first_img News Organisation RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more Yesterday (13 June), 64 political prisoners in Saber’s Evin prison dormitory put out a statement saying that two hours after being taken to the prison clinic before dawn on 10 June, Hoder had been returned to his cell and shouted that he had been beaten instead receiving medical treatment and that he would file a complaint. A few hours later he was sent to Modares hospital where he died.The statement said that before Saber began his hunger-strike, he had no heart problems. News Help by sharing this information News March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today deplored the death in prison of journalist and writer Hoda Saber and accused the Iranian regime of being responsibleHe was taken to hospital with chest pains on 10 June and died of a heart attack a few hours later. The Evin prison authorities did not inform his family, who learned about his death two days later on the Internet.“We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all Iranian journalists,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Jean-François Julliard. “The authorities who arbitrarily arrested him failed to give him proper medical treatment. We support the family’s complaint and demand that the prison deaths of all journalists and political prisoners in Iran be investigated.”Saber, 52, worked for Iran-e-Farda, and had been in prison since being arrested on 12 August last year. He began a hunger-strike on 2 June this year to protest against the death of his colleague Haleh Sahabi. Prison officials were slow in sending him to hospital on 10 June, contravening article 103 of prison regulations. Saber was a well-known opposition figure familiar to security and legal officials at Evin prison. It was the fourth time he had been jailed in 10 years. In 2003, he and Reza Alijani, winner of the 2001 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize, and Taghi Rahmani were given five-year prison sentences at a secret trial for allegedly “undermining national security and putting out false news to disturb public opinion.” The sentence was reduced a year later to six months. Follow the news on Iran to go further June 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian authorities “responsible for journalist’s death” News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more July 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for end to jailing of journalists after newspaper reporter is freed Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders notes that reporter Mostapha Hurmatallah of the weekly Al Watan Al An was freed on 25 July on completing his prison sentence. He had been in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison since 19 February, when Morocco’s highest court of appeal ordered him to go back to jail to serve the rest of a seven-month term.“We welcome Hurmatallah’s release with joy, but we reiterate our firm condemnation of the original decision to imprison him just for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We now hope that this is the end of the era when people are jailed in Morocco because of what they write.”Hurmatallah, whose request for a royal pardon was ignored, told Reporters Without Borders that conditions in prison were very harsh. He was put in a cell with convicted criminals and his visits were restricted. He added that he nonetheless hoped that he would be the last journalist to be jailed in his country in connection with their work.He was initially sentenced on 15 August 2007 to eight months in prison on a charge of “receiving documents obtained by criminal means” in connection with a special report about a state of alert in the 14 July issue of Al Watan Al An.The following month his sentence was reduced to seven months and he was released provisionally. But he was returned prison in February after the country’s highest court rejected his appeal. His release means that there are no journalists currently in prison in Morocco. News April 15, 2021 Find out more “We welcome Hurmatallah’s release with joy, but we reiterate our firm condemnation of the original decision to imprison him just for doing his job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We now hope that this is the end of the era when people are jailed in Morocco because of what they write.” Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

first_imgTravel Limerick to Nenagh and back on the bikeTHE value for money of a cycle way between Limerick and Nenagh, costing around €880,000, has been called into question. The cycle lane is to be developed as a joint project by Limerick County Council and North Tipperary Council along the old R445, and is due to be completed by the end of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, sustainable travel groups have suggested that the money could be spent on more worthwhile projects.James Nix of Plan Better, a joint initiative promoting sustainable transport, told the Limerick Post that if the cycle lanes are not maintained, the money will have been wasted.“If the bulk of the money went on realignment and taking out hazards, fair enough”, said Mr. Nix, who ran in the local elections in 2009.“But if most of the €880,000 is going on red paint that the councils won’t later machine sweep, the whole exercise will be counterproductive”.The funding has been secured as part of a €4million Department of Transport plan to create cycle lanes on national roads, which has been criticised by cycling lobby group, whose belief is that the plans are a poor use of public money.But Pat O’Neill, senior engineer at Limerick County Council, told the Limerick Post that if the money was not spent on this project, it would be lost.“This is an opportunity that we would have been foolish to ignore.“There will always be criticism of projects, but it wasn’t a matter of choosing where to spend the money. It was use it or lose it.“We are tying the project in with Limerick’s City of Sport title and have had a lot of favourable submissions during the period of public observation”.Mr. O’Neill said the project is to begin in early October, and is to be finished by the end of the year.Providing a preliminary breakdown on where the money will be spent, Mr. O’Neill explained that removing existing road markings would cost around €440,000, signage would be an estimated €80,000, survey work a further €90,000 and civil work about €220,000.“There are 32km of cycle way on each side of the road, so 64km in total.  “The existing hard shoulder will be incorporated and we will accommodate existing traffic on the normal road.“We had a lot of submissions querying safety, but there are many measures being taken to ensure this is paramount, such as ‘vibra lines’, which make cars vibrate when they drive over them, to remind them they are too far over.“A lot of cyclists already use the route because it is a flat surface with beautiful scenery, but we will include cycle counters to assess the increase of its use with the completed cycle lanes in place”.  The route will run from the Stereame Roundabout on the R445 via the Carrigatoher Junction in Birdhill, through to the Carrowkeel Junction on the east side of Limerick city and from there to the Annacotty Roundabout, immediately west of the Mulcair River. NewsLocal NewsCycle lane critics told ‘use it or lose it’By admin – September 6, 2011 648 Advertisement Linkedin Email WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook Previous articleHenry Martin on hurling legend Mick MackeyNext articleLimerick drivers skimping on car maintenance admin Printlast_img read more