Elections: 48 million voters denied information, 48 journalists denied freedom

Posted On Jun 12 2021 by

first_imgAs a result of in-fighting among the regime’s clans and tension between Iran and the international community, these elections have been marked by threats and fear. Messages posted on billboards in the major cities say “If you don’t participate in the elections, the westerners will attack the country” and “If the turnout is not more than 50 per cent, United- States will attack Iran.” The messages are falsely said to be quotations from statements by media based abroad that are banned in Iran, such as the website Balatarin and Radio Farda (the Farsi-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). The same messages have also been repeated incessantly on national radio and TV stations in recent weeks. News June 11, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Elections: 48 million voters denied information, 48 journalists denied freedom On the eve of tomorrow’s parliamentary elections in Iran, Reporters Without Borders condemns the censorship imposed on the media, which prevents them from playing their role during the polling, and the continuing, relentless crackdown on journalists.Iran’s 48 million voters are being denied the independently-reported news and information they need to make a choice. The crackdown on journalists and netizens has intensified. No independent media has been spared the political and judicial harassment that the various ruling clans have orchestrated since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009.A total of 48 journalists and netizens are currently detained, making Iran the world’s third biggest prison for the media.“The governmental media are free to organize the regime’s propaganda for this election ‘among friends’ but the authorities have imposed all-out censorship on the media, even the ones that support the regime, and oversee their work closely,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The orders are clear – the only stories to be published are those that encourage people to go and vote.“Since the start of the campaign, the media have received directives instructing them to refer to the ‘Iranian people’s great victory’ and not to mention or cover certain stories such as the boycott calls by several political currents. In the past few days, judicial officials have even called newspaper editors to dictate their front page and demand their silence on certain subjects.”Many cases of censorship have occurred during the campaign. The weekly Hadiss Ghazvin, for example, was charged on 27 February with “publishing false information with the aim of upsetting public opinion.” A prosecutor said that, in its latest issue, the newspaper “published photos of prisons, poverty, executions and so on in order to paint a sombre picture of the country, and predicted a low voter turnout.”At the same time, many foreign correspondents were unable to obtain visas to cover the elections. Three days before the polling, Iranian embassies returned applicants’ passports without any explanation.center_img IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation News to go further “As a result of the imprisonment of journalists, closure of newspapers, filtering of news websites, jamming of satellite TV stations and suppression critical opinion, these elections cannot be conducted in normal manner and are therefore meaningless,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Without freedom of expression, fundamental rights cannot be guaranteed and protected. The right to vote requires that voters also have the right to be freely informed, which is not the case in Iran. The Islamic Republic should end a situation that is unacceptable.”Iran is ranked 175th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.last_img read more


Broadway in the House! Frankie James Grande to Compete on Big Brother

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Grande has appeared on the Broadway stage in Mamma Mia!, and served as a producer for the revivals of Hamlet, La Bete and Born Yesterday. He also played a drag queen pageant hopeful in the benefit production of Pageant: The Musical. He was originally scheduled to appear in the tuner’s upcoming off-Broadway production, but has since left the project, presumably due to scheduling conflicts with the TV competition. Grande revealed part of his strategy to the magazine, saying, “I’m going to drop Grande and just use my father’s last name, Marchione…I plan on flying under the radar the first few weeks.” And what was his sister’s advice? “Go make them fall in love with you…but don’t show them all of you.” Who’s watching you, Frankie? We are, and soon, the rest of America! According to People, Broadway actor and producer Frankie James Grande, who also happens to be the older half-brother of TV star and Broadway alum Ariana Grande, will appear on the new season of Big Brother. With cameras following him around a house 24/7, Grande will compete against 15 other hopefuls for $500,000. The new season of Big Brother will premiere on CBS beginning June 25. View Commentslast_img read more


4 ways to minimize employee fraud and theft

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgUnfortunately, we live in a world where businesses, and people in general, have to be prepared for the possibility of a robbery or theft. For a business owner, it can be hard to think about your trusted employees engaging in dishonest or fraudulent activities that could harm your company, but the fact of the matter is, it happens more often than you think. Here are some of the cold hard facts from the 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse:Typical organization loses 5% of revenues in a given year as a result of fraud.The median loss for all cases in the study was $150,000, with 23.2% of cases causing losses of $1 million or moreThe median loss suffered by small organizations (those with fewer than 100 employees) was the same as that incurred by the largest organizations (those with more than 10,000 employees)More than three-fourths of the frauds analyzed were committed by individuals working in seven key departments: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper management, customer service, purchasing, and finance continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Baines to be offered new deal

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img “Leighton is the most important player for us now and in the future,” said the Everton manager. “We want to do what we can to reward that and let him know he deserves our appreciation. “Contract talks will be opened but it is not just about the contract, it is about making sure he knows how much we want him and how much we appreciate him.” Despite the loss of Fellaini – and, to a lesser extent, Victor Anichebe to West Brom – Martinez believes his squad emerged from the transfer window stronger with the arrivals of midfielders James McCarthy and Gareth Barry from Wigan and Manchester City respectively, and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. The latter two are on loan, but Martinez thinks those last-day signings, plus the quartet of Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofleu who arrived soon after he joined from Wigan earlier in the summer, have left the club in a strong position. “In football you always want to keep the best performers, but he (Fellaini) leaves with our best wishes,” said Martinez, who would not confirm whether the Belgian had handed in a last-minute transfer request prior to his £27.5million move – £4million more than his recently expired buy-out clause. “There was a lot of talk (in the summer), but there was never a case of having to make a decision on it because the contractual situation with Marouane was straightforward. “His buy-out clause expired on July 31 and his valuation completely differed. “But when you lose a player you have to end up in better shape and that is what we have achieved. “The squad ended up stronger and in a very good position.” Former Toffees boss David Moyes wanted to take the England left-back and midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford with him, but only succeeded in buying the latter. While the Belgium international had regularly hinted at looking for a new club over the last 12 months, Baines has been a model professional and Martinez believes that deserves recognition. Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to reward Leighton Baines’ loyalty with a new contract after the club fended off interest from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more