Another journalist arrested, leading daily suspended

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information center_img News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News August 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist arrested, leading daily suspended Reporters Without Borders called today for the release of Soheil Assefi, a journalist who was arrested when he presented himself to a Tehran court on 4 August in response to a summons. Neither his family nor his lawyers know where he is being held or what he is charged with. Officials from the prosecutor’s office searched his home on 31 July, taking personal documents and his computer’s hard disk.“This situation is unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “He is the third journalist to be arrested in the space of week. His detention brings to 11 the number of journalists and cyber-dissidents held in Iran, which is the Middle East’s biggest prison for the press. Iran must stop hounding journalists by bringing trumped-up charges against them.”Assefi’s detention was preceded by the arrests of Masoud Bastani and Farshad Gorbanpour, two journalists working the news website Roozonline and pro-reform newspapers, on 31 July. Bastani was freed after several hours but Gorbanpour was transferred to security section 209 in Tehran’s Evin prison on the orders of Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi. Neither was officially charged.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the suspension yesterday of the daily Shargh on the orders of the Commission for Media Authorisation and Surveillance for publishing an interview with Saghi Ghahram, a writer, poet and editor of the online exile newspaper Cheraq, in which she defended homosexuals. The commission is controlled by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Shargh was previously suspended on 11 September 2006 for publishing a cartoon that was deemed to have insulted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The newspaper had been allowed to resume operating on 13 May, after a drawn-out judicial case.Finally, Reporters Without Borders also condemns the continuing impunity in the murder more than a year ago of Ayfer Serçe, a Turkish journalist of Kurdish origin. Serçe was killed by Iranian soldiers some time between 20 and 23 July 2006 in Keleres, in the northwestern province of Azarbayjan. The Iranian authorities refused to hand over her body to her family and the exact circumstances of her death are still unclear. News June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Manchester City aren’t only big spenders — Guardiola

first_imgIf there is one thing that still riles Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, it is the suggestion that his English Premier League success is down to money.Manchester City were cleared on Monday of breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court overturned the club’s two-year European ban.But the club’s manager was in a fiery mood as he railed against the idea that cash was behind the club’s two Premier League titles.For the Spaniard, who won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, Manchester City are by no means unusual when it comes to spending big on players.Guardiola, whose side are still fighting this season for their first UEFA Champions League title, said Manchester United and Arsenal had also invested heavily to win previous Premier League titles.“When Chelsea start (started) to win Premier Leagues, they (had) invested more money than the other ones,” he told reporters. “I’m a good manager, but I don’t win titles if I don’t have good players and good players are expensive. But all the clubs spend a lot of money.”Manchester City have spent more than a billion pounds on acquiring players since the club was bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2008.Guardiola took over the team in 2016 and has spent heavily in the transfer market, including nine players who cost more than 45 million pounds ($56.46 million) each.He said: “We can spend as much money as our chairman or our owners want, but always, always in the Financial Fair Play rules and we show it, we were there.“We were exonerated for something we were accused of, all the time. That is the reality. “When we won, it was on the pitch. All the good things we have done, all the bad things we have done it was on the pitch, in the grass, in the green, there.”Guardiola pointed out that neighbours Manchester United outbid them to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and Harry Maguire from Leicester City and highlighted big-spending from other eras.The former FC Barcelona manager said the pressure of the UEFA investigation had brought him closer to Manchester City.He said: “I love this club. I love, because I know the people here and I’m working (with them) for a long time. We have our history.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says “I don’t know if it’s better or worse, it doesn’t matter, it’s our history. I love it.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Court of Arbitration for SportFFPManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier LeagueUEFAlast_img read more