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Journalists in France demonstrate in support of their Iranian colleagues

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more June 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists in France demonstrate in support of their Iranian colleagues Follow the news on Iran June 11, 2021 Find out more In response to a call from Reporters Without Borders, journalists demonstrated outside the Iranian embassy in Paris this afternoon in support of their counterparts in Iran, who have been hounded by the authorities ever since the publication of the presidential election results. They also urged the Iranian authorities to give foreign journalists visas to go and cover events in Iran.“There will soon be no more foreign journalists in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The door will be open to all kinds of abuses as long as these unwanted witnesses are chased away and Iranian journalists continue to be arrested.”The demonstrating journalists brandished their press cards together with placards with the words “Where is my press freedom?” in English. Those taking part in the protest included former TF1 news anchor Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, as well as Thomas Dandois and Pierre Creisson, two French journalists who were jailed for a month in Niger in late 2007 for doing a report on the Tuareg rebels.“The journalists who are in Iran to cover the elections are no longer able to do so freely,” Poivre d’Arvor said. “They are either arrested or expelled. We are not in Iran to challenge the results of the elections but to observe and report. Journalists must be able to work freely.”Six days after the elections results, the authorities continue to crack down on independent Iranian and foreign journalists who want to relay what is being said on the streets and to tell the world what is happening in Tehran and other parts of Iran. The prefect of Ispahan (340 km south of Tehran) today accused journalists of “engineering” the protests. The editors of three daily newspapers – Aftab Yazd, Hayat no and Khabar – today postponed publication of their latest issues after the authorities tried to impose changes in the content of articles. One of the newspapers had wanted to quote the comments of an opposition presidential candidate.The authorities today also warned Iranian news agencies not to provide photos of the demonstrations to foreign news media. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a journalist with an international news agency told Reporters Without Borders: “The pressure has stepped up since the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s decree. The authorities are banning the sending of images to VOA and the BBC in particular.”The regime continues to demonize the foreign media, especially the western media, accusing them of being “the mouthpiece of the rioters.” A foreign ministry press release yesterday referred to them as “enemies” and warned that they would soon be “checkmated.”Twelve journalists have been arrested in the six days since the presidential election results.14 June:- Somayeh Tohidloo, who also keeps a blog (http://smto.ir) – Ahmad Zeydabadi- Kivan Samimi Behbani- Abdolreza Tajik- Mahssa Amrabad- Behzad Basho, a cartoonist – Khalil Mir Asharafi, a TV producer15 June:- Mohamad Atryanfar, the publisher of several newspapers including Hamshary, Shargh and Shahrvand Emrouz, who has reportedly been taken to the security wing of Tehran’s Evin prison. – Saeed Hajjarian, the former editor of the newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz, who was arrested at his Tehran home on the night of 15 June despite being badly handicapped.16 June: – Mohammad Ali Abtahi, also known as the “Blogging Mullah,” who was arrested at his Tehran home. His blog: http://www.webneveshteha.com/. IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en 17 June:- Saide Lylaz, a business reporter for the newspaper Sarmayeh, who had been very critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies. He was arrested at his Tehran home.- Rohollah Shassavar, a journalist based in the city of Mashad.Aldolfatah Soltani, a lawyer who represents many imprisoned journalists and who is a member of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, was also arrested on 16 June on the orders of the Tehran revolutionary court and was reportedly taken to Evin prison’s security wing. News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News to go further Newslast_img read more

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Hungarian premier moves on Slovenian media

first_img Receive email alerts News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interest Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site Help by sharing this information Apparently no longer satisfied with dominating the media in Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seems to be trying to extend his control to media outlets in neighbouring countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned to see that three Hungarian media groups linked to Orbán associates have just bought 45% of the shares in the privately-owned Slovenian 24-hour TV news channel Nova24TV.Each of the three Hungarian companies, Modern Media Group (MMG), Ridikul Magazin and Ripost, has acquired a 15% stake in Nova24TV, whose capital has increased by 800,000 euros. Arpad Habony, Orbán’s leading political adviser, is reportedly behind the move. In the past, Habony helped create several Hungarian media groups including MMG, a loyal supporter of the ruling Fidesz party.By coordinating the three separate acquisitions, Habony has managed to circumvent a Slovenian law under which the acquisition of more than 20% of the shares in a Slovenian media company requires the prior approval of the Slovenian authorities.Ever since its launch in 2016, Nova24TV has been seen as the propaganda mouthpiece of the Slovenian Democratic Party, a conservative party led by former Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who has always praised Orbán and his policies. By backing Nova24TV financially, Orbán is also supporting an ally and is consolidating support in the region.“As well as circumventing Slovenian law, this acquisition of a stake in Nova24TV by the Hungarian prime minister’s associates provides yet further evidence of his attempts to influence media content,” said Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “Viktor Orbán’s sway now extends beyond Hungary’s borders and poses a real threat to media independence in Slovenia.”The increasing authoritarianism of the Hungarian government, which recently adopted a controversial university law and now plans to target NGOs, has triggered the biggest wave of protests since Orbán’s return to power in 2010. The latest major development in Orbán’s increasing dominance of Hungary’s own media was the opposition daily Népszabadság’s sudden closure in October 2016.Hungary is ranked 67th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interest RSF_en Follow the news on Hungary to go further News Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more April 20, 2017 Hungarian premier moves on Slovenian media Viktor Orbán / AFP. May 4, 2021 Find out more News News February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Vaccinated shoppers no longer required to wear masks in local grocery stores

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. –– After both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an end to the year-long mask mandate, local grocers have taken the opportunity to adjust their mask policies accordingly. Wegmans, Tops, Aldi, Trader Joe’s, BJ’s, P&C Fresh and GreenStar have all said that fully vaccinated patrons will no longer have to wear face coverings in store. “Under this revised policy, fully vaccinated customers and staff are permitted to not wear a mask in GreenStar stores. Staff and customers who are fully vaccinated are supported to wear a face covering if they choose,” GreenStar said on its Facebook page. The other grocers have all made similar statements, either to the Ithaca Voice or publicly. Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: The adjusted policies for these stores do come with an element of faith in customers—customers choosing not to wear a mask will be self-attesting to their vaccination status.Stores have also extended the choice to their employees who are vaccinated to wear a mask or not. It is unclear whether those employees will have to prove their status to employers. The original mask mandate went into effect in New York State in April of 2020. Now with vaccines widely available, the hope is that the infection rate can stay low –– in Tompkins the number of active cases has hovered steadily around 50 for a month. Active cases have been below 100 for two months. In addition to grocery stores, other retailers like Walmart and Target are also lifting their mask mandates for vaccinated customers.While things open up, vaccinated patrons should check stores outside the ones listed here for mask requirements. Unvaccinated shoppers should continue to wear face coverings in stores and other public places where social distancing cannot be maintained. Tagged: COVID-19, grocery stores, masks, tops, wegmans Anna Lamb Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamblast_img read more

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