Sham justice and impunity ever since wave of murders of writers and journalists eight years ago

first_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran News Organisation News to go furthercenter_img December 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sham justice and impunity ever since wave of murders of writers and journalists eight years ago Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Eight years after the brutal murders of five Iranian writers and journalists between 25 November and 12 December 1998, Reporters Without Borders today condemned that fact that those implicated in their deaths now hold high government positions. The victims were strangled or stabbed to death for demanding free expression, calling for a lay government, or criticising the regime’s policies.“The Iranian government has been arbitrarily arresting, torturing and killing writers and journalists for years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A sham judicial system has ensured that no light has been shed on these crimes and no one has been held responsible. The regime does not just silence dissidents, it also protects and promotes those implicated in their murders.”The press freedom organisation added: “The years pass, but we continue to follow these cases together with the families of the victims and we will never stop demanding an an international commission of enquiry in order to know the truth.”Dariush Forouhar and his wife, Parvaneh, both leading members of the liberal opposition, were found stabbed to death in their Tehran home on 22 November 1998. Writers and journalists Majid Sharif, Mohamad Mokhtari and Mohamad Jafar Pooyandeh all disappeared between 25 November and 9 December 1998. Their bodies were found a few days later in a Tehran suburb.Pirouz Davani, the editor of the newspaper Pirouz, also disappeared at the end of August 1998. His body was never found. Fellow journalist Akbar Ganji was prosecuted and held in Evin prison for six years inter alia for referring to rumours that Davani was “executed” and for linking special religious court prosecutor Mohseni Ejehi to his death.Ganji told Reporters Without Borders: “These cases represent just a minuscule portion of the atrocities committed by the regime during these year in which evil has become commonplace. The authorities did what was necessary to silence these journalists.”Despite strong evidence that high-ranking officials were involved, there has never been any political will to bring them to justice. Three of the most prominent suspects, current interior minister Mostafa Purmohammadi, current intelligence minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei and public prosecutor Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi (a former intelligence minister) have never been questioned or arrested. Only some 15 intelligence ministry agents were convicted and given sentences ranging from three to 12 years in prison.In the same way, Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi continues to be one of the pillars of the regime despite being implicated in the murder of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi while she was in custody.Two of the lawyers representing the families of Kazemi and the journalists killed in 1998, Nasser Zarafashan and Abdolfattah Soltani, have been prosecuted for “revealing judicial case information.” Zarafashan is still imprisoned. Soltani was given a conditional release on 5 March of this year after spending more than 200 days in detention.President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are on the Reporters Without Borders list of the world’s 35 worst press freedom predators. March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

What makes a house an Australian home

first_img44 Djerral Ave, Burleigh Heads is set to go to auction tomorrow. 1/68 Laguna Ave, Palm Beach is on the market for $1.25 million.7/15 Northcliffe TerraceAustralia’s east coast surf beaches are renowned and this multimillion-dollar apartment matches its view.Various shades of blue from the deep blue sky to the turquoise surf reflect throughout the whole-floor Surfers Paradise residence, glancing off its high-end finishes of textured glass, granite, high-gloss timber, stainless steel and marble. A multimillion-dollar version of the Aussie holiday home. 7/15 Northcliffe Tce, Surfers Paradise is on the market for offers over $2.55 million. Not a bad place for an Aussie barbecue. Shower under the stars.The gardens are maintained by a natural spring bore, from which underground clear mountain water flows.Tallebudgera Valley has a history of cedar getting, banana plantations and dairy farming, while its tidal creek namesake was derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good fish’.18 Curlew Cres, Burleigh WatersThis family home at Curlew Cres in Burleigh Waters lands a spot on the list thanks to sharing its location odonym with an endemic Australian bird species.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe native curlew is well known for its eerie calls and protective breeding behaviour, and variations of the ground-dwelling species are found from open forests to coastal dwellings so it wouldn’t be unusual to see one in Burleigh.And with this four-bedroom, three-bathroom home set just 850m from the beach, the chances of spotting the Aussie native are even higher.center_img The property still features its original cypress pine frame.While the home has been carefully renovated it still features the original cypress pine frame timber which is found across Australian forests.Bonus points for being located in Koala Park.1/68 Laguna Avenue Palm BeachAs well as being close to surf beaches and overlooking a lake, this haven features spotted gum hardwood floors.Also known as corymbia maculata, the native Australian tree species is growing in popularity for polished timber floors in residential buildings.The hardy gum is known for its tolerance to the Aussie bush’s scorching droughts and fire seasons.In this property, the timber has been transformed into shining floorboards that flow through open-plan living to a veranda balcony, perfect for letting the sea breeze in. The home was designed with sustainability in mind. Miri Miri also features guest cottage accommodation — ‘Satu Lagi’ is crafted from recycled and repurposed materials with its own fire pit and open-air bathroom with cast iron bath and rain showerhead. 18 Curlew Cres, Burleigh Waters is on the market for $1.25 million. Every good Aussie home needs a pool. 44 Djerral Ave, Burleigh HeadsNamed ‘Kiama’, derived from the Aboriginal word ‘kiarama’ which means ‘place where the sea makes a noise’, this restored beach house has over 50 years of history.Residents have have enjoyed soaking up its true blue coastal surrounds including swimming in Tallebudgera Creek, surfing off Burleigh Headland and exploring the iconic National Park. ‘Miri Miri’ estate at 756 Trees Rd, Tallebudgera Valley.AUSTRALIAN country music icon John Williamson brought the dream of a home among the gum trees to life with his cult classic hit and whether it’s native kangaroos, a veranda out the back or even an old rocking chair, these new listings offer up quintessential Australian features.756 Trees Rd, Tallebudgera Valley This Tallebudgera property was “designed with Queensland lifestyle in mind”.According to the listing, the ‘Miri Miri’ estate is surrounded by eucalypt forest, bush tracks, creeks and waterfalls.“Enjoy the abundant wildlife, including koalas and wallabies,” the listing states.last_img read more

Bullish Beaton, classy Savory help Essequibo dismantle Georgetown by 122 runs

first_imgBy Clifton RossA venomous spell of fast-bowling by Ronsford Beaton, coupled with Kemol Savory’s fifty, took defending champions Essequibo to a whopping 122-run win over Georgetown as the 2019 SBF/CGI Jaguars One- Day League bowled off yesterday at the GCC ground, Bourda.Savory led Essequibo’s charge with a stylish 81 from 112 balls that included six crisp fours and two big maximums. But it was a returning Beaton, seemingly faster and more confident, who dismantled the Georgetown side with returns of 5-18 from 6 overs of hostility.Quinton Sampson smacked 3 sixes and a four in his 28 with Beaton chipping in with a useful 26 as Essequibo posted 221-9 from their 50 overs.Youth pacer Qumar Torrington snared 3-64 with support from veteran seamer, Paul Wintz, who grabbed 2-42 as Windies U-19 spinner, Ashmead Nedd and Steven Jacobs, grabbed two scalps apiece.Georgetown, in reply, made a mess of the chase and found themselves blown away for just 99 in 26 overs. Apart from wicket-keeper Joshua Persaud (26), Jacobs (24) and skipper Leon Johnson (23), it was a woeful batting performance as the champs ran roughshod over the home team in their backyard.The spin twins, brothers Akinie and Captain Anthony Adams, spun webs around the batters as they snatched 2-28 and 2-26 respectively, duly supporting Beaton. Georgetown suffered a great setback after the former Windies speedster removed Raymond Perez (6), Robin Bacchus (0) and Winston Forrester (4).Johnson looked good during his stay before Akinie Adams had him caught by his brother to end the stay of the Georgetown skipper. Beaton had earlier removed Chris Barnwell for a duck after deliberations between the umpires while the Adams boys cleaned up the tail.Beaton then bagged his fifth victim when Jacobs edged one to the wicketkeeper Savory; bringing the home team’s innings to a screeching halt.Earlier, opener Kevon Boodie was removed for zero by Jacobs who also trapped Ricardo Adams for 1 to leave the champs in a spot of bother, batting first.Parmesh Parsotam stroked two good-looking fours in his 23 but had his stumps uprooted by a fiery delivery from the stampeding Torrington, who also removed Marvin Williams for a duck as the Champs struggled to 50-4 in the 15th over as the home team were all over their batsmen following the collapse of the top order.Savory remained firm and anchored down as he took his score to 50 with a thumping drive for four which inevitably brought up the Champs hard-earned 100 in the 28th over.Skipper Adams succumbed for 8 runs to the skills of the veteran Wintz; he was brilliantly caught by the diving Johnson in slips. Savory and Beaton steadied the ship with the former West Indies pacer showing his class with the bat as he found the ropes on a few occasions.Savory cut loose on spinner Steven Sankar, who was hammered for two fours and a six, which took the left-hander into the 70’s.Nedd got into the action at a good time, removing a dangerous looking Beaton, LBW ,to keep the hosts in the game. The Windies U-19 spinner then bagged the big wicket of Savory, who slicked one to Barnwell at backward point.Sampson walked out like a man possessed, smashing a few sixes, but Georgetown continued to take wickets and Wintz struck again as he easily took a catch off his own bowling to remove Neil Cadogan cheaply.last_img read more