IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the lack of transparency and denial of justice surrounding the hospitalisation of imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji, who has been on hunger strike for 38 days, and the organisation reiterated its call for his immediate release.Ganji’s family has also protested about the circumstances of his hospitalisation in an open letter to the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi, accusing Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi of failing to cooperate with the family and condemning the refusal to allow Ganji’s lawyers to visit him. Ganji was taken on 17 July to Milad hospital in Tehran, where he has been isolated on the hospital’s 12th floor. The ban on visits by his lawyers violates Iranian law.Voicing concern about his condition, Reporters Without Borders called on the director of Milad hospital to issue a daily bulletin on his state of health.The press freedom organisation added: “We call on the daily newspaper Kayhan, headed by Hossin Shariatmadry, to stop spreading rumours accusing the reformists of paving the way for Ganji’s death with the aim of blaming it on the Iranian regime.”According to judicial officials, Ganji was hospitalised for a knee operation. It has also been reported that he has called off his hunger strike.Ganji was sentenced to six years in prison in 2001 for an article linking senior regime officials to a series of murders of writers and intellectuals. He has been held in Evin prison, where he began his hunger strike on 10 June. He has lost 22 kg since he stopped eating.Calls for his release have been made by US President George Bush, the European Union and many international human rights organisations. IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts July 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lack of transparency, denial of justice in hospitalisation of Akbar Ganji After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Organisation Follow the news on Iran News June 9, 2021 Find out more News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out more
RSF_en February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Reporters Without Borders expressed anger and dismay at the murder today of Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, director of Radio Shabelle, who was shot dead in Bakara market in the capital, Mogadishu.A journalist colleague accompanying him, Ahmed Omar Hashi, was also shot several times and is being treated in hospital where his condition is reported as stable.The Radio Shabelle journalists were walking to work when they were targeted by three armed men, several witnesses said. Hirabe was hit four times in the head and died instantly while Omar Hashi was hit in the hand and the stomach.Hirabe is the third Radio Shabelle journalist to suffer a fatal attack since the start of 2009; the fifth journalist killed this year and the second radio director to be killed in Bakara market – a district under the control of the Islamist al-Shabaab militia.Director of Radio HornAfrik, Said Tahlil, was shot dead in the same market on 4 February 2009 and Hirabe survived a murder attempt on the same day.Voicing its condolences to Hirabe’s family and colleagues and hoping for a quick recovery for Hashi, Reporters Without Borders challenged President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed over Somalia’s worsening security in the nearly six months since he took office. “Armed militia, whoever they may be, are continuing to terrorise the people and to attack journalists and members of civil society with total impunity,” the organisation said.“The Somalia president must come to grips with the scale of this catastrophe and do his utmost to ensure the safety of journalists. We also call for an immediate investigation to identify and punish the criminals,” the organisation added.Hirabe, who was 45, had headed Radio Shabelle since 2007 following the murder of his predecessor, Bashir Nur Gedi. Two other journalists on the radio, Hassan Mayow Hassan and Abdirisak Warsameh Mohamed, were also killed this year.With a total of 14 journalists killed since 2007, Somalia is Africa’s deadliest country for the media. March 2, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Director of Radio Shabelle murdered in Mogadishu SomaliaAfrica News News Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region January 8, 2021 Find out more
Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Facebook Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Condell Road housing development, Pat O’Neill pictured at the proposed site by Limerick City and County Council for 43 Housing Units. Picture: Keith WisemanA standalone housing scheme on the outskirts of Limerick city with “no proper infrastructure and no facilities” will not work.That’s according to community activist Pat O’Neill who says there has been a huge outcry over the proposed housing scheme development on the Condell Road with 50 objections lodged, including one from Clonmacken Residents Association.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Pat, who represents the residents’ group, has coordinated meetings between residents and councillors following local concern over the proposed development.One of the main objections from the people of the Northside to this 43-unit social housing scheme, he explained, is the location of the development.He claims there are no facilities convenient to the proposed site and that it is “isolated and situated on a flood plain with no metropolitan bus stop nearby and no provision for one either as part of the proposal”.“We rallied together to challenge this knee-jerk idea of the council officials. If history tells us anything is that a sole housing scheme with no proper infrastructure and no facilities will not work.“Everything is wrong with this proposed development. We want to learn from the mistakes of the past. We welcome a new housing scheme for the area but not as a knee-jerk reaction to the current housing crisis. Let’s do it right and proper so that everyone stands to benefit,” he declared.A spokesman for Limerick City and County Council said it was incorrect to say that the houses would be built in a flood zone as the planned location was not subject to flooding.The site of the proposed development is located approximately 800 metres, around a ten-minute walk to the Jetland retail hub area, which is serviced by public transport.“The Council believes it is important to ensure that the future residents of this development have adequate social and community infrastructure within a reasonable walking distance of their homes.“The general area is a location of planned future development with an existing permission on adjoining lands for around 400 new housing units to be developed by commercial entities. New bus routes tend to follow demand, and as the population in this area increases, public transport links to the city may be developed by Bus Eireann,” the spokesman added. Email Previous articleDundalk earn hard fought win over a spirited Limerick FC teamNext articleLimerick to be first void free city in Ireland Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsHousingCondell Road development not the answer to housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – September 1, 2018 4224 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?