed on 26 October after putting up bail of 300 million tomans (270,000 euros). Ali Hekmet, a member of the Committee for the Defence of Freedom of the Press, who was arrested on 2 January, was freed on 27 February. These five journalists were all released on bail while awaiting trial. Niloufar Lary, a journalist with the magazine Chehel Cheragh, was arrested on 1 February when she responded to a summons to report to the intelligence ministry. Computers and books were seized when a search of her home was carried out in the evening after her arrest. When intelligence ministry agents searched the home of fellow Sarpiche contributor Ardavan Tarkameh, on 2 February, they arrested his sister, Bahar Tarkameh, and took her off to an unknown location. Computers and books were seized during the raid. It turns out that Ardavan was himself arrested on 27 December at the home of Omid Montazeri, one of the 16 defendants in a new trial of government opponents that opened before a Tehran revolutionary court on 30 January. June 9, 2021 Find out more On 2 March, Mojtaba Gahestoni, director of the website Sokhango (spokesman), was arrested in the city of Ahvaz. 2 January 2010 – More arrests of journalists in Tehran 21.01.2010 – Government warns 15 newspapers 22 June 2010 – More newspapers forced to close, more arrests The magazine Education Culture was closed for good on 20 June by the Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, which answers to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The commission also issued a warning to three other magazines. One of the editors of the business daily Pool said on 19 July that it was suspending publication “in order to review the newspaper’s policies.” The announcement follows a warning from the Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance accusing it of publishing “false information” in its articles about the government’s monetary policies. The newspaper has been subjected to a great deal of harassment for the past year. The sports daily Donya e Varzesh (World of Sport) meanwhile stopped publishing last October after getting a warning in response to an article reporting that Revolutionary Guards had bought lots of tickets for a football match so that the stadium would not be full of demonstrators. Journalist and blogger Ebrahim Rashidi notified his family by telephone on 17 June that he had been arrested by intelligence ministry officials in the northwestern city of Ardabil. Rashidi, who writes for the weekly Bayram, had been missing since 14 June. Reporters Without Borders has learned that Akbar Azad, an Azeri journalist who was arrested in Tehran on 25 May, has been transferred to a prison in Tabriz, in the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan. The organisation has also learned that Nasour Naghipour, a blogger who was arrested in March, has been released pending trial after payment of 100 million toman (75,000 euros) in bail.—— ————Press freedom violations recounted in real time – JUNE/DECEMBER 2009 February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Too much Rebels for Leafs to handle as Castlegar posts 5-3 in Sunday afternoon KIJHL tilt

first_imgFor the second time in less than a week the Nelson Leafs squandered a two-goal lead against a divisional rival.Castlegar Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four straight goals en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Sunday afternoon at the Arena Complex in the Sunflower City.The game is the second consecutive time the Rebels have defeated the Leafs in a key Murdoch heavyweight matchup in the past three weeks and allows Castlegar to close to within two points of the Leafs in division standings.Castlegar bounced Nelson 6-1 in the Heritage City prior to the Christmas holiday break.Not only do the Leafs have the Rebels breathing down their backs, but the Beaver Valley Nitehawks — that other divisional rival to steal a victory from the Green and White — are also tied with Castlegar in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.Fresh from a 6-2 pasting of the Fernie Ghostriders Friday, Nelson continued to shine on the ice Sunday in Castlegar taking a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on goals by Linden Horswill and Bryce Nielsen.The goals came in a span of 26 seconds.Castlegar cut the margin to 2-1 on a Bryan Lubin goal late in the first period.But James Sorrey, with his fifth point in the past three games, restored the advantage with a marker early in the second frame.The deficit, however, did not deter the host club, which continued to push at the Leafs and goalie Marcus Beesley.The Rebels, out shooting the Leafs 34-22 in the first 40 minutes, were rewarded when Braydon Horcoff and Lubin tied the game in the second.Diego Bartlett then snapped the 3-3 tie with the winner midway through the third.Jamie Vlanich, finishing the game with three points, secured the win with an insurance goal on the power play as Castlegar continued to pressure the Leafs, out shooting Nelson 14-5 in the third for a 48-27 game advantage. Jordan Gluck once again was in goal for the Castlegar win over Nelson.The Leafs continue its five-game road trip this weekend in the Okanagan with three games against Chase Friday, Kamloops Saturday and North Okanagan Sunday.Next time the Leafs play at home is Friday, January 18 when Columbia Valley Rockies invade the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Rebels play in Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Creston in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Castlegar.Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which blasted Revelstoke Grizzlies 8-2 Sunday in Fruitvale, travel to Spokane Saturday before hosting Grand Forks Sunday.Against the Grizzlies, Beaver Valley scored five times on special teams — including four power play goals.Dan Holland, Dallas Calvin with a pair, Walker Sidoni, Connor Brown-Maloski, Derek Lashuk, Sam Swanson, Kurt Black.The Revelstoke game marked the return to the Nitehawks of Ryan Edwards to the lineup of the KIJHL club.The Trail native started the season with the Hawks but decided to join the BCHL club in October.However, for some reason Edwards decided Junior A wasn’t to his liking and left the Smokies without permission in December.Edwards was quickly put on the suspended by the Smokies.last_img read more

MICHAEL WRONA NAMED SANTA ANITA TRACK ANNOUNCER

first_img### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.last_img read more

The Impact of One

first_imgBrand South africa, in partnership with Junior Chamber International South Africa, invites you to the second “Shape the Future” Forum. The event will discuss the concept of active citizenship, cover the analysis of community needs, and map out how young people can address such challenges by creating sustainable solutions. Follow @Brand_SA for updates from 6:30pm tonight, or follow a live webcast here.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 16, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are making our forecast a little more active and adding some additional moisture. However, the moisture is just one part of the upcoming pattern…temps are looking to become more volatile too, seeing some more frequent swings as additional frontal boundaries work through.Today will be wet, as we expect rain to hang around through early afternoon. Rain totals today will be .1″-.6″ with coverage at 100% of Ohio. We should see rain end from west to east this afternoon, and could even see clouds break up for late day sun in some western and central areas. Eastern Ohio likely has to deal with clouds until closer to sunset. We turn much cooler behind the front, and we stay breezy. Partly to mostly sunny skies are in for tomorrow, and we are colder, but then as the sunshine stays Friday, we warm substantially. We can even be above normal for Friday afternoon.Sun starts off the weekend Saturday morning but clouds will be on the increase. The clouds yield moisture overnight as showers develop and continue through Sunday midday. Moisture totals are not impressive, running from a few hundredths to .3″ and coverage at 60%. We swing back to sunshine and warmer air for Sunday afternoon, staying mild Sunday night.A significant frontal boundary moves through on Monday. Rain and thunderstorms are likely with .25″-1″ rain totals likely over 100% of the state. Thunderstorms will be limited in scope, but will be responsible for the heaviest rain totals. Everything is done by Tuesday morning.10 Day Rain PotentialWe are much colder with partly sunny skies Tuesday, then go mostly sunny Wednesday with another warming push on south winds. A new batch of moisture debuts in our forecast this morning for the finish of next week and the end of the 10 day period. Clouds will be on the increase Thursday as the front slowly pushes towards us from the west. Then rain breaks out overnight next Thursday night and continues through Friday. Rain totals will be .6″ or less, but will again have pretty good coverage, this time around 90%.The extended period starts dry for Saturday and Sunday the 26th and 27th. Clouds increase on Monday the 28th, and afternoon/evening showers are likely. We can see up to half an inch of moisture with 70% coverage. The balance of the extended period is much colder, and in fact we see a fairly strong pattern change to finish October and move into November. Temps will be well below normal, and we cant rule out flurries in parts of the state on Wednesday the 30th. Clouds will be a bigger part of the picture in this switch to cold air too…we see some sun, but not as much as in a warmer air pattern. This will slow drying quite a bit.last_img read more

Hockey India League to return in 2019 with a fresh outlook

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) After five successful editions, there will be no Hockey India League (HIL) next year and the cash-rich domestic tourmament will only return in 2019 with a fresh outlook, Hockey India said today. The tournaments Governing Committee, comprising representatives of Hockey India and other stakeholders, have unanimously decided to schedule the next edition of Hockey India League in 2019 instead of 2018 January and February. “After five years of successfully organizing the Hockey India League, we felt that it is time to review the League, evaluate its success and comeback with a fresh outlook that will benefit the development of the sport,” said Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Chairman Hockey India League and Secretary General, Hockey India. “This decision was made after consultation with all our commercial partners and meeting the contractual obligations of all parties involved,” he added. There were reports that unhappy franchises and financial concerns may see the end of the Hockey India League after just five seasons. However, Ahmad clarified that this will only be a temporary discontinuation and that the Hockey India League will return in 2019. “Due to a conflict in dates of the schedule of Hockey India League 2018 and a major international tournament which was likely to restrict the participation of international players, it was decided that the best solution was to postpone the conduct of the sixth season of the League,” Ahmad said. “I want to emphasize that we want to resume the League in 2019 albeit with greater prospects to make it more viable financially not only for the stakeholders but also for the players,” he added. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praises Rodrygo Goes after goalscoring performance

first_imgReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praises Rodrygo Goes after goalscoring performanceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praised Rodrygo Goes after victory over Rayo Majadahonda.Rodrygo Goes dropped down to Raul’s side after scoring with the first team in midweek against Osasuna.The 18-year-old continued his goalscoring form by netting the second goal in the 3-1 win, and Raul was asked a host of questions about Rodrygo after the game.”Rodrygo motivates himself,” Raul said.”From the beginning, the situation with him has been clear: he is a first-team player but when he can help Castilla, or Castilla can help him, he will come and play.”He has played at a high level [with Santos in Brazil and in midweek for Real Madrid] and has sacrificed himself, like all of his teammates.”[On Friday] he was training with us, and although we don’t know each other that well, every time that he comes [and trains with Castilla], he gives his all and everyone sees his potential.”He will be watching his progression and knocking down doors.”When asked about Rodrygo’s characteristics, Raul seemed to be lost for words.”Rodrygo has everything,” he noted. “He can score, join attacks, help back in defence… Today we asked him to do a lot of things he is not used to doing and he worked really hard.”In the first half we were far superior and in the second we were made to suffer, yet he was always willing to help.”I’m very happy with him and the whole team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Delhi orders check on acid sale 1000 litres acid seized

first_imgNew Delhi: Challans of close to Rs 7 lakh were issued and over thousand litres of acid was seized in the national capital in the last 10 days under a special drive against acid attacks directed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev. In a statement issued on Monday, the government said that a special meeting was held on August 22 headed by the Chief Secretary to discuss various issues regarding acid attacks in the city. “In the meeting, the Chief Secretary expressed concern over the incidents of acid attacks and directed all departments to work towards checking the sale of acid and rehabilitating acid attack survivors,” it said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The meeting was also attended by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal, secretaries of several departments, and representatives of Delhi Police, among others. In the meeting, Dev directed the Divisional Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Revenue) to immediately constitute a joint team of area sub-divisional magistrate (SDMs), DCW representatives and Delhi Police personnel. “The Chief Secretary issued instructions that these joint teams will conduct daily raids and any place found to be selling or not maintaining proper records shall be booked on the spot both by the SDM and the Delhi Police.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The DCW was asked to collect local intelligence through its network of women and identify the shops that were selling acid which could then be raided, the statement added. “The Chief Secretary had stated that this would be a 10-day special drive of the Delhi government and similar drives will be conducted on a regular basis.” In the past 10 days, the joint teams of SDM, DCW and Delhi Police have conducted over 100 raids and issued challans of over Rs 7 lakh, the statement said. “The teams also seized over 1,000 litres of concentrated acid by posing as decoy customers.” The government said that in one of the visits, the team seized over 240 litres from one small shop in Narela. “The acid was being sold openly and the shopkeeper even prodded the team to buy larger amounts. In another raid, over 250 litres were seized by the team in Najafgarh sub-division area. Here too, the acid was being sold without any deterrence. “In almost all shops, no records of acid stored in the shops were maintained which is in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines and orders of the Delhi government. The raids were conducted all over Delhi in over 24 sub-divisions,” the government said. Dev said he was deeply disturbed with the prevalence of acid attacks in Delhi. “I believe an acid attack is one of the most painful trauma that a human being can go through. We are strictly against the open sale of acid and shall take all measures to stop it. I have directed all SDMs and police officials to practice zero tolerance against the open sale of acid. We will leave no stone unturned for achieving an acid free Delhi,” he said. Maliwal applauded the Chief Secretary for taking this initiative. “Illegal sale of acid and more importantly easy availability of concentrated acid in the open market is a serious issue affecting Delhi. Several acid attacks could have been prevented had there been a stringent check on sale of acid,” she said.last_img read more

Montreal marathon director resigning after death of runner over the weekend

first_imgMONTREAL — The director of the Montreal marathon says he is resigning after the death of a runner at the event over the weekend.In a statement, Dominique Piche says his decision to resign reflects his desire to be accountable.The coroner’s office in Quebec confirmed that 24-year-old Patrick Neely died Sunday after collapsing as he neared the end of the half-marathon race during the International Oasis Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal Marathon.Questions about whether it took too long to get Neely help were raised after some witnesses said it took as long as 25 minutes.The paramedic agency serving the Montreal area said earlier this week that they are working with the promoter to figure out what happened, noting it’s the promoter who has the responsibility of providing medical assistance on site.Urgences Sante spokeswoman Veronique Tremblay says first responders were called just before 10 a.m. and Neely was getting treated nearly seven minutes later, but she says that the agency doesn’t know if anyone called before that.Piche also resigned as director of the Mont-Tremblant Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 5i50 but said he will remain “available to ensure a smooth transition to the management of future events.”“The unfortunate events during the marathon of this past weekend, for which I publicly assumed full responsibility, as was proper in such circumstances, have led me to make this difficult decision,” he said in his statement Wednesday.The Ironman Group says it has accepted Piche’s resignation.It thanked Piche for his years of service and noted he produced Ironman events at the highest level, with exceptional results, on the global stage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The great debate and doctor politics InTheNews for Oct 7

first_imgIn-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Aug. 30.What we are watching in Canada …OTTAWA – All six federal party leaders are in Ottawa today for an English-language debate that could shake up an election campaign that’s seen practically no movement in the polls since it began on Sept. 11.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative boss Andrew Scheer, the two front-runners, both have events in Ottawa this morning: Trudeau has a photo-op with teachers and Scheer is promising an announcement at a downtown hotel.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh and the Greens’ Elizabeth May appear to be fighting for third place, both looking to pick up seats especially on the West Coast.The Bloc Quebecois’ Yves-Francois Blanchet has little to gain or lose in front of a national audience primarily of English-speakers, while the People’s Party’s Maxime Bernier is counting on the national debates to introduce himself as a populist alternative to the major parties.This is the first of two debates taking place this week in a theatre at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que, with a French-language version coming Thursday.Voters go the polls on Oct. 21.—Also this …VANCOUVER – A group of doctors that’s calling on all federal political parties to take action on climate change now has support from four major organizations including the Canadian Medical Association — and 19 more groups are joining the effort this week.Family doctor Melissa Lem is on the board of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and says health professionals are increasingly advocating for a commitment from parties to limit global warming while others push for better policies on issues including gun violence.Lem’s environmental association has met with representatives of all the major federal political parties, except for the Conservatives who formally declined discussions.She says health professionals are on the front lines treating multiple harms based on government policies and they’re combining their scientific knowledge with activism in an effort to improve their patients’ health.—What you may have missed …Inuit are hoping to use the alphabet to help keep their far-flung people together.Canada’s national Inuit organization recently decided on a standard way to write their language that could be understood from Inuvik in the northern corner of the Northwest Territories to Nain on the east edge of Labrador. The new orthography replaces a patchwork of nine different, often mutually unintelligible scripts.“We’ve never done this before,” said Natan Obed of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “It’s the first time we’re exercising our own self-determination to implement our own writing system.”Before European contact, Inuktut was an entirely oral language. Nobody needed to read or write anything down until the 1700s, when missionaries, government workers and businessmen started showing up.Those groups all worked out different ways of translating the sounds of spoken Inuktut into symbols on a page, which they then taught to the Inuit.The orthographic hodge-podge has not only made it harder for Inuit kids to get educational material in their own language, it makes it harder to communicate between the Inuvialuit in the west, the Nunatsiavut in the east and all the groups in between. —What we are watching in the U.S. …WASHINGTON – The disclosure of a second whistleblower threatens to undermine arguments made by U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies that a whistleblower complaint was improperly filed because it was largely based on secondhand information.Attorney Mark Zaid told The Associated Press in a text message Sunday that the second whistleblower, who also works in intelligence, has spoken to the intelligence community’s internal watchdog. This person hasn’t filed a complaint but does have “firsthand knowledge that supported” the original whistleblower.Trump has rejected the accusations he did anything improper.The original whistleblower, a CIA officer, filed a formal complaint with the inspector general on Aug. 12 that triggered the impeachment inquiry being led by House Democrats.The complaint alleged Trump was “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 election.—What we are watching in the rest of the world …BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria say American troops have begun withdrawing from areas along Turkey’s border.This comes hours after the White House said U.S. forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault — essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat the Islamic State group.The Syrian Democratic Forces say the move comes as Turkey is preparing to attack Kurdish-held areas in northeast Syria.The statement warns the Turkish invasion would be a blow to the fight against IS militants.The Kurdish Hawar news agency and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also say American troops were evacuating positions near the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad on Monday.—The Canadian Presslast_img read more