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Kurdish journalist gets 11-year prison sentence, Tehran daily closed for criticising Ahmadinejad

first_img 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 alertslast_img read more

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Humane Society offers spay and neuter program

first_img The purpose of the spay and neuter program is to reduce the number of abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and cats in the county.In an effort to further reduce the number of stray cats in the county, the humane society also offers a feral cat program.The feral cat program is a trap, neuter/spay and return program,” Jinright said. “These feral or stray cats are returned to their colonies but will not reproduce.”Jinright said, if not controlled, feral cats will become a serious program for the county. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “A female cat can begin producing litters at four months,” she said. “The average size of each litter is four to six kittens. Those four to six kittens can began producing in four months. You can do the math on that.”The Humane Society of Pike County encourages all pet owners who have not had their dogs or cats spayed or neutered to take advantage of the money-saving opportunity.“By participating, not only will you save money, you will also be helping to reduce the number of abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and cats here in Pike County,” Jinright said.Participating veterinarian clinics are Troy Animal Clinic, Pike Animal Hospital and Trojan Animal Clinic in Troy and Jones Animal Clinic in Brundidge. Humane Society offers spay and neuter program Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013 By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Skip You Might Like Miracle League yard sale postponed A yard sale to benefit the Miracle League Playground scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. The sale will now… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder The Humane Society of Pike County will offer its annual spay and neuter program during the month of May with all Pike County veterinarians participating.Susan Jinright, humane society treasurer, said the spay and neuter program will pay $50 on the total bill for each procedure.“Those who participate in the program do not have to call the humane society for pre-approval,” Jinright said. “All they have to do is take their dog or cat to the veterinarian clinic of their choice and say that they want to participate in the Humane Society of Pike County’s spay and neuter program. The clinic will deduct $50 from their bill.” To participate in the program, animal owners must be residents of Pike County or students at Troy University.Jinright said that the humane society “pays it forward” and would appreciate a small donation from those who take advantage of the program.“The Humane Society of Pike County operates solely on memberships dues, donations, bequests, memorials and fund-raisers,” she said. “Our pet photo contest and pet calendar sales are our biggest money makers. We appreciate all of those who support our fund-raisers.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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‘Don’t use phones while dealing with capitol clients’

first_imgHe 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.last_img read more

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Rodriguez thrilled with Pochettino

first_img 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.” center_img 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.” last_img read more

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