Iran is world’s biggest prison for journalists again

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en The Islamic Republic of Iran has recovered its status as the world’s biggest prison for the media, with a total of 42 journalists detained following the confirmation of Ahmad Zeydabadi’s six-year sentence on appeal on 4 January and a Tehran revolutionary court’s decision the same day to sentence Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee to 34 lashes and seven years and four months in jail. Also on 4 January, 36 parliamentarians who support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presented a bill under which detained government opponents would be regarded as “mohareb” (enemies of God) who should be executed “within a maximum of five days” of their arrest. It would also reduce to five days the period allowed for an appeal in cases of “disturbing public order” and “moharebeh” (war against God), instead of the 25 days currently allowed under article 236 of the criminal code. “We are very disturbed by the calls repeatedly made by the most senior officials for Iran to impose the ‘supreme punishment’ on detainees, including journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The danger is imminent. The regime hardliners are capable of having the crackdown’s witnesses executed. There is an urgent need for international bodies to take action before a tragedy takes place, before political prisoners begin being executed.” An intelligence ministry representative said at a news conference on 4 January: “Several agents from foreign countries have been arrested with cameras and video cameras.” The ministry also released a list of 60 NGOs and news media regarded as having incited and participated in rioting. They included the BBC (especially its Persian service), Voice of America and human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch. It is now strictly forbidden for Iranian citizens or organisations to cooperate or have any contact with the listed organisations. Arrested on 14 June, Zeydabadi is meanwhile still being subjected to considerable pressure from intelligence ministry interrogators to publicly request a pardon from the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for its articles critical of the government. Previously detained in 2000 and 2003, he is still being held in solitary confinement in Evin prison’s Section 2009. A winner of the World Association of Newspapers’ Golden Pen of Freedom Award in 2009, Zeydabadi received the six-year sentence on 23 November. He was also sentenced to be banished to Gonabad, a remote northeastern town. It was his wife, Mahdieh Mohammadi, who revealed that the sentence has been upheld on appeal. The news of Amoee’s sentence was announced by his lawyer, Fraideh Gheyrat. A contributor to various pro-reform publications, Amoee was arrested at his home on 20 June. His wife, fellow journalist Jila Baniyaghoob, who was arrested at the same time, was released on 19 August after payment of 100 million toman (90,000 euros) in bail. The intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards began rounding up government opponents and journalists again after further opposition demonstrations on 27 December. Around 20 people have been arrested in the latest wave, including a dozen or so journalists and cyber-dissidents. The relatives of the detained journalists are still lining up outside Evin prison in an attempt to get news of those believed to be held there. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more News News IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out more January 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iran is world’s biggest prison for journalists again Follow the news on Iranlast_img read more

Police appeal over missing man who has links in the Republic

first_img Google+ Police appeal over missing man who has links in the Republic WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Police in Derry City and Strabane are trying to locate Missing Person Brian Russell.Brian has not been seen since Monday 06th July.It’s understood that the 30 year old has links to Scotland and the Republic.Any information contact 101 and use reference CW1919 of 08/07/20. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleFunding options being explored for popular local parkNext articleIrish Water told to ‘come clean’ over Letterkenny works News Highland center_img Pinterest By News Highland – July 15, 2020 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Cribsheet:The latest technology in a nutshell. This week: Broadband.Whatis it? Thename used to describe various types of high-speed connections to the Internet.Broadband is viewed in many quarters as the key to the e-economy. Thetwo big constraining factors of Internet usage, especially at home, is speedand cost – broadband potentially gets rid of both restraints. Oneof the most talked about broadband offerings of the moment is ADSL (asymmetricdigital subscriber line) and works across existing copper telephone wires.This, potentially, works at 10 times faster than a standard modem connectionand offers an always-on link to the Internet for which users pay a flat-rateaccess fee rather than call charges each time they dial up their Internetservice provider. Otherforms of broadband include cable modems, leased lines and satellite.Whatdoes it mean to me? Ifyou’re accessing the Internet via your office network, speed is probably not anissue at the moment. However,broadband will have an increasingly important part to play in the developmentof mobile or home-working and also in the field of e-learning. Ifyou access the Internet at home, you will have noticed how much slower it iscompared to across your network at work. ADSL, for instance, can work at up to10 times as fast as a conventional modem (upwards of 512kbps whereas aconventional modem is around 56kbps).Broadbandaccess at home will not only enable workers to carry out any Internet-basedwork far more quickly, it will also let them maximise technologies that currentlystruggle across standard home modems, such as video-conferencing andwebcasting. Itwill also enable the HR department to control the cost of a workers’ Internetaccess at home, since they will be paying a flat rate for the service. Thismeans you can also be fairly relaxed about them using it for leisure activitiessince it won’t cost any more. BT’s domestic ADSL service is £39.99 a month plus£150 set-up fee.Manye-learning courses rely on users being able to download large amounts of data,such as multimedia and video files as part of the course, and broadband alsomakes this a much more viable option from home.Wheredo I go for further information? Ifyou want to further investigate a broadband solution for members of yourworkforce, there are a number of educational sites. Among the best are   and BT’sservice at details BT’s ADSL service and Demon Internet’sequivalent can be found at developing a range of wireless broadband solutions aimed at the mobilemarket. For details of these, go to Nokia’s site at (where there’s also a handyglossary of telecoms jargon). BroadbandOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ministers told extra £100m AML levy “simply unacceptable” during Covid and Brexit

first_imgAccountants have labelled government plans to raise a further £100 million from industry to fund anti-money laundering (AML) efforts as “simply unacceptable in the current climate, which sees businesses large and small having to contend with both the effects of the pandemic and Brexit”.The comment have come from the Association of Account Technicians (AAT) which like the estate agency counterpart Propertymark, is waiting to hear whether its members are to be charged an additional levy to fund AML compliance in the UK.The Government opened a consultation in July which closed in October and the government says it is now mulling over the feedback before deciding whether to proceed.This would mean all estate agents who have AML responsibilities paying an additional levy on top of the annual £300 per branch fees, set up and ‘fit and property person’ test fees.Propertymark has been silent on the subject to date but accountants are more vocal.“There is also a disturbing lack of clarity from the Government about how it would calculate and collect such a levy fairly and reasonably, which makes the imposition of the levy highly contentious and, AAT would argue, grossly unfair,” says its policy director Phil Hall.“And there is considerable disagreement about how best to collect the levy. Most professional bodies, including AAT, believe the best way to do this is through a single public agency such as HMRC.“In contrast, the Government appears to favour imposing responsibility for collection on to professional bodies.”Read Phil Hall’s opinion piece in full.phill hall AAT Association of Accounting Technicians AML December 16, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 16th December 2020 at 9:22 amOf course Propertymark are remaining silent, they no longer represent their agents interests as they are busy cosying up to the Government in order to be chosen as the new industry regulator. They wouldn’t want to say anything that would jeapodise that now would they? Since David Cox left Propertymark has taken a different path, and not a good one.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Ministers told extra £100m AML levy “simply unacceptable” during Covid and Brexit previous nextRegulation & LawMinisters told extra £100m AML levy “simply unacceptable” during Covid and BrexitTrade body makes comments as agents, accountants and other professional services providers wait to hear how much it will cost.Nigel Lewis16th December 20201 Comment569 Viewslast_img read more