Combined total of 128 years in prison for 10 Iranians with journalism links

first_img News Organisation to go further Shakori and seven of his employees – who were given 11-year prison sentences – were convicted of anti-government propaganda, publishing indecent content and inciting immorality. They have appealed. Aparat was created as an Iranian alternative to YouTube, which continues to be inaccessible in Iran. RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists In 2009, Shakori was accused by activists and former political prisoners of collaborating with the regime. In particular, they accused him of informing the authorities of the identity of Internet users who had posted information about the wave of protests they were organizing. Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists October 28, 2020 Combined total of 128 years in prison for 10 Iranians with journalism links A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mohammad Javad Shakori, the head of the Iranian state video-sharing service Aparat, to 12 years in prison on 24 October for producing and disseminated a sex education documentary for young people that asked children if they knew “how they were born.” “We condemn these extremely harsh sentences imposed after unfair trials, which constitute violations of press freedom and free speech,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The charges are complete fabrications. In Iran, there is nothing independent about the justice system, which is manipulated by the Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials.” News According to Mazloom, who was arrested in July, her son has just been transferred to “Security Section 2a” of Tehran’s Evin prison, where he is in solitary confinement. RSF has previously condemned the Iranian judicial system’s persecution of Arabi, as well as its persecution of his mother and the families of other journalists. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the exceptionally severe prison sentences that have just been passed in Iran on eight employees of a state video-sharing service, a jailed photojournalist’s mother, and a citizen-journalist. Totalling 128 years in prison, these sentences represent a new crackdown on the freedom to inform, RSF says. June 9, 2021 Find out more Farangis Mazloom , the mother of Soheil Arabi, an imprisoned photojournalist who was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in the citizen-journalist category in 2017, was herself sentenced on appeal on 20 October to 18 months in prison on charges of “meeting and plotting against national security” and anti-government propaganda. Finally, the writer and citizen-journalist Payman Farhangian has been sentenced to 38 years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and “creating a group of more than two people on [the messaging service] Signal in order to endanger national security.” His lawyer says he has appealed against the sentence. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts  Although he lives in Iran, Farhangian was tried in absentia because he was not notified in advance about his trial, which was held at the end of August. After being arrested at his home in Kia Shahr, iin the northern province of Gilan, in connection with Instagram posts in support of the worker’s movement, he had been released pending trial on payment of an exorbitant sum of money as bail February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Govt to establish joint team to probe recent killings in Papua

first_imgThe government will establish a joint team involving officials and members of the public to probe the recent killings in Papua’s Intan Jaya regency, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said on Thursday.Mahfud added that the team’s members would include government officials, academics as well as religious, community and customary leaders. The team would report its findings to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo through the coordinating minister.“The government will form [this] joint investigation team that can be more objective in exploring [the killings], so as not to cause controversy,” Mahfud said during a press conference on Thursday. In the last few weeks, authorities and the press have reported several killings in the regency. Mahfud confirmed the deaths of one pastor, one civilian and two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, saying that an armed criminal group (KKB) was responsible.The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has alleged that the slain pastor, Yeremia Zanambani, was killed by a TNI soldier. The military has denied that.Mahfud also called on the police to continue investigating the cases. “We have ordered the police to continue to uncover these cases in a professional manner following the applicable law.”Mahfud also commented on the recent United Nations General Assembly, where Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman said that Jakarta had been selective in addressing alleged human rights violations in Papua and West Papua while abuses continue in the country’s easternmost region. Mahfud said Vanuatu’s persistence with the claims was “no longer interesting”, claiming that similar allegations from other countries had been decreasing since 2016.“For Indonesia, Vanuatu is making things up. […] Vanuatu is not the people of Papua and does not represent the people of Papua, because Papua is Indonesia and Indonesia is Papua,” he said, adding that the government would continue law enforcement and human rights protection efforts in Papua.In the UN General Assembly, the second secretary at the Indonesian mission to the UN, Silvany Austin Pasaribu, said countries had to respect other countries’ sovereignty and the principle of noninterference in domestic affairs, citing the UN charter.However, Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said that issues of human rights abuse were universal affairs. He added that the occurrence of many extrajudicial killings in Papua still painted a bleak picture of human rights protection in the region, noting five unlawful deaths in the previous three months alone.“None of the cases of extrajudicial killings have been completely resolved. This is the task for Indonesia,” Usman said in Wednesday’s statement. “If Indonesia stayed true to its human rights commitment, there would be no critical questions from anywhere, from the UN Human Rights Council or from other countries, such as Vanuatu.”Topics :last_img read more