Threats against media workers and families show regime’s true face

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists January 9, 2013 – Updated on June 7, 2019 Threats against media workers and families show regime’s true face Reporters Without Borders once again expresses its grave concern at the arbitrary arrests of journalists and netizens and the threats made against the families of foreigners and Iranians working for media organizations in Iran. In the past three years, the press freedom organization has recorded a dozen arrests and instances of threats against the families of journalists working for foreign-based organizations and international news agencies. In the past two months, several journalists and netizens have been summoned for questioning in cities such as Tehran, Bushehr, Karaj and Qazvin, two of them aged just 14 and 15. On 25 December, agents from the intelligence ministry raided the head office of the weekly Hadith e-Qazvin in the northern city of Qazvin. They seized its computers and took the staff away for questioning. The journalists were released after three hours.However, the weekly’s editor Rahim Sarkar is still held in intelligence ministry cells in Qazvin. He was previously arrested on 8 March last year and released four days later on bail of 50 million tomans (45,000 euros). Publication was halted for the second time in a year. On 1 January, Mohammad Kimyai, a writer and contributor to Hadith-e Qazvin, was also arrested at his home by intelligence ministry agents. His family has been given no reason for his arrest. The journalist is held in solitary confinement in the intelligence ministry prison in Qazvin. On the same day, a 14-year-old blogger was arrested by the Iranian cyber police in the northern city of Karaj. According to the cyber police website, the teenager had published “offensive content” on his blog and he had “confessed to his crimes after his arrest”.Two weeks earlier, several netizens using social networks were summoned for questioning by the cyber police in the city of Bushehr. They included Sorosh Ghazizadeh, a 15-year-old blogger who was questioned for five hours. His father, Younes Ghazizadeh, is a well-known and outspoken journalist in the region. The arrest and interrogation of the young blogger could be a way of putting pressure on his father. The government continues to threaten the families of journalists working for foreign-based organizations and international news outlets. The threats intensified after coverage in the international media of the protests that followed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in June 2009. For the past year, the government has been taking reprisals against foreign news organizations in response to the strengthening of international sanctions in the field of telecommunications which restrict the Islamic Republic’s ability to spread its propaganda. The reprisals include: – The accreditation of journalists working for the Reuters news agency has been withdrawn after a court case trumped up by agents of the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance.- “Journalists” close to the intelligence service have been imposed on some news organizations to intimidate them and exert greater control over their activities.- Pressure and harassment has been stepped up against a number of Iranian and foreign journalists and correspondents working for international media organizations to force them to give up their work. – Several journalists have been entrapped by government agents and accused of having “immoral relations banned under Islamic law”. Some have been threatened with stoning.This was the fate of the young female journalist H.KA, who befriended a colleague from a prestigious European newspaper at a government-organized conference in Tehran in February 2010. She was summoned to the intelligence ministry a few days later and questioned about her relationship with a “foreign agent”. She was accused of spying and of having sexual relations with a “miscreant”, and was threatened with stoning or the death penalty unless she co-operated.She was forced to sign a statement that she had been raped by her foreign colleague and subsequently to entice him to go to an area close to nuclear installations. H.KA, now in exile, is still subjected to pressure through her family. Her case is far from isolated and illustrates the methods used regularly by the ruling theocracy, which is in the grip of corruption and tyranny. Such outrageous accusations are used as a weapon against the sanctions imposed by Western governments and amount to hostage-taking. Reporters Without Borders has received several first-hand accounts from victims of the shabby and insidious methods used by the Tehran government, which it has passed on to U.N. human rights bodies. News Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News Newscenter_img RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RTE Home SchoolHub Debut for Coláiste Chiarain Student Presenters! & Two…

first_imgLimerickNewsRTE Home SchoolHub Debut for Coláiste Chiarain Student Presenters! & Two national titles in recent weeksBy Meghann Scully – November 18, 2020 165 Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleMcNamara slams Government over inaction on Shannon Heritage sitesNext articleLight Up A Memory 2020 ceremony at Milford Hospice goes virtual Meghann Scully WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Print RTE Home School Hub Debut for Coláiste Chiaráin Student Presenters! & Two national STEM titles in recent weeksColáiste Chiaráin Transition Year students, Kieran Wall and Eimear Leonard are delighted to have been chosen to present a Coding segment on RTE’s After School Hub.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Following on from the hugely successful Home School Hub, which aired during the school lockdown back in April and May, RTE have continued with their educational offering in the format of a Home School Hub. Students from Coláiste Chiaráin were recommended by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre in Ul, and were auditioned to present the Coding section of the show.Kieran and Eimear will be teaching Scratch to their Primary School viewers on a weekly basis. It has been a fantastic opportunity for the TY students, especially this year, where the current restrictions have limited the range of activities TY students have been able to engage with.Coláiste Chiaráin prides itself on delivering a holistic education that provides opportunities to students to explore and develop a broad range of skills and talents, both academic and artistic. Both students have starred in Coláiste Chiaráin musical productions over the past three years so know all about what it takes to engage their viewers.This no doubt contributed to them delivering the chemistry and know how that RTE were looking for. Kieran and Eimear have expressed their excitement at the opportunity they have been given and are really looking forward to the shows they are planning.Coláiste Chiaráin continues to be a front runner when it comes to STEM education. School Principal, Mr. Gerard O’Sullivan paid tribute to the ongoing developments in STEM education in Coláiste Chiaráin, “this new educational initiative with RTE is a very exciting development and it provides wonderful opportunities for our students.“We are delighted with the opportunity to partner with RTE and we are equally delighted with our recent CanSat and National Scratch competition wins in recent weeks. Tremendous credit to all students and teachers involved”. she added.Last Week Coláiste Chiaráin 6th Year students Hannah Lucey, Rubab Kabir, Hassan Shah and Liam Murphy won  the CanSat National Finals and 2nd Year student Seán O’Sullivan was awarded  the Best Technical Sophistication Award in the Scratch National Finals; both in the past week.It is indeed an exciting time for all in Coláiste Chiaráin as they finally move into their brand new campus in the coming weeks. The campus, which features a STEM lab and Digital Media Studio, will further enhance their outstanding delivery in these areas.Enrolment for incoming 1st Years is still ongoing and details of all that Coláiste Chiaráin has to offer can be found at www.cco.ie/wp/enrolment. Emaillast_img read more

King Crimson Announces 2017 “Radical Action” Summer Tour

first_imgEnglish prog-rockers King Crimson have announced a full slate of highly anticipated summer tour dates, coming off a recent statement in which guitarist Robert Fripp discussed the pending North American tour, along with the return of drummer Bill Reiflin from sabbatical, making the current lineup a Double Quartet formation. “Existing repertoire will be re-calibrated for the about-to-be-becoming King Crimson Double Quartet Formation….Jeremy (Stacey) and Bill are both multi-instrumental, so King Crimson is likely to be making a lot more noise than before. Even.”The group will begin their summer jaunt along the West Coast with a tour opener on June 13th at Seattle, WA’s Moore Theatre, followed by dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Mexico City, and more. According to King Crimson’s website, the group will also play New York City and other cities in the Fall, dates and venue pending.King Crimson 2017 Summer Tour Dates13th June – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre15th June – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery17th June – San Francisco, CA – to be confirmed19th June – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s21st June – Los Angeles, CA – to be confirmed24th June – Denver, CO – to be confirmed26th June – Minneapolis, MN – to be confirmed28th June – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre30th June – Rochester, NY – Kodak Hall3rd July – Montreal QC -Montreal Jazz Festival5th July – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall7th July – Quebec, QC – to be confirmed9th July – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre14th July – Mexico City – to be confirmed15th July – Mexico City – to be confirmed** There will be further dates in the autumn, to include New York City.[H/T DGM Live]last_img read more

Government shows its inconsistency

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I won’t debate the doubtful merits of solar energy here, but I find it hard to justify the destruction of growing trees and grasslands to do it.They seem to think it’s OK because it won’t be visible to the public. Why not at least put panels on rooftops, or in parking lots, as at GE?  No mention of the benefits of the trees that are gone, or the destruction of wildlife habitat. Now if the property owner, without tax breaks, wishes to destroy his land, fin. But I don’t want my tax money to finance it.The second article praises a grant from the state to send an army of trucks to block the free flow of traffic in Glenville in order to survey the tree population of Glenville, citing the benefits of the trees. Wow. I’m not sure of the merits of this survey, but at least why not make sure that 85 acres of green-land are left alone?Donald H. DavisCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I couldn’t help noticing the inconsistency of our government in action, as typified in two articles on the same page of the May 29 Gazette. In the first article, the Clifton Park planning board is considering a proposal to erect a solar panel array on 85 acres of mostly wooded land. The array itself will be on 21  acres of woodland.last_img read more

Wildcats Battle In 4-Way Meet At Hillcrest

first_imgThe Wildcats finished 3rd in the 4 way last night at Hillcrest. Greensburg won the event with a 186. Medalist for the match was Matt Zinser from Oldenburg with a 44.Scores for the Wildcats were: Zach Jewell 49, Christian Mackie 51, Chase Tolhurst 54, Kyle Grubb 54, and Justin Studt 58. FC will be competing on Saturday (5/12) for the EIAC championship.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dustin Riley.last_img