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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Saint Mary’s slips past No. 14 BYU 51-50 in WCC semifinal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Ford hit a pull-up jumper with 1.4 seconds to go, giving Saint Mary’s a 51-50 win over No. 14 BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals.Saint Mary’s, which won the event last season, will face No. 2 Gonzaga in a rematch for the championship on Tuesday.Ford scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for the Gaels, looking to win their fifth WCC title.Yoeli Childs had 23 points and 10 rebounds for BYU, which had won nine straight. Associated Press Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/St. Mary’s Gaels/WCC/WCC Tournament Written by March 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local Saint Mary’s slips past No. 14 BYU 51-50 in WCC semifinallast_img

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Canary no to Enron

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Head coach Akonnor meets Christian Atsu as out-of-form star seeks Black Stars return

first_imgBlack Stars head coach, C.K Akonnor, watched Christian Atsu in action for Newcastle in their FA Cup Replay win over Oxford.Atsu did not start the game but came on in extra time and helped the Magpies secure a fifth-round spot.He is the latest Ghanaian international visited by the Stars coach following similar trips to see Andre and Jordan Ayew, and Jeff Schlupp.His interaction with Atsu, though not publicised will most likely revolve around the player’s current role in the Newcastle team and his future with the national team.Atsu has not appeared for the national team since he picked up a hamstring injury in the Stars’ AFCON 2019 group game against Cameroon.28-year-old Atsu has fallen out of favour under Steve Bruce and although he has made 18 appearances this season in the Premier League, only six of those have been starts.His time at St James’ Park, at least for the rest of the season, appears to be nearing an end as the Magpies were keen to offload the Ghanaian to a number of other clubs including Blackburn Rovers, West Brom and Nottingham Forest.Atsu, who first moved to the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea in the 2013-14 season spent time on loan at Everton and Bournemouth.He then secured a permanent move to Newcastle in the 2017-18 season, helping the side gain promotion to the Premier League.However, Atsu has had his career, which had been on a meteoric rise since he first came on the scene, stalled by injuries and loss of form.The injury at AFCON 2019 which affected his preparations for the start of the season.He has still managed three assists but is still without a goal this season.last_img read more

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