On eve of Iranian New Year, concern about fate of imprisoned journalists

first_img News She was able to make a short phone call after her arrest but the authorities haveprovided no official information about her detention.According to the information obtained by RSF, she is now being held in isolation in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison. The Revolutionary Guards control this section and subject detainees to a great deal of pressure, often with the aim of extracting confessions to be used at their trials.Iran is the world’s biggest prison for women journalists, with four others currently held. The other four – Rihaneh Tabatabai, Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, Narges Mohammadi and Atena Ferghdani – are serving jail terms ranging from one to twelve years and some some are in poor health.There is also concern about the state of health of Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist who is being tried along with Ehssan Mazndarani and Saman Safarzai by a Tehran revolutionary court on charges of “activities threatening national security” and anti-government propaganda. After going on hunger strike and suffering a heart attack, Saharkhiz has been in a Tehran hospital since 10 March.“On the eve of the Iranian New Year on 20 March, many journalists and citizen-journalists are separated from their families,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “The Iranian authorities – including President Hassan Rouhani, whose silence facilitates this persecution – could display clemency towards these detainees, who have been arrested arbitrarily and convicted unjustly. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”RSF has meanwhile learned that Saraj Mirdamadi, a journalist who worked for various media outlets including Hayat-é-No (a daily closed in January 2003) and Zamaneh (a radio station based in the Netherlands), was released conditionally on 13 March.He was freed under article 58 of the Islamic criminal code (as amended in 2013),under which detainees who have served a third of their sentence can be released for good behaviour. Arrested on 10 May 2014, he was convicted on 21 July 2015 on charges of “meeting and plotting against the Islamic Republic” and “anti-government publicity.”With a total of 36 journalists and citizen-journalists currently detained, Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel and is ranked 173rd out of 180 countriesin the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence News to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 16, 2016 – Updated on April 26, 2016 On eve of Iranian New Year, concern about fate of imprisoned journalists News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about the conditions inwhich journalists are being detained in Iran, especially Afarine Chitsaz of the daily newspaper Iran, a young woman arrested at the same time as three other journalists on 2 November. Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations

first_img News October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BAHRAIN The human rights situation and the problems for those who defend media freedom continue to be extremely worrying in Bahrain. Several journalists have been summoned for questioning including Issa Ebrahim, a photographer for the daily Al-Wasat, who was detained and interrogated for several hours on 5 May.The following are still detained:- Al-Bilad editor Jasem Al-Sabbagh, held since 26 April.- Al-Watan sports reporter Abdullah Ashur, held since 13 April.- Al-Bilad sports reporter Abdullah Alawi, who was arrested in April.The Bahraini news agency reported that the trial of 21 people accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government began before a military court on 8 May. The defendants include several human rights activists and the bloggers Abdul Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam. After the trial opened, it was adjourned until 12 May.The head of the pro-democracy and civil liberties movement Al Haq, Singace was rearrested on 16 March after being held from September to February. He was previously arrested in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to denounce the deplorable state of civil liberties and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population.Abdulemam, who is being tried in absentia, is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. He was also detained from September to February but avoided being rearrested.Abbas Al-Omran, a human rights activist who obtained refugee status in Britain a few years ago, has also been put on the list of wanted persons. A member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, he provides the international media with information about human rights violations in Bahrain.Mujtaba Salmat, a blogger and photographer who was arrested on 17 March for covering the anti-government demonstrations in Manama’s Pearl Square and posting the photos on Facebook, was released on 27 April.The opposition newspaper Al-Wasat announced in its 8 May issue, previously billed as the last issue, that its board had reversed its decision to close and intended to continue publishing. Closed by the information ministry on 3 May for allegedly disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation, it was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. Several of its journalists were also arrested. to go further Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more SYRIA The crackdown by the Syrian authorities on media trying to cover the anti-government protests continues to escalate. Arrests, threats and acts of intimidation are all still taking place. The Internet is also being censored.The Syrian journalist and writer Ammar Mashour Dayoub was arrested yesterday while taking part in a demonstration by about 100 people in Arnous Square, in central Damascus. Malak Al-Shanawani, another Syrian journalist, was also arrested yesterday.Ghadi Frances, a Libyan journalist working for the Lebanese daily Al-Safir, was arrested in Damascus on the afternoon of 7 May. No information about the reason for her arrest has been given. She had arrived in Syria ten days ago to cover the unrest and had written an article in Arabic headlined “Blood, horror and hope in the street in Homs” on the eve of her arrest.Ghassan Saoud, a Lebanese journalist who writes for Al-Akhbar (a Lebanese newspaper regarded as pro-Syrian), was briefly detained on 6 May near the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus. He was taken to a military police office with a plastic bag over his head and was repeatedly kicked and insulted. He has written a series of articles about the pro-democracy uprising in which he interviewed members of the Syrian political opposition, young people and activists, and reported their views.Meanwhile, there is no news of Jehad Jamal, a Facebook activist known by the pseudonym of Milan.The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a Kurdish demonstration in the northeastern city of Qamishili on 3 May. The reporter Iyad Khalil was badly beaten in the northwestern port city of Latakia oh the evening of 1 May. When he went to the police station to report the assault, he found himself face to face with his assailants, who turned out to have been members of the security forces (see his Facebook page). Maher Deib has resigned as a presenter on Syrian national television in protest against the station’s coverage of the unrest. Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested in May 2008, has been released on completing a three-year jail sentence.The following are still detained: – The Syrian writer and journalist Omar Koush, who was arrested on 2 May on his arrival at Damascus airport after attending a conference in Turkey.- Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality who was arrested on her arrival at Damascus airport on 29 April. This is the Facebook page calling for her release. The government newspaper Al-Watan nonetheless claims that she left the country on 1 May without saying where she was going.- Fayez Sara, a Syrian journalist and writer arrested on 11 April.- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin arrested on 7 April.- Kamal Sheikhou, a Syrian blogger arrested on 15 March.There is still no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, who have been missing since 24 March.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned Syrian Facebook users on 5 May that fake security certificates, probably planted by Syria’s telecommunications ministry, are being used to trick them into logging on to what they think are securely encrypted Facebook pages. If they do, their personal data can be stolen and their communications can be monitored. The fake security certificates cause warnings to pop up in browsers, but people tend to ignore them because they think they are caused by routine technical problems. Although the trap is not very sophisticated, the EFF urged Syrian Facebook users to use proxy connections to access Facebook, or to login via Tor. The EFF subsequently reported that Syrian ISPs were blocking access to Tor. Another option is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).The New York Times has reported difficulties using satellite phones in Syria. News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa IRAQI KURDISTAN Ahmed Mira, the editor of Lvin Magazine, reported in an article on 7 Mary that he received a direct death threat from Pershmergas minister Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa on 7:46 p.m. on 24 April. The minister denies threatening Mira, although Mira recorded the conversation.The threat was made against the backdrop of a generalized crackdown on journalists and news media covering the street protests that have been rocking northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region since mid-February. But it was the first time that a journalist has been directly threatened by a government minister. The authorities should punish anyone making such threats.Mira has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Salih, to order an investigation into Mustafa’s threat. News YEMEN Ali Iskander, a distributor of the newspaper Al-Tajamou, was attacked and beaten by pro-government thugs known as baltajiya on Sanaa’s Al-Zabiri Street on the morning of 8 May. They seized copies of the newspaper and threatened to cut Iskander’s tongue out. They also threatened to attack the newspaper’s headquarters if it continued to publish articles criticizing President Ali Abdallah Saleh.The journalist Abdelhafez Ma’joub was arrested at the Bagel checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Hodeidah as he was returning from Sanaa on 6 May, and his mobile phone was confiscated. He was released on the evening of the next day. German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Pasadena Activists Release Community Bill of Rights

first_img Subscribe Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Activists Release Community Bill of Rights By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 2:32 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff The National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Pasadena NAACP released a community Bill of Rights on Tuesday.The groups are calling for sweeping and profound changes in law enforcement, which it states has been plagued with systemic racism for centuries.According to the document the city must defend equal justice, acknowledge its unjust past, face the unjust present and reform unjust policing.The group is demanding the city adopt civilian oversight, divert 20 percent of the police budget — more than $16 million — to social services and reduce the number of police officer through attrition.The document also calls for reform in the department’s use of force policies, an end to police surveillance and racial profiling, more psychological evaluations, an expansion of local hiring at the department, anti-bias training and an end to conflicts of interest and the militarization of the department.“Those changes will bring an end to the culture of violence and impunity in policing in America,” the groups said.The document calls for a city where community safety does not mean police violence.The manifesto does not delve into issues outside the department impacting local minorities including housing, local hiring and economic prosperity.The groups are calling for Mayor Terry Tornek and the City Council to embrace, to adopt, and to champion the Community Bill of Rights.“This is very timely,” Tornek said. “I think these are the kinds of specific suggestions and recommendations from community based groups that will be of value to us. We’re going to be engaged in very significant discussions very quickly about policing issues and budgetary issues. The Public Safety, Committee’s going to have another special meeting on June 24th, and we’re going to begin to create an outline for police oversight, the budget. We’ve already committed to having real time discussions about how we allocate resources in Pasadena. So these kinds of suggestions from community based groups are very useful and will help to move that dialogue along as we go through this.”So far 50 people have sent letters according to the NDLON website.“The Community Bill of Rights constitutes a call to action and courage and a first step towards addressing such inequities,” the document reads. “We know that it will not fix the root causes of poverty and marginalization but being safe from police abuse is a basic tenet for a new Pasadena.”According to the document, it hopes to “establish a new paradigm about how police interacts and relates to all residents while making sure that justice is served to Blacks and Latinos to whom it has been denied for too long. It is a vision where more shared prosperity, inclusion, public health and education, is our collective aim – and that with time, our neighborhoods will require less policing.”https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-the-pasadena-community-bill-of-rights Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s employee fired, arrested for voyeurism on campus

first_imgA Saint Mary’s employee was arrested for voyeurism Tuesday after he admitted to allegations of observing students in a restroom in Le Mans Hall, according to director of media relations Gwen O’Brien.A report from WNDU named 73-year-old David Summerfield as the employee.In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney said a co-worker reported suspicious behavior on Monday afternoon. Superiors immediately confronted the employee and within two hours, he was suspended without pay and escorted from campus, Mooney’s email said.“At this time his employment with the College has been terminated and he has been banned from campus. Security will enforce that,” Mooney wrote in the email. “Early Monday evening, we notified the St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit, which began an immediate police investigation and this morning he was arrested for voyeurism.”Mooney apologized for the incident and invited students, faculty and staff to an assembly Tuesday afternoon that was closed to the media.“The safety, privacy and security of our students are our primary concerns,” Mooney said. “This type of behavior is repugnant and Saint Mary’s College will not tolerate it. … We have taken measures that prevent anyone else from being able to spy into restrooms. In addition, we are evaluating all space on campus to ensure privacy.The email directed students to seek counseling or support through Women’s Health or Campus Ministry if needed.last_img read more

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