Iranian journalists sentenced to imprisonment, flogging

first_img RSF_en News February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Iranian regime’s latest steps to reinforce online censorship, in which two journalists who use social networks have just received harsh sentences – a long jail term in one case and flogging in the other. March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After his release on bail in April, Miresmaili was arrested again on 12 July because of a tweet about assistance provided by the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation to Palestinians in Gaza during the month of Ramadan. He had been freed on bail for a second time on 10 August. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News The latest crackdown’s targets also include Ejlal Ghavami, an independent journalist and human rights defender in Sanandaj, in the northwestern province of Kurdistan, who has been accused of “publishing false information designed to upset public opinion” by posting three articles on social networks about prisoners of conscience in Kurdistan province.  After being summoned by the Sanandaj prosecutor’s office on 20 August, he was freed on bail of 20 million toman. No date has so far been set for his trial. “This utterly excessive sentence is clearly designed to intimidate journalists active on social networks,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF Iran/Afghanistan’s desk. “Afflicted by corruption and the current crisis, the Islamic Republic is using all possible means to silence independent media voices. But it is precisely its censorship of the media, control of Internet content and arrests of journalists – in other words, the policy of suppressing media freedom in effect since the 1979 revolution – that is one of the causes of this crisis.” Hengameh Shahidi, a journalist who has been in the justice system’s sights for the past 18 months, was briefly arrested again when she left hospital at the end of June. The judicial authorities have said nothing about this latest arrest. The victims include Amir Hossein Miresmaili, a journalist with the daily newspaper Jahan Sanat (Industry World). He was sentenced to ten years in prison on 22 August for a tweet indirectly criticizing Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad Alamolhoda, a fundamentalist mullah who is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative in the city of Mashhad. According to Miresmaili’s lawyer, a Tehran criminal court convicted him of “insulting the sacredness of Islam,” “insulting government agents and officials,” “publishing false information designed to upset public opinion” and “publishing immoral articles contrary to public decency.” He was also sentenced to a two-year ban on journalistic activity on social networks on completing the jail term. In his tweet, Miresmaili had tried to suggest that Shia Islam’s Eighth Imam, also known as Imam Reza, was not a fundamentalist and was like today’s young people. He said the Imam “ate chips and yoghurt and was therefore like us.” He was arrested on 23 April, shortly after posting the offending tweet, and was freed on bail 24 hours later. His apologies failed to prevent the trial from going ahead.center_img Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more On 15 May, a few days after posting several tweets about her time in detention last year, Shahidi tweeted that she had been summoned by the Tehran prosecutor’s office for culture and media for “insulting the head of the judicial system.”  The editor of the Paineveste blog, Shahidi was first arrested on in March 2017. Although very ill, she went on several hunger strikes in protest against her detention and against the conditions in which she was held, and was finally released the following August. IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceInternet Shoja Hossein Zadeh, a citizen-journalist in Baneh, another city in Kurdistan province, was meanwhile sentenced to 74 lashes by a local criminal court in July on a charge of insulting President Hassan Rouhani in a satirical article accusing him of not keeping his election promises. Zadeh ran the Baneh News channel on the Telegram messaging service. IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceInternet August 30, 2018 Iranian journalists sentenced to imprisonment, flogging Follow the news on Iran News Receive email alerts News Iran is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go furtherlast_img read more

When you get to a fork in the road…take it!

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The title of this week’s post comes from a quote from the dearly departed baseball legend Lawrence “Yogi” Berra.  Apparently, Yogi spun that gem of a line when giving a friend directions to his house in New Jersey.  However, those “directions” might as well have come from the Fed last week.  The Fed’s mixed messages on their view of the U.S. economy, the state of other nations’ financial markets, and their intentions for monetary policy for the remainder of 2015 have left investors and traders as confused as Yogi’s friend must have been.While it is true that events such as Volkswagen’s emission scandal, the continued meltdown in Brazil now spilling over into other emerging markets, and further weakness in commodities have all led to sharp increases in volatility and weaker risk markets across the board, the uncertainty and outright confusion over what the Federal Reserve is going to do or say next dominates the investment landscape.An appropriate analogy to what investors are going through now with monetary policy uncertainty is what business owners went through while they waited for the details of Obamacare. It was tough to create a budget and commit capital to a business without knowing the details or cost of the upcoming health care legislation. This sort of paralysis is what appears to be taking hold in the business of capital markets now. continue reading »last_img read more

PR skills valued most in 21st century marketing strategy

first_imgThe methods of attracting and retaining credit union members have changed dramatically in the last five to 10 years. Suddenly, public relations tactics, not marketing, are preferred for driving revenue.Bringing in new members used to be a numbers game. It still is, to a great extent, but the rules of engagement have changed. Attracting prospects isn’t about pushing out sales messages to as many people as possible. Rather, it’s about drawing people in by creating and distributing content that serves them, not the credit union. Continuous sales outreach and self-promotion have fallen out of favor.The consumer is bombarded by choice. They don’t choose a financial institution because they saw an ad or read a mailer. They have become immune to sales pitches, advertising, post cards branch blitzes and cold calls. Rather, consumers prefer be courted over the long term with relevant content, third party credibility, social media engagement, and more visibility of selective member facing personnel and management team via personal branding.Today, the recommended process for increasing market share is to attract audience, develop relationships to build trust and credibility, and collect warm leads. Then is the time to initiate the sales process. Staffed by people with strong writing, communication and strategic planning skills, the public relations function has always been about relationship building, reputation management, positive media exposure, brand journalism (a.k.a. content marketing), speech writing, the newsletter, community relations, corporate giving, and more. Because this change happened so rapidly, most credit unions, known for being slow adopters, are struggling to keep up. To make matters worse, the rooted credit union leadership team continues to resist the mandates of the digital environment, which is evident in staid, self-promoting website content, the use of social media as a free advertising platform, the scarcity of management LinkedIn profiles, and more.The way to keep up with how target markets now make decisions is by updating four, crucial pieces of the business plan: repositioning the brand, building a bigger platform in the digital space, PR training for in-house marketing specialists, and changing mindset that values brand engagement over self-aggrandizement. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dana Dobson Dana Dobson is an award-winning public relations expert, keynote speaker and author of, “How to Reach Millions with Artful PR.” Over her 30-year career, she has developed winning PR and … Web: Detailslast_img read more