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
He said mobile phones should only belimited to work-related issues, wherein an employee can make calls in order toverify certain information. Lacson pointed out that if it would bebased on good manners and right conduct, using gadgets while talking withanother person is wrong. “It is basic ethics for governmentemployees, especially those in front line not to use their phones while talkingto clients,” Lacson said. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Lacson ofNegros Occidental has reminded employees of the provincial government not touse their cellphones while tending to clients. This after the Department of theInterior and Local Government (DILG) issued an order for all governmentemployees not to use their mobile phone while on duty. The DILG reportedly issued the orderafter several instances were reported over the past few weeks, whereingovernment employees were caught using their phones while on duty and there areeven instances that some of the employees are busy talking on their mobilephones while clients wait./PN In an order issued by DILG SecretaryEduardo Año on Sept. 6, all local chief executives must ensure that thedirective on phone usage should be observed by all frontline workers inaccordance to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officialsand Employees.
Press Association Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez has pinned the recent individual and collective upturn in fortunes on the belief instilled by manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentinian took to the St Mary’s helm in controversial circumstances in January but has quickly won around supporters with an exciting brand of pressing football. That was evident in the high-profile scalps of Manchester City, Liverpool and most recently Chelsea, who left St Mary’s on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday. Rodriguez opened the scoring against the reigning European champions, and said: “The manager has put his faith in me. He gives you belief that you should be on the pitch because he’s played me and given me a chance. All I can keep doing is to try and do my best for him, and for the team.” He went on: “I was chuffed with the goal but, like I always say, it’s the three points that matter.” It was fine all-round performance from Southampton, who went ahead in the 23rd minute when Rodriguez finished a superb team move by slotting past Petr Cech. John Terry was allowed to level unmarked from a corner 10 minutes later, only for Saints to hit back immediately through an exquisite – and ultimately decisive – 25-yard Rickie Lambert free-kick. “It was a good performance,” Rodriguez said. “We worked really hard and I thought we deserved the win. “Obviously it was a great goal from Rickie, which was key, so it was a good three points. “We just have to carry on that form we’ve got. We did well against Liverpool and worked hard during the international break. “We know how good Chelsea are and I thought we played really well.”