Conservative courts sentence 12 netizens to lengthy prison terms

first_img June 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Conservative courts sentence 12 netizens to lengthy prison terms News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns – yet again – arrests and heavy sentences handed down against numerous journalists and netizens. On 27 May 2014, 12 information activists in several cities were sentenced by the regime’s revolutionary courts to a total of 135 years in prison for social-media activities.On 28 May 2014, journalist Saba Azarpeyk was arrested. Her family does not know the charges against her or where she is being held. A reporter for the monthly Tejarat-e-Farda and Etemad, a daily paper, Azarpeyk was taken into custody at her office by intelligence ministry agents in civilian clothes. Azarpeyk had been one of the victims of “Black Sunday” a repressive operation in January 2013 against media workers in which 19 journalists were arrested.According to the Khaibaronline website, which is close to conservative hardliners and intelligence agencies, the journalist was “conducting enquiries concerning media of the Revolutionary Front” – a term used to designate conservatives aligned with the Supreme Guide.This arrest takes place against the backdrop of a fierce conflict between rival factions within the regime. The factions and their intelligence arms finance and direct their own media organizations. These are hate media, used as weapons in power struggles and to aid in the repression of independent journalists and civil society activists. They enjoy complete impunity.In addition, the intelligence ministry and the Revolutionary Guard create counterfeit websites with critical content or insults directed at the regime and its leaders. The purpose is to trap web users by inciting them to post commentaries.On 27 May, eight netizens were sentenced by the 28th branch of the revolutionary court in Tehran to a total of 123 years in prison on charges including anti-regime publicity, insults to religion and insults to the Supreme Guide of the revolution. Amir Gholestani was sentenced to 20 years and one day; Roya Sabery Nejad to 20 years; Masoud Ghasemkhani, 19 years and 91 days; Fariboz Kardarfar, 18 years, 91 days; Seyyed Masoud Seyyed Talebi, 15 years and one day; Amin (Faride) Akraminpour, 13 years; Mehdi Reyshahri, 11 years; Naghmeh Shahi Savandi Shirazi, 7 years and 91 days; These netizens had been arrested in early September 2013 by the Revolutionary Guard and held in solitary confinement in section 2A of Evin Prison, where they were subjected to intense pressure. Meanwhile, on 26 May, an appeals court in the city of Ahvaz, in Khuzestan province, upheld convictions of three netizens, Hamzeh Zargani, Saleh Tofi and Adel Sadoni. Arrested on 9 April 2013, and held since then in Karon Prison, each had been sentenced last year to three years in prison for anti-regime publicity in the form of Facebook pages.Reporters Without Borders has also learned of the re-imprisonment on 22 May of Farideh Shahgoli, a German-Iranian netizen, to serve out a three-year term for anti-regime publicity and insulting Ali Khamenei by way of content on her Facebook page. Having lived in Germany for 25 years, she was arrested in 2011 during a visit to relatives in Iran. Days before her re-arrest, she wrote an open letter to President Hassan Rohani in which she described the painful conditions she had endured in prison. “Held in solitary confinement for 50 days, I was under constant pressure to confess…The interrogator wanted me to acknowledge being the source of a caricature or of insults sent by other people to my pages; people whose identities were clearly well known to my interrogators. The judge unfortunately knew nothing about social media. He did not want to understand that I was not the source of insulting content on my Facebook page.”Iran, one of the most repressive countries in the world as regards press freedom, is ranked 173rd of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom indexcenter_img to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Young Alumni Board connects graduates, Notre Dame Clubs

first_imgEven though seniors will be leaving campus for the last time time as students in the coming days, they will still be able to connect back to the school through Notre Dame’s Alumni Association.The association has made connecting alumni to one another and the university a priority through the hundreds of clubs around the U.S. and beyond. Bill Gangluff, the senior director of marketing communications at the Alumni Association, said there are over 270 clubs world wide. “Notre Dame has no end. It’s a special place for students for those four years and there’s just a desire … for our students to continue that relationship,” Gangluff said. “We work with class officers from the class of 2018 all the way to the class of 1950 to try to engage them back into the University.”One of the newest outreach additions for recent graduates is the Young Alumni Board, a 16 member board of recent graduates who help facilitate the transition of young graduates into local alumni clubs.“The board as a whole will look at kind of larger initiatives that will connect young alumni back to the University,” Gangluff said. “We’re working on how to we kind of embrace the new students and graduates coming into those markets in a more methodical way.”Gangluff said 20 percent of Notre Dame’s alumni are engaged in clubs in their regional areas on an active basis. Fifty percent of young alumni surveyed said they had been to at least one club meeting in the past year. This board will serve to offer new outreach programs for recent graduates to become more involved in clubs specific to younger alumni.“They’re very interested in getting to the University, and so our goal was to make sure we have programming and avenues to do that,” Gangluff said. “The club structure in different cities and areas is a natural way to continue to connect to foster that Notre Dame spirit.”This new Young Alumni push is one of the association’s latest efforts to become more accessible to their graduates and friends. Gangluff said the association has also been pushing for more digital services as well.“Our digital programs have been a great way for us to scale our ability to touch people who can’t make it back to campus,” he said. “During the month of December, for example, we were able to broadcast videos each day of Advent. We had over 173,000 viewers over that month.”The Alumni Association urges the seniors to update their contact information with the association online in the coming weeks. If students do not hear from their club in the months following graduation, graduates can join through“Our young alumni provide an important role at Notre Dame based on their unique voices and life experiences,” Gangluff said. “We are only the Notre Dame family if all aspects of that family share their perspectives and get involved. We are the envy of almost every peer university we meet. They want our club structure, and they want the engagement levels of our alumni — all ages, young to senior.” Tags: 2018 Commencement, Alumni Association, Commencement 2018, Commencement Issue 2018, Notre Dame Alumni Association, Young Alumni Boardlast_img read more