After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org January 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger gets three-year suspended sentence Organisation Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Journalist and blogger Ahmad Reza Shiri will have a permanent threat hanging over him as a result of the suspended sentence of three years in prison handed down by a court in the northern city of Mashad on 8 January, Reporters Without Borders said today. He was reportedly accused of writing articles in his blog calling for a boycott of last February’s legislative elections.“Suspended sentences are often used to silence journalists who bother the authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “The fact that this type of sentence has now been applied to a blogger shows the importance that weblogs have assumed in Iranian society.”Shiri said he was arrested in February 2004 and spent 21 days in detention because of what he had written in his previous blog, Iran Azad (Free Iran). In June 2004, a Mashad court gave him a suspended sentence of a year in prison. The authorities also closed down his blog and confiscated his computer. But he started up another blog a few months later.He told Reporters Without Borders that this month’s conviction is directly linked to the first one. He said the intelligence ministry asked for his case to be retried on the basis of new charges, including the fact that he gave interview to foreign radio stations. So the case was retried by another Mashad judge and this time he got a three-year suspended sentence. He will have to serve the sentence in prison if he gets into any kind of trouble with the authorities during the next five years. IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa Journalist and blogger Ahmad Reza Shiri will have a permanent threat hanging over him as a result of the suspended sentence of three years in prison handed down by a court in the northern city of Mashad on 8 January, Reporters Without Borders said today. He was reportedly accused of writing articles in his blog calling for a boycott of last February’s legislative elections. Follow the news on Iran News June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further News
Students will gather in Alumni Park today to hear President Barack Obama speak at the “Moving American Forward” rally for senatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Boxer and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown.Boxer is currently locked in a tight race for California’s senate seat against Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, while Brown is facing off against Republican Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay.The stop at USC is one of many for the president, who recently visited the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington.“The Democrats are trying dramatically to reconstitute the coalition that came out to vote in record numbers in 2008, and the youth vote was a significant part of that,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, an expert in state politics and a senior fellow at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.Politicians across the nation are visiting campuses to raise support for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. Last week, former President Bill Clinton visited UCLA to raise votes for Brown and Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco mayor who is running for state lieutenant governor.Boxer is leading Fiorina in the polls with an expected 51 percent voter support, according to a recent poll conducted by USC and the Los Angeles Times.“This is the firewall. If Boxer goes, you can almost be firm that the Democrats will lose the senate,” Jeffe said. “This is a seat that should never get this close.”Jeffe said the race between Brown and Whitman was trending more toward a Brown victory, but it’s too early to tell.“Where Brown has made the most dramatic increase in support is among Latinos,” she said. “The question is whether that support turns into action in the polls.”Brown leads Whitman with 49 percent support, according to the USC/LAT poll.The purpose of Obama’s visit, Jeffe said, is to raise support for the election among Democratic voters.“Republicans appear to be more enthusiastic. If that happens, the Democrats are going to lose significant races,” she said.Micah Scheindlin, political director for the USC College Democrats, said he believed targeting college students is a smart move to get votes.“The president and the White House know they come here and they are going to get thousands of college students,” Scheindlin said. “I think that everyone claims that is the issue — that Democrats need to energize their base, and nothing energizes them like a rally.”Rally attendees can enter the event at 10 a.m. Obama will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Park. Actor and singer Jamie Foxx will perform.
The University of the West Indies has named Desmond Tutu the recipient of its Luminary Award. His daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, received the award on his behalf, at an award gala in Toronto.Mpho Tutu van Furth, daughter of Desmond Tutu, centre, with Senator Murray Sinclair, left, and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen at the University of the West Indies annual benefit gala in Toronto on 1 April 2017. Van Furth accepted the Luminary Award on her father’s behalf. (Image: Nicholas Keung, via UWI Gala)Brand South Africa reporterThe University of the West Indies (UWI) has honoured Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the retired Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, with its Luminary Award.The ceremony took place during the university’s Toronto Benefit Gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada.The award is given to people with a Caribbean heritage who have achieved outstanding feats internationally, or people who have brought prominence to the Caribbean or to issues that affect the region.Tutu’s daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth, travelled to Canada to receive the award on 1 April on behalf of her father.Her father was honoured to continue his strong ties with Canada, she said at the ceremony. “He has this particular fondness for Canada since the 1980s at the height of the apartheid regime. Canada’s support was incredible and the welcome was amazing,” she said.Second time aroundThe university first recognised Tutu for his accomplishments in 1986 when he received an honorary degree.He has been described as having a strong passion for social justices and activism. Tutu became South Africa’s first black archbishop of the Anglican Church and served as the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.“He has also used his high-profile position to campaign, globally, for poverty, HIV/Aids, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and land rights,” said the university.Tutu has been honoured with other globally respected awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the US.Other recipientsTutu was not the only recipient at the gala. Other honourees included neurosurgeon Dr Renn Holness, businesswoman and retired diplomat Kay McConney, entrepreneur and philanthropist Wayne Purboo, cardiologist and community activist Dr Vivian Rambihar, Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch and GraceKennedy Limited, one of the Caribbean’s largest food and finance companies.Source: UWI Toronto GalaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Kolkata: If you are planning to celebrate Poila Baisakh without having to queue outside Bengali eateries, then here is your opportunity. You can savour some mouth-watering exotic dishes right at your home with Haringhata Meat tieing up with an online shopping portal making a foray into the online sale of exotic meat from Poila Baisakh – Bengali New Year’s Day.”So far our sales were confined only to the boundaries of offline marketing i.e, through numerous Haringhata outlets spread across the state. In the era of globalization, when internet has taken over a major part of our living, we decided to tie up with a leading online portal to venture into the field of online marketing. We are hopeful of a positive feedback from consumers,” said Gouri Shankar Koner, Managing Director of West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation that sells its products under the brand name Haringhata Meat. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe newest venture of Haringhata will make a wide medley of tropical meat like Lean Pork, Fresh Pork, Dressed Pekin Duck, Dressed Turkey meat, Dressed Quail, lamb meat etc. available on the official website of the online shopping portal. To avail the freshest fish or meat directly from the market, a person has to place the order one day prior to the delivery by 9 pm and on the next day within two hours of procurement from the market, his/ her order will be delivered. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedExotic meat consumption is on a high and has become one of the growing markets in India. The demand for fresh meat and the lack of quality options in the traditional offline market have driven the online meat selling amongst the target customer base. The consumption of exotic meat has broken through the glass ceiling of religious firewalls and personal squeamishness in an age when 20 million Indians are travelling overseas and are spending heavily on food. It may be mentioned that the online shopping portal has been already making it big in the market of online supply of fresh fish, meat and varied items of daily needs. So, instead of burning yourself out at outdoor restaurants in this hot summer, you can just place an order online to add variety to your Poila Baisakh celebrations with delicious cuisine right at your home.
Kolkata: The body of a youth, who was missing for the past two days, was found in river Hooghly on Wednesday. The victim’s family members identified the body on Thursday.Police said the victim, Sourav Bakuli, was a resident of Salua area near the Kolkata Airport and was the owner of a sweet shop.Investigating officers came to know from his family members that he was to get married on Tuesday and he went missing on Monday afternoon after.His family members told the police that he had left home saying that he was going to an astrologer. The astrologer had asked him to meet at Chinar Park. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut he didn’t return home after that. It was around two hours he had left his home, the astrologer went to his house and enquired that why he didn’t meet him at Chinar Park.The victim’s family members searched him at all possible places but they couldn’t find him anywhere. The family members had lodged a complaint and the police also initiated a search for Sourav.It was on Wednesday night, the policemen of North Port Police Station under Kolkata Police came to know that a body was found near Baghbazar canal.The body was fished out and on Thursday, the victim’s family members were asked to identify it. The victim’s family members confirmed to the police that it was Sourav’s body.The family members alleged that there is a foul play behind the incident. Police initiated a probe in this connection and questioned the astrologer.
An official says four soldiers were killed in Kashmir after their vehicle was buried in an avalanche in the Himalayan region. District official Swagat Biswas says army troops have recovered the bodies of three soldiers killed in the avalanche that struck Chang La village in Leh district late on Friday. He said rescue workers were digging through snow drifts on Saturday to find the body of a fourth soldier, also feared killed in the avalanche. No other details were immediately available. Leh is about 435 kilometers (270 miles) east of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir.