Iranian journalist Jila Bani Yaghoob wins “Freedom of expression” award sponsored by Reporters without borders

first_imgNews IranMiddle East – North Africa News News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iranian blogger, journalist and women’s rights activist Jila Bani Yaghoob was awarded the “Reporters Without Borders, Freedom of expression” prize for her blog “We are journalists” ( at the sixth international “Best of the Blogs” event held in Berlin by German radio Deutsche Welle from 13 to 15 April.“Her Persian-language blog deals with the news in Iran, social issues and the subject of women. Jila is in the forefront of the struggle for freedom of expression in her country. She and her family have already paid a high price for her commitment. Reporters Without Borders is proud to award her this prize and through her pay tribute to all Iranian bloggers and journalists who have been arrested, imprisoned for driven into exile these past months”, the organisation said.Jila Bani Yaghoob and her husband Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee were arrested on 20 June 2009 with around 20 other journalists during demonstrations that followed the contested re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iranian president. She was freed on 24 August but her husband was sentenced to five years in prison. In an open letter posted on Reporters Without Borders website, Jila promises her husband to “turn sorrow into power” (,34443?var_mode=calcul). He is currently out of prison on licence for a few days. Bani Yaghoub was one of the first freelance women reporters in Iran. Her career has been marked by intimidation and abusive arrests intended to silence her. But she has never bowed to the constant pressure from the Iranian authorities. She has produced more than 4,000 reports on sensitive issues, such as schooling of women, prostitution, Aids-sufferers, suicide among young people, but also the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. The reformist newspapers for which she worked have mostly been banned. For fear of getting into trouble in their turn, Iranian media refuse to publish her articles. So she works online to cover subjects she cares about and continues to provide news of her country for Iranians and the rest of the world. On her blog, which has grown in influence in recent months, she has spoken out against the prison conditions of her jailed colleagues. Access to her blog is blocked in Iran but it can be accessed through proxies. Iran was again this year named by Reporters Without Borders as an “Internet enemy” (,36684.html) A champion of cyber-censorship, the Iranian regime has stepped up online repression and surveillance since 12 June 2009. The regime demonises new media, accusing them of serving foreign interests. Forty journalists, bloggers and netizens are currently behind bars. . The online people’s choice vote for the category “Reporters Without Borders, freedom of expression”, went to Green Dream (, the blog of Saudi journalist and human rights activist Trad al-Asmari, who describes it as a “free blog to discuss the problems of poverty, unemployment and social justice in Saudi Arabia from the point of view of the people affected by these problems”. ( All of these are issues that are not covered by his country’s mainstream media. Saudi Arabia also features on Reporters Without Borders list of “Internet enemies (,36681.html).The competition includes the following categories: “Best blog”, “Best videoblog”, “Best podcast” and “Freedom of expression” and awards prizes to blogs in each one of the competition’s languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. In this sixth BOBs event, a special prize was awarded to a blog devoted to the theme of climate change. And for the first time there was a prize for “Best blog in Bengali”. To see the full results go to: year the “freedom of expression” award went to:- The blog of Zeng Jinyan, wife of human rights activist Hu Jia, who has been in prison in China for nearly two years ( “4equality“, the campaign to collect on million signatures on a petition in support of women’s rights in Iran ( international jury is made of journalists, blog specialists and a representative of Reporters Without Borders. The presentation ceremony will be held during Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum in Bonn in June 2010.The awards event took place in the framework of the re:publica conference devoted to social networking sites ( Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 April 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iranian journalist Jila Bani Yaghoob wins “Freedom of expression” award sponsored by Reporters without borders News to go further Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Search for Gussie continues 16 years on

first_imgAdvertisement Email AENGUS ‘Gussie’ Shanahan has been missing from Limerick since for 16 years after he was last seen on February 11, 2000 having left a Limerick city bar.Aengus, better known as ‘Gussie’ is the youngest in a family of four and lived with his parents Bob and Nancy at Ashbrook, Ennis road, Limerick. He was an employee of Dell, Castletroy, Limerick and finished work on that Friday afternoon. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Family or friends had not seen or heard from him over that weekend and concern grew regarding his whereabouts. When he did not return to work on Monday February 14, 2000 his family reported him as a missing person to An Garda Siochana. Gussie went to Coopers bar in St Joseph Street, Limerick with friends on that Friday afternoon. He was due to stay that night with friends in St Joseph Street but did not do so. It has been established that he left the bar on his own at 10.30pm and walked from there onto Old School House lane, which connects with Barrington Street. That is the last sighting of Gussie. Gussie is described as being 5′ 10″, thin build, pale complexion and with fair hair cut short.Aengus’s family and Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen Gussie or have useful information and who have not been in contact previously, to do so now.Gardaí are also appealing to anyone who may have seen Gussie on this Friday night or early the following morning to come forward, especially Taxi Drivers in the Limerick area.Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Previous articleBack to Neverland for Peter PanNext articleNICE SCREAMS from Limerick – A Citizens’ Anthem for Ireland 2016? Staff Reporter WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin NewsSearch for Gussie continues 16 years onBy Staff Reporter – February 10, 2016 676 Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended First Irish death from Coronavirus Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April TAGSfeatured Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Beach volleyball looks to finish perfect season

first_imgComing off a solid road victory up at Stanford on Tuesday, the No. 1 USC beach volleyball team (26-0) is back home and ready to wrap up the regular season as it hosts a pair of California teams for two dual matches on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans will put their 56-match winning streak on the line when they welcome No. 5 Long Beach State and Cal State Bakersfield to the friendly confines of Merle Norman Stadium, where USC has won its last 12 straight matches. Furthermore, the Trojans will look to win their 88th dual in their last 90 tries.Senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, the first pair in NCAA history to reach 100 wins together (123-4 overall, .968), headline the current undefeated Trojan squad at the top court after setting a national record with 103 consecutive victories from April 2, 2015 to April 8, 2017. The two veterans have the benefit of experience on their side, having played together at court one since their sophomore years. However, the other four USC pairs have all had to adjust to new partners in 2017, with 14 different lineup changes being used throughout the season due to various injuries. But with a team as deep as USC’s, Hughes knows how big of a luxury it is to have players on the roster that can come in and step up when called upon.“I’m not surprised at how well our team has adjusted,” Hughes said. “I think that’s a big thing for us this year — we have depth from top to bottom, from our ones to our fives and even our exhibition pairs. People are working really hard in practice and pushing each other to get better, and that has been great for us as a whole.”The Trojan depth has been on full display so far this season despite the lineup changes, with three different USC pairs notching at least 20 wins this season. One of those successful pairs is the tandem of juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer at the No. 5 spot. With a 28-3 overall mark together on the season and a 24-1 record in dual matches, Belton and Kremer will look to extend their own winning streak to 10 consecutive matches with two wins on Thursday. Finally, the No. 3 pair of junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin have posted 24 overall wins (seven losses) with 21 of those coming in dual play. In total, six pairs have recorded at least 11 wins overall this season.last_img read more