News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 April 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian New Year starts as badly as ever for the press IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today deplored a series of new negative developments for press freedom that accompanied the arrival of the Iranian New Year in March.On returning from their New Year vacation, 80 conservative parliamentarians called for reformist journalist Massih Alinejad to be banned from entering parliament. The president of the Association of Iranian journalists, Ali Mazroi, was banned from leaving the country. And officials closed two magazines.”Iranian journalists are no longer allowed to express themselves outside the country any more than inside,” the press freedom organization said. “The conservatives, who dominate the country’s religious, political and judicial institutions, are doing everything possible to silence dissent. We call on the parliamentary speaker to restore Alinejad’s rights since he has committed no crime.”Condemning the closure of the magazines Jameh Nou and Karnameh, Reporters Without Borders called on the Ministry of Islamic Guidance to allow them to resume publishing. The organization also stressed that the Iranian authorities should not prevent a journalist from travelling abroad or participating in international conferences. Mazroi should be able to go abroad without being harassed, the organization said, calling for the immediate return of his passport.It was the publication of their pay slips that prompted the parliamentarians to turn on Alinejad. A parliamentary reporter for the reformist daily Hambasteghi and the news agency ILNA, he was banned from parliament on 4 April. For much of the past year, he had been the target of a smear campaign by parliamentarians who criticized his dress as well as “his rudeness and impoliteness.”Conservative members of parliament accused him of stealing their pay slips from their mail pigeonholes although, in fact, it was a reformist MP who showed Alinejad his pay slip. Since the ban, Alinejad has won the support of several newspapers, which have announced that they will not report any parliamentary news for a day in protest. The Iranian lawyer and Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has said she will defend Alinejad although no legal initiative has yet been taken.Mazroi was deprived of his passport and prevented from leaving the country on 6 April as he was about to fly to Denmark to attend a meeting of the International Federation of Journalists. The airport police did not explain their action. Last year, Mazroi wrote several open letters condemning the arrest of his son, Hanif Mazroi, who has since been released.The monthly Karnameh was closed by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance on 7 April for publishing news and poems deemed “immoral.” The ministry said it intended to prosecute the magazine.Jameh Nou, a magazine targeted at intellectuals, was banned by the Ministry of Islamic Guidance a few days before the Iranian New Year, on 8 March. The grounds given by the Press Control Commission for the ban was the fact that the magazine was not coming out regularly. Jameh Nou has called for political and religious reforms. Its editor, Ftameh Kamli Sara, is the wife of independent journalist Emadoldin Baghi, who spent several years in prison, above all for articles advocating free expression and a modern vision of Iran. RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more News March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more
Southwest Georgia high school or college transfer students can learn about the many programs and opportunities the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences can offer them by attending the UGA Southwest District Recruitment Event Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.“We kind of try to open their eyes to the opportunities that we have available,” said Laura Perry Johnson, event organizer and 4-H program development coordinator in southwest Georgia. “We have exhibits from all of the departments in our college.”The event will include an informational session on the college, programs available, financial aid and admissions. There will also be a session for transfer students on admission requirements. Representatives and current students from CAES will be available to answer any questions that students or parents may have.Since the event began five years ago, the number of applicants and the number of students accepted and enrolled to CAES has increased from the south Georgia counties, Johnson said.Christy Bryan, UGA Tifton Campus academic programs recruiter, said as a graduate of CAES she wasn’t fully aware of all the opportunities the college offered during her studies.“The reason we have the event is to promote awareness throughout the southwest district of the state and to show potential students the opportunities that they can have through the CAES that they may not know about,” she said. “We’re hoping to really enlighten students.”Dinner will be provided. High school students in the tenth through twelfth grades can sign up by calling their local UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-(800) ASK-UGA1 or the UGA Cooperative Extension Southwest District office at (229) 386-3414. College transfer students should call (229) 386-3528. Applicants should register by Sept. 16.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane hopes to build on his impressive campaign last term in the forthcoming Premier League season.Spurs’ season starts at Manchester United, who were rumoured to be chasing Kane’s signature after his tally of 31 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions last term.The 22-year-old earned England recognition, scoring on his debut against Lithuania, and aims to prove he was no one-season wonder. Kane told CNN World Sport: “I can take a lot of confidence into this year, knowing that I can do it against the big teams and anyone in the Premier League.”So I’ve got to try and keep working hard and keep trying to improve, and take that into the games and hopefully keep scoring.”Kane also spoke of Spurs’ desire to break into the Champions League places. “Who’s the top four?” he said.”The top seven or eight teams can all fight for Champions League spots. “We came fifth last year which was a good season for us. We had a cup final in there as well. For a young team that is a great experience. “We have set a building block now that we will try and improve on this year. We are really looking forward to next season and seeing how far we can go.”Kane has been tipped to lead England in attack for years to come and had an interesting take on the much-debated 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is likely to take place in winter.”I think we will be a lot fitter that time of year compared to the end of a long season. It could be beneficial for us,” Kane said.”It will be another experience, something new, and it will be something to look forward to.”His manager Mauricio Pochettino believes White Hart Lane is exactly where Kane needs to be if he’s to become ‘one of the world’s best’. “Kane is excited to start the season with us,” the Argentine said. “Any doubts about his commitment are gone. He is delighted to stay with Tottenham.”He is a big supporter of the club. I think he is very happy and we are very happy he is with us. “If you can do it in England and Europe, you are doing it in the best competitions in the world. I think we have very ambitious players now, the younger ones in the group, like Harry.“We need to keep this mentality. We try to build a very strong group for the next few years to try to achieve important things. Harry can manage this pressure. He is young, but he is very mature. He is in a very good way to become one of the best strikers in the world.– Follow Joy Sports EPL coverage on air and on line. Get more on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports