Iranian bloggers denied due process

first_img Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the supreme court has overturned software and website designer Saeed Malekpour’s death sentence on charges of creating pornographic sites and “insulting Islam’s holy principles.” A 35-year-old Canadian resident who was arrested while visiting his family in Iran in 2008, Malekpour has not however been released.The charges were based on the fact that Malekpour created a photo-uploading programme that was used by porn sites. Held incommunicado for more than a year in Tehran’s Evin prison and reportedly tortured, Malekpour insisted that he was unaware that his software had been used in this way.It was his defence lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabi, who reported on 5 June that the supreme court had quashed Malekpour’s death sentence on the basis of a submission prepared by a lawyer specialized in new technology law which had stressed the difference between the creation of software and the use to which it is put.When Tehran prosecutor Abbas Ja’fari Dowlatabadi announced on 30 January that the supreme court was reexamining the death sentences passed on two “immoral website administrators,” human rights activists has assumed he was referring to Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, another netizen who had been sentenced to death.A 25-year-old information and computer technology student at a university in India, Asghari was arrested during a return visit to Iran in 2008 and has been held ever since. He was also reportedly tortured. His trial was held at the end of 2010 but the verdict was never announced. Since then, Reporters Without Borders has been unable to obtain any information about his situation.Several computer experts and bloggers such as Malekpour have been tried and convicted by revolutionary court judges who understand little of new technology. Some have been convicted by Mohammad Moghisieh, the president of the Tehran Revolutionary Court’s 28th Chamber, who was implicated in prisoner massacres in 1998, when he used the name Naserian. Moghisieh is one of several judges who have been imposing harsh sentences on dissidents, journalists and bloggers for the past two years. Another is Abolghasem Salevati, the president of the Revolutionary Court’s 15th Chamber. Reporters Without Borders calls for the quashing of all of these sentences issued without due process, and for the immediate release of these bloggers.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the blogger Sakhi Righi (balochistan-s.blogfa), who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of publishing false information and “acts against national security.” This is the longest jail sentence ever passed on a blogger in Iran. Arrested on 18 June 2009 in the southeastern city of Zahedan, his home town, he is being held in appalling conditions in Karon prison, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Torture was used to extract the confession used to convict him. His only crime is to have the same surname as Abdolmalek Righi, the head of the Balochi armed opposition group Jundallah, whose execution on 20 June 2010 did not however lead to the blogger’s release.Iran is on the list of “Enemies of the Internet” which Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March. to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img June 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian bloggers denied due process Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa News March 18, 2021 Find out more News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

City Council Awards Contracts for Dredging Projects

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIIn the past three years, Ocean City has been spending millions of dollars to methodically clear out channels and lagoons clogged with mud and silt.The ambitious program will resume this fall following City Council’s approval Thursday night of two dredging contracts for a series of shallow lagoons along the back bays.City Business Administrator George Savastano said the dredging projects will boost the local economy by making Ocean City more attractive to boaters and by helping the bayfront marinas.“It’s good to have navigable waterways throughout all of the lagoons. It’s good for our boating community and good for our economy,” Savastano said in an interview after the Council meeting.One of the dredging projects will include the North Point Lagoon, the Waterfront Park & Marina and the Bayside Center. Charter Contracting Company LLC of Boston, the low bidder, was awarded a $1.4 million contract to dredge those areas.In a separate project, Charter Contracting was awarded a $915,000 contract to dredge the Snug, Sunny and South Harbors, Glen Cove, Bluefish Lagoon and 7th Street. Charter was also the low bidder for this project.Charter Contracting Company of Boston will perform the dredging work for Ocean City. (Courtesy of Charter Contracting Company website)The dredging program planned for this fall also includes what the city calls “maintenance projects” that will improve tidal flow and keep sediment from building up at the mouths of other lagoons.In 2018, Ocean City became the first municipality in New Jersey to receive a state permit allowing it to dredge along the entire length of the island.The permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection essentially gives the city blanket approval to dredge the bayfront from one end of town to the other. In the past, the city had to secure permits for each dredging project it had proposed.Boat slip owners are able to piggyback on the city’s dredging permits for their own projects. Under the voluntary program, property owners still have to pay for dredging their slips, but the process relieves them of some of the costs and headaches of doing the work on their own, including finding a disposal site for the sediment.Mayor Jay Gillian has repeatedly said that the dredging projects preserve property values, improve public safety, help the boat owners and marinas and protect the environment.City Council also approves a contract for the installation of artificial turf at the airport to discourage birds from congregating near the runway.In other business Thursday, Council awarded a $565,843 contract to low bidder Act Global Americas Inc. of Austin, Texas, to install artificial turf at Ocean City Municipal Airport. The artificial turf will discourage birds from congregating on the airport grounds and causing a potential danger for planes.The city is receiving a $618,764 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to install the artificial turf in different areas of the airport, including both ends of the runway.Artificial turf is supposed to make the airport less hospitable to seagulls and other birds, which graze next to the runway or make the bayside property their home.Savastano explained that birds prefer natural grass, so by placing artificial turf near the runway the hope is that they will go elsewhere.The airport’s expansive grounds next to the bay and marshlands make it a natural gathering spot for seagulls and other shore birds.The airport’s bayside location is a natural attraction for seagulls and other shore birds.Built in 1935, the airport’s claim to fame is that it is the only one in New Jersey located on a barrier island, giving tourist-dependent Ocean City another way to draw visitors to the beach resort.The airport is only a few blocks from the beach. During the summer, it is common to see pilots and their families get off their planes toting their beach chairs and umbrellas.Overall, the airport handles about 1,400 planes each year, with about 80 percent of the traffic arriving in the summer, the facility’s manager said last year. New contracts will continue the dredging program for lagoons and channels along the back bays.last_img read more

Groves links up with promoter Warren

first_imgGeorge Groves has signed a three-year deal with promoter Frank Warren.Groves, 23, added the British super-middleweight title to his Commonwealth crown when he beat bitter rival and fellow west Londoner James DeGale – who is already signed to Warren.Previously signed to Hayemaker Promotions, Groves will retain Hayemaker’s Adam Booth as his trainer and manager.AdChoices广告“Having sat down with Adam Booth and discussed at length what was the best move for my career to progress towards a world title, we agreed that everything that Frank put to us made perfect sense,” said Groves.“He [Warren] is the most experienced promoter in Britainby far and we feel has the experience and ability to take me to the very top.”Booth added: “On the surface, this may seem a strange decision from me and Hayemaker to have made, but this is all about what is best for the career of George, and we believe that working with Frank is the best decision we could have made.”Groves, from Shepherd’s Bush, took his professional record to 13-0 with May’s split-decision win over Harlesden’s DeGale, who wants a rematch and is due to fight Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski for the European title next month.“I’m very happy that George has chosen to come under my promotional banner and we will now be involved in some big fights,” said Warren.“He’s a good fighter and the last fight against James DeGale was the first time I had worked with him.  “Of course, everyone is asking about a return with James, who I represent, and it is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again.  The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way.  “One thing’s for sure: the public will want to see it again.  It’s a big domestic rivalry that will become ever bigger.”last_img read more