Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News RSF_en Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further April 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New crackdown on women journalists Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa News June 9, 2021 Find out more News June 11, 2021 Find out more News Organisation There has been a new crackdown on women journalists since the start of the month, with two being arrested and held for nearly two weeks, five being summoned before the Tehran revolutionary court and one, who works for the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), being barred from leaving the country.“The regime is taking a tougher line with women journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “These measures are illegal and contrary to national and international legal standards. We call on the Iranian authorities to put a stop to the political and legal harassment of the media.”Mahboubeh Hosseinzadeh, a journalist and blogger (http://kharzar.blogfa.com/) and Nahid Keshavarz, a journalist who writes for the we4change and zanestan websites, were arrested in Tehran on 2 April while covering a demonstration by supporters of the “million signatures” campaign for the repeal of laws that discriminate against women. After being held in Evin prison in north Tehran, they were finally freed on 14 April on payment of 20 million toumen (16,000 euros) in bail.Five other journalists and women’s rights activists – Asieh Amini, who writes a blog (http://varesh.blogfa.com/ ), Jila Bani Yaghoub, who writes for the daily Sarmayeh and the irwomen website, Jelveh Javaheri, who writes for we4change, Noushine Ahmadi Khorasani, and Sussan Tahmassebi, who edits we4change’s English-language pages – were summoned to the Tehran revolutionary court between 14 and 16 April and were charged with “attacking national security,” “publicity against the Islamic Republic,” and “participating in an unauthorised demonstration.”They had been arrested on 4 March for taking part in a peaceful demonstration outside this court, and some of them were held for more than 10 days. After leaving prison, they all wrote articles for their respective media criticising their arrests and the Islamic Republic’s abusive treatment of women’s rights campaigners.In an interview for the daily Etemad on 14 April, intelligence minister Mohseni Ejehi described these movements as “subversive” and said they were “in the pay of foreigners.”Parnaz Azima, a journalist with Radio Farda, the Farsi-language affiliate of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, meanwhile reported that the authorities are still refusing to return the passport that was confiscated from her on her arrival at Tehran airport on 25 January. Azima, who has Iranian and US nationality, said she had turned down a suggestion that she should work with the intelligence services. This is the second time her ability to travel has been restricted. The intelligence services prevented her from leaving the country for three weeks last year. Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more
Source: Paul UKPaul UK is eyeing national expansion by seeking out ‘like-minded’ franchise partners.Partners can choose between three store models – Café, Express and Kiosk – for service stations and transport hubs, town and city centres or suburban villages.The operation, which has a BRC accredited bakery production site, will offer a national supply chain, economies of scale and a flexible retail format to fit any location, the business said.Franchisees will be fully supported throughout the entire set-up process, it added, from training courses and help with recruitment, to marketing and PR.The models include:Café – suitable for breakfast, lunch or coffee, the 1,500 sq ft site would be situated in busy footfall locations in towns or shopping centresExpress – comprising coffee and grab & go products, it is positioned to fit in travel hubs and high footfall areas where quick service is essential. The 500-800 sq ft site features self-service, a small eat-in space and yellow brandingKiosk – offers a 500 sq ft ancillary unit to a main café unit. It will be situated in high footfall areas such as train stations, travel hubs and shopping malls. These can be designed to look like more permanent fixtures, pop-up venues or grab & go concepts, it added.“As we enter the franchise market, we will be looking for like-minded, experienced investors and operators who are just as passionate about baking and quality as we are,” said Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK.Franchise partners are encouraged to e-mail Paul UK with any queries, it added.“Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London, we have also identified numerous national opportunities outside of the capital, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are currently determining priority cities, but if approached by the right investors outside of these areas, we are open to having dialogue with them.”
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Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by New York State Police.PORTLAND – The driver of a luxury SUV who was spotted allegedly driving erratically in Chautauqua County on Monday afternoon is in the hospital after he was ejected from his vehicle during a crash.New York State Police tell WNY News Now 21-year-old Eric Jarrett, an Erie County resident, allegedly traveled at “extremely high rates of speed” in a 2021 Audi Q3 on Route 5 in the Town of Portland.Police say law enforcement observed the vehicle driving within the speed limit in Dunkirk prior to the crash, only later receiving 911 calls about the Audi traveling at high rates of speed.A resident, later flagging down a State Trooper, reported the crash on North Swede Road. Jarrett was found outside of the vehicle when first responders arrived on scene. He was taken to Brooks Hospital and then transferred to ECMC.Police say charges are pending against Jarrett and the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, however, speed could be a factor.Officers do not yet know why the man was traveling at extreme speeds.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The newly appointed Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Richard Byles, says plans are in place to implement a new foreign exchange trading platform in 2020.Speaking recently at a media briefing, Byles said that the platform will be tested and implemented by February.The platform will be used in trading operations at local commercial banks. It will also enable foreign exchange traders to see all bids on daily offers.Byles said that the new foreign exchange trading platform is designed to create ‘more transparency in the market’.The Central Bank already has an intervention mechanism, the Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool, B-FXITT, which is tailored to offset market volatility.The announcement comes two weeks after the Jamaican dollar hit its lowest point in history, trading at more than 141- Jamaican dollars to 1 US dollar in mid-November.With a booming stock market and steady inflation rate, Byles reassured the public that the drastic slide in the value of the dollar was not a crisis. The dollar returned to its normal $130-135 to US$1 range at the end of last week.