Reporters without borders voices its complete solidarity with the american-iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a “spying” charge

first_img Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists April 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters without borders voices its complete solidarity with the american-iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a “spying” charge News February 25, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Roxana Saberi, the young American-Iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge in Tehran on 18 April, has been on hunger strike for the past five days. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa News Roxana Saberi, the young American-Iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge in Tehran on 18 April, has been on hunger strike for the past five days, her father has told Reporters Without Borders. He said she called him today from prison to tell him this. She is “determined and ready to go all the way,” Reza Saberi said, adding that he was “very worried.”“We voice our complete solidarity with Roxana Saberi, who was unjustly arrested and convicted in a trial lacking any transparency,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Her decision to go on hunger strike, a last-ditch form of protest, is an act of rebellion against a fundamental injustice.”The press freedom organisation added: “Saberi must know that she is not alone. Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and 35 other press freedom organisations, as well as Iranian human rights activists and journalists, are all supporting her and demanding her release. We will not abandon her.”Saberi’s lawyer was not allowed to speak at her trial, held behind closed doors on 13 April, five days before the verdict was issued. He has filed an appeal against her conviction. She will be 32 tomorrow.Saberi was arrested at the start of February although her arrest was not revealed until the start of the following month. The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and who acquired US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR.She was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried for “spying” for the United States, a charge that the Iranian authorities often use to silence outspoken journalists. Several American-Iranian journalists have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence.Seven journalists are currently imprisoned in Iran, which was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New joint venture to develop 500MW of solar in Ireland

first_imgNew joint venture to develop 500MW of solar in Ireland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Power Portal:Irish solar developer Shannon Energy is to develop 500MW of solar in Ireland over five years in a joint venture with Danish renewables investor and developer Obton Energy.In interviews on Wednesday morning with sister site PV Tech, both companies confirmed that Ireland’s forthcoming inaugural renewable energy auction scheme spurred the €300 million (£256 million) plan.Gerry Shannon, who runs the Dublin-based company with his brother, explained, “Ireland is fertile ground thanks to the government’s new auction process”. Ready-to-build projects totaling 150MW have already been secured and developed, he said, and the partners intend “to reach further back into the development process and look to secure greenfield sites” over the next five years, too.Details of Ireland’s long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) were unveiled in December. The first, 300GWh, auction is scheduled for the summer. The government has devised the scheme, which will be administered by Ireland’s transmission system operator EirGrid, in order to increase renewables’ share of Ireland’s electricity to 70% by 2030 from about 40% today.Both Shannon and [Anders Marcus, chief executive officer of Obton] confirmed that while energy storage was not included in short-term plans, it is likely to be included in the long-term.Corporate offtakers will also be considered in due course. “Corporate PPAs tend to be shorter term, five or seven years, and we’re going to hold these projects for 30 years, meaning we would prefer to have a longer-agreement,” said Shannon. “In the future, if we can find a corporate PPA or a private PPA that would be suitable for us, then of course we will go ahead and construct, provided that the bank regards to paperwork of such a PPA to be a viable risk.”[Cecilia Keating]More: JV between New Obton and Shannon Energy to spend £256m on 500MW of Irish solarlast_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: Stretch right out and fully enjoy own tropical oasis

first_img27 Sir Bruce Small, Benowa Waters.MAJESTIC sweeping views of the wide Nerang River are just the beginning of this resort-style oasis. Set on a sprawling 1011sq m block the property is home to artist Jutta Muller who bought the four-bedroom house in 2003. 27 Sir Bruce Small, Benowa Waters is on the market at $2 – $2.3 million. ON THE MARKET ADDRESS: 27 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa AGENT: Lucy Cole and John Cole, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties Bundall PRICE: $2 – $2.3 millionINSPECTIONS: By appointment The stylish abode is home to artist Jutta Muller.“Outdoors is a large resort-style Roman pool and entertaining spaces with paths that meander through established tropical gardens and continue to a large pontoon,” Mr Cole said. “Connecting these spaces is a living area with built-in surround sound so all family members can have their own areas to relax and unwind.”center_img There is ample space to relax and unwind.A grand double door entry opens to reveal picturesque views of the water. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoLucy Cole and John Cole from Lucy Cole prestige properties are marketing the property and said the tropical garden was one of the best features. last_img read more

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Trump slams Rep. Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban

first_imgOn Tuesday, Trump reiterated his claims that Tlaib “hates Israel and all Jewish people,” and called her an “anti-Semite.”The president has repeatedly criticized “Squad Members” Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for their anti-Israel rhetoric.Last week, the Democrat lawmakers were denied entry to Israel because of their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the country.Trump was accused of pressuring Israel into the decision after suggesting Israel would look “weak” if it allowed the Congresswomen to enter.Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and an outspoken Trump critic, later requested and was granted a waiver to visit her grandmother in the West Bank.However, she reversed course a day later and announced she would not go.Reps. Tlaib and Omar held a joint press conference on Monday denouncing Israel’s decision.Tlaib teared up as she spoke about growing up in Israel and recounting her family’s experiences.“As a young girl visiting Palestine to visit my family I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints even though she was a United States citizen and proud American,” Tlaib said, becoming emotional.Omar also suggested that lawmakers reconsider the annual U.S. aid allocated to Israel after they were prohibited from entering.Trump’s tweets on Tuesday came after coverage of the press conference played out on Fox News throughout the morning.It is the latest in his ongoing feud with Democrat lawmakers known as ‘The Squad.’Related content:President Trump v. The Squad – ‘If you hate our country, you can leave’ President Trump slammed Rep. Rashida Tlaib via Twitter Tuesday after a press conference where she emotionally criticized Israel over its decision to ban her from entering the country last week.Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019last_img read more

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