Harassment, restrictions and censorship limit election coverage

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more June 11, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts June 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harassment, restrictions and censorship limit election coverage News Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Iran News News June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns an increase in the Iranian government’s harassment of Iranian journalists in the final days before the 14 June presidential election and the restrictions imposed on the few foreign journalists allowed into the country to cover it.With just two days to go, the Iranian authorities still have not issued visas to the vast majority of foreign journalists who requested them and many news media have had their requests rejected.In an interview for France Culture on 10 June, Ali Ahani, Iran’s ambassador in France, said the Iranian authorities had received more than a thousand media visa requests, 100 of them from French media alone. Checking applications took time but the Iranian consulate in Paris had issued 30 media visas, he claimed.Reporters Without Borders has learned that foreign journalists who obtained a visa and who are currently in Iran have been prevented from moving about the capital freely. They have been banned from covering the meetings of candidates supported by reformers, and from contacting government opponents or the families of political prisoners.Speaking to Reporters Without Borders on condition of anonymity, a foreign media reporter said: “Each time you go out, you need permission from the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance. You have to tell them who you want to see, when and where. And to cap it all, you are watched by the government-imposed interpreters.”Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned of the arrests of two more Iranian journalists in the past eight days. Omid Abdolvahabi, a Tehran-based reporter for the Mardomsalari newspaper and the Reform website, was arrested on 4 June, while Hesamaldin Eslamlo, who is responsible for the culture section of the weekly Parsargard in the southeastern city of Sirjan, was arrested on 8 June.Why they were arrested and where they are being held is not known. Their arrests bring to 54 the number of journalists and netizens currently detained in Iran in connection with the provision of news and information.Broadband Internet connection speeds have slowed right down since 15 May, with the result that it is often difficult and sometimes impossible to go online. Many websites, including the sites of official news agencies, have been blocked by the Working Group for Determining Criminal Content.The Mehrnews agency, for example, was blocked for several hours before being rendered accessible again after the prosecutor general intervened. Around 100 journalists working for state media wrote an open letter protesting against “the completely illegal intensified blocking of news websites.” On 8 June, the state news agency ISNA confirmed Gmail’s “disruption and inaccessibility.”The intelligence ministry continues to harass the families of Iranian journalists employed by media based abroad. Arman Mostofi, the head of Radio Farda, a Persian-language station based in Prague, issued a statement condemning the harassment and intimidation of the relatives in Iran of nine of his journalists.Today is the second anniversary of Iran-e-Farda journalist Hoda Saber’s death in detention, 11 days after journalist and women’s rights activist Haleh Sahabi died as a result of the beating she received at her father’s funeral. No one has been arrested or tried for either of these deaths. Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020last_img read more

Eddyfi/NDT acquires Irish pipeline inspection company NDT Global

first_imgNDT Global is an ultrasonic pipeline inline inspection (ILI) and data analysis supplier for onshore and offshore pipelines Eddyfi/NDT completes the acquisition of NDT Global (Credit: CNW Group/Eddyfi/NDT) Eddyfi/NDT, along with Novacap and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), has completed the acquisition of NDT Global.NDT Global is an ultrasonic pipeline inline inspection (ILI) and data analysis supplier for onshore and offshore pipelines.With headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and main operations in Stutensee, Germany, the firm provides geometry and deformation inspection, metal loss and crack inspection, defect assessment as well as fitness for purpose investigations worldwide.NDT Global president and CEO Richard Matthews said: “Joining with Eddyfi/NDT offers a tremendous opportunity to leverage our respective technologies to develop even better solutions.“At NDT Global we want to continue our trend of being a technology disruptor whilst delivering new and never seen before solutions to our customers through out of the box thinking, creativity and collaboration – we believe Eddyfi/NDT will help us materialize this vision.”Eddyfi/NDT now has more than 1,000 employeesWith the completion of the acquisition, Eddyfi/NDT now has more than 1,000 working in 20 global offices and serving customers in 110 countries.The combined entity will have its global headquarters in the advanced NDT hub of Québec city.It consists of high-end technology business units operating in two different segments that include NDT Equipment and Application-Specific Integrated Inspections.To complete the acquisition of NDT Global and pursue other strategic opportunities, Eddyfi/NDT has raised CA$600m ($451.5m).In a new round of equity financing with Montreal-based Novacap, Eddyfi/NDT has raised CAD163m ($122.6m).  CDPQ, which made its initial investment in Eddyfi in March 2017, has invested an additional amount of CAD107m ($80.5m).CDPQ president and chief executive officer Charles Émond said: “Québec SME expansion and globalization is a key aspect of our strategy, and our support for Eddyfi over the years reflects that.“Since our first investment, the company has experienced tremendous and sustained growth, becoming one of the largest private companies in the Greater Québec City area today.”In February last year, Eddyfi Technologies acquired Inuktun, a developer and manufacturer of remotely operated crawlers and camera systems.last_img read more

Peter E. Squibb, 77, of Greendale

first_imgPeter E. Squibb, 77, of Greendale, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019. He was born August 20, 1942 in Vincennes, Indiana, son of the late William P and Mary Catherine (Erskin) Squibb.Pete was a Machinist Mate Second Class US Navy Veteran. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, K of C Council 1231, USS Saratoga Association, and the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding horses. He was a true 18th Century Man. He worked as a Manufacturing Engineer at Hill Rom.He is survived by his loving wife, Patty Squibb of Greendale, IN; 2 sons, Nathaniel (Angela) Squibb of Pickerington, OH, David (Amanda) Squibb of Covington, KY; 2 daughters, Jane Lee (Christian) Hartwell of Virginia Beach, VA, Ann (Brian) Coleman of Guilford, IN; sister, Judith Ann (Jerry) Squibb Plaatje of West Chester, OH; 13 grandchildren, Jordan, Clayton, Chase, Nathan, Abigail, Kayla, Nicholas, Aidan, Lilli, Peter, Emma, William, Luke; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Lynn Phelps, Liz Russell; and his 2 brothers-in-law, Jos. F Russell, Mark Russell.He was preceded in death by his father, William P Squibb III and his mother, Mary Catherine Squibb.Family and friends will be received on Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11 am, with Father Ben Syberg officiating.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the K of C Council 1231 for Charitable Outreach.Visit us at www.fitchdenney.comlast_img read more

Ryan eager to bring home silverware

first_imgThe boss says it’d be great to claim his first piece of silverware since taking charge.Waterford manager Derek McGrath says Tipperary’s achievements so far in the championship have been undervalued.Throw in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock….Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway shortly after 3 in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, NenaghTipp FM will also bring you live coverage of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final between Tipperary and Limerick from 2 o’clock on Sunday with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Church Street, Templemore. Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says winning Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final would be a huge boost for his side.The Upperchurch-Drombane club man’s charges face Waterford in the provincial decider.Tipp had five points to spare over the Déise in last year’s final at Semple Stadium.last_img read more

Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH despite injury

first_imgThis may be surprising to fans in New York because Tanaka missed a month of the season last year after he hurt both of his hamstrings running the bases at a National League ballpark where there is no DH. Tanaka finished the season 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA with 159 strikeouts in 156 innings.Tanaka is a career .038 hitter with one hit in 26 at-bats. He has one sacrifice bunt, one run scored and one walk. Didi Gregorius injury update: Yankees SS (elbow) begins throwing program, big step in rehab MLB is considering the use of a universal DH in upcoming seasons. It has been reported that the possibility is becoming more and more likely. Related Newscenter_img This might come as a surprise to Yankees fans but Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want the designated hitter spot to be universal.”When you look at it I grew up where baseball was played by nine guys, meaning basically the pitcher would hit also, and I really enjoyed that baseball,” Tanaka told reporters through a translator at spring training on Tuesday, via ESPN. Manny Machado rumors: Yankees remain in play; Padres have been ‘very aggressive’ with offerlast_img read more