Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the 11-year prison sentence imposed on Kurdish journalist Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand on 22 June for “activity against national security.” The organisation has also learned that the daily Tehran Emrooz was closed on 21 June, a few days after running several articles criticising President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s economic record while mayor of Tehran.“The authorities have no scruples about using unfair trials to convict journalists on trumped-up charges,” Reporters Without Borders said. “No consideration was given to Kabovand’s poor health, either. This especially severe sentence is a message to all those who do not kowtow to the regime, especially in the Kurdish northwest. The decision to close Tehran Emrooz was taken without referring to any court. President Ahmadinejad uses government commissions to settle his political scores.”The former editor of Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdestan, a weekly closed down in 2005, Kabovand received his 11-year sentence from a Tehran revolutionary court for creating a human rights organisation in Iran’s Kurdish region. Since his arrest in July 2007, he has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison, where he spend the first five months in solitary confinement.Despite his health problems, Kabovand was unable to taken advantage of a provisional release order prior to his trial because his family was unable to raise the exorbitant bail that was demanded – 150 million toumen (145,000 euros).Kabovand suffered an acute dizzy spell in his cell on 19 May and his wife, who visited him the day before his sentence was pronounced, told Reporters Without Borders he continues to have periods of dizziness and headaches against which the medicine he is being given in prison is having no effect. “This verdict shows how the authorities persecute journalists and human rights activists in Iran,” she said.Kabovand’s lawyers, Nemat Ahamadi and Mohammad Sifzadeh, protested vehemently against the sentence, describing it as “political.” They also condemned the court’s decision to hold the trial behind closed doors.Tehran Emrooz is owned by current Tehran mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf, who plans to run against Ahmadinejad in next year’s presidential election. It was closed by the Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, after publishing a detailed report mocking Ahmadinejad’s economic record while mayor from 2003 to 2005. The newspaper’s printer was summoned by a court the day after the article came out to answer to charges of “printing images and editorial content insulting to the president” and “spreading lies with the aim of upsetting public opinion.” The newspaper was forced to publish an official apology, acknowledging that the criticism had not been “moderate.” June 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish journalist gets 11-year prison sentence, Tehran daily closed for criticising Ahmadinejad On the same subject: Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the 11-year prison sentence imposed on Kurdish journalist Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand on 22 June for “activity against national security.” The organisation has also learned that the daily Tehran Emrooz was closed on 21 June, a few days after running several articles criticising President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s economic record while mayor of Tehran. 20.05.2008 – Ailing journalist unable to pay bail, held for more than 10 months to go further News Receive email alerts
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Nova Innovation has been awarded a grant of £265,000 by Cronfa Cymunedau’r Arfordir (Coastal Communities Fund) to help to establish its operations in Wales. The funding, which will be spread over a three-year period, will help to support four full-time posts in North Wales and the establishment of a turbine assembly facility.Nova is currently developing two tidal energy projects in Wales – at Enlli (Bardsey Sound) on the Llyn peninsula, where the company is working closely with community group YnNi Llŷn, and at the Morlais Demonstration Zone off Anglesey.Cronfa Cymunedau’r Arfordir (Coastal Communities Fund), Joseph Kidd, Nova Innovation Commercial Manager, said: “This grant will help Nova make a real investment in local jobs and the local supply chain in north Wales. Tidal energy has a vital role to play in Wales’ energy mix and can be a real catalyst for the regeneration of coastal communities. Creating jobs and developing local manufacturing is all part of that in our view.”Brian Thomas, Chairman of YnNi Llŷn, added: “We welcome this funding as it will support the creation of new jobs in north Wales. We are excited to be working with Nova and this will help accelerate the projects we are developing together, whilst acting as a catalyst for wider economic development in the region.”Nova already has a presence in Wales at the Marine Energy Hub in Pembroke Dock, and it has taken on experienced marine energy specialist Joseph Kidd to lead on Nova’s developments in Wales.The focus now for Nova is on establishing an operational presence in north Wales and building the team to deliver the projects, the company said.