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Journalists among those being tried for participating in demonstrations

first_img Organisation News News June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the travesty of a trial that began today in Tehran, in which the defendants are accused of organising or participating in the demonstrations that followed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed victory in the 12 June presidential election. At least two journalists are among those accused of organising the demonstrations. They face sentences ranging from five years in prison to the death penalty.“The rights of the defendants are yet again being violated, with just a few defence lawyers being allowed into the courtroom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The revolutionary court conducting the trial is respecting neither Iranian nor international standards. This is not due process; it is the continuation of the interrogations in another form. We urge the United Nations to react and to insist that the UN Human Rights Commission be allowed to talk to the defendants.”Reporters Without Borders has been told that blogger Mohamad Ali Abtahi (www.webneveshteha.com ), who was arrested on 16 June, and Mohamad Atryanfar, the editor of the newspapers Hamshary, Shargh and Shahrvand Emrouz, who was arrested on 15 June, are charged with being among the “organisers” of the June demonstrations in Tehran. Around 10 other people are accused of taking photos and video while participating in the demonstrations and then posting them online.An indictment accusing the defendants of “participating in the riots, acting against national security, disturbing public order and committing acts of vandalism” was read out by the deputy prosecutor general. The indictment quoted confessions extracted from Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who was arrested on 21 June, and from a “spy who travelled to Israel.” This could be Hossein Derakhshan, a blogger who was arrested on 1 November 2008. There has been no word of him since his arrest and his family says he is still in prison.Saleh Nikbakht, a lawyer who is representing Abtahi, Atryanfar, Bahari and about seven other defendants, told Reporters Without Borders: “I have not had access to the prosecution case files at any point since the arrest of my clients. I was not aware of the trial until 11 a.m. today. And I did not get permission to enter the courtroom.”Nikbakht added: “Prosecutor-general (Said) Mortazavi told me to come back tomorrow. According to article 135 of the Iranian constitution, trials held without lawyers being present are illegal. So this trial has no legal validity.”In all about 100 people went on trial this morning before a Tehran revolutionary court for their alleged participation in a so-called “Velvet Revolution” which, according to the Iranian authorities, was fomented by the United States. The Fars News agency said they could get five years in prison, or possibly the death penalty if convicted of being “mohareb” (enemies of God). Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Newscenter_img to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists August 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists among those being tried for participating in demonstrations News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Parteen to march in protest over route

first_imgTwitter “Dismay that the route would cut through the village of Parteen and divide the community.”MORE than 200 residents of Parteen, Ardnacrusha and Clonlara packed a public meeting this week to lay plans for a campaign of opposition to the emerging preferred route for the Limerick Northern Distributor road. The meeting was attended by all councillors from the Killaloe electoral area as well as Deputies Willie O’Dea, Michael McNamara and Kieran O’Donnell.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “All of them expressed their frustration and surprise that the report prepared by Roughan O’Donovan has not been made available to anyone other than the civil servants in Clare County Council,” a spokesman for the newly formed Parteen Environmental group told the Limerick Post.One of the key demands from the meeting was to push back the deadline for the consultation phase past February 16.“There was consensus that this was too short a period of time to be fair to the residents, while the council has had an essentially limitless amount of time to prepare their report and study the route options”, the spokesman said.Several public representatives pledged to help residents gain access to the report and extend the deadline.People attending the meeting expressed dismay and disbelief that the route chosen would cut through the village of Parteen and divide the community. Further on down towards Clonlara, residents of that community said, the route will cross a flood plain which has flooded very seriously on a number of occasions in the last few years and has been under water regularly in the last 40 years.Pointing to the underperformance of the Limerick tunnel, Deputy O’Dea said that any capital spend of this nature would have to be highly justified and to base such justification on a study and a report which no one outside the Roads Department of Clare County Council has seen, is not realisticA number of residents have now formed a steering group and will hold a protest march on February 11, starting at 10am through the village of Parteen.“We’re asking everyone concerned or affected and those in neighbouring communities to come out and show their support and solidarity”, the spokesman said.The primary concerns of the residents are the flooding issue in Clonlara, the splitting of Parteen village and the environmental impact on a semi-rural community. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsParteen to march in protest over routeBy admin – February 1, 2012 1060 Facebook Previous articleOutgoing SAA chairman explains his absenceNext articleIreland XV named to face Wales admincenter_img Linkedin Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more