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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SC Rejects Plea Of Govt. Service Candidates Against Invalidation Of Results For Whitener Use, Despite Evaluation By Computer

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Rejects Plea Of Govt. Service Candidates Against Invalidation Of Results For Whitener Use, Despite Evaluation By Computer Mehal Jain16 Nov 2020 6:45 AMShare This – x”In this country, people who comply with rules are punished. And people who don’t comply will always have arguments”, remarked Justice Ravindra Bhat on MondayThe petitioners before the bench of Justices U. U. Lalit, Vineet Saran and Bhat were candidates in the Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 who had, despite clear instructions to the contrary, in fact used a whitener over…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”In this country, people who comply with rules are punished. And people who don’t comply will always have arguments”, remarked Justice Ravindra Bhat on MondayThe petitioners before the bench of Justices U. U. Lalit, Vineet Saran and Bhat were candidates in the Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 who had, despite clear instructions to the contrary, in fact used a whitener over their OMR Sheets, in attempting the questions during the examination which they undertook for the test in question. Consequently, their results were held to be invalidated even though the OMR sheets stood duly evaluated by the computer.”The use of eraser, whitener etc has been refused because the computer might not be able to read the OMR sheets then. But in our case, the computer read it! All I am praying is for the authorities to at least declare the result!… This was only an eligibility exam…it is to be held every year but actually it is held only once in 4-5 years…I have crossed the age limit for taking it now…”, urged the counsel for the petitioners.”It is possible that even after the exam, the correct answer can be inserted by the use of these devices of eraser, whitener etc. The purpose of the rule is to ensure transparency and fairness. Once the rules have forbidden the use of these items, you are deemed to have been given adequate notice (to not use such items)”, observed Justice Lalit.”Why should you even be considered? What about those who complied with the rules and fed the incorrect answer? In this country, people comply with rules only to be punished, and those who don’t comply will always have arguments…Why can’t you follow the rules? And you are hoping to get into service, into a public institution?”, commented Justice Bhat.The bench proceeded to dismiss the SLP.Bihar Elementary Teachers Eligibility Test 2017 was conducted pursuant to Advertisement No.42 dated 6th April, 2017. The communiqué issued by the Bihar School Examination Board, Patna vide Notification dated 13.07.2017 clearly stipulated two conditions; (i) in Column-4, that no candidate is authorised/permitted to use pen, eraser or whitener on the OMR Sheet; (ii) in Column-5, that if the OMR Sheets are not properly filled up, the same would be rejected by the computer resulting in invalidation of their result for which the candidate alone would be responsible.Aggrieved thereof, writ petitions were preferred before the Patna High Court which stood adjudicated against the petitioners vide impugned judgment dated 19.07.2019. Consequently, writ appeals assailing the judgement on a limited point had been filed.”We notice that the instructions issued in Column- 4 of the Advertisement No.63 of 2017 dated 13.07.20217 are unambiguous. No overwriting or use of whitener on the OMR Sheets is permissible. Consequences, adverse in nature, are prescribed. Only for the reason that despite the use of whitener, OMR Sheets stand evaluated by the computer, that itself would not render the clause of rejection of result to be invalidated or nugatory”, the division bench of the HC had said in dismissing the appeals on September 23.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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