Supreme court quashes death sentence against Adnan Hassanpour : Reporters Without Borders calls for his release and dismissal of the case

first_imgNews IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today welcomed with great relief the ruling by the Tehran Supreme Court overturning a death sentence against Kurdish journalist Adnan Hassanpour because of a procedural error.The court decided that the journalist, who had been convicted of “subversive activities against national security”, could not be considered as a “mohareb” (an enemy of God) and sent his case back to the lower court in Sanandaj, in Iranian Kurdistan. Hassanpour, 26, was arrested outside his home on 25 January 2007 and was imprisoned in Mahabad jail (Kurdistan). He worked for the weekly Asou covering Kurdish issues, a highly sensitive subject in Iran, until it was banned by the Culture and Islamic Orientation Ministry in August 2005. He also contributed to foreign media such as Voice of America and Radio Farda, broadcasting to Iran in Persian.He was being held at the central jail in Sanandaj and had twice gone on hunger strike in protest at the harsh prison conditions.“We welcome this ruling by the Iranian justice system with great relief,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It is now time to free this journalist who has been through agony since his arrest more than 18 months ago.”“There was never any evidence of his guilt, but despite this, the judges in the case have twice decided to sentence him to death. This judicial hounding of independent journalists and those working for foreign media has got to stop,” the organisation said.His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders of his satisfaction at the outcome. “I just hope that the courts will not make the same mistake again”, he said. He added that one of the judges at the court in Sanandaj, who presided at Hassanpour’s trial, had since been sacked. A new trial is due to open before the Sanandaj lower court on 6 September 2008.In another case, The Commission for Press Authorisation and Surveillance, headed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation, on 13 August 2008 cancelled the licence of two weekly newspapers. The ecological magazine Tarabestan Sabaz, press organ of an activist body of the same name published in Tehran for ten years, was shut down by the authorities. Entertainment newspaper Sargarmi, specialising in crosswords, was closed for “publishing inappropriate comments” after the newspaper carried a page of texts from readers some of which included humorous messages about Iranian political leaders. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alertscenter_img September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court quashes death sentence against Adnan Hassanpour : Reporters Without Borders calls for his release and dismissal of the case Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more News News March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Prize not pounds for Rory

first_img “It’s good being in the top five, you know what you need to do,” said McIlroy, who is fourth in the standings behind Chris Kirk, Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson. Hunter Mahan is fifth. “You need to win and that takes care of everything. Being in the top five was important coming in, I would have liked to be a bit higher on the list but haven’t played well enough over the past few weeks.” McIlroy won his fourth major title, and third tournament in succession in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, and has finished 22nd, fifth and eighth in the first three play-offs, despite four-putting the 12th hole in each of the last two rounds last week. The packed schedule has led to complaints from some players and a promise from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem that a break between events would be reinstated next year, but McIlroy found a more simple solution to fatigue. “It’s amazing what a night in your own bed can do, just one night,” the world number one told a pre-tournament press conference. “I was standing in the shower on Monday morning in Denver thinking to myself why I am going to Atlanta today? So I didn’t, I went to Florida for a day and a half and it was really good. “It was refreshing to spend a bit of time at home, dump a lot of luggage that I’ve been carrying with me for the last four or five weeks. I had a great practice session at the Bear’s Club and was able to work out in the gym at home. “I feel really good coming in here. I feel like that day and a half at home will definitely help and anything other than a win here would definitely be a disappointment. “After I finished the PGA all my focus was on the FedEx Cup and trying to win this… obviously if I finish second or third and end up winning the whole thing, that’s cool as well! “But I want to win and I only have to beat 28 other guys, it’s not like a regular event where you have to beat 155. “I don’t think it (the money) will make me any more nervous on the golf course on Sunday. Ten million is a lot of money to anyone and if I’m thinking of getting myself something or whatever it’s a nice bit of extra money to have. “I’m not saying I am motivated by the money in any way. It’s obviously nice and I have made a lot of money over the past seven or eight years, but it (winning the FedEx) is one of the only things that I have not achieved in the game of golf and that’s the real reason I want to win this week.” In theory all 29 players at East Lake – Dustin Johnson qualified but is taking a leave of absence – have the chance to win the overall title. But only those in the top five control their own destiny and can emulate Stenson, who led from start to finish 12 months ago and later became the first player to also win the Race to Dubai in the same season. McIlroy currently leads Sergio Garcia by more than £2million in those standings. “The money is great but at the same time it’s the title that would mean more to me,” McIlroy said ahead of this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta. The 25-year-old is one of five players who know victory at East Lake would also see them secure the overall FedEx Cup title won by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson last year, and with it a USD10million (£6million) bonus. There are six million reasons to want to win the FedEx Cup title, but Rory McIlroy insists he needs just one. Press Associationlast_img read more