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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Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw proposed law punishing “damage to reputation” online

first_img BrazilAmericas Receive email alerts News Organisation RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes the decision of federal senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw his bill to increase prison sentences for the offence of “damage to reputation” committed online. The senator said he wanted to avoid any risk of violating press freedom, a right to which he was committed. News May 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports March 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw proposed law punishing “damage to reputation” online Follow the news on Brazil Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the decision by Senator Expedito Júnior to withdraw a law he put forward in December 2007, which would have increased prison sentences for press offences committed online.The federal senator for Rondônia in western Brazil restated his commitment to press freedom in an open letter published today in the daily O Estado de São Paulo.He said in the letter that the objective of his draft law had been to prevent a proliferation of blogs and websites solely intended to “damage someone’s reputation”, but the controversy stirred up by his proposal had persuaded him of the risks of “mistaken interpretations”.“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good laws,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Senator Expédito Júnior was right to be angry about a warped use of the Internet by unscrupulous individuals to sully the reputation of other people, through racist hatred, homophobia or incitement to paedophilia.”“We do not question the parliamentarian’s commitment to press freedom and his decision proves it. We are nevertheless convinced that this freedom would have been harmed if the draft law had been voted through. It also went against the trend of decriminalisation of press offences, which began with the partial suspension by the federal supreme court of the 1967 press law.”“This legacy from the military dictatorship could soon be abolished with the adoption of a draft law put forward by the deputy, Miro Teixeira,” the organisation concluded.The proposal made by Expedito Júnior would have increased by one third prison sentences against Internet-users found guilty of “damage to reputation” and would have made it easier for police to obtain evidence, by giving them the power to print out incriminating online articles to be produced in court as evidence. The controversy surrounding his bill led Expedito Júnior to call for public hearing before the Senate, a request which was refused by the Senator spearheading the law, Eduardo Azeredo. _________________________01.02.08 – Senator responds to Reporters Without Borders about his proposed law against “damaging someone’s reputation” onlineReporters Without Borders today welcomed Brazilian federal Sen. Expedito Júnior’s “wish for dialogue” over his proposed law to increase punishment for online press offences and enable police to gather online evidence more easily. The measure had been strongly criticised by the worldwide press freedom organisation, which said that in view of Júnior’s written response today to its remarks that it was ready to take part in a public consultation he had proposed about the bill, which is currently being discussed in the senate. “We are still sceptical however of the principle and effectiveness of the measure,” it said. “The recent effort to shut down the website Orkut is disgraceful since racist or homophobic insults or incitement to paedophilia have nothing to do with news or just expressing an opinion. It is equally deplorable that an Internet user hides behinds a pseudonym to insult somebody. But apart from it being technically impossible to force a user to state his real name, it is morally and legally questionable to make rules that could be used to crack down on any undesirable opinion.“We remind the senator that many preventive censorship measures have been taken against Brazilian publications and websites when a politician or official has claimed his “reputation has been damaged.” We prefer a fine to a prison sentence, which is out of proportion for a verbal attack and also a symbol of repressive regimes, such as the former military dictatorship. This is why we support the proposal by deputy Miro Teixeira to decriminalise press offences.” Sen. Júnior said in his letter to Reporters Without Borders that his bill did not encroach on press freedom and was aimed at curbing “the proliferation of social networking sites, blogs and other websites set up solely to damage people’s reputations.” The present inability to identify those responsible for such attacks meant that the targets could not file complaints against them. He said he supported freedom of information, as guaranteed by the 198 national constitution and “without which democracy could not exist.”Júnior, who is senator for the western state of Rondônia, said that “online insults and defamation” were “becoming much more serious” because the Internet was worldwide and it was almost impossible to obtain tangible proof of such offences. He said his proposal was a response to the Orkut case. The senator said his second controversial proposal, to enable police to gather online evidence without a court order, would only involve police being able to use printed messages gathered in an investigation to be used as evidence in court. Júnior said his proposals to stiffen penalties would discourage offenders by allowing printed evidence to be gathered at the time of the complaint and thus punish offenders. But he agreed that the row over his bill meant it should be publicly discussed further and said he would ask for a special senate hearing where everyone could say what they thought of it. —————————————30.01.08 – Senate debates tougher penalties for online press offences as deputies seek decriminalisationReporters Without Borders today condemned as dangerous a law proposed by a senator to increase by one third prison sentences for press offences (defamation, insults and denigration) committed on the Internet.The bill, submitted in December 2007 by Senator Expedito Júnior, is currently being debated by the relevant committee of the upper chamber and it is expected to be put to the vote during February.“How can you explain the submission of a draft law toughening legal sanctions against press offences in the Senate when another before the Chamber of deputies (See release of 16 January 2008) provides on the contrary for the abolition of prison sentences for the same offences?” asked the worldwide press freedom organisation.“This proposal is dangerous and completely ill-timed. How can the Congress vote for something and its opposite?” The criminal law reform introduced by the senator increases by one third prison sentences currently in effect for the offence of “denigration” (including those, under the new law, of six months to two years in prison, as well as a fine) of “defamation” (between three months and one year) and “insult” (between one year and six months), when committed online. The current law provides for a longer sentence when the victim is elderly or handicapped, is a member of a national or foreign government or holds a public position. Senator Expedito Júnior’s law would allow police access to confidential information on a website without legal authority. In the eyes of the senator, “Anyone who makes accusations without identifying themselves deserves greater punishment”. He said it would tackle the proliferation of websites created by “pseudo-journalists” with the sole aim of “causing offence and destroying reputations”.The criminal law reform has to be approved by the Senate committee on science, technology, innovation, communications and computerisation, by which it is now being examined. It would then be submitted for Senate approval in full session. The debate and the vote should be held during February. It would only become law with the assent of the president’s Constitution and Justice Committee. At the same time as Expedito Júnior presented his draft law to the Senate, in December 2007, the deputy Miro Teixeira entered his with the lower chamber. No timetable has yet been agreed for this bill which would put an end to the application of the press law of 9 February 1967 – inherited from the military dictatorship – by abolishing prison sentences for some kinds of “damage to reputation” and widening the definition of a journalist to anyone doing the job of informing the public, including online. April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Wraps Up First Avenue Run With Rare Double Encore

first_imgLoad remaining images Umphrey’s McGee saved the best for last, as the third and final night of the Minneapolis run yesterday, April 30th, showed UM at their superlative form. The second set is what dreams are made of, and the unplanned double encore was the best way possible to end the run.“Gents” into “1348” got the night started off. As metal as the song is, “1348” actually had a more psychedelic jam that was a harbinger of what the rest of the show would be, especially the second set. The first set continued with excellent musicianship, delivering fun renditions of “The Bottom Half,” “Hurt Bird Bath” and more.“JaJunk” opened the second set, which included a small jam where Ryan Stasik laid down a funky bass line that eventually lead to the ending, with Joel Cummins pounding the keys and the guitarists shredding. Brendan Bayliss even covered Jake Cinninger’s eyes, as the latter rocked his solo at the end of the song.The “Nemo” segment was phenomenal as it contained a “Sweetness,” as well as a rocking version of Led Zeppelin’s “Dancing Days.” Bayliss thanked the crowd, before launching into “Dump City.” At one point, this version got so psychedelic that it more resembled a Grateful Dead “Space” than a rock show. The band zoned out with a bunch of weird noises and sounds, with percussionist Andy Farag going wild on his kit during this free-for-all. They eventually brought it back to the ending of the song for what was a wild ride of a “Dump City.”Next up was a slower moment with “in The Kitchen,” filled with quality improv throughout. They finished the set with a monster version of Talking Heads’ “Making Flippy Floppy,” with Cummins leading some great synth licks and featuring Cinninger and Stasik with their own keyboard contributions.They encored with an unusually placed “2nd Self” which segued into “The Floor,” both of which were rocking. That was supposed to be the end of the night, as a bow and a wave were given from the members of Umphrey’s. The crowd applauded. The band members left the stage. The crowd applauded. The house lights started turning on. The crowd continued applauding, louder. At some point, the screaming and yelling turned into a full-fledged Umphrey’s chant that seemed to last forever. Finally, they turned all the lights off and the place went pitch black. It was deafening. Umphrey’s could no longer deny us, and returned to the stage for a rare double encore. The Minneapolis Umphreaks willed the band back on to the stage. Kudos.Umphrey’s delivered a “Triple Wide” that contained a “Cigarette Cables” middle section. It was truly worthy of the double encore. Thank you for a real good time, Umphrey’s McGee.Check out the All Things Umphrey’s setlist and a full gallery from Ojeda Photography below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN – 4/30/16Set One: Gents > 1348, Andy’s Last Beer, The Bottom Half, Liquid > Thin Air, We’re Going to War > Hurt Bird BathSet Two: JaJunk, Nemo > Sweetness > Dancing Days > Nemo, Dump City, In the Kitchen, Making Flippy FloppyEncore: 2nd Self > The FloorEncore 2: The Triple Wide > Cigarette Cables > The Triple Widelast_img read more

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PREMIUMOmnibus bill provides legal certainty on Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund

first_imgomnibus-bill sovereign-wealth-fund investment Jokowi-administration special-authority finance-minister SOE-Minister state-assets foreign-investment Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? The omnibus bill on job creation mandates the establishment of an investment management agency to manage a sovereign wealth fund drawn from tax revenue and foreign investment that is intended to aid Indonesia’s development.Chapter 10 on central government investment and national strategic projects in the draft bill mandates the establishment of a “special authority” agency led by the finance minister, a vehicle that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has described as a sovereign wealth fund.“The finance minister, as the state treasurer, can invest in financial instruments, manage assets for investment, partner with trust funds, determine investment partners, give and accept loans and manage all assets,” Article 146 of the omnibus bill states.The finance minister will lead the board of directors and the state-owned ente… Facebooklast_img read more

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Didier Drogba agrees with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger over 2019 Ballon d’Or winner

first_imgDidier Drogba agrees with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger over 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Comment Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane is up for the award (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier in the month, Arsenal legend Wenger was asked who should win the Ballon d’Or award and said: ‘Mane was the outstanding character.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would say – because he is a fighter… and efficient. He’s not scared of anybody. At the moment, he deserves huge credit.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or but Chelsea hero Drogba also believes Mane deserves the accolade.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked for his favourite to win the award, Drogba told Paris Match: ‘Sadio Mane.‘For the AFCON, the Champions League, and the league championship. What he does in the Premier League, very few players are able to do it.‘It is possible, but it would have been possible [for others to win] well before. There are many players who have represented well the African continent, like Samuel Eto’o. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Didier Drogba has agreed with Arsene Wenger over the 2019 Ballon d’Or award (Picture: Getty)Didier Drogba has endorsed Arsene Wenger’s view that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Senegal star Mane has developed into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Southampton three years ago.The 27-year-old has scored 68 goals in 137 appearances for the Reds and helped the club win the Champions League and finish second in the Premier League last season. Arsene Wenger believes the Reds star has done enough this year (Picture: Getty)‘What is a pity is that when we talk about African players, we talk about the continent, we do not speak of a country.‘We will never say ‘Kylian Mbappe represents the European continent’. It is a small shift [in mentality] that is present.‘But to return to the question, it would be really nice that Sadio, or even Salah and Aubameyang continue to raise their level of play to hope to win this trophy.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moveslast_img read more

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