Relief as Clothilde Reiss leaves for France but crackdown on press in Iran goes on

first_img February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders today expressed relief at the official news that teacher Clothilde Reiss was on her way home to France from Iran but pointed out that many journalists remain in prison amid a continuing crackdown.“This good news should not allow us to forget the ongoing repression and that many journalists are still in jail as pressure mounts ahead of the first anniversary of the contested re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad as president on 12 June”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The intelligence ministry has summoned Iran’s journalists and made them sign written promises not to cover any future demonstrations. Elsewhere, journalist Henghameh Shahidi was sentenced on 8 May to six years in prison for “propaganda against the regime”, “taking part in illegal demonstrations” and “acting against national security”. Meanwhile, the health of imprisoned journalists has been deteriorating and Emadoldin Baghi, Badrolssadat Mofidi, Mahbobeh Karami, Said Matinepour and Hanghameh Shahidi,36914… all require medical treatment, which they have been refused. Press freedom has been under serious attack in Iran since 2009. Around 40 newspapers and websites have been shut down and some 3000 journalists can no longer work for fear of repression. Several netizens are also currently in jail, for having, like Clothilde Reiss, transmitted photos and news about opposition demonstrations.Reiss, a French teacher at Isfahan university in central Iran, was arrested on 1st July 2009 when she was about to leave the country. She was accused of “damaging Iran’s national security” for gathering information about opposition demonstrations against Ahmadinedjad in Isfahan on 15 and 17 June.She was released on bail on 16 August and placed under house arrest at the French embassy in Tehran. Two five-year jail sentences against her were replaced on 15 May by a heavy fine equivalent to 285,000 euros. She did not appeal. Reiss and her family were due to be received by French President Nicolas Sarkozy after her arrival back in France. May 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Relief as Clothilde Reiss leaves for France but crackdown on press in Iran goes on Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Follow the news on Iran After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa center_img News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News June 9, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

Retailers vow to protect workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Some of the UK’s biggest retailers have signed up to a new Charter ofRespect which forms part of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s campaign to protect itsmembers from violence and abuse. Littlewoods, the Co-op, Iceland, Morrisons and TJ Hughes are among thestores to endorse the charter, which sets out demands for respect, courtesy anddignity for shopworkers from shoppers. The charter was launched after independent figures highlighted high levelsof violence and abuse inflicted on retail staff in 2001. Usdaw’s deputy general director John Hannett said: “We aim to protectour members from violence and abuse in the workplace.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Retailers vow to protect workersOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

U.S., 17 Partner Nations Execute Exercise Tradewinds 2016 in Jamaica

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office June 29, 2016 Representatives from the United States and 17 partner nations kicked off Phase II of exercise Tradewinds 2016 with an opening ceremony held at the Jamaica Defence Force Up Park Camp, in Kingston, Jamaica, beginning on June 20th. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise which has multinational military interacting in training that also promotes regional security cooperation. Phase II of the exercise includes both maritime and land events, which further enhance opportunities for participating countries to improve their security and disaster assistance capabilities. “During this exercise we will have 18 countries and about 1,000 participants, [who speak four languages]”, said Major General Antony Anderson, Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaican Defence Force. “It’s a great opportunity to [familiarize each other with the procedures of partner nations] who perhaps don’t work together that much, but also between cultures and languages, and how we make all of that work together, to ensure that we have a safer region.” The participating nations conducted numerous training events, which included internal security training, counter-illicit trafficking training, and dive and ship operations training. Throughout the exercise, the participating countries were integrated with service members from other nations allowing them to strengthen their interoperability. “What’s most important, are the relationships that we build and develop, because they will determine how well we come together when faced with a crisis or natural disaster,” said Colonel David Carbonero, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Marine Forces, South. “Lasting partnerships of friendship and trust will enable us to combat and defeat transnational organized crime and provide security and stability for our region.” Tradewinds was conducted from June 20th-28th throughout various locations around Jamaica, including Up Park Camp, Moneague Training Area, and Montego Bay.last_img read more