Islamic Republic urged to free all detained journalists and online activists

first_imgNews Proposed Iranian law would ban US, British journalists and media Follow the news on Iran to go further April 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic Republic urged to free all detained journalists and online activists News June 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News May 10, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa In the wake of Iran’s historic agreement with the United States on its nuclear programme, Reporters Without Borders calls on President Hassan Rouhani to keep another campaign promise – the immediate release of all detained journalists and online activists, many of whom are very ill and are being denied appropriate treatment. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information After the international community hailed the 2 April accord, President Rouhani said on 3 April: “We have had tension and even hostility towards certain countries and we now hope for the end of this tension and hostility (…) The framework agreement envisages new cooperation with the world.”“An agreement with the international community on nuclear issues and the lifting of sanctions was one of Rouhani’s main promises during his election campaign, but he also repeatedly promised the release of prisoners of conscience, including journalists and online activists, and he has yet to keep this pledge,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“President Rouhani, we call for the immediate and unconditional release of all imprisoned journalists and Internet activists. The ‘cooperation’ you refer to needs above all unconditional cooperation with the United Nations and compliance with your international obligations, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a party. It is vital that you request the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran.”Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers, with a total of 46 journalists and Internet activists currently detained. Arrested arbitrarily, convicted in unfair trials and held in inhuman and degrading conditions, many of these detainees are in danger.Reporters Without Borders is especially concerned about the health of these journalists and online activists: Atena Ferghdani, who is awaiting trial, Said Razavi Faghih, who was sentenced to a year in prison and should have been freed in mid-March, Masoud Bastani, who has been held since July 2008 and who was sentenced to a total of six years in prison, Hossien Ronaghi Malki, who was arrested in 2010 and was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison, and Saraj Mirdamadi, who has been held since March 2013 and is serving a three-year jail term.Bastani and Malki should have been released months ago under article 134 of the new Islamic penal code (as amended in 2013), which says that defendants who are given more than one sentence should serve only the main one.After visiting Rajaishahr prison on 1 March, health minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi said: “This prison is holding twice as many detainees as its capacity permits and cannot guarantee the required hygiene and health conditions (…) This is the first time I have come to this prison and the situation is really bad. People should not commit crimes, or else they will be incarcerated in this prison and will get ill and have lots of problems.”The minister was referring to conditions in what is one of Iran’s worst prisons in terms of cases of torture, rape and murder. Its official capacity is 1,100 inmates but it is currently holding more than 5,000 detainees, including around 100 prisoners of conscience, of whom 20 are journalists or online activists. This prison has been criticized in several reports including the UN Secretary-General’s report of 12 August 2014 on the human rights situation in Iran. Organisation News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to electionlast_img read more

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Prosecutors mulling charges against woman who pushed friend off bridge

first_imgKATU-TV(VANCOUVER, Wash.) — Prosecutors in Washington will consider charging an 18-year-old woman who pushed her teenage friend off a bridge, sending her plummeting 60 feet to the river below and leaving her with multiple injuries, officials said Tuesday.Clark County Major Crimes unit investigators wrapped up their probe of the incident that occurred earlier this month at the Moulton Falls Bridge near Vancouver, Washington, and are turning over their findings to prosecutors, said Brent Waddell, a spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.“The case will be forwarded to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate charging,” Waddell said in a statement.Waddell said the suspected pusher, Taylor Smith, has been cooperating with investigators.Smith allegedly pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off the bridge on August 7, officials said.Surveillance camera footage shows the girl was standing on a bridge ledge and was pushed off by another girl standing behind her.Holgerson initially wanted to jump off the bridge after she saw a friend do it, she told ABC affiliate station KATU-TV in Portland. But Smith allegedly pushed her from behind before she was ready to leap, officials said.Holgerson hit the water with a belly flop, leaving her with several broken ribs, a bruised esophagus and an injured trachea.“I went to the top of the bridge and my other — my friend … she came up to the bridge with me,” Holgerson told Portland. “And so, she was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it. And I was like, ‘No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.’ And then, she pushed me.”Holgerson said she didn’t feel any pain but adrenaline hit her after she was pushed into the water.“And then an EMT that was off-duty helped me onto the rocks and just a whole bunch of people surrounding me were helping me, calming me down,” Holgerson said.“In the air I was trying to push myself forward, so I could be like straight up and down that make my head hit first but that definitely did not work,” she told KATU during the interview at a hospital.She said she’s just grateful to be alive.“I am happy to be OK,” she said.Smith did not return ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Perfect Crop Circle Appears in German Wheat Field

first_imgTourists and residents marveled at the crop circle’s perfect geometric pattern.“I just find it fascinating because you cannot really explain how it happened. It is just a moment where you have something you can’t explain. When these days everything always has to be explained, it’s a thing that pushes the limits of this ‘explainer model’ that we have,” Rainer Bartesch told Reuters.Crop circle enthusiasts, in the meantime, formulated several theories behind the origination of the crop circle. Some are of the opinion that it was not formed by humans. On the other hand, a certain section believes that crop circles are created by wind patterns or aliens.Some enthusiasts also suggest that energy fields are responsible for their creation. A perfectly symmetrical crop circle appeared in a wheat field in the German town of Paehl earlier this month. Several tourists and locals visited the spot after the discovery of the crop circle in order to catch a glimpse of it.A bizarre crop circle appeared suddenly in this wheat field in Germany, triggering the curiosity of locals and tourists alike pic.twitter.com/B6HDcFLg0X— Reuters (@Reuters) July 31, 2020last_img read more

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