Call to both second-round candidates to make urgent press freedom reforms and prisoner releases

first_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders has called on the two second-round candidates in Iran’s presidential poll to, if elected, make urgent and essential press freedom reforms and release five journalists and three webloggers still in jail.”Freedom of expression cannot be guaranteed in this country as long as imprisoning journalists is a systematic practice. That is why the future president must reform the press so as to decriminalise press offences and guarantee free expression without discrimination by language, religion or political opinion”, said the organisation.”On the eve of the second round, we are launching a final appeal to the candidates, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is presenting himself as the candidate of political moderation and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has already had dealings with journalists through Islamic student bodies, to agree to promote press freedom.” “Whoever is elected must take immediate steps to put an end to the impunity that currently reigns in cases of murder and torture of many professionals.”He should also ensure that those responsible for the death of three Iranian journalists and an Iranian-Canadian photographer should be put on trial. He should authorise the reopening of banned newspapers and halt filtering of online news websites,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, imprisoned since 22 April 2000 for his revelations about the murders of political opposition figures and intellectuals at the end of 1998, is continuing a hunger strike.”He is physically very weakened and needs to be hospitalised. The Iranian government has tried to put a common-law prisoner in his cell and spread the rumour that he has died,” the organisation said, condemning these “outrageous acts” and calling on the future president “to put an end to these degrading practices.”Reporters Without Borders said it was all the more concerned about the post-election situation because the two candidates hade never shown the slightest tolerance to journalists. “Akbar Rafsanjani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have both been accused of ordered the murder of political opponents and intellectuals in the 1990s. When they were questioned recently about Akbar Ganji’s recall to prison they both refused to comment, while issuing a warning to those ‘who break the law in the Islamic Republic’ RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Iran to go further Receive email alerts June 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Call to both second-round candidates to make urgent press freedom reforms and prisoner releases News News March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

An Post encourages posting as Christmas deadlines approach

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Previous articleSocial enterprise projects in Donegal benefit from funding from Dormant Accounts FundNext articleNo deal Brexit preparations to significantly step up next week News Highland Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Today is the last day for posting parcels to parts of Europe.December 18th is the last date for Christmas cards for the UK and Europe, cards for Northern Ireland need to be posted by the 19th and the last date for the rest of Ireland is December 20th.An Post’s Anna McHugh says post early if you can – and if you’ve parcels to send – get them off today.:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest By News Highland – December 15, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Twitter An Post encourages posting as Christmas deadlines approach RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more