Mounting threats to journalists

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa October 7, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting threats to journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Newscenter_img News March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders sounded the alarm today about the mounting press freedom violations in Iran, where journalists are constantly being threatened or summoned for questioning by officials in the justice and intelligence ministries.In one recent case, Arash Sigarchi was summoned for questioning by the intelligence ministry on 27 August in Rashat (in Gylan province) and was placed in police custody for two days. A contributor to the regional daily Gylan Emroz, he also keeps a weblog called Panhjareh Eltehab (“Window of Anxiety” in Farsi).He was questioned in great length about the weblog. The day before the interrogation, he had published an article with photographs about the annual meeting held at Khavarn cemetery in Tehran by the families of prisoners who were the victims of mass executions in 1989.Reporters Without Borders said it also condemned the travel ban on Emadoldin Baghi, a freelance journalist and press freedom activist, who wanted to travel to Europe and the United States to take part in human rights conferences. Baghi said he was handed a letter as he was about to board a plane on 5 October in which “the special clerical court requested that I be prevented from leaving Iran.”Baghi, who also heads an association of prisoners of conscience, said: “I have been under increasingly closer surveillance for several months. The surveillance was stepped up even more in the past few days and two agents are constantly following me.”He was sentenced in 2000 to three years in prison for contributing articles to several reformist newspapers that have since been closed. He went back to journalism activity after being released in February 2003 and became the editor of the daily Jomhouriyat, which the authorities closed down in July this year. He was given a one-year suspended sentence in December 2003 without any official reason being given.Reporters Without Borders also voiced concern about the fate of three journalists, Hanif Mazroi, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, whose families have received no word of them since their recent arrests.Ebrahimi, who was arrested at his Tehran home on 27 September, is the former political editor of the reformist daily Etemad (which means “Trust” in Farsi). He has also worked for several other reformist newspapers now closed by the authorities, including the daily Jomhouriyat, which was banned by the judicial authorities on 18 July.Rafihzadeh’s brother, Bahram Rafihzadeh, told the news agency ISNA: “Ever since my brother was arrested, we have had no information about him or the case against him. Officially, he cannot be allowed any visits until the case against him is “clarified,” but there is no case information to be transmitted.” February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Unison leader pledges local talks

first_img Comments are closed. More local-level negotiating and an extension of legal services to membersare planned for Unison, the union’s newly-elected general secretary has toldPersonnel Today.Dave Prentis, who was elected head of the UK’s biggest union last week, sayshis aim is to improve the service provided to members by moving resources fromthe centre to the local branches which have the most contact with them. He wants to see more talks at local, rather than national level and willintroduce a free 24-hour helpline so members have access to advice wheneverthey need it.He said he would concentrate on developing legal services, which has becomea large part of the union’s work.Last year Unison won £38m for members in compensation claims for accidents.This was an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year.”We are putting tremendous resources into training staff to giveadvice. In addition we are talking to legal companies which work with us to seewhat else we can offer,” he said.On best value he said there is no evidence that contracting out services tothe private sector improves the service and where councils want to gain fromeconomies of scale they should work with each other.Prentis, a former deputy general secretary, received 125,584 votes.Left-winger Roger Bannister received 71,021, while third candidate MalkiatBilku received 27,785. Prentis will take up the post when current generalsecretary Rodney Bickerstaffe retires at the end of the Unison leader pledges local talksOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgBY Jimmy Duffy: COMMUNITY HALLAnother round of activities got under way in Annagry Hall. Crochet classes started in Annagry Hall on Wednesday last, but names are still being taking for this course. Pilates is back again from Monday morning January 12th and Set Dancing resumes that evening at 8pm, Guitar lessons continue on Wednesday evenings from 4.30pm. To get further information or to book a place on any of our activities contact 087 1935066, 074 9562591 or email [email protected] TABLE QUIZA Table Quiz in aid of Annagry Boxing Club will be held in Caisleain Óir Annagry on Wednesday January 14th starting at 10 pm. Teams of four, €20 per table.SCHOOL OF DANCING Classes resume on Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January in Teach Jack Glassagh and Tuesday 13th in The Naomh Mhuire GAA Clubhouse. Ballet, Modern, Tap Dance, HipHop and Dancercise Fitness. 3 years – Adults. New students are welcome. Information contact Deirdre 087 2632486.NIGHT AT THE RACESMany race goers attended the Annual Night at the races held by the Naomh Muire GAA Club in Sharkey’s Lounge Annagry recently. Lucky punters on the night were Robbie O’Donnell (Senior) Annagry East,Cathleen McGinley Calhame, Eugene Doherty Meenbanad, James McDevitt Annagry West, Mary Hugo Ward Belcruit, Mally Boyle Loughanure, Neil McBride Loughanure, Liam Duffy Annagry East, Tomás Duffy Meenacreave, A.G.B Culacrick, Patricia Rodgers Bunaman, Paula Gallagher Ranafast, Alec McDyer Kerrytown, Geraldine McBride and Bronagh McGinley Scoil Naomh Dubhthach Anagaire, Dan and Ashling c/o Daniel Gallagher Railway Road Loughanure, Martin Moore Loughanure, Peadar Ó Dubhtaigh Rann na Feirste, Lee Boyle Mullaghderg, Leanne Boyle Glen Road Annagry, Shane Doherty Calhame and Luke Neely Dungloe. Race sponsors were Josie Joe Boyle Larsen Cabs, Patrick McGinley, Tony Doherty, Seamus Rodgers, Paul McDevitt, Paul Gallagher, Owenie McGarvey, Paddy Forker, Gary Boyle and Údarás na Gaeltachta. Charlie and Ciaran Cannon listed the horses competing. The winner on the Auction Race was Robbie O’Donnell (Junior) Annagry East. The club wish to extend thanks to the management and staff of Sharkey’s Bar, the buyers and sellers of horses, all who placed bets on the night, sponsors and Charlie and Ciaran Cannon. The net profit on the night was €4,300. Míle buiochas do achan dhuine a chuidigh, agus Blian Úr faoi mhaise on fhochumann do ar muintir sa bhaile agus as shiubal as baile.100+ DRAWThe following people who won in the 100+ November Draw co-ordinated by Naomh Muire CLG were €500 Patrick McGinley jnr, Meenacreave. €200 Seamus Grant Anagaire. €100 each Marie McGarvey Loch an Iúir, Tony M Sharkey Bún na mBeann, John A O’Donnell Anagaire. €50 each Roseleen McGarvey Cnoc a’ Stolaire, Harry Harden Mín Doire na Slúa, Anne Marie Sweeney Loch an Iúir, John Rúa Croithslí, Lorraine Boyle Beal na Cruite, Aidan Hughes Mullachdubh, Therese Doherty Min Bannáid, Anne Boyle(Gillespie) Mullachdubh. Happy New Year to all our patrons and sellers, your contributions to our club are greatly appreciated.LOWER ROSSES MAYORFirst to declare his canditure in the forthcoming Mayoral Election sponsored by the Naomh Muire GAA Club is John Noel Sharkey Annagry West. We wish John Noel and the candidates yet to confirm entering the election the best of luck. LOTTOThere was no winner of the €2 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for December 26th . The numbers drawn were. matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on December 31st is €2. If you’re not in, you can’t win!CONTACTSFor inclusion in Annagry Community Notes send your message to [email protected] before 6 o’clock on Sunday evenings. DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: January 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Annagry newsJimmy Duffylast_img read more

Pitcher taken to hospital after being hit by line drive in Giants-Rangers game

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Texas Rangers pitcher Luke Farrell was helped off the field and taken to a nearby hospital after being struck in the face on a line drive hit by Giants prospect Jalen Miller on Saturday.In the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, Miller hit a pitch from Farrell directly back at the mound. The ball hit Farrell in the face and the pitcher immediately dropped to the ground as trainers rushed onto the field to check on him.Farrell raised his glove to shield his face, …last_img read more

Plastic bags: think thicker!

first_imgThe ban on thin plastic shopping bags is now in effect. Shoppers either have to provide their own bags or pay for the new-style, thicker, recyclable bags.Store supplied are a major source of litter. (Image: Frank Gruber)Brand South Africa reporterRetailers across the country have to comply with the new regulations prohibiting the use of thin plastic bags and encouraging the use of thicker, more durable, recyclable bags. If you want more information on the new regulations – or want to report retailers who aren’t toeing – there’s a hotline number to dial.The hotline – 0800 203 622 – is being run by the department of environmental affairs and tourism.Consumers, for their part, have the option of re-using the thicker plastic bags – paying up to 25 cents for the 10-litre plastic bag, 31 cents for the 12-litre bag and 49 cents for the 24-litre one – using their own carrier bags, or doing without bags altogether.Phindile Makwakwa of the department of environmental affairs and tourism said the new law aims to protect the environment. “Plastic waste is the most visible and is not biodegradable, thus the need to manage the problem,” Makwakwa explained.She added that retailers had agreed to lower some food prices in order to compensate consumers for the extra expense of the new bags.The new regulations prohibit the manufacture, trade in and commercial distribution of thin plastic bags in all retail stores in South Africa. According to the new law, plastic bags should now be made thicker, about 30 microns, so they can be easily recycled.The department argues that the move will strengthen the recycling industry, retaining existing jobs and creating new ones.Failing to comply with the new legislation could result in fines of up to R10 000 or one years’ imprisonment for first-time offenders, and fines of up to R100 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years for repeat offenders.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

CNN Announces iReport Awards for Participatory Journalism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#crowdsourcing#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img mike melanson If you’re a TV actor, you have the Emmy Awards. If you’re a journalist, you have the Pulitzer Prize. But if you’re a citizen reporter, what do you have? Nothing, until now.CNN announced today that it was launching the CNN iReport Awards “to honor the best examples of participatory journalism in 2010.”CNN first launched the user-generated iReport feature nearly five years ago and last year alone users contributed more than 150,000 “iReports”. The project surpassed more than 740,000 “iReporters” in 2010. How does it work? Users submit reports to CNN directly on the Web or from the iPhone app, which are posted to the iReport section of “The collaborative relationship that we have with our iReporters is one of the unique strengths of CNN, and in many ways represents the future of storytelling,” said Meredith Artley, managing editor and vice president of, in a press release. “These awards are designed to celebrate those outstanding efforts.”According to the release, awards will be broken up into six categories: Breaking News, Original Reporting, Compelling Imagery (photos or video), Commentary, Personal Story, and Interview. In each category, five users have been nominated and will be judged by a panel of “innovators and trailblazers in participatory storytelling.”Nominees run the gamut, from iReporter Johnny Colt, who “took a boat out to the coast of Grand Island in Louisiana to expose BP for its slow effort in cleaning up the oil spill”, to Sam Bolton, who “investigated the lack of progress made to clean up unexploded bomblets from the Vietnam War.” While all of these iReporters may have varying levels of training and experience, they have something in common – the desire to relate their experiences and stories to the world, and CNN offers that platform. Of course, anyone could simply upload videos or relate these accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger or any other “Web 2.0” medium, but CNN might lend a bit of credibility. When CNN independently confirms details on a report, it stamps it with a “vetted” badge.Awards will close on March 7, but until then you can see all 30 nominees on the iReport Awards site. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Set up 24×7 helpline for athletes: Gopichand on doping

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) Concerned about the rise in doping violations, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand today suggested setting up of a 24×7 medical helpline to ensure that sportspersons dont use over-the- counter drugs. The former All England champion came up with the suggestion during the sixth meeting of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) chaired by Vijay Kumar Malhotra. “Shri Gopichand mentioned that most of the sportspersons take off the counter medicines like Corex and get caught in dope. In the recent case of women athlete also, it is doubted that she took medicine for stomach upset and got caught in dope,” the AICS said in a statement. “Shri Gopichand suggested that NADA should create a 24×7 helpline so as to enable sportspersons to seek advice before taking any medicine.” Sprint queen P T Usha pointed out that only two dope collecting officials are deployed for a large numbers of sportspersons “During this time, there are chances of inter-changing the dope samples.” Sports Authority of Indias director general Injeti Srinivas said it would be better if each federation appoints an expert director for each discipline, one who should be available to give advice to their respective sportspersons. The SAI DG also mentioned that as a precautionary measure, the dope collecting officers are regularly changed to avoid any vested interested. Malhotra expressed his anguish over the rampant cases of dope and the recent media coverage “tarnishing the image of not only sports but also the image of the country”. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Amnesty uses World Water Day to highlight environmental racism in Canada

first_imgThe United Nations’ ____ has called for Canada to halt construction of the Site C dam pending a First Nations legal challenge to the project. File photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsSeamus O’Regan is marking World Water Day with a tip of the hat to the Liberals’ work on eliminating long-term boil water advisories in First Nations communities.“Everyone should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water,” the Indigenous Services minister said in a statement released Friday. “Today, on World Water Day, we reflect on the progress that has been made toward that goal, both in Canada and around the world, and acknowledge the important work still ahead.”The Trudeau government has pledged more than $2 billion to lift all long-term drinking water advisories on reserves. To date, 81 of those advisories have been lifted, while 59 remain.But while the government is noting its achievements this March 22, a leading human rights organization is using the occasion to highlight federal government policies and resource development projects that harm Indigenous communities’ water and contribute to environmental racism in Canada.“Far too often, governments in Canada have demonstrated that they place little value on the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and the revitalization of their cultures and traditions,” Tara Scurr, business and human rights campaigner with Amnesty International Canada, said in a statement Thursday.“That’s why we are marking World Water Day by renewing our commitment to support the Indigenous water defenders leading these crucial and inspiring human rights struggles.”Amnesty says the 2014 Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, the ongoing harmful impacts of industrial pollution at Grassy Narrows, and the construction of the Site C dam in B.C.’s Peace Valley all represent instances of environmental racism and threats to fresh water.In August 2014 the collapse of a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley copper and gold mine sent roughly 25 million cubic metres of water and toxic mining waste into Quesnel Lake and other nearby waterways, where Amnesty says up to 25 percent of salmon in B.C. return to spawn each year.The long-term and full impacts of the 2014 Mount Polley mining disaster in Secwepemc territory is not yet known. File photo.On unneeded Secwepemc territory, the event represented the worst mining disaster in Canada’s history.“The loss of the salmon, for us as Secwepemc, is a matter of life or death for our culture,” Secwepemc Elder Jean Williams has said.Almost five years later, charges have yet to be laid and locals are still fighting a discharge permit that allows Imperial Metals to dump 10 million cubic metres of treated mining effluent into Quesnel Lake, even though the impacts of the 2014 disaster are not yet fully known.“We have already lost access to our land, traditional foods and medicines,” says former Xat’sull First Nation Chief Bev Sellars, who fight and lost a case against Imperial Metals subsidiary Mount Polley Mining Corporation, which operates the mine.“We can’t afford to sit back and watch more toxic waste being dumped into our sacred waterways.”Meanwhile, several hundred kilometres north, First Nations say the Site C hydroelectric dam threatens fresh water, fish and their communities’ livelihoods in the Peace Valley.In December the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) wrote a letter to Canada’s ambassador to the U.N., Rosemary McCarney, calling on the federal government to halt work on the controversial dam pending the outcome of a First Nations-led legal challenge to the project.“The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples control and use of their lands and natural resources,” CERD Chair Noureddine Amir wrote in the Dec. 14, 2018 letter.The Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations launched a treaty rights challenge against the project in January 2018.The two Treaty 8 Dane-zaa Nations also applied for an injunction to stop work on the project in order to protect 13 site of cultural importance, but were rejected by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last October.Justice Warren Milman said in his ruling, however, that the treaty challenge trial be concluded by 2023, prior to the earliest possible date for reservoir flooding on the Peace River.West Moberly Chief Roland Willson has called Site C’s impacts cultural genocide.In Thursday’s Amnesty release he says his people are already “living with the harm caused by previous dams on the Peace River and now the B.C. government wants to take away some of the most critical cultural and ecological areas that are left for us.“There’s a good reason that this project has been condemned by the UN’s top anti-racism body. The only question now is whether the federal and provincial governments will listen and act.”CERD has given the provincial and federal governments until April 9 to show what it’s doing to halt construction of the $10.7 billion project.“It is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not,” Amnesty said in its statement Thursday.Amnesty calls Site C a “planned disaster,” the Mount Polley mine disaster a “preventable disaster,” and the mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows “a disaster ignored.”A health study released last year links the effluent dumped by the operators of a mill in Dryden, Ont. into the English and Wabigoon river systems in the 1960s and ‘70s to a multitude of physical and mental health illnesses and conditions.“Despite the impacts on our community of decades of mercury poisoning, our incredible children and youth have demonstrated their resilience by drawing so much public attention to our struggle,” Grassy Narrows First Nation Chief Rudy Turtle says in Thursday’s release.“We need Prime Minister Trudeau to do everything in his power to join us in preventing more generations from bearing the brunt of this environmental crisis.”“It’s no coincidence that three of our highest priority human rights cases in Canada all revolve around contamination and threats to the rivers and lakes on which Indigenous peoples depend for their livelihoods and ways of life,” Scurr says.Amnesty says “it is the responsibility of resource development companies to respect human rights – and for our governments to swiftly act when they do not.”[email protected]@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more