Twenty-seven women journalists held in appalling conditions


first_imgNews Read in Russian / Читать на русскомAs more and more women take up journalism, so too have women journalists increasingly been the victims of ruthless persecution by authoritarian regimes. According to RSF’s tally, of the 334 journalists in prison at the end of February, 27 of them – or 8% – were women. Five years ago, only 3% of imprisoned journalists were women.These women journalists are being held by nine countries. Iran and China are the two largest  jailers of women journalists, with seven held in each country. They are followed by Turkey which – despite freeing the famous Kurdish journalist and artist Zehra Doğan two weeks ago – continues to detain four other women journalists. Saudi Arabia is holding three women journalists, Vietnam two and Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, and Nicaragua are each holding one.Targeted for what they write, charged with the worst crimesAlthough targeted by the authorities because of their articles or social network posts, these women  are usually held on charges of “terrorist propaganda” or “membership of a terrorist group,” as in Turkey and Egypt, or for “suspicious contacts with foreign entities,” as in Saudi Arabia. Although vague and unsubstantiated, allegations of this kind are used to impose long jail terms.In Iran, journalist and human rights defender Narges Mohammadi and Paineveste blog editor Hengameh Shahidi were sentenced to 10 and 12 years in prison respectively on charges of “conspiring against national security and the Islamic Republic” and “insulting” the head of the judicial system. Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, who has British and Iranian dual citizenship, initially received a 20-year prison sentence in 2014 for her Facebook posts. It was later reduced to five years.Life sentencesSome countries have no reservations about imposing the longest possible prison terms in order to silence outspoken voices. This is the case in China. Gulmira Imin, a member of the Uyghur Muslim community and editor of the news website Salkin, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 on charges of “separatism” and “divulging state secrets.”A well-known 74-year-old journalist, Nazlı Ilıcak, received the same sentence in Turkey for taking part in a TV broadcast critical of the government on the eve of an abortive coup attempt in July 2016. She and two male colleagues, the Altan brothers, were sentenced to “aggravated” imprisonment for life, the harshest form of isolation, with no furloughs and no possibility of a pardon.“Twenty-seven woman journalists are currently deprived of their freedom because of what they wrote or because they spoke out courageously,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “They are spared nothing. They are often the victims of disproportionate and iniquitous sentences. They are subjected to the most appalling prison conditions, like their male colleagues, and they are sometimes also tortured and harassed sexually. We call for their immediate release and we urge the United Nations to take up these cases.”“Inhumane” conditionsWomen, like their male colleagues, are liable to be subjected to extremely harsh prison conditions. Lucía Pineda Ubau, the news director of the Nicaraguan TV news channel 100% Noticias, spent 41 days in Managua’s El Chipote high-security prison before being transferred to a women’s prison at the end of December. The conditions in El Chipote, where the former Somoza family dictatorship used to torture its political prisoners, are “inhumane,” according to José Inácio Faria, a Portuguese MEP who visited Pineda there.Tran Thi Nga, a Vietnamese blogger who defended migrant workers, was held incommunicado for more than six months after her arrest, until finally sentenced to nine years in prison on a charge of “anti-state propaganda” in a one-day trial on July 25, 2017. She was denied phone calls and visits for nearly a year because she “refused to admit her guilt.” Her lawyer, who was only able to meet her once before the trial, voiced alarm about her state of health, which he said was worsening steadily.In Iran detainees are constantly denied proper medical care, whether in Gerchak, one of the country’s worst prisons, where three women who worked for the Sufi website Majzooban Noor – Sepideh Moradi, Avisha Jalaledin and Shima Entesari – are serving five-year jail sentences, or in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Women journalists detained in Iran often stage dangerous hunger strikes in protest against prison conditions, including the lack of adequate medical attention.Several UN reports have confirmed that Iranian female detainees fall sick more often than male detainees. The situation of female detainees is aggravated by the segregation of men and women imposed by Iran’s ultra-conservative society and the traditional hatred towards intellectuals and the Islamic regime’s critics.“Health conditions are bad enough for the men but the lack of hygiene in prison is even more terrible and problematic for the women,” said Narges Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani.Tortured, humiliated and sexually harassedThey are spared none of the worst forms of mistreatment. In China, Gulmira Imin was tortured and forced to sign documents without being able to see her lawyer. For women, physical torture is compounded by the threat of rape and sexual harassment.According to the family of Shorouq Amjad Ahmed al Sayed, a young photojournalist arrested in Egypt on April 25, 2018, she was beaten unconscious, insulted, and threatened with rape until the she made the confession sought by her interrogators —  namely that she had created a website with the aim of endangering public order and belonged to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.There is a great deal of concern about two Saudi women citizen-journalists, Eman al Nafjan, who blogged as Saudiwoman, and Nouf Abdulaziz Al Jerawi, who wrote for The Arab Noon and other websites. According to the Saudi human rights NGO Al-Qst, they were among several women’s rights activists who were tortured following arrest in the spring of 2018, some of whom were also harassed sexually, made to undress, and photographed naked while forced to embrace other female detainees.Disappeared in detentionThe Saudi authorities have not yet said what charges are being brought against Nafjan and Jerawi. Six other women journalists are currently being held without trial in other parts of the world. In some cases, their families have lost all contact with them. In China, no one knows what has become of three women citizen-journalists, Zhang Jixin, Qin Chao and Li Zhaoxiu, who were arrested in 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively.The Syrian blogger Tal al-Mallouhi has also disappeared in detention. As she was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011, she should have been released a long time ago. She was last seen alive in 2016 when she was transferred to the state security prison in Damascus. The world’s youngest detained women journalist at the time of her arrest in December 2009, when she was still 18, she is now one of the longest held behind bars. News News RSF_en As the world marks International Women’s Day, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that 27 women journalists are currently detained around the world. Some are being held in inhuman conditions. Some have been the victims of torture and sexual harassment. RSF calls for their immediate and unconditional release. IranChinaTurkeyVietnamNicaraguaSaudi ArabiaBahrainEgyptSyriaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunityJudicial harassment Related documents cp_zhenshyn-zhurnalystov_arestovanyi.pdfPDF – 138.79 KB RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa to go furthercenter_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IranChinaTurkeyVietnamNicaraguaSaudi ArabiaBahrainEgyptSyriaMiddle East – North Africa Asia – PacificEurope – Central AsiaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunityJudicial harassment March 6, 2019 – Updated on March 7, 2019 Twenty-seven women journalists held in appalling conditions June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Everton emerge front-runners for Real Madrid’s forward


first_img​Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is said to be intent on bringing success back to the Toffees and believes boss Carlo Ancelotti – who was at the helm of Los Blancos when Bale moved to the Spanish capital – will be a pull for star players.Advertisement Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… center_img A report in Marca last month outlined how the Welshman was Madrid’s ‘number one problem’ this summer as they seeked to offload him but would struggle to find a suitable buyer who could cover his wage bill.Bale remained at Madrid beyond the January transfer window despite reports linking him with a return to Tottenham, while a transfer to China collapsed last summer.There is a stress on the recurring issue that Bale’s wage packet makes any move this time round extremely difficult, with an MLS side or Premier League club the most likely to move.The Welshman has been widely criticised in parts of Spanish media for his golfing habit – and the player himself has admitted the sport is his one true habit.Indeed, such is Bale’s links to the sport that he has been nicknamed ‘The Golfer’ by his Madrid teammates – another stick the Spanish media has used to him.Read Also: Ronaldo could rejoin Man Utd amid Juventus financial uncertaintyHowever, the 30-year-old has won four Champions League titles at Madrid since his 2013 switch from Tottenham but was close to joining Chinese club Jiangsu Suning this summer.Bale’s current deal at Madrid runs through to 2022 and was last updated in 2016.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Angels designate reliever Cody Allen for assignment


first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels bullpen needed a fresh arm Saturday, and the only relievers with options were Ty Buttrey and Justin Anderson, both of whom have been more valuable this season than Allen.Taylor Cole was recalled to take Allen’s spot.“Not an easy decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “I know he’s not performed as well as he would have liked, but he was a tremendous teammate and a tremendous professional. It’s not easy giving good people bad news.”Allen had a stretch of 12 innings in which he’d allowed two runs, but then he gave up a pair of homers in a game last week, followed by a four-run performance on Friday night.After that, Allen said: “Either I’m going to get better, or they’re going to find someone else who does. That’s the reality of the game.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The next morning, he didn’t sound surprised at the news. He said he’s been trying to rediscover his mechanics ever since he got to the Angels, continuing a process that began in the middle of last season with the Cleveland Indians. It was complicated by a back injury that cost him some time in April.“I felt like I had came out of the gates throwing the ball really, really well,” said Allen, who didn’t allow a run in his first five games. “Then, you know, went on the IL and that kind of paused things for a minute there. And then pretty much since I’ve come off the IL, it just hasn’t hasn’t been the same. But I’m extremely grateful for everything this organization has done for me in the short time that I’ve been here, you know. They’ve put forth a valiant, valiant effort, and there’s been a lot of people that have cared deeply about my success. And so  that’s greatly appreciated.”Ausmus said Allen “worked his tail off” to try to solve his issues, but “nothing was sticking.”Allen, 30, had been one of baseball’s most consistent closers from 2014-17 with the Indians, becoming that franchise’s all-time saves leader. He struggled last season, with declining fastball velocity and a curveball that didn’t work as had in the past.The Indians allowed him to go and the Angels signed him in January, a move general manager Billy Eppler hoped would give them a closer to top off a bullpen with less experienced arms.Clearly, it didn’t work, and Ausmus said he wasn’t quite sure what Allen needed to fix, but he hoped that he could figure it out.“I hope he rediscovers something and is pitching somewhere else because he’s a good person and I’d like to see him continue his career,” Ausmus said.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After Cody Allen gave up four more runs in his latest difficult outing, he said he knew if he didn’t improve the Angels were going to find someone else.About 12 hours later, they did.The Angels designated Allen for assignment Saturday morning, cutting their losses with their $8.5 million investment. Allen had a 6.26 ERA in 25 games, including allowing six runs in his last two outings.“Carrying around the numbers I’ve been carrying around for a little bit, the organization has a responsibility to put the best product on the field and I just haven’t been that,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of really, really good young arms that are waiting in the wings and that give them some versatility and production.” ALSOJustin Upton was scheduled for a workout at Angel Stadium on Saturday, after which he could be cleared to join the Angels for Monday’s game in Toronto. Upton had two homers among his four hits Friday night for Inland Empire. He was 7 for 21 in six games during his rehab assignment. Upton has missed the entire season so far after suffering a sprained toe just before Opening Day…Tommy La Stella, who was scratched Friday because of forearm tightness, was improved Saturday but still not in the lineup. Ausmus said he hoped La Stella would be available to pinch-hit Saturday and start Sunday…Will Wilson, the Angels’ top pick in the draft, left his first professional game Friday night after jamming his thumb on a head-first slide into second. X-rays were negative.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-2, 3.52) at Rays (RHP Ryne Stanek, 0-1, 2.54), 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more