Censorship and arrests as Ayatollah Montazeri is buried

first_img to go further News News Reporters Without Borders is saddened by the news that Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri died yesterday aged 87 in the religious city of Qom, 60 km south of Tehran. As tens of thousands of people defied a government ban on demonstrations in homage to this leading pro-reform figure, the authorities have been censoring national and international media. Receive email alerts The Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance yesterday issued a directive banning newspaper editors from publishing articles about Montazeri. Ministry officials went to the headquarters of newspapers yesterday evening to verify compliance. The official Fars News agency reported today that the pro-reform newspaper Andisheh-ye No (New Thought) has been closed by the Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance. “We offer our sincerest condolences to Ayatollah Montazeri’s family and to the Iranian people,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This man defied the regime in order to defend the truth. While close to the government in 1989, he revealed the massacre of political prisoners. Expelled from the circles of power, he continued to support the oppressed. His home was for years a refuge for the families of political prisoners, including imprisoned journalists.” Montazeri’s death leaves a void in the pro-democracy movement and in the fight for free expression in Iran. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 His website has been blocked for years in Iran and Mojtaba Lotfi, one of the site’s editors, was sentenced in November 2008 to four years in prison followed by five years of banishment on charges of anti-government propaganda and disseminating Ayatollah Montazeri’s views. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en The press freedom organisation added: “While Iran mourns, the authorities are again censoring the media, including the print media, the BBC and the Internet.” Organisation Iranian journalists working for the BBC have been constantly harassed ever since the British broadcaster launched its Persian language TV station. The harassment was stepped up after the disputed 12 June presidential election and those who have not been arrested have fled the country. March 18, 2021 Find out more A BBC television programme about Montazeri was jammed yesterday shortly after it began being broadcast. It included an exclusive interview he gave to the BBC shortly before his death. It was the first time in more than 20 years that he had appeared in a TV interview. The jamming affected all the programmes carried by the Hotbird 6 satellite. It was nonetheless widely broadcast and accessible on the BBC Persian website. center_img December 21, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Censorship and arrests as Ayatollah Montazeri is buried Follow the news on Iran News Ayatollah Montazeri was one of the theoreticians of the Islamic revolution and one of the drafters if the Islamic Republic’s constitution before being sidelined in March 1989 following his revelations about the executions of large numbers of political prisoners on Ayatollah Khomeiny’s orders. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News June 9, 2021 Find out more As with all recent events likely to prompt opposition demonstrations, the authorities also took draconian measures to control the flow of information via new-generation media. Immediately after the announcement of Montazeri’s death, Internet connections slowed right down in many cities while telephone communication was disrupted, especially in Najafābād (Montazeri’s birthplace) and Isfahan. Journalists were arrested during demonstrations in homage to Montazeri. Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on the streets of Qom yesterday to pay a final tribute of Montazeri, chanting: “We are there, we are the reason for the rebellion,” “Death to the Taliban whether in Tehran or in Kabul” and “Death to oppressors, both the Shah and the current leaders.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Watch the videos:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6A-WMlvPl4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euJw98_cGx4&feature=autoshare_twitterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgwxxsG3KEUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N1d0_enbfs&feature=autoshare_twitter Fearing his influence and the views he expressed so forcefully, the authorities placed him under house arrest in Qom for 14 years, until 2003. His close supporters and aides were threatened and arrested on several occasions. February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

University professor wins Luce Fellowship

first_imgAssociate professor of theology and peace studies at Notre Dame Fr. Emmanuel Katongle has been selected as a 2017-2018 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology along with five other members of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, the University announced in a press release Tuesday.According to the press release, Katongle will spend a year studying “ethnic, religious and ecological violence” in sub-Saharan Africa beginning in January 2018.“What is particularly exciting about this project is I’m studying … three types of violence together, and I’m making the argument that they are all connected,” Katongle said in the press release. “We are not talking about three forms of violence. We’re talking three manifestations of the same type of violence that is part of the crisis of belonging in modern Africa.”Katongle will use the research he conducts during his fellowship to write a book — “Who Are My People?” — that will explore the role Christianity plays in the violence he is researching. The press release said Katongle is hoping to find “excess of love” that counteracts this violence.“If I can trace this excess of love in these communities, what I would like to do is display it and show it as an invitation into which everyone is called,” he said in the press release. “ … God is peace. But what does that mean in the context of so much violence, suffering and the refugee crisis? I felt I could make a distinctive contribution to that conversation by adding a theological voice.”Tags: Luce Fellowship, Theologylast_img read more

Sanity of Donkey Beach a major concern for Canefield Urban Council

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Sanity of Donkey Beach a major concern for Canefield Urban Council by: – July 7, 2011 Share Donkey Beach in Canefield. Photo credit: panoramio.comThe sanity of Donkey Beach is said to be one of the challenges facing the Canefield Urban Council.Chairman of the Canefield Urban Council Simeon Albert says indiscriminate dumping in that area is of major concern to the council.“You find as we are cleaning people are coming in the night time and dump things in the area. Recently we moved over 30 truckloads of garbage to dispose from the beach somewhere into the landfill. I passed on the beach day before yesterday and someone just came and dumps a truck load of dirt on the beachAlbert said he want people to understand that they should seek the council’s permission as to the most appropriate area to dispose garage.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

BiH to play a Friendly Match against Luxembourg

first_imgNational football team of BiH will play friendly match tonight in Luxembourg. Also, they will play against the Swiss on Tuesday, and that will be a friendly match as well.After elimination in the playoffs from Ireland, this will be the first gathering of the most popular BH team. Although the above mentioned matches have no competitive significance, BH team members should give their maximum and understand the importance as they are playing for points. Of course, the Dragons also need the victory in order to restore their confidence, after the additional playoffs in November.It is needless to say that Dzeko and his teammates are absolute favorites in the clash with Luxembourg. Good results in the next two control matches will further improve the atmosphere in the locker room of our Dragons, and a good mood is always a precondition for a good result. Qualifications for the World Cup that will be held in Russia in 2018 are starting in September, and by then, the head of the national team should change some things “inside”, because it is necessary at this point. Therefore, it is clear why the coach expanded the list of candidates.“We will try to make a good result. Everyone cannot play, since 11 players will be in the first set and we have the right to six changes. In these two matches, we will do everything for all 25 players to show their form. We need to be serious and disciplined,” said coach Bazdarevic.It is assumed that the selector will give a chance to all new players against Luxembourg. With good performance and triumph, we should wait for the match with Switzerland that will be participating on the European Championship, which begins in June in France. That match will show where we are and what we are.The match against Luxembourg at the Josy Barthel will start at 8:15 pm with live broadcast on FACE TV.(Source: Edin Isanovic/Klix.ba)last_img read more