Two cyberfeminists freed after authorities reduce bails sums demanded

first_imgReporters Without Borders welcomes the release of two women’s rights activists who had been held for more than a month in Tehran’s Evin prison for exercising their right to online free expression. Maryam Hosseinkhah and Jelveh Javaheri were freed on bail yesterday after the authorities reduced the large amounts of bail being demanded for their release.“This is a relief,” the press freedom organisation said. “Hosseinkhah and Javaheri were imprisoned for no other reason than the views they expressed. They are innocent and we would like to think their release marks an end to the repression of women’s rights activists. The authorities have been waging an all-out policy to deter people from expressing themselves freely on the Internet. Around 30 cyber-dissidents have been arrested in the past year. We urge the authorities to drop the charges brought against them.”Hosseinkhah, 32, is a reporter for the feminist websites Zanestan and WeChange, to which Javaheri, 30, is a regular contributor. They are charged with “disturbing public opinion,” “publishing false news” and “publicity against the Islamic Republic” because of articles they wrote demanding respect for women’s rights under the constitution.Hosseinkhah was arrested on 18 November, while Javaheri was arrested on 1 December. They were freed after the amount of bail requested was reduced to 5 million tomans (4,500 euros) from the 95,000 euros which a Tehran revolutionary court had originally demanded for Hosseinkhah and the 50,000 euros demanded for Javaheri.Iran cracked down harder on the Internet in 2007. Reza Validazeh, 22, the editor of Baznegar, a website which for the past year has been publishing a daily review of Iranian blogs, was arrested on 27 November because of an article commenting ironically on the resources allocated to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s security. On 16 December, the interior ministry closed 24 Tehran Internet cafés and arrested around 20 people for “immoral behaviour.”Websites offering news about Iran have had to register with the culture ministry for the past year. The council of ministers has said that insulting Islam or other monotheistic religions, spreading separatist ideologies, publishing false news or publishing news that invades privacy are all grounds for declaring a website illegal. Follow the news on Iran RSF_en to go further News March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts “Hosseinkhah and Javaheri were imprisoned for no other reason than the views they expressed. They are innocent and we would like to think their release marks an end to the repression of women’s rights activists”, the press freedom organisation said. January 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyberfeminists freed after authorities reduce bails sums demanded News News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 11, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Amy to light up Limerick this Christmas

first_img Previous article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photosNext articleCity protests over sealing of Mother and Baby home records Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisement Print Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Email Amy Mulcachy and Baz AshmawyAMY Mulcachy, who survived against all the odds after becoming trapped when her rowboat capsized, is to light up Limerick this Christmas. The Annacotty teenager has been invited to take part in the turning on of the Christmas lights via a video link this year. Amy’s life hung in the balance after her hair became entangled in the boat and she was submerged in the river for nearly ten minutes. But she fought back and is on the road to recovery.She featured in the first programme of the DIY SOS television series in which presenter Baz Ashmawy and a team of volunteers gave her home a massive makeover to make it easier for Amy to get around in her wheelchair and gain independence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NewsCommunityAmy to light up Limerick this ChristmasBy Staff Reporter – October 29, 2020 1824 last_img read more