Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets early release after nearly 18 months in prison

first_imgNews June 9, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the early release of blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who was serving a combined sentence of two years and 10 months in prison. He was formally freed on 12 September but had in fact been on home leave since June. Arrested in February 2005, he spent nearly 18 months in prison for a few messages posted on his blog.“The Iranian judicial system finally seems to have recognised that Saminejad did not deserve to be in prison, and we should welcome that,” the press freedom organisation said. “But Iran continues to be one of the few countries in the world that systematically jails Internet users who are overly critical of the political or religious authorities. We must not forget that Arash Sigarchi, another blogger who was imprisoned for ‘insulting the Supreme Guide,’ is still in jail.”Saminejad was first arrested on 1 November 2004 for criticising the arrest of three fellow bloggers online. While held, his blog’s address was diverted to the website of a group of hackers linked to the Iranian radical Islamist movement Hezbollah. On leaving prison on 27 January 2005, he resumed his blog using a new address (, which led to his re-arrest a few days later.He was initially sentenced on 23 March 2005 to two years in prison for “insulting the Supreme Guide.” At a second trial, he was given an additional 10-month sentence “publishing false information with the aim of unsettling public opinion” and “immoral” behaviour. He was held in Gohar Dashat prison, in a suburb of Tehran, which is notorious for mistreating its inmates. He shared a cell with non-political detainees. He was allowed to sit mid-course exams at Tehran’s Azad university at the end of January, although he was led in handcuffs into the examination room.Sigarchi was first held for two months at the start of 2005. He was sent back to prison on 26 January 2006, four days after being given a three-year sentence for “insulting the Supreme Guide” and “propaganda against the regime.” (For more information: ). He says he has not been mistreated in prison.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistscenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information September 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets early release after nearly 18 months in prison March 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Donegal construction companies qualify for prestigious CIRI construction competence mark

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – June 28, 2019 21 Donegal building contractors have qualified for the Construction Industry Register of Ireland competence in construction quality mark. The CIRI mark has been granted to 850 companies across the country after they met standards which have been approved by government.CIRI Spokesperson Lorraine Hosty says the mark is a guarantee of quality: Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal construction companies qualify for prestigious CIRI construction competence mark Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleTwo men arrested in Derry under Terrorism ActNext articleFermanagh v Donegal – LIVE Commentary News Highland last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: June 21

first_imgDear Friends,I have received many inquiries about the rental service at Ninth Street Beach setting up beach chairs and umbrellas before they are rented. I want you all to know that I have reached out to the owners to set up a meeting. I hope to reach a compromise that protects the rights of both the public and the private owner. Preserving public access to the beach is absolutely essential to every resident, guest and business in town.Our Public Works team has added handicapped-accessible mats with sitting areas to beaches at Surf Road and 59th Street, and I’ve asked them to add 14th Street. The extended mats were placed at 34th Street a few weeks ago.These mats create a hard surface on the beach that allows wheelchairs and those with limited mobility to travel across the soft sand and enjoy the beach.New handicapped-accessible mats with sitting areas have been added to the beaches at Surf Road and 59th Street. (Photos courtesy of City of Ocean City)This program is new and experimental. We will study issues related to effectiveness, usage, maintenance, and protecting the equipment from storms as we continue to work on making Ocean City more accessible to all.I want to let you all know about an innovative new program from the Ocean City Intermediate School. With the help of shop and STEM teacher Stu Lichtenstein, students have constructed food donation boxes where renters and guests can drop off leftover non-perishable foods before they return home from vacation.The donation boxes will sit outside the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1801 Bay Avenue. All collected food will be donated local and regional food banks.Building Supervisor Todd Lauer returned from a recent vacation with the idea to turn leftovers into a positive. I hope you all will spread the word about the new boxes and help feed the hungry.Food donation boxes will sit outside the Ocean City Intermediate School at 1801 Bay Avenue.Once again, I remind you not to place your recyclables in plastic bags. To save your taxpayer dollars and to help save the environment, please place cans, bottles and other recyclables directly into your recycling container. An excess of plastic bags in our single stream recycling flow causes entire truckloads to be rejected – with all the material then ending up in a landfill at a cost to taxpayers.It looks like we have another great weather forecast for the weekend. I hope you get a chance to check out the new Bayside Family Day. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the bayside park at Second Street and Bay Avenue.The lineup will include free kayak and stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, mini Pirate Voyages and mini back-bay cruises for small fees, fishing and crabbing demonstrations with rods for kids to use and a knot-tying station, Ocean City Sailing Foundation displays and information, U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, food vendors, music and more.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more