Physical attack on hardline conservative journalist with intelligence agency links

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Physical attack on hardline conservative journalist with intelligence agency links IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran to go further News News RSF_en Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemns an assault on Payam Fazlinejad, a reporter who works for the ultra-conservative daily Kayhan. The official news agency IRNA said he was taken to Bagiolah Azam hospital after being seriously injured in an attack by several individuals on motorcycles on the evening of 21 February in Tehran.“Fazlinejad’s controversial personality and his links with the intelligence agencies do not in any way justify the use of violence against this journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It should be condemned by all those who defend free expression. We urge the authorities to shed light on this case.”Fazlinejad began his career as a journalist working for the weekly Sinema at the end of the 1990s, around the time that Mohammad Khatami became president. He subsequently went to work for the hardline newspaper Kayhan, where he became known for the radical views he expressed in his columns.Since last June’s disputed presidential election, he has often referring ironically to the opposition press and dissidents as “nato-cultural” (in an allusion to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation). Several journalists and bloggers arrested in the last 10 years have accused him of being an informant for the intelligence services.Kayhan’s current editor, Hossin Shariatmadry, used to work as an interrogator in Evin prison. Ayatollah Khamenei personally put him in charge of the newspaper at the start of the past decade. Kayhan has distinguished itself of late by its frequent attacks on journalists, intellectuals and dissidents, who are accused of being in the pay of foreign interests. Several libel suits were initiated against the newspaper and its editor but were not pursued.Violence against journalists has increased considerably since the start of the protests over the results of the presidential election, but in the most cases the government has been responsible for the violence and independent and opposition media have been the targets. At least 65 journalists are currently detained and more than 60 have fled abroad. Newslast_img read more

New Zealand could delay election after virus return

first_imgNew Zealand’s looming general election could be delayed, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Wednesday, as the shock re-emergence of the coronavirus sent the country’s largest city into lockdown and forced nursing homes nationwide to shut their doors.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents whose positive tests on Tuesday ended the country’s envied run of 102 days without community transmission.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland — a city of 1.5 million people — went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday, ending weeks of near normality, when thousands had flocked to restaurants and filled rugby stadiums. Topics : Election ‘very difficult’New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million, and halting community transmission for more than three months.Ardern described the new cases as “unsettling” but said all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.Her center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls, largely on the back of its success containing the virus through a strict seven-week lockdown earlier this year.With campaigning temporarily halted by the latest virus scare, the conservative National Party said it was open to a delay if circumstances warranted.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3.The initial lockdown is only for three days but University of Otago epidemiologist Amanda Kvalsvig said it could last much longer if the source of the infection was not found swiftly.”The aim is to return to alert level one (New Zealand’s lowest) and regain elimination status — but that won’t happen overnight,” she said.”Even after we stop seeing new cases it’ll take time and extensive testing to be sure the virus is once more under control.”The outbreak has already eroded some of the everyday freedoms New Zealanders had enjoyed, with Ardern urging Aucklanders to wear masks and restricting gatherings in the city to a maximum of 10 people.The final match of Super Rugby Aotearoa — which had been set to take place in front of a sold-out 43,000 crowd at Eden Park on Sunday — is also in doubt.The Auckland Blues said its players had been sent home to await advice on whether they can host the weekend’s blockbuster match against newly-crowned champions, the Canterbury Crusaders. In a statement, the legislature said that step “will no longer be held today” but could be done any time before 13 October 2020, potentially pushing the election out by months.Health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” Ardern said.Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield acknowledged the heartbreak of many Kiwis as they come to terms with the return of a virus many thought had been defeated.”I know the virus re-remerging in our community has caused alarm and the unknown is scary,” he said. “[But] we’ve been here before, we can get through it if we work together.” Panic buying returned to supermarkets, huge queues formed at COVID-19 testing stations and face-masked police manned roadblocks on major roads to enforce the new measures. Ardern warned the September 19 election may be have to be delayed if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure we have all options open to us,” she said. “No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”New Zealand’s parliament had been due to be dissolved Wednesday, to allow the election to go ahead.last_img read more

Illegal cockfighting sends 5 men to jail

first_imgThey were Rene Jabao, 57; Ricky Alparito, 29; Adian Gallo, 22; Alvin Loraña, 24, of Barangay Guihaman, Leganes, Iloilo; and Joseph Bermejo, 40, of Barangay Balibagan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. Recovered from the suspects were bet money which amounted to P1,020 and two game fowls. ILOILO City – Police caught five persons for illegal cockfighting in Barangay Guinobatan, Leganes, Iloilo.  The Dumangas police staged their apprehension around 1:30 p.m. on June 14. The five were detained in the lockup cell of the Leganes police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Dodgers break away from Giants in eighth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Whatever plans the Giants may have had of escaping with another one-run win went awry in the eighth inning in a 7-2 loss Saturday evening to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park.The Giants trailed just 3-2 going in to the eighth, beat the Dodgers 2-1 Friday night, and have a 14-5 record in one-run games.Instead, reliever Dereck Rodriguez gave up a pair of bases-loaded walks and Corey Seager reached Mark Melancon for a two-run double to break the game open as an announced …last_img read more

R500m facelift for V&A Waterfront

first_imgRay Maota The V&A Waterfront is one of the places to visit in Cape Town, and is currently receiving a R500-million makeover. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Growthpoint CEO Norbert Sasse said the V&A enjoys robust demand across all sectors, with lower vacancy rates than anywhere else in the country and benefits from significant net income growth. (Image: SA Property News) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nadine Kuzmanich  Growthpoint: Communications  +27 11 944 6251 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town a top emerging innovator • Cape Town has Africa’s best airport • Hollywood studio for Cape Town • Jazz festival brings stars to Cape TownCape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A) is currently undergoing a R500-million (US$74-million) revamp under its new South African owners, Growthpoint Properties and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).The V&A was bought by Growthpoint in March 2011 from Dubai World and London & Regional Properties for R9.7-billion ($1.4-billion), making it South Africa’s biggest single property deal to date.The deal to return the V&A to South African owners took almost two years to complete because it was subject to conditions such as exchange control approval.The revamp will focus on the Clock Tower precinct, the Fruit Court and the construction of parking space around the Allan Gray head office.Norbert Sasse, CEO of Growthpoint, said: “The significant value potential to be unlocked through the development of the approved bulk at the V&A Waterfront was always a key component to the transaction.“More than being the premier property asset in Africa, the V&A Waterfront has all the performance fundamentals in place. It enjoys robust demand across all sectors, with lower vacancy rates than anywhere else in the country and benefits from significant net income growth.”The revamp will be the biggest business development at the V&A in over two decades.PIC is involved in the deal as representatives of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF). PIC manages R900-billion ($133-billion) worth of assets belonging to public workers.Arthur Moloto, chairperson of the GEPF, said: “The V&A Waterfront acquisition has ensured that the ownership of one of the most prestigious properties in South Africa is again vested in the hands of South Africans, and specifically the South African worker base, in the form of 1.2-million public servants who are members of the GEPF.”The revamp comes at just the right time, coinciding with Cape Town being chosen as a top tourist and cultural destination.Recent examples include the launch of the latest James Bond novel, Carte Blanche, which is set in the city. Several high-profile films have also been shot on location in Cape Town, including Denzel Washington’s Safe House.In addition, Tripadvisor named Cape Town the number-one destination in the world in their 2011 Traveller’s Choice Awards.Through the V&A deal, Growthpoint, the largest listed property company in South Africa, has raised its assets to R40-billion ($5.8-billion), while the GEPF’s investment in the Western Cape has risen from 12% to 30%, solidifying its presence in the retail sector.Spotlight on Table MountainNot far from the V&A is Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, which is in the running to become one of the world’s seven most spectacular natural sites in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign.The landmark faces stiff competition from 28 other finalists, including the Amazon in South America, the Bay of Fundy in Canada and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. The only other competitor from Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.The New7Wonders of Nature campaign began in 2007 after the successful campaign to find seven new built wonders of the world.After a vote by more than 100-million people, the new seven built wonders were announced as the Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, the pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Roman Colosseum in Italy, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan – which used to be the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and the Incan city built in Machu Picchu in Peru.Bernard Weber, president and founder of the New7Wonders Foundation, said: “We are finding the New7Wonders of Nature campaign to be excitingly different from the first campaign. So many breathtakingly beautiful, natural places are still quite unknown to many. From waterfalls to fjords, rainforests to mountain peaks, freshwater lakes to volcanoes, we are discovering together the incredible beauty and variety of our planet.”People can vote for Table Mountain online or send the message “Table” to 34874, as often as possible.The results of the vote will be announced on 11 November 2011.last_img read more

a month agoCole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwood

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwoodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole has urged the club not to overload Mason Greenwood.Greenwood has scored for United against Astana in the Europa League and Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and he could start against Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out injured.Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s got a chance, he has got a chance. His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.”I just hope they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.”The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown in to the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow Lukaku and Sanchez to go.”They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.” last_img read more

23 days ago​Klopp knows Liverpool under pressure to beat RB Salzburg

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Klopp knows Liverpool under pressure to beat RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his team to get back to winning ways in the Champions League.The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of games away from home against Napoli.They are in a tough group and know they must get a win in the second round of games if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.Klopp hopes they can do that against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.He said to reporters ahead of the game: “We have to start winning and we should not waste time.”We want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are then it is not easy for Salzburg. We should not forget that.” last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For All 41 Bowl Games

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for all 41 bowl games.Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.43 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.51 PMlast_img read more

Toronto stock index closes down while US markets edge higher Loonie up

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended lower as energy stocks weighed, while U.S. stock markets edged higher a day after they were closed for the July 4 holiday.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was slid a per cent to be the worst of the sectors on the TSX as prices for oil and gas both fell.Overall, the S&P/TSX composite index closed down 38.11 points at 16,266.61 as financials and materials stocks also slid.Base metal stocks were up on the day despite a big slide in the September copper contract that ended down nine cents at US$2.83 a pound.Copper has fallen steeply from the nearly US$2.30 a pound it spiked to in early June on labour concerns at the Escondida mine in Chile, as increasing trade concerns have tempered demand speculation.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 181.92 points at 24,356.74. The S&P 500 index ended up 23.39 points at 2,736.61 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 83.75 points at 7,586.43.Stocks rose despite looming tariffs coming from the U.S. and China on Friday as underlying market sentiments remain strong, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“Yes there are elevated risks, there is greater volatility, but it’s impressive to see the underlying optimism in equities is still strong when you see these types of rallies shortly after there’s bad news announcements like tariffs.”The Canadian dollar averaged 76.17 cents US, up 0.08 of a US cent.The August crude contract closed down $1.20 at US$72.94 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ended down three cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.Pashootan said elevated oil prices are a potential concern for long-term consumer spending that makes up 70 per cent of economic growth.“One of the key takeaways from an investment perspective is these higher oil prices have led to considerably higher prices at the pump, which are taking a larger piece of the consumer’s wallet, and certainly affecting consumer confidence.”The August gold contract closed up $5.30 at US$1,258.80 an ounce.Centerra Gold slid 0.69 cents or 9.16 per cent to $6.84 after announcing that operations at its Mount Milligan mine in B.C. could be affected if it doesn’t secure new sources of water for processing. The company said it has applied to B.C. regulators take water from wells, creeks, and a lake.Canopy Growth Corp. closed up $1.05 or 2.72 per cent at $39.70 after the launch of a Latin American subsidiary and its acquisition of Colombian medical marijuana company Spectrum Cannabis Colombia for about $45.7 million in shares.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED), (TSX:CG)last_img read more