Six-month prison sentences for four cyber-feminists

first_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts News News News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the six-month prison sentences which a Tehran court has passed on four cyber-feminists – Parvin Ardalan, Jelveh Javaheri, Maryam Hosseinkhah and Nahid Keshavarz – on charges of “publishing information against the government” under article 500 of the Islamic criminal code.The four, who are still free pending the outcome of their appeals, were prosecuted for writing articles for two online newspapers that defend women’s rights in Iran – Zanestan (“Women’s City – and Tagir Bary Barbary (“Change for Equality” –“These four journalists post their articles online because their magazines have been censored,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are the victims of persecution by the authorities, who repeatedly summon to them to court for interrogation about their activities. They are the victims of discriminatory measures. We call on the government to drop these proceedings against them.” Under article 500 of the Islamic Republic’s criminal code, “anyone who undertakes any form of propaganda against the state will be sentenced to between three months and one year in prison.” Nobel peace prize winning lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who is acting for the cyber-feminists, says they plan to appeal. She told Reporters Without Borders: “These four journalists have been convicted just for writing articles and criticising laws that are unfair to Iranian women (…) I am worried because I see the situation getting worse. If parliament ratifies the new law increasing sentences for crimes against society’s moral security, bloggers could get prison sentences.”Ardalan, who edits the Tagir Bary Barbary website, has already been convicted three times on similar charges, and has a one-year prison sentence and suspended sentences of five and a half years in prison hanging over her.Javaheri, 30, writes for Tagir Bary Barbary. She was already arrested with Keshavarz on 14 February for “attacking state security.” She was previously held from 1 December to 3 January in Evin prison (in north Tehran) with Hosseinkhah on charges of disturbing public opinion, publishing false information and publicity against the Islamic Republic for writing articles demanding recognition of women’s constitutional rights.Keshavarz, who writes for both Tagir Bary Barbary and Zanestan, was already arrested twice and interrogated by intelligence officers for participating in two street demonstrations in defence of women’s rights. She spent 12 days in prison in April 2007. She currently has three complaints pending against her.Hosseinkhah, 32, also writes for both websites. She was held in Evin prison from 18 November to 3 January with Javaheri. She currently has two cases pending against her.Meanwhile, Jila Bani Yaghoub, a journalist who writes for the Sarmayeh daily newspaper and the Canon Zeman Irani website (, was summoned by a Tehran revolutionary court on 2 September without any charge being specified. She was arrested with eight other journalists on 12 June while covering the third anniversary of the biggest-ever feminist protest in the capital – on 12 June 2005. They were released the next morning.Iran was ranked 166th out of 169 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img February 25, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six-month prison sentences for four cyber-feminists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Football season is here! 3 ways to save

first_img 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details A full slate of college football games kicks off tomorrow and you know what that means: smoked meats and cold beer. While that sounds awesome, it can also be expensive. If you’re planning on having big weekends for the next 3 months, you’ll need to make sure you’re budgeting for all the money you’re going to spend. Here are 3 ways you can save this football season.Raise some cash: If you’re going to spend a lot of money this football season, try figuring out a way to raise some extra dough to fund your fun. Having a yard sale could be a great way to raise some cash. Have a bike or some free weights you don’t use much anymore? Throw it up on Ebay or Craigslist and turn it into some ribs and chicken quarters.Do it right or don’t do it: We all love the big games, especially when our team is involved. When those weekends roll around, do it big! If you’re throwing a party, grill it up and stock up on beer. Having a big event is always fun. If you plan on attending the game, plan out an exciting tailgate and do it right. When your team is involved in a lopsided matchup, keep it low-key and just hang out with the fam.Split your tickets up: Feel the need to be at the stadium a lot this season? Try splitting those season tickets with a friend. You can go to games together or divide the games and take other friends and family. This way, you’ll each get to see 3 or 4 games for a decent price. You can even sell your tickets for one of the bigger games (for slightly above face value), avoid getting stuck in the crazy traffic, and maybe even fund the rest of the season.last_img read more

Bago local stabbed to death

first_imgThis prompted Manalo to stab Marianousing an 11-inch knife, police said. The 36-year-old resident Eddie Marianodied of stab wounds on the body, a police report showed. The 25-year-old resident Rommel Manalowas tagged as the suspect, it added.  According to police investigators,Mariano, Manalo and two others were having a drinking session when a heatedargument ensued between them around 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed todeath in Barangay Abuanan, Bago City, Negros Occidental.center_img Mariano’s live-in partner, who was notidentified in the report, sustained a minor injury on the shoulder, the policeadded.  Mariano was brought to the Bago CityHospital where he was declared “dead on arrival.” Manalo, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the lockup cell of the Bago City police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more