Visiting Iranian leader must be questioned about media freedom

first_img September 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Visiting Iranian leader must be questioned about media freedom Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iran The terrible situation in Iran, described in a UN report, should be raised with President Rouhani during his US visit As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives in New York for the 69th United Nations General Assembly, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the reinforcement of censorship under Rouhani and his many broken promises, and urges the international media to press him on these issues.Rouhani’s failure to keep his promises and the deplorable situation of freedom of information in Iran were highlighted in a report on the human rights situation in Iran that UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon issued on 14 September for the General Assembly’s consideration.Ban was asked to produce the report in a UN Human Rights Council resolution last March that condemned Iran’s grave and repeated human rights violations and extended the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed, the special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, for another year.Damning reportReferring to Rouhani’s pledges, the report said: “Unfortunately, those promises have not yet led to significant improvements, and restrictions on freedom of expression continue to affect many areas of life.” It also said the judicial authorities still question and arrest journalists, and the intelligence services still harass the media.Iran’s conservatives and their media lambasted Ban’s report. Mohammad Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the judicial system, accused him of “interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs” whereas “this county is governed by divine law, not the law of men.”Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Janati denied that there was any pressure on the media, ignoring the fact that around 52 journalists and netizens are currently in prison and around 10 publications have been closed in the past year.Rouhani in the USMeanwhile, there is little reassurance to be found in the latest statements by any of Iran’s top officials including Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif. During a pre-visit interview for the US television network NBC on 18 September, Rouhani was asked about Jason Rezaian, a journalist with dual US and Iranian nationality working for the Washington Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist working for The National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates. It is still not known why they were arrested in Tehran on 22 July or where they have been held for the past two months.Rouhani replied: “There are a lot of prisoners in the world, and there are a number of Iranians imprisoned by the Americans (…) The people you refer to (…) are Iranian nationals, and perhaps there are people for security or non-security reasons (who) have been detained within the framework of the Iranian judiciary.”Two other US citizens were arrested in Tehran on the same night as Rezaian and Salehi, one of them a freelance photographer with dual nationality whose family does not want her named. They were released provisionally a month later but Rezaian and Salehi are still detained in an utterly illegal manner.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, they are still being held by the Revolutionary Guards, who have subjected them to long periods of solitary confinement and other forms or pressure with the aim of extracting confessions for use against them in a trial.The ordeal has reportedly hit Rezaian hard physically and psychologically, and he is said to have lost 30 kilos. Some journalists and netizens have been released recently, but only on completion of their sentences. With 52 journalists and netizens currently held, Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news providers. With five women journalists and netizens held, it is also the world’s biggest prison for women news providers.Two of the detained women netizens are foreign nationals. They are Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, who has dual Iranian and British citizenship, and Farideh Shahgholi, who has dual Iranian and German citizenship. Both were arrested in connection their activities on online social networks. Neither the British nor German authorities have issued any formal statement about their detention.In any interview or news conferences during Rouhani’s US visit, Reporters Without Borders urges reporters and news media to ask him about the alarming situation of freedom of information in Iran, which continues to worsen, and to press him on the release of detained journalists and netizens.Relatives of detained Sufi news providers arrestedConcern is growing about the health of nine detained members of a Sufi order, the Gonabadi Dervishes, who have been on hunger strike since 31 August. Five are journalists and netizens who contributed to Majzooban Noor, a news website that supports the order. The other four are lawyers. All nine have been held since September 2011.Dervishes who began a peaceful protest in support for the hunger strikers outside the Tehran prosecutor’s office on 20 September were attacked by police on the second day, with the result that about 50 of the protesters were injured, including relatives of the hunger strikers.Many were also arrested, taken to various Tehran police stations, and then released a few hours later. Reporters Without Borders condemns this crackdown on the relatives of the detained Majzooban Noor contributors.Following the Tehran police chief’s promise to raise their concerns with the judicial authorities, the relatives posted a statement on the Majzooban Noor website yesterday calling for an end to the protest.Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries as regards freedom of information. It is ranked 173rd of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. 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Aargoya Setu Installation Not Mandatory For Travel By Air, Rail : Centre Tells Karnataka HC

first_imgNews UpdatesAargoya Setu Installation Not Mandatory For Travel By Air, Rail : Centre Tells Karnataka HC Mustafa Plumber12 Jun 2020 4:10 AMShare This – xThe Central Government on Friday clarified to the Karnataka High Court that it is not mandatory for a person wishing to travel by Air or Rail to install the Aarogya Setu application on mobile phone and that its use was voluntary. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice E S Indiresh was informed by Additional Solicitor General (AGS) M B Nargund that :”A person can travel…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government on Friday clarified to the Karnataka High Court that it is not mandatory for a person wishing to travel by Air or Rail to install the Aarogya Setu application on  mobile phone and that its use was voluntary. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice E S Indiresh was informed by Additional Solicitor General (AGS) M B Nargund that :”A person can travel by Air without having downloaded the Aarogya Setu app and the same thing applies for travel by railways. A self declaration though will have to be given by the passenger. It is advisable to download the Aarogya setu application. If they (passengers) want to have it have it ;if they don’t want to have don’t have it.” The statement was made during the hearing of a petition filed by cyber security activist, Anivar A Aravind.  The court in its order recorded that :”As stated by the Additional Solicitor General, even if a passenger wishes to travel by Air and has not downloaded Aaarogya Setu application, he can travel by filing a self declaration as provided. Therefore it is not mandatory for a citizen to provide evidence of downloading the Aarogya Setu application as a condition for air travel. The guidelines making it mandatory for passengers has been amended by providing that it is advisable to download the application before commencing rail journey. This makes it clear that a person who wishes to travel by will be permitted to travel though he has not downloaded the application.” The bench while posting the matter for further hearing to July 10 has directed the state and the central government to file its statement of objections on the larger issues raised in the petition they are: Whether the Central and State Governments can make use of the Aarogya Setu application mandatory as a condition for accessing all public offices. Is the action of the Central government introducing the application supported by law?. Chief Justice Oka said these issues will have to be gone into.   Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, submitted that the National Directives for Covid Management, which makes the use of the app as mandatory for all employees both public and private, is in violation of Fundamental Rights, guaranteed under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. The petitioner submitted that many countries across the world launched mobile apps for contact tracing of persons who test positive for COVID-19. The applications are voluntary and most of these applications across the world use only Bluetooth and do not not access the location of the user. However, the application launched on April 2, by the National Informatics Centre for contact tracing and which has been downloaded more than 100 million times by users, has been using location service and bluetooth to track users. The petitioner also argued that the Data Access Protocol for Aarogya Setu notified by the Chairperson of the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management on May 11 has no force of law and that this protocol cannot be an excuse to mandate the use of Aarogya setu app without any enabling law. The app has been collecting excessive data and this goes against the principles of data minimization and purpose limitation as enshrined in ‘Puttaswamy Judgement’, contended the petitioner.  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons Will Play God on Broadway

first_imgHe’s won Emmys for The Big Bang Theory, but now he’s all about creationism. Or something. Jim Parsons will play God (the Almighty) in An Act of God, the previously announced stage adaptation of The Last Testament: A Memoir By God. The production will begin performances on May 5 at Studio 54 (can you imagine a more sacred space on Broadway?). Opening night is set for May 28. Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct. The Creator Himself has written the Play, which has been transcribed by Emmy-winning The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. Casting of two angels, the design team and the end date of the limited engagement will be announced shortly. Although the show is playing at Roundabout’s Studio 54, it is not a Roundabout production. This is the Word of the Lord. God (through His press agent) has billed the show as such: “A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind.” In an early statement, He said, “This Play will help clear up the fallacy that I’m old fashioned…and instead reveal the true Me: up-to-date and holier-than-you.” Jeez, God. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 Parsons made his Broadway debut in The Normal Heart and most recently appeared on the Great White Way in Harvey. He has taken home four Emmy Awards for his performance as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. His additional screen credits include Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, the HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart, Garden State and Wish I Was Here. An Act of God View Commentslast_img read more

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