News More and more Iranian prisoners, including journalists, are risking their lives by going on hunger strike in protest against prison conditions or mistreatment, or simply to demand proper medical care.Soheil Arabi, a citizen-journalist held since December 2013, has been on hunger strike for the past 25 days in protest against the way the Revolutionary Guard intelligence services have been harassing and threatening his wife, Nastaran Naimi.Naimi was arrested at her home by plainclothes intelligence officers in July and was held for eight days. Since then, she has been constantly harassed and threatened, and was fired from her job at their request.Arabi’s family say Arabi is now in a critical condition because he has not eaten anything at all since 23 September.Mehdi Khazali, the outspoken editor of the Baran blog, was arrested on a Tehran street by men in civilian dress on 12 August and, according to his family, has been on hunger strike ever since the day of his arrest.This was disputed by the Tehran prosecutor a month after his arrest. “He is not on hunger strike, despite what is claimed by the enemy media abroad,” the prosecutor insisted. “He is well and his family saw him last week.” This has not been confirmed by his family.Khazali had been openly critical of the head of the judicial authority in the months prior to his arrest. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011.Ehssan Mazndarani, a journalist with the daily Farhikhteghan arrested in November 2015, is in very poor health but is still being held despite a regulation requiring the prison authorities to provide ailing detainees with the medical care they need.His relatives say they are extremely worried about him because he can no longer even swallow water and the prison authorities are refusing to authorize a transfer so that forensic doctors can examine him.RSF points out to the Iranian authorities that they are required to respect both Iran’s own laws and regulations* and the international standards** established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has signed.Iran is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.*According to Iran’s prison regulations, adopted by the judicial body that oversees the prison system, prison officials are supposed to provide detainees with any medical care they need. Articles 102 and 103 of the regulations say that “monthly medical checks are obligatory in the prison clinic” and that “if necessary, the detainee must be transferred urgently from the prison to the hospital.”These regulations also say that the judge in charge of the case is responsible for the health and safety of any prisoner with a serious and incurable illness.**According the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to whichIran is party, depriving detainees of medical care constitutes a violation of the ban on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the prison conditions of detained journalists and citizen-journalists in Iran, especially those who are ill or on hunger strike. The plight of Soheil Arabi, Mehdi Khazali and Ehssan Mazndarani is particularly alarming. March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedInternet Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedInternet June 9, 2021 Find out more September 27, 2017 Iranian authorities neglect health of imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran News Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more
“We need to put many of the crimes back on the books,” Akshar said. “That would allow judges to set bail like criminally negligent homicide [and] vehicular assault,” he said. Akshar also says he will be proposing legislation that would tighten the screws on repeat offenders. “The whole point of bail reform is to make the system more equitable but clearly people have expressed some concerns about unintended consequences,” Lupardo said. “If you’ve been convicted of a felony in the preceding ten years you would not be subject to this reform,” said Akshar. “Clearly you have posed a threat to public safety, you’ve posed a threat to the community in which you live,” Akshar said. Lupardo says while she hears those concerns, Judges do have options if they feel an accused individual does not belong back on the streets. She says that judges have the ability to send individuals to jail if they violate an order of protection or are alleged to have intimidated a victim or witness. “There is a feeling that we need to revisit the types of crimes that are eligible for bail in the first place and for judges to be able to assess flight risk,” Lupardo said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As lawmakers return to Albany on Wednesday, the issue of bail reform is still a major topic of conversation. The Bail Reform Law went into effect on Jan. 1. “They do have lots of options including keeping people in jail in lieu of bail and also the ability to put people on house arrest,” Lupardo said. State Senator Akshar says that many of the crimes covered by the bill need to be knocked off the list. “I take some satisfaction in knowing that the Democrats are now feeling the pressure from people across the state,” said State Senator Fred Akshar. “Whether they’re in Brooklyn, Buffalo or anywhere in between they know they need to make changes,” Akshar said. Assemblywoman Lupardo told 12 News that this is something that lawmakers will be looking into. “Those are some of the things we’re going to be talking about when we get back to Albany tomorrow,” she said. Something that Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says she hears loud and clear.
By Jerry Mackey Kaden Reynolds has been a terror early in the 2020 season and Saturday night he advanced from the 11th starting position start to score the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event win. Cole Mather took advantage of a front row start in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and went on to record the win on his birthday. Mather took the win ahead of Damon Murty. The IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature saw veterans Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey occupy the front row and battle early before Aikey was able to move out to the race lead. A caution with 10 laps to go brought Martin back to Aikey’s rear bumper, setting up another battle. INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 6) – The Independence Motor Speedway held racing action on Saturday with fans in the stands for the first time in 2020. With the Governor of Iowa easing the Covid-19 restrictions, a great crowd turned out to see 130 race car drivers put on an excellent show on a beautiful night for racing. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event saw past national champion Tony Olson come from the fifth row to take the checkers ahead of a strong running Kyle Bentley. The IMCA Modifieds saw several drivers take their turns at holding the lead. Early it was Chris Snyder before Josh Foster took over the point, meanwhile Aikey was steadily marching forward from a fifth row start. Aikey took the lead before half of the laps were complete and went on to record the win ahead of a hard-charging Troy Cordes. Aikey was again able to hold back Martin on the restart as Darren Ackerman was able to hold the bottom line and race under Martin into second. At the checkers it was Aikey, Ackerman and the youngster Logan Duffy.